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The UK and Sri Lanka lead on ‘Nitrogen for Climate and Green Recovery’ Source:Island The British High Commission in Colombo and the Government of Sri Lanka held a virtual event “Nitrogen for Climate and Green Recovery” on April 27 – 29 in Colombo. The event launched the #Nitrogen4NetZero initiative, to widen engagement on sustainable nitrogen management in this crucial year for climate action. ...

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Police round up unmasked persons in public spaces in Colombo Police:Island With the alarming spike in Covid-19 infections across the country, Police on Friday launched an operation in Colombo to round up unmasked persons in public spaces. Police said that 85 people taken into custody were initially taken to the Bo-tree junction in Pettah, where DIG (Colombo Division) Jagath Chandrakumara, gave them a brief lecture on the risk of not adhering to health safety guidelines. ...

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Rupee devaluation, high shipping rates hurt tea prices at Colombo auctions-by Steve A. Morrell The Sri Lankan rupee weakening against the US dollar coupled with surging shipping rates reflected adversely on tea prices at the Colombo auctions. This contributed to regressive price trends in Colombo, Forbes & Walker (F&W) said in its weekly Tea Market report. ...

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A COMPREHENSIVE ACCOUNT OF A NATIONAL TRAGEDY-by Professor Ravindra Fernando Source:Island Published by Vijitha Yapa Publications April 2021 Review by Tissa Devendra Price Rs 700 None other than Professor Ravindra Fernando could ever have written this fascinating account of this blood stained chapter of our country’s recent history. He is our pre-eminent author on forensic subjects. His work on the Sathasivam and the Vicarage murders have won acclaim for their fine expression of forensic and legal knowledge. What is most valuable is his account of the political and social background of this troubled period that culminated in this assassination. We are given a meticulously researched account of the phenomenal rise of young Premadasa from humble origins in Colombo’s working class Pettah to the supreme position of Sri Lanka’s President. But his journey to the summit was not smooth. He had to fight tooth and claw, using every stratagem and ally ...

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The transitional 1990s and beyond (JVP-III)-by Rajan Philips Source:Island If the 1980s were tumultuous, the 1990s were more transitional, even if not less tumultuous. In this ‘potted’ history, it is not necessary to recount all the details of the 1990s and the first decade of the new 21st century. Suffice it to focus on developments that have had a continuing influence on current events and the farce of 2021. The UNP and the JVP, which more or less came together in 1977, were gone by 1994, after seventeen years of assorted achievements. The UNP would never return to the same pinnacle of power that it seized in 1977. The JVP with a new generation of leaders transformed itself into a democratic political party with mixed results. The first half the decade saw the disintegration of the UNP under the weight of the presidential ambitions of three rival contenders – President ...

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Splendor of Ranmasu Uyana-TEXT & PIX BY MAHIL WIJESINGHE Source:Sundayobserver Walking along the bund of the Tissa Wewa in Anuradhapura, three of the eight historical icon-Ruwanweli Seya, Jethawanaramaya and Abayagiriya – come into view beyond the horizon. Many are the sites that hold pride of place in the ancient city. The length and breadth of the land harbor remnants of the past, some that still remain hidden. ...

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Two centuries tick by on Dockyard clock-by Randima Attygalle The Belfry Gate of the Trincomalee Naval Dockyard, a national architectural monument, is unknown to many. The once twin-towered belfry is now a single tower with its twin long gone. It has served as loyal timekeeper for sailors in the dockyard for 200 years and continues to do so Source:Island The strategically located natural deep water harbour in Trincomalee has been coveted by traders and colonists since ancient times. The earliest reference to this port of call once known as ‘Gokanna’ is found in Mahavamsa – the great chronicle of Sri Lanka. During the colonial days, Trincomalee or Trinco as it’s commonly called, was occupied by the Portuguese, Dutch, French and the British. The fort which was built by the Portuguese to keep rival sea faring nations at bay was expanded by the Dutch. The British captured Trincomalee from the Dutch in 1795 ...

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The Old Town Of Galle And Fortifications-By EVERYMAN The World Heritage Sites Of Sri Lanka Source:Island Volleyball it is claimed is our national sport. However there is no doubt that Cricket is the most popular sport in Sri Lanka .That popular West Indies calypso ‘Cricket, lovely cricket.’,’ will always be ringing in our ears. From the villages where youngsters from around 16 to 26 or maybe even older, use ‘polpithi’ bats, to the towns where more sophisticated young men use willow bats. It is cricket, cricket and more cricket. Little wonder then that we have been correctly described as ‘ a cricket crazy nation.’ And when it comes to grounds for international matches the Galle International Stadium is the most favored by our cricketers, our coaches and our spectators. The reason is that as at today (03. 05 .21), 34 Test Matches were played on these grounds of which Sri ...

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New Zealander to become first transgender athlete at Olympics Laurel Hubbard Source:Sundayobserver A revision in Olympic qualification standards has set the stage for New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard, a transgender woman, to qualify for the Tokyo Games, the New Zealand Olympic Committee announced Thursday. Hubbard would be the first transgender person to compete in the Olympics if she makes it. The NZOC said the International Weightlifting Federation had revised its qualifications due to the impact of COVID-19, opening the door for Hubbard to head to Tokyo. “The NZOC can confirm that revised International Federation (IF) qualification systems are very likely to see a number of New Zealand weightlifters, including Commonwealth Games transgender athlete Laurel Hubbard, allocated an IF quota spot for Tokyo 2020,” the NZOC said in a statement. “A previous requirement to attend six competition events has been reduced to four due to the impact of COVID-19.” ...

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Sri Lanka axes old guard and brings in new faces to ODI tour party-BY ALTHAF NAWAZ Shiran Fernando-Binura Fernando Source:Sundayobserver Sri Lankan cricket selectors have axed the old guard and brought in new faces to the ODI set-up along with some of the experienced campaigners with a firm message to all that there will not be room for anyone to go by names and past laurels while recalling batsman Kusal Mendis who had been grappling with disciplinary issues and form. The new-look squad’s first assignment will be a three-match series against Bangladesh on May 23, 25 and 28 away. ...

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