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Court order suspends paramedics strike
Colombo District Court has today ordered that the paramedics strike be suspended until September 12 after considering a petition submitted by a patient.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 29-08-2014
A brief daily round up of the market activities at Colombo Stock Exchange from Mon-Fri. Check out the day’s top losers, gainers and the fluctuations within the market indices.... Read more

SL- Pakistan agree to enhance defence ties
Pakistan Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt called on Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo and discussed ways to strengthen defence cooperation between the two countries.... Read more

Maithripala sidelined: UNP
United National Party (UNP) MP Ajith Mannaperuma charged today Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena was helpless in the wake of the crisis in the health sector because the Government had sidelined him.... Read more


Chinese beauties visit Minneriya
The finalists in the 2014 Miss Universe China in Sri Lanka visited the Minneriya National Park and Habarana Cinnamon Lodge yesterday. The tour was organized by Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts to promote tourism in Sri Lanka. Pix by Deepa Adikari... Read more

Triple murder: Two sentenced to death
Two people found guilty of having murdered a man, his daughter and son on February 12, 2002 at Udugama in Galle, were today sentenced to death by High Court Judge Pathma Palihakkara.... Read more

Lankan found dead in Sydney
A 31-year-old Sri Lankan, Amesha Rajapakse was found dead in a Western Sydney creek at Westmead on Tuesday night, The Daily Telegraph reported.... Read more

Art of proposing turned into a thriving biz - How innovative entrepreneurship is alive
When it comes to entrepreneurship, innovation counts more than any other business element. The spirit of innovation was the launching pad for many a thriving business; from Facebook that grew as a social networking site for campus students to Google.... Read more

MTD Walkers to foray into real estate with Wincon acquisition
Integrated infrastructure and engineering solutions provider, MTD Walkers PLC yesterday said its board gave the approval to acquire Wincon Development Ceylon (Private) Limited (Wincon), the local unit of the Malaysian property development company, Metacorp Berhad (Metacorp), for a consideration of Rs.2.17... Read more

Thilini to file FR case against police
Thilini Amalka who had allegedly been subjected to sexual harassment by a man at the Wariyapola bus stand is to file a Fundamental Rights Violation case against the police for arresting her.... Read more

Cinematographer Andrew Jayamanne passes away
Veteran cinematographer, Film & television director & producer, Andrew Jayamanne passed away in Italy at the age of 71... Read more

CRAFTALIVE initiative
In a continuous effort to develop  fashion designers who bring design innovations to craft, the National Craft Council and Colombo Fashion Week yesterday presented the first-ever ‘CRAFTALIVE’ initiative at the Independence Square Old Monument. Picture shows some of the models at the... Read more

Expressway segment closed on Sep. 2
The segment from Kottawa Interchange to Kahathuduwa Interchange on the Southern Expressway (E01) would be closed on September 2 from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight for restoration work, the Road Development Authority (RDA) said.... Read more

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Kites pose risk to BIA planes
Flying kites near the airport raises the possibility of airplane crashes, The Air Traffic Control (ATC) room of the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake said.... Read more

President Rajapaksa cannot contest for 3rd term, former CJ
While the question whether President Mahinda Rajapaksa could contest the Presidency for the 3rd term has become a hotly debated argument in legal and political circles, former Chief Justice and Constitutional expert, Sarath N. Silva says that President Rajapaksa............ Read more

Make Russia a friend again
In his magisterial book “Europe”; Norman Davies writes, “Europe is a relatively modern idea. It gradually replaced the earlier concept of ‘Christendom’ in a complex intellectual process lasting from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries.”... Read more

Libya : Whither goest this Nowhere Land?
Libya is fast sliding down a political abyss -- with world leaders not knowing whom to contact or who is in control of the country. Foreign governments are in confusion as to the status of the Libyan mission in their countries.... Read more

EDITORIAL : JACKIE REFUSES JUNK; SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The unethical or illegitimate promotion of questionable products including junk food, often...... Read more

Basil opens National Handicrafts Exhibition
The ‘Shilpa Udana 2014’ National Handicrafts Festival was held today at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike International Memorial Exhibition Hall. The exhibition was inaugurated by Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa. Here Minister Rajapaksa is seen inspecting a sword that was on display... Read more

Nimalka complains of poster campaign against her
Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) activist and Attorney Nimalka Fernando has complained to the Fort police seeking an inquiry against a poster campaign by unknown persons indicating that puppies were to be sold, giving her contact number in the posters... Read more

One millionth tourist of 2014 arrives
The Sri Lanka Tourist Board today ceremoniously welcomed the arrival of one millionth tourist of this year at the Bandaranaike International Airport. Pix by Nirmala Ferdinandus... Read more

Two new detention centres for illegal foreigners
Two new detention centres have been established by the Department of Immigration and Emigration to detain foreigners overstaying their visas after seeking refugee status with the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).... Read more

Expectant mother run over by tipper
An angry crowd had set fire to a tipper truck at Navakiri, Jaffna after the truck run over a young expectant mother today, the Police said. Pictures... Read more

Facebook page to survey sex workers
The AIDS Prevention Programme is to create a new Facebook page to carry out a survey on sex workers in the country aimed at containing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, its Director Dr. Sisira Liyanage said.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 28-08-2014
A brief daily round up of the market activities at Colombo Stock Exchange from Mon-Fri. Check out the day’s top losers, gainers and the fluctuations within the market indices.... Read more

Find out if a whole life insurance policy is right for you
A whole life insurance policy covers you for your entire life, not just for a specific period such as term insurance. Your death benefit and premium in most cases will remain the same. Whole life insurance also builds cash value, which is a return on a portion of your premiums that the insurance company... Read more

Video: TNA ready to resume talks with Govt.
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) said today it was ready to resume talks with the Government in search of a solution to based on power devolution within a united and undivided Sri Lanka.... Read more


Sun over the island
The sun would directly over Sri Lanka from today, till September 7, the Department of Meteorology said.... Read more

Exporters: CDN system from Sept. 01
Director General of Sri Lanka Customs had urged exporters and wharf representatives to submit Electronic Cargo Dispatch Notes (CDN) to the Customs from September 1, Customs media spokesman Leslie Gamini said.... Read more

218 semi-luxury buses caught for overloading
The National Transport Commission (NTC) said today it had taken action against 218 inter-provincial semi-luxury buses that were found to have carried passengers over and above the number of seats in the buses in violation of the route permit conditions.... Read more

Packer plan for SL Crown casino causes delay
Australian gambling tycoon James Packer's Crown Ltd is facing months of new delays in building a planned $400 million Sri Lanka hotel and casino resort due to unspecified legal issues, a government minister said on Wednesday.... Read more

Dayasiri hospitalised
North-Western Province Chief Minister DayasiriJayasekara was admitted to the Badulla Hospital last night after he took ill suddenly but had left hospital on his own accord this morning after undergoing several tests, hospital sources said.... Read more

Seychelles gateway to Africa: Minister
The Seychelles invited Sri Lanka t o use t heir country as a platform to dive into the virtually untapped African continent with trade and investment, at the Seychelles Trade and Investment Forum held yesterday.... Read more

LTTE’s largest training camp at Kolathur
The village of Kolathur, 11 km from the Mettur dam in Salem district, was one of the places in Tamil Nadu where the cadre of the LTTE were imparted armed training in the early 1980s to fight the Sri Lankan forces.... Read more

Colombo bound woman duped in flight
A woman passenger of a Colombo-Thiruvananthapuram flight was duped of a 14-sovereign gold chain by a co-passenger.... Read more

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Wariyapola incident the vice and the voice
Thilini Amalka, who made headlines in mainstream media and social media over the week was arrested by Wariyapola Police yesterday for the mere reason of slapping a man who had allegedly sexually abused her. She was also produced in court and given bail.... Read more

Sarath Silva opens Pandora’s Box
He is no stranger to controversy  but this week, retired Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva has opened a Pandora’s Box of legal arguments, claiming that President Mahinda Rajapaksa is not eligible to run for a third term as President of the country.... Read more

Woman behold thy place - EDITORIAL
Yesterday’s arrest of a girl for slapping a man who sexually harassed and humiliated her in public at the Wariyapola main bus stand, again brings to focus vital issues relating to women’s rights and the growing sexual abuse of girls including children.... Read more

USD 20 bn export target by 2020: Aiming to be mediocre
The government has a target to increase exports to USD 20 billion by 2020 (a doubling from 2011). This target is presented as ambitious. This insight argues the opposite.  The 2020 target is rather mediocre, and it’s aiming too low. Yet, even with such a low bar, it may still be out of Sri... Read more

Future Lankan dollar-bond issuances to attract lower yields
The future Sri Lankan issuers will attract lower yields in the international capital markets, increasingly enabling them to tap into cheaper funds, according to a capital market expert.... Read more

Norochcholai power plant breaks down
The second stage of the Norochcholai coal power plant, which contributes 300 megawatts  to the national grid, was inoperative this evening due to a technical fault, a spokesman for the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said.... Read more

Rarely seen bunch
An unusually big comb of bananas discovered by a family in Rathmalana was captured on film today. About 70 bananas are seen in this unusually big comb.... Read more

Land seizure in Vavuniya, says BBS
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today said that politicians were attempting to alter the diversity of population in Sri Lanka by backing the resettlement of one ethnic group in a specific area ignoring others.... Read more

Wariyapola girl released on bail
Twenty one-year-old Thilini Amalka, who was arrested this morning for allegedly slapping a youth at the Wariyapola Bus Terminal recently, was released on a surety bail of Rs. 50, 000 by the Wariyapola additional magistrate this evening. PICTURES... Read more

Protest at Mahaweli Authority
Workers attached to the Mahaweli Authority seen shouting slogans at a demonstration held today in front of the Mahaweli Authority over several demands. Pix by Kithsiri De Mel... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 27-08-2014
A brief daily round up of the market activities at Colombo Stock Exchange from Mon-Fri. Check out the day’s top losers, gainers and the fluctuations within the market indices.... Read more

Two suspicious containers detained
Two containers imported from Pakistan declared as big onions had been detained by the Sri Lanka Customs at the Orugodawatte Container Yard on suspicion this evening, Custom’s Spokesman Leslie Gamini said.... Read more


Two Indians nabbed with sensitive pics
Two Indians were arrested at Modara yesterday for allegedly possessing photographs of high security zones including the Parliament and the Prime Minister’s Residence, the Police said today... Read more

Another successful surgery
A stick which had pierced the neck of a Suriyawewa resident was surgically removed by a team of surgeons at the Hambantota General Hospital today. It had pierced the neck of the man during a brawl. Pix by Sanath Gamage... Read more

Video: Aluthgama: renovated houses handed back
Seventy one houses and 22 shops which were destroyed in Aluthgama and Beruwela recently had been handed over to the owners after renovation, Military Spokesman Ruwan Wanigasuriya said today.... Read more

Heavy traffic on Darley Road
Heavy traffic has been reported along Darley Road, Maradana because of a protest outside the Mahaweli Authority; motorists are advised to use alternative routes... Read more

Wariyapola girl arrested
Twenty one-year-old Thilini Amalka, who is alleged to have slapped a youth at the Wariyapola Bus Terminal recently had been arrested by the  Wariyapola Police this morning, Police Media Unit said. UPDATE... Read more

Rubber products industry outlook strong despite low NR prices
It is accepted that the future of rubber industry is tied to the global economy. The consumption of rubber worldwide during the last 10- year period had between 3.5 and 4.0 percent annually and was in line with the increase of world GDP.... Read more

BOC announces Rs.8 bn debenture issue
The state banking giant, Bank of Ceylon (BOC) is planning to issue subordinated debentures up to Rs. 8 billion in mid-September, which is the second such debt issue within 12-months.... Read more

India has to go to war to retrieve Kachatheevu: AG
Indian Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that retrieving Kachatheevu Island was an impossible task and India would have to declare war with Sri Lanka to retrieve it.... Read more

TNA seeks India’s help in return of refugees
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has sought India’s help in the return of Sri Lankan refugees from India.... Read more

EC writes to IGP
In the wake of a surge in election law violations in the Moneragala District, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday instructed Inspector General of Police, N.K. Ilangakoon to beef up security in the district in the run-up to the elections to the Uva Provincial Council.... Read more

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Who is Negombo’s Godfather?
Negombo, a city well-known as a traditional hot spot for tourists, has now become a battle ground for two area politicians of the ruling United People’s Freedom...... Read more

Undeciphered order so vibrant in SL
Chaos, they say, is order undeciphered. Such undeciphered order is what is prevalent in Sri Lanka. All attempts by any quarter to decipher that disorderly ‘order’ is being met by extreme measures.... Read more

Video: Wariyapola girl complains to Police Hq
Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said yesterday a complaint had been lodged at the Police Headquarters by 21-year-old Thilini Amalka, who is alleged to have slapped a youth at Wariyapola Bus Terminal recently when he had abused her verbally and in sign language.... Read more

ACHC condemns ACHF allegations
The All Ceylon Hindu Congress has sent the following letter with reference to news item that appeared in the newspapers and websites: We have been receiving enquiries in respect of news reports and website news of what have been said by “All Ceylon Hindu Federation”.... Read more

EDITORIAL - Where the treasure is, there the heart will be
With the campaign for the Uva Provincial Council elections getting more abusive verbally, legally and morally, the vital question that most independent analysts ask again is whether the elections will be free and fair or more like a greasy poll manipulated by................ Read more

Fifth Comoran Strike exercise in EP
The fifth Comoran Strike exercise organised by the Sri Lanka Army will be held from September 3 to September 23 in the Eastern Province. Most importantly Special Forces teams from 12 countries will participate in the exercise. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

‘Resolve TN fishermen issue politically’
The issue relating to frequent arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy should be resolved politically and diplomatically, the Supreme Court observed on Tuesday.... Read more

Rectify our salary anomalies
Members of the Under-Paid Retired Teachers Organisation today staged a protest march from Hyde Park Grounds to Liptons Circus urging the government to rectify their pension anomalies. Pix by Nisal Baduge... Read more

Maid steals from future employer's house
A Sri Lankan maid claimed that she stole gold jewellery of her employer as the latter had failed to pay for her work, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.... Read more

Video: Colonial passport sold at Rs. 30mn
Seven people, who are alleged to have stolen a colonial era passport issued to a Sub Inspector attached to the then Ceylon Police Force, were arrested by the Kollupitiya police while they were attempting to sell it for Rs.30 million.... Read more

Chinese beauties here
*The fifteen finalists in 2014 Miss Universe China arrived in Sri Lanka this morning on a pre-pageant tour of Sri Lanka organized by Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts to promote tourism in Sri Lanka. They will stay here for seven days and will travel to Habarana, Sigiriya and Beruwala. Pix by Deepa Adikari... Read more

Video: BBS ties up with Hindu Federation for reconciliation
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today charged that the Government and the National Languages and Social Integration Ministry had failed in the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka and as such would work with the All Ceylon Hindu Federation (ACHF) to complete this task.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 26-08-2014
A brief daily round up of the market activities at Colombo Stock Exchange from Mon-Fri. Check out the day’s top losers, gainers and the fluctuations within the market indices.... Read more

Cigarettes, liquor worth Rs.105mn seized
Police seized foreign liquor and cigarettes worth around Rs.105 million hidden in a luxury house on Fairfield Road, Borella today.... Read more

Ebola:6 Indians isolated at Delhi airport
Six Indian nationals who arrived at Delhi airport this morning from Liberia, have been isolated and taken for further tests... Read more

Mangala dashes ‘ice bucket’ craze
The Ice Bucket challenge started by an American to raise funds for his friend suffering from a deadly Motor Neurone Disease has been converted into a publicity stunt by some local politicians who blindly follow whatever that comes from the West, United National Party (UNP) MP Mangala Samaraweera said... Read more

Video: Two arrested for helping Kudu Chamara
An assistant immigration officer and a prison official were arrested today for allegedly helping Kudu Chamara alias Nilan who attempted to flee the country yesterday, police said.... Read more


Video:Gun shots fired at JVP office in Moneragala
Members of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) had opened fire and had run amok at an election office of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna in Maneragala, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said at a hurriedly organised media briefing in Colombo a while ago.... Read more

House of S-lon unveils the Vito range of chrome plated faucets and accessories at Construct Exhibition 2014
S-lon Lanka Pvt Ltd, the pioneers of potable water piping systems in Sri Lanka for 57 years reached yet another milestone with the unveiling of the Vito range of chrome plated faucets and accessories by His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapakse at the Construct Exhibition 2014, Sri Lanka's largest,... Read more

Surgeons save man’s life
A tiny ‘Imbul’ tree branch which had pierced the right breast of a motorcyclist was surgically removed by a team of surgeons at the Hambantota General Hospital. PICTURES... Read more

Operation saves a life
A tiny ‘Imbul’ tree branch which had pierced the left breast of a motorcyclist was surgically removed by a team of surgeons at the Hambantota General Hospital. Pix by Santha Gamage... Read more

Severely damaged
Several houses were severely damaged from the heavy rain and gale force winds at Damana in Ampara last night.Pix by Wasantha Chandrapala... Read more

IFC to invest US $ 20mn in Cargills Foods
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the  private sector investing arm of the World Bank, is planning to acquire an 8 percent stake in the Cargills group’s,...... Read more

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External intervention brings devastation and anarchy
We are not simply basking in the glory of a military victory, that is certainly not the attitude of Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and of this country. On the contrary, we are reflecting deeply on the causes of the conflict, how it was that we were able to accomplish what is seen by the world as a miracle.... Read more

Lankan arrested for a Swiss murder
A Sri Lankan man who arrived in New Zealand using fake documents has been arrested for a murder in Switzerland more than 13 years ago... Read more

Human trafficking racket busted, Lankans held
Police on Monday busted a human trafficking racket involving six Sri Lankan Tamils by taking into custody four racketeers including a fisherman from the island nation when the job-seekers moved towards the coast at Surareddypalem, near here, on Monday, according to Superintendent of Police Ch.Srikanth.... Read more

Video: Wariyapola boy hospitalised
Chandra Kumara alias Selva who was slapped by a girl at the Wariyapola bus stand was admitted to the Wariyapola hospital yesterday after complaining of a hearing problem in one of his ears, hospital sources said.... Read more

SL youth on Taiwanese vessel goes missing
Parents of a Sri Lankan youth, who had gone missing while working aboard a Taiwanese ship, have sought the assistance of the CID, the Foreign Employment Bureau and the Ministry of External Affairs, to locate their son.... Read more

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Can North Rule Sri Lanka? – Possible
Election procedure is flexed in such a manner the day is not too far away, when the Northern Province determines the declaration of the next President of Sri Lanka. Token assistance will be required from the Eastern................. Read more

EDITORIAL - Political bribe to hang on to power
On the very day last week when we editorially questioned the rationale for having so many ministries for certain sectors in the country, two more deputy ministers were sworn in by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, bringing the number of deputy ministers to 40......... Read more

Video: Ex-CJ to petition SC on snap presidential poll
Former Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva said today there were provisions to take legal action against the Elections Commissioner if he makes arrangements to hold the presidential election before November 19, 2016... Read more

First in Sri Lanka
The floating market in Pettah, a first in Sri Lanka, was declared opened this evening at Bastian Street. Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena and Defence Ministry Secretary Goatbhaya Rajapaksa are seen here at the opening. Pix by Nisla Baduge... Read more

Import levy on Big Onions and Potatoes increased
The special commodity levy on imported big onions and potatoes had been increased with effect from August 23, the Finance Ministry said today.... Read more

Ex-CJ’s lawyers allowed to inspect data
Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranyake's lawyers were today allowed to get the services of a panel of computer experts to inspect her accounts at the NDB on September 3, 4 and 5 between 2.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 25-08-2014
A brief daily round up of the market activities at Colombo Stock Exchange from Mon-Fri. Check out the day’s top losers, gainers and the fluctuations within the market indices.... Read more

DNA protest against EC, IGP
Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka is seen speaking at a protest rally organised by his party outside the Fort Railway Station this evening wher he called for the resignation of the Elections Commissioner and the IGP. Pix by Waruna Wanniarachchi... Read more

Ukraine border guards clash with rebels near Russian border: military
Ukrainian government forces engaged with a separatist armored column near the southeastern town of Novoazovsk, about 10 km (6 miles) from the Russian border, Ukraine's military information service said on Monday.... Read more

Video: A decision on UNP deputy leader soon
The United National Party (UNP) Working Committee will meet soon to decide on who should be appointed as the party’s Deputy Leader of the Party; UNP media spokesman Gayantha Karunatilleke told a media conference today.... Read more

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Chinese beauties visit Minneriya
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One millionth tourist of 2014 arrives