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Tuesday, 10 July 2012
Mirror Stock Watch - 10-07-2012
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

For the release of many
A protest was held by the Movement for the release of Political prisoners opposite, the Fort railway station today. The protestors also condemned the recent death of a Vavuniya prison inmate. (Pix by Pradeep Pathirana)... Read more

A picture says a thousand words
Cartoonists were invited today to meet President Mahinda Rajapaksha, for breakfast at Temple Trees. Pictured here are cartoonists with the President during the meeting. (Pix by Sudath Silva)... Read more

Post of Chief Sangha Nayaka suspended
The Asgiri Maha Vihara has suspended the post of Galle District Chief Sangha Nayaka after the former Chief Sangha Nayaka the Ven. Migettuwaththe Sumiththa Thera was arrested on charges of having assisted suspects to carry out several robberies... Read more

Army won’t acquire land in Jaffna
Amid claims that the Army has no plans to acquire lands in Jaffna to establish camps, the military said it would acquire only a limited extent of land to expand the Palaly Airport and the Kankesanthurai Harbour, which are being expanded... Read more

Human smuggling continues: 82 more arrested
As illicit migration or human smuggling continued, 82 people including two women and two children, believed to be on their way to Australia, were arrested today by the Navy some 35 nautical miles south east of Trincomalee PICTURES... Read more

PC assaulted
A Police Constable was seriously injured after being beaten with a bat when he was attempt to arrest a warranted suspect in Mirihana this morning following a call received through the 119 call centre... Read more

Another day at Court
Hirunika Premachandra is seen leaving the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court this morning after attending the court inquiry into the killing of her father Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra. Pix by Pradeep Dilrukshana... Read more

Prisoner injured in failed escape attempt
A prisoner, who attempted to escape from the Homagama Magistrate’s Court was injured when the police fired at him, the police said. They said he was admitted to the Homagama Hospital... Read more

Mother and daughter burnt to death
The burnt up bodies of a 55-year-old mother and her 21-year-old daughter were recovered from a house at Alankeni in Kinniya this morning, Police said.... Read more

Qatar Airways Officially Unveils New Boeing 787 at Farnborough Air Show
Dreamliner Takes Part In Historic Air Display At World’s Largest Aerospace Event. Dignitaries Among First To Get Glimpse Of Interiors Of Next Generation Aircraft... Read more

Samsung wins court case against Apple because it's "not as cool"
Samsung Electronics defeated Apple in the latest spat in the rivals' patent wars when a British judge ruled Samsung's Galaxy tablets did not infringe the U.S. company's designs for the iPad because they were "not as cool".... Read more

New Zealand court delays Megaupload extradition hearing to next year
A New Zealand court has delayed an extradition hearing for internet tycoon and Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom until March 2013 because of questions about the search and seizure of evidence by the United States where he faces charges of internet piracy and fraud.... Read more

Privacy risk from ads in apps rising: security firm
Some advertising networks have been secretly collecting app users personal details over the past year and now have access to millions of smartphones globally, U.S.-based mobile security firm Lookout said.... Read more

CID ordered to report on Duminda
The Colombo Magistrate today ordered the CID to inquire into MP Duminda Silva’s health condition and submit a report at the next hearing date... Read more

Venezuela's Chavez says "totally free" of cancer, again
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Monday declared himself fully recovered from cancer and ready to return to the streets for his re-election campaign ahead of an October vote.... Read more

Russia blames local officials over fatal floods
The Russian government accused local authorities on Monday of mishandling floods that killed 171 people near the Black Sea, hoping to deflect public anger over the high death toll and devastation from President Vladimir Putin.... Read more

Annan and Assad agree political approach for Syria
U.N. peace envoy Kofi Annan said he and President Bashar al-Assad agreed on Monday on an approach to Syria's conflict that he would now take to the opposition, and flew on to Iran for talks with the main regional ally of Damascus.... Read more

Van catches fire on E01
A van caught fire at the 12.6Km post on the Southern Expressway (E01), near Bandaragama, this morning. An expressway fire-fighting unit rushed to the scene and attempted to douse the fire but to no avail. The two men onboard managed to escape unhurt. The expressway Traffic Division is conducting further... Read more

Deccan Aviation opens branch in Galle
Deccan Aviation has opened a liaison office in Galle to service leisure travellers visiting the historic port city and staying in hotels on the south coast.... Read more

Emirates and Jetblue launch joint frequent flyer partnership
Emirates and JetBlue Airways have announced the launch of a joint frequent flyer partnership.... Read more

Emirates to fly A380 twice a day to JFK
Emirates is to further boost its fast-growing US network with the start of a second daily A380 service to New York JFK.... Read more

Interest rates on the up; less hope for market recovery
Rising interest rates, rupee volatility and economic concerns led by a widening budget deficit is likely to cart off the possibility of a stock market recovery in the short term, though some investors and brokers try to blame it on the market regulator, which has become tough in the recent past under... Read more

Bank credit eases in May 2012
LBO: Credit to the state from Sri Lanka's banking system eased in May 2012 and loans to business were back at levels seen before the Central Bank began to sterilize foreign exchange sales last year, official data show. Credit to private sector rose Rs.36.1 billion in May 2012 to Rs.2,215 billion,... Read more

Australia bound 2 more arrested in Trinco
Two men were taken into police custody while waiting to flee to Australia illegally in Sambalthivu, Trincomalee, late last night, police said... Read more

Investments through EPF need more transparency - Think tank
Authorities must address criticisms over the adequacy of safeguards when investing in the Colombo Stock Exchange through the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) and make the entire process more transparent, according to a statement by a local think tank... Read more

UK hunts Lankan convict
The British Police are hunting for a convicted fraudster who has been on the run for nearly six years and officers suspect he may have returned to Sri Lanka... Read more

PHIs withdraw from duties
Public Health Inspectors in the country decided to withdraw from duties today, including dengue eradication programmes in protest of the killing of a PHI in Kantale area yesterday... Read more

NPC polls must be perfect and transparent: Basil
The first-ever elections to the Northern Provincial Council must be “perfect and transparent”, and an environment conducive to the holding of free and fair elections could be created in the North by September 2013, the government said yesterday... Read more

Police empowered-Gota
Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said yesterday that all the necessary freedom and authority had been given to the IGP and the Police Department to enable them to control the crime that takes place in the country.... Read more

Woman critically injured by bike in VVIP security detail
A woman was seriously injured when a motorcycle in a VVIP vehicle convoy knocked her down in Mount Lavinia yesterday afternoon, reports said... Read more

Cartoon of the day
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Dust mites on more mobile phones
Following the detection of dust mites on an earlier occasion, the Medical Research Institute (MRI) said yesterday it had detected more dust mites in another eight mobile phones... Read more

“Bous a la Mar”
A bull chasing revellers jumps into the sea during the “Bous a la Mar” festival in the eastern Spanish coastal town of Denia July 9, 2012. During this festival, revellers emerging from protective barriers provoke bulls to chase them until they both fall into the sea. The bulls are then rescued... Read more

Minimizing electrical energy waste on the streets
There are more than 700,000 street lamps in Sri Lanka consuming 150 Giga watt hours of electricity annually. Any commuter on the streets of Colombo or the outstation areas will witness a number of these lighting apparatus alight during broad daylight.... Read more

Law and Gurus of sleep
In 2003, people at the Institute of Human Rights (IHR) due to early stages of madness complained to the Human Rights Commission of human rights violations at the only State women’s home in Sri Lanka.... Read more

A damning indictment
In a damning indictment of the Japanese nuclear establishment, including plant operators, the government and regulators, a 10-member commission appointed by parliament to inquire into the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, the worst nuclear accident in a quarter century... Read more

Eco-friendly NR plantations can tap vast global funding
Climate change is considered one of the most serious threats to the global environment. Increasing concentrations in the atmosphere of greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as methane, nitrous oxide, hydro fluorocarbons, per-fluorocarbons, sulphur hexafluoride and most importantly, carbon dioxide have been implicated... Read more

Editorial - Doing it like Federer
Call it complacency or resignation.In life there are times when one feels that one has already given it the best shots that they cannot be repeated, leave alone bettering them. The thought comes and goes as age catches up.... Read more

Mobius upbeat on eurozone prospects
In 1987, Mark Mobius told his would-be employers Franklin Templeton that he will head their emerging markets equity fund provided they open their first office in an emerging market country. The group assented to this request and an office in Hong Kong was quickly opened followed by offices in India and... Read more

Missing students found
Six female students aged 13 to 19, who were missing from their school hostel in Hatton since Sunday night, were found on Monday evening, Police said... Read more

Met.warns of strong winds
The Met Department said this evening that, due to the active South-West monsoonal conditions, strong south-westerly winds would continue to prevail over the island and surrounding seas.... Read more

Protest over child abuse
A demonstration against the increase in the abuse of children was held in Fort today. It was organized by the Women for right. Pictures show some of the participants at the demonstration. Pix by Waruna Wanniarachchi... Read more

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