NewsTwo Sri Lankan nationals were arrested at the Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport on Saturday night, as they were trying to smuggle gold bars worth nearly Rs 1 crore, Indian media reported. A personal search resulted in the recovery of 13 gold bars weighing 1,516 gm and valued at Rs 45,48,000. In the second incident, a passenger named Althaf Sahul Hameed (48) arrived from Dubai by Emirates flight number EK 508. After the AIU officials checked him, they recovered 12 gold bars weighing 1,399 grams. The worth of the gold, which was concealed in his rectum, has been estimated to be Rs 41,97,000.
Padma Dias, a housewife, claimed that she and her children had been among those who had been protesting continuously over the garbage dump. The Prime Minister also assured the Government would fulfil the promise to remove the garbage dump from the area. He said the steps being taken to remove the garbage dump were environmentally friendly and were within the law. No more garbage at MeethotamullaIn the aftermath of Friday’s garbage landslide, the Government has decided to halt further dumping of garbage at Meethotamulla. Deputy Foreign Minister Harsha De Silva announced yesterday that two temporary locations had been identified to dump garbage from Colombo.
On Good Friday, Pope speaks of shame for Church and humanity View(s):ROME (Reuters) – Pope Francis, presiding at a Good Friday service, asked God for forgiveness for scandals in the Catholic Church and for the “shame” of humanity becoming inured to daily scenes of bombed cities and drowning migrants. Pope Francis sat while a large wooden cross was carried in procession, stopping 14 times to mark events in the last hours of Jesus’ life from being sentenced to death to his burial. Â At the end of the two-hour service, the Pope read a prayer he wrote that was woven around the theme of shame and hope. Critics say more must be done to punish bishops who covered up abuse or were negligent in preventing it. At the end of this month, Pope Francis travels to Egypt, which has seen a spate of attacks by Islamists on minority Coptic Christians.
President participates in oil anointing ceremony By L.B. Panditha Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thera anointed oil on President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday at the auspicious time at the historic Natha Devale. A short anusasanawa (sermon) was delivered by the Malwatte Anunayake Ven Rajakeeya Panditha Niyangoda Vijitha Siri Thera. The Thera pointed out that the continuation of this ancient avurudu custom was of great significance. Anamaduwe Dhammadassi Thera, the Viharadipathi of Natha Devale Ven.Godagama Ratnasara Thera, Diyawadana Nilame Nelanga Dela Bandara, Health Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Central Province Governor Niluka Ekanayake, Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake, Natha Devale Basnayake Nilame Gayan Heenkenda and other Basnayake Nilames.
Market Research Society of Sri Lanka elects new committee View(s):At the 4th Annual General Meeting of the Market Research Society of Sri Lanka (MRSSL) held recently, current President of MRSSL, Ms. Himalee Madurasinghe was re-elected for another term. In her acceptance speech, Ms. Madurasinghe thanked the support of the society and the Executive Committee for the successful year that went by and outlined the plans for the coming year. She said it was heartening to see the spirit of togetherness demonstrated by the member agencies in order to take the Market Research industry of Sri Lanka to greater heights. Further, Ms. Madurasinghe also highlighted the need for increased awareness, and more involvement of the membership in the activities of the Society to enable the market research industry to deliver the best possible solutions of the highest quality to marketers. Ravi Bamunusinghe as the Immediate Past President, Ms. Roshani Fernando as the Secretary and Waruna Kathriarachchi as the Treasurer.
How Sidath sees Lanka cricket’s next stage View(s):During our lengthy chat, I picked up an anecdote I thought would be ironical. I was talking to Sidath Wettimuny – former head of the Sri Lanka Cricket interim committee and well-known cricket administrator. He was explaining about an incident which took place when he was at the helm of cricket in Sri Lanka. I was explaining the steps the Lankans had earmarked to upgrade facilities in Sri Lanka. “After listening to my explanation, the Bangladesh cricket chief replied, ‘we have three such facilities in our country’.
Raising voices for ‘Pulse of the Heartians’ By Namali Premawardhana View(s): View(s):BnS, Billy Fernando and 2Forty2, Hector Dias, Umaria and Voice.Print are the stars who will perform together at “Pulse of the Heartians” on April 22 at the BMICH at 6.30 p.m. The musical show is organized by the Sisters of Charity, Galle, with support from past pupils of Sacred Heart Convent, Galle to fund the renovation of the Chapel of the Sisters of Charity. It was only in 2015 that renovations were proposed, in light of the approaching 120th anniversary of the Sacred Heart Convent. Part of the renovation costs have aslready been covered by The Papal Fund, the Past Pupils’ Association of Sacred Heart Convent, and well-wishers. Tickets for the show ‘Pulse of the Heartians’ are available at Sisters of Charity, Jawatte Convent: No.15, Don Carolis Road, Colombo 05.
The Central Bank said it accepted from the Army parcels said to contain gold jewellery on 28 occasions during the period between September 7, 2010 and January 26, 2012. “All the items have been weighed and valued by the National Gem and Jewellery Authority before they were given to the CBSL. These parcels said to contain gold still remain in CBSL custody,”Additional Secretary Kumara said the military still had a significant amount of gold and valuable ornaments in its custody. The Government identified 2,377 people from the North as rightful owners of the gold jewellery which they pawned to LTTE-run banks during the conflict period. There has been no further action taken to return the gold to those who claim to be the rightful owners.
Thirikkal racing still raises hackles View(s):By Chrishanthi ChristopherOne year on and the battle to ban the thirikkal (hackery races), a sport held to celebrate National New Year, continues. While seasonal revellers make arrangements to have the thirikkal races, animal rights activists have once again raised their voices against the cruelty to the bull that pulls the cart during the races. Opposition from animal rights activists against holding the races has prompted cattle owners to approach a popular politician to canvass their case to President Maithripala Sirisena. He said around 15 to 20 thirikkal races will be held this season including Homagama, Dompe, Hambantota, Kaduwela and Maradana. “I respect the views of the animal rights activists but I have to listen to the people also,” he said.
Local Rugby played by a few to thrill many View(s):What have the stars foretold for Rugby is the question, as the whiff of the New Year scent surround us in Sri Lanka. Round 1 of the Schools games in Division 1 were played to large crowds, which a clear indication that interest is much high. The spread of the game is good and we see many news items of the promotion of Rugby using World Rugby: “Get into Rugby” (GIR). On the other hand, Monkey Talk is open source Automation tool for Android and iOS. In Schools Rugby, the crowds display whipping emotions, but Rugby does not seem exciting.
Young ones must master the art of playing spin — David Graveney By Aubrey Kuruppu View(s): View(s):David Graveney, nephew of Tom, who was one of the most graceful batsmen to play for England, is a well-known personality in cricket circles in England. He has just concluded what he terms a reasonably successful nine day tour of Sri Lanka, where they played four matches but won only one. For Graveney, who first came to Sri Lanka in 1985 with the Gloucester side, this is his seventh visit to a country that he has come to love. This tour received blessings from both the Sri Lanka Cricket Board and the England and Wales Cricket Board. The Sunday Times had a chat with Graveney about some of the issues in English Cricket.
No schoolboy cricketer results this week Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2017 View(s): View(s):Â The result of the 14th week of the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2017 of all categories will be published next week due to early printing of newspapers owing the holiday season. Next week the combined results of the this week’s Coupon No.14 and the coming week’s Coupon No.15 will be counted together for the issue of April 23 of the Sunday Times. The names of reader’s prizes for both weeks will be published on April 23 followed by the Daily Mirror, Daily Lankadeepa, Ada and Daily FT. However the cutoff date remains as usual as it has been practiced weekly. The remaining results will be published weekly then onward till the end.
High prices and flu fear dampen festive spirit View(s):By Akash Widanapathirana and Shelton HettiarachchiThe National New Year this year appeared to be a lacklustre affair in comparison to last year, with traders complaining about reduced sales due to rising prices while holiday destinations saw lesser crowds due to excessive heat and the fear of contacting influenza. Pettah vendors were an unhappy lot this Avurudu season because they could not sell the stocks they bought hoping a sales boom. Only the prices of big onions dropped this Avurudu season. He had come to buy some goods for the Avurudu, hoping that the prices in Pettah would be lower than in other markets. But he said he was disappointed because the prices were equally high in the Pettah market also.
Dengue fight goes high tech in Beruwala View(s):Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) in Beruwala are using drones to check for potential dengue- breeding sites. In a novel initiative PHIs are using a small radio-controlled drone equipped with a camera to check premises where they are not being granted access to. Beruwala PHIs said they decided to adopt this high tech method after one of their colleagues who was on a house inspection was assaulted by a resident. The area has reported high dengue cases.
TICKETS MADE HIM TICKING View(s):A drama, not a mega serial, was premiered at the much talked about citadel and this, interestingly, is a single-episode series. The man in charge of tickets, after knowing that the pressmen has taken him to task for hiding underhand deals, has pretended that he is experiencing a cardio arrest while on duty at office. THE OPPOSITE OF RAGS TO RICHESHe is a former champion runner, a medal winning athlete and an Olympian, who later became an official of a governing body as an inexperienced administrator. OMNIPRESENTThe top official of the country’s governing body of the most popular global sport is back in the news. Few weeks ago he was in the limelight for letting his son use his official car and getting it knocked on to a parked truck in the heart of the capital city.