Tourism takes a hit

* Sri Lanka faces new travel advise after assault on tourists * Dutch tourists yet to complain to the embassy * Nuwara Eliya sees drop in visitors by Easwaran Rutnam in Kandy and Nuwara Eliya The tourism sector has taken a hit in Sri Lanka following a combination of events, including the recent violence in [...]

Meethotamulla re-emerges as a danger zone

By Ashanthi Warnasuriya   The Meethotamulla garbage dump collapsed one year ago killing 33 people. Tragedy struck as the residents of Meethotamulla were preparing to boil milk and welcome the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year. Today the residents of Meethotamulla are still haunted by the memories of the disaster and instead of celebrating the [...]

Pettah And Fort – A Safe Haven For Notorious Activities

by Ashanthi Warunasuirya Drug dealing, illegal trade and fraud are just some of the activities said to be taking place in the Pettah and Fort area. The Sunday Leader visited the Pettah and Fort areas last week and we were briefed by the Police on some of the activities they have uncovered. Among the issues [...]

Sinhala Mob Attacks Tamils At ‘Thondamanpura’ Housing Scheme In Ratnapura District

By D. B. S.Jeyaraj A mob consisting of around 30 Sinhala youths launched an attack on a Tamil housing colony of plantation workers at Alupola Estate of Ratnapura district in Sri Lanka’s Sabaragamuwa Province. At least six persons were reportedly injured in the incident when threatened Tamils resisted the aggressors by engaging in counter violence. [...]

On ‘Nightclub Buddhists’: The Disrupted Vigil

It all started with a Facebook group titled ‘Buddhists Questioning Bodu Bala Sena’. A tense situation developed last Friday (19) as members of this group gathered in front of the Buddhist Cultural Centre on Sambuddatva Jayanthi Mawatha. The people planned to hold a candlelight vigil in front of the building at 7 p.m. During the [...]

The Mervyn – Malaka Pestilence

By Nirmala Kannangara - Pictures by Saman Kariyawasam The acquittal of Malaka Silva in the case of the alleged assault on an Army Intelligence Officer, and the granting of bail to Sarath Edirisinghe alias Singappuru Sarath and Saman Nishaman two of the five main suspects in the murder of Hasitha Madawala (Kelaniya Pradeshiya Sabha member), implies [...]

Beyond The Fields Of Kilinochchi

By Camelia Nathaniel Kilinochchi, a town that was most affected by the 30 year conflict in Sri Lanka  is located in the heart of the Northern Province with a floating population of 135,605, many of whom were displaced in the conflict. These displaced families underwent severe trauma having lost many of their family members during [...]

Chief Monk slaying Bodu Bala Sena Holds OIC Responsible

By Camelia Nathaniel The General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, Venerable Galagodatte Gnanasara Thera, said the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Moratuwa Police, should take full responsibility for the death of the Chief Incumbent of the Egoda Uyana Sunanda Upananda Temple, Venerable Matigahatanne Wimalawansa Thera. Speaking to The Sunday Leader he said, “This [...]

Skyrocketing Vegetable Prices

Middlemen at Dambulla Economic Centre blamed By Nirmala Kannangara Asoka Fernando Farmers allege that the mafia of middlemen at the Dambulla Economic Centre has become a bane and is the main cause for the skyrocketing vegetable prices in the open market. Vegetable farmers have fallen from the frying pan to the fire by being compelled [...]

Land Grab Galore In NCP Forest Reserves

By Nirmala Kannangara – in Nochchiyagama, Anuradhapura Pictures by Asoka Fernando and Saman Kariyawasam. Hundreds of acres in the Andarawewa Forest Reserve in Nochchiyagama have been grabbed by powerful politicians in the North Central Province with the alleged connivance of the Mahaweli Authority. The Andarawewa Forest Reserve is 1,050 acres in extent and comes under [...]

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