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Kohli-Kumble Fallout Shows how Fascinatingly Complex Human Nature Is

By Ayaz Memon Tuesday was a dramatic but sad day in Indian cricket with Anil Kumble officially stepping down as chief coach. What a mess! And so far, we’ve only got half the story. Frankly, I didn’t expect Kumble to go to West Indies as coach unless his acceptance by the team – and especially [...]

Returning Champion Pakistan Team Get Tumultuous Reception At Home

Pakistan’s champion players got a grand reception on their return home with the coveted Champions Trophy.  Hundreds of fans stayed up late to welcome home members of new Champions Trophy winners Pakistan in the cities of Lahore and Karachi on Tuesday. Messages such as ‘Champion of champions. Team Pakistan! Welcome back after such a tremendous [...]

Shah Rukh Khan Acquires The Cape Town Franchisee In T20 Global League

Legendary indian actor, Shah Rukh Khan & the co-owners of Kolkata Knight Riders and Trinbago Knight Riders have again come together to own Cape Town Franchisee of T20 Global League, a Cricket South Africa (CSA) initiative. The new franchise will be called Cape Town Knight Riders . CSA President Chris Nenzai along with CSA CEO [...]

Challenges Before The National Government

Talks commenced last week between the UNP and SLFP in the Joint National Council of the two parties to renew for another period their memorandum of understanding reached two-and-a-half years ago for the formation of the National Government. There will be a time lapse of six months in drawing up the MOU for the next [...]

Decisive Decision To Be Taken On SriLankan Board

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya President Maithripala Sirisena is to take a decisive decision on the SriLankan Airlines board of management, sources said. The move comes following several allegations being raised against some board members, including the Chairman Ajith Dias. The Cabinet, which met last week, also discussed the issue at SriLankan Airlines at length, sources said. [...]

Police Commission Orders Report From IGP

By Indika Sri Aravinda The National Police Commission has ordered a report from Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara over the manner in which the Police dealt with protesting university students last week. Secretary to the Commission Ariyadasa Cooray said that the IGP was asked to give a detailed report on the Police action [...]

MR Could Not Achieve A Honorable Solution For Tamils – Douglas Devananda

Former Minister Douglas Devananda says the political situation in the country has become more democratic, tolerant and conducive for the Tamil people to express their frustrations and grievances openly without fear and intimidation. The Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) leader also insisted that his party never operated as a paramilitary organisation. Excerpts of an interview with The Sunday Leader:- [...]

It’s How You Played The Game, Mr. Minister

A common feature of parliamentary democracies around the world is that cabinet ministers and those of lesser ranks need not be qualified or even knowledgeable about the subjects that are assigned to them often vital to the need for good governance. Nonetheless such governments with many ministers unqualified or even ignorant of the subjects under them [...]

President Tells Ministers To Keep Mobiles Off

President Maithripala Sirisena has instructed his Ministers to keep their mobile phones off during cabinet meetings. Sources said that the President was irked that some Ministers are not focused on the cabinet meetings. He has found that some Ministers make telephone calls or are browsing Facebook during crucial cabinet meetings. (AW)

Wijeyadasa’s Hard Hitting Statement Stuns Diplomats

By Easwaran Rutnam A statement made in Parliament last week by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stunned western diplomats based in Colombo. In his statement Rajapakshe accused the former UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Mónica Pinto, of falling prey to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) when compiling a report on Sri Lanka. Rajapakshe told [...]

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