NewsArmy chief General Bipin Rawat arrived yesterday afternoon on a seven-day official visit at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake. Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army, together with Mrs Chandrika Senanayake, President, Army Seva Vanitha Unit (ASVU) warmly welcomed Mr. Rawat and his spouse, Mrs Madhulika Rawat at the Bandaranaike International Airport. The five-member delegation comprised Mrs. Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat, Major General Prithi Singh, Brigadier Mukesh Aggarwal and Major Anshul Ahlawat. During his stay in Sri Lanka, he is scheduled to call on the President, Prime Minister, State Minister of Defence, Defence Secretary, Chief of Defence Staff, and Tri-forces Commanders. In addition, he is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka Military Academy at Diyatalawa, Trincomalee and Galle during his stay.
May 14, 2018 11:37 UTC
NewsIn a meeting with President Sirisena on Sunday evening, the Leader of the Islamic Republic stressed that Asian countries should expand cooperation. Ayatollah Khamenei, the Leader of the Islamic Revolution met with Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, the President of Sri Lanka, on Sunday afternoon May 13, MEHR News Agency reported. Pointing to the cultural and historical relations between the two countries, and with the countries of the subcontinent, Ayatollah Khamenei acknowledged that the level of trade between Iran and Sri Lanka was much less than the two nations' potentials. He further stressed that Asian countries needed to cooperate and work more together, as it would empower them.”Ayatollah Khamenei regarded Iran's scientific, technological, and research advances as a proper ground for extending cooperation between the two countries and told Mr. Sirisena and his delegation "the Islamic Republic of Iran looks forward to expanding the existing friendship and cooperation with your government and nation; and in this regard, the contracts which were signed between the two countries today, must be earnestly followed up and implemented," the agency reported.
May 14, 2018 11:37 UTC
SportAn unnamed player from the visiting Durham City Clem's Pirates Rugby team, has passed away on Monday (14) under tragic circumstances according to informed sources. It is said that two players from the team had complained about breathing difficulties and were rushed to a leading private hospital in Colombo on Sunday, a day after Durham City Clem's Pirates played a friendly match against CR&FC in Colombo on Saturday (12). After emergency treatment a player has passed away early morning on Monday (14) while the other player is currently under treatment in the Intensive Care Unit of the private hospital. The Durham City Clem's Pirates arrived Sri Lanka on Thursday (10) last week with a schedule of a few friendly matches and coaching camps in Colombo and a few major cities of the country. The visiting team played against CR&FC on Saturday (12) and it was reported that the match ended with no evident injuries to players from any of the teams.
May 14, 2018 10:18 UTC
The selection process of the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2018 was held at Hotel Galadari in Colombo on April 25 by a eighteen strong selection panel headed by cricket doyen Jayantha Seneviratne, who is a former national cricketer and a national selector himself. Under Seneviratne's versatile leadership, the panel included former prominent cricketers, who are presently holding top positions in cricket administration. Once again performances of the Singer Schools Under-19 Cricket Tournaments, traditional fixtures and international commitments were considered during the selection process. As it happens annually, Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2018 has done the justification of the talents of the youngsters who showcased their talents locally as well as internationally. The talent of all schoolboy cricketers were scrutinized before being picked by the panel of experts.
May 14, 2018 09:22 UTC
A power outage has been reported in several areas this morning due to the tripping of the Pannipitiya-Biyagama Main Supply Line. The technical fail... Features & AnalysisIn Pictures: 'Fun Home'Captured here are images from the musical ‘Fun Home’ written by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron was pre...“Chaos by SMS” this weekend“Chaos by SMS” is back by popular demand. First staged in November last year, the play was an instant hit... Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore celebrated in Sri LankaNobel Laureate Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore has a special place in the heart of Sri Lankans, and his legacy conti...Buddha’s teachings and lessons on state-craft and diplomacy for rulers and diplomatsBy Satharathilaka Banda Atugoda The epistemology of Buddhism is so vast that the varied realms of knowledge w...
May 14, 2018 08:03 UTC
SportThe Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau (CECB) has demanded answers from contractor Access-CONICA JV after water started seeping out from the multi-million-rupee synthetic track at Sugathadasa Stadium, just four weeks after it was unveiled. “It was observed following defects on the newly laid synthetic surface of 400metres track and D corner area,” the letter signed by T.G.D.T. Industry experts say the water seeping out of the track could be caused by a number of reasons like the use of wet raw materials during installation or installation during wet weather. The Sugathadasa track tender was awarded under controversial circumstances to a joint venture between Access International and CONICA at a cost of Rs. In 2002, a new track was laid to hosts the Asian Athletics Championship using prefabricated materials and it lasted nearly 10 years.
May 14, 2018 06:33 UTC
SportIt may be surprising that Amasha de Silva, the girl who won four gold medals at the recent South Asian Junior Athletic Championships, initially dabbled in Hockey and Volleyball. Incidentally, Safia Jameel of Gateway College, who was to be one of her team-mates at the South Asian Championships, finished in third position. In the relays, she did the last lap in the shorter event, and the third lap in the longer one. The Sri Lanka quarter achieved South Asian records in the two relays. By achieving this timing, she has qualified to run in the Asian Junior Championships to be held in Japan early next month.
May 14, 2018 04:07 UTC
In a meeting with President Sirisena on Sunday evening, the Leader of the Islamic Republic stressed that Asian countries should expand ... Features & AnalysisIn Pictures: 'Fun Home'Captured here are images from the musical ‘Fun Home’ written by Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron was pre...“Chaos by SMS” this weekend“Chaos by SMS” is back by popular demand. First staged in November last year, the play was an instant hit... Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore celebrated in Sri LankaNobel Laureate Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore has a special place in the heart of Sri Lankans, and his legacy conti...Buddha’s teachings and lessons on state-craft and diplomacy for rulers and diplomatsBy Satharathilaka Banda Atugoda The epistemology of Buddhism is so vast that the varied realms of knowledge w...
May 14, 2018 01:07 UTC
SportDharmaraja College and Vidyartha College bagged major honours at the Kandy district schools -V.T. Rajan Memorial hockey sixes for boys (U/14,16,18 and 20) concluded at the V.T. Dharmaraja stickers lifted both U/14 and 20 hockey titles defeating Kingswood College in the two respective finals while Vidyartha annexed the U/16 and 18 titles by outplaying Dharmaraja College in the two finals. Results finals -U-14: Dharmaraja beat Kingswood 1-0Akila Withanaarachchi scored the winning goalBest player - Akila Withanaarachchi (Dharmaraja)Best goalkeeper - Sachin Kalhara (Kingswood)U-16: Vidyartha beat Dharmaraja 2-1 on penalties after the game ended nil all draw at full timeBest player - C.S. Senarathna (Dharmaraja)U-18: Vidyartha beat Dharmaraja 1-0 on penaltiesBest player - R. Dharmarathna (St. Sylvesters)Best goalkeeper - D. Maduwantha Konara (Vidyartha)U-20: Dharmaraja beat Kingswood 1-0The winning goal was scored by Tiraj ShanilkaBest player - Kavindu Dissanayake (Sri Sumangala, Kandy)Best goalkeeper - Santhush Weerasinghe (Dharmaraja)
May 14, 2018 00:55 UTC
This much look forward to hockey fiesta in the city of Matale - cradle of hockey - organised and conducted by Matale Old Thomians Hockey Association (MOTHA) with Singer Sri Lanka PLC and Peoples Bank as the main sponsors will be played for A.J. Wijesinghe memorial challenge trophy. Harasgama Memorial Challenge Trophy while the second runner-up will take away the C.K. Hulangamuwa Memorial Challenge Trophy. Maris Stella Negombo, St. Joseph Vaz Wennappuwa, Dharmadutha Badulla, Bandaranayake MV Gampaha and St. Thomas' boys from Matara.
May 14, 2018 00:45 UTC
The Men recorded 3-1, 3-2 victories over Gauthamala and Jordan respectively, but went down 2-3 to Togo, which resulted in them falling to 63rd in rankings. The Women Paddlers received a walkover in their 1st match, and recorded 3-0, 3-2 wins against Mexico and Algeria respectively, to be ranked 61st in the World. Krishan Wickremaratne scored victories over Mavoungor Saheed 3-2 (8-11, 12-10, 11-4, 6-11, 11-4), New Zealand's Dela Pena Alfred 3-2 (4-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-4) and Gutierrez Allen of Guatemala 3-0 (11-9, 11-4, 13-11). Piumila beat Ali Fathimath Dheem (Maldives) 3-2 (11-13, 11-13, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8), Outolla Ines (Morocco) 3-0 (12-10, 11-9, 11-3). Warnakulasuriya beat Mohamed Mueena (Maldives) 3-0 (11-7, 11-6 12-10) and Joutet Leila (Morocco) 3-0 (11-8, 11-6, 11-4).
May 14, 2018 00:45 UTC
LatestThe re-election of Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as Prime Minister of Malaysia after a lapse of 15 years has been received with much delight by those in the former regime. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is vying to come back to power was quick to congratulate the 92-year-old Malaysian leader. Mahathir MohamadHe wished the new Malaysian leader via his twitter account sending out “warm congratulations to Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on his historic victory and being sworn in as Prime Minister of Malaysia once again.”His son, Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, too, was quick to congratulate Dr. Mahathir. He congratulated him on his “remarkable win” and wished the very best for the new leader and the Malaysian people. Read more Cafe Spectator
May 13, 2018 15:00 UTC
The left-arm spinner has borne the responsibility of being Sri Lanka’s premier spinner ever since Muttiah Muralitharan’s retirement from Test cricket in 2010. This will be followed by the Asia Cup, England’s visit to Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand. Sri Lanka play three Tests in the West Indies, including a day-night Test, in Barbados. Sri Lanka will begin the series with a three-day practice match in Trinidad, before the first Test begins on the same island, on June 6. Sri Lanka have never won a series in the West Indies in their last three visits to the Caribbeans.
May 13, 2018 13:00 UTC
NewsThe purpose of the anti-dengue campaigns has been to create awareness to keep the places clean and thereby minimise dengue breeding areas. But, these sign boards put up in the Beruwala area seem to give a negative message to the campaign. When the authorities are trying to get Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne’s message across to the people, they should be more careful to keep at least the surroundings of the hoardings clean. Read more Cafe Spectator
May 13, 2018 12:56 UTC
SportSri Lanka Masters Women’s National Hockey team expects to enter the quarterfinals of the EXIN Masters World Cup 2018 said skipper Sobitha Mendis. The Sri Lanka Masters Women’s National Hockey Association has decided to take part in the Masters Women’s World Cup Tournament from July 27 to August 5, in Barcelona, Spain. Sobitha Mendis is a former 5 times National Hockey captain. The team will take part in 4 1st Round matches and expect to win all 4 games to qualify for the quarterfinals. IMHA World Cup Tour Sri Lanka Contingent:Goalkeepers: Rupika de Silva, Priyantha RajapakseFullbacks: Sobitha Mendis (Capt), Iromi Gunawardena, Vadana Ekanayake, Eisha AmarasekaraHalves: Chandima Rajawardane, Shereen Perera, Sunethra Perera, Manoji Pradeepika, Sanjee VasudewaForwards: Nishanthi Kumburegama, Durgha Hopman, Chamila Gunawardena, Apsara Gunarathne , Nissansala Rozairo, Renuka Yapa, Ayesha Serasinghe
May 13, 2018 12:56 UTC