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 [...]

We will never support racism – Mahinda Rajapaksa

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says the Government showed their inability to properly govern the country through the irresponsible way they controlled the communal violence in Kandy. He said the government should have carried out a proper plan based on the information they received from the security forces but not after many areas [...]

Wooing India, the Tamil ‘Hard-liner’ way?

By N. Sathiya Moorthy The Tamil politics in the nation’s North and the East has always been as bizarre as that of the Sinhala South. The majority Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in the North and the East stopped wooing the Indian neighbour long ago, but the hard-liner section from within the local Tamil community and [...]

Garbage dumping racket at over 35 locations inside forest reserves

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   A racket to dump garbage at over 35 locations inside forest reserves has been uncovered. Wild elephants and many other animals die of garbage poisoning that they consume daily around the island. Besides elephants, cattle, land monitor (thalagoya), deer, and other animals are also killed from consuming garbage. Wildlife and Sustainable [...]

The best of times and worst times in Sri Lanka

By Trevor Jayetileke   These opening lines of the Charles Dickens novel echoes in my mind when we think of happenings of contemporary times in Sri Lanka. It’s the best of times for Hambantota with the lease of its Port to China for 99 years. Getting extended sea bed determined by UN Convention of the [...]

Drought leaves trail of destruction and despair

By our Vavuniya Correspondent   A severe drought, which has affected parts of the country, has left destruction and despair in its path. The drought has affected Puttalam, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Mannar, Mullaitivu, Vavuniya and Kandy. According to the Disaster Management Centre, hundreds have been affected in these areas since late last year. Lack of sufficient [...]

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 [...]


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