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93rd Battle of the Maroons to be held this weekend!

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93rd Battle of the Maroons to be held this weekend!

The 93rd Battle of the Maroons between Sri Lanka’s two premier Buddhist schools, Ananda College and Nalanda College, will take place on March 4 and 5 at the SSC Grounds in Colombo.

This is the first time in two years that the cricket match is being held without any COVID-19 restrictions.

Nalanda College won the two-day match after 69 years and secured the Dr. N. M. Perera Trophy in last year’s encounter.

The last time Ananda players won a two-day match was in 2003 under the captaincy of Duminda Kularathne.

The two schools have been playing against each other since 1924 and only 19 matches have ended with a decision.

Accordingly, out of the 92 matches played so far, Ananda College has won 12 matches while Nalanda College has won seven matches. 

Ananda Team

Ananda College will be led by right-arm fast bowler and third-year player Nethma Samaraweera. 

The team: Nethma Samaraweera (Captain), Iruth Gimshan (Vice-Captain), Isuru Weerasuriya, Ayesh Shashimal, Vilash Karunaratne, Viduna Wijebandara, Yehan Gunasinghe, Ashinsa Nainayake, Kaveesha Mendis, Pulindu Kiriella, Kithma Vidanapathirana, Maleesha Perera, Kanchana De Livera, Ruvishan Perera, Dinada Athalage, Kenula de Soyza, Janudika Shriapala (Head Coach), Sanjaya Devapura (Assistant Coach)

Nalanda Team

Nalanda College is led by right-handed batsman Chanul Athukorala, who is a fourth-year coloursman.

The team: Chanul Athukorala (Captain), Sajitha Withanage (Vice-Captain), Eranga Jayakodi, Minod Caldera, Kushmitha Silva, Yasiru Samarakoon, Rusiru Vilochana, Janula Indusara, Sadev Samarasinghe, Senesh Wijesinghe, Akesh Manoratne, Thisara Devdunu, Sathmina Serasinghe, Risath Jayaratne, Osanda Pamuditha, Thimath Herath, Malinga Surappulige (Head Coach), Ruwan Dissanayake (Assistant Coach)

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Tourists nowadays aren’t fools – Diana

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State Minister of Tourism Diana Gamage has warned that stern action will be taken promptly against those who are hostile to tourists visiting Sri Lanka.

She was responding to the media over the recent incident where a vendor had been hostile to a tourist over an overpriced Kottu.

Noting that tourists nowadays are not idiots and cannot be fooled, the State Minister urged such persons to refrain from such behaviour without harming the reputation of Sri Lanka as a hospitable, friendly tourist destination as well the livelihood of other such fellow businessmen as well.

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Complaint lodged over Piumi Hansamali’s possession of Gota’s Range Rover

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Mage Rata organization president Sanjaya Mahawatta today, lodged a complaint with the Illegal Assets Investigations Division, calling for an inquiry into model Piumi Hansamali using the Range Rover vehicle previously used  by former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

“It is clear that an election is near and politicians tend to inject all their saved black money into the upcoming election campaigns and it has become a good time for the people who engage with money laundering activities. 

“Accordingly, we have some doubts on how Piumi Hansamal managed to get the Range Rover vehicle (CBH 1949) which was used by former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

“The question arises whether the Range Rover vehicle was given to the former president or if Gotabaya has given it to Piyumi,” said Mahawatta and further alleged that the model currently resides in a super luxury apartment, owns other properties and leads an exceedingly luxurious lifestyle.

Therefore, there are suspicions that Piumi Hansamali is being utilized for money laundering activities involving politicians’ black money, he charged.

“Therefore, we have lodged a complaint with the Illegal Assets Investigations Division. The initial complaint pertains to the Range Rover vehicle previously associated with former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and its transfer to Piumi Hansamali. This vehicle is estimated to be worth Rs. 100 million. Questions arise regarding how the vehicle came into Piumi Hansamali’s possession, the reasons behind its transfer and how she could afford such a valuable asset while primarily engaged in selling cosmetics. Additionally, it is noted that Piumi Hansamali’s has not made any television appearances lately.

“I personally know several individuals who rely on selling cosmetics for their livelihoods. But they struggle to cover their daily expenses with their modest incomes. However, Piumi Hansamali reportedly spends lakhs of rupees daily and leads a lavish lifestyle. 

“The Mage Rata organization is vigilant over the extravagant spending of politicians during election campaigns and their potential involvement in money laundering activities,” he stated.

“Hence, we anticipate an immediate investigation into this complaint,” he added.

(dailymirror.lk)

(This story, originally published by dailymirror.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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SL hopes to continue discussion with bondholders

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State Finance Minister Shehan Semasinghe has said today (April 17) that Sri Lanka hopes to continue discussion with the bondholders with a view to reaching common ground ahead of the IMF board consideration of the second review of Sri Lanka’s EFF program.

Sri Lankan authorities continue to engage all debt restructuring negotiations in good faith, within principles of equitable treatment among creditors, and with maximum transparency within the norms of such negotiations, he has said.

The full statement of the State Minister is as follows :

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