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UNPMPSCOME UNDER ATTACK

A group of UNP Parliamentarians who were leaving the Hambantota harbour yesterday after a fact-finding mission there were attacked with poles and rotten eggs and the bus they were travelling in was damaged.

Stop publishing images of Buddha in print media

Asgiriya Chapter Mahanayake the Most Ven. Udugama Sri Buddharakkitha Thera has requested President Mahinda Rajapaksa to take steps to stop the print media from publishing Papers unintentionally used by traders to wrap consum- pictures of the Buddha.

INT’L COMMUNITY INQUIRES ABOUT BAN ON LTTE FRONTS

External Affairs and Defence Ministries to brief diplomatic corps The international community has made a series of inquiries about the proscription of 15 Tamil organisations operating abroad and suspected to be fronts of the LTTE decimated in Sri...

More,louder Avurudu Kohas this year

The call of Koel or Avurudu Koha has been heard more frequently and louder during the New Year period this year than in the past, according to bird watchers. We saw Kohas mainly in the dry zone and the low country areas in the past. Today, it is found...

Britain updates travel advisory for Lanka

Britain has updated its travel advisory for Sri Lanka after the Lankan government designated 16 organisations and 424 individuals for purported links to terrorism.

40 Red Notices against LTTE operatives living abroad

The Police yesterday said that 40 ‘Red Notices’ have been issued by the Interpol against LTTE operatives living abroad. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said that a number of LTTE leaders are living abroad at the moment.

US hopes to resume military ties with SL

There is room for further improvement, says Military The United States said yesterday it was looking forward to the resumption of a more comprehensive military relationship no sooner the Sri Lankan Government

I INTERVENED TO PROTECT THE MPS,SAYS ERAJ

Hambantota Mayor Eraj Ravindra Fernando denied the allegations made by the UNP MPs that he was behind the attack in Magampura yesterday and said it was the angry staff of the Hambantota Port and the villagers who confronted the MPs. Mr. Fernando told...

Lands of 300,000 Muslims taken over-Bathiudeen

While claiming that the housing issue of 300,000 displaced Muslims in the North-Western Province was due to the Sri Lanka Navy occupying their traditional lands and the government failing to provide alternative lands, Industry and Commerce Minister...

Indian SC rejects plea to probe Indian Army's role in SL

The Indian Supreme Court on Thursday declined to entertain a plea seeking a Special Investigative Team (SIT) probe into the role of the Indian Army as a peacekeeping force in Sri Lanka during operations against the LTTE.

News

UNAUTHORISEDTOUR GUIDES INVOLVED IN SEVERAL THEFTS

The theft of valuables, belonging to foreign tourists, reported from across the country during the past few years are known to have been carried out by unauthorised or unlicensed tourist guides, the Tourist Police Division (TPD) alleged in Court...

Womankilledinassault bymentallyretardedson

In another mindless tragedy, an elderly woman living in Neboda was killed after her son is reported to have brutally assaulted her with a wooden club. Police said the woman, identified as 72-year-old Deegalla Durage Lilinona suffered serious head...

Two prisoners escape from Welikada

A prison inmate and a man detained in connection with a killing and three other cases were reported to have escaped from the Welikada Prisons yesterday while under treatment at the prison hospital’s psychiatric ward. Prisons media spokesman T.N....

Army Major released on bail

An Army Major who was produced in Court on charges of having tendered a 1,000-rupee counterfeit note to the Sanasa Bank was yesterday released on a Rs.5,000 cash bail with two sureties of Rs.100,000 each. SI Dayananda and Sergeant K.S.N.K Fernando of...

Trishaw-bus collision

wewa in Minneriya. The injured were admitted to the Polonnaruwa Hospital by residents who rushed to the scene of the brawl. Hospital authorities said the injured were in a stable condition. No suspects have been arrested and the Minneriya police are...

Details of Military officers on BTU website

A group calling itself the British Tamil Union (BTU) is reported to have published photos and details of nearly 10,000 military officers in what the Military claims is an attempt at hitting back at the Sri Lankan Government over the banning of LTTE...

17 soldiers injured

At least 17 Army soldiers were injured when the lorry they were travelling in veered off the road and toppled over near Thirumurukandi in Kilinochchi yesterday. Army Media Director Jayanath Jayaweera said accident occured in the morning when the...

Van knocks down motorcyclist

A motorcyclist was reportedly killed after being knocked down by a van at Dodangoda on KalutaraMatugama Road. He was rushed to

Soldier allegedly rapes schoolgirl

Police are on the lookout for a soldier who was alleged to have raped an underage schoolgirl after threatening

Six injured in brawl

Six people were injured in a brawl that took place between two factions using swords and wooden poles at Pasiya-

MEDICINAL DRUGS POLICY WILL BE PASSED BY NEXT MONTH

The National Medicinal Drugs Policy (NMDP) will be in the statute book by the end of May fulfilling a long-felt need in the country, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday. ‘The NMDP, drafted on the essential medicinal drug policy of the...

Railway rest room bed bugs disturbed his sleep

A railway engine driver who had stayed in the rest room of the Kosgama railway station, refused to take over functions yesterday complaining that he had no sleep as the bed in the rest room was infested with Bugs. This action of the engine driver...

‘Smoke could affect leaves of Sacred Bo Tree’

The National Botanical Gardens Director General D. S. A. Wijesundera, had informed in writing to the Secretary, Buddha Sasana and Religious Affairs Ministry M. K. B. Dissanayake through the Secretary of the Ministry of Botanical Gardens and Public...

Khuram family 'shocked' as court bails four accused

The family of Khuram Shaikh, who was killed while on holiday in Sri Lanka, say they are shocked by the decision to bail four men accused of his murder - half way through their trial. The 32-year-old f rom Rochdale was on holiday on Christmas Day in...

Ferry tragedy

Expressed confidence that with the characteristic courage and fortitude of the Korean people, they will be able to overcome their sorrow President Mahinda Rajapaksa has sent a message of condolence to South Korean President Park Geunhye on the...

French national drowns off Hikkaduwa

A 72-year-old French national is reported to have drowned in the sea off the Hikkaduwa Beach on Wednesday evening. Police said the body is lying at the Karapitiya Hospital Mortuary and that the postmortem examination would be held...

TNAWILL BEWOOED FORTALKS AGAIN

In a fresh move to coerce the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) to take part in the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) deliberations its Chairman and Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva yesterday said the PSC was inviting the TNA afresh to participate in...

Lankan born BBC newsreader diagnosed with cancer

Sri Lankan-born newsreader George Alagiah has been diagnosed with bowel cancer, the BBC said today. The corporation said that Mr Alagiah would be off-air for the near future while he receives treatment, adding that he is "optimistic" about the...

SL fourth worst place for journalists in GII index

Sri Lanka has been ranked the fourth worst place for journalists worldwide in the Global Impunity Index published by the New York basedCommittee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). It received an Impunity Index Rating of 0.443 which represents unsolved...

COLOMBOANANDAANDJAFFNAHINDU PARTICIPATE IN SOCIAL EVENTS

Colombo Ananda College and Jaffna Hindu College have taken their historical relationships to new heights with more sporting and educational events, a statement said yesterday. Over the last two years Jaffna Hindu College and Ananda College, Colombo,...

Ravin Bandara to meet with William and Katherine

Sri Lanka's Consulate General in Sydney is pleased to announce the nomination of Master Ravin Bandara Galapathy to represent Sri Lankan- Australians and meet with William and Katherine at the Sydney Opera House, Australia. Dressed in Sri Lanka's...

Former President of Maldives arrives in SL

Former President Abdul Gayoom of the Maldives and Mrs. Nasrena Gayoom were welcomed at the airport by the External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris. Former President Gayoom is the guest-of-honour at the Commonwealth event which will be hosted...

Hela Viru Rasa Udana 2014

Hela Viru Rasa Udana 2014, a food complex with 23 food stalls has been opened at the Gregory Tank Park in Nuwara Eliya by the Sri Lanka Army for the first time in Sri Lanka with the co-operation of all regiments and the assistance of 180 chefs to cater...

WE HAVE NEVER TAKEN ANY CIVILIANS’ LAND ---NAVY

The Sri Lanka Navy yesterday denied allegations that they had taken over civilian lands in Marichchikatti. “At no point have we taken over any civilian lands, whenever we wanted any land, we took over government land, and that also for security...

FARMERSEXPRESSCONCERN ASHURULUWEWARUNSDRY

One of the main irrigation works in the Anuradhapura district, the Hurulu wewa was running dry much to the anxiety of the farmers who expressed concern about the unprecedented delay in monsoon rains that had compelled them to abandon paddy cultivation...

CAR CRASHES KILLINGTWO,INJURINGTHREE

A motorcar crashed into a wayside street lamp post causing the death of two passengers and serious injuries to three others in the car. The injured were admitted to the Dambulla Hospital. The vehicle that crashed into the street lamp post had turned...

Car park near A’pura Bodhi to be shifted

The Department of National Botanical Gardens has informed the Ministry of Buddha Sasana to change the plan of the car park which was now being constructed near the Anurdhapura Sri Maha Bodhi to prevent any possible danger to the Sri Maha...

Wanted suspect in lady teacher killing arrested

The main suspect wanted in connection with the killing of a retired lady teacher Nanda Hemalatha de Silva at her house in Walana, Panadura on March 18, 2014 was arrested on Wednesday (16) by the Crime Investigation Unit of the Panadura police. When...

Neutral group needed to build religious harmony

Minister of Justice Rauff Hakeem who expressed concern about the nature of publicity given to religious issues by a section of the electronic media said a neutral group of individuals should act as facilitators to sort out the issues and to build...

Unidentified body found on roadside

The body of an unidentified person was found on the roadside near the Panadura Railway Station last morning. Police said the deceased was about 60years of age and was not a resident of the area. Panadura police were conducting investigations to...

Good Friday

About 2,100 million Christians all over the world mark Good Friday today— the holiest day on which they believe the Lord Jesus willingly made himself the sacrificial Lamb of God to be crucified to show how high, how deep and how wide God’s love is...

How efficient are the GK Co. Directors?

Apart from the 2 - 3 lakhs of rupees received in stages by depositors of the Golden Key CC Co. no return of deposits or any payment of interest have been paid for 5 years. Some officials were appointed on the recommendations of the Central Bank some...

Sustaining Sri Pada as a place of worship

Under its newly introduced project themed, ‘Let’s protect the environment that protects us, the Central Environment Agency (CEA) led a group of 1500 volunteers to Sri Pada recently and collected nearly two tons of sold waste dumped by pilgrims along...

Good Friday

Good Friday is not really a day of sadness, mourning, failure or irreversible defeat. Rather it is a great day of joy and deep satisfaction because of the sublime and meekly atoning sacrifice Jesus offered on the gibbet of the Cross. By His holy death...

UKRAINE DISBANDS ARMY UNIT AFTER FIASCO PUSH INTO EAST

KIEV, April 17 (AFP) - Ukraine on Thursday disbanded an army unit that lost six armoured vehicles to pro-Russian militants, as Kiev's military reeled from a disastrous attempt to oust separatists in its eastern regions. “The 25th parachute brigade,...

Kidnapped Nigerian girls taken to Islamist stronghold

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria, April 16, 2014 (AFP) - The Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram were taken to a stronghold of the Islamist group, parents said Wednesday, as the security forces pressed on with a search to find the hostages. The mass...

Fears over contact lenses

A bug that can cause blindness has been found to be resistant to a common contact lens cleaner. More than 6,000 people in the UK suffer from a bacterial infection that causes microbial keratitis - an inflammation and ulceration of the cornea that can...

FEmALE FArmEr LookS AFtEr 2000 AcrES, 1000 SHEEP AND rAISES SEVEN cHILDrEN

Any working mother will tell you that trying to raise children while also holding down a busy job is extremely tiring and very hard work. So, spare a thought for super mum Amanda Owen, who not only tends to a flock of 1000 sheep every day on a...

BUSINESS NEWS

Brandix fetes stars at ‘Rasadiya Mangalya’

Another year of high achievement was celebrated when Brandix recently honoured 50 of the group’s best-performing employees and supervisors as well as those who had excelled in sports and in the arts at the 2014 edition of its annual celebration of...

Schneider awards Debug for highest growth and valuable contribution

Schneider Electric, South Asia recently held the 2014 SE ITB Partner Conclave for India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh & neighboring countries in Colombo; during which Debug Power Solutions Division, a subsidiary of the Debug Group was awarded for highest...

AMW Automall to offer extensive pre-owned vehicle dealership services

AMW Automall, a fully owned subsidiary of Associated Motorways (Private) Ltd has upgraded and refurbished its Automall showroom in Colombo. This newly conceptualized store further cements AMW’s promise of serving its customers and the automobile...

Laugfs Eco Sri conducts emission testing on Army vehicles

Laugfs Eco Sri carried out emission testing on nearly 15,000 vehicles belonging to Sri Lanka Army last week. The programme took place at a Laugfs Eco Sri Centre in Bellantota and was attended by Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake, LAUGFS Holdings...

Samsung & Technocity launch IT Customer Service Centre

Samsung Electronics recently launched its first Customer Service Centre (CSC) for IT products in collaboration with Technocity (Pvt) Ltd. The IT CSC which is located at De Fonseka Road, Colombo 04, houses highly skilled technicians who are dedicated to...

A home foR Lucky keLLe

Hello, my name is Lucky Kelle, I am about 5 months old I think ( I've forgotten my birthday) About 3 months ago, I was taken from my mother and left on the side of a busy road, I was so frightened, lonely and hungry and I had a rash that itched so much...

About RAbbits

Rabbits who are sick or in pain will hide it as much as possible. Rabbits who are afraid may run or jump away so quickly that they hurt themselves. That’s why it’s always important to pay close attention to your rabbit’s behaviour and try not to...