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Anti BBS Gains Ground »

“Minister Senaratna said the decision was not directed at Buddhism or the Bhikkhu community in Sri Lanka. He also dubbed BBS General Secretary Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera’s behaviour as “despicable.”” The…

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Disrupted By Restrictions »

Even though the government is denying the allegations levelled at the government that they are trying to restrict the NGOs, some NGOs claim that certain activities organised by the NGOs…

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Narendra Modi Jolts SAARC’s Reverie »

  Hopes of an end to squabbles between SAARC countries and building up of economic co-operation in South Asia received a severe jolt last week when Indian Prime Minister in…

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Little Change After 100 Years; What Awaits SL Tennis In The Next Century? »

THE media gathered at SLTA’s headquarters recently to hear the organizers preview the 2014 National Tennis Championships, which kicked-off last week with the junior events; the senior competition proper gets…

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Open Letter To UK High Commissioner »

These clarifications are sought as there appears to be large discrepancies in British Policy, where Britain with US and EU on one hand and Sri Lanka (and most Asian countries)…

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UN Committee Grills Sri Lanka »

By Easwaran Rutnam The UN Human Rights Committee which is scheduled to convene in October, has questioned the Sri Lankan…

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Fishing issue Talks On August 29 »

By Waruni Karunarathne India and Sri Lanka are to hold official level talks on August 29 in New Delhi to seek…

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India Still For Devolution Of Powers »

The Indian government says it has followed a principled approach towards the situation in Sri Lanka, especially in respect of…

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Police Say No Complaints From Polls Monitors »

By Camelia Nathaniel If there is a threat to the lives of election monitors, then they should lodge a complaint…

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Senathirajah To Be Appointed ITAK Leader »

By Waruni Karunarathne The General Secretary of Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and the Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK), Mavai Senathirajah…

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Lanka Signs US$ 760,000 Lobbying Deal »

By Easwaran Rutnam The Sri Lankan government has signed a new US$ 760,000 deal with Liberty International Group LLC of…

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Sri Lanka To End Child Labour By 2016 »

Sri Lanka is one of many countries which has ratified ILO conventions on child labour and has also developed a…

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128 Pakistanis Deported So Far »

The Government had deported128 Pakistani asylum seekers as of last Friday, ahead of the court order suspending the deportations. According…

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The ‘Ugly’ Face Of Beauty Treatments »

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By Nirmala Kannangara With the unfortunate death of Dr Priyangani – the Senior House Officer Plastic Surgery Unit of the Lady Ridgway Hospital (LRH) – startling revelations have come to the fore as to how the Health Ministry and the Provincial Health Services Dept. Western…

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No Evidence To Establish Drowning »

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Punyasena Bandara’s mysterious death By Nirmala Kannangara Following the mysterious death of Punyasena Bandara the key witness in Priyani Herath case and the death threats received by Herath, eyebrows have been raised as to how lethargic the police is as no breakthrough has been made…

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Justice For All Disrupted »

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By Camelia Nathaniel The Dead and Missing Person’s Parents Front (DMPPF) advisor Ven. Angulugalle Siri Jinananda Thera accused the police of being indifferent to DMPPF during the incident that occurred on the 4th of this month when they allegedly disrupted  the meeting held at the…

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Alternative Proposed To War Probe »

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New report calls for impartial evaluation of conflicting, contradictory accounts of the war While the Government and the UN conduct their own investigations on the war, the “Third Narrative” a new report by the Marga Institute and the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) has recommended…

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The Role Of Terrorist Fronts In The UN Resolution »

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By Camelia Nathaniel A UN-designated terrorist entity, the Canadian Tamil Congress has extended its “fullest support and cooperation” to the UN International Investigation Team set up to conduct a comprehensive investigation of alleged human rights violations in Sri Lanka. The team, which was initiated by…

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UN And Lanka Probe Must Cooperate – Amnesty International »

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As the Government and the United Nations proceed with their respective investigations on the war in Sri Lanka, the London based human rights group, Amnesty International’s (AI) Yolanda Foster from the Asia Programme of AI, feels both should cooperate in order to establish the truth over the war.…

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Samanala Power Station Upgrade Stirs Old Controversies »

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Successor to GE Hydro Contacts Presidential Secretariat on Euro 20 Million Project By Faraz Shauketaly Andritz Hydro, who are the legal successors to the GE Hydro business, disputed that documents related to ‘mandatory documents and technical deviations’ and cited the fact that the CEB evaluation…

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Difficulty In Gaining Opposition Cooperation »

The Bishop of Mannar, Rayappu Joseph, an important civil society and religious leader representing the North, has rejected the Commission on Missing Persons.

By Dr Jehan Perera The decisions of prominent leaders of two main opposition parties to testify at the Investigation into war crimes launched by the UN Human Rights Commissioner is an indication of the polarised nature of Sri Lankan politics.  The opposition is doing the…

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Look Not Only Into Your Rivals Past But To Your Future »

The most deplorable aspect of the polarized Sri Lankan political debate is the interjection: What did you do in your time? Debating on the Uva Provincial…

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Prioritising Truth in Post-War Sri Lanka »

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By Bhavani Fonseka “How do we keep the past alive without becoming its prisoner? How do we forget it without risking its repetition in the future?”…

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India For A Political Solution Within A United Sri Lanka – Y. K. Sinha »

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As India celebrated its independence anniversary last week, the Indian High Commissioner to Colombo Y. K. Sinha noted that India remains committed to assist Sri…

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Credible Assessment Of Causalities Must Precede Evaluation Of Govt’s Actions – Jeevan Thiyagarajah »

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Executive Director, Consortium for Humanitarian Agencies (CHA), Dr. Jeevan Thiyagarajah, speaks to The Sunday Leader on the newly issued report that deals extensively with the on-going discussion…

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Govt Should Protect Rights Of Its Own Nationals – Human Rights Watch »

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As the international community maintain focus on Sri Lanka’s human rights issue, the fate of Tamil asylum seekers, both in Australia and those being returned…

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Weary Of Domestic Mechanisms – Rayappu Joseph »

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Mannar Bishop, Rayappu Joseph, recently submitting a letter to the Presidential Commission for Missing Persons, said that he was growing weary of the domestic mechanism…

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Some Have A Mindset To See Everything Negative – Keheliya Rambukwella »

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The Sri Lankan government’s diplomatic approach towards the US and other Western countries has come under a lot of criticism, especially with reference to how…

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Between Two Probes »

By N Sathiya Moorthy The manner in which the two ‘missing persons’ probes are being conducted,in and on Sri Lanka, seems inevitable that they will…

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No Evidence To Establish Drowning

Punyasena Bandara’s mysterious death By Nirmala Kannangara Following the mysterious death of Punyasena Bandara the key witness in Priyani Herath case and the death threats received by Herath, eyebrows have been raised as to how lethargic…

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The ‘Ugly’ Face Of Beauty Treatments

By Nirmala Kannangara With the unfortunate death of Dr Priyangani – the Senior House Officer Plastic Surgery Unit of the Lady Ridgway Hospital (LRH) – startling revelations have come to the fore as to how the…

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India For A Political Solution Within A United Sri Lanka – Y. K. Sinha

As India celebrated its independence anniversary last week, the Indian High Commissioner to Colombo Y. K. Sinha noted that India remains committed to assist Sri Lanka in its endeavours of rehabilitation, reconstruction and reconciliation. Speaking Exclusively to…

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Prioritising Truth in Post-War Sri Lanka

By Bhavani Fonseka “How do we keep the past alive without becoming its prisoner? How do we forget it without risking its repetition in the future?” Ariel Dorfman, Death and the Maiden The Chilean playwright, Ariel Dorfman,…

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Opinion The Bishop of Mannar, Rayappu Joseph, an important civil society and religious leader representing the North, has rejected the Commission on Missing Persons.

Difficulty In Gaining Opposition Cooperation

By Dr Jehan Perera The decisions of prominent leaders of two main opposition parties to testify at the Investigation into war crimes launched by the UN Human Rights Commissioner is an indication of the polarised nature…

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Business

Over One Million Affected By Drought

People of drought hit areas are facing economic hardships and according to the Disaster Management Centre over 1,150,000 persons have been affected in six provinces in the country. Today, the situation is such that farmers are…

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Weekend Leader 25-01

Great Chef Dharshan Inspired By The Kitchen

Pictures By Lalith Perera By Sadhana Senanayake Dharshan Munidasa is one of Sri Lanka’s foremost restaurateurs, reaching celebrity chef status with his restaurants Nihonbashi, which is listed as one of the 50 best restaurants in Asia,…

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ALL BLACKS – Up Close and Personal

Last Tuesday evening some local rugby fans experienced a magical evening when they got the opportunity to meet and interact with some of the giants of the rugby world. Click Here To Full Page…

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