The Sunday Leader

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 [...]

David and Goliath: Battle against Iranativu Naval land robbery

By Athula Vithanage Iranathivu, a combination of two small islands located 22 kilometers from the Nachchikuda beach, had been populated for about four decades. The Northern Island – Iranathivu and its Southern Island – Hoom were known as Enkhuizen by the Dutch rulers, who invaded the island in 1658. The Northern part is over about [...]

UN security report sends damaging message

By Easwaran Rutnam A UN security assessment report issued on last month’s violence in Kandy has raised concerns after it spoke of clashes between Sinhalese and Muslims. Sri Lanka Project Director of the International Crisis Group Alan Keenan said that the report was dangerously inaccurate. “Let’s hope this isn’t really how the @UNSriLanka sees last [...]

Soil excavation racket continues in Minuwangoda

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya A soil excavation racket is continuing in Minuwangoda in collaboration with underworld members and regional politicians. Area residents and others revealed that the racket involves ransom, bribes and threats. The racket, which has been operating for several years, had been highlighted in The Sunday Leader earlier as well. Illegal soil excavation is [...]

SAITM students stranded; Transfer to KDU yet to be implemented

By  Ashanthi Warunasuriya The issue over the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) continues to drag resulting in the academic activities of the students being stalled. Convener of the SAITM Student Action Committee Shanaka De Saram said that after its establishment in 2009, SAITM functioned as a UGC approved degree awarding institute until [...]

Recruiters order Sri Lankan women to take birth control before working in Gulf

Sri Lankan women who take up domestic work in the Middle East to support families devastated by conflict are being targeted by recruitment agents who order them to take contraceptives before leaving. Six recruiters licensed by the Sri Lankan government said they could provide an employer with a “three-month guarantee” that a maid would not [...]

National parks take a hit

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   National parks in Sri Lanka have seen a decrease in the number of foreign visitors, officials said. The Yala National Park and the Horton Plains National Park are among those affected. The Horogolla, Lunugamwehera, Angammedilla, Maduru Oya, Lahugala, Hikkaduwa, and Kalawewa National Parks have also shown a decrease in the number [...]

Emil Ranjan, Rangajeeva to be grilled on witness statements

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   Commissioner of Prisons in charge of rehabilitation, Emil Ranjan Lamahewa and Inspector of the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB), Neomal Rangajeeva are to be grilled over witness statements made accusing them of being involved in the killing of 27 inmates of the Welikada prison in 2012. Eyewitnesses had revealed earlier, as was reported in [...]

Money talks for prisoners #967 and #968

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya They were accused of being involved in a major Treasury bond scam but putting them behind bars did not stop them from using the money they had to bribe officers at the Welikada prison to obtain the best facilities for a short while. Perpetual Treasuries head Arjun Aloysius and Chief Executive Officer Kasun [...]

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