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NY Judge upholds charges against Rajaratnam's brother
Rengan Rajaratnam, the younger brother of imprisoned hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, on Friday lost a bid to dismiss some of the insider trading charges leveled against him last year.... Read more

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CMC to control rat population in Colombo
The rat population in Colombo has increased and immediate measures need to be taken to bring it under control the Chief Medical Officer of Health at the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam said.... Read more

Van falls into tank, five dead
At least five people were killed after their van fell into the Detagamuwa tank in Kataragama in the early hours today, Police said. Pictures... Read more

AN ABORTIVE ATTEMPT TO REVIVE THE LTTE
The traditional April new year named ‘Jaya’ or Victory dawned on a positive note this year for Sri Lanka. A massive security operation launched by the Sri Lankan armed forces had resulted in the deaths......... Read more

JR’s Executive Presidency wish lives on
At the General Elections of 1977, the UNP headed by J.R. Jayawardene, presented its manifesto to the people. By its manifesto, the UNP sought a mandate from the people inter-alia “to draft, adopt and........ Read more

Editorial - Gabriel Garcia Marquez – thank you for the inspiration
The world lost two greatest minds within the first four months of 2014. The death of the Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude—”the greatest revelation........ Read more

Harvard Lankan sisters honored
Every year, Glamour Magazine honors a group of women ranging from future astronauts to fencers on its list of Top Ten College Women. This year, Harvard’s very own Inesha N. Premaratne ’15 and Ishani D. Premaratne ’15 were recipients of the award.... Read more

Video footage of Negombo jewellery shop robbery
The CCTV video footage of yesterday’s robbery at a jewellery store in Negombo was released to the media by the police.... Read more

The ride that ended in tears
The ill-fated Land Master tractor which claimed the lives of ten people who were on their way to visit their relatives for the New Year. It fell into an irrigation canal in Aralaganwila, Polonnaruwa this afternoon. Pix by K.G. Karunaratne... Read more

No Muslim families displaced by Navy deployment-MoD
The Defence & Urban Development Ministry and the Sri Lanka Navy today strongly denied allegations published in the media that the Muslim families who had encroached into the Willpattu National Park were those displaced as a result of naval deployments in the area.... Read more

Sangakkara retires from Int’l T20
Sri Lanka’s former cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara today submitted his resignation from International T20 Cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said.... Read more

It was only a toy pistol: H’tota Mayor
Hambantota Mayor Eraj Feranado today claimed it was a toy pistol that he carried when he rushed to the scene to protect the UNP MPs who were being attacked by some villagers and staff of the Hambantota Harbour.... Read more

I never asked Eraj to go there-Namal
Hambantota District parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa today denied claims by Hambantota Mayor Eraj Fernando that he had asked Mr. Fernando to intervene in the crisis situation that arose during the visit of a group of UNP MPs to Hambantota yesterday.... Read more


Nine dead in tractor tragedy
At least 9 bodies have been recovered after a tractor carrying passengers who were travelling to visit their relatives for New Years fell into an irrigation canal in Aralaganwila, Polonnaruwa this afternoon.... Read more

Bad weather destroys houses in Mahakachchikodi
Several Houses in Mahakachchikodi, Jaffna were damaged from the severe weather condition prevailed in the area last Thursday.  About 21 houses were severely damaged and six houses were completely destroyed from the heavy rain and gale force winds. Pix by Prasanna Pradeep... Read more

Probe on UNP MPs security personnel
An investigation will be launched to determine whether the security personnel accompanying UNP MPs visiting Hambantota had carried out their duties efficiently, police said.... Read more

The last missing Macaw found
The last of the four macaws that escaped from an aviary at the President’s House on Wednesday was found by a resident of Kotahena and handed over to the President’s House through the Kotahena Police today... Read more

364 driving licenses suspended so far this year
The police, have so far this year, suspended the driving licenses of 364 motorists countrywide after they were found guilty of driving under the influence of liquor.... Read more

Conflicts among Sri Lanka’s health workers hurting patients
All health sector workers – doctors, nurses, midwives and other paramedics – share the responsibility for delivering good health services in government hospitals. Duties and roles of these professionals are intertwined. Health workers who are discharging duties in health facilities are the... Read more

Balancing short-term vs. long-term interest of workers
There were recent press reports that a number of trade unions have submitted proposals to the National Pay Commission requesting establishment of; 1. a national wages commission for the private sector, 2. a national minimum wage, 3. an unemployment benefit insurance scheme, 4. a pension scheme for the........ Read more

Good Friday
Christian devotees commemorate Good Friday today, the day the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified at Calvary. Picture shows devotees of the Mount Carmel Church taking part in a procession in observance of Good Friday in Wattala. Pix by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

Putin has more trumps in Ukraine gamble
Amid tough talk and military buildups by Moscow and the West, the crisis in Ukraine has now shifted from Crimea to the country’s east along Russia’s western border. Just like Crimea, the eastern regions of Ukraine are largely inhabited by Russian-speaking people. Following Crimea’s example....... Read more

Kidney racketeers used Facebook
The alleged international kidney racket, which came under the police radar following the death of a city youngster in Sri Lanka, has been using Facebook and other social networking sites to identify victims... Read more

This Indian government has done well
E.M. Forster, the English novelist, wrote in his “Passage to India” of India “swelling here, shrinking there, like some low, indestructible, form of life”. But the India of today is a totally different place from 1920. Economic growth was tiny in British times (even though a large... Read more

Good Friday: Finding God in all things - Editorial
About 2,100 million Christians all over the world mark Good Friday today— the holiest day on which they believe the Lord Jesus willingly made himself the sacrificial Lamb of God to be crucified to show how high, how deep and how wide God’s love is which surpasses human understanding, expectation... Read more

Karunatilake Amunugama designated to Germany
Former External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatilake Amunugama has been named as the ambassador designated to Germany while present Indian High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam has been named as the ambassador to the United States.... Read more

Stop publishing images of Buddha in print media
Asgiriya Chapter Mahanayake the Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera has requested President Mahinda Rajapaksa to take steps to stop the print media from publishing pictures of the Buddha... Read more

Int’l community inquires about ban on LTTE fronts
 The international community has made a series of inquiries about the proscription of 15 Tamil organisations operating abroad and suspected to be fronts of the LTTE decimated in Sri Lanka, the Daily Mirror learns... Read more

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I never carried a pistol-Hambantota Mayor
While denying he was carrying a pistol in his hand during the incident in Hambantota today Hambantota Mayor Eraj Ravindra Fernando rejected claims that he was behind the attack in Magampura.... Read more

Ferry tragedy: MR offers condolences
President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sent a message of condolence to South Korean President Park Geun-hye on the passenger ferry accident that took place off the southern resort island of Jeju on Wednesda... Read more

SL born BBC newsreader diagnosed with cancer
Sri Lankan-born newsreader George Alagiah has been diagnosed with bowel cancer, the BBC said today. The corporation said that Mr Alagiah will be off-air for the near future while he receives treatment... Read more

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UNP MPs who visited the Hambantota Port and the Mattala Airport came under attack by group of government supporters when they were coming out of the harbour today.Picture shows Hambantota Mayor Eraj Ravindra Fernando brandishing a pistol, giving chase to the bus carrying the MPs.Pix by Shantha Ratnayeka... Read more

UNP MPs attacked
UNP MPs who were visiting the Hambantota Port and the Mattala Airport had come under attack by a group of Government supporters led by local politicians when they were coming out of the harbour a short while ago... Read more

Glad to go home
Hundreds of people were seen at the Colombo Fort Railway Station and Bus terminus waiting for trains and buses heading after the end of New Year celebrations.Pix by Pradeep Dilrukshana... Read more

Video: 40 Red Notices against LTTE operatives abroad
Interpol is reported to have issued 40 ‘Red Notices’ against LTTE operatives living abroad.... Read more

Video: Khuram family 'shocked' as the court bails four accused
The family of Khuram Shaikh, who was killed while on holiday in Sri Lanka, say they are shocked by the decision to bail four men accused of his murder - half way through their trial.... Read more

Two prisoners escape from Welikada
A prison inmate and a man detained in connection with a killing and three other cases were reported to have escaped from the Welikada Prisons today while under treatment at the prison hospital’s psychiatric ward.... Read more

Macaw search continues
Three of the four macaws that went missing at President’s House were captured yesterday and the search continues for the other... Read more

SC rejects plea to probe Indian Army's role in SL
The Supreme Court Thursday declined to entertain a plea seeking a Special Investigative Team (SIT) probe into the role of the Indian Army as a peacekeeping force in Sri Lanka during operations against the LTTE.... Read more


UNP makes a cross wind landing at Mattala
The visit of the UNP MPs to the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport, Mattala ended with a commotion when a group of men confronted them when they were coming out of the airport premises after the visit... Read more

Video: Details of SL military officials on BTU website
The Sri Lankan Army today claimed that a group calling itself the British Tamil Union had in its website published photos and details of officers attached to the Sri Lanka Security Forces in an attempt at hitting back at the Sri Lankan Government for banning LTTE front organisations... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 17-04-2014
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

UK updates travel advisory on SL
Britain has updated its travel advisory after the Sri Lankan Government designated 16 organisations and 424 individuals for purported links to terrorism.... Read more

French national drowns off Hikkaduwa
A 72-year-old French national is reported to have drowned in the sea off the Hikkaduwa Beach last evening. Police said the body is lying at the Karapitiya Hospital Mortuary and that the postmortem examination would be held today... Read more

US hoping to resume military ties with SL: Biswal
The US said today it was looking forward to the resumption of a more comprehensive military relationship no sooner the Sri Lankan Government makes progress towards reconciliation and accountability... Read more

End of Bogambara prison Reviving debate about Capital punishment
The overwhelming endorsement to re-activate capital punishment by a large majority of visitors to the Bogambara prison after its shift to Pallekele has given food for thought to the Cabinet and President Mahinda Rajapaksa.... Read more

India’s clear message to TNA, Diaspora and Pillay
The Foreign Secretary of India in a recent interview with CNN, made India’s independent stand and pragmatic approach towards much talked about International Inquiry on war crimes to be carried out in Sri Lanka, crystal clear to the world, particularly TNA, Tamil Diaspora representing rump LTTE,... Read more

A unique hub of governance
It is strange that many countries do not appear to emulate the example of Sri Lanka in its policies of governance. After all we have so many systems of governance from the single unit of authority at the apex, to a parliament, provincial councils, district administration, divisional administration, city,... Read more

Good medicine to revive patient-friendly health service - Editorial
In one of the healthiest moves for the New Year, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena is this month expected to introduce in Parliament tough new legislation for the implementation of a National Medicinal Drugs Policy based on Professor Senaka Bibile’s Essential Medicines Concept which scores of........ Read more

Hundreds still missing in deadly Korea ferry accident
Rescuers were hammering on the upturned hull of a capsized South Korea ferry on Thursday hoping for a response from hundreds of people, mostly teenage schoolchildren, believed trapped after the vessel started sinking more than 24 hours previously... Read more

Some countries blind to LTTE fronts: Gota
Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said though there was no more terrorism in Sri Lanka, the terrorists’ global network continued to function largely unhindered and that some nations seemed to have chosen to turn a blind eye to these front organisations... Read more

Police get court order for BBS video
The news directors attached to two private television channels were yesterday ordered to hand over unedited video footage to the police, to conduct further investigations into the alleged commotion made by the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organistion,  disrupting a media conference organised by the Jathika... Read more

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Prelate to take to the streets against ‘Bim Saviya’ Act
Maha Nayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter, most Venerable Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera, said today he and the Maha Sangha were ready to take to the streets, unless the Government amends the Bim Saviya Land Registration Act immediately.... Read more

Video: Another complaint against Ven. Gnanasara Thera
A complaint has been made to the Slave Island Police against the statement made to the media by the Bodu Bala Sena General Secretary Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thera on April 12.... Read more

Sonia raises Rajiv Gandhi's killing
Dismissing as "false propaganda" that Congress was not concerned about Tamils in Sri Lanka, Sonia Gandhi today raised the emotional issue of her husband Rajiv Gandhi's assassination, saying the former prime minister sacrificed his life "fighting" for them... Read more

Hakeem discusses law faculty admission with Mahanayake
Justice Minister Rauff Hakeem visited the Mahanayake Thera of Malwathu Chapter today and had a discussion on the issue of admission of students to the Law Faculty of the Colombo University... Read more

Four Macaws escape from President’s House
Four Macaw parrots that were reared at the President’s House in Colombo have escaped from their cage today, President’s Media division said. People are asked to inform of any information about the missing parrots to Mayura Perera on 0777 535 377.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 16-04-2014
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

Hyderabad police investigating SL kidney racket
Hyderabad city police are investigating into allegations of a Colombo-based kidney racket in which a youngster from Hyderabad lost a life... Read more

Video: Mervyn is a patriot says BBS
The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation today hailed Minister Mervyn Silva as a genuine patriot and was much better than other ministers ►►►... Read more

Audio: Web purchase: NDA to set up monitoring body
The Director of the National Drugs Authority Dr. Hemantha Benaragama warned Lankans not to purchase medicines, especially drugs that were purported to enhance sexual performance over the internet ►►►... Read more

Video: Proper procedures not adhered to in pardoning PSD personnel: UNP
The presidential pardon for those found guilty by the High Court of harassing popular artistes Rukantha Gunatilleka and Chandraleka Perera is improper as the procedures for such a pardon has not been followed, United National Party (UNP) MP Ajith Perera said today ►►►... Read more

Video: For a blessed year
The State Oil Anointing Ceremony was held today at the Kossinna Rajamaha Viharaya at an auspicious time. Thousands of people were seen gathered at the temple to take part in the event. Pix by Janaka Galappaththi, Pradeep Pathirana... Read more


Video: 2 dead, 104 missing in ferry sinking off South Korea coast
Rescue boats and helicopters scrambled to pluck hundreds of passengers, most of them high school students, from a passenger ferry as it listed and slow sank off the southwest coast of South Korea on Wednesday ►►►... Read more

Women’s participation in labour market is more important than oil for Norway - Grete Lochen
A wide-ranging interview with Grete Lochen, Ambassador for Norway in Sri Lanka on women’s contribution to national development and political participation, engagement in peace processes and the United Nations... Read more

Why world’s biggest carnival of democracy matters
The world’s biggest carnival of democracy is in full flow. It’s a carnival in every sense of the word – in terms of sheer drama, spectacle and colour, along with all that hurly-burly and exuberant noise, the parliamentary elections in India have set new benchmarks that are hard to match... Read more

False assumptions and erroneous theorisation
There is a school of thought that believes that the common action programme of the Left with the UNP was a meaningless exercise, to say the least. They go on to claim that it was helpful to the UNP leader to stabilise his leadership within the party, but brought discredit to the left leaders.... Read more

Global warming: Don’t wait till it’s too late - Editorial
In the afterglow of a happy but the hottest ever National New Year we need to reflect deeply on the latest United Nations report which warns that just a few decades remain to halt global warming and head off its most catastrophic effects. The report according to the widely respected National Geography... Read more

Ferry with 450 people on board sinking off South Korea
A South Korean ship, with hundreds passengers on board, is sinking off the country's southwestern coast, CNN affiliate YTN has reported.... Read more

Sharma expresses disappointment
Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma has expressed his disappointment over the decision taken by Canada to suspend funding to the Commonwealth... Read more

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UNP starts appraisal process
The main opposition UNP has already begun discussions with party organizers in areas where the recent provincial council elections were held, in a bid to evaluate their performances, party chairman and Leadership Council member Kabir Hashim said today... Read more

Fun at Galle Face
Despite a warning that bathing in the sea is dangerous and to be careful, a large number of people were seen bathing in the sea off Galle Face Green in keeping with the New Year spirit.  Pix by Pradeep Pathirana... Read more

Fmr Weligama PS member remanded
A former Weligama Pradeshiya Sabha member alleged to have shot and wounded two men during a clash on New Year day in the Kamburugamuwa Garaduwa area was remanded till April 28 by Matara Acting Magistrate Upali Ranasinghe... Read more

25 hospitalised in bus collision
At least 25 passengers were injured when the buses they were travelling in collided on the Hatton-Norwood Road, a short while ago... Read more

Biswal tweets hailing Solheim
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Nisha Biswal, in a tweet said that she was impressed more by Eric Solheim's “care and concern for all Sri Lankans” than his knowledge of Sri Lanka.... Read more

SL to provide counselling to kin of war missing
A government-appointed panel probing the cases of thousands of missing people during the nearly three-decade-long war with the LTTE will provide counselling to the kin of those disappeared, an official said today... Read more

'Blood moon'
The moon is seen as it begins a total lunar eclipse that will turn the moon red over Buenos Aires April 15, 2014. The lunar eclipse on Tuesday will unfold over three hours when the moon begins moving into Earth's shadow. REUTERS... Read more


Video: Mini-sub to make more search attempts for MH370
The unmanned submarine hunting for wreckage of the missing Malaysian jet MH370 will make a second attempt on Tuesday after aborting its first search mission as it encountered water deeper than its operating limits while scanning the floor of the southern Indian Ocean... Read more

149 arrested for drunk driving
A total of 149 people had been arrested across the country for driving under the influence of liquor (DUI) during the past 24 hours, the Police said. The arrests were made between 6 a.m. yesterday (14) to 6 a.m. today... Read more

Two Chinese arrested in Pooneryn
Two Chinese were arrested at Pooneryn in Vavuniya on charges of having overstayed their visas and police said that during their stay in the country they had been involved in selling imitation jewellery claiming they were made out of gold... Read more

Indian forces took part in SL war: Plea
A PIL filed in the Supreme Court has said Indian military personnel took direct part in the war in 2009, and that some were even injured in the battle... Read more

OHCHR will commence assessing the evidence on SL-UK
Britain said that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will now begin the process of establishing an investigation and assessing the evidence regarding Sri Lanka. ... Read more

Canada cuts C'wealth funding over SL woes
Canada will suspend funding to the Commonwealth while the chair of the secretariat is occupied by Sri Lanka because of human rights concerns.... Read more

TN gives go ahead for fishermen talks in SL next month
Tamil Nadu Government today gave its nod for Sri Lanka's proposal for holding the next round of fishermen level talks in Colombo on May 12 and 13 on the contentious issue of fishing rights in Palk Straits. ... Read more

Tamil self-immolator shows recovery signs
A Sri Lankan Tamil man who doused himself with petrol and set himself alight after being refused settlement in Australia is showing signs of recovery. But he faces a long stint in hospital before his expected deportation.... Read more

We have real concerns in SL-UK
British Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire today said that his country has real concern in Sri Lanka.... Read more


Coexistence and reconciliation: outstanding traditions of Avurudu-MR
President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that the coexistence and reconciliation are the outstanding traditions of these Avurudu festivities.... Read more

MP pulls out of SL trip over UN inquiry-report
British MP Sharon Hodgson, who is one of the MPs who canceled their planned visit to Sri Lanka, has said that she decided to cancel her visit on hearing the country’s government was refusing to co-operate with the UN inquiry, Sunderlandecho.com reported.... Read more

TN govt. stalled fishermen talks- Indian Minister
Senior Congress leader and Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan has charged that the Jayalalithaa government had sabotaged the second round of talks between representatives of Tamil Nadu fishermen and their Sri Lankan counterparts when the Centre was keen on arranging the talks to find an amicable solution... Read more

Swiss pilot released after airspace incident
Indonesian Air Force officials in Medan, North Sumatra, on Sunday released a civilian aircraft manned by a Swiss national and originated from Katunayake Airport that it captured on Thursday after it flew into Indonesian air space without permission.... Read more

Happy New Year!
We wish our readers a prosperous Sinhala and Tamil New Year...... Read more

Dudley used emergency once to protect people: Karu
Acting UNP leader Karu Jayasuriya today said that if the late Dudley Senanayake held the executive presidency, the public would not demand to abolish the Executive Presidency, as Mr. Senanayake used the emergency law only once and that too to protect the people’s rights.... Read more

Police Chief in Malaysia
Police Chief N.K.Illangakoon left for Malaysia to attend the Defence Services Asia Exhibition and Conference which will be held there from April 14 to 17. Senior DIG Gamini Nawaratne has been appointed as the acting IGP in the absence of Mr. Illangakoon.... Read more

Interpol help sought to arrest overseas LTTE leaders
The Sri Lanka Police Department has sought the assistance of Interpol to arrest Perinbanayagam Sivaparan alias Nediyavan and Segarampillai Vinayagamoorthy alias Vinayagam, both who are virtually handling almost all LTTE overseas network, Police said.... Read more

Freed Maldivian drug kingpin in SL
The alleged drug kingpin who was released from police custody for being seven minutes late to the hearing that would extend his detention period has departed to Sri Lanka from Maldives, Haveeru on line has learnt.... Read more


Three killed in bus accident in Kalmunai
At least three persons were killed and 18 others injured in an accident involving two busses near the Ashrof Hospital in Kalmunai this morning, police said.... Read more

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