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Athapaththu half-century sinks South Africa in T20 World Cup opener

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Sri Lanka beat hosts South Africa in the opening match of the Women’s T20 World Cup on yesterday (10) in Cape Town.

South Africa failed to chase a 130-run target and lost the opener by three runs.

Sri Lankan captain Chamari Athapaththu made a hard-hit half-century against South Africa.

Athapaththu 68 enabled Sri Lanka to make 129 for four after they were sent in to bat by the hosts.

Athapaththu hit 12 fours and shared a second-wicket partnership of 86 with 17-year-old Vishmi Gunarathne, who made 35.

South Africa managed 126/9 in 20 overs.

Sri Lanka will take on Bangladesh on tomorrow (12), while South Africa will be aiming to bounce back in a key encounter against New Zealand on Monday (13).

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Policeman shoots himself dead

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A police sergeant shot himself near the Kotawila Court complex, using his service firearm.

The deceased is a 52-year-old sergeant attached to the Kotawila Police Station.He had killed himself at the police post of the Kotawila Court Complex after returning to work from a prolonged sick leave.

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Political parties to be briefed on Regulation of Election Expenditure Act

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The Election Commission of Sri Lanka has decided to brief all political parties on the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act.

Chairman of the Commission – R. M. A. L. Ratnayake explained that the discussion will be held today (Feb. 27) and on March 06 as the upcoming elections will be the first to be held since the Act was passed.

According to the Regulation of Election Expenditure Act, all expenses incurred for the purpose of elections and campaigns must be limited, he noted.

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (Feb.26).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows:

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