Australia V Sri Lanka T20: Sri Lanka Wins Thriller On Last Ball

The debate over having two Australian sides playing concurrently is set to reignite after Sri Lanka claimed a final-ball, five-wicket win in game one of the Twenty20 series on Friday night.

Chasing 169 for victory, the tourists needed six to win off the final over bowled by paceman Andrew Tye. Scores were locked after five balls but, with the field called in, Chamara Kapugedera was able to find a gap and slap a boundary through cover to post an exciting victory.

Protest in Melbourne against honourary doctorate to Ranil

A group of Sri Lankans belonging to the Sinhalese and Tamil Diaspora in Australia yesterday staged a protest in Melbourne calling for the revoking of the honorary doctorate conferred on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe by an Australian university earlier in the week.

Those belonging to the Tamil Diaspora had protested by displaying LTTE flags while the Sinhala Diaspora for their part had carried the country's national flag, according to eye witnesses.

Upper Limit for 15% interest to senior citizen FDs raised

The upper limit to pay 15% special interest on fixed deposits maintained by senior citizens in the licensed commercial banks and the licensed Specialized Banks has been increased up to Rs.1.5 million from the current limit of Rs.1 million with effect from March 01.

On the instruction of the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake, Treasury Secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga has informed the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to notify all banks amending the previous circular in this regard.

‘Sathhanda’ editors to be arrested

Legal action is to be taken against the ‘Sathhanda’ newspaper and its editors as per provisions in clause five of the right to information act, reports say.

The accusation against them is causing a breach in Sri Lanka’s diplomatic relations with the US. website has published an article on the matter, which says the weekend newspaper and the website owned by it also carried out a poster campaign based on the said article, causing inconvenience to the two countries at diplomatic level.

Faizer influences removal of Asoka Peiris

President Maithripala Sirisena has replaced Asoka Peiris with Maithri Gunaratne, recently removed as Lanka Coal Company, as competent authority of Lanka Mineral Sands Ltd.

The removal of Peiris and Gunaratne’s appointment in his place have come in a letter sent on February 07 by secretary to the president P.B. Abeykoon, copied to the secretaries of finance and commerce ministries.