Elephants At Pageants: Activists Push For Change

Colombo school withdraws elephants from street parade by our Environmental Correspondent Animal rights activists are making a push to stop the practice of elephants being used at pageants, including school parades. A case related to the illegal capture of elephants is also to be heard at the Hulftsdorf court on Tuesday. Recently, a request from several [...]

Parking Touts: CMC Fails To Act

by Indika Sri Aravinda The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) has failed to take action against parking touts who continue to operate at key locations in the city. Parking touts  carry out the duties of parking wardens for a fee charged from the drivers. CMC traffic division Director, Nihal Wickramaratne told The Sunday Leader that only [...]

Cyber Crime On The Rise

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Cyber crime in Sri Lanka has seen a steady rise with scammers using online shopping to dupe customers. Just last week a few people complained that they had made payments to purchase mobile phones via a popular online shopping website but found that they had been duped. The mobile phones had been [...]

Vithya Rape And Murder Judgement: Suspicion Over Vijayakala’s Actions

by Easwaran Rutnam The judgement delivered last week into the rape and murder of Sivaloganathan Vithya raised suspicions over the actions of State Minister Vijayakala Maheswaran. High Court Judge N. Illancheliyan, in his ruling, noted that Maheswaran had taken steps to secure the release of the main accused when he was captured by residents following [...]

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. [...]

Eateries Threaten Closure As Polythene Ban Nears

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya  The government has banned polythene lunch sheets from September 1 and certain demands have been made by the restaurateurs. But in the event these demands are not met, all eateries around the country will be closed from September 1, said the President of the Sri Lanka Canteen Owners Association Asela Sampath. According [...]

Dengue Now “ Threat To National Security”

The current state for emergency in the country as a result of the rapid spread of dengue which has reached epidemic proportions is seen as a threat to national security. The impact on several sectors such as tourism, investments, education and the overall workforce has potential to cripple the economy. Therefore, a meeting was held [...]

Approximately 30% Of Dengue Patients Are Children

Approximately 30% of dengue patients are children between the years of 5 -19 years, according to the National Dengue Control Unit of the Ministry of Health (MoH). Sri Lanka is reporting an increased number of dengue cases, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said. From 1 January to 28 July 2017, the Epidemiology Unit of the [...]

Why Is India Worried About China Consolidating In Sri Lanka?

by Swaran Singh On Saturday, Sri Lanka finally signed a $1.1 billion deal selling China 70 per cent stake in its strategic Hambantota Port. The fact that the Chinese signatory, the state-run China Merchant Port Holdings, is a Hong Kong based firm reminds not just of a similar 99-year lease that Chinese had signed in [...]

Beijing Not Fully Satisfied With Hambantota Port Deal

by  Easwaran Rutnam China is not fully satisfied with the agreement reached on the Hambantota Port deal, Chinese government sources said. Sources said that Beijing had questioned the Chinese Embassy in Colombo about the agreement reached with Sri Lanka. China had provided over USD 1 billion for the construction of the port as a loan. Under [...]

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