Athletics: Sri Lanka contingent of 12 leaves for Asian GP in China

SportA contingent of 12 athletes left for China on Saturday (22) to participate at the first and second legs of the Asian Grand Prix. Sri Lanka will be represented by seven men and five women at the two events where athletes from 40 countries are set to participate. The first leg of the Asian GP will be held in Xinhua on Monday (24) followed by the second leg in Jinxing on Thursday (27). The third and final leg will be held in the International Stadium in Chinese Taipei. Sri Lanka teamsMen: Sumedha Ranasinghe, Waruna Lakshan, (Javelin Throw), Manjula Kumara (High Jump), Sanjaya Jayasinghe (Triple Jump), Himasha Eshan (100metres) Ajith Premakumara (400metres), Indunil Herath (800metres)Women: Gayanthika Abeyrathne (800metres), Nimali Liyanaarchchi (800metres), Tharika Fernando (Putt Shot), Tharanga Vinodani (High Jump), Rumeshika Ratnayake (100metres)

April 22, 2017 14:15 UTC

Rs.50,000 for families to move out of Meethotamulla

NewsThe Government would pay a month allowance of Rs.50,000 for three months for families in Meethotamulla until they are provided with full compensation or new houses. The allowance will be for families who opt to relocate from the high risk zone in Meethotamulla. The Government Information Department said an allowance of Rs.10,000 will also be provided to the families as transport costs when removing their property. Meanwhile, the process of providing houses for those displaced by the Meethotamulla tragedy commenced today. The houses will be provided to any displaced families willing to accept the offer.

April 21, 2017 13:18 UTC

Colourful exhibits with ‘Pursuit of Love’ and ‘Cellscapes II’

The Government would pay a month allowance of Rs.50,000 for three months for families in Meethotamulla until they are provided with full compensati... Features & AnalysisColourful exhibits with ‘Pursuit of Love’ and ‘Cellscapes II’After a quiet week with Colombo enjoying the Avurudu festivities, the city’s events calendar is livening up. ...‘Pulse of the Heartians’ this weekendBnS, Billy Fernando and 2Forty2, Hector Dias, Umaria and Voice.Print are the stars who will perform together at &ldqu...Young student wins under 15 Scrabble title at ASTAR Scrabble ChallengeJanul de Silva of Royal College became the Under 15 Champion at the ASTAR Scrabble Challenge International (ASCI...Nuwara Eliya Flower Show gets underwayThe Annual Flower Show in Nuwara Eliya was declared open at the Victoria Park today by chief guest Assistant Hig...

April 21, 2017 12:56 UTC

Lufthansa, Air France departures briefly hit by computer outage

World(REUTERS) Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) and Air France (AIRF.PA) were briefly hit by computer problems preventing them from boarding passengers on Thursday evening, airport and airline staff said on Thursday. The airline said on its Twitter account the systems were back up and running after a global outage. Twitter users spoke of similar boarding delays at Air France, although they were also quickly resolved. A spokesman for Air France said it was due to a problem with a system from travel technology group Amadeus IT (AMA.MC). Amadeus confirmed its Altea system had experienced some technical issues, which resulted in flight delays and problems in the booking process.

April 21, 2017 11:44 UTC

Evacuations of besieged Syrians resume after two-day halt

WorldBEIRUT (Reuters) - The evacuation of Syrian civilians and fighters from four besieged towns, part of a swap deal between the warring sides, resumed on Friday after a 48-hour halt, state media and a war monitoring group said. In exchange, ten buses carrying rebels and their relatives from Zabadani left a second nearby transit point to cross into rebel territory, state-owned Ikhbariyah channel said. The towns of Zabadani and Madaya, which had long been under siege by pro-government forces near Damascus, came under state rule this week after Sunni rebels and civilians were evacuated. The Britain-based war monitor said it remained unclear if authorities had released any prisoners as the reciprocal evacuations resumed in the morning. Thousands of Syrians have been evacuated mostly out of besieged rebel areas in recent months, under deals between President Bashar al-Assad's government and rebel groups fighting for six years to unseat him.

April 21, 2017 11:03 UTC



Prime Minister Wickremesinghe to visit India next week

NewsLankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickermesinghe will visit India from April 25 ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the country. During Mr. Wickremesinghe's visit reports from the New Indian Express suggest the premier will be finalizing details regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. Mr Wickeremesinghe will meet with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh and Minister of Road Transport and Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari, the report suggests. This will be Prime Minister Modi’s second visit to Sri Lanka since 2014. The contract for construction of the Trincomalee port and conclusion of a Free Trade Agreement are some of the bilateral agreements and some forward movement is expected during Modi’s visit, the report said.

April 21, 2017 08:03 UTC

Team of Japanese experts carry out inspections at Meethotamulla site

NewsA team of Japanese experts landed in Sri Lanka yesterday and have begun their initial inspection of the Meethotamulla garbage dumpsite. According to local media reports, the team is to conduct a thorough inspection and evaluation of the Meethotamulla dumpsite and provide solutions to Sri Lanka’s garbage dumping problem. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promised assistance when news of the Meethotamulla tragedy reached him while Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was on an official visit to Japan.

April 21, 2017 07:35 UTC

Garbage disposal declared an essential service

NewsPresident Maithripala Sirisena instructed issuance of a special gazette notification to declare garbage disposal as an essential service, the government news portal reported.. According to the report, the gazette is issued under Clause No.16 of the Public Security Act, declaring garbage disposal by any authority of the Public Administration as an essential service. This covers garbage disposal, garbage separation, transportation, and storage. Any person contravening the order or disrupts any of the above activities will be liable for arrest, prosecution and punishable under the law, the report said.

April 21, 2017 05:15 UTC

Customs seize more than Rs 100 million worth items

(REUTERS) China launched its first cargo spacecraft on Thursday, taking another step towards its goal of establishing a permanently manned spa... Features & Analysis‘Pulse of the Heartians’ this weekendBnS, Billy Fernando and 2Forty2, Hector Dias, Umaria and Voice.Print are the stars who will perform together at &ldqu...Young student wins under 15 Scrabble title at ASTAR Scrabble ChallengeJanul de Silva of Royal College became the Under 15 Champion at the ASTAR Scrabble Challenge International (ASCI...Nuwara Eliya Flower Show gets underwayThe Annual Flower Show in Nuwara Eliya was declared open at the Victoria Park today by chief guest Assistant Hig... When the Fawlty Tower's gang took over Mount Lavinia HotelWhen the Fawlty gang took over the Maitland State Room of the Mount Lavinia Hotel, guests and patrons sat eagerly awa...

April 21, 2017 04:52 UTC

Islamic State claims Paris shooting, one policeman killed

World(REUTERS) A French policeman was shot dead and two others were wounded in central Paris on Thursday night in an attack carried out days before presidential elections and quickly claimed by the Islamic State militant group. President Francois Hollande said he was convinced the "cowardly killing" on the Champs Elysees boulevard, in which the assailant was himself shot dead by police, was an act of terrorism. Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins said the man had been identified, but investigators were still assessing if he had accomplices. Officers searched the home of the dead attacker in a town east of Paris, a police source said. Police secure the Champs Elysee Avenue after a shooting incident in Paris, France, April 20, 2017.

April 21, 2017 00:11 UTC

U.S. sees increased activity by Chinese bomber aircraft: officials

World(REUTERS) The United States is aware of a higher-than-usual level of activity by Chinese bomber planes, signaling a possible heightened state of readiness, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday, but downplayed concerns and left open a range of possible reasons. None of the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, suggested alarm or signaled that they knew the precise reason for such Chinese activity. Those possibilities include defensive exercises or Chinese concerns over North Korea. U.S. officials have long speculated that North Korea could soon stage another nuclear test or carry on with missile tests. We don't know whether or not they're able to do that but I have absolute confidence that he will be trying very very hard," Trump said.

April 20, 2017 21:22 UTC

Russian court bans Jehovah's Witnesses as extremist

World(REUTERS) Russia's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Jehovah's Witnesses were an "extremist" organization and must disband and hand over all property to the state, local media said. Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia have 30 days to submit their appeal for consideration by a three-person panel. Some Orthodox scholars view Jehovah's Witnesses as a 'totalitarian sect'. Interfax news agency quoted Sergei Cherepanov, a Jehovah's Witnesses representative, as saying that the group will appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. The religious organization has expanded around the world and has about eight million active followers.

April 20, 2017 20:15 UTC

PM at Meethotamulla

President Maithripala Sirisena instructed issuance of a special gazette notification to declare garbage disposal as an essential service, the gover... Features & AnalysisYoung student wins under 15 Scrabble title at ASTAR Scrabble ChallengeJanul de Silva of Royal College became the Under 15 Champion at the ASTAR Scrabble Challenge International (ASCI...Nuwara Eliya Flower Show gets underwayThe Annual Flower Show in Nuwara Eliya was declared open at the Victoria Park today by chief guest Assistant Hig... When the Fawlty Tower's gang took over Mount Lavinia HotelWhen the Fawlty gang took over the Maitland State Room of the Mount Lavinia Hotel, guests and patrons sat eagerly awa...English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka to hold workshop on the 'Short Story'The English Writers Cooperative of Sri Lanka will hold a half-day workshop on the Short Story by an experienced acade...

April 20, 2017 16:41 UTC

Pakistan's top court rejects call to disqualify prime minister

WorldISLAMABAD (REUTERS) Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled there was insufficient evidence to order Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's removal from office over corruption allegations levelled by the opposition, but it ordered further investigations. The prime minister and his children deny any wrongdoing. "We are ready for all kinds of investigation," Defence Minister Khawaja Asif told reporters outside the court. "The prime minister should immediately resign at least for the 60 days until JIT completes its work," Khan told reporters, referring to the joint investigation team. "That is very damaging to the prime minister," Rasheed Razvi said.

April 20, 2017 14:37 UTC

Garbage crisis: Dompe protesters teargassed

NewsPolice fired tear gas and water cannon in a bid to disperse demonstrators who were protesting attempts to transport garbage collected from Colombo to a site in Maligawatta, Dompe this evening. Authorities have been trying to dump garbage collected from Colombo at garbage dumps in several locations since the decision to halt further dumping at Meethotamulla. However, these moves have been met with strong protests by residents of these areas.

April 20, 2017 12:45 UTC




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