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Why Rajapaksas keep winning elections
Voters tend to vote differently in Presidential and Parliamentary elections. However, given the public mood at the time and the absence of a convincing political alternative,..... Read more

Eight Young Sri Lankans to represent Sri Lanka at Spikes Asia 2014
Wednesday 17th September 2014, Colombo: Six young professionals and two young students from Sri Lanka’s advertising industry, have been selected to represent the country at the annual Young Spikes competition which will take place at the Spikes Asia Festival 2014  in Singapore from 23 to 26... Read more

Kudu Ruwan arrested
Ruwan Dhammika alias ‘Kudu Ruwan’ was arrested on charges of possessing 804 grams of heroin by the Borella police in Mount Lavinia last night.... Read more

Harin to get high post in UNP
Plans are afoot to appoint provincial council member elect Harin Fernando to a national level post in the UNP, party General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said yesterday.... Read more

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TB The World at my feet
A British company has offered $ 1000 million (Rs. 130,000 million) offer for my pair of shoes, Minister of Cultural Affiars T.B. Ekanayake said speaking about his broken...... Read more

The morning after Uva: GOVT. AND OPPOSITION AT THE CROSSROADS
Perhaps the fundamental thing about the Uva result is that it demonstrates that the fundamentally democratic system --most importantly the electoral mechanism...... Read more

EDITORIAL-Big warning from the smallest province
Significant though somewhat confusing signals came from Saturday’s elections to the Uva Provincial Council--with the UPFA Government closely winning...... Read more

Harin breaks record
UNP candidate Harin Fernando, who gave up his Parliamentary seat to contest the Uva Provincial Council, obtained a record number of preferential votes and topped the list in the Badulla District. Picture shows UNP candidate Harin Fernando with his family in Badulla. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

MR leaves for New York
President Mahinda Rajapaksa left for New York a short while ago to attend the United Nations General Assembly Sessions later this week, the Government Information Department announced today... Read more

Susil: UPFA failed to field young candidates
Failure to field young and new faces in the Badulla District contributed to the UPFA’s electoral setback at the Saturday’s PC polls, General Secretary of the UPFA Susil Premajayantha said today.... Read more

We won but....
General Secretary of the UPFA explains a point to the media at news briefing flanked by Wayamba Chief Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara and Sabaragamuwa Chief Minister Mahipala Herath. Pix by Pradeeep Dilrukshana... Read more

UNP: Hold national elections
The United National Party (UNP) which expressed its satisfaction about its performance at the Uva Provincial Council elections today threw a challenge at the government to hold a national election as soon as possible. Pictures... Read more

JVP: Won but not enough
Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which bagged two slots in the Uva Provincial Council at Saturday’s polls, said the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) suffered the worst electoral setback this time though it won by a  narrow margin.... Read more

Police move in to defuse situation in Katukurunda
Police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse a crowd at the Katukurunda junction this evening, in order to prevent a clash between two groups, police said.... Read more

HRC director dies in Balangoda accident
A Director of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka had been killed and three others were critically injured when their vehicle met with an accident at Beligala, Balangoda this afternoon, the Police said.... Read more

Harin tops in Badulla with 173,993 votes
UNP Chief Ministerial candidate Harin Fernando has received the highest number of preferential votes from the Badulla District with 173,993 votes at the Uva Provincial Council elections.... Read more

Shashindra tops in Moneragala
UPFA Chief Ministerial candidate Shashindra Rajapaksa has obtained the highest number of preferential votes from the Moneragala District securing 96,619 votes at the Uva Provincial Council elections.Ananda Kumarasiri secured the highest number of preferential votes from the UNP with 24,421 votes from... Read more


UNP targets achieved- Harin
UNP Chief ministerial candidate Harin Fernando today said he had achieved his target at the Uva Provincial Council elections proving that it would be possible to push the party to a winning position while the ruling UPFA’s vote base had been reduced to less than 50 percent in the Badulla District.... Read more

Uva PC polls
The ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won the Uva Provincial Council elections securing the highest number of votes in the two districts during yesterday’s elections.... Read more

Seven Indians arrested for illegal trading
Seven Indian nationals were arrested yesterday for overstaying their tourist visa, violating immigration laws and engaging in illegal trade in Kalmunai, Police said.... Read more

UPFA wins Uva PC polls
The ruling United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won the Uva Provincial Council elections securing the highest number of seats in the two districts at yesterday’s elections.... Read more

Victory for UPFA in Moneragala district
The United People’s Freedom Alliance has gained the victory in the Moneragala district by obtaining 140,850 votes (58.34%) securing eight seats out of 14.... Read more

Narrow win for UPFA in Badulla district
The ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) has claimed a narrow win over the United National Party (UNP) in the Badulla district at the yesterday’s Uva Provincial Council Election with a majority of 11,348 votes. ... Read more

Mayor assaulted
Bandarawela Mayor Chaminda Wijesiri, who was reportedly assaulted by a UPFA parliamentarian at the Bandarawela police station, is seen at the Diyathalawa hospital before transferring to the Badulla Hospital. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

70% voter turnout in Uva
An overall 70% voter turnout was reported from the just concluded Uva Provincial Council election. As at 4 pm,  72. 97 % voter turnout was reported in Moneragala District while 71.61% voter turnout was reported in Badulla District, election returning offices said.... Read more

Collapsing earth mound kills four
Four Army officers died after an earth mound collapsed on them at the Ambepussa Army Camp, Army Spokesman Ruwan Wanigasuriya said.... Read more

Two children drown in Trincomalee
Two children died when their mother jump into the sea with them in the sea off Trincomalee this afternoon, the Police said.... Read more

50% voter turnout as at 1 pm
A 50% voter-turnout was reported in both Badulla and Moneragala Districts as at 1 pm, the Election Returning Offices said.... Read more


Man shot dead in Angulana
A-35-year-old man was shot dead by two persons arrived on a motorbike with face-covering helmets in Angulana this afternoon, police said.Pictures... Read more

Material seized from LTTE destroyed in TN
A stock of explosive material that was seized from the LTTE in 1985 was destroyed by the Tamil Nadu police in Nagapatinam in Tamil Nadu, the Hindu newspaper reported.... Read more

Uva election....
People are seen queuing to cast their vote at the Uva provincial Council Election which is being held today. Pix by Palitha Ariyawansha... Read more

Bandarawela mayor assaulted
Bandarawela mayor Chaminda Wijesiri is reported to have been assaulted by a UPFA parliamentarian at the Bandarawela police station this morning. Pictures... Read more

40% voter turnout as at 12 noon
As at 12 noon over 40% voter turnout has been reported in Moneragala district while 30% voter turnout has been reported in Badulla district as at 10 am, election returning offices said.... Read more

Malinga shock for Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka's aspirations for next year's cricket world cup received a massive hit yesterday as the country's biggest weapon Lasith Malinga has been dispatched to Australia this morning to undergo a surgery which according to the doctors would keep the star bowler out of action for at least... Read more

Voting underway peacefully
Voting in the 2014 Uva Provincial Council Election to elect 32 members is now underway and ends at 4 this evening.... Read more

Buddhika reveals credentials of MPs
Main opposition UNP parliamentarian Buddhika Pathirana yesterday said that 142 of the 225 members in the present Parliament had failed the GCE Advanced Level Examination while 94 members had failed GCE Ordinary Level examination... Read more

Malinga has PR in Australia
Star bowler Lasith Malinga has already been granted Permanent Residency in Australia which enables him to migrate and live in the country at any given time.... Read more

Bakery owners ready to cut prices
The All Ceylon Bakery Owners' Association (ACBOA) said the prices of bakery goods could be reduced if the benefits of the recent fuel and electricity tariff reduction was passed on to them by wheat flour providing companies.... Read more

Ashraff’s mystique still lingers among Eastern Muslims
This is a period of  time in Sri Lanka which is referred to as “Ashraff season” in lighter vein  by observers of the Sri Lankan Muslim political scene. The Country witnesses a series of  meetings and events paying tribute  to the late Muslim Congress leader M.H.M. Ashraff... Read more

What of the marginalised in our land?
Many years ago studying Shakespearean drama one heard of the remark made by Marcellus in “Hamlet.” Act I, Scene 4: stating that “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”  Perhaps it appears to our politicians, especially in the ruling party, that  a similar occurrence... Read more

TOUCHWOOD CASE : Motion filed to obtain asset details from ex-directors
The petitioner in the Touchwood winding up case yesterday filed a motion to summon all former directors of the company in order to obtain details about company assets.... Read more

Protecting the cradle - EDITORIAL
With Sri Lanka preparing to observe Children’s Day on October 1, the main focus this year will be on the disturbing increase in the number of abductions and abuse of children, especially girl children.... Read more

Sole- less Minister speaks out
Culture and the Arts Minister T.B Ekanayake explained the reason for the worn-down state of his shoes on his way to meet the Chinese President who was the chief guest at a meeting in connection with the signing of a cultural agreement at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo recently.... Read more

Ananthi meets new UNHRC Chief
Northern Provincial Councillor Ananthi Sasitharan met the new United Nations Human Rights (UNHR) Commissioner Zeid Al Hussein during a social gathering held on Child and Women welfare at the Office of the United Nation Human Rights Commission in Geneva.... Read more

External forces destabilising countries in guise of democracy: MR
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said today the emerging trends in the world, including in parts of Asia gave signals that alarmed the Asian Community because external forces under the guise of democracy and other enticing slogans sought to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries.... Read more

Two train derailments and a signal failure
A goods train travelling from Colombo-Fort to Badulla was derailed between Nanu Oya and Ambewela this morning and another train was derailed at the Kalutara-South Railway Station while travelling from Kalutara to Colombo. ... Read more

Video: Two int’l school students caught in a brothel
Two international school students were alleged to have been found inside a brothel at Kollupitiya when it was raided a few days ago.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 19-09-2014
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

Pakistani spy averse to returning to SL
India's NIA investigators, questioning Pakistani spy Arun Selvarajan, 28, from Sri Lanka, on Thursday found him averse to returning home. He was running an event management firm in Chennai.... Read more


Video: Questions over ‘Kudu Laalitha’s assets worth Rs. 68.5 mn
Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said today investigations into the killing of Laalitha Kaushalya alias Kudu Laalitha had revealed that he had owned property including houses and vehicles worth Rs.68.5 million in several areas.... Read more

Water cut in Rajagiriya
The water supply will be disrupted from 8.00 pm tomorrow to 4.00 a.m. on Sunday to Rajagiriya, Nawala, the Open University, Polduwa junction to Ayurveda Junction on Parliament Road and by roads, Obeysekarapura, Bandaranaikepura and Moragasmulla to affect repairs to a water pipeline from the Kolonnawa... Read more

Scotland rejects independence from Britain
Voters in Scotland have rejected independence from Britain, opting to preserve a more than 300-year-old union in a referendum Thursday that sent shock waves through Europe and opened the door to continuing political tumult in Britain.... Read more

Preparing for the poll
Ballot boxes for the Uva Provincial Council election which is to be held tomorrow were issued to senior presiding officers at polling stations in Badulla and Moneragala districts under strict police security. Pix by Prasanna Padmasiri Bandara... Read more

What is a gender audit and how can we benefit from it?
From the first time a groundbreaking gender audit was outlined in the Australian Parliament in 1983 to its adaptation by over 40 countries later on, a gender audit has strived to measure the impact national policy has on women.... Read more

Latest survey reveals interesting facts about country’s rich & poor
In an interesting revelation, the latest Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) showed Sri Lanka’s poorest 20 percent households live on a monthly income of Rs.10, 245 while the richest 20 percent receive a monthly income of Rs.121, 368.... Read more

SL hasn't asked for help: UN
Sri Lanka has not asked the UN for help for the Special Bureau of Reconciliation it is setting up to deal with the legacy of the civil war that ravaged the island nation, a UN spokesman said Thursday.... Read more

A new Cold War?
A couple of days ago I was on the Moscow Metro. In the interchange I asked two women the direction. Then they asked me did I like Russia? I asked them the same question and they said “no”.... Read more

Every child must gain equal access to education
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) that was inaugurated on November, 1989 proclaims that a child must be raised in the society with the essence of peace, tolerance, decorum, equality, freedom and solidarity.... Read more

Visual and Performing Arts students’ protest
Students of the Visual and Performing Arts University yesterday staged a protest in front of the University premises demanding the authorities to solve their educational issues including the increment of their Mahapola scholarship fee to Rs.5,000. Pix by Pradeep Dilrukshana... Read more

Alleged child killer drowns in Madola
The suspect who was arrested in connection with the killing of an eight-year-old girl in Akmeemana, Galle died after drowning in the Madola while attempting to escape from police custody, Police said today.... Read more

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US war on IS: Real target is Syria
Cartoonists in the United States and Britain are giving a spit and polish to Barack Obama’s claim...... Read more

How fair are the elections? - EDITORIAL
After what most election monitors see as a campaign marred by a relatively high degree...... Read more

Lankan sends ex-girlfriend’s naked photos to her relatives
A Sri Lankan swimming instructor demanded his former Indian girlfriend to pay him Dh10,000 after she broke relationship with him but on failing that he sent her naked photos to her family.... Read more

No faith in a common presidential candidate :JVP
JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said today that his party had no faith in a common candidate at the forthcoming Presidential election.... Read more

Lankan who went to India for Spanish Visa missing
W. Francis Washington Fernando, a 60-year-old Sri Lankan had gone missing while he was in New Delhi, India to acquire a Spanish Visa, a family member said today.... Read more

MR hands over 1mn surgical gloves to WHO
President Mahinda Rajapaksa today handed over one million surgical gloves to the World Health Organisation (WHO) as Sri Lanka's contribution toward the global effort in combating the Ebola outbreak in Africa.... Read more

Bandarawela accident
The footage taken yesterday from a surveillance security camera of a nearby building shows the Hummer vehicle being driven killing one and injuring more than 25 people in Bandarawela, where UPFA Provincial Council Candidate Senthil Thondaman was also injured. ►►►... Read more

3000 TN fishermen go on indefinite fast
Thousands of fishermen along with their family members from 63 fishing hamlets in the district on Thursday commenced an indefinite fast demanding the authorities to initiate immediate action for getting the release of 23 fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan navy.... Read more

Golden Key Investors demand justice
Golden Key Investors today staged a protest outside the Hulftsdorp Court Complex demanding justice to be served to them. They complained Golden Key administration was enjoying privileges while depositors were suffering. Pix by Kithsiri De Mel... Read more

Video: Fuel price reduction an election gimmick: UNP
While claiming that the announcement of a reduction in fuel prices and electricity tariffs was an election gimmick, UNP General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said today that the government could in fact reduce the prices of petrol by Rs. 24 a litre, diesel by Rs. 15 and kerosene by Rs. 35 if the tax imposed... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 18-09-2014
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


Sendil admitted to hospital in Colombo
The UPFA Uva Provincial Council candidate Sendil Thondaman, who was injured in an accident in Bandarawela last night, was admitted to a Private Hospital in Colombo, police said today. VIDEO... Read more

Smuggling attempt foiled by Customs
Two Chinese and two Sri Lankans were arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this afternoon while attempting to smuggle "Walla-Patta" logs and gold slabs worth Rs.28.5 million and Rs.10 million respectively, Customs spokesman Leslie Gamini said.... Read more

Lankan ISI agent under NIA custody
A special court on Wednesday granted six days custody of suspected ISI agent Arun Selvarajan to the National Investigation Agency (NIA). The judge, however, dismissed a petition by CBI to include it as a party in the investigation.... Read more

Uva campaign worse than Southern and Western : PAFFREL
While claiming the election campaign carried out by various political parties for the Uva Provincial Council was not worse than the campaign in the North Western Province, election watchdog PAFFREL today said it was certainly worse than the Southern and Western Provincial Council election campaigns.... Read more

July trade gap widens 55%; fuel imports spoil positive trend
Reversing the nine-month trend, Sri Lanka’s trade deficit widened by 55.2 percent to US $ 891 million in July 2014 from a year ago, due to rise in fuel imports as the country imported more of refined oil instead of crude oil.... Read more

BJP leaders to attend Colombo meet
Even before the dust could settle down over Indian representation at the strategic conclave of Sri Lanka, two senior BJP leaders would be participating in a global conference of Asian political parties in Colombo.... Read more

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CEB asks consumers not to panic
The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) today appealed to its nearly five million consumers not to panic when they receive the monthly electricity bill this month based on the previous tariff despite President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s announcement of a 25% tariff reduction with immediate effect.... Read more

We belong to one nation, the Sri Lankan nation
Today we see the coming together of the Muslim community representing various professions and organisations, from diverse backgrounds.... Read more

Classical evenings and bizzarre past
It was a very pleasant Friday evening. The Chamber Music Society of Colombo, a symphony orchestra was playing film music opposite the World Trade Centre...... Read more

Indian army: General dogsbody in any catastrophe
India’s Jammu and Kashmir is in the throes of the worst natural disaster in its history.  Unprecedented rain, swollen rivers,  indiscriminate deforestation,...... Read more

EDITORIAL-Ice bucket and green chilLi challenges won’t ease suffering
Imagine a situation where President Mahinda Rajapksa has agreed to take an ice bucket bath or to eat ‘amumiris’ (green chillies) before TV cameras after...... Read more

J.R.’s 118th birth anniversary
The 118th birth anniversary of the late President J.R. Jayewardene was held at the J.R. Jayewardene Centre Auditorium this evening. The official website of J.R Jayewardene and his Century Reminiscence were launched at the event. Pix by Pradeep Dilrukshana... Read more

Pope approves Joseph Vaz as Lanka's 1st saint
Pope Francis has approved the decision by the Vatican's saint-making office to canonize the Indian born Rev. Joseph Vaz as Sri Lanka's first saint, foreign media reported.... Read more

One killed, 24 injured in accident in Bandarawela
A 48-year-old man was killed and twenty four other people, including UPFA Uva provincial council candidate Sendil Thondaman were injured in an accident in Bandarawela this evening, police said.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 17-09-2014
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

India's CBI to grill Selvarajan for LTTE links
Days after the arrest of Arun Selvarajan by National Investigating Agency (NIA) and reports about his alleged connections with politicians, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has sought permission from a court to quiz the Sri Lankan national about his possible links with the LTTE.... Read more

Fuel price reduction not sufficient: LPBOA
Lanka Private Bus Owners' Association (LPBOA) President Gemunu Wijeratne said today the three-rupee price reduction on diesel was meant to deceive the people and that it would in no way be helpful to the people.... Read more

Colombo Port City Project
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Chinese President Xi Jinping ceremonially launched the construction work of Colombo Port City Project, which consists of 233 hectares, today (Sept. 17) at Colombo Port.... Read more

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Mihin Lanka hosts commercial conference and felicitates agents at an evening of cocktails
Mihin Lanka recently hosted a Commercial Conference and an evening of cocktails for Agents at the Galadari, Colombo. Both events were graced by the Chairman of Mihin Lanka, Nishantha Ranatunga, and the Senior Mangement Team.... Read more


Commissioning of Lower Kotmale Hydro Power Plant Financed by Amãna Bank
A ceremony was held at the Corporate Office of Amãna Bank with the attendance of key officials from the Bank and Vidullanka PLC in order mark the successful completion and commissioning of the Lower Kotmale Hydro Power Plant project.... Read more

150th birth anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala
The 150th birth anniversary commemoration of Srimath Anagarika Dharmapala was held today at the Independence Hall with the participation of President Mahinda Rajapaksa.  He is seen paying homage to the statue of Anagarika Dharmapala at the Independence Hall. Pix by Kushan Pathiraja.... Read more

Final UNP rally at Bandarawela
United National Party (UNP) final election rally was held at Bandarawela last night with the participation of several UNP parliamentarians. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more


Six dead in two accidents
At least six persons were killed and three were injured in two separate road accidents in Kekirawa and Bandaragama this morning, the Police said.... Read more

Lankan fishing boat apprehended off Chennai
Five Sri Lankan fishermen along with their boat have been apprehended for fishing in Indian waters and 300 kg of tuna fish seized from them by the Indian Coast Guard off Chennai.... Read more

68th Anniversary...
The United National Party’s 68th Anniversary was held in Passara this evening. Picture shows party leaders led by UNP’s National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe during the event. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

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