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Ananda claims P. de S. Kularatne Memorial Trophy after 6 years

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In a thrilling limited-over encounter at the SSC grounds, Ananda College, led by Iruth Gimshan, showcased remarkable teamwork to secure a memorable victory over their traditional rivals Nalanda, reclaiming the prestigious P. de S. Kularatne Memorial Trophy after a seven-year hiatus.

Ananda College’s triumph was spearheaded by an outstanding batting display, with Dinada Athalage playing a pivotal role with a superb unbeaten knock of 70 runs.

Supported by Kanchana de Livera, who contributed a valuable 55 runs, Ananda College successfully chased down the target of 229 with 6.5 overs to spare.

Despite a strong start from Nalanda, with openers Sahan Lithmina scoring 46 runs in 54 balls, adorned with 8 fours, and in-form opener Sadew Samarasinghe achieving a milestone by completing a thousand runs this season with his contribution of 54 runs, forming an impressive partnership of 85 runs, Nalanda struggled to maintain momentum thereafter. Ultimately, they managed to post a total of 228 for 8 wickets in their allotted 50 overs.

Nalanda 228 for 8 wickets in 50 overs 

(Sahan Lithmina 46,Sadew Samarasinghe 54,Manupa Manmitha 12,Sajitha Vithanage 23, Osanda Pamuditha 13,Sathmina Serasinghe 18,Hasith Ratnayake 11,Tharuka Sooriyaarachchi 17*,Minod Caldera 19*, Ashinsa Nainayake 2/56,Ayesh Shashimal 2/39,Kithma Withanaparhirana 1/22,Kenul de Soyza 2/28)

Ananda 229 for 5 wickets in 43.1 overs 

(Kanchana de Livera 55, Dinada Athalage 70*, Iruth Gimshan 42, Kithma Withanaparhirana 10, Ayesh Shashimal 14, Kenul de Soyza 10*, Osanda Pamuditha 1/39, Minod Caldera 1/24, Hasith Ratnayake 1/24, Tharuka Sooriyaarachchi 1/12)

Awards
Best Fielder Ruvishan Perera (Ananda), Best Bowler – Ayesh Shashimal (Ananda), Best Batsman – Sadew Samarasinghe (Nalanda, Man of the Match – Dinada Athalage (Ananda)

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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