Front page

Police hunt woman forcing daughter into prostitution

The Police Children and Women’s Bureau had initiated investigations to arrest a woman alleged to have forced her 14-year-old daughter into prostitution.

BBSlooksinside Rishard’s ministry

Several monks of the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) Organisation yesterday went into the building of the Industry and Commerce Ministry claiming that Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera was hiding in the Ministry and they wanted to talk to him. Contd. on Page 6

UKtouristrecounts'hellish'time

AFP - A 37-year-old British nurse recounted Tuesday her "hellish" experience in Sri Lanka after she was arrested and sent to a deportation centre for sporting a Buddha tattoo deemed offensive by authorities.

NARROWSHAVEFOR MOTHERANDBABY

A young woman and her infant had a narrow escape when a SLTB bus completely crushed a trishaw parked on the wayside in the Biyagama road, minutes after the woman and the child had alighted from it.

Three Buddhist organisations meetMahanayakeThera

Activist monks of three organisations – The Jathika Sanga Sammelanaya, Bodu Bala Sena and Rawana Balaya met the Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter the Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala Thera and

Ven. Sobitha calls the new laws ‘draconian’

Describing the new laws under the Strategic Development Act which are to be presented to Parliament today as draconian laws which violate the Constitution,

My daughter was killed

I suspect my daughter was murdered, Punori Jerome, father of Consolitta Jerome (23), said in a statement in the presence of Jaffna Magistrate P. Sivakumar yesterday.

Moratuwa CDB robbed in broad daylight

Two armed men wearing fullface helmets allegedly robbed a private bank in Moratuwa in broad daylight yesterday, taking away cash amounting to Rs. 770,000.

News

Railway union warns of further action

The Railway Department’s casual, substitute and temporary employees yesterday warned they would bring the train services to a halt if they were not absorbed into the permanent cadre. The All Ceylon Railway Employees General Union said its members...

EARTH IS OURTREASURE LET’S JOIN IN SAVING IT

In an apparently disparaging remark on the government’s controversial development drive, Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said priority must be given to safeguarding our water sources instead of building ports, airports and...

Iranian admits to cheating a private bank

An Iranian who pleaded guilty to the charge of having cheated a private bank was fined Rs.1,500. Police told Kandy Chief Magistrate M.T. Wasantha Kumar that three Iranians had come to the bank counter and had requested that a soiled Rs.5,000 note be...

Thieves escape with cash and jewellery

Thieves broke into a house owned by a well-known businessman in the Galdola area and allegedly stole cash and jewellery worth Rs.393,000. They had entered the luxury house by breaking a window at the rear of the house. The suspects are believed to be...

54-year-old man knocked down by speeding van

A 54-year-old man was knocked down by a speeding van in Medirigiriya, the police said. The incident took place on the road leading to the ‘Medirigiriya Watadageya.’ The man, identified as Padmasiri Silva (54) was a resident of Medirigiriya was heading...

Motorcyclist killed in head-on collision

A motorcyclist was killed on the spot when his motorcycle and a truck collided head-on at Mullegama in Homagama. The victim identified as Prabod Madusanka (29) was a resident of Mullegama and a father of one. He was returning home from the market...

Man found with locally made weapon

A man who was allegedly in possession of a locally made firearm was arrested during a search operation carried out at Divulwewa in Anamaduwa. He was arrested after the Anamaduwa police received a tip-off from residents about his suspicious...

Fishermen only cannot come up with solution

The Indian High Commission and Tamil Nadu insisting that talks be held only between the two countries’ fishermen was getting in the way of a sustainable solution to the issue of illegal poaching by Indian fishermen in Sri Lanka’s territorial waters,...

INQUIRIES AGAINST COPS WHOSTOODANDWATCHED

Disciplinary inquiries have commenced against twelve police officers, including the Hambantota SP and HQI, who had failed to take action to prevent the attacks on the UNP MPs who went on a fact finding mission to the Mattala Airport and the Hambantota...

UNP’s May Day rally in Ampara

United National Party (UNP) seniors led by the Leadership Council yesterday decided to hold its May Day rally in Ampara this year. Informed sources said this was decided amid suggestions that the May Day procession and the rally should be held in...

EARTH IS OURTREASURE LET’S JOIN IN SAVING IT

In an apparently disparaging remark on the government’s controversial development drive, Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka said priority must be given to safeguarding our water sources instead of building ports, airports and...

Sinhala & Tamil New Year celebrated in Frankfurt

An event was organised by the consulate general of Sri Lanka in Frankfurt, Germany to celebrate the Sinhala and Tamil New Year at the Zeppelinheim Sports Grounds, NeuIsanburg on Sunday (20) with the participation of the Sinhala, Tamil, and Muslim...

Give alternate lands to those living next to Nat’l Park

The Muslim populace, who claimed that they had been resettled in temporary houses on the outskirts of the Wilpattu National Park, claimed that they were ready to leave their present place of residence if they were provided alternate lands. “These are...

Railway union warns of further action

The Railway Department’s casual, substitute and temporary employees yesterday warned they would bring the train services to a halt if they were not absorbed into the permanent cadre. The All Ceylon Railway Employees General Union said its members...

Cabinet nod sought for commercial 'Wallapatta' cultivation

The Agriculture Ministry has sought Cabinet approval to cultivate 'Wallapatta' commercially in Sri Lanka, since the resin extracted from this tree was used internationally in the manufacture of perfumes, a minister said yesterday. The tree...

Former OIC not in court for Ekneligoda case-Sandya E.

Sandya Ekneligoda, the wife of Prageeth Ekneligoda, said that the 2nd suspect in the case, former police OIC, Chief Inspector, Charith A. B. Jayasundara, had not been present in the Homagama Magistrate’s Court on the eleven occasions that her husband’s...

Iranian admits to cheating a private bank

An Iranian who pleaded guilty to the charge of having cheated a private bank was fined Rs.1,500. Police told Kandy Chief Magistrate M.T. Wasantha Kumar that three Iranians had come to the bank counter and had requested that a soiled Rs.5,000 note be...

Five arrested railway employees released on bail

Five railway employees attached to the Nidahas Sevaka Sangamaya, who were arrested for being part of an unlawful assembly which blocked the trains on the southern coastal line from the Fort Railway Station, were yesterday ordered to be released on bail...

Three Buddhist...

stressed the need for attention on several controversial issues prevailing in the country. The representative monks of these Associations said they apprised the Mahanayake Thera about the drug menace, the proposed Casino Bill and activities against...

UK tourist...

Naomi Coleman was arrested at the country's main international airport on Monday shortly after her arrival on a flight from neighbouring India and appeared before a magistrate who ordered her deportation, police said in a statement. "It is a terrible,...

UNP to call for a division on gazette notification

The main opposition UNP said yesterday that it would call for a division on the gazette notifications providing for the establishment of what it called ‘mixed development projects’ including facilities for casinos and gaming though there was no direct...

BBS looks...

BBS monks urged the Ministry administration to Heavy police presshow CCTV video ence including riot footage to check squad vehicles were at whether Ven. Wathe scene following the tareka Vijitha arrival of about 6 Thera was monks at the building. in...

Ven. Sobitha calls...

religious leaders led by the Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thera yesterday urged the government not to enact them. The Venerable Sobitha Thera said at a media briefing that the government would be violating the Constitution if it enacted these laws. He...

Moratuwa...

The two men who came on a motorcycle entered the Citizens Development Bank (CDB) branch in Idama, Moratuwa at around 1.00 pm and threatened the cashiers, after which they collected the cash. Police Headquarters said the area police stations had been...

Narrow shave...

The Colombo-bound SLTB bus coming from Pugoda yesterday morning ran over the trishaw and crashed into a lamppost on the Biyagama road. The mangled trishaw was pinned under the front wheel of the bus. The trishaw owner stated that he had parked his...

Police hunt...

She was alleged to have been continuing this and according to the Police, she had been earning her living through this inhuman act. This came to light when a relative of the girl alerted the Police. The Police said that the victim’s father had...

My daughter...

The body of Jerome Consolitta was recovered on Monday, April 14 from a well behind St. Patrick’s College, Jaffna. The Magisterial inquiry took place on Wednesday (23) where it has been stated by the parents that the priests who conducted religious...

Sino-Lanka political consultations

Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Liu Zhenmin arrives in the country today for bilateral political consultations in the context of Sri Lanka elevating its political relationship with China to further heights, a spokesman said yesterday. During...

PROLONGED DROUGHTTHREATENS PADDY CULTIVATION,RICE SHORTAGE

The Galle Government Agent Ravindra Hewavitharana warned there would be a severe shortage of rice in the country due to the prolonged drought unless proper irrigation facilities are provided to the farmers during the Yala season. He instructed the...

FOOLISH BRAVADO

Aweek ago, he was virtually a political non-entity, a man who was one of many in a long list of ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) politicians who held sway in their regional strongholds. A few minutes of foolish bravado have now changed...

EPF money is sacred

One of the most progressive laws introduced since independence was the Employees' Provident Fund Act of 1958. It was introduced and implemented by the S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike Government as the biggest ever social security scheme that today has about 2.5...

Introduce both Arithmetic and Math for G C E O/L

According to media reports, Education Minister Bandula Gunawardena has said that every year 50 per cent of the students who sit the GC E (O/L) Examination come down in Mathematics. Therefore 50 per cent of t he students are unable to do their A/...

Are tattoos unpleasing to the eye?

Why do we discourage tourists who have tattoos on their body? Cannot we request them to wear a dress covering same and order them not to display tattoos in public if it is harmful to religious harmony? The decision by the Immigration to deport such...

Flashes international spotlight on SL International spotlight Karuna’s golden day of incident

There is criticism over the economic rationale of the port and airport projects in Hambantota , a district located further away from Colombo , and thinly populated. Leading economists are also divided on the pluses and minuses of the two projects....

TNA bars Mavai Senathirajah from South African tour

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) General Secretary Mavai Senathirajah is distraught with the party hierarchy these days since he was not included in the party’s delegation that undertook a visit to South Africa before the New Year. Instead, a Sinhalese...

Dinesh cracks whip on bottling water industry

The Water Supply Minister Dinesh Gunawardane was in for a shock when he realised that pipe borne water was taken to be bottled and sold at a higher price at some leading hotels. Therefore, he felt the need to regulate the bottling water industry,...

Geetha occupies Gayantha’s seat

Government member of the Southern Provincial Council Geetha Kumarasinghe met UNP MP Gayantha Karunatilake at a funeral in Elpitiya on Monday. Mr. Karunatilake made his eulogy and returned to his seat, only to find that it had been occupied by Ms....

Bandula to get doctoral credential from China

Education Minister Bandula Gunawardane is pursuing his doctoral studies under a scholarship granted by the Chinese government. He is doing his thesis on the historical trade and cultural relationship between Sri Lanka and China. Recently, the Chinese...

UNFAIRTO BLAME SCHOOL AUTHORITIES IF A STUDENT CONTRACTS DENGUE

The Principal of Hanwella Mayadunna Vidyalaya, Sunil Jayaratne said that he can assure the school environment is safe and sound for students. He said it is unfair to blame school authorities if a student contracts dengue as sometimes their home...

EDUCATION AUTHORITIES DID NOT CLOSE DOWN SCHOOLS

The Divisional Director Education, Seethawaka W. A. J. Ariyaratne said the decision to close down the schools was not taken by the Education Authorities. “The decision to close down the schools was not taken by the Education authorities. This happened...

PRADESHIYA SABHA BLAMED FOR NON-CORPORATION

Kithsiri Kothalawala, Principal of Pahathgama Roman Catholic School blamed the Pradeshiya Sabha for their non-corporation in dengue eradication. The Primary section of the school is situated near the school ground. There is a canal which belongs to...

SOME MEDIA HAVE REPORTED FALSE

The Principal of Hanwella Rajasinghe Vidyalaya rejected certain reports published with regard to the school. “Some media have reported false information without even observing the true situation. Some have reported that a teacher from the school has...

SCHOOLS SHUT DOWN FOR PRESSURE FROM PARENTS

Although Pahala Hanwella Kanishta Vidyalaya was scheduled to be opened yesterday none of the students were present. The Principal of the school said although the school was not under a dengue threat they also had to shut down as there was pressure...

PHI SAYS PUBLIC SUPPORT IS MINIMAL

The Public Health Inspector of the area said despite his efforts to keep the area free from dengue the support he receives from the residents is minimal. “I do everything possible to eradicate dengue in the area but unfortunately the residents do not...

DR.W.A.Y WEDISINGHE SAYS NOT NECESSARY TOSHUTDOWNSCHOOLS

The MOH of Hanwella area, Dr. W.A.Y Wedisinghe said the reported number of dengue patients in the area is not a considerable number to shut down schools. “The reported number of dengue patients is not a number which should go to an extent to shut down...

SCHOOL CLOSED FOR FURTHER CLEANING PROGRAMMES

Maliyadewa Kanishta Vidyalaya has classes from grade 1-5 and around 200 students study. On Monday less than half of the students were reported and by around 10 in the morning parents have come to school to pick up their children with the news of...

Plastic surgery in south Korea is so good that people need CErtifiCatEs to prove who they are

When people go under the knife for plastic surgery they hope to come out of the operation looking a bit different and a lot better. They usually do not, however, anticipate looking so different that they are unrecognisable. However, some of South...

The robots making school a less scary place for autistic children

School can be a daunting place for children with autism with many struggling to communicate with peers and stay focussed. But one school think they have found a solution robot teachers. Topcliffe Primary in Birmingham is the first in the country to...

Rock climber stuck between two boulders for ten hours finally freed with sHamPoo

It was a terrifying near-repeat of the ordeal of Aron Ralston the canyoneer who became stuck between two rocks in Utah and inspired the film 127 Hours. This time the real-life drama was played out in rural Victoria, where an Australian rock climber...

UKRAINE BRACES FOR NEW ASSAULT AS USTROOPS HEAD TO REGION

SLAVYANSK, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Pro-Kremlin rebels in Ukraine braced on Wednesday for a renewed military offensive by Kiev as US troops headed to region in a show of force after Washington again warned Moscow over the escalating crisis. The United...

Washington calls S.Sudan violence an 'abomination'

JUBA, April 23, 2014 (AFP) -The White House has expressed horror at what it called the “abomination” of spiralling violence in South Sudan's civil war, where rebels have been accused of massacring hundreds of civilians. The rebels seized the oil hub...

Rival Palestinians agree to form national unity govt

Gaza City, April 23, 2014(AFP) - Rival Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip have decided to form a government of national unity within the “next five weeks”, officials said early on Wednesday. The agreement, between members of the...

MOSCOW INSISTS KIEV PULL BACKTROOPS FROMTHE EAST

MOSCOW, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Russia on Wednesday insisted that Kiev pull back its troops from the east of Ukraine to ease the escalating crisis in the country. “The Russian side once again insists on the immediate de-escalation which some fear could...

30OFFICIALSQUITININDIAN KASHMIRAFTERREBELTHREATS

SRINAGAR, India, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - At least 30 fearful local officials have resigned in Indian Kashmir after rebels killed two colleagues and issued a warning against voting this week in the country's elections, residents said...

Mourners flock to funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy hero

YANGON, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Thousands of mourners Wednesday attended the funeral of Win Tin, a giant of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement, in an outpouring of grief for one of the country's best loved champions of freedom. Activists, political...

East No victor in Lebanon first-round presidential vote

BEIRUT, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Lebanon's parliament failed to elect a new president on Wednesday, with no candidate securing the two-thirds of the votes needed to win and many lawmakers leaving their ballots blank. With the parliament divided between...

Chinese dissident who died in detention nominated for rights 'Nobel'

GENEVA, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - A Chinese dissident who died in detention last month is one of three nominees for an award often dubbed the Nobel prize for human rights, organisers said Wednesday. Cao Shunli, who died in mid-March at the age of 52, was...

Pakistani court adjourns Musharraf travel ban application

KARACHI, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Pakistani former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, facing a battery of criminal cases, must wait a fortnight to learn if he will be given permission to go abroad to visit his sick moth er. A court in Karachi on...

Bangladesh court orders opposition chief's trial go ahead

DHAKA, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - A Bangladesh court ruled Wednesday opposition leader Khaleda Zia should stand trial for embezzlement in a case that could see her jailed for life, a prosecutor said. The High Court rejected the former two-time premier's...

Kenya government under attack over rights record

NAIROBI, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Kenya's governing duo of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have spent their first year in office undermining civil rights and operating with “rampant impunity”, two rights groups alleged...

S.African mother held over children's deaths in London

London, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - A South African woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after her three disabled children were found dead at their London home, British police and media said Wednesday. The Metropolitan Police said a 42-yearold...

Afghan vote was 'fair'

TEHRAN, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - A top Iranian official declared Wednesday that Afghanistan's presidential election was held fairly in a sign of progress for the country, despite final results being delayed because of fraud allegations. The comments by...

37 killed in DR Congo train crash

KINSHASA, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - At least 37 people were killed when a train derailed in the southeast of the Democratic Republic on Congo on Tuesday, the government said. The government spokesman said Wednesday that police feared the death toll could...

Europe

Donetsk and Lugansk regions,” said Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Yarema, according to the Interfax Ukraine news agency.

BENGHAZI ATTACK COULD HAVE BEEN Europe PREVENTED IF US HADN'T 'SWITCHED SIDES’

April 23, 2014 (Daily Mail) - The Citizens Commission on Benghazi, a self-selected group of former top military officers, CIA insiders and think-tankers, declared Tuesday in Washington that a sevenmonth review of the deadly 2012 terrorist attack has...

INDIAN ANTI-GRAFT CHAMPION ACCUSES RIVALS OF SELL-OUT

VARANASI, India, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Firebrand anti-corruption champion Arvind Kejriwal accused his rivals in India's elections on Wednesday of selling out to big business by accepting hundreds of millions of dollars to bankroll their campaigns. As...

Pakistani envoy 'encouraged' by Modi's remarks on India relations

NEW DELHI, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Pakistan said Wednesday it was “encouraged” by comments from arch rival India's election frontrunner Narendra Modi who stressed cooperation with foreign governments if he was elected prime minister. Hindu nationalist...

MH370 could have landed elsewhere

As hope fades once again in the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, investigators have sparked new speculation that the plane may not have crashed into the southern Indian Ocean after all. The investigation team may have been...

Children's corpses reveal desperate attempts to escape Korean ferry

MOKPO/SEOUL April 23, 2014 (Reuters) - South Korean divers swam though dark, cold waters into a sunken ferry on Wednesday, feeling for children's bodies with their hands in a maze of cabins, corridors and upturned decks as they searched for hundreds of...

Nepal mountaineering officials deny Everest boycott plans

KATHMANDU, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Nepalese mountaineering officials on Wednesday denied that sherpa guides on Mount Everest plan to abandon this year's climbing season out of respect for 16 colleagues killed in an avalanche last week. The Nepal...

Opinion

Sri Lanka needs more balanced and holistic alcohol policy

Alcohol sales would have no doubt peaked during the last week or so, along with Avurudu festivities across the country – rural and urban alike. The use of alcohol is embedded in the daily lives of many ordinary citizens in our island nation. Despite...

BUSINESS NEWS

Munchee triumphs at National Chamber Business Excellence Summit

Munchee, the flagship brand of Ceylon Biscuits Limited (CBL) won Gold at the maiden National Business Excellence Summit 2014 (NBES) organized by the National Chamber of Commerce. Held recently at the BMICH, the event’s theme highlighted ‘Business...

Nawaloka Hospitals to perform first heart transplant surgery this year

Nawaloka Hospital is Sri Lanka’s first, purpose-built private hospital, which began as a vision of late Chairman, H. K. Dharmadasa. Today, Nawaloka Hospitals is excited to announce its 28th anniversary as a center of excellence in medical technology...

Frequent flyers get more benefits through FlySmiLesAitken Spence tie up

SriLankan Airlines’ FlySmiLes partners Aitken Spence Hotels and Resorts to offer a wide array of exciting benefits to the airline’s frequent flyers. Through the new partnership, FlySmiLes members will now have the opportunity to earn and redeem miles...

Laugfs Petroleum expands fuel station network

Laugfs Petroleum (Pvt) Ltd opened its 11th fuel station, under the dealership of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation at Yakkala recently. The station is fully equipped with high Octane fuels 95 Octane, 92 Octane, Super Diesel, Auto Diesel, Auto Gas....

Mihin Lanka hosts first group of leisure travellers from Medan

Mihin Lanka, Sri Lanka’s national low cost carrier hosted its first group of leisure travellers who flew to Sri Lanka from Medan, Indonesia. The group of 18 tourists visited key attractions across Sri Lanka; including many sites of religious...

Coca-Cola celebrates 20 years of partnership with Fox Hill races

Coca-Cola Beverages Sri Lanka has partnered with Fox Hill Supercross 2014 as the official beverage partner for the 20th consecutive year. The upcoming Fox Hill Supercross is Sri Lanka’s biggest motor racing event and is organized by the Sri Lanka...