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Monday, 02 July 2012
Passing out parade
A passing out parade was held today at the Diyatalawa Sri Lanka Military Academy (SLMA) for 140 Officer Cadets, including 2 female cadets, who successfully completed their training. Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga was the Chief Guest. Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Jagath Jayasuriya... Read more

SL brief Japan on LLRC
Sri Lanka today briefed the Japanese government on the work now in hand in Sri Lanka with regard to implementation of a wide range of recommendations by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission... Read more

Evaluating the development
President Mahinda Rajapaksa together with other senior ministers including Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa participated at a district development committee meeting held at the Matale Urban Council, today. Pix by Sudath Silva... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch - 02-07-2012
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

2 Indian women arrested in Kalmunai
Two Indian females were arrested for allegedly selling clothes in Kalmunai yesterday by the police Special Force officers, the police said. The suspects were produced to the Kalmunai Magistrate Court and were remanded till today... Read more

The minor employees strike
A group of minor employees of the Vavunaiya Urban Council today staged protest demanding immediate confirmation in their posts. They said they have been employed in casual basis for more than ten years and their representations to the UC administration to make them permanent had been ignored... Pix by... Read more

LTTE suspects investigated
Minister of Rehabilitation and Prison Reforms Chandrasiri Gajadeera said that they were probing into whether LTTE suspects in Vavuniya had international links... Read more

MTV/MBC restrained from broadcasting 30th. Olympic Games
The Colombo Commercial High Court today issued an order preventing MTV/MBC from carrying out pre-publicity relating to the telecast of London Olympic 2012 until the case is over... Read more

One nabbed over museum theft
One person from Kadawatha was remanded by the Colombo Chief Magistrate till July 16 over suspicions that he has made gold biscuits, weighing 630 grammes, melting some of the artefacts stolen from the Colombo National Museum.... Read more

Apple scores second legal win vs Samsung in a week
A U.S. judge on Friday granted Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) request for a pre-trial injunction against the sale of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's (005930.KS) Galaxy Nexus phone, handing the iPhone maker its second legal victory against Samsung in a week.... Read more

The plantation industry still exerts a great influence on the country’s economy. It has for a long time. And, being a food, drink and ‘natural products’ industry, it can, and should have a long and steady run. Today, after the many see-sawing changes that took place in the past, estates... Read more

'Out you go'
Pakistan's Asad Shafiq is run out by Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan on the third day of their second cricket test match in Colombo July 2, 2012.   REUTERS... Read more

‘India’s stand at UNHRC will depend on SL’s actions’
India’s National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon has made it clear to the Sri Lankan top brass that New Delhi’s stance at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Sri Lanka’s human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in November will depend entirely on what Colombo... Read more

Six more Australia-bound men arrested
Six people were arrested at the Aliyagala coastal area in Kalkudha, while attempting to illegally migrate to Australia early this morning, Police said.... Read more

Colombo Crimes Division raids banking firm for software piracy
The Sri Lanka Police re-affirmed its focused determination to the task of protecting intellectual property (IP) rights, when it carried out yet another copyright enforcement raid.... Read more

Many Japan lawmakers quit DPJ, but government keeps majority
Japanese political heavyweight Ichiro Ozawa and 51 other lawmakers will quit the ruling party over a plan to increase the sales tax, an aide said on Monday, although the government will retain its majority in the powerful lower house of parliament.... Read more

Cartoon of the day
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Mexico's old rulers claim presidential election win
The party that ruled Mexico for most of the 20th century claimed victory in a presidential election on Sunday as exit polls and early official results showed its candidate, Enrique Pena Nieto, with a clear advantage over his rivals.... Read more

Iran threatens Israel; new EU sanctions take force
Iran announced missile tests on Sunday and threatened to wipe Israel "off the face of the earth" if the Jewish state attacked it, brandishing some of its starkest threats on the day Europe began enforcing an oil embargo and harsh new sanctions.... Read more

Tamarind Hill re-launched with new look
Blending old world charm with modern luxury, Tamarind Hill Galle has been re-launched after extensive refurbishment to the external areas of the entire property, the hotel’s management, Asia Leisure Holdings (Pvt) Ltd announced yesterday.... Read more

Sri Lanka’s first luxury yacht charter service announced
CeySail Cruises (Pvt.) Ltd. announced the launching of Sri Lanka’s first luxury yacht charter service recently.... Read more

Promote Ceylon Tea at premium - PB
Tea industry stakeholders must create a new development framework and promote Ceylon Tea at a premium, setting aside the idea of making the country a tea hub, if the current export target of US$ 5 billion in tea export earnings is to be achieved, according to Secretary to the Treasury, Dr P.B Jayasundara.... Read more

Sri Lanka to remain on US GSP list
The United States has decided not to change the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) benefits to Sri Lanka, and the country will continue to get GSP benefits from the US, a US trade representative said.... Read more

June inflation up 9.3 percent
Sri Lanka’s inflation for the month of June rose to 9.3 percent Year-on-Year, a 41 month high, amidst price increases in some food items, the data released by the Census and Statistics Department showed.... Read more

LIFT New Designer Graduate Fashion Show 2012
The Lanka Institute of Fashion Design recently held their New Designers Graduate Fashion Show 2012 at the Galadari Hotel – Grand Ballroom.... Read more

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to divorce
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are getting a divorce. The 'Rock of Ages' star and his actress wife - who have been married for five years - have confirmed they have split, with Katie's attorney Jonathan Wolfe saying she wants to do what is best for their six-year-old daughter Suri.... Read more

Mahela and Sangakkara launch Career Guidance and Youth Empowerment Programme
  International cricketing stars Mr. Mahela Jayawardena and Mr. Kumar Sangakkara joined youth representatives from Connect Lanka, Training For Trusteeship (TFT) programme of the Weeramantry International Centre for Peace Education and Research (WICPER), Rotaract Clubs of ANC, Colombo Up-Town and... Read more

Anushka Sharma a snob?
  Anushka Sharma might be gaining popularity with her fans, but one can't say the same about her equation with the British media. ... Read more

Fun on Stage - When kids take to the stage
  ‘Fun on Stage’ the latest production directed by Sashi Mendis will take place this weekend at the Punchi Theatre in Borella.... Read more

Another Lankan boat to Christmas Island
The small ramshackled fishing vessel carrying the 39 mainly male asylum seekers is currently sitting not far from shore at Christmas Island’s cove, with around five Navy officers on board.... Read more

UAE banks arrange $175m financing for SL
UAE banks have arranged an Islamic structured facility of $175 million (Dh642 million) for the state-owned carrier Sri Lankan Airlines.... Read more

Asylum smugglers move boats to Cocos Islands
Authorities are rushing to upgrade quarantine facilities at the remote Cocos Islands, confirming fears that people smugglers from Sri Lanka and southern India have chosen the location as a new frontier in the asylum seeker trade.... Read more

Reviving pre-Geneva spirit in India ties
“Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) once again underlined the great importance we attach in India to the ability of the Tamil people to lead a life of dignity and as equal citizens of that country,”... Read more

One-way-ticket to Doom
Man has for far too long remained extremely complacent. He has been recklessly foolhardy and foolishly arrogant little realizing what is in store for him. He has unleashed all the rage in the frenzied greed and avarice to hoard power,... Read more

‘Obamacare’ wins
The endorsement by the United States Supreme Court of a key provision in President Barack Obama’s health reform law requiring most individuals to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty, is a progressive decision.... Read more

A parched earth
The Summer of 2012 is turning out to be one of the worst in living memory for millions of people in the northern hemisphere, as a devastating drought ravages across thousands of hectares of farmland from the Korean peninsula in the east...... Read more

When workplace bullying goes too far…
Do you think you work with a bully? Do you regularly feel intimidated, dread to work near a particular co-worker or you’re yelled at, insulted and put down? Does a co-worker talk over you at meetings, criticize you or steal credit for your work?... Read more

Are you an investor? Think about these points
Before an investor buys or sells shares, he needs to contact a stockbroker, licensed with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) to carry out the transactions on the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE).... Read more

Editorial - Mr. Greig’s call for action
Addressing the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture last week, former England cricket captain Tony Greig urged Indian cricket officials to act in the best interests of the game and give responsible leadership,... Read more

The Sounds of love and friendship
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Protest demanding salary increase
Launch of ‘Adara Ankura’
Remembering Anagarika Dharmapala
Harin in Passara
Protest demanding salary increase
Launch of ‘Adara Ankura’
Remembering Anagarika Dharmapala
Harin in Passara