UK removes Sri Lanka from travel ‘red list’

Sri Lanka has been removed from the United Kingdom’s “Red List” – which requires hotel quarantine for all arrivals – effective from next Wednesday, according to the Sri Lankan High Commission in London. Sri Lanka has been removed from the UK’s Red List which will take effect from 4.00 a.m. of 22 September 2021, the High Commission said in a tweet.  This has also been confirmed in the UK government’s website for foreign travel advice, which says: “Sri Lanka is on the red list for entering England. From 4am on…

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Jesse Lingard: West Ham return for Manchester United winger was never close, says David Moyes | Football News

David Moyes has revealed a return to West Ham for Jesse Lingard was never close to materialising over the summer. Lingard, 28, scored nine goals in 16 matches for the Hammers while on loan last season as he earned a recall to the England squad. However, despite speculation linking the winger with a return to the London Stadium, West Ham manager Moyes insisted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer never had any intention of selling Lingard. “Ole made it quite clear to me early in the transfer window that he wanted to keep…

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Afghanistan: The escape of the whirling dancer

The only female whirling dancer in Afghanistan was to kick-off her biggest tour around the country. Then the Taliban took over. The Taliban sees Sufi whirling dervishes as against Islamic law. Fahima Mirzaei had no choice but to run. This is the story of her escape. This is part of the documentary Farewell My Afghanistan by Kawoon Khamoosh, which will be broadcast on 18 September on BBC World News. Camera: Marek Polaszewski and Kawoon Khamoosh Additional filming: Hamidullah Karimi and Fatima Hasani Reporter, producer, and director: Kawoon Khamoosh Source link–!Thank…

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Statement by Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris at the Ministerial Sessions on ‘Foreign Policy and Religion’ at the G20 Interfaith Forum, Bologna, Italy

Here below is the Statement by Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris at the Ministerial Sessions on ‘Foreign Policy and Religion’ at the G20 Interfaith Forum, Bologna, Italy   Mr. Chairman, distinguished panelists, ladies, and gentlemen. Both the Maltese Minister and the Rector in their remarks spoke of the interface between religion and foreign policy. There is clearly an interface. The Rector, in her concluding remarks, also used the word ‘cynical’. There’s also a great deal of cynicism and skepticism that is all too evident, and…

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Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie: Lazio fans investigated for alleged racism towards AC Milan players | Football News

Prosecutors have opened an investigation into alleged racist chants by Lazio supporters directed at AC Milan midfielders Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie last weekend, the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said on Friday. The chants are alleged to have taken place during Milan’s 2-0 Serie A win over Lazio at San Siro on September 12. Video footage of the incident is being examined after Milan filed a complaint, the statement added. Bakayoko posted on Instagram, saying: “To some Lazio fans and their racist cries towards to me and my brother [Kessie].…

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Harry Kane: Thomas Tuchel reveals he expected Tottenham striker to join Manchester City in the summer | Football News

Thomas Tuchel has admitted he expected Tottenham striker Harry Kane to join Manchester City in the summer. Premier League champions City were unsuccessful in their attempts to sign Kane, who announced in May his desire to leave Spurs. Chelsea head coach Tuchel revealed Kane – last season’s Golden Boot winner – was not considered seriously as a possible target as the Champions League holders instead re-signed Romelu Lukaku in a club-record £97.5m deal. Asked about City’s pursuit of Kane, Tuchel replied: “I thought that this would happen. “We never had…

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Pele: Brazil football legend ‘recovering well’ says daughter

Pele is the only player to win the World Cup three times Brazilian football legend Pele is “recovering well” from a recent operation, his daughter says. The 80-year-old had surgery to remove a tumour from his colon earlier this month and was released from intensive care on Wednesday. Media reports in Brazil earlier said he was back in intensive care at Sao Paulo’s Albert Einstein Hospital. “He is recovering well and within normal range,” Kely Nascimento said in a post on Instagram. He had been having treatment at the hospital…

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Chinese Ambassador urges sincere unity and cooperation among regional nations given gravity of pandemic

Given the gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries in the region must cooperate with each other sincerely, Qi Zhenhong, Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka said yesterday issuing a statement. With this aim in mind China works with Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh to provide pandemic support, he said. “As of early September, China has provided a total of about 120 million doses of vaccines to South Asian countries through various channels. Among them, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal have received 70 million, 22 million, 19 million, and…

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Derby County set to enter administration amid financial uncertainty at Championship club | Football News

Derby County are set to enter administration amid ongoing financial problems at the Championship club. Derby, who have had two unsuccessful takeover attempts this year, said the move was due to “a number of developments”, including a failure to identify new owners and the continuing financial impact of Covid-19. In a statement revealing their intentions on Friday night, the club said they were appealing to the EFL “to now assist the Club and the Administrators in any way they can in the effort to find a purchaser”. “Last week, it…

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Pele: Brazil legend readmitted to intensive care following surgery to remove tumour | Football News

Pele has re-entered an intensive care unit at a hospital in Sao Paulo, ESPN Brasil reported on Friday. The 80-year Brazilian football legend had left the Albert Einstein hospital on Tuesday following successful surgery to remove a tumour in his colon earlier in September. The hospital said it had no new information. After leaving the ICU earlier this week, Pele said in a message to fans on Instagram that he was ready for “90 minutes, plus extra time.” Pele has suffered from hip problems for years and cannot walk unaided.…

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The new Executive Director assumes duties at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies

  The new Executive Director of the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKIIRSS) Ambassador Dayantha Laksiri Mendis was appointed by Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Board of the Institute Professor G. L. Peiris. Ambassador Mendis assumed duties at the Institute’s premises in Colombo on Wednesday (15). Also present on the occasion were members of the Board Suganthie Kadirgamar and Kosala Wickramanayake, Director General of the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute Ambassador Pamela Dean, Director of the LKIIRSS Chathuka Senanayake and…

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LPGA Tour: Watch Cambia Portland Classic for free via Sky Sports Golf’s live YouTube stream | Golf News

Former winners Brooke Henderson and Stacy Lewis among the players in action in Oregon; Ashleigh Buhai and Yealimi Noh both return after finishing runner-up to Georgia Hall in 2020 – watch live on week on the Sky Sports Golf YouTube channel. By Sky Sports Golf Last Updated: 17/09/21 4:34pm The LPGA Tour season continues this week at the Cambia Portland Classic, with all four rounds available to enjoy for free via Sky Sports’ live YouTube stream. The tournament is the oldest non-major on the LPGA Tour calendar, having been in…

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Kingsley Coman: Bayern Munich forward has heart surgery after minor irregularity found | Football News

Bayern Munich forward Kingsley Coman has undergone heart surgery. The France international has had a minor operation following the discovery of an irregularity and will now spend 10 days to two weeks recuperating. Coman – previously been a target for Manchester United – came on as a late substitute in the 3-0 Champions League win over Barcelona on Tuesday night. Head coach Julian Nagelsmann said: “He had a slightly irregular heartbeat, a minor heart irregularity. We did a long-term ECG and carried out this operation. “He’s doing very well and…

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A neutral foreign policy in current context

By Neville Ladduwahetty During a recent TV interview, the Host asked the Guest whether Sri Lanka’s Foreign Policy is in “shambles”. The reason for the question was perhaps because of the lack of consistency between the statement made by the President and the Secretary to the Foreign Ministry relating to Foreign Policy. For instance, the first clear and unambiguous statement made by the newly elected President during his acceptance speech delivered in Sinhala in the holy city of Anuradhapura in which the only comment in English was that his Foreign…

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