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Goodbye and Good Luck, Sri Lanka

By Yi Xianliang, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka I am going to complete my assignment and return to my motherland today. On February 24, 2015, I arrived in Colombo and started my assignment as the 20th Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka. During the past two years and nine months, I traveled to all 9 provinces and [...]

A new Gandhi era in Indian politics

By Vidyadharan MP On Saturday,one Gandhi era ended and another began in the Indian politics, the largest democracy in the world. Sonia Gandhi officially handed over the mantle of the Congress president to her 47-year-old son, Rahul Gandhi, who had been virtually running the India’s oldest party for nearly four years now as the vice [...]

Hathurusinghe gets deal worth over Rs. 6 Million

By Samantha Hewabandula The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board has offered newly selected Sri Lanka Cricket coach Chandika Hathurusingha a deal worth over Rs. 6 Million a month, The Sunday Leader learns. The package is higher than that which was received by former Sri Lanka Cricket coach Graham Ford. Ford is believed to have received between Rs. 1-2 [...]

Fear of the Unknown, or what!

By N Sathiya Moorthy Independent of what one may think of the UNP and SLFP partners in Government, or their politico-electoral challenge in the Rajapaksas-centric SLPP-JO, one thing is becoming increasingly clear. None of them wants to create a new and untested political space for a new and faceless common opponent to emerge and render [...]

Some Ministers not willing to share powers – Dilip Wedaarachchi

By Ashanthi Warnasuriya   State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Dilip Wedaarachchi says despite some discord, the unity Government is still stable. The Deputy Minister and United National Party member told The Sunday Leader online that the unity Government is doing its best to take forward the good governance policy. He also said that [...]

EPDP says party was falsely accused over several murders

By Ashanthi Warnasuriya in Jaffna Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leader Douglas Devananda says his party was falsely accused over the murder of The Sunday Leader founding Editor Lasantha Wickremetunga. Devananda told The Sunday Leader online that the Tamil media has always worked against him. He says one reason is that he had his own newspaper [...]

Malaysian Prime Minister to hold talks with Wigneswaran

The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak will hold talks with Northern Province Chief Minister C V Wigneswaran during his three day visit to Sri Lanka. The Malaysian Foreign Ministry said that a meeting with the Chief Minister of the Northern Province has been arranged. The Prime Minister of Malaysia will [...]

Unions told closing SriLankan Airlines not in the best interest

SriLankan Airlines has rejected allegations raised by some trade unions and noted that closing the company will not be in the best interest of anyone. In a letter to the the President of the Airline Pilots Guild of Sri Lanka, President of the Association of SriLankan Airlines Licensed Aircraft Engineers, President of the Executive Association of SriLankan Airlines BIA, President of [...]

Jaffna culinary festival a major attraction

By Ashanthi Warnasuriya in Jaffna The Jaffna culinary festival was a major attraction since it opened on Friday, attracting local and foreign tourists in their numbers. The Security Forces in Jaffna had taken an initiative to organize a series of special events during the month of December 2017, with the primary objective of facilitating the reconciliation [...]

UN experts accuse Sri Lanka of carrying out arbitrary detention

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has identified significant challenges to the enjoyment of the right to personal liberty in Sri Lanka, resulting in arbitrary detention across the country. The experts recognize positive initiatives, including engagement with UN human rights mechanisms, as well as the recent accession to the Optional Protocol to the Convention [...]


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