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Laws to set minimum qualifications for Politicos

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that action would be taken to include the provision in the Constitution to absorb suitable individuals into politics that would cover all political parties in the government and the op position.

AG FILES INDICTMENTS OVER TERRORIST FINANCING ANDMONEYLAUNDERING–CENTRALBANK

Four years after the end of the war, the Attorney General, upon an initiative of the Central Bank's Finance Intelligence Unit, has filed indictments in three cases of terrorist financing, and seven cases of money laundering last year, a report...

ADOPTED LANKAN GIRL SEARCHING FOR PARENTS

A 24 year old girl born to Sri Lankan parents and adopted by a couple in Germany is now in town in search of her biological parents. Vasana Malkanthi along with a German friend visited the office of our sister paper Lankadeepa yesterday which...

Death of five

The magisterial inquiry into the accidental death of five members of the same family in Kataragama was held recently. Giving evidence, P. Kumara Dinesh Dabare, the son of Sarath Hemachandra Dabare (68), said he could not understand how his father who...

Vasu concerned over delay in enacting legislation

National Languages and Social Integration Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara yesterday raised concern over the delay in enacting fresh legislation introduced by him to criminalise speeches that stir religious or racial tension in the country.

Man arrested for posting nude pictures of woman on Facebook.

A 19 year old man was arrested for posting nude pictures of a 24 year old woman on Facebook after she ended their relationship on April 18), Galewela Police said. A love affair had been in progress for about 10 months between the man, a resident of...

UNP MPs dismiss claims made by MR

UNP MP Ajith Perera yesterday denied claims made by President Mahinda Rajapaksa that the group of visiting UNP parliamentarians had ridiculed the development taking place in Hambantota as they left Port.

Verdict on petition against Rajiv killers in a week

The Supreme Court's verdict on the petition by the Centre challenging Tamil Nadu government's decision to release all seven life convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case would be pronounced within a week, Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam...

CORRUPT POLITICOS REASON FOR DISGRACE

Although the President had been able to bring in an unprecedented development in the country during his tenure, an unprecedented moral decay could be seen during the same period,

Roofless Jaffna bus stand and suffering passengers

Passengers travelling from Jaffna to Colombo face inconveniences due to the lack of a proper bus stand in Jaffna at the main point of departure. Thevarasa Varathan, a booking agent said that he had been handling reservation services of long distance...

Refreshing tour for kids

Students from Denuwara, Kandy visited Saddhathissa College Ampara for an action packed day filled with culture and ideas in an attempt to exchange ideas and knowledge. A first time visit for many students from Kandy, many said the experience was...

News

IRON BALLS SUITABLE FOR BOMBSFOUNDIN WELIKADA PRISON HOSPITAL

Prisons Department Intelligence Officers had found three kilograms of iron balls suitable for making bombs during a search carried out in the Welikada Prison Hospital. A parcel containing these balls had been found on Friday (18) when the search was...

Thirty children ordained

A religious ceremony to ordain 30 children in the Buddhist Order to mark the 150th anniversary of instituting the Sri Lanka Ramanna Maha Nikaya was held on Saturday, April 19 at Naranwala Sri Sumanakeerthi Maha Pirivena in Weliweriya under the guidance...

SLTB grosses highest ever income during festive season

The Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) said yesterday it had earned an income of about Rs. 450 million within a week starting from April 7 when the special bus service was launched to facilitate commuter travel during the New Year season. SLTB Chief...

PB urges farmers to cultivate extra crops

Treasury Secretary P. B. Jayasundara who is also functioning as the Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Development has instructed Agrarian Development Officials to encourage farmers to grow additional crops in the Yala season in a bid to conserve...

Knifing victim Weththewe Pannakeerthi Thera succumbs to injuries

The Weththewe Pannakeerthi Thera, the Chief Incumbent of the Elpitiya Ihala Sri Saranankara Vihare, who had been attacked with a knife one month ago, succumbed to his injuries in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Karapitiya Hospital on...

TWO KILLED, FIVE INJURED IN ACCIDENT

At least two people were killed and five injured in a collision between a three wheeler and a jeep at the Ohalpola Junction in Narammala on the Narammala- Kuliyapitiya Road on Saturday, police said. They said the injured were admitted to the...

143 drunken drivers arrested within 24 hours

About 143 drivers were arrested while driving under the influence of liquor within 24 hours ending 6 am on Saturday, police said. They said 86 motorcyclists and 37 three-wheeler drivers were among those arrested. They also said 1,631 drivers had been...

Elephant gored by tusker treated by vet

An elephant that had been injured in an attack by a tusker had been spotted by wild life officials in Kahalla, Ganewalpola in the Anuradhapura District. Veterinary Surgeon Dr. Chandana Jayasinghe had anaesthetised the inured elephant and then treated...

SL REJECTS KIDNEY RACKET ALLEGATION

The Sri Lankan Police rejected reports of a suspected kidney racket behind the death of a 26-year-old Indian, saying he died of heart failure. Police in Hyderabad were probing a suspected Colombo- based kidney racket following the death of Dinesh, who...

Bridging the narratives in Sri Lanka

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) should speak more frequently about the grievances of Sinhalese and Muslim families that lost family members to LTTE attacks, an independednt analyst pointed out in an analysis in the Hindu yesterday. “The Tamil...

Manmunai

The region around the Batticaloa lagoon would prosper due to the construction of the Manmunai Bridge and lead to the prosperity of the country, President Mahinda Rajapaksa said when he declared the new bridge open in Manmunai on Saturday. He also...

CYCLONE HITS ANURADHAPURA DISTRICT CAUSING HAVOC

People in the Anuradhapura District had been experiencing many difficulties due to a cyclone that had swept across the district on Friday (18). The gale force winds, which started at around six in the evening amidst a heavy downpour had damaged many...

High-powered Pakistani defence delegation to visit Sri Lanka

A 21-member delegation of the National Defence University (NDU) of Pakistan, will arrive in Sri Lanka today on a weeklong visit, the High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo said in a statement. The high level delegation headed by Major General Noel...

Thirty-five Dengue patients in Pahathgama,Hanwella

The executive committee of the School Development Council of Rajasinghe Central College in Hanwella had taken a decision to keep the school closed for three days from today (21) to Wednesday (23) in order to clean the school premises owing to the...

RSF condemns attack on Jaffna Journalist

The international media watch dog Reporters without Borders (RSF) in a statement had condemned an alleged attack on a freelance Tamil journalist in Jaffna. According to the RSF, the 29year-old freelancer, Sivagnanam Selvatheepan was on his way home on...

LARGESTEVERILLEGAL WALLAPATTASTOCK SEIZEDBYTHECUSTOMS

Two Indian nationals and a Sri Lankan were arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport with a haul of wallapatta valued at Rs. 38.4 mn, Customs Director Lesley Gamini said. The three men, aged 30, 45 and 55 were heading to Chennai with 48 kilos...

COMMUTERS INCONVENIENCED BY LACK OFTRANSPORT

Large crowds returning to Colombo and Kandy from Badulla after the New Year holidays were faced with lack of transport which had caused a huge rush at the Badulla bus stand and Railway station last Saturday (19) morning. Several frustrated passengers...

Civil Defence Guard arrested for alleged murder

A cadre attached to Civil Defence Force was arrested by Police for allegedly stabbing his fiancé to death and dumping the body into a well with a stone tied to her neck. A senior Police officer yesterday (18) said the suspect, Dileepan (26) was a...

Robbers arrested at Gangodawila

A gang of three men who had been carrying out burglaries in pharmacies in the Boralesgamuwa, the Kohuwela and Wellawatta areas by breaking open the doors was arrested by Kohuwela Police during a raid at the Gamsabha Junction in Gangodawila, Nugegoda on...

President instructs to avoid construction adjacent to Sri Maha Bodhi

President Mahinda Rajapaksa instructed the Mayor of Anuradhapura to stop construction within the radius of 500 metres to the Historical Sri Maha Bodhi. He requested to refrain from taking action to any construction which was harmful to Sri Maha Bodhi...

Prelate

The harassment of a group of Opposition MPs who went to inspect the Mattala Airport and the Hambantota Harbour was a disgrace to the Government and to the President, the Chief i ncumbent of t he Gatambe Rajopawanarama Temple and the Senior Member of...

Drug trafficker arrested, heroin seized.

A man who had 26 grams of heroin in his possession was arrested during a raid at Atapattu Mawatha in Dehiwala.Police said the suspect from Bandaragama was a close confidante of a drug trafficker in Colombo who supplied him with heroin for distribution...

Death of five...

1 His father had died when their van went off the road and fell into Detagamuwa Tank on Saturday morning. They had been on a pilgrimage to Kataragama from Ambatenna in Kandy when the tragedy occurred. Kumara Dabare said, "My father was an excellent...

GEM MINING ACTIVITIES TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

The mining activities of six gem pits have been temporarily suspended by the Gems and Jewellery Authority (GJA) since April 12 as the carpeted roads in Gorakaela, Gonapitiya, Kuruvita and Pathegama and surrounding areas have caved-in due to the digging...

Engine driver interdicted

The engine driver, who declined to report for duty to operate an express train, after complaining about a sleepless night he had to spend in the driver’s rest room due to being allegedly bitten by bugs in the mattress, was interdicted with immediate...

Villages demand one extra doctor for Parasangaswewa hospital

The villagers in Parasangaswewa staged a protest on April (19) demanding that the North Central Province Health Authorities appoint another doctor for Parasangaswewa hospital in Anuradhapura. The protesters say that the only doctor is in the habit of...

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. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan ruled that...

Police reject kidney racket behind Indian's death

Sri Lankan police today rejected reports of a suspected kidney racket behind the death of a 26-year-old Indian, saying he died of heart failure. Police in Hyderabad were probing a suspected Colombobased kidney racket following the death of Dinesh, who...

Woman arrested in Kilinochchi

A 64-year-old woman from Uruthirapuram, Kilinochchi was arrested on Friday for allegedly assisting the LTTE to buy a land in her name. Police said that the outlawed outfit had provided money to the woman to buy the land with a view to using it in...

THE CHALLENGE OF CREATING SOCIAL CITIZENSHIP

There are not many societies in the world that are socially and culturally uniform. This is particularly so in societies that attracted migrants from other territories. America attracted and accommodated a wide range of ethno-religious groups into its...

The horror of the ‘Hambantota doctrine’

If further evidence was required of the breakdown of the rule of law and the politicisation of the Police Department, it came live with television footage when five UNP parliamentarians—elected representatives of the sovereign people visited the...

NSB should serve the poor as originally intended

The practice of granting a bonus on deposits made by the senior citizens has been withdrawn under a CB directive. It helped senior citizens to attend to their needs in the absence of assistance by their children or dependents. Most seniors deposited...

Our political arena invaded by thugs and thieves

We need a system whereby people enter politics to serve the nation and not their bank balances and status. We need educated professionals not thugs and thieves. Such people will not come from the current political elite who drive away people of...

PAKISTANI SENIOR JOURNALIST ATTACKED PAKISTANI COMMISSIONTO PROBE ATTACK ON JOURNALIST

ISLAMABAD: Senior Pakistani television journalist Hamid Mir, who faced threats from the Taliban and other terror groups, was on Saturday repeatedly shot at by four unidentified men as he left the Karachi airport for his of fice. His car was attacked...

East PALESTINIAN CHRISTIANS KEPT FROM JERUSALEM HOLY SITE

JERUSALEM — Thousands of Orthodox Christians flooded Jerusalem's Old City on Saturday for the annual lighting of the holy fire — a massive Easter event that mostly unfolded smoothly, although there were reports that Israeli police officers created...

First bodies pulled from submerged Korean ferry

JINDO , South Korea, April 20, 2014 (AFP) -Divers began retrieving bodies Sunday from inside the submerged South Korean ferry that capsized four days ago with hundreds of children on board, as families angered by the pace of the rescue efforts scuffled...

4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed

Paris, April 20, 2014(AFP) - Four French journalists taken hostage in Syria last year were freed after a 10-month ordeal in the world's most dangerous country for the media. French President Francois Hollande announced the release of Edouard Elias,...

Pakistani bus crash kills 42

KARACHI, April 20, 2014 (AFP) - A speeding passenger bus smashed into a tractor-trailer in southern Pakistan Sunday, killing 42 people including 14 children and injuring more than a dozen others with many in critical condition, police said. Several...

Drone attack killed 30 'Qaeda' suspects in Yemen

ADEN, April 20, 2014 (AFP) A drone strike in south Yemen killed at least 30 suspected AlQaeda militants on Sunday, the latest in an intensified aerial campaign in the impoverished country, a tribal chief said. An earlier toll said five militants had...

Queen Elizabeth portrait released Europe to mark 88th birthday

LONDON, April 20, 2014 (AFP) - A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, taken by David Bailey, has been released to mark her 88th birthday on Monday, with the renowned photographer delighting in the “mischievous glint” in her eyes. The black-and-white...

East Ukraine rebels call for Russian troops after gunfight

Kiev, April 20, 2014 (AFP) - Pro-Kremlin rebels in east Ukraine appealed Sunday for Russian “peacekeepers” to sweep in after a deadly gunfight killed at least two of their militants, shattering an Easter truce and sparking “outrage” in Moscow. But the...

Iraq attacks kill 10 as bomber hits university

BAGHDAD, April 20, 2014 (AFP) - Attacks in Iraq, including a suicide bombing at a university in north Baghdad, killed at least 10 people on Sunday, security and medical officials said. The attacks, which come as Iraq suffers a prolonged surge in...

MH370 search at 'critical juncture'

KUALA LUMPUR, April 19, 2014 (AFP) - The effort to find missing flight MH370 is at a “very critical juncture”, Malaysia's transport minister said Saturday as authorities mull whether to reassess a challenging search of the Indian Ocean seabed that has...

Fireball from space explodes over Russian city

April 19, 2014 (rt.com) - A suspected meteorite explosion has been recorded by citizens of the northern Russian city of Murmansk. Multiple drivers with dashcams out on the streets of the 300,000-people city at 2.10am on Saturday noticed a bright blue...

BUSINESS NEWS

Sri Lanka should regulate pharmaceutical prices via competition

Secretary to the Ministry of Cooperatives and Internal Trade, G K D Amarawardena has emphasized on the need to regulate pharmaceutical prices through vibrant competition whilst bringing a halt to unhealthy product monopolies. This important message...

Hayleys’ subsidiary Logiwiz celebrates decade of excellence

Catering to diverse logistical requirements in Sri Lanka for the past ten years, the market leader in 3rd Party Logistics (3PL) solutions, Logiwiz Limited, celebrated this historic milestone recently at a grand event at The Kingsbury Hotel. The event...

HNB rewards ‘Rata Kasi Wasi’ super draw winners with LCD TVs

Hatton National Bank (HNB) recently held the grand draw of the ‘Rata Kasi Wasi’ promotion, presenting winners with 25 brand new 40-inch colour LCD TVs and other valuable gifts. This draw was open exclusively for Cash Payout beneficiaries of foreign...

Casual Wear Jewellery range from Vogue Jewellers

A range of finest quality Casual Wear Jewellery is offered for the festival and holiday season by the island’s premier jeweller, Vogue Jewellers. The range comprises spectacular designs in Yellow Gold, White Gold and Rose Gold with Diamonds as well as...

Zigo and Etisalat make Talk and Surf easier

Zigo Mobiles, the only mobile phone manufacturer and distributer with ISO Certification in the country with over 16 years of expertise, partnered with Etisalat Lanka to bring the ultimate mobile experience to Sri Lankans. Zigo, together with Etisalat...

Samsung conducts workshop for extensive business partner network

Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd., a global leader in technology, recently conducted an informative workshop for core business partners at the newly launched Samsung Customer Contact Centre in Colombo. The main objective of the workshop was to give...

What kind of a child was Udari?

Very naughty. More mischievous than her younger brother. But she loved her parents a lot. She studied at Negombo Ave Maria where she excelled in studies, music and arts. I remember presentin ing her with a piano on h her 9th birthday. She le learnt it,...

RogerSeneviratne Fan Forum

The following office bearers were elected to the Roger Seneviratne Fan Club at its annual general meeting held recently. While the popular actor and Western Provincial Councillor Deshabandu Roger Seneviratne is the President of the forum, Kalbooshana...

Sam’s Story and the stories behind them

At this hour of need in the international politics, Sam’s Story giving ‘a slice of life’ of the terror stricken Samy family trying to eke out its existence, depicting the film version of Capt. Elmo Jayawardena’s Gratien award novel; itself carrying an...