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Malsha glad of publicity over “Ice Bucket” challenge
Western Provincial Councillor Malsha Kumaratunga said today she did not take up the “Ice Bucket” challenge to gain publicity but she was happy that she was able to open the eyes of the people of Sri Lanka to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) which was not talked of earlier.... Read more

Violence escalates in Moneragala: PAFFREL
The widespread election law violations reported from Moneragala has escalated to 120 and is a cause for concern, particularly considering its comparatively low population, an election monitoring group said today.... Read more

BBS to assist health sector
Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera proclaimed that the time was right for the BBS to enter into the trade union sector and to influence them to act according to the teachings of the Buddha.... Read more

Protest demanding salary increase
The National Trade Union Centre today held a protest outside the Railway Department demanding a salary increment to public servants. Pix by Kitsiri De Mel... Read more

Video: VPN system to inter-link police service
The Police today inaugurated a system through which all police data could be connected into one virtual platform.... Read more

Mother strangles 6-year-old daughter
A 29-year-old mother in Kolonnawais reported to have strangled her six-year-old daughter for defecating inside the house.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 02-09-2014
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

Qatar Airways flight diverted to Colombo
A Qatar Airways flight en route from Doha to Perth in Australia was forced to divert to Colombo in Sri Lanka after the pilot reported a suspected fuel leak in one of the aircraft's engines, it was reported.... Read more


BBS Sec. gives statement
The General Secretary of Bodu Bala Sena, Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera had been summoned to the Slave Island Police to record a statement on the incident where the monk had allegedly used derogatory remarks against Counsel Maithri Gunaratne, the Police said... Read more

HNB Assurance launches ‘My Pension’
HNB Assurance has identified a primary need of the elderly citizens of our country and has introduced a guaranteed monthly pension plan named ‘My Pension’ for those who seek a peaceful and contented retirement, becoming the first insurance company in the country to do so.... Read more

HNBAssurance wins International Award for Digital Marketing in Singapore
HNB Assurance won a top award for Digital Marketing Excellence under the sub-categoy‘Best use of Facebook’ at the 5th CMO Asia Awards Social Media and Digital Marketing Excellence Awards held at Pan Pacific hotel, Singapore recently.... Read more

Asian Alliance Insurance holds 13th Annual Life Sales Convention
The 13th Annual Life Sales Convention of Asian Alliance Insurance – Quality Awards 2014 – was held recently under the theme ‘Tradition of Excellence’ at Eagle’s Lakeside, Ratmalana on a high note.... Read more

Ceylinco Insurance distributes water to drought-affected Polonnaruwa
Employees of Ceylinco Insurance – General actively recently distributed water to several remote areas of the drought affected areas in Polonnaruwa district.... Read more

Allianz Global Healthcare now in Sri Lanka
Allianz Lanka launched the exclusive Allianz Global Healthcare Plan for the protection of its customers in Sri Lanka.... Read more

Audio: 72-year-old man in a fiery protest
A 72-year-old man was admitted to the National Hospital with burn injuries after he set himself on fire outside the Kollupitiya police station this morning in protest over the attacks on Sri Lanka by former UNHRC Chief Navi Pillay, the police said.... Read more

Sunil Siyasena appointed as CEO of MBSL Insurance
Sunil Siyasena, a veteran in the Insurance Industry has been appointed as the CEO of MBSL Insurance Company Ltd., recently. Siyasena carries a wealth of experience both locally and internationally. Uniqueness of Siyasena’s career is that he has had the privilege in serving both Insurance and Broking... Read more

Central Bank’s Consolidation programme steaming ahead
The Central Bank has approved a total of 29 proposals of seven banks and 22 non-bank financial institutions (NBFI) under the ongoing financial sector...... Read more

"my life is in danger"
How can I injure myself? How can I lie by the road side naked with my hands trussed up?  I was a Buddhist monk who had to go into hiding for about one year to escape harm... Read more

HRM Awards 2014
The Association of Human Resource Professionals (HRP) will organize the HRM Awards, the recognized benchmark for industry best practices in Human Resources, for the 6th time in 2014.... Read more

Big medal haul for SL juniors at Asian Chess
Sri Lanka’s junior chess players performed brilliantly at the 10th Asian Schools Chess Championships held in Taichung, Taiwan from August 23 to 30, wining two gold, one silver and four bronze medals. Sri Lankan players also bagged 14 merit certificates.... Read more

NPC funds lie idle
The Northern Provincial Council (NPC), which is administered by the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), has failed to utilize at least 30 per cent of its capital allocations in the annual budget, an opposition politician charged yesterday.... Read more

Lankan found murdered in Trichy
A Sri Lankan was murdered by two unidentified men near his house in Karumandapam. The 56-year-old man was a visa agent and was trying to get valid stay permits for people in the locality.... Read more

SL to deport Pakistan asylum seekers
A Sri Lankan court on Monday gave permission to authorities to send back scores of Pakistani asylum seekers, after the government said they were a threat to the island’s security and public health... Read more

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MR interrupts Mervyn’s attacking speech
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had to interrupt Minister Mervyn Silva’s speech during an event at Madulla in Moneragala yesterday and advise him not to sling mud at anyone at personal level.... Read more

Modi’s wake-up message for Indians
On August 15, India celebrated her freedom from Britain.  Traditionally, the day begins with a speech by the Indian Prime Minister from the towering ramparts of the Mughal-era Red Fort in old Delhi.  First, the flag......... Read more

EDITORIAL - Rubber losing its bounce
The crisis in the local rubber industry has deepened as  prices continue to collapse. At the latest rubber auction in Colombo, the top grades -- Latex Crepe 1X and Latex Crepe 1, 2, and 3 were unquoted. The prices of Ribbed Smoked Sheet.......... Read more

Launch of ‘Adara Ankura’
Saman Athaudahetti’s  latest publication ‘Adara Ankura’ - the inconcised sinhala translation of the popular Indian Writer Kishwar Desai’s ‘Origins of Love - was launched at the Bandaranaike International Conference Hall today. Pix by Kushan Pathiraja... Read more

Remembering Anagarika Dharmapala
The 150th Birth anniversary commemoration of Anagarika Dharmapala was held today at the Laskhman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations amidst the patronage of Amarapura chapter Mahanayaka the Most Venerable Dauldena Gnaneswara Thera. Pix by Nisal Baduge... Read more

Why worry about my meeting with Harin?: Namal
UPFA parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa asked as to why eyebrows are raised when he meets UNP Uva Chief Ministerial candidate Harin Fernando over a cup of tea, while such a meeting between UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and his father- President Mahinda Rajapaksa was seen as normal.... Read more

Parents sell infant for Rs. 50,000; buy house for Rs. 18,000
Police today arrested the parents of a week-old infant and four others for allegedly selling the infant for Rs.50, 000 yesterday in Modera.... Read more

Video: Harin to launch death fast if police are biased
United National Party (UNP) chief ministerial candidate Harin Fernando today threatened to launch a death fast if the police and the other authorities continued to act biased in favour of the Government when maintaining law and order in the Uva Province.... Read more

JVP complains to HRC
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission asking it to compel Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to ban some 26,000 government officers from being used in the government’s election campaign in the Uva Province.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 01-09-2014
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

Bala Tampoe passes away
Lawyer and senior trade union activist Bala Tampoe passed away at the age of 92 in a private hospital this afternoon. He was the General Secretary of the Ceylon Mercantile, Industrial and General Workers Union.... Read more

Veteran dramatist no more
Award-winning dramatist, actor and translator Bandula Vithanage passed away yesterday at the age of 74 and his funeral will take place at 4.30 pm on Thursday September 4 at the Borella General Cemetery.... Read more

Elephant gets a DNA test
A DNA test had been ordered by a court today on an elephant believed to have been switched prior to the Saman Dewala Perahara.... Read more

‘Z’ security for Swamy across India
The Indian government has accorded BJP leader Subramanian Swamy Z-category security under the central protectee list. Till now, Swamy enjoyed Z-category security in Tamil Nadu only, but now his security cover has been extended all over India.... Read more

Dr. Nimal Gamage further remanded
The bail application on behalf of Doctor Nimal Gamage has been declined by the Colombo Additional Magistrate today and he was re-remanded till September 3.... Read more


Protesters seize Pakistan's State TV
Pakistan's national television channel is back on air after security forces removed anti-government protesters from its headquarters in Islamabad... Read more

Harin in Passara
UNP’s Chief Ministerial candidate at the forthcoming Uva Provincial Council elections Harin Fernando is seen addressing a political gathering held in Passara yesterday. UNP MP Ruwan Wijewardene also participated at the meeting.Pix by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

Wariyapola girl teaches pervert a lesson
A video of a girl slapping a man at the Wariyapola bus stand went viral on social media sites recently. In a country where many women’s rights activists are active, so far none of the activists or such organizations had commented on the event.... Read more

Man armed with pistol tries to enter Court
Police arrested a man who was attempting to enter the Courts Complex in Hulftsdorp armed with a pistol.... Read more

Japanese PM here on Sept. 7
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on an official visit this Sunday, the External Affairs Ministry said today... Read more

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Chinese man arrested with Wallapatta
The Customs arrested a Chinese national who had attempted to smuggle 13 kilos of Wallapatta worth Rs. 10 million at the Bandaranaike Airport today... Read more

Sri Lanka’s hard infrastructure drive phasing out: IMF
Sri Lanka’s first phase of economic development i.e. putting the hard infrastructure in place is now gradually phasing out and thus it is time authorities shift focus...... Read more

Receiving feedback with grace and dignity is an essential leadership skill
Last week we noticed that it is essential to know yourself in order to be authentic. It is a genuine reality.... Read more

Wariyapola youth remanded
The Wariyapola Magistrate Court yesterday remanded Chandra Kumara alias Selva till September 3, who was arrested on charges of sexually harassing 21-year-old Thilini Imalka at the Wariyapola bus Terminal.... Read more

MR-Modi meeting on UNGA session sidelines likely
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa are likely to meet on the sidelines of the 69th UN General Assembly session in New York in the third week of September... Read more

Catching a Glimpse of the Impressive Devon Waterfall
Even though human are slashing and destroying the natural beauty of the world, still there are many wonderful nature creations are proudly standing in Sri Lanka. Among many nature wonders, Devon Waterfall... Read more

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Modi urged us to engage the Govt: TNA
While saying that the 13th Amendment to the Constitution provided the unit of devolution, Tamil National Alliance (TNA)...... Read more

Economic and Cultural Nationalism in the 21st Century
A peaceful, prosperous and equitable world order is what most people want to see during their life -time. Yet, climate change, global economic crises,...... Read more

eDITORIAL-We are poisoning our children
Despite the marvels of modern medicine including the latest 3-D nano technology, more people are falling sick more often...... Read more

Sam Wijesinha passes away
Former Parliamentary Secretary General Sam Wijesinha passed away this evening at the age of 93.... Read more

My meeting Namal was not pre-planned: Harin
United National Party (UNP) Uva Province chief ministerial candidate Harin Fernando said today he did not have any secret meeting with United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa but only met him accidently.... Read more

JVP to petition HRC over election violence
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) has said it would file a petition at the Human Rights Commission on tomorrow citing the Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya as a respondent.... Read more


Some northern fishermen want to use trawlers
A section of Sri Lanka’s northern fishermen has urged the Northern Provincial Council to allow them to use trawlers, citing the damage caused by Indian trawlers.... Read more

Cell phones exchanged at Mail Exchange
Eight suspects, including two Post Masters, had been arrested for abusing the postal system and illegally bringing mobile phones and tablet PCs into the country, the Police said... Read more

Chandrika meets Aung San Suu Kyi
Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga met Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, a globally known activist for democracy and the leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD) during her visit to Myanmar.... Read more

Six drown in three places in 24 hrs
At least six drowned including an 8-year-old child when they were bathing in three separate incidents at the Kilinochchi, Bandarawela and Mawanella yesterday... Read more

LTTE trying to regroup in Australia?-report
Is the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which ran out of steam in 2009 following the killing of its founder Velupillai Prabhakaran by Sri Lankan armed forces, trying to regroup itself in Australia?... Read more

Fishermen decide to withdraw stir after India, SL talks
A meeting of all fishermen's associations today decided to withdraw their 36 day indefinite strike from Monday and put out to sea in the backdrop of the first joint committee meeting between India and Sri Lanka held in Delhi... Read more

Series win
Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews embrace after Sri Lanka's win, Sri Lanka v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Dambulla today. Pics AFP... Read more

Sri Lanka rout Pakistan to win series
Allrounder Thisara Perera led Sri Lanka to a seven-wicket victory on the Duckworth/Lewis Method against Pakistan in the series-deciding third and final one-day international on Saturday.... Read more


Pakistan bowled out for 102 in ODI decider
Seamer Thisara Perera claimed four for 34 as Sri Lanka bowled Pakistan out for 102 in the third and decisive one-day international in Dambulla a short while ago.... Read more

One dead, 9 injured in wasp attack
A 55-year-old man was killed and nine others including four women were injured following a wasp attack in Dibula, Talawakelle last evening, police said. Pictures... Read more

Saudi Arabia seeks talks on hiring of SL maids
Saudi officials have announced a five-day visit to Sri Lanka in a bid to overcome "difficulties" related to the recruitment of domestic workers, Arabian Business repported.... Read more

TN reiterates demand for release of boats
Participating in the first meeting of the India-Sri Lanka Joint Committee (JC) on fisheries at New Delhi yesterday, Tamil Nadu, among other issues, reiterated its demand for immediate release of 62 fishing boats of its fishermen under Lankan custody for a long time.... Read more

Indian police unearth ammunition with LTTE symbol
Hand-grenades and land mines, unearthed from Pacha Talamalai reserve forest near Puliyur in Mettur taluk on Tuesday night, belong to the LTTE, said Salem police, as the hand-grenades were found to be imprinted with LTTE logo.... Read more

PSM strike continues despite court order
The Joint Council of the Professions Supplementary to Medicine (PSM) said last night it would continue with its strike action despite the court order to suspend the strike, as the Council had not received the court order yet.... Read more

Police record statement on Thilini’s complaint
Thilini Amalka, who was allegedly harassed by a man at the Wariyapola bus stand prompting her to slap him –- the video of which went viral on the internet -- was summoned to the Kurunegala Police Station yesterday to record her statement on her complaint.... Read more

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Why Narendra Modi insists on 13th Amendment for Sri Lanka
Astute observers following the erratic course of Sri Lankan Tamil politics were in for a pleasant surprise last week. The premier political representatives of the Sri Lankan Tamil people, configured .......... Read more

Easy to criticise but it is difficult to perform
Who will do what is being done by us right now - we are doing a service to the nation................ Read more

EDITORIAL - Who will rule the ruling alliance?
While the verbal battles for the political war of Uva rage on with many analysts predicting it would be a forerunner to a Presidential Election early next year, much attention is now focused on a bigger issue – whether........ Read more

Police looking for Wariyapola videographer
Police are looking for the person who recorded the video depicting a young girl slapping a youth at the Wariyapola bus stand for allegedly verbally harassing her.... Read more

Water cut at Nugegoda
The water supply to several areas in and around Nugegoda will be cut on September 1 from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. because the electricity supply to the Kotte Water Plant is being disconnected to carry out renovation work by the Lanka Electricity Company Ltd. (LECO).... Read more

Aren’t they tasty?
A girl is seen plucking grapes at a farm in Jaffna. Jaffna is the main district that grows grapes on a commercial basis.  Pix by Kushan Pathiraja... Read more

CoA extends temporary extradition order
The Court of Appeal order, which temporarily restrained the extradition of the Pakistani refugees staying in Sri Lanka, was extended today for four more days.... Read more

Mervyn rejects Malsha’s “Ice Bucket Challenge”
While rejecting Western Provincial Councillor Malsha Kumarathunga’s Ice Bucket Challenge, Public Relations Minister Mervyn Silva said it was better to raise money for charity through projects that protect our culture and was not detrimental to our economy.... Read more

Court order suspends paramedics strike
Colombo District Court has today ordered that the paramedics strike be suspended until September 12 after considering a petition submitted by a patient.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 29-08-2014
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

SL- Pakistan agree to enhance defence ties
Pakistan Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt called on Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa in Colombo and discussed ways to strengthen defence cooperation between the two countries.... Read more

Maithripala sidelined: UNP
United National Party (UNP) MP Ajith Mannaperuma charged today Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena was helpless in the wake of the crisis in the health sector because the Government had sidelined him.... Read more


Chinese beauties visit Minneriya
The finalists in the 2014 Miss Universe China in Sri Lanka visited the Minneriya National Park and Habarana Cinnamon Lodge yesterday. The tour was organized by Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts to promote tourism in Sri Lanka. Pix by Deepa Adikari... Read more

Triple murder: Two sentenced to death
Two people found guilty of having murdered a man, his daughter and son on February 12, 2002 at Udugama in Galle, were today sentenced to death by High Court Judge Pathma Palihakkara.... Read more

Lankan found dead in Sydney
A 31-year-old Sri Lankan, Amesha Rajapakse was found dead in a Western Sydney creek at Westmead on Tuesday night, The Daily Telegraph reported.... Read more

Art of proposing turned into a thriving biz - How innovative entrepreneurship is alive
When it comes to entrepreneurship, innovation counts more than any other business element. The spirit of innovation was the launching pad for many a thriving business; from Facebook that grew as a social networking site for campus students to Google.... Read more

MTD Walkers to foray into real estate with Wincon acquisition
Integrated infrastructure and engineering solutions provider, MTD Walkers PLC yesterday said its board gave the approval to acquire Wincon Development Ceylon (Private) Limited (Wincon), the local unit of the Malaysian property development company, Metacorp Berhad (Metacorp), for a consideration of Rs.2.17... Read more

Thilini to file FR case against police
Thilini Amalka who had allegedly been subjected to sexual harassment by a man at the Wariyapola bus stand is to file a Fundamental Rights Violation case against the police for arresting her.... Read more

Cinematographer Andrew Jayamanne passes away
Veteran cinematographer, Film & television director & producer, Andrew Jayamanne passed away in Italy at the age of 71... Read more

CRAFTALIVE initiative
In a continuous effort to develop  fashion designers who bring design innovations to craft, the National Craft Council and Colombo Fashion Week yesterday presented the first-ever ‘CRAFTALIVE’ initiative at the Independence Square Old Monument. Picture shows some of the models at the... Read more

JVP meets EC
JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake walks out of the elections office in Rajagiriya followed by party General Secretary Tilvin Silva, MP Sunil Handunnetti and Western Provincial Councillor Sunil Watagala. Pic by Pradeep Dilrukshana... Read more

Expressway segment closed on Sep. 2
The segment from Kottawa Interchange to Kahathuduwa Interchange on the Southern Expressway (E01) would be closed on September 2 from 10 p.m. to 12 midnight for restoration work, the Road Development Authority (RDA) said.... Read more

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Kites pose risk to BIA planes
Flying kites near the airport raises the possibility of airplane crashes, The Air Traffic Control (ATC) room of the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake said.... Read more

President Rajapaksa cannot contest for 3rd term, former CJ
While the question whether President Mahinda Rajapaksa could contest the Presidency for the 3rd term has become a hotly debated argument in legal and political circles, former Chief Justice and Constitutional expert, Sarath N. Silva says that President Rajapaksa............ Read more

Make Russia a friend again
In his magisterial book “Europe”; Norman Davies writes, “Europe is a relatively modern idea. It gradually replaced the earlier concept of ‘Christendom’ in a complex intellectual process lasting from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries.”... Read more

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Protest demanding salary increase
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Protest demanding salary increase
Launch of ‘Adara Ankura’
Remembering Anagarika Dharmapala
Harin in Passara