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Minister Champika’s Facebook page disabled
The Facebook account and fan page of Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka has been disabled without notice by the Facebook Administration Committee, according to the minister.... Read more

Guilty verdict in pizza delivery murder trial
The family of murdered Sri Lankan university graduate Thavisha Pereis today said the conviction of his two killers had brought them “some form of solace” after his death... Read more

SL cyclists stopped by police in Scotland
Four members of Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Games team were stopped by police when they were spotted cycling down the M74 near Glasgow, in Scotland.... Read more

More than 40 dead in Taiwan plane crash
More than 40 people were feared dead in a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday, officials said, with witnesses and local media reporting the flight came down in a storm after an aborted landing... Read more

Uni. students protest
University students today staged a protest in Colombo Fort urging the authorities to revoke the decision of the university administrations to suspend the studentship of 28 undergraduates. Pix by Kithsiri De Mel... Read more

Marvan’s term extended
The appointment of Marvan Attapattu as the Head Coach of the National Team has been extended until the end of the Pakistan Tour of Sri Lanka, the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 23-07-2014
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

Britain sold weapons to SL
Sri Lanka is also among the 27 countries that the British government sold weapons. Britain had supplied £12bn of arms to some 27 countries including Sri Lanka, the House of Commons Committees on Arms Export Controls stated in their 2013 report.... Read more

Police record statement from Ranatunge
The Welikada Police OIC recorded a statement from Western Province Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga in connection with the complaint that he had assaulted a Rajagiriya resident.... Read more

Remembering ‘Black July’
Remembering ‘Black July’, the anti-Tamil riots started on July 23 1983, a peace vigil has been organised by a government institution today in Battaramulla. Following the Black July, the country experienced nearly three decades of war against Tamil militant groups who demanded for a separate... Read more

Heavy traffic in Town Hall
Heavy traffic has been reported from the Town Hall area due to a protest by Students of the Rajarata University in front of the University Grant Commission (UGC), Ward Place.... Read more

“Minnie's Tropical Splash”
A Tokyo DisneySea cast member (R) sprays a bucketful water towards guests during a special summer attraction called “Minnie's Tropical Splash” at Tokyo DisneySea in Urayasu, suburban Tokyo on July 23, 2014. AFP... Read more

In pursuit of a good hotel manager
Recently someone contacted me to find out if I knew of anyone who could be recommended to    manage their hotel. Apparently, the owners had looked at several candidates and found none to be a suitable fit.... Read more

Target jumble!
As in many other instances, the country’s two most prominent official economic institutions—the Treasury and the Central Bank recently gave two different per capita income targets to be achieved in 2020, leaving the public to wonder which one is the correct figure. ... Read more

India accepts Australia's request to probe 157 boat refugees
India gave Australia a bit of a breather by agreeing to investigate whether some of the 157 boat refugees confined to their boat on Christmas Island were Sri Lankan Tamil refugees from a camp in Puducherry.... Read more

Video: Turns out to be turmeric
The Customs Revenue Task Force discovered 27,000 kilogrammes of fraudulently imported Turmeric from India in two containers, Customs Spokesman Leslie Gamini said. ►►►... Read more

Facebook's Zuckerberg to testify at N.Y. forgery trial: prosecutors
The government will call Mark Zuckerberg to testify against an upstate New York man accused of trying to cheat the billionaire founder of Facebook Inc (FB.O) out of half his stake in the social media company, a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday.... Read more

Microsoft sees end to Nokia losses, shares rise after hours
Microsoft Corp said it aims to get its loss-making Nokia phone unit to break even within two years, helping its stock rise in after-hours trade.... Read more

Iraqi air strikes kill 19 around militant-held Falluja: medical official
Iraqi government air strikes killed 19 people, including children, in Falluja on Monday and Tuesday, a health official in the militant-held city said.... Read more

Thai junta leader could be PM under interim charter: adviser
The leader of Thailand's junta could become prime minister in a government to be set up under a newly drafted interim constitution, but that will be decided by an appointed provisional parliament, a junta legal adviser said on Wednesday.... Read more

Train carrying MH17 bodies reaches government-held Ukrainian city
A train carrying the remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in a Ukrainian government-held city on Tuesday on the first leg of their final journey home to be reclaimed by their families.... Read more

E-car charging centres at Arpico Super Centres
Richard Pieris group finance arm, Richard Pieris Arpico Finance Limited (Arpico Finance) yesterday announced the setting up of charging centres at all Arpico Super Centre outlets, starting August 2014, to cater the growing number of electric cars on local roads.... Read more

DRC goes high-tech, company listing within two days
The Department of Registrar of Companies has completed its transition towards the age of information technology and is finally operating for more than a pittance, according to Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishard Bathiudeen’s address to the parliament on July 11.... Read more

Don’t bother about probe: Swamy
Chairman of the BJP Committee on Strategic Action and BJP's National Executive Committee Member Subramanian Swamy in an exclusive interview with Daily Mirror said Sri Lanka should not bother about the international inquiry led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) as it could... Read more

Sue cigarette companies: Minister
Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena yesterday appealed to family members of those who had died of smoking-related ailments to sue the Ceylon Tobacco Company (CTC) taking a cue from a US Court ruling that the tobacco company should pay US$23.6 billion (nearly Rs.3000 billion) to the victim’s wife.... Read more

India wants info on Chinese project
India has sought details about the proposed US$40 million investment by China National Aero-Technology Import-Export Corporation (CATIC) to establish an aircraft maintenance base in Sri Lanka, External affairs Minister G.L. Peiris said in Parliament yesterday.... Read more

Senior-most singer passes away
Senior-most vocalist Kalabushana Vincent de Paul Peiris of ‘Siri Pade Samanala Kanda Pene’ fame passed away late last night at the age of 92.... Read more

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We will not allow an intrusive foreign probe
Dr. Subramanian Swamy - Chairman, BJP Committee on Strategic Action and Member of BJP’s National Executive Committee in an exclusive interview with  spoke candidly on what to expect in changes to India’s foreign policy under Prime Minister Modi’s administration and on India’s... Read more

Nation at the altar of faith
All indications of certain societal decay are present; the symptoms of a terminal sickness are frighteningly manifest in the body politic of the country. Yet no one, no physician, no surgeon, no psychiatrist or any other medical practitioner or a social scientist has diagnosed the illness.... Read more

EDITORIAL - Will there be a second crime?
Speaking to the media in Colombo, soon after the verdict on British Red Cross worker Khuram Shaikh was delivered on Friday, the brother of Khuram, Nasser Shaikh, said that he was “not ready to forgive the initial delays involved with the prosecution of his brother’s murde........... Read more

Army Commander chats with former commanders
Army Commander Lt. General Daya Ratnayake has a word with former army commanders General Rohan Daluwatte, General Srilal Weerasuriya, and Lt. General Gerry de Silva at the Ranaviru apparel awards ceremony held at BMICH today. Pix  By Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

No foreign funds without approval: Ministry
The Finance and Planning Ministry has informed all Non-Governmental Organisations that they should receive prior approval from the Ministry prior to obtaining foreign funds.... Read more

Workshop on National Alcohol Policy
A workshop on Alcohol and Tobacco Control will held from July 22 to 24 in collaboration with the Regional Parliamentarians and Civil Society Representatives. The meeting was held at the Hotel Kingsbury this morning. Pix by Samantha Perera... Read more

Video: BBS claims Gnanasara Thera’s Australian Visa in jeopardy
Following the United States’ cancellation of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera’s visa, the BBS today said that there was a conspiracy by Muslim extremist organisations in Australia to follow suit. ►►►... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 22-07-2014
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

Subway franchise open for local entrepreneurs
The world’s largest submarine sandwich chain, Subway officially opened its first store in Sri Lanka yesterday and announced they would provide the opportunity for local entrepreneurs to open outlets under the franchise to rapidly grow its chain of stores throughout the country.... Read more

Rare fish caught in fishing net
A rare deep sea fish was found entangled in a fishing net of a boat that went fishing off the Valaichchenai seas today. The fish is four feet long and about 7.5 kilograms in weight and it is to be handed over to the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA). Pix by M.M. Anaam... Read more

Kidz Planet- Ultimate play and learn experience for kids
Children of today are very intelligent and smart, and they become individuals from a very early age, with aspirations of who they want to become, what they want to do, and where they want to go. Therefore it is very important that we teach them about how to interact and live in this world from a very... Read more

Complaint against Ranatunge
A complaint has been lodged against Chief Minister of the Western Province Prasanna Ranatunge over an alleged assault on a resident in Rajagiriya, the Police said.... Read more

Arrest the predator
A massive protest rallies are being held across the hill country by the Ceylon Workers Congress (CWC) demanding the arrest of a person who had sexually abused a school girl in Ratnapura. Pix by Ranjith Rajapaksa... Read more

Jaya opposes installing buoys on IMBL with SL
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today termed as "inappropriate" the Centre's proposal to conduct feasibility study on installing buoys on International Maritime Boundary Line as the state government has not accepted IMBL with Sri Lanka as a settled issue... Read more

Naval rating falls to his death
A naval rating attached to the Rugby football team of the Trincomalee Naval Base had fallen to his death from the third floor of a building in the camp. The 25-year-old rating was a resident of Maradana, Colombo.... Read more

Days after MH17 tragedy, Malaysia Airlines flies jet over Syria
Embattled Malaysia Airlines faced fresh outrage Tuesday as it confirmed one of its planes flew over war-torn Syria, just days after the MH17 disaster laid bare the risks civilian aircraft face in flying over war zones.... Read more

UPFA MP surrenders to Court
UPFA Kurunegala district Parliamentarian Nimal Wijesinghe alias Nilwala, who was accused for assaulting a Grama Niladhari in Mawathagama, surrendered to the Pilassa Magistrate Court in Mawathagama, this morning... Read more

Wasp attack at a pre-school: 35 injured
At least 35 persons including 29 pre-school children were hospitalized following a wasp attack at a pre-school in a temple in Kataragama this morning, Police said... Read more

15,000 kg of contaminated chili powder seized
The officials of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) seized 15,000 kg of adulterated chillie powder from a grinding mill store at Sedawatte today.... Read more

38 Indian fishermen arrested
Thirty eight Indian fishermen found poaching in Sri Lankan waters had been arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy in the seas off Talaimannar and Delft Islands in two separate incidents last night, the Navy said... Read more

Growth woes in the West getting worse?
Global activity in the 1st quarter strengthened and was expected to improve further, according to the April 2014 WEO, with much of the impetus for growth coming from advanced economies.... Read more

What Russian press are saying about air disaster
The Russian media's coverage of the MH17 disaster is in stark contrast to Western reports - focusing on increasingly outlandish claims and conspiracy theories.... Read more

Deshodaya to acquire George Steuart Finance for Rs.375mn
Sarvodaya-owned licensed finance company, Deshodaya Development Finance Company Limited (DDFC) said yesterday that they would acquire 75 percent stake of George Steuart Finance PLC (GSF) controlled by the high net worth investor Dilith Jayaweera for a consideration of Rs.375 million.... Read more

Scott Morrison to talk SL Tamil issue with Sushma
Australia will be raising the issue of the 153 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers with India on Tuesday, when Australian immigration minister Scott Morrison will be meeting with external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and home minister Rajnath Singh.... Read more

Video: Ukraine rebels hand over black boxes
Rebels in eastern Ukraine have handed over two flight-data recorders from the downed MH17 plane to Malaysian experts. A senior rebel leader signed them over to the Malaysian officials at a meeting in the city of Donetsk.... Read more

States can't interfere with Centre-BJP
Indian Foreign Policy is the exclusive preserve of the Central Government and we expect the political parties in Tamil Nadu to formulate their opinions in line with the realities of the situation, BJP Foreign Policy Cell National Convener and BJP's National Executive Member Dr. Seshadri Chari said... Read more

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Reduce sacrificial animals: CJ tells M’waran Kovil
Chief Justice Mohan Peiris yesterday advised the Munneswaram Badra Kali Amman Kovil trustees to reduce the number of animals that are sacrificed at its annual festival and that it should be done in a more scientific way.... Read more

More than a peep into mysteries of the universe
Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe is a Sri Lankan born veteran astronomer and astrobiologist. Well known and highly respected around the globe, he is currently the Director of the Buckingham Centre for Astrobiology........... Read more

Confusion clouds another special envoy’s visit
First it was Gopalaswamy Parthasarathy who came to Sri Lanka some thirty years ago as India’s special envoy to “assist” in this country’s long quest for peace. And then Parthasarathy’s successor......... Read more

EDITORIAL - The Child’s name is tomorrow
In this decadent self-centred world of crime and corruption, one of the vilest offences is the growing trend of child abuse. For instance, in Britain last week, special Police.......... Read more

Large heroin haul seized
A large haul of heroin worth about Rs.700 million found hidden inside moulding machines imported from Karachchi, Pakistan were seized by the Sri Lanka Customs at the Orugodawatta container yard today. Pix by Sanjeewa Niroshan... Read more

Sugar levy up
The special commodity levy on one kilogramme of imported sugar was increased by Rs. 3 from last night, the Finance Ministry said. Accordingly, the levy on one kilogramme of imported sugar would be Rs. 28.... Read more

Tax concession for bank employees
President Mahinda Rajapaksa today decided to remove the taxes imposed on employees in the state and private sector financial institutions imposed under the 1857/8 special gazette notification.... Read more

For a legal interpretation
UNP MP Harin Fernando who is tipped to be the party’s chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming Uva Provincial Council Election seen outside the Superior Courts Complex in Hulftsdorp today after filing a petition against the change in the number of seats allocated to the two districts of the... Read more

Video: Rs.700 mn worth heroin seized
Over a hundred kilogrammes of heroin worth about Rs.700 million found hidden inside moulding machines imported from Karachchi, Pakistan were seized by the Sri Lanka Customs at the Orugodawatta container yard today, Customs spokesman Leslie Gamini said. ►►►... Read more

Police sets up highway traffic squadron
A new highway traffic squadron to curb road accidents has been set up by the police with the recently purchased 279 high-speed motorbikes... Read more

Missing Lankan found in Peshawar police custody
A Sri Lankan national, who was missing for months, was found in Peshawar police detention on Monday, ARY News reported.... Read more

Next door dog distressing US man in Jaffna
A complaint had been lodged with the Jaffna police by an American claiming the growl of the next door dog was distressing him.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 21-07-2014
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

Salaka: Cheating case amicably settled
The case filed against the Salaka owner, Gamini  Neththikumara on the charge of having cheated a private security firm, was amicably settled today after the entire amount was paid to the complainant party.... Read more

BJP‘s Swamy to meet MR
Former Union Cabinet Minister and chairman of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Committee for Strategic Action Subramanian Swamy is scheduled to meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris and Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa during a visit to Sri Lanka... Read more

Bull run and investor’s responsibility
The year 2014 is a promising year for the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE). The CSE has recorded a year-on-year (YoY) growth of 14 percent in the broad market index while the S&P SL 20 Index has experienced a growth of 15 percent in the current year.... Read more

Nine hour water cut in Colombo
A 9-hour water cut would be imposed in several areas in Colombo from tomorrow 9.00 p.m. to 6.00 a.m. Wednesday due to the laying of new pipelines under the Colombo City Development Project, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board said... Read more

Create a high performance organisation with wisdom of effective work teams
J. Richard Hackman (1940-2013), a professor of social and organisational psychology at Harvard observed: “The more common reason for sub-standard work group performance is that managers make serious mistakes in designing, supporting and leading teams.... Read more

DRUGS IN REEFER CONTAINERS - Pharma importers cry foul over new regulation
Private sector pharmaceutical importers are crying foul over the Custom’s directive issued in consultation with Cosmetics, Devices & Drugs Regulatory Authority (CDDRA), that makes compulsory to import pharmaceutical items in refrigerated containers, to maintain the required temperature.... Read more

Findmyfare offers convenient customer experience via upgraded FMF CRM system, Sri Lanka’s largest online travel company recently upgraded its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to offer a comprehensive service and better engage with their customer base.... Read more

EPRLF calls for re-merger of north and east
The Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) led by MP Suresh Premachandran, has passed resolutions calling, for among other things, the re-merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces in conformity with Indo-Lanka Accord.... Read more

Prisoner sentenced to 20 years’ could be freed in under 13 years
A person sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment need only serve a term of 12 years and 9 months in terms of prison law, said prisons  department sources.... Read more

Bar to bar new bars
Legal luminaries yesterday observed that the proposed amendments which are to be brought in respect of Law College entrance by the Incorporated Council of Education (ICLE) would be detrimental and hinder the further education of local students registered with foreign universities.... Read more

‘Muslims are an integral part of the nation’
Former diplomat, educator and peace activist Javed Yusuf in an interview over recent development says it is very unfortunate that when we as a country are facing a number of challenges on the international front......... Read more

Lost in thoughts
Two incidents which have taken place recently have had their impact on the people in this country , one is the Uva Provincial Council has been dissolved,....... Read more

EDITORIAL- The Govt. Calculus
Education Minister Bandula Gunewardena has come up with a new solution to solve the nation’s Maths problem.... Read more

MR wants world leaders to see SL’s reality
President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday said he wishes to see more foreign leaders visiting his country to experience the island's post conflict progress.... Read more

MR meets Portugal PM
President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Portugal’s Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho met for discussions at Temple Trees this afternoon. Pix by President's Media... Read more

Dancers duel
A rivalry between one dancer and three other women dancers at an Indian Night club in Kollupitiya had led to a brawl which ended up in Court and all four women were reprimanded by Colombo Fort Magistrate.... Read more

UNP membership drive
UNP Gampaha District MP Ruwan Wijewardenene greets a vegetable vendor at the weekly fair in Makola during a membership drive of the party where a large number of people obtained membership. Pic by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

BASL president lodges another complaint
The President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) Attorney-at-Law Upul Jayasuriya had made another complaint with the Thalangama police regarding an incident where two unidentified motorcyclists had roamed around his residence located in the Thalangama area.... Read more

Iran rejects selling oil to SL
Mohsen Qamsari, an official with the National Iranian Oil Company, said on July 20 rejected the claims that Iran is selling crude oil to Greece, Sri Lanka, and South Africa.... Read more

Strong winds now, El Nino later
Sri Lanka could be affected by El Nino effect during the latter part of the year bringing rains during the months of October and November, the Department of Meteorology said.... Read more

SA beat SL by 153 runs in first Test
South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 153 runs on the fifth and final day of the first test played in Galle to take a one-nil lead in the two-match series... Read more

PC killed after being run over by motor cyclist
A police constable attached to the Meegahawatte police was killed after being run over by a motor cyclist last night, Police said... Read more

Five Lankan fishermen repatriated
Five Sri Lankan fishermen were repatriated to their country on Saturday following Centre's intervention. They were nabbed by the Coast Guard on April 30 for entering Indian waters... Read more

Portugal Prime Minister arrives in SL
Portugal Prime Minister Passos Coelho arrived in Sri Lanka this morning at the Bandaranaike International Airport... Read more

MP Harin to resign on Aug. 5
UNP MP Harin Fernando said today that he would resign from Parliament on August 5 to contest the Uva Provincial Council election... Read more

MR flying kites
President Mahinda Rajapaksa is seen flying kites at the ' Kite Festival’ organised by the Ministry of National Languages and Social Integration to coincide with the Social Integration week held at the Galle Face Green yesterday.Pix by President's Media... Read more

UN team on SL to have sittings overseas
The UN team, which has been put together to investigate allegations of human rights violations and war crimes against the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), will be holding hearings in New York, Geneva and Bangkok... Read more

Top LTTErs arrested in Malaysia brought to SL
Three top LTTE members, who were arrested by the Malaysian authorities few weeks ago, were handed over to the Sri Lankan police and are being interrogated by the Terrorist Investigation Department in Colombo, Police said.... Read more

Female doctor arrested over accident
A female doctor attached to the Wathupitiwala Hospital was arrested for an accident which occurred at Kongasdeniya Junction on the Colombo-Kandy Road, police said.... Read more

The missile launcher that blasted flight MH17 out of the sky?
A picture that was taken later shows an identical rocket launcher – on a low-loader and lacking two of its missiles – being smuggled in the direction of Russia, Daily Mail reported. Pictures... Read more

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We will even forcibly enter refinery-UNP
The United National Party (UNP) parliamentarians who were barred from entering the Sapugaskanda refinery on Thursday vowed to force themselves inside the refinery in the next few days and complete their disrupted fact-finding mission. ... Read more

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Uni. students protest
Remembering ‘Black July’
“Minnie's Tropical Splash”
Army Commander chats with former commanders
Uni. students protest
Remembering ‘Black July’
“Minnie's Tropical Splash”
Army Commander chats with former commanders