SportCenturions, Asantha Singappuli of Stafford Motors (Stafford) and Thusitha Silva of PABC Bank (PABC), stole the limelight in the ongoing 7th Prestige Automobile (Pvt) Ltd., sponsored, 'BMW-Hyundai' Trophy, MCA 'C' Division 50-Over League Tournament 2018, continued last week. The ‘Honda boys’ continued to ride the fast lane for their 2nd successive win after 3 defeats, with a comprehensive 97-runs win over Standard Chartered Bank (SCB). In a low scoring game, Kanrich Finance (Kanrich) 'B' had to fight all the way to beat Commercial Leasing & Finance (CLF) by 3 wickets. CLF were helped by a splendid spell from Chandula Weeraratne (10-0-34-5), to reduce CLF to 145 runs in 41.4 overs. Kanrich 'B', after a struggle, went over the line- 145/7 in 44.2 overs.

February 18, 2018 07:30 UTC

SportLast year’s 'E' Division winner, HNB Grameen started their new campaign in the 'D' Division in fine fettle, with a resounding 152-runs win over Softlogic Finance (Softlogic). The other winners over the weekend were NDB Bank (NDB), David Peiris Motor Co. (DPMC) and Central FinanceLtd (CFL). The tournament will be continued this week-end with a card of six matches. John Peter 33 n.o.) At Ratmalana: NDB beat Hemas Group by 6 wicketsHemas 152 (36) (S. Samaranayake 58, A. Ranasinghe 35; Iranda Seneviratne 5/34, D. Dharmadasa 2/20, D. Sandaruwan 2/29)NDB 153/4 (28.1) (N. Fonseka 43, S. Fernando 36 n.o., S. de Mel 38 n.o., I. Wijetunga 22; S. Samaranayake 2/37)

February 18, 2018 04:30 UTC

My favourite musical right here in Colombo Francesca Mudannayake was at Nelum Pokuna on opening night, February 14, when it came alive with The Sound of Music View(s): View(s):I wouldn’t say I’m the biggest fan of musicals. It’s curious that the release of the 1961 Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway production, the musical following the life of Maria Von Trapp and her time taking care of seven children during the Second World War was met with less than favourable reviews. Another integral part of the show were the seven Von Trapp children – high-spirited, vivacious and though the singing wasn’t always note-perfect, it was performed with a lot of heart. I had a particular soft spot for Gretl (Senushki De Silva) who delivered an endearing performance as the youngest Von Trapp. One minute the Baroness Schraeder is engaged to the Captain Von Trapp and the next minute they’re….not engaged?

February 17, 2018 19:53 UTC

Fire at Mawanella garbage dump View(s):A fire which started at a garbage dump at Randiwala in Mawanella on Friday has spread. Smoke and fumes emanating from the burning garbage have enveloped several areas outside the immediate vicinity of the fire. Residents fear that with the onset of the monsoon rains -expected soon- the garbage dump could collapse causing yet more damage. Residents claim the garbage dump has also affected waterways and ground water sources in the area, and appeal to the authorities to find a solution to this problem as it is now posing a danger to their health. Among the villages most affected are, Karapane, Udumahana, Yatimahana, Nepalana and Kirigahawatta.

February 17, 2018 19:52 UTC

Lyceum IS Nugegoda retain Grero Trophy 3rd Niketha Grero Trophy View(s): View(s):An allround performance by Vihanga Ambepitiya supported by a half ton by Hansaja Bandara helped Lyceum International School Nugegoda record a convincing nine wicket win over Lyceum International School Panadura in their annual cricket encounter played at P. Sara Stadium yesterday to retain the Niketha Grero Challenge Trophy. The proceedings saw Lyceum IS Panadura taking first lease of the wicket making a modest score of 196 with Sheron Liyanage making a top score of 65. Lyceum IS Nugegoda in their run chase lost their first wicket with the score on 36 and from there on Vihanga Ambepitiya who made an unbeaten 117 inclusive of 22 boundaries and a six and Hansaja Bandara who remained unbeaten on 51 made merry as the pair sent the opponents bowling on a leather hunt whilst sharing an unbroken 161 runs for the second wicket helping the side to reach the target in just 23.1 overs. ResultLyceum IS Panadura 196 in 42.3 overs (Sheron Liyanage 65, Sithira Tennekoon 31: Vihanga Ambepitiya 4 for 22, Nisal Hettiarachchi 3 for 48)Lyceum IS Nugegoda 197 for 1 in 23.1 overs (Vihanga Ambepitiya 117 n.o., Hansaja Bandara 51 n.o.)

February 17, 2018 19:52 UTC





LPL has five-year window in August-September By Champika Fernando Sri Lanka's T-20 International View(s): View(s):Though the dates of the proposed Lanka Premier League (LPL) clashes with similar leagues being played around the world during the same period, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is confident of attracting top international cricketers for the tournament. The LPL is scheduled for August 18 to September 16, a period during which Sri Lanka has no international commitments. But the dates clash with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and England’s T20 Blast. Sri Lanka is the only ICC full member without a T20 league of their own. West Indies has their own league in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) while Ram Slam T20 Challenge in South Africa’s.

February 17, 2018 19:52 UTC

SportAs an effort to strengthen the inter-relationship between the architects in the Asian region through cricket, the Sports Committee of Sri Lanka Institute of Architects organising the Architects’ Asia Cup Cricket Twenty20 Tournament 2018 -- held from February 16 to 20. This is the first time that such an international cricket tournament is organised in Sri Lanka, where three major cricket playing countries in the region, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and India will be taking part. Several other cricketers from the 1996 World Cup winning team and the 2014 T20 World Cup winning team will be participating as special guests. The Sri Lanka Architects team is captained by Manoj Champika, as opening batsman and a left-arm spinner and the vice captain is all-rounder Sulochana Amunugama. This is the first time and Indian Architects cricket team is touring Sri Lanka.

February 17, 2018 19:52 UTC

It is also a first in Sri Lanka with the private sector joining hands for the national good in a “landmark” collaboration with a government body and an environmental agency under the umbrella of the non-profit Biodiversity Sri Lanka (BSL). The Life Project to restore the degraded rainforest patch at Halgahawala allocated to it by the Forest Department will be a pilot programme. The corporates which are participating in this phase are Jetwing Hotels Ltd., Siam City Cement (Lanka) PLC,, Nations Trust Bank PLC, Hatton National Bank PLC, Diesel and Motor Engineering PLC, Virtusa (Pvt.) Simultaneously, a biodiversity credit accrual system for Sri Lanka will be pursued from the information generated. He urged a little bit of collaboration among the different sectors to deliver a beautiful and sustainable Sri Lanka to the next generation.

February 17, 2018 19:52 UTC

Election musings View(s):My dear chandadaayakaya,I thought I must write to you because you had caused a ‘revolution’ last Saturday by exercising your vote at the ‘punchi chandey’. We can all agree that there was one message that was clear: that Mahinda maama’s ‘pohottuwa’ won the election without a shadow of doubt. He argues that therefore, more than half the people who voted, voted against Mahinda maama. The ‘pohottuwa’ chaps and even Mahinda maama himself seem to have lost the plot after their win. As for Mahinda maama, although he seems to be surrounded by the same people, I hope he doesn’t make the same mistakes he did before.

February 17, 2018 19:52 UTC

Parliamentary business committee meets tomorrow View(s):The Parliamentary Business Committee comprising leaders of political parties represented in Parliament will meet at 9 .am. tomorrow, officials said . Parliament business for the week had been decided prior to the local government polls, but in view of the new developments with the setback suffered by the ruling parties at the polls, a party leaders’ meeting has been scheduled to discuss a possible change in the week’s programme.

February 17, 2018 19:52 UTC

More members than labourers in some councils View(s):Some of the local councils will have more members than the number of labourers to maintain sanitation facilities and cleaning up roads in the council areas. In most Pradeshiya Sabha areas of the Matara District, the number of labourers is less than the council members. The Devinuwara PS area will have 21 members, but only 18 labourers to serve the people, while in Akuressa 25 members have been elected to the council which has 24 workers. Menawhile the Colombo Municipal Council is to have its meetings at a BMICH hall, in view of the increase in the number of members. With the increase in the number of members, councils are also to buy new furniture.

February 17, 2018 19:52 UTC

“Guththila Kaawya’’ made to theatre View(s):The theatrical presentation of ‘Guththila Kaawya’, based on the Ven. Wattawe Thera’s wellknown, piece of literature directed by award winning playwright Akila Sapumal as a stage play will go on the boards at 8.15 a.m and 10.45 am on February 23 at the Sudâsuna auditorium in ChilawVeteran artistes such as Chadrasoma Binduhewa, Prasannajith Abeysuriya, Jayanath Bandara, Thilanka Gamage, Dinupa Kodagoda, Thilan Warnajith, Susantha Kahandawalaarachchi, Tony Kevitiyagala, Iresha Jeewanthi, Priyantha Kumari, Asiri Edirisinghe and lmaya Sewwandika perform in the play. Music direction is by Dilshan Umayanga, Dasun Theikshana has designed the stage settings and Prasannajith Abeysooriya and Iresha Janakal jointly handle costume designing of ‘Guththila Kaavya’. Managed by Saman Chaminda, Jude Srimal is the producer and the organiser of the play.

February 17, 2018 19:52 UTC

The iconic book has been transformed into two movies, taught at schools and next weekend S.Thomas’ College will bring their version of the classic to the stage. Left alone, without adult supervision the group of 6-12-year-olds slowly descend from the civilized orderly leadership of Ralph to chaos, savagery and murder under the tyranny of the island’s ‘bully’ Jack. “We’re training them to feel the isolation,” explain the directors, who hope to transform the stage into the exotic but lonely background as realistically as possible. Sebastian plays Ralph, the story’s protagonist and good-guy leader who uses his role to take care of the others and try to find a way off the island. But amidst the terrors that follow on the island “Piggy is symbolic of innocence.”On the other side of the spectrum is Jack – the resident villain of the story.

February 17, 2018 19:52 UTC

High-tech vehicle number plates soon View(s):Sri Lanka is rolling out new high tech security number plates for vehicles to help Police in the detection of vehicular movements, prevent counterfeiting, duplication and crimes, a senior Transport Ministry official said. It will be difficult to remove/replace the hitech number plates and will also prevent robberies and car-jacking. The MTD will introduce these high tech number plates shortly and the process is still in the experimental stage, the official said. A radio frequency identification system is to be introduced to new number plates which will help police to detect vehicular movements, he disclosed. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects.

February 17, 2018 19:52 UTC

In, out, in? View(s):With the political wrangling throughout the week as Sri Lanka struggled to form a new government, Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malik Samarawickrama brought the reality of the complex political discussions to a Colombo conference on IT on Thursday. “I still haven’t lost my job,” he said, smiling as this picture taken by photographer Amila Gamage shows. Mr. Samarawickrama is also chairman of the United National Party.

February 17, 2018 19:52 UTC