Mahanama ideal person to be SL Coach – Murali-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Source:Dailynews Former Sri Lankan cricket legend Muttiah Muralitharan believes that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) should appoint former cricketer Roshan Mahanama as the Head Coach of the Men’s National Cricket Team. “He is the only man I can think of who can change the current system mainly because of his discipline,” Muralitharan said. “I have spoken to the Sports Minister as well. Roshan Mahanama said that he wants time to think about it but this is my opinion, I don’t know what SLC thinks about this,” Muralitharan who is also a member of the SLC Advisory Committee said. Meanwhile, when contacted Mahanama said that he is yet to make a final decision but already had discussions with this matter. “Yes, we have to do something to get cricket back on the right track but I have to discuss this issue ...

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Dr. Jagath Wellawatta to be appointed HC to Australia Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC) Chairman Dr.Jagath Wellawatta has been nominated as High Commissioner-designate to Australia. Wellawatta’s corporate experience spans across a spectrum of diverse fields, encompassing high level decision making within the private sector, to policy making at national level. In his long history in the capacity of driving national policy, Wellawatta served as the Chairman of the State Mortgage and Investment Bank (from May 2010 to January 2015) and was the former Chairman of the National Child Protection Authority (from April 2007 to May 2010). He also served as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (from December 2005 to April 2007). Supporting the formulation of national policies through his academic career as a practicing sociologist, Wellawatta served as a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Colombo. He has nearly 29 years of ...

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Big scene for father and daughter Source:Island The TNGlive platform, on social media, has certainly generated a lot of interest, among music lovers. What’s more, it has brought to the surface hidden talent, especially among the Anglo-Indians, in India. One of the big finds is the father and daughter duo of Nigel Galway and his daughter Lean. Nigel is a chef, by profession, but the lockdowns, in India, got Nigel trying out his talents as a singer, and Lean decided to follow in the footsteps of her dad. Says Lean: “All thanks to dad for believing in me and making sure I don’t stay in a shell, and the love, and support, I get from the people all around, is amazing.” Nigel and Lean also have their own scene going, aptly titled ‘The Singing Chef,’ and they already have 1000 followers. To celebrate this milestone, they came up with a ...

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Eight paddlers picked for High Performance Programme-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Source:Dailynews Table Tennis High Performance development Programme recipients are seen here with Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa and TTASL President Kanaka Herath at the Sports Ministry.  From left Senura Silva, Krishan Wickramaratne, Chameera Ginige, Milinda Lakshitha, Ishara Madurangi, Bimandee Bandara, Muthumali Priyadharshani and Hansani Pium      Eight Table Tennis players consisting of four men and four women are selected recipients of the High Performance Development Programme which will be concluded in December 2022. Senura Silva, Krishan Wickramaratne, Chameera Ginige and Milinda Lakshitha the four men’s paddlers with four women paddlers Ishara Madurangi, Bimandee Bandara , Muthumali Priyadharshani and Hansani Piyumala are the eight recipients of the High Performance Development Programme . The Secretary of the Table Tennis Association of Sri Lanka (TTASL) Reza Latiff said , TT is one of the sport in Sri Lanka picked by the National Sports Council(NSC) ...

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US-based athlete Sonali Merrill was a fine exponent in 400m hurdles Source:Dailynews Christine Sonali Merrill is a former Sri Lankan athlete who competed in the Women’s 400m hurdles event at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London, UK. She was ranked 30th and was eliminated in the first round though she broke her own seasonal record with a time of 57.15s. Her personal best of 56.45s also ranks as the national record of Sri Lanka. Christine was born on August 20, 1987 in California, US and represented the country in the 400m hurdles at the 2012 Olympic Games. Her National record in this event was 56.45s. She graduated from the California University with a Degree in engineering and also represented the University in several events. She won the 400m hurdles event at the NCAA Division Two Championship, participated in the 2011 World Championships and won a Bronze Medal at the ...

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Indiscipline shouldn’t be tolerated – Aravinda Source:Dailynews Former Sri Lanka cricketer Aravinda de Silva believes that severe disciplinary action should be taken against national cricketers who behave in an inappropriate manner during overseas tours. The legendary batsman made these observations during a television talk show, referring to the three national players Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka who have been suspended for their indiscipline behaviour in England recently. “They should have realised their misbehaviour and especially what was the fault they have done off the field.” “They should realise their responsibility and represent the country. When a bio-bubble is created they have to live according to the rules and regulations. “These three players have had bad records earlier in their career. If we had given the suitable punishment at that time they would have not repeated this type of mistake.”“If we cannot give them the suitable punishment they will ...

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20 TV channels for education-by Asela Kuruluwansa and Central Province Group Corr. Nihal Jayawardena Source:Dailynews Up to 20 dedicated TV channels will be set up to facilitate online education to overcome the problems faced by children in online education during school closures during the pandemic, said Minister of Mass Media and Information, Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella. Under this programme, which is being implemented jointly by the Ministry of Mass Media and the Ministry of Education, 13 channels from Grade One to Grade 13 and two channels dedicated to Pirivena education will be initially launched, he said. This was revealed by the minister during a scholarship awarding ceremony held at the Kundasale Divisional Secretariat yesterday where 185 children in the Kundasale Electorate received scholarships. Parallel to the Samurdhi Saubhagya program, financial assistance of Rs. 1,500.00 per person per month for education for a period of two years is provided to A / ...

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My Days in the Boarding School of St. Joseph’s College – By Jayam Rutnam   WHY ST. JOSEPHS? It was in the early fifties that my parents enrolled me to the boarding school of St. Joseph’s College. My four brothers were boarded (at different times) at St. Thomas’ College in Bandarawela and then Gurutalawa.  Since my father had attended both St. Thomas’ and St. Joseph’s, he felt that at least one of his sons should attend St. Joseph’s. I would watch my mother pack all kinds of goodies (canned foods, chocolates, new clothes etc) in my brothers’ trunks when they left for their boarding school. I felt that I missed out on the fringe benefits of going to boarding school. It was decided that I should attend St. Joseph’s College and although I lived less than four miles from the school, I insisted that I be boarded, so that I too could enjoy the benefits of the “goodies ...

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