Sri Lanka win by 87 runs to seal 5-2 series victory

Sri Lanka win by 87 runs to seal 5-2 series victory
Sri Lanka win by 87 runs to seal 5-2 series victory
Sri Lanka won the final One-Day International (ODI) of the seven-match series against England by 87 runs today at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

The Sri Lankans posted an imposing total of 302 for six from their 50 overs and bowled out the English for 215 in the 46th over. Dilshan made 101 off 124 deliveries, featuring nine fours and one six, to register his 18th ODI hundred and pass 9,000 career runs.

Sangakkara, who will retire from ODIs after next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, made 33 off 51 balls and Jayawardene  who has already retired from Tests, will hang up his boots after the World Cup had hit 28 off 22 balls.

Sri Lanka will tour New Zealand next just ahead of the World Cup in February 2015.




Kumar Sangakkara to retire from ODIs after 2015 World Cup

Kumar Sangakkara to retire from ODIs after 2015 World Cup
Kumar Sangakkara to retire from ODIs after 2015 World Cup
Sri Lankan Veteran cricketer Kumar Sangakkara, who recently announced his retirement from T20 internationals, announced that he will retire from ODI’s after Word Cup 2015 which will be held in New Zealand and Australia.
"I am 36 years old now and will be 37 next year during the time of World Cup. By next World Cup, I will be 41 and I don’t hope that I am playing then. So 2015 World Cup will be my last. It’s a a kind of natural progression,”Sangakkara said

Sachithra Senanayake to resume bowling

Sachithra Senanayake to resume bowling
Sachithra Senanayake to resume bowling
The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that, following remedial work and a re-test, the bowling actions of Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson are legal and they can now resume bowling in international cricket.

Since being reported earlier in the year, both bowlers have remodeled their bowling actions prior to applying to have their actions re-tested. The results showed that the level of elbow extension measured for all deliveries bowled was now within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations.

Sachithra was reported for bowling with a suspected illegal bowling action during Sri Lanka's tour in England in June 2014 and subsequently banned from bowling in international cricket in July 2014.

The ICC said the umpires can report these bowlers in the future if they believe the bowler is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action that was analyzed during the re-test.

Nominations submit for the forthcoming Presidential election

Nominations submit for the forthcoming Presidential election
Nominations submit for the forthcoming Presidential election 
President Mahinda Rajapaksa, common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena and 17 other candidates today handed over nominations for the forthcoming Presidential election on 8 January 2015. Objections to nomination papers could be made from 9.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. after handing over of nominations.
Nineteen candidates including 17 accepted parties and 2 independent candidates have made deposits for the presidential election.


Sri Lanka tourist arrivals rise 9.4%

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals rise 9.4%
Sri Lanka tourist arrivals rise 9.4%
Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose by 9.4 percent in November this year(2014) compared to the same period in 2013, the data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed. The month recorded 119,727 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 109,420 arrived in November 2013.

Most of the tourist arrivals were from Western Europe with 423,130 tourists visiting in the eleven months of this year recording a 13.7 percent increase over corresponding 2013 figures. For the month of November 35,915 tourists arrived in the island 12.8% more than in November 2013.

Sri Lanka has earned US$ 1.6 billion from tourism in the first nine months of this year, an increase of 31.4 percent compared to last year.

Imported tax on big onions increased

Imported tax on big onions increased
Imported tax on big onions increased
Import tax on a kilo of Big Onions will be increased from Rs 35 to 50 by Rs.15 with immediate effect, Ministry of Co-operatives and Internal Trade said.The tax increase is expected to control imports and increase the prices of local produce which is being harvested. 

Hosts win to take 2-0 lead in ODI series

Hosts win to take 2-0 lead in ODI series
Hosts win to take 2-0 lead in ODI series

Sri Lanka vs England

Sri Lanka beat England by eight wickets in a rain-reduced one-day international to take a 2-0 lead in the series.Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara hit unbeaten half-centuries and shared an unbroken 149-run partnership to win over England in the second ODI.

Sri Lankan spin bowler Ajantha Mendis earlier took three wickets to dismiss England for an unimpressive 185 in 43 overs after choosing to bat first. Spinner Dilshan and seam bowler Dhammika Prasad also took two wickets. 

Bopara top scored for England with 51, his 14th one-day international half-century, and Joe Root made 42. 

Sri Lanka beat England in the first ODI

Sri Lanka beat England in the first ODI
Sri Lanka beat England in the first ODI















Sri Lanka's clinched a 25 run opening win over England in their opening one day international in Colombo.Tillakaratne Dilshan top scored for the hosts with 88 and Kusal Perera and Mahela Jayawardene both hit half centuries as they racked up 317 for six.
The tourists’ captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to field but it soon became clear it was not the best choice. 
England went off like a train with Moeen converting a 25-ball fifty into a ton from 72 deliveries - the third quickest by an Englishman in one-day internationals - but wickets fell regularly around him.

Russia approves import of fish and fish products from Sri Lanka

Russia approves import of fish and fish products from Sri Lanka
Russia approves import of fish and fish products from
 Sri Lanka
Embassy of Sri Lanka in Moscow, Russia says that the Russian Agriculture Ministry has granted approval to import fish and fish products to the Russia from Sri Lanka, and already some 14 Sri Lankan fish exporting companies had sought to export their products. 
“The population of the Russian Federation is about 150 million and the Russian market with its rising purchasing power is quite sizeable. There is high demand for fish and fish products in Russia, particularly for exotic fish varieties and seafood. The 14 Sri Lankan companies which have been approved to export fish and fish products to Russia would be able to supply fish and fish products in the categories of Fresh or Chilled Fish, Frozen Fish, Fish Fillets and Other Fish Meat, and Dried or Salted Fish. 

Presidential election: Postal voting on Dec 23, 24

Presidential election Postal voting on Dec 23, 24
Presidential election Postal voting on Dec 23, 24 
The Elections Department announced that Postal vote for the forthcoming Presidential election will be held on 23 and 24 December 2014.
The accepting of postal voting applications has already begun and it would be continued until the 4 December. The Voters Lists have been displayed at the Grama Niladhari Offices, Divisional Secretariat offices and the District Secretariats.