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Sri Lanka batsman Gunathilaka suspended from all forms of cricket

Colombo, July 22 (IANS) Sri Lanka batsman Danushka Gunathilaka was on Sunday banned from all forms of international cricket by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for breaching the 'Player Code of Conduct', pending inquiry. Gunathilaka's match fee for the ongoing Test against South Africa will also be withheld by the board, espncricinfo reported. The suspension will come into effect immediat...

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The pain and agony of the displaced

Title: Humans on the Run; Author: Kumar M. Tiku; Publisher: Oxford University Press; Pages: 280; Price: Rs 650 For millions of people displaced around the world, Home is where the heart is. Each one of them has a story to tell. The stories of injustice, persecution, war and killings in their homelands, to stories of determination, resilience, hope and survival during migration -- and the...

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Construction of China-aided hospital begins in Sri Lanka

Colombo, July 21 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena attended a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday to launch the construction of a China-Sri Lanka friendship hospital in the country's Polonnaruwa region. The National Nephrology Specialist Hospital is being constructed following a request by Sirisena to the Chinese government, Xinhua news agency reported. The 25,517-...

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Festival of South Asian documentaries comes to Delhi

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Documentary films about people from Afghanistan, Myanmar, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be screened as part of a movie festival here next month. Documentary Bears Witness: Travelling Film South Asia 2018, a festival of South Asian documentaries, will be held from August 1-4. A total of 12 non-fiction films from South Asia produced in the last...

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Sri Lanka India's special, trusted partner: Modi

New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Sri Lanka as India's special and trusted friend in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region while assuring New Delhi's continued development aid cooperation with the island nation. When I look at Sri Lanka, I see not only a neighbour, but a very special and trusted partner of India in South Asia and in the Indian...

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Maharaj shatters records with career-best Test figures

Colombo, July 21 (IANS) South African spinner Keshav Maharaj on Saturday shattered a few records when he ripped through the Sri Lankan line-up in the first innings on Day 2 of the second and final Test at the SSC Stadium here. Maharaj returned career-best figures of 9/129, to become the 19th overall and only the second South African after Hugh Tayfield to achieve the rare feat. T...

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Shipwrecked Sri Lankan fishermen rescued

Colombo, July 21 (IANS) Two Sri Lankan fishermen shipwrecked for 48 hours were rescued by a Chinese vessel near the Colombo Port, media reported. The captain of the Chinese sea sand dredger working for the Colombo Port City project, spotted the two drifting fishermen who were clinging on to an empty fuel diesel drum, Xinhua news agency reported. The rescue team from the Port City...

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Sri Lanka launches 5-year National Export Strategy

Colombo, July 20 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government has launched a five-year National Export Strategy (NES) to boost foreign investments, foreign exchange earnings and employment, the media reported on Friday. Addressing the launch of the five-year NES strategy, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the key objective of the NES was to increase the capacity of the local export sector, im...

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Odisha CM seeks restoration of Bhubaneswar-Bangkok flight

Bhubaneswar, July 20 (IANS) Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday requested Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu to direct Air India to restore direct flight services on the Bhubaneswar-Bangkok and Bhubaneswar-Bengaluru routes. In a letter to Prabhu, the Chief Minister also asked him to explore the possibility of starting international operations from Bhubaneswar to other...

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Facebook to remove posts that spur violence

San Francisco, July 19 (IANS) Accused of helping to spur violence in countries like Myanmar, Sri Lanka and India, Facebook has said it will begin removing misinformation that leads to violence and physical harm. Currently, Facebook bans content that directly calls for violence but the new policy will cover fake news that has the potential to stir up physical harm, CNET reported late on W...

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Bangladesh appoint McKenzie as batting consultant

Dhaka, July 18 (IANS) Former South Africa international Neil McKenzie was appointed the Bangladesh batting consultant until next year's ICC World Cup in England and Wales, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) announced on Wednesday. McKenzie was earlier scheduled to join the team on July 7 but according to BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury, he will now team up with the squad in the ...

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Golf: Louis Philippe Cup to start from July 31

Bengaluru, July 18 (IANS) The Louis Philippe Cup, a co-sanctioned professional golf tournament by the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) will start from July 31, it was announced on Wednesday. The new event will be played at the picturesque Prestige Golf Shire Club here and will run till August 4. The $75000 event would see the participati...

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Approach Asiad with must-win attitude: Indian hockey team coach

Bengaluru, July 17 (IANS) Indian men's hockey team chief coach Harendra Singh on Tuesday said they must approach the Asian Games in August with a must-win attitude if they wish to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. India, the defending champions, have been clubbed in Pool A alongside South Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong. Pool B consists of Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Om...

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Indian hockey teams placed in easier pools at Asiad

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Indian hockey teams have been placed in comparatively easier pools in the upcoming Asian Games, with the men set to face minnows Hong Kong, while the women will begin their campaign against hosts Indonesia, it was revealed on Monday. The Indian men's team has been clubbed in Pool A alongside Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong, while Pool B consists of Malaysi...

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4th BIMSTEC Summit in Kathmandu from August 30

Kathmandu, July 16 (IANS) The 4th BIMSTEC Summit will be held here on August 30 and 31, Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Monday. We have started preparations to ensue the success of the summit, Nepal's Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali told reporters here. Nepal is the current Chair of the BIMSTEC. It is an important regional gathering in Kathmandu after the pr...

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Four U-17 World Cup players part of India's SAFF camp

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) Four U-19 players who represented India in the FIFA U-17 World Cup last year have been summoned by coach Stephen Constantine for India's preparatory camp for the SAFF Championship. The four U-19 players -- Prabhsukhan Singh Gill, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Rahim Ali and Rahul KP -- all of whom are part of AIFF's developmental team Indian Arrows will be reporting to t...

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India enter quarters of Asian Junior badminton

Jakarta, July 16 (IANS) Barring Lakshya Sen, none of the Indian could stand up to the clinical South Koreans as India went down 1-4 in their last Group C match in the Asian Junior Badminton Championships here on Sunday. But, having finished second behind South Korea in the group, India entered the quarterfinals where they will take on Japan on Monday. In contrast, the Indian juni...

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Sri Lanka to build world class beach park

Colombo, July 15 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government will construct a world class beach park, at a cost of $300 milliion, next to a mega multi-billion-dollar port city project in Colombo, the media reported on Sunday. The beach park will be constructed between Kollupitiya and Dehiwala, reports Xinhua news agency. The cabinet of ministers last week gave its nod to the project, Megapo...

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Sri Lanka's special court to begin hearing high-profile graft cases

Colombo, July 15 (IANS) A newly set-up special court of Sri Lanka will on Monday begin hearing high-profile bribery and corruption cases including those against members of the former government, authorities said on Sunday. It comprises three High Court Judges, Sampath Abeykoon, Sampath Wijeratne and Champa Janaki Rajaratne. Two other similar courts would be set up soon. ...

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Sri Lankan medicines to be protected under international intellectual property system

Colombo, July 15 (IANS) Sri Lanka has announced that it is moving its centuries-old folk medicine system for protection under the international intellectual property system. On Saturday, Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishard Bathiudeen said the government was working with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) for the last five years to introduce intellectual property su...

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