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Tsunami warning rehearsal today
A tsunami rehearsal will be conducted between 2.00 pm and 4.00 pm today covering 14 Districts in the country, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said... Read more

Prince Charles' brother-in-law dies after fall
The brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, has died after suffering a serious head injury following a fall in New York, royal officials said... Read more

Authorities step in to reunite Elina with Lankan dad
The authorities in Dubai have stepped up their efforts to reunite little Elina with her father Chris after reading about her plight in XPRESS even as offers to help the five-year-old keeps pouring from all corners every day... Read more

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H’tota attack flashes international spotlight on SL
The journalists, assigned for the coverage of United National Party (UNP) MPs’ visit to Mattala International Airport last Thursday, sensed the impending danger as they noticed a gang assembled near the entrance.... Read more

Foolish bravado:Nobody becomes a somebody
A week ago, he was virtually a political non-entity, a man who was one of many in a long list of ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) politicians who held sway in their regional strongholds. A few minutes of foolish bravado have now changed the life of Eraj Ravindra Fernando.... Read more

Editorial - EPF money is sacred: Stop this gambling
One of the most progressive laws introduced since independence was the Employees' Provident Fund Act of 1958. It was introduced and implemented by the S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike Government as the biggest ever social security scheme that today has ......... Read more

Casino Bill is against Constitution: Ven Sobitha
People's Movement for Social Justice Chairman the Ven. Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera said today S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s Government in1956 closed the racecourse by banning horse racing in Colombo and replaced it with a university but this Government was going to start casinos which are much worse.... Read more

Living there for a long time
Minister Rishad Badiutheen organised a media tour yesterday to brief the media about the charge that Muslim colonies were created in the Wilpattu Forest reserve. The Minister said that the Muslim families alleged to be resettled in the controversial region had been living there for long time. Pix by... Read more

Object found on Australian shore examined for link to flight MH370
Three pieces of debris washed up off the coast of Western Australia are being investigated to see if they could be wreckage from missing Malaysian flight MH370... Read more

Video: BBS at Rishad’s office
A tense situation prevailed when members of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) surrounded Minister Rishad Badiutheen’s Ministry building in Kollupitiya this morning claiming that Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera was hiding there. Pix by Kushan Pathiraja... Read more

Cricket contracts finally resolved
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) issued a media release stating that the national players have agreed to accept a share of ten percent from the payments received by SLC from ICC events and that the players would sign the new contracts shortly... Read more

Philips resigns from SLC disciplinary committee
Eminent lawyer Dinal Philips has resigned from the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) disciplinary committee with immediate effect, in response to an email sent by SLC asking the committee to probe the statements allegedly made by Mahela Jayawardene at a press conference at the Colombo Airport upon his arrival from... Read more

Gifted Australian ship due here tomorrow
An Australian Bay Class patrol boat that was gifted by the Australian government to the Sri Lankan government is scheduled to arrive at the Colombo Port tomorrow (24) morning, the navy said... Read more

BBS, Ravana Balaya, NSC meet Mahanayake
Members of the Bodu Bala Sena, Ravana Balaya and National Sangha Council today briefed Malwatta Chapter Mahanayake Ven Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera about the government remaining silent in the face of acts against Buddhism... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 23-04-2014
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

More bank robberies by face-covered motocyclists
A private bank in Moratuwa was reported to have been robbed of Rs.700,000 by two people who arrived on a motorcycle wearing face-covered helmets, police said PICTURES... Read more

Opportunities for entrepreneurs in Sri Lanka and key challenges
Start-ups play a vital role in a country’s economy, filling in niches and creating employment. In developing economies such as Sri Lanka, entrepreneurship is often viewed as an important component in stimulating economic growth, innovation and competitiveness.... Read more


Angelo and Lasith to Captain ODI and T20
Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga have been appointed the Captains of the National ODI Cricket team and T20 team respectively until March 2015, the SLC announced... Read more

Video: UNP protest tomorrow over casino legislation
United National Party (UNP) MPs will hold a protest rally at the proposed site of the Crown Multi-Purpose Development Project at D. R. Wijewardene Mawatha in Colombo to show their opposition to the legislation, under which tax concessions are being granted to three major development projects... Read more

BBS surrounds Ministry building
A tense situation was prevailed when members of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) surrounded Minister Rishad Bathiudeen’s Ministry building in Kollupitiya claiming that Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera was hiding there... Read more

SL suspend sending workers to Libya
The Government has decided to temporarily suspend sending Sri Lankan workers to Libya because of poor working conditions there, the Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau announced today... Read more

Sri Lanka tourism: What got us here, won’t get us there
In 2009, Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals were a mere 447 thousand. By 2010 the arrivals increased almost 50 percent to 654 thousand. That number is estimated to have almost doubled by 2013 to almost 1.3 million. The current plans are for this number to double again by 2016 to 2.5 million.... Read more

MH370 could have landed elsewhere: reports
The investigation team of missing MH370 may have been "looking in the wrong place" and the plane could have landed elsewhere, according to a report by the Malaysian New Straits Times, quoting investigation sources... Read more

Ukraine president calls for new anti-rebel offensive as crisis deal falters
Ukraine's acting president, Oleksander Turchinov, called on Tuesday for government forces to relaunch an offensive against pro-Russian rebels after a local politician from his own party was found dead with signs of torture.... Read more

Divers feel with their hands for corpses in depths of South Korean ferry
South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of missing.... Read more

Obama reassures Japan, other allies on China ahead of visit
U.S. President Barack Obama has said Washington welcomes China's rise but that engagement with Beijing would not come at the expense of its Asian allies - as Chinese state media greeted his imminent arrival in the region with a broadside accusing the United States of wanting to "cage" the... Read more

CB keeps policy rates unchanged
The Monetary Board of Central Bank yesterday decided to keep the policy rates unchanged with government and state-corporations borrowing less, which in return has created a favourable environment for private credit to pick up, the Central Bank said.... Read more

Madras HC rejects Lankan refugee's plea
Madurai Bench of Madras High Court yesterday rejected the plea of a Sri Lankan refugee, who claimed himself to be an Indian citizen, to quash the detention of his son under Foreigners Act 1946 and set him free... Read more

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Kidney racketeers sent 21 victims to SL
The Hyderabad police has found that the kidney racketeers, who had sent deceased victim Dinesh Maroo to Sri Lanka, had sent as many as 21 people from different parts of AP to Colombo for kidney surgeries in the last few months... Read more

Players fire another salvo at SLC
The chaotic situation at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) reached crisis proportions yesterday, just a fortnight ahead of a near-two-month full tour of England as the country’s national players who are rebelling against the establishment delivered another decisive blow... Read more

Boat trade ends and SL now legal source of migrants
Co-operation between Sri Lanka and Australia on fighting people-smuggling has reversed migration patterns, with thousands more Sri Lankans arriving as skilled workers while the flow of illegal boats from the South Asian nation, which peaked at tens of thousands, has now stopped... Read more

Mahela and SLC spat leads to heated email exchange
The Mahela Jayawardene-Kumar Sangakkara T20 International retirement issue which has been reverberating since last month, entered another phase as the media reported yesterday that the SLC Ex-co has decided to refer the matter to its independent disciplinary committee...... Read more

EPF dwindles away in bad investments
The following observations were made in connection with the overall investment of Rs. 73,948,947,927 made by the Employees’ Provident Fund as at 31 December...... Read more

MEDIA FREEDOM IS NOT A LICENCE TO ABUSE
Conventional media — radio, television, the newspapers and now the new social or web-based media should play a positive and informative role in society.  Media freedom is in fact the... Read more

Will Lady Luck accompany a common candidate?
There is a search for a common oppositional candidate as the possibility of a presidential election has been announced by pro-government media. With the miserable election results it may be wise for the president to.............. Read more

We must not drown in a water crisis
Amid warnings that the world is running short of fresh drinking water and that the super-powers or others may go to war to grab control of fresh water resources just as they did to grab fuel supply sources, recommendations have been made for the Sri Lankan Government to introduce tough regulations to....... Read more

Video: Playing with paper rockets
During the inaugural session of the newly elected Western Provincial Council on Tuesday, two opposition members voted with the Government to elect UPFA member Sunil Wijeratne as Council Chairman. WPC member Ananda Harishchandra is seen shooting paper rockets at the opposition while the Council was in... Read more

Don’t make Colombo a Chicago or a Bangkok: NSC
National Sangha Council (NSC) while protesting against the new casino bill which was to be presented in Parliament this week today urged the Government not to make Colombo a Chicago or a Bangkok city.... Read more

Trains on coastal line back on track
Tension prevailed at the Fort railway station this evening due to a picketing campaign by casual employees of Sri Lanka Railways, which delayed about fifteen trains on the coastal line, including the Ruhunu Kumari PICTURES... Read more

Bangladeshis using SL as transit hub to Europe
Forty one Bangladeshis were arrested from Fort and Maradana areas by the Immigration and Emigration Department on allegations that they were part of a large scale human smuggling racket.... Read more

15 southern trains delayed due to strike
At least 15 trains along the coastal line were delayed due to the ongoing picket by the casual workers of Sri Lanka Railways at the Fort Railway Station, the Railway Control Room said... Read more

Trains waiting for TU signal
Trains originating from the Colombo Fort Railway station including the Ruhunu Kumari have been delayed due to a protest by the casual workers of Sri Lanka Railways... Read more

Avurudu at Polhena Beach
The Polhena Beach, Matara was filled with tourists those enjoying National New Year holidays. Here seen local and foreign tourists having a leisure time at the beach. Pix by Krishan Jeewaka Jayaruk... Read more

Assault on UNP MPs, Another blot on good governance
UNP Badulla District parliamentarian Harin Fernando, a vocal member of the opposition, speaks to the Daily Mirror on his stance on the UNP’s crisis, the election results and the way forward for the grand old party.... Read more

Video: Mangala urges removal of MR as C’wealth Chair
United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera said today the Hambantota incident was further evidence of the violation of the Commonwealth Charter and urged Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma to remove President Mahinda Rajapaksa from the post of Commonwealth Chairman... Read more

Paul Farbrace resigns
The Sri Lanka National Cricket Coach Paul Farbrace has tendered his resignation and has indicated to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) of his unavailability to continue with SLC with immediate effect in order to take up an appointment with the England Cricket Board (ECB), the SLC confirmed on Tuesday... Read more


Mirror Stock Watch 22-04-2014
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

Khuram murder: Police distorted statement, says Manageress
In a startling revelation one of the main witnesses in the murder of British aid worker Khuram Shaikh, the Hotel Manageress said that the Tangalle Police had distorted what she had said in her First Information Report to the Police on December 24, 2011.... Read more

Video: Tense situation at Mahiyangana PS meeting
A tense situation prevailed outside the Mahiyangana Pradeshiya Sabha this morning, when Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera visited the Sabha where he was to address the gathering.... Read more

Ukraine peace deal falters as rebels show no sign of surrender
An international agreement to avert wider conflict in Ukraine was faltering on Monday, with pro-Moscow separatist gunmen showing no sign of surrendering government buildings they have seized.... Read more

U.S. force in Afghanistan may be cut to less than 10,000 troops
The number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 - the minimum demanded by the U.S. military to train Afghan forces - as the longest war in American history winds down, Obama administration officials briefed on the matter say.... Read more

DMK candidate dined with MR- Vaiko
The NDA’s Virudhunagar candidate and MDMK chief Vaiko on Monday claimed that the DMK candidate for the same seat, S Rethinavelu, had links with the Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for around a year.... Read more

Video: 3 Lankan women nabbed with Rs.8.3 Mn in foreign currency
Three Sri Lankan women alleged to have had in their possession Rs.8.3 million worth of foreign currency were arrested at the airport arrival lounge last night, Customs spokesman Leslie Gamini said ►►►... Read more

Pistol wielding drama in Hambantota
Attention is now drawn towards the Mayor of Hambantota - Eraj Fernando, for the alleged assault on the UNP parliamentarians who visited Mattala Air Port and Hambantota Harbour,  on a fact-finding mission on April 17 (Thursday), 2014.... Read more

Palm oil imports rise as coconut oil output drops
A sharp decline in Sri Lanka’s coconut oil production in 2013 has resulted in significantly more palm oil imports, which is a close substitute for coconut oil, the 2013 Central Bank annual report showed.... Read more

Special ventures and promotions from findmyfare in Nuwara Eliya this holiday season
The comforting atmosphere and luxuriant green mountain peaks attract thousands of visitors to Nuwara Eliya especially during the month of April. Findmyfare.com Sri Lanka’s first and largest online travel company was a part of the excitement around the Gregory Lake in Nuwara Eliya  with a special... Read more

Fashion Bug powers 22nd Fox Hill Supercross
Fashion Bug, one of Sri Lanka’s leading retail clothing stores with over 17 outlets island-wide, stepped up as the principal sponsor and exclusive apparel partner in extending its support to the most popular and thrilling motor sports event Fox Hill Supercross 2014 which was held recently on 19th... Read more

CB destroys 157.7 soiled currency notes
The Central Bank has destroyed 157.7 million soiled currency notes bearing a face value of Rs.67.7 billion last year in an effort to maintain its Clean Note Policy, a report says... Read more

Investments in shares: EPF loses billions
Auditor General H.A.S. Smaraweera in his review of the 2011 annual report of the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) said Sri Lanka’s main social security fund had lost nearly Rs.11.7 billion through investments in 58 private institutions... Read more

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Concrete dinosaurs vs human existence
“I suppose, I must walk to church”. About a hundred years ago, it happened to be a caption that appeared in every newspaper in the USA, attributing to President Woodrow Wilson (1913-21). During the First European......... Read more

Editorial - Are paper qualifications the answer?
President Mahinda Rajapaksa had said at the Getambe Rajopawanaramaya on Saturday that he hopes to introduce amendments to the Constitution with a view to absorb qualified people into politics.... Read more

Sanga, Mahela could face disciplinary action
Senior players Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara could face disciplinary action over remarks they made on arriving after winning the ICC World T20 title VIDEO... Read more

British tourist with Buddha tattoo expelled
A British female tourist who had the image of the Buddha tattooed in her hand was arrested by the Katunayaka Airport Police and produced before Negombo Additional Magistrate T.M.T. Bandara today... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 21-04-2014
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

Railways Trade Union fast against termination of employees
Members of the Railway Trade Union, affiliated to the SLFP initiated a fast unto death protest in front of the Fort Railway Station today against the alleged termination of railway employees by the department. Pix by Pradeep Dilrukshana... Read more

Farbrace undecided
Sri Lankan Cricket coach Paul Farbrace had indicated to the Sri Lanka Cricket officials this morning that he had not made a decision regarding his career despite receiving a more lucrative offer from the England and Wales Cricket Board... Read more

Will find a solution for the fishermen issue: Rahul
Raising the issues faced by the Tamil Nadu fishermen, the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Monday said that the Congress led UPA government would find a solution for the fishermen’s issue immediately... Read more

Video: Geneva resolution justified by H’tota attack: SF
The attack on United National Party (UNP) MPs at the Mahagampura Port is a blatant violation of human rights by this Government and is a clear justification of the Geneva resolution on Sri Lanka, Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka said today ►►►... Read more

GMOA postpones TU action
The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) said today said the Public Services Commission had approved one of the demands in the Medical Service Minute and therefore it had postponed the trade union action which was to be held tomorrow... Read more

Tea workers attacked by wasps
At least eight women in a group of tea pluckers were attacked by a swarm of wasps in an estate in Dikoya, Hatton this afternoon, the Police said... Read more

37,000 bottles of water seized
Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) today seized 37,000 bottles of water from a bottling plant of a popular brand of drinking water in Dalugama after it was found that the the water contained some kind of a chemical.... Read more

Man assaults army officer in civvies
A man had assaulted an army officer who was in civvies in Maharagama when the officer asked him to move his motorcycle as he was wearing a full face helmet today... Read more


Dengue forces closure of three schools
The Homagama Zonal Education Office today announced the closure of three schools in the Seethaawaka Divisional Secretariat Division for three days as a result of a Dengue outbreak in the area... Read more

360-degree feedback – Developing self-awareness among employees
In the 1990s, organisations started to change from highly structured pyramid-like hierarchies towards flatter and leaner shapes. The autocratic management styles that suited a pyramid structure won’t work in the modern organisation with its wide spans of control, high levels of self-management and... Read more

Are you a responsible investor?
During the past few weeks we have addressed the need of educating yourself on the stock market prior to investing. An equally important factor is to manage your relationship with the stockbroker firm/investment advisor and refrain from unwanted disputes that could have an adverse impact on one’s... Read more

Uva election is an opportunity to project UNP unity Assault on UNP MPsAnother blot on good governance Willing to contest as chief ministerial candidate
UNP Badulla district parliamentarian Harin Fernando, a vocal member of the opposition, at an interview with Daily Mirror expressed his views on the UNP crisis, the election results and the way forward for the ‘grand old party’. Below are texcerpts from the interview... Read more

Beyond Ethnicity and Religion The Challenge of Creating Social Citizenship
There are not many societies in the world that are socially and culturally uniform. This is particularly so in societies that attracted migrants from other territories. America attracted and accommodated a wide range of ethno-religious groups into its fold. The process of accommodation of diverse communities... Read more

The horror of the ‘Hambantota doctrine’ - Editorial
If further evidence was required of the breakdown of the rule of law and the politicisation of the Police Department, it came live with television footage when five UNP parliamentarians—elected representatives of the sovereign people visited the Rajapaksa homebase of Hambantota for a........ Read more

Bus hits three students on pedestrian crossing
Three students between the ages of six and seven and a woman were injured when a school bus hit them on a pedestrian crossing near the Bandarawela Central College this morning... Read more

Dialog Axiata to invest US $ 30mn on new submarine cable
Dialog Axiata PLC, a unit of Malaysia’s Axiata Group said, it will invest US $ 30 million on a new sub marine cable and has entered into an agreement with Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) Consortium to establish a Cable Landing Station in South Colombo (Mount Lavinia, off De Saram Road).... Read more

LTTE suspect escapes
A LTTE suspect who was undergoing treatment at Vavuniya Hospital under prison custody had escaped last night... Read more

Sri Lanka among top 10 broadband countries
Sri Lanka has been rated among the top 10 broadband countries in terms of growth in 2013 by Broadband Forum, a leading non-profit telecom industry consortium dedicated to developing broadband network specifications.... Read more

March vehicle registrations up on Feb effect
Sri Lanka’s vehicle registrations in March rose 16 percent to 26,921 units over February, though the increase was mainly due to the less number of days and more holidays in February, according to a monthly analysis of vehicle registrations by research and stock brokerage firm, JB Securities Limited.... Read more

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Sonia shedding crocodile tears for TN fishermen: Jaya
Launching a blistering attack on Congress President Sonia Gandhi for the first time during the current electioneering, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa today charged her with shedding crocodile tears for Tamil Nadu fishermen on poll eve.... Read more

Yanni ready to rock Colombo
3Globally acclaimed Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer and music producer Yiannis Chryssomallis – better known as YANNI, addressed the media at the Colombo Hilton,   hours prior to his live concert in Sri Lanka this evening at the Colombo Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium. Pix by Kithsiri de... Read more

Road accidents claim 81 in ten days
Eighty one people were killed in 65 fatal accidents reported during the ten days time of 10th and 19th of April, Police said today.... Read more

Recalling the ordeal
Two police officers recording a statement of UNP MP Ajith Mannapperuma who was among the four Parliamentarians subjected to an attack in Hambantota during an observation tour to the Mattala International Airport and the port last week. Pic by Kushan Pathiraja... Read more

FCA unaware of visa time limits to foreign journalists
 The Foreign Correspondents Association (FCA) today said that it was unaware of any time limits on visas issued to foreign journalists posted to Sri Lanka.... Read more


Video: UNP MPs dismiss claims made by MR
UNP MP Ajith Perera today denied claims made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the group of visiting UNP parliamentarians had ridiculed the development taking place in Hambantota as they left Port. Pictures... Read more

Video: Largest stock of Walla-Patta seized by Customs
A Sri Lankan and two Indians possessing a stock of 48 kgs of "Walla-Patta"  worth Rs. 38.4 million were arrested by Custom officials at the Bandaranaike International Airport this morning... Read more

SL police reject kidney racket behind Indian's death
Sri Lankan police rejected reports of a suspected kidney racket behind the death of a 26-year-old Indian, saying he died of heart failure... Read more

Two killed, five injured in accident
Two people were killed and five injured when a three wheeler collided with a jeep at the Ohalpola Junction in Narammala on the Narammala- Kuliyapitiya Road yesterday, the Police said... Read more

Celebrating the Resurrection
Dailymirror online wishes you a blessed Easter!.... Read more

SLTB grosses highest ever income during festive season
The Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) said today it had earned an income of about Rs. 450 million within a week starting from April 7 when the special bus service was launched to facilitate commuter travel during the New Year season.... Read more

SLC surprised by Farbrace’s move
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has expressed surprise and disappointment over the surprise move by national coach Paul Farbrace to consider taking up a coaching position with England cricket team.SLC said in a media release that they have been unable to contact Farbrace who is in England while ECB had communicated... Read more

Fmr. WNBA players due in SL
Former Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) players Tamika Williams and Edna Campbell will visit Sri Lanka as State Department Sports Envoys from April 21 to 25, Office of the Spokesperson of State Department announced today.... Read more

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Video: BBS at Rishad’s office
Video: Playing with paper rockets
Avurudu at Polhena Beach