Australia in total control with last-ball Root wicket – The Island

Australia maintained their vice-like grip on the second Test, ripping out four England wickets before the close of day four at Adelaide Oval. Half-centuries from Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne had enabled the home side to declare their second innings 467 runs ahead, and with more than four sessions still to play – and although England fought to see out the night under lights, the dismissal of Joe Root from what became the final ball of the day was a hammer blow to their hopes of salvaging something from the…

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Two admirable Women of Nerve – The Island

by Anura Gunasekera Extremism is a virus. It spreads exponentially. In most societies extremism exists at the fringe but, often ignites the centre by appealing to commonly held shibboleths. Not infrequently, due to the indifference of liberals and moderates, public apathy, and both implicit and explicit political support when expedient, extremism drives the central narrative. The ugly reality is that the spread of extremist ideology is catalyzed by common cultural, religious and ethnic prejudices and other related fissures in multi-cultural and multi-ethnic societies. Extremism thrives in conditions of hatred, intolerance…

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Sri Lanka Navy arrests 12 more Indian fishermen

Sri Lanka Navy personnel have intercepted 02 more Indian fishing trawlers with 12 Indian fishermen onboard while they were poaching in Sri Lankan waters. The arrests were made during a special operation mounted in seas south of Mannar, on Sunday (19). The special operation was conducted in seas south of Mannar, deploying Inshore Patrol Craft attached to the North Central Naval Command and it led to the seizure of the 02 Indian fishing trawlers with 12 Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan territorial waters, the navy said. As part of…

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Ravichandran Ashwin answers whether he can break Muralitharan’s 800-wicket world record

Muttiah Muralitharan (L) and Ravichandran Ashwin.(Getty/ANI) Ashwin reacted to Muralitharan’s comment that the Indian spinner can reach 800 wickets in Test cricket. Ravichandran Ashwin recently went past Harbhajan Singh’s wicket-tally to become India’s third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket. The off-spinner, currently at 427 wickets in 81 Tests, is only eight short of surpassing legendary former captain Kapil Dev. While Anil Kumble remains India’s highest wicket-taker with 619 dismissals to his name, Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan holds the record (800). So, can Ashwin go past Muralitharan?…

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Bairaha recognized for reaching visually disabled with braille chicken recipe book – The Island

Sri Lanka’s largest private bank- Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC recently completed a three-year Business Process Reengineering (BPR) project with StrEdge Advisory, the business consultancy arm of StrEdge Group of Companies. Covering the entire branch network of Commercial Bank, comprising 268 branches across the country, the project included reviewing of processes within the branch network, redesigning of job descriptions and implementation of the same. Further, this exercise covered a process review of the import and export departments and included review and redesigning of the Card Centre and credit card recoveries…

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CAA to instruct Litro and Laugfs on supply of LP gas

The State Ministry of Consumer Protection has advised the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) to direct the country’s two largest LP gas suppliers – Litro and Laugfs, to distribute LP gas only as instructed by the Court of Appeal.  The Court of Appeal on Friday had directed Litro Gas Lanka Limited and Laugfs Gas PLC to only distribute LP gas cylinders that are in compliance with the standards approved by Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI). This order was issued by Appeals Court Judges Ruwan Fernando and Sampath Wijeratne when the writ…

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Opposition Leader warns Sri Lanka may be deprived of right to obtain debt following ratings blow (VIDEO)

The current government is playing with the lives of farmers, leaving them no option but to stare and sigh at their paddy fields, Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa said, speaking to the SJB-led “Nagarayen Nagarayata Gamin Gamata Dorin Dorata” program held in Beralihela, Lunugamwehera yesterday (18). Reminding that farmers who use fertilisers mixed with poison and excrement have succumbed to various allergies, Premadasa noted that even a ‘Black Market Mafia’ has been created by the importation of fertilisers. The country has fallen to a…

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Lanka records negative economic growth of 1.5% in 3rd quarter – The Island

Sri Lanka’s largest private bank- Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC recently completed a three-year Business Process Reengineering (BPR) project with StrEdge Advisory, the business consultancy arm of StrEdge Group of Companies. Covering the entire branch network of Commercial Bank, comprising 268 branches across the country, the project included reviewing of processes within the branch network, redesigning of job descriptions and implementation of the same. Further, this exercise covered a process review of the import and export departments and included review and redesigning of the Card Centre and credit card recoveries…

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Rising number of blood cancer patients dying of Covid in England and Wales

There is anecdotal evidence that some people with blood cancer have struggled to get a booster jab. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images Charities ask for more government help and blame confusion over access to care, shortage of boosters and lack of shielding support Ministers have been accused of failing to protect the most vulnerable people from rising Covid cases after it emerged that people with blood cancer now account for a higher proportion of coronavirus deaths than earlier in the pandemic. With daily case numbers at…

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Ruwan W – The Island

Transparency International Sri Lanka launches ApeSalli.lk to report fraud Amid allegations of increasing corruption in the country, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has launched an online platform named ApeSalli.lk for citizens to report instances of corruption to the anti-corruption body in order to redirect them for legal redress. TISL said the website provides users an opportunity to track corruption related incidents in specific locations of the country as well as to obtain statistics on corruption-related incidents reported to Apesalli.lk. “Here in Sri Lanka, there have been numerous scandals and corruption…

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Severe shortage of vital drugs prevails in local pharmacies

Severe shortage of vital drugs in Sri Lanka is prevailing in local pharmacies amidst government denials claiming that adequate stocks of medicine readily available, informed sources said. Pharmaceutical importers say that they are not in a position to import vital drugs owing to the dollar crisis in the country and the difficulty in opening LC in banks for importation in the wake of government restriction. A shortage of some pharmaceuticals has come to light, with a large number of people also complaining that they are…

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Douglas Wickremaratne is no more – The Island

Transparency International Sri Lanka launches ApeSalli.lk to report fraud Amid allegations of increasing corruption in the country, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has launched an online platform named ApeSalli.lk for citizens to report instances of corruption to the anti-corruption body in order to redirect them for legal redress. TISL said the website provides users an opportunity to track corruption related incidents in specific locations of the country as well as to obtain statistics on corruption-related incidents reported to Apesalli.lk. “Here in Sri Lanka, there have been numerous scandals and corruption…

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Daily count of COVID cases at 695 today

The daily count of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka moved to 695 today (December 18) as 187 more people were tested positive for the virus, the Epidemiology Unit said. This brings the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the country to 579,134. As many as 547,182 recoveries and 14,734 deaths have been confirmed in Sri Lanka since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 17,200 active cases in total are currently under medical care, official figures showed. Thank you

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