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North Koreans Refused Entry To Sri Lanka


The government last week refused to approve visas for four North Koreans to attend a seminar in Katunayake, organisers of the seminar said. The seminar held on Friday was organised by the Sri Lanka – North Korea Friendship Association. President of the Sri Lanka – North Korea Friendship Association Duminda Welpola told The Sunday Leader [...]

President, Prime Minister Hold Key Discussion

President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had a key discussion on Friday covering a gourmet of issues. Sources at the President’s office said that the meeting was ‘routine’ but government members said that the possibility of making changes to the cabinet was likely to have been discussed. The economy and issues within the [...]

Sexual Harassment Probe On State TV

The Media Ministry has called for an investigation into alleged sexual harassment of some employees at State TV. The investigation was launched after some employees at Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) wrote to SLRC Chairman Ravi Jayawardena saying they were being sexually harassed by a top official. When contacted by The Sunday Leader, Jayawardena said [...]

Journalists Victimised During MR Regime To Be Compensated

by Kanishka Chathuranga Journalists victimised during Mahinda Rajapaksa’s regime are to be compensated, sources at the President’s office said. Sources said that journalists who were threatened, assaulted and the families of journalists killed will be compensated. A committee appointed for this purpose has decided to compensate the journalists and has collected information of those who [...]

Disabled Soldiers Threaten Tough Action

Disabled soldiers have threatened to launch tough action against the authorities if their demands are not met. Disabled War Heroes’ Association convener Daya Gamage told The Sunday Leader the Ranaviru Seva Authority has failed to resolve their issues. He said that if the issue is not addressed soon they will be forced to even consider [...]

Qatar Embassy Fumes As Kabir’s Visa Issue Goes Public

by Easwaran Rutnam The Qatar Embassy in Colombo was fuming last week as news of a delay to issue a visa to the Minister of Public Enterprise Development and General Secretary of the ruling United National Party (UNP) Kabir Hashim for an official visit to Qatar went public. Well informed sources told The Sunday Leader [...]

Government To Crackdown On Illegal Land Excavation

The government assured that it will crackdown on the illegal land excavation taking place in Minuwangoda. United National Party (UNP) Minuwangoda organiser Edward Gunasekera told The Sunday Leader that earth was required for development work. However he said some underworld elements were involved in illegal land excavation in the Minuwangoda area. The Sunday Leader reported [...]

Recommendations By UN’s Rita Izsák To Be Implemented

The government said that action will be taken to implement the recommendations to Sri Lanka by the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Ms. Rita Izsák, in consultation with the relevant stakeholders. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to Geneva Ravinatha P. Aryasinha said that Rita Izsák’s Report on her visit to Sri Lanka is being [...]

First Secretary To The Royal Norwegian Embassy to Sri Lanka, Visits The North

Knut Nyfløt, the First Secretary to the Royal Norwegian Embassy to Sri Lanka, Mohamed Muzain, the Programme Manager of the UNDP Sri Lanka Governance of Local Economic Programme and Vethanayahan, the District Secretary of Jaffna, recently visited the resettled areas of Palaly North of Tellipalai DS division to hand over completed infrastructure facilities to the [...]

University Lectures Resort To Trade Union Action

By Lalith Perera The membership of the Trade Union Federation of Lecturers attached to Higher Technological Institutes has informed of their decision to keep away from the evaluation functions of answer scripts due to the failure on the part of Higher Education Ministry to make any attempt to resolve the issue of their salary anomalies [...]

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