SportEven though Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has principally agreed to tour Pakistan towards the tail-end of the current series subject to security clearance, there’s a greater possibility of the match being shifted to Pakistan’s adopted home—UAE. “Pakistan has no better friend than Sri Lanka," former Pakistan skipper Waqar Younis said. "We can show that, if Sri Lanka can come--as the shooting happened at their team bus--why not others. Pakistan has been a great friend of Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, it is learned that Pakistan, who are desperate to revive cricket, are trying everything--including high-level diplomatic maneuvering--to get Sri Lanka down.
October 07, 2017 20:26 UTC
SportIs it the end of international cricket for Lasith Malinga? “I want to play till 2020—the 2019 World Cup and the 2020 T20 World Cup—and I will keep performing whenever I get an opportunity, be it domestic or international cricket. Since his return from a long injury lay-off, Malinga has largely been a diminishing force, averaging 62.30 in 13 matches. Malinga led the national team to victory at the 2014 World T20 tournament, the country’s second global silverware after the 1996 World Cup victory. At a subsequent brain-storming session, he highlighted some of the key issues which he believes had contributed to the slide of the national team.
October 07, 2017 19:52 UTC
SportIn today's News Chess: Fide Master Suneetha felicitated"Chess –An Art of Life” -- Workshop was brought to life at the Russian Centre in Colombo, hosting over 140 students of numerous schools across the nation. The session was conducted by Udara Hewagama and Ushan Samarakone, chess instructors of the Anatoly Karpov Chess Club of the Russian Centre in Colombo. Additionally, Suneetha Wijesuriya who is also the president and chief instructor of the Anatoly Karpov Chess Club and 10-times Women’s National Chess Champion, First and only Chess Olympiad Gold Medalist in Sri Lanka, First Woman Fide Master and the First Woman Fide Instructor in the country was felicitated by Madam Anastasia Khokhlova, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Sri Lanka/Director of the Russian Centre in Colombo and Buddhapriya Ramanayaka, CEO of the Russian Centre in Colombo, for the service rendered in promoting Chess among the locals.
October 07, 2017 18:45 UTC
SportThe 17th LSR Colombo Marathon will take place on Sunday (8) commencing at 6.00am opposite the BMICH at Bauddhaloka Mawatha. In the past, this event has been conducted from Colombo to Negombo. However, with the development of the City of Colombo, it has been decided that the Fun Runs of 5Km and 10Km will be held in a circular route within the city limits of Colombo, which will showcase the beauty and nature of the city of Colombo. As a result, it has been scheduled to end the 5Km and 10km near the Race Course, Colombo 7. As usually both full and half marathons will be continuing down on Negombo Road through the Baseline road and will conclude respectively in Hekitta and Thalahena.
October 07, 2017 14:26 UTC
NewsVeterinarians from the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) had to be called into help capture two wild elephants as veterinarians attached to the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) refused to help capture them. The wild elephants were roaming around the Kuttigala area after moving through Suriyawewa in Hambantota to Walasmulla and back to Kuttigala over the past several months. However, the DWC was unable to summon its vets to capture the elephants as they have decided to refrain from assisting in the capture of wild elephants from September 15 on account of several demands. Accordingly, Kuttigala Police had to obtain a court order from the Embilipitiya Magistrate's Court to get assistance from veterinarians of the SLAF to capture the animals. Accordingly, the elephants were captured today (7) after a two day operation with the assistance of the SLAF's vets and DWC officers.
October 07, 2017 13:52 UTC
NewsA former police constable wanted in connection with the attack on a shelter housing Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, has been arrested by the Colombo Crime Division. The 40-year-old suspect had been sought by police in connection with the incident that took place on September 26. Police said the suspect was a police constable who had been interdicted. Three court cases are currently pending against him at the Panadura Magistrate's Court. The suspect is due to be produced before the Mount Lavinia Magistrate.
October 06, 2017 13:07 UTC
On his first official visit to Sri Lanka since assuming the portfolio, met with Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana yesterday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He welcomed a closer partnership with the UK to further consolidate the historic and enduring bilateral political, trade, cultural relations, including people-to -people contacts. Recalling the shared values and interests between the UK and Sri Lanka as members of the Commonwealth, Minister Field invited Sri Lanka to play an active role to develop a new roadmap for the organization to meet the challenges and needs of the new century in the run up to CHOGM 2018 in the UK. Foreign Minister Marapana provided an overview of the implementation of the commitments made by the Unity Government since 2015, and stated that by reforming Sri Lanka’s constitutional framework, Sri Lanka will regain its status as a stable, peaceful and fully fledged democracy in the region. Foreign Secretary Prasad Kariyawasam, UK’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris participated in the discussions during the meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Tilak Marapana and Under Secretary of State Mark Field.
October 06, 2017 11:26 UTC
Veterinarians from the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) had to be called into help capture two wild elephants as veterinarians attached to the Department... Features & AnalysisVictoria Golf and SLEA Horse Cross CountryThe inaugural Cross Country Horse Riding Competition was held recentlyat the Victoria Golf and Country... In Pictures: The Big Bad Wolf book saleThe Big Bad Wolf book sale was officially opened to the public yesterday. The book sale which will be open 24/7 will&...Mixing Kafka with Jane Austen: Ishiguro wins literature NobelSTOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Kazuo Ishiguro, the British author of “The Remains of the Day”, won the Nobel Prize...Big Bad Wolf book sale now open to the public till Oct 15The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale, was inaugurated by Chief Guest Education Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and ...
October 06, 2017 10:41 UTC
NewsThe Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (Ican), the BBC reported. Berit Reiss-Andersen, the Nobel committee chair, said it was due to the group's "groundbreaking efforts to achieve a treaty prohibition" on nuclear weapons. "We live in a world where the risk of nuclear weapons being used is greater than it has been for a long time," she continued. In July, after pressure from Ican, 122 nations adopted a UN treaty designed to ban and eventually eliminate all nuclear weapons. The Nobel prize citation read: "Some states are modernising their nuclear arsenals, and there is a real danger that more countries will try to procure nuclear weapons, as exemplified by North Korea."
October 06, 2017 10:07 UTC
NewsPolice have so far arrested 28 suspects following a tense situation which took place near the Indian Consulate in Hambantota this morning (6). Accordingly, 20 males, eight females and a vehicle used by the protesters have so far been taken into police custody. The protest, organized by the Joint Opposition (JO) was held against alleged plans to privatize the Magampura Port and the Mattala International Airport. Clashes occurred when protesters tried to break down police barricades and march towards the Indian Consulate building in Hambantota. By Rahul Samantha Hettiarachchi in Hambantota
October 06, 2017 09:45 UTC
“My visit aims to review the progress made thus far, to identify obstacles and bottlenecks in the implementation of the transitional justice and reform process, and to discuss opportunities with the Government and Sri Lankan society to overcome these,” said Mr. de Greiff is quoted as saying in the statement. The human rights expert will meet Government officials at central and provincial levels, representatives of the legislature, members of the judiciary, the armed forces, law enforcement officials, religious leaders, political parties, the Human Rights Commission, civil society, victims’ groups, academics and representatives of the international community. He is scheduled to visit Colombo as well as other locations in the south, centre, north and east of the country. The expert will present his preliminary findings and recommendations at a press conference to be held on Monday October 23 October 2017. The final report on the visit will be presented to the Human Rights Council in September 2018.
October 06, 2017 08:48 UTC
In 2015, the Government of Sri Lanka committed itself to designing and implementing a comprehensive transitional justice strategy. “My visit aims to review the progress made thus far, to identify obstacles and bottlenecks in the implementation of the transitional justice and reform process, and to discuss opportunities with the Government and Sri Lankan society to overcome these,” said Mr. de Greiff. The human rights expert will meet Government officials at central and provincial levels, representatives of the legislature, members of the judiciary, the armed forces, law enforcement officials, religious leaders, political parties, the Human Rights Commission, civil society, victims’ groups, academics and representatives of the international community. He is scheduled to visit Colombo as well as other locations in the south, centre, north and east of the country. The final report on the visit will be presented to the Human Rights Council in September 2018.
October 06, 2017 07:41 UTC
NewsThe visiting UK Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific Mark Field met with the Leader of the Opposition and the Tamil National Alliance R. Sampanthan on Thursday at Westminster House in Colombo, the TNA said in a news release. During the talks, the TNA leader told the visiting Minister that his Party has genuinely participated in the processes of framing a new Constitution. The TNA leader also stated, “that this power should not be taken back in anyway”. The power-sharing arrangements will be worked out within a United, Undivided and Indivisible Sri Lanka Mr. Sampanthan pointed out to the Minister. The Minister assured the TNA Leader of the constructive engagement of the UK government and wished the TNA leader all success for all his efforts in framing a new Constitution.
October 06, 2017 07:30 UTC
NewsPolice have fired water cannon and tear gas to disperse protesters opposite the Indian Consulate in Hambantota a short while ago. The protest, organized by the Joint Opposition (JO) is being held to protest against the alleged sale of Magampura Port and the Mattala Airport. The protesters had reportedly attempted to march towards the Indian Consulate breaking down police barricades when police fired water cannon and then tear gas to disperse them. [caption id="attachment_1032545" align="alignnone" width="500"] dav[/caption][
October 06, 2017 07:18 UTC
NewsOne person was killed and six others injured this morning after a head-on collision between a motorbike and a lorry at Shawasthipura in Anuradhapura last evening (5). Police said the lorry had gone off the road and overturned following the crash. Seven persons, including the motorcyclist and lorry driver were injured and admitted to Anuradhapura Hospital. The 38-year-old motorcyclist later succumbed to his injuries. Police said the lorry driver is due to be arrested in connection with the incident.
October 06, 2017 06:00 UTC