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IGP Assaults Employee, Threatens Officers


By Nirmala Kannangara A video has emerged showing Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara assaulting an employee inside the west side elevator of the new secretariat building of the Police Headquarters. The assault took place at approximately 8:40 AM on April 12, 2017, according to the time-stamp on the video. Prior to the assault [...]

Key Suspect In Lasantha’s Killing Given Diplomatic Post By Gota

The chief suspect in Lasantha Wickrematunga’s assassination was given a diplomatic post by the then defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa but it was withdrawn soon after Mahinda Rajapaksa won the January 2010 election, fresh evidence has revealed, according to the Economy News website. Rajapaksa has denied any involvement in the January 2009 assassination of SundayLeader editor Wickrematunga [...]

SLFP Members Warned On JO Rally

Mahinda Amaraweera

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has warned that action may be taken on SLFP members who attend the Joint Opposition May Day rally. SLFP member and United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera told The Sunday Leader that the SLFP Central Committee will decide if any action must be [...]

IMF Gives Sri Lanka Thumbs Up

by Easwaran Rutnam The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has praised Sri Lanka’s economic performance and the reforms introduced by the government. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, who is in Washington, told The Sunday Leader that the IMF and the World Bank used Sri Lanka as an example for the other countries to revive its economies. Karunanayake, [...]

Red Alert On Meetotamulla Ignored

by Ranjith Gunawardena A report submitted by the Auditor General (AG) on Meetotamulla was ignored in 2014, sources told The Sunday Leader. The Auditor General had warned in October 2014 that there was a serious threat to the area residents from the Meetotamulla garbage dump. “A report with recommendations had been submitted on this but [...]

Faizer Denies Claims Street Dogs Are To Be Killed

Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faizer Mustapha denied claims that there was a move to kill street dogs ahead of Vesak. He said that a social media campaign had been launched claiming that street dogs are to be killed. Activists disturbed by reports of attempts to kill street dogs have urged the public to [...]

Yala Harvest May Face Significant Impact

by Easwaran Rutnam The main harvest (Maha) in March 2017 declined by more than half and the secondary harvest (Yala) in September will also be significantly impacted, bringing hardship and suffering, and increasing indebtedness for poor families, the World Food Programme (WFP) said in a country brief on Sri Lanka. Almost 900,000 people in hard-hit [...]

Khuram Shaikh Suffered 45 Separate Injuries

An inquest has heard an aid worker from Rochdale in the UK, Khuram Shaikh, suffered 45 separate injuries during an attack on him in Sri Lanka, ITV news reported Khuram Shaikh was killed six years ago and his girlfriend was raped during the incident. Shaikh was stabbed at a hotel in Sri Lanka on Christmas [...]

Over 1,500 Seek Treatment At IDH

Over 1,500 patients have sought treatment at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Angoda daily over the past few days. IDH Hospital Director Dr. Dimuthu Ratnayake said that the 1,500 patients sought treatment for fever like symptoms. Dr. Ratnayake said that 300 people have been admitted to hospital of which 200 are receiving treatment for [...]


Japanese experts inspect the site of the Meetotamulla tragedy last Friday. Japan sent a team to Sri Lanka to assist in the rescue and recovery operations Picture by Lalith Perera

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