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TEN KILLED IN NEWYEARTRACTORTRAGEDY

At least 10 bodies were recovered after a tractor, carrying passengers on their way to visit relatives during the New Year, fell into an irrigation canal at Aralaganwila in Polonnaruwa last afternoon. The tragedy occurred at 1.20 in the afternoon in...

No Muslim families displaced by Navy deployment

The Defence & Urban Development Ministry and the Sri Lanka Navy yesterday strongly denied allegations published in the media that the Muslim families who had encroached into the Willpattu National Park were those displaced as a result of naval...

Kurunegala,Matara MP slots reduced

The number of Members of Parliament to be elected from the Kurunegala and Matara electoral districts has reduced by one each, whereas the number from the Wanni and Nuwara-Eliya districts has increased according to the electoral register, a statement...

‘I AM ONLY A TOY SOLDIER’

Contradicting Thursday’s denial that he was armed with a pistol, Hambantota Mayor Eraj Fernando said yesterday the pistol he was carrying was only a “toy pistol”. “It was a toy pistol that I borrowed from a man who was carrying it. I brandished it to...

Police to take legal action against Hambantota attackers

An investigation is being carried out to determine whether there was any negligence on the part of the Hambantota police and the security personnel accompanying UNP MPs on their visit to Hambantota, police said yesterday. They said a statement would...

I didn’t ask Eraj to go there

Hambantota district United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa yesterday denied claims made by Hambantota Mayor Eraj Fernando that he had asked Mr. Fernando to intervene in the crisis situation that arose during the visit...

The other Macaw also found

The last of the four macaws, which escaped from an aviary at President’s House on Wednesday was found by a resident of Kotahena and handed over to the President’s House through the Kotahena Police yesterday. Three of the four macaws that went missing...

UNP MPs to inform IPU about attack

Acting Opposition Leader John Amaratunga said yesterday said the five United National Party (UNP) MPs who were attacked during their visit to Hambantota on Thursday would take up the matter with the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU). “I think the...

UNP to carry out more such fact finding missions

A group of United National Party (UNP) MPs are hoping to visit Norochcholai and Sampur Power Plants soon on another fact-finding mission. UNP MP Ajith Manapperuma who was among the parliamentarians attacked on Thursday when they visited the...

New Kesbewa-Bandaragama road floods out residents

The development of the KesbewaBandaragama road after 20 years has caused residents severe inconveniences. Many were grateful for the development that came later than expected, but said the road Development Authority (RDA) and other officials should be...

According to the Epidemiology Unit a total of 34 cases of leptospirosis were reported in Colombo this year. It also reported that 708 cases of leptospirosis were detected in the island in March and another 221 in April

Speaking about leptospirosis in Sri Lanka the Chief Epidemiologist st at the Ministry of Health Dr. Paba Palihawadana said that while the number of reported cases has been n decreasing the disease is still present nt in the Western Province, Galle,...

Colombo Port City is on its way

Some of the conditions and sections of the Colombo Port City agreement have been finalised and sent to the Attorney General’s Department for its approval, sources said yesterday. Earlier the Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) stated that the construction...

Eateries which did not receive at least ‘C’ grade will be shut down.We will be applying strict laws with regard to eateries from now on

The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) said they will be following strict procedures for eateries which have failed to obtain licences. Speaking to the Daily Mirror the Chief Medical Officer of the CMC, Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam said the council has graded...

News

TNA SOFTENS STAND ON PSC PARTICIPATION

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) yesterday said it would reconsider its decision to boycott the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) appointed to seek a political solution to the national question, provided the government addressed issues of mutual...

Cyclone sweeps through Vavuniya village

A cyclone swept across the Mahakachchakodiya village in Vavuniya on Thursday night causing heavy damage to 25 houses and injuring three people, police said.The cyclone and heavy rain started at 5 pm, and had continued late into the night with the...

SOUTH AFRICA’S RAMAPHOSATOVISIT SRI LANKA

South African special envoy Cyril Ramaphosa would visit Sri Lanka in June a parliamentarian said yesterday. He said Mr. Ramaphosa would be accompanied by other officials from South Africa on a visit to the North to check the ground situation there and...

Wimal slams tuition-class culture

The national education system suffers from intense competition, discrimination and imbalance and has produced a generation that resorts to suicide even at the slightest provocation, Minister Wimal Weerawansa said. Addressing a ceremony to mark the...

North - East tensions jar TNA meeting

The meeting between the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) parliamentary group and its Northern and Eastern Provincial Council members, initially scheduled for today in Jaffna, was cancelled due to objections by some Batticaloa district members, Daily...

PM pledges to bring code of conduct for Maha Sangha before parliament

Prime Minister and Minister of Buddhist Affairs D.M. Jayaratne said the Sangha Kathikawatha (code of conduct for the Maha Sangha) would be presented to parliament to prevent any defamation of the Maha Sangha and to maintain its respect among the people...

People’s anger, not Govt. backing sparked attacks on UNP MPs – Rohitha

Minister of Ports and Shipping Rohitha Abeygunawardene yesterday charged that the UNP MPs who came under attack in Hambantota on Thursday were trying to blame the government which had nothing to do with the incident. Mr. Abeygunawardene told a news...

Man caught pasting Eelam poster

The Kopay Police yesterday arrested a man allegedly pasting an antigovernment poster close to the Jaffna Hindu College claiming that Eelam exists. They said the suspect was identified as 24-year-old Jeyadasan Kajanan, a resident of Kokuvil in Jaffna....

Amunugama to Germany and Kariyawasam to the US

Former External Affairs Ministry Secretary Karunatilake Amunugama has been named as Ambassador to Germany while present Indian High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam has been named as Ambassador to the United States. The External Affairs Ministry said...

Kidney racketeers used Facebook

The alleged international kidney racket, which came under the police radar following the death of a city youngster in Sri Lanka, has been using Facebook and other social networking sites to identify victims. Kishanbagh resident, Dinesh Maroo, who died...

BEWAREOFPOSSIBLEDENGUE OUTBREAK

While the Health Ministry was struggling to control the increasing number of Dengue cases reported islandwide during the last 3 months of 2014, with 7,205 suspected Dengue cases and 46 deaths, Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO...

WCY 2014

With only 17 days more for the inauguration of the five-day World Conference on Youth 2014 (WCY 2014) in Sri Lanka, President of the UN General Assembly Dr. John William Ashe yesterday confirmed his participation at the WCY 2014. The participation of...

NPCL proposes Cess for discarded paper exports

The National Paper Company Limited (NPCL) proposed to the government to collect a Cess of Rs, 1 from every exported kilogramme of discarded paper and permit exports of discarded paper only on presenting the Cess payment voucher to the Customs Clearance...

364 driving licences suspended so far this year

The police, have so far this year, suspended the driving licences of 364 motorists countrywide after they were found guilty of driving under the influence of liquor. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said t he police had requested Courts to suspend these...

Two Navy personnel killed in vehicle accident

Two Navy personnel including the driver had died while four more sailors were injured when the Defender Jeep they were travelling in toppled yesterday (18) morning near the 41 mile post in Madurankuda, Podawakattu. The accident had taken place while...

CCD takes over investigations into complaints against BBS

Investigations relating to the complaints brought against the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) had been handed over to the Colombo Crime Division (CCD) after being taken from the Slave Island police, Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana said. The Slave...

Twenty-one Pakistanis detected with Malaria

Twenty-one Pakistani nationals had been detected with Malaria in the country in the past year. Of these, 18 were detected last year while three were detected during the first three months of this year, a health ministry official said. These Pakistani...

Plantation workers stung by wasps in Hatton

More than 100 estate workers in the Fordyce estate in Hatton were stung by wasps last morning were admitted to Dickoya base hospital. Police said the wasps in the tea bushes were disturbed by the workers who were plucking tea leaves. Spokesman for the...

GALE HITSTHIRAPPANE AREA

A strong gale hit Thirappane division in Anuradhapura caused much havoc in the area on Thursday evening (17) destroying houses and disrupting civilian life. Preaching hall of the Sri Indrarathana Temple in Pahala Ambatale was one of the worst affected...

Lorry – SLTB bus collision at Ududeniya

A speeding lorry slammed on the rear of a SLTB bus at Ududeniya on Dambulla – Matale main road causing serious injuries to its driver. Police said the lorry driver had lost control of the vehicle due to excessive speed and reckless driving. The injured...

Soldier arrested in Middeniya for alleged murder

Middeniya police arrested a soldier in connection with the alleged killing of an army deserter whose body was recovered from a forest reserve. The victim Gamarachchige Viraj Mihiranga (22) was a resident of Ihalagoda in Middeniya. His father...

Generation of Hydro Power increases

Engineers attached to the Wimalasurendra Hydopower Complex said the generation of power had increased after the Castlereigh reservoir received sufficient rainfall recently. The catchment area experienced a rainfall of 160mm during the last couple of...

Absconder to be arrested at Hikkaduwa

A suspect on the charge of illegal possession of drugs escaped when he was brought to the courts last morning (17). The suspect W.W.Chanka Chatumal (26) was a resident of Narigama in the Hikkaduwa police area, fled from custody at the entrance to the...

Schoolboy drowns at Gandara

A 13-year-old schoolboy was standing on a boulder in the sea off Mahena beach in Gandara fell into the sea and drowned on Thusrday morning. The victim Patabendige Chamod Madusanka, a grade seven student of Gandara Maha Vidyalya had been on a visit to...

Kurunegala, Matara...

Contd. Page 1 Also, seven MPs can get elected from Matara, according to the latest electoral register. Eight seats were designated for the district last time. However, the number to be elected from Wanni district has increased to six from five. The...

Sajith condemns attack on UNP MPs

Hambantota District United National Party (UNP) MP Sajith Premadasa yesterday vehemently condemned Thursday’s attack on the five UNP MPs who visited the Mattala Airport and the Hambantota Harbour. He said this was a violation of a citizen’s...

Police to...

Contd. Page 1 “We will decide whether we need to take disciplinary action against the police personnel attached to the Hambantota police who were on duty at the time of the incidents,” SSP Rohana said. He said the MP’s had not sought security from...

VANNILA ETTHO LAMENTS OVER INDIGENOUS CELEBRATIONS

Vedda Chief Uruvarigelage Vannila Ettho said he had decided to celebrate the International Day of the Indigenous people this year in Dambana and not anywhere else. This in view to avoid accusations from people of his own community. He further said when...

Robbers got away with Rs.13.5 Million in Negombo

An unidentified gang that entered a jewellery and Money exchange outlet in Negombo last Thursday (17) under the pretext of buying jewellery, got away with more than Rs.13.5 million worth of local and foreign currency and jewellery. Investigations...

Inconvenience to commuters after holidays

Large crowds which were returning to Colombo last morning (17) after celebrating the New Year were largely inconvenienced at main railway stations and bus stands in the South. Although the Railway Department operated additional trains for the...

Deputy Principal Remanded

A Deputy Principal of a leading school in Elpitiya was arrested,and produced before the Elpitiya Magistrate Munidasa Halpatadeniya and remanded till April 21 upon a complaint of alleged abuse. Police said that a schoolboy, who was attending a tuition...

Clashes between Bus Operators

The continuing clashes between private bus operators on the Matara – Colombo Main Road and Southern Express way bus operators resulted in an assault on the expressway SLTB bus driver and conductor. The Galle Police conducted investigations on these...

Trishaw goes off the road

A trishaw carrying three passengers veered off the road and went down a precipice causing serious injuries to the passengers. The injured were admitted to Hopton Government Hospital. Police said the driver had lost control of the vehicle due to...

Arrested for Assaulting Lawyer

Four men who allegedly assaulted a lady lawyer Madara Wijesinghe and her husband of the Anuradhpura unofficial bar were taken into custody. The suspects had obstructed the road and committed the offence while the lawyer and her husband were driving...

Gabriel Garcia Marquez – thank you for the inspiration

The world lost two greatest minds within the first four months of 2014. The death of the Nobel Prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the author of One Hundred Years of Solitude—”the greatest revelation in the Spanish language since Don Quixote”,...

Protect the tourist

With the increasing number of tourists visiting our country, there have been more instances of them being robbed, raped or harassed, in recent months. This is a disgrace to our culture and society and makes a mockery of us being a smiling, warm and...

Don’t mess with a child’s education

Decision-makers on education messing a child’s educational hopes is an unpardonable crime. In the mid-nineteen fifties abolishing the English medium in our schools affected mostly the children of semi-urban and village schools. At that time there were...

THEIVEEGAN

The traditional April new year named ‘ Jaya’ or Victory dawned on a positive note this year for Sri Lanka. A massive security operation launched by the Sri Lankan armed forces had resulted in the deaths of three persons in the j ungles of...

‘NOUVEAU’LTTE

baby was born in the camp. Gobi who had a heavy vehicle driving licence went abroad from Trinco to Saudi Arabia as a driver. After his Saudi contract was over Gobi went to Europe and travelled to different countries there. He reportedly met with...

SANTHOSHAMMASTER

Of these, Santhosham master is a former member of the LTTE whose real name is Paramanathan Yathavan. His nom de guerre in the LTTE was Santhosham and became known as Santhosham master because he was a trainer of fresh recruits or conscripts. born on...

NAVANEETHAN

Appan whose real name is Navaratnam Navaneethan was born on 22, December 1978. He is from Oorani in the Jaffna district. Navaneethan alias Appan joined the LTTE voluntarily in 1996. Among his other names are Abishan and Thiru. Appan worked under LTTE...

RENAISSANCE

State Intelligence, Military Intelligence as well as the Terrorism Investigations division of the police worked together on the matter. Traditional inter-departmental rivalry was shelved and the different arms cooperated wholeheartedly with the common...

UNHOLYTRINITY

The past five weeks from March 6 to April 11 saw a concerted drive by the police and security forces to combat the resurgence of the LTTE in Sri Lanka. Many cordon-and-search operations were conducted. A large

CAPTAIN ABANDONED SHIP LEAVING HUNDREDSTO DROWN

Friday, Apr 18th 2014 (Daily Mail, London)Prosecutors have demanded the arrest of the man captaining a South Korean ferry which capsized on Wednesday with hundreds of passengers on board -hours after a photograph emerged of him abandoning ship. Lee...

UKRAINE'S PRO-RUSSIAN REBELS DIG IN DESPITE DEAL

DONETSK, Ukraine, April 18, 2014 (AFP) -ProRussian rebels in eastern Ukraine defiantly kept their grip on nearly a dozen towns on Friday, refusing to abide by an international deal aimed at easing tensions unless the Western-backed government in Kiev...

At least 58 killed in attack on UN base in South Sudan

JUBA, April 18, 2014 (AFP) The United Nations said Friday at least 58 people were killed and more than 100 others wounded in an attack against one of its bases in South Sudan sheltering thousands of civilians. The top UN official in the war-torn...

Europe

But in the main eastern city of Donetsk, where rebel gunmen wearing ski-masks still occupied a barricaded government building, there was defiance, with the Russian national anthem blared out through speakers. Denis Pushilin, a prominent member of the...

Four Taliban prisoners escape Afghan jail

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan, April 18, 2014 (AFP) - Four Taliban prisoners escaped from a northern Afghanistan jail and killed two guards using weapons that had been smuggled inside, officials said Friday. The incident occurred in the relatively...

One killed two injured in attack near Peshawar

PESHAWAR18, april, 2014 (dawn.com): A security man was killed and two others were injured Friday as militants attacked a security forces’ vehicle on Frontier Road on the outskirts of Peshawar.The Deputy Superintendent of Police Fazle Wahid said that...

India's election commission lifts ban on top Modi aide

NEW DELHI, April 18 (Reuters) - India's election commission has lifted a ban on a top aide of Hindu nationalist opposition leader Narendra Modi that had threatened to hobble his efforts to win votes in the country's most populous state. Amit Shah,...

Pakistan must break links with Afghan insurgents

ISLAMABAD, April 18, 2014 (dawn.com): Pakistan must break alleged links with any Afghan insurgents if it is to adhere to Article 40 of the Constitution, said opposition lawmaker in the Senate on Friday. Opposition lawmakers were expressing their views...

Twelve sherpas killed,three missing in Mount Everest avalanche

8 April 2014 (daily Mail, London)- An avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday along a route used to ascend the world's highest peak, killing at least a dozen Nepalese guides and leaving three more missing, officials said. The Sherpa...

Israelis, Palestinians to hold separate talks with US envoy

JERUSALEM, April 18 (AFP) - Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were to meet separately Friday with US peace envoy Martin Indyk, a Palestinian source said, a day after five hours of three-way talks failed to bring agreement. Indyk was due to hold...

Asia

The area has been under curfew for the last four days. The military is yet to issue any official confirmation about the death of the soldier and the injured. Separately, a series of explosions took place early morning in the weapons depot of the...

Features

THE STORY OF EASTER SUNDAY

The incredible story reads almost like a page from an interesting novel. Nobody without the gift of faith which we are encouraged to examine, embrace, rejoice over, practise meaningfully would find it within his power to attach any credence to this...

Padaviya

Wanni security forces commander Major-General Boniface Perera. The soldiers were put through training drills and exercises that would have been helpful in the jungle terrain search operations. The exercises were conducted in batches at points far away...

Concert in aid of Alzheimer's Foundation

A concert of chamber and choral music featuring PeshaliYapa (mezzosoprano), Ajit Abeysekera (Clarinet) with pianists Eshantha Peiris and Anoma Fernando, and the chamber choir Coro CantAmici will be held at the Russian centre on May 3, 2014, in aid of...

BUSINESS NEWS

People’s Leasing Wattala organises Avurudu get-together

An Aluth Avurudu gettogether for the customers of t he Wattala People’s Leasing branch was held at the Karagampitya Sameera Reception Hall, recently. Here Branch Manager Chandana Kumara, Accountant Niroshan Wijekumaran and customer W.A. Weeratunge...

Dialog Axiata extends F1 bonanza for Roaming customers in 2014

The smell of burning rubber, the sound of high revving engines, and savouring the high fashion and glamour at the Paddock Club, as Sri Lanka’s largest mobile services provider Dialog Axiata PLC gave three of its International Roaming customers a...

Emirates reduces flights to 41 destinations for 80-day period, maintains services to all existing points

Emirates Airline will continue to serve all of its worldwide destinations during the 80-day period of runway upgrading work at Dubai International starting May 1. However, it has had to reduce flights to over 40 destinations and change timings on some...

Wycherley conducts Montessori Kidz Art Awards Ceremony 2014

The Art Gallery was a hive of activity on Saturday, March 29, 2014, when the parents brought in the kids who had participated in the art competition organised for Montessori children, for their awards ceremony at 10:00 a.m. The Encyclopaedia...

LAHES to present Global Leadership programme in US

In yet another novel initiative, LAHES – The Corporate Campus presents the ‘LAHESNIU Executive Certificate in Leadership’ in collaboration with the Northern Illinois University (NIU), Chicago, USA. The programme consists of essential topics for leaders...

Samsung NX30 offers best of ‘Smart’ photography

Digital technology leader, Samsung Electronics is now offering photography enthusiasts a high-quality, compact and cost-effective camera solution, the new Samsung NX30. The Samsung NX30 is a brand-new premium, high performance Compact System Camera...

Easter eNtertaiNiNG ideas

he Galadari Hotel celebrated Earth Hour in a special way on 29th March 2014. The hotel had organized a partial electricity shut down in the Lobby and restaurant outlet areas in support of energy saving initiatives from 8.30 to 9.30 pm. Headed by the...

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Jan-March foreign direct investment in China up 5.5%

Foreign direct investment (FDI) into China increased 5.5 percent in the first three months of the year despite faltering in March, the government said Thursday, though outbound investment slumped. FDI, which excludes investment in financial sectors,...

Microsoft reports strong sales of XBox One

Microsoft said Thursday it has sold more than five million XBox One consoles since they were launched in November. The news came a day after video game competitor Sony said it had sold more than seven million PlayStation 4 consoles since...

US orange production hit by disease, juice prices soar

A citrus disease spread by a tiny insect has devastated Florida’s orange crop, which is expected to be the worst in nearly 30 years, and sent juice prices soaring on New York markets. The culprit? The gnat-sized Asian citrus psyllid, which is...

Eurostar services cancelled due to technical fault

Hundreds of Eurostar commuters had their Easter travel plans disrupted on Thursday as a technical fault inside the tunnel held trains up for five hours and forced the cancellation of later services. Customers on the French side of the tunnel were told...

Tests find beef, chicken in British lamb takeaways

Britain’s Food Standards Agency ordered a new wave of tests this week after research found nearly a third of lamb takeaways and curries contained other, cheaper meats. The FSA found that 43 out of 145 samples of lamb takeaway meals contained other...

Satellite telecom...

The IOActive report studied communications over the Inmarsat and Iridium satellite networks. But Santamarta said the vulnerabilities were mainly in ground equipment which connects to the satellites. “IOActive found that malicious actors could abuse...

China to appeal...

ate who succeeded hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was elected in June, taking office in August. The rising oil exports come as Iran and world powers prepare for a fifth round of talks next month aimed at a long-term deal on curbing the Islamic...

Iran oil exports...

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a reputed moder-