Sport(AFP) Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers battled through hazardous smog levels in a Test match Monday as New Delhi authorities faced scathing criticism over their lack of action to combat pollution. A day after protests by Sri Lankan players temporarily halted the third Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, the third day's play went ahead in even worse smog. Sri Lankan fielders wore masks and their coach Nic Pothas said some vomited in the dressing room Sunday. But Indian players were not masked when it was their turn to field on Monday. Media reports said India's cricket captain Virat Kohli had been angered by what were seen as delaying tactics by the Sri Lankan players in their calls to halt the game Sunday.
December 04, 2017 08:26 UTC
World(Reuters) - Bangladesh plans to allocate more land for camps housing Rohingya refugees as concerns grow over a possible outbreak of disease in crowded, makeshift settlements clustered at the country’s southern tip. About 625,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to sanctuary in Bangladesh from violence, looting and destruction in neighboring Myanmar after government forces launched a counter insurgency following attacks by Rohingya militants on Aug. 25. The swift exodus has taken the Rohingya refugee population to 837,000, making Bangladesh one of the world’s largest, most crowded settlement of asylum-seekers. More than 60 percent of the water supply in the camps is contaminated with bacteria as temporary latrines overflow into hastily-built, shallow wells, a World Health Organization survey showed. Data show the challenge of meeting international standards for water, sanitation and hygiene in the camps and spillover sites.
December 04, 2017 07:52 UTC
NewsA Sri Lankan family in Montreal that is set to be deported tonight is hoping for a last-minute reprieve from Ottaw, The Star reported. The Lawrence family arrived five years ago as refugee claimants and have since found either jobs or academic success. But the family members’ refugee claims were not approved and they’re scheduled to be flown back to their home country Sunday evening. Several federal and provincial politicians as well as Amnesty International have called on the Canadian government to grant the family a reprieve. Their lawyer says the family still fears persecution in their home country and they’re holding out hope until the last minute.
December 04, 2017 06:11 UTC
By Satharathilaka Banda Atugoda, A former Foreign Service officer who served in the Middle East Perhaps, this essay could follow what I wro... Features & AnalysisAcclaimed composer-pianist Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka to perform Mozartś popular concerto the ‘Elvira Madigan’ tomorrowInternationally acclaimed composer-pianist Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka will be performing Mozart’s most popular concert... In pictures: 'Concept 2018 CurioCity’ by Fouzul Hameed'The top three contestants for Mr. England recently walked the ramp at the Envoy Mansion along with local models givin... The Habitat by Asia Leisure opens its doors in KosgodaThe Habitat, Turtle Beach, Kosgoda by Asia Leisure was launched recently. Offering guests contemporary comforts...Colombo YMCA annual Christmas carol serviceThe Colombo YMCA annual Christmas carol service will be held, on Saturday December 2, 2017 from 5:30pm at the Colombo...
December 04, 2017 04:41 UTC
SportIn today's News Tennis: Suresh Subramaniam appointed Vice President of ATFSri Lanka cricket’s chief selector Graeme Labrooy stoutly defended the decision to name allrounder Thisara Perera as the captain for the ODI series against India, replacing southpaw Upul Tharanga, during the coming series. “I feel Thisara Perera has the ability to deliver the goods and we have now given the opportunity to prove his credentials at this level. They have several captains, namely, Test Angelo Mathews, Rangana Herath and Dinesh Chandimal. ODI: Angelo Mathews Upul Tharanga, Chamara Kapugedera, Lasith Malinga and now Thisara Perera. T-20: Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga and Thisara Perera.
December 04, 2017 03:45 UTC
Classically trained and with a background in popular and South Asian music, Tanya Ekanayaka is also an improviser, musicologist, linguist and record producer. 3 D Major, (BWV 1068), Jean- Philippe Rameau’s Ballet Suite andEdward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21, C Major (K467). “The part of the programme involving the concerto and my solo works was selected collaboratively while the CMSC finalised the other orchestral works,” she said. The album was recorded a few weeks ago in Edinburgh by a wonderful Scottish recording engineer and is produced by me for Naxos Records,” she says. Tanya last performed in Sri Lanka in 2012 as concerto soloist with the Symphony Orchestra of Sri Lanka conducted by Keiko Kobayashi.
December 04, 2017 01:30 UTC
According to National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOCSL) Secretary General Maxwell de Silva, the weightlifters are among the medal hopefuls at this year’s games. Especially Chinthana Vidanage won a Gold and a Silver respectively at the 2006 Melbourne Games and 2010 New Delhi Games. At the Melbourne Games Vidanage competed in the 62kgs category while at the New Delhi Games he moved to the 69kgs. Meanwhile, Sudesh Peiris who competes in the 62kgs category won a Silver at the Glasgow Games in 2014 and Bronze at the New Delhi Games. Commenting on the NOCSL AGM poser, de Silva said, “We will definitely have the Special General Meeting on January 4, 2018.
December 04, 2017 00:33 UTC
Dellon added 1377 combined votes -- from online voting and coupons -- as he took his total to 6246 by the end of the week. Ananda College skipper Asel Sigera, gradually took hold of the third position from Kavin Peiris by just adding up 85 online votes during the week. As a result, Sonara's team mate, Thimira Malshan had to move down to third, despite adding 373 combined votes. Dialog Axiata's online voting system through their official Online Portal to vote for the Most Popular Cricketer (www.dialog.lk/cricket), came alive on October 1 with player registrations. Online voting will be open until April 5, 2018.
December 04, 2017 00:33 UTC
WorldWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has not yet made a decision on whether to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, his adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner said on Sunday, a move that would break with decades of U.S. policy and could fuel violence in the Middle East. A senior administration official said last week that Trump could make the announcement on Wednesday. Kushner is leading Trump’s efforts to restart long-stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, efforts that so far have shown little progress. The Palestinians want Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, and the international community does not recognize Israel’s claim on all of the city. Any move by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would fuel extremism and violence, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said on Saturday.
December 03, 2017 19:30 UTC
NewsAn Iranian oil tanker succeeded to rescue five crews of a sinking fishing boat in Indian Ocean, IRNA reported. 'The crew noticed crucial situation of the sinking boat and received signs for help,' the National Iranian Tanker Company website quoted 'Stream' tanker's Captain Mahmoud Baghestani as saying. Captain Baghestani said according to the rescued fishermen they were wandering for 2-3 days in the ocean. Sri Lankan embassy official in Tehran attended NITC headquarters here and contacted five Sri Lankan citizens in Stream Oil Tanker and received their identity and necessary information. Oil tanker 'Stream' is one of the biggest world oil tankers with 333 meters length, 60 meters width, 30.5 altitude and 317,000 tons capacity
December 03, 2017 14:03 UTC
SportLocal rally duo Shafraz Junaid and Akhry Ameer made rally history for Sri Lanka last weekend emerging second Runners-up in the championship deciding leg of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championships (APRC) - Rally of Chikmagalur, India. The podium finish by a Sri Lankan competitor is a first in the 30-year history of the APRC overall category. Their timing also placed them winners of the FIA Asia Rally Cup for the APRC Rally of Chikmagalur. Considering that we did not have any speed rallies for the whole of this year in Sri Lanka, I have had no practice since last year. Riyaz Farook, who is a veteran in our local racing and having his business in Bangalore, also helped us in many ways.
December 03, 2017 06:56 UTC
SportThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) this week asked its local representative –the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka (NOCSL) –to reconstitute the ‘unconstitutionally’ formed Athletes Commission. But the membership has urged NOCSL’s top rankers to respect IOC guidelines when forming the Commission, a vital cog in local body’s wheel. It reads: “Two athletes’ representatives (with one vote each) elected by the COMMITTEE’s Athletes’ Commission established as per the IOC guidelines. The letter in April from the IOC also requested that the IOC Guidelines for the formation of an Athletes Commission at the NOCSL be shared with the Membership. An agreement reached by the General Assembly to hold an Executive Committee meeting within two weeks of the General Assembly held on 09 November 2017, has not been complied with.
December 03, 2017 04:30 UTC
SportMAS Holdings exhibited their supremacy in Table Tennis when their Men and Women paddlers clinched the Mercantile League Table Tennis 'A' Division titles at the recently concluded championships at the S. Thomas' College Indoor Stadium. MAS Holdings men's emerged champions in the 'C' Division defeating Commercial Bank. Nimala Jayasinghe, Sukitha Wickremanayake, Gimhan Walisundera, Rajiva Wijethunga and Preasad de Silva represented the Men's 'A' team while Kalpani Herath, Srimali Wimalaratne, Upekha Kotinkaduwa and Dilrukshi Fonseka represented the Women's team.
NewsA ding-dong battle is under way over the valuation of the Mattala International Airport. Valuation officials are learnt to have placed the figure at US$ 400 million taking into consideration the land value and the infrastructure development that is under way. However, sections of the Government argue that the real value is US$ 230 million and claim a higher figure would be a deterrent to foreign investment. However, officials are sticking to their position. REad more Cafe Spectator
The revelation came at a meeting the Police top brass — with the exclusion of the IGP — met members of the Police Commission. Upon perusing, he had first found his phone number and, thereafter, a closer study had revealed all the mobile phone numbers belonged to senior Police officers. That this piece of equipment and others were handed over to the Sri Lanka Police by their Australian counterparts was revealed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). In mid-2009 it struck a deal with Sri Lankan police to provide equipment and training to help Sri Lanka disrupt people-smuggling networks. “Former diplomat Bruce Haigh served as Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner in Sri Lanka in 1994.