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Govt Campaign Is Hero Or Traitor »

Papal Visit is a ‘Go’ as Ranil Negotiates, Karu Hits Out, Sajith Waits, Akila Ties the Knot – and Crossover talks emerge The very thought of having an election has…

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Mixed Reactions To Latest Budget »

  The 2015 budget presented by President Mahinda Rajapaksa drew mixed reactions from Parliament with government members hailing it while the opposition, as expected, said it failed to meet expectations.…

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Why Crave For Power? »

We were ruminating on the words of wisdom of our old school friend Conner Beerasinghe, a great thinker and drinker with which we ended our column last week: The nation…

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Jihad Threatens Europe »

By Gamini Weerakoon Muddled immigration policies of European governments have resulted in these nations being brought to a critical point where their Christian civilisation is being threatened by militant Islamic…

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Fourth Best: Disappointing But Fair »

Four successive fourth-place finishes is as good evidence as any to confirm Sri Lanka’s place in Asian rugby: Fourth. Though no.4 is a significant improvement on our rankings of between…

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Is This The Solution? »

The news that a group of monks, representing the Ravana Balaya raided the office of the Chairman, Foreign Employment Bureau (FEB) on October 16, questioning the Chairman on his failure…

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Canada On Alert »

A policeman patrols along the departure hall with dog at the Vancouver International Airport in Vancouver, Canada, Oct. 22, 2014. After the shooting at the National War Memorial and Parliament…

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Railway Unions Cry Foul »

By Nirmala Kannangara Railway employees question why the northern railway line contract was given to India when Railway Department workers…

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Regulation Not For Locals With Foreign Passports »

By Camelia Nathaniel The Ministry of Defence (MOD) revealed that all foreign passport holders are required to register with the…

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Sharma and WigneswaranTo Hold Talks »

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will hold talks with Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran during a visit to Jaffna. Sharma…

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UK Studying EU Judgement »

The British Government says it is studying the recent EU Court ruling on the LTTE sanctions while the rebels continue…

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Pope’s Visit On Track So Far »

By Nirmala Kannangara Pope Francis’ scheduled visit to Sri Lanka in January next year is still on track as the…

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UNP Wants 19A Passed »

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) yesterday informed Parliament that it backs the proposed 19th Amendment to the Constitution…

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“Indo – Lanka Ties Withstood Test Of Time” »

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Indian President Pranab Mukherjee says relations between India and Sri Lanka have withstood the test of time and socio-cultural exchanges…

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Benjamin Henry Miller Gets Peace Award »

The National Peace Council has awarded its Citizens Peace Award for 2014 to Reverend Father Benjamin Henry Miller for his…

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GMOA Seeks Government Response »

By Nirmala Kannangara In order to stop the brain drain, the Government Medical Officer’s Association (GMOA) is expecting the government…

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Probe On Illegal Elephant Licences »

By Nirmala Kannangara The Auditor General’s Department is conducting an investigation into the issuing of another ten illegal elephant licenses…

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The Long Journey Back Home… »

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By Camelia Nathaniel Despite active opposition from pro-LTTE Tamil nationalist groups in Tamil Nadu and the unhelpful attitude of the Tamil Nadu Government, a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee rehabilitation organisation working in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka for the past 30 years, is trying its…

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A Demand For 6% of GDP »

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By Waruni Karunarathne Several education unions went about town holding placards last week in support of countrywide protests staged by both the public and private sectors hoping that their demands would be addressed by the 2015 budget. Many trade unionists are of the view that…

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Don’t Deal With Pro-LTTE TNA »

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By Camelia Nathaniel Veerasingham Anandasangaree , Secretary General of the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF), has written to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, to say that they should talk to the TULF rather than the Tamil National Alliance (TNA),…

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Politics At Play – JHU »

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By Camelia Nathaniel The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) have been critical of the government’s course of action regarding the country’s economy but said that there was still a possibility of reviving the economy through proper planning. The JHU had recently handed over a set of…

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Fishing In Banned Waters »

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By Waruni Karunarathne With the European Union (EU) deciding to impose a sanction on Sri Lankan fisheries products, there is lot of agitation created especially among the fisher folks. Some fisher groups who will be affected by this decision recently protested in front of the…

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Agriculture At Risk »

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    By Nirmala Kannangara The Government’s failure to interrelate all departments in the agriculture sector with one ministry has put the country’s agro-industry at risk, one time Agriculture Minister, Anura Kumara Dissanayake alleged. According to Dissanayake, it would have been easier to deliver effective…

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Fuelling The Energy Debate »

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By Camelia Nathaniel The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) are two vital organisations that have a direct bearing on the country’s economy and it is of great importance that these two organisations function without losses even if they do not…

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The ‘Inconsistency’ Of Yan Oya »

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By Nirmala Kannangara It has come to the public eye how the Government plans to allegedly ‘spend’ a staggering sum of Rs. 41.538 million on irrigating one hectare of paddy land under the proposed controversial Yan Oya reservoir project. In order to irrigate 650 hectares…

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Hikes In Income Needed For All Categories Of Employees »

These comments are being written before President and Finance Minister presents his tenth consecutive budget to parliament and it will be read on Sunday when all controversial issues…

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Beyond What BBS And Islamophobes Would Want Us To Believe »

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By Izeth Hussain  I will conclude this series of articles by focusing on two questions: firstly, what is the explanation for the anti-Muslim campaign, and secondly,…

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No Acceptable Need For Large Sums On Defence – Ravi Karunanayake »

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  While the people are happy at the government’s decision to reduce the prices of fuel and electricity, the Opposition has been critical of the…

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We Have Not Seen Any Adverse Impact On Real Economic Growth – Ajith Nivard Cabraal »

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Following Friday’s unveiling of the national budget, Governor of the Central Bank Ajith Nivard Cabraal speaks to The Sunday Leader on some of the crucial economic issues affecting the…

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Sri Lanka: Under Appreciation And More »

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By N Sathiya Moorthy It’s sad that even decades after the India-Sri Lanka Accord was signed, and five full years after the conclusion of the…

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The Mystery Of Presidential Election Date »

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By Dr Jehan Perera The government spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has announced that Presidential Elections will be held in January. He has also said that…

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‘‘Improve Public Transport »

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By Waruni Karunarathne Both private and public transport sectors have been demanding annually when a budget nears the necessary changes to improve the standards of…

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A Demand For 6% of GDP

By Waruni Karunarathne Several education unions went about town holding placards last week in support of countrywide protests staged by both the public and private sectors hoping that their demands would be addressed by the 2015…

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The Long Journey Back Home…

By Camelia Nathaniel Despite active opposition from pro-LTTE Tamil nationalist groups in Tamil Nadu and the unhelpful attitude of the Tamil Nadu Government, a Sri Lankan Tamil refugee rehabilitation organisation working in Tamil Nadu and Sri…

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No Acceptable Need For Large Sums On Defence – Ravi Karunanayake

  While the people are happy at the government’s decision to reduce the prices of fuel and electricity, the Opposition has been critical of the government’s move and stated that the government is only reducing the prices…

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Beyond What BBS And Islamophobes Would Want Us To Believe

By Izeth Hussain  I will conclude this series of articles by focusing on two questions: firstly, what is the explanation for the anti-Muslim campaign, and secondly, what should be done about it? But before getting to that…

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Sri Lanka: Under Appreciation And More

By N Sathiya Moorthy It’s sad that even decades after the India-Sri Lanka Accord was signed, and five full years after the conclusion of the decisive Eelam War IV, bilateral relations between the two critical Indian…

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Budget Brings Series Of Giveaways

By Camelia Nathaniel The national budget for 2015, which President Mahinda Rajapaksa presented on Friday, is aimed at winning over the long neglected masses ahead of a snap Presidential election expected to be held in early January.…

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Stitching Farfetched Beauty

By Sadhana Senanayake Every once in a while you will encounter something that will inspire in you a sense of curiosity and wonder, Catherine Rawson’s collection for her brand “The Old Railway” that showed at Colombo…

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Murali Harmony Cup

The Third Murali Harmony Cup, a reconciliation cricket tournament that promotes unity, goodwill, teamwork, the spirit of fair play and service to disadvantaged rural communities in post-war Sri Lanka will be held from 29 October –…

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