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RECORDING OF STATEMENT

The Tangalle Nature Resort Manager, one of the main witnesses in the killing of British tourist Khuram Shaikh, told Court the Tangalle Police had added and subtracted information while recording her first complaint made soon after the incident, which...

Opposition divided at the WPC sessions

The inaugural session of the newly elected Western Provincial Council yesterday saw two opposition members voting with the Government to elect UPFA member Sunil Wijeratne as Council Chairman. The division was evident when Opposition Leader Manjusri...

Harsha vows to bring ‘EPF culprits’ to book

United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian and well-known economist Harsha De Silva commenting on the Auditor General’s review of the 2011 annual EPF report told Daily Mirror the UNP would get to the bottom of what looks like a ‘massive fraud in...

Novel method of drugs by post

Investigations are underway to trace a man who has attempted to send illegal drugs abroad by mail.

Playing with paper darts

UPFA member Ananda Harishchandra is seen shooting paper darts at the opposition benches while the Council was in session. Pix by Nisal Baduge

POLICE DISPERSE PROTESTINGRAILWAY CASUALEMPLOYES

Tension prevailed at the Fort railway station last evening due to a picketing campaign by casual employees of Sri Lanka Railways, which delayed about fifteen trains on the coastal line, including the Ruhunu Kumari.

Police to take legal action against H’tota Mayor

Amidst heavy criticism from the opposition, police said yesterday that it would take legal action against the perpetrators including Hambantota Mayor Eraj Fernando over the attack on UNP MPs who were on a fact finding visit to Hambantota.

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United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera said yesterday the Hambantota incident clearly showed how the Commonwealth Charter was being vio-

UNP to seek ban on casinos, gaming

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) has decided to seek a ban on casinos and other gaming activities under the proposed strategic development projects,

News

Alleged LTTE activist nabbed

The Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) yesterday arrested a woman whom they claimed was engaged in reviving the now defunct LTTE. Investigations revealed that the suspect was an IT teacher who was busy preparing posters, banners and cutouts of...

FARMERS ADVISEDTO DIVERT FROM TRADITIONAL FARMING HABITS

The Mahaweli Authority was producing several varieties of hybrid seed paddy for distribution among Mahaweli farmers in order to produce high-grade rice for the export market, Irrigation and Water Resources Management Minister Nimal Siripala De Silva...

DON’T MAKE COLOMBO A CHICAGO OR A BANGKOK

The National Sangha Council (NSC) while protesting against the new casino bill which was to be presented in Parliament this week, urged the Government not to make Colombo a Chicago or a Bangkok city. The NSC Financial Secretary Wattegedara Vijitha...

Water bottling industry to be regulated by NWSDB

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) said yesterday the discovery of 37,000 water bottles contaminated with Kerosene oil gave credence to its demand to seek authority to regulate bottling plants, officials said yesterday. Its Vice...

Argument after liquor ends in murder of 22-year-old

Police arrested two youths in connection with the murder of a 22-yearold who was stabbed to death after an argument between two parties, where the victim had attempted to stop the brawl. At the time of the incident, they were all at a party where they...

Father-in-law stabbed by son-in-law

A man who was stabbed by his son-in-law, died on admission to Nagoda General Hospital. The victim R.A.Sunil 49 was a father of two children, and the suspect was his youngest daughter’s husband. The suspect was arrested by the Bulathsinghala police...

Man killed by hit-and-run vehicle

A man who was knocked down by a vehicle at Dehigahalanda in Ambalangoda died on admission to a nearby hospital. The victim S.Weeraratne was a resident of the area. However the vehicle had fled the area after knocking down the person. The killer...

INDIAWANTS CV FOR DISCUSSION

India had been requesting Northern Province Chief Minister C.V Wigneswaran to visit India in order to sort out problems in Sri Lanka, the Calcutta Telegraph said yesterday. “The Congress and India’s foreign office, long at loggerheads over the Sri...

CV fears govt.projects

We observe the development projects in the North, carried out in a mighty hurry since last October without the consensus of the Northern Provincial Council, with a sense of apprehension, Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran said in Jaffna...

Woman arrested with LTTE banners

The Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) had nabbed a woman in Jaffna who was engaged in activities in reviving the now defunct LTTE, the Police said.According to the investigators the suspect, an IT teacher, was arrested while she was making...

DECISION BY GOVERNMENT TO PURCHASE 2200 MOREBUSESWASTEFUL SAYS LPBOA

The government’s decision to import another 2,200 buses at a cost of Rs. 8,440 million for the SLTB had come in for heavy criticism by private bus owners, who said that it was a waste of public funds. Cabinet approval has been gran ted for a memo...

ASTUDYONWHY SOMANY FAIL IN MATHEMATICS

The Education Ministry will appoint a committee to find out why such a large number of students failed in Mathematics at the GCE Ordinary Level Examination despite it being a compulsory subject, officials said yesterday. Ministry Secretary Anura...

SLTJ promoting religious extremism

The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) organisation yesterday accused the Sri Lanka Thawheed Jamaath (SLTJ) of promoting religious extremism in the country and charged that this group was responsible for oppressing traditional Muslims. The BBS said the SLTJ had...

UNP to protest in House against attack on its MPs

The main opposition United National Party (UNP) had taken a decision to hold protests inside Parliament chambers during the coming sessions and also to hold a public protest in Hambantota against the assault on its MPs who were on an inspection tour of...

Two schools closed due to Dengue scare to re-open today

Two of the five schools in Hanwella and Pahathgama, which were closed as a result of Dengue spreading in the area, were to re-open today (23) while three more schools would re-open tomorrow (24) according to the Zonal Director of education of the...

Non-repayable loan scheme for EPF members

The Labour Ministry is contemplating the introduction of a new set of laws to enable 2.5 million members of the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) to obtain 30% of the balance lying to their credit as a non-repayable housing loan, a senior official said...

Prevailing bad weather due to ITCZ ; Met. Dept.

The Meteorology Department yesterday announced that the rainy weather that were being experienced in the country could worsen due to the influence of the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) (Northern and Southern hemispheric winds convergence zone)...

Gang fells and removes large sandalwood tree

A gang who had trespassed into the Gam Udawa site in Pallekele on Monday night, had cut a huge Sandalwood tree grown in the premises of the Geological and Mines Bureau office, had fled the area, taking the logs that they had loaded into a lorry along...

Bangladeshis using SL as transit hub to Europe

Forty-one Bangladeshis were arrested from the Fort and Maradana areas by the Immigration and Emigration Department on allegations that they were part of a large scale human trafficking racket. They were reported to have arrived in Sri Lanka and had...

ONE DEAD,ANOTHER INJURED BY LIGHTNING IN GALGAMUWA

A young woman died of lightning and her mother - in - law was seriously injured during thunder showers experienced in Galgamuwa area last Monday (21). H.M.Achala Shiromani Dissanayake (25) of Lassanagama , Siyambalangamuwa in Galgamuwa died in the...

Damages for road to be claimed from Kuruwita gem miners

Public Administration and Home Affairs Minister W.D.J.Seneviratne said step would be taken to claim damages meet the cost of repairs to the road from the gem miners, who had caused considerable damages to the Kuruvita - Pathagama Main Road. During an...

Ebony wood seized at Buttala, suspects at large

A large stock of ebony wood had been seized while being in transit by Buttala STF during a raid in Niyadella area. Police lay in ambush on a tip off from the public and conducted the raid. However, the driver and the helper had abandoned the tractor...

Reckless overtaking injured pedestrian in Galewela

A pedestrian was seriously injured when a private bus overtook another from the left hand side. The incident took place when the pedestrian was standing on the grass verge of the road at Kudawewa, Galewela on the Dambulla – Kurunegala main road. The...

Prelate’s entry to PS triggered protests in Mahiyangana

Mahiyangana PS member and leader of the Jathika Bala Sena (JBS) Ven. Wataraka Vijitha Thera was obstructed from attending the council meeting yesterday (21) by a crowd that staged a protest in front of the PS Office. More than 300 protesters including...

DISPUTE OVER SOUTHERN EXPRESSWAY ROUTE PERMITS

Luxury private bus operations had been suspended on the Southern Expressway following a dispute over route permits. However the SLTB bus services are as usual. The temporary route permits issued to private buses by the Minister of Transport and the...

Rs. 3.5mn court production room jewellery theft

The Police had arrested the Head of the Production Room Priiyadarshani Lamahewa and recovered the receipts of the pawned jewellery from her residence at Piliyandala Panadura Magistrate Ruchira Weliwatta expressed dissatisfaction over the ongoing...

Ex-Soldier arrested with arms cache in Matara

The Matara Crime Investigation Division had taken an ex-soldier into custody for possessing arms and ammunition. Police said they seized a foreign made revolver, a locally made gun, eight T56 cartridges, several live 9mm cartridges and a shot gun...

Duo nabbed minutes after jewellery theft in Mount Lavinia

The Mount Lavinia Police nabbed two young men minutes after the duo were alleged to have robbed a woman of her gold chain and fled by trishaw. The suspects believed to be in their thirties and were residents of Kadwatha and Badovita areas were caught...

WILL LADY LUCK ACCOMPANY A COMMON CANDIDATE?

There is a search for a common oppositional candidate as the possibility of a presidential election has been announced by pro-government media. With the miserable election results it may be wise for the president to try his luck before the degeneration...

We must not drown in a water crisis

Amidwarningsthat the world is running short of fresh drinking water and that the super-powers or others may go to war to grab control of fresh water resources just as they did to grab fuel supply sources, recommendations have been made for the Sri...

Cover liquor bottles with gruesome images

According to a weekend paper 94 people have been killed in 9 days and the police have attributed the tragedies to drunken driving as well as recklessness. In the case of cigarettes, the gov- ernment decided to introduce ghastly images on cigarette...

Panchaseela will heal the world

From the time of Asoka the Great India has been following the path of Panchaseela in spreading the message of peace in place of war. When we take up the present international crises the world is facing today, it proves that the world lacks the wisdom...

MEDIA FREEDOM IS NOT A LICENCE TO ABUSE

Conventional media — radio, television, the newspapers and now the new social or web-based media should play a positive and informative role in society. Media freedom is in fact the right to free and open debate and the freedom of expression. The...

Soosci

When we first heard the tale of a made in Sri Lanka social network, we were skeptical. Naturally, “Machang, I’m going to build the next Facebook” is easier said than done. However, once we got in touch the team behind this project, we were intrigued....

‘Crimso’ launches in Colombo

If you have an idea to create something magical which you know will impress people. A movie, a game, an invention, a business, the idea could be among any of these or something else, but reality hits you in the face. You need money. Among other things...

And the name?

Udara: Well, “SOO” is for Social and “Sci” for Science – like social science. We actually wanted to start it off as a company for social research. Social Science. Hence Soosci.So in terms of products,what does Soosci entail? Udara: We have an app and...

BUSINESS NEWS

Arpico uplifts printing industry professionalism

Arpico, the largest rubber manufacture and producer of state-ofthe-art rubber printing rollers in the Island has joined hands with INGRIN, the Institute of Printing and Graphics to enhance the skills of personnel in the printing and graphic...

Fashion Bug powers 22nd Fox Hill Supercross

Retail clothing store, Fashion Bug, stepped up as t he principal sponsor and exclusive apparel partner in extending its support to the most popular motor sports event Fox Hill Supercross 2014 which was held on April 19. Organized annually by the Sri...

Abans uses Facebook for customer, society benefit

Abans, a household name in Sri Lanka intend to use their Facebook page for very noteworthy and meaningful purposes in addition to an excellent communication media with their loyal customers, and an effective way of engaging with their fans. Largely...

MAS Holdings presents amanté

MAS Holdings is South Asia’s largest intimate apparel manufacturer and the region’s most rapidly growing provider of active and performance wear, accounting for an annual turnover of US $ 1 billion. The company offers seamless concept-to-delivery...

PremierPR makes website more accessible to customers

Public Relations (PR) c o m p a n y, PremierPR, recently revamped its website www.premierprsrilanka.com to provide a better service to its customers in Sri Lanka as well as overseas. The newly designed website is easy to navigate making it convenient...

SLT completes forum for business customers in Colombo, Metro North

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) completed yet another customer forum under the theme “Beyond Borders” for the company’s valued Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) customers in the Metro North area, Colombo. The forum was held at Galadari Hotel, in the presence...