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Between The Devil And Deep Blue Sea »

By Jayampathy Molligoda As reported by veteran International journalist Taylor Dibbert in Huffington Post in February this year, Mahinda Rajapaksa is a savvy, charismatic political operator and the Rajapaksa brand…

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Democracy Buried As Maldivian Mandela Jailed »

The Maldivian Regime of Abdulla Yameen bestowed on itself the worst ignominy for a government that calls itself a democracy when it dragged its former President Mohamed Nasheed along the…

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The Good And Bad Of Rugby League 2014-15 »

THE 2014-15 League is now in the hands of those who’ll record it for posterity. And what they’ll write of the four-month long competition, concluded last week, will be quite…

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Good Governance – Yahapalanaya »

Almost 50 days had passed, since this government came into power under the leadership of president Maithripala Sirisena. He had made several promises to fulfill within 100 days. Although he…

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Netanyahu Expresses Gratitude »

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prays at the Jewish site of the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on March 18, 2015. Incumbent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu…

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HR Chief Determined »

By Easwaran Rutnam The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein has noted that he will release…

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Pakistani Sex Worker Ring Exposed »

By Indika Sri Aravinda The special investigation unit of the Department of Immigration and Emigration says an extensive investigation had…

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President To Release Land In Jaffna »

By Indika Sri Aravinda and Waruni Karunaratne Complying with the instruction given by President Maithripala Sirisensa, the Ministry of Defence…

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Port City Loses USD 60.8 Million »

By Indika Sri Aravinda Due to the temporary abandonment of the Port City Project by the government, the construction company…

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Politicos To Be Arrested »

Minister of Public Order, Disaster Management and Christian Affairs John Amaratunga says a few leading politicians will be taken into…

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US Delegation Notes Progress In Lanka »

A US delegation, which visited Sri Lanka to assess the climate for religious freedom, other human rights, and tolerance, have…

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Vasu To Remain With UPFA »

The leader of the Democratic Left Front Vasudeva Nanayakkara says that his party and some other political parties will continue…

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Doctors To Strike »

Government doctors are to go on strike on Tuesday over the failure by the new Government to meet some of…

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Alleged Abduction: Police End Probe »

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By Waruni Karunarathne The police said that they had conducted the necessary investigations into the complaint lodged by the parents of a girl saying that their daughter had been allegedly abducted by the youngest son of Cabinet Minister Rajitha Senaratne. Speaking to The Sunday Leader,…

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Govt Coffers Deprived Of Billions »

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Due to large scale fraud at Dept of Motor Traffic By Nirmala Kannangara The government coffers have been deprived of generating revenue amounting to billions of rupees allegedly by way of continuous vehicle registration frauds at the Department of Motor Traffic, a high ranking Motor…

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Meeting Sri Lanka’s Housing Needs »

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By Camelia Nathaniel During the former President Ranasinghe Premadasa’s term, attempts were made to uplift rural areas, notably via the Gam Udawa (Village Awakening) programme. The housing development programme of that government was enhanced and pursued vigorously. Unfortunately, after his demise, some of the village…

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National Anthem In Tamil: Mixed Reactions »

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By Waruni Karunarathne While some political parties have criticised the move to lift certain restrictions on singing the Sri Lankan national anthem in Tamil, many have praised it as a step towards reconciliation. President Maithripala Sirisena has stated last week that the government would send…

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High Tension Over Transmission Line »

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By Camelia Nathaniel The case filed by the group voice of the Puttalam people (Puttalam Janatha Handa) against the construction of high voltage transmission lines across the Puttalam Lagoon from the Norochcholai Coal Power Station to Anuradhapura was taken up by the Appeal court last…

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Home Is Where The Heart Is »

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By Meera Srinivasan “I don’t like it here in Jaffna; life has been very tough,” says 23-year-old P. Alfred. If given a chance he would “run back” to Tamil Nadu, he says, to complete his B.Com degree. Alfred’s family left Sri Lanka in 1998 and…

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Child Abuse Raises Its Ugly Head »

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By Camelia Nathaniel With the recent report of a 16-year-old girl’s death in the Vanni after being gang raped, it has once again raised concerns over the plight of children in our country and their safety. However, the new State Minister for Child Development Rosy…

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Stop Playing Big Brother With Sri Lanka »

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By Padma Rao Sundarji Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Sri Lanka was replete with ‘firsts’. He was the first Indian PM to visit the island nation in 28 years. He was the first PM to travel to Jaffna, the capital of the Tamil-majority…

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On A Mission To Link Matara – Beliatta »

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The Matara – Beliatta railway line, which is currently under construction, is the first rail track to be constructed since the end of British colonial rule. This newly constructed railway line does not only upgrade Sri Lanka’s railway network, but will also improve the economic…

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Ranil Kicks Into His Own Goal »

The media in Sri Lanka has been a dual purpose object of veneration and abuse in the past many years and continues to be so.…

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Undermining Official Languages Policy »

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By Lionel Guruge The 2015 Presidential election concluded with an unprecedented majority of Tamil and Muslim voters casting their vote against the former President Mahinda…

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Ranil Not An Inclusive Person – Rajiva Wijesinha »

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By Camelia Nathaniel Former Minister Rajiva Wijesinha who last week crossed over to the opposition following a rift with the Government, accused Prime Minister Ranil…

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Sri Lanka Should Foster Cordial Relations With China – Palitha T. B. Kohona »

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Dr Palitha T.B. Kohona, the Former Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in New York, who was also once the Secretary to…

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Kshenuka’s Appointment Raises Concerns »

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By Camelia Nathaniel The government has come under severe criticism from numerous quarters for the appointment of former external Affairs Ministry’s Secretary, Kshenuka Seneviratne as…

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Bracing Up For Parliament Polls »

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By N Sathiya Moorthy The little-known Labour Party’s claim that former President Mahinda Rajapaksa would enter the prime ministerial fray is bemusing and confusing at…

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19-A Rattles Government »

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By Camelia Nathaniel With the Gazette notification on the 19th Amendment to the Constitution being published last Tuesday, March 17 there have been varying responses…

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Strong Push For Independent Elections Commission »

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Commonwealth election observers have urged Sri Lanka to establish an independent Elections Commission in accordance with the provisions of Articles 103 and 104 of the…

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Dialogue Towards Positive Social Change »

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By Waruni Karunarathne The Secretary of the Muslim Council Sri Lanka (MCSL) held a panel discussion last Thursday on ‘Islamophobia and Social Harmony’ focusing on…

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Alleged Abduction: Police End Probe

By Waruni Karunarathne The police said that they had conducted the necessary investigations into the complaint lodged by the parents of a girl saying that their daughter had been allegedly abducted by the youngest son of…

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Meeting Sri Lanka’s Housing Needs

By Camelia Nathaniel During the former President Ranasinghe Premadasa’s term, attempts were made to uplift rural areas, notably via the Gam Udawa (Village Awakening) programme. The housing development programme of that government was enhanced and pursued…

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Ranil Not An Inclusive Person – Rajiva Wijesinha

By Camelia Nathaniel Former Minister Rajiva Wijesinha who last week crossed over to the opposition following a rift with the Government, accused Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of failing to take an inclusive approach. He says the…

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Undermining Official Languages Policy

By Lionel Guruge The 2015 Presidential election concluded with an unprecedented majority of Tamil and Muslim voters casting their vote against the former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and choosing Maithripala Sirisena. One of the main themes around…

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National Anthem In Tamil: Mixed Reactions

By Waruni Karunarathne While some political parties have criticised the move to lift certain restrictions on singing the Sri Lankan national anthem in Tamil, many have praised it as a step towards reconciliation. President Maithripala Sirisena…

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Anjani An Actress On A Mission

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya Born and raised in the United States, Anjani Perera shot into the spotlight after acting in the movie Sri Siddhartha Gauthama, which broke box office records in Sri Lanka in 2013. Anjani played…

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Plantations In Crisis

Estates suffer massive Rs. 2.8B loss in 2014 Plagued by plummeting tea prices and a rubber market at an all-time low along with high production costs, 19 Regional Plantation Companies (RPCs) have collectively made a staggering…

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No fairy tale ending for cricket’s greatest partnership

By Charles Reynolds Nearly 15 years have passed since a 22-year-old left hander from Kandy and a 23-year-old right hander from Colombo, first found themselves batting together for their country. Now, 148 ODI partnerships and 5969…

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