NewsNaval personnel attached to Northern Naval Command arrested five Indian poachers along with a fishing trawler engaged in illegal fishing practices in Sri Lankan territorial waters west of Delft Island yesterday, Navy said. The arrested fishermen, fishing trawler and their fishing gear were handed over to the Jaffna Assistant Director of Fisheries for onward legal action. Accordingly, Fast Attack Craft on patrol were rushed to the scene to control the damage and arrest the flood situation in the Indian trawler. There were 3 Indian fishermen aboard the distressed trawler. After swiftly undertaking repair work to the damaged trawler by the Navy, it was handed over to another Indian trawler close by to be flanked.
June 19, 2017 08:26 UTC
Several Assistant Suprindent of Police (ASP) s have been transferred on the service requirement on the recommendation of Inspector General of Polic... Features & AnalysisHindustani vocal recital at the Indian Cultural CentreIndian Cultural Centre, Colombo is organizing a Hindustani Vocal performance by Pt. Birendra Nath Mishra from In...Sixth edition of the French Spring Festival kicks offThe 6th edition of the French Spring Festival - that kicked off officially on June 14 will go on for a month. F...Water's Edge hosts F1 power brunch with Mette BjerknesWaters Edge in collaboration with the Lanka Powerboat Association recently presented a fun-filled, day on the wa...Coming together in fasting and fellowshipAs the day's fasting drew to a close yesterday and as Muslim devotees came together for prayers in the eveni...
June 19, 2017 07:19 UTC
WorldGunmen have stormed a tourist resort in Mali popular with Westerners and two people are dead, the country's security minister told the AFP. Malian special forces intervened and hostages have been released," Salif Traore told AFP news agency. The attack happened at luxury resort Le Campement Kangaba, east of the capital Bamako. A security ministry spokesman told Reuters 32 guests had been rescued from the resort. Malian special forces intervened, backed by UN soldiers and troops from a French counter-terrorism force.
June 19, 2017 06:56 UTC
NewsClose to 600 kg of sea cucumber, an endangered coral reef species, meant to be smuggled into Sri Lanka was seized in Tamil Nadu and one suspect was arrested inconnection, Marine police told Indian mediaAccording to DNA, acting on a tip-off, a team of Marine Police recovered the sea cucumber hidden in a sack buried off Thiruvadanai coast in this district, and confiscated it this morning, they said. One Mohammed Wasim of Devipattinam has been arrested in this connection, they added. Sea cucumbers, which play an important role in maintaining the marine ecological system, have been classified as endangered species and their harvest banned under the Wildlife Protection Act.
June 19, 2017 06:11 UTC
NewsSri Lankan authorities yesterday arrested a police officer and a Buddhist monk accused of leading an arson attack against a mosque and a Muslim business amid a wave of religious violence. "They were taken after analysing CCTV footage, which showed them setting fire to a mosque and a Muslim-owned bookshop at Panadura last month," Mr Jayakody said. Gnanasara maintains close ties with Wirathu, an extremist monk in Mandalay whose hate speech has galvanised religious tensions in Myanmar. Earlier this month, foreign diplomats urged Sri Lanka to take action to stop the violence from escalating. In a video message released last week, the BBS denied any involvement in the attacks but accused the government of allowing Islamic extremism to flourish in Sri Lanka.
June 19, 2017 05:37 UTC
WorldDUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwait's ruler called on Sunday for Gulf Arab states to overcome a diplomatic dispute with Qatar that has led to the worst regional split in years, saying all parties had a duty to preserve regional unity. Sheikh Sabah, a long-serving diplomat, said Gulf countries had "one destiny" because of their historical ties and cross-border family relations. These common interests gave Gulf states a duty to remain united, he said in the televised speech. He prayed for efforts "to preserve our Gulf states, their peoples and to avoid all that disrupts their strong relations and threatens their security and safety." FILE PHOTO: Kuwait"s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah addresses a plenary meeting of the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015 at the United Nations headquarters in Manhattan, New York September 26, 2015.
June 18, 2017 20:15 UTC
In the penalty shoot-out which followed Colombo ‘Reds’ beat Matale ‘Golds’ 4-3. The goals for Colombo ‘Reds’ were scored by Diluka Mihiranga and Bodhika Dias during the normal run of play. Colombo ‘Reds’ qualified for the finals defeating Colombo Blues 2-0. In the girls’ final Kandy ‘Blues’ beat Colombo ‘Reds’ 4-3 on penalties. In the semi-finals Kandy ‘Blues’ beat Kalutara 3-0 and Colombo ‘Reds’ crushed Matale ‘Golds’ 5-0.
June 18, 2017 16:37 UTC
Lionel Wendt: Recovery and dispersal View(s):By Manel FonsekaWhen I first wrote about Lionel Wendt in 1994, the person and the artist seemed to be almost forgotten. His memory was retained almost solely perhaps by those who possessed a copy of that beautiful book Lionel Wendtâ€™s Ceylon. The search for WendtMy own search for Lionel Wendt came about quite by accident. The turning-point; August 1994It was not until August 1994 when Lionel Wendt: Photographs, an exhibition at the Lionel Wendt Memorial Gallery, took place, that the spotlight on Wendt unleashed a new wave of interest in his photographic achievement. It evoked great interest, especially from a younger generation of photographers who had never seen original work by Lionel Wendt.
June 18, 2017 08:07 UTC
SportThe 27th edition of the Mercantile Services Basketball Association (MSBA) League Tournament 2017got under way on Monday (12), at Sir Edward Henry Pedris Stadium, Colombo 5. In the tournament openers, Mobitel Women, Kanrich Finance (Kanrich) Men and WNS Global Men recorded victories while Nations Trust Bank (NTB) Women Aitken Spence Men and Virtusa Men emerged winners on the Day 2. Women's 'B' Division:Mobitel beat John Keells Holdings (JKH) 82/7 (Halftime 51/2) in a one-sided game. Kasun Chamara (12), Minul Wimalagunaratne (12) and Andrew De Mel (8) excelled for Virtusa. Ashan Gunasinghe (20), Chamila Liyanage (17) and K. Kaushalya (15) were in top form for the winners.
June 18, 2017 04:52 UTC
FFI's Lakshan Perera, the weekend’s top scorer, hit a belligerent 88 runs in 62 balls, with 6 sixes and eight fours vs A. Baur & Co (ABC). KC's Tharaka Marasinghe carried his bat out, scoring 83 not out in 47 balls, with three sixes and 13 fours vs Union Assurance (UA). SLT's Nirushan Ramachandran scored a brisk 80 runs in 52 balls, with two sixes and 10 fours vs debutants, JAT Holdings (JAT). CEAT's Shamil Jayalath finished with impressive figures of 5-0-19-5 to shoot out debutants, Waters Edge (WE) for 65 runs. The tournament will continue this weekend with a card of 26 half-day matches.
June 18, 2017 04:52 UTC
NewsThe Russian sail training ship 'Nadezhda' which arrived at the port of Colombo on June 14, set sail from the Colombo harbor over the weekend. The ship that is 108 .6 m in length and 14 m in width, had got 120 training cadets on-board, the government news portal reported. During its stay in the country, the ship was open to visits of school children. Besides, the ships' crew had organized a photography exhibition on-board for the visitors to enjoy. Pic courtesy Navy.lk
June 17, 2017 21:45 UTC
Making music in the Himalayas View(s):By Smriti DanielBack home from the remote Himalayan village he lives in most of the year, Stephen Philip is already thinking about the children waiting for him there. Making music in the form of singing, chanting, playing, composing or improvising fall into the category of active techniques. Since music affects pretty much every area of the brain, music therapy can, and does make large contributions to the lives of those with Cerebral Palsy. In the last year, I’ve observed that these communal music making gatherings tend to subtly contribute to a wider social change agenda, even when this is unintended. The fundraiser is primarily to meet my rent expenses for a new music therapy space, this coming year.
â€˜Thunsiya Hetaeka 361â€™ A theatre on the TV View(s):Udyaysiri Wickremaratneâ€™s theatre production â€˜Thunsiya Heta-eka 361â€™, a satirical play on the television medium will be staged at 3.30 pm and 6.45 pm on June 24 at the Punchi Theatre, Borella. The cast includes Gihan Fernando, Umayangana Wickremasinghe,Â Ruwan Malith, Chamari Nisansala, Mihiri Priyangani, Susanga Kahandawalaarachchi, Rohitha Jayakoday, Kusal Maduranga, Ishara Wickremasinghe and Nayanthara de Silva. Music is by Lalith de Silva, set designing is by Llewellyn Vanderwall, costume design by Nipuni Preksha Mendis and lighting by Mihindu Madhushanka. The play is an insight into the mass media with special focus on television. The media which are supposed to disseminate truth to the people contributes in concealing and distancing the truth from the people in a society.Â The play is presented by Jude Srimal.
French Spring Festival is here View(s):“Mystic” an exhibition by photographer Marie- Caroline Senlis opened on Thursday heralding the start of the French Spring Festival 2017. Organised by the Embassy of France and the Alliance Francaise de Kotte, the photo exhibition is one of many exciting cultural events extending from photography, art, music, literature and fashion that will make up this year’s festival. Most of the events are free and open to the public. For more details –pls see www.lk.ambafrance.org or www.alliancefrancaise.lk or their Facebook page ‘French Spring Festival’.‘Mystic’ will be on today June 18 at the French Residence, 205, lake Drive, Rajagiriya. French Ambassador Jean-Marin Schuh with Marie Caroline Senlis (left) and other guests at the event.
Lee holds on to his lead stubbornly after eight counts Singer-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Ruggerite of the Year 2017 View(s): View(s):As the two winged competition of Singer-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Ruggerite of the Year and Most Popular Rugby Team of the Year 2017 reaches the eighth week, star player Avishka Lee, the Wesley College three-quarter, continues to lead players’ list with 2559 votes. Lee added 117 to his existing count as his tally moves further away. Sasindu added a further 122 votes to push further his tally to 660 while Sumudu Rankothge, the Isipathana College three-quarter stands at third with 483 votes. Ovin Askey of Royal College is at fourth while Yuzraan Lantra of Zahira College remains at fifth. In the team competition Lee’s side, Wesley has 2556 votes while Ananda and Isipathana changed places from last week.