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Tamil Nadu authorities seize gold smuggled from Sri Lanka

The authorities in Tamil Nadu seize gold smuggled from Sri Lanka, the Times of India reported. The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized 32.249kg of gold worth Indian Rs 10.21 crore in the last 24 hours from Chennai. Of this, 24kg of gold was seized from a mansion in Mannady in north Chennai area, a [...]

Glyphosate ban lifted for tea and rubber, planters hail move

The ban imposed on the herbicide Glyphosate has been lifted for tea and rubber with effect from today. Meanwhile, the Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) issued a statement commending the Government decision to lift the arbitrary ban on the importation of glyphosate-based weedicides in view of the overwhelming scientific consensus that the substance is not [...]

Some UNP members prepare for fresh battle as rift continues

A rift in the United National Party (UNP) is continuing as the party reforms did not meet the expectations of those who pushed for change. Sources said that some UNP members who had pushed for comprehensive reforms in the party, including in key posts, are preparing to launch a fresh battle against the party leadership. [...]

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Dubai refuses to handover Udayanga

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya The authorities in Dubai are refusing to handover Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga who was arrested last month. Sources told The Sunday Leader that diplomatic efforts are underway to secure Weeratunga’s transfer to Sri Lanka but the efforts have so far failed. Weeratunga was detained in Abu Dhabi following [...]

SLFP Minister and businessman brokered no-confidence motion

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya   A Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Minister and a top businessman had brokered the recent no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, The Sunday Leader learns. Well informed sources said that the Minister, who later abstained from voting for the motion, had talks with the businessman, who is close to former [...]

Navin, Arjuna push for SLC interim committee

By Samantha Hewabandula   Ministers Navin Dissanayake and Arjuna Ranatunga are pushing for an interim committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to be appointed. The Sunday Leader learns that Dissanayake and Ranatunga have discussed the proposal with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The two Ministers have said that all measures must be taken to ensure current [...]

20-A in Parliament early next month

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) hopes to submit the 20th Amendment to the Constitution to Parliament early next month. The JVP leadership discussed the proposal and said that they will look at presenting the document to Parliament during the first week of May when Parliament meets. As was reported by The Sunday Leader recently the [...]

The Sunday Leader will not be published on Sunday April 15

The Sunday Leader newspaper will not be published on Sunday April 15 owing to the Sinhala and Tamil New Year holidays

Old and new faces in new cabinet

By Easwaran Rutnam Some old and new faces are to be given portfolios in the new cabinet which will be finalised once a joint committee of the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) proposes the names. Sources said that the UNP is likely to nominate experienced members for key Ministerial [...]

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