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January 2014

Protest over removal of Hospital Director
A protest was held today in front of the Lady Ridgeway Hospital in Borella by the hospital staff against the sudden removal of its Director Dr. Ratnasiri Hewage. Pix by Waruna Wanniarachchi... Read more

Arrests were not meant to disrupt talks-Navy
Sri Lanka Navy today said it was compelled to arrest the Indian fishermen as they had clearly intruded into the territorial waters of Sri Lanka and that the arrests were not meant to disrupt the ongoing talks between the two governments on the fishing crisis... Read more

New traffic plan at Pittala junction made permanent
Dailymirror News Roundup for 31 Jan 2014... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 31-01-2014
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: JVP accuses Bribery Com. of evading tactics
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti today accused the Bribery Commission of attempting to sweep under the carpet the investigation against its Chairman by needlessly delaying the investigation... Read more

CB bomb victims remembered
A special commemorative event was held today at the Central Bank to mark the 18th anniversary of the Central Bank bombing. Central Bank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal and relatives of the victims were present at the event. Pix by Kushan Pathiraja... Read more

Video: Fire drill and awareness programme in Colombo
The Colombo Municipal Council’s Fire Brigade Department organised a fire drill and special awareness programme in Colombo Fort today, in a bid to protect workplaces and office buildings from any future threats posed by fire. Pix by Kushan Pathiraja... Read more

Egyptian expat kills friend over affair with his SL girlfriend
The Criminal Court in Kuwait City Thursday sentenced an Egyptian expatriate to death for murdering his compatriot inside the construction site of Shaddadiya University, in Kuwait... Read more

Injunction against Iraj refused
The Commercial High Court today refused an interim injunction asked for by songwriter Herbert M. Seneviratne’s widow to prevent Iraj Weeraratne from singing the song ‘ Aloke’, composed by her late husband.... Read more

Ex- Law College Principal gets top post at Presidential Sec.
Former Law College Principal W.D Rodrigo who left the Law College under a cloud  in November last year has been appointed Legal Director of the Presidential Secretariat from January 29.... Read more

SL navy spoiling conducive atmosphere created by fishing talks
Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa has reacted against the latest incident of arrests of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy on the high seas, saying elements in the Sri Lankan navy are trying to spoil a conducive atmosphere created by the recent talks between the fishermen of both countries... Read more

Nisha Biswal arrives
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal arrived in Sri Lanka a short while ago Foreign Ministry sources said... Read more

New traffic plan at Pittala junction made permanent
The special traffic plan which was tried out yesterday at Pittala Junction to reduce traffic congestion in the area will now be made permanent. It will be in effect throughout the day from today, police spokesman Ajith Rohana said... Read more

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Towards resilient and stable financial institutions
Sri Lanka’s financial sector has experienced significant developments since partial liberalization in the post-77 era. To move from a highly protected environment to a liberalized economy may have required some shock treatment such as the opening of the financial sector.... Read more

Sustaining development success in Sri Lanka
In many ways, Sri Lanka is a development success story. Its economy has been growing steadily and this has lifted millions of people out of poverty and boosted shared prosperity. Moving higher up on the economic ladder, however, will require addressing new challenges involving bold decisions.... Read more

The female game changer in tech valley
Some women know the art of wearing their laurels well.For Weili Dai, as the only female co-founder of a cutting-edge semiconductor company, Marvell, the laurels never came easy but she knows how to wear them well. In fact, too well.... Read more

People challenges in mergers and acquisitions
The rapid change in the market place, due to globalization, growth in outsourcing, the need to speed up growth and the shortening of product cycles and the rapid pace of technological innovation, has forced companies to look to mergers and acquisitions (M&A) as a part of their business strategy, to... Read more

Can Ukraine cut its umbilical cord with Russia?
The western press doesn’t understand Ukraine. That is clear after weeks of reporting the demonstrations...... Read more

Editorial : Vinitha, Lanka needs more doctors like you
At a time when the profession of medicine practised under the hallowed Hippocratic Oath has become...... Read more

Obama and socio-economic crimes against humanity
Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday appeared to be an attempt by a second-term president playing...... Read more

Video: I am not a king-MR
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that he is not a king but just a temporary custodian of the state... Read more

Army men arrested for illicit felling
A lieutenant and 11 soldiers of the Commando Regiment were arrested today for allegedly felling trees without permit, the Forest Department officials said... Read more

Malinga to play in the Big Bash
Sri Lanka cricket (SLC) today announced that Lasith Malinga has been released to play in the semi-finals of the upcoming Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia.... Read more

No power cuts in near future-Pavithra
Power and Energy Minister Pavithra Wanniarachichi today said that there won’t be power cuts or tariff increases in the near future... Read more

Mr. Olympia Ronnie Coleman in Sri Lanka
World-renowned body builder Ronnie Coleman, an eight-time winner of the Mr Olympia award, arrived in Sri Lanka today on the invitation of the High Octane Fitness gym, to mark their first anniversary. Coleman met some of his fans while also doing light exercises. Pix by Kushan Pathiraja... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 30-12-2013
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: JVP demands answers on data distortion
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today vowed to take up the issue of the government massaging economic data to lure investment in particular, and to hoodwink the public in general in Parliament.... Read more

Audio: Ginger 200% confident of receiving nominations
Despite reports that popular actresses and songstresses who aspired to represent the UPFA at the upcoming Western provincial likely to be rejected nominations, singer Judith White aka ‘Ginger’ said she is 200% confident of receiving nominations to represent the UPFA at the election ►►►... Read more

Video: NPC has overstepped its powers: UNP
The United National Party (UNP) today charged that the Northern Provincial Council has overstepped it constitutional mandate by passing a resolution that called for an international investigation on Sri Lanka... Read more

Give me Rs.100 – Udaya Gammanpila
Ex- Western Provincial Council Minister and JHU legal adviser Udaya Gammanpila today requested the public to give him Rs 100 each for his election campaign as he is unable to afford the campaign this time.... Read more

No changes to post of 8 PS Chairman: SC
The Supreme Court made an order today that no changes should be made to the post of Chairman in eight Pradeshiya Sabhas until March 31, 2014 where the budgets presented by those respective Pradeshiya Sabhas were defeated... Read more

Pittala Junction opens
A special traffic plan will be in force from today at Pittala Junction, to ease the traffic in the area. According to Police, vehicles coming along the Flower Road could now cross over Pittala Junction to go to Slave Island and Fort between 7 a.m to 9 a.m in the morning and 12 p.m to 2 p.m in the afternoon.... Read more

Google+ Ads Combining Social and Display
Google+ like other social networks is a method to talk with consumers in a more personal and authentic manner. Like Facebook advertising, Google+ post ads are an attempt to build visible conversations and earned media.... Read more

Facebook Trends
Today's write-up is about Mindshare's point of view on Facebook's new 'Trending Articles' feature. This opinion piece has been written by Valentino Pacheco.... Read more

Sri Lanka Tourism in 2013: The good, the bad and the ugly
The past year was certainly a ‘mixed bag’ for Sri Lanka tourism with possibly the ‘highs’ slightly outweighing the ‘lows’. A quick overview of the past year, albeit weighted towards the hotels sector, is as follows.... Read more

‘I want to stand up and expose injustices’ - Udara Ratnayake.....
Udara Ratnayake- actor and son of veteran Film Director Benette Ratnayake–is one of the aspiring young politicians who has entered the tussle of the upcoming provincial council polls. In his interview with Dailymirror................ Read more

Northern PC resolution on accountability issues before Geneva well-timed
The Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran was skeptical about the use of word ‘genocide’ in a resolution moved by councillor M.K. Sivajilingam. Sivajilingam’s resolution, calling for an international probe into alleged human rights violations came up for......... Read more

Pittala Junction could be crossed again for 4 hours
A special traffic plan will be in force from today at Pittala Junction to ease the traffic in the area, police said... Read more

‘Loyalty is the best policy’
Like him or loathe him, he is back in the news. Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva who had maintained an uncharacteristic silence for many months, this week triumphantly announced that he had been re-appointed as Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) organiser for his electorate, Kelaniya.... Read more

Take the middle path for religious harmony - Editorial
Sri Lanka’s only living former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga whose family was at the helm of the country for more than 25 years has come out strongly against prevailing religious tensions and called on all leaders and the people to follow the hallowed middle path of religious unity... Read more

Container creates traffic
A traffic jam was reported in Orugodawatta after a container toppled this morning. The container lorry was heading to Orugodawatta from Borella. No injuries have been reported and the cause for the accident has not been ascertained yet... Read more

SL Navy arrests 38 Indian fishermen
Sri Lankan Navy arrested 38 Indian fishermen and six fishing boats for allegedly poaching in the country's waters last night, Navy Spokesman Kosala Warnakulasuriya said... Read more

Two actresses, one songstress out of the running?
Two actresses and one songstress who applied for nominations to contest in the Colombo District from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) under the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) would not be receiving nominations, according to the SLFP Headquarters sources... Read more

Lankan gang arrested in UK
Four Sri Lankans and one British national charged illegal immigrants for help in their attempts to enter UK as stowaways... Read more

Lankan helps to arrest robber gang in Saudi
A 25-year-old Sri Lankan youth helped police arrest two burglars who robbed SR90,000 from a restaurant in Riyadh. Riyadh police had received a complaint from a Sri Lankan worker... Read more

Four arrested for allegedly running brothel
Three women and a man were arrested by the Walana Police Crime Division yesterday for allegedly running a brothel in Belummahara, Gampaha, police said... Read more

WPC abducts her lover; attacks his wife and child
Police have started investigations into an incident in which a woman police constable (WPC) broke into a house in Kadawatha and forcibly took out her lover who was living there, having first assaulted his wife and four year old child... Read more

Lankan arrested while trying to smuggle out cash
A 53-year-old Sri Lankan male was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) last evening while attempting to smuggle foreign currency equivalent to Rs. 6,638,222 concealed inside his hand baggage, Customs media spokesman Leslie Gamini said... Read more

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Warships to SL: Court seeks TN's opinion on Centre’s reply
The Madurai bench of the Madras high court on Wednesday sought the opinion of the Tamil Nadu government on Central Government's reply to a public interest litigation (PIL) on the alleged move to sell two naval ships to Sri Lanka.... Read more

Chimp bites finger of zookeeper
A chimpanzee had bitten off part of the finger of the zookeeper who used to look after it at the Dehiwala Zoo today causing serious injury, sources said... Read more

India-SL discuss fishermen, maritime security
External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid today held extensive talks with his Sri Lankan counterpart G L Peiris on key bilateral issues including fishermen, India-assisted developmental project in Northern Province and prospects for enhanced economic cooperation... Read more

UK will support genuine war crimes probe
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Two killed, three injured in road accident
Two people were killed and three injured when a van collided with a lorry at Magammana in Karawanella this evening, police said... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 29-01-2014
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

Elephantine gifts…
Two baby elephants were gifted to the Army and the Police by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at temple Trees this morning. Three-and-a-half year-old “Kandula” was gifted to the Army while four-and-a-half-year-old “Abeetha” was gifted to the Police. Pix by the presidential media... Read more

Thailand to deploy 10,000 police in capital to secure voting
Thailand's government will deploy 10,000 police in the capital for Sunday's election, which protesters have promised to disrupt as part of their drawn-out attempt to topple Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.... Read more

NATO's Rasmussen criticizes Russian pressure on Ukraine
NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen criticized Russia on Wednesday for pressuring Kiev not to sign a free trade pact with the European Union, a move that triggered mass protests.... Read more

Envoiz launches G-Data security software in Sri Lanka
Envoiz (Pvt.) Ltd, a subsidiary of Unipower Private Limited, introduced the Germany-based world’s first security software - G-Data Internet Security - to Sri Lanka recently.... Read more

Saudi to deport Sri Lankan illegal workers
More than two thousand illegal immigrants from several countries including Sri Lanka, detained over the weekend in Saudi Arabia are facing deportation, according to the Saudi Arabian interior ministry... Read more

LOLC Technologies holds information security awareness session
LOLC Technologies Ltd, the information technology services arm of the LOLC group, in strategic partnership with Oracle Corporation Singapore PTE Ltd held an awareness session under the theme ‘Information Security, Threats and Opportunities’ among C-level corporate officers from banks and licenced... Read more

Access Engineering completes Eastern province bridge construction project
Post-war infrastructure development in the North and East involved the construction and rehabilitation of a number of bridges and culverts along various roads.... Read more

Video: 250 plastic ballot boxes for Colombo
Elections Chief Mahinda Desapriya said today the Department would use see-through plastic ballot boxes imported from Kenya for the forthcoming elections to the Western Provincial Council ►►►... Read more

Qing Dynasty costumes
Performers dressed in costumes of the Qing Dynasty (AD 1644-1911) rehearse the ancient royal heaven worshiping ceremony for the upcoming Lunar New Year or Spring Festival at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing today. AFP... Read more

Mannar mass grave toll reaches 53
The skeletal remains of 53 bodies have been unearthed from a mass grave at Thirukethishvara in Mannar during the excavation work which was carried out up to yesterday, police said Pictures... Read more

SL woman arrested with foreign currency
A 35-year-old Sri Lankan woman was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) last night while attempting to smuggle in foreign currency worth Rs.5,090,666 concealed in her hand bag, Customs media spokesman Leslie Gamini said... Read more

Biswal to arrive on Jan 31
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal will travel to Sri Lanka January 31-February 2, the US State Department said... Read more

GL to meet Khurshid over UNHRC resolution
Sri Lankan foreign minister G L Peiris will be meeting external affairs minister Salman Khurshid on Wednesday with the agenda to take forward the talks to resolve the fishermen issue and to also discuss the forthcoming UNHRC session where US is expected to again bring a resolution... Read more

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We are ready to support SL-UK
Britain on Monday said that if the Sri Lankan government has begun a genuine and credible domestic process in to the alleged war crimes claims, properly by March 2014, it would give it its full support to the Sri Lankan government.... Read more

The stars show a major political change
Known as the man who attacked the then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi with his rifle butt on July 30, 1987 a day after the Indo Lanka Accord was signed, Vijitha Rohan Wijayamuni, a sailor attached to the Sri Lanka Navy, has made  a name as a patriot and a politician.... Read more

In its keenness to improve progress in the ethnic issue TNA is looking beyond provincial council system
TNA Member of the Northern Provincial Council Dharmalingam Sithadthan says it is always important to maintain cordiality with the central government to run the council smoothly.   Sithadthan, the leader of People's Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE), aligned with the TNA recently.... Read more

Agitation by state sector employees
There is an agitation by state sector employees. It is an effective campaign that has shaken the government. The state sector employees in general either remained silent or launched protests confined to their trade disputes.... Read more

The case for skilled diplomacy and diplomats
The administrative system, adopted and incorporated into Sri Lanka's first constitution after independence, suffered serious interference in 1972, when the Civil Service Commission was abolished and most of its functions were passed on to the cabinet of ministers.... Read more

Editorial - Tripping over electricity rates
Four of Sri Lanka’s power stations broke down last week and over the weekend two of them... Read more

Uganda Minister in Sri Lanka
The Ugandan Minister of State Defense in his first visit to Sri Lanka met the Chief of Defence Staff General Jagath Jayasuriya yesterday. The eight member delegation from Uganda also called on Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as a part of their itinerary. (Pix by Pradeep Pathirana)... Read more

CBK for religious harmony
A forum titled ‘Building religious harmony’ organized by a foundation of former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarathunga was held today with the participation of Kotugoda Dammawasi Nayaka Thero, Rev. Oswald Gomis and a host of other religious leaders and dignitaries. (Pix by Kushan Pathiraja)... Read more

Moderates are scared to express their thoughts: CBK
As the only living former President/Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, I felt the responsibility to speak out in order to resolve the prevalent religious tensions in the country, Former President Chandrika Bandaranike Kumaratunga said today... Read more

Video: Ranil calls for action against drugs, commissions
UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who was speaking during the joint rally involving several opposition political parties at Hyde Park last evening urged the authorities to take action over drugs and illegal commissions which have, he said, almost become the motto of the government.  Pix by... Read more

Man tries to enter President’s official residence in Kandy
A person was arrested by the guards at the President’s official residence in Kandy, for trying to enter it by force this evening, police said... Read more

Alleged rape of Australian girl: suspect yet to be arrested
Police are yet to arrest the suspect who involved in alleged rape of an Australian University student during an excursion to the Gendawana Rock in the seas near Ambalangoda on Thursday... Read more

Video: Democratic Party protest march
A protest march organised by the Democratic Party over several issues including casinos, drugs and scrapping of grade five scholarship examinations was held today from Maradana to Colombo Fort with the participation of its leader Sarath Fonseka, parliamentarian Jayantha Ketagoda and its provincial councilors.... Read more

Video: NFF opposes NPC proposals
While claiming the proposals passed in the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) last Monday, including a call for an international inquiry into war crimes allegedly committed by the Sri Lankan armed forces during the last stage of the civil war was... Read more

Complaint against Harsha withdrawn
A medical officer’s driver who lodged complaint claiming that UNP Parliamentarian Harsha De Silva had assaulted him over a land dispute in Longden place, Colombo on Sunday, had withdrawn his complaint today, Police said... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 28-01-2014
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

CIFL depositors march to Temple Trees
A group of Central Investments & Finance Limited (CIFL) depositors conducted a protest march to temple trees this afternoon from CIFL head office in Dharmapala Mw. Pix by Samantha Perera... Read more

‘Vipakshaya Virodhaya’ commenced; heavy traffic in Town Hall
The movement of heavy traffic was reported in the Town Hall area and Slave Island as the main opposition UNP started to march to Hyde Park grounds in two groups from Darley Road and from Slave Island.... Read more

Audio: My powers are not limited: Mervyn
Minister of Public Relations Mervyn Silva said, he had received Rs.300 million for the development programmes of the area within a day of assuming duties as Kelaniya electoral organiser... Read more

SSP passes away
Kandy-Nuwara Eliya Special Task Force (STF) Zonal Commander SSP B.D.Chandrasiri passed away this morning at the age of 53 after a sudden illness, the STF said.... Read more

SriLankan expands reach in Central Asia with Siberian Airlines
SriLankan Airlines’ expands its reach in Central Asia with its latest codeshare agreement with Siberian Airlines (S7) which came into effect on 17th  December 2013.... Read more

Experience the sensational Seychelles with SriLankan Holidays
SriLankan Holidays, the leisure arm of SriLankan Airlines offers an exciting holiday package to Seychelles with its latest codeshare route with its sister airline, Mihin Lanka that operates two flights a week to the sensational islands.... Read more

100 kg to over 100 cities with SriLankan Cargo’s “Bag-It”
This holiday season when giving and sharing become the essence of festivities, SriLankan Cargo, the cargo arm of SriLankan Airlines offers an amazing 50 per cent off on freight rate for goods sent to selected destinations.... Read more

Ceylon Cold Stores profits swell 315%
Ceylon Cold Stores PLC profits improved by a drastic 315 percent year-on-year (YoY) to Rs.259.4 boosted by strong operating profits during the quarter ended December 31, 2013. The turnover increased by 8 percent YoY to Rs.6.30 billion while the cost of sales increased by a modest 6 percent YoY to Rs.5.48... Read more

Hulugalle discharged
Former Media Centre for National Security (MCNS) Director General Lakshman Hulugalle was discharged from the Kandy General Hospital (KGH) yesterday, hospital sources said... Read more

BoI nets Rotterdam-based IT company
ISM eCommerce recently signed an agreement with the Board of Investment (BoI) for setting up a project to develop software and provide business process outsourcing (BPO) services for the export market. The total value of this investment is US $ 3 million.... Read more

Nepal Army Chief due here
Chief of Army Staff Gaurav Shumsher Rana is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka and the Maldives from January 29 to February 6, the Nepal Army said.... Read more

Traffic at Kollupitiya
Heavy traffic congestion is reported in Kollupitiya due to a demonstration by a group of depositors of Central Investment and Finance Limited (CIFL) blocking the Dharmapala Mawatha towards Kollupitiya, police said... Read more

SL says int'l war crimes probe would bring 'chaos'
An international inquiry into war crimes in Sri Lanka would bring "chaos," and the government's national reconciliation process must be given several more years to work, a top aide to Sri Lanka's president said on Monday... Read more

Customs for facilitating legitimate trade in Sri Lanka
January 26th was International Customs Day. The theme for this year is, “Communication: Sharing Information for Better Cooperation”. Trade facilitation measures are important means of achieving improved communication and............ Read more

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