Saturday, April 30, 2011

Government Has Decided Not To Declare Monday As A Holiday Behalf Of May Day

Government Has Decided Not To Declare Monday As A Holiday Behalf Of May DayAs this years May Day falls on Sunday Government has decided not to declare the following day Monday as a Holiday for Government and Private Sector Employees.According to the Minister Of Public Administration and Home Affairs John Seneviratne everyone should celebrate this years May Day on Sunday as it falls.

Earlier the Ministry Of Labor has been requested that Monday to be declared as a Holiday for Government and Private Sectors.It has been learn t that the  Sri Lanka is having a large number of Public and Bank Holidays per year .

Earlier the Ministry Of Labor has been requested that Monday to be declared as a Holiday for Government and Private Sectors.It has been learn t that the  Sri Lanka is having a large number of Public and Bank Holidays per year .

Friday, April 29, 2011

World Health Organization Awarded An International Certificatte For Sri Lanka On Eradication Of Filaria

The World Health Organization(WHO) has today awarded an International Progress Certificate to Sri Lanka for becoming the First Country in South Asia to eradicate the Disease Filaria .

The Certificate was awarded after a survey conducted by a group of World Health Organization experts in cities Dehiwala,Wattala and Ja Ela which are widely  known as the filaria ring and found that there are no trace of filaria parasite spreading the disease in these cities  and not even a single victim suffering from the disease.


According to the survey results the WHO satisfied the progress made by Sri Lanka on eradicating the Filaria from the country and awarded the Certificate to Sri Lanka the Ministry Of Health has announced.The Deputy Director General Dr.Sunil Settinayaka was accepted the progress certificate on behalf of the Ministry.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Doctors Are Forcing Government Hospital Patients To Buy Some Essential Drugs From Pharmecies?


It has been reported that these days a large number of Government Hospital Patients are visiting Government and Private Pharmecies daily with the prescriptions of Government Hospital Doctors to buy certain Essential Drugs which are not available in Some Hospitals.

Although Government Doctors are prescribing their patients to buy  certain varieties of Drugs from the private sector these Drugs are not out of stock at the hospitals but the supply of these drugs are limited according to the Hospital Pharmecies." Due to the short supply of these drugs doctors may be prescribing the patients to buy these from the private sector" a Government Pharmecist has said.

However the Government and Private Pharmacies too not able to cater the needs of these patients as they too not having some of these essential drugs with them as well as over 200 other drug items according to the Pharmacy Sources.

However the Medical Supplies Division ( MSD) has said that there is no drug shortage in the Government Hospitals as the MSD has supplied all drugs not largely but  with a limit.

Sri Lankan Government To Stage A Series Of Protests Against The Darusman Report And UN Secretary General

Government is planning stage a series of protests both locally and internationally against the alleged war crimes report against Sri Lanka 'The 'Darusman Report " made public by the United Nations and against the UN Secreatary General Ban Ki Moon the Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella has said today during the Cabinet Briefing.

While stating that the Sri Lankan Government has rejected the Darusman Report, he has stressed that
As a sovereign state Sri Lanka will taking steps to aware an international organizations like Non Aligned Movement and the member countries of the UN on   the biased UN Panel Report on Sri Lanka .

Magistrate Ordered Authorities To Temporarily Ban A Lankan News Web Site

Pugoda Magistrate has today (28th) ordered the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to temporarily ban the "Lanka E News News web site published in Sri Lanka till the legal proceedings of the  Journalist attached to the perticular web site regarding contempt of court is over.

The accused Journalist Shantha Wijesuriya was ordered to be remanded till 12th of May by the pugoda magistrate during today's court proceedings.The said Journalist was arrested by the Kirindiwela Police over publishing a false article on 25th of April 2011 by allegedly commiting contempt of court.

Meanwhile it has been reported that the Lanka E News administrators are scheduled  to appeal from the Court Of Appeal against the court decision on temporarily ban of their web site.


Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Parliament Postponed Debate On Private Sector Pension Scheme


The Parliamentary Sessions  held today(27th) had only lasted one hour as there is a court case regarding  the  subject scheduled to be discussed  in today's  session, the controversial "private sector pensions scheme".As there is a court case pending on the subject,the Parliamentary Session was postponed till the 03rd of May.

The Debate on the the private sector pension scheme will be held when the Parliament meets on 03rd of May.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Lasith Malinga Has Officially Retired From Test Cricket

Sri Lanka's leading pace bowler Lasith Malinga has today officially announced his retirement from the Test Cricket citing a knee injury .Malinga who has taken 101 wickets from the 30 Test Matches he played said he is willing to continue playing One Day Internationals and T 20 Matches for Sri Lanka as well as the next World Cup Scheduled to held in the year 2015.

Malinga who is widely known as Slinga Malinga " was handed over the official letter of retiring from  the Test Cricket to the Sri Lankan Cricket Interim Board today.

Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council Passed A Resolution Against The UN Report

The Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council has unanimously passed a resolution today against the UN Report on alleged war crimes against Sri Lanka handed over to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

According to the Council Chairman Ranjith Bandara the resolution which  passed today will be communicated to UN Secretary General soon.

Sri Lankan Government Again Rejected UN War Crimes Report Against Sri Lanka-Opposition UNP To Appoint A Committee On The Report

The Sri Lankan Government today has again  rejected the United Nations Panel report on alleged war crimes against Sri Lanka known as "Darusman Report" which made public by the UN today.

Sri Lankan Government has rejected the UN Report previously also when it was handed over to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon two weeks back. Both the Sri Lankan Government and the main Opposition United National Party are strongly opposing the said UN Report which they said a threat to the Sovereignty of Sri Lanka.

The UN Report has said that there were human rights violations occurred during the final stage of  war against the terrorist group LTTE in the Northern Sri Lanka on  2009 which was strongly denied by the Sri Lankan Government.

The government has appointed a special committee compromising few former Foreign Secretaries to responding to the allegations made against Sri Lanka through the UN Panel Report and the main opposition UNP too has decided to appoint a special committee headed by former Senior Advisor Bradman Weerakoon  to study and provide feed back regarding the UN Report.According to the Acting General Secretary of the UNP Daya Palpola the Party will take a stand on  report after the study on the report is conducted and providing feed back to the party members.



Monday, April 25, 2011

Treasury Has Increased Taxes Imposed On Certain Cars And Tri Shaws

The Treasury has increased the total taxes on Cars below 1000 CC ,1000-1600 CC and Tri Shaws with effect from 21st of April .

According to this tax increase total taxes imposed on Cars below 1000 CC increased from 95 to 120 percent ,for 1000-1600 CC to be increased from 119 to 128 percent and taxes on tri shaw by 38 to 50 percent the treasury has announced.However the total taxes on all the petrol and diesal cars above 1600 CC will not subjected for increase according to the Department of Customs.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Heavy Showers To Continue Till Mid Of May?


The Adverse Weather Pattern with heavy showers prevails in the country these days will last till mid of May according to the Sri Lanka Meteorological Department.

The inter monsoon conditions have been caused the present weather pattern and an evening thunder showers will continue in most parts of the country while morning showers will occurred mainly in Southern and Western parts of the country during next few days with low level disturbance according to the Meteorologists.Also Northern and Eastern Parts of the country too will experienced heavy showers during next few days they said.

Meanwhile gates of Ten Tanks and Reservoirs had been opened today by the Irrigation Department as a result of the heavy showers.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sri Lankan Pace Bowler Malinga To Retire From Test Cricket Citing Knee Injury- But Plays Luxurious IPL Tournment In India

Sri Lanka's Opening Pace Bowler Lasith Malinga has decided to  retire from Test Cricket due to a knee injury according to the Media Reports.However according to the the Secretary of the Sri Lankan Interim Cricket Board Nishantha Ranatunge, Malinga has still not informed the Cricket Board on his decision to retire from Test Cricket.

Pace Bowler Malinga who is widely known internationally as "Sling Shot Malinga" due to his extra ordinary bowling action has said although he is retiring from test cricket he will be available for ODI'S and T20 Games.He further added that his physical health is fine and only worry is the knee injury from which he is suffering since few years back which needs to manage carefully for his future cricketing career.

Malinga took 101 Test Wickets from 30 Test Matches he played so far.

Although Malinga talks on his knee injury he is currently playing for the Indian Premier League got under way in India  and representing "Mumbai Indians" Team owned by Indian Business Tycoon Mukesh Ambani.Malinga is also the leading wicket taker of the IPL by claiming 13 wickets from 5 matches he played so far.

3784 Dengue Patients Were Reported In The Island This Year

During the January to Mid April this year 3784 Dengue Patients were reported from the Island and 32 Patients had died according to the  Epidemeology Unit of Sri Lankan.

Out of the total number of dengue patients reported from the island 1273 patients are from the Colombo District and 441 were from Gamapha District .During the first fifteen days of the Month of April 716 Dengue Patients were reported from the Country according to the Epidemeologists.

The Epidemeologists appealed the people to destroy Dengue Mosquito Breading Places and clean their enviornment to prevent a possible Dengue Out Break during this monsoon season.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sixty One Percent Of Country's HIV Positives Reported From Western Province-Health Minister

According to the Health Minister Maithrepala Sirisena 61 percent of the Country's HIV Positives are reported from the Western Province where 33 percent of the local population reside in.'This is something special as most of the HIV Postives  are reported from urban cities rather then from rural areas"The Minister has stressed.

According to the Helath Minister due to the good behavioral pattern prevails in rural areas with the cultural impact the rural areas still protective from the diseases like HIV/AIDS.

Minister made these remarks during the launching ceremony of the "Global Funds Finnancial Assistance to the National STS/AIDS Control Programme for HIV/AIDS Prevention work for a five year period Term' held at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute in Colombo.Under this Programme the global fund donate US Dollers 12 million for the HIV Prevention work in Sri Lanka.

Bakers Increased The Price Of Bread

The Sri Lanka Baker's Association has today decided to increase the price of Bread Loaf by Rs 2.00 with the effect from midnight tonight.This price increase will be made according to the price increase made by Prima Company on Wheat Flour by Rs.4.10 per Kilo Gramme.

According to the Association the Bakers also agreed to increase the prices of other Bakery Products as well in coming days.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A 50 Percent Increase Of The Malaria Patients Arriving Sri Lanka From India And Africa

There is a 50 percent increase of the Malaria Patients arriving  Sri Lanka  from the Malaria hit India and African Countries according to the Sri Lanka Anti Malaria Campaign.Compared to the number of Malaria patients arrived in the year 2009 there is a 50 percent increase in 2010 the Malaria Campaign said.

Addressing a Media Seminar held in Colombo today regarding the World Malaria Day falls on 25th of April the Malarialogist attached to the Malaria Campaign Dr.G.N.L Galappatti has said that around 52 Malaria Patients arrived Sri Lanka last year(2010) alone.More then 15 percent of the Malaria Patients reported from Sri Lanka are got the disease while in a foreign country she stressed.

To prevent the spreading of Malaria through those who arrived from India and African Countries Sri Lankans and other foreign nationals who are visiting these countries should take malaria treetment as well as when they have returned to the country Dr.Galappatti said.According to her Since the year 2006 less then 1000 Malaria Patients are reported annually from Sri Lanka and the Anti Malaria is aiming to eliminate the Disease from Sri Lanka by the year 2015.Since the year 2008 no Malaria Deaths have been reported from the Country Dr.Galapppati has said.

In last year around 684 Malaria Patients mainly from the Northern Provinces of Kilinochchi,Mannar,Vavuniya,Mulativu and Monaragala have been reported and out of this number 66 percent were from Tri Forces and 34 percent were civilians.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Prima Wheat Flour Price Increased

The Bakery Association of Sri Lanka has today announced that the price of a Killo Gramme of Prima Wheat Flour  has been increased by Rs.4.10 with effect from today.There will be no immediate increase in the price of Bread according to the Association.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Health Officials To Relax The Punishment Of Poorly Performed Indian Drug Suppliers

Local Health Officials have decided to adapt a relax policy towards the Indian Drug Supplying Companies who were supplied sub standard drugs and delayed supplying drugs to the local government hospitals instead of black listing them as decided earlier.

It has been revealed that the Medical Supplies Division had already informed the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) to charge the surety fee deposited by these drug companies before supplying the requisite stock of medicine to the hospitals with immediate effect.This meant these Drug Supplying Companies who delayed supplying drugs and supplied sub standard drugs will given a green light to continue supplying drugs to Sri Lanka besides their poor record.

More than 10 Indian Drug Companies received this concession weeks after the Health Ministry has announced that these Companies will be black listed by canceling their registration here .Even the Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka Mr.Ashok K Kantha  too had requested the Sri Lankan Health Minister Maithrepala Sirisena last week to provide information on these Drug Suppliers which enable Indian Government to take legal action against them.


Marvan Atapattu Has Appointed As New Batting Coach Of The National Cricket Team

Sri Lankan Cricket Interim Board has today appointed the former Sri Lankan Skipper Marvan Atapattu as the  new batting coach of  National Cricket Team .

Sri Lankan Cricketers are due to leave England on May for a two month Test and ODI Series.Former Assistant Coach of the National Cricket Team Australian Cricketer Stuart Law is appointed as the Head Coach for the forthcoming English Tour.

Dilshan Appointed As New Sri Lankan Cricket Captain

Sri Lankan National Cricket Selectors have been appointed the Opening Batsman Thilakaratne Dilshan as  new Captain of the Sri Lankan Cricket Team according to the Sri Lankan Cricket Interim Committee.This appointment is pending for the approval of Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage.

The newly appointed captain dishan's first asignment will be the england tour scheduled in May.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

National Cricket Selectors To Announced Next Cricket Captain In Coming Days

The newly appointed National Cricket Selection Committee is to meet the officials of Sri Lankan Cricket Interim Committee by next week to finalize the new Captain of National Cricket Team the chairman of the selectors Duleep Mendis has said.

According to the unconfirmed reports the the opening batsman  of the Sri Lankan Cricket Team Thilakaratne Dilshan is tipped to become next Sri Lankan Cricket Captain and All Rounder Angelo Mathews as his Deputy.However these positions have to be finalized after the meeting between  National Selectors and the officials of Sri Lankan Cricket Interim Committee.

Senior Sri Lankan Minister Described The UN War Crimes Report Against Sri Lanka As A Biased One

 The report submitted by the United Nations Special Committee to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on the alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka is based on false information that has been publicized by LTTE Sympathizers the Senior Minister of Scientific Affairs Professor Tissa Vitharana has said today.The Minister has also said that the report seriously questioned on the sovereignty of Sri Lanka

While stating that he will completely denied the report Professor Vitharana has stressed that the aim of this UN Report is to give the UN a base to interfere directly with  the affairs in Sri Lanka.


The Report on alleged war crimes against Sri Lanka was handed over to the UN Secretary General few days back and the External Affairs Ministry has already criticized the contents of the report.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sinhala And Hindu New Year Falls Today



Sinhalese and Hindus here and abroad celebrated their traditional New Year today (14th)  with traditional sweet meets and religious events.According to the astrology The new year dawn was at 1.06 p.m today marking the moving of the sun from Aries sign to Pisces which occurred once a year.At that time all Sinhalese and Hindus cooked Milk Rice and ate it along with other traditional sweet meets at the auspicious time 3.18 p.m.


As almost majority of the Sri Lankan people prepared milk rice and ate at a given time the festival brings solidarity and brotherhood among neighbors too as they exchanged the prepared food among them selves during this day.

"WISHING ALL MY BLOG READERS A VERY HAPPY AND PROSPEROUS SINHALA AND HINDU NEW YEAR"

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sri Lankan Sports Authorities Ordered The National Cricketers Who Are Attending Indian Premier League Tournment To Returned To The Country Before 05th Of May

Sri Lankan Sports Authorities on Tuesday have ordered all the National Cricketers who are representing the National Cricket Team who are now attending the lucrative Indian Premier League Cricket Tournament in India to return home at least on 05th of May to attending practice sessions ahead of the National Team's tour of England begins on 10th of May.

Altogether 11 National Sri Lankan Cricketers including the resigned Captain of  the Sri Lankan Team Kumar Sangakkara and his Deputy Mahela Jayawardena are currently playing for the IPL Tournament which is running up to 28th of May. However this order will not applied for the Ace Spinner  Mutttaia Muralideran who was already  retired from all forms of cricket except 20-20 ODI 's and attending the IPL as well.

The Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has said that he wants the National Cricketers to prioritize the national side over the lucrative IPL which is paying millions of dollars to the players.The Sports Ministry has decided to introduce new law that give permission for the National Players to play foreign tournaments that will not affect the  the official fixtures of National Cricket Team.

However the Ministry has not said how can they penalized the Players who are failed to attend Match Practices as required but it has learn t that those players likely to be dropped from the side.Sri Lankan National Cricket Team is due to leave for England on 10th of May for a Two Month Test and ODI Series.


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Roof Of The Mahamodara Hospital ICU Collapsed

A roof of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)of Mahamodara Teaching Hospital one of the major hospitals in Southern Province was collapsed on last Sunday causing minor injuries to a Doctor worked at the unit according to the hospital sources.

The roof of the ICU was around 100 years old and this is the second time the roof was collapsed during this year sources added.The said roof was collapsed a month a go too and authorities repaired the roof at that time.

UN Special Committee To Hand Over Alleged War Crimes Report Against Sri Lanka

The United Nations special committee appointed to inquire on alleged  war crimes against Sri Lanka is due to hand over their report to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon today according to the foreign media reports.

However the media reports said that the report will not made public at that time ,perhaps it never will.UN Secretary General appointed a special panel last year to inquire on alleged war crimes against Sri Lanka.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sri Lankan President Officially Decalred The Standard Time Of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksha has officially inaugurated the www.sltime.org few hours ago which displaying the official standard time of Sri Lanka.

After innaugurating the web site at his official residence the temple trees the president has stated that it will be mandatory to display this time as the official time of Sri Lanka.A special gazette notification authorizing the standard time is due to issue soon.

Public Warned Against Consuming Soft Drink Bottles Stored Out Side

The Colombo Public Health Department has warned the public on drinking  Soft Drink Bottles which are stored out side the shops exposed to the Sun Light as they might have become toxic .

The Colombo Chief MOH Dr.Pradeep Kariyawasam has stressed that although Soft Drink Bottles should be stored in either inside a Refrigerator or in a cool environment out side, some Cafes,Hotels and Market Places stored them out side their premises which directly exposed to the sun light.Due to this situation the chemicals contained in these Soft Drinks inter act each other and produced a toxic substances which can harmful for human consumption he has  revealed.

Indian Government To Take Legal Action Against Black Listed Indian Drug Companies Supplying Drugs To Sri Lanka

The Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Mr.Ashok.K.Kantha has today made a request from Health Minister Maithrepala Sirisena to provide information on the list of Indian Drug Companies which were blacklisted by the health authorities here after found  responsible for creating a  drug shortage  in Several Sri Lankan Government Hospitals by supplying sub standard drugs and delaying the supplying of Drugs.


Indian Government will take a legal action against these Indian Drug Supplying Companies once received the full information on these companies the Indian High Commissioner has stressed.Mr.Kantha met the Sri Lankan Health Minister today at the Ministry premises.


Health Minister has announced on 29th of March that the Health Ministry will black list several Indian Drug Supplying Companies for providing sub standard drugs to the hospitals and due to delaying of supplying several drugs.One Indian Supplier who awarded the tender for supplying essential cancer drugs delaying the supply of those drugs since 13 months it has been revealed.

Meanwhile the Sri Lankan Health Minister is scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart in New Delhi by Next May to discuss this issue further.



Sunday, April 10, 2011

29 Hotel And Cafe Owners In Colombo City Faced Legal Action Over Selling Unhygienic Food

During lat Month(March)The Public Health Department of  the Colombo Municipal Council has taken legal action against 29 Hotels and Catering Services operated within Colombo City over  selling Unhygienic Food to the consumers The Colombo Chief MOH Dr Pradeep Kariyawasam has said.

The legal action was  taken against these institutions following  the Laboratory Reports received by the Public Health Department on the range of unhygienic food items sold by them to the consumers.These food items including Rice,Chicken Gravy,Eggs and Saambar which  contained "E Colai" and "Salmonella" Bacterias.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Large Number Of Sri Lankan Cricket Fans Gathered In Colombo To Support Resigned Sri Lankan Cricket Captain And His Deputy

A Large number of Sri Lankan Cricket Fans gathered this evening to the Independence Square in Colombo and staged a peaceful demonstration to urge former Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara and his Deputy Mahela Jayawardena to stay in their posts.

Both Sangakkara and Mahela were resigned from their posts few days back following the world cup finals.Currently they are in India to play for the Indian Premier League Tournament and Sangakkara captaining the Deccan Chargers Team and Mahela is captaining the "Kochi Tuskers Kerala" Team which also featured  the retired Sri Lankan Ace Spinner Mutthaia Muralideran.

A Four Member New National Cricket Selections Committee Has Been Appointed

A new four member National Cricket Selection Committee has been appointed by the Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage today three days after the previous National Selection Committee headed by Aravinda De Silva tendered their resignations to the Minister.

The New National Cricket Selection Committee is compromised with Former National Cricketers Duleep Mendis,Don Arunasiri,Brendon Kuruppu and Ranjith Madurasinha.The Previous Selection Committee compromised with Aravinda De Silva,Ranjith Fernando,Amal De Silva and Shabir Asgar Ali resigned on 06th of April.




Friday, April 8, 2011

More Then 5200 Sri Lankan Cricket Fans To Stage A Demonstration Tomorrow Urging Sanga And Mahela To Re Consider Their Resignations

More than 5200 Sri Lankan Cricket Fans are due to gather to the Independence Square in Colombo-07 at 3 p.m tomorrow to stage a peaceful Demonstration urging the resigned Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara and his Deputy Mahela Jayawardena to withdraw their Resignations.

Both Sangakkara and Mahela as well as the Sri Lanka's National Cricket Selectors headed by Aravinda De Silva step down from their posts following the loss of the ICC World Cup Cricket Finals concluded on  last Saturday.Although Sangakkara and Mahela insisted that they have resigned from their posts to groom a new leader for the National Cricket Team for the next World Cup scheduled to be held in New Zealand and Australia in 2015, there are speculations that due to the internal pressure which caused the loosing of the  final game which most Sri Lankans believe that the Team will win easily caused  them to resign from their posts.

16,900 Nurses Lost Their Voting Franchise In Tomorrow's Nursing Council Elections

Around 16,900 Nurses  lost their  franchise to  cast their votes at the first ever election to elect members to  the proposed Nursing Council which is due to be held tomorrow(09).These Nurses who are three fourth of the total number of nurses working in Government and Private Health Sectors lost their voting rights due to not getting registration of the Sri Lanka Medical 
Council (SLMC) according to the Health Ministry sources.

Only 7310 Nurses who had already received the registration of the SLMC will eligible to cast their votes to elect six members to the Nursing Council in tomorrow's elections the Ministry sources has confirmed.The reason for majority of nurses not receiving the SLMC registration is due to the non production of their Nurses Training Certificates issued by the Nurses Training Schools.It has been revealed that it take two or three years for a Nurse to received these certificates after the completion of three years Nurses Training due to the delay of issuing them .

Meanwhile the Government Nurses Union is having a different opinion of the issue as they stressed that it's illegal to not allowing majority of Nurses to cast their votes at the Nursing Council Elections and warned that  they will take this matter to the courts soon if the Health Ministry Officials not taken steps to allow these Nurses to cast their votes in tomorrow's election.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Sports Minister To Continue With Interim Cricket Board

The Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage today has said that the present Sri Lankan Interim Cricket Board  will remained unchanged .

Resigned Chief National Cricket Selector Aravinda De Silva Has Stressed That He was Not Influenced During The Selections

There has been no political interference for the any team selection activity while in office the chairman of the former Selection Committee Aravinda De Silva who has resigned along with other committee members yesterday said in his final Press Briefing held in Colombo today.

According to the Aravinda President Mahinda Rajapaksha was promised them to give a free handfor the selections before the world cup by saying that there will be no political or any other interferences for the selecting procedure .

He stressed that the rumours which says that he has resigned from the post due to an issue with President Rajapaksha were spreaded  mainly by the Indian Media and there was no truth in this.Aravinda has also said that he is happy to step down with a clear conscience knowing that there is no interference in to what he did.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

National Cricket Selection Committee Members Have Resigned

The Four member National Cricket Selection Committee headed by Former Sri Lankan Batsman Aravinda De Silva has handed over their resignation letters to the Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage this morning.

The Selectors including Chairman Aravinda De Silva.Ranjith Fernanado,Amal Silva and Aswar Ali were handed over their resignation letters to the Minister.The resigned Selection Committee was appointed in 26th of May 2010.

Meanwhile the Chairman of the resigned Selection Committee Aravinda De Silva has said that they will make an official statement on their stand to the media by tomorrow(07th).

Deputy Captain Of Sri Lankan Cricket Team Mahela Jayawardena Too Resigned From His Post

Following the resignation of Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Kumara Sangakkara from One Day Captaincy his Deputy Mahela Jayawardena too handed over his resignation to the Sri Lankan Interim Board of Cricket today according to the Cricket Interim Board Secretary Nishantha Ranathunge.

The Cricket Interim Board Secretary has confirmed that Mahela agreed to hold the Deputy Captaincy of the Sri Lankan Team till the end of the World Cup.

He also said that the New Sri Lankan Cricket Captain and Deputy Captain will appointed within two weeks time.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara Resigned From One Day Captaincy

Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Kumar Sangakkara has decided to resign from the Captaincy of  One Day and 20-20 Mini Overs Game Teams with immediate effect his manager has announced today.Sangakkra who lead the Sri Lankan Team during the recently concluded ICC World Cup Cricket Championships held in the sub continent handed over his resignation letter to the Sri Lankan Interim Cricket Board according to his Manager Charlie Austin.

Although he has resigned from One Day Captaincy he will resigned the Captaincy of the Sri Lankan Test Cricket Team after the forthcoming test series with England and Australia sangakkara's manager has confirmed.

Meanwhile In an official release issued by Sangakkara this evening he stressed that the decision of resigning from captaincy was taken even before the World Cup begins and he thinks that  it will help to groom a new captain for the Sri Lankan Cricket Team for the next Cricket World Cup scheduled in 2015.


However he stressed that he will be available for Captaining the National Cricket Team for the forthcoming England and Australian Tours if the Sri Lankan Cricket not selected a player yet to lead the test series against those teams.Referring on retiring from Cricket Sangakkara who is popularly known  as "Sanga" stressed that he will like to play cricket for another two or three years before retiring from the game.


Health Minister Instructed Officials To Local Purchase Expensive Cancer Drugs Due To The Supply Delay

Health Minister Maithrepala Sirisena has instructed his officials  to local purchase the expensive Cancer Drugs for the benefit of the large number of Cancer Patients getting treatment at the Sri Lanka's only Government owned  Mharagama Cancer Hospital due to the delay of supplying them by the Foreign Cancer Drug Supplier who awarded the tender of supplying these drugs.

According to the Health Ministry Sources the Ministry has to spend Rs.35 billion if they are to local purchase out of stock cancer drugs from the Private sector.

The Foreign Supplier of these Cancer Drugs is an Indian Drug Company and they delaying the supplying of these drugs since March,2010 according to the sources.As a result there is a shortage of around 25 Cancer Drugs at  the Maharagama Cancer Hospital which the majority are to be supplied by the above supplier.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Doctors Warned The Public On Eye And Skin Ailments Due To Hot Weather Conditions

A very hot weather conditions will prevailed throughout the Island from 05th of April(tomorrow) till 15th of April as a result of the Sun moving closer to the earth according to the Meteorological Department.This hot temperature may have direct impact of getting Eye Disorders ranging Cataract to Blindness as well as Skin Diseases like Cancers according to the Medical Specialists.


According to the sources the Sun will directly visible over the areas of Dikwella,Kekanadura,Weligama and Midigama on tomorrow at 12.14 noon according to the Met Department.People are warned to wear quality Sun Glasses or to use an umbrella to prevent getting sun rays to the Eyes and the Skin.  while working under the sun shine.                                                                                                                                             

Consumer Affairs Authority Rejected The Price Increase Applications Of Milk Powder Companies

The Consumer Affairs Authority(CAA) has rejected all the applications produced by all Milk Powder Companies here to increase the Prices of Milk Powder the Chairmen of the Authority Rumi Marzook has said.

According to the Mr.Marzook the Consumer Affairs Ministry has removed the taxes imposed on Milk Powder few months back as a relief for the Milk Powder Companies."Therefore the Authority will not make any price increase of Milk Powder at the moment and may consider a price increase in future if the  Milk Powder prices  in the World Market goes up "Marzook has stressed.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

ICC World Cup Runners Up Sri Lankan Cricket Team Received A Rousing Welcome On Their Return To The Country

Sri Lankan Cricketers who were the runners up in the concluded ICC World Cup Cricket Tournament in Mumbai, India returned home  this morning from Mumbai with amidst cheers from the Sri Lanka's Cricket Loving Public.The Cricketers were taken from Bandaranaike International Air Port to the Independence Square at Colombo-07 in a Parade while large number of people were greeted  them on their way.

At the Independence Square a media briefing was held followed by a Cultural P agent to greet the Cricketers.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Prices Of Litro And Laugfs Gas Cylinders Increased

In addition to the fuel price increase 12.5 KG Laugfs and Litro Gas Cylinders too have decided to increase their prices by Rs.238 with immediate effect.According to the new price increase the prices of 12.5 KG Cylinder of Laugfs and Litro Gases are Rs.1890.

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