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.
September 08, 2018 19:07 UTC
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.
September 08, 2018 19:07 UTC
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
The victory also ensured Sri Lanka’s passage to next year’s World Cup in Liverpool in England. Sri Lanka’s so far dominant performance has given the side much needed confidence ahead of today’s final. At the end of the half way mark Sri Lanka took a four point lead--28-24 with skipper Chathurangi Jayasinghe and Gayani Dissanayake starring. Sri Lanka increased the lead further in the third quarter playing more aggressively to finish on 40-34. Sri Lanka are the only unbeaten side in the tournament having won all of their respective matches in the run-up to the final.
September 08, 2018 15:22 UTC
NewsNaval personnel attached to the North Central Naval Command, during routine patrol recovered 284.5kg of Kerala Cannabis floating in the sea area southeast of Iranativu island yesterday, Navy said. It is suspected that the haul of cannabis which has been packed into 95 parcels has been dumped at sea with the intention of bringing them to the shore later. Meanwhile, this stock of cannabis is recorded as the largest haul recovered by the Navy in the recent history. The recovered haul of cannabis with a street value of Rs. 30 million was handed over to the Mulankavil Police for onward action.
September 08, 2018 07:41 UTC
WorldISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The Chinese government’s top diplomat was in Pakistan on Saturday for the first high-level meetings between the neighbors since new Prime Minister Imran Khan took office, the south Asian nation’s foreign office said. Beijing has pledged $57 billion in loans for Pakistan as part of its vast Belt and Road initiative, deepening ties at a time when Islamabad’s relations with Washington are fraying over how to deal with Islamist militants waging war in Afghanistan. State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s three-day visit follows a meeting between Khan and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday. China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends a news conference during the ongoing National People's Congress (NPC), China's parliamentary body, in Beijing, China
September 08, 2018 00:56 UTC
NewsJoint opposition’s aim to shake Colombo with a protest similar to ‘Arab Spring’ turned out to be an Arrack Spring, UNP Colombo District MP Mujibur Rahuman said . He said the JO’s Janabalaya Kolambata rally was a complete failure. “The JO sounded as if they will surround Colombo like a suicide squad, but they left Colombo around ten in the evening." he told Parliament today. He said that after the failure of the protest, the JO leaders were trying to find a scapegoat for their debacle and spread false stories.
September 07, 2018 13:18 UTC
WorldTOKYO (Reuters) - After an earthquake knocked out power to 5.3 million people this week, Hokkaido Electric expects to restore service to most of them by the end of Friday, but experts say the island-wide outage highlights fundamental flaws in Japan’s power grid. Hokkaido Electric aims to have power restored to about 80 percent of the island’s households by the end of Friday, according to Japan industry minister Hiroshige Seko. Landslides caused by an earthquake are seen in Atsuma town, Hokkaido, northern Japan. With its only nuclear plant shut pending approval to restart under new safety guidelines imposed since the Fukushima meltdowns of 2011, Hokkaido Electric has been investing in a new gas-fired station and expanding the capacity of its connection to Honshu. “It is difficult to answer this question because the 2011 quake and yesterday’s quake are different situations,” he said.
September 07, 2018 12:11 UTC
WorldBritish Airways will financially compensate customers whose data were stolen in a “sophisticated” and “malicious” hack, chief executive Alex Cruz said Friday as he apologised for the fiasco. The stolen data comprised customer names, postal addresses, email addresses and credit card information. “We are 100 percent committed to compensate them,” Cruz said. “We will compensate them for any financial hardship that they may have suffered,” he told the broadcaster. BA said it had launched an urgent investigation after realising that about 380,000 bank cards used to book its flights had been hacked.
September 07, 2018 11:37 UTC
Beyond that concern, the three leaders will be seeking to safeguard their own interests after investing heavily militarily and diplomatically in Syria. Russia is looking to the summit as a means of clarifying the military situation in Idlib, deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Wednesday. Russian officials have also stated clearly that militants must be pushed out of Idlib. The most powerful jihadist group there is the Tahrir al-Sham alliance, spearheaded by al Qaeda’s former Syrian affiliate, previously known as the Nusra Front. They now act as a tripwire for any Syrian government assault, potentially triggering an escalation with Turkey if there is no political deal.
September 07, 2018 10:30 UTC
FeaturesThe Colombo Swimming Club recently launched its newly constructed swimming pool complex yesterday. According to a media release issued by the CSC, the Swimming pool underwent a 15-month long process of successful refurbishment thanks to the Committee that was headed by its President. In addition to the swimming pool complex, the kitchen has been completely refurbished. The swimming pool complex revolves around its Olympic short course-sized 25-meter pool, six-lanes, complete with fiber-optic lighting. The adjoining children’s pool features an array of water slides.
September 07, 2018 10:00 UTC
WorldWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. President Barack Obama will warn Democratic voters in a speech on Friday that the stakes are too high to sit out November’s elections when the party is seeking to wrest control of Congress from President Donald Trump’s Republicans. Obama’s speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will mark the start of a flurry of activity as he hits the campaign trail in coming weeks on behalf of Democratic candidates. The former Democratic president, following tradition, has been reluctant to publicly criticize Trump, to the frustration of some in his party. Trump has been critical of Obama’s eight years in office. But during his eulogy for the late Republican Senator John McCain last week, Obama appeared to directly reference Trump, when he declared: “So much of our politics, our public life, our public discourse can seem small and mean and petty, trafficking in bombast and insults and phony controversies and manufactured outrage.”
September 07, 2018 09:56 UTC
NewsA fire has broken out at a building located on Braybrooke Place. According to media reports, the Colombo Fire Brigade has dispatched five fire trucks to the location a short while ago. The cause for the fire is yet to be determined.
September 07, 2018 09:56 UTC