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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 aside from Golden Key case
The Chief Justice today stepped aside from bench hearing Golden Key case due to scurrilous letter defaming him saying it’s in the greater interest of the court.... 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 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


'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

Gaza: Massacre of children by Zionist Pharaohs
For the Zionists, the Palestinians do not exist. If they exist, they are not people; they are things – things to be wiped out.... Read more

Jaya urges PM to give visa to UN team
Expressing surprise over reports indicating denial of visa by the Centre to a United Nations team probing human rights violations in Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to grant them visa to enable them to hold a fair probe.... Read more

Ukraine PM, cabinet resign over coalition break up
Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and his cabinet on Thursday resigned in a shock move in protest at the disbanding of the ruling parliamentary coalition, plunging the strife-torn nation into political uncertainty.... Read more

A master class inning
Sri Lanka ended the first day of the second Test against South Africa on 305 for the loss of 5 wickets at the SSC today. Mahela Jayawardene's unbeaten 140 helped Sri Lanka recover from early losses. Pix by Pradeep Dilrukshana... Read more

SC allows Muslim dress sans face cover
The Supreme Court today directed that Muslim mothers could enter schools wearing their traditional dress but with the face uncovered so that the wearer could be easily identified.... Read more

Video: Call to abolish Executive Presidency
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga, TNA Leader R. Sampanthan, Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka, ex-Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake seen at a meeting convened by the National Movement for Social Justice at the New Town Hall in Colombo today urging that... Read more

Missing Air Algerie flight has crashed: official
An Air Algerie flight that went missing en route from Burkina Faso to Algiers has crashed, an Algerian aviation official told Reuters on Thursday... Read more

SL ranked 73 at Human Development Index
Sri Lanka has ranked 73rd position of the United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) for 2014 under high development category, leaving all the South Asian countries behind.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 24-07-2014
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

Train tragedy for coffin
Three persons traveling in a hearse were injured when an oncoming train crashed into it at a rail road. This is yet another accident in a continuing spree of accidents at unguarded railway crossings. Pix by Lal S. Kumara... Read more

Algeria plane disappears from radar
Air Algerie said it lost contact with one of its passenger aircraft nearly an hour after takeoff from Burkina Faso on Thursday bound for Algiers... Read more

Eight people injured in train accident
Three people who were travelling in a hearse were injured when a train heading to Colombo from Palai crashed into it at the Thelangapatha railway crossing in Wanawasala this afternoon.... Read more

Chinese drowns in sea
A Chinese tourist downed in the seas off Dikwella while another Chinese woman who had got into difficulty was saved and admitted to Matara Hospital in a critical condition, the Dikwella Police said... Read more


UNP petition on Uva PC seats dismissed
The Supreme Court today dismissed the petition filed by the UNP on the seat allocation in the Districts of Badulla and Meneragala of the Uva Province.... Read more

Four sentenced to death for murder
Four people were sentenced to death by the Kandy High court today on charges of having murdered a van driver at Pelmadulla in 1999.... Read more

Singer appointed exclusive distributor for Sony Mobiles
The latest premium flagship waterproof smartphone designed by Sony, the ‘Xperia Z2’ was unveiled to the local market recently in Colombo by Singer Sri Lanka Plc, laying a pedestal to the partnership with Sony Electronic Singapore Private Limited.... Read more

Rally continues, market breather might be around the corner
During the first three weeks of July the All Share Price Index (ASPI) has continuously gained increasing by 343 points with one single day been the exception in which the index lost just 20 points.... Read more

Largest Motor Track in SL
The largest Motor Track in Sri Lanka was opened yesterday at the Welisara Navy camp followed by a rally event. The opening ceremony was held with the participation of navy’s Sports Director commodore Nevil Sudarshana. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

SL derivatives market to open up this year
After years of stagnation, Sri Lanka for the first time will open up its derivatives market particularly for foreign exchange, before the end of this year, according to a top official of the Sri Lanka Forex Association (SLFA).... Read more

Sanga and I try to compete with each other - Mahela
A century at his home ground could well sum-up an excellent career for Mahela Jayawardane who will make his last appearance at Sinhalese Sports Club against South Africa.... Read more

Indian doctors remove 232 teeth from boy's mouth
Doctors in India have extracted 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation.... Read more

Lankan falls to his death in Dubai
An unidentified Sri Lankan fell to his death from the fourth floor of a residential building in Riqqa, reports Al-Rai daily.... Read more

Lankan ex-wife murdered in Kuwait
A Kuwaiti citizen murdered his Lankan ex-wife inside his flat in Salmiya area by hitting her several times on her head... Read more

Deplorable security by Britain
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has declined an invitation to participate in the Commonwealth’s First World War Commemoration Service at the Glasgow Cathedral on August 4 on the basis of ‘deplorable security lapses’ by the British Government amid protests planned by pro-LTTE groups, Daily... Read more

Speaker asks Rosy to stay close to him
Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday advised United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Rosy Senanayake to stay close to him as otherwise she would disturb the proceedings in the House by chatting to others.... Read more

Govt. blocks Karu’s anti casino bill
The Government yesterday prevented United National Party (UNP) MP Karu Jayasuriya from presenting a Bill that prohibited the operation of casinos and other gaming activities under the strategic development projects.... Read more

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Signor back ashore with renewed hopes BJP delights Govt
In 1505, a few Portuguese vessels under the guidance of Dom Lourenço de Almeida came   ashore to Sri Lanka mainly in their search of spices.  After more than 500 years, Portugal now looks for better ties with Sri Lanka, but not for the spice trade.... Read more

From Subsistence Production to Precarious Work
Liberal economic reforms implemented in Sri Lanka since the late 1970s have facilitated the transfer of a majority of people from rural livelihoods to non-agricultural activities, mostly in the informal sector.... Read more

urgent need to police the police - EDITORIAL
While the Armed Services are maintained mainly for national security, the Police Service is for the security and safety of civilians or the ordinary people for whom the police station needs to be a refuge where they could find a solution to a crisis or problem.... Read more

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

42 dead and 11 injured in Taiwan plane crash
At least 42 people were killed and another 11 taken to hospital after their plane crashed and caught fire while trying to make an emergency landing in stormy weather on a small Taiwanese island.... 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

Video: 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

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Global Centre opened
Peace march dispersed by Police
MR shows the way
DM participates in Ifthar ceremony
Global Centre opened
Peace march dispersed by Police
MR shows the way
DM participates in Ifthar ceremony