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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

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

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

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

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, 19 injured in accident in Bandarawela
One person was killed and nineteen others 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

Video: Colombo Port City Project
China's President Xi Jinping looks as Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa points to the sea during the launch ceremony of a $1.5 billion project to build a port city on reclaimed land in the capital Colombo. Pix by Romesh Danushka... Read more

Teenager knocks down two
A 16-year-old boy of a private school in Colombo was arrested after he knocked down two students of the Kelaniya University in Hunupitiya last night.... 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

Kaththi producers deny links with Rajapaksa family
The producers of actor Vijay’s soon-to-be-released film Kaththi issued a clarification about what they termed a misinformation campaign by some vested interests against the production company. There had been allegations that the company had business links with Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa.... Read more

China to search wreckages of Chinese ships off SL waters
Sri Lanka and China yesterday agreed to search for wreckage of Chinese Admiral Zheng He’s fleets (15th century) off the Coast of Sri Lanka.... Read more

Martin Crowe faces renewed cancer battle
The former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe remains upbeat despite news his cancer, diagnosed nearly two years ago, has returned.... 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

Minor tremor in Siyambalanduwa
A minor tremor measuring 2.1 Richter scale was reported from Athimale, Siyambalanduwa in Monaragala this morning, Geological Survey and Mines Bureau (GSMB) said.... Read more

Video: Illicit fags worth Rs.100mn seized
The Customs Revenue Task Force (RTF) today seized 4 million sticks of cigarettes valued at Rs.100 million shipped from Hong Kong, Customs Spokesman Leslie Gamini said. ►►►... Read more

Play Findmyfare Aero Rider and win 1 Million worth of Trips!
As a company that started off as a wild idea of spreading the excitement of travelling to the world, we still haven’t halted from being innovative in the industry. We strive to reach the skies in ways that are out of the norm for many other companies. As of recent, findmyfare has released a game... Read more

A well-educated workforce needed if we are to sustain long periods of growth
World Bank South Asia recently reported that the poor quality of education is holding back South Asia. No doubt Sri Lanka needs a well-educated workforce going forward if we are to sustain long periods of growth.... Read more

Governance: We are not among worst lot- PBJ
Responding to critics concerned about the poor rule of law and the falling governance structures in the society, Sri Lanka’s most influential government official, Treasury Secretary Dr. P. B Jayasundera said, though the country is not perfect in terms of governance, it is certainly not among the... Read more

France happy over continuation of RSF case
The French Embassy said yesterday it was pleased to know that the case on the killing of 17 aid workers was being pursued and would like to encourage the Attorney General’s Department in this endeavor.... Read more

Gotabaya praises CMC
Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday praised the Colombo Municipal Council for cooperating with the UDA in carrying out development projects and faulted some other local government bodies for not providing the necessary support to do so.... Read more

People can still make election free and fair- Karu
The United National Party (UNP) said yesterday that it was not too late for the voters of Uva, the public servants, police and security forces to make Saturday’s provincial council election free and fair.... Read more

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Open letter to the Uva voter…
In a column dated July 26, 2011, published in a worldwide website this writer, under a different pseudonym wrote thus: “A people battered for more than a quarter-... Read more

UVA Election; a call to address poverty
The two main opposition parties- the United National Party (UNP) and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) –carry out their  campaigning activities,...... Read more

EDITORIAL - The Anagarika’s vision of Tamil Buddhism
Sri Lanka today proudly celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala, who played a historical  role in the revival of Buddhism not only...... 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

Prices of diesel, petrol, kerosene to be reduced
The electricity tariff was reduced by 25%, and the prices of diesel fuel, petrol and kerosene oil were reduced by Rs. 3.00, Rs.5.00, and Rs. 20.00 respectively from midnight on Tuesday (16).... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 16-09-2014
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

Leo Burnett Completes Second Masterclass Programme for Industry Interns
Leo Burnett Solutions Inc., (LBSI) the local office of the global advertising network Leo Burnett Worldwide, recently completed the second Leo Burnett Masterclass programme which is designed to provide young undergraduates with an opportunity to gain exposure into the marketing communications industry.... Read more

Let This Pearl to Refresh & Restore You - Laxapana Waterfall
Laxapana Waterfall is an enchanting waterfall in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. At 129 meters high, it is the 08th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and also it is recorded as the 625th highest waterfall in the world. This is much-loved waterfall captivating all who visit her. This beautiful waterfall is formed... Read more

Video: First families
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan pose with Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his wife Shiranthi Rajapaksa during an official welcoming ceremony at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake this morning. Pix by Kushan Pathiraja... Read more

UK police hunt for Lankan men
UK Police are hunting four Sri Lankan men for allegedly stabbing a 24-year-old man in the head in Mitcham last morning.... Read more

Video: Container declared as tea bag cotton seized
A forty-foot container with cosmetic items, foot-wear and pacifiers valued at Rs.20 million had been seized by the Customs today, the Media Spokesman of the Sri Lanka Customs Leslie Gamini said. ►►►... Read more

Video: Jinping arrives
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in the country from the Bandaranaike International Airport a short while ago.... Read more

Lankan attempts to smuggle Rs.7.2mn worth FC
A 48-year-old Sri Lankan was arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) while attempting to smuggle foreign currency worth some Rs.7.2 million to Singapore, Customs media spokesman Leslie Gamini said.... Read more

Two killed in accident
Two people were killed and three injured when the van they were travelling in crashed into an elephant on the Jaffna-Vavuniya Main Road at Mankulam last night, Police said.... Read more

SL among bottom four in ADB’s innovation index
At a time when ‘innovation’ has become the buzz word among every company, sector and country world over, in order to stay competitive, Sri Lanka ranks amongst...... Read more

Tale of two commodities—rubber and palm oil
The headlines in the regional media these days are; Palm oil prices hit nine-month lows; Palm oil hits hurdles in South East Asia;...... Read more

Chinese caught with birds’ nests
A 48-year-old Chinese national had been arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) while trying to smuggle out edible bird nests valued at Rs.1.9mn this morning, Customs Spokesman Leslie Gamini said.... Read more

India strengthen coastal security to prevent intrusion
Following inputs that some suspicious persons, having terror links, might intrude into India from Sri Lanka via sea route, Ramanathapuram District administration and police have strengthened coastal security by constituting ‘Coastal Security Ramnad,’ to facilitate coordinated action by pooling... Read more

CICADA – presented by nATANDA Dance Theatre Sri Lanka
Mount Lavinia Hotel in collaboration with nATANDA Dance Theatre of Sri Lanka presents CICADA – a contemporary dance performance choreographed by Kapila Palihawadana which presents a unique experience of innovative dance, creativity and vivid expression, showcasing Sri Lankan talent into the limelight.... Read more

TN fishermen to meet Swaraj over SL issue
Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Pon.Radhakrishnan has assured a 15-member fisherfolk team from Poompuhar to fix an appointment with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to represent their grievances, according to fishermen panchayatar association representatives.... Read more

Minister puts disputed memo in limbo
In order to settle a major dispute among officials that has threatened to destroy Sri Lanka’s most popular sport, Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has given instructions to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) officials to shelve a controversial memorandum presented by President Jayantha Dharmadasa recently... Read more

“We are confident of a landslide victory” : Shashindra Rajapaksa
The election heat and the tensions are running high in Uva with the PC election, easily the most hard-fought of all PC polls in the recent past. Let us listen to what the former Uva Chief Minister Shashindra Rajapaksa now seeking a second term in office has to say about the situation in Uva. ........ Read more

Abuse and misuse of state property is regrettable : Harin Fernando
The Uva PC election is only a few days away. We sought the views of the UNP’s Chief Ministerial candidate  Harin Fernando regarding his prospects and the election in general at a brief meeting with him......... Read more

Division of Labour, Functional Specialisation and Socio-economic Development
Modern societies are characterized by the increasing division of labour and specialisation of diverse functions. Ever increasing complexity of problems that societies have to deal with and expanding new knowledge and technologies......... Read more

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EDITORIAL - Gold, fast losing its glister
Gold futures have slumped to an eight-months low, Bloomberg news wire reported. Goldman Sachs Group forecasts gold prices to hit US$1050 in 12 months with the United States economy improving. Analysts warn that the......... Read more

Seven Thai sex workers arrested in Kollupitiya
Nine persons including seven Thai women were arrested during a raid on a brothel at Kollupitiya last evening by the Walana Organised Crimes Investigation Unit.... Read more

Road closure due to Chinese President’s visit
Police Headquarters today announced that vehicle movements on several roads from Katunayake to Colombo will be restricted from time to time tomorrow and on Wednesday due the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.... Read more

Gota at Manning Market
Defense Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa is seen examining a bunch of bananas when he visited the Manning Market this morning. Pix by Kithsiri De Mel... Read more

Phase II Stage 2 of BIA Development Project
The Phase II Stage 2 of the Project for the Development of the Bandaranaike International Airport was launched jointly by President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Prime Minster of Japan Shinzo Abe on September 07.... Read more

Ambalangoda IP arrested
Ambalangoda Police Crime Investigation Division Inspector was interdicted on charges of having assaulted an Army Intelligence Unit Lieutenant at the Police station.... Read more

Two drowned in Tissawewa
Two people drowned when a boat with three Anuradhapura prison officers on board capsized in the Tissawewa this afternoon, police said.... Read more

Schwarzenegger meets Jaya in Chennai
Hollywood actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger met Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa in Chennai on Monday.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 15-09-2014
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

UNP rally in Hali-Ela
UNP Deputy Leader Sajith Premadasa and Gampaha District MP Ruwan Wijewardana are seen at a election rally held in Hali-Ela yesterday. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

St John’s College closed for two days
St John’s College, Nugegoda will be closed tomorrow September 16 and on Wednesday  Sept 17 following the crisis arisen after the transfer of Principal D. A. D. Wanaguru. A tensed situation prevailed in the school today as the parents and the children staged a protest against the transfer of... Read more

12 injured in bus accident
At least twelve persons were injured after a private bus and a CTB bus collided head on at Godella in Galle this afternoon, Police said.... Read more

Video: President violates election laws: JVP
The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) today accused President Mahinda Rajapaksa of indulging in the most numberof election-law violations in the election campaign being carried out by the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) in the Uva Province.... Read more

Grease Gamini
The picture shows I. A. Gamini, alias ‘Grease Gamini’, at a previous occasion, when he had allegedly carried out similar offences to the recent alleged abducted of the four-year-old girl in Ambakolawewa, Ganewatta. Pix by Pushpakumara Jayaratne... Read more

Super luxury compartment soon
The Sri Lanka Railway Department today announced the introduction of a super luxury compartment with adjustable box seats on one of the trains travelling from Colombo to Matara via Galle.... Read more

Nigerian family ill-treated at BIA: Nigerian official
A Nigerian family had been unfairly treated by the authorities at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Colombo due to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs of Nigeria Abike Dabiri-Erewa charged.... Read more

Vendors demand business space
A large number of street vendors gathered before a shopping complex at the Bodhiraja Mawatha in Pettah this morning urging the authorities to grant them permission to set up their businesses there.... Read more

PS member banned from leaving country
The Puttalam Acting Magistrate yesterday directed the Police and the Immigration and Emigration Department to prevent Wanathawilluwa Pradeshiya Sabha UPFA member M.S.S. Marikkar from leaving the country.... Read more

Sri Lanka cannot afford auction of non-existent resources
The government has called for submissions from all stakeholders as part of the preparatory process for its Budget.... Read more

Honesty, vulnerability and fairness - Three essential qualities of leadership
There are some very simple but powerful things every leader can do to increase his or her trust level with anyone – or everyone – in the organisation.... Read more

Lankan caught on camera molesting shoppers in UAE
A Sri Lankan man was arrested after a CCTV footage reportedly showed him molesting unaware customers of a shop at Al Rafaa in Dubai, Khaleej Times reported.... Read more

PB tells tea industry to be professional
The tea industry needs to become professional, innovative and should aim at contributing US$ 5 billion towards the country’s GDP by 2020 for the government to take them seriously, said Secretary of the Treasury Dr. P. B. Jayasundera, addressing at the Annual General Meeting of the Planter’s... Read more

EPF posts Rs.10bn unrealized gain from stock investments
In contrary to the plethora of criticism on certain share investments in the stock market by the country’s largest private sector pension fund, Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF), the Central Bank (CB) said it made an unrealized gain of Rs.10 billion by September 11, 2014 through its share investments.... Read more

Havelock City Squash Courts now Open
Havelock City, the largest luxury residential development in Sri Lanka unveiled yet another exciting feature with the opening of the Squash Courts at the Clubhouse recently. Built to international standards, the 2 squash courts will be open to the residents as well as the public.... Read more

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Chinese loans will bleed country dry: Harsha
Speaking to  ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Sri Lanka, United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian and leading economist Harsha de Silva revealed........ Read more

What Xi is looking for in Colombo and South Asia
Chinese President Xi Jinping who is arriving in Colombo on Tuesday (16), on the second leg of his South Asian tour is expected to sign nearly 20 bilateral agreements including...... Read more

EDITORIAL - Lanka’s wealth: Check the Hong Kong stock exchange
We join the Rajapaksa government and Sri Lanka’s people in saying a hearty ‘Ayubowan’ or ‘Wanakkam’ and Huānyíng zhōngguó in Chinese to President...... Read more

Upeksha’s vehicle meets with accident
A jeep in which MP Upeksha Swaranamali was traveling met with an accident on the Mirigama Veyangoda Road this evening. The accident occurred at the Bokalagama Junction this evening, police said.... Read more

UPFA makes a din: JVP
A novel strategy has been put in place by the leaders of the UPFA to prevent meetings of other parties in the Moneragala District, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) charged today.... Read more

Voting for BJP will not benefit TN-Jaya
Charging BJP with adopting 'double-standards' on the fishermen issue, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today said voting for the national party will not benefit the people of her state. ... Read more

India steps up surveillance in vital installations in TN
With the arrest of another Sri Lankan national for alleged spying for Pakistan's ISI, central security agencies have stepped up surveillance of vital installations including defence and foreign consulates in southern parts of the country.... Read more

Keshani abductor twice convicted
The suspect who had allegedly abducted the four-year-old girl from her home in Ganewatte, Kurunegala on September 9 had been convicted twice previously for similar offences, the Police said.... Read more

Five women with Rs. 20 mn gold nabbed at BIA
Five Sri Lankan women were arrested with gold biscuits and jewelries estimated at Rs.20 million at the Bandaranaike International Airport by Customs officials yesterday.Pictures... Read more

Election rally in Uva
UNP National Leader Ranil Wickramasinghe  and party members seen at an election rally held in Haldummulla yesterday with the participation of UNP’s chief ministerial candidate Harin Fernando. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

Two Lankans drown in UAE
Two Sri Lankan men drowned in Umm Al Quwain in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while they were swimming at separate locations.... Read more

Mother and son die in accident
A mother and her son were killed and three others including a two days old infant injured after a three-wheeler collided with a van at Randeniya on the Ella-Wellawaya road, yesterday, Police said.... Read more

Indian Coast Guard apprehends Lankan boats with crew
Indian Coast Guard on Saturday apprehended two Sri Lankan boats and 10 crew members for their alleged illegal fishing in Indian waters.... Read more

Ten Lankans in British Army
Some ten Sri Lankan nationals are serving in the British armed forces, UK Parliament was informed recently.... Read more

MR backs China's Maritime Silk Road project
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has hailed Chinese President Xi Jinping's initiative of 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, saying the economic corridor bears significance to the island nation's development.... Read more

Main suspect in child abduction arrested
The main suspect who was behind the abduction of four year old Thamara Keshali Bandara was arrested by the police in Deegama today, police said.... Read more

UN agency expresses ‘grave concern’ over asylum-seeker issue
Expressing grave concern today about the resumption of arrests, detention and deportation of asylum-seekers and refugees in Sri Lanka, the United Nations refugee agency called on the Government to refrain from such actions and abide by its obligations under international law.... Read more

Indian fishermen rule out immediate end to bottom-trawling
Upset at Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s remarks that his government will not free the trawlers in its custody, fishermen fear his stand will crush their livelihood and want the Centre to intervene.... Read more

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J.R.’s 118th birth anniversary
Video: Colombo Port City Project
150th birth anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala
Final UNP rally at Bandarawela
J.R.’s 118th birth anniversary
Video: Colombo Port City Project
150th birth anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala
Final UNP rally at Bandarawela