The Sunday Leader

Safe spaces for youth

By Fadhil Bakeer Markar   When you hear that there are thousands of young people who don’t qualify after their O/L examinations and there are hundreds of thousands more not in employment, education, or in formal training at any given time, it is a stark reminder of how vulnerable young people are. We say that our [...]

Should Tamils hear out the Rajapaksas?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Reports that war-time Defence Secretary and a prospective presidential aspirant/hopeful from the SLPP-JO met with Tamil journalists in Colombo recently should be a welcome opening for a two-way conversation. Leave aside their later-day or last-minute decisions on whom to vote, the rest of the Tamil community too should be open to [...]

North Korea violated textile ban and exported goods to Sri Lanka

North Korea had violated a textile ban and exported goods to Sri Lanka between October 2017 and March 2018, a UN report revealed. North Korea has not stopped its nuclear and missile programs in violation of United Nations sanctions, according to a confidential UN report seen by Reuters. The six-month report by independent experts monitoring the [...]

India to operate Mattala airport on a 40-year lease

India will operate the Mattala airport on a 40-year lease, as per the draft agreement with Sri Lanka, a top Transport and Civil Aviation Ministry official in Colombo told The Hindu. Days after Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told Parliament that there was no proposal for the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to acquire a [...]

Chinese Communist Party assures Sri Lanka support to achieve goals

The Communist Party of China today assured Sri Lanka support to achieve its goals. Guo Yezhou, Vice Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) gave the assurance when he met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo today. A delegation of the Communist Party of China called on [...]

Risking the roulette with Russians, too?

By N Sathiya Moorthy Media reports that the Russian Embassy in Colombo has sought clarification/explanation from the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry on Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera’s utterance that Moscow had funded a special propaganda unit for Namal Rajapaksa, son of former President Mahinda R, should be viewed with concern, in more ways than one. Coming [...]

No other country could better understand the preciousness of Free Trade than Sri Lanka

By Cheng Xueyuan, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Sri Lanka   The year 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up and also the 17th anniversary of China’ accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO). In 2001, China acceded to the WTO, which marked a new historic stage of reform and opening-up [...]

From ‘Cold War’ to ‘cash war’?

By N Sathiya Moorthy   Not many politicians in Third World nations, including Sri Lanka, are known to do a lot of research or maintain archival information that they can draw from at the proverbial drop of the hat, to attack adversaries ahead of elections, or in Parliament or outside. In Sri Lanka, their numbers [...]

Philippines welcomes Sri Lanka’s recognition of war on drugs

The Philippines lauded the Government of Sri Lanka for its plan to replicate the “success” of the Philippines’ war on drugs. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this reaction after Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has recognized Philippines’ successful approach against illegal drugs. “Of course, we are happy that other countries have taken note of our [...]

Beer served to media at Galle match despite earlier policy

By Samantha Hewabandula in Galle Beer was served today inside the media enclosure at the Galle cricket stadium during the cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa despite earlier efforts to discourage promoting beer or any form of liquor. Earlier the Sri Lanka Cricket board had ensured that at cricket matches played in Sri [...]

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