The Sunday Leader

Don’t Backtrack On Justice For Sri Lanka’s Victims


by Meenakshi Ganguly The draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) remains in force, and there have been several arrests under this law in the past year Civil society groups are once again able to speak out safely on issues of concern There has been no tangible progress in setting up courts with international involvement to [...]

More Questions Than Answers On SAITM

South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM), GMOA’s proposals presented to President Maithripala Sirisena in order to ensure patients’ rights  and The joint statement by the Deans of the Medical Faculties that says graduates from all private medial faculties should be required to pass a licensing examination

Questions have also been raised as to the examination criteria for SATIM degree holders, government medical students and foreign university students The Health Minister should validate technical decisions of the SLMC and act according to Medical Ordinance The Minister of Higher Education should request the ‘Compliance Certificate’ of the SLMC  by Nirmala Kannangara With the [...]

Anoma Accused Of Violating Good Governance Policies

Anoma Fonseka

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Anoma Fonseka has been accused of violating the very policy the government promised to protect Anoma Fonseka has been accused of violating a circular issued by the Finance Ministry Mrs. Fonseka is also facing allegations over her involvement in the Senehasa children’s home The government of good governance came to power with [...]

Government Likely To Get Two More Years

Wigneswaran at a meeting with EU and UN envoys

UNHRC to be told to monitor progress by Easwaran Rutnam The government is likely to get another two more years to show progress on the accountability issue The TNA is split on the UNHRC giving the Government more time to address the accountability issue Britain is to sponsor a new resolution on Sri Lanka at [...]

Colombo University’s Chair Of Surgery Becomes A Game Of Musical Chairs

Competent Authority of the Colombo Univerity’s letter to both Prof. Samarasekera and Prof. Wijeyaratne confirming the error in the selection

There were only two applicants both merit Professors at the time, Nandadeva Samarasekera and Mandika Wijeyaratne The selection panel did not have a single surgeon to select the Chair of Surgery Regretfully, for Professor Wijeyaratne, the Supreme Court held that his petition was time barred and dismissed it  by a Special Correspondent A different game [...]

Cash Strapped SLC On Spending Spree

Millions were spent unnecessarily for the launching ceremony of domestic cricket

We have our own marketing and public relations divisions with a talented staff what made to ignore them and outsource the marketing and public relation work Although the board officials know how to save money depriving our players of necessary facilities, they know how to spend for their own joy rides without any restrictions CAA [...]

Justice Denied To Survivors Of The Kumarapuram Massacre Of ‘96


by Marisa de Silva Villagers recount heart-breaking tales of horror, pain and loss 20 year old case remains unresolved Families of the oppressed seek justice  Shoot me but, please don’t kill my children,” pleaded Kanthappoody Kamaladevi with her arms outstretched over her head, just before she was shot dead outside her home in Kumarapuram, Killiveddy, [...]

Thonda’s Bulls Travel In Luxury While His People Suffer

Jallikattu bull fighting and Senthil Thondaman clinching the top award

Uva Province Minister for Highways, Senthil Thondaman is taking his bulls around in air-conditioned comfort Bulls are taken special care in every village because they are engaged in a number of  religious activities The Bull Taming Pongal event dates back to the Tamil Classic Period (400-100 BC) by Ifham Nizam While the estate workers continue [...]

Ongoing Battle Between Trustees And WAKF Board


Muslim Affairs Minister intervenes Minister appoints special teams to look into the current issues The WAKF board can appoint trustees and the Director of MRCA cannot refuse to release appointment orders by Ifham Nizam Despite number of allegations level against the Sri Lanka WAKF Tribunal (SLWT), especially by the trustees of popular mosques with shrines, [...]

Estate Workers Demand Change


by Ranjith Gunawardena Plantation workers request the government to initiate procedures for direct mail service Despite prohibitions, child labour still continues Estate workers seek solutions for discrimintaion, racism and many other issues In the 19th century, the plantation sector in Sri Lanka was set up by the colonial rulers to meet the export market. Initially, [...]

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