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MAHELA BIDS ADIEU TO TEST CRICKET

Former captain Mahela Jayawardene’s glittering test career ended yesterday with Sri Lanka’s series win against Pakistan. Crowds thronged the SSC grounds to give their hero, a world-class captain and a magician with the bat, a worthy send-off....

KOLONNAWA UC CHAIRMAN REMANDED

Kolonnawa UC Chairman Ravindra Udaya Kumara who surrendered to the Colombo Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of having assaulted the Deputy Chairman was remanded till August 22 by Additional Magistrate Nirosha Fernando. SEE DETAILED STORY ON PAGE...

Mother arrested for killing fouryear-old child

A woman who tried to commit suicide by jumping into the sea after throwing her four-yearold child into the sea off Weligama, was rescued by the fishermen and handed over to the Weligama police.

Illegally assembled trishaws come to town

More than Rs.5 million worth of illegally assembled trishaws were recovered and seven suspects from Maligawatta, Mirihana, Bokundara and Errawwala arrested during a raid on an auto mobile workshop at Piliyandala.

Beauty clinic lacked basic facilities

Dr Nimal Gamage, who was arrested in connection with the death of a plastic surgeon attached to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital while she was undergoing beautification surgery, was yesterday further remanded till August 25.

Cosmetic mess

A laptop computer found at the cosmetic clinic of Dr. Nimal Gamage had been send to the Moratuwa University for inspection to facilitate ongoing investigations into the death of a lady doctor in the clinic, police said yesterday.

Warrant to arrest man who robbed Mangala

An open warrant was issued for the arrest of the man who is alleged to have robbed a laptop and seven bottles of Whisky from parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera’s residence at Gorakana in Panadura.

Operation to seize illegal firearms

Following several shooting incidents reported in the recent past, a special operation has been launched in Colombo and the suburbs since Monday to seize illegal firearms, Police Spokesman Ajith Rohana said yesterday.

Pictorial warning gazette awaits copy of SC order

The Health Ministry is still to receive the certified copy of the Supreme Court ruling on pictorial warnings covering 60% of the surface area of cigarette packets, the Daily Mirror learns.

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KOLONNAWA UC CHAIRMAN REMANDED

The UC Chairman was wanted by Mirihana Special Investigation Unit on a complaint that he had assaulted Deputy Chairman Bandula Suresh Kodagoda with his fist and a pistol butt on August 2. The Chairman who had gone missing since then surrendered to...

Checks on beauty parlours

Health Services Director General Palitha Mahipala yesterday instructed all Provincial Health Directors to inspect beauty parlours in their provinces with immediate effect in the wake of the death of a lady doctor while undergoing beauty therapy at a...

TALKS IN UNP TO WIN BACK DISSIDENTS

The main opposition UNPis in the process of holding talks aimed at getting back the party dissidents into its fold. Party General Secretary Tissa Attanayake said yesterday that discussions were underway following Saturday’s open invitation made by...

Reception for Nedungamuwe Raja

A ceremony to welcome the Nedungamuwe Raja tusker that carried the relics casket at the recent Kandy Esala Perahera for the tenth year was held yesterday at Yakkala in Gampaha on its return journey. The tusker which completed the six-day journey...

Road construction may cause flood threat- Residents

Residents of several areas along WaskaduwaBandaragama - Kesbewa road expressed concern about the hardship created by the ongoing road development project. They pointed out that some of the defects could never be eliminated after the completion of the...

Youth arrested with pregnant teenager

A 26-year-old youth was arrested in Nittambuwa after his 15- year-old girl was found pregnant by him, police said. The suspect, who is a floor tile workman by profession, has had a relationship with the said teenager with the blessing of the girl’s...

RS.1.1 BILLION WASTED ON IMPROPER DE-SILTING

Some Rs.1.1 billion had been allocated to de-silt 314 tanks in Anurdhapura District but these tanks had completely dried up without even a drop of water left in them, United National Party (UNP) MP P. Harrison charged yesterday. He told a news...

Stay order on CAA security stamps

Court of Appeal last Friday (15) issued an Interim Order till August 29 staying the operation of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) direction on the use of Security Stamps. The CAA in the Gazette Extraordinary dated February 24 directed that a...

Nurses can work up to 63 years

The retirement age of nurses has been increased from 58 to 63 years because the Health Ministry is short of about 5,000 nurses in the minimum required cadre, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday. He said the Health Ministry was...

Govt. mulls punitive action on NGOs

Amid allegations ofAmid allegations of attempts by NGOs to collect evidence to be sent to Geneva, the government has decided to consider a proper regulatory framework to monitor their accountability, External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris said...

NFF now wants new Constitution

The National Freedom Front (NFF) said yesterday Sri Lanka’s Constitution should be replaced with a new Constitution instead of amending it following the compromise it had reached with the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) on NFF’s 12-point action...

Uva

Though relatively peaceful, 25 complaints of election-related violence including two of a serious nature from Badulla and Monaragala was reported from the Uva Province in the run-up to the elections, a leading election monitoring group said...

Arrested while hiding in the kitchen

A school principal was taken into custody in connection with a case filed by a bank for not settling a loan. Police said the suspect had been under an arrest warrant for evading court and that he was arrested when he was hiding in his kitchen. A...

50% of IMF loans paid back

Sri Lanka has repaid 50 per cent of the loans obtained from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundere said while delivering the keynote address at the fourth Defence Seminar which began yesterday at the Galadari...

UNP opens election office at Sirikotha

An election coordination office has been opened at the United National Party (UNP) headquarters Sirikotha. Party sources said the people in the Uva Province will be able to phone in and lodge complaints on the violation of election laws and on the...

A brilliant comedian finally shocks his fans

“I was shameful, did stuff that caused disgust – that’s hard to recover from,” said Robin Williams in a 2012 interview, talking frankly about his battles with drugs and alcohol. The brilliant comedian’s death by suicide at age 63 shocked many fans all...

Opinion

Controversy over singing ‘sweety Kella’

It was reported that the Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and a young singer had to face an embarrassing situation when they visited one of the leading schools with the objective of creating awareness among the students regarding the Carlton Rugby 7...

MAHELA

He promised not to cry but millions of cricket fans including President Mahinda Rajapaksa and some 4,000 spectators were close to tears when one of the world’s greatest Test cricketers Mahela Jayawardena said farewell at his home-base SSC ground in...

Namal’s views on the ‘Sweety Kella’ incident

Q It was reported in the media that you had to come back without finishing your programme due to protests of the students of Sirimavo Bandaranayake School. In the first place, this type of incident never happened. We went to the schools to promote...

The American mood

This is in reference to Sagarika Rajakaruna’s letter in the . People should respect others which is badly lacking. Dog Barking: If the dog is tied it will howl the whole day and night and should be kept in the rear section of the house to prevent it...

Make it easier to collect the telephone directory

Users of Telecom land phones are requested to call over at main Teleshops and collect their directories. Most of the users are old pensioners and cannot come all that way. In the past these directories were delivered by postmen at the door-step. As a...

Rainwater harvesting

Much is said of the ongoing drought in Sri Lanka which will not be the first nor the last. Anticipating more to come, the authorities should be proactive to implement rainwater harvesting in the high risk regions, a technology that is basic, cost...

‘‘Common Opposition First THEN A COMMON CANDIDATE

Q The Uva PC election battle has started. What are your aspirations? Yes. I believe we are going to record a splendid victory. By this time our young Parliamentarian Harin Fernando has sacrificed his MP’s post and now contests for the post of Chief...

Features

The natamis of Grade One

They say that there is no end to being a father or a mother. Parenting begins from the time a little fellow starts bawling in a hospital labour room announcing its presence. The new arrivals thrill everybody–especially mothers. Fathers take a sort of...

BRIDGING THE WIDENING INCOME GAP

According to a recent news item in a national daily,a prominent business leader had emphasized at a business forum held in Colombo the need for promoting inclusive growth, pointing to the worsening income inequality in the country while at the same...

Sports

MAHELA RESTS HIS WEATHERED BLUE CAP

The match came to an end at 10.56 am yesterday with a burst of firecrackers followed by chants of “Mahela, Mahela” by hundreds of spectators, the right-handed batsman who had dominated the field with commitment and responsibility to bid adieu to his...

Sri Lanka strikes gold at Chess Olympiad

Sri Lanka won gold for the best performance among teams in its category at the Chess Olympiad which concluded on Thursday in Tromso, Norway. This was the first time that a Sri Lankan team returned with gold from an Olympiad in over 30 years. The team...

Will Peterites create history?

Will fresh Peterites football team create history beating Zahira or will they be crashed by Zahira at their first ever Kotmale Chox Football finals conducted by Football Federation of Sri Lanka to be played at 3.30 pm on Tuesday August 19 at the...

Richmond into Under 17 final

Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya Lakshan and Charith Asalanka guided Richmond to the final of the Under 17 Division One cricket tournament as the trio's combined performance helped Richmond college to record a comfortable six-wicket win over St...

BUSINESS NEWS

BOI INKS FDI PROMOTION AGREEMENT WITH JAPAN’S LARGEST BANK

Sri Lanka’s apex investment promotion body, the Board of Investment (BoI), yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Japan’s Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd (BTMU) to promote Japanese investments in Sri Lanka and foster business...

Softlogic 1Q net up 4.4%; uptrend to continue with fresh revenue streams

Softlogic Holdings PLC, which has interests in healthcare, consumer electronics and financial services, said net profits grew 4.4 percent year-on-year (YoY) to Rs.40.7 million during the June quarter (1Q15). Revenue at group level grew 14.6 percent...

Independent Advisor says Taprobane’s mandatory offer price on GREG ‘not attractive’

Merchant Bank of Sri Lanka (MBSL), in its Independent Advisors’ Report to the board of directors of Lanka Century Investments PLC (GREG) and the ordinary shareholders, said the mandatory offer price of Rs.11 per share by Taprobane Holdings PLC on GREG...

AIA Lanka 2Q net profit slows to Rs.67.5mn

The local unit of Asia’s Life insurance giant, AIA Insurance Lanka PLC (AIA), posted a net profit of Rs.67.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 (2Q14), declining from Rs.78.4 million a quarter ago, the interim results showed. However, this is...

NTB denies responsibility for slow credit growth

BY DILINA KULATHUNGA Responding to the widespread allegation that the banks are slow in passing the benefit of low policy rates to the borrowers, a senior most executive of a commercial bank said they were constantly reducing the rates to the...

Ravi Dias appointed as Senkadagala Finance Chairman

Former Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC Chief Executive/Managing Director Ravi Dias has been appointed as the Chairman of registered finance company Senkadagala Finance PLC with effect from August 18, 2014, the firm said in a stock exchange...

Distilleries 1Q net up, but high taxes hurt liquor biz

The diversified conglomerate Distilleries Company of Sri Lanka PLC (DCSL) ups its first quarter (1Q15) net profits by 12 percent year-on-year (YoY) to Rs.1.85 billion, but its primary liquor business’ performance remained depressed. The earnings per...

Colombo Dockyard June quarter hit by higher costs

Colombo Dockyard PLC, a unit of Japan’s Onomichi Dockyard, reported a net loss of Rs.51 million for the June quarter (2Q14), against a net profit of Rs.114 million in the corresponding period of the previous year, hit by poor performance of the firm’s...

WEEK COMMENCED IN GAINS

The market closed in the positive territory mainly owing to price gains in Ceylon Tobacco Company. Parcels traded in John Keells Holdings owed to 38% of turnover, while further high net worth and institutional interest was witnessed in Colombo Dockyard...

zMESSENGER OPENS HIGH-TECH CENTER IN COLOMBO

Mobile marketing and digital services player zMessenger (Pvt) Ltd inaugurated its new state-of-the-art three-story innovation center in Colombo recently. The advanced facility is home t o a team of highly talented experienced professionals committed...

ExcelSoft launches ‘Foresight’ for apparel industry

ExcelSoft, high performance enterprise solutions Software Company recently announced the launch of Foresight - performance optimized graphical production planning and scheduling tool, designed specifically to maximize the usage of available, finite...

BMC Software delivers three pioneering products

BMC Software introduced an array of product innovations that for the first time in the history of IT, take full advantage of advancements in user experience and crowdsourcing to give employees complete control of their IT experience, via an elegant and...

Sri Lanka CERT CEO Lal Dias honoured with top award

Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team | Coordination Centre CEO, Lal Dias was honoured with a top Asia-Pacific Information Security Leadership Achievements (ISLA) award recently. The award, a recognition of the distinguished information security...

TOURISM STATISTICS

Recent arrivals data show continued momentum in overseas tourism demand, which, if sustained will result in stronger than expected growth in 2014. According to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), tourist arrivals in the first seven...

FROM BLACK GOLD TO BRONZE

The Foreign Affairs Journal published by the US Council on Foreign Relations is a highly respected publication which provides credible information and analysis on all key international developments. In its December 2012 volume, a detailed description...

FINDING RIGHT EMPLOYMENT IN PRIVATE SECTOR THROUGH HOLISTIC STUDY APPROACH

The Department of Marketing Management of the University of Kelaniya Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies has made a giant step towards making public university qualifications relevant, with the launch of the Certified Professional Marketing...

NSB RECORDS STRONG PERFORMANCE IN 1H 2014

National Savings Bank (NSB) recorded a profit before tax of Rs.2.7 billion for 1H 2014, up by 206 percent, from Rs.0.9 billion recorded in the corresponding period last year and the net profit recorded an increase of 184 percent to Rs.1.8 billion from...

AIA Sri Lanka announces first-half financial results

The Board of Directors of AIA Insurance Lanka PLC (AIA Sri Lanka) announced the financial results of the company and its subsidiaries for the six months ended June30, 2014. The main highlights of the results are: Solid growth in both Life and General...

StanChart Best Consumer Internet Bank 2014

Standard Chartered (StanChart) Sri Lanka once again is the proud recipient of yet another accolade – this time Global Finance’s Best Consumer Internet Bank award for 2014. Global Finance announced the First Round winners in the ‘World’s Best Internet...

SRILANKAN BAGS TOP REGIONAL HR AWARD

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, was awarded the prestigious ‘Best HR Strategy in line with Business Strategy’ award at the fifth edition of Asia’s Best Employer BrandAwards, recently. Held at Pan Pacific Hotel, Marina Square in...

Hameedia wins Silver at NASCO Awards

Sri Lanka’s leading menswear specialist Hameedia produced a national winner in the Fashion and Clothing category at t he recent NASCO Awards. The Silver award in the Fashion and Clothing category was won by M. H. M. Asker, a Te r r i t o r y M a n a g...

CBL wins high at SLIM NASCO 2014

Ceylon Biscuits Limited (CBL) confirmed the conglomerate’s superior standing in the local market with five awards, including two Golds at the recently concluded National Sales Congress 2014 Awards (NASCO), organised by the Sri Lanka Institute of...

Gary Kirsten inspires Unilever senior managers

The senior managers at Unilever Sri Lanka recently had the opportunity to attend an exclusive session with former South African cricketer Gary Kirsten. Kirsten is no stranger to cricket lovers in Sri Lanka, and is well known amongst cricketing fans...

Dialog HR Head wins Leadership Award

Pulasthika Wirasinha Kumaratunga – Head of Group Human Resources - Dialog Axiata PLC was awarded the “HR Leadership” Award at the recently held “5th Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards” in Singapore. The Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards are hosted by...

FROSTAIRE CELEBRATES 34 YEARS OF AIR CONDITIONING, REFRIGERATION EXCELLENCE

Frostaire, Sri Lanka’s leading provider of air conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is celebrating 34 years of innovation and excellence in 2014. Founded in 1980, the company has grown to become a premier supplier of air conditioning and...

Abans brings relief to Polonnaruwa droughtaffected families

To the drought-affected people in the Polonnaruwa District, it was as if a miracle had happened on Sunday, August 10, 2014, when a convoy of a 40-foot container, nine large lorries and a busload of over 50,000 litres of pure drinking water arrived from...

Singer introduces LifeStraw water purifier

A new collaboration sees Singer join the ranks of global enterprises that are integrating sustainable solutions into company business models. The Singer LifeStraw purifier is an effective and affordable new water purifier that is now available across...

RV Fashion opens biggest and latest outlet in Battaramulla

RV Fashion, the one-stop-shop for all your shopaholic needs, opened its newest and biggest outlet at No: 125, Pannipitiya Road, Battaramulla, recently expanding its unmatched service to a whole new customer base. RV Fashion owns Sri Lanka’s largest...

Macksons appoints Milfer as new Chairman

Macksons Holdings Group of Companies appointed Milfer Makeen, son of founder Chairman Al Haj A.W.M. Makeen, as the new Chairman of the group. Milfer Makeen was actively involved in the business operations of Macksons Holdings. He served as the Deputy...

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

WikiLeaks’ Assange hopes to exit London embassy if UK lets him

LONDON (REUTERS) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent over two years in Ecuador’s London embassy to avoid a sex crimes inquiry in Sweden, said on Monday he planned to leave the building “soon”, but Britain signaled it would still arrest...

Liberia in desperate hunt for missing Ebola patients

MONROVIA (AFP) - Liberian officials were searching Monday for 17 Ebola patients who fled an attack on a quarantine centre in the capital Monrovia, raising fears that they could spread the deadly and highly contagious disease. “We have not yet found...

Survivors of Indonesia tour boat drank urine, swam to volcano island

SAPE (INDONESIA) (AFP) - Thirteen people lost at sea for two days when their tourist boat sank in Indonesia were rescued Monday after a horrific ordeal that had forced other survivors to swim to a volcanic island and drink their own urine. Two Spanish...

Tens of thousands in Yemen Shiite protest

SANAA (AFP) - Tens of thousands of people joined an anti-government rally in Sanaa on Monday in response to a call by Shiite rebel commander Abdulmalik al-Huthi, an AFP journalist reported. The protesters assembled in Change Square then paraded in the...

Unidentified war planes, explosions in Libyan capital

TRIPOLI/BENGHAZI LIBYA (REUTERS) - Unidentified war planes flew over the Libyan capital Tripoli and explosions were heard early on Monday, residents said, in what could mark a sharp escalation of more than a month of street fighting between armed...

Afghan Sikhs search for clues over British stowaways

KABUL (AFP) AUG 18, 2014 - A Sikh leader in Afghanistan said Monday that he was trying to contact families over reports that 35 stowaways found in a shipping container in Britain were from the tiny, persecuted community. Staff at Tilbury Docks near...

Nepal, India floods leave nearly 200 dead, scores missing

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Floods and landslides in Nepal and northern India have killed nearly 200 people and scores more are missing, local authorities said Monday. Nepal has been worst hit, with 105 people confirmed dead after torrential rain triggered...

Abbott says migrants must be on ‘Team Australia’

SYDNEY AFP Aug 18, 2014Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday said migrants had to be on “Team Australia”, and warned all citizens to be vigilant to the threat of homegrown terrorism. Abbott’s government is hardening its terror laws to make it more...

Pakistan protest leaders ignore or reject Sharif’s talks offer

ISLAMABAD (REUTERS) - Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan and a firebrand cleric either ignored or rejected an offer of talks from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday, the fourth day of antigovernment protests in the capital. Both former...

German spying report angers Turkey, embarrasses Berlin

BERLIN/ANKARA (REUTERS) - The German government faced an angry reaction from Turkey and accusations of hypocrisy from its own opposition on Monday after media reports that its intelligence agency spied on its NATO ally. The reports also said the...

KURDISH FIGHTERS RECLAIM IRAQ’S LARGEST DAM

17 August 2014 (Daily Mail, London) - Kurdish fighters have recaptured Iraq’s largest dam from Jihadists amid ‘fierce resistance’ from Islamic fighters after support from US airstrikes, according to security officials. The strategically important...