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FORMER DIG QUESTIONED

Lasantha’s Murder by Indika Sri Aravinda The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has recorded a statement from former DIG Vass Gunawardena over the murder of Lasantha Wickrematunge, the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader newspaper. The CID informed the Mount Lavinia Magistrate last week that statements had been recorded from other suspects over the case. The [...]

Demo In Jaffna Against Govt.

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran led a demonstration in Jaffna yesterday against the government. Most shops in the Jaffna town were closed during the demonstration. The protest is against what some claim is the systematic settlement of Sinhalese people in the Tamil dominated region and the erection of Buddhist statues in an area devoid [...]

Fresh Rift In The SLMC

by Ranjith Gunawardena A fresh rift has developed in the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC), SLMC sources said. The sources said that the rift was as a result of a dispute over finances belonging to the party. The SLMC leadership had earlier been asked to respond to some concerns by party members, but the leadership [...]

Joint Opposition Agrees To New Alliance

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Joint Opposition (JO) has agreed in principle to form a new alliance to work against the government. A meeting took place at the residence of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week where it was agreed that a new alliance was needed to work against the government. Sri Lanka Freedom Party members [...]

FCID Hands Tied On Allegations Against Dela

by Mahesh Senanayake The highly controversial Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa (Temple of Lord Buddha’s Tooth Relic) continues to enjoy what could be termed as unwritten immunity because of the lackadaisical approach of the officials of the Attorney General’s (AG’s) Department in charge of handling the file No. CR5/27/2015. This file contains the [...]

Regulator Turns Blind Eye To Dubious Scheme

by Santhush Fernando The Sunday Leader during the past few weeks reported serious and grave lapses in several finance companies. The newspaper recently reported one of Sri Lanka’s oldest finance houses and an ex-Ceylinco company being engaged in a dubious scheme right under the nose of the regulator. It has been found through our investigations [...]

Survey To Be Conducted To Accelerate Resettlement Process

A social survey is to be conducted jointly by the government and UN agencies to assess the requirements with regard to accelerated resettlement in the North. The decision to conduct the survey was taken during the meeting held by the Task Force on Resettlement of Protracted IDPs in the Northern Province. Co chairs of this [...]

TNA Welcomes Offer To Rehabilitate 23 Political Prisoners

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has welcomed the announcement by the Government that a further twenty-three political prisoners will be released through the process of rehabilitation. The TNA says the move is in keeping with the promise given to the Leader of the Opposition R. Sampanthan and TNA Jaffna District Parliamentarian and spokesperson M.A. Sumanthiran [...]

Another Group Of 76 Sri Lankan Refugees To Return From Tamil Nadu

Another group of 76 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees in Tamil Nadu, India are scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka under the UNHCR facilitated voluntary repatriation programme. The refugees will arrive in two batches on Thursday September 29, one consisting 41 persons and the other 35 persons. Minister of Prison Reforms, Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious [...]

Police Chief Seeks Unity

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara has urged the Tamil community to work with the police in the North. The IGP was speaking at the opening of a new police station in Oddusuddan. The IGP said that there needs to be cooperation between the police and the community in the area. He expressed the [...]

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