17- year- old drowns in Galaboda Falls

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Two teenage girls who were bathing at the bottom part of Galaboda falls had been rescued by the villagers and admitted to Nawalapitiya hospital yesterday (28).


A 17- year – old girl succumbed to injuries upon admission to the hospital.


The body is lying at the Nawalapitiya hospital morgue and the post mortem is yet to be conducted.


The other victim who is 18- years of age is currently receiving in-house treatment.

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Singapore set for funeral procession

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Singapore is bidding farewell to its founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who died on Monday aged 91.

A funeral procession will carry Mr Lee's coffin from parliament, where it has been lying in state in parliament- across the city.
Following a state funeral attended by world leaders, his body will be cremated in a private family ceremony.
One million people have visited tribute sites across Singapore this week to pay their respects, say local media.


More than 415,000 people, or 12% of Singaporean citizens, visited Parliament House to see Mr Lee's coffin, while at least 850,000 others went to community sites to pay tribute.


The funeral procession will begin on Sunday at 12:30 local time (04:30 GMT), with the coffin carried on a gun carriage through the grounds around Parliament House. A 21-gun salute will sound as it moves on into the business district and Tanjong Pagar, the docklands constituency Mr Lee represented for his whole political life.


Two Singaporean navy vessels will conduct a sail-past of the Marina Bay barrage - the massive water conservation project spearheaded by Mr Lee.


The funeral service is expected to begin at 14:00 at a cultural centre in the west, with foreign leaders including former US President Bill Clinton, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and UK House of Commons leader William Hague attending.


The country will also observe a minute's silence in the afternoon before singing the national anthem. The private cremation is taking place at the Mandai crematorium.


Current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is Lee Kuan Yew's son, has described the past week as a "deeply moving experience"., saying Singaporeans had "expressed their grief overwhelmingly".


Many of the city-state's shopping and commercial centres are expected to be closed on Sunday as a mark of respect to Mr Lee. (BBC)

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Kiwis bat first in CWC final

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New Zealand take the field in their maiden World Cup final on Sunday looking to cap an unbeaten streak by defeating co-hosts Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.


Some 90,000 fans at the vast stadium and millions of television viewers around the world will follow the blockbuster title clash between the two best teams left standing in the 14-nation, six-week event.
Brendon McCullum's Black Caps have won eight matches in a row, including a one-wicket victory over Australia in a low scoring pool stage thriller in Auckland a month ago.


Then at the same Eden Park last Tuesday, New Zealand downed mighty South Africa in a nerve-tingling semi-final with a penultimate-ball six by Grant Elliott.
New Zealand's first semi-final win in seven attempts has left an enthralled rugby-mad nation backing their cricketers to take home the sport's biggest prize.


"I want you to know it's this sense of belonging that we take into the final today. What's our motivation? Our motivation is to play for you," McCullum wrote in an open letter published by the Herald on Sunday.
"Make no mistake, we've felt your belief. We've heard the chants, the cheers and the roars. We've seen the emotion in the faces of the children; in the faces of the mums and dads, and the grandfathers and grandmothers.


"We've seen grown men in tears; we've seen strangers hugging and we've seen the elderly dancing. I'm not sure how to say this but we've never felt quite so 'New Zealand' in all our lives."
Australia, the top-ranked side in one-day cricket bidding for a fifth title, will be considered favourites on home turf at the MCG where New Zealand last played a one-dayer in 2009.


But even as the confident Black Caps named an unchanged side for the decider, Australia were taken aback by skipper Michael Clarke's announcement on Saturday that the final will be his last one-day match.
"I think it's the right time for me and the Australian cricket team," said the 33-year-old Clarke, who will however continue to play five-day Test matches. (AFP)

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UK girl finds her SL family after 18 years of waiting

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Poppy Royal, 21, always knew she was adopted. Then two years ago she decided she needed to find out the truth about the family she'd never met. MORE... Read the Full Article

Mihin Lanka flight in emergency landing at BIA

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A Mihin Lanka flight bound for Bangladesh has made an emergency landing at the Katunayake airport following a technical snag on Sunday (29) morning. MORE... Read the Full Article

Australia beat New Zealand in final to win World Cup

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Australia beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday to win the World Cup for the fifth time and send their retiring captain Michael Clarke out as a winner. MORE... Read the Full Article

LG bodies get more time

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Minister Karu Jayasuriya says that the Government has decided to extend the terms of 234 local government bodies till 15 & 31 May. A gazette notification will be issued soon, in this regard, the Minister added. MORE... Read the Full Article

Pakistan expresses grief over death of President’s brother

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The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan at Colombo, Dr. Sarfraz Sipra has expressed his deep shock, heartfelt condolences and sympathies on behalf of the people and the Government of Pakistan on tragic demise of Priyantha Sirisena, the youngest brother of President Maithripala Sirisena. MORE... Read the Full Article

Special agent to monitor NP projects

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A special agent will be appointed in order to supervise the activities and monitor the progress of projects in the Northern Province, Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe said on Sunday (29). MORE... Read the Full Article

Pablo de Greiff to visit Sri Lanka today

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UN Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparations, and Guarantees of Non-recurrence, Pablo de Greiff, will arrive in Sri Lanka for a six-day visit, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Sunday (29). MORE... Read the Full Article

17-year old girl drowned in Galaboda Ella

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A 17-year old girl has drowned while bathing in the Galaboda Ella (waterfall) in Nawalapitiya on Saturday (28). Her body was recovered last evening, the police said. MORE... Read the Full Article

India and Sri Lanka to fight ISI influence

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Top intelligence sources said that some Pakistani embassy staff were allegedly using their diplomatic cover in promoting ISI's anti-India activities. MORE... Read the Full Article

Pakistan envoy extends his condolences to President

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The Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan at Colombo, Dr. Sarfraz Sipra expresses deep shock, heartfelt condolences and sympathies on behalf of the people and the Government of Pakistan on the very sad and tragic demise of Mr. Priyantha Sirisena, the youngest brother of His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka.


Talking on telephone to the family members of the deceased this morning, Dr. Sipra conveyed heartfelt condolences and deep shock and grief on the very tragic loss of Mr. Priyantha Sirisena on behalf of the people and Government of Pakistan, and on his own behalf. On the occasion, Dr. Sipra prayed that the departed soul may rest in peace and the aggrieved family may have the courage and patience to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.

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SL science mentor felicitated by Obama

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An Indian-American and a Sri Lankan-origin scientist and teacher are among fourteen individuals and one organization named winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).


Andhra University graduate Murty S. Kambhampati, a professor of biology at Southern University at New Orleans, and Sri Lankan origin Tilak Ratnanather, an associate professor in the biomedical engineering department of the Johns Hopkins University, Maryland will receive their awards at a White House ceremony later this year.


"These educators are helping to cultivate America's future scientists, engineers and mathematicians," President Barack Obama said announcing the names of the award winners Friday.


"They open new worlds to their students, and give them the encouragement they need to learn, discover and innovate. That's transforming those students' futures, and our nation's future, too."


The PAESMEM is awarded by the White House to individuals and organizations to recognize the crucial role that mentoring plays in the academic and personal development of students studying science and engineering-particularly those who belong to groups that are underrepresented in these fields.


In addition to being honoured at the White House, recipients receive awards of $10,000 from the National Science Foundation. The mentors and organizations announced Friday represent the winners for 2012 and 2013.


Kambhampati holds a PhD from Jackson State University in Environmental Science and a PhD from Andhra University, India in Ecology.

Over the years, he established excellent collaborations with several institutions to place students for summer internships and ecological field trips according to his profile.


He is an active research mentor for undergraduates and is Southern University at New Orleans's Beta Kappa Chi/National Institute of Science chapters' sponsor.

He has won several awards for his work as a mentor, including the National Role Model Faculty Award from Minority Access, Inc., in 2008.


His research interests are Phytoremediation, Environmental Toxicology, ecological studies on coastal ponds, and Environmental Biotechnology.

Originally from Sri Lanka, Ratnanather is at the forefront of the relatively new field of computational anatomy, an emerging discipline at the interface of geometry, statistics, and image analysis.


His current research interests include shape analysis of brain structures in schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, depression, and deafness in addition to mathematical and computational problems in cochlear and cardiac physiology, according to his university profile. (IANS)

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ICRC Delegation Provides Update on ICRC Involvements in Sri Lanka

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A three-member delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) with the aim of providing a brief update on the ICRC's ongoing and foreseen humanitarian undertakings in Sri Lanka for the year 2015, had a courtesy call on the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishanthe De Silva Friday (27) afternoon. Read the Full Article

Michael Clarke to quit ODIs after CWC 2015

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Australia captain Michael Clarke is to retire from one-day international cricket after Sunday's World Cup final against New Zealand, bringing the curtain down on a 12-year career.

"I think it's the right time for me and the Australian cricket team," the 33-year-old told reporters.
He said he made the decision 48 hours ago, having said last week he did not think he would quit .

He has a long-term back problem and has struggled with hamstring injuries.

Clarke has played 244 one-day internationals, scoring 7,907 runs with a highest score of 130.


He intends to prolong his Test career having already played 108 matches with 8,432 runs and a highest score of 329 not out.
"I made the decision 48 hours ago when I asked myself if I thought I would be playing in the next World Cup and I said to myself that I don't think I will be," he said.


He added: "I think it's the right time for me. A lot of it is giving the next captain and the team the opportunity to prepare and the selectors to work out what they feel is their best squad for the next World Cup.


"I leave the one-day team in a better place than when I took over the captaincy and it gives me my best chance to prolong my Test career.


"They are the three main reasons why I have decided to walk away from one-day cricket." (BBC)

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Four Indian ships arrive at the port of Trincomalee

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China wants stable policy for investors in Sri Lanka

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang asked Sri Lanka to maintain its continuous and stable policy, and provide good environment for Chinese investors.


He made the comments during a meeting with visiting Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at the Great Hall of the People.


Li said China would continue to encourage companies to invest in Sri Lanka and participate in infrastructure and industrial construction.


China has always attached high importance to the traditional friendship with Sri Lanka and hopes to maintain and develop it. Cooperation in all areas should be expanded to promote the strategic partnership of cooperation, he noted.
The premier said China was dedicated to forging a reciprocal common future with its neighbours. (Reuters)

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MR loyalists demand to dissolve Parliament

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Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa loyalists have launched the ‘Mahinda-For-PM Front’ and threaten to take to the streets with protest demonstrations and agitations demanding the dissolution of Parliament on April 23.

General Secretary of the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya said leaders of the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna, National Freedom Front, Democratic Left Front and the Pivithuru Hela Urumaya itself had closed ranks to launch the ‘Mahinda-For-PM Front' and had held lengthy discussions on their future political trajectories as well.

Gammanpila said "If the government decides not to dissolve Parliament on 23rd April, protests and marches as well as street agitations will be launched together with the people. A large crowd attended the rallies held in Nugegoda, Kandy and Ratnapura organized by the 'Mahinda-for-PM Front.' We expect massive crowds to attend our people's protests to force the dissolution of Parliament”.

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President’s younger brother dies

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Younger brother of President Maithripala Sirisena who sustained severe cut injuries following an axe attack has succumbed to his injuries this morning.

Victim Priyantha Sirisena a.k.a. Weli Raju was assaulted last Thursday (26) evening at Polonnaruwa by a person identified as Lakmal and was admitted to Polonnaruwa General Hospital.

Weli Raju who was in a critical condition was airlifted to Colombo and was admitted to a private hospital.

He was at the ICU following a serious surgery where he succumbed to injuries this morning.


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President addresses Boao Forum in China

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The theme of this year's Boao Forum, 'Asia's new future towards a community of common destiny', is relevant and dynamic, President Maithripala Sirisena said on Sunday (28). MORE... Read the Full Article

Lanka’s IT literacy rate increases to 25%

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Sri Lanka's Information Technology literacy has increased to 25 per cent, the Government Information Department announced today. MORE... Read the Full Article

Four Indian ships arrive at the port of Trincomalee

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Indian Naval Ships, TIR, KESARI, SUDARSHANI and Indian Coast Guard Ship VARUNA belonging to the first training squadron of the Indian Navy arrived at the port of Trincomalee. MORE... Read the Full Article

Obama honours Sri Lankan science mentor

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An Indian-American and a Sri Lankan-origin scientist and teacher are among fourteen individuals and one organization named winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). MORE... Read the Full Article

Dharmasena first to play and umpire in World Cup final

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Sri Lanka's Kumar Dharmasena was on Friday selected to officiate the final of the cricket World Cup on Sunday, thereby becoming the first person to feature in the quadrennial tournament final as both an umpire and player. MORE... Read the Full Article