A run-of-the-mill administration

by Uditha Devapriya Almost exactly a month after the government imposed emergency regulations on essential food items, it capitulated to rice mill owners who just happen to be led by the brother of a former president. In doing so, it got itself mired in a crisis of legitimacy; if all the memes on social media are anything to go by, its critics are celebrating this setback. Yet what happened should be seen for what it is: a democratically elected government, enjoying a 2/3 parliamentary majority and enhanced presidential powers, being…

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One in five parents unsure who to contact about club welfare issues, YouGov survey says | Football News

One in five parents say they would not know who to turn to if they had any welfare concerns around their child at a sports club, according to new research. YouGov conducted a survey of just over 2,000 parents on behalf of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). The survey results have been announced at the start of the Parents In Sport Week campaign, which seeks to equip parents with the knowledge to help safeguard their child. The campaign focuses on three key safeguarding tips…

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ADB approves USD 110 million loan for health care development in Sri Lanka

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $110 million loan as additional financing for the ongoing Health System Enhancement Project that is improving the primary health care system (PHC) in Sri Lanka.  The Health System Enhancement Project, approved in October 2018, is upgrading primary medical care units and division hospitals in Central, North Central, Sabaragamuwa, and Uva provinces of Sri Lanka. It is strengthening health information systems and disease surveillance capacity, as well as supporting policy development, project management, and capacity building in the sector. The project also provided…

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Man City would walk the Premier League if they had Harry Kane, says Gary Neville | Football News

Gary Neville says there would be no Premier League title contest this season had Manchester City managed to snare Harry Kane away from Tottenham over the summer. City came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw with Liverpool in a breathless and pulsating Premier League encounter at Anfield on Sunday, but the game further highlighted a lack of cutting edge in the champions during a dominant first half. Pep Guardiola saw a £100m bid for England striker Kane rejected, and while City were open to including players in addition…

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Right-to-repair movement: An easy way to reduce climate change

“The greenest smartphone is the one you already own,” said Cole Stratton, an associate instructor at Indiana University Bloomington, who has studied tech supply chains. “Smartphones seem so small and inconsequential, so unless you’ve studied the supply chains and realized everything that goes into creating [them], you really just have no sense of how environmentally devastating these things are.” Right-to-repair advocates, including Apple (AAPL) co-founder Steve Wozniak, are calling for laws that would require device makers to release the tools, parts and repair manuals necessary to allow consumers to have…

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152nd Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi commemorated at Param Dhamma Chaitya Pirivena, Ratmalana

        The 152nd Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on October 02, 2021, a day which is also celebrated as the United Nations International Day of Non-Violence, was commemorated by the Param Dhamma Chaitya Pirivena, Ratmanala in association with the Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, Colombo. Deputy High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Shri Vinod K. Jacob graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. He also inaugurated a photo exhibition on Mahatma Gandhi. 2.     Most Venerable Mahasangha led by Dr. Wimalasara Maha…

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Premier League hits and misses: Mo Salah hits new heights as Heung-Min Son steps up for Tottenham | Football News

Salah in a league of his own Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from the 2-2 draw between Liverpool and Manchester City “I don’t think there’s anyone playing better in the world or in Europe at the moment,” said Jamie Carragher at Anfield. There can be few arguments. Mohamed Salah is not just at the top of his game right now – he is at the top of the game. The 29-year-old’s brilliance is such that at times he can be taken…

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Lionel Messi’s Paris Saint-Germain beaten by Rennes | Espanyol stun Real Madrid – European round-up | Football News

Paris Saint-Germain suffered their first defeat of the season when they were beaten 2-0 at Rennes on Sunday. Rennes won thanks to goals by Gaetan Laborde and Flavian Tait either side of the interval to end PSG’s eight-game winning run in the league and inflict their first away defeat in the competition for eight months. PSG, beaten in the pre-season Trophy of Champions by Lille, stayed top of the standings with 24 points, six ahead of second-placed RC Lens who beat Stade de Reims 2-0 on Friday. “We played 25-30…

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Up to 3,200 pedophiles in French Catholic Church since 1950, according to independent commission

“We had to cross historical, sociological, medical and psychiatric perspectives. We had to call upon skills in the area of child protection, social work, questions of abuse and also bring to bear skills in the area of theology and law,” said Jean-Marc Sauvé, ahead of the release of the commission’s final report on Tuesday. The report aims to establish the facts and provide an understanding of what happened in order to prevent “such tragedies” from taking place in the future. But the report does not aim to establish “personal responsibility,”…

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Unilever Horana Factory Recruits First Ever Female Workforce

Achieves another milestone in diversity and inclusion in the workplace Unilevers Horana facory has recruited its first ever female work force with 23 new women employees joining the production line at its personal products and baby cologne plants currently run entirely by females, the company announced last week. The 23 new women employees possess vocational qualifications with some having degrees in various specializations, a news release said. It said that in Sri Lanka, 55% of Unilever’s management committee are made up of women while 31% of its total workforce are…

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Man City make complaint to Liverpool alleging fan spat at Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff | Football News

Manchester City have made a complaint to Liverpool about a supporter allegedly spitting towards members of their backroom staff during the 2-2 draw at Anfield. Liverpool have confirmed they are investigating the allegation, which is said to have occurred after City’s first goal. There is also said to be footage of the perpetrator. City boss Pep Guardiola hopes the hosts take action if the claim is proven, but insisted this type of behaviour is “certain people – not just LFC” after referencing the defacing of their team bus at the…

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Secret wealth, dealings of world leaders exposed in document leak

The secret wealth and dealings of world leaders, politicians and billionaires has been exposed in one of the biggest leaks of financial documents. Some 35 current and former leaders and more than 300 public officials are featured in the files from offshore companies, dubbed the Pandora Papers. They reveal the King of Jordan secretly amassed £70m of UK and US property. They also show how ex-UK PM Tony Blair and his wife saved £312,000 in stamp duty when they bought a London office. The couple bought an offshore firm that…

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Arsenal’s Gabriel has teeth repaired after losing two in draw at Brighton | Football News

Arsenal’s Gabriel has been forced to have his teeth fixed after losing two in the draw at Brighton on Saturday. The Brazil defender says he lost them when he collided with Brighton keeper Robert Sanchez at the Amex Stadium during their 0-0 draw, which was live on Sky Sports Premier League. The player and his Arsenal coaches are said to have scoured the pitch for them after the game, and he subsequently posted a picture of his broken smile on social media. Image: Gabriel with his dentist on Sunday (Image…

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Jagath Wellawatte’s appointment as SL High Commissioner to Australia halted?

Prof. Janitha Liyanage has been appointed as the Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia. In addition, Harsha Kumara Navaratna has been appointed as the Sri Lankan High Commissioner for Canada. President Rajapaksa has issued credentials with regard to these appointments. The two have reportedly left for each country. Meanwhile, the appointment of Dr. Jagath Wellawatte as Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Australia is reportedly being halted, as per a government’s decision. Thank you

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Twenty20 World Cup: Jos Buttler says England can win without absent superstars Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer | Cricket News

England fly out to Middle East on Monday aiming to add T20 crown to 50-over title they won in 2019; Jos Buttler: “I know we are missing Ben and Jofra, who are two superstars of the game, but I still look down that list and see some real match-winners” By PA Sport Last Updated: 03/10/21 4:06pm Jos Buttler is part of the England squad aiming to become double world champions Jos Buttler is confident England will depart for the Twenty20 World Cup firmly among the favourites, despite the absence of…

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