Milestones & Awards


SUNDAY TIMES


Editors Guild Awards 1998

  • Journalist of the Year: Iqbal Athas

1999

  • Photographer of the Year: – Gemunu Wellage
  • Best Photograph of the Year: – Dilshika Jayamaha
  • For reporting under special circumstances (Honorable Mention): M. A. Pushpa Kumara & Sajeewa Chinthaka
  • Upali Wijewardene Award for Human Interest Reporting (Hon. Mention): Kumudini Hettiarachchi

2000

  • Best Foreign Report of the Year: Thalif Deen
  • For his picture capturing an emotional moment: J. Weerasekara
  • Young Journalist of the Year: Nilika de Silva
  • Best Designed Newspaper of the Year – The Sunday Times
  • Young Reporter of the Year: Dilrukshi Handunnetti

2001

  • B.A. Siriwardene Award for Columnist of the Year: Iqbal Athas
  • Best Designed Newspaper of the Year: The Sunday Times
  • Young Reporter of the Year: Shelani Perera
  • D.R. Wijewardene Award for Earning the Appreciation of Peers and Public: Neville de Silva
  • Award for the Best Environment Report of the year: Dilrukshi Handunnetti

2002

  • Upali Wijewardene Feature Writer of the Year: Kumudini Hettiarachchi
  • Photograph of the Year: Daminda Harsha Perera
  • Best Designed Newspaper of the Year: The Sunday Times

2003

  • Mervyn de Silva Award for Journalist of the Year: Kumudini Hettiarachchi
  • B.A. Siriwardena Columnist of the Year: Rajpal Abeynayake
  • Best Journalist of the Year (English language): Chris Kamalendran

2004

  • Award for Best Sports Journalist of the Year: Marlon Fernandopulle
  • Upali Wijewardene Feature Writer of the Year (Joint Winners): Priyanwada Ranawaka & Renu Warnasuriya

2006

  • Developing Asia Journalism Awards – Dilshath Banu Noordeen was selected as the first runner-up by the Asian Development Bank Institute under the Development Agencies and Development Category for her story on ‘Debris the dumping disaster’ after the December 2004 tsunami.
  • Received the Superbrand Status

Editors Guild Awards 2008

  • Best News Journalist of the year- (Certificate) –Christoper Kamalendren
  • Best Business Journalist – Bandula Sirimanne
  • Best designed paper
  • Best young Reporter – Isuru Kavirathne

DAILY MIRROR


  • Started in 1996 as Mid Week Mirror (Tabloid)
  • Became Daily Mirror on 1999 (Tabloid)
  • Converted to broadsheet in 2000
  • Added the Financial Times business segment between 2000-2009
  • Daily Mirror FT was re-branded to Daily Mirror Business in 2000 while FT became a standalone publication
  • 2007 Received Superbrand Status for Financial Times
  • 2008 The Best English Newspaper in Sri Lanka –Mass Media Award -2008
  • 2008-Editors Guild – Best Sports Journalist – Channaka De Silva
  • Best Photographer – Dinuka Liyanawatta
  • Best Designed paper – (Certificate)
  • 2009 -Editors Guild – Best Sports Journalist –Channaka De Silva
  • Best Photographer –Samantha Perera
  • D.R. Wijewardena Merit Award –Sunil Jayasiri (Deputy Editor & Defense Correspondent

The Women’s Media Awards (2008)

  • Special Award for taking Sri Lankan Media to a Global level.

Collats 2010(Sri Lanka Association of Printers)

  • Silver –Best Produced Newspaper
SUNDAY LANKADEEPA

Sunday Lankadeepa – 1986
Diyatha – 2004
Sandella – 1996

  • Editors Guild – 2008 – Best Journalist on Social Issues (Certificate) –Ms. Asuntha Edirisuriya
DAILY LANKADEEPA

Lankadeepa – 1991

  • 2006- SLIM Nelsen Peoples Awards
  • 2007- SLIM Nelsen Peoples Awards
  • 2008 – SLIM Nelsen Peoples Awards
  • 2010 – SLIM Nelsen Peoples Awards
  • 2011 – SLIM Nielsen Peoples Awards

The Women’s Media Awards (2008)

  • Lankadeepa Deputy Editor –Mrs.Indrani Peries –Best Women Deputy Editor Award
  • Lankadeepa Senior Journalist –Mrs.Dayaseeli Liyanage –Best Women Lobby Reporter
  • Mrs. Vinitha Gamage –Best Environment Journalist
  • Ms. Sanjeevika Samarathunga (SLD) –Best Women Journalist Conducting Interviews.

Collats 2010 (Sri Lanka Association of Printers)

  • Bronze –Best Produced Newspaper

  • Wijeya – 20th July 1980
  • LankaWomen – 08th February 1984(Newspaper) 2006
  • Lanka Women Magazine – 2006 to September 2006
  • LW – November 2006
  • Tharunaya – 1983
  • Silver – Tabloid
  • Vijei – 2004
  • Sirikatha – 1980
  • Hi! Magazine – 2003
  • Go Magazine – 2005
  • Financial Times (ST) – 2002
  • Financial Times (DM) – 2002
  • Pariganaka – 1996  Issued as a separate (supplement of Daily Lankadeepa) ; 1999 onwards as a magazine
  • Bilindu – 2005
  • Easy Guide – 2007  Low cost IT book series
  • Braille – 2011
  • IT Times – 2005

Hokandara Factory

  • National Cleaner Production Awards-2009 (2009) given by National Cleaner Production Centre –Sri Lanka
  • Silver Award in recognition of excellence in cleaner production practices in manufacturing – Small & Medium Organization Category
  • Special award in recognition of achievements in material efficiency in manufacturing. Special award in recognition of achievements in water efficiency in manufacturing – small & medium organization category
  • Taiki Akimoto 5S Awards 2009 organized by Japan Sri Lanka Technical & Cultural Association (JASTECA) – 2nd Runner-up
  • National Quality Circle Awards – 2009 – Certificate
  • Global Chemical Leasing Award 2010 – Certificate for applying and Promoting Chemical Leasing
  • National Productivity Awards 2009 – Production (Medium Scale) -3rd Place in Western Province
Daily FT & Weekend FT

  • 2009 –Editors Guild – Business Journalist of the Year (Miss. Cheranka Mendis)
  • Collats 2010(Sri Lanka Association of Printers)
  • Gold – Best Produced Newspaper