Ammar is a skateboard enthusiast and points out the need to have a skate park to practise skateboarding in Sri Lanka. Swimming, football, tennis, skateboarding, roller-skating, rifle shooting, archery, kayaking, and aikido. Sadly, I became second in rifle shooting, missing just two points in becoming the sharpest shooter. I practise rifle shooting at school and archery at the Colombo Archery School. I really wish we had a skate park or a roller-skating wing here so that we can practise skateboarding.
June 13, 2021 02:15 UTC
COLOMBO (News 1st); Sri Lanka Navy said that it seized 200kg of Heroin in a multi day fishing trawler in southern seas near Weligama. This was confirmed to News 1st by Navy Spokesperson Captain Indika De Silva. Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana speaking to News 1st said three suspects were arrested in the raid carried out by the Sri Lanka Navy, Sri Lanka Coast Guard and the Police Narcotics Bureau on intel received by the State Intelligence Service.
June 13, 2021 00:56 UTC
Woakes has not played T20 cricket for England since 2015. Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, and Reece Topley all ruled out from Sri Lanka series due to injury. Willey, who became Yorkshire’s T20 Captain last year, last played T20Is in 2019 before losing his place in the England white-ball team to Jofra Archer. Dawson last played for England in 2018, yet he had to undergo a leg surgery later on, which kept him out of contention. Recalling of Woakes, Willey, and Dawson effectively shuts the door for the likes of Saqib Mahmood, Lewis Gregory, and Matt Parkinson who have been on the fringes of England selection for over two years now.
June 13, 2021 00:45 UTC
* Krejcikova wins French Open women’s singles titleBarbora Krejcikova, world no. * Djokovic faces Tsitsipas in finalNovak Djokovic will meet Stefanos Tsitsipas in the French Open men’s single final at 6.30 p.m. Sri Lanka time today. Yet in French Open S/F last year, Djokovic was stretched for five sets by the Greek, who lost 6-3, 6-2, 5-7, 4-6, 6-1. Elsewhere the Philadelphia 76ers moved 2-1 ahead in their Eastern Conference semi-final series. Game four of the five-match semi-final series is tomorrow (14).
June 13, 2021 00:33 UTC
Australian swimmer Shayna Jack has confirmed she will miss the Tokyo Olympics and sit out the Australian trials this week. Australian swimmer Shayna Jack (pictured) has confirmed her Olympic hopes are over as she skips the national swimming trialsThe World Championships and Commonwealth Games medallist was one of the rising stars of the pool until her world came crashing down in 2019. Jack tested positive to banned muscle-builder Ligandrol, leaving her swimming career and Tokyo Olympics hopes in tatters. Shayna Jack celebrated her return to the pool last month after her two year doping ban ended'The water has never felt so good' Shayna Jack (pictured) wrote after her training session'The water has never felt so good. Shayna Jack arrived at the pool in high spirits on Wednesday morning, despite the 6am start
June 13, 2021 00:00 UTC
Deputy Director General of Noncommunicable Diseases Unit, Dr. Champika Wickramasinghe stated that due to the prevailing pandemic situation and travel restrictions, people can get their medicine delivered home by post through calling the hospital they normally receive their medicine and giving the clinic number and home address. She stated this while participating in a media briefing held at the Health Promotion Bureau on the 11th regarding the current COVID situation in the country. The telephone numbers of the hospitals can be gained through the official website of the Ministry of Health, health.gov.lk, and by giving the name, address and clinic number of the relevant hospitals, medicines for at least two months can be delivered to home within a few days. She said that if anyone encounters an inconvenience in calling the hospital, two special hotline numbers have been introduced to gain further details in this regard; 0720720720 for Sinhala and 0720606060 for Tamil. Moreover, people who have received medicines from private pharmacies via online can also access the official website of the Ministry of Health and get WhatsApp, Viber and Emo numbers of all the pharmacies.
June 12, 2021 23:48 UTC
In case you do not know what renewable energy is and what it encompasses, it is energy collected from renewable energy sources such as wind, tides, sunlight, geothermal heat, and rain. The then Government launched the “Battle for Solar Energy” or “Sooryabala Sangramaya” programme in 2016 and sent surplus energy to the national grid. Solar power plant in HambanthotaThe CEB is even of the view that solar power alone is sufficient to cater to the national energy demand during the day time. “Under the Paris Agreement, funding is available for developing countries to build renewable energy projects that will save carbon emissions. Current Government’s plansProviding a glimmer of hope in the solar energy sector, the current Government seems somewhat focused on improving the country’s renewable energy sector, thereby increasing its contribution to national energy demand.
June 12, 2021 23:03 UTC
Speaking to The Sunday Morning Business, Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila stated that the progress is very slow despite the discussions held with official Indian counterparts to develop the Upper Oil Tank Farm. Nevertheless, Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) Managing Director Manoj Gupta told The Sunday Morning Business early this year that the discussions held with the Energy Ministry and its Indian counterparts had been very positive. Meanwhile, Gammanpila, when contacted during the same month (February), clarified that both parties were able to come to a consensual agreement to jointly develop the oil tank farm by the LIOC and CPC with majority shares. The development of the Upper Oil Tank Farm in Trincomalee was initially signed by the previous Government with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Co-operation on Economic Projects in order to set up a joint venture between the LIOC and the CPC. The then Sri Lankan Government proposed the idea of developing and running the tanks as a joint venture in 2016 to store the fuel for power generation in an emergency situation.
June 12, 2021 23:03 UTC
What sets Pixaraptor. Founder and Art Director Rehan FiyazWhat sets Pixaraptor. This is what sets Pixaraptor. What sets Pixaraptor. Furthermore, the Oceanlust Magazine – the first ocean based e-magazine in Sri Lanka – is one of the clients exclusive to Pixaraptor.
Despite commendable efforts by many countries to put in place alternative remote learning strategies and corrective measures, learning losses have been unavoidable and substantial. Sri Lankan schools have been largely dysfunctional for over 15 months since initial closures in March 2020, despite some brief periods of operation. This blog examines policy responses adopted in Sri Lanka’s education sector over the past year, with a view of informing its future education recovery strategy in 2021 and beyond. Areas for urgent actionThe above discussion suggests that both emergency and recovery measures adopted in Sri Lanka during Covid-19 school closures have worsened existing education inequities. (Ashani Abayasekara is a Research Economist at the IPS with research interests in labour economics, economics of education, development economics, and microeconometrics.
The Ministry has indicated that pilot schools would be set up at provincial level too before English medium instruction is made available islandwide. In the politics of language, English has been elevated to a form of privilege in Sri Lanka and a tool of discrimination. Business in particular must welcome and support the implementation of English medium instruction. Nowhere is the importance of English language proficiency more evident than in the business world: It is the language of international commerce; the primary language of communication and technology; the language of negotiation and collaboration in a globalised world. Eventually, demand will determine the exact share of English medium in Sri Lanka’s education system.
New Act to attract FDIs into energy sectorBy The Sunday Morning Business DeskThe new Petroleum Development Authority (PDA) Act to replace the existing Petroleum Resources Act No. There has to be a lucrative legal framework and in order to fulfil the requirement, the Ministry thought of formulating an Act,” he added. Cabinet approval to replace the Act was given on 25 January 2021. The Ministry had advised state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) to find a potential investor to undertake this project as a public-private partnership (PPP). The investment could be made either by a local or foreign investor, and the project would be a PPP.
The special deposit account (SDA), which was announced during the peak of a potential foreign exchange crisis amidst the Covid-19 outbreak last year, has significantly raised more than $ 400 million in deposits as of last week. As of today, the SDA has exceeded $ 400 million of deposits,” the official noted. However, an exact current figure for deposits under the SDA facility could not be obtained, as attempts to reach the Treasury in this regard proved futile. The SDA facility was introduced by the Government on 8 April 2020. With reference to CBSL official statistics, as of 7 October 2020, total deposits in SDAs amounted to approximately $ 272 million.
The 20-member India squad for the limited-overs series in Sri Lanka in July has five new faces. Seven days with father in hospitalLast month Chetan Sakariya lost his father, who had been a tempo driver, due to Covid-19. It was only last January that he lost his younger brother who committed suicide“I wish my father had been here to see this. His performance in half an IPL prompted the Chetan Sharma-led selection committee to pick him for the Sri Lanka tour. I never expected that I will straightaway be picked in the main squad for Sri Lanka.
June 12, 2021 22:18 UTC
The Queen will no longer remain silent when the Duke and Duchess of Sussex allow ‘mistruths’ about the Royal Family to circulate in the public domain, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Harry and Meghan reacted furiously, instructing their lawyers to contest the BBC story, which they described as ‘false and defamatory’. Sources say the Queen’s more robust response to the tsunami of media briefings from allies of the Sussexes will go beyond the Lilibet story. The BBC story, effectively ‘killed’ the New York Post’s account and led, within hours, to the letter from Harry and Meghan’s lawyers. The Palace couldn’t deny the story that this was a mistruth.’ Ironically, Harry has spoken out against the ‘barrage of mistruths’ on social media.
June 12, 2021 22:05 UTC