“The Secretary reiterated that Pakistan must redouble its efforts to confront militants and terrorists operating within the country,” the Pentagon said in a statement. Mattis, who visited Pakistan for the first time as defense secretary, said before the trip that the goal for his meetings with Pakistani officials would be to find “common ground”. But beyond that, the Trump administration has done little to articulate its strategy, experts say. U.S. officials say they have not seen a change in Pakistan’s support for militants, despite visits by senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Pakistani officials have pushed back on the U.S. accusations and say they have done a great deal to help the United States in tracking down militants.
December 04, 2017 21:45 UTC
The Indian capital has seen toxic air quality levels for weeks. The visiting players wore face masks and there were just 10 men on the pitch at one point. This is the first time an international cricket match has been halted due to pollution levels in a host city. Dr Prashant Saxena, chief pulmonologist at the Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital, told the BBC that he thinks the Sri Lankan team did the right thing. "Any kind of physical exertion in this kind of air can cause difficulties in breathing, watery eyes and coughing - you need to be alert to play cricket, which is not possible in these conditions."
December 04, 2017 11:56 UTC
SportTest skipper Dinesh Chandimal has been left out of Sri Lanka’s squad for the three-match ODI series against India. Chandimal’s exclusion from the ODI squad is no surprise, given his recent form in the shorter format but he is currently Sri Lanka’s top scorer in the Test series in India, having scored two half centuries in the Nagpur Test. He was Sri Lanka's highest run-getter in ODIs in 2016, with 656 runs at an average of 59.63. He was also not considered for the current Test series against India. Gunathilaka comes back to the side after missing the Pakistan ODI series over disciplinary issues.
December 04, 2017 09:22 UTC
NewsSri Lanka remains committed to controls on moves to liberalise air transportation in the country even as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) international conference in Colombo this week seeks to enhance the implementation of open skies throughout its member states. There is a risk of anti-competitive behaviour that makes governments to step-in to assist the national carrier operate profitably, he noted adding this was the constraint that Sri Lanka faced in liberalising air transport. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) Chairman Udaya Nanayakkara during the panel discussion insisted however, that Sri Lanka needs to liberalise the air services in order to attract more airlines to the country that would thereby generate more tourist traffic. Nimalsiri explained that while they were open to the idea of liberalising the air services of Sri Lanka they were also compelled to assist the national carrier to increase their viability. He noted that at a time when Sri Lanka ran into security issues most foreign airlines were quick to pack up and leave and insisted that it was the national carrier that continued to operate.
December 04, 2017 08:37 UTC
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