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Dambulla Viiking sneak into semi-finals despite Gunathilaka, Azam heroics

Dec 6 (CI) The Dambulla Viiking withstood game-changing innings from Danushka Gunathilaka and Azam Khan, as well as a host of dropped catches, to eventually secure a hard-fought nine run win - their fourth win of the tournament - and with it a place in the semi-finals of the Lanka Premier League. Having been set an imposing target of 208, at 47 for 2 in the sixth over, the Gladiators were in danger of falling behind a required rate that was already quite steep. more..

LPL coaches under heavy pressure to deliver

Dec 6 (SO) Former SL fast bowler Chamila Gamage who is the bowling coach of the Dambulla Vikings at the LPL said that working with players from different countries is not an easy job as he has to build up skills to suit the mentality of all individual players. “As a coach I have to work within a limited time of two hours per practice session. Most players are technically sound but I have to look into their mental side of the preparation. They are all professional cricketers but they need advice on tactical plans more..

Sri Lanka to stage T10 league in February

Dec 6 (ST) With the Lanka Premier League (LPL) being held successfully, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is now planning to host a national T10 league in February next year. The dates have been fixed for Feb 1-12. The SLC has already called for tenders over event rights. However, the Executive Committee on Friday granted one more week for interest parties to submit their expression of interest. The details of the tournament are yet to be finalised but the board is confident of conducting it in February. more..

'Prez Gotabaya is very keen to honour ECT project at Colombo Port with India'

Dec 6 (NIA) In our Foreign Affairs series, we are focusing on Sri Lanka and the country holds a key strategic location. And to talk about that, BW Businessworld speaks with the Foreign Secretary of Sri Lanka, Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage. Foreign Secretary holds enormous experience as a veteran naval commander and this puts him firmly when looked at broadly from the security and defence aspects. Since November last year, he has also been the Foreign Affairs Advisor to Prez Rajapaksa. more..

The Strength of Disability

Dec 6 (GV) To mark International Day for Persons with Disabilities, Groundviews interviewed Dharini de Mel, a friend and philanthropist for persons with disabilities. Dharini’s introduction to supporting the disabled came quite by chance. Although she had no formal training in the sector, Dharini has decades of experience helping and supporting differently-abled persons. She has learnt along the way that they need to be respected and treated equally, and require emotional support as well as more..

Ranil influenced the judiciary: Arundika Fernando

Dec 6 (SO) Minister Wimal Weerawansa condemned the Opposition’s attempt to draw parallels between the Mahara prison riot and national security. He said if the Opposition is saying that national security is threatened based on this isolated incident, it is a joke. Minister told Parliament the riot at the Mahara prison was a planned incident and it was not a demand for PCR tests. He said that the rioters may have been under the influence of drugs that are usually prescribed for serious mental diseases. more..

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Minister of unhealthy practices

Dec 6 (ST) My dear Pavithradevi, I never thought I would be writing to you again this soon, having written to you for the first time only a few weeks ago- but then, these are extraordinary times, the world is in the grip of a deadly virus and you as our Minister of Health are in the thick of things, so it is not surprising that you are in the news. I don’t think you dislike that either. Why, we remember how you first made it to international headlines, hugging our very first corona virus victim, a Chinese tourist, more..

May Lady Justice be safe!

Dec 6 (ST) Prez Rajapaksa this week swore in a new batch of Supreme Court judges asking them to protect the integrity of the Judiciary, and assuring them the independence they require for the dispensation of justice. Coming as it does in the backdrop of legitimate questions on such speedy appointments coupled with a series of recent judgments freeing those currently in high office indicted with corruption charges, such assurances need more than mere words to generate confidence that all is well. more..

Blowing in the wind: Lanka’s names for future cyclones

Dec 6 (ST) Sri Lanka is among the 13 countries that suggests names when it comes to naming tropical cyclones. This week’s cyclonic storm Burevi was suggested by the Maldives. India Meteorological Department (IMD) recently published a list of 169 names of tropical cyclones that would emerge in the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian sea in April. Cyclones that form in basins across the world are named by the Regional Specialised Meteorological Centre (RSMC). more..

Long haul ahead

Dec 6 (Island) In this hi-tech era nobody will dispute the fact that computers eliminate manual drudgery, doing in seconds, or nanoseconds what humans would take hours, days, weeks and even months to perform. It is therefore no cause for surprise that the Inland Revenue Department (IRD), responsible for collecting a large share of state revenue, decided to computerize. Better late than never, it can be said. The tax authorities some years ago bought an expensive Revenue Administration Management Information System (RAMIS) more..

Powering the future

Dec 6 (SO) The Coronavirus pandemic may be debilitating, but it does not pose an existential threat to humankind. The numbers certainly look grim (65 million infected, 1.5 million dead), but the good news is that the vaccines are coming, as we discussed in this space last week. It will take until 2024-25 for everyone on the planet to be vaccinated and herd immunity to set in. In the end, the Coronavirus may linger on just like the Flu, but its effect will be greatly diminished. more..

'Govt on right track to deal with any extremism'

Dec 6 (SO) Minister of Public Security Rear Admiral (Retd) Sarath Weerasekera said the Yahapalana Govt had weakened the national intelligence service to a great extent and took action against intelligence officers based on bogus charges, claims and complaints so that the intelligence units had virtually collapsed. In an interview with the Sunday Observer, the Minister said that was the very reason for the brutal terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday. more..

Cardinal’s statement causes a tremor in the Muslim community

Dec 6 (CT) The Muslim community was flabbergasted to read a sweeping statement made by His Eminence the Archbishop of Colombo, Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith which hit the headlines in a local newspaper dated 04/12/2020. In bold letters it read, Easter Attacks, Sharia Law Played Major Part – Cardinal. The report inter alia, stated: “Muslims may consider Sharia Law important, but that does not mean it could be interpreted or introduced as the law of the country and forced on other communities or more..

Lanka asymptomatic; US at ICU; India near Morgue; deadly everywhere: Can the authoritarian pandemic be stopped?

Dec 6 (CT) The Twentieth Amendment augured authoritarianism in Sri Lanka, but though it laid the constitutional framework manifestation has not yet been toxic yet. Democracy in Gotabaya’s Sri Lanka is not lethally imperilled as is India’s subverted democracy, nor is demolition of democratic institutions and electoral impartiality being attempted on a Trump and Republican’t Party scale. A cynic would say “It has not been necessary”. Lanka’s president and govt retain overwhelming support; more..

Inquest awaits AG’s stance on preserving physical evidence

Dec 5 (CT) The hearings of the inquest proceedings, into the deaths of 11 prisoners at the Mahara Prison on 29 Nov, is scheduled to be taken up again on 11 Dec at the Wattala/Welisara Magistrate’s Court, pending the Attorney General’s (AG’s) stance on preserving the physical evidence from destruction, especially the bodies of the deceased including the eight who have posthumously tested positive for COVID-19. more..

BIA departure public concourse to be opened for visitors

Dec 5 (DM) The BIA departure public concourse would be opened for visitors with effect from 9 a.m tomorrow (5). However, airport officials said that only one visitor would be permitted with a passenger. Further, visitors are advised to adhere to the health practices and guidelines implemented by the airport in addition to wearing a face mask and maintaining social distance at all times when using the airport. Meanwhile, passengers who did not utilize their Duty-Free passenger baggage allowance more..

Video: Expectant mother critical, two children killed in pedestrian crossing crash

Dec 5 (AD) An expectant woman sustained critical injuries while her two daughters died in a motor accident that took place in Egoda Uyana, Moratuwa. The Police said the injured children, aged 01 and 07 years, have succumbed to injuries while being admitted to hospital. The mother has been transferred to the Colombo National Hospital for further treatment. A motorcycle had crashed against them on a pedestrian crossing at around 10.00 pm last night (04). more..

MR levies PAL on 41 items

Dec 5 (CT) PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, in his capacity as the Finance Minister, on Thursday (3), gazetted Ports and Airport Development levies (PALs) on 41 items ranging from five per cent to 7.5% with retrospective effect from 30 November, in order to protect the foreign reserves. The highest PAL of 7.5% is being levied on the importation of yachts and other vessels for pleasure or sports, rowing boats and canoes. more..

Communist Party calls for holistic approach in tackling COVID-19

Dec 5 (CT) The Communist Party of SL stated that it is imperative that the State Ministry of Primary Health Services, Pandemics and COVID-19 Prevention formulates a mechanism to provide knowledge to people freely on the means of protecting themselves from the debilitating illness. The Party has also proposed to the State Ministry to draw up a programme which could bring about community participation with the aim of bringing about a behavioural change among the more..

Chinese firms gets contract to build 27.7 km tunnel in NCP

Dec 5 (FT) China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd. has been awarded the contract to construct a 27.7-km-long tunnel as part of the 95.86-km-long North Central Great Canal Project. Cabinet approved the proposal tabled by the Minister of Irrigation Chamal Rajapaksa to award the contract to the company as recommended by the Standing Committee on Procurement appointed by the Cabinet of Ministers. Int'l competitive bids have been invited to select a suitable contractor. more..

Never said Burevi would become violent storm: Met Dept.

Dec 5 (DM) Dismissing certain media reports where it was mentioned that cyclone Buruvi would become a violent storm, Met Dept Director General Athula Karunanayake today clarified saying that he never mentioned that the cyclone Burevi would become a violent storm. He said the typical features of a violent storm were not shown by Buruvi and therefore he never said it was a violent storm. “I said very categorically the path of the storm more..

Sri Lanka tax collections encouraged by lower rates, technology: Treasury Secy

Dec 5 (EN) SL has collected 1.2 trillion rupees so far this year, showing that a steep tax cut did not result in a linear fall in taxes despite a shock from Coronavirus and an economic slowdown, Treasury Secretary Sajith Attygalle said. “Clearly it appears the revenue numbers reported to date indicates that we have collected nearly 1.2 trillion so far,” Attygalle told a virtual business forum hosted by CCC on Dec 2. “This is in an environment of having low imports activity due to the pandemic.” more..

Another minor tremor felt in Digana

Dec 5 (DM) Another minor tremor was occurred at the Aluthwatta area in Digana, Kandy this morning, Geological Survey and Mines Bureau said. The tremor of magnitude 2 on the Richter scale was reported at around 5.41 this morning. Apart from this, there have been similar tremors reported for the recent past from the same area and several other areas in the Central Province. Ministry of Environment appointed an expert committee to look into these earth tremors and they recently more..

Cremating COVID-19 dead will continue

Dec 5 (CT) Health Ministry will continue to cremate COVID-19 infected bodies as recommended by the Technical Committee, appointed to look into the cremation and burial of COVID-19 bodies. Committee which was appointed earlier this year, by the former Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe, said this on 4 Dec in response to a written communiqué by the Human Rights Commission of SL regarding more..

Sri Lanka tops 27,000 Covid-19 cases as Peliyagoda & prison clusters surge

Dec 5 (AD) Covid-19 infections registered in Sri Lanka swept past the grim milestone of 27,000 as 501 more persons were tested positive today, the Health Ministry revealed. 319 of the newly-identified patients are close contacts of earlier cases linked to the Peliyagoda fish market. The remaining 182 have been detected from the prison cluster. As per Epidemiology Unit data, the total number of Covid-19 infections confirmed in the country to date now stands at 27,060. more..

Sirisena says 60% of US prisoners return as repeat offenders; one reason being better...

Dec 5 (Island) Former President and Polonnaruwa District MP Maithripala Sirisena told Parliament, on Thursday, that the prisons sector should be revamped in its entirety to ensure that inmates could spend their time meaningfully. Participating in the third reading debate on Budget 2021 under the expenditure heads of the ministries of Defence and Public Security, MP Sirisena said that the prison system and its conditions had deteriorated during the past 40 to 50 years. more..

Amaradeva’s ashes still at funeral parlour

Dec 5 (CT) The ashes of musician Pundit W.D. Amaradeva have been kept in a funeral parlour for more than four years as the construction of the Amaradeva Aesthetic and Research Centre, which was promised to be built after his funeral by former Prez Maithripala Sirisena and the former PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, came to an abrupt halt in late 2019. Constructing the Amaradeva Aesthetic and Research Centre more..

COVID-19 recoveries count tops 20,000

Dec 5 (AD) The Ministry of Health says 652 more individuals, who were previously diagnosed with Covid-19, have made complete recoveries. The new development brings the total number of novel coronavirus recoveries reported in the country to 20,090. Sri Lanka’s confirmed infections count meanwhile stands at 26,559. The Epidemiology Unit says 6,339 active cases are still under medical care. According to the situation report, the following hospitals have reported the latest recoveries: more..

'Oxford vaccine will benefit low and middle income countries'

Dec 5 (DM) SL born Dr. Maheshi Ramasamy, the Principal Investigator for the Oxford COVID-19 Vaccine trial, has said that the oxford vaccine which will be available by end of 2020 at a low cost, will benefit low and middle income countries. During a webinar with the SL High Commissioner in London Saroja Sirisena Dr. Ramasamy has said that that the Pfizer vaccine will be rolled out across the UK next week. “One of the strengths that Sri Lanka has is its high female literacy rate,” Dr Ramasamy more..

Class bells ring with little warning, and few turn up

Dec 5 (ST) The govt’s decision to open public schools on Monday for the final term despite the worsening pandemic came under heavy criticism by teachers, principals and parents. They declared with one voice that the decision was sudden and that teachers and principals had not been consulted. “[Education ministry] Secretary Professor Kapila Perera claimed the decision to reopen had been taken after consulting with more..

Ex-SIS Chief in CIABOC

Dec 5 (Island) One-time Chief of State Intelligence Service (SIS) DIG (retd) Chandra Wakishta has been appointed a member of the CIABOC. Other Commissioners are retired Supreme Court Justice Eva Wanasundera (Chairperson) and retired Appeals Court Justice Deepali Wijesundera. In terms of Section 2 (2) (a) of Act No 19 of 1994, the Commission consists of two retired judges of the SC or Court of Appeal and an experienced investigator. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa named more..

Labour arbitration process to be accelerated

Dec 5 (DN) Minister of Labour Nimal Siripala de Silva has instructed the Labour Department arbitrators to accelerate the arbitration process related to various complaints and demands made by workers and trade unions and try to complete proceedings within a maximum of three months. Nineteen members appointed by the Department of Labour are currently in the process of mediating under the Labour Dispute Settlement Process. During a recent meeting with the Minister, more..

Ranawaka wants country’s defence strategy focused on Navy

Dec 5 (Island) SJB MP Champika Ranawaka said, on Thursday, that SL’s defence strategy should have its focus on developing the Navy. Participating in the third reading debate on Budget 2021 under the expenditure heads of ministries of Defence and Public Security, MP Ranawaka said that countries with a bigger landmass prepared their defence strategies focussed on ground forces, more..

Woman dies in accident near Southern Expressway

Dec 5 (DM) A woman was killed and two others sustained injuries during an accident near the Nugaduwa colour lights near the Southern Expressway entrance. A lorry which was speeding from Akuressa crashed head on with a car which was approaching the Southern Expressway entrance. The deceased has been identified as a 46-year-old female, a resident of Padinnoruwa in Wanchawala. The deceased was on board the lorry. Both the drivers of the car and the lorry more..

Inmates killed during prison riot had not suffered any gunshot injuries: Lohan

Dec 5 (Island) State Minister for Prisons Management and Prisoner Rehabilitation Lohan Ratwatte on Thursday (3) told Parliament that none of those killed during clashes within the Mahara Prison had suffered gunshot injuries. He said that there was no basis for accusations they had been shot dead. Having visited the Mahara Prison, where he discussed the situation with senior Prisons staff there, Kandy District lawmaker Ratwatte said that victims had died in clashes among inmates. more..

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