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Power Corrupts »

by Camelia Nathaniel, Ashanthi Warunasuriya and Hafsa Sabry After it was exposed how former Wildlife Minister S.M. Chandrasena had obtained electricity for his hotel illegally from the police post which is paid…

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London ‘Haamus’ Reject Lankan ‘Yakko’ Advice »

by Gamini Weerakoon The UNP trio that went to London to advise British voters of Sri Lankan origin on the British referendum has run into heavy flak of some of…

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Dedicating Her Whole Life Towards Social Service »

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya I have dedicated my whole life towards social service and I intend to do so for the rest of my life. My only wish is to see…

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Ban Of Russia From Rio Games: Hangover From The Cold War? »

by Gamini Weerakoon The end of the Cold War is said to have been in 1989 but even after 27 years, some of the gross features manifest periodically. The Cold…

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Many Reasons For Foreigners Return; Money Isn’t One Of Them »

SO, should the door reopen to foreign rugby players next season?  That the question should be asked at all is ironic, remembering that in only the season-before-last, 2014-15, the foreigners…

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Chinese Say No To Almost Expired Weapons And Ammunition? »

by Ashanthi Warunasuriya and Camelia Nathaniel A Chinese weapons and ammunition supplier has refused to take back weapons and ammunition…

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Difference Of Opinion In Bid To Form New Party »

by Janaka Balalla Attempts by the joint opposition to form a new political alliance are facing rocky ground with difference…

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President Turns Down Request To Contest »

President Maithripala Sirisena has turned down a request from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to contest for another term…

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Ravi Discusses Concerns With Auditor General »

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake met Auditor General Gamini Wijesinghe on Friday and discussed the concerns raised over the Auditor General’s…

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New Constitution Before Next Budget »

The government will look to seek Parliament approval for the new Constitution ahead of the presentation of the 2017 budget,…

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Govt. Urged To Hold LG Polls Soon »

by Camelia Nathaniel The Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV) has demanded the government to specify a time frame for…

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Over 400 Tamils To Join Police »

Over 400 Tamils will be joining the Sri Lanka Police after the completion of their training in August this year,…

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New Warning On Mosquito Breeding Grounds »

by  Ifham Nizam Medical experts warn the public to be cautious about mosquito breeding grounds especially in the areas that…

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Tension In The Air With Proposed Wind Plant »

CEB Chairman Anura Wijayapala and Dr. Rohan Pethiyagoda

CEB and environmentalists clash as Mannar Island plant plans get underway by Ifham Nizam The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) top management fears that not only will they have to give up planned coal-fired power plants in the country but proposed wind power plants as well…

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Senadhipathy Threatens To Sue RALL For Billions »

Chairman, Avant Garde Maritime Services, Nissanka Senadhipathy and Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi

A new twist in Avant Garde drama by Camelia Nathaniel Chairman, Avant Garde Maritime Services, Nissanka Senadhipathy has informed the Chairman of Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited (RALL) in writing on Friday (24) that RAAL had failed to clarify the ownership of the weapons on board…

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To be An Officer And A Gentleman »

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New code of ethics for Police a long-felt need by Hafsa Sabry A newly established code of ethics for the Sri Lanka Police will be launched in all police stations in the near future to ensure that all police officers uphold the interests of the…

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Why London Cricket Tamasha Was A Big Flop »

R. Premadasa Stadium still does not have the much needed indoor nets and a swimming pool

by Nirmala Kannangara Cash-strapped Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is once again in the midst of much controversy, not least in the matter of the exorbitant expenditure on a fund-raising event in London which is alleged to have been a total flop. Amongst the allegations levelled…

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Veyangoda, A Disaster Waiting To Happen »

Karunasena Hettiarachchi and Chandima S. Alwis

By Camelia Nathaniel The risk posed by improperly managed conventional ammunition storage facilities is massive and as recent events have shown, it can result in large numbers of casualties, widespread destruction of infrastructure and the disruption of the livelihood of entire communities. Acquisition of funding for…

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How MR’s Architect Spun A Web Of Lies »

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by Nirmala Kannangara Following Tuesday’s cabinet decision to suspend the architectural consultation contract offered to Muditha Jayakody Associates (Pvt) Ltd. (MJAPL) for the Akuregoda Defence Headquarters, questions have now been raised as to when the Government of Sri Lanka is to recover the overpaid consultancy…

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Uma Oya Project Throws Up Fresh Challenges »

Uma Oya Project has caused sorruounding land unstable

by Ifham Nizam Villagers in and around the ongoing Uma Oya Project say they are facing severe water shortages due to the tunnelling that led to a `water leak’ a few days back. Naturalist Indaka Kamaladasa, a resident of the area, told The Sunday Leader…

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Peace Building And Corruption »

Partners in the coalition government

by Colin Athuraliya After sometime following  January 08, 2015, there is not much progress in the area of anti-corruption activities and good governance. There are many partners and allies to support the coalition national government,  and there is good recognition(UN human right commission, invitation from world…

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Where From Here, Wigneswaran’s ‘Language Lament’? »

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by N. Sathiya Moorthy For all the criticism heaped on him thus far on the post-war ethnic concerns and attendant political calculus and calculations, Northern Province Tamil Chief Minister, Justice C. V. Wigneswaran, has to be congratulated – and thanked – for his recent utterances…

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Can The Vulgar, Brawling ‘Gentlemen’ Be Halted? »

Regular vulgar, rowdy, outbursts of disgusting abuse breaking out into brawls have been witnessed in our holy of holies on the Diyawanna Lake for quite…

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Government Under Pressure On Human Rights Issue »

Participants of a side briefing on Sri Lanka held at the UNHRC last Thursday

Delegation led by Mangala to brief UNHRC members at side event by Easwaran Rutnam The government is under pressure as the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)…

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Yahapalana Amidst His Master’s Voice »

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa being welcomed in Japan

by Wimalanath Weerarathne During his visit to Japan, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told The Japan Times newspaper that he would cut his own throat…

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Country Progressing In The Right Direction – Ajith P. Perera »

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By  Ifham Nizam The country is progressing and it is in the right direction. The government will be able to fulfill all its promises as…

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Right To Information Bill Will Ensure Good Governance – Manusha Nanayakara »

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By  Ifham Nizam It is sad to say it was the politicians who kept on delaying the Right to Information Bill. While certain sections kept…

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We Must Resolve Ethnic Issue Without Foreign Interference – Wasantha Samarasinghe »

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By Camelia Nathaniel JVP, Politburo Member, Wasantha Samarasinghe says that Sri Lanka should take measures to resolve the ethnic issue within the country without any…

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We Are Hopeful Positive Developments Will Happen At Geneva – D. Sidharthan »

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By Camelia Nathaniel The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions are now underway in Geneva and the Tamils are hopeful that some positive developments…

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Political Assassins Among War Heroes »

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by Ashanthi Warunasuirya During the election, the Yahapalana government vowed to take action against those who had been involved in assassinations and fraudulent activities during…

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Price Controls Can’t Control Prices »

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Laments National Movement For Consumer Rights Protection (Contd. from last week) by Amavasya Sirisena Today, consumer prices are skyrocketing and rising in an unbelievable manner…

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Making Sense Of IMF Credit Facility »

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by Prof. Sirimevan Colombage The landmark credit facility approved by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) early this month is not only a relief to ease…

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Spotlight Chairman, Avant Garde Maritime Services, Nissanka Senadhipathy and Defence Secretary Karunasena Hettiarachchi

Senadhipathy Threatens To Sue RALL For Billions

A new twist in Avant Garde drama by Camelia Nathaniel Chairman, Avant Garde Maritime Services, Nissanka Senadhipathy has informed the Chairman of Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited (RALL) in writing on Friday (24) that RAAL had failed…

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Government Under Pressure On Human Rights Issue

Delegation led by Mangala to brief UNHRC members at side event by Easwaran Rutnam The government is under pressure as the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Tamil Diaspora demanded last week that the government agree…

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Yahapalana Amidst His Master’s Voice

by Wimalanath Weerarathne During his visit to Japan, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has told The Japan Times newspaper that he would cut his own throat if it was proved that he robbed even a rupee from…

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Country Progressing In The Right Direction – Ajith P. Perera

By  Ifham Nizam The country is progressing and it is in the right direction. The government will be able to fulfill all its promises as pledged. In an interview with The Sunday Leader, the United National…

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Beggars Making A Buck

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya The problem of beggars has always been the most discussed topic in the society. In Sri Lanka, over the past few years, there was an increase of beggars. Although the numbers had gone…

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Irreparable Damage

Tea Exports Decline Irreversible; Rs 42B Drop In 2015 – CTTA by Amavasya Sirisena Tea exports which was once the number one foreign exchange earner for Sri Lanka prior to 1977 is now in a lamentable…

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THRASHED! Lanka Suffer Biggest ODI Defeat

England vs Sri Lanka Second ODI – Edgbaston England openers Alex Hales (133 not out) and Jason Roy (112 not out) shared a record unbroken opening stand of 256 to hand a hapless Sri Lanka its…

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