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Relatives of enforced disappearances to hold mass procession in Kilinochchi today

20 Feb 2024 - 8     - 865

In completion of seven years of truth-seeking agony to learn the whereabouts of their missing kith and kin during the war, the family members of the enforced disappearances are to stage a mass procession in Kilinochchi this morning.


Sri Lanka must have legal framework before adopting nuclear energy projects: IAEA expert

19 Feb 2024 - 6     - 628

If Sri Lanka is to adopt a nuclear energy generating project, then the country should first have a firm legal framework in place, was the opinion of an international atomic energy expert.


Customs seize Rs.150 Mn worth readymade garments imported from Malaysia

13 Feb 2024 - 10     - 2212

Sri Lanka Customs today thwarted an attempt to smuggle four container loads of readymade garments worth over Rs.150 million, which had been imported from Malaysia falsely declared as fabric.


Customs nab airport cleaner trying to smuggle out gold worth Rs.58 Mn

10 Feb 2024 - 9     - 2158

An employee attached to a private cleaning company at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) was nabbed by the Sri Lanka Customs officials while attempting to smuggle out gold worth over Rs. 58 million early this morning, sources said.


Yukthiya operation should not be passionate or personal initiative outside law

03 Feb 2024 - 13     - 1176

The Lawyers’ Collective, in an open letter to Minister of Public Security Tiran Alles yesterday said the Yukthiya Anti-drug Campaign must conform to the rule of law and should not be a passionate, personal initiative that seeks implementation outside the law.


Passenger with fake Italian visa stopped at BIA

30 Jan 2024 - 4     - 1006

The Immigration and Emigration Department yesterday asked the local travelers to be extremely cautious of bogus travel agents who would arrange fake foreign visas or travel documents for exorbitant rates, following such a passenger with a fake Italian visa was intercepted at the airport.


Sri Lankans with forged Italian resident cards nabbed at BIA

26 Jan 2024 - 1     - 1532

The Immigration and Emigration Department officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) searched two Sri Lankan men bound for Dubai on suspicion yesterday and found forged Italian resident visa cards in their possession.


Selling MRP drugs for exorbitant rates

Private hospital pleads guilty in advance when case summoned today

23 Jan 2024 - 18     - 2958

A leading private hospital in Colombo that stirred controversy by selling government price controlled drugs for exorbitant rates, had reportedly pleaded guilty in advance when the case was scheduled to be taken up today in the presence of the complainant and other state officials, the Daily Mirror learns.


NMRA, CID seize computers, medicine samples from infamous plant in Seeduwa

22 Jan 2024 - 5     - 659

The National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) who visited the controversial plant involved in the human immunoglobulin scam today for the second day, searched the entire premises prior to taking several computers and samples of medicines into custody for further inquiries, the police said.


Narrow effort to win elections by suppressing public’s right to expression

22 Jan 2024 - 11     - 1064

Government’s move to pass the Online Safety Bill in Parliament this week and to bring repressive laws to take the country into a dictatorship is a narrow effort to suppress right to expression in winning the upcoming election, leading media and civil society groups voiced their opinion yesterday.


Substandard Human Immunoglobulin scam

NMRA, CID to do second factory visit on Monday with CEB Engineer

19 Jan 2024 - 1     - 1001

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) will accompany NMRA and CEB officials on a second visit to the infamous factory involved in the human immunoglobulin scam on Monday with its owner, as the latter had refused to cooperate with the authorities during the first visit, the Daily Mirror learns.


Police obstructing Excise from carrying out its duties

Excise Dept. to take the matter up with the Actg. IGP

16 Jan 2024 - 7     - 1014

With continuing incidents of the police obstructing the duties carried out by the Excise in countrywide operations and detections owing to instances of miscommunication, the Department of Excise is to take the matter up with the Acting IGP in the coming days, the Daily Mirror learns.


Customs seize Rs.144Mn worth massive cigarette stocks sent from Cambodia, Dubai

11 Jan 2024 - 4     - 942

Sri Lanka Customs yesterday displayed a massive cigarette stock worth over Rs.144 million, which was seized recently after they arrived in the country from Cambodia and Dubai as used clothes and cashew.


Owner refuses to cooperate with NMRA, CID officials during plant visit: Police Spokesman

09 Jan 2024 - 15     - 1933

The proprietor of Isolez Biotech Pharma AG (Pvt) Ltd. cum the chief suspect of the substandard human immunoglobulin scandal that rocked the entire medical industry has refused to cooperate with the NMRA and CID officials yesterday when he was escorted to the plant on an inspection tour, the police said.


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Lasantha was killed with ulterior motive to silence all journalists: BASL President

08 Jan 2024 - 14     - 1769

Journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge was killed with an ulterior motive to silence all journalists and the authorities have failed to bring the culprits to book even after 15 years of his murder, the Bar Association of Sri Lanka said yesterday.


Court summons Colombo’s leading private hospital for selling MRP drugs at exorbitant rates

05 Jan 2024 - 19     - 2519

A leading private hospital in Colombo, which had allegedly billed its patients with exorbitant rates for common drugs that has a maximum retail price had been summoned by the courts following charges filed by the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA).


Rs.2.5Bn worth drugs busted by Customs Narcotic Control in 2023

05 Jan 2024 - 2     - 374

One of the country’s top drug-busting bodies setup at the airport to detect the flow of illicit intoxicants, the Customs Narcotic Control Unit has seized drugs worth over Rs.2.5 billion during last year, made another recent detection at the Central Mail Exchange (CME).


Businessman smuggling in counterfeit fags worth Rs.2.7 Mn nabbed at BIA

04 Jan 2024 - 3     - 727

A Sri Lankan man who was trying to smuggle in a stock of counterfeit cigarettes worth over Rs.2.7 million from Oman was nabbed by the police at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning.


Customs seize Rs.61.36 Mn worth Hashish sent from Italy in gift pack

03 Jan 2024 - 2     - 733

The Sri Lanka Customs Revenue Task Force last evening seized a gift pack containing a cannabis variety Hashish worth over Rs. 61 million sent from Italy, the Customs spokesman said.


Excise Department on the brink of collapse

03 Jan 2024 - 19     - 2462

In the face of having to collect additional tax revenue of staggering Rs.160 million per day from 1st January owing to the new VAT regulations, the Excise Department of Sri Lanka is on the brink of collapsing as its entire top rung of uniform staff are scheduled to retire in the coming three months, the Daily Mirror learns.


SL Customs makes Rs.970Bn with just 990 staffers in hand

01 Jan 2024 - 14     - 2485

Sri Lanka Customs has made its highest revenue generation in history, a recorded Rs.970 billion last year with only 990 staffers in hand and with restrictions on highest income on imports of automobiles still in place.


Irregularities in a voluntary retirement scheme

Group of ITN staffers to seek Supreme Court intervention

25 Dec 2023 - 7     - 2000

A group of staffers of the Independence Television Network (ITN) is to seek Supreme Court intervention over the irregularities of a voluntary retirement scheme of the state institution, which is underway at present, the Daily Mirror learns.


STF busts major fake visa printing racket in Kurunegala, mastermind absconding

20 Dec 2023 - 5     - 1661

A major forged visa printing racket for European and Asian countries was busted by the Police Special Task Force (STF) in Kurunegala today and two operatives were nabbed, whilst the mastermind of the racket is still absconding, the police said.


Encouragement of extra judicial killings by any Minister cannot be condoned – Legal experts

19 Dec 2023 - 18     - 1959

Condemning the recent remarks by Public Security Minister Tiran Alles on eliminating underworld and drug operatives on sight, legal experts of the bar yesterday said Sri Lanka is not a police state to eliminate criminals when a legal system is in place.


Children’s health at great risk due to imported substandard stationery – LRH Specialist

18 Dec 2023 - 2     - 897

The lives of schoolchildren and their health are at great risk owing to substandard stationery material and food carriers they use, which are being imported for cheaper rates defying prescribed standards, a medical specialist attached to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital said.


Govt. should intervene to save migrant workers from HIV – pressure groups urge

15 Dec 2023 - 4     - 600

The government should positively intervene on behalf of the issues pertaining to a workforce that brings an annual income of Rs.5 billion and saves the migrant workers from contracting HIV, the pressure groups urged yesterday.


Flexible opening hours of bars has serious impact on health, economy – ADIC

14 Dec 2023 - 15     - 1488

The Government announcement of flexible opening hours of bars and liquor stores as a result of budget reading 2024 and its implications on the alcohol industry has a serious impact on health and economy of the country, the ADIC said yesterday.


Sri Lankan who got forged Canadian passport for Rs.4Mn nabbed at BIA

11 Dec 2023 - 10     - 10182

A Sri Lankan national who tried to leave for Canada with a forged Canadian travel document, which had received for Rs.4 million, was nabbed by the Immigration authorities at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) last evening.


Customs detect Rs.60 Mn worth drugs from US, Canada at local courier agency

07 Dec 2023 - 9     - 972

Sri Lanka Customs detected parcels containing psychedelic drugs worth over Rs.60 million sent from the USA and Canada at a local courier agency today.


After relaxing all import restrictions since October

Christmas décor tops imports after two years: Customs

06 Dec 2023 - 5     - 970

Christmas decorations and goodies have topped the list of imports thus far since the relaxing of all import restrictions since October this year, Sri Lanka Customs said.


Customs seize Rs.43 Mn worth psychedelic drugs from Europe at CME

05 Dec 2023 - 9     - 1106

The Sri Lanka Customs at the Central Mail Exchange (CME) seized multiple consignments containing psychedelic drugs worth over Rs. 43 million, sent from European countries addressed to bogus recipients in Sri Lanka.


Immigration rescues six Pakistani belly dancers exploited by bogus SL film maker

02 Dec 2023 - 13     - 4698

A group of young Pakistani females accompanied by their male manager, who had been brought into Sri Lanka by a local man claiming to be a filmmaker and had exploited them to work as belly dancers at a Colombo nightclub, was rescued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration yesterday.


Child smuggling racket from SL to UK via Malaysia

Over 20,000 Sri Lankan child departures probed

28 Nov 2023 - 10     - 4054

The Department of Immigration and Emigration has busted a major child smuggling racket that operated between Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the UK and has handed over findings of a lengthy probe to the CID after examining over 20,000 child departures from Colombo, the Daily Mirror learns


Customer, Customs officer arrested with drugs worth Rs. 66 Mn in UPB

21 Nov 2023 - 4     - 3167

A man who came to clear an unaccompanied personal baggage containing cocaine and marijuana worth over Rs. 66 million sent from the USA, was arrested by the Customs this afternoon along with a Customs officer who is suspected to have aided and abetted the first suspect.


Man who paid Rs.2 Mn for forged Canada visa nabbed at BIA

20 Nov 2023 - 12     - 3481

A man who tried to leave for Canada with a forged Canadian visa, which he had prepared after paying Rs. 2 million, was nabbed by immigration officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this evening.


STF hijacks massive cigarette consignment from Customs’ probe: Customs says

17 Nov 2023 - 14     - 2287

Sri Lanka Customs to launch a comprehensive investigation into an incident, where the Police Special Task Force (STF) seized a massive cigarette consignment, which was being transported under the Customs supervision for its own probe on Thursday.


Chennai Customs official’s strict actions decrease gold smuggling activities in SL

14 Nov 2023 - 7     - 2731

Sri Lanka has seen lower gold smuggling movements in the past few weeks, especially at the country’s main international airport, as a result of the strict actions of an honest Indian Customs official currently based in Chennai airport, local Customs officials said while praising him.


Bribery Commission nabs CEA Chairman for soliciting Rs.10 Mn bribe

10 Nov 2023 - 20     - 4491

Chairman of the Central Environment Authority (CEA) Supun S. Pathirage was arrested by the Bribery Commission officials a short while ago for soliciting a bribe of Rs.10 million from a person in order to issue a permit, police said.