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Obama in Asia to rivet the pivot
Economic warfare can be as deadly as nuclear warfare. It can kill thousands if not millions. A decade of economic sanctions imposed on Iraq prior to the United States’ invasion of that country in 2003 caused the deaths of some one million Iraqi people, half of them children. In Iran, Western sanctions... Read more

Are we really literate?
The late Mr. Athulathmudali was one leader who truly believed in holistic education. To him investing in children’s education was paramount in developing the country. His vision for Sri Lankan children was to become independent individuals with the ability to be literate in its real sense.... Read more

Are we turning Lanka into a Macau? - Editorial
Despite strong and widespread protest by Mahanayaka Theras, hundreds of Buddhist monks, leaders of other religions and civic action groups, the Rajapaksa regime made a second attempt in Parliament yesterday and succeeded in pushing through colour-washed regulations for the setting up of two huge casinos.... Read more

Red notice on Nediyavan: Norway still evaluating the request
Norwegian Foreign Ministry said that it was still evaluating how to respond to the approach by the Sri Lankan government with regard to the red notice that make it necessary for Norway's government to arrest Perinpanayagam Sivaparan or Nediyavan...... Read more

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Video: Marvan for top job – Jayasuriya non committal
Chief Selector of the national cricket team Sanath Jayasuriya today hinted that they may already have a replacement for the vacant head coaching position, saying that he and others involved in the recruitment process hope to discuss the vacancy with batting coach Marvan Atapattu, ahead of the tour of... Read more

Living there for a long time
Minister Rishad Badiutheen organised a media tour on Tuesday to brief the media about the charge that Muslim colonies were created in the Wilpattu Forest reserve.... Read more

Committee to probe Indian kidney racket
Following the shocking exposure of a medical racket involving some Indians and a Sri Lankan doctor to trade live kidneys for transplantation in Sri Lanka, the Health Ministry today appointed a one woman committee to look into the highly unethical and illegal human organ deal and report back in a month... Read more

Controversial gazette notifications passed
One of the three controversial gazette notifications that the opposition claims will legalize casinos was passed in Parliament a short while ago with a majority of 71 votes.... Read more

First Bay Class Patrol Vessel arrives
The first Bay Class Patrol Vessel arrived in Sri Lanka today.The vessel was gifted by Australia to the Sri Lanka Navy to enhance maritime security and combat human smuggling. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

Video: SF seeks UN assistance for regime change
If the government and its leadership continue to be corrupt and keep oppressing the people, the opposition will have to seek the assistance of the United Nations (UN) to change the leadership, Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka said today... Read more

SL briefs diplomats on action taken against terrorist funding
External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris today briefed the Colombo based diplomatic community regarding the action taken by the Sri Lankan government against groups and individuals involved in terrorist funding and other activity connected with plans to revive terrorism... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 24-04-2014
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

No casino; only a hotel: Govt.
Draft Strategic Development Project Bill doesn't allow any casinos and the project was only a hotel project, the Government Information Department said today... Read more

Zoo staff want jumbo dance back
Employees of Dehiwela Zoological Garden today staged a protest near the Zoological Garden urging the administration to restart elephant performances which were halted due to the bad health condition of the elephants... Read more

230 promoted as Chief Inspectors
Two hundred and eighteen (218) male Police Inspectors and 12 women Police Inspectors were promoted as Chief Police Inspectors by the Inspector General of Police with effect from March 17... Read more

Mahela, Sanga make up with Nishantha
Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have shaken hands with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga and have resolved their differences at a brief but amicable meeting last evening at SLC head office, sources said... Read more

Video: Saying no to Casinos
A massive protest over the setting up of casinos was held at D.R. Wijeyawardene Mawatha. The protest rally was organised by the United National Party (UNP), religious leaders and civil society groups this morning. The Casino Bill is being presented to the parliament today. Pix by Kushan Pathiraja ►►►... Read more

Video: Man throws his two little children into Nilvala River
Soldiers attached to the Matara 3rd Gemunu Watch today rescued two little children who were thrown 30 feet down the crocodile-infested Nilwala River from the Mahanama Bridge by their father ►►► UPDATE... Read more

Special unit to handle religious matters
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said a special Police unit would be established within the Religious Affairs Ministry to inquire complains on religious matters, the government information department said... Read more

Sri Lanka needs more balanced and holistic alcohol policy
Alcohol sales would have no doubt peaked during the last week or so, along with Avurudu festivities across the country – rural and urban alike. The use of alcohol is embedded in the daily lives of many ordinary citizens in our island nation. Despite certain efforts by the government in regulating... Read more

Innovative technologies and sustainable solutions to develop oil palm industry
Palm oil mills are in an enviable position to harness enormous amounts of renewable energy with high efficiency, the potential which remains largely unrealised, palm oil expert Krishna Moorthy says.... Read more

Tattooed British tourist to leave today
The British tourist, who was arrested and ordered to be deported Court for sporting a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm, is expected to leave the country after being held at the Mirihana Detention camp... Read more

Tsunami warning rehearsal today
A tsunami rehearsal will be conducted between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm today covering 14 Districts in the country, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said... Read more

Don’t use Buddha’s image- MR
On a petition by the Mahanayaka Theras, the President has directed media organisations to inform the people to desist from using the image of the Buddha for general purposes, the government information department said... Read more

Prince Charles' brother-in-law dies after fall
The brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after suffering a serious head injury following a fall in New York, royal officials said... Read more

Authorities step in to reunite Elina with Lankan dad
The authorities in Dubai have stepped up their efforts to reunite little Elina with her father Chris after reading about her plight in XPRESS even as offers to help the five-year-old keeps pouring from all corners every day... Read more

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H’tota attack flashes international spotlight on SL
The journalists, assigned for the coverage of United National Party (UNP) MPs’ visit to Mattala International Airport last Thursday, sensed the impending danger as they noticed a gang assembled near the entrance.... Read more

Foolish bravado:Nobody becomes a somebody
A week ago, he was virtually a political non-entity, a man who was one of many in a long list of ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) politicians who held sway in their regional strongholds. A few minutes of foolish bravado have now changed the life of Eraj Ravindra Fernando.... Read more

Editorial - EPF money is sacred: Stop this gambling
One of the most progressive laws introduced since independence was the Employees' Provident Fund Act of 1958. It was introduced and implemented by the S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike Government as the biggest ever social security scheme that today has ......... Read more

Casino Bill is against Constitution: Ven Sobitha
People's Movement for Social Justice Chairman the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera said today S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s Government in1956 closed the racecourse by banning horse racing in Colombo and replaced it with a university but this Government was going to start casinos which are much worse.... Read more

Living there for a long time
Minister Rishad Badiutheen organised a media tour yesterday to brief the media about the charge that Muslim colonies were created in the Wilpattu Forest reserve. The Minister said that the Muslim families alleged to be resettled in the controversial region had been living there for long time. Pix by... Read more

Object found on Australian shore examined for link to flight MH370
Three pieces of debris washed up off the coast of Western Australia are being investigated to see if they could be wreckage from missing Malaysian flight MH370... Read more

Video: BBS at Rishad’s office
A tense situation prevailed when members of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) surrounded Minister Rishad Badiutheen’s Ministry building in Kollupitiya this morning claiming that Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera was hiding there. Pix by Kushan Pathiraja... Read more

Cricket contracts finally resolved
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) issued a media release stating that the national players have agreed to accept a share of ten percent from the payments received by SLC from ICC events and that the players would sign the new contracts shortly... Read more

Philips resigns from SLC disciplinary committee
Eminent lawyer Dinal Philips has resigned from the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) disciplinary committee with immediate effect, in response to an email sent by SLC asking the committee to probe the statements allegedly made by Mahela Jayawardene at a press conference at the Colombo Airport upon his arrival from... Read more

Gifted Australian ship due here tomorrow
An Australian Bay Class patrol boat that was gifted by the Australian government to the Sri Lankan government is scheduled to arrive at the Colombo Port tomorrow (24) morning, the navy said... Read more

BBS, Ravana Balaya, NSC meet Mahanayake
Members of the Bodu Bala Sena, Ravana Balaya and National Sangha Council today briefed Malwatta Chapter Mahanayake Ven Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera about the government remaining silent in the face of acts against Buddhism... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 23-04-2014
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

More bank robberies by face-covered motocyclists
A private bank in Moratuwa was reported to have been robbed of Rs.700,000 by two people who arrived on a motorcycle wearing face-covered helmets, police said PICTURES... Read more

Opportunities for entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka and key challenges
Start-ups play a vital role in a country’s economy, filling in niches and creating employment. In developing economies such as Sri Lanka, entrepreneurship is often viewed as an important component in stimulating economic growth, innovation and competitiveness.... Read more

Angelo and Lasith to Captain ODI and T20
Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga have been appointed the Captains of the National ODI Cricket team and T20 team respectively until March 2015, the SLC announced... Read more

Video: UNP protest tomorrow over casino legislation
United National Party (UNP) MPs will hold a protest rally at the proposed site of the Crown Multi-Purpose Development Project at D. R. Wijewardene Mawatha in Colombo to show their opposition to the legislation, under which tax concessions are being granted to three major development projects... Read more

BBS surrounds Ministry building
A tense situation was prevailed when members of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) surrounded Minister Rishad Bathiudeen’s Ministry building in Kollupitiya claiming that Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera was hiding there... Read more

SL suspend sending workers to Libya
The Government has decided to temporarily suspend sending Sri Lankan workers to Libya because of poor working conditions there, the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau announced today... Read more

Sri Lanka tourism: What got us here, won’t get us there
In 2009, Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals were a mere 447 thousand. By 2010 the arrivals increased almost 50 percent to 654 thousand. That number is estimated to have almost doubled by 2013 to almost 1.3 million. The current plans are for this number to double again by 2016 to 2.5 million.... Read more

MH370 could have landed elsewhere: reports
The investigation team of missing MH370 may have been "looking in the wrong place" and the plane could have landed elsewhere, according to a report by the Malaysian New Straits Times, quoting investigation sources... Read more

Ukraine president calls for new anti-rebel offensive as crisis deal falters
Ukraine's acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, called on Tuesday for government forces to relaunch an offensive against pro-Russian rebels after a local politician from his own party was found dead with signs of torture.... Read more

Divers feel with their hands for corpses in depths of South Korean ferry
South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing.... Read more

Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China ahead of visit
U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies - as Chinese state media greeted his imminent arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to "cage" the... Read more

CB keeps policy rates unchanged
The Monetary Board of Central Bank yesterday decided to keep the policy rates unchanged with government and state-corporations borrowing less, which in return has created a favourable environment for private credit to pick up, the Central Bank said.... Read more

Madras HC rejects Lankan refugee's plea
Madurai Bench of Madras High Court yesterday rejected the plea of a Sri Lankan refugee, who claimed himself to be an Indian citizen, to quash the detention of his son under Foreigners Act 1946 and set him free... Read more

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Kidney racketeers sent 21 victims to SL
The Hyderabad police has found that the kidney racketeers, who had sent deceased victim Dinesh Maroo to Sri Lanka, had sent as many as 21 people from different parts of AP to Colombo for kidney surgeries in the last few months... Read more

Players fire another salvo at SLC
The chaotic situation at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) reached crisis proportions yesterday, just a fortnight ahead of a near-two-month full tour of England as the country’s national players who are rebelling against the establishment delivered another decisive blow... Read more

Boat trade ends and SL now legal source of migrants
Co-operation between Sri Lanka and Australia on fighting people-smuggling has reversed migration patterns, with thousands more Sri Lankans arriving as skilled workers while the flow of illegal boats from the South Asian nation, which peaked at tens of thousands, has now stopped... Read more

Mahela and SLC spat leads to heated email exchange
The Mahela Jayawardene-Kumar Sangakkara T20 International retirement issue which has been reverberating since last month, entered another phase as the media reported yesterday that the SLC Ex-co has decided to refer the matter to its independent disciplinary committee...... Read more

EPF dwindles away in bad investments
The following observations were made in connection with the overall investment of Rs. 73,948,947,927 made by the Employees’ Provident Fund as at 31 December...... Read more

Conventional media — radio, television, the newspapers and now the new social or web-based media should play a positive and informative role in society.  Media freedom is in fact the... Read more

Will Lady Luck accompany a common candidate?
There is a search for a common oppositional candidate as the possibility of a presidential election has been announced by pro-government media. With the miserable election results it may be wise for the president to.............. Read more

We must not drown in a water crisis
Amid warnings that the world is running short of fresh drinking water and that the super-powers or others may go to war to grab control of fresh water resources just as they did to grab fuel supply sources, recommendations have been made for the Sri Lankan Government to introduce tough regulations to....... Read more

Video: Playing with paper rockets
During the inaugural session of the newly elected Western Provincial Council on Tuesday, two opposition members voted with the Government to elect UPFA member Sunil Wijeratne as Council Chairman. WPC member Ananda Harishchandra is seen shooting paper rockets at the opposition while the Council was in... Read more

Don’t make Colombo a Chicago or a Bangkok: NSC
National Sangha Council (NSC) while protesting against the new casino bill which was to be presented in Parliament this week today urged the Government not to make Colombo a Chicago or a Bangkok city.... Read more

Trains on coastal line back on track
Tension prevailed at the Fort railway station this evening due to a picketing campaign by casual employees of Sri Lanka Railways, which delayed about fifteen trains on the coastal line, including the Ruhunu Kumari PICTURES... Read more

Bangladeshis using SL as transit hub to Europe
Forty one Bangladeshis were arrested from Fort and Maradana areas by the Immigration and Emigration Department on allegations that they were part of a large scale human smuggling racket.... Read more

15 southern trains delayed due to strike
At least 15 trains along the coastal line were delayed due to the ongoing picket by the casual workers of Sri Lanka Railways at the Fort Railway Station, the Railway Control Room said... Read more

Trains waiting for TU signal
Trains originating from the Colombo Fort Railway station including the Ruhunu Kumari have been delayed due to a protest by the casual workers of Sri Lanka Railways... Read more

Avurudu at Polhena Beach
The Polhena Beach, Matara was filled with tourists those enjoying National New Year holidays. Here seen local and foreign tourists having a leisure time at the beach. Pix by Krishan Jeewaka Jayaruk... Read more

Assault on UNP MPs, Another blot on good governance
UNP Badulla District parliamentarian Harin Fernando, a vocal member of the opposition, speaks to the Daily Mirror on his stance on the UNP’s crisis, the election results and the way forward for the grand old party.... Read more

Video: Mangala urges removal of MR as C’wealth Chair
United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera said today the Hambantota incident was further evidence of the violation of the Commonwealth Charter and urged Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma to remove President Mahinda Rajapaksa from the post of Commonwealth Chairman... Read more

Paul Farbrace resigns
The Sri Lanka National Cricket Coach Paul Farbrace has tendered his resignation and has indicated to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) of his unavailability to continue with SLC with immediate effect in order to take up an appointment with the England Cricket Board (ECB), the SLC confirmed on Tuesday... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 22-04-2014
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

Khuram murder: Police distorted statement, says Manageress
In a startling revelation one of the main witnesses in the murder of British aid worker Khuram Shaikh, the Hotel Manageress said that the Tangalle Police had distorted what she had said in her First Information Report to the Police on December 24, 2011.... Read more

Video: Tense situation at Mahiyangana PS meeting
A tense situation prevailed outside the Mahiyangana Pradeshiya Sabha this morning, when Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera visited the Sabha where he was to address the gathering.... Read more

Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender
An international agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering on Monday, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized.... Read more

U.S. force in Afghanistan may be cut to less than 10,000 troops
The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 - the minimum demanded by the U.S. military to train Afghan forces - as the longest war in American history winds down, Obama administration officials briefed on the matter say.... Read more

DMK candidate dined with MR- Vaiko
The NDA’s Virudhunagar candidate and MDMK chief Vaiko on Monday claimed that the DMK candidate for the same seat, S Rethinavelu, had links with the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for around a year.... Read more

Video: 3 Lankan women nabbed with Rs.8.3 Mn in foreign currency
Three Sri Lankan women alleged to have had in their possession Rs.8.3 million worth of foreign currency were arrested at the airport arrival lounge last night, Customs spokesman Leslie Gamini said ►►►... Read more

Pistol wielding drama in Hambantota
Attention is now drawn towards the Mayor of Hambantota - Eraj Fernando, for the alleged assault on the UNP parliamentarians who visited Mattala Air Port and Hambantota Harbour,  on a fact-finding mission on April 17 (Thursday), 2014.... Read more

Palm oil imports rise as coconut oil output drops
A sharp decline in Sri Lanka’s coconut oil production in 2013 has resulted in significantly more palm oil imports, which is a close substitute for coconut oil, the 2013 Central Bank annual report showed.... Read more

Special ventures and promotions from findmyfare in Nuwara Eliya this holiday season
The comforting atmosphere and luxuriant green mountain peaks attract thousands of visitors to Nuwara Eliya especially during the month of April. Sri Lanka’s first and largest online travel company was a part of the excitement around the Gregory Lake in Nuwara Eliya  with a special... Read more

Fashion Bug powers 22nd Fox Hill Supercross
Fashion Bug, one of Sri Lanka’s leading retail clothing stores with over 17 outlets island-wide, stepped up as the principal sponsor and exclusive apparel partner in extending its support to the most popular and thrilling motor sports event Fox Hill Supercross 2014 which was held recently on 19th... Read more

CB destroys 157.7 soiled currency notes
The Central Bank has destroyed 157.7 million soiled currency notes bearing a face value of Rs.67.7 billion last year in an effort to maintain its Clean Note Policy, a report says... Read more

Investments in shares: EPF loses billions
Auditor General H.A.S. Smaraweera in his review of the 2011 annual report of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) said Sri Lanka’s main social security fund had lost nearly Rs.11.7 billion through investments in 58 private institutions... Read more

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Concrete dinosaurs vs human existence
“I suppose, I must walk to church”. About a hundred years ago, it happened to be a caption that appeared in every newspaper in the USA, attributing to President Woodrow Wilson (1913-21). During the First European......... Read more

Editorial - Are paper qualifications the answer?
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had said at the Getambe Rajopawanaramaya on Saturday that he hopes to introduce amendments to the Constitution with a view to absorb qualified people into politics.... Read more

Sanga, Mahela could face disciplinary action
Senior players Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara could face disciplinary action over remarks they made on arriving after winning the ICC World T20 title VIDEO... Read more

British tourist with Buddha tattoo expelled
A British female tourist who had the image of the Buddha tattooed in her hand was arrested by the Katunayaka Airport Police and produced before Negombo Additional Magistrate T.M.T. Bandara today... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 21-04-2014
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

Video: Railways Trade Union fast against termination of employees
Members of the Railway Trade Union, affiliated to the SLFP initiated a fast unto death protest in front of the Fort Railway Station today against the alleged termination of railway employees by the department. Pix by Pradeep Dilrukshana... Read more

Farbrace undecided
Sri Lankan Cricket coach Paul Farbrace had indicated to the Sri Lanka Cricket officials this morning that he had not made a decision regarding his career despite receiving a more lucrative offer from the England and Wales Cricket Board... Read more

Will find a solution for the fishermen issue: Rahul
Raising the issues faced by the Tamil Nadu fishermen, the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the Congress led UPA government would find a solution for the fishermen’s issue immediately... Read more

Video: Geneva resolution justified by H’tota attack: SF
The attack on United National Party (UNP) MPs at the Mahagampura Port is a blatant violation of human rights by this Government and is a clear justification of the Geneva resolution on Sri Lanka, Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka said today ►►►... Read more

GMOA postpones TU action
The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said today said the Public Services Commission had approved one of the demands in the Medical Service Minute and therefore it had postponed the trade union action which was to be held tomorrow... Read more

Tea workers attacked by wasps
At least eight women in a group of tea pluckers were attacked by a swarm of wasps in an estate in Dikoya, Hatton this afternoon, the Police said... Read more

37,000 bottles of water seized
Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) today seized 37,000 bottles of water from a bottling plant of a popular brand of drinking water in Dalugama after it was found that the the water contained some kind of a chemical.... Read more

Man assaults army officer in civvies
A man had assaulted an army officer who was in civvies in Maharagama when the officer asked him to move his motorcycle as he was wearing a full face helmet today... Read more

Dengue forces closure of three schools
The Homagama Zonal Education Office today announced the closure of three schools in the Seethaawaka Divisional Secretariat Division for three days as a result of a Dengue outbreak in the area... Read more

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First Bay Class Patrol Vessel arrives
Video: Saying no to Casinos
Living there for a long time
Video: BBS at Rishad’s office
First Bay Class Patrol Vessel arrives
Video: Saying no to Casinos
Living there for a long time
Video: BBS at Rishad’s office