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Cricket With Aussies And Russians At Olympics »

by Gamini Weerakoon Cricket – call it a game, religion or nationalism – was one thing that united Sri Lanka. A victory against a foreign team caused a national uproar,…

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The Redundancy Of ‘Naming Names’ »

by Emil van der Poorten I have been, probably justifiably, taken to task for not specifying the names of those I’ve made thinly-veiled reference to in a recent column. Unfortunately,…

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India Throws Away Fig Leaf Of Non Alignment »

Veteran Non Aligned supporters in the glory days of the movement and their descendants of today are somewhat distraught about what they perceive to be the Yahapalanaya government moving towards…

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Committed Towards The Betterment Of Society »

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya She is an attractive lady with glowing eyes and a fair skin. Her home environment has encouraged her to serve the community towards its betterment. Her father…

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News

MR’s Seychelles Visit Cost Over Rs.100 Million »

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya Two official visits undertaken to the Seychelles by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa cost the government over Rs.…

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Rosy To Be New Colombo Mayor »

Former Parliamentarian Rosy Senanayake is to be appointed as the new Mayor of Colombo, well informed sources said. Senanayake, who…

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CID Yet To Get Bank Details In Lasantha Probe »

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) is yet to receive the bank details of several army intelligence officers over the investigations…

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SLFPers In JO To Boycott Party Anniversary »

Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) members in the Joint Opposition are to boycott the SLFP anniversary event in Kurunegala next…

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TID Postpones Questioning Jeyakumari »

The Terrorist Investigation Division (TID), which was to question activist Balendran Jeyakumary on Friday, had postponed it for a later date.…

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Port City Was To Go To Singaporean Company? »

by Ifham Nizam The Colombo Port City Project was to be given to the Singapore Harbour Corporation, the Company that…

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Finance Minister Says Income Positive »

The government has been able to earn a positive income in the first seven months of this year following the…

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Editor's Pick

Military Intelligence Coddles Remanded Murder Suspects »

Lasantha Wickrematunge and Prageeth Eknaligoda

Lasantha murder suspect promoted, paid salary, loans, while in remand Military Intelligence colonels accompany suspect families to supreme court hearings Flurry of lawsuits, psychological warfare, paralyzes prosecutors CID treading on eggshells against military intelligence juggernaut by Vimukthi Yapa Early 2010 marked the first real breakthrough…

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Enhancing FDIs & Exports »

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by Dinesh Isuru Foreign direct investment, a foundation for economic diversification, has been disappointing despite numerous fiscal incentives. FDI remains below 2 per cent of GDP five years after the end of the armed conflict, which is low relative to much higher levels of FDI…

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Dumbara Nindagama Residents Forced To Become Gypsies! »

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by  Ashanti Warunasuriya Dumbara Nindagama has a key significance in the recent social discussions regarding land issues. For many years, the residents of Dumbara Nindagama have been doing everything they could to obtain legal titles to their ancestral lands. Although this issue was reported in…

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Allegations On Violating Tender Procedures »

The Minister of Prison Reforms Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, D. M. Swaminathan

Minister Swaminathan’s own decision to select Carlwil Place building… by Hafsa Sabry The Minister of Prison Reforms Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Hindu Religious Affairs, D. M. Swaminathan, on his own decision, had allegedly selected the building located in Carlwil Place, Kollupitiya to house all its five…

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Wakf Board Funds Vandalised? »

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by Hafsa Sabry The government’s failure in appointing an appropriate Minister to the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry to address the issues and the cases taken up in the Wakf Tribunal has resulted in several officials including the secretary to the ministry vandalising the charity funds,…

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SriLankan Airlines’ Wet-lease Goes Dry »

Board of Inquiry Chairman J. C. Weliamuna handing over the report to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, while Minister of Ports Arjuna Ranatunga looks on

by Wiraj Silva Although the public which was pacified by the government that Sri Lanka’s national carrier – SriLankan Airlines, which recorded billions of rupees of taxpayer money during the heyday of Rajapaksa regime; will recover under the Yahapalana, is in for another horror with…

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Legal System Manipulated For Colombo Port City Project – Senior Environment Lawyer Jagath Gunawardena »

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by Ifham Nizam The legal system has been manipulated more or less in this whole process of the Colombo Port City Project, says senior Environment Lawyer Jagath Gunawardena. Speaking to The Sunday Leader, citing examples, he stressed that the Coast Conservation Department can only deal…

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Army Safe From OMP? »

Minister of National Dialogue Mano Ganeshan

No direct mention of probing military detention centers by Easwaran Rutnam and Thushari Nathaniel The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) which was approved by Parliament recently, has made sure there is no mention of investigating the army for rights abuses. The Bill on the OMP…

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Missing Persons: From Rohana Wijeweera To Noel Gunaratnam, And More… »

The Joint Opposition has appealed to Speaker not to endorse the Bill on ‘missing persons’

by N. Sathiya Moorthy Now that Parliament has passed a government-sponsored Bill on ‘missing persons’, questions arise as to how the proposed ‘Office’ under the new law would go about its job. The final word however may stay with the higher judiciary of the land,…

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Not Who Split The Party But Who Can Bring Unity? »

President Maithripala Sirisena and ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa are now engaged in a finger pointing exercise of: Who Sir? Me Sir? Not I Sir. Who then…

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New Policy To Protect Rights Of IDPs »

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by Easwaran Rutnam A new National policy on war displaced, which was approved by the cabinet last week, will ensure the rights of internally displaced…

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OMP : Boon Or Bane To Democracy? »

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by Wimalanath Weerarathne President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the recent Law Asia 2016 Summit emphasized that law should be equal to everyone. The President said that…

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We’re Giving Government Our Fullest Support – D. Sidharthan »

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by Thushari Nathaniel PLOT leader and TNA MP D. Sidharthan says he has confidence in the current regime that it will deliver justice to the…

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Government Heading In Right Direction – Supun Rajakaruna »

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by Thushari Nathaniel UNP MP and former member of the Western Provincial Council Harshana Supun Rajakaruna believes that the Good Governance regime has achieved great…

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OMP Bill Is Superfluous – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena »

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by Thushari Nathaniel United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MP Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, now a member of the Joint Opposition (JO), is of the view that…

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Rajapaksa Group Rouses Racists – Bimal Rathnayake »

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by Thushari Nathaniel JVP MP Bimal Rathnayake is of the view that the OMP bill passed last Tuesday is a step taken in the right…

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Office Of Missing Persons What Is Behind? »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuirya The government passed the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) Bill in parliament recently. Before and during the process, there were heated debates…

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Controversy Lingers On Hambantota Port And Mattala Airport

byAshanthi Warunasuriya Although several massive development projects were initiated under the previous regime, most of these projects made a new turn after the presidential election. Most notable among these projects were the Mattala International Airport and…

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OMP : Boon Or Bane To Democracy?

by Wimalanath Weerarathne President Maithripala Sirisena addressing the recent Law Asia 2016 Summit emphasized that law should be equal to everyone. The President said that the public questioned him as to how far it was fair…

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New Policy To Protect Rights Of IDPs

by Easwaran Rutnam A new National policy on war displaced, which was approved by the cabinet last week, will ensure the rights of internally displaced persons is protected and all their issues are addressed. The full…

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We’re Giving Government Our Fullest Support – D. Sidharthan

by Thushari Nathaniel PLOT leader and TNA MP D. Sidharthan says he has confidence in the current regime that it will deliver justice to the Tamil people. He said that even though the government has good…

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Balapitiya Tragedy Puts Safety In Question

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya The tragic drowning of four individuals last week in Balapitiya has raised questions of measures taken to warn people in specific areas of rough waters and the threat of drowning. Four people, including…

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Oil & Gas Partnerships

Sri Lanka Needs Private – Public Joint Ventures To Boost Petroleum Industry by Santhush Fernando Sri Lanka needs to have Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in oil exploration in particular and within the petroleum industry  in general,…

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Buoyant Lankans Face Determined Aussies

First ODI – R Premadasa Stadium A buoyant Sri Lankan team fresh from a historic 3-0 whitewash of Australia in tests will face a determined Australian side seeking to salvage some pride when the two teams…

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