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Sri Lanka logs over 150l tourist arrivals in 2021
Colombo, Dec 24 (IANS) Sri Lanka has registered more than 150,000 tourist arrivals so far this year, as the number peaked after over 47,000 people landed in the island nation in the first 20 days of December, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said.
2021-12-24
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Yohani gets land next to 1996 World Cup winners
Colombo, Dec 23 (IANS) The Sri Lanka government has awarded a plot of land adjoining the lands leased to 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team members to 'Manike Mage Hithe' famed Yohane de Silva.
2021-12-23
Category: International, Sri Lanka,National
Jaffna Kings crowned champions of Lanka Premier League 2021, beat Galle Gladiators in high-scoring finale
Colombo, Dec 23 (IANS) Jaffna Kings were crowned as the champions of Lanka Premier League 2021 season after defeating Galle Gladiators by 23 runs in a high-scoring finale at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota on Thursday.
2021-12-23
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
LPL: Fernando smashes century as Jaffna Kings secure final berth
Colombo, Dec 22 (IANS) A superb 64-ball century by Avishka Fernando and a quick-fire half-ton by Afghanistan's wicketkeeper-batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz (70 off 40 balls) helped Jaffna Kings score a convincing 23-run win over Dambulla Giants in Qualifier 2 and secure a final berth in the Lanka Premier League here.
2021-12-22
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL makes Covid vaccine cards mandatory from Jan 1
Colombo, Dec 21 (IANS) The Sri Lankan Health Ministry said that Covid-19 vaccination cards has been made mandatory for all local and foreign citizens who visit public places from January 1, 2020, in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus.
2021-12-21
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Mendis, Gunathilaka propel Galle Gladiators into LPL final
Colombo, Dec 20 (IANS) Half-centuries from wicketkeeper-batter Kusal Mendis (85 off 53 balls) and Danushka Gunathilaka (55 off 42 balls) helped Galle Gladiators post an imposing 188/5 and then bundle out Jaffna Kings for 124 to secure a 64-run win in Qualifier 1 and enter the Lanka Premier League (LPL) final here.
2021-12-20
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
LPL: We found some new young talents this year, says Colombo Stars' Dinesh Chandimal
Colombo, Dec 20 (IANS) Colombo Stars' batter Dinesh Chandimal has said that despite making a few mistakes, the team can take plenty of positives from the Lanka Premier League 2021 season.
2021-12-20
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Dalai Lama addresses virtual 2-day Buddhist event in Sri Lanka
Colombo, Dec 19 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama virtually addressed a two-day major event held in Colombo during which he spoke to around 600 monks from Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.
2021-12-19
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Religion
LPL: Dambulla Giants defeat Colombo Stars by 6 wickets in eliminator
Colombo, Dec 19 (IANS) The Dambulla Giants kept their title hopes alive after defeating Colombo Stars by 6 wickets in the eliminator match of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) here on Sunday. The Giants will take on the losing team of the Qualifier 1 match between Jaffna Kings and Galle Gladiators in Qualifier 2 on Monday. After restricting the Stars to 145/6 in their 20 overs, the Giants chased down their target in 18.5 overs.
2021-12-19
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Fitch downgrades SL from CCC to CC
Colombo, Dec 18 (IANS) While struggling to overcome ongoing financial crisis, Fitch Rating has downgraded Sri Lanka's long-term foreign-currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) from 'CCC' to 'CC'.
2021-12-18
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Sri Lanka makes vaccine cards mandatory for religious sites
Colombo, Dec 17 (IANS) Sri Lanka's health authorities have said that vaccine cards had been made mandatory for all local and foreign tourists who were visiting religious sites in the country in order to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 infection.
2021-12-17
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Politics
SL to grow more coconuts to boost growth
Colombo, Dec 17 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government has decided to provide 2.3 million coconut seedlings to the public next year to boost coconut growth, Plantations Minister Ramesh Pathirana said.
2021-12-17
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
LPL: Bopara half-century guides Kandy Warriors to 6-wicket win
Colombo, Dec 17 (IANS) England cricketer Ravi Bopara smashed an unbeaten 59 off 50 balls, laced with three boundaries and two sixes, as Kandy Warriors recorded their second victory in the Lanka Premier League, defeating Dambulla Giants by six wickets here.
2021-12-17
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
LPL a boon for youngsters as it prepares them for pressure situations: Arthur
Colombo, Dec 17 (IANS) The outgoing chief coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team, Mickey Arthur, feels the Lanka Premier League (LPL) is a boon for younger players as it gives them the opportunity to play under pressure. The South African added that the league is playing an important role in the growth of Sri Lankan cricket.
2021-12-17
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
IPL 2021: Galle Gladiators beat Jaffna Kings by 20 runs
Colombo, Dec 17 (IANS) The Galle Gladiators put up a brilliant display with the ball and skittled out Jaffna Kings for 109 runs after posting a total of 129/8 in their 20 overs in the Lanka Premier League on Friday. Shoaib Malik was the highest scorer for the Jaffna Kings with 23 runs from 27 balls as the Kings lost by 20 runs.
2021-12-17
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL to declare 2022 as 'Visit Sri Lanka Year' to revive tourism industry
Colombo, Dec 16 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government is all set to declare 2022 as the "Visit Sri Lanka Year" in line with the integrated five-year Global Communication Campaign (GCC), as its aims to attract 6 million tourists and $10 billion in earnings by 2025 despite the challenges by the Covid-19 pandemic.
2021-12-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik reveal hilarious secrets about each other
Colombo, Dec 16 (IANS) Jaffna Kings stars Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz sat down for a frank conversation on the sidelines of the Lanka Premier League and the two veteran Pakistani cricketers revealed interesting and hilarious nuggets about each other. Riaz and Malik participated in the "spray challenge" as they answered a range of questions about each other.
2021-12-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik reveal hilarious secrets about each other
Colombo, Dec 16 (IANS) Jaffna Kings stars Shoaib Malik and Wahab Riaz sat down for a frank conversation on the sidelines of the Lanka Premier League and the two veteran Pakistani cricketers revealed interesting and hilarious nuggets about each other. Riaz and Malik participated in the "spray challenge" as they answered a range of questions about each other.
2021-12-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
LPL: Tom Kohler-Cadmore hits 92 as Jaffna Kings thrash Colombo Stars
Colombo, Dec 16 (IANS) The Jaffna Kings continued to dominate the Lanka Premier League as they defeated Colombo Stars by 102 runs on Thursday.
2021-12-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka to target $3bn revenue from fintech industry
Colombo, Dec 15 (IANS) Sri Lanka will aim to scale up its Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Business Process Management (BPM) export industry to $3 billion, state media quoting a government Minister has reported.
2021-12-15
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics,Technology
Galle Gladiators beat Dambulla Giants by 9 runs in rain-curtailed match
Colombo, Dec 15 (IANS) Veteran English spinner Samit Patel grabbed two crucial wickets as Galle Gladiators bounced back to defend their target of 135, defeating Dambulla Giants by nine runs in a rain-curtailed Lanka Premier League (LPL) game at the R. Premadasa Stadium here.
2021-12-15
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
LPL: Jaffna Kings make it to playoffs after crushing Dambulla Giants
Colombo, Dec 14 (IANS) Thisara Perera's Jaffna Kings continued their domination of the Lanka Premier League (LPL), crushing Dambulla Giants by seven wickets to notch their fifth successive triumph at the R. Premadasa Stadium.
2021-12-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Seekkuge Prasanna guides Colombo Stars to thrilling win over Kandy Warriors
Colombo, Dec 14 (IANS) Seekkuge Prasanna smashed an unbeaten-32 off 6 balls, as he hammered five sixes to guide Colombo Stars to a nail-biting five-wicket win over Kandy Warriors in the Lanka Premier League 2021 match at R. Premadasa Stadium here on Tuesday.
2021-12-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
LPL: Colombo Stars beat Galle Gladiators by 41 runs
Colombo, Dec 13 (IANS) Angelo Mathews returned from an injury to lead Colombo Stars to a much-needed 41-run win over Galle Gladiators with a 57-ball 73 in Lanka Premier League 2021 match at the R Premadasa Stadium.
2021-12-13
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Wahab Riaz rates Rohit, Babar as current top batters, Bumrah, Shaheen best pacers
Colombo, Dec 13 (IANS) Jaffna Kings fast bowler Wahab Riaz, who has so far picked five wickets in three games at the ongoing Lanka Premier League 2021 season, named his picks for top fast bowlers and batsmen in the world at the moment, and he included India pacer Jasprit Bumrah and opening batter Rohit Sharma in the list.
2021-12-13
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Former SL captain Jayawardena appointed as 'Consultant Coach' for national team
Colombo, Dec 13 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Monday that former captain Mahela Jayawardena has been appointed as the 'Consultant Coach' for its national teams. Jayawardene's term begins on January 1, 2022, and will last for a year. He will continue in his current role with the U-19 team as mentor-consultant ahead of next year's U19 World Cup in West Indies.
2021-12-13
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Dickwella the top scorer as Dambulla Giants win a thriller in LPL
Colombo, Dec 12 (IANS) Dambulla Giants scored a thrilling one-run win over Colombo Stars with Niroshan Dickwella emerging the top-scorer for the winners with 30, in a Lanka Premier League (LPL) game here.
2021-12-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Lanka Premier League is going to have a massive impact on Sri Lankan cricket: Ravi Bopara
Colombo, Dec 12 (IANS) Ravi Bopara, who was adjudged the Player of the Match for playing a watchful innings of 34 runs from 39 balls and helping his team Kandy Warriors defeat Galle Gladiators by 5 wickets in the Lanka Premier League, expressed that the franchise tournament will definitely help Sri Lanka to find quality cricketers in their nation.
2021-12-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
LPL: Jaffna Kings beat Kandy Warriors by 7 wickets in rain-curtailed match
Colombo, Dec 12 (IANS) Jaffna Kings defeated Kandy Warriors by seven wickets via the DLS method in a rain-curtailed match in the Lanka Premier League on Sunday.
2021-12-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
World's biggest blue sapphire 'Queen of Asia' found in Sri Lanka
Colombo, Dec 12 (IANS) The world's largest natural corundum blue sapphire, named the "Queen of Asia", weighing around 310 kg was unveiled on Sunday.
2021-12-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Human Interest/Society
Leg-spinners are game-changers; every team needs to have them: Imran Tahir
Colombo, Dec 11 (IANS) South African cricketer Imran Tahir has said that leg-spinners are game-changers and every team needs to have a good crop of them in order to succeed domestically, internationally or in various lucrative leagues around the world.
2021-12-11
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Would love to get Kohli's wicket one day, says Jaffna Kings spinner Hasaranga
Colombo, Dec 10 (IANS) Jaffna Kings leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga hoped to get the wicket of one of his favourite batsmen Virat Kohli one day. "I would love to get my favourite cricketer Virat Kohli's wicket someday. I also want to pick Babar Azam and Glenn Maxwell's wickets as well," Hasaranga said when asked to name the players he wishes to dismiss in his career.
2021-12-10
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka mulling to make Covid vaccine card mandatory
Colombo, Dec 10 (IANS) Sri Lanka is mulling to make the Covid vaccine card mandatory for those entering public places, the President's Office announced on Friday.
2021-12-10
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
LPL 2021: Jaffna Kings beat Kandy Warriors by 14 runs in a high-scoring match
Colombo, Dec 9 (IANS) Jaffna Kings reigned supreme in their match against Kandy Warriors in a rain curtailed Lanka Premier League match at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday as Thisara Perera's side won a high-scoring game by 14 runs via DLS method.
2021-12-09
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
LPL: Philip Salt scores 62 off 34 as Dambulla Giants defeat Colombo Stars by 18 runs
Colombo, Dec 8 (IANS) Opening batsman Philip Salt struck a 34-ball 62 to help Dambulla Giants defeat Colombo Stars by 18 runs in the Lanka Premier League at the R Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday.
2021-12-08
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Pak leaders must learn lesson from Lankan national's lynching: Buddhist monks
Colombo, Dec 8 (IANS) Buddhist leaders who conducted the final rites of Priyantha Kumara Diyabalana, a Sri Lankan factory manager who was lynched by a mob in Pakistan's Sialkot recently, said on Wednesday that the incident is a black mark on Pakistan and its leaders must learn a strong lesson from it.
2021-12-08
Category: International, Sri Lanka,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Omicron triggers alarm in Sri Lanka, police warns spitters of strict action
Colombo, Dec 8 (IANS) While health experts have cautioned about possible increase in Covid-19 cases, Sri Lankans have been warned not to spit in public places as they would have to face tough legal action.
2021-12-08
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine
Remains of Sri Lankan manager killed in Pak flown back home
Colombo, Dec 7 (IANS) The remains of Priyantha Kumara, a Sri Lankan manager who was brutally killed by a mob in Pakistan last week, arrived in Sri Lanka on Monday evening on a special flight from Lahore.
2021-12-07
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
Lanka Premier League kick starts with glitzy opening ceremony
Colombo, Dec 6 (IANS) The Twenty20 fever officially hit the islands of Sri Lanka as the second season of the Lanka Premier League took off with a glitzy opening ceremony in front of a host of fans at the R. Premadasa Stadium here.
2021-12-06
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
LPL: Phil Salt peppers 67 off 27 as Dambulla down Kandy by 29 runs
Colombo, Dec 6 (IANS) Phil Salt peppered a breathtakingly 27-ball 67 showcased by five sixes in Dambulla Giants run triumph over Kandy Warriors in the second fixture of the Lanka Premier League on the second day of the mega tournament at the R Premadasa Stadium on Monday.
2021-12-06
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL Prez urge Pak to ensure safety of Lankans
Colombo, Dec 4 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Saturday urged Pakistan government to ensure safety of others Lankans working in Pakistan following the brutal murder of a Sri Lankan employee at a factory in Sialkot on Friday.
2021-12-04
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
2nd Test: Spinners Embuldeniya, Mendis guide Sri Lanka to 2-0 series win over West Indies
Galle, Dec 3 (IANS) Spinners Lasith Embuldeniya (5/35) and Ramesh Mendis (5/66) claimed five wickets each in the second innings and helped Sri Lanka register a big 164-run win over West Indies in the second Test and sweep the series 2-0, here on Friday.
2021-12-03
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
2nd Test: Embuldeniya, Mendis's spin magic lead Sri Lanka to 2-0 series win over West Indies (Ld)
Galle, Dec 3 (IANS) Spinners Lasith Embuldeniya (5/35) and Ramesh Mendis (5/66) claimed five wickets each to trigger a massive collapse in the second innings and help Sri Lanka register a big 164-run win over West Indies in the second Test and wrap the series 2-0, here on Friday.
2021-12-03
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
2nd Test, Day 4: De Silva's unbeaten ton takes Sri Lanka to 328/8 at stumps against West Indies
Galle, Dec 2 (IANS) Dhananjaya de Silva's sensational innings (153 not out) took Sri Lanka to 328/8 at stumps, extending their lead to 279 runs on Day 4 of the second Test against West Indies, here on Thursday.
2021-12-02
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
2nd Test, Day 3: Sri Lanka 46/2 at stumps, trailing by 3 runs vs West Indies
Galle, Dec 1 (IANS) Sri Lanka were 46/2 at stumps in their second innings, trailing by 3 runs after bowling out West Indies for 253 on day three of the second Test, here on Wednesday.
2021-12-01
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
2nd Test, Day 3: Sri Lanka 46/2 at stumps, trailing by 3 runs vs West Indies
Galle, Dec 1 (IANS) Sri Lanka were 46/2 at stumps in their second innings, trailing by 3 runs after bowling out West Indies for 253 on day three of the second Test, here on Wednesday.
2021-12-01
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Team led by Indian envoy in Colombo visits TN to discuss fishing issue
Colombo, Dec 1 (IANS) A team led by Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka visited Tamil Nadu recently to discuss several issues including the controversy over fishing in the sea between India and Sri Lanka, a statement said.
2021-12-01
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Sri Lanka says all steps taken to prevent entry of Omicron variant
Colombo, Nov 30 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government on Monday said that it has taken all necessary measures in preventing the entry of the newly found Omicron variant of Covid-19 as many countries were closing their borders for arrivals.
2021-11-30
Category: International, Sri Lanka,National,Health/Medicine
Rights group demand SL police to stop 'human rights abuses'
Colombo, Nov 30 (IANS) Amidst Police Scotland's decision to stop training of Sri Lankan Police, country's civil society groups and lawyers have urged the police chief to stop the alleged human rights violations by cops and "convert his institution to one that respect human rights".
2021-11-30
Category: International, Sri Lanka,International
2nd Test, Day 2: West Indies 69/1 at stumps after bowling out SL for 204
Galle, Nov 30 (IANS) West Indies were 69/1 at stumps after bowling out Sri Lanka for 204 on a rain-curtailed Day 2 of the second Test at Galle International Stadium, here on Tuesday.
2021-11-30
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket