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Piyal Wijetunge calls for patience and consistency among young spinners

Nov 23 (CI) SL's young trio of frontline spinners has taken seven wickets between them and seemingly put the team in a strong position in the opening Test against WI. But spin-bowling coach Piyal Wijetunge thinks they could have done much better. Offspinner Ramesh Mendis (26 years old), and left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama (23), took three wickets apiece, and Lasith Embuldeniya (25) took one, to help reduce WI to 224 for 9 more..

Red alert issued to 10 districts; over 100mm rainfall forecast: Met Dept

Nov 23 (DM) A red alert (Take Action) on heavy deluge has been issued for ten districts, the Dept of Meteorology said today. They said fairly heavy rainfall of more than 100 mm could be expected in some places in Eastern, North-Central, and Uva provinces, as well as in Mullaitivu, Vavuniya, and Matale districts. The heavy rainfall due to a prevailing low-level atmospheric disturbance located to the south-east of SL, they said. The weather conditions are expected to intensify into more..

Area residents attack MP Thowfeek’s house after Kinniya ferry accident

Nov 23 (AD) Residents of Kuringankerni area have attacked the house of Trincomalee District MP M.S. Thowfeek of SLMC following the ferry accident which took place this morning. A tense situation ensued after a passenger ferry was capsized at the Kuringankerni lagoon in Kinniya, killing six people including four schoolchildren. The residence of the lawmaker has been severely damaged in the attack. Meanwhile, State Minister Nimal Lanza said permission to operate a passenger ferry more..

Rain washes of third session after West Indies avoid follow-on

Nov 23 (CI) Rain washed out the final session and pretty much the entirety of the second session - only four overs were completed after lunch before the groundstaff was called into action - as West Indies ended the third day on 224 for 9, still 162 runs behind SL's first-innings total. Play will begin 15 minutes earlier on the fourth and fifth days, provided the rain stays away. In the end, the rain proved a welcome reprieve for the visitors more..

Mahinda Samarasinghe to resign from parliament

Nov 23 (AD) SLPP MP Mahinda Samarasinghe says he plans to resign from parliament. He made this revelation while addressing the Parliamentary session earlier today. Reportedly, MP Samarasinghe is expected to take up a new post as the Ambassador of SL to the US and Mexico. The lawmaker said Prez Rajapaksa has asked him to take office as the new SL envoy to the U.S. and Mexico. “I expect to resign from the parliament within 2-3 days and to leave for America more..

Sri Lanka’s new envoy arrives in Riyadh with optimism and pledge to boost ties

Nov 23 (AD) SL’s new ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Pakeer Mohideen Amza has officially taken charge after he presented a copy of his credentials to the Kingdom’s Deputy Minister for Protocol Affairs, Khalid bin Faisal Al Sihly, here recently. In a brief statement on this occasion, Ambassador Amza said that great potentials awaited bilateral relations, striking an optimistic tone with a pledge to strengthen and consolidate relations further. Amza, who was previously posted as more..

Govt rolls out joint initiative to streamline operations at BIA

Nov 23 (FT) An integrated joint program is to be formulated to streamline operations and minimise inconvenience caused to passengers at the BIA in Katunayake. Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga yesterday instructed officials to immediately implement these joint programs between the Airport and Aviation Services (Lanka) Ltd., the Department of Immigration and Emigration, SL Customs, SriLankan Airlines, and more..

Lanka Premier League T20 series: Sri Lanka to allow limited crowds at stands

Nov 23 (EN) Health ministry has given the go head to host a limited number of spectators at the upcoming Lanka Premier League (LPL) cricket tournament, Minister Namal Rajapaksa said. The approval also includes permission for limited crowds to be allowed at the ongoing test tournament between West Indies and Sri Lanka in Galle, the minister said. The test tournament began on Nov 21, with the last game to be be played on Dec 3. The 2021 LPL T20 tournament is scheduled more..

Ten Sri Lankans smuggling over 3kg of gold nabbed at Indian airport

Nov 23 (AD) Eight women and two men, part of a Sri Lankan smuggling racket, who landed at the Bengaluru airport with gold weighing over 3 kg hidden in their bodies, were nabbed by the customs sleuths. The gang was carrying the precious metal worth a whopping Rs 1.52 crore which they had planned to hand over to their accomplices in Bengaluru for further illegal deals. After a brief hiatus, Bengaluru’s Kempegowda Int'l Airport (KIA) saw one of the biggest gold smuggling more..

Video: Registrar of Pesticides removed from post with immediate effect

Nov 23 (AD) Registrar of Pesticides J.A. Sumith, who came under the spotlight over the gazette notification issued to lift the ban on Glyphosate and several other agrochemicals, has been removed from his post with immediate effect. In a communiqué issued today, the Media Secretary of the Agriculture Minister, Jayasuriya Udukumbura stated that the ban on five agrochemicals is still in effect. Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has stated more..

Video: Six including children dead after ferry capsizes in Kinniya

Nov 23 (AD) Police reported that four schoolchildren are among the six people who died after a passenger ferry capsized in Kinniya, Trincomalee earlier today. Six reported drowned and 11 others have sustained injuries after a ferry capsized in the Kuringankerni lagoon in Kinniya, Trincomalee, the Police said. As per reports, several schoolchildren are also among the victims. In the meantime, the injured have been admitted to the Kinniya Hospital and are currently under medical care. more..

Event management industry hails Govt. recognition, boost via Budget

Nov 23 (FT) In the name of counter-terrorism countries enact repressive laws that restrict human rights. They claim these laws will make us safer. Yet, contrary to claims of increasing national security, the tendency of many counter-terrorism initiatives to target, discriminate, demonise and marginalise certain communities, such as Tamils as well as Muslims lately in SL, has undermined social cohesion and created social instability. While visible erosions of human rights protections and more..

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Sri Lanka’s Prevention of Terrorism Act++: Learning the wrong (international) lessons

Nov23 (FT) In the name of counter-terrorism countries enact repressive laws that restrict human rights. They claim these laws will make us safer. Yet, contrary to claims of increasing national security, the tendency of many counter-terrorism initiatives to target, discriminate, demonise and marginalise certain communities, such as Tamils as well as Muslims lately in SL, has undermined social cohesion and created social instability. While visible erosions of human rights protections and more..

Mentor, friend, master tactician and last great liberal of our time

Nov23 (FT) I think it’s time now; after many months of pondering how to go about putting thought to word, I finally came to the realisation that it’s time to write about my mentor and friend, Mangala. It has not been an easy few months. Everywhere I go, memories of Mangala seem to periodically pop in and invade my thought process. Many asked me why I didn’t write an article about him, some asked why I don’t do a social media video, but the truth is that Mangala’s passing has not been more..

Cash-strapped govt seeks Indian lifeline: Basil to visit New Delhi

Nov 23 (Island) Declaring that SL was experiencing the worst ever post-independence economic crisis, Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris yesterday said Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s forthcoming visit to New Delhi might give the country an opportunity to explore ways and means of overcoming the overwhelming challenges. Prof. Peiris, who is also the Chairman of the ruling SLPP, emphasised that the Finance Minister’s visit more..

Minister calls for explanation on revoking Gazette banning pesticides

Nov 23 (AD) Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has instructed the Secretary of the ministry to call for an explanation from the Registrar of Pesticides regarding the gazette issued revoking a previous gazette imposing a ban on the use and sale of Glyphosate and four other agrochemicals in several areas. An Extraordinary Gazette notification had been published today (22) revoking the Gazette issued in 2014 prohibiting the use and sale of several pesticides including Glyphosate. more..

Gazette on prohibiting sale, use of five pesticides including Glyphosate revoked

Nov 23 (DM) An Extraordinary Gazette has been issued by the Registrar of Pesticides revoking the Gazette issued in 2014, which prohibited the use and sale of five pesticides including Glyphosate. The other pesticides include Propanil, Carbaryl, Cholopyrifos and Carbofuran. According to the Extraordinary Gazette issued on Dec 22, 2014, the use, the offer for sale or sale of the said pesticides, were prohibited within the Districts of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala, Moneragala and more..

COVID-19: Cases of unknown origin rising, hospitalisation at approx 50%

Nov 23 (EN) COVID-19 infections are on the rise again in SL with authorities unable to trace the origin of a majority of daily cases, health officials said, with about 50% of active cases currently hospitalised. However, govt information dept confirmed 31 deaths for Sunday, an increase of 11 from the 19 confirmed for the previous day. Dr Hemantha Herath said that the percentage of cases whose origin cannot be traced is increasing. more..

Sri Lanka plans to auction M2 oil block with gas well in early 2022

Nov 23 (EN) SL will auction an oil block in the Mannar basin where traces of natural gas had already been found in early 2022, Minister Udaya Gammanpila said. “In the beginning of 2022 we will have an auction to get investors for the M2 block,” Minister Gammanpila told parliament. Cairn Lanka, a unit of Cairn India found the presence of natural gas in two exploration wells labelled Dorado and Barracuda, but did not declare a commercial discovery and develop. more..

AG reads out 855 charges against ex-IGP Jayasundara

Nov 23 (Island) Attorney General yesterday read out before the Colombo Permanent High Court Trial-at-Bar, the indictment consisting of 855 charges against former IGP Pujith Jayasundara regarding his failure to take appropriate action to prevent a terrorist attack on Easter Sunday 2019 despite receiving adequate intelligence. AG read out the charges when the case was taken up before a three-judge bench comprising Justices Namal Balalle, Aditya Patabendige & Mohamed Irshadeen more..

1390 COVID-19 Integrated Home-based Care Solution reaches over 100,000 patients

Nov 23 (FT) COVID-19 Integrated Home-based Care Solution conceptualised and implemented effectively by the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced successful administration of care to over 100,000 home-quarantined COVID-19 patients last week. This initiative was supported by the WHO, GMOA and powered by Dialog Axiata, Bank of Ceylon, and Wavenet International Ltd. The 1390 Toll-free Trilingual Hotline and more..

Top UN official in Sri Lanka Nov 23-25 to meet govt, opp leaders, civil society

Nov 23 (EN) UN Assistant Secretary-General (ASG) for the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Khaled Khiari will be in Sri Lanka for an official visit from Tuesday to Thursday. UN Sri Lanka said in a statement on Monday that Khiari will meet senior govt officials, representatives of political parties and civil society, religious leaders, and the diplomatic community. The visit follows UN Secretary-General António Guterres’s meeting with Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa in September in New York. more..

UNP sees importance of having its own Muslim and Tamil leaders as in past

Nov 23 (Island) UNP Deputy Leader Ruwan Wijewardene yesterday said that the UNP would have to follow the policies of its founder and build up leaders which represent Muslim and Tamil communities within the party itself. Speaking during the meetings he had with party activists in Ampara District, Wijewardene said the UNP should develop its own Muslim and Tamil leaders rather than depending on other minority parties. “We had good Muslim leaders in the past, such as, more..

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16,563 persons vaccinated against COVID-19

Nov 23 (FT) COVID-19 vaccines were administered to 16,563 persons on Sunday and 74.01% of the total population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. Our World in Data states that the second dose has been administered to 63.75% of the population. 93.7% of the population over 20 years has received two vaccine doses. The first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to 15,911,983 persons and the second dose has been administered to 13,707,519 persons. more..

SC dismisses Joseph Stalin's FR petition

Nov 23 (CT) The Fundamental Rights petition filed by Secretary of the Ceylon Teachers’ Union, Joseph Stalin, challenging the preventionof protests using quarantine regulations, was yesterday dismissed by the Supreme Court. The verdict was given by a 3-Judge Bench. The Judges were Priyantha Jayawardena, Shiran Gunaratne, and Arjuna Obeysekera. The IGP, Senior DIG in charge of the Western Province, Director General of Health Services, and the AG had been named as more..

Hemasiri Fernando to face trial today

Nov 23 (CT) The 3-Judge Bench of the Colombo High Court, having dismissed the initial objections submitted by the defence yesterday, pertaining to the indictments filed by the Attorney General against ex-Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando, who is charged with failure to prevent the 2019 Easter Sunday terror attack and complicity to murder, fixed commencement of the trial for today. When the case was taken up before more..

735 persons test positive for COVID-19

Nov 23 (FT) SL’s COVID-19 detections rose to 557,361 with 735 persons testing positive for COVID-19 yesterday. COVID-19 patients detected yesterday were from the New Year cluster. On Sunday, 697 persons from the New Year cluster tested positive for COVID-19 and the New Year cluster has expanded to 452,520 cases. 82,785 patients have been detected from the Peliyagoda cluster, 9,053 patients have been detected from the Prisons cluster, and 3,059 patients more..

JKH strikes $ 80 m equity deal with Asian Development Bank

Nov 23 (FT) Top diversified blue chip John Keells Holdings PLC (JKH) yesterday announced a ground-breaking deal, which will see the Asian Development Bank (ADB) taking up a 8.5% stake via a private placement with an investment of $ 80 million via two phases. It is the first time a multilateral donor agency will become a shareholder of the 1979-founded JKH with roots to the 1870s. Established in 1966, ADB is owned by 68 members, of whom, 49 is from the Asia Pacific region. more..

Experts unhappy over change in protocol for AZ booster

Nov 23 (ST) Controversy surrounds a sudden change in the vaccination protocol recommended by the Health Ministry’s NACCDs, the Sunday Times learns. This arose as top health officials warned of spikes in COVID-19 infections in several areas. The Director-General of Health Services, Dr. Asela Gunawardena stated this week that five clusters were mushrooming in Hambantota, Matara, Galle, Anuradhapura and Ampara. more..

Leading business rankings place Hayleys as No. 1 corporate for 2020/21

Nov 23 (FT) Capping off a year of record-breaking, export-led growth, both Lanka Monthly Digest’s (LMD) Top 100 and Business Today Top 40 ranked Hayleys PLC as SL’s No. 1 corporate for 2020-21. This marks the fifth consecutive year and eighth occasion in total that Hayleys has been honoured with the top spot within the LMD 100. Considered SL’s version of the Fortune 500, the No. 1 ranking endorses the Group’s sustained position as one of the nation’s most dynamic, innovative and more..

Budget 2022 allocates millions on roads, but neglects women: Eran Wickramaratne

Nov 23 (TM) SJB MP Eran Wickramaratne said that although 52% of the population in our country comprises women, their labour force participation is a mere 35%. He said it is thus imperative that favourable conditions need to be created to increase their contribution, but that the Budget has not addressed this issue. “Today, more than 50% of the graduates from our universities are women. At the same time, women are the ones who mostly get through competitive exams for higher posts more..

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England Youth cricketers arrive to play ODI series

Nov 23 (DN) The England under 19 cricket team arrived yesterday (22) to play 5 Youth ODI series against Sri Lanka under 19 team and this series mainly will focus on preparation for the forthcoming World Under 19 World Cup held in West Indies. The five ODI series is scheduled to be played at SSC grounds starting first unofficial ODI from November 30 followed by four matches on December 3,5,8 and 10. All matches and practice sessions will be conducted in a bio-secure environment. more..

Balanced media coverage prerequisite for free and fair elections: Dinesh

Nov 23 (Island) Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, who is also the Chairman of the Parliament Select Committee for electoral reforms, has pointed out to the committee that there are many concerns raised by people and political parties on issues pertaining to unfair media coverage during the times of elections. The ministers has said so while attending a recent meeting of the PSC to Identify Appropriate Reforms of the election laws and the electoral system and to recommend necessary more..