Danushka Gunathilaka banned for 6 international games

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has decided to suspend Danushka Gunathilaka from six international cricket matches for breaching the ‘Player Code of Conduct and Contractual Obligation’ today (27).

Out of the total six matches, three matches have been handed over for the latest violation of the ‘Player Code of Conduct and Contractual Obligation’ he has entered to with the SLC.

SLC gives cricket coverage to parliamentary correspondents!

Certain officials of Sri Lanka Cricket are accused of misusing the complimentary tickets given to sports journalists, sports editors, sports directors and to the SLC staff, according to reports.

The person in charge of distributing the tickets to the media is media manager (logistics) Dinesh Ratnasingham.

Together with a female employee known as Nilushi Shiranthika  he is giving the complementary tickets to parliamentary correspondents.

Norwegian girl was at hotel room with cricketer with her consent

A Norwegian girl says it is with her consent that she had been in a room of Hotel Mövenpick with cricketer Dhanushka Gunatilake.

That came to light when Colombo Fort magistrate Lanka Jayaratne yesterday (23) took up a case against a friend of Gunatilake, who is accused of raping another Norwegian girl.

The magistrate ordered that the suspect, Sandeep Jude Selliah, a British passport holder, be remanded until July 26.

EU awaits govt. response over death penalty decision

An imposition of death penalty for drug trafficking will definitely come in the way of Sri Lanka getting the GSP plus export concession, head of the political, commerce and communication division of the European Commission Paul Godfrey has told ‘Ravaya’.

He said the EU expected a response from the president and other relevant authorities to a statement it has issued with regard to the matter.

France secures historic world cup victory

France won the Fifa World Cup for the second time by overcoming Croatia's bold challenge in a thrilling final in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium.

Didier Deschamps' side repeated the success on home soil at France '98 by a margin that hardly looked possible as Croatia stood toe-to-toe with the favourites for an hour.

France's victory meant Deschamps, who captained them 20 years ago, became just the third man to win the competition as a player and coach.

Arjuna fights for fuel price revision !

Petroleum Resources Development Minister Arjuna Ranatunge has presented a Cabinet proposal requesting that the petroleum price control be handed over to him.

From June 26, the fuel revision rights was handed over to a committee and subsequent to this committee deciding on the fuel pricing and notifying the Finance Minister, he would revise the fuel prices.

Mangala opposes reintroducing death penalty

Mangala Samaraweerea has objected to a cabinet proposal by president Maithripala Sirisena that death penalty should be reintroduced in order to curb the narcotic drugs menace.

When the president presented the proposal yesterday (10), most ministers received it with applause, but Samaraweera remained indifferent.

When inquired, Samaraweera said that as a policy, he opposed the death penalty, adding that drug smugglers should be given a life imprisonment.

Chaminda Vass to enter politics on UNP ticket?

Renowned fast bowler and former Sri Lankan cricket star Chaminda Vass is preparing to enter politics through the UNP, Sri Lanka Mirror learns.

His political entrance is set to take place through a movie which is said to be directed by famous South Indian film star and Director Prabhu Deva.

He had met with several prominent Indian astrologers recently, it is also reported.

President’s Secretary to resign?

President’s Secretary - Austin Fernando is to resign from his post, reports from the Presidential secretariat say.

Austin Fernando a highly experienced and versatile state administrative officer as served previously in the capacity of Defence Secretary, and is considered a close and trusted advisor to President Sirisena.

Part of commission bond report now available

The national archives has publicized the C 350 part of the presidential commission report into the Central Bank bond sales, says the Centre for Human Rights.

This follows a request by CHR from the secretary to the president seven months ago.

C 350 contains the COPE report and the telephone details of the former finance minister.

Sigiriya-Dambulla to be made a tourist zone

The Central Environmental Organisation has focussed its attention on connecting Sigiriya, Dambulla, Ibbankatuwa and Namal Uyana and developing it as a tourist zone, said its Director General Priyashantha Gunawardena.

He said this subsequent being handed over the operational activities of the National Namal Uyana and rose quartz deposit sites.