Key Talks With EU

By Easwaran Rutnam The new government has begun talks with the European Union (EU) on the ban on Sri Lankan fish imports and Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera will travel to Brussels this week in an attempt to get the ban reversed. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed Niranjan Deva Aditya, a Member of the European [...]

BASL Cries Foul

By Camelia Nathaniel The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) alleged that Chief Justice Mohan Peiris is attempting to get the support of some of the lawyers by way of obtaining their signatures in a bid to cling to his position. President of the Bar Association Upul Jayasuriya said that the Chief Justice had not [...]

Wimal Among the Accused

By Nirmala Kannangara Among the list of names of Ministers and MPs in the former regime accused of bribery or corruption, former Housing and Construction Minister Wimal Weerawansa’s name is in the forefront. Weerawansa whose sole income when he was a member in the JVP was the earnings he got from running a communication center [...]

Zeid’s report notes Lanka probe

The annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad Zeid Al-Hussein, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council in March, takes note of the investigations on Sri Lanka. The report notes that during the period under review, which is between January and December last year, the Council had [...]

Fonseka To Contest Next Polls

By Camelia Nathaniel Former army commander Sarath Fonseka says he will contest the next general election having been acquitted of all charges filed against him under the previous government and has been granted complete amnesty by President Maithripala Sirisena. Fonseka lost his civil rights in 2010, including the right to vote, after a military court [...]

Not Contacted, Says KP

By Camelia Nathaniel While there are calls for the arrest of former LTTE procurement chief Kumaran Pathmanathan (KP), he says that despite what he has seen published in newspapers, he has not been notified of any action that is to be taken against him. Speaking to The Sunday Leader KP said that having been part [...]


By Waruni Karunarathne The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) expects the President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to safeguard the democratic process with reference to the issue on taking control of the Eastern Provincial Council (EPC). TNA MP Suresh Premachandran said that the TNA met the President and the Prime Minister recently to seek [...]

SLFP Denies Coup Claims

By Waruni Karunarathne The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says as a ‘democratic socialist’ party it would not resort to taking power in an undemocratic manner. The Sri Lanka Freedom Party Spokesman and MP Anura Priyadarshana Yapa told The Sunday Leader that he had no understanding of a coup as alleged by the new government [...]

Planters’ Association Rejects Wage Concerns

The Planters’ Association of Ceylon has rejected concerns raised over the wage paid to employees in the estate sector. The wage earned by estate employees as stated in the article is incorrect and it contradicts the wage formula contained in the Collective Agreement entered into between the trade unions, the Employers Federation of Ceylon and [...]

Rudra Wants Answers

By Easwaran Rutnam Former LTTE peace negotiator and head of the Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam (TGTE) based in the US, V. Rudrakumaran, has called on the new Government to release details on what happened to LTTE political leaders, including Balakumar, Puthuvai Rathnathurai, Yogi and Thilakar. Rudrakumaran claims that those LTTE political leaders and some [...]

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