A mother with her baby pictured at a camp where victims of the rubbish slide disaster are temporarily accommodated. Her older child eating a fish bun stays close to her. Many companies and well wishers gifted food and essentials to the affected people. (Photo by Ishara. S. Kodikara of AFP)

Key suspect in Lasantha killing given diplomatic post by Gotabhaya

The chief suspect in Lasantha Wickrematunga’s assassination was given a diplomatic post by the then defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa but it was withdrawn soon after Mahinda Rajapaksa won the January 2010 election, fresh evidence has revealed.

Rajapaksa has denied any involvement in the January 2009 assassination of Sunday Leader editor Wickrematunga and a string of other attacks against dissident journalists, but new evidence shows he nominated the main suspect as an intelligence officer at the Sri Lanka embassy in Thailand.



Germany calls for political will to implement Sri Lanka’s 2015 promises


Germany believes its time for urgent action to implement the changes promised by the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government in 2015.The government needed more focus and should  invest in political will to move forward with its announced reform agend...

Meetotamulla: Shameful failure, human tragedy


The shame of Meetotamulla is that for 40 years successive Sri Lankan governments have not been able to find a location for an engineered, or sanitary, landfill to deposit Colombo’s garbage. Its tragedy is that people had to die because a makesh...

Nestle posts record profit in 2016, pays 80-rupee dividend per share


Nestle Lanka PLC, one of the highest dividend payers quoted on the Colombo Stock Exchange has posted an all time high profit after tax of nearly Rs. 4.39 billion, up from Rs. 4.12 billion the previous year, and the directors have proposed a final div...

Should Thirimanne make a comeback?


When World Cup winning former captain Arjuna Ranatunga met Bangladeshi journalists a fortnight ago in Colombo, he made some pertinent points while talking about the state of Sri Lankan cricket. Ranatunga observed that Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh ...

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