The Sunday Leader

Fonseka Grilled For Over Five Hours On Lasantha’s Murder

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Minister and former Army Commander Sarath Fonseka was questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) on Friday over the murder of the founding Editor of The Sunday Leader, Lasantha Wickremetunga. He was questioned for over five hours in connection to the January 2009 murder. Fonseka was the Army Commander at the time. Just last week it [...]

EU Delegation And Wigneswaran Discuss Power Devolution

A delegation from the European Union (EU) met Northern Province Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran and discussed calls for devolution of powers to the provinces. Wigneswaran’s office said the meeting took place on Friday and involved officials from the EU office in Colombo. The EU delegation had obtained views from Wigneswaran on the latest developments [...]

Kabir Reveals Attempts To Disregard Weliamuna Report

Minister of Public Enterprise Development, Kabir Hashim has revealed attempts to disregard a highly controversial report on SriLankan Airlines. Hashim said on Friday he is determined to ensure the recommendations in the J. C. Weliamuna report on SriLankan Airlines are implemented. The management of SriLankan Airlines had dismissed the report which found that massive corruption [...]

India Says No Talks To Take Over Trinco Port

Indian official sources denied Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s contention that Sri Lanka and India are in talks for developing the Trincomalee harbor, the New Indian Express reported. Fonseka had made the claim on the sidelines of a conference in New Delhi earlier this week, touching off adverse comments in Sri Lanka on [...]

President Hopes To Strengthen Relations With US Under Trump

President Maithripala Sirisena said he hopes to strengthen ties with the United States under new US President Donald Trump. Sirisena congratulated Trump on his inauguration as the 45th President of the United States of America. Trump was sworn in on Friday succeeding Barack Obama and taking control of a divided country in a transition of power that [...]

New Details Emerge In Prageeth’s Disappearance

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya New details have emerged in the investigations over the disappearance of journalist Prageeth Eknaligoda. The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has found that Eknaligoda was detained in Colombo before being taken to an army camp in Giritale. Investigations have found that after being abducted in Battaramulla, Eknaligoda had been detained at a location [...]

MS Approves MR – Chief Ministers Meeting

President Maithripala Sirisena has approved a scheduled meeting between seven Chief Ministers from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sources said that President Sirisena wants the SLFP to be united and so he did not oppose the meeting scheduled to take place today. The Chief Ministers are expected to push [...]

Sirisena Must Be Nominee For Next President: SLFP

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) asserted that President Maithripala Sirisena is suitable to contest the next Presidential election. SLFP member Chandima Weerakkody said that the next Presidential election will be in 2021. He said that President Maithripala Sirisena, as head of the SLFP, is the most suitable person to contest the next Presidential election. [...]

Govt. Notes Importance Of Addressing HR Issues

The government last week noted the importance of addressing human rights related issues following the end of the war. Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that addressing human rights concerns will not only heal individual wounds but will also protect the future of the country. The Deputy Minister was speaking at an event [...]

Gazette To Conduct Raids On Private Hospitals

A gazette is to be issued this week to conduct raids on private hospitals, the Ministry of Health said. Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that a report on regulating private hospitals will be prepared in two months. He said that the Ministry hopes to regulate every aspect of private hospitals.

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