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MEP convention
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa seen in conversation with Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) Leader and Minister Dinesh Gunawardene at the MEP convention today. Courtesy presidential media... Read more

‘Teacher-Kneeling case witness found dead
The body of the witness, who gave crucial evidence in the case in which Wayamba Provincial Councillor Ananda Sarath Kumara was convicted of ordering a teacher to kneel down, was found inside an abandoned well at Nawagaththegama today. Pictures... Read more

Article critical of Jayalalithaa in SL Army website creates furore
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister urges Prime Minister Narendra Modi to seek an unconditional apology from the Sri Lankan government over the article.... Read more

Vaas case: Suspect refused bail
Colombo Additional Magistrate A.M. Shahabdeen refused to release on bail the fourth suspect Priyantha Sanjeewa who is alleged to have connived with former DIG Vaas Gunawardena to transport weapons and explosives to a hideout at Kalagedihena from his residence.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 01-08-2014
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

Govt. mud-slinging boomerangs: JVP
The naming of a Colombo Road after popular radio personality the late Premakeerthi de Alwis as part of the Government’s campaign of slinging mud at the JVP boomeranged on the Government, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said today.... Read more

Thundershowers expected in drought hit areas
The Meteorology Department said today thundershowers were expected during the afternoon or evening in the drought prevailing Northern and Eastern parts of the country  while monsoonal showers were expected in the southwestern parts of the country.... Read more


Wife and mother-in-law of ‘Wele Suda’ arrested
Police yesterday arrested the wife and mother-in-law of notorious drug trafficker “Wele Suda” who had fled to Pakistan.... Read more

SEC Licenses First Dollar Fund in Sri Lanka
Ceylon Asset Management launches ‘Ceylon Dollar Bond Fund’ to attract foreign investments into Sri Lanka dollar bonds. In a giant step to internationalize the investment industry in Sri Lanka, which has thus far been restricted to rupee investments, the Securities & Exchange Commission... Read more

Confidante of “Wele Suda” arrested
A man who was suspected to be a confidante of notorious drug smuggler “Wele Suda” was arrested in Panadura yesterday while he was delivering heroin in a car with another woman who is claimed to be a law student, police said.... Read more

Why mentoring matters
It is often said that behind every successful career woman (or man, if it is grammatically correct) is a mentor.... Read more

Court orders Touchwood to submit documents by August 7
The Commercial High Court yesterday ordered former Touchwood PLC Chairman/CEO Lanka...... Read more

‘S/India shouldn’t become hub for people smuggling’
Reiterating that Australia was firm on not allowing illegal immigration, Australian High Commissioner to India Patrick Suckling cautioned that South India should not be allowed to become a hub for “people smuggling.”... Read more

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Ebola virus not a threat to SL
While maintaining that the possibility of a tourist carrying the deadly Ebola Virus entering Sri Lanka was slim, Government Epidemiology Unit (GEU) Director Dr. Prabha Palihawadana said Sri Lanka was capable of tackling such an emergency.... Read more

36-hour water cut in Colombo and its suburbs
A 36-hour water cut will be imposed in several areas in Colombo for two days (August 2 -3) due to construction work that is being carried out at the Battaramulla-Polduwa Bridge, the National Water Supple and Drainage Board said... Read more

UNP tells govt. to find abducted boy
The main opposition United National Party (UNP) yesterday urged the government to take immediate action to find the four year old boy who had been abducted from Meegalawa.... Read more

BASL President hounded again
The President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) complained to the police again about continual intimidation by men in plainclothes at his office in Colombo 3 yesterday.... Read more

Zionist Goliath mauls Gaza, where’s David?
Tens of thousands of people who stand for justice hold demonstrations in various world capitals...... Read more

EDITORIAL - Criminal waste of Sri Lanka’s fresh water
Water is the liquid gold of the 21st Century. Independent world affairs analysts say that...... Read more

Is the West threatening Russia?
What would Conservative President, Ronald Reagan have done if the Ukraine debacle had happened...... Read more

Khuram murder convict appeals
The first convict O.A.Lahiru Kelum in the Tangalle Resort British tourist murder case yesterday petitioned to the Court of Appeal against the Colombo High Court Judge’s  verdict of sentencing him to  twenty years rigorous imprisonment... Read more

Swiss man swims to Matara beach after yacht crashes
A Swiss national sailing around the world alone in a yacht had a narrow escape when the yacht collapsed after hitting a rock close to the Kamburugamuwa beach in Matara... Read more

Train collision averted
A fatal head-on collision between two passenger trains was averted yesterday afternoon after railway authorities realized the danger in the nick of time and took measures to stop the two trains... Read more

Rajiv’s SL policy led to his death- Natwar Singh
Former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s Sri Lanka policy led to his assassination, former India’s external affairs minister Natwar Singh has said... Read more

Tamil migrants 'never ever be resettled in Australia'-Morrison
Australia was working with India for the return of Tamil migrants among 157 asylum seekers currently being held at a detention centre in the country, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has said.... Read more

Govt. rebuts US Embassy
The Government today charged that the US Embassy in Colombo was selectively upholding fundamental rights in Sri Lanka, depending on who is exercising them and criticized the Embassy of questioning the media freedom in Sri Lanka... Read more

10 schools closed for A/L paper marking
The Examinations Department announced today that 10 schools used for Phase one paper marking of the 2014 Advanced Level examinations will be closed from August 30 to September 15, while several classrooms will be closed in 11 other schools.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 31-07-2014
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

Cost of survival
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Video: Go for better salaries, says Ethera Api organisation
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) Parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti today charged that the Government was making the groundwork to curtail the salaries of Sri Lankans employed abroad by sending two employees to work for the salary of one.  ... Read more

JHU urges Pillay to reveal stance on Palestine HR breach
The Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said today that the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay should reveal her stance regarding the violation of international military law and international human rights in Palestine.... Read more

Seven sentenced to death
Seven suspects produced in the Panadura High Court were today sentenced to death on charges of murdering a man at Pinwatte in Panadura on August 14, 2005.... Read more


The scene of a tragedy
Three people were killed and three others injured in a collision between a boom truck and a van at Polhena in Meegahawatta this morning. Pix by Sudath Pubudu Keerthi... Read more

17 STF personnel injured in accident
Seventeen Special Task Force (STF) personnel were hospitalised following an accident at the Palugaswewa Junction in Kantale this morning, police said.... Read more

Is blocking websites making telecom share prices vulnerable?
Significant concerns have been raised over Sri Lankan Internet service providers (ISPs) blocking news-related websites. Currently, there are two ISPs listed in the Colombo Stock Exchange.... Read more

Saluting the alma mater
Navy Commander Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera salutes the national flag at a ceremony held to felicitate the new commander at Thurstan College today. Vice Admiral Jayantha Perera is an old boy of Thurstan College Colombo. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

Watch inflation and get ready for rate adjustment: IMF
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged the authorities to closely watch the inflation and get ready for a rate hike as the long lag between the monetary policy actions and their effects in Sri Lanka could push the inflation up.... Read more

Waiting for information about trafficking of SL refugees
The new police chief in Puducherry, Praveer Ranjan, IGP, said he was awaiting some information conveyed through official channels from Australia on the illegal trafficking of Sri Lankan refugees to Australia from Puducherry... Read more

Accident kills 3 in Gampaha
Three people including a woman were killed and three others injured following a Boom Truck collided with a van in Polhena in Meegahawatta police area this morning, police said.... Read more

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As UVA PC polls approach Joint opposition voice for abolition of Executive presidency
Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) leader Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem was under fire from President Mahinda Rajapaksa in recent times, particularly after he made a salvo at the government over the outbreak of communal riots in Aluthgama, Beruwala and adjacent villages.... Read more

Upul Jayasuriya in the limelight again
The controversy surrounding the alleged intimidation of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) President Upul Jayasuriya has thrust the veteran lawyer into the limelight as he deals with yet another tussle as the head of the country’s most influential body representing the legal fraternity.   ... Read more

Agriculture turning into a vulture - EDITORIAL
Sri Lanka for the past few decades has been sowing with the wind and is now reaping the whirlwind with the vital field of agriculture being virtually turned into a vulture. So severe is the crisis that the Internal Trade Ministry, according to a report in our sister newspaper the Sunday Times............. Read more

Video: Buddha Sasana under threat: Ranil
Opposition United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today proposed the setting up of a parliamentary monitoring committee to look into the threats faced by the Buddha Sasana... Read more

Video: Health workers in protest march
The Joint Health Trade Unions Collective today staged a protest march from the Colombo National Hospital to the Presidential Secretariat urging the authorities to grant their five demands, Pix by Kithsiri de Mel... Read more

Video: Bandula to complain to CID over false allegation
Education Minister Bandula Gunawardene said today he would complain to the CID over a false allegation made by a Ruhunu University Professor that he had provided an answer to a question in the A/L Economics Administration Paper held in 2012.... Read more

Three killed in accident in Kegalle
Three people were killed in a collision between a three-wheeler and a private bus at the Meepitiya junction in Kegalle this evening, the Police said.... Read more

Video: Ravana Balaya at Buddha Sasana Ministry
  Ven. Ittekande Saddhatissa Thera, the convener of the Ravana Balaya Organisation today handed over a letter to Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs Deputy Minister M.K.A.D.S. Gunawardana. Pix by Nisal Baduge... Read more

Five dead, 150 feared trapped in India monsoon landslide
A major landslide on Wednesday struck a village in western India following heavy monsoon rains, killing at least five people and leaving up to 150 feared trapped, officials said.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 30-07-2014
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

Last airman in US bombing of Hiroshima dies
The last surviving crewman of the Enola Gay – the U.S. plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan near the end of World War II – has died.... Read more

Tense situ at National Hospital
A tense situation prevailed today at the Colombo National Hospital when two groups of doctors exchanged fisticuffs over an ongoing dispute in the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA).... Read more


Kidnapped child: Police seek public help
Police today sought help from the people to find the four-year-old Damindu Yasen Ekanayake who was alleged to have been kidnapped by four unidentified men after assaulting his parents on Monday night.... Read more

Teenage boy defrauds Rs.17.8 Mn
A 17-year-old boy was produced in the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court today on charges of having defrauded a private bank of Rs.17.8 million using an ATM card.... Read more

Heavy traffic in Town Hall
Heavy traffic congestion has been reported near Town Hall in Colombo due to a protest by Junior Health workers attached to the Health Ministry.... Read more

SL must return boats along with fishermen: Jaya tells Modi
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa wrote yet another letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the big point she underlined in her letter was that despite the Modi government’s success in securing the release of fishermen so far, the Sri Lankan authorities continue to hold the fishermen’s... Read more

Further easing no healer for dismal credit growth: StanChart
Further easing of the monetary policy may not solve the problem of extremely low private credit growth, which fell to more than a four-and-a-half-year low of 2.2 percent in May 2014, compared with 3.3 percent a month earlier, according to Standard Chartered Bank (StanChart).... Read more

BJP’s Dr. Seshadri rejects reports
National Convener of Foreign Policy Cell of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Dr. Seshadri Chari has rejected the news item carried in the Indian news Agency – PTI quoting him as saying that Sri Lanka should resolve the Tamil issue if trade ties between the two countries are to improve.... Read more

Two Indians arrested for illegal trading
Two Indian nationals were arrested yesterday for overstaying their tourist visa, violating immigration laws and engaging in illegal trade in Ottumadam area in Jaffna, police said.... Read more

Blatter postpones Sri Lanka visit
FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter has postponed his scheduled visit to Sri Lanka by two months, Sri Lanka Football Federation president Ranjith Rodrigo told “Daily Mirror” yesterday... Read more

Stolen Relic of St . Sebastian found
The Relic of Saint Sebastian which was brought from Italy and kept at St.Sebastian's church in  Kandana was found with a suspect who stole the relic last night, police said.... Read more

Police arrest Punchi Borella Otha
Punchi Borella Otha alias Wasantha Sanjeewa Abeyweera who was wanted in connection with the alleged transportation of 17 kilos of heroin concealed in a coffin from Borella to Minuwangoda was arrested by the Borella police last evening.... Read more

Four year old boy kidnapped
Police are investigating the kidnapping of a four year old boy named Damindu Yasen Ekanayake and an attack on his parents in Katugampalagama village in the Meegalewa Division.... Read more

Norway not so keen on SL: TNA
Norway, which facilitated the peace process between the then Government and the LTTE is now giving less emphasis to the peace building process in Sri Lanka, a TNA politician said yesterday.... Read more

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Disable-friendly buses in Colombo soon
A fleet of luxury and semi luxury buses from Colombo to the suburbs with facilities for differently-abled people to embark and disembark without a hassle will be operated by the SLTB and a purchase order has been placed with an Indian company, Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said.... Read more

When people lose sight of the law
It has been reported that a politician of the ruling party recently assaulted a Grama Niladhari in the Rideegama area in Kurunegala.... Read more

Through the eyes of the damned...
“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”... Read more

EDITORIAL-Questions over security for BASL Chief
The question involving the security of Sri Lanka Bar Association President Upul Jayasuriya continues with the authorities dragging their feet in providing him with...... Read more

Rare Lankan leopards born in French zoo
Two rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs have been born in a zoo in northern France, a boost for a sub-species that numbers only about 700 in the wild, the head of the facility said Tuesday.... Read more

Lankan workers among unpaid Qatar WC builders
Sri Lankan, Nepalese and Indian workers who migrated to Qatar to build luxury offices for the 2022 World Cup organizers have reportedly not been paid 13 months' wages.... Read more

Japanese coastguards cleaning Mt. beach
Crew members of the Japanese coastguard vessel PLH 22 Yashima assist Sri Lankan counterparts as they help clean the beach at Mount Lavinia south of Colombo today. The Japanese vessel called on Colombo for a goodwill and supply mission and is taking part in community work. AFP... Read more

Dates confirmed for Pope’s trip to SL
The Holy See Press Office issued a communique Tuesday confirming the dates of the Apostolic Trip of the Holy Father in Sri Lanka and the Philippines,Vatican Radio announced.... Read more

Anura Kumara discharged
Janatha Vimukthi Peramua (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake who was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following an accident was discharged this evening... Read more

Parliament canteen staffer drowns in Benthara River
A member of the Parliament canteen staff is reported to have drowned in the Benthara River today while they were having a party on a floating restaurant on the Benthara River, police said.... Read more

SF visits Anura Kumara
Democratic Party leader Sarath Fonseka today visited the JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake who was receiving treatment at the National Hospital.... Read more


Malinga abandons his SL team
Sri Lankan star Lasith Malinga has confirmed that he would represent his Indian Premier League (IPL) side Mumbai Indians at the forthcoming Champions League T20 tournament.... Read more

50 Indian fishermen arrested
Fifty Indian fishermen from Nagapattinam found poaching in Sri Lankan waters had been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in the seas off Point Pedro Monday night, the Navy said... Read more

Video: NFF to contest Uva polls on its own
The National Freedom Party (NFF) has decided to contest the upcoming elections to the Uva Provincial Council on its own, Party Leader Wimal Weerawansa said today.... Read more

Lankans caught entering Texas from Mexico
A group of Sri Lankans were arrested by the US’s National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) when they entered Texas from Mexico illegally with a group of Bangladesh and Nepal nationals, over the weekend, US media reports said.... Read more

Eid Mubarak!
The annual Eid-Ul-Fitr prayers conducted by the Haji Hafeez Eshan Patel Under the auspices of the Memon Association of Sri Lanka was held today at the Galle Face Green in view of the Ramazan Festival. Pix by Samantha Perera... Read more

US says BBS has strong links with Govt
United States in its latest International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 stated that the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has strong link with the Sri Lankan government.... Read more

JVP leader’s cab driver arrested
JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s cab driver was arrested on charges of reckless driving, following yesterday’s accident in which Mr. Dissanayake was injured, Police said... Read more

Sri Lanka’s external vulnerability still high, but improving: Moody’s
Sri Lanka’s short-term debt obligations against its official reserves - a measure of the country’s external sector vulnerability - still remains elevated but the United States-based rating agency said it was.......... Read more

Biometric cards for SL Tamil refugees soon
The State government has decided to issue biometric cards to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in camps to eliminate any scope for irregularities in disbursal of cash dole.... Read more

Chairman’s room locked: Committee to get back docs
A committee will be appointed to retrieve the documents lying inside the office room of the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman amidst allegations that the Chairman who is in jail now had locked his office and taken away the keys.... Read more

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We are capable of solving our issues internally
Deputy Minister of Investment Promotion Faiszer Mustapha in an interview with  spoke on the recent incidents relating to Muslim community and of the need to increase standards of Colombo. . .... Read more

An End to Landmine Use by 2025
The world is getting ready to end the menace of the victim-activated weapons known as Anti-Personnel (AP) mines from the earth on or before 2025. This was officially revealed at the recently concluded 3rd Review.................. Read more

EDITORIAL - Bane of shortsighted infrastructure development
Parliament was informed last week that the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport has generated only Rs.16,185 as revenue in May. It is understandable that a new airport, or any new........... Read more

Eid Mubarak
The Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lankan today organised a colourful Chand Raat /Ramazan Eid Function at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

Ranil meets Anura in hospital
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today visited the JVP leader who was receiving treatment at the National Hospital. Sources said Mr. Dissanayake had a cordial chat with Mr. Wickremesinghe to whom he had explained the ordeal he had in Ratnapura this evening.... Read more

Asylum-seekers to seek compensation
A group of 157 asylum-seekers held for weeks on the high seas on an Australian customs vessel will seek compensation for their treatment, their lawyers said Monday... Read more

Video: Ranil visits tuition class
Opposition United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe this evening urged the GCE Advanced Level students together with their tuition masters to join in efforts to change Sri Lankan society. PICTURES... Read more

JVP leader injured in accident
Janatha Vimukthi Peramua (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s vehicle collided with a tipper coming in the opposite direction when the driver had attempted to overtake the vehicle at Kiriella on the Ratnapura-Panadura main road this morning. He was admitted to the Ratnapura Hospital and later... Read more

President has right to appoint CS: SC
The Supreme Court today reserved its order for July 30 on the fundamental rights petition filed by Northern Province Chief Secretary challenging the Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran... Read more

South Africa draw second test against SL
South Africa pulled off a draw on the fifth and final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Monday to win the two-match series 1-0... Read more

US Embassy concerns on media freedom in SL
The United States is deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo over the weekend... Read more

UNP to propose candidates with clean hands
The United National Party (UNP) will abide with the request made by the election monitoring body People’s Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) and put forward a set of candidates with clean hands.... Read more

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MEP convention
The scene of a tragedy
Saluting the alma mater
Video: Health workers in protest march
MEP convention
The scene of a tragedy
Saluting the alma mater
Video: Health workers in protest march