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Marc Ruskin
Dailymirror Online
Jamila Husain is the Editor in Chief of Daily Mirror. She is a one-time international award winner and has won three local journalism awards for her coverage of the war against terror and human rights. She is presently a political writer.

SLTDA notice to Russian and Ukraine tourists taken down

26 Feb 2024 - 3     - 2463

The notice published on the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) official website notifying Russian and Ukraine tourists to get their visas in order, has been taken down.

Long term Ukraine, Russian tourists asked to leave amidst rising concerns

26 Feb 2024 - 25     - 9766

In an urgent move to prevent any diplomatic tension between Russia and Sri Lanka, President Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday ordered an immediate investigation into the circular that had been released by the Head of the Immigration and Emigration Department to the Tourism Ministry Secretary stating that Russian and Ukrainian tourists living long term in Sri Lanka had to leave within 14 days.

LIOC assures highest quality products to Sri Lankan consumers

16 Nov 2023 - 3     - 829

Lanka IOC (LIOC) assures Sri Lankan consumers the highest standards in all its products reaching them.


’Yet to decide if I will re-contest Presidency’ - Ranil says

15 Nov 2023 - 39     - 3735

With a Presidential Election scheduled for next year, President Ranil Wickremesinghe said he had still not made a decision if he would re contest the presidency as his focus presently was to terminate Sri Lanka from bankruptcy.

Sri Lanka cricket in shambles

07 Nov 2023 - 71     - 15321

Hours after Sports Minister Roshan Ranasingha appointed an interim committee headed by former cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga to assume control of Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday, an angry President Ranil Wickremesinghe telephoned Ranasingha and asked for an immediate explanation as to why he had made such a move without consulting him or the cabinet.

WHO warns situation in Gaza spiralling out of control

18 Oct 2023 - 0     - 563

Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebrey said that the situation in Gaza was spiralling out of control following the mass civilian casualties recorded within the past few days.

Easter Sunday attacks: Maithripala seeks further time to pay compensation

11 Jul 2023 - 33     - 3445

Filing a motion before the Supreme Court, former President Maithripala Sirisena has sought further time to pay the remaining sum of Rs.85 million as compensation to the victims of the Easter Sunday attacks.

MIT, Harvard show interest to collaborate with SL’s Climate Change University

02 Jun 2023 - 27     - 2256

President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that efforts are underway to establish a Climate Change University in Sri Lanka next year and prestigious institutions like Harvard and MIT have expressed interest to collaborate with it.


Stop drawing your heart high on the Lotus Tower

31 May 2023 - 11     - 1539

The Colombo Lotus Tower has once again reiterated to its visitors to stop confessing their love on the Lotus Tower walls as couples continue to draw hearts and scribble their names to confess their commitment to one another.

Insulting the Buddha - RW asks CID to probe Pastor Jerome Fernando

15 May 2023 - 73     - 18632

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has informed the CID Director to commence an immediate investigation against Pastor Jerome Fernando’s controversial statements where he insulted the Buddha in front of a packed congregation recently and said even the Buddha needed Jesus.

Sources say security beefed in Colombo to prevent IUSF threat

13 May 2023 - 25     - 5463

Highly placed security sources told Daily Mirror that security has been beefed up in Colombo and its surrounding areas following an intelligence report that IUSF students were planning to march into the city in their hundreds over the weekend to take over key government institutions and launch a fresh ’Aragalaya’ against the government.


Security beefed up in Colombo

13 May 2023 - 8     - 3577

Security has been tightened in several areas in Colombo following an unspecified intelligence information, sources said.


RW is President because of Aragalaya, Foreign Mission behind the protests - Namal

11 May 2023 - 44     - 8239

MP Namal Rajapaksa today said that more details will surface shortly on who the Foreign Party was who backed the Aragalaya and presently Sri Lanka had a President and cabinet appointed by the Aragalaya.

FUTA to evaluate A/Level paper marking process

04 May 2023 - 17     - 1000

The Federation of University Teacher’s Association (FUTA) has decided to take part in the evaluation of the A/L paper marking process from today, a spokesman said.

Did Agriculture Ministry lie on exporting Toque monkeys to China?

19 Apr 2023 - 5     - 2622

The Chinese Embassy in Colombo today laid to rest what it called ‘disinformation’ on local and foreign media about Sri Lanka getting ready to export “100 thousand endangered” toque macaque monkeys to a Chinese private company for “experimental purpose.’’

India, Japan announces joint interest in co-operation with Sri Lanka for free, open Indo-Pacific

31 Mar 2023 - 2     - 1417

The envoys of India and Japan envisaged joint cooperation with Sri Lanka for enhancing regional connectivity. Japanese ambassador Mizukoshi Hideaki and Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay made remarks in this regard at the function to mark the launch of the report compiled by the Pathfinder Foundation.

’I will get approval of Parliament to implement IMF agreement although it is not required by law’ - RW

23 Mar 2023 - 7     - 1331

President Ranil Wickremesinghe today said that he would get the approval and assistance of Parliament to implement the IMF agreement although it is not required by law.

Police action on protesters: Tiran fails to appear before HRCSL

13 Mar 2023 - 4     - 1699

Public Security Minister Tiran Alles, who was asked to appear before the Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission (HRCSL) today, over the actions of the Police and Security Forces to control the recent protests, has denied to appear before the Commission.

Ex-lover extorts millions from female over nude photos

13 Mar 2023 - 14     - 11465

A female government officer in Padavi, Sripura was allegedly threatened by her ex-lover, who warned to release her nude photos to her husband if she did not pay him the ransom he demanded, police said.

Court issues arrest warrant on Wimal Weerawansa

13 Mar 2023 - 20     - 4078

The Colombo Chief Magistrate today issued a warrant for the arrest of Parliamentarian Wimal Weerawansa for not being present in Court in connection with a case filed against him by Cinnamon Garden police.

Job opportunities open up for Sri Lankans in Italy

09 Mar 2023 - 7     - 5572

The Italian government will accept applications for jobs offered to non-European countries from March 27, 2023, the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) said.

EC recommends LG polls to be held on April 25

07 Mar 2023 - 20     - 2541

The Election Commission today announced that April 25 is a suitable date to hold the Local Government election after the polls were postponed from March 9.

CB delivers surprising 100bps rate hike amid IMF insistence

03 Mar 2023 - 5     - 5769

Taking everyone by surprise, the Monetary Board of the Central Bank today raised policy interest rates by 100 basis points, though many predicted the monetary authority to either maintain the status quo or signal a dovish tilt by cutting rates.

SC issues interim order preventing Treasury Secretary and AG from withholding funds allocated for LG Polls

03 Mar 2023 - 17     - 2889

The Supreme Court today issued an interim order preventing the Treasury Secretary, the Attorney General who is representing the President and any other state official from withholding any funds allocated for the purpose of conducting Local Government Polls 2023.

Sri Lanka Rupee appreciates further

03 Mar 2023 - 8     - 4399

The Sri Lankan rupee appreciated further against the US dollar today with the buying rate valued at Rs.334 and the selling rate at Rs.346.

Deshapriya applies for Elections Commission again

02 Mar 2023 - 11     - 2676

Former Chairman of the Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya today confirmed that he has submitted an application to serve as a member of the Elections Commission.

Court issues order to AKD, 25 others over protest today

26 Feb 2023 - 9     - 3558

The Fort Magistrate has issued an order preventing National People’s Power (NPP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake and 25 others from engaging in protest or demonstration in several areas in the Colombo Fort causing inconvenience to the public and motorists from 1.00 pm till 8.00 pm today.

LG Polls will not be held on March 9 - Elections Commission

24 Feb 2023 - 12     - 3897

The Elections Commission today formally announced that the Local Government Elections will not be held on March 9 and a fresh date will be announced on March 3.

Failure to prevent violence after May 9: Wasantha Karannagoda report tabled in Court

24 Feb 2023 - 2     - 1712

The report of the Board of Inquiry prepared by a three-member-committee headed by Admiral of Fleet Wasantha Karannagoda to ascertain lapses by the armed forces and state intelligence services during the recent incident of violence was today filed before the Court of Appeal.

Sashi Weerawansa asked to take 3 days rest by Magistrate

24 Feb 2023 - 11     - 4963

Colombo Chief Magistrate Prasanna Alwis today allowed three days bed rest to Shashi Weerawansa, the wife of ex-Minister Wimal Weerawansa as she was not well.

Declaring Police Curfew on 9th July 2022: SC grants leave to proceed against IGP

23 Feb 2023 - 2     - 1420

The Supreme Court today granted leave to proceed with two Fundamental Rights petitions filed challenging the imposition of Police Curfew on 9th July, 2022 in the western province preventing protestors from arriving in Colombo.

President will not sign death warrants, AG tells SC

23 Feb 2023 - 3     - 1165

The Attorney General today informed Supreme Court that President Ranil Wickremesinghe has decided not to sign any warrant for execution and thereby he will act according to the procedure adopted by his predecessors.

EC says lack of funds obstructs holding LG Poll

20 Feb 2023 - 4     - 1060

The Election Commission today informed the Supreme Court its effort to organize and conduct the Local Government elections has been obstructed since the required funds for the elections are not provided by the Secretary to the Treasury.

Controversial Deep Jungle Music Festival canceled, tickets to be refunded

19 Feb 2023 - 26     - 5680

The Deep Jungle music festival which caused controversy in recent weeks due to it being held in an elephant corridor in Habarana has been canceled following a court order.

LG Polls likely to be postponed, Elections Commission goes to court citing difficulties

18 Feb 2023 - 6     - 1602

The Elections Commission will file a special motion before the Supreme Court citing difficulties such as inadequate funds to hold the Local Government Elections on March 9, the Chairman of the Elections Commission said.

No music after 10 pm - Court tells Deep Jungle Music Festival organizers

17 Feb 2023 - 10     - 3657

The Hingurakgoda Magistrate’s Court issued an order that bars the organizers of the controversial Deep Jungle Music Festival from playing loud music after 10 pm.

Deep Jungle Music Festival: ’Tourism Ministry and other big wigs had approved it despite harm to environment’ - Activist

16 Feb 2023 - 4     - 3431

Environmentalists have expressed concern about the ongoing environmental damage to the Karandagaswewa Forest Reserve, a highly sensitive environmental zone by the upcoming Deep Jungle Music and Cultural Festival which is scheduled to kick off in Habarana tomorrow.

No more power cuts from today- Kanchana

16 Feb 2023 - 25     - 5023

An uninterrupted power supply will be provided for the entire country with effect from today, Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera announced today.

Deep Jungle Festival held in Elephant Corridor - Tourism Ministry says no approval granted

13 Feb 2023 - 11     - 4804

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) and the Tourism Ministry, today denied providing approval for the staging of the Deep Jungle festival on the outskirts of Habarana from Feb.17 to Feb.20 which was advertised as a ’major tourism festival’ by its organizers.

Local car dealers recall certain vehicles over airbags following Scientist’s death

10 Feb 2023 - 6     - 8111

Local car dealers have announced the recalling of certain vehicles with faulty airbags following the death of a leading Sri Lankan scientist last week.

Sri Lanka offers rescue services to Turkey as massive earthquakes kill over 1500

06 Feb 2023 - 4     - 2369

Foreign Minister Ali Sabry has offered the assistance of rescue services to the Foreign Minister of Turkey following the two massive earthquakes that struck the country today, the President’s Media Division said.

Police request AG to file appeal against court order to release Wasantha Mudalige

02 Feb 2023 - 3     - 2361

The Police Headquarters has requested the Attorney General to file an appeal over the release of Convener of Inter-University Students’ Federation Wasantha Mudalige who was detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA)by the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court.

IMF tells govt. to tax all those who earn above Rs.45,000 per month

25 Jan 2023 - 27     - 12423

Government spokesman, Minister Bandula Gunawardana said yesterday that the IMF has instructed the Sri Lankan government to tax all those who draw a salary or a monthly income of over Rs. 45,000 but this proposal has not been accepted by the government.

President instructs Airforce to airlift to Colombo those critical in Nanu Oya crash

20 Jan 2023 - 4     - 2559

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed relevant officials to provide all necessary assistance to the students injured in the accident at Nanu Oya and if required for the Air Force to airlift those who are serious to Colombo, the President’s Media Division said.

UPDATE - Seven dead, several people injured in Thurstan College bus accident

20 Jan 2023 - 20     - 13165

An accident has been reported on the Nanuoya road in Nuwera Eliya between a bus, three wheeler and a van and seven bodies have been recovered while several people have been reported injured. The bus had been carrying students from Thurstan College in Colombo who had been on an educational tour.


Pavithra, Jeevan become Ministers

19 Jan 2023 - 4     - 3302

SLPP MP Pavithra Wanniarachchi and Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) MP Jeevan Thondaman were sworn in as cabinet ministers before President Ranil Wickremesinghe earlier today, the President’s Media Division said.

Tussle at Tourism Ministry over Secretary post

17 Jan 2023 - 0     - 2732

The Ministry of Tourism is having a tussle over the post of Ministry Secretary, the Daily Mirror learns.


Colombo Uni. female student found murdered at Race Course Ground in Col. 7

17 Jan 2023 - 14     - 58001

The body of a female, suspected to be murdered was found at the Race Course Ground in Colombo 7 a short while ago. Police said the body was found near the scoreboard at the Ground.

High level Chinese delegation to visit Sri Lanka

13 Jan 2023 - 5     - 1102

A high-level delegation of the Communist Party of China (CPC) led by its International Department Vice Minister Chen Zhou will visit Sri Lanka from January 14 to 18, the first official visit of the Chinese party in 2023 and after the 20th CPC National Congress, diplomatic sources said.

Wimal, Dullas, SLFP, Anura Yapa to merge to contest LG Polls

10 Jan 2023 - 2     - 1690

With Local Government Polls expected to be held in the coming months, another new alliance is in the making. This time, Wimal Weerwansa, Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Dullas Allahapperuma and the SLFP have decided to merge under the helicopter symbol.


Ranil, MR merge for LG polls

10 Jan 2023 - 6     - 5146

The United National Party and the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna will contest the upcoming LG Polls as one alliance, the UNP confirmed.

Mastermind of largest hedge fund insider trading rings in US, Raj Rajaratnam in Sri Lanka

28 Dec 2022 - 32     - 15818

Sri Lankan-born Galleon hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam, alleged of being the mastermind of the largest hedge-fund insider-trading rings in US history, is presently in Sri Lanka and will meet some Sri Lankan politicians in the coming days, the Daily Mirror learns.

Businesses with dollar income sources will only survive this crisis: Central Bank Governor

28 Dec 2022 - 21     - 9566

Says dollar earning companies could navigate the import shortages and beat domestic inflationary forces much better Offering a stark....


President’s advisor caught in a storm for allegedly sexually abusing pet dog

23 Dec 2022 - 82     - 38629

A video recording of Prof. Ashu Marasinghe, former advisor to President Ranil Wickremesinghe, allegedly showing him sexually abusing a dog has gone viral after it was released by SJB member Hirunika Premachandra to the media today.


Anupa Pasqual says he was not late at meeting with Korean, decides to be punctual hereon

23 Dec 2022 - 35     - 5415

Social Empowerment State Minister Anupa Pasqual today denied media reports claiming that he had attended a meeting with a senior Korean official 30 minutes late and maintained that he had begun the meeting at the scheduled time.

Keheliya confirms he is in India, but fails to name pvt. Indian pharmaceutical company he is dealing with

23 Dec 2022 - 29     - 2386

Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella who is under fire over his current visit to India, yesterday confirmed his visit and said he was with the CEO of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) and claimed his trip to India was self funded while the NMRA CEO was independently funded.

Is Keheliya in India to purchase meds from private Indian company?

22 Dec 2022 - 22     - 2708

Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella has come under fire over his current visit to India, with health officials questioning whether the Minister is overseas to purchase alleged low quality medicines through a private Indian company.


Jalani Premadasa had called GR asking for PM post for Sajith’ - Diana claims

28 Nov 2022 - 20     - 4345

State Minister of Tourism Diana Gamage today claimed in Parliament that Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa’s wife, Jalani Premadasa had telephoned former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa asking for the premiership for her husband when Gotabaya was the President.

Dilantha Malagamuwa released from alleged fraud case

28 Nov 2022 - 3     - 2263

The Colombo High Court today ordered to release three accused including popular Sri Lankan racing driver Dilantha Malagamuwa in connection with an indictment filed against them for allegedly defrauding a Japanese national to the tune of US$ 600,000 in 2008.


CA calls for documents from Immigration Dept. on Diana’s citizenship issue

28 Nov 2022 - 21     - 1763

The Court of Appeal today directed the Controller General of Immigration and Emigration to submit documents relating to the citizenship of State Minister Diana Gamage.