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3rd Olcott Relay Carnival on 6 April

Views - 9 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

The 3rd Colonel Henry Steele Olcott Relay Carnival is scheduled to be held on the Saturday 6 April at Welagedara Stadium, Kurunegala from 9.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. The Deputy Secretary General of Parliament Neil Iddawela will be the Chief Guest of the O


Mobitel champions 2019 Mahagastotte Hill Climb in 85th year

Views - 6 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

Mobitel further cements its brand presence on the motor racing arena by facilitating the legendary Mahagastotte Hill Climb Race at Mahagastotte Hill yet again this year, by partnering with the Ceylon Motor Sports Club. Poised to be held on 6 and 7 Ap


London Mall set to crown opening of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup

Views - 10 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Opening Party is set to take place on the iconic London Mall on the evening of 29 May ahead of the opening fixture between hosts England and South Africa at The Oval on 30 May. The Opening Party will feature a live g


‘He’s great to watch, but he’s not God’ – Pope sets fans straight on Messi

Views - 15 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

BARCELONA (Reuters): For Barcelona fans, Lionel Messi is ‘D10S’, a combination of the Spanish word for “God” – “dios” – with the No. 10 on his shirt. But Pope Francis begs to differ. Interviewed by Spanish TV channel La Sexta on Sunda


Time and Federer march on as Swiss claims 101st career win

Views - 3 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

Reuters: After Roger Federer racked up career title 101 with a clinical 6-1 6-4 dissection of John Isner at the Miami Open on Sunday, the American defending champion seemed as keen as the crowd for the Swiss to carry on competing for titles. “We al


Late own goal gives Liverpool vital win over Spurs

Views - 4 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

LIVERPOOL, England (Reuters): Liverpool secured a last-gasp 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur thanks to an own goal by visiting defender Toby Alderweireld to maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League. Liverpool are on 79 points with Mancheste


Pakistan’s Akmal fined after latest indiscretion

Views - 9 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal has courted controversy again, despite only recently being brought back to the international fold following a two-year absence, after breaching a team curfew ahead of the fifth One-Dayer against Australia


Mick Schumacher tests with Ferrari in Bahrain

Views - 6 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

MANAMA (Reuters): Mick Schumacher, son of seven times world champion Michael, made his Formula One test debut with Ferrari on Tuesday at the Bahrain circuit, where 15 years ago his father won the first grand prix in the Middle East. The 20-year-old E


‘I had no idea I’d taken a hat-trick’: Sam Curran

Views - 3 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

Sam Curran, the England all-rounder, claimed 4/11 to help Kings XI Punjab script one of the most thrilling T20 comebacks, but had “no idea” he had dismissed three in a row. Delhi Capitals were cruising towards their target of 167, at one stage re


Dimuth slapped with Rs.1.3m fine by SLC

Views - 7 Wednesday, 3 April 2019 00:00

By Madushka Balasuriya Sri Lanka’s Test Captain Dimuth Karunaratne has been fined 100% of his match fee, or $ 7500 (approx. Rs. 1.3 m), by Sri Lanka Cricket for violating his player contract. The move comes after he was arrested for drunk driving e


India retain ICC Test Championship mace

Views - 8 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:04

India has retained the ICC Test Championship Mace and won the purse of $1 million for a third year running after finishing at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings on the cut-off date of 1 April, while New Zealand have ensured second place.


LPL revival in the works: SLC

Views - 15 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:04

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is set to revive the Lanka Premier League, with 8-28 September tentatively set aside for the potentially lucrative T20 tournament. “We have set the ball rolling and hopefully in August-September this year we will see the tou


SLC invests big in Super Provincial Tournament

Views - 37 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:04

With Angelo Mathews back and fit, at least on a batting front, and 65 more of Sri Lanka’s finest cricketing talent at its disposal, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has invested over Rs. 60 million in putting together the Super Provincial Tournament. Set t


Karunaratne apologises after arrest for drink driving

Views - 18 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:03

REUTERS: Sri Lanka’s test captain Dimuth Karunaratne has apologised for his actions in a drink-driving accident that injured one person in Colombo and led to the cricketer’s arrest on Sunday. The injured driver was later discharged and Karunarat


Heartbreak for Leclerc as Hamilton wins in Bahrain

Views - 9 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:02

MANAMA (Reuters): Five times world champion Lewis Hamilton took a lucky Bahrain Grand Prix win for Mercedes on Sunday after engine trouble in the dying stages denied Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc a first Formula One victory. The luckless Leclerc had lo


Sawhney takes over as Chief Executive of ICC

Views - 11 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

The International Cricket Council (ICC) yesterday announced that Manu Sawhney will assume the position of Chief Executive with immediate effect. Sawhney has been working alongside the outgoing Chief Executive David Richardson for the last six weeks t


Mbappe strikes again as PSG close in on title

Views - 5 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

PARIS (Reuters): Paris St Germain forward KylianMbappe scored his 27th goal of the season as the runaway leaders edged closer to the Ligue 1 title with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Toulouse on Sunday. Mbappe struck in the 74th minute to put PSG on 80 poi


Barty beats Pliskova to win maiden Miami Open title

Views - 6 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

Reuters: Ashleigh Barty defeated Karolina Pliskova 7-6(1) 6-3 on Saturday to win her maiden Miami Open title and become the first Australian woman since 2013 to reach the top 10 in the world rankings. After dominating the first set tiebreak, Barty br


Gallacher ends five-year wait with Indian Open title

Views - 6 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

NEW DELHI (Reuters): Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher sunk three birdies in his final four holes to complete a remarkable one-stroke victory at the Indian Open on Sunday for his fourth European Tour title. The 44-year-old overcame a terrible quadruple-


Australia seal ODI series whitewash against Pakistan for eighth straight win

Views - 7 Tuesday, 2 April 2019 00:00

Reuters: Australia’s top four batsmen all posted half-centuries as they beat Pakistan by 20 runs to complete a 5-0 one-day series whitewash in Dubai on Sunday. Sent out to bat, Australia finished with a commanding total of 327-7 on a flat Dubai Int


Hutch Sri Lanka Super Series 2019 launched

Views - 33 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

The much-awaited Sri Lanka Super Series is back. Three gravel events, two tarmac events and a hill climb will revolutionise the motor racing calendar in Sri Lanka. A media conference announcing the launch of the 2019 Championship was held on Thursda


Brandix Essentials wins Wurth Endurance Karting Challenge 2019 at SLKC

Views - 8 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

Brilliant driving performance and exceptional teamwork by Team Brandix throughout the race led them to bag the top podium position at Sri Lanka’s first ever corporate karting challenge, the Wurth Endurance Karting Challenge 2019, held at Sri Lankan


SLT takes cricket to East

Views - 6 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) was able to take the great game to the Eastern province as the country’s leading telecommunication provider sponsored the first-ever big match between Wesley High School, Kalmunai and Vipulananda Central College, Karaitivu t


Manchester City back on top

Views - 9 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

LONDON (Reuters): Manchester City returned with a swagger from the international break on Saturday, resuming their quest for four trophies with another dominant 2-0 win at Fulham that thrust them back to the top of the Premier League. On the afternoo


Messi guides Barca to derby victory over Espanyol

Views - 6 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

BARCELONA (Reuters): Lionel Messi scored twice to earn Barcelona a 2-0 derby win over Espanyol and send them 13 points clear at the top of La Liga on Saturday. With second-placed Atletico Madrid travelling to Alaves later in the day, the champions to


RTC Spring and Summer Raceday Cup

Views - 8 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

A fitting finale to a much anticipated horseracing season brought back the glamour at the Racecourse in Nuwara Eliya on Sunday 31 March, as Santos and Baashagar gave the crowd in waiting a perfect end to the RTC Spring and Summer Raceday Cup. The 14


Man United to face Tottenham in Shanghai pre-season clash

Views - 6 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

Reuters: Manchester United have added pre-season matches in Singapore, China and Wales, including a clash against Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur, the club announced on Wednesday. United will take on Inter Milan at the National Stadium Singap


Precise Rabada yorks Delhi to Super Over win in IPL

Views - 10 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

MUMBAI (Reuters): South Africa fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was in his shorts and relaxing in the dressing room before being forced to make a quick transition and conjure up his lethal yorkers for the Delhi Capitals in their pulsating Super Over win on


Ashes rivals Warner and Bairstow combine in IPL record stand

Views - 10 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

Reuters: David Warner and Jonny Bairstow set a record for the highest opening stand in the Indian Premier League (IPL), with both players notching centuries for Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday. Warner and Bairstow put on 185 in just 16.2 overs in a 118


Peterites beat Royal while Joes remain as only unbeaten team

Views - 27 Monday, 1 April 2019 00:00

By Shamseer Jaleel St. Peter’s College put up a giant killing performance when they got the better of the defending champions Royal College while Joes edged out Isipathana to remain as the only unbeaten side in the Singer League end of round one.


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No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

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Wounding the social psyche

Friday, 19 April 2019

In this article, I intend to discuss the serious wounds inflicted on the psyche of Sri Lankan society, which have not received adequate attention, but need immediate cure, for they might develop into a dangerous cancer if not treated without further


What 5G could be to Game of Thrones (and vice versa)

Friday, 19 April 2019

We will be hearing a lot about these two seemingly unrelated topics this month. In a hurriedly but meticulously organised event, Dialog Axiata recently demonstrated 5G applications for the first time in South Asia. 5G will be commercially available


On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q


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