SriLankan to operate regular flights between Colombo & 9 Indian cities

The Sri Lanka High Commission in New Delhi says that SriLankan Airlines will operate 4 weekly flights to Chennai, 4 to Mumbai and one to Bangalore under its new schedule, and is expected to introduce significant frequency enhancements after the country opened it borders to India. Under the new schedules, the airline will be resuming services between Colombo and the Indian points; Madurai, Tiruchirappalli, Trivandrum and Cochin with flights once a week. In addition, Hyderabad and New Delhi will be connected to Colombo with twice-weekly flights. Further, the airlines’ operations…

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Covid breaches land of Indigenous Community

The Covid-19 virus has reportedly spread across the land of the Indigenous Community of Sri Lanka in Dambana. According to reports, 44 people from the Indigenous Community have been confirmed for Covid via antigen tests and admitted to the hospital. Among the infectees is the wife of Veddah Chief Uruwarige Wannila Aththo, reports added. As of now, about 100 indigenous people have been identified as Covid infectees. MIAP Thank you

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Manchester United’s midfield with Paul Pogba and Fred is too easy for teams to play through – balance could cost them | Football News

There was a slightly awkward exchange in the press conference after the game at Molineux when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked where exactly Paul Pogba was playing in Manchester United’s fortunate 1-0 win over Wolves. “Have you not seen the game, where Paul was playing? Go back and see the game, you can see where Paul was playing.” It was a little tetchy but this was indeed a change of position for Pogba after operating on the left of a front three in the win over Leeds – in which…

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Reims 0 – 2 PSG

Lionel Messi made his much-anticipated Ligue 1 debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday as Kylian Mbappe scored twice to give the capital club a 2-0 victory at Stade de Reims. The Argentina forward, who joined PSG from Barcelona on a two-year contract earlier this month, came on as a 66th-minute substitute for Brazil striker Neymar for his first outing since winning the Copa America on July 10. Mbappe, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid, headed the opener after 15 minutes before doubling his tally for his…

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Dr Sathis Jayasinghe – The visionary who created a 1000 doctors – The Island

(EXCERPTED FROM MERRIL GUNARATNE’S “COP IN THE CROSSFIRE”) At the time the Police Hospital was placed in 1996 under my supervision, it was an appendage of the Department of Health Services. In fact it had been so for well over 30 years. The Health Services had actually relegated the institution to the status of a “rural” hospital. As a result, only the buildings and furniture belonged to the police; the medical and paramedical staff were answerable entirely to the National Health Services. To have designated the institution a Police Hospital…

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Max Verstappen declared winner of aborted rain-hit Belgian Grand Prix

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was declared the winner of a Belgian Grand Prix that lasted two laps behind the safety car. Heavy rain prevented any competitive racing at the Spa-Francorchamps track. The start was delayed by half an hour before two attempts were made to start the race – with a gap of nearly three hours between them. But conditions were deemed too dangerous and the red flag was flown after two and a half laps behind the safety car. The result was therefore declared from the grid order, with…

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Three more warehouses stashing away tons of sugar sealed after Ada Derana exposé

Following the revelation on the truth behind the artificial market shortage of sugar, Ada Derana ‘Ukussa’ exposed three more warehouses that had been stashing away tons of sugar stocks.  Thereby, the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) took measures to seal off the relevant warehouses. On Saturday (Aug. 28), Ada Derana ‘Ukussa’ programme shed light on a certain businessman who had created an artificial shortage of sugar in the market by holding large volumes of the product. Thank you

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Cristiano Ronaldo fever grips Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Paul Pogba, David de Gea, Luke Shaw, Roy Keane react | Football News

No, it wasn’t all a dream, Manchester United have reached an agreement to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford 12 years after he left the club – and players and supporters alike cannot contain their excitement. United’s recapture of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has yet to be rubberstamped but the anticipation in the red half of Manchester is palpable ahead of the Portugal international returning to his English footballing home. Such was the hype surrounding Ronaldo’s return that it completely dominated the build-up to, and aftermath of, Sunday’s…

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Trade Minister proposes implementation of ration scheme for essential food items

The government has reportedly focused on introducing a ration system as an alternative approach to solve the shortage of essential food items and the rapid hike of commodity prices. The matter was addressed at the last Cabinet meeting, according to reports. The proposition has been tabled by Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena. He suggested that essential commodities be distributed to low income families using the SATHOSA outlets on a ration basis. These goods can be provided at a significantly lower price than the average prices in…

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Toro Strike proves notable for Fahey at Goodwood | Racing News

Toro Strike boosted his chances of contesting the Breeders’ Cup with a record-breaking performance in the Weatherbys Hamilton Supreme Stakes at Goodwood. The four-year-old covered the seven furlongs in one minute 23.62 seconds to take the Group Three prize and go one better than 12 months ago. Toro Strike was the first leg of a 15-minute across-the-card double for trainer Richard Fahey, with the victory of the Al Shaqab Racing-owned colt seeing the North Yorkshire handler reach 100 winners for the 14th year in a row – and it was…

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Belgian GP: Max Verstappen takes win as race red-flagged due to heavy rain, George Russell second

Just two laps behind the Safety Car at Spa as heavy rain wreaks havoc; race was due to start at 2pm, before the last red flag just before 6pm | Max Verstappen cuts Lewis Hamilton’s title lead to five points, with half points awarded to top-10 By Matt Morlidge Last Updated: 29/08/21 6:12pm Race control have called the drivers back to the pits due to the continuing wet conditions on track. Race control have called the drivers back to the pits due to the continuing wet conditions on track. The…

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Walking park on Parakrama Samudra endangers ancient reservoir

Project suspended after protests Text and Pix By Karunaratne Gamage The Maha Sangha on Friday took a stand against the possibe destruction of the bund of the historic Parakrama Samudra, endangered by the construction of a new walking path. Bhikkus from multiple temples across the Polonnaruwa District made their way to the construction site on Friday (27) morning to witness for themselves the danger to an ancient water conservation system. Monks representing all three chapters in the District attended the protest demanding the government to suspend the project of constructing…

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