The Sunday Leader

My Friend, Mahinda

Today marks the 8th death anniversary of the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickrematunge. Recently two telephone conversations between Wickrematunge and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa were leaked. The following are chronological extracts of editorials throughout the history of The Sunday Leader, wherein Wickrematunge personally addressed Rajapaksa.   May 3, 1997 When amidst the [...]

Billion Rupee Sand Mining Scam At Wahalkada

by Nirmala Kannangara GSMB was fully geared to issue sand mining licences for the highest bidders at the open auction Minister Soyza had ignored all directives and had taken the ‘job’ into his own hand Underworld gangs are moving in the sites to protect their respective politicians’ interests The involvement of certain cabinet ministers in large scale [...]

Northern Politicos Not Happy

by  Roshani Nathaniel The Tamils in the North played a pivotal role in the change of regime and they expected their burning issues, mainly the resettlement, releasing of political prisoners and reduction of the military presence in the North to be fulfilled. Some election promises have been partially activated but according to the Northern people [...]

Wilpattu Deforestation Takes Religious Twist

by Ifham Nizam In fact, the villages Marichukatti, Karadikkuli, Palakuli and Kondachi are some border villages of Mannar District and located very close to Wilpattu National Park  The Muslim community must be very cautious of the fact that politicians use caste, creed and religion to strengthen not only their businesses but their vote base The [...]

Red Notice From Lottery Ticket Sales Agents

On Thursday lottery ticket sales agents decided to temporarily suspend the strike Lottery ticket sales agents have threatened a general strike if no favourable answer is received COPE committee  probes into  allegations related to the Lotteries Board by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Lottery ticket sales agents have warned of more drastic action following a dispute over the [...]

Local Fishermen Want Bottom Trawling To End First

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya On average, Sri Lanka is losing over Rs. 500 million due to poaching by Indian fishermen The Sri Lankan government has confiscated 122 Indian fishing vessels and equipment Local fishermen are demanding that bottom trawling by Indian fishermen should be stopped in order to resolve the fishing dispute. Chairman of the All [...]

CEB To Go Ahead With Much Debated Wind Power Plant in Mannar

by  Ifham Nizam In keeping with the green policies, the government has given the green light to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) to go ahead with much debated 375MW Wind Power Plant Complex in Mannar. The Sunday Leader reliably learns that that the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has given a grant to do a comprehensive feasibility study [...]

New CEB Rule Will Disrupt Solar Power Use

Solar Power in Sri Lanka and CEB  by  Ifham Nizam The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has urged home solar system owners to conduct their own harmonic tests using their own testing equipment and validate it with CEB engineers.  This move has created an unease situation among the public and discourage them to move towards solar [...]

Task Force Report To Add Pressure At UNHRC

by  Easwaran Rutnam Human rights groups and diaspora to push the Council Key Task Force proposal rejected like LLRC proposals Sri Lanka to be discussed at UNHRC on March 22 The government is to face pressure at the UN Human Rights Council in March to fully implement the recommendations of the Consultation Task Force report on [...]

Delimitation Drama Continues

Mustapha refused to accept the report when Asoka Peiris attempted to hand over the report in the presence of the media Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya had said earlier the Local Government elections can be held within two months after the receipt of the Delimitation Committee report   by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The delimitation drama continued on Friday with [...]

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