Retired DIG’s Anguish – by Dr. Tilak S. Fernando   The writer and his partner were invited on 1 January 2022 by the Ceylon oldest living Olympian boxer-retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, Sumith Liyanage, with some guests. Our conversation at the lunch table discussed details of Sumith’s career in Sri Lanka’s Police Force. During the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Sumith Liyanage fought in the same ring where young Cassius Clay as an amateur fought (earlier )in the light heavyweight category. It was at the Palazzo Dello Sports arena against Poland’s Jerzy Adamski. Sumith Liyanage was an old Anandian and Nalandian. He showed his liveliness in cricket when he played for Ananda and Nalanda. He was an opening fiery right-hand bowler, but his forte was boxing.  Olympics During New Year’s lunch when the topic of Boxing came up, the writer asked Sumith Liyanage whether he ever confronted Cassius Clay in ...

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Save our Elephants By Admiral Ravindra C Wijegunaratne   Source:Island The killing and dismembering of the tusker in Block 3 of Yala National Park recently brought tears to the eyes of elephant lovers. This poor animal stayed within the boundaries, marked by us to say “you are safe here”, and was still killed with a single shot to the head by inhuman poachers operating within the National Park. Further his small tusks were removed using a chainsaw. The tail was also removed because its hair is in high demand. Why is this happening? Why can we not catch these culprits? We should do our best to stop these inhuman activities. Sri Lanka Army’s elite units can help the Wildlife Department in this effort. As a local saying goes, you never get fed with watching ‘Bali and Ali’. ‘Bali’ is a traditional dance form and ‘Ali’ are elephants. An elephant herd ...

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Sri Lanka – Island-wide quarantine curfew from tonight to Aug. 30 2021 Source: http://www.adaderana.lk Army Commander General Shavendra Silva says that a decision has been taken to impose quarantine curfew across the island with effect from 10.00 p.m. today (20) until 4.00 a.m. on August 30 (Monday). He stated that essential services, export, apparel and agricultural sectors will be allowed to function as normal during that period while pharmacies will also be permitted to operate as per usual.  He stated that this decision was taken during the meeting with the Special Committee on COVID-19 Control held at the Presidential Secretariat today.  The Army Commander further said that the Sri Lanka Army and health sector will continue to carry out the vaccination of persons over the age of 60 during the quarantine curfew period. ...

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Mahesh Wannigama volleyball player par excellence-by Dilwin Mendis   Source:Dailynews Sri Lankan Youth Player, and All Island School Best Player 2019 Mahesh Wannigama has brought honour and glory to his Alma Mater Vijayaba Vidyalaya, Hungama and his motherland . Mahesh was admitted to his Village School in Batana North and he did not do any sport up to Grade Eight. Then his parents W. G. Piyadasa and J. W. Charlotte noticing his talents and interests in volleyball encouraged him to commence volleyball and handed over their son to the head coach Tharaka Ratnaweera and his Assistant Coach was Keerthi Pushpakumara. ...

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Sachini sets new SL record in Pole Vault Source:Ceylontoday Sri Lanka Army athlete Sachini Perera set a new Sri Lankan record in the Pole Vault Women’s final today at the 98th National Athletics Championship being held at the Sugathadasa Stadium.  Sachini cleared a height of 3.56m shattering the previous record of 3.55m held by Jaffna’s Anitha Jegatheeswaran. ...

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