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.”
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.
WorldSEOUL/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has given his first timeline for denuclearization, aiming for the end of U.S. President Donald Trump’s first term, Seoul officials said on Thursday, prompting thanks from Trump who said they would “get it done together”. Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet in Pyongyang on Sept. 18-20 for a third summit and discuss “practical measures” toward denuclearization, Moon’s national security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, said a day after meeting Kim. The summit could provide renewed momentum to talks over denuclearization between North Korea and the United States, after Trump canceled a visit to Pyongyang by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last month citing lack of progress. Trump welcomed Kim’s remarks in a trademark Tweet. “Kim Jong Un of North Korea proclaims ‘unwavering faith in President Trump.’ Thank you to Chairman Kim.
WorldTOKYO (Reuters) - Rescue workers with dogs searched for survivors on Friday in debris-strewn landslides caused by an earthquake in Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, as electricity was restored to just over half of households. Public broadcaster NHK put the death toll at 12, with five people unresponsive. Another 24 were still missing after Thursday’s pre-dawn magnitude-6.7 quake, the latest deadly natural disaster to hit Japan over the past two months, coming after typhoons, floods and a record-breaking heat wave. Some 22,000 rescue workers had worked through the night to search for survivors, Abe told an emergency meeting on Friday. With rain forecast for Friday afternoon and Saturday, he urged people to be careful about loose soil that could cause unstable houses to collapse or further landslides.
September 07, 2018 09:27 UTC
WorldHARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe has said he now accepts President Emmerson Mnangagwa as the country's legitimate leader after initially accusing him of leading a “disgraceful” de facto coup that ended his near four-decades rule last year. On the eve of the July 30 vote, Mugabe said he would vote for the opposition to remove Mnangagwa's “military government”, as the 94-year-old leader expressed bitterness and turned against his one-time allies in the ruling ZANU-PF party. But at a funeral wake of his mother-in-law, Mugabe said Mnangagwa's victory, which is still disputed by his main opponent Nelson Chamisa, made him a legitimate president, the privately-owned NewsDay and state-owned The Herald newspapers reported on Friday. “The wrong that happened last November has been erased by his victory in the July 30 elections. I now accept his leadership and he now deserves the support of every Zimbabwean,” Mugabe said, looking frail in video footage on an online television site.
September 07, 2018 09:22 UTC
NewsA hartal campaign against a proposed bottled water manufacturing plant is currently underway in Batticaloa disrupting normalcy in the region. Normalcy is affected in many areas of Batticaloa. The proposed water manufacturing company is to be built in the Pullumalai area. Earlier the call for hartal was issued by Batticaloa based civil society organizations alleging that proposed bottled water manufacturing plant would cause severe environmental impacts in the region as underwater resources are the vital water resources in the areas. They allege that excessive pumping of underground water will cause more difficulties in accessing safe drinking water for the locals.
September 07, 2018 09:06 UTC
NewsPolice in Puttalam have launched an investigation to track down a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run incident that left a cyclist dead last night (6). The incident had occurred at about 7.20pm last night at Kottukachchiya in Puttalam. An unidentified vehicle headed towards Kurunegala from Puttalam had struck the cyclist and continued without stopping. The cyclist was admitted to the Puttalam Hospital with serious injuries, but later died. The 35-year-old victim is a resident of Kottukachchiya.
September 07, 2018 08:46 UTC