European bank ‘hit by sophisticated cyber-thefts’

June 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Kaspersky Lab Kaspersky said it believed code was injected into the bank’s webpages to steal data

A security firm has reported uncovering evidence of cyber-thieves robbing more than 190 customers of a European bank.

Ukraine army helicopter shot down despite ceasefire

June 24, 2014 at 8:24 pm

A Ukrainian military helicopter. File photo Before Tuesday, the rebels had shot down at least two Ukrainian army helicopters and a plane

The Ukrainian military says one of its helicopters has been shot down by pro-Russian rebels in the east, killing all nine people on board.

Kathmandu youth circus turns tables on human trafficking

June 24, 2014 at 8:22 pm

By Anbarasan Ethirajan BBC News, Kathmandu

Circus Kathmandu in Dubai 2014 Most of Circus Kathmandu’s performers are former victims of human trafficking

Bijaya Limbu was eight years old when people he describes as “agents” tricked his parents into sending him to neighbouring India for a better life. But the next four years proved to be a nightmare which he wants to forget.

Iraq Crisis- Kerry urges unity to expel Isis rebels

June 24, 2014 at 11:07 am

US Secretary of State John Kerry has told the BBC there must be regional unity to expel Sunni rebels from the Isis group who have taken large swathes of northern and western Iraq.

He said there was no military solution, stressing the need for a new Iraqi government that empowered people in communities where Isis had taken hold. Mr Kerry has been talking to Kurdish leaders in the northern city of Irbil.

IGP won’t heed UNP MP’s calls to resign – SSP Rohana

June 24, 2014 at 12:24 am


June 23, 2014, 10:30 pm

By Madura Ranwala

Inspector General of Police, N. K. Illangakoon would not resign,  police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said last night, when The Island contacted him  to know the reaction of the IGP to Kalutara District UNP Parliamentarian Palitha  Thewarapperuma, who called upon the

Thewarapperuma’s call for the police chief’s resignation for his  failure to prevent the Aluthgama mayhem last week.

Police won’t prevent BBS event in Kandy – SSP

June 24, 2014 at 12:02 am


June 23, 2014, 10:50 pm

By Madura Ranwala

Police would not prevent a Bodu Bala Sena event scheduled to be  held today at 3.00 p.m. opposite the Sri Dalada Maligawa as it was a religious  event, police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said yesterday.

UK’s East India Co issues gold coin worth Rs 2.65 mnin Tendulkar’s honour

June 23, 2014 at 11:57 pm


June 24, 2014, 7:16 am


BY S VENKAT NARAYAN Our Special  Correspondent

NEW DELHI, June 23: Britain’s premium luxury goods brand  East India Company has issued an exclusive legal tender gold coin worth 12,000  pound sterling (INR 1.2 million or LKR 2.65 million) in honour of Indian cricket  legend Sachin Tendulkar.

EPF Act to be amended – UNP

June 23, 2014 at 10:59 pm


* To avoid making lump sum payments to retiring employees

June 23, 2014, 12:00 pm

by Zacki Jabbar

The government was planning to amend the Employees Provident  Fund (EPF) Act with a view to doing away with the provision for making lump sum  payments to retiring employees, the UNP charged yesterday

June 23, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Army Commander Lt. Gen. Daya Ratnayake unveiled a plaque naming  a new auditorium after Colonel Fazly Laphir at the Diyatalawa Military Academy  on Friday. The opening of the Colonel Fazly Laphir Memorial Auditorium coincided  with the passing out of those 60 Officer Cadets from Intake 78, Intake 53 ‘A’  (volunteer) and Lady Intake 12 ‘A’.

Col. A.F. Lafir, PWV, RWP, RSP, SF, was the Commanding Officer  of the First Special Forces Regiment. He played a major role in the formation  and development of the regiment from the original Combat Tracker Team. He was  killed on 18 July 1996 by the LTTE during a rescue mission he led when the  Mullaitivu army base was attacked by the LTTE.

For making the supreme sacrifice for the army and the country,  Lafir was awarded the Parama Weera Vibhushanaya, the highest award for valour of  the Sri Lanka Army and promoted to the rank of Colonel posthumously. Anoma Lafir,  wife of Col Lafir looks on.

Rajaratnam Snr, an icon in Tamil philanthropy, passes away

June 23, 2014 at 10:46 pm

[TamilNet, Sunday, 22 June 2014, 16:24 GMT] Jesuthasan Rajaratnam (JMR), born in Alvai, Point Pedro, and an old boy of Hartley College, later of Jaffna Central College, passed away at the age of 86, in Tenafly, New Jersey 17th June, Tuesday. His funeral was held on the 21st Saturday with a large gathering of his relatives, friends and  leaders of various Tamil diaspora organizations  in which he was a  prominent member. A long-term friend who had known JMR for more than 60 years, while Rajaratnam was a student in accounting in U.K. in the 50s and later while holding executive positions in several Colombo-based corporations, described JMR as the most noteworthy person in his life “who has shown singular commitment to the rights and welfare of Tamil people in the NorthEast of Sri Lanka, and who took action to alleviate the debilitating conditions of his people.”

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