Harin visits India for secret meeting

The Cricket Age has reported that Sports Minister Harin Fernando suddenly went to India and met with ICC chairman Shashank Manohar to appoint an interim committee for Sri Lanka Cricket.

ICC backs Kumar Dharmasena's decision in World Cup final

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has backed umpire Kumar Dharmasena after he was targeted for his controversial overthrow call in the World Cup final 2019 recently.

Social media bosses to be brought to parliament

With the aim of looking into the possibility of regulating social media to prevent the spread of false and revengeful statements being disseminated through social media, the Sectoral Oversight Committee on Legal Affairs (anti-corruption) and Media has decided to summon the relevant persons before the committee to gather evidence for investigations.

SLPP inks MoU with 10 political parties

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with 10 political parties a short while ago, says Ada Derana reporter.

These political parties were previously not politically aligned with the Joint Opposition thus far and are also not represented in the Parliament.

Supreme Court stays Special HC’s trial against Gotabaya

The Supreme Court today (25) issued an order preventing trial at Special High Court against Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the D.A. Rajapaksa Museum case till the 1st of October, says Ada Derana reporter.

The order was delivered by the Supreme Court three-judge bench consisting of Justices Buwaneka Aluwihare, Gamini Amarasekara and S. Thurairajah considering an appeal filed by Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

No farewell match for retiring Nuwan Kulasekara?

Sports Minister Harin Fernando says that Sri Lanka’s third match in the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh will be dedicated to retiring fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara, but said it is unlikely he will play in that match.

Elections Commissioner restricts candidates expenditure

The Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya says legal drafts required to curb the expenses of the candidates contesting the elections is already in place.

In a statement to the Dinamina newspaper, the Elections Commissioner has said that in the past candidates would sell their properties to enter politics, but now they ride on the backs of thugs and racketeers for the
funds to back their election race.

Cardinal dismayed by state minister’s comment on Buddhist priests

His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith says that he is ashamed of the “so-called” Catholic state minister’s controversial comment against Buddhist priests.

Cardinal Ranjith, addressing a religious event held at the Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, pointed out that these politicians are attempting to adopt a secular culture.

Harin requests selectors to resign

The National Cricket Selection Committee could also be revamped by Sports Minister Harin Fernando, who has called for the resignation of all members of the selection committee, following Sri Lanka’s dismal performance at the World Cup in England and Wales.

Zimbabwe cricket suspended over 'political interference'

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Zimbabwe over a failure to keep the sport free from government interference, the world governing body said.

The ICC board, after meeting in London, unanimously decided to freeze funding to the national governing body and ban the southern African country's teams from international events.

"We do not take the decision to suspend a member lightly, but we must keep our sport free from political interference," ICC chairman Shashank Manohar said in a statement on Thursday.

"What has happened in Zimbabwe is a serious breach of the ICC constitution and we cannot allow it to continue unchecked."

Zimbabwe's Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC) suspended Zimbabwe Cricket last month and installed temporary leadership, putting the national cricket board on a collision course with the ICC.

Zimbabwe's absence at Cricket World Cup 'bitter pill to swallow'

The government-run commission acted after alleging corruption in the administration, but the ICC viewed it as government interference, which is against the world body's rules.

The ICC called for Zimbabwe's cricket officials to be reinstated within three months after which the suspension will be reviewed in October, it said.

Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the recent 50-overs World Cup in England, having struggled to schedule matches against major teams in international cricket as their financial position worsened.

The country first became a full ICC member in 1992 and enjoyed an impressive run at the 1999 World Cup, narrowly missing out on a semi-final spot.

Croatia and Zambia were also suspended, while Morocco was expelled for failing to meet ICC's membership criteria.

Harin dumbfounded over letter for trying to blame Hathurusinghe for defeat

A group of former cricketers are said to have requested an appointment to meet with the President and Prime Minister to request the removal of Sports Minister Harin Fernando after the Bangladesh tour, it is reported.
There are players who represented the 1996 world cup winning team among this group.

Contacted Singapore PM for Mahendran's extradition - President

President Maithripala Sirisena disclosed yesterday that he had personally spoken with Singapore’s Prime Minister concerning the extradition of Central Bank bond scam suspect former Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran. The President said all the respondents in the Central Bank bond scam case have been identified and while some have been arrested, international arrest warrants have been issued to apprehend those who fled overseas.

Contradictions about American aircraft !

The Defence Ministry in a letter states that the American cargo Aircraft which arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport had arrived with approval from Sri Lanka.

The letter states that the American aircraft had landed in Sri Lanka to obtain essential goods and services during their scheduled flight path.

Muslim candidate for Presidential election!

Discussions are said to be under way to nominate a Muslim candidate from the group representing the MPs who resigned from their posts recently, it is reported.

The Leader of the Muslim Congress had told the Ravaya newspaper that the starting point was when all the Muslim MPs had taken the decision to resign in support of Rishad Bathiudeen faced pressure forcing him to resign.

Dr. Shafi produced before court

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has produced Dr. Mohamed Shafi before the Kurunegala Magistrate’s Court a short while ago, said  reporter.

The case against Dr. Shafi, who is accused of allegedly amassing assets through suspicious means, performing illegal sterilization surgeries and having links to terrorist activities, is to be taken up for hearing at 1.00 p.m. today (11).

Ranil requests Mahinda not to resign !

As there are several elections scheduled in the near future, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had requested the Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya yesterday (09) not to resign.

This request had been made during a discussion held at the Prime Minister’s Office at the Parliament Complex yesterday.

IGP & former Defence Secretary granted bail

Inspector General of Police Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando have been released on bail today (09).

The bail order was issued by the Colombo Chief Magistrate.

Medals awarded by ICC to 1996 champions, hidden by SLC

The medals awarded by ICC to the 1996 World Cup winning Sri Lankan team, is alleged to have been hidden by Sri Lanka Cricket.

This allegation has been levelled by the members of the 1996 Sri Lankan Cricket team members.

Prime Minister issues order to MPs : Hizbullah upsets government

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has instructed all government ministers to complete all development programs by September or October, it is reported.

The Prime Minister has said that measures would be taken to provide additional funds once the allocated Rs. 200 billion is spent.

This time’s common candidate from the JVP : 09th decisive for JO

While all main political parties are preparing to field their candidates for the upcoming Presidential election, the JVP has decided not to put forward a candidate from their party, it is reported.

Accordingly, plans are afoot to field a common candidate who represents the civil society.

SL banks vulnerable to cyber attacks: FinCSIRT says

Sri Lankan banks and other financial institutions were vulnerable to possible cyber attacks following attacks in Bangladesh in May, Sri Lanka’s Cyber Security Team said today.

Sri Lanka Financial Sector Computer Security Incident Response Team (FinCSIRT) said that cyber attacks took place in four Asian countries including Sri Lanka.

Two governors asked to resign !

President Maithripala Sirisena is said to have asked two of the Governors to resign from their posts.

This is over the severe criticism levelled against the two governors by the SLFP General Secretary Dayasiri Jayasekara and Mahinda Amaraweera.

Malinga blames Sri Lanka Cricket

For what Sri Lanka Cricket has done to him, it’s hard to imagine that they would expect anything back from him, said renowned fast bowler Lasith Malinga.

He said this during an interview with a popular TV channel in Sri Lanka. When asked if he had plans to work as a coach or get involved in cricket administration, Malinga said,

MP Shantha Abeysekara’s son arrested for assaulting MSD officer

The elder son of the Puttalam District MP Shantha Sisira Abeysekara who assaulted a police officer attached to the Ministers’ Security Division (MSD) has been arrested, stated the Police.

The suspect had turned himself in at the Chilaw Police station this morning (01) when the arrest was made, stated the Police Media Spokesperson.