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Nilanga Dela Back In The Spotlight

Minister Orders Probe  by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Minister of Buddha Sasana, Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, has ordered a report on allegations raised against the Diyawadana Nilame of the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Nilanga Dela Bandara. The report was sought following allegations raised that Nilanga Dela Bandara had signed deeds to sell historic land in the [...]

New Legal And Tax System For Port City

by Easwaran Rutnam A new legal and tax system is being drafted by the Prime Minister’s office for the Port City (Financial City) to be enacted once the project is completed. A new company will also be formed to manage the Port City once it is completed, along with  the Colombo Municipal Council while another [...]

Qatar And Government In Crucial Talks This Week On SriLankan

by Indika Sri Aravinda Crucial talks will be held this week between the government and Qatar with regards to SriLankan Airlines. Deputy Minister Ajith P. Perera told The Sunday Leader that Qatar was ready to consider a proposal from Sri Lanka to reach an agreement on SriLankan Airlines. He said that a delegation from Qatar [...]

Political Meddling In Yala: Minister Insists Will Not Budge

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya  A top government Minister is allegedly attempting to influence a change in the system on the operations of the Yala Wildlife Sanctuary but the Minister in charge of Wildlife insists he will not budge. Wildlife Minister Gamini Jayawickrema Perera said the government was not prepared to change the laws that had been [...]

COPE Report Finds NTC Busted Money

by Indika Sri Aravinda The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) found that Rs. 1,705,343/- was spent by the National Transport Commission (NTC)  to print stickers of destination boards and details of emergency telephone numbers on three occasions in 2015 without following the proper procurement procedure. This was revealed by COPE in its latest report. The [...]

Central Expressway Raises Environmental Concerns

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Huge environmental problems have arisen in the Kurunegala area due to the construction of the Central Expressway. This has not just affected the environment, but has also caused numerous problems for the people living in the area. However, Minister Lakshman Kiriella assured that all measures would be taken to address the issues [...]

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 [...]

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