Police Under Fire After Monks Go Berserk

Group threatens to surround Boosa  by Easwaran Rutnam The police has come under fire after a mob led by a group of monks threatened Rohingya refugees at a safe house in Mount Lavinia last week. Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General told The Sunday Leader the United Nations was alarmed at the incident. [...]

NGOs’ Attempt To Put Pressure On Sri Lanka At UNHRC

by Indika Sri Aravinda Several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs’) last week attempted to put pressure on Sri Lanka at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. The UNHRC is meeting in Geneva but Sri Lanka is not on the agenda. Some NGOs’ which made statements at the Council on Thursday called for the Council’s attention [...]

Angunakolapelessa Prison To House Top Criminals

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The new high-tech prison complex being constructed in Angunakolapelessa will house some of the most notorious criminals, once completed. The Ministry of Prison Reforms said that construction of the new prison is now complete and is expected to be opened soon. The prison complex, built on 65 acres of land will house [...]

Iraj’s ‘Danuna’ Draws Flak

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Iraj Weeraratne’s new song “Danuna” has drawn flak after it seemed to reflect the recent developments in the life of veteran artiste Victor Ratnayake. The music video shows an older man played by actor Wilson Karu falling in love with a young girl played by Piumi Hansamali after his wife passes away. [...]

Officials Ordered To Distribute Saudi Built Homes

by Indika Sri Aravinda President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the relevant officials to distribute tsunami houses constructed in Akkaraipattu by the Saudi Arabian government. The President had last week met officials of the Attorney General’s Department and others and instructed them to secure the release of the houses to be distributed in January to Muslim families. [...]

Deduru Oya And Good Governance At Risk

Environmental issues have become a central concern of policy makers, with many international conventions ratified by the global community. However, if we want to protect the environment on a global scale, individual countries should try to implement and enforce environmental laws in an efficient manner. Mere participation in international conferences, justifying broken pledges on environmental [...]

Army Officers And Soldiers Educated On Constitutional Reforms

Army officers and soldiers have been briefed on the Constitutional reform and Constitution making process. In response to a request made by the office of the Co-ordinator, Public Outreach Programme on Constitutional Reform and Constitution Making, Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake made arrangements instructing Brigadier Edward Jayasinghe, Director Legal of the Army [...]

SriLankan Airlines Scared To Reveal Information

by Nirmala Kannangara Questions have been raised as to why SriLankan Airlines is scared to reveal information sought under the Right to Information Act, by the Airline Pilots’ Guild of Sri Lanka. By letter dated June 29, 2017 the Airline Pilots’ Guild requested the Information Officer of  SriLankan Airlines to provide information pertaining to 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 [...]

Battle For Doha School Continues

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The battle for the Stafford Sri Lankan School in Doha continued last week with officials of the school meeting several Ministers and officials in Colombo. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Qatar ASP Liyanage was recently summoned by the Foreign Ministry to be questioned over reports of attempts to close the Stafford Sri Lankan [...]

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