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Mangy Is The Same Class As Henry »

by Gamini Weerakoon The greenest of Sri Kotha greens, Eksath Kollopang (Kollops to his friends) was in tantrums at the Waterhole. Were Maithri and Ranil hit by the heat wave…

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Not Just Climate Change And Global Warming »

by Emil van der Poorten As one who believes that climate change driven by man’s insistence on refusing to accept that his behaviour is responsible for global warming, I have…

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Uganda: Presidents For Life Meet »

by Gamini Weerakoon The gathering of African leaders for the ceremonial in inauguration of the 5th term of office of Ugandan President Yoweri Musaveni was  exceptional in that it had a…

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A Leader For Voiceless Women »

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Dilushika Sandhamali Dissanayake is a young woman residing in Galgamuwa. She is still in the prime years of her youth but there is a special reason why…

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Making A Joke Of Asian Rugby »

SRI LANKA’s failure last week to bring back the Asian Rugby Championships’ Div. 1 title is disappointing, utterly, following as it does last year’s sweeping triumph. Apologists however will have…

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Sampur Coal Project Continues Despite Modi-Sirisena Talks? »

by Ifham Nizam India’s state-run National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd. (NTPC) has not decided to cancel or convert the proposed…

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Aid Distribution Rocked By Controversy »

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The distribution of aid to families affected by the extreme weather has been rocked by controversy with…

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Stolen Elephants To Be Returned To Thieves »

by Shalika Wimalasena Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya has ordered officials to return the baby elephants seized over allegations that…

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CID ASP Given Illegal Promotion »

An Assistant Police Superintendent (ASP) of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has been illegally promoted to the rank of SP…

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Attempt By MR Group To Create Rift In UNP »

An attempt is being made by a group of Parliamentarians supporting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to create a rift in…

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Sri Lanka Losing USD 60 Million Annually »

by Camelia Nathaniel The Minister of Fisheries, Mahinda Amaraweera, told The Sunday Leader that due to the illegal Indian fishermen…

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Unqualified MD At The Helm »

SLTPB struggles on by Nirmala Kannangara Continuous failure of the Managing Director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB)…

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Mr Gets Govt. Funds for Ugandan Trip »

by Nirmala Kannangara Despite accusations made against Former President Kurunegala District UPFA Parliamentarian Mahinda Rajapaksa that he had spent millions…

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Make Or Break Talks As SLMC Rift Deepens »

Rauf Hakeem and Hasen Ali

by Easwaran Rutnam Crucial discussions are taking place in the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) in order to resolve a serious rift in the party. The rift involves a faction supporting SLMC General Secretary Hasen Ali and SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem. The rift, which first…

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Chinese Funds Chanelled To Voice Rajapaksa Dream »

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by Nirmala Kannangara With the revelation of how Rajapaksa siblings have obtained the radio and television transmitters donated by the Chinese government to the government of Sri Lanka to start their own private broadcasting station, the Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) has reportedly commenced investigations…

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How Charity Begins At Home For The Rajapaksas »

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by Nirmala Kannangara Commissions obtained from projects by the Rajapaksa family during their reign have been confirmed following the release of the Auditor General’s report on the Sri Lanka Ports Authority. The report dated March 1, 2016 under Ref. No. POS/A/SLPA/2016/04 states how Colombo International…

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In Line To Be The One Who Commands »

Chrishantha de Silva

by Camelia Nathaniel It is yet to be announced whether the tenure of incumbent Army Commander Chrishantha de Silva would be re-extended once his current extension expires on August 21. If the current Commander’s extension is not granted, then the next Army Commander will have…

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Controversy Over Navy’s Nigerian Contract »

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They robbed me of my contract – senadhipathi by Camelia Nathaniel With the Sri Lanka Navy concluding its first contract with the Nigerian Navy for manufacturing and supplying six Arrow Boats and three Inshore Patrol Craft worth approximately USD 4.2 million, Avant Garde Chairman Nissanka…

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Mahinda’s Entitlement Mentality »

Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chandrika Kumaratunga

by Nirmala Kannangara Following MP Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Private Secretary Uditha Lokubandara’s claim that the former president is entitled to travel expenses for official trips as per the Presidents’ Entitlement Act No. 4 of 1986, it has now been revealed how Rajapaksa when in office pruned…

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How The Bankers To The Nation Were Taken To The Cleaners »

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It is indeed mind-boggling to note how the Bank of Ceylon disregarded the trust placed in them and violated standard banking protocol by responding to a scam e-mail originating from Nigeria by Nirmala Kannangara Following a fraudulent third party wire transfer carried out by Bank…

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Rajitha Off The Hook In Fishy Deals »

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by Camelia Nathaniel Evidence has surfaced that a prominent minister and former fisheries minister had been engaged in bribery and corruption during his tenure at the fisheries ministry depriving the country of millions of rupees in tax revenue and depriving the fishing community of many…

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VATs And Whatnots Of Increased Hospital Bills »

Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital

by Hafsa Sabry The addition of Value Added Tax (VAT) to the service charge in two semi-government hospitals has come under fire as the government has failed to keep its promise of excluding the public health sector from VAT. President, All Ceylon Nurses Service Union,(ACNSU)…

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Sampanthan’s ‘Forcible’ Entry; Where It Becomes ‘Forceful’? »

M. A. Sumanthiran and R. Sampanthan

by the Research Team, Law and Society Trust (Anushka Kahandagama, Niroshika Wegiriya, Naveen Maha Arachchige and Chaturika Peiris) The recent event of forcible entry of opposition leader Sampanthan to a military camp in Paravipachchan with a group of nearly 50, including MP Sumanthiran, and MP…

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Reconciling To India, And Reconciling With India »

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Maithiripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Coming as it did just ahead of President Maithiripala Sirisena’s India visit and meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the commencement of church renovation work on Katchchativu islet has drawn attention in more ways than one. Apart from Tamil Nadu chief…

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Flood Relief Is Not A One Week Affair »

The South West Monsoon lashing the entire island in May is no surprise to any Sri Lankan. Even school children know it is time of…

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Armitage Does Mediator Role; Meets TNA To Discuss Issues »

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by Easwaran Rutnam A onetime strongman in the US administration, Richard Armitage, had talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) last week in what was…

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Citizen Power And The Opposition »

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by Wimalanath Weerarathne Puravesi Balaya (Citizens’ Power) organization at a media conference held on May 16 claimed that there is a great suspicion that the…

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Govt. Institutions Are Overstaffed With Incompetent Management – Harshana Rajakaruna »

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by Camelia Nathaniel United National Party MP Harshana Rajakaruna says that privatisation of loss making government institutions is not a bad thing but there are…

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SriLankan Must Be Privatised Inclusive Of The Debts – Arundika Fernando »

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By Camelia Nathaniel The Deputy Minister of Tourism and Christian Affairs Arundika Fernando admitted that the government was planning on taking on the debt burden…

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We Had A Plan To Improve State Sector Efficiency – Vasudeva Nanayakkara »

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By Ashanthi Warunasuirya The previous government increased the manpower in the state sector as it had a plan to improve the efficiency of the state…

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From PM To Ministers Everybody Must Make Sacrifices – Vijitha Herath »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuirya The present government is engaged in an attempt to privatise state institutions, JVP MP Vijitha Herath told The Sunday Leader. Pointing out…

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Justice Delayed Is Corruption Condoned »

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Concern over drastic slowing down of anti-corruption drive by Ashanthi Warunasuirya Putting an end to corruption was one of the key election slogans of the…

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Economy Of Sri Lanka: Quo Vadis? »

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by Wiraj Silva With the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) adopting a three-pronged policy improve its fiscal position in particular and the Sri…

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On With The Wind »

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Public-private tussle emerges as CEB prepares to move ahead with wind power plant in the Mannar Island by Ifham Nizam Under the instructions of the…

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Chinese Funds Chanelled To Voice Rajapaksa Dream

by Nirmala Kannangara With the revelation of how Rajapaksa siblings have obtained the radio and television transmitters donated by the Chinese government to the government of Sri Lanka to start their own private broadcasting station, the…

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Make Or Break Talks As SLMC Rift Deepens

by Easwaran Rutnam Crucial discussions are taking place in the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) in order to resolve a serious rift in the party. The rift involves a faction supporting SLMC General Secretary Hasen Ali…

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Armitage Does Mediator Role; Meets TNA To Discuss Issues

by Easwaran Rutnam A onetime strongman in the US administration, Richard Armitage, had talks with the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) last week in what was seen as a mediator role. A former United States Deputy Secretary…

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Govt. Institutions Are Overstaffed With Incompetent Management – Harshana Rajakaruna

by Camelia Nathaniel United National Party MP Harshana Rajakaruna says that privatisation of loss making government institutions is not a bad thing but there are certain institutions that simply cannot be privatised. In an interview with…

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Rain Brings Tears And Sorrow

by Camelia Nathaniel Pictures by Lalith Perera For the past three days I have not been able to get out of the house and even to get supplies its impossible to get out. In Kohilawatte the water…

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Crowding-Out Reversed

Credit To Private Sector Skyrockets In 2015 by Dinesh Isuru With the United National Front for Good Governance (UNFGG) adopting a policy to reduce borrowings, Sri Lanka’s engine of growth – the private sector, which was…

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England’s Bowlers Strike After Bairstow Ton

Sri Lanka vs England First Test – Headingley Jonny Bairstow added three catches behind the stumps to a brilliant counter-punching innings of 140, as England took command on the second afternoon of the first Test at…

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