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In Memory Of The Sunday Leader Founder!

The seventh death anniversary of journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge was commemorated on Friday, January 8, at his grave-site in Colombo. Family members, journalists, politicians and many others attended the event CLICK HERE TO SEE FULL PAGE

Exemplary Transition Of Power

An exemplary transition of power in a democratic nation was witnessed on Friday with the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa leaving Temple Trees and the new President Maithripala Sirisena taking oaths at Independence Square. Pictures by Lalith Perera Click here to see full page

Colombo International Book Fair 2012

Pictures and Text by Pavithra Jovan De Mello Hundreds of thousands of people flocked to the BMICH to attend the Colombo International Book Fair that began on September 18. The organizers Sri Lanka Book Publishers Association, claims that there are publishers from many countries. The lobby areas of the main hall of the BMICH, the adjacent [...]

They Rallied Demanding Justice!

Pictures and Text – By Pavithra Jovan De Mello On Friday June 15th, two people were killed while several others had been injured when an unidentified group of men had opened fire at a JVP rally in Katuwana, Hambanthota. Outraged JVP members held a protest campaign demanding justice for the killings.  The protest began from [...]

Crate Law In Effect

The controversial plastic crate law, which came into effect last Tuesday (12), states that certain vegetables and fruits should  be transported from the economic centres around the country to Colombo in plastic crates, wooden crates or cardboard boxes. The law was introduced to ensure that there was a 35% reduction in the wastage of the [...]

Home Sweet Home

By The Bloemendhal Garbage Hill Text and pictures by Pavithra Jovan De Mello Home. The very place that you sleep at night, enjoy a meal with your family and also the place you know that is always there for you. Now imagine that it is to be demolished for a petroleum pipeline. This is what [...]


Text and Pictures by Pavithra Jovan De Mello May 19th, 2012, Victory Day was celebrated yesterday with pomp and pageantary under the patronage of President Mahinda Rajapaksa. A massive display with the armed forces having rehearsed for days before the colourful event. The parade, according to the Defence Mnistry, consisted of 852 officers and 12,828 [...]

Gota’s Vesak

A Vesak dansala was organized by Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa last week at Bauddhaloka Mawatha in Colombo. First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa was among the guests invited to partake in meals at the dansala. The wives of the Army Commander, Defence Secretary, President’s Secretary as well as former sprint queen Susanthika Jayasinghe were among those present.

May Day In Sri Lanka

Workers Are Pawns In The Hands Of Politicians Our pictorial today showcases in a nutshell what May Day in Sri Lanka has become.  It is nothing but  a senseless political exercise as workers on meagre salaries are exploited by politicians on the one holiday in the calendar year dedicated to them.  This year too, all [...]


Text and Pictures – by Pavithra Jovan De Mello Vesak, is one of the biggest and most important days in the Buddhist calender in Sri Lanka and other countries. Even through war and hard times Vesak was celebrated, with most households having at least  one lantern or a Buddhist flag hung in their garden, lit [...]

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