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Rousing welcome for Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping, First Lady Peng Liyuan and their entourage were accorded a rousing welcome at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) yesterday. President Mahinda Rajapaksa and First Lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa were at the airport to...

Electricity, Petrol, Kerosene, Diesel COST LESS

The electricity tariff was reduced by 25%, and the prices of diesel fuel, petrol and kerosene oil were reduced by Rs. 3.00, Rs.5.00, and Rs. 20.00 per litre respectively from midnight September 16/17.

Uva

The hectic 46-day propaganda campaign for Saturday’s elections to the Uva Provincial Council will end at 12.00 midnight today. Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya warned political parties and candidates to desist from any kind of campaigning...

Van-elephant collision on A-9

Two people were killed and two injured when the van they were travelling in was hit by a wild elephant which was crossing the Jaffna-Kandy A-9 Road at a point close to the Mankulam Police Station.

SL promised to implement 13 A- India

Sri Lanka has assured India that it is committed to implementing the 13th Amendment to its Constitution, an official said Monday. "Our stand is that whatever decision has been taken by Sri Lanka for its people should be implemented. We have been...

“A clear sign of defeat”

The reduction of fuel prices is a clear sign that the government has acknowledged defeat at the Uva PC election, said Opposition and UNP National Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe yesterday. Addressing an election rally in Moneragala yesterday, he said the...

GL to meet UNHRC head on Monday

United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has confirmed his meeting with Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris next Monday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, it is learnt.

Child crushed to death

A two and half year old child was crushed to death by a wooden log brought by his mother, as she dropped it without noticing that he was nearby. Ella Police said this incident occurred on Monday evening.

12,000 cops for Uva elections

Nearly 12,000 police personnel will be deployed on September 20 for election duty in Uva, Police Headquarters said yesterday. A 1,000 Special Task Force (STF) personnel will also be deployed to maintain law and order in the province.

News

GOTABAYA PRAISES CMC

Defence and Urban Development Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday praised the Colombo Municipal Council for cooperating with the UDA in carrying out development projects and faulted some other local government bodies for not providing the necessary...

India strengthens coastal security to prevent intrusion

Following inputs that some suspicious persons, having terror links, might intrude into India from Sri Lanka via a sea route, Ramanathapuram District administration and police have strengthened coastal security by constituting ‘Coastal Security...

People can still make election free and fair -- Karu

The United National Party (UNP) said yesterday that it was not too late for the voters of Uva, the public servants, police and security forces to make Saturday’s provincial council election free and fair. UNP Leadership Council chairman Karu...

MR tells minister to sell rice cheap

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed Co-operatives and Internal Trade Minister Johnston Fernando to make arrangements to sell rice at a low price at Lak Sathosa, Sathosa and small traders’ shops in villages. “We have already taken action to sell...

FRANCE HAPPY OVER CONTINUATION OF RSF CASE

The French Embassy said yesterday it was pleased to know that the case on the killing of 17 aid workers was being pursued and would like to encourage the Attorney General’s Department in this endeavor. These aid workers attached to the French...

ISI a threat to peace-loving people

The ISI (Islamic State of Iraq and the Lavent) has become a huge threat to mankind and therefore it has to be ruthlessly annihilated similar to how Nazi Germany was crushed during the Second World War, Technology and Research Minister Patali Champika...

IGP’s presence vital for free and fair poll in Uva

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) should travel to the Moneragala District and remain there so as to ensure that the Uva Provincial Council elections are free and fair, the Campaign for Free and Fair Elections said yesterday. CaFFÉ Executive...

Wild animals in Yala

The wild elephant popularly known as Gemunu does not appear to be afraid to approach the lorries which are transporting food for the drought-stricken wild animals in the Yala Sanctuary. Situlpauwa Temple Chief Incumbent Metaramba Hemarathana Thera,...

Heroin peddler in custody

A heroin peddlar was arrested while carrying 40 grammes of heroin in the Kirindiwela town. He was arrested by the Kirindiwela police after receiving a tip off from the public about his whereabouts and activities. He was about to sell the heroin stock...

Five wanted suspects arrested

Five suspects wanted in connection with several killings and several other offences including assault were taken into custody by the Mirihana police.They were arrested during raids in Sevanagala and Wellampitiya areas. The suspects are young men...

Alleged brothel raided

Police raided a brothel operated inside a luxury house in Hendala, Wattala and arrested four women and the manager of the brothel. The women are between the ages of 20 and 24 and from Matara, Kandy and Galgamuwa. The raid was carried out by the...

Suspended sentence for murder

The Kegalle High Court judge Gamini Amarasekara had ordered two years imprisonment suspended for five years including a fine of Rs.15,000 to a 64-year-old man, who is alleged to have stabbed a person to death. In default of fine, six months...

Woman knocked down by bus

A 52-year-old woman was seriously injured when a bus knocked her down when she was on the crossing lines in Mundalama on the Chilaw-Puttalam main road. Police said she had come to Mundalama in the same bus. She was admitted to the Chilaw Hospital in a...

51-year-old slashed to death

A 51-year-old man who was running a cafeteria inside a factory in Ginthota in Galle was slashed to death inside his living quarters. His body was found by his co-workers on Monday night. The man was a resident of Mahawatta, Colombo 14. The magisterial...

144 PEOPLE PASS THE AGE OF 100 YEARS IN SL

National Adults Secretariat said that t here are 144 people who have exceeded the age of one hundred years in Sri Lanka. According to a study carried out by this Secretariat, there are 100 mothers over 75 years of age having more than 10 children. The...

Container with cosmetic items seized

A forty-foot container with cosmetic items, foot-wear and pacifiers valued at Rs.20 million had been seized by the Customs yesterday, the Media Spokesman of the Sri Lanka Customs Leslie Gamini said. The evaded payment of duty and other levies were...

Squatter family evicted on court order

A family with children residing in a land owned by the Matara Municipal Council for over ten years had been evicted on a court order and the house in which they lived had been demolished by the Urban Development Authority on Monday (15). At the time...

Petitions filed seeking SC to vary its orders

Intervenient Petitions were filed seeking the Supreme Court to vary its orders directing the Economic Development Ministry Secretary and the Moneragala District Secretary to stop the distribution of drought relief to the residents of Moneragala...

Man with Rs. 1.9 mn worth bird nests nabbed at BIA

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.1.9 mn this morning, Customs Spokesman Leslie Gamini said. The suspect was carrying about 4.75...

Stamp to remember Anagarika Dharmapala

India’s President Pranab Mukherjee will release a commemorative stamp in New Delhi on October 6 to mark the 150th Birth Anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala, a spokesperson said yesterday. At the meeting of the Indo-Sri Lanka Joint Commission held in...

Court allows AG to withdraw indictment

The Colombo High Court allowed the Attorney General to withdraw indictment against an accused on an alleged Criminal Breach of Trust for US$ 57,600 to Activated Carbon Corporation Ltd of USA by purchasing 40 metric tonnes of activated carbon by the...

Two opposition candidates to crossover

Two candidates, one from the United National Party (UNP) and another from the Democratic Party (DP) contesting the Uva Provincial Council elections are expected to join the ruling UPFA, political sources said yesterday. Those expected to cross over...

Anagarika Dharmapala Commemoration today

One hundred and fiftieth birthday ofAnagarika Dharmapala falls today – Wednesday, September 17. The Commemoration Ceremony, which has been organised, will be held with the leadership of the President, Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Independence Square in...

CAA confiscate 8,500 kilos of outdated green gram

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) confiscated 8,500 kilos of outdated green gram worth Rs. 3.2 million in a raid carried out at a warehouse in Mattakkuliya yesterday. CAA officials said the gram stock had been exposed to water thus making the stock...

UPFA PS member surrenders to police

Wanathawilluwa Pradeshiya Sabha UPFA Member M.S. Sultan Marikkar (54) surrendered to the Weligama Police yesterday (16). He was wanted by the police in connection with the sexual abuse of seven schoolboys while on a trip to the South. The suspect is a...

JR

On polling day, September 12, 1985 (29 years ago), five days prior to JR’s birthday, the voters of Mulkirigala, who had seen the way the referendum had gone, turned up in gangs at polling stations, some carrying guns. Thuggery and intimidation went on...

His greatness lay in his ability to elevate the Muslim cause

Fourteen years ago, a peaceful Saturday morning at the small village of Kumarapura in Aranayake when a helicopter carrying 15 passengers, including M H M Ashraff, the leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and the National Unity Alliance crashed. That...

LAYTON CUP BOXING MEET FROM TOMORROW

The 72nd ABA men’s and women’s boxing meet conducted by the Amateur Boxing Association of Sri Lanka is scheduled to get underway from tomorrow at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium. The five day meet due to end on September 22 is expected to see the...

Matale Zahirians beat Kimbissa MV Sigiriya 2-1

Zahira College, Matale beat Kimbissa MV., Sigiriya by 2 goals to one in the final to emerge champions at the Matale District under 17 inter-school soccer championship 2014 concluded at the Bernard Aluvihare stadium in Matale. M.R.M. Shibly and Sameen...

DOOSRA NOT ILLEGAL, SAYS INVENTOR SAQLAIN

KARACHI, SEPT 15, 2014 (AFP) - Retired spin king Saqlain Mushtaq on Monday defended the controversial “doosra” delivery he invented, which has come under renewed scrutiny since fellow Pakistani Saaed Ajmal's chucking ban last week. The doosra, which...

Hat-trick by Issadeen helps Army

Army striker Mohammed Issadeen score five goals including a hat-trick to lead them to a convincing 7-1 win over Thihariya Youth SC in a Dialog Champions League fixture played at Sri Bodhi ground, Gampaha. MATCH RESULTS: negombo Youth SC drawn Crystal...

PAKISTAN RE-APPOINT AFRIDI TWENTY20 CAPTAIN

LAHORE, PAKISTAN, SEPT 16, 2014 (AFP) - Pakistan on Tuesday re-appointed ShahidAfridi as their Twenty20 captain until 2016, three years after he was removed following a fall out with coach Waqar Younis and the cricket board. The 34-year-old...

Skipper Raveen and Lahiru demolish Moratu MV

Trinity skipper and right-arm spinner Raveen Sayer and right-arm pacie Lahiru Kumara combined with effect as the pair ended with match-bags of nine wickets to demolish Moratu MV by 147 runs in the Under 19 inter-school cricket encounter which concluded...

Kandy SC to hire two South Africans for upcoming season

Kandy Sports Club, the only ‘A' division rugby team representing the Up Country with an existence of more than a century, will have two South Africans and a Fijian as their overseas players for their 2014/2015 Inter-Club rugby season which will...

Innoters win six-a-side cricket

Innoters emerged winners of the ‘SLIBFI CRICKET FIESTA’ six-a-side five over the softball cricket fixture played at the NCC ground recently. The event was organised for the first time by International Medical Clinics Company. The match played between...

Sri Lanka to lock horns with South Korea on September 21

The Sri Lanka youth rugby team under Tharinda Ratwatte will lock horns with South Korea in their first game of the Singer Junior World Rugby Tournament (JWRT) Under 20 Asian region rugby encounter at the Race Course Rugby Grounds on September 21 at...

Sangamitta BV Central Province hockey champions

Sangamitta Balika Vidyalaya, Matale, became Central Province Schools Girls Under 19 Hockey Champions when they defeated St Anthony's Girls College Kandy 2-1 in the grand final in a tournament organized by the Department of Education of the Central...

Opinion

Open letter to the Uva voter…

In a column dated July 26, 2011, published in a worldwide website this writer, under a different pseudonym wrote thus: “A people battered for more than a quarter-century by unspeakable sufferings, left in the lurch by their own Colombo elites and...

THE ANAGARIKA’S VISION OF TAMIL BUDDHISM

Sri Lanka today proudly celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Anagarika Dharmapala, who played a historical role in the revival of Buddhism not only in this country but also in several parts of Asia, Europe and the United States. Of particular...

Sexual harassment of women

Thanks to your recent Daily Mirror article with interviews conducted on sexual harassment in the opinion column, on women travelling in public transport. The ugliest and most uncomfortable part expressed by them is the rubbing on their bodies, secondly...

Is it the pharmacist’s job to read illegible writing on prescriptions?

The Pharmacist is a professional person who has passed the appropriate examinations conducted by the Sri Lanka Medical College and qualified to deal in drugs and dispense drugs to the patients, according to the rules and regulations in the Cosmetics...

Ruling UPFA is confronted with fresh political challenges this time ELECTION; A CALL TO ADDRESS POVERTY

The two main opposition parties- the United National Party (UNP) and Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) – carry out their campaigning activities, and in their public addresses, highlight measures for raising the living standards of people if elected to...

Ruling party and the people’s dissent

Unlike, during the last Uva Provincial Council Election conducted in 2009, hot on the heels of the war victory, the ruling UPFA is confronted with fresh political challenges this time. After being in power for so long, it has to contend with...

South Indian style election campaign in estate sector

In the Badulla district, there are around 120,000 voters of Indian origin Tamils, mostly working in the estate sector. The government accommodated the key Tamil parties – Ceylon Workers Congress, Upcountry People’s Front and National Union of Workers,...

Election law flouted

The election law is violated unabated this time, and the Monergala district witnesses the worst scenes. Unlawful cut-outs, posters, stickers, intimidation of voters, unauthorised party offices, the abuse of state resources are the common forms of...

BUSINESS NEWS

GOVERNANCE

Responding to critics concerned about the poor rule of law and the falling governance structures in the society, Sri Lanka’s most influential government official, Treasury Secretary Dr. P. B Jayasundera said, though the country is not perfect in terms...

Non-traditional six-fruit-mix targets US$ 500 mn exports by 2020

The non-traditional plantations sector is focusing on six fruits to carve out a US$ 500 million share of the country’s exports by 2020, according to Treasury Secretary Dr. P. B. Jayasundera, who spoke at the Planter’s Association of CeylonAGM...

Economy grows 7.8% in 2Q

Sri Lanka’s real economy grew by 7.8 percent during the second quarter of 2014 (Q214) from a year ago, rising from 7.6 percent growth it recorded in the first quarter. The 2Q14 growth was led by industry sector growth at the highest rate of 12.2...

Gemfields forms JV to explore gemstones in Sri Lanka

REUTERS: Gemfields PLC, which produces about a fifth of the world’s rough emeralds, said it had formed a joint venture to explore sapphire and gemstones in Sri Lanka. The London-listed miner said the joint venture with East West Gem Investments Ltd...

Moody’s affirms HNB’s int’l credit rating on par with sovereign

Hatton National Bank PLC (HNB), the first local private sector commercial bank to obtain an international credit rating was once again affirmed with a foreign currency issuer rating of B1 with a Stable outlook, on par with the sovereign rating of Sri...

Aitken Spence to buy Amathyst Passikudah

Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings PLC is currently in negotiations with Amethyst Leisure (Pvt) Ltd to acquire controlling interest of its property, Amethyst Resort Passikudah, Mirror Business reliably learns. Market sources confirmed the ongoing discussions...

Adam ups stake in Network Communications

Adam Investments Ltd PLC has decided to increase its shareholding in Network Communications (Pvt) Ltd up to 51 percent at a consideration of Rs.37.5 million. Adam Investments currently has 42 percent stake in Network Communications. Network...

MARKET BACK TO CLOSE IN GREEN

The market returned green following a correction yesterday, owing to Carson Cumberbatch, Hemas Holdings and Nestle Lanka. Block trades were witnessed in Commecial Bank, Hemas Holdings, John Keells Holdings and Nanda Investments & Finance elevating...

EDB starts first-ever medical tourism push

As service exports edged t owards US $ 3 billion, Sri Lanka’s apex export body, the Export Development Board (EDB), stepped up its effort to open a new forex source, recently and the 2015‘20 National Masterplan Initiative on Medical Tourism took off,...

QATAR AIRWAYS LAUNCHES ‘THE WORLD IS YOURS’ GLOBAL SALE

Qatar Airways is offering customers in Sri Lanka and around the world great savings to global destinations during its latest three-day ‘The World is Yours’global sale. A discount of up to 25 percent will be offered for return travel on Qatar Airways...

SriLankan Cargo adopts e-air waybill system

Ushering a new era in Sri Lanka’s airfreight industry, the national carrier’s cargo arm, SriLankan Cargo signed e-AWB (air waybills) agreements with four of its top customers, recently. At a time when the industry is increasingly adopting sustainable...

Maldivian Hajj pilgrims benefit from SriLankan offers

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, introduced attractive fares and other incentives for citizens of the Maldives who aspire to make that once-in-a-lifetime spiritual journey in September to Mecca, the holy city for millions of...

Emirates and Jetstar expand codeshare on more routes

Emirates and Jetstar have announced the expansion of their codeshare and frequent flyer relationship, to 30 routes across the Asia Pacific region providing more choice to Emirates customers. From October 26, 2014, Emirates will grow its codeshare on...

ASIA’S ECONOMIES NEED TO INNOVATE - OR STAGNATE

Asia’s developing economies face a choice t hat will define t heir future prospects. They can stick with the growth model that got them this far, but which is now running out of steam, or they can embrace a new model that promises faster, more...

A well-educated workforce needed if we are to sustain long periods of growth

World Bank South Asia recently reported that the poor quality of education is holding back South Asia. No doubt Sri Lanka needs a well-educated workforce going forward if we are to sustain long periods of growth. Therefore, t he secondary schools would...

Transforming Sri Lanka into an international export-oriented hub — Time for private sector involvement is ‘now’

Stax Inc., a global strategy consulting firm, together with the American Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion on international perspectives regarding hub strategy and the importance of public and private sector collaboration for optimal...

EDB CALLS FOR FULL LANKAN EXPORTER REGISTRATION

Sri Lanka’s apex export entity has issued a clarion call to the country’s exporter community to register with it and enlist in its surging database. “Some non-registered exporters, unaware of procedures have brought a bad reputation for Sri Lanka. It...

ACESL to hold workshop on FIDIC contracts

The Association of Consulting Engineers Sri Lanka (ACESL) is t o conduct t wo, t wo-day International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) contracts workshops from September 22 to 25, 2014, at Waters Edge. The first workshop is on practical use...

Silicon Valley Risk Expert to educate CA Sri Lanka members

Risk management challenges and opportunities for large corporations and conglomerates will come under focus at a seminar on ‘Making Risks Work for You’ organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka), on September 24,...

FITCH AFFIRMS SRI LANKA’S CENTRAL FINANCE AT ‘A+(LKA)’

Fitch Ratings Lanka has affirmed Central Finance Company Plc’s (CF) National Long-Term Rating at ‘A+(lka)’ with a Stable Outlook. Fitch has also affirmed CF’s senior secured and senior unsecured debt at ‘A+(lka) and its subordinated debt at...

Sampath opens latest ATMs at Boralesgamuwa and Homagama

Two new ATMs of Sampath Bank were opened on September 10th at Pepiliyana, Boralesgamuwa and Galawilawatte Junction, Homagama. The ATM at Boralesgamuwa was opened by Deepal Samarasekara, Assistant General Manager – Branch Credit I and the ATM at...

SLI launches Special Motor Insurance package for GDSA members

An MOU was signed between Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC) & Government Dental Surgeons Association (GDSA) for an exclusive Motor insurance package for the members of the Association of Dental Doctors which was launched recently. The special...

Citi acts as Joint Bookrunner and Joint Lead Manager

National Savings Bank (NSB) has raised US$250 million from the international debt markets via a five year bond. NSB is a policy bank wholly-owned by the Government of Sri Lanka. The transaction had over US$2 billion in orders underlining the strength...

TKS Group merges two finance companies

The TKS Group formally integrated two of its finance sector holdings, TKS Finance Limited and Asian Finance Limited into a single merged entity TKS Finance Limited at a signing ceremony held recently. Senior officials of Central Bank of Sri Lanka,...

Continental Insurance appoints Independent Director

Continental Insurance Lanka Limited (CILL) officially announced the latest addition to their Board of Directors –Ajit Jayaratne, as an Independent Director. As a well reputed figure in the capital market industry of Sri Lanka, Jayaratne on his return...

AIA policyholders can now pay premiums via Mobitel mCash

AIA Insurance offers its policyholders the convenience of thousands of premium payment points making it easy to deposit their premiums regularly. Adding to this extensive list of banks, branch offices, supermarkets and other locations, AIA recently...

IMPA offers medical professionals major leap forward in IT

The theme of the IMPA programme held on 31st August at t he OPA Auditorium was “Information Technology for Medical Professionals” that was sponsored by the UK-based Computer Company “JTECH Computers” It has begun with the initiative of JTech Computers...

UNICORN ENTERS RETREADING WITH TWO NEW PLANTS

Unicorn Tyre Retreads (Pvt) Ltd is the newest player in the arena of tyre retreading in Sri Lanka. Two state-of-the-art tyre retreading plants of Unicorn Tyre Retreads (Pvt) Ltd were commissioned recently at the Industrial Zone in Panaluwa, Watareka....

Escondite- the hideaway in Kotte

Asia Orient Leisure (Pvt) Ltd maiden project now in operation in Sri Jayawardanapura, announced the opening of Escondite, the luxury boutique villa approved by the Tourist Board. Located in close proximity to the parliament and within the bird’s...

Baur Asia launches latest collection of Polar,Smarty sunglasses

Baur Asia Pte. Ltd. launched the latest collection of Polar and Smarty Sunglasses at the Distributor Conference held at Sheraton Hua Hin, Thailand on 13th and 14th September. Polar and Smarty Sunglasses combine fashion and inspiration on a superior...

Asanga at Summer Davos in Tianjin China

Asanga Abeyagoonesekara the Executive Director of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute was invited as a Young global leader from Sri Lanka to participate for the Annual meeting of the new champions in Tianjin China during 10-12th September. There were...

EAGLE LOGISTICS SIXES IS BACK

EAGLE SIXES cricket event will be back for the 6th time this Saturday at Gymkhana Cricket Club ( CCC ) with 42 top corporate companies fighting for the challenge trophy. Eagle Logistics Colombo started this tournament way back in 2007 with just 3...