SportSri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced the appointment of Vinothan John, Priyantha Udayaratne, Nalinda Ilangakoon and Gajaba Pitigala as managers of the four teams competing in the upcoming SLC T20 League. Accordingly, Vinothan John, who represented Sri Lanka in both ODIs and Test matches will manage the Dambulla Team. The Kandy team will be managed by Priyantha Udayaratne, who is a Level 1 Cricket Coach of Sri Lanka Cricket. He has previously functioned as the Team Manager of Sri Lanka Development Team during its tour to South Africa and Zimbabwe in 2016. The SLC T20 League will run from August 21 to September 2.
August 16, 2018 11:15 UTC
BusinessInternational packaging needs is impacting on Sri Lankan exports where high quality packaging is required to be competitive in global markets. He said both the President and the Prime Minister have stressed the importance of producing environmentally friendly degradable packaging material in Sri Lanka. The items to be exhibited at the exhibition will be wide ranging from machinery for packaging, automated systems for printing etc. The exhibition will also focus on learning and networking on packaging for improving efficiency for future businesses. Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging President Anuradha Jayasinghe said the Sri Lanka Institute of Packaging is a platform for larger organisations such as the Asia Packaging Federation to move forward.
FeaturesIt was a star studded morning at the Cinnamon Grand as headliner Diana King of Cinnamon Life's Colombo Music Festival arrived today in the island. Captured here are images of her arrival at the hotel
NewsWindy and showery conditions are expected to continue over the island today, the Met Department stated. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Central and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Kaluthara, Galle and Matara districts. Fairly heavy falls of about 75 mm can be expected at some places. Several spells of showers will occur in North-western province and in Colombo, Gampaha and Hambantota districts. Strong gusty winds up to 60 kmph can be expected over the island particularly in the Central, North-western, North-central, Northern, Eastern and Western provinces and in Hambanthota district.
NewsThe Lanka Mahila Samiti (LMS-the premier women’s organisation in Sri Lanka) which has been operating in the country for almost last 90 years after being established in 1930 is very disappointed by the government’s attitude to the organisation. The organisation held a media briefing on Wednesday to announce the 29th annual three day Conference of the Central and South Asia of the Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW) of which Lanka Mahila Samiti is affiliated. Expressing concerns, Ms. Thilaka Perera, President Lanka Mahila Samithi and the Area President for Central and South Asia, ACWW said that the government’s bounden task is to offer more and more services for the people and while the government talks about women’s empowerment the opposite is actually happening. She said that they expect more than 250 delegates for the conference and from India, Pakistan and Nepal they expect 25 to 30 delegates. This year’s theme is ‘Innovation for Women Empowerment’ and the Chief Guest for the conference is former President Chandrika Kumaratunga.
August 16, 2018 09:28 UTC
World(Reuters) - More than 300 U.S. newspapers have pledged to run editorials on Thursday defending freedom of the press in response to President Donald Trump calling some media organizations enemies of the American people. The Boston Globe organized the editorial push, which was joined by the New York Times and a number of smaller newspapers, including some in states that Trump won during the 2016 presidential election. The Boston Globe editorial board, in a piece posted online on Wednesday, accused Trump of carrying out a “sustained assault on the free press.”“The greatness of America is dependent on the role of a free press to speak the truth to the powerful,” the Globe piece said. “To label the press ‘the enemy of the people’ is as un-American as it is dangerous to the civic compact we have shared for more than two centuries.”Trump, in treating the media at times like an opposition party, has responded to unflattering reports as “fake news.”For instance, in February 2017 the president tweeted that “The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American people!”A representative for the White House could not immediately be reached for comment on the editorials. At conservative website Townhall.com, an opinion piece from Tom Tradup accused newspapers taking part in the editorial push of “collusion.”
August 16, 2018 07:36 UTC
WorldChina will send a senior negotiator to the United States in late August to resume trade talks, its commerce ministry said Thursday, the first public meeting on the dispute in weeks as the trade conflict intensifies. The United States slapped tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods in early July, triggering an immediate dollar-for-dollar retaliation from Beijing"The Chinese side reiterates that it opposes unilateralism and trade protectionism practices and does not accept any unilateral trade restriction measures," the ministry said. US Commerce Minister Wilbur Ross held talks with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in Beijing in June. - Tit-for-tat -But the discussions failed to reduce tensions as the United States slapped tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods in early July, triggering an immediate dollar-for-dollar retaliation from Beijing. The two countries are expected to launch a new round of tit-for-tat tariffs on $16 billion worth of goods from each country on August 23.
August 16, 2018 07:28 UTC
WorldRescue workers toiled through a second night Thursday in a desperate bid to find survivors in the rubble of a Genoa bridge which caved in during a heavy rainstorm, killing at least 39 people and injuring 16 more. A vast span of the Morandi bridge collapsed in the northern port city on Tuesday, sending about 35 cars and several trucks plunging 45 metres (150 feet) onto railway tracks below. Italy's government has blamed the firm that operated the collapsed bridge for the disaster and announced a state of emergency in the region. The driver of a green lorry left precariously close to the edge told Italian media how he had escaped the "hell" of the bridge collapse. "It was raining very hard and it wasn't possible to go very fast," he told the Corriere della Sera daily.
August 16, 2018 07:11 UTC
WorldA state of emergency has been declared in Florida as the worst red tide in a decade blackens the ocean water, killing dolphins, sea turtles and fish at a relentless pace. More than 100 tons of dead sea creatures have been shoveled up from smelly, deserted beaches in tourist areas along Florida's southwest coast as a result of the harmful algal bloom this month alone. n just the past week, 12 dolphins washed ashore dead in Sarasota County, typically the toll seen in an entire year. "It was devastating," said Randall Wells, director of the Chicago Zoological Society's Sarasota Dolphin Research Program, the world's longest-running study of a wild dolphin population, under way since 1970. A natural phenomenon, red tide is caused by a microscopic single-celled organism called Karenia brevis, unique to the Gulf of Mexico.
August 16, 2018 06:34 UTC
NewsAt least 50 persons were arrested this month alone in Jaffna over recent sword attack incidents and other gang violence incidents reported in the region, police said. The suspects, majority of them are youths are from Chunnakam, Manipay, Kopay were taken into custody during a police search operation launched by police recently. Earlier police said they have received complaints from public that notorious gangs named 'Aava, Victor, Dhanu Rock' were involved in many gang clashes and damaged private properties over personal issues.
August 16, 2018 05:47 UTC
A new prison police unit will be established within the Prisons Department following the recent dissolution of the Prison intelligence Unit, Minist... Features & AnalysisSinger Diana King arrives in the island ahead of the Colombo Music FestivalIt was a star studded morning at the Cinnamon Grand as headliner Diana King of Cinnamon Life's Colombo Music Fest... In Pictures: Madhu FeastThe Madhu Church festival takes place every year in August when thousands of Catholic devotees flock from all over th...Members of Big Mountain arrrive in the island ahead of Cinnamon Life's Colombo Music FestivalRichard ‘Goofey’ Campbell along with other members of Big Mountain arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday a... Celebrating India's 71st Anniversary of Independence with Bollywood singing icon Usha Uthup in concertThe High Commission of India is proud to present “Symphony of Freedom” by legendary Bollywood playback si...
August 16, 2018 05:46 UTC
NewsSriLankan Airlines suffered a staggering loss of USD 90, 261 due to former SriLankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickramasinghe reversing a decision made by the airline's operations control managers to reschedule a flight from Colombo to Paris, it was revealed today (15) at the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) appointed to probe alleged irregularities at SriLankan Airlines, SriLankan Catering and Mihin Lanka. Meanwhile, another SriLankan Airlines flight coming from Male, Maldives was also delayed. Mr Senanayake, who has over 30 years of experience at SriLankan Airlines, stated that in all his years of service, it was the first time that a chairman had overruled the decision of an operations control manager. All in all, 128 passengers were affected by the chairman's decision to insist that the Paris flight depart on schedule. Mr Senanayake testified that to his knowledge, no inquiry was ever held over the incident.
August 15, 2018 17:37 UTC
NewsThe vehilce movement in Hatton-Colombo main road is currently blocked at Watawala due to an earth slide, the Watawala Police said. The earth slide has occurred at around 3pm this afternoon due to the recent heavy rainfall in the Western slopes of the Central highlands. Police requested motorists to use the Diyagala Norton Bridge road in Ginigathhena until the soil from the earth slide is cleared. Watawala Police says that there is a further risk of earth slides in the same area too.
August 15, 2018 16:41 UTC
NewsThe Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) is organising a Youth Camp to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at which youth from 25 districts will be brought together, a statement said. This Youth Camp is a residential programme and will take place for 5 days. The main objectives of the Youth Camp are to develop awareness and basic competencies knowledge, skills, and attitudes, and also appreciation of human rights value base that respects equality of freedom of choice, of speech,association and assembly. The Youth Camp will bring together 100 young people from various communities with different ethnic and religious background in the 25 districts. Application details can be collected from HRCSL website www.hrcsl.lk or respective Divisional Secretariat or HRCSL Regional Offices across the country.
August 15, 2018 16:30 UTC
NewsThe second Integrated Consular Mobile Service (ICMS), coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was held on 12 – 13 August 2018 at the Mannar Town Hall for those who had sought refuge overseas during the conflict and returned to Sri Lanka following the end of the conflict, Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The purpose of the ICMS was to address the consular related needs of war affected returnees who had sought refuge abroad in past. During the two-day ICMS, 242 applications for citizenship were received, 59 consular birth certificates were issued, and clarification was provided to those seeking advice and guidance on matters related to citizenship and birth certificates. Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Registrar General’s Department and the Citizenship Division of the Department of Immigration and Emigration conducted the ICMS. The 1st ICMS was held in Killinochchi on 01 – 02 July 2018 at which 201 applications for citizenship were received and 61 consular birth certificates were issued.
August 15, 2018 15:45 UTC