Cricket: Sumathipala summons Emergency Meeting at SLC

SportSri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala has convened an emergency meeting to discuss and review about the disastrous Test series against South Africa, where Sri Lanka was whitewashed 0-3. The meeting is presently underway at the SLC Headquarters in Maitland Place. According to a live video uploaded via social media, SLC CEO Ashley de Silva stated that the meeting is taking place headed by Sumathipala. De Silva stated that the team management presently in South Africa -- Coach Graham Ford and Manager Ranjith Fernando and skipper Angelo Mathews are due to take part in the discussions via skype. The meeting will also make way to discuss Sri Lanka's strategic and the way forward about the upcoming ODI and Twenty20 series against South Africa.

January 17, 2017 08:39 UTC

Canadian Federal Court upholds deportation of alleged LTTE fundraiser

NewsAn alleged fundraiser for the LTTE who has been fighting deportation from Canada for more than two decades has lost a key court battle after a federal judge dismissed his appeal, the Vancouver Sun reported. The Federal Court upheld the deportation of Manickavasagam Suresh on the grounds he was a member of a terrorist organization and that he was complicit in war crimes and crimes against humanity. Initially, Canadian authorities tried to deport him under a security certificate, which was upheld by the Federal Court. The 40-page decision dismissing his appeal of that ruling was handed down on Jan. 10 but as of Monday had not yet been posted on the Federal Court website. The Tamil Tigers ran a lucrative fundraising operation in Toronto and Montreal until the WTM’s offices were raided by the RCMP in 2006.

January 17, 2017 05:58 UTC

"Buddhist Ideals of Good Governance" launched

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed to reverse the decision to increase the price of a lottery ticket to Rs.30. Accordingly, the price of... Features & AnalysisFairway Galle Literary Festival 2017 gets underwayThe Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017 opened on the evening of Wednesday, January 11 with invitees and partic...‘Gosha- Beat to Beat’ ; Evening of percussion drums, songs‘Gosha – Beat to Beat’, an evening of percussion drums, songs and serenity presented by Limini Weer...Princess Diana letter about troublesome son Harry sold at auctionLONDON A collection of handwritten notes by the late Princess Diana, one of which reveals that her younger son Prince...New Year's Eve celebrationsCaptured here are New Year's Eve celebrations which took place around the island. The following were captured at ...

January 17, 2017 05:57 UTC

Rugby: Kandy thrash Navy 50-22

SportReigning champions Kandy SC kept their title defending hopes alive by thrashing Navy SC 5-22 in a second round match of the Dialog Division 'A' Rugby League Championship at Nittawela on Sunday (15). Despite tensed pressure Kandy kept on to their game plan and led the halftime by 28-10. The winners went on to score from six tries, four conversions and four penalties. The Sailors scored from three tries, two conversions and a penalty.

January 17, 2017 05:26 UTC

Transport Minister takes aim at Northern Provincial Council

NewsMinister of Transport and Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala De Silva criticised the Northern Provincial Council (NPC) for failing to provide services to the people on time with the powers it has already been given. As such, he requested NPC members to take full advantage of the opportunities offered by President Maithripala Sirisena. The Minister further said that it was time to bring an end to the 'war' that was still ongoing between the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) and private bus operators. Built at a cost of Rs.195 million, the Vavuniya bus terminal is the first bus terminal built in the Northern Province by the National Transport Commission. Ministers Rishard Bathiudeen, Deputy Minister Ashok Abeysinghe, Parliamentarian K. Masthan and Northern Province Governor Reginald Cooray were among those who were present on the occassion.

January 17, 2017 05:25 UTC



Rugby: Havies beat Army 29-17

SportHavelock SC registered a well deserving 29-17 win against Army SC in a second round match of the Dialog Division 'A' Rugby League Championship played at Ratmalana on Sunday (15). Havelocks led 17-7 at halftime and went on to score from five tries and two conversions. The Soldiers gave to good attack but had to remain in the losing end after accumulating their points from three tries and a conversion.

January 17, 2017 05:21 UTC

Three police killed in Turkey roadside bomb attack: official

WorldThree police officers were killed and three others wounded when a roadside bomb exploded Monday as a police vehicle passed by in Kurdish-majority southeastern Turkey, the local governor's office said. “An attack was carried out when explosives... detonated as an armoured vehicle carrying our riot police was passing by,” the governor's office said in a statement. It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack but the state-run Anadolu news agency pointed the finger of blame on “PKK terrorists”. The governor's office called it “an atrocious terror attack”, vowing that Turkey would continue to fight “against terror” with determination. Turkey has been on edge after a wave of attacks blamed on Kurdish militants and Islamic State jihadists.

January 16, 2017 17:30 UTC

EU, NATO nations concerned by Trump's NATO remarks

WorldForeign ministers from NATO and European Union nations are concerned about comments on NATO that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump made in a newspaper interview published on Monday, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said. “I've spoken today not only with EU foreign ministers but NATO foreign ministers as well and can report that the signals are that there's been no easing of tensions,” Steinmeier told reporters when asked about Trump's interview with Bild newspaper and the Times of London. In the interview, Trump said he viewed NATO as obsolete because it had not defended against terror attacks. BRUSSELS, REUTERS

January 16, 2017 17:04 UTC

Obama warns Trump not to drop Iran nuclear deal

WorldUS President Barack Obama on Monday marked the first anniversary of the nuclear deal with Iran by emphasizing its “significant and concrete results” and warning the incoming Trump administration against undoing a pact supported by the world's major powers. The White House insisted Monday that despite US reservations about other actions by Iran -- including its support for “violent proxies” and “terrorist groups” -- Tehran was upholding its nuclear commitments. Iran, it said, had “reduced its uranium stockpile by 98 percent and removed two-thirds of its centrifuges.” The White House stance was backed up by a statement from Secretary of State John Kerry, who helped negotiate the deal. The agreement, Kerry said, had “resolved a major nuclear threat without firing a shot or sending a single soldier into combat. It was endorsed unanimously by the United Nations Security Council and earned the support of more than 100 countries across the globe.

January 16, 2017 16:39 UTC

Europe's fate 'in our own hands': Merkel after Trump barbs

An alleged fundraiser for the LTTE who has been fighting deportation from Canada for more than two decades has lost a key court battle after a... Features & AnalysisFairway Galle Literary Festival 2017 gets underwayThe Fairway Galle Literary Festival 2017 opened on the evening of Wednesday, January 11 with invitees and partic...‘Gosha- Beat to Beat’ ; Evening of percussion drums, songs‘Gosha – Beat to Beat’, an evening of percussion drums, songs and serenity presented by Limini Weer...Princess Diana letter about troublesome son Harry sold at auctionLONDON A collection of handwritten notes by the late Princess Diana, one of which reveals that her younger son Prince...New Year's Eve celebrationsCaptured here are New Year's Eve celebrations which took place around the island. The following were captured at ...

January 16, 2017 16:15 UTC

Carrom: SLCF boss to step down

SportIt is understood that Prasad Samarasinghe, the incumbent President of the Sri Lanka Carrom Federation (SLCF) had tendered his letter of resignation to be effected from the end of November 2016. Samarasinghe was elected uncontested at the last Annual General Meeting of the Federation and his two year tenure is to be completed on March 31, 2017. The President of SLCF, Samarasinghe informed that he submitted his letter of resignation to the Minister through the Director General of Sports as well as to the Secretary of the Carrom Federation. Naotunna said that when he received the news of the President he spoke to him and requested to defer his decision as the World Cup Carrom championship was on the corner. The Secretary had called a meeting of the committee on December 8 and only five members were present and to proceed the meeting there should be at least nine members.

January 16, 2017 16:03 UTC

Five dead in shooting at Mexico music festival: mayor

WorldA shooting erupted at an electronic music festival in the Mexican resort of Playa del Carmen early Monday, leaving at least five people dead and sparking a stampede, the mayor said. Three of the dead are foreigners, said Torres, mayor of the municipality of Solidaridad, which includes the popular beach resort. The region, popular among American and European tourists, has been largely spared from the drug violence plaguing other parts of Mexico. The BPM Festival issued a statement on Facebook saying the attack was perpetrated by a lone shooter in front of the club. The festival said organizers have been working with local authorities throughout the event to ensure public safety.

January 16, 2017 15:45 UTC

After Paris, Israelis and Palestinians look to Trump's US

WorldIsrael and the Palestinians remain as far apart as ever after a Paris conference, with attention now turning to whether US President-elect Donald Trump will shake up the long-stagnant Middle East peace process. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly denounced the Paris conference as another useless attempt at an international “diktat”, arguing that only direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations can lead to peace. The Paris conference was one of the “last spasms of yesterday's world”, according to the Israeli premier. However, “at the same time, the declaration of the Paris conference was without teeth,” he added, referring to the lack of enforcement mechanisms. But “the Trump administration will have to deal with the fact that the European and Arab countries are saying: 'This is what we are committed to.'

January 16, 2017 15:40 UTC

Syrian rebels to attend Astana peace talks

If the Astana meetings are successful, they could bode well for fresh UN-hosted negotiations on the conflict next month in Geneva. Several rounds of peace talks held by the United Nations have failed to produce a political solution to the conflict. The Astana talks will assume a different approach, focusing strictly on military developments ahead of political discussions in Switzerland in February. Ahmad Ramadan, from the leading National Coalition opposition group, said the Astana talks would aim to reinforce the truce “while the details of the political process will be left to Geneva”. Abu Zeid said the Fateh al-Sham Front, which changed its name from Al-Nusra Front after breaking away from Al-Qaeda, would not attend the Astana talks.

January 16, 2017 15:17 UTC

President scraps Iran visit, no reasons given

The dispute over a huge unpaid oil bill due to Iran by Sri Lanka remains unresolved.However, President Sirisena’s visit to Russia, the first ever by a Sri Lankan President, will take place as scheduled on March 21. After the four-day visit, President Sirisena will fly from Moscow direct to the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka. The Sri Lankan President has been invited to be the chief guest at the Independence Day celebrations of Bangladesh on March 26. President Sirisena also informally explored the possibility of travelling to Washington DC for the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump. President-elect Trump is to be sworn in as the 45th US President on January 20.

January 16, 2017 08:58 UTC



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