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news posted 2016-12-06

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  • O/L exam begins today

    The GCE O/L examination begins today and it will go on till 17th December. This time approximalty 700,000 candidates belongs to the ole and new syllabuses will sit the exam. This time the highest number of candidates sitting for the exam than the previous years. 

  • Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa passes away

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, one of the country's most powerful and popular politicians, has died at Chennai's Apollo Hospital, where she was admitted since September 22. The 68-year-old leader died at 11:30 pm on Monday, a day after she had a massive cardiac arrest, the hospital said in a statement. Jayalalithaa's body was... [full post]

  • Exports rise, deficit narrows in September as vehicle imports fall

    Exports rise, deficit narrows in September as vehicle imports fall Sri Lanka’s export earnings rose for the second consecutive month in September 2016 to US $ 898 million, recording an increase of 5.7 percent from a year ago, according to latest Central Bank data.  Earnings from exports had been falling for 17 months in a... [full post]

  • Jayalalithaa’s condition ‘very critical’

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa remains critical after a cardiac arrest, an Apollo hospital spokesperson has said hours after her party the AIADMK said she had a heart surgery, a procedure denied by the hospital. A party leader Panruti Ramachandran said doctors are "observing the Chief Minister and she is improving," and the state's... [full post]

  • Tissa granted bail

    Former Minister Tissa Attanayake was granted bail by High court judge Mrs. Sarojini Kusala Weerawardena. Attanayake had been remanded until December 05, after he appeared before the Court on 04 November.

  • WB to provide US$ 70 million to uplift plantations sector

    The World Bank will provide Sri Lanka US$ 70 million to modernize the estates and factories of Regional Plantations Companies (RPCs), the Ministry of Plantation Industries said in a statement. The funds will mainly be utilized for replanting, improving roads and tea factories, and water management to deal with climate change impact. The World Bank... [full post]

  • SLMC gets ultimatum

    The Elections Commission has issued a deadline on Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) to settle its internal dispute with regard to the post of Party Secretary who would deal with matters concerning elections with the Commission. Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya in a letter to SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem and Secretary A.C.A.M. Mansoor... [full post]


    Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Ethiopia’s Almaz Ayana have been named the male and female World Athletes of the Year at the IAAF Athletics Awards 2016, held at Sporting Monte Carlo on Friday (2). Bolt, who won the award five times between 2008 and 2013, added to his legacy by earning the trophy for a record sixth... [full post]

  • Italian Prime Minister resigns in populist revolt

    Italian voters have dealt a serious defeat to the government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. In a referendum Sunday, they rejected Renzi’s proposed constitutional reforms, which would have changed the balance of power between the executive and Parliament.     The “no” vote is expected to win by a margin of nearly 20 percentage points,... [full post]

  • New Zealand Prime Minister John Key in surprise resignation

    John Key has announced that he will resign as prime minister of New Zealand, after eight years in the job. Called it “the hardest decision I’ve ever made,” an emotional Mr Key said “I don’t know what I’ll do next”.   Deputy PM Bill English is likely to take over until the National Party holds... [full post]

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  • TNA should be banned – Gammanpila

      At a press conference held in Colombo today (05th Dec.2016), Pivithuru Hela Urumaya leader Udaya Gammanpila said that the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) should be banned as a political party, “The TNA should be banned as it extended support to the defeated LTTE” He also pointed out similar happened after the end of the... [full post]

  • CID concluded Daya Master’s inquiry

    The case against former LTTE Spokesman Daya Master was concluded by Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya on the instructions of the Attorney General today. The CID informed court that the Attorney General had already filed a case against Daya Master in Vavuniya High Court over detaining civilians in the LTTE custody as hostages during the... [full post]

  • We only fullfill the needs of our people by handing over lands in north – Secretary Defence

    Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi participated at the “Nila Mehewara” Mobile Service Programme at the Richard Pathirana Vidyala in Galle on Saturday (3rd Dec.2016). The “Nila Mehewara” Mobile Service Programme was inaugurated under a visionary concept of President Maithripala Sirisena and is organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Speaking at... [full post]

  • New joint operation center to establish to combat drug trafficking

    The Sri Lankan government has planned to establish a Joint Operation Center to prevent the drug trafficking in Sri Lanka, said the Minister of Law, Order, and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake. Responding to a question for oral answers by UNP MP Buddhika Pathirana today in Parliament, the Minister said steps have been taken to strengthen... [full post]

  • Fidel Castro’s ashes buried, Cubans bid a final goodbye

      Cuban people bid a final goodbye to their revolutionary leader Fidel Castro on Sunday (04th Dec,2016), bringing an end to the nine days of national mourning. In the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, tens of thousands of people lined the route from the Plaza of the Revolution to the historic Santa Ifigenia cemetery... [full post]

  • Bail refused for Karuna

    Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today refused to grant bail to former Minister Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, alias Karuna Amman who is in remand custody till December 7 for misusing a state vehicle. The Magistrate made this decision when the bail application filed by Counsel Kanchana Rathwatte, on behalf of the suspect through a motion, was taken... [full post]

  • Tissa granted bail

    Former United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Tissa Attanayake was today released on a cash bail of Rs. 25,000 and four sureties of Rs. 500,000 each. Attanayake was in remand custody on charges of publishing a letter with forged signatures of the then common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena and the then opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe... [full post]

  • Freedom of religion ensured in Sri Lanka – President

      Freedom of religion had been ensured in Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena at a religious ceremony held at Raddolugama Methodist Church yesterday (04th Dec.2016). He said that Sri Lanka had been able to ensure the right that supports the freedom of individuals to follow any religion as spiritual concept was what assisted people to... [full post]

  • NZ Prime Minister resigns

    John Key, the New Zealand Prime Minister and leader of the National party, has resigned in a decision that has taken the country by surprise. Key held a media conference in Wellington at 12.45pm local time, after informing the cabinet of his decision. His resignation will be effective from 12 December, when National MPs will... [full post]

  • Election commission sets up a deadline for SLMC

          The Elections Commission has issued a deadline on Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) to settle its internal dispute with regard to the post of Party Secretary who would deal with matters concerning elections with the Commission. Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya in a letter to SLMC leader Rauff Hakeem and... [full post]


  • Yahapalanaya in Sri Lanka: Remains of the Day

    Groundviews is celebrating its tenth anniversary at a time when there is little else to celebrate in Sri Lanka. Particularly sad is the ways in which President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister...

  • Transitional justice without justice? A way out

    AFP PHOTO/LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHILAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images via ICMP As Sri Lanka approaches two years of Yahapalanaya, those concerned with issues of accountability and redress for mass atrocity crimes face a new and diverse...

  • Is it time Sri Lanka sheds its religious identity?

    Sri Lanka is on the cusp of history, in several months it will be presenting to the people its third constitution in the space of four decades. Abolition of the Executive Presidency,...

  • On Groundviews, 10 Years Old

    Photography by Seshanka Samarajiwa / The Picture Press, courtesy 30 Years Ago Groundviews offers a look from the bottom up, at the boot pressing you into earth, a shallow grave carved out by a...

  • Empathetic Media: Covering death with sensitivity

    Featured image courtesy Amantha Perera/IPS [Editor’s note: This is an edited transcript of a speech delivered at a conference organized by the East-West Centre to a cohort of journalists from India and...

  • Ten Years: On populism and counterfeit democracy

    Photo courtesy Official Website of the President of Sri Lanka Ten years surviving a tempestuous period of contemporary Sri Lankan political, economic and social change, as an English language electronic platform introducing...

  • Editorial: Groundviews at 10

    I often say I have two children. My son, born in December 2006. And Groundviews, launched in November of the same year. The first post on the site went up on the...

  • Yester-Years: The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna and The Cuban Revolution

    Featured image courtesy the BBC In the 1950s, Cuban revolutionaries launched their July 26 Movement (Movement) to get rid of foreign domination and economic injustice. In 1952, Fulgencio Batista launched a coup...

  • Sri Lankan personal laws between justice and freedom – A value based perspective

    Featured image courtesy Colombo Telegraph No century in recorded history has experienced so many social transformations and such radical ones as the twentieth century (Peter, 2016). Over this period, without any exception...

  • The Ampitiye Sumana Saga and the Political Economy of Temples

    Among the Buddhist monks to rise to fame (or infamy) in Sri Lanka in recent times, the 47-year-old Venerable Ampitiye Sumanarathana Thero from the Batticaloa District is surely the star of the...

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  • Three community development projects to commence as Gammadda phase II forges ahead

    Today, December 6, will mark yet another landmark in the Gammadda journey, with the launch of phase 2 of the 100 Day Initiative. Three teams from News 1st have set off to three locations in remote parts of the country to launch three community development projects which would positively impact the lives of thousands of... [full post]

  • Chief Minister J Jayalalitha dies at 68

    One of India’s most influential and colourful politicians, J Jayalalitha, has died at the age of 68. The Apollo Hospital in the southern Indian city of Chennai said Jayalalithaa died at 11:30 p.m. local time after undergoing surgery Monday following a heart attack on Sunday night. Known by her followers as “Amma,” which means “Mother”... [full post]

  • “Kicking the Divisional Secretary seat and taking the administration to the dogs”

    Sri Lanka is fresh off a strike which hampered the daily transportation and day-to-day activities of the people. December 5- Today, officials at the Dehiaththakandiya Divisional Secretariat staged a strike accusing Minister Daya Gamage of threatening the Divisional Secretary. THE INCIDENT Shiromani Kumari (The Divisional Secretary) had made preliminary preparations to construct a building belonging... [full post]

  • London Stock Exchange Group opens new technology facility in Colombo

    The London Stock Exchange Group opened its new technology facility in Colombo today, Monday, December 5. The new London Stock Exchange facility was declared open by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the Chairman of LSEG Donald Bryan. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, speaking at the event, noted that the London Stock Exchange has decided to come to... [full post]

  • G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination set to commence tomorrow

    The G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination is set to commence tomorrow (Dec. 6). Around 700,000 students will be sitting for the examination this year (2016), which is incidentally the highest number of applicants ever recorded to have sat for the examination. The Department of Examinations says that while 5,669 examination centres have been set up, the... [full post]

  • MPs to receive more allowances from January 2017

    The proposal to increase MPs’ allowances from January 1, 2017, has been included in the order paper in Parliament. Incidentally, it took less than a month for the cabinet of ministers to approve this proposal and enter it into the order paper. As per the proposal included in the order paper by the Minister of... [full post]

  • President Sirisena makes a request from Sri Lankan doctors living overseas

    Speaking in Parliament on Monday, December 5, during the debate on the expenditure heads for the Ministry of Health, President Maithripala Sirisena made a request from Sri Lankan doctors living overseas. The President said, a person cannot become a doctor in just a year or two, a person cannot be a nurse in a month... [full post]

  • We have to learn a lesson from Castro: D.E.W. Gunasekera

    The following views were expressed by the leader of the Communist Party in Sri Lanka, at the Fidel Castro memorial held on Sunday evening. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka D. E. W. Gunasekera said: There were black people, white people, yellow people and even brown people in Cuba along with natives... [full post]

  • Comments made on strike action over fines for traffic offences

    Here are some comments made on the strike action which took place in the recent days, against the proposed increase in fines for traffic offences. Minister of Plantation Industries Navin Dissanayake said, around 50 to 60 deaths are reported daily, and as a result the government of good governance stood up to it and increased... [full post]

  • Colombo High Court grants bail to Fmr. UNP General Secretary

    The Colombo High Court granted bail to former General Secretary of the United National Party Tissa Attanayake, who was in remand custody. Tissa Attanayake was released on a cash bail of Rs.25,000 , and four sureties worth Rs.500, each. Court also prohibited him from travelling overseas. The case will be taken up for examination on... [full post]

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Colombo Telegraph

  • From The Macro To The Micro In The Wanni Region

    By Jehan Perera – International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. The observance of the day aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It is meant to have as... [full post]

  • Decentralisation Of Power To Provinces Is A Democratic Right

    By Siri Gamage – More powers to determine public affairs by the elected representatives in Provinces and Local Government areas should be viewed as a democratic right to be gained by the people living in these areas rather than diluting the powers that the Central Government in Colombo wields at present. The Central Government and... [full post]

  • New Constitution: National & Public Security, Public Order And Police & Law Enforcement Sub-Committee Report – Full Texts In Three Languages

    The Report of the sub-committee on Law and Order, Public Security, Emergency has been submitted to the Constitutional Assembly for its consideration with the other five sub-committees reports. According to the Prime Minister’s office sources, six sub-committees were appointed by the Constitutional Assembly to make recommendations on the areas of Fundamental Rights, Judiciary, Finance, Law... [full post]

  • ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව: වාර්ගික සංහිඳියාව ද්විත්ව අබග්ගයට මුහුණපෑම

    ආර්. හරිහරන් – ජනාධිපති මෛත‍්‍රීපාල සිරිසේන-අගමැති රනිල් වික‍්‍රමසිංහ සන්ධාන ආණ්ඩුව බලයට පත්කර ගැනීමට වෙහෙස වූ බොහෝ දෙනා, යහපාලනය ස්ථාපිත කිරීමෙහි ලා එම ආණ්ඩුවේ අසමත් භාවය ගැන අපේක්ෂා භංගත්වයට පත්ව සිටිතැයි කීම, පුනරුච්චාරණයෙන්ම තෙරම්පරාදු වී ඇති කතාවකි. එහෙත් එම සත්‍යය අමතක කිරීම යනු, වාර්ගික සහජීවනය සහ ආණ්ඩුකරණයේ ප‍්‍රති-ව්‍යුහගත කිරීම නම් වූ ද්විත්ව කාර්ය භාරයන්හි බරපතලකම නොතකා... [full post]

  • ලාංකේය සමාජවාදී ව්‍යාපාරයේ වත්මන් පෙරගමන්කරුවා කව්ද?

    ජයන්ත ලාල් රත්නසේකර – වසර හතළිස් හතක් තරම් වූ දිගු කාලයක් සමාජවාදී කියුබාවට නායකත්‍වය දුන් ෆිදෙල් කස්ත්‍රෝ නමැති ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨ විප්ලවවාදියා පසුගිය නොවැම්බර් 23 දින මෙලොවින් සමුගත්තේය. 1926 අගෝස්තු 23 දින උපත ලැබූ කස්ත්‍රෝ මිය යන විට 90වැනි වියේ පසුවූයේය. 1959දී එවකට කියුබානු ජනාධිපතිවරයාව සිටි බැටිස්ටාගේ පාලනය සන්නද්ධ අරගයකින් පෙරළා දැමූ ෆිදෙල් කස්ත්‍රෝ කියුබාව තුළ සමාජවාදී... [full post]

  • MMDA: Personal Laws At The Expense Of Fundamental Rights?

    By Sabra Zahid – Given the division within the Muslim community with regard to reforming the Muslim Marriage and Divorce Act of 1951 (MMDA), I thought I’d put down something as well to add to the discussion and also specifically after having listened to a few ladies share their experiences in the jury of a... [full post]

  • Adaptation – Part II

    By Ranil Senanayake – Preparing for the future by looking back. Understanding the issues and options before us. The central mountains of Sri Lanka drain radially to the sea, through 103 distinct watersheds. A watershed of a river is that area of land whose rainfall feeds the river and begins in the mountains. As commented... [full post]

  • Thriving In A Digital Age

    By W.A Wijewardena – Digital currencies pose the biggest threat to banks – Part III This is the final part of a revised and improved version of a paper published in the Association for Professional Bankers 2016 Annual Convention Publication titled ‘Thriving in a Digital World’. Part I of this paper examined how paper currencies... [full post]

  • Decision To Award Controversial Tender: “Fair” Play Or “Foul” Play?

    By Gamini Jayaweera – Recent reports in the national newspapers state that the Ministry of Sports has recommended to award a Design and Construct contract to re-lay the 400m and 200m training tracks at the Sugathadasa Stadium Sports Complex to a tender submitted by a Joint Venture between Access International (Pvt) Ltd. and Conica-Veritas for... [full post]

  • රටේ සියළු කලබල අස්සේ සිදු කෙරෙන ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන වැඩපිළිවෙල

    මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ – මෙවර අයවැය කෙරෙහි කාගෙත් අවධානය යොමුවී තිබෙන අතරතුර ව්‍යවස්ථා සම්පාදක මණ්ඩලයේ අනුකමිටු හයක යෝජනා සහිත වාර්ථා පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ සභාගත කරනු ලැබුවේය. එයත් සමගම ආණ්ඩුවේ ඇමතිවරුන් මේ ව්‍යවස්ථා සංශෝධන යෝජනාවල රටේ ඒකීයභාවය හෝ බුදු දහමට ඇති විශේෂ තත්වය අහෝසි කිරීමට හෝ උතුරු නැගෙනහිර පළාත් ඒකාබද්ධ කිරීමට යෝජනා ඇතුළත් නැතිබව කියමින් ඒවාට මහනායක හිමිවරුන්ගේ සහයෝගය... [full post]

  • US breaks ground on the new US Embassy in Colombo

    In an important symbol of enduring friendship with Sri Lanka, U.S. Ambassador Atul Keshap and the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) Principal Deputy Director William Moser, alongside local officials, broke ground yesterday on the new U.S. Embassy in Colombo, US Department of State said.

  • New spot fine sheet to be issued soon: IPPBA

    Inter Provincial Private Bus Association (IPPBA) President Sarath Vijitha Kumara said today that the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation Secretary Nihal Somaweera had informed of a decision to issue new spot fine sheets for drivers.

  • Three killed in Balapitiya shooting

    At least three members of the same family including a four-year-old child were shot dead following a shooting incident in Balapitiya this evening, police said.

  • Apollo denies reports of Jayalalithaa’s death, says she is on life support

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest, Tamil TV channels reported on Monday evening. Violence broke out at Apollo hospital as soon as the news started trickling out,

  • Bestow national hero title on 19 Kandyan leaders: Wijeyadasa to MS

    Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe has recommended to President Maithripala Sirisena to cancel Gazette No: 851 issued by the then English Governor Robert Brownrigg in January 10, 1818 naming Keppetipola Disawe and 18 other Sinhala leaders as traitors.

  • 'Gazette issued giving super-powers to a National Policy Board'

    Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) today charged that a gazette notification had been issued by the Cabinet to establish a specialised government body with powers exceeding the executive powers of the President and some more special provisions to facilitate the formulation of a National Policy on all subjects including Accelerated Economic Development.

  • Jayalalithaa critical

    Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, continues to be very critical and is on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and life support systems , said Apollo Hospitals in a statement today.

  • Daya Master's inquiry concluded

    The case against former LTTE Spokesman Daya Master was concluded by Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya on the instructions of the Attorney General today.

  • Traffic accidents reduced

    The road accidents for the last two weeks have reduced by ten percent according to the Police Traffic Division.

  • Gammanpila urges Govt. to ban TNA

    The Pivithuru Hela Urumaya (PHU) today urged the government to ban the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) in order to ensure democracy in Sri Lanka.

  • SL to buy Chinese Xian Y20 military-cum-civil transport planes

    Sri Lanka is to buy China-made Xian Y20 military-cum civil transport planes, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told South China Morning Post.

  • WP Councilor Jagath Kumara granted bail after surrendering to court

    Western Provincial Councilor Jagath Kumara was granted bail after he surrendered to Court earlier today.  

  • Nishantha - Aruna settle

    The case filed against former Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Nishantha Ranatunga for posing death threats to Colombo Cricket Association Secretary Aruna Wijaya de Silva during an election at the SLC on December 18, 2015, was concluded today after both parties came to a settlement.

  • 86 factory workers hospitalized

    At least 86 employees of a garment factory in the Avissawella Industrial Zone were hospitalized this morning with symptoms of vomiting and fainting.  

  • Karuna refused bail

    Colombo Chief Magistrate Gihan Pilapitiya today refused to grant bail to former Minister Vinayagamoorthi Muralitharan, alias Karuna Amman who is in remand custody till December 7 for misusing a state vehicle.

  • Tissa Attanayake released on bail

    Former United National Party (UNP) General Secretary Tissa Attanayake was today released on a cash bail of Rs. 25,000 and four sureties of Rs. 500,000 each.

  • Constitutional reforms amidst chaos in country: MR

    Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa today issuing a statement said the government has introduced constitutional reforms without reforming the electoral system and abolishing the executive presidency as promised during the Presidential election.

  • Police to probe ex DIG’s boot boy

    An investigation is to be initiated over the incident, where a retired senior Police officer had been captured by the Daily Mirror on Friday while he was stuffing a young domestic aide into the boot of a vehicle in the Matale town, Matale SSP I.B.T. Sugathapala said.

  • New Zealand PM John Key resigns

    John Key, the New Zealand Prime Minister and leader of the National party, has resigned in a decision that has taken the country by surprise.

  • Italian PM Matteo Renzi resigns after heavy poll defeat

    Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has resigned after suffering a heavy defeat in a referendum over his plan to reform the constitution.


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Lanka Business Online


  • Not a single cent of budgetary funds cut off for Provincial Council- Finance Minister

    Not a single cent of budgetary funds cut off for Provincial Council- Finance Minister

    The funds allocated for Provincial Councils by the Budget 2017 have not been curtailed in any form, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake reiterates.

    He points out that there is no any... [full post]

  • Gulf Air to fly to Colombo

    Gulf Air to fly to Colombo

    Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, will add Sri Lankan capital city, Colombo, to its network of destinations with the upcoming launch of 5 weekly flights to/from Bandaranaike International Airport from 19th January, 2017.

    This... [full post]

  • President opens renovated Thriposha factory in Kandana

    President opens renovated Thriposha factory in Kandana

    Renovated Kandana Thriposha factory was declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday (5th Dec.).

    The government has allocated Rs. 500 million from Budget 2016 for the renovation works of this Thriposha factory, which is now a full... [full post]

  • No truth behind the false allegation by extremists - Defense Secretary

    No truth behind the false allegation by extremists - Defense Secretary

    Defense Secretary Eng. Karunasena Hettiarachchi emphasized that there is no truth behind the false allegation by extremists who are spreading rumors that security in North and East are in danger. “Anyone can visit these areas and clarify on... [full post]

  • Joint Operation Center against drug trafficking

    Joint Operation Center against drug trafficking

    Government has planned to establish a Joint Operation Center to prevent the drug trafficking in Sri Lanka, said the Minister of Law, Order, and Southern Development Sagala Rathnayake. He added that steps were taken to update the prevention of drug trafficking through sea,... [full post]

  • Garbage management compactors distributed to LG institutions

    Garbage management compactors distributed to LG institutions

    Ministry of Provincial Council and Local Government recently distributed 42 garbage management vehicles to local government institutions under the ‘Puraneguma’ project.

    ‘Puraneguma’ is a project implemented to assist low-income local government authorities with the funds provided... [full post]

  • Sixtieth Udagama in Hambantota district

    Sixtieth Udagama in Hambantota district

    Minister of Housing and Construction Sajith Premadasa recently laid the foundation stone for the 60th Udagama in Hambantota District.

     The new project implemented in Kaaliyapura, Sethrajagama will benefit 15 families in the area where each family receives a land... [full post]

  • Jaffna Army troops donate blood

    Jaffna Army troops donate blood

    Sri Lanka Army troops in Jaffna took part in a blood donation campaign recently.

    Responding to a request by the Blood Bank of the Jaffna Teaching Hospital, troops attached to Security Force Headquarters-Jaffna (SFHQ-J) donated much needed blood during the... [full post]

  • Twelve ‘Unseen Sri Lanka’ stamps issued

    Twelve ‘Unseen Sri Lanka’ stamps issued

    Sri Lanka Philatelic Bureau of the Department of Posts has issued 12 new postal stamps depicting 12 unseen places of natural beauty in Sri Lanka and 03 souvenir sheets on 2nd December.

    These new stamps have been handed... [full post]

  • Presidential committee to look into Bus Owners Grievances

    Presidential committee to look into Bus Owners Grievances

    Government will treat all parties fairly’ assures President

    President appoints a committee to look into the grievances of private bus owners as well as issues relating to the transport sector.


    The committee was appointed after President had a discussion with... [full post]

TamilNet Newswire

  • Sri Lanka: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Ms Jayalalithaa passes away

    Tamil Nadu CM Ms Jayalalithaa passed away at 11:30 p.m. on Monday. The nation of Eezham Tamils would ever remember her with thanks for rising up to the occasion at a crucial time, in declaring to the world the genocide committed on Eezham Tamils, in demanding international justice and in calling for self-determination. She did... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: Families associated with LTTE in past face constant threats from Colombo’s Intel squads

    Intelligence operatives of the occupying Sinhala military of genocidal Sri Lanka have not yielded from brutally suppressing Eezham Tamils who were earlier associated with the Tamil freedom movement and its civil infrastructure. The SL military, police and their intelligence outfits continue to harass those who are not willing to become their stooges in the occupied... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: Extremist monks march towards Batticaloa, Tamil and Sinhala youth mobilise for confrontation

    SMS message were being sent across Batticaloa calling Tamil and Muslim youth to confront the violent Sinhala-Buddhist Power Force (Bodu Bala Sena), which is marching towards Batticaloa with a vow to erect 10 Buddha statutes in the Tamil-speaking Batticaloa district. The BBS monks have managed to reach Punaanai, outmanoeuvring SL policemen at Regi-thana, a locality... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: Tamil village confronting demographic genocide remembers victims of 1984 massacre in Vanni

    The Tamil village of Othiyamalai, situated in Odduchuddaan Division of Mullaiththeevu district, is unable to confront the demographic-genocide taking place at the moment as SL President Maithiripala Sirisena is targeting to Sinhalicise the village and settle Sinhala colonisers linking the village with already Sinhalicised Ma’nal-aa’ru (Weli-Oya). More than 110 Tmail families were living in the... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: SL military dismantles houses, destroys traces before releasing lands

    The occupying military of genocidal Sri Lanka is dismantling houses and bulldozing constructions within selected pockets of former High Security Zone lands in Valikaamam North before readying the places to be released for resettlement, uprooted Tamils from Maaviddapuram area in Jaffna told TamilNet on Thursday. The SL military is also preparing to construct another beach... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: Sinhala colonists harass Tamil GS officer threatened by extremist monk

    No action has been taken to ensure the security of the Village Officer S. Jeevithan who has been subjected to a systematic hate-campaign by Sumarathana thero the extremist Sinhala-Buddhist monk of Batticaloa Mangalaramaya vihara, informed Divisional Secretariat sources at Paddippazhai told TamilNet on Wednesday. Almost three weeks have elapsed. Except a symbolic temporary court order... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: Solid resistance gives hopes towards resolving fishermen’s problems: Noor Alam

    Tamil-speaking fishermen in the Northern province have been expressing their sharp opposition against the destructive methods of bottom-trawling and large-scale intrusion by Indian fishermen in the seas off Northern province. Recently, the local fishermen in Musali division of Mannaar district have also been firm in resisting high-level attempts from Colombo that was aiming to create... [full post]

  • Impunity shown on genocidal Sri Lanka emboldens Myanmar

    Persecution against the Rohingya ethnicity in Myanmar reaches the stage of genocide, report several international agencies. There is a strong connection between denial of genocide, abandonment of international investigation and leniency shown on any kind of investigation at all on the international community abetted crimes in genocidal Sri Lanka and what is now happening in... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: Self-mobilised people pay homage to Eezham Tamil Heroes

    The families and relatives of Tamil Eelam war heroes spontaneously mobilised themselves in collectively remembering their loved ones on the Heroes Day on Sunday in Vanni. The self-mobilisation, without any political force behind them, was highly emotional at Muzhangkaavil and Kanakapuram Maaveerar Thuyilum Illams (Heroes Cemeteries) in Ki'linochchi district, at Vanni-vi'laangku'lam in Mullaiththeevu, and at... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: PPT, Peoples’ verdict and Eezham Tamil Heroes

    If there was any meaningful international investigation conducted on the genocide of Eezham Tamils, identifying the ultimate culprits, that was the proceedings in two sittings undertaken by the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) in 2010 and 2013. The PPT has identified the USA, the UK and India as ultimately responsible. The justice has not come in... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: Fidel Castro passes away at 90

    The Cuban revolutionary leader, who became a legacy in human history by proving that the world order of the USA could be defied to its very face at its own doorstep, passed away on Friday at the age of 90. The legacy has to be saluted and remembered as inspiration by Eezham Tamils in the... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: University of Jaffna commemorates Tamil Eelam Heroes

    Delivering a sharp message against the threats coming from armed Sinhala policemen of genocidal Sri Lanka, who stormed the hostel premises in the early hours of Wednesday and warned the students not to mark Tamil Eelam Heroes Day, the entire University on Friday confluenced at Kailaasapathy Hall commemorating Tamil Eelam Heroes Day. Academics and students,... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: Mannaar Magistrate issues interim order against Sinhala colony in Musali

    Mannaar Magistrate A G Alex Raja on Thursday issued interim order against the infrastructure work at Kaayaa-kuzhi, where Colombo's Director General of Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources was silently engaged in creating a permanent coastal Sinhala colony for 83 Sinhalese from South. Tamil and Muslim fishermen jointly protested against the move on 09 November.... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: Colombo's military, police threaten grassroots not to mark Tamil Eelam Heroes’ Day

    The occupying Special Task Force (STF) commandos, trained once by the British and who are complicit in the crime of genocide, crime against humanity and war-crimes have been threatening the public in Batticaloa, particularly in villages situated between Aaraip-pattai (Aaraiyam-pathi) and Ka'luvaagnchik-kudi, that there was a ban of gathering in force between November 20 and... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: Muslim, Tamil politicians not bold enough to confront Buddhist cultural intrusions in East

    A Sinhala minister of genocidal Sri Lanka, Daya Gamage, who hails from Ampaa’rai district, has gone on record threatening his own regime stating that he would resign his ministerial portfolio in protest if the statue of Buddha, erected by intruding monks at the village hilltop of Maayak-kalli-malai in I’rakkaamam division of Ampaa’rai district, was to... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: Colombo should revert Gazette notifications, return lands seized in Mannaar: DDC Meeting

    Monthly District Development Committee meeting, co-chaired by Northern Provincial Council Chief Minister Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, SL Minister of Industry and Commerce Mr Rishad Bathiudeen, who is elected from Vanni electorate, four Tamil and Muslim Vanni District parliamentarians and four NPC Councillors, on Monday unanimously resolved to demand the Colombo regime to revert the Gazetted appropriations... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: Secular Tamil nationalist aspirations weakened by global and regional religious paradigms

    Failure of secular forces and Marxists in India and Dravidian movements in Tamil Nadu in delivering justice to the genocide-affected nation of Eezham Tamils, who have based their national question on secular foundations coming through millennia of Tamil language heritage, results in further meddling through globally and regionally simulated religious conflicts. The forces that work... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: Jaffna city targeted by occupying Sinhala military and police

    The occupying SL military and Police of genocidal Sri Lanka are systematically advancing their plan of permanent occupation of strategic frontier and interior lands where they have been ‘temporarily’ stationed during and after the genocidal war. Using the provisions in the so-called Constitution of the SL unitary State that has no democratic mandate of the... [full post]

  • Monk-talk reveals realities set by imperialisms riding on genocidal ‘Sri Lanka’

    The Sinhala-Buddhist monk, Ampitiye Sumanarathna Thero, who is now boldly and publicly genocidal in speech against Eezham Tamils and Tamil-speaking Muslims, was earlier appeasing the LTTE and was even participating in the LTTE programmes when it was in control of the East, sources in Batticaloa revealed. The monk is only a representative of the age-old... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka: SL military base hinders resettlement at Ka'napathipuram, Ampaa'rai

    24 Divison of the occupying Army of genocidal Sri Lanka, stationed in the public and private lands at the Tamil settlement of Ka'napathi-puram have no plans of releasing the lands it has seized. Notorious commandos of Special Task Force (STF), a full-fledged military force administratively organised under the SL Police, had chased out the Tamil... [full post]

The Sunday Leader

  • Conflict Of Interest In The Monetary Board Exposed

    A Member of the Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka is working hand in glove with a primary dealer Why Chrishantha Perera is being retained as a member of the prestigious Monetary Board of the Central Bank deem questionable by Mahesh Senanayake Following the alleged bond scam controversy, it has now been... [full post]

  • Karuna’s Waterloo?

    Karuna was accused over the deaths and abductions of many UN probe noted Karuna brought significant intelligence Abuses documented in HRW’s 2007 report by Easwaran Rutnam Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan alias Karuna Amman started off as a top leader of the LTTE. He then made headlines when he split from the LTTE and led the Tamil Makkal... [full post]

  • Constitution: What Are Rajapaksa’s Proposals?

    A constitution, good or bad, can be wrecked by its own makers. Most constitutions in countries around the world have been made with good intentions and their provisions are held as being democratic and for the good of the people but in many countries distorted and perverted to the gain of those responsible for their... [full post]

  • Sri Lanka’s Che Guevara Revolution

    by Gamini Weerakoon Even before the insurrection, many sported bushy unkempt Castro beards and Che Guevara goatees The press and some policemen called it the Che Guevara revolution The hangover of Fidel and Che can still be seen in the fast thinning, greying beards of academics and politicos News of the death of Fidel Castro... [full post]

  • PM Cracks Whip On CB, Ravi Raises Concerns

    by Mahesh Senanayake Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake had last week questioned the Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy over his failure to control the depreciation of the Rupee against the US dollar which had reached Rs 150. At the monthly meeting of the Economic Affairs Committee held at... [full post]

  • Castro’s Iron Fist And Human Face

    Castro ruled Cuba with an iron fist tolerating no opposition or dissent thoughout his entire rule Valladares was arrested by Castro’s Political Police for his open criticism of the Castro regime Many of those paying poojas and hosannas to Fidel Castro after his demise have pointed out that in judging this iconic character, whose political... [full post]

  • Being Evicted From House And Home

    Election-related violence Not so long after the Sirima Bandaranaike government resumed ruling Sri Lanka, and with her brother, Barnes, appointed to the position of Public Trustee, whose subordinate I was under the terms of my late father’s Last Will and Testament, it was believed that the inevitable would befall me and my family – economic... [full post]

  • New Constitution: Who’s To Bell The Rajapaksas?

    by N. Sathiya Moorthy In a recent meeting with all 16 TNA parliamentarians, President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have promised to ask Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss upcoming constitutional reforms with predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa. It seems to flow from the perception that the Joint Opposition (JO) identifying with the Rajapaksas are opposed to... [full post]

  • G. L. Accused Of Busting Rs. 870 Million

    by Sujith Mangala A controversial purchase of a property in Brazil by the former government has been revealed with the former Minister of Foreign Affairs Professor G. L. Peiris being accused of direct involvement. The purchase was made in order to establish the Sri Lankan Embassy in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro spending a colossal sum... [full post]

  • Prisons Department Shrouded In Controversy

    by Easwaran Rutnam The Department of Prisons has been shrouded in controversy amidst allegations of bribery and corruption and unauthorized transfers. Well informed sources told The Sunday Leader that the controversy arose following the recruitment of 350 jail guards. Applications had been sought for the recruitment of the jail guards but allegations were raised of... [full post]