Real hold no fear for ‘quality’ Tottenham, says Eriksen

Views - 2 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 01:18

Reuters: Tottenham Hotspur have plenty of quality and no need to be afraid of Real Madrid in their Champions League clash in Spain on Wednesday, midfielder Christian Eriksen has said.

George Steuart Teas joins CH17 Loyalty network for Nuwara Eliya Golf Club cardholders

Views - 19 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

George Steuart Teas, known as the ‘Original Ceylon Tea People’, is now being offered exclusively to NEGC membership through the loyalty program managed by CH17 Loyalty. Following discussions CH17 CEO Jumar Preena had with GS Consumer CEO Paddy We

Royal Soccer Carnival 2017 being organied

Views - 5 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

Khawaja criticises Australia’s selection policy

Views - 6 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

Sydney (Reuters): Australia batsman Usman Khawaja has criticised the country’s selection policy and says the constant team changes hampered his attempts to develop his all-round game.

Sri Lankan Ambassador honoured at Bahrain’s Arabian Cricket Carnival

Views - 12 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

The Arabian Cricket Carnival T20 cricket matches were held at the Bahrain National Stadium over a 10-day period last week and featured a number of teams from many Test-playing countries.

Another win for Eshan Pieris at the Rotax Max Asian Championship Round 6

Views - 5 Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:00

Eshan Pieris continued his winning streak, taking first place in Round 6 of the Rotax Max Asian Championship held in Malaysia last Sunday. He also went on to be placed second in the overall championship based on the performance across six races held

Sri Lanka finish third in Asian Sevens 2017 Colombo leg

Views - 58 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:25

Hong Kong beat Asian Rugby giants Japan 19-14 in the third leg of the Asian Sevens played at the racecourse rugby grounds.

Sri Lanka ‘A’ team wins International Team Championship and Zia-Ul-Haq Trophy in Nuwara Eliya

Views - 7 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:24

The Sri Lanka ‘A’ team comprising G.P. Sisira Kumara and N. Amarapadma annexed the Parlakimedi Trophy for the International Team Event by one stroke over the formidable Indian team represented by Karthik Sharma and Dhruv Sheoran, with the Pakista

WWE signs first woman wrestler from Arab world in global push

Views - 5 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:22

Dubai (Reuters): World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. signed its first female performer from the Arab world on Sunday, smashing cultural taboos as the U.S.-based pageant seeks to piledrive its way into lucrative foreign markets.

Federer brushes aside Nadal to win Shanghai Masters

Views - 5 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:20

Reuters: Roger Federer brushed aside world number one Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters on Sunday and register his fourth victory of the year over his Spanish rival.

Sharapova wins first WTA title since return from ban

Views - 5 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:18

Reuters: Maria Sharapova won her first WTA title in more than two years at the Tianjin Open on Sunday, showing plenty of grit and determination as she came from behind in each set to beat Belarusian teenager Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 7-6(8).

FICA calls changes ‘missed opportunity’

Views - 3 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:17

ESPNCricinfo: The ICC’s move to introduce Test and ODI leagues does not go far enough in attempting to reform cricket’s crowded global calendar, according to the Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA).

United frustrate Liverpool in disappointing derby

Views - 3 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:14

Liverpool, England (Reuters): A cautious Manchester United frustrated hosts Liverpool as a lacklustre North-West Premier League derby ended 0-0 on Saturday with neither side able to find the creative touch.

Man City’s seven-goal super show puts them clear at the top

Views - 1 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:13

Record-breaking Manchester City opened up a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with another demonstration of bewildering brilliance in their 7-2 thrashing of Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Eriksen earns Tottenham first home win of season

Views - 1 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:11

Reuters: Christian Eriksen gave Tottenham Hotspur a long-overdue first Premier League victory at their temporary Wembley Stadium with the only goal in a laboured 1-0 win over struggling Bournemouth on Saturday.

Ronaldo, Suarez strike again to kickstart their seasons

Views - 4 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:07

Madrid (Reuters): Real Madrid talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona striker Luis Suarez took centre stage on Saturday in bailing their teams out with late strikes to silence their critics following slow starts to the season.

Ko Jin-Young secures first LPGA Tour victory

Views - 4 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:05

AFP: South Korea’s Ko Jin-Young secured her first LPGA Tour victory on Sunday, defeating world number two and compatriot Park Sung-Hyun by two shots in the KEB Hana Bank Championship.

Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy/Schoolgirl Cricketer of the Year 2018  Kavin Peiri

Views - 2 Monday, 16 October 2017 00:00

After the second week’s results of the Dialog 4G-the Sunday Times Most Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year 2018 contest were revealed, Kavin Peiris of Lumbini College emerged as the leader of the All-Island Schools category.

Babar’s ton, Malik’s 81 take Pakistan 1-0 up

Views - 17 Saturday, 14 October 2017 01:15

ESPNcricinfo: Pakistan reasserted their dominance in the UAE with a crushing win in Dubai over a Sri Lanka side that has seen ODI wins excruciatingly hard to come by in 2017. A century from Babar Azam - back playing his most favoured format - and a b

Barca set for intimidating reception at Atletico

Views - 5 Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:53

Barcelona (Reuters): Barcelona’s 100% start to the Liga season will be severely tested at Atletico Madrid on Saturday in an atmosphere certain to be intensified by political fervour. It will be the first time Barca have visited the capital since a

Nadal battles into Shanghai semis

Views - 3 Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:53

AFP: Rafael Nadal will play Marin Cilic in the semi-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Saturday after the world number one was forced to fight past Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3.

Champaign Sevens rugby at Race Course

Views - 17 Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:53

Rugby dished out will be of super high quality when eight Men’s and an equal number of Women’s teams from Asia lock horns in the final leg of the Asian Sevens 2017 which will be worked off today and tomorrow at the Race Course Rugby Stadium in Co

Klopp proving a tough nut for Mourinho to crack

Views - 4 Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:52

London (Reuters): Juergen Klopp can boast what few top managers can when his Liverpool side take on Manchester United on Saturday - a winning record over Jose Mourinho.

Liverpool out to halt United’s charge in Anfield showdown

Views - 2 Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:51

LONDON (Reuters): Liverpool and Manchester United’s globe-trotting squads must shake off the effects of international duty for one of English football’s most eagerly-anticipated clashes on Saturday.

Crotty’s try was legitimate, says SANZAAR

Views - 3 Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:24

Wellington (Reuters): All Blacks centre Ryan Crotty’s try in the narrow win against South Africa was legitimate, governing body SANZAAR has ruled after a review.

Manchester clubs to fight for title, says Shearer

Views - 3 Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:00

Mumbai (Reuters): The Manchester clubs have already shown they are the best equipped to win the Premier League title this season but their biggest tests are still to come, former England striker Alan Shearer told Reuters. City top the standings on 19

Single Seater Formula Federation supports young Ford Lazer drivers

Views - 4 Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:00

Motorsport in Sri Lanka has developed from humble beginnings to what it is today. Those with the passion to compete, in order to fulfil their need to be challenged and desire for victory now undergo rigorous training in order to improve their

Pacquiao conquerer Horn wins top Aussie award

Views - 6 Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:00

AFP: Boxer Jeff Horn’s stunning upset of Filipino great Manny Pacquiao has earned him one of Australia’s top sporting honours as the most inspirational athlete of the year.

Ananda Balika OGA Netball Tournament

Views - 34 Saturday, 14 October 2017 00:00

The Old Girls’ Association of Ananda Balika Vidyalaya, Maligakanda, Colombo organised its Netball Tournament recently for the third consecutive year at the school ground. Players from four houses – Meththa, Karuna, Muditha and Upekkha – partici

Warm welcome for Queen’s Baton in Sri Lanka

Views - 41 Friday, 13 October 2017 00:00

The Queen’s Baton, which carries a message from Queen Elizabeth II for the opening of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast, received a warm Sri Lankan style welcome yesterday when it reached here from Bangladesh.

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Bringing beedi into tax net can yield Rs. 40 b in revenue

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Last week, the Financial Times quoted an AFP article that stated Sri Lanka will start regulating the toddy industry to boost tax revenues from the informal sector. This same principle should be applied to the beedi trade, which has also grown unabate

Grade 5 Scholarship examination and the future of the country

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

The Grade 5 scholarship examination results have been released recently. Although this is known as the “Mothers’ exam,” the mentality of the children can be well articulated when children come from the examination halls after the exams. Today w

Need for tax reforms: Government should not lose it this time but go for them early

Monday, 23 October 2017

In the first economic policy statement, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe made a number of pledges related to taxes and tax reforms. One was that the Government would review whether the tax concessions given to investors have really delivered the e

Lessons from Geneva

Saturday, 21 October 2017

‘Mission Impossible – Geneva’ is an inspiring account of developments at the Human Rights Council in Geneva when Dayan Jayatilleka was our Permanent Representative there. It is written by his wife Sanja, which provides for fascinating insights

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