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Heavy traffic in Town Hall
Heavy traffic congestion has been reported near Town Hall in Colombo due to a protest by Junior Health workers attached to the Health Ministry.... Read more

SL must return boats along with fishermen: Jaya tells Modi
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa wrote yet another letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the big point she underlined in her letter was that despite the Modi government’s success in securing the release of fishermen so far, the Sri Lankan authorities continue to hold the fishermen’s... Read more

Further easing no healer for dismal credit growth: StanChart
Further easing of the monetary policy may not solve the problem of extremely low private credit growth, which fell to more than a four-and-a-half-year low of 2.2 percent in May 2014, compared with 3.3 percent a month earlier, according to Standard Chartered Bank (StanChart).... Read more

Blatter postpones Sri Lanka visit
FIFA president Joseph Sepp Blatter has postponed his scheduled visit to Sri Lanka by two months, Sri Lanka Football Federation president Ranjith Rodrigo told “Daily Mirror” yesterday... Read more

Stolen Relic of St . Sebastian found
The Relic of Saint Sebastian which was brought from Italy and kept at St.Sebastian's church in  Kandana was found with a suspect who stole the relic last night, police said.... Read more

Police arrest Punchi Borella Otha
Punchi Borella Otha alias Wasantha Sanjeewa Abeyweera who was wanted in connection with the alleged transportation of 17 kilos of heroin concealed in a coffin from Borella to Minuwangoda was arrested by the Borella police last evening.... Read more

Four year old boy kidnapped
Police are investigating the kidnapping of a four year old boy named Damindu Yasen Ekanayake and an attack on his parents in Katugampalagama village in the Meegalewa Division.... Read more

Norway not so keen on SL: TNA
Norway, which facilitated the peace process between the then Government and the LTTE is now giving less emphasis to the peace building process in Sri Lanka, a TNA politician said yesterday.... Read more

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Disable-friendly buses in Colombo soon
A fleet of luxury and semi luxury buses from Colombo to the suburbs with facilities for differently-abled people to embark and disembark without a hassle will be operated by the SLTB and a purchase order has been placed with an Indian company, Transport Minister Kumara Welgama said.... Read more

When people lose sight of the law
It has been reported that a politician of the ruling party recently assaulted a Grama Niladhari in the Rideegama area in Kurunegala.... Read more

Through the eyes of the damned...
“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”... Read more

EDITORIAL-Questions over security for BASL Chief
The question involving the security of Sri Lanka Bar Association President Upul Jayasuriya continues with the authorities dragging their feet in providing him with...... Read more

Rare Lankan leopards born in French zoo
Two rare Sri Lankan leopard cubs have been born in a zoo in northern France, a boost for a sub-species that numbers only about 700 in the wild, the head of the facility said Tuesday.... Read more

Lankan workers among unpaid Qatar WC builders
Sri Lankan, Nepalese and Indian workers who migrated to Qatar to build luxury offices for the 2022 World Cup organizers have reportedly not been paid 13 months' wages.... Read more

Japanese coastguards cleaning Mt. beach
Crew members of the Japanese coastguard vessel PLH 22 Yashima assist Sri Lankan counterparts as they help clean the beach at Mount Lavinia south of Colombo today. The Japanese vessel called on Colombo for a goodwill and supply mission and is taking part in community work. AFP... Read more

Dates confirmed for Pope’s trip to SL
The Holy See Press Office issued a communique Tuesday confirming the dates of the Apostolic Trip of the Holy Father in Sri Lanka and the Philippines,Vatican Radio announced.... Read more

Anura Kumara discharged
Janatha Vimukthi Peramua (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake who was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital following an accident was discharged this evening... Read more

Parliament canteen staffer drowns in Benthara River
A member of the Parliament canteen staff is reported to have drowned in the Benthara River today while they were having a party on a floating restaurant on the Benthara River, police said.... Read more

SF visits Anura Kumara
Democratic Party leader Sarath Fonseka today visited the JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake who was receiving treatment at the National Hospital.... Read more

Malinga abandons his SL team
Sri Lankan star Lasith Malinga has confirmed that he would represent his Indian Premier League (IPL) side Mumbai Indians at the forthcoming Champions League T20 tournament.... Read more

50 Indian fishermen arrested
Fifty Indian fishermen from Nagapattinam found poaching in Sri Lankan waters had been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in the seas off Point Pedro Monday night, the Navy said... Read more

Video: NFF to contest Uva polls on its own
The National Freedom Party (NFF) has decided to contest the upcoming elections to the Uva Provincial Council on its own, Party Leader Wimal Weerawansa said today.... Read more

Lankans caught entering Texas from Mexico
A group of Sri Lankans were arrested by the US’s National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) when they entered Texas from Mexico illegally with a group of Bangladesh and Nepal nationals, over the weekend, US media reports said.... Read more

Eid Mubarak!
The annual Eid-Ul-Fitr prayers conducted by the Haji Hafeez Eshan Patel Under the auspices of the Memon Association of Sri Lanka was held today at the Galle Face Green in view of the Ramazan Festival. Pix by Samantha Perera... Read more

US says BBS has strong links with Govt
United States in its latest International Religious Freedom Report for 2013 stated that the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) has strong link with the Sri Lankan government.... Read more

JVP leader’s cab driver arrested
JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s cab driver was arrested on charges of reckless driving, following yesterday’s accident in which Mr. Dissanayake was injured, Police said... Read more

Sri Lanka’s external vulnerability still high, but improving: Moody’s
Sri Lanka’s short-term debt obligations against its official reserves - a measure of the country’s external sector vulnerability - still remains elevated but the United States-based rating agency said it was.......... Read more

Biometric cards for SL Tamil refugees soon
The State government has decided to issue biometric cards to Sri Lankan Tamil refugees living in camps to eliminate any scope for irregularities in disbursal of cash dole.... Read more

Chairman’s room locked: Committee to get back docs
A committee will be appointed to retrieve the documents lying inside the office room of the Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman amidst allegations that the Chairman who is in jail now had locked his office and taken away the keys.... Read more

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We are capable of solving our issues internally
Deputy Minister of Investment Promotion Faiszer Mustapha in an interview with  spoke on the recent incidents relating to Muslim community and of the need to increase standards of Colombo. . .... Read more

An End to Landmine Use by 2025
The world is getting ready to end the menace of the victim-activated weapons known as Anti-Personnel (AP) mines from the earth on or before 2025. This was officially revealed at the recently concluded 3rd Review.................. Read more

EDITORIAL - Bane of shortsighted infrastructure development
Parliament was informed last week that the Mattala Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport has generated only Rs.16,185 as revenue in May. It is understandable that a new airport, or any new........... Read more

Eid Mubarak
The Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lankan today organised a colourful Chand Raat /Ramazan Eid Function at the Galadari Hotel in Colombo. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

Ranil meets Anura in hospital
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today visited the JVP leader who was receiving treatment at the National Hospital. Sources said Mr. Dissanayake had a cordial chat with Mr. Wickremesinghe to whom he had explained the ordeal he had in Ratnapura this evening.... Read more

Asylum-seekers to seek compensation
A group of 157 asylum-seekers held for weeks on the high seas on an Australian customs vessel will seek compensation for their treatment, their lawyers said Monday... Read more

Video: Ranil visits tuition class
Opposition United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe this evening urged the GCE Advanced Level students together with their tuition masters to join in efforts to change Sri Lankan society. PICTURES... Read more

JVP leader injured in accident
Janatha Vimukthi Peramua (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake’s vehicle collided with a tipper coming in the opposite direction when the driver had attempted to overtake the vehicle at Kiriella on the Ratnapura-Panadura main road this morning. He was admitted to the Ratnapura Hospital and later... Read more

President has right to appoint CS: SC
The Supreme Court today reserved its order for July 30 on the fundamental rights petition filed by Northern Province Chief Secretary challenging the Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran... Read more

South Africa draw second test against SL
South Africa pulled off a draw on the fifth and final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Monday to win the two-match series 1-0... Read more

US Embassy concerns on media freedom in SL
The United States is deeply concerned by the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of a journalism training session in Colombo over the weekend... Read more

UNP to propose candidates with clean hands
The United National Party (UNP) will abide with the request made by the election monitoring body People’s Action for Free and Fair Election (PAFFREL) and put forward a set of candidates with clean hands.... Read more

Begin fight against ‘Familiocracy’ from Uva: Karu
UNP Leadership Council Chairman Karu Jayasuriya in a statement said today the fight against ‘Familiocracy’ should be started from Uva.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 28-07-2014
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

Global Centre opened
The Global Innovation Centre of the IT company, CodeGen International (Pvt.) Limited was declared open by Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Trace Expert City in Colombo 10 today. The officials of the UDA and the management of CodeGen and many others were present.Pix by Nisal Baduge... Read more

Anura Dissanayake injured in accident
Janatha Vimukthi Peramua (JVP) Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake was admitted to the Ratnapura Hospital a short while ago after he suffered minor injuries following an accident at Kiriella, police said... Read more

Seven gamblers in the net
Seven people including two women army personnel were arrested last night on charges of gambling at Medamandiya in Panagoda by the Walana Anti Vice Squad... Read more

Video: CJ steps down from Golden Key case
Chief Justice Mohan Peiris today stepped down from the Bench inquiring into the Golden Key Credit Card Company case stating there was a scurrilous letter being circulated against him and as such he should not hear the case in the greater interest of the judiciary.... Read more

Making effective Time Management your organization’s top priority
In today’s climate of corporate down-sizing, professionals find themselves taking on more and more responsibilities. This work gives readers a creative alternative to working harder over longer hours.... Read more

157 asylum seekers likely Indian economic migrants: Australia
The 157 asylum-seekers held for weeks on the high seas on an Australian customs vessel were likely economic migrants from India, Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said Monday.... Read more

Understanding technical jargon in equity research reports
The article published last week addressed the responsibilities of investors. We discussed the benefits of working with your investment advisor and familiarizing yourselves on the performance of the company.... Read more

SEC asks brokers, margin providers to cut lending rates
Market regulator, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has asked stockbrokers to reduce interest rates charged on broker credit and margin trading in line with policy interest rates of the Central Bank.... Read more

Update: Man shot in Ja-Ela dies
A man who was wounded in a shootout in Ja-ela and admitted to the Ragama Teaching Hospital this morning had succumbed to his injuries, the Police said.... Read more

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May all women be reborn as men: Maithripala
“May all women reborn as men in their next incarnation,” said SLFP general secretary and Minister Maithripala Sirisena when he addressed the Polonnaruwa Sri Lanka Freedom Party Women’s Federation meeting... Read more

India to de-linked Sethu project: BJP
In what appeared to be a sigh of relief for Sri Lanka, the Barathiya Janatha Party (BJP) government of India is likely to drop the controversial Sethusamunduram Project in part due to religious sensitivities involved in terms of the Hindu Mythology, the Daily Mirror learns... Read more

Undergrads who neglect academic activities are donkeys, cows and politicos- S.B.
Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake in an interview with  last week spoke candidly on the issues raised by undergraduates and academics... Read more

Beyond Neo-liberalism Towards a sustainable and contented global order
Most countries around the world by now have gone through a process of economic and social transformation, to a greater or lesser extent, thanks to neo-liberal reforms that have pervaded the global landscape over the last several decades.... Read more

EDITORIAL-TNCs not rocking but robbing the cradles
The media have regularly spotlighted the grave and dangerously growing channals through  which wealthy western countries are continuing to plunder the resources... Read more

Ridiculous, says Bar
The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has sought the approval of Secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order regarding a request made by president of Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) Upul Jayasuriya urging the IGP to ensure his personal security by providing personnel security travelling with him following... Read more

Muslims to celebrate Ramazan on Tuesday
Colombo Grand Mosque has announced that Muslims in Sri Lanka would celebrate the Ramazan Festival on Tuesday (29) as the new moon has not been sighted. ... Read more

India to inform terror cloud on Colombo
India will be informing Sri Lanka about an official working with the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo who was allegedly playing a key role in planning terror strikes at the behest of ISI on the US and Israeli consulates in the southern part of this country.... Read more

Fire at Beruwala star class hotel
A fire that broke out in a star class hotel in Beruwala was doused by hotel employees using emergency fire equipment installed in the building.... Read more

Fourth day of the second Test
Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara plays a shot during the fourth day of the second cricket Test match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo.Pix by Pradeep Dilrukshana... Read more

'Unfaithful' expat kills wife in Kuwait
A Sri Lankan man killed his wife in Kuwait by stabbing her many times after she discovered that he was betraying her with another woman... Read more

Suspects arrested along with eggs of migrant seabirds
Four persons have been arrested in the coast of Urumalei in Talaimannar while they were attempted to smuggle out 452 eggs of migratory sea birds in a fishing boat, Police said... Read more

Peace march dispersed by Police
Police dispersed a peace march by the United Socialist Party in Waskaduwa yesterday claiming that they wanted to prevent any unruly incidents as Buddhist monks and other people were against the march.Pix by Rathnasiri Premalal... Read more

Two held for trafficking Lankan refugees
The CB-CID wing of Puducherry police arrested two persons in connection with the trafficking of Tamil refugees, who travelled from the Puducherry coast to Christmas Island in June... Read more

Resolve Tamil issue for better trade-India
India has told Sri Lanka that it needs to resolve the Tamil issue for making progress in bilateral trade and commerce, a senior BJP leader has said. ... Read more

Abbott defends treatment of SL migrants
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today said his government's treatment of a boatload of 157 asylum-seekers who have been kept at sea for weeks would underline its resolve to stop people-smuggling.... Read more

MR calls Indonesian President-elect
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has telephoned the newly elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo to offer congratulations on his decisive victory at the recently concluded Presidential elections and invited the latter to visit Sri Lanka.... Read more

IMF cuts 2014 global growth forecast, sees rising risks
The International Monetary Fund warned Thursday that geopolitical risks in Ukraine and the Middle East are looming over a global economy already hit by slowdowns in the US and China.... Read more

Estate workers attacked by wasps
At least eight women in a group of tea pluckers were attacked by a swarm of wasps in a tea estate in Norwood this afternoon, Police said.... Read more

Brothel raided in Dehiwala
A brothel operating in the guise of a massage parlour was raided in Dehiwala last evening by the Organised Crimes Investigation Unit, police said.... Read more

Malinga fights for his team
Star bowler Lasith Malinga had told Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials yesterday that he has still not decided whether he would represent the local Southern Express team or the IPL team Mumbai Indians at the forthcoming Champions’ League tournament.... Read more

Sudesh wins SL's first medal at C’wealth games
Sri Lanka's Sudesh Peiris won the Silver medal for Men’s weightlifting in the 62kg category at the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.... Read more

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not just another political party
The Communist Party of Sri Lanka (CPSL), one of the oldest political parties in the country, celebrates its 20th National Congress which is to be held on July 25th – 27th, 2014 in Ratnapura.... Read more

Israel’s dangerous ignorance of its own history
If the people of Israel want to go back to memories of their war against the Arab nations after they had been attacked following the handover by the British in 1948; if they want to go back to the Holocaust............. Read more

Big pharma probed for international corruption - EDITORIAL
Sri Lanka is still embroiled in a battle against the pharmaceuticals mafia and government leaders are apparently playing games with the people on the implementation of Prof. ... Read more

MR shows the way
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is seen clearing mud that had collected on the banks of the Mahakanadarawa Tank in Anuradhapura on Thursday, thereby signalling the start of a programme of renovating all the tanks in Anuradhapura.... Read more

Facebook clarifies disabling of Champika’s FB
The Facebook administration has informed Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka that his facebook account had been disabled due to the incompatibility of the account name with the name appearing in his Parliamentary identity card.... Read more

DM participates in Ifthar ceremony
Deputy Minister Faizer Mustafa is seen in conversation with some police officers as he took part in the Ifthar ceremony organized by the Slave Island Police today. Pix by Samantha Perera... Read more

Import levy on grains reduced
The special commodity levy on imported grains has been reduced from July 26 because of the insufficient supply of local grain to the market, the Finance and Planning Ministry said.... Read more

Seven feared dead in Helicopter crash in India
Seven people are feared killed in an Indian Air Force helicopter crash near Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh.... Read more

MR directs Rajarata VC to forgive Uni. students
President Mahinda Rajapaksa directed the Vice Chancellor of the Rajarata University to pardon the university students and to reopen the university immediately, during the District coordinating Committee Meeting held in Anuradhapura today.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 25-07-2014
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

Burglary at Wolvendhal Church
The caretaker of the Dutch Reformed Church at Wolvendhal Street in Hulftsdorp was remanded till August 4 on charges of having aided and abetted with some others in robbing equipment at the bottom of the lightning conductor.... Read more

Another train derailment
A Kalutara bound train from Maradana derailed this afternoon at the Mount Lavinia Railway Station bringing the train service on the southern coastal line to a standstill. Two compartments of the derailed train blocked the parallel line as well. Pix by H.M.Dharmapala... Read more

Mahela notches up 150
Mahela Jayawardene is seen acknowledging the cheers after he scored 150 runs on the second day of the 2nd Test Match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the SSC cricket grounds today. AFP and Pradeep Dilrukshana... Read more

UK visa applicants arrested for fraud in Colombo
A married Sri Lankan couple who applied together for UK visas were arrested yesterday for using deception in their applications and unofficially tampering with their passports, the British High Commission in Colombo said.... Read more

10 Chinese tourists fall prey to wasps at Sigiriya
About ten Chinese nationals including four women were admitted to the Sigiriya Hospital after they were attacked by wasps when climbing the Sigiriya rock Fortress.... Read more

No liquor on July 29
All the liquor shops in the country would be closed on July 29, in view of the Ramadan Festival, the Commissioner General of Department of Excise office said today.... Read more

BJP Swamy’s Lanka visit fuels criticism
T. Velmurugan, the President of Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi has questioned the locus standi of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Subramaniam Swamy visiting Sri Lanka and having discussion with President Mahinda Rajapaksa on strategic issues.... Read more

157 asylum seekers to be transferred to Australian mainland
The Australian government’s stretch of six months without an asylum seeker boat passenger arriving in Australia is set to end, as 157 Tamils who have spent four weeks in limbo aboard the Customs Ocean Protector will be brought to the Australian mainland on Saturday.... Read more

Wreckage of missing Algerian airliner found in Mali
The wreckage of an Air Algerie plane missing since early Thursday with 116 people on board has been found in Mali near the Burkina Faso border, an army coordinator in Burkina Faso and the French presidency said... Read more

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EDITORIAL-Get ready to sue tobacco companies
If there has ever been a good fight it is the struggle of the anti-tobacco lobby against tobacco companies.... Read more

Will Harin be the pointer in the barometer?
In the last two weeks, opposition United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Harin Fernando has constantly been in the news.... Read more

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Japanese coastguards cleaning Mt. beach
Eid Mubarak!
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JVP leader injured in accident