(L) UPFA MP Duminda Silva and 12 others accused in the Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra assassination case leaving the Colombo High Court yesterday after being released on bail. They were released on two personal bails of two million rupees by High Court Judge Devika Tennakoon.

(R) Daughter of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, Hirunika speaking to media outside the court premises. (Pix by Kamal Bogoda)

GL: SLFP mustn’t

keep Opposition Leader’s post

‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde situation in Parliament’

By Shamindra Ferdinando

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, MP, yesterday asserted that the SLFP couldn’t under any circumstance retain the post of Leader of the Opposition, while being in the government.

Such a practice couldn’t be condoned and was detrimental not only to the SLFP but also to the entire parliamentary system, Prof. Peiris said. The UPFA heavyweight was responding to a query by The Island whether he subscribed to a petition backing the incumbent Opposition Leader.

Prof. Peiris said that particular petition was to be handed over to Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa requesting that De Silva ...


Now, Bribery Commission moved against its DG


A group of UPFA MPs, Ranjith Soyza, Uditha Lokubandara, Manusha Nanayakkara, Janaka Wakkumbura and their supporters lodged a complaint with the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) yesterday against its incumben...

Navin urges Sangakkara to reconsider retirement


Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake on Wednesday urged star batsman Kumar Sangakkara to reconsider plans to retire from Test cricket and urged him to play on for another year.

Global politics and the further rise of anti-democratic forces


Looked at from this point of view, it could be said that Sri Lanka too has contributed quite substantially towards these pernicious trends in international politics. Particularly appalling in recent times was the anti-Muslim violence in...

Bourse slowdown due to ‘unpulled’policy levers


Trading activities of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) have slowed down as policy levers that stimulate market activity are yet to be pulled, The Island Financial Review learnt yesterday.



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