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Mahanayakes say

The Mahanayake Theras of the three chapters have written to the president to make necessary amendments to the proposed projects under the Strategic Development Act so as not to leave room for gambling, betting, and prostitution which could lead to a...

GAZETTE NOTIFICATION PASSED

One of the three controversial gazette notifications, providing for a mixed development project (with facilities for casinos according to the Op posi- Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday blocked the main opposition UNP from bringing an amendment to...

COMMITTEETO PROBE INDIAN KIDNEY RACKET

Following the shocking exposure of a medical racket involving some Indians and a Sri Lankan doctor to trade live kidneys for transplantation in Sri Lanka, the Health Ministry yesterday appointed a one woman committee to look into the highly unethical...

Soldiers rescue kids thrown into river

BY SUPUN DIAS, DARSHANA SANJEEWA KRISHAN JEEWAKA JAYARUK Soldiers attached to the Matara 3rd Gemunu Watch yesterday rescued two little children who were thrown 30 feet down the crocodileinfested Nilwala River from the Mahanama Bridge by their...

SF seeks UN assistance for regime change

If the government and its leadership continue to be corrupt and keep oppressing the people, the opposition will have to seek the assistance of the United Nations (UN) to change the leadership, Democratic Party Leader Sarath Fonseka said yesterday.

Special police unit to probe incidents

President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday instructed Police Chief N.K Illangakone to establish a special investigations unit to look into complaints related to religious issues.

JVP calls for action against officials

The Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna(JVP) yesterday charged that the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) had been mismanaged leading to losses running to the tune of Rs.11.7 billion in 2011,

Speaker peeved over H’tota attack

Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa said in Parliament yesterday that he regretted the fiasco faced by five UNP MPs on a fact finding mission to the Mattala International Airport and the Hambantota Port, and asked the IGP to submit reports to him on...

UNP surrounds casino during protest

The main opposition UNP which took to the streets against regulations imposed under the Strategic Development Act surrounded a night club at D. R. Wijewardene Mawatha calling for its closure alleging that it was actually a casino.

British tourist leaves

The British tourist, who was arrested and ordered to be deported by Court for sporting a tattoo of the Buddha on her arm left the country yesterday.

News

EVIDENCE OF TERRORIST FUNDING FROM ABROAD SAYS GL

External Affairs Minister G.L. Peiris yesterday told the foreign diplomats based in Colombo there was compelling evidence regarding the remittance of substantial sums of money from overseas for planned terrorist activity in Sri Lanka and designating 16...

COURT ISSUES RED NOTICE FOR ARREST OF SHIP’S CAPTAIN

The captain of the ship ‘Avanat Sha’ who was charged with allgedly releasing fuel from the ship within Sri Lankan sea limits, after the ship’s engine malfunctioned off the coast of Koggala, had been issued a red notice via Interpol for his arrest by...

230 promoted as Chief Inspectors

Two hundred and eighteen (218) Police Inspectors (Males) and 12 Women Police Inspectors were promoted as Chief Police Inspectors by the Inspector General of Police with effect from March 17, 2014.

AUTHORITIES STEP IN TO REUNITE ELINAWITH SL DAD

The authorities in Dubai have stepped up their efforts to reunite little Elina with her father Chris after reading about her plight in XPRESS even as offers to help the fiveyear-old keeps pouring from all corners every day. “We have taken up this case...

MALARIA DEFEATED,BUTTAKE PRECAUTIONS WHENTRAVELLING ABROAD

The Health Ministry yesterday advised Sri Lankans to use antiMalaria drugs before visiting a country having the disease as Sri Lanka had almost eliminated the disease. Addressing a ceremony held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute to mark the World...

UNP going to CPA and UNHRC over attack in Hambantota

The main opposition UNP said it had been reluctantly compelled to take the mob attack on its five MPs in Hambantota to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Calling this incident a clear...

Matara residents concerned about Irrigation Dept.’s decaying barges

Several barges belonging to the Irrigation Department have been left unattended in tanks and lakes in the Matara area creating mosquito breeding grounds, despite the on-going dengue prevention campaigns launched by the health authorities. Massive...

Acid attack on Family Health Nurse by unidentified gang

A Family Health Nurse attached to the Wanathamulla MOH office received serious injuries when an unidentified gang waylaid and threw acidic acid at her. She was admitted to the intensive care unit of the Sri Jayawardenapura Hospital. The injured nurse...

School teacher involved in ganja racket

A school teacher in Mount Lavinia and four others transporting ganja were arrested by the Crime Investigation Division of the Mount Lavinia police during a raid in Piliyandala. The Police that arrested the suspect, first recovered 2kilos of ganja from...

ZOO EMPLOYEES STAGE PROTEST AGAINST ADMINISTRATION

Employees of the Dehiwala zoo yesterday staged a protest against the decision to suspend the elephant performance. They said the elephant performance at the Dehiwala zoo had been one of the main tourist attractions for more than 70 years and that the...

Raid on illegal distillery run by a woman

The Panadura-Walana Anti-Vice Squad that carried out a raid on an illegal distillery in a marshy land at Kindigoda, Kimbulbokka, Seeduwa in the Negombo lagoon run by a woman, seized 60 barrels of illicit liquor containing 2100 drams each and also...

Environmentalists warn of dangers in feeding animals at forest reserves

Tourists both local and foreign are in the habit of feeding and petting the sambhur and deer in the Horton Plains National Park, regardless of the danger. Environmentalists warned that it would result in a serious threat to the health of the animals...

Woman clubbed to death by husband

A woman of Handaganawa in Minipe was clubbed to death, allegedly by her husband who returned home after consuming liquor on Wednesday night (23). The victim Thennakoon Mudiyanselage Charlotte (63) was a mother of three children. Neighbours rushed to...

Stolen ancient temple bell recovered

A 150-year-old temple bell stolen from the Dankumbura historic cave temple in Rideemaliyedda was recovered after two months of the incident by the Mahiyangana police. Four suspects taken into custody by the Mahiyangana police and produced before the...

Are we turning Lanka into a Macau?

Despite strong and widespread protest by Mahanayaka Theras, hundreds of Buddhist monks, leaders of other religions and civic action groups, the Rajapaksa regime made a second attempt in Parliament yesterday and succeeded in pushing through...

Taking to the streets

The late M r. Athulathmudali was one leader who truly believed in holistic education. To him investing in children’s education was paramount in developing the country. His vision for Sri Lankan children was to become independent individuals with the...

Non consideration for elders

this is where we face problems, as there seems to be no interrelation between literacy and intelligence. Let me cite some examples. towards others, the environment and a lack of overall concern are the features of the socalled literate society. One of...

A definition gone wrong

The dictionary meaning of ‘literacy’ is the ability to read and write. Unfortunately we seem to have taken this definition too literally. Today, we take pride in having very high literacy rates based on this definition. However, the primary sense of...

Ruhuna’s hospitality then and now

The Ruhuna located in the deep South, consists of 7 large acreages of fertile lands giving much production. It is also famous for the kind hospitality extended to visitors, both relatives and friends alike. However some time ago, the peaceful...

Decision making

One of the f undamental aspects of being literate is the ability to make sound decisions. Take the case of decisions that are being taken at the highest level, such as felling trees to settle EPF outstandings. The recent decision on the Year 5...

Dumping garbage and vandalism

Such a literate society still does not know how to dispose of garbage. We do not know where to dump garbage and where not to. Since we are highly literate, sign boards have to be placed prohibiting people from throwing their refuse. From the...

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...

Goodbye, Nizzar Prince of Sports

When I have named a student as a celebrity, for some it may sound a total exaggeration. But, Nizzar's colleagues and those who knew him well will find this message a fitting tribute to this celebrity who passed away on the 31st of March, 2014 at...

FEATURES RATMALANAWELFARE ASSOCIATION ENDS 2013 ON A HIGH NOTE

Bringing last year's events to a close, the Ratmalana Welfare Association, held a series of programmes designed to keep the young and the old happy during the celebration of their end-of-the-year get together. There were loads of games to keep the kids...

UKRAINE LAUNCHES DEADLY ASSAULT ON REBEL-HELDTOWNS

by the Geneva deal and warned more sanctions could be imposed on Moscow within days. In Slavyansk, a flashpoint eastern Uk-

NYT Retracts Ukraine/Russian-Photo Scoop

After starting a propaganda stampede –with a lead story about photos of Russian troops purportedly in Ukraine– the New York Times admits the pictures really don’t prove much, and one photo was labeled as snapped in Russia when it was really taken in...

Clashes in Kashmir as India heads back to the polls

ANANTNAG, April 24, 2014 (AFP) - Tens of millions voted on Thursday in different regions of India in the latest stage of a massive five-week election, but militant threats kept many Kashmiris away from polling stations while others clashed with...

Parents of ferry victims attack top official

SEOUL, April 24, 2014 (AFP) - Angry parents of victims of South Korea's ferry disaster assaulted a top official on Thursday, accusing him of lying about efforts to retrieve bodies still trapped in the submerged ship. About 20 relatives of the victims...

Palestinian reconciliation may 'complicate' US peace efforts

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Any Palestinian government must commit “unambiguously” to the principles of non-violence and to the existence of Israel, said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, restating a long-held US position.

Debris washed up on Australian beach not from MH370

PERTH, Australia, April 24, 2014 (AFP) - The Australian Transport Safety Bureau ruled out Thursday any link between material found on a beach in southwestern Australia and the missing Malaysia Airlines jet. Debris described as “unidentified material”...

US seeks arrest of Congress MP

New Delhi, April 23, 2014 (The Hindu) - The US on Wednesday approached India for the arrest of Congress Rajya Sabha member K.V. P. Ramachandra Rao, who has been indicted by a US Federal Jury on charges of receiving bribes of $18.5 million from an...

Violence against Pakistan minorities rising alarmingly

ISLAMABAD, April 24, 2014 (AFP) - Sectarian killings rose by more than a fifth in Pakistan last year, a leading rights group said Thursday, warning of an alarming increase in violence against religious minorities. The independent Human Rights...

Police inspector killed in Karachchi explosion

KARACHI24 April, 2014 (dawn.com) – A police inspector Shafiq Tanoli and three others were killed in an explosion that took place near Karachi's old wholesale vegetable market on Thursday. Three others were also reported injured in the explosion. The...

Abdullah in lead as Afghan election set for run-off

KABUL, April 24, 2014 (AFP) - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah retained a clear lead in the latest Afghan presidential election results released Thursday, but he remained below the threshold needed for a decisive first-round victory. Abdullah...

East

The United States on Wednesday warned that a deal to form a Palestinian unity government could seriously hamper its efforts to forge a peace deal with Israel.

‘Bionic ear’ restores a person’s hearing for the first time

Scientists have used bionic ear technology to restore a person's hearing for the first time. They used electrical pulses delivered from a cochlear implant to deliver gene therapy, thereby successfully regrowing auditory nerves. The research,...

The heart-warming moment conjoined twins were dramatically separated

For twin boys who were separated in a life-threatening operation, it's no surprise their favourite film star was an amputee. Now Hussein and Hassan Benhaffaf, once conjoined from chest to pelvis, have met their hero - a dolphin who lost her tail when...

BUSINESS NEWS

Kelani Cables recognizes employee with CEO Award

Kelani Cables PLC, Sri Lanka’s number one brand in secure electrical and communication cables, has honored the company’s outstanding sales person for the previous commercial year with the CEO Award. This major annual award was initiated for the second...

SriLankan signs MRO deal with IndiGo

SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, announced the signing of a long-term maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) agreement with InterGlobe Aviation Limited (IndiGo), India’s fastest growing low-cost airlines with the largest market...

Hameedia celebrates Sri Lankan cricket

Hameedia, Sri Lanka’s leading menswear brand has dressed the national Sri Lankan cricket team for decades. The relationship between Hameedia and the Sri Lankan cricket team started in the 1980s and increasingly strengthened over time. In 1996, Hameedia...

Sandamini receives WCRC Leaders Asia WE Award

Prime Lands Group Deputy Chairperson Sandamini Perera was awarded the prestigious WE (Women Empowerment) Award 2014, initiated by the World Consulting and Research Corporation (WCRC) Leaders Asia, a monthly business and leadership magazine published by...

NACCO introduces Utilev forklift truck range

NACCO Materials Handling Group, which has brought to you Hyster, introduces the new Utilev range of forklift trucks, which provides an attractive option for users across many industries, who require materials handling equipment but don’t need advanced...

Altair exhibits at Serendib Fair in Dorchester, London

Altair, Sri Lanka’s architecturally-unique, 400-apartment twin-tower high-rise condominium development was invited to be the only exhibitor outside the sector to participate in the exclusive Serendib Fair Luxury Gem and Jewellery Exhibition in London...