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Dimuth Karunaratne, Oshada Fernando fifties ensure series ends at 0-0

Apr 3 (CI) Dimuth Karunaratne hit 75 and soaked up 176 deliveries in a century stand with Lahiru Thirimanne, and Oshada Fernando struck an unbeaten half-century of his own later in the day, as SL comfortably batted out a draw in Antigua. Missing Shannon Gabriel for part of the day due to a hamstring complaint, West Indies were only able to take two SL wickets on a pitch that had become slower and lower for the quicks and more..

The bitter realities behind the Hingurakgoda satyagraha

Apr 3 (TM) On International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021, in a small tent located at the Polonnaruwa Raja Sabha Mandapaya, women sat down to begin a satyagraha against the microfinance debt that has crippled rural economies and left them helpless. Current statistics say that more than 2.8 million people are victims of predatory lending, a majority of whom are women. Nearly 200 have taken their own lives as a result of this debt; some, mere days before the protest began. more..

Engineered, encouraged deterioration; mangroves and Easter

Apr 3 (Island) Rajitha Ratwatte writing from New Zealand about both his adopted country and his home country, which he seems to be very loyal to, gives print to a profound consideration which needs everyone’s attention. To end his Friday March 28 column From outside the Pearl he states boldly and succinctly: …. we once (around 30 years ago) had a minister of ports who had been educated at Oxford – not a gold chain snatcher. The Oxford mentioned is the most prestigious University in Britain and more..


What is the patriotic path Sri Lanka should take after the Geneva resolution?

Apr 3 (CT) UNHRC adopted resolution 46/1 on 23 March 2021 against the wish of SL, voting 22 countries in favor, 14 countries abstaining and 11 countries voting against out of the 47member council. The result is interpreted by various parties in various ways. One popular way is the Western point of view where the entire force is placed on the human rights and the political ambitions of those western nations are ignored. Another way is the point of view of China or Russia where more..

Geneva debacle

Apr 3 (CT) The resolution presented to the UNHRC by the so-called Core Group countries led by the UK, Canada, and Germany, at the behest of the US, was adopted by the UNHRC by 22 to 11 votes, with 14 member countries abstaining. I would call this resolution an attack on SL by imperialist countries supported by Quad countries. SL defeat in the face of this attack is not a matter of surprise. In such a backdrop, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena's attempt to define it otherwise, by portraying more..

Setback in Geneva for SL despite strong fightback

Apr 3 (FT) Is Sri Lanka fighting a lost battle in Geneva? was the heading of the article by this writer in these columns a fortnight ago. The answer became known conclusively as events unfolded at the UNHRC on 23 March. In spite of SL’s strong opposition, the resolution titled Promotion of Reconciliation Accountability and Human Rights in SL was adopted by the UNHRC at its 46th session held in Geneva. more..

A message of sacrifice

Apr 3 (CT) Today, Christians worldwide celebrate Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday, to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ who was crucified and killed on a Friday over 2,000 years ago by the Roman rulers of Israel for the offence of calling himself a king, but who rose again three days later on a Sunday, according to Christian belief and tradition. However, Jesus’ claim to kingship that caused his death didn’t result in an armed rebellion against the Romans. In fact, he told the Jewish leaders (priests) more..

Easter Sunday massacres: Will we ever know?

Apr 3 (DM) Two years have passed since more than 260 people were killed in churches and hotels in SL by ruthless extremists in the name of an evil ideology, which has nothing to do with Islam. But the threat of extremism is still alive with no investigation revealing the masterminds behind the gory tragedy. Gaining traction in the public domain is a viewpoint that there is more to the attacks than meets the eye. The theory goes that the terrorists who committed the crime were just a bunch of holy idiots more..

Cinematic links between director Lester and actor Gamini

Apr 3 (DM) Sinhala cinema’s pioneering director Lester James Peries is the SL filmmaker I like, admire and respect most. The master movie maker’s 102nd birth anniversary falls on April 5. SL Superstar Gamini Fonseka remains my favourite actor on the Sinhala silver screen since childhood. The movie-monarch’s 85th birth anniversary was on March 21. I have written extensively on both in the past. I intend focusing this week–drawing from some of my earlier writings–on more..

The greatest Truth of living for others and dying for others

Apr 3 (DM) All over the world more than 2.5 billion Christians today commemorate the most solemn day of the year - Good Friday. It was the day on which the Lord Jesus Christ was tortured and crucified. Besides the seven immortal words from the cross the message from the Lord Jesus Christ was, “Even if you betray, deny or desert me; even if you whip me or strip me and crucify me like a criminal of criminals, I will still love you because God is love.” It is an unending, unfailing, unlimited and unmerited love. more..

Easter: The story of life and hope

Apr 3 (DM) Easter brings together the victorious death and the glorious resurrection or the glorious life beyond the death of Jesus of Nazareth. Christianity is based on the belief in the resurrection of the Lord and Master Jesus Christ. All early Christian traditions saw as glorious the torture, the unjust verdict and the execution of Jesus by crucifixion. It is important to enter into this paradox if one were to understand the significance of Easter. Jesus was crucified because of his stand in favour of more..

New health guidelines for festive period: CMLS questions govt. claims

Apr 2 (Island) Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena said that a new set of guidelines had been formulated for people to follow during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. Dr. Gunawardena said that there was a possibility that a third wave of COVID-19 happening unless precautions were taken. “Sinhala and Tamil New Year is around the corner. During the last few weeks we saw a lot of people shopping. more..

China reiterates commitment to work together with 3rd-party countries in Port City

Apr 2 (MFA) Ambassador of China to SL, Qi Zhenhong, paid a courtesy call on State Minister of Regional Cooperation Tharaka Balasuriya at the Foreign Meeting 01 April. State Minister conveyed the sincere appreciation of the Govt of SL for consistent support given by China to SL during the 46th session of the UNHRC. Ambassador of China reiterated their commitment to work together to pursue investment and business opportunities with third-party countries in the Colombo Port City more..

Susantha to be felicitated by former Walala athletes

Apr 2 (Island) Old Walala Athletes’ Association will felicitate their mentor and coach Susantha Fernando for his three decades of service to Ratnayake Central at a function on Saturday. Fernando trained Ratnayake Central for three decades before giving up on the coaching assignment during the pandemic to concentrate on the athletes he has produced to senior level. Ratnayake Central reached great heights during his long association with the school. A little known school, when he first took up more..

Public losing confidence in govt: SLFP vice president

Apr 2 (EN) The public is losing confidence in the govt, and coalition partner the SLFP may soon have to take a call on whether or not to go it alone at the upcoming provincial council elections, SLFP vice president Prof Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa said. He said that the SLFP has yet to decide whether to contest the PC polls as a partner of the ruling SLPP-led alliance. With the national New Year approaching, Piyadasa said, more..

Some New Year games to be banned

Apr 2 (CT) Health Ministry proposes to ban games such as tug-o-war, pillow fighting, and climbing the grease pole during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the festive season. Deputy Director General, Dr. Susie Perera, said the Sinhala and Tamil New Year should be celebrated adapting to the new normal and health guidelines should be adhered to. “We cannot fully prohibit people from celebrating the New Year this year, owing to the situation more..

CB invites public to open forex accounts

Apr 2 (EN) Central Bank is inviting members of the public who have in their hand legitimately acquired foreign currency to open foreign currency accounts in bank and deposit them. SL citizens are allowed to hold up to 15,000 dollars worth of foreign currency in hand if it was brought back from abroad as salaries after working, payments for goods or services, withdrawn their own forex account or taken from a bank to travel abroad and not used. The CB said a foreign currency account more..

Video: Administering first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine suspended

Apr 2 (AD) Chief Epidemiologist Dr Sudath Samaraweera says that the programme to administer the first dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine has been temporarily suspended in SL. The programme to administer the first dose was suspended in order to commence providing the second dose of the AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine. He said that thus far SL has received a total of 1,264,000 doses of the vaccine and more..

Over 3,000 kilos of contaminated dhal seized and destroyed in Weligama

Apr 2 (EN) Over 3,000kg of dhal (split lentils) containing fungi that can produce the carcinogenic aflatoxin was found in a cooperative shop in Weligama today, Weligama PHI said. The 3,150kg stock was seized following a raid based on a customer tip-off and was subsequently destroyed under the supervision of local PHIs. Aflatoxin is the same chemical that was allegedly found in six consignments of imported coconut oil that has resulted in much controversy. more..

Video: Army Chief on security measures for Holy Week & Easter

Apr 2 (AD) Maximum security has been provided to the public in view of the Holy Week and Easter Sunday, Commander of the Army Lt Shavendra Silva assured. The army chief urged Catholic devotees to attend church services without fear and to follow the health guidelines that are in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. He pointed out that providing security to each church will be impossible given the circumstances. As several prominent hotels in the country also came under attack during more..

CBK questions Dayasiri why she is not invited to SLFP meeting

Apr 2 (DM) Former Prez Chandrika Kumaratunga has informed the SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara to cancel the SLFP All Island Working Committee meeting scheduled for April 5 claiming it was against the party constitution. In a letter addressed to the General Secretary, Ms Kumaratunge said she as the patron of the party had not been invited to the meeting scheduled at 2 pm on April 5. She also said the majority, more..

Sri Lanka to give US$5 grocery relief pack amid money printing

Apr 2 (EN) A state-run retail chain under SL’s Trade Ministry is giving a discounted grocery pack and a face mask for Coronavirus valued at 1,000 rupees (5 US dollars) in the run up to a traditional New Year as the rupee has hit 200 to the US dollar amid unprecedented money printing. The Sathosa Sahana Malla (relief) by state-run Lak Sathosa retail chain has 12 essential items and is available from April 1. Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena told reporters the relief bag contained more..

Expert committee to decide who in Sri Lanka should receive Sinopharm jab

Apr 2 (EN) An expert committee will recommend what age groups in SL ought to receive the Sinopharm vaccine, Chief Epidemiologist Dr Sudath Samaraweera said. Once all Chinese nationals employed in SL have received the jab, the health ministry will take a call on who in SL should get it, based on the experts’ recommendation, he said. As per research so far, Samaraweera said, people under the age of 18, pregnant women and those witch chronic illnesses will not receive more..

Video: Champika says too early to tell if he will contest Presidential Polls

Apr 2 (DM) SJB MP, Champika Ranawaka today continued the suspense surrounding whether he would contest the Prez Elections in 2025 saying it was too early to say anything. Ranawaka, who is rumored to be preparing to contest the next Prez Polls said there was ample time for the elections and the Provincial Council Elections and the Local Govt Elections would have to be faced before the Prez Polls. more..

Dullas: Fossil fuel plants burning Lanka’s foreign earnings

Apr 2 (Island) SL diesel and furnace oil plants released over 13 million kg of carbon on Wednesday alone to generate 15.3 gigawatt hours, Minister of Power Dullas Alahaperuma said at the opening ceremony of the Deduru Oya Power Plant in Kurunegala. He said that the country spent a lot of money on fossil fuels and it was important to increase the output from renewable energy. “The annual expenditure on fuel is equivalent to the annual remittances from our migrant workers. more..

Five-member Cricket Management Committee appointed

Apr 2 (AD) A 5-member Cricket Management Committee has been appointed by the Minister of Sports Namal Rajapaksa until the board elections of Sri Lanka Cricket are held. Prof. Arjuna de Silva has been appointed as the head of the Cricket Management Committee. In the meantime, former SL cricketer Ashley de Silva, Sujeewa Mudalige, Uchitha Wickramasinghe and Amal Edirisooriya will serve as the members of the said panel. Last month, Attorney General had given directions to more..

Sri Lanka debt to GDP to rise to 115% in 2021, poverty 10.9%: World Bank

Apr 2 (EN) Sri Lanka’s govt debt as a share of gross domestic product is expected to rise to 115% in 2021 and poverty to 10.9%, the World Bank said in the wake of several years of mostly monetary stimulus followed by the inevitable stabilization policies. Import controls would reduce growth, while high debt and reduced access to markets were threatening debt sustainability, the agency said in a report on South Asia. more..

Election commission to decide on parties named along ethnoreligious lines

Apr 2 (EN) The Election Commission (EC) has appointed a five-member committee to study registered political parties that have been named along ethnic or religious lines, the commission said. The committee, headed by an Additional Election Commissioner, will study the constitutions of such parties and submit a report to the EC, based on which the EC will decide whether or not to recognise them as registered parties. The EC decided to appoint this committee on Tuesday (30) with more..

Video: Third round of tests reconfirm Aflatoxin in unrefined coconut oil stock

Apr 2 (AD) The third round of tests has reconfirmed that the unrefined coconut oil consignment, imported by three private companies and stored in their warehouses, contains the highly carcinogenic substance called Aflatoxin. State Minister of Consumer Protection Lasantha Alagiyawanna said the relevant importing companies have already been informed to re-export the coconut oil stocks in question without delay. Recent tests carried out by the SL Standards Institute (SLSI) and more..

No restrictions on mobility during New Year

Apr 2 (DN) State Minister Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle yesterday requested the public to adhere to all known preventive measures to reduce the spread of COVID- 19 in the Sinhala and Tamil New Year season. Dr. Fernandopulle said that the spread of the virus, which has been reduced as present, could increase without the public’s sustained support for pandemic control. She said this when asked if the Govt encouraged more..

Perfecting the failure

Apr 2 (FT) SL is now in an unfortunate plight in which the failure of the state has entered the phase of its completion both internally and externally. The rule of the country is eclipsed by dark shadows of disintegration and anarchy. State and the political system are also in a state of disarray and virtual collapse. Economy is on the brinks of virtual bankruptcy. In the sense of geo-politics, the country is largely under siege. The anarchic situation and bankruptcy the country is facing have more..

MS and RW apologized to brother of tourists killed in bombings

Apr 2 (DM) Then Prez Maithripala Sirisena and PM Ranil Wickremesinghe had apologized to the brother of two tourists killed in the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks. David Linsey, the brother of Amelie and Daniel Linsey said that Sirisena and Wickremesinghe had apologized to him when he met them a few months after the attacks in Colombo. This year marks two years since the deadly Easter Sunday attacks in SL in which over 260 people were killed, including more..

ASP Eric’s transfer: 20A faulted, explanation sought from govt

Apr 2 (Island) The SJB yesterday alleged that the enactment of the 20th Amendment had enabled the SLPP govt to interfere with the police with impunity. The recent transferring of ASP Eric Perera based at Wennappuwa in the Chilaw police division on political grounds wouldn’t have been possible if the 19th Amendment had been intact, SJB lawmaker Mujibur Rahman said. Along with the tough talking ASP, five other more..

CCTV: Two youths killed in motorcycle-car accident

Apr 2 (AD) Two youths have died in a fatal motor crash involving three vehicles at the Polwatte Junction on Pannipitiya-Borella Road early this morning (2). CCTV footage of the accident showed a speeding motorcycle en route from Pannipitiya area crashing against a car, which came from the opposite direction and turned to the Polkatuwa Road. Just then, another motorcycle that approached from behind the first motorcycle also collided against the car. more..

GL calls on all Lankans to have united stand on UNHRC resolutions against SL

Apr 2 (Island) All Sri Lankans should have a united stand on the UNHRC resolutions against Sri Lanka, Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris said on Thursday night addressing an event for SLPP lawyers at Battaramulla. “This is important if we want to protect the war heroes, independence and sovereignty of Sri Lanka,” he said. Minister Peiris said that within 12 hours of passing the resolution, UNHRC had called in applications for 12 vacancies as regards a mechanism to investigate Sri Lanka. more..