Fri, 23 Feb 2024 Today's Paper

Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya began his journalism career in 2007, initially in broadcast media. Over the years, he has committed himself to reporting on a wide range of topics, such as defense, crimes, and current affairs in Sri Lanka. Darshana now holds the position of Deputy Editor at the Daily Mirror.

Police launch operation to combat cattle theft

22 Feb 2024 - 3     - 451

In a bid to address the rising issue of cattle theft plaguing the dairy farmers nationwide, Police have initiated a special programme under the ’Yukthiya’ operation, with the support of intelligence units, to crack down on cattle thieves.

Rear Admiral Pradeep Rathnayake appointed as Navy Chief of Staff

21 Feb 2024 - 2     - 1025

Rear Admiral Pradeep Rathnayake has been appointed as the Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Navy effective from 16th January by President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Sri Lanka set for all-format cricket tour of Bangladesh in March

20 Feb 2024 - 3     - 1237

Sri Lanka’s men’s cricket team will tour Bangladesh during March–April this year to take part in an all-format tour, Sri Lanka Cricket said.

Rise in Russian tourists engaging in prostitution sparks concerns

20 Feb 2024 - 38     - 11419

In the wake of an influx of tourists particularly from Russia following the implementation of a visa-free entry programme, concerns have been raised regarding the involvement of some Russian female tourists, engaging in illegal activities such as prostitution during their stay in Sri Lanka, the Daily Mirror learns.

Woman, two children die in train accident

19 Feb 2024 - 9     - 1535

A woman and two children riding on a motorcycle were killed in an accident when a train travelling from Puttalam towards Chilaw collided with the motorcycle at a railway crossing in ​​Arachchikattuwa.

Tickets for 2nd, 3rd T20I matches in Dambulla sold out

18 Feb 2024 - 5     - 847

Tickets for the 2nd and 3rd T20I matches between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan scheduled for tomorrow (February 19) and February 21 at the RDICS, Dambulla have been sold out, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said.

Police bust drug ring linked to ’Santa’, two women arrested

18 Feb 2024 - 6     - 1606

The Piliyandala Police arrested two young women linked to large-scale drug trafficker Sithum, also known as ’Santa,’ believed to be in hiding in France.

Nearly 800 traffic offenders identified through CCTVs in Colombo

18 Feb 2024 - 12     - 1586

A total of 793 motorists who violated traffic rules have been identified through the CCTV system in Colombo.

Former Kotikawatta PS member arrested in raid linked to Shiran Bhasik

18 Feb 2024 - 8     - 1873

The Police Special Task Force arrested a former member of the Kotikawatta Pradeshiya Sabha, known to be closely associated with notorious drug dealer Shiran Bhasik, at a luxury housing complex in Wellawatta.

Sri Lanka sets 161-run target for Afghanistan in first T20I

17 Feb 2024 - 0     - 374

In the inaugural T20I match at Dambulla today, Sri Lanka posted a challenging total of 160 runs for Afghanistan to chase down.

Sri Lanka unchanged for Afghan T20I opener

17 Feb 2024 - 2     - 1410

Riding a wave of confidence after their convincing One Day International (ODI) series win in Kandy, Sri Lanka gears up to face Afghanistan in a three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series starting at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium today.

Two Iranian Navy ships in Colombo

16 Feb 2024 - 13     - 1488

The Iranian Navy Ship (IRINS) Bushehr and Tonb arrived at the port of Colombo on a formal visit this morning.

Lanka Premier League 2024 set for July

16 Feb 2024 - 1     - 582

The 5th edition of the Lanka Premier League 2024 will be held from July 1st to 21st this year, the Sri Lanka Cricket said.

Body of missing girl found half naked in Talaimannar

16 Feb 2024 - 9     - 2470

The Talaimannat Police have launched an investigation after the body of a 10-year-old girl, who had been reported missing, was found half naked.

Kalpitiya OIC interdicted over sexual assault on police woman

15 Feb 2024 - 1     - 934

The Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Kalpitiya Police Station who was charged over sexually assaulting a female police constable, has been interdicted by the National Police Commission with immediate effect.


Tickets for the first T20 game, 'Sold Out'

15 Feb 2024 - 2     - 1335

Tickets for the first T20I match to be played at Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium on Saturday (17) have been sold out.


Thennakoon says 42 International red notices issued for wanted criminals

15 Feb 2024 - 9     - 733

Acting Inspector General of Police Deshabandu Tennakoon said 42 international red notices have been issued so far for criminals who have fled the country after underworld and drug crimes.


Kudu Salindu’s main accomplice ’Piyuma’ arrested in Dubai

15 Feb 2024 - 11     - 2387

Piyum Hastika, alias ’Piyuma,’ identified as a primary accomplice of the notorious drug trafficker Salidu Malshika, also known as ’Kudu Salidu,’ was arrested in Dubai and brought to Sri Lanka this morning.


Sri Lanka Air Force reveals ambitious aircraft acquisition plans

14 Feb 2024 - 29     - 2744

Air Force Commander Udeni Rajapaksa said today that the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has embarked on several programmes aimed at modernizing its fleet and enhancing operational capabilities to meet future challenges effectively.

Bus driver convicted for fatal train collision in 2009, arrested after evading court

14 Feb 2024 - 12     - 2937

A bus driver responsible for a tragic accident on May 16, 2009, at the Sevanapitiya Railway Crossing in Welikanda, which claimed the lives of 15 passengers and left 40 others seriously injured, has been arrested.


Sri Lanka Air Force initiates ’’Wings of Friendship’’ projects worth Rs 125 Mn in North

14 Feb 2024 - 9     - 924

Moving away from the Colombo and Southern Province, the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has made arrangements to initiate a series of projects under the theme ’’Wings of Friendship,’’ coinciding with the 73rd anniversary of the Sri Lanka Air Force in the North from March 2.

Sri Lanka's plan to downsize military

Tri-forces halt general recruitment

14 Feb 2024 - 29     - 4531

Sri Lanka is in the process of downsizing the existing Sri Lanka Army cadre to 135,000 by the end of this year, and the number has already dropped to nearly 150,000 from the existing Sri Lanka Army cadre of 200,783, Daily Mirror learns.

Kalpitiya Police OIC granted bail over sexual assault case

13 Feb 2024 - 9     - 1851

The Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of the Kalpitiya Police Station surrendered to the Puttalam Magistrate’s Court today in connection with allegations of sexually assaulting a female police constable.

Presidential Election on schedule, General Election set for next year: PMD

13 Feb 2024 - 53     - 5294

The President’s Media Division (PMD) confirmed that the Presidential Election will be held within the mandated period and will adhere to the current timeline.

SriLankan Airlines flight turns back to Melbourne due to technical issue

12 Feb 2024 - 35     - 6334

SriLankan Airlines said that that flight UL 605, en route from Melbourne to Colombo, safely returned to Melbourne Airport shortly after takeoff at 18:16hrs (Melbourne time) today, due to a technical issue.


Complaint over suspected umpire exam paper leak

12 Feb 2024 - 6     - 1377

A complaint has been lodged with the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission (SLHRC) alleging that the Sri Lanka Cricket Umpires’ Committee had leaked papers from last year’s umpires’ exam.


Police Sergeant dies after being shot at during arrest attempt

12 Feb 2024 - 8     - 1820

A Police Sergeant who was injured during an attempt to arrest a suspect, died from his injuries this morning at the National Hospital in Colombo.


Armed gang shoots cashier, flees with cash from Meegoda Economic Center

12 Feb 2024 - 7     - 1650

A woman was injured when two armed men broke into the Meegoda Economic Center, shot at her and robbed a shop before fleeing early this morning.

Surge in shootings amidst intensified crackdown on crime

12 Feb 2024 - 9     - 1362

Amidst an intensified crackdown on crime and narcotics, Sri Lanka is witnessing a surge in shootings again despite a decrease in the first month of the launch of the ’Yukthiya’ operation.

Legal action taken against Motor Traffic Department staff for fraudulent vehicle registration

11 Feb 2024 - 24     - 2164

The Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption has initiated legal proceedings against seven individuals, including five Department of Motor Traffic employees, for unlawfully registering around 400 vehicles not cleared through Customs.


Minister reveals Sri Lanka’s first arrest under Online Safety Act

11 Feb 2024 - 30     - 6693

Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles said the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has arrested an individual who had slandered on social media.

Two killed in separate shootings in Negombo and Puttalam

10 Feb 2024 - 2     - 1240

Two individuals have been killed in separate shooting incidents this evening, one in Negombo and the other in Puttalam.

Second child injured by falling tree in Gampola international school dies

10 Feb 2024 - 1     - 1195

Another child who was being treated for injuries after a tree collapsed on a group of students at an international school in Gampola, died this morning.


Mendis confident as SL gears up for Afghan ODI Series

08 Feb 2024 - 5     - 690

Sri Lanka’s One Day International (ODI) Captain Kusal Mendis expressed confidence ahead of their clash against Afghanistan, starting at the Pallekele Stadium in Kandy tomorrow.

Doctor arrested for alleged sexual assault on colleague at Aranayaka Hospital

08 Feb 2024 - 13     - 3351

A doctor from the Aranayaka District Hospital has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 28-year-old female doctor while she was on duty.

Three policemen interdicted after poisoning of two suspects in custody

08 Feb 2024 - 2     - 1201

Three police officers from the Wolfendhal Police Station have been interdicted following an incident where two suspects were hospitalised after consuming a packet of milk provided by a visitor.

Sports Minister greenlights Sri Lanka’s ODI squad for Afghanistan series

08 Feb 2024 - 6     - 1289

Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Harin Fernando has approved the 16-member squad selected by the Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee to participate in the ODI series against Afghanistan.


Blue Sapphires worth Rs. 370 million seized; Two including monk arrested

08 Feb 2024 - 7     - 3785

Two individuals, including a monk, were arrested while attempting to sell two Blue Sapphire gemstones valued at Rs. 370 million.

Police arrests 42 suspects over abuse, thefts on public transport

08 Feb 2024 - 18     - 1334

A total of 42 suspects have been arrested during an island-wide police operation targeting individuals who commit acts of abuse against children and women on public transport.

Fisheman dies, seven others hospitalized due to toxic gas leak

07 Feb 2024 - 1     - 620

A fisherman died and several others hospitalised due to inhaling a toxic gas inside a fish tank of a fishing vessel docked at the Ambalangoda Fisheries Harbour.

Undercover police deployed in public transport to tackle abuse

07 Feb 2024 - 12     - 1583

An island-wide police operation targeting individuals who commit acts of abuse against children and women in public transport has been initiated.

ICFS hosts admission event for Germany and Netherlands universities

07 Feb 2024 - 3     - 818

An admission event for students aspiring to pursue higher education in universities in Germany and the Netherlands will take place on Saturday (10) at the International Center for Foreign Studies (ICFS).

Keheliya resigns as Cabinet Minister

06 Feb 2024 - 65     - 6743

Minister Keheliya Rambukwella who is in prison has tendered his resignation from the position of Environment Minister to President Ranil Wickremesinghe.

Army contingent departs for South Sudan

06 Feb 2024 - 4     - 2435

The 10th contingent of the Sri Lanka Army Medical Corps (SLAMC) departed Sri Lanka early this morning (06 February), to assume duties at the Level-2 SRIMED Hospital in the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Over 56,000 suspects arrested across Sri Lanka within 50 days during ’Yukthiya’

06 Feb 2024 - 8     - 546

A total of 56,541 suspects have been arrested during the 50-day period spanning from December 17 last year as part of the ongoing anti-drug operation ’Yukthiya’ conducted island-wide.

SLC selectors name squad for Afghanistan ODIs

Shanaka dropped, Chamika included

06 Feb 2024 - 11     - 4375

The Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee has selected a 16-member squad for the upcoming three-match One Day International (ODI) series against Afghanistan.

Sri Lanka likely to adopt Singaporean house detention method for minor offenses

06 Feb 2024 - 14     - 1484

Sri Lanka will soon likely adopt the Singaporean method to implement house detention for suspects who are charged with minor offenses.

English tuition teacher arrested for setting fire to Ranil’s private residence

05 Feb 2024 - 22     - 3396

The Criminal Investigation Department arrested a 46-year-old suspect in connection with the incident of setting fire to President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s private residence on 09 July 2022.

Craig Howard joins Sri Lanka Cricket as spin coach on two-year contract

05 Feb 2024 - 10     - 1846

Sri Lanka Cricket has appointed former Australian First Class Cricketer Craig Howard as the National Spin Bowling Coach.

Tense situation in Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre

04 Feb 2024 - 4     - 758

At least ten inmates and a soldier were injured in a clash between two groups of inmates at the Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre in Polonnaruwa this evening.


Suspected ’Ava’ gang leader arrested in Mount Lavinia

04 Feb 2024 - 8     - 2174

The Walana Anti-Corruption Unit has arrested the suspected leader of the ’Ava’ gang, involved in numerous crimes in Jaffna, during a raid in Mount Lavinia.

Debutant Chamika replaced after helmet blow

04 Feb 2024 - 3     - 1351

Kasun Rajitha has been approved as the ’concussion replacement’ for Chamika Gunasekera, who was hit on the helmet while batting during Sri Lanka’s 1st inning.

Army promotes 211 officers, 1,239 other ranks on Independence Day

04 Feb 2024 - 10     - 1017

A total of 211 officers of the Sri Lanka Army (Regular and Volunteer Force) and 1,239 Other Ranks of the Army (Regular Force and Volunteer Force) have been promoted to their next respective ranks in view of the 76th Independence Day (04 February 2024).

Google Doodle celebrates Sri Lanka’s Independence Day 2024

04 Feb 2024 - 4     - 1065

Google celebrated Sri Lanka’s 76th Independence Day today with a Google Doodle featuring the Sri Lankan flag with ‘Google’ below it.

Keheliya Rambukwella admitted to prison hospital

04 Feb 2024 - 79     - 4577

Former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, who was remanded over importation of substandard Immunoglobulin injections, was admitted to Prison Hospital.

Indian submarine ’Karanj’ arrives in Colombo

03 Feb 2024 - 5     - 1494

INS ’Karanj’ – a submarine of the Indian Navy arrived at the port of Colombo today (03 February) on a formal visit. The visiting submarine was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in precision of naval traditions.

STF busts major narcotics haul worth Rs. 100 million in Wattala

03 Feb 2024 - 7     - 1732

The Police Special Task Force (STF) arrested a 39-year-old individual in Wattala and siezed 192,000 narcotic pills with a street value exceeding Rs. 100 million.

CID to produce Minister Keheliya Rambukwella before court today

03 Feb 2024 - 13     - 1795

Former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella who was arrested yesterday by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) over the ongoing probe into the import of substandard Immunoglobulin injections, will be produced before the Maligakanda Magistrate’s Court today.

Former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella arrested

02 Feb 2024 - 67     - 8402

Former Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) a short while ago in connection with the importation of substandard Immunoglobulin injections.

Two arrested for alleged sexual assault, theft of American woman

02 Feb 2024 - 37     - 3829

Two suspects were arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 25-year-old American woman visiting Sri Lanka.