The shadowy human cost of £1,200 hair-extensions revealed

A stylist in an upmarket London salon puts the finishing touches to Naomi Isted’s hair. Naomi, a chic thirtysomething, touches a hand to her platinum tresses and smiles at her reflection. And no wonder. Her hair is glossy and voluminous, framing her face in bouncy waves that make her the envy of other women in the salon. It certainly looks impressive — but that’s not her hair. At least, not all of it. She’s spent three hours having £1,000 worth of extensions, made from real human hair, attached to the…

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Diaspora won’t come until a new constitution is implemented

The Diaspora isn’t coming back to the country until such time a new constitution is implemented, Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan said in Colombo recently. Speaking at an event organised by Chamber of Young Lankan Entrepreneurs (COYLE) he said that they (Diaspora) are waiting for the implementation of the new constitution which is to be introduced shortly. Sampanthan stressed on the importance of developing the agricultural, fishing and livestock sectors in its progress march towards making Sri Lanka a hub of the region. He re-iterated that ETCA must be protected and…

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Clinton to be urged to bring Sri Lankan war criminals to ICC

A US based Tamil diaspora group says it will urge US Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to bring alleged Sri Lankan war criminals to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Tamils for Clinton, which is supporting Clinton at the Presidential elections next month, noted that so far Tamils have not seen substantial results in Sri Lanka after the latest UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution. “Currently, about half a million displaced Tamil people live in Northeast of Sri Lanka. There are fifty thousand orphans and ninety thousand war widows who are still waiting…

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Need For Retraction & Apology By President

By ANI Ekanayaka – Professor A.N.I. Ekanayaka Just as pathetic as the recent repugnant public criticism of the Bribery Commission, CID and FCID by the President, is the stupidity of some Ministers who have been trying to vainly put a good face on a bad speech, as if the people of this country are fools who can’t understand spoken Sinhala and will believe anything they are told. Where millions have heard and watched the widely circulated video recordings of the President’s speech for themselves, the people are not deceived. People…

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R SAMPANTHAN MEETS RITA IZSÁK-NDIAYE

Leader of the Opposition R Sampanthan has met with the visiting United Nations Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák-Ndiaye. During her meeting with the Opposition Leader and representatives of the Tamil National Alliance the UN Rapporteur had conveyed that she gathered information from various parties pertaining to serious issues of minorities especially in coexisting in the country. She had conveyed that the questionable statements were made also stemming from a long drawn conflict. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye also stated that the foundation for people coexisting is laid out in the constitution…

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Mahinda Rajapaksa of called President Maithripala Sirisena few hours after the Director of the anti-graft commission sought permission to investigate the bank accounts based in Dubai

Transparency on the corruption probes uncertain – Rajitha Owing to several reasons, transparency on the corruption probes into the activities of the former government is uncertain, Cabinet Spokesman and Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne says. He expressed this view while speaking at a press conference held in Colombo this afternoon (19). Senaratne also went on to say the investigation to locate money that was secretly transferred to accounts in Dubai by figures close to the administration of the former President has come to an end. Earlier, Senaratne claimed that more than…

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Convicted major pays Rs 2 mn to LTTE’er relatives

by Chitra Weerarathne Convicted Major Wimal Wickramage, formerly attached to the Pt. Pedro Army camp yesterday paid Rs. 2,000,000 as compensation to the nearest relative of deceased LTTE suspect Robert Wellington. The money was given to the widow. The court directed the widow to take Rs. 1,000,000 and the father of the deceased to take the balance Rs. 1,000,000. The convict also paid Rs. 10,000 as a fine. Deceased Robert Wellington was shot on or about October 26, 1998, when he tried to escape from an army camp by climbing…

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It would not be possible to prevent Sri Lanka becoming another Pakistan.

Subsequent to the controversial statement made by President Maithripala Sirisena that summoning Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Navy Commanders to Court regarding the Avant Garde Accusation was wrong, the following day which was Thursday, Indian High Commissioner Y.K. Sinha had met Maithri. Although sources from the Indian High Commission said the meeting was to discuss Maithri’s trip to India, we cannot say whether Maithri’s controversial speech was also subject to discussion on that occasion. India is a country that has an eye on the behaviour of the Security Forces of Sri…

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CID seeks details of 30 bank A/Cs Edirisinghe Jayamanna Suicide

By Ananda Weerasuriya Mount Lavinia Additional Magistrate Mohammad Sahabdeen yesterday gave the CID permission to obtain statements of 30 bank accounts and details of telephone conversations of the family members of the former Army Sergeant Major Edirisinghe Jayamanna, a resident of Karandupana, Kegalla, who committed suicide, leaving behind a note claiming he had killed Sunday Leader Editor Lasantha Wickrematunge. The CID making submissions in the Mount Lavinia Magistrate’s Court requested a Court Order directing bank managers to release details of some 30 bank accounts maintained by the family members of…

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‘SL leading UK in female participation in IT jobs’

By Hiran H.Senewiratne Female participation in IT related jobs in Sri Lanka is around 30 percent, which is higher than the corresponding figure in the UK. According to statistics, female participation in IT jobs in the UK is 17 percent. Therefore, Sri Lanka is an important market place for the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT qualifications, its president Ray Long said. “Sri Lanka has achieved significant development in the IT sector and it is the need of the hour to use IT for government organizations to drive…

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