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IPL: Asela Gunaratne sold to Mumbai Indians

Sri Lankan Cricketer Asela Gunaratne has been bought by Mumbai Indians for Sri Lankan Rupees (SLR) 6.75 million in Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction 2017 in Bengaluru.

Wimal further remanded

Former Minister Wimal Weerawansa was further remanded till March 6 by Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne today.

Meanwhile, the second suspect the former DGM of the National Engineering Corporation (NEC) was released on a cash bail of Rs. 50, 000 with two sureties of 1 million each. The Magistrate also imposed a travel ban on the suspect.

IPL: Mathews sold to Delhi Daredevils

Sri Lanka’s captain Angelo Mathews has been bought by Delhi Daredevils for Sri Lankan Rupees (SLR) 4.5 crore in Indian Premier auctions in Bengaluru.

Before this Mathews was a part of Delhi Daredevils squad. He did not take part in the tournament last year but this year he will be there giving out his best. Mathews will not be available for the early part of the tournament as Sri Lanka will be playing against Bangladesh at home but he is certain to play 8 games out of 14 in the tournament.

Retired Major deported from Hawaii

A retired Sri Lanka Army Major attached to the Disaster Management Center (DMC) which was sent for a training programme in Hawaii, was deported last week after he was charged with allegedly sexually abusing a female employee at the hotel he was staying in.

The victim, a mechanical maintenance worker, was called to fix the air conditioning system in the suspect’s room on February 9. The suspect had locked the door, when she entered the room and allegedly sexually abused her, sources said.

Modi to visit SL in May

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has confirmed his participation in UN Vesak Day celebrations to be conducted in Sri Lanka in May this year, a minister said.

The UN Vesak Day will be observed in Sri Lanka to mark the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha who founded Buddhism. Sri Lanka is predominately a Buddhist country with more than 70 percent of the population following the religion.

Politically Appointed judge

The appointment of a judge on a recommendation made by a political party would have struck at the very foundations of judicial independence said former President Mahinda Rajapaksa with regard to the appointment of Ramanathan Kannan, a lawyer practicing at the private bar in Batticaloa, as a High Court Judge.

In a press communiqué released yesterday, Rajapaksa noted that the Judicial Services Association (JSA) of Sri Lanka has strongly objected to the appointment. Rajapaksa further noted that incumbent Justice Minister Wijedasa Rajapakshe had informed the JSA that a certain political party had on an earlier occasion requested of him that Kannan be appointed to the High Court, a request which the latter had turned down.

Ancient Lankans offered their wives as slaves to temples

A recent study on ancient Sri Lankan epigraphy dating back to the 5th and 7th centuries AD have uncovered a peculiar practice in vogue during that time of laymen offering their wives and family members as slaves to temples and then pay for their release to accrue merits.

The study carried out on special type of inscriptions commonly known as Vaharala inscriptions found that kings, ministers, rich as well as those engaged in artisan professions offering various persons including their beloved family members as slaves to the temples and thereafter paying for their redemption.

Clergyman arrested for child abuse

A clergyman was arrested by the Child Protection Authority officials for his alleged involvement in two child abuse cases while he was functioning as principal of a leading school in Chilaw.

The arrest was made following a search operation while he was in hiding in Negombo.

The runaway bride in Aluthgama

A grand wedding reception held at a leading hotel in Aluthgama had a sad ending for the bridegroom, parents of both parties and the invitees when the bride suddenly went missing after the nuptials and other traditional ceremonies, recently.

The parents of the bride had found a suitable partner for their daughter and planned to give her away in right royal style by arranging a grand reception at a leading hotel in Aluthgama.

11 die after boat capsize in sea off Beruwala

At least eleven people were killed including women and children due to drowning yesterday morning after the over loaded trawler they were travelling in capsized in the seas off Beruwala.

The victims were heading back towards the Bandarawatte Church in a procession of trawlers from Beruwela during the annual feast there Parish Priest of Phillip Neri Church, Katukurunda, Fr. Lawrence Ramanayake said.

Gunaratne inspires Sri Lanka to series victory

All-rounder Asela Gunaratne struck a superb 84 off 46 balls to inspire Sri Lanka to a dramatic two-wicket victory over Australia in the second Twenty20 International in South Geelong, Victoria on short while ago.

The touring side needed 48 runs off the last three overs to clinch the series and Gunaratne, who smashed five sixes and six fours, led them home.

First-ever Agro Technology Park at Hungama

The first-ever Agro Technology Park in Sri Lanka set up at Bata Atha, Hungama in the Hambantota district, trains paddy farmers on modern technological farming methods, which cover machine paddy plant transplanting, parachute method of paddy cultivation, hand transplanting and also traditional methods of transplanting.