Sri Lanka shift Asia Cup to UAE Source : sundayobserver Political instability and shortage of essential services have forced Sri Lanka to shift the much awaited Asia Cup T20 championship to the United Arab Emirates. Sri Lanka had earlier drawn up plans to host the matches in Colombo, Hambantota and Pallekele in the six-nation championship scheduled to be held from August 27 to September 11. “Considering the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka, the ACC (Asian Cricket Council) after extensive deliberation has unanimously concluded that it would be appropriate to relocate the tournament from Sri Lanka to the UAE”, the Asian Cricket Council said in a statement. The statement said the ACC was “mindful of the passionate Sri Lankan fans” and the final decision to change the venue had been “very difficult” and “one that was deemed necessary”. “The ACC remains committed to supporting the sport and all its fans and is ...

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Regrets I have a few!! – by Sam Thevanayagam Source : Sam Thevanayagam Linked In One of my regrets as a teenager was not playing in the Royal Thomian Cricket match for which the city that I grew up in comes to a stand still. This cricket encounter has been played for 143 years not stopping for wars pandemics & political protests. Even though I was on the squad I never played due to my own fault. Well that regret changed today when a young man from my Alma Mater S.Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia made his debut at the big match in Colombo. I have sponsored his school and boarding fees for the last few years. Young talent from the south of the country that was given an opportunity as I stepped up to help. How will you redeem a childhood misstep? no regretsStanding 3rd from left in picture is me from 1979!! ...

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Sri Lanka’s Future – By Dr Harold Gunatillake Do not let politicians fool the country anymore The current politician had enough time to resolve the issues, but they did not put effort into doing so. They miserably failed to resolve the political and fiscal crises. They neither desire to do so nor have the brains to solve problems affecting the country and its people. In addition, they are selfish and only want solutions and benefits and payments for themselves, with zero empathy for the public. Prof Sunil J Weerawansa Ranil takes oath as Acting President. COLOMBO (News 1st); Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the Acting President in the presence of Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya. Wickremesinghe was appointed as the Acting President following the resignation of Gotabaya Rajapaksa. SLPP supports Ranil in the Presidential race British MP Calls For International Arrest Warrant Against Gotabaya Rajapaksa New Delhi: Sir Ed ...

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Sri Lanka: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees the country on military jet – By Matt Murphy & Tessa Wong  Souce: bbc.com Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fled the country on a military jet, amid mass protests over its economic crisis. The country’s air force confirmed the 73-year-old flew to the Maldives with his wife and two security officials. They arrived in the capital, Male, at around 03:00 local time (22:00 GMT), BBC Sinhala understands. Mr Rajapaksa’s departure ends a family dynasty that has ruled Sri Lanka for decades. He had been in hiding after crowds stormed his residence on Saturday. The president had earlier pledged to resign on Wednesday 13 July. On Wednesday morning officials told Reuters news agency that he had yet to submit his letter of resignation to the parliamentary speaker. His brother, former Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa, has also left the country, sources have told the BBC. He is said ...

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‘A’ (Aragalaya) Day in Sri Lanka. – By Dr Harold Gunatillake Website: www.Doctorharold.com Transcript: 9th July 2022 becomes an epoch-making day in the history of Sri Lanka since getting Independence in 1948 from the British. This video should be preserved in your archives for posterity, as this sort of unique organized event may not be visible in the future in a developing world. Even despite shortages of essential items such as petrol, gas, and food, on the brink of starvation, the youth joined to protest against the governing body, mainly focusing on President Gotabaya and prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe who had no mandate from the people, and was successful through protestation to get rid of them, who brought this country to bankruptcy, over months climaxing success on this day the 9th July. This video reveals a glimpse of the struggle the ‘Aragala’ or struggle group shows to achieve that end. Please watch ...

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Sri Lanka to get new president next week amid worst crisis since independence The island nation is embroiled in an economic and political meltdown with its parliament expected to vote for a new president on 20 July. Source:  sbs.com.au Sri Lanka’s parliament will elect a new president on 20 July, its speaker said on Monday, after protesters stormed the residences of the current president and prime minister, who have both offered to quit amid an economic meltdown. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who had overseen a ruthless crushing of the Tamil Tigers insurgents as defence secretary, is set to resign on Wednesday. His brothers and nephew earlier quit as ministers as Sri Lanka began running out of fuel, food and other essentials in the worst crisis since independence from Britain in 1948. Parliament will reconvene on Friday and will vote to elect a new president five days later, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said ...

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Sri Lankan president confirms resignation – By Uditha Jayasinghe Source: canberratimes.com.au Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has informed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe he will resign, the prime minister’s office says, after tens of thousands of protesters stormed the official residences of both men. After Saturday’s sweeping protests in the wake of a debilitating economic crisis, the speaker of parliament said Rajapaksa would resign on Wednesday. However, there has been no direct word from Rajapaksa on his plans. Wickremesinghe has said he would also step down to allow an all-party interim government to take over. Leaders of the protest movement have said crowds would keep occupying the residences of the president and prime minister in Colombo until they finally quit office. Colombo, Sri Lanka’s largest city, was calm on Monday as hundreds of people strolled into the president’s secretariat and residence and toured the colonial-era buildings. Police made no attempt to stop anyone. ...

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‘We can barely think of buying food’: Life in Sri Lanka – By Chris Barrett Source : theage.com.au A catastrophic mix of populist tax cuts, an ill-planned push for organic farming and political hubris sowed the seeds of the man-made tragedy unfolding in Sri Lanka today. n the shanties of north-east Colombo, they called it Garbage Mountain. No ordinary rubbish dump, it soared over the suburb of Kolonnawa, rising as high as 90 metres, as 800 tonnes of rubbish from Sri Lanka’s commercial capital was unloaded at the site every day. Five years ago, after a flood and a fire, it came crashing down, to catastrophic effect. “Suddenly we heard a really loud noise,” recalls Sandun Rohitha, who lived next to the waste pile in a home made of plastic sheets. “I had a helmet and safety jacket and I ran to the dump and pulled one man out. But I saw another ...

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Sri Lanka’s Plight & Light – By Dr Harold Gunatillake Website: www.Doctorharold.com Transcript: Cardinal Ranjith appeals to Pope to solicit aid for Sri Lanka “Fix responsibility on those accountable” Colombo Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith says that the need of the hour is the initiation of a high-profile investigation to find out how this country was dragged down to its present plight of being a beggar nation, fix responsibility for these crimes and find ways to recover the money stolen from the people. “People have a right to know how the foreign reserves that had been at around seven to eight billion US dollars had dropped to zero within two years,” the Cardinal said at the Feast of the Sacred Heart Mass at the Ragama Hospital Chapel last week. He asked how the gold stocks in the Central Bank had disappeared and why were they wasted irresponsibly. “The disappearance of the gold will ...

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Sri Lanka Progress – By Dr Harold Gunatillake Website: www.Doctorharold.com Transcript: Protest marches are a daily occurrence Gota, Ranil, and others working with consistence *Colombo has taken steps to raise taxes, put state assets on sale and pledged to slash spending to the “bare bones”. *Sri Lanka makes progress toward IMF support – but no bailout package Support through Extended Fund Facility (EFF) is possible Nandalal Weerasinghe was appointed CBSL Governor for Six more years. The International Monetary Fund has ended talks with Sri Lanka, failing to conclude a deal for a bailout package for the near-bankrupt nation after ten days. The IMF has said Sri Lanka needs to whittle down existing debt to ‘sustainable’ levels before receiving any aid. “The discussions will continue virtually to reach a staff-level agreement on the EFF arrangement in the near term,” the IMF said, referring to the credit arrangement, called an extended fund facility. “IMF ...

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