The Greens proved a point but are Joes the new kids in town? View(s):The Schools Rugby knockout started in 1978 and since then, it has been known by different names at various junctures. St. Joseph’s moulded themselves into a healthy unit and did well by convincingly beating Dharmaraja. For Pathana, it was defeating arch rivals St Peters who blunted the League title for the Park boys. The knockout has been won by Pathana, Royal, S.Thomas’, St Peter’s, Kingswood as well as Science College.
June 24, 2017 19:18 UTC
SportThe 14th Annual General Meeting of the Nalanda College Past Cricketers' Association will be held today at 10 am, at the Nalanda College Language Laboratory . All past Cricketers of the school are kindly requested to be present with their proposals and recommendations for the uplift of the game at their alma mater.
June 24, 2017 18:56 UTC
Top Sri Lankan economist Saman Kelegama died from a heart attack suffered in Thailand on Friday. Colleagues in Colombo said tha... Features & AnalysisNew toy taking China by storm can fire needles and nails as well as toothpicks, leading to concerns over safety(AFP) Handheld mini-crossbows that can fire needles and nails are the latest must-have toy in China but anx...Delving into Sri Lankan nature with Eco Team's Ahas PokunaAnuruddha Bandara; a pioneer in tourism innovations has created Sri Lanka’s first, all-suite, luxury, pri...Lankan Ambassador in Qatar attends Ifthar Dinner celebration at Emir's invitationThe Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani hosted an Ifthar Dinner celebration recently at ...A glimpse inside the beautiful ‘super-luxury’ M.V. Majestic PrincessThe ‘super-luxury’ M.V. Majestic Princess stopped over in Colombo Port on her 49-day maiden voyage from R...
June 24, 2017 15:22 UTC
Lasith, obtained 14912 combined votes during the ended week as his tally moved further to 222983 and stand firmly ahead of second placed Navindu Nirmal of St. Aloysius College Galle. Navindu's total reads as 142054 after adding 1641 combined votes this week. The All-Island segment, as it looks presently, is a clear win assured to Lasith with just two more coupon counts pending, unless a miracle is performed by Navindu's supporters. Yasas added 659 combined votes in the ended week while Prabash added 949 to further slim down the gap from last week. All-Island SchoolsLasith Croosepulle (Maris Stella College) 222983Navindu Nirmal (St. Aloysius' Galle) 142054Mohamed Najath (Zahira College) 62435Charana Nanayakkara (Thurstan College) 10506Santhush Goonathilake (St. Peter's College) 9388Dinitha Basnayake (St. Benedict's College) 7069Romesh Nallaperuma (S. Thomas' College) 6416Helitha Vithanage (Royal College) 1843Nikesh Anjana (S. Thomas' College) 1818Mohamed Rifaz (Presidents College) 1438Lakshina Rodrigo (St. Peter's College) 1212Sahan Suraweera (Ananda College) 892Hareen Buddhila (St. Aloysius College) 683Dileepa Jayalath (Ananda College) 531P.A.
June 24, 2017 12:33 UTC
Superintendent of Police (SP) and Attorney-at-Law Ruwan Gunasekara has been appointed as the new Police Media Spokesman. He succeeds Deputy Inspect... Features & AnalysisNew toy taking China by storm can fire needles and nails as well as toothpicks, leading to concerns over safety(AFP) Handheld mini-crossbows that can fire needles and nails are the latest must-have toy in China but anx...Delving into Sri Lankan nature with Eco Team's Ahas PokunaAnuruddha Bandara; a pioneer in tourism innovations has created Sri Lanka’s first, all-suite, luxury, pri...Lankan Ambassador in Qatar attends Ifthar Dinner celebration at Emir's invitationThe Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani hosted an Ifthar Dinner celebration recently at ...A glimpse inside the beautiful ‘super-luxury’ M.V. Majestic PrincessThe ‘super-luxury’ M.V. Majestic Princess stopped over in Colombo Port on her 49-day maiden voyage from R...
June 23, 2017 09:00 UTC
WorldSYDNEY (Reuters) - Sydney will install concrete barricades in a prominent pedestrian-only thoroughfare to mitigate against the risk of a vehicle attack by extremists, Australian police said on Friday, after recent incidents in Europe and the United States. Earlier this month, a van ploughed into worshippers near a London mosque, the third such attack in the city since March. "Ultimately, the advice from police involves balancing the management of risk against the need for the public to enjoy access to public spaces," he said. Sydney's city council said it was working with police to determine if additional bollards or barricades were required in other public places. About 140 concrete bollards were erected in eight pedestrian locations around the centre of Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, to reduce the risk of militant acts, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
June 23, 2017 08:37 UTC
NewsConvenor of the Inter University Students' Federation (IUSF) Lahiru Weerasekara has been taken into police custody. He was arrested shortly after concluding a press conference regarding the incidents which took place at the Health Ministry on Wednesday. Earlier, Convenor of the Inter University Bhikkhu Federation (IUBF) Venerable Tampitiye Sugathananda Thera was arrested by police while being treated at the Colombo National Hospital. The student leaders have been arrested following clashes that took place on Wednesday after students stormed and occupied a building of the Health Ministry. Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne has accused the students of causing almost Rs.900, 000 in damages to Health Ministry property during the incident.
June 23, 2017 06:56 UTC
NewsRainy condition is expected to enhance to some extent in the south-western part of the country from today, Department of Meteorology said in its weather forecast. "Heavy rains upto 100mm expected in Kegalle, Ratnapura, Kalutara, Gampaha, Colombo and Galle districts until June 27,"Accordingly showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts. "Fairly heavy showers (above 50 mm) can be expected at some places, particularly in Colombo, Rathnapura, Kegalle and Kaluthara districts. Showers or thundershowers may occur at few places in the Uva province and Batticaloa and Ampara districts after 2.00 p.m," the weather report said. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.
June 23, 2017 05:33 UTC
NewsSeventeen Indian fishermen were arrested with the support of Navy and Sri Lanka Coast Guard for engaging in poaching activities in the northern territorial waters off Nagar Kovil today evening, Navy said. During ususal routine patrolling, Lankan Navy vessels detected two Indian fishing trawlers 16.8 nm and 14.6 nm off respectively, engaged in bottom trawling were apprehended. The arrested fishermen along with their fishing trawler and fishing gears were handed over to the Jaffna Assistant Director of Fisheries for onward legal action.
June 23, 2017 05:13 UTC
When one call centre worker was sent home for wearing shorts to work, he hit back in an act of brave defiance - a dress. Earlier this week, a man in the UK was sent home from work for wearing shorts -- a breach of company rules, despite the heat of summer. "Due to the extremely warm temperatures," the memo said, "... gentlemen in the office are permitted to wear ¾ length shorts." Or -- and this is the interesting part -- your employer will say that men can wear neither shorts nor dresses. "Men shouldn't wear dresses"?
June 23, 2017 03:22 UTC
NewsMinister for Interior Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Thursday said that stronger Pak-Sri Lankan partnership was key to promoting greater cooperation in the region and strengthening regional platforms. According to a report by Pakistanś Nation, Mr Ali Khan made these comments during a meeting with former president of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa and his delegation. He said Pak-Sri Lankan partnership was also a bulwark against the challenges facing the region including, terrorism and poverty besides warding off any self-assumed notion of hegemony, a press release quoted the Minister as saying. Former president Rajapaksa thanked the Interior Minister and the government of Pakistan for the warm welcome that was extended to him and his delegation during his visit. He also expressed the hope that two countries would continue to follow the path that leads to greater cooperation and understanding in coming years.
June 23, 2017 03:00 UTC
NewsAn extreme drought followed by floods has affected large swathes of cropland in Sri Lanka, United Nations agencies reported today, warning that the disaster threatens the food security of some 900,000 people. Having lost their crops to drought and floods, Sri Lanka's most vulnerable groups are struggling to earn an income, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP). Following the bad harvests, many, the agencies add, are now also forced to buy food from local markets. Now, nearly 225,000 households (or about 900,000 people) face food insecurity, the UN agencies say. Current predictions show the second 2017 paddy harvest – known as Yala, due to be harvested in August and September – is forecast at 1.2 million metric tonnes, 24 per cent below last year's level.
June 23, 2017 02:39 UTC
Features(AFP) Handheld mini-crossbows that can fire needles and nails are the latest must-have toy in China but anxious parents want them banned before a young child gets blinded or worse. Selling online and in shops for as little as seven yuan ($1), so-called toothpick crossbows were originally designed to shoot out just that – toothpicks. Other Chinese state media said the mini crossbows can fire projectiles a distance of more than 20 metres and shoot iron nails in place of toothpicks. One parent wrote on Weibo, China’s equivalent to Twitter: “Hurry up [and ban them], pupils do not understand and are just shooting people for fun. It will cause accidents sooner or later.”Another worried observer wrote: “Our primary school began to investigate this from Monday and they’re very dangerous.”
June 23, 2017 02:10 UTC
Sport(AFP) Sri Lanka great Mahela Jayawardene has withdrawn from his planned spell with Lancashire during English county cricket's Twenty20 Blast for unspecified "personal reasons", it was announced Thursday. The former Sri Lanka captain and current Mumbai Indians coach was set to arrive at Old Trafford later this month ahead of Lancashire's opening game against Durham on July 7. "I am very disappointed to be unable to join Lancashire Lightning in the upcoming NatWest T20 Blast as planned," said Jayawardene in a club statement. Jayawardene, 40, has previously played in the T20 Blast with both Sussex and Somerset. The former Sri Lanka captain scored nearly 12,000 Test runs at an average of just under 50 in 149 Tests.
June 22, 2017 20:03 UTC
Graham Ford, Sri Lanka’s national cricket coach, has left the team in the lurch midway through his four-year contract and returned to his home country. Sri Lanka hosts Zimbabwe next week in a short series before India visit in July. Sri Lanka Cricket replied, explaining that it had taken a policy decision to appoint a Cricket Manager and that it will not be changed. In terms of hierarchy, Mr Ford was answerable to Mr Gurusinha. The Sunday Times exclusively reported last week that Mr Ford had abandoned the team and left the country.
June 22, 2017 12:33 UTC