The Sunday Leader

War against Executive Presidency

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) is to begin a battle to abolish the Executive Presidency and ensure there is no executive President in the country even after the current President’s term ends in 2020. The JVP leadership met last week and discussed several matters including the Executive Presidency. At the meeting [...]

FB to operate in Sri Lanka under close monitoring

By Easwaran Rutnam and Ashanthi Warunasuriya   The ban on access to Facebook was lifted last week but the social media platform will be closely monitored in Sri Lanka in future. Some profile and fan pages of extremist groups, which were seen as a threat to communal harmony, were also removed ahead of full access [...]

Arjuna a notable absentee at cricket celebrations

Former Sri Lanka cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunga, under who Sri Lanka won the 1996 Cricket World Cup, was a notable absentee at an event held last week to celebrate 70 years of championing cricket in Sri Lanka. The event was held to coincide with the Nidahas trophy being played in Sri Lanka with the participation [...]

CID grills key suspects behind Kandy violence

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   The Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is questioning the key suspects arrested over the violence in Kandy, newly appointed Law and Order Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara said. The Minister told The Sunday Leader that while efforts were being taken to reconcile the Sinhalese and Muslim communities in Kandy, investigations into the perpetrators of [...]

TRC summoned over social media ban

The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has been summoned by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka over the temporary ban imposed on social media throughout the island last week. Sports Minister, Dayasiri Jayasekara, speaking at a Foreign Correspondents Association Forum in Colombo said that although according to law, this was considered a human rights violation, the [...]

UNP group in last ditch attempt to save Ranil

By Easwaran Rutnam A group of United National Party (UNP) members are making a last ditch attempt to save party leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe from losing the confidence of a majority of his party members and Parliament. Several UNP seniors and some backbenchers are working round the clock to convince a group of [...]

Round two of cabinet reshuffle faces hurdles

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Round two of the cabinet reshuffle, which is to involve United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) members, is facing some hurdles from within the alliance. Some Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members have refused to accept changes to their portfolios and are threatening to sit as independent members in Parliament. Following the recent [...]

Statement by eyewitness of final battle to be sent to UNHRC

By our Jaffna correspondent A statement made by a Northern Provincial Council (NPC) member, who was an eyewitness to the final stages of the war, is to be sent to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). NPC member S. Kugadas had made his maiden speech at the Northern Provincial Council last week. In his speech [...]

Tamil asylum seeker deported by Australia ‘harassed by Sri Lankan security forces’

The Tamil asylum seeker forcibly deported from Australia last week is at liberty in Sri Lanka, but facing ongoing harassment and intimidation from security forces, human rights advocates have reported. Shantaruban was handcuffed and forcibly removed from Australia last week, after five years during which he said he was not allowed to properly present his [...]

Leading restaurant takes top website to court

Colombo’s leading Turkish restaurant, ANKARA said that it has filed suit against, a popular food blog and content based company in Colombo. The suit for 150 million rupees is for defamation of character in an article written regarding the restaurant on the website. The complaint was filed at the Bambalapitiya Police Station under [...]


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