Savit and Savani crowned prince and princess 103rd National Tennis Championships View(s): View(s):Savit Weerasinghe and Savani Jayasuriya were crowned as the prince and princess of the National Junior circuit, after clinching the Boy’s and Girls’ championships respectively at the 103rd National Tennis Championship at the SLTA courts in Colombo. Eighth seed Savit, overcame sixth seed Chathurya Nilaweera to win the Under-18 Boy’s title while second seed Savani Jayasuriya overcame top seed Janali Manamperi to win the Under-18 Girls’ championship. He met fourth seed Luca Knese in the quarter-final and enjoyed a straight set win – 6/2 and 7/5. In the final Savit continued his cool-headed approach to claim the first set 6/1 until Chathurya bounced back to claim the second set 6/3 turning the final into a thrilling affair. In the Girls’ Under-18 final, Savini faced tough opposition from her doubles partner Janali Manamperi in a final that was a thriller.
Gotabaya to be indicted tomorrow in Permanent HC View(s):Former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and six others have been served with notices to appear in the Permanent High Court trial-at-bar tomorrow in connection with the alleged misappropriation of funds for the construction of the D.A Rajapaksa memorial museum. They are to be served indictments on the same day. The others to be indicted are former SLLRDC Chairman L.A. Prasad Harshan de Silva, former SLLRDC General Manager Badra Udulawathie Kamaladasa, and former SLLRDC directors Sudhammika Keminda Atygalle, Saman Kumara Galappatti, M.D. Charges have been framed against them under the Penal Code and the Public Property Act. The three-judge Permanent High Court comprises Sampath Abeykoon, Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne.
Ashain’s bag of ‘ten’ helps Joes crush St. Patrick’s By M Shamil Amit St Joseph’s – St Patrick’s Rectors Trophy View(s): View(s):St Joseph’s Colombo crushed St Patrick’s Jaffna by an innings and 25 runs in their annual inter-school Rectors Trophy encounter which concluded at St Patrick’s ground in Jaffna yesterday. The win saw St Joseph’s winning the Rectors Trophy for the third successive time in the annual encounter which began in the year 2016. St Patrick’s batting the second time and left with a task of erasing a deficit of 152 runs was unable to achieve the feat as they succumbed to spinner Ashain who ended with a six wicket haul for a match bag of ten wickets. Together Ashain and Miranga the Joes bundled out the home team for 127 runs in their second innings. ScorcesSt Patrick’s Jaffna 161 (Anthonypillai Berandson 35, Antony Deswin 21, Poiter Castro 65 n.o.
Cooray's announcement comes soon after Sri Lanka clinched the 5th World Carrom Championship held in South Korea. "The players have proven that Sri Lanka is capable of dominating the world in carrom. His observations from the 5th World Carrom Championship after comparing Sri Lanka players with those from other countries says that the locals should be at least made semi-professionals. "Chamil (Cooray) deciding to leave the country for his own benefit is unstoppable, but if we look at it from carrom's perspective Sri Lanka is losing the gem of the crown. We need him and Nishantha (Fernando) to build up and nurture the next generation of players for Sri Lanka.
Railways to get 160 passenger coaches from India View(s):An agreement for the supply of 160 passenger coaches to Sri Lanka Railways under concessional financing was signed between India’s RITES Limited and the Government on Friday, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said. The USD 82.64 million contract agreement was signed by RITES Director Mukesh Rathore and Transport Ministry Secretary G.S. The passenger coaches will be custom-made in India to suit the requirements of Sri Lanka Railways. RITES Ltd. will supply the DMUs and locomotives, while Texmaco Rail & Engineering Ltd. will supply the wagons. India has already completed projects close to US$ 1 billion under concessional financing in the railways sector in Sri Lanka, the High Commission said.
Sri Lanka needs to do what is best for Bandula, the zoo elephant. This is the heartfelt plea of top-notch international expert on elephants, Vasantha Nugegoda based in Australia. When he was in Sri Lanka last year (August to be exact) and heard that Bandula had fallen, Vasantha felt compelled to visit him. For, the bond between Bandula and Vasantha go a long way back – Bandula was a young elephant and Vasantha a boy when they forged a friendship. Give Bandula, the love and care, the food and comfort he needs in his sunset years and let him go peacefully,” adds Vasantha.
“Sick man of Asia’ tag if SL continues to follow outdated technology View(s):Sri Lanka’s insistence in following outdated ideology is fast making it the ‘sick man’ of Asia, a top Minister has said. The Minister said that Sri Lanka has to move with the changed world if it is to progress. Minister Amunugama said that there is a widely-held misconception that policy making in government is not informed by research. The minister cited many eminent Central Bankers starting with the late Dr. Gamini Corea who had held key positions in government’s economic policy making. He referred to the ongoing rapid change in technology and stressed the need for Sri Lanka to keep abreast of that continuing development.
Hamid played five seasons of rugby for Zahira College, leading the team in his final year. The years 1962 and 1963 were special as the Zahira team enjoyed tremendous success. That Zahira team also had outstanding players in Abdul Majeed and Mohamed Saleem who represented the country. The 1963 Zahira team toured Malaysia and Singapore to play seven matches, winning five of them. The law-enforcers had the great, good fortune of being coached for two years by Kavan Rambukwella – one of Sri Lanka's rugby legends.
Is Lanka’s future hanging from a lampost? Indeed, the march highlighted the disreputable nature of the motley crowd positing themselves to grab political power. Looking at what unfolded, it became easy to understand the apprehension with which minority communities in Sri Lanka view political mobs. If it was pure misrule by Rajapaksas alone, that would not have prompted the ejection of the Rajapaksas from power. As Sri Lanka stares to the future, no party and no potential Presidential candidate promises to quite capture that sense of exhilaration which pervaded the air then.
CSE up on impending return of EPF funds View(s):The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has witnessed an upsurge during the past week owing to the positive sentiment on the impending return of Employee Provident Fund (EPF) funds into the market, analysts say. “The market is up though on low turnover due to EPF funds slated to come in. “There is a lot of foreign selling pressure in blue chips such as Commercial Bank and John Keells Holdings,” the analyst said. He said the impending federal rate hikes in the US has led to foreign selling. “We see that closer to the federal rate hike there is a lot of foreign selling.
Students Insurance payment doubles this year- MoE View(s):The ‘Suraksha’ students insurance launched last year, will be strengthened this year with twice the amount paid for medical treatment. The current payment of Rs 100,000 for hospital admission, permanent disability and demise of a parent, serious injuries caused by accidents etc. The Ministry of Education under the directions of its Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, started ‘Suraksha’ last year, covering schoolchildren islandwide, with around 25,000 students covered. Parents of these children do not pay anything for this insurance scheme as related payments are borne by the Government. For this year too, a sum of Rs 2.7 billion has been allocated for this Insurance scheme.
The sports federations should begin right now on how to plan out and execute the plan for the international commitment of the future. If there is no plan, there is no point in participating. The national federations should come out with a plan and at the same time we will also try to help them to move to the next level. So it will be a three-pronged effort where the national federations, the Sports Ministry and the National Olympic Committee work together. A contingent of 177 competitors, the largest ever team to be sent by Sri Lanka, returned home empty-handed last week.
SportThe HSBC Premier Golf tournament which heads back to the cool climes of Nuwara Eliya for the sixth season scheduled to take place on September 14 and 15. With 100 HSBC Premier Customers who are all seasoned golfers expected to tee off at the picturesque Nuwara Eliya Golf Club and compete for the HSBC Premier Challenge Trophy, the tournament offers two overall category winners the chance to be part of the WGC – HSBC Champions tournament held at the Sheshan International Golf course in Shanghai from October 25 to 28 which attracts over thirty of the top fifty golfers in the world.
September 08, 2018 18:33 UTC
SportUniversity of Moratuwa (UoM) continued their dominance in University rowing when they won the 35th Inter University Regatta 42-0 at the Colombo Rowing Club on Beira Lake waters on Saturday (8). UoM has been in dominant in the last decade, securing the landmark 11th consecutive win this year with a tally of 10 out of 11 regattas. University of Colombo (UoC) won the ladies events comfortably 26-16 over UoM women crew. Defending champions UoM Men was led by Amidu Silva and coached by Hiran Sellahewa and Shan Silva while Women's champions UoC was led by Chethana Gallage. Inter University 2018 results:B-Scull: Sajithan UoM (4m35s) beat Dushantha UoC (4m50s)B Pair Women (500m re-row): UoM (2m29s) beat UoC (2m45s)A-Scull Men: Damian UoM (4m12s) beatRahul UoC (4m33s)A-Pair Women: Chethana/Upuli UoC (4m30s) beat Ashni/Naduni UoM (4m35s)B-Pair Men: Chathusha/Bhahavan Uom (3m59s) beat Buddhika/Dushyantha (4m15s)B-Scull Women: Ashni UoM (4m56s) beat Nethmi UoC (5m02s)A-Pair Men: Amindu/Damian UoM (3m58s) beat Wishwa/Shehan UoC (4m02s)A-Scull Women: Chethana UoC (4m57s) beat Mary UoM (5m06s)C-Four Men: Sajithan/Anjana/Buddhi/Sudhara/Chaturanga UoM (4m1s) beat Shehan/Sajith/Charith/Kaneel/Shehan UoC (4m14s)Double Scull Men: Sajithan/Anjana UoM (4m2s) beat Kasun/Kaneel UoC (4m46s)B-Four Women: Alsara/Nimni/Kulunu/Tharushi UoM (4m36s) beat Hiranya/Isuru/Yasara/ Pubudika/Lahiru UoC (4m37s)B-Four Men: Nishshanka/Diwanka/Pulasthi/Dulshan UoM (3m40s) beat Hiranya/Buddhika/ Vishwa/ Shehan/ Dushyantha UoC (3m53s)A-Four Women: Chethanai/Upuli/Naduni/Nethmi/Ranmalee UoC (4m11s) beat Ashini/Naduni/Rangika/Senuri/Nishshanka UoM (4m12s)A-Four Men (Boat Race): Chathusha/Uditha/Supun/Bhawan/Amidu UoM (3m33s) beat Kavinda/Rahal/Charith/Sahan/Supun UoC (4m8s)
September 08, 2018 16:52 UTC
SportThe Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Open Squash Championship 2018, a Ranking Tournament conducted by the Sri Lanka Squash (SLS) began at the SSC Squash Courts today (8). The tournament will continue until next Saturday (15). Attractive Cash prizes, Trophies and Certificates are on offer at one of the biggest and colourful tournaments in the local Squash calendar. Over 300 players including top ranked Men, Women and Juniors are expected to take part in this year's edition. The categories are Open- Men and Women, Men's Over-35, -40 and -50, Men's Novices, along with Boys and Girls Under-9, -11, -13, -15 and -17.
September 08, 2018 15:22 UTC