The Sunday Leader

Govt. Lifts Ban On Several Ex LTTE Front Groups

By EaswaranRutnam The government has lifted the ban on several former LTTE front groups through a gazette notification published by the Government Printer on Friday. Signed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence as the Competent Authority, the gazette notification repeals the gazette issued by the former government listing at least 15 organizations over [...]

TNA Demands Answers After Karannagoda’s Admission

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday demanded answers from the authorities on the underground secret cells at the Trincomalee Navy Camp, in light of an admission by former Navy Commander, Admiral WasanthaKarannagoda that those cells were used to detain people. In a highly charged speech in Parliament yesterday during the debate on the 2016 budget, [...]

Names Of Officers Exposed On Trinco Secret Cells

By Easwaran Rutnam More details have surfaced on the secret cells said to have been in operation at the Trincomalee Navy camp, including the names of the Navy officers alleged to have been involved in taking detainees to the site. The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID), which concluded a visit to Sri [...]

ITN In Dire Straits

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Independent Television Network (ITN), The Sunday Leader reliably learns, is facing dire financial difficulties. It has been revealed that ITN is in arrears for the payment of taxes amounting to Rs. 80 million. Due to their inability to pay these taxes that are due, the Inland Revenue Department has put a [...]

NPC Member Claims He Was Abducted

by Camelia Nathaniel The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Northern Provincial Councilor (NPC) Sivakkolunthu Agilathas has lodged a complaint that he had been abducted and forced to sign his letter of resignation from the NPC by a group of thugs allegedly sent by Sathasivam Ramanathan. Speaking to The Sunday Leader Agilathas said that three persons [...]

Chinese Funds For Shiranthi’s Organization

by Ranjith Gunawardene A sum of US $75,000 from the Chinese government has allegedly been deposited in the ‘Siriliya Saviya’ account, which was established by former First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa. The First Secretary of the Sri Lankan Embassy in Beijing, in a letter in 2010 sent to the Secretary of the Foreign Employment Bureau, has [...]

Joint Opposition In Closed Door Talks

The joint opposition is conducting closed door discussions with the intention of creating a political change in the near future. According to political sources, the pro Mahinda Rajapaksa factions are in the process of winning over those who had strayed from the party. With the toppling of the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, many of his close [...]

Mass Protest Against Govt.

by Dilhan Wimalka Political parties, university lecturers, artistes civil society activists, teachers, lawyers and many others will take to the streets tomorrow to protest against the government for delaying investigations into allegations of fraud and corruption that had taken place during the previous regime and attempts to cover up these charges. The protest is being [...]

Port City To Be Expanded

by Camelia Nathaniel Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka says the Port City Project will recommence by mid next year after solving its issues. “On principle, the government agreed to proceed with the project under the BOI. Under the Ministry, the Project will be much broader and will facilitate with other development [...]

John Seeks Urgent Meeting With IGP

Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga has written to Minister of Law and Order Sagala Ratnayake requesting an urgent meeting with the police to address the mounting number of complaints of harassment of tourists. “Officials of various associations and bodies involved in tourism development have brought to my attention the increasing [...]

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