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Wariyapola incident the vice and the voice
Thilini Amalka, who made headlines in mainstream media and social media over the week was arrested by Wariyapola Police yesterday for the mere reason of slapping a man who had allegedly sexually abused her. She was also produced in court and given bail.... Read more

Sarath Silva opens Pandora’s Box
He is no stranger to controversy  but this week, retired Chief Justice Sarath N. Silva has opened a Pandora’s Box of legal arguments, claiming that President Mahinda Rajapaksa is not eligible to run for a third term as President of the country.... Read more

Woman behold thy place - EDITORIAL
Yesterday’s arrest of a girl for slapping a man who sexually harassed and humiliated her in public at the Wariyapola main bus stand, again brings to focus vital issues relating to women’s rights and the growing sexual abuse of girls including children.... Read more

USD 20 bn export target by 2020: Aiming to be mediocre
The government has a target to increase exports to USD 20 billion by 2020 (a doubling from 2011). This target is presented as ambitious. This insight argues the opposite.  The 2020 target is rather mediocre, and it’s aiming too low. Yet, even with such a low bar, it may still be out of Sri... Read more

Future Lankan dollar-bond issuances to attract lower yields
The future Sri Lankan issuers will attract lower yields in the international capital markets, increasingly enabling them to tap into cheaper funds, according to a capital market expert.... Read more

Norochcholai power plant breaks down
The second stage of the Norochcholai coal power plant, which contributes 300 megawatts  to the national grid, was inoperative this evening due to a technical fault, a spokesman for the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) said.... Read more

Rarely seen bunch
An unusually big comb of bananas discovered by a family in Rathmalana was captured on film today. About 70 bananas are seen in this unusually big comb.... Read more

Land seizure in Vavuniya, says BBS
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today said that politicians were attempting to alter the diversity of population in Sri Lanka by backing the resettlement of one ethnic group in a specific area ignoring others.... Read more

Wariyapola girl released on bail
Twenty one-year-old Thilini Amalka, who was arrested this morning for allegedly slapping a youth at the Wariyapola Bus Terminal recently, was released on a surety bail of Rs. 50, 000 by the Wariyapola additional magistrate this evening. PICTURES... Read more

Protest at Mahaweli Authority
Workers attached to the Mahaweli Authority seen shouting slogans at a demonstration held today in front of the Mahaweli Authority over several demands. Pix by Kithsiri De Mel... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 27-08-2014
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

Two suspicious containers detained
Two containers imported from Pakistan declared as big onions had been detained by the Sri Lanka Customs at the Orugodawatte Container Yard on suspicion this evening, Custom’s Spokesman Leslie Gamini said.... Read more

Two Indians nabbed with sensitive pics
Two Indians were arrested at Modara yesterday for allegedly possessing photographs of high security zones including the Parliament and the Prime Minister’s Residence, the Police said today... Read more

Another successful surgery
A stick which had pierced the neck of a Suriyawewa resident was surgically removed by a team of surgeons at the Hambantota General Hospital today. It had pierced the neck of the man during a brawl. Pix by Sanath Gamage... Read more

Video: Aluthgama: renovated houses handed back
Seventy one houses and 22 shops which were destroyed in Aluthgama and Beruwela recently had been handed over to the owners after renovation, Military Spokesman Ruwan Wanigasuriya said today.... Read more

Heavy traffic on Darley Road
Heavy traffic has been reported along Darley Road, Maradana because of a protest outside the Mahaweli Authority; motorists are advised to use alternative routes... Read more

Wariyapola girl arrested
Twenty one-year-old Thilini Amalka, who is alleged to have slapped a youth at the Wariyapola Bus Terminal recently had been arrested by the  Wariyapola Police this morning, Police Media Unit said. UPDATE... Read more

Rubber products industry outlook strong despite low NR prices
It is accepted that the future of rubber industry is tied to the global economy. The consumption of rubber worldwide during the last 10- year period had between 3.5 and 4.0 percent annually and was in line with the increase of world GDP.... Read more

BOC announces Rs.8 bn debenture issue
The state banking giant, Bank of Ceylon (BOC) is planning to issue subordinated debentures up to Rs. 8 billion in mid-September, which is the second such debt issue within 12-months.... Read more

India has to go to war to retrieve Kachatheevu: AG
Indian Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that retrieving Kachatheevu Island was an impossible task and India would have to declare war with Sri Lanka to retrieve it.... Read more

TNA seeks India’s help in return of refugees
The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has sought India’s help in the return of Sri Lankan refugees from India.... Read more

EC writes to IGP
In the wake of a surge in election law violations in the Moneragala District, Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday instructed Inspector General of Police, N.K. Ilangakoon to beef up security in the district in the run-up to the elections to the Uva Provincial Council.... Read more

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Who is Negombo’s Godfather?
Negombo, a city well-known as a traditional hot spot for tourists, has now become a battle ground for two area politicians of the ruling United People’s Freedom...... Read more

Undeciphered order so vibrant in SL
Chaos, they say, is order undeciphered. Such undeciphered order is what is prevalent in Sri Lanka. All attempts by any quarter to decipher that disorderly ‘order’ is being met by extreme measures.... Read more

Video: Wariyapola girl complains to Police Hq
Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said yesterday a complaint had been lodged at the Police Headquarters by 21-year-old Thilini Amalka, who is alleged to have slapped a youth at Wariyapola Bus Terminal recently when he had abused her verbally and in sign language.... Read more

ACHC condemns ACHF allegations
The All Ceylon Hindu Congress has sent the following letter with reference to news item that appeared in the newspapers and websites: We have been receiving enquiries in respect of news reports and website news of what have been said by “All Ceylon Hindu Federation”.... Read more

EDITORIAL - Where the treasure is, there the heart will be
With the campaign for the Uva Provincial Council elections getting more abusive verbally, legally and morally, the vital question that most independent analysts ask again is whether the elections will be free and fair or more like a greasy poll manipulated by................ Read more

Fifth Comoran Strike exercise in EP
The fifth Comoran Strike exercise organised by the Sri Lanka Army will be held from September 3 to September 23 in the Eastern Province. Most importantly Special Forces teams from 12 countries will participate in the exercise. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

‘Resolve TN fishermen issue politically’
The issue relating to frequent arrests of Tamil Nadu fishermen by the Sri Lankan Navy should be resolved politically and diplomatically, the Supreme Court observed on Tuesday.... Read more

Rectify our salary anomalies
Members of the Under-Paid Retired Teachers Organisation today staged a protest march from Hyde Park Grounds to Liptons Circus urging the government to rectify their pension anomalies. Pix by Nisal Baduge... Read more

Maid steals from future employer's house
A Sri Lankan maid claimed that she stole gold jewellery of her employer as the latter had failed to pay for her work, the Dubai Criminal Court heard.... Read more

Video: Colonial passport sold at Rs. 30mn
Seven people, who are alleged to have stolen a colonial era passport issued to a Sub Inspector attached to the then Ceylon Police Force, were arrested by the Kollupitiya police while they were attempting to sell it for Rs.30 million.... Read more

Chinese beauties here
*The fifteen finalists in 2014 Miss Universe China arrived in Sri Lanka this morning on a pre-pageant tour of Sri Lanka organized by Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts to promote tourism in Sri Lanka. They will stay here for seven days and will travel to Habarana, Sigiriya and Beruwala. Pix by Deepa Adikari... Read more

Video: BBS ties up with Hindu Federation for reconciliation
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) today charged that the Government and the National Languages and Social Integration Ministry had failed in the reconciliation process in Sri Lanka and as such would work with the All Ceylon Hindu Federation (ACHF) to complete this task.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 26-08-2014
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

Cigarettes, liquor worth Rs.105mn seized
Police seized foreign liquor and cigarettes worth around Rs.105 million hidden in a luxury house on Fairfield Road, Borella today.... Read more

Ebola:6 Indians isolated at Delhi airport
Six Indian nationals who arrived at Delhi airport this morning from Liberia, have been isolated and taken for further tests... Read more

Mangala dashes ‘ice bucket’ craze
The Ice Bucket challenge started by an American to raise funds for his friend suffering from a deadly Motor Neurone Disease has been converted into a publicity stunt by some local politicians who blindly follow whatever that comes from the West, United National Party (UNP) MP Mangala Samaraweera said... Read more

Video: Two arrested for helping Kudu Chamara
An assistant immigration officer and a prison official were arrested today for allegedly helping Kudu Chamara alias Nilan who attempted to flee the country yesterday, police said.... Read more

Video:Gun shots fired at JVP office in Moneragala
Members of the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) had opened fire and had run amok at an election office of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna in Maneragala, JVP General Secretary Tilvin Silva said at a hurriedly organised media briefing in Colombo a while ago.... Read more

House of S-lon unveils the Vito range of chrome plated faucets and accessories at Construct Exhibition 2014
S-lon Lanka Pvt Ltd, the pioneers of potable water piping systems in Sri Lanka for 57 years reached yet another milestone with the unveiling of the Vito range of chrome plated faucets and accessories by His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapakse at the Construct Exhibition 2014, Sri Lanka's largest,... Read more

Surgeons save man’s life
A tiny ‘Imbul’ tree branch which had pierced the right breast of a motorcyclist was surgically removed by a team of surgeons at the Hambantota General Hospital. PICTURES... Read more

Operation saves a life
A tiny ‘Imbul’ tree branch which had pierced the left breast of a motorcyclist was surgically removed by a team of surgeons at the Hambantota General Hospital. Pix by Santha Gamage... Read more

Severely damaged
Several houses were severely damaged from the heavy rain and gale force winds at Damana in Ampara last night.Pix by Wasantha Chandrapala... Read more

IFC to invest US $ 20mn in Cargills Foods
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the  private sector investing arm of the World Bank, is planning to acquire an 8 percent stake in the Cargills group’s,...... Read more

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External intervention brings devastation and anarchy
We are not simply basking in the glory of a military victory, that is certainly not the attitude of Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa and of this country. On the contrary, we are reflecting deeply on the causes of the conflict, how it was that we were able to accomplish what is seen by the world as a miracle.... Read more

Lankan arrested for a Swiss murder
A Sri Lankan man who arrived in New Zealand using fake documents has been arrested for a murder in Switzerland more than 13 years ago... Read more

Human trafficking racket busted, Lankans held
Police on Monday busted a human trafficking racket involving six Sri Lankan Tamils by taking into custody four racketeers including a fisherman from the island nation when the job-seekers moved towards the coast at Surareddypalem, near here, on Monday, according to Superintendent of Police Ch.Srikanth.... Read more

Video: Wariyapola boy hospitalised
Chandra Kumara alias Selva who was slapped by a girl at the Wariyapola bus stand was admitted to the Wariyapola hospital yesterday after complaining of a hearing problem in one of his ears, hospital sources said.... Read more

SL youth on Taiwanese vessel goes missing
Parents of a Sri Lankan youth, who had gone missing while working aboard a Taiwanese ship, have sought the assistance of the CID, the Foreign Employment Bureau and the Ministry of External Affairs, to locate their son.... Read more

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Can North Rule Sri Lanka? – Possible
Election procedure is flexed in such a manner the day is not too far away, when the Northern Province determines the declaration of the next President of Sri Lanka. Token assistance will be required from the Eastern................. Read more

EDITORIAL - Political bribe to hang on to power
On the very day last week when we editorially questioned the rationale for having so many ministries for certain sectors in the country, two more deputy ministers were sworn in by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, bringing the number of deputy ministers to 40......... Read more

Video: Ex-CJ to petition SC on snap presidential poll
Former Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva said today there were provisions to take legal action against the Elections Commissioner if he makes arrangements to hold the presidential election before November 19, 2016... Read more

First in Sri Lanka
The floating market in Pettah, a first in Sri Lanka, was declared opened this evening at Bastian Street. Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena and Defence Ministry Secretary Goatbhaya Rajapaksa are seen here at the opening. Pix by Nisla Baduge... Read more

Import levy on Big Onions and Potatoes increased
The special commodity levy on imported big onions and potatoes had been increased with effect from August 23, the Finance Ministry said today.... Read more

Ex-CJ’s lawyers allowed to inspect data
Former Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranyake's lawyers were today allowed to get the services of a panel of computer experts to inspect her accounts at the NDB on September 3, 4 and 5 between 2.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 25-08-2014
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

DNA protest against EC, IGP
Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka is seen speaking at a protest rally organised by his party outside the Fort Railway Station this evening wher he called for the resignation of the Elections Commissioner and the IGP. Pix by Waruna Wanniarachchi... Read more

Ukraine border guards clash with rebels near Russian border: military
Ukrainian government forces engaged with a separatist armored column near the southeastern town of Novoazovsk, about 10 km (6 miles) from the Russian border, Ukraine's military information service said on Monday.... Read more

Video: A decision on UNP deputy leader soon
The United National Party (UNP) Working Committee will meet soon to decide on who should be appointed as the party’s Deputy Leader of the Party; UNP media spokesman Gayantha Karunatilleke told a media conference today.... Read more

Kudu Chamara back in prison
Kudu Chamara alias Nilan, who escaped from prison custody on June 29 while receiving treatment at the Ragama Hospital was re-arrested today at the Bandaranaike Airport while attempting to flee the country.... Read more

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No need for special security for Upul: Police
There was no need for special personal security for President of Bar Association Upul Jayasuriya, as there was no threat on the life of Jayasuriya according to investigations, Law and Order Ministry Secretary Nanda Mallawarachchi had informed the Police Chief N.K. Ilangakoon.... Read more

Etisalat kicks off ‘Game of Tunes’ Promotion
Etisalat Lanka recently kicked off its latest promotion ‘Game of Tunes’ launched at the Samanala Grounds, Galle to reward its loyal users of Personal Ring Back Tones (PRBT), more commonly known as Call-A-Tunes.... Read more

Three stabbed near Court; one dies
A 61-year-old man was killed while his son and daughter were injured when a 51-year-old man -- whose daughter was kidnapped and sexually abused by the son -- stabbed them while they were leaving the Hulftsdorp Magistrate’s Court after the deceased’s son was granted bail.... Read more

Becoming an authentic leader takes mental discipline
He who knows others is wise: He who knows himself is enlightened.’ This statement by Lao- Tsu, philosopher and poet of ancient China, is a good opening point to begin this article.  Knowing ‘who you really are’, or being authentic and holding true to yourself in the most difficult... Read more

SL shifting towards premiumisation – Nielsen SL Chief
Sri Lankan consumers are increasingly becoming more brand conscious and are shifting towards premiumisation while their choice between international and local brand consumption is also getting narrowed, according to a top executive of a global market research firm.... Read more

Two killed in accident
At least two persons were killed and seven persons were injured when a container collided with a small lorry at Welisara this morning, the Police said.... Read more

Another woman hospitalised after beautification treatment
Police said that another woman who had taken medicine for beautification from the Beauty Parlour in Bambalapitiya was admitted to a hospital in London after having become ill... Read more

Japan considering providing patrol ships to SL
The Japanese government is considering providing patrol ships to Sri Lanka to help the South Asian country strengthen its maritime surveillance capabilities, a Japanese government source said... Read more

India must respect Lanka sovereignty: Avdhash
Avdhash Kaushal, the Indian social worker, who has been appointed as one of the five advisors to the Sri Lankan Presidential commission on missing persons and war crimes, has said that India should respect Sri Lanka’s sovereignty while trying to help the latter resolve the Tamil question... Read more

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Pictorial warning: It should be 100%
Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian and a Presidents Counsel lawyer, is a vociferous critic of smoking and has been campaigning for 100 percent pictorial warnings on cigarette packets.... Read more

Revamping the Education System for Younger Generations
It is true that a asignificant minority of youths in this country make use of the education system to attain their goals in life.... Read more

EDITORIAL - Vase does not an altar make
The grave extent of the breakdown in the Rule of Law, administrative and financial regulations and the checks and balances in the Constitution...... Read more

Briton arrested for threatening
A tourist from the United Kingdom had been taken into custody for abusing and obstructing duties of a medical officer of the Arachhcikanda Government Hospital.... Read more

Five women nabbed for gambling
Five women had been taken into custody for gambling at a house near a temple in Bulathsinhala, the Police said.... Read more

Drug detection: Pakistani nabbed at BIA
A Pakistan national, who is one of the main suspects in connection with the discovery of more than 150 kgs heroin from Orugodawatta and Katugastota, was arrested by law enforcement authorities when the suspect was coming from Karachchi at the Bandaranaike International Airport, on Saturday.... Read more

Nallur Kanthan Ther
The annual grand Ther (Chariot) festival of one of Sri Lanka’s most revered Hindu temple, the Nallur Kandaswamy Temple, was held amidst thousands of devotees thronging the temple this morning. Pic by Kushan Pathiraja... Read more

Nature gone wild; Three killed
Three people had been killed during the last few days due to inclement weather and related incidents, the Disaster Management Centre said today.... Read more

Father kills baby
A man had been taken into custody for allegedly killing his  baby daughter, the Police said. The man had dashed his one year and nine month old daughter on a rock due to a family dispute... Read more

Passing out ceremony
A passing out ceremony was held yesterday for thirty six Tamil female soldiers who were recruited to the Sri Lankan army force. The ceremony was held at the 22 Division in Trincomalee. Pix by Amadoru Amarajeewa... Read more

Two Policemen assaulted
Two policemen on patrol were assaulted at the Urubokka town by two retired security forces men last night... Read more

TN fishermen call off Pamban bridge siege agitation
Rameswaram fishermen, who have been on an indefinite strike to secure their boats impounded in Sri Lanka, dropped their plan to lay siege to the Pamban bridge, scheduled on Saturday, following appeals from officials... Read more

Libya migrant boat sinks with more than 170 on board
A wooden boat carrying up to 200 migrants has sunk just one kilometer (half a mile) off the Libyan coast, the coast guard said on Saturday, and most passengers were feared drowned... Read more

Otara, Mahela, Sanga etc.. take up Ice Bucket Challenge
Several local celebrities including politicians, singers and cricketers took a dousing during the past few days in the name of raising funds for various charities by being part of the Ice Bucket Challenge that has taken up the online sphere by storm. ... Read more

300 families affected by inclement weather: DMC
The Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said today 1267 people from 300 families have been affected by the prevailing inclement weather.... Read more

Sri Lanka must ensure justice for Tamils: Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged Sri Lanka to ensure "equality, dignity, justice and self-respect" for its Tamil minority.... Read more

Sri Lankan detained at BIA with gold
A 35-year-old Sri Lankan who attempted to smuggle two pieces of gold slabs valued at Rs 1.1 million was detained at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) yesterday and handed over to Customs at Airport Departure lounge.... Read more

India insists on 13A as way forward for Lanka
Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told a visiting delegation of Sri Lankan Tamil Members of Parliament on Friday that New Delhi continues to look at the 13th amendment as the framework for a political solution in the island nation.... Read more

Sea tragedy: one dead, one missing
A 15-year-old child went missing while his nine-year-old brother died on admission to the Tangalle Hospital when they went for a sea bath off Tangalle last evening, police said.... Read more

Two brothers killed in head-on collision
Two brothers aged 23 and 26 from Bambalapitiya were killed in a head-on collision between the car they were travelling in and a private bus at Kosgama in Miriswatte early this morning, police said.... Read more

Prompt action could have saved my wife-Husband
At the inquiry by Colombo Additional Magistrate Augusta Atappatu into the death of Dr. P.A Priyanganie while undergoing beautification surgery, her husband said his wife could have been saved if she was promptly treated and the clinic properly equipped with proper equipment and skilled staff.... Read more

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Aranyani declines funds from Malsha’s Ice bucket challenge
Aranyani, a local animal welfare trust, to which the funds raised by UPFA western provincial councillor Malsha Kumaratunga’s Ice Bucket challenge were to be donated, has declined the donation.... Read more

Global Challenges of Post-War Sri Lanka
As I chair this session devoted to the global challenges to Sri Lanka as a rising nation, the central thought that strikes me is that,...... Read more

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Rarely seen bunch
Protest at Mahaweli Authority
Another successful  surgery
Fifth Comoran Strike exercise in EP
Rarely seen bunch
Protest at Mahaweli Authority
Another successful  surgery
Fifth Comoran Strike exercise in EP