FeaturesCanon’s Photo marathon will be held on October 21 for which they have tied up with Sri Lanka Tourism targeting local and tourist photo enthusiasts to take part in the competition, to ensure Sri Lanka receives increased promotion through the camera lens at the competition. This is the second Photo Marathon held in Sri Lanka alongside their regional competitors in other countries with the winner set to win a fully paid trip to Japan to participate at the international event on a learning experience along with a Canon EOS. The photo marathon would be held with the aim of highlighting some of the country’s famous sights from the perspective of the visitor. Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau Chairman Udaya Nanayakkara told journalists that the bureau had already partnered this month with the LSR Marathon, now the Canon Marathon and later this year for the Choir Games. He pointed out that next year Sri Lanka would play host to events every month that would ensure the participation of at least 2000 – 3000 persons attracting the numbers to the country.
October 14, 2017 20:37 UTC
SportRoyal and Trinity were adjudged joint winners in the inaugural J.R. Jayewardene Trophy football encounter concluded at the Royal College Sports Complex on Saturday (14). In a scrappy game played on a muddy surface, none of the players were able to produce football of good quality. Royal forwards and Trinity forwards made every attempt in scoring but the conditions made things difficult. There were no scoring in both halves and Royal and Trinity were declared joint winners in this inaugural encounter. Royal scored three goals while Trinity failed to score in the Under-15 match and Royal defeated Trinity 2-1 in the Under-17 clash.
October 14, 2017 18:22 UTC
SportThe Colombo Friend-in-Need organised AIDEX 2017, the Annual Sports Festival for Jaipur Limb users will be held on Sunday (15) at Prison Grounds, Colombo 8. To commemorate the 186th Anniversary of the Colombo Friend-in-Need Society AIDEX will be held for the 28th year. The event is very much looked forward by both participants and organisers. Over 400 participants from various parts of the island will be in action at this year's edition. Ceylon Tea services Ltd. (Dilmah) will be providing T' Shirts and caps for the participants and volunteers.
October 14, 2017 18:22 UTC
WorldThe hosts of the Oscars are to hold emergency talks to consider the future role of film mogul Harvey Weinstein following claims of sexual misconduct, the BBC reported. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the allegations of sexual assault against Weinstein were "repugnant". The US academy, which has handed out 81 Oscars to films produced by Weinstein's Miramax studio and the Weinstein Company, said it would meet on Saturday to "discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the academy". The Manhattan district attorney's office said undercover audio of the complainant and Weinstein was "insufficient to prove a crime". Mr Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.
October 13, 2017 08:48 UTC
WorldHONG KONG (Reuters) - A Hong Kong court on Friday found nine pro-democracy activists guilty of criminal contempt of court for refusing to leave a protest site during the 2014 “Occupy” demonstrations which brought major roads in the city to a halt. “Having considered all the evidence, the court is satisfied that they are guilty of criminal contempt... There is no maximum penalty for contempt of court, a defence lawyer told Reuters. Reuters had reported that Yuen had overruled several other senior public prosecutors to seek jail terms for Wong and two other activists, Nathan Law and Alex Chow. Hong Kong’s senior officials have strongly denied any political agenda and say they’ve strictly abided by legal procedures and the rule of law.
October 13, 2017 08:37 UTC
A poll by Social Weather Stations conducted at the same time and released on Sunday showed trust and satisfaction in Duterte - also ratings of personality and performance - fell to the lowest of his presidency. Duterte this week ordered police to stand down from the campaign but has not said what motivated his decision. Academic Edmund Tayao said the Pulse poll showed the public still recognised the importance of the war on drugs, and Duterte would stick to his policy agenda. “Despite all the political noise, all the opposition against the president, he continues to be wildly popular and people approve of his leadership,” Rye said. But there seems to be that particular effort in order to the put the president and his administration in a particular light,” he told reporters.
October 13, 2017 08:26 UTC
WorldBLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Friday upheld a ruling by the High Court that had reinstated corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma, piling further pressure on a head of state already facing several scandals. Zuma was appealing against a High Court ruling in April 2016 that ordered a review of a decision by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to set aside hundreds of corruption charges against Zuma. That decision allowed Zuma to run for president in 2009.
October 13, 2017 07:52 UTC
SportThe ICC Board today gave the green light to a nine-team Test league and a 13-team ODI league aimed at bringing context and meaning to bilateral cricket. The ODI league will be a direct qualification pathway towards the ICC Cricket World Cup and will be contested by the 12 Full Members plus the winners of the current ICC World Cricket League Championship. Mr Richardson said: “Our priority was to develop an international cricket structure that gave context and meaning across international cricket and particularly in the Test arena. “However throughout the discussions about the future of Test cricket it became clear that whilst context is crucial we must also consider alternatives and trial initiatives that may support the future viability of Test cricket. The trial is exactly that, a trial, just in the same way day-night Tests and technology have been trialled by Members.
October 13, 2017 07:30 UTC
NewsA hartal campaign expressing solidarity with ongoing hunger strike of three Tamil prisoners is currently underway in North disrupting normalcy in the region. Earlier Civil societies and trade unions called for a hartal campaign in view of extending support to the hunger strike of three prisoners detained under Prevention Terrorism Act (PTA) over years. The organizers alleged that the three detainees have been in custody for years with alleged false charges filed by the Attorney General (AG) department. Three detainees have been on a huger strike over two weeks against AG department decision to transfer their cases to Anuradhapura courts from Vavuniya. A civil society led protest was staged in front of Northern Governor’s Secretariat to release the detained prisoners in custody without any further delay.
October 13, 2017 07:18 UTC
In December 2016, MCC’s Board of Directors selected Sri Lanka to develop a compact. Sri Lanka became eligible for assistance after passing 13 out of 20 indicators on MCC’s policy scorecard. MCC’s grants and assistance to Sri Lanka is an immense contribution to Sri Lanka’s efforts in advancing good governance, fighting corruption and in the protection and promotion of human rights. The Sri Lankan Government has established a project management unit, the “Sri Lankan Compact Development Team”, within the Prime Minister’s Office, to work with MCC on the compact. of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C.Prof.
October 13, 2017 06:56 UTC
NewsA Sri Lankan woman who tried to smuggle USD100, 000 (equivelnt to Rs 15, 500, 000) into the country was apprehended by Customs officers at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake this morning (13). The 36-year-old suspect had arrived in the country from Chennai and was attempting to exit the airport using the Customs Green Channel when she was searched by Customs Narcotic Control staff at BIA. They had found the USD 100, 000 hidden in her handbag, Customs Spokesman Sunil Jayarathna stated. The suspect, a resident of Colombo, was arrested over non declaration of the cash. Further investigations are ongoing.
October 13, 2017 06:45 UTC
FeaturesThe Colombo Rowing Club premises was covered with Blue and Gold at the conclusion of the 14th Annual Musaeus-Ladies Rowing championship as Musaeus College retained the Marie Musaeus Higgins Trophy with a close 27-25 points win last Saturday. Captured here are images from the event.
October 13, 2017 06:45 UTC
NewsA fire which completely burned down factory at Orugodawatta in Grandpass in the early hours of this morning (13) also damaged four nearby houses, police said. The factory where the fire originated produces boxes used to package tea. Police said the fire was eventually brought under control and doused with the assistance of police, area residents, the Grandpass Fire Brigade and the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB). While there were no deaths of injuries due to the fire, the tea factory was completely gutted while four nearby houses sustained minor damage, police said. Neither the cause of the fire nor the extent of its damage has been determined as yet.
October 13, 2017 06:33 UTC
NewsFormer President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga has been appoined as the new Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Organizer for Attanagalla. The appointment has been made by President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday. The move also follows the removal of MPs Kumara Welgama and Mahindananda Aluthgamage from their positions as SLFP Organizers for Matugama and Nawalapitiya respectively.
October 13, 2017 05:03 UTC
NewsUnited People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) MPs Kumara Welgama and Mahindananda Aluthgamage have been removed from their Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Organizer posts. Accordingly, Welgama has been removed from his post as Matugama SLFP Organizer while Aluthgamage has lost his post as SLFP Organizer for Nawalapitiya. Both MPs represent the Joint Opposition in Parliament.
October 13, 2017 04:52 UTC