NewsThe blockade imposed on several social media sites continues for a sixth day today. The Telecommunication Regulartory Commission (TRC) has so far made no official statement on when the ban would be lifted. Social media sites such as Facebook and messaging services such as WhatsApp and Viber have been blocked by all service providers following a directive issued by TRC, which was responding to a request from the Ministry of Defence. The ban was put in place last week in the wake of communal violence in the Kandy district. The ban came into effect soon after the government declared a State of Emergency in the country.
March 13, 2018 06:11 UTC
NewsTHE Indian coast guard on Monday morning arrested five fishermen from Sri Lanka for allegedly violating the international maritime boundary and poaching Indian marine resources near Kodiyakkarai in the district, the New Indian Express reported. After enquiries were completed mid-sea, the fishermen were taken to the Karaikal private port on the coast guard’s Rani Durgavati vessel in the evening. Ranil, one of the arrested fishermen, was quoted as saying, “We left shore from the Trincomalee harbour on February 28 and due to bad weather, we mistakenly sailed towards Indian territorial waters. “When we accessed the stranded boat, we found five fishermen from Trincomalee in Sri Lanka. The other apprehended fishermen are Dhanushkar, Arun, Madhuranga, Dilan–all from Anchakattai village near Trincomalee in Sri Lanka.
March 13, 2018 04:41 UTC
NewsUN's political chief on Sunday condemned anti-Muslim violence that has targeted mosques and businesses in Sri Lanka as he wrapped up a three-day visit to the Indian Ocean island-nation. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman urged the government to bring the perpetrators of the violence and hate speech to justice. Feltman met with Sirisena, the prime minister, civil society and human rights representatives during the three-day visit that was scheduled before the outbreak of violence. "He expressed concern that many elements of the government's visionary 2015 program seem stalled, despite their importance to sustainable peace, security and prosperity in Sri Lanka," said the statement. Feltman said he received assurances from government leaders that they are moving forward with democratic reforms.
March 12, 2018 08:03 UTC
NewsSeven persons allegedly involved in setting a hotel in the Anamaduwa area on fire in the Puttalam district were arrested today, police said. Footage obtained from a nearby commercial establishment was used to identify those involved in the attack. Police said all of them will be charged under emergency regulations that are now in force. Earlier residents, politicians and traders helped the hotel owner to renovate the place. Buddist monks in the area also condemned the incident saying it was aimed at inciting communal violence.
March 12, 2018 07:07 UTC
NewsAn eatery set on fire by mobs in the Anamaduwa area on Sunday morning was renovated within hours by residents and the business community. In these images captured by our correspondent monks in the area joined for the reopening.
March 12, 2018 05:03 UTC
However, the recent communal clashes in Sri Lanka that has necessitated the imposition of national emergency have belied the hopes of politics in Sri Lanka becoming stable and progressive. The image of Sri Lanka in the eyes of the outside world has certainly suffered due to this communal violence and the Sri Lankan government’s efforts to project Sri Lanka as a peaceful country and encourage investment from abroad and promote tourism by people from across the world have suffered a setback. It calls for high level of maturity and the statesmanship on the part of Prime Minister and President of Sri Lanka to take the necessary proactive steps. Sri Lanka is not the only country where such communal violence in different forms has taken place. While Sri Lanka government should take stringent steps to promote communal harmony by promoting appropriate climate of harmony and the political leadership in Sri Lanka should avoid narrow and short sighted partisan outlook to win votes and support, the basic necessity of maintaining demographic balance in Sri Lanka between different religious groups should get utmost priority.
March 12, 2018 02:48 UTC
NewsPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday held bilateral talks with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on key issues, including developmental cooperation, besides holding parleys with leaders from nine other countries on the sidelines of the solar alliance meet, NDTV reported. Neighbourhood first! PM @narendramodi met Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, on his 5th visit to India as President, on the sidelines of the #ISA. Leaders exchanged views on developmental cooperation, among other areas of bilateral cooperation," Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Apart from meeting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Bangladeshi President Abdul Hamid, PM Modi held talks with leaders from the UAE, Seychelles, Comoros, Guyana, Fiji, Djibouti, Somalia, Mali and Rwanda.
March 12, 2018 02:37 UTC
The Men’s ‘A’ Division final saw last year's runners-up HSC Blues dethrone defending champions Colombo BC, to claim their first ever CSL title. The Men’s ‘B’ Division was won by Moratuwa BC ‘A’ beating Colombo BC ‘B’ 71-57. SL Army BC ‘B’ beat Royal BC to claim 3rd place. The Men’s ‘C’ Division was won by Buffaloes BC ‘B’, beating Vazians BC 83-72. Moratuwa BC ‘B’ beat All Greens BC ‘B’ to claim 3rd place.
March 12, 2018 00:56 UTC
SportIn future, there would be no automatic entry to Olympic related events. National Olympic Committee Secretary General Sri Lanka Maxwell de Silva said, “Hereafter there would be no automatic inclusion to any of the Olympic related events from Sri Lanka. “If they find it too expensive and unaffordable they could organise and host some international events in Sri Lanka. For a start it may be good and they would get the necessary international-level exposure through such events," he said. At the last Again Games in Incheon, South Korea, Sri Lanka won a ‘gold’ and a ‘bronze’ ironically both medals were won by cricketers.
March 12, 2018 00:56 UTC
SportEnding a 11-month long drought of events, Royal Turf Club (RTC) will conduct its first race for 2018 with a raceday next Saturday. Races for thoroughbred horses will range from 1000metres to 2000metres in addition to the event classes of three-quarter bred and half bred horses. Either the races were affected by rain or RTC faced other obstacles in its failure to conduct races. We, as thoroughbred racehorse owners, will finally get the opportunity run our stallions after a lapse of 11 months. Our only interested is holding regular races to keep the thoroughbred horses in prime condition, and we are not interested in any other matter than that.
March 11, 2018 17:26 UTC
“I was told: a plane en route from Ukraine to Istanbul was seized, captors demand landing in Sochi,” Putin said in the film seen by Reuters. There were 110 passengers onboard, while over 40,000 people had gathered at the stadium to watch the opening ceremony, the reporter said. Putin said he sought advice from security officers and was told the emergency plan for that type of situation called for the plane to be shot down. “I told them: act according to the plan,” Putin said, adding that shortly afterwards he arrived at the Olympic venue with the International Olympic Committee officials. After several minutes Putin received another call, he said, informing him that it was a false alarm - the passenger was drunk and the plane would continue its flight to Turkey.
March 11, 2018 15:33 UTC
CDB scored a hard fought 3-wickets win over Softlogic Holdings (Softlogic). NTB 'A' romped to a comfortable 157-runs win over Peoples Leasing & Finance (PLF). Kanrich 'B' comprehensively beat Pyramid Wilmer (Pyramid) by 139 runs, while PABC notched up a convincing 72-runs win over Commercial Leasing & Finance (ComLease). Inexperienced Pyramid playing in an MCA top Division for the first time, was all at sea, having little answer to C. Weeraratne (3/28), T. Iddamalgoda (3/39) and R. Maduwantha (2/1), to be all out for 117 runs under 30 overs. The Semifinals will be as follows: CDB vs NTB 'A' at BRC and Kanrich'B' vs PABC at MCA.
March 11, 2018 14:37 UTC
They were helped by 2 productive partnerships- an opening stand of 80 runs in 53 balls between skipper, Arudin and Ainool Hakim (36), and 80 runs stand for the 5th wicket in 69 balls, between Syahadat and Tariq Aziz (40). MCA President’s Skipper Punnyakantha Abeygunasekera of Ceylon Cold Stores, used 9 bowlers, including himself. The most impressive were Ruwan Fernando [Peoples Leasing (7-0-58-3)] and Asher Warnakulasuriya [Pyramid Wilmer (7-1-24-1)]. The MCA President’s team, with seasoned batsmen up to No.11, threw away their wickets and folded up for 187 runs in 26.4 overs. The 2 special awards on offer went to Syahadat Ramli ( Visitors' Man of the Match) and Chathuranga Dikkumbura (MCA Man of the Match).
March 11, 2018 12:00 UTC
SportThe maiden Royal Masters vs Thomian Masters Cricket match organised by the Colombo Masters Cricket Association (CMCA) concluded at the P. Sara Oval, with a convincing win for the Royal Masters. Royal Masters was Captained by Nallaih Deverajan and Thomian Masters by Vajira Wijegunawardena. The toss was won by Devarajan who put the Thomian Masters into bat first. Thomian Masters 180 for 8 wickets (25) (V. Wijegunawardene 35, A. Bulankulame 29, S. Somasiri 25 n.o. ; Zulki Hameed 3/34, Rajith Dhanapala 2/19, Nalliah Devarajan 1/30, Sisila Indraratne 1/32)Royal Masters 182 for 4 wickets (19.1) (Zulki Hameed 61n.o., Shezzard Nazir 32, Hiran Mallawathanthri 21, Darsha Abeywardene 20 n.o.
March 11, 2018 12:00 UTC
SportThe 41st Battle of Kotte played between St. Thomas' College Kotte and Sri Jayewardenepura MV at Colts ground ended in a tame draw on Saturday (10). St. Thomas' Kotte in reply to their opponent’s score of 205 going on to make a score of 206 for 7 declared. Sri Jayewardenepura MV Kotte 205 (Rishith Samindika 79, Buddika Chaminda 38, Kavishka Boteju 27: Malindu Perera 3 for 39, Kavintha Pahan 2 for 38, Charuka Dilshan 2 for 59) and 14 for 1St. Thomas' Kotte 206 for 7 declared (Nadeesh Bandara 21, Aruthusha Manula 34 n.o., Charuka Dilshan 72 n.o. : Kanishka Maduranga 4 for 72, Sampath Nissanka 2 for 63)
March 10, 2018 23:15 UTC