The Sunday Leader

Web based businesses suffer from social media blackout

By Easwaran Rutnam   Web based businesses operating from Sri Lanka took a major hit following the recent social media blackout. The Sunday Leader learns that several small businesses operating on Facebook and well as others who depend on traffic via Facebook suffered financially. The Government imposed a temporary ban on access to popular social media websites [...]

Double trouble for Sri Lanka in Geneva following Kandy violence

By Easwaran Rutnam   Sri Lanka faces twin pressure at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) currently meeting in Geneva as a result of the violence in Kandy. The Council commented on the situation in Kandy last week and is expected to raise the matter further this week and next week. The UN High Commissioner [...]

Shaken but defiant despite violence

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   The Muslim community in Kandy is shaken following the violence last week but is defiant to remain and not abandon their homes. Nisha Shereef, a Muslim resident of Kandy said that the Muslim community in Kandy still does not feel safe despite the calm experienced on Friday. She said that the Muslim [...]

Illegal garbage dumping continues at Yala

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   The illegal dumping of garbage is continuing at the Yala Wildlife Sanctuary in a well planned, organised manner. Minister of Sustainable Development and Wildlife Ravindra Samaraweera told The Sunday Leader an investigation is underway to identify who is behind the dumping of garbage in the Yala Wildlife Sanctuary. He said that it is [...]

Welikada prison riot suspects flee

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   Suspects in the Welikada prison riot are leaving the country, sources revealed. The Sunday Leader newspaper had earlier published reports related to the progress of the investigations into the incident that was widely talked about at the time. Four years have lapsed since a writ of habeas corpus was sought and [...]

Families of the missing lose hope despite OMP being established

By Easwaran Rutnam   The families of the disappeared from Kilinochchi who have been protesting for over a year demanding answers have now lost faith in the Government and are turning to the international community for intervention. The protest is being staged to find out the truth about their loved ones and hold accountable those [...]

Eyes wide open on Chinese media invasion in Sri Lanka

By our investigations desk While Chinese investments started to pour in from the time Mahinda Rajapaksa became President and got close to China, concerns were raised that China was working underhand to make use of Sri Lanka to meet its military and political goals. However both the past and current Governments dismissed speculation that Sri [...]

Canada demands foreign judges; UK calls for more progress

By Easwaran Rutnam Sri Lanka came under fire as the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)in Geneva began its 37th session last week,with the United Kingdom and Canada among the countries to fire the first salvo. Canada came out strongly,demanding that Sri Lanka fulfill its international commitments by ensuring the involvement of Commonwealth and international investigators, [...]

Looking beyond the current political gridlock

Dr. Sara Dissanayake The landslide victory of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) in the recently concluded local government (LG) elections naturally attracted much attention to assessing the future trajectory of the domestic political landscape. The heavy focus on the political gridlock in the South has inevitably diverted our attention from the prevailing political trend in [...]

A Mill-Stone Called 19-A?

By N Sathiya Moorthy President Maithiripala Sirisena should be ruing the day he failed to read the fine-print of 19-A before clearing it. Today, when he reportedly wants to sack Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, we are told that the Constitution does not provide for the same. And hopefully it does not do so in future, too, [...]


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