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Mirror Stock Watch 16-09-2014
A brief daily round up of the market activities at Colombo Stock Exchange from Mon-Fri. Check out the day’s top losers, gainers and the fluctuations within the market indices.... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mirror Stock Watch 15-09-2014
A brief daily round up of the market activities at Colombo Stock Exchange from Mon-Fri. Check out the day’s top losers, gainers and the fluctuations within the market indices.... Read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marine Drive to be more accommodating
Work has begun on four driving lanes in the Marine Drive from Melbourne Avenue to Ramakrishna Road, the Road Development Authority (RDA) Project Director of the Marine Drive Extension Project, K. Selvanathan said.... Read more

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Rajini Rajasingham Thiranagama: Unforgettable Symbol of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tragedy
It was 25 years ago on September 21, 1989 that Dr. Rajini Thiranagama nee Rajasingham was killed in Jaffna. She was 35 years old at the time of her death.... Read more

Is Ranil-Sajith alliance akin to JR-Premadasa combination?
“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”... Read more

eDITORIAL-Culpable homicide ofjustice in sri lanka
On Thursday and yesterday, the attention of the world was focused on the historic Oscar Pistorius trial and the centre of attraction was judge Thokozile Matilda...... Read more

Fitch affirms Dialog Axiata at ‘AAA(lka)’/Stable
Fitch Ratings has affirmed Sri Lanka-based telecoms company Dialog Axiata PLC’s (Dialog) ‘AAA(lka)’ National Long-Term Rating. The Outlook is Stable.... Read more

Wellawa child in hospital
The four-year-old girl who was abducted in Wellawa was found abandoned in the Neriyawa area this evening. The child is seen here at the Hiripitiya District Hospital. Pix by Pshpakumara Jayaratne... Read more

Video: SLFP to study NPC resolutions
Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Secretary General and Minister Maithripala Sirisena said today the party would express its views on the resolutions approved by the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) recently after they are studied by the SLFP Central Committee.... Read more

Video: Thewarrapperuma takes up the ‘SL Amu Miris’ challenge
While taking up the ‘SL Amu Miris’ challenge ,UNP parliamentarian Palitha Thewarapperuma today challenged president Mahinda Rajapaksa to take up the challenge alleging that it was he who was responsible for the kidney disease in the country.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 12-09-2014
A brief daily round up of the market activities at Colombo Stock Exchange from Mon-Fri. Check out the day’s top losers, gainers and the fluctuations within the market indices.... Read more

Wellawa missing girl found
The four year old girl who was abducted in Wellawa on September 9 was found abandoned in Neriyawa area a short while ago, the Police said. They said the girl was admitted to the Hiripitiya District Hospital and was in good health.... Read more

PS member wanted for abusing 7 boys
Investigations had been launched regarding a UPFA member of the Wanathawilluwa Pradeshiya Sabha who was alleged to have sexually abused seven students while on an educational tour, the Wanathawilluwa police said.... Read more

SL ranked 19th in creative productivity in Asia
A new index ranks Sri Lanka as one of the least efficient countries among Asian nations in turning the building blocks of creativity into tangible innovations that benefit their economies and people.... Read more

Traffic at Nugegoda junction
Traffic congestion was reported in Nugegoda Junction after a branch of the Bo tree fell across the road when a container crashed into it, police said. Pictures... Read more

Ranil at Book Fair
UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today visited the Colombo International Book Fair at the BMICH. He is seen talking to some students there. Pix by Kushan Pathiraja... Read more

Indian intelligence officers to visit SL
After the arrest of Sri Lankan national in Chennai on charges of spying in India, India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) intends to visit Sri Lanka to meet officers of counter-terror agencies in Sri Lanka, India Today reported.... Read more

Tissakuttiarachchi released on bail
UNP Moneragala District candidate Janaka Tissakuttiarachchi who was remanded on charges of having assaulted another UNP candidate’s son was released on cash bail of Rs.10, 000 and a surety bail of Rs. 100,000 by Moneragala Magistrate today.... Read more

Video: Pope to say Mass at Galle Face Green and Madhu
Pope Francis, who is expected to visit Sri Lanka on January 13 next year, will celebrate Mass at the Galle Face Green at 8.30 a.m. on the day after his arrival and another Mass at Madhu Church at 3.30 p.m.,Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith said today during a news briefing held on the Pope’s visit.   ... Read more

Why promoting more women to boardrooms vital for Sri Lanka
As a nation, we take pride in our women – the Sri Lankan girl child is not considered a burden like in our neighbouring India, rather a blessing to a family.... Read more

Do not upset SL over human rights: Aussie academic
A University of Sydney academic has urged delegates at a human rights conference to go soft on the Sri Lankan government, which has refused to investigate war-time atrocities that allegedly occurred at the end of its civil war five years ago.... Read more

Reserve your air ticket and pay later with the ‘Hold My Seat’ option from
Findmyfare is always prepared with innovative solutions to offer convenient solutions to their customer base. The online travel company has expanded their travel booking platform to enable customers to reserve their flight ticket free of charge by simply logging on the website.... Read more

Otara exits Odel; Softlogic steps in
In a strategic move, business leader Ashok Pathirage led Softlogic group yesterday bought a 45 percent stake in Sri Lanka’s only listed fashion retailer, Odel PLC in a stock market deal exceeding Rs.2.6 billion.... Read more

Otara exits Odel; Softlogic steps in
In a strategic move, business leader Ashok Pathirage led Softlogic group yesterday bought a 45 percent stake in Sri Lanka’s only listed fashion retailer, Odel PLC in a stock market deal exceeding Rs.2.6 billion.... Read more

Lankan accused of raping friend’s girlfriend in UAE
A 23-year-old Sri Lankan cook had allegedly raped his friend’s girlfriend at knifepoint after barging into her room in Jebel Ali, UAE.... Read more

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SLC volcano about to erupt
The volatile political situation at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) as described by the “Daily Mirror” lead story yesterday rapidly exacerbated further as onus shifted from employees to the top officials who continued to go at each other’s throat in a continuing fierce email battle.... Read more

‘The judiciary stands as a Bulwark against executive excesses’-BASL President
Sadly so we are in an era experiencing mixed priorities where in democratic values or Rule of Law draws less attention and importance.... Read more

Chandrika gave most liquor license in Uva: Dullas
While saying that the Mahinda Rajapaksa government had not given a single liquor license in Uva province, Youth Affairs and Skills Development Minister Dullas Alahapperuma said yesterday it was during the tenure of Chandrika Bandaranaike that most of the liquor licenses were given in the Uva Province.... Read more

Peace and prosperity through security and stability
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, held in Dushanbe (11-12 September) is attended...... Read more

War on IS the mystery monster
Thirteen long years after the terror attacks on the United States, it appears that the war on terror will go on till kingdom come.  Well, President George W. Bush said so when he started the war on terror in September 2001............. Read more

EDITORIAL : Save our “Rainbows and Butterflies”
The mysterious if not devilish abduction at Ambakolawewa in Kurunegala of a beautiful four-year-old girl brings to focus a crisis that will affect this country from the cradle to the grave.... Read more

Dilshan to miss CLT20 due to personal reasons
Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan will miss the Champions League T20 (CLT20) due to personal reasons, according to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), meaning that he will not be part of the Southern Express setup for the T20 event.... Read more

Vaas goes to SC
The six accused in the Mohamed Shyam murder case including former DIG Vaas Gunawardena yesterday appealed to the Supreme Court against the High Court decision to continue with the trial of the case.... Read more

Video: SME on the tree
A man from Madampe had climbed a tree in front of the Colombo Municipal Council in protest over the ill-treatment he alleged to have undergone at the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SME) Exhibition.... Read more

Video: Shashindra vows not to take part in public debates
UPFA Uva Province chief ministerial candidate Shashindra Rajapaksa today said he was not prepared to participate in any public debate with anyone insisting that he was against mudslinging.... Read more

Mirror Stock Watch 11-09-2014
A brief daily round up of the market activities at Colombo Stock Exchange from Mon-Fri. Check out the day’s top losers, gainers and the fluctuations within the market indices.... Read more

Pistorius trial: Judge rejects premeditated murder charge
The judge in the Oscar Pistorius trial has ruled out all murder charges, but says he may still be guilty of culpable homicide (manslaughter).... Read more

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Video: First families
Gota at Manning Market
UNP rally in Hali-Ela
Grease Gamini
Video: First families
Gota at Manning Market
UNP rally in Hali-Ela
Grease Gamini