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Video: Go eat Kochchi, Nandimitra tells UNP
Deputy Minister of Higher Education Nandimitra Ekanayake told the media today that the Opposition must eat pungent Kochchi chilies to overcome the sorrow of their debacle at the Uva Provincial elections.... Read more

Nonis has not resigned: Keheliya
Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Britain, Chris Nonis has not tendered his resignation to the External Affairs Ministry as reported in the foreign media, Government Spokesman and Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said today.... Read more

Revised electricity tariffs for domestic consumers
The Public Utilities Commission today announced the approved electricity tariffs structure which would be effective from September 16, in line with the government policy directive on the reduction of electricity tariffs.... Read more

Video: Govt. already violating election laws: UNP
UNP Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya said they would complain to Elections Commissioner tomorrow on the alleged election law violations committed by the SLFP even before a presidential election had been declared.... Read more

16 TN fishermen arrested by SL navy
Sixteen Indian fishermen found poaching in Sri Lankan waters had been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in the seas off North Mathagal in Jaffna yesterday, the Navy said.... Read more

Prison inmates to get telephone facilities
The Prison Department said today steps were being taken to provide telephone facilities for the prison inmates in collaboration with Sri Lanka Telecom.... Read more

Shashindra takes oaths
UPFA Chief Ministerial candidate Shashindra Rajapaksa is seen taking oaths as the Uva Provincial Council Chief Minister before President Mahinda Rajapaksa.  (Pix by Presidential Media)... Read more

Shooting at Dehiwala leaves two injured
Two youths sustained serious injuries when two unidentified men opened fire at them in the Pokuna Road area in Dehiwala last night.... Read more

Ceylon Chamber hails CB’s credit growth boosting method
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), Sri Lanka’s premier business chamber, yesterday endorsed the recent monetary policy measures implemented...... Read more

Current world natural rubber position and future prospects
The most recent rubber Industry report of IRSG indicates that a negative growth of natural rubber (NR0 production in the face of steady rate of NR consumption...... Read more

Jayalalithaa seeks bail
Seeking immediate bail, jailed AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa yesterday moved the Karnataka High Court challenging her conviction in the disproportionate assets case which cost her the chief minister's job and disqualified her from being an MLA.... Read more

Two Lankans nabbed with gold worth Rs.3.4 mn
Two Sri Lankans were arrested at the Katunayake Airport when attempting to smuggle 699 grams of gold bars and biscuits worth Rs.3.4 million. The contraband was concealed in the handle of their hand luggage.... Read more

60 shoes with Dharmachakra-shaped buckle
A 41-year-old shop-owner was arrested yesterday at Balangoda when he was found in possession of thirty pairs of shoes with the buckles in the form of the Dharmachakra, police said.... Read more

MR to discuss snap poll
With speculation rife about a snap presidential election early next year, President Mahinda Rajapaksa will hold a discussion with the leaders of the constituent parties of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) after today’s Cabinet meeting, Daily Mirror learns.... Read more

BASL seeks expert opinion on MR’s third term
The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has sought legal opinion from foreign constitutional experts on whether the Constitution allows President Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest for a third term, a senior member of the BASL said yesterday.... Read more

Navy seize 1.7 kilos gold hidden in dingy
Navy seized a haul of 1.730 kilogrammes of gold which was hidden inside a fiber glass dingy on the beach in the Madagalthurei area of Kankasanthurai (KKS) yesterday.... Read more

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Taking a Vital Cue from our Giant Neighbour
The landmark judgment given by an Indian Court to incarcerate the all-powerful Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jeyaram Jayalalithaa, who commands demigod status among South Indians and who has been a thorn in the Sri Lankan.......... Read more

Pharma Mafia sabotages National Medicinal Drugs Policy
Minister Maithripala Sirisena, who initially made a genuine effort to introduce the NMDP in line with WHO ratified Professor Senaka  Bibile’s proposals, recently presented a draft bill in a total deviation from the Bibile......... Read more

EDITORIAL - India metes out Justice irrespective of post or status
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and former South Indian actress Jayalalitha Jayaram has been handed over a four-year simple prison term with an Indian rupee one billion fine for her role in a high-profile corruption case........ Read more

Students protest
The Medical Faculty Students’ Action Committee today staged a protest in front of the Hultsdorf Court Complex against the alleged privatisation of education. They urged the authorities that education is not for sale. Pix by Pradeep Dilrukshana... Read more

W’pola girl seeks compensation from police
The girl who was allegedly harassed by a youth at the Wariyapola Bus Terminus filed a fundamental rights petition against the police officers seeking one million rupees as compensation.... Read more

Harin failed the challenge: Gammanpila
The UNP Chief Ministerial candidate  at the recently held Uva Provincial elections Harin Fernando had not followed conditions required to win the challenge he was thrown at,  Western Provincial Council Minister Udaya Gammanpila said today.... Read more

16 die as TN reels under verdict
At least 16 people committed suicide or died of cardiac arrest across Tamil Nadu after a special court in Bangalore convicted AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa in the 66.65 crore disproportionate assets case on Saturday and sentenced her to four years in prison.... Read more

SC rejects asylum petition: SL not ratified UN convention
The Supreme Court today dismissed a Public Interest Litigation filed by six human rights activists seeking an interim order preventing the deportation of about 2,000 Pakistani and Afghan asylum seekers arrested by the immigration officials.   ... Read more

Rs.3.3 million robbed in Mt. Lavinia
Two men travelling in a trishaw are alleged to have robbed Rs.3.3 million worth of cash belonging to a private campus in Mount Lavinia when the cash was being taken to be deposited in a private bank.... Read more

BBS Sangha Samuluwa
The Bodu Bala Sena “Maha Sangha Samuluwa” was held on Sunday at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo. The founder leader of the 969 organisation Ven. Ashin Wirathu Thera also participated at the event.... Read more

Protest at Government Press
The National Trade Union Centre today staged a protest in front of the Government Press in Borella against the Government Printer Lalith de Silva. They charged that the Printer had used his henchmen to assault employees of the Press and urged the police to arrest the assaulters. Pix by Nisal Baduge... Read more

D.V Upul noticed to appear in court
A notice has been issued on Southern Provincial Council Minister D.V. Upul to appear before the Bandarawela Magistrate's Court on October 6.... Read more

Ratnapura Sergeant interdicted
The Police Sergeant, who had allegedly assaulted a woman near the Ratnapura Bus Terminal had been interdicted following an investigation with immediate effect, the Police said.... Read more

Man sentenced to death for triple murder
A man found guilty of clubbing two men and a woman to death in 1994 in Mahawewa was sentenced to death by the Chilaw Magistrate’s Court today.... Read more

Amazing 50% off for Seylan Credit Cardholders to fly to Singapore and Malaysia, Sri Lanka’s first and largest online travel company has recently partnered with the prestigious Seylan Bank to reward credit/debit card customers with a custom made discount for their online bookings to both Malaysia and Singapore where Seylan Credit Cardholders would be able to... Read more

LB Finance achieves ISO 27001 Information Security Management Standard
Standard for information security management. Published by the International Standards Organization (ISO) in collaboration with the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), this Certification was awarded by Bureau Veritas. Adoption of this ISO benchmark will place the Company on the cutting-edge... Read more

LB finance strongly believes “Our schools are the cornerstone of our society”
LB Finance’s commitment to corporate social responsibility has many facets, including supporting young people, who will be next generation leader, to be all they can be. LB finance strongly believes “Our schools are the cornerstone of our society. And education is the most important tool we... Read more

Five rescued from fire gutted boat
Five fishermen were rescued and hospitalised from a fire gutted boat in the sea off Rekawa in Tangalle today.... Read more

Sri Lanka highly vulnerable to cyber attacks: CERT|CC
Sri Lanka will experience a massive wave of cyber attacks in the near future due to inadequate prevention methods and privacy laws as well as non-compliance,...... Read more

Walk your talk: It’s the magic key to leadership success
In his excellent book, ‘Leading at a Higher Level’, Ken Blanchard writes, “It is estimated that a leader’s actions are at least three times as important as what he...... Read more

Range’s hotel shot at
Multiple shots were fired at a hotel of UNP MP Palitha Range Bandara, located in Karuwalagaswewa this morning, the Police said. Pictures... Read more

OIC chief to visit Sri Lanka
The head of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will visit Sri Lanka on an invitation from Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, according to a senior official from the Sri Lankan Embassy.... Read more

SL navy detains four fishermen
The Sri Lankan Navy detained four Indian fishermen who were repairing their boat near Katchativu, in the wee hours of Sunday. Sources said as many as 533 mechanised boats ventured out into the sea for fishing on Saturday... Read more

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Jaya’s first day in jail sans visitors
AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa, the first serving chief minister to be convicted in a corruption case, spent her first day in the Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara in Bangalore without meeting any visitors. She has been allotted a normal cell in the women's barracks that she shares with close aide... Read more

Good Governance Still Matters
This is not just another commentary on the Uva PC elections.  Already many commentaries, including the present one, have appeared both in the electronic media as well as in the newspapers.  A close examination of the......... Read more

The long road to justice
The conviction of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case by a Special Court in Bangalore is a significant vindication of a vital constitutional principle — that the rule of law be upheld for all......... Read more

Do honest judges have no place in the Judiciary? – Upul Jayasuriya
The following is an excerpt from the speech delivered by Upul Jaysuriya, President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) at the opening of the refurbished auditorium under the name of Dr. H. W. Jayawardene on September 27.... Read more

EDITORIAL - Lessons for Lanka from Jayalaithaa conviction
For political leaders, who seek power, prestige and popularity, personal gain or glory, by plundering the people’s wealth and resources, someday and in a devastating way, a great fall will come. That is a golden principle of life. So it was for Tamil Nadu’s......... Read more

Video: Ashin Wirathu Thera of Myanmar to work with BBS
Stressing that a world without extremism was the essence of Buddhism, the founder leader of the 969 organisation of Myanmar, the Venerable Ashin Wirathu Thera said today that his organisation would work with the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) to achieve this goal.... Read more

Video: BBS holds conference
The Maha Sanga Samuluwa of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) was held today at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo with a large number of Buddhist monks attending.  Secretary General of the BBS is seen here conducting Ven. Ashin Wirathu of Myanmar who was one of the foreign representatives attended... Read more

Video: Another assault video goes viral
A video clip showing a policeman assaulting a woman with a stick near the Ratnapura Bus Stand has gone viral.... Read more

Jayalithaa will have no effect: UNP
The issue pertaining to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalithaa Jayaram would not have any effect on Sri Lanka as she was just an opinion maker, United National Party Parliamentarian R. Yogarajan said today.... Read more

Panneerselvam to be TN chief minister
A day after a special court in Bangalore unseated AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa as Tamil Nadu chief minister by sentencing her to four years imprisonment in a disproportionate assets case, party MLAs on Sunday elected O Panneerselvam as her successor, as she wished.... Read more

MR invites Ban to visit Lanka
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had invited UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon to Sri Lanka when he met Ban on the sidelines of UNGA sessions today, the Information Department said.... Read more

Death plunge in Nilwala river
A man of around 40 years had reportedly fallen into the Nilwalaganga in Matara near the Mahanama Bridge and disappeared, residents said.... Read more

BASL: Do honest judges have no place?
The President of Sri Lanka Bar Association (BASL) observed that a well experienced, an honest and upright judge in the Court of Appeal who sat in the judgment in a matter that was filed by the 43rd Chief Justice and issued writ quashing the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) proceedings, was being repeatedly... Read more

MP Range Bandara arrested
UNP Parliamentarian Palitha Range Bandara was arrested by the Police on charges of assaulting Karuwalagaswewa Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman.... Read more

“Kalu Chooty” shot dead
Hiran Darshana alias “Kalu Chooty” was shot dead this morning during a Police shootout at Rajakiya Mawatha in Colombo.... Read more

MR meets Modi and Ban Ki-moon in NY
President Mahinda Rajapaksa met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for talks in New York City. Pix by President’s media... Read more

Lankan arrested with Rs. 4.4mn foreign currency
A Sri Lankan male was arrested this morning while attempting to smuggle out foreign currency worth Rs.4.4 million concealed inside his baggage at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA).... Read more

Grade 5 scholarship: Venuja on top
W.A. Venuja Nimsath from Embilipitiya Primary School was placed first in the grade-five scholarship examination with 199 marks, the Examinations Department said.... Read more

Grade 5 scholarship results released
The Grade 5 Scholarship examination results for year 2014 have been released today, the Examinations Department announced.... Read more

MR and Modi agree to strengthen relations
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral discussions in New York City and agreed to work towards further strengthening relations between the two countries.... Read more

Jayalalitha gets 4-year jail term
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has been sentenced to four years in jail and slapped a fine of Rs. 100 crore in the 18-year-old disproportionate assets case.... Read more

BJP pitches for new maritime policy to solve fishing row
The BJP has advocated the formulation of a new Maritime Indo-Lankan policy to deal with the fishermen issue.... Read more

Jayalalithaa guilty in assets case
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa was today held guilty in a disproportionate assets case. A special court in Bangalore dealt a big blow to the AIADMK leader, who has become the first chief minister to be convicted in a wealth case and faces up to seven years' jail term.... Read more

SL wins backing of 22 nations against UN rights probe
Sri Lanka has won the backing of 22 nations in its battle against the UN's war crimes probe into the country's human rights record during its brutal civil war.  ... Read more

Donating blood
A blood donation campaign and a health camp organized by the Wijeyaba welfare society was held today at Kalapaluwawa Sri Siddhartha Vidyalaya. Pix by Waruna Wanniarachchi... Read more

Heavy rains in drought- hit areas
The Meteorology Department said today several drought affected areas such as Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Moneragala and Vavuniya districts received heavy rains during the last twenty four hours ending at 8.30 a.m. this morning.... Read more

Abbot commends SL on LLRC implementation
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had credited Sri Lanka for its successful implementation of the LLRC recommendations and its ability to maintain a 7.8 per cent GDP growth.... Read more

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Syrian national arrested at BIA with forged visa
A Syrian national who attempted to migrate to Germany using a forged visa was arrested yesterday by the CID at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), the Police said.... Read more

SL should show flexibility to resolve Tamils issue: BJP
BJP said the Sri Lankan government has to show flexibility for resolving the problems of ethnic Tamils in the country and it can be achieved only through devolution of power.... Read more

Ex-CJ cries foul over NDB action
Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake’s Counsel complained to the Colombo Chief Magistrate that the NDB had not allowed her computer experts to inspect the log-in data of the accounts said to belong to Ms. Bandaranayakes and had demanded US$472, 200 from them.... Read more

Sri Lanka to reduce socio-economic impacts of disasters
The Ministry of Disaster Management together with the World Bank launched a Climate Resilient Program yesterday.... Read more

The incident that rocked Ceylon 55 Years Ago The Assassination of Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike
The  three-decade period of intense conflict from 1983 to 2009  has resulted in  hundreds of political assassinations in Sri Lanka.... Read more

World Pharmacist day Drug is not a Shopping item
Medicines are used to obtain chemical actions to get rid of the disease from the patient’s body.... Read more

eDITORIAL-Climate change: It’s now or never
A selfish, self-centred and greedy world order has during the past four decades brought Planet Earth to a now-or-never catastrophe.... Read more

Five SL fishermen arrested in India
Five Sri Lankan fishermen have been arrested by Indian Coast Guard for allegedly fishing illegally in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).... Read more

NBRO warns of landslides
National Building Research Bureau (NBRO) warned of landslides in the Central Hills if the rains continue for another 24 hours. The districts of Kegalle, Kandy, Matale and Nuwara Eliya were identified as vulnerable areas.... Read more

Youth killed when descending mountain
A 26-year-old youth was killed while on a trip to Lakegala at Meemure in Udadumbara with some friends, police said.... Read more

Govt. to spend Rs.1,812 billion
The Government today presented the Appropriation Bill projecting its total expenditure for next year to be Rs.1812 billion.... Read more

Envoy Mansion launches ‘The Best Shirt in Town’
Colombo’s ultimate men’s lifestyle store, the Envoy Mansion, launched its new creation ‘The Best Shirt in Town’ on 24 September, in the presence of Chief Guest H.E Dr. Juergen Morhard, the German Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Guest of Honour Dr. Giandomenico Milano, Deputy Head of... Read more

Coca-Cola Cricket Pathways culminates with Super Camp to promote grassroots cricket in Sri Lanka
The Coca-Cola Cricket Pathways (CCCP) continued to build grassroots cricketing talent in Sri Lanka by commencing the Super Camp here in Colombo. The Super Camp took place at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) on 19 September 2014 and provided intense training for 60 of the most talented young cricketers... Read more

FDIs surpass billion Dollar mark
Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) into the country during the first eight months of the year has surpassed the billion dollar mark, according to the country’s Investment Promotion Minister.... Read more

HP and Trident extends strategic partnership to deliver HP Enterprise Business Solutions in Sri Lanka
Trident Corporation (Pvt.) Ltd. was recently appointed as a Business Partner for HP Enterprise Business range.... Read more

Univell Microsystems (Pvt) Ltd Enters Into a Strategic Partnership with HP Business Solutions in Sri Lanka
Univell Microsystems (Pvt) Ltd, a pioneer in the sphere of Local Area Networking in Sri Lanka has entered into a strategic partnership with Hewlett-Packard company or HP, the multinational information technology corporation.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 26-09-2014
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

VAT scam: 8 convicted get 20 years RI
The eight accused convicted in the VAT case were today sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment by the Colombo High Court. The sentences imposed on the several charges they faced were to run concurrently.... Read more

Video: I will not bring politics to cricket: Marvan
The newly appointed Sri Lanka Cricket’s National Head Coach Marvan Attapattu said today he would not wish to bring in any politics to cricket and asserted that he would try his level best to stay away from politics.... Read more

S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike remembered
The 55th death anniversary of former Prime Minister S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike was held at the Bandaranaike Samadhi in Horagolla this morning. Pix by Kushan Pathiraja... Read more

President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are seen arriving at the venue of bilateral talks on the sidelines of the 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York yesterday. Pix by Presidential Media... Read more

FDIs surpass billion dollar mark
Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) into the country during the first eight months of the year has surpassed the billion dollar mark, according to the country’s Investment Promotion Minister.... Read more

Why gender equality is not yet what it should be
Nothing could have been more devastating than losing one’s child – the anguish of the mother who lost her eight-year-old daughter to a child molester...... Read more

Heavy falls expected over the island
The Meteorology Department today said thunder showers could be expected over the island in the afternoon and night.... Read more

DMK protests against MR’s participation in UNGA
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and its allies observed a “Black Day” protest across Tamil Nadu condemning Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s participation in the UN General Assembly meeting.... Read more

Court extends custody of Lankan ISI suspect
Suspected ISI operatives Arun Selvarajan, Sakir Hussain, Sivabalan, Mohammad Salim and Rafiq were on Thursday produced before a Poonamallee special court which extended their custody and remanded them in Puzhal prison.... Read more

Harin to be appointed Deputy National Organiser
Harin Fernando, the UNP chief minister aspirant of Uva, who polled the highest preferential votes, is to be appointed the deputy national organiser of the UNP on Sunday (28), UNP sources revealed.... Read more

Suspended Senanayake to resume domestic career
Suspended off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake will resume his domestic career at next month’s Mercantile Cricket tournament, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said on Thursday.... Read more

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The breaking up of international law
There is little doubt that Russia broke international law with its take-over of Crimea and the rushed...... Read more

More Chinese subs in Oct. Nov.
A Chinese Song Class diesel-electric submarine was in Colombo during President Xi Jinping’s visit last week making it the first foreign port of call made by a Chinese submarine as well as the first confirmed appearance of a Chinese sub in the Indian Ocean.... Read more

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Shashindra takes oaths
Students protest
Protest at Government Press
Video: BBS holds conference
Shashindra takes oaths
Students protest
Protest at Government Press
Video: BBS holds conference