The Sunday Leader

Government Will Not Probe Intel Chief

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The government will not investigate allegations raised against the head of intelligence Sisira Mendis despite calls to do so by a UN committee. State Minister of Defence Ruwan Wijewardene told The Sunday Leader that he does not see any need to investigate Mendis as the allegations against him are baseless. However Ruwan [...]

President Says No Compromise On National Security

President Maithripala Sirisena told Parliament last week that there will not be any compromise on National security. He said that good international relations is important when dealing with National security. He asserted that he will not leave any room to weaken the military. The President also said that Sri Lanka needs to be prepared to [...]

UNP Backs Devolution Of Powers

The United National Party (UNP) called for maximum devolution of powers within a united Sri Lanka. A statement by the UNP said that powers must be devolved to the provinces with the consent of all people. The position of the UNP was taken by the UNP working committee which met last week. The UNP also [...]

CID To Send Dossier On Eknaligoda To AG

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is expected to send a dossier to the Attorney General to initiate legal proceedings once the investigations on the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda is completed. The investigations have been hampered as a result of the transfer of the judge hearing the case. After conducting in-depth investigations, the CID made [...]

Ex-Employees To Take SLC To Court

by Easwaran Rutnam Employees of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) whose contracts were terminated last week, have decided to file legal action next month. At least 10 SLC employees who were informed last week that their contracts will be terminated with effect from the end of this month, have decided to go to court. Among those [...]

Russia In Talks With Sri Lanka On “Hardware” Deal

Russia is in talks with Sri Lanka on a “hardware” deal, Russia’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alexander Karchava said. He said that Sri Lanka had in the past purchased military helicopters from Russia and both countries are now in talks over a new hardware deal. The Ambassador however refused to divulge more details on the [...]

Budget 2017 Passed With Majority

The 2017 budget was passed by Parliament yesterday with a majority. When the vote on the budget was taken by name, 165 members voted for it and 55 against while 4 members were absent. The Tamil National Alliance voted for the budget while the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the joint opposition voted against it. [...]

Colpetty Police Refuse To Record Complaint

The Colpetty police had refused to record a complaint against a private secretary of a government Minister, the complainant alleged. Nalin Jayawardena told The Sunday Leader that he had visited the Colpetty police station to file the complaint accusing the secretary of a government Minister of failing to act on a concern he had. Jayawardena said that when he [...]

Parliament Adopts Code Of Conduct For MPs

Parliament adopted a “Code of Conduct for Members of Parliament” yesterday. The finalized copy was tabled and presented for the approval of the House by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. The objective of the Code of Conduct is to assist the Members of Parliament to exercise, perform and discharge by them of their powers, functions and duties [...]

Navy Removes Protesters At Hambantota Port

The Navy yesterday removed employees of the Hambantota port who had been protesting against the agreement signed between a Chinese company and the government. A tense situation arose when the Navy attempted to remove the protesters who were blocking operations at the port. Ships were prevented from entering and leaving the port by the protesters. [...]

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