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Sri Lanka’s squad for ICC 20 -Twenty World Cup

Sri Lanka’s squad of thirty players for the ICC 20 -Twenty World Cup which is scheduled to be held in South Africa this September.

However the selectors have once again omitted former skipper Marvan Atapattu who pulled out of the current series against Bangladesh from the squad while also overlooking new found opener Malinda Warnapura too. However the batsmen Jehan Mubarak and Michael Vandort who have not proved themselves in the shorter version of the game also has been given a chance to prove themselves. Avishka Gunawardena who also was kept in cold storage for a while also has been thought of for the initial squad.

The squad: Mahela Jayawardena, Kumar Sangakkara, Dilruwan Perera, Upul Tharanga, Sanath Jayasuriya, Avishka Gunawardena, Mahela Udawatte, T.M. Dilshan, Chamara Kapugedera, Michael Vandort, Jehan Mubarak, Thilina Kandambi, Chamara Silva, Farveez Maharoof, Chaminda Vaas, Ranga Dias, Dilhara Fernando, Ishara Amerasinghe, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekera, Nuwan Zoysa, Akalanka Ganegama, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Muttiah Muralitharan, Hasantha Fernando, Malinga Bandara, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Gayan Wijekone, Upul Chandana and Dhammika Prasad.

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Chaminda Vaas will miss next week’s third Test against Bangladesh

Sri Lankan paceman Chaminda Vaas has been given permission to skip the third and final cricket Test against Bangladesh in Kandy so he could return to play for English county Middlesex.

A Sri Lanka Cricket official said the 33-year old Vaas who has played in 98 tests has been given special permission to leave the team after Sri Lanka warpped up the series with victory in the second test on Thursday.

“Yes Vaas will not be around for the last test”, said the official.

Sri Lanka won both matches by innings margins and look set for a clean sweep when the final Test starts at the Asgiriya stadium in Kandy on Wednesday. The selectors have all-rounder Farveez Maharoof, left-arm spinner Sujeewa de Silva and leg-spinner Malinga Bandara to chose from, when it comes to picking Vaas’ replacement.

Vaas could find himself playing his 100 Test during Sri Lanka’s tour of Australia in November this year.

Spinner Muttiah Muralitharan, who is contracted with Lancashire, will also return to England after the Kandy Test and not play in the three one-dayers along with Vaas.

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Pro-Tiger website has targeted Ambassador Dayan Jayatilleka

The pro-Tiger website, which is widely regarded to be under the direct supervision of LTTE intelligence chief Pottu Amman, has targeted Sri Lanka’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Dayan Jayatilleka in its edition of June 26th, (Tuesday) 2007.

Describing Dayan Jayatilleka as “one who knows the history of the Tamil struggle very well”, from “its initial stages”, the Tiger website classifies him as one “capable of crushing the Tamil struggle in the countries of the world”. It notes his recent election as chairman of the governing body of the ILO and denounces his appointment as “a massive plot in place”.

Ambassador Jayatilleka was also unanimously elected a Vice President of the UN Human Rights Council and a member of its Bureau.

Replete with outright falsification, character assassination and distortion, and illustrated with a photograph of the diplomat, the sensationalist and scurrilous article in Tamil, entitled ‘Major change in the Sri Lankan International Intelligence Service’ reads as follows (in translation):

‘There has been a major change in the Sri Lankan International Intelligence Service. People who are suspected to be capable of crushing the Tamils’ struggle in the countries of the world have been appointed as Ambassadors.

Recently, The Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry had introduced many Tamil faces to the European Countries. In the same manner Dayan Jayatilleka has been appointed the Chairman of the ILO this year. By his appointment a massive plot is in place.

He was wanted by the Sri Lankan authorities in the 1980s, for plotting to overthrow the government. Like Padhmanabha and Thiranagama he was also a wanted person in Sri Lanka. Those days their pictures were seen on the walls of Sri Lanka. Later the Sri Lankan Intelligence absorbed him and he then joined the EPRLF. He also functioned as a spy for the Sri Lankan Intelligence and tried to break up the Tamil movements. In 1987 he was a Minister in the North East Provincial Council of Varatharajahperumal’s cabinet. During his period, armed training for the youth in the North East was compulsory and on his advice they were called the National Army.

He was also a JVP member in the early days and was accused of being involved directly in the killing of one of the union leaders of the JVP. He was responsible for many killings in the North and East. Just like how he was indirectly working with the EPRLF, Muthiyanselage Uduwarage Henry Perera was indirectly working with PLOTE in the same manner. Uduwarage was a Sinhala racist who was with the JVP and was the link between the PLOTE and the Sinhalese. He was a follower of N.M. Perera and was responsible for many splits in the JVP. In 1990 he was killed in an attack at Musalkuthy.

Dayan Jayatilleka knows the history of the Tamil struggle very well and he is aware of the initial stages of the struggle too. Being appointed as the UN representative for Sri Lanka in Geneva, he has collected a few Tamil traitors in Europe and Switzerland and is plotting against the freedom struggle of the Tamils. He has appointed a few spies to gather information about the LTTE supporters and their activities in Europe and Swiss. It is believed that these spies have infiltrated into some of the Tamil Organizations. These spies meet in Geneva very often and the Sri Lankan Government is funding them.’

Information has leaked that a Tamil person has been appointed to the Norwegian Embassy. It is learnt that he has been appointed to carry forward the propaganda against the National freedom struggle of the Tamil people.’

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Chandrika’s daughter Yaso’s wedding pics


Photograph taken at the wedding of Yasodhara Kumaratunga… daughter of the former President Chandrika Kumaratunga… Yasodhara wed Dr. Roger Walker in London last month. Also in the photograph are former president Chandrika Kumaratunga, Vimukthi Kumaratunga and Mr. Ronnie Peiris and family.

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Facets Sri Lanka adds international flavour

Facets Sri Lanka is tipped to have increased international flavour at this year’s exhibition with improved service for stall holders.

By Sherwani Synon

This was stated at a press briefing held on Tuesday by the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association regarding the 17th consecutive Sri Lankan international Gem and Jewellery Show- Facets Sri Lanka.

The exhibition which will be held from the August 30 till the September 2 is an opportunity given to the Gem merchants and Jewellers in the country to exhibit their exquisite gems and jewellery to the local and the foreign market.

Speaking at the media briefing Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association Chairman Chanaka Ellawala said, “Sri Lanka is known for quality gem cutting, the field has improved vastly with the years.”

Giving the Facets Sri Lanka show an international flavour, rare gems from countries such as Madagascar, Burma, Thailand, India, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Australia will be exhibited at the show.

The committee also agreed to solve issues that were raised by the stall holders present at the press briefing in a bid to provide a good service to all stall holders and help them at the show, Facets Sri Lanka.

The committee is expecting a large number of visitors from the local and foreign market to grace this massive occasion which has been mostly focused on the international market till recent years.

Amana Takaful for the 3rd consecutive year will be the Official Insurer for the event and the exhibits.

When Daily Financial Times spoke to the Director of Finance- Facets who is also the treasurer of the Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Association Mr. Akram Mansoor, it was pointed out that “the largest buyers of our industry is USA, Japan, Europe, India and since of recent China and Russia has also showed interest towards this trade.”

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President Rajapaksa stressed the need for a more vital and efficient role by Government owned media

Emphasizing the need to avoid the prevailing political culture at most Government owned media institutions, President Rajapaksa stressed the need for a more vital and efficient role by the Government owned media.

President Rajapaksa also reiterated the necessity of adapting in to a strong international media network to update the international community effectively with the real political situation of the country which has reached to a more sensible position than in the past.

At a time where various people are trying to tarnish the country’s image by engaging in a shameless campaign abroad, President said that it’s a part of the responsibility of a genuine media to portray the reality of country’s political situation to its citizens.

President highlighted this at a progress review meeting of the ministry of mass media and communication held in Temple Trees- Colombo. Several heads of state media including the Ministers Anura Priyadharshana Yapa and Laxman Yapa Abeywardhana were present on the occasion.

President also instructed the officials to immediately expedite proposed pension scheme for journalists. Under the direction of president a full time Ombudsman has been appointed to look into journalists’ complaints and other issues.

The ministry has taken measures to setup a Ranga Kala Gammanaya at international level in order to train the cinema and teledrama artistes. A stretch of 150 acres of lands has been selected for the purpose.

President’s Secretary Lalith Weeratunge, Ministry Secretary A. Dissanayake and Chairmen of all Government media institutions and officials were also present at the occasion.

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Sri Lanka re-elected to the IOC of UNESCO

The 24th Session of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Assembly was held from 19th -28th June 2007 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

During the session Sri Lanka was re-elected to a seat of the Executive Council of the IOC of UNESCO for another term of two years at the elections held on 25th June.

Sri Lanka is actively involved in promoting oceanographic research and development in the region. A founding member of the Indian Ocean for Global Observation System (IOGOOS), Sri Lanka has been a dynamic participant in enhancing oceanographic capabilities in the region. In April 2004 Sri Lanka hosted the 2nd Annual General meeting of the IOGOOS.

In 2005, Sri Lanka was host to the 4th session of the IOC for the Central Indian Ocean Region (IOCINDIO) during which Sri Lanka was elected to a Vice Chairmanship. At present Sri Lanka is co-chairing IOCINDIO with Saudi Arabia.

Several regional oceanographic training programmes have also been hosted in Sri Lanka, among which is the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission – Partnership for the Observation of Global Oceans (IOC-POGO) training programme on oceanographic data management held in Colombo in January and June 2006.

Sri Lanka is also sharing her capacity and knowledge with the IOC in the monitoring of the sea level programme and the Tsunami Early Warning System for the Indian Ocean.

Sri Lanka was represented at the Assembly by Mrs. Tialaka Prathapasinghe, Director General and Dr. Kamal Tennakoon, Senior Research Officer of the National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA), NARA is the focal point in Sri Lanka for the IOC.

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Government will call for international tenders to explore oil

The Government will call for international tenders to explore oil resources along Sri Lanka’s sea belt within the next three months.


Petroleum and Petroleum Resources Development Minister A.H.M. Fowzie told that tenders for the exploration will be called within the next two to three months after the preliminary work is completed.

According to the Ministry, a company based in the United Kingdom has been entrusted with the task of assisting the Government in carrying out the preparatory work of the tender procedure in line with international standards.

"The company is in the process formulating the modalities of the tender procedure including production sharing and the data package. We hope to call tenders from reputed international firms once the preliminary work is concluded," Ministry Secretary A.P.A. Gunasekere said.

Minister Fowzie said that the tender procedure was launched after several rounds of discussions with groups and individuals interested in the exploration including political parties and other organisations.

"During the discussions, we submitted and explained to them the Government’s programme to explore the oil deposits. They expressed their satisfaction regarding the programme."

According to the Minister, Sri Lanka will be able to save over Rs. 200 billion in foreign exchange spent on importing oil once the oil deposits detected along the sea belt from Puttalam to Hambantota are exploited.

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Those helping LTTE are traitors: Army Chief

"Those who are helping the LTTE terrorists to bring bomb laden vehicles and explosives to the south were betraying the members of the Armed Forces who are sacrificing their life and limb to protect the country," Army Chief Lt. Gen Sarath Fonseka told The Island in an interview yesterday.

By Norman Palihawadan

He said the Police and the Armed Forces have the capability to seize bombs and explosives of the terrorists before they could cause carnage and destruction to public property in the south.

He said that the initiative taken by the Armed Forces and the sacrifices they had made has completely routed the LTTE forces in the Eastern Province and a small number of LTTE cadres are isolated in Thoppigala and they are no longer able to go on the offensive as the Armed Forces have surrounded them. "It is a matter of days before Thoppigala the last outpost of the LTTE in the east is captured," the Army Chief said.

During the past few weeks more than four tons of explosives were recovered by the police and the Navy from the two lorries and a 30 kilgram claymore bomb brought to Colombo from the North was detected by the police at Obeysekera Town Rajagiriya.

The Army Chief said more explosives are being detected now than ever before. "The forces and the police were more alert and the public are also cooperating with the forces and police," he said.

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Sri Lankan could be the next ICC boss

With the International Cricket Council agreeing to appoint an Asian as its new Chief Executive at the end of Malcolm Speed’s tenure in 2008, the names of former Sri Lanka captains Duleep Mendis and Ranjan Madugalle have been mentioned as possible replacements.

By Rex Clementine

Reports from London said that during the recent ICC meeting, Sharad Pawar, President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India had agreed to stand down from the race for the ICC Presidency, provided ECB Chairman and President elect David Morgan agrees to a request from the Asian block to appoint an Asian as the CEO of the game’s governing body.

Cricket sources in Colombo said that the two Sri Lankans were leading contenders for the high profile job. The source said that the possibility of one of them succeeding Speed was ‘extremely good’.

A leading cricket official meanwhile said that Cricket’s Interim Committee will discuss the issue and at the appropriate time forward the two names.

Madugalle, a highly respected figure in cricket circles, is the Chief Match Referee of the ICC. The 48-year-old has been an employee of the ICC for 15 long years and has officiated at two World Cup finals while missing out on a third as his country was playing in the final this year.

The ICC also has high regard for Madugalle and has assigned him high profile series like The Ashes, India-Australia and India-Pakistan series.

The governing body in fact overruled former board chairman Thilanga Sumathipala in 2001 when the controversial administrator refrained from nominating Madugalle to the panel of Match Referee’s for a second term.

Madugalle’s easy going exterior and charming personality masks his reputation as a strict disciplinarian.

Mendis, the CEO of the Sri Lankan board has been involved with the board since his retirement, in various capacities as chairman of selectors, coach, manager of the national team and Director Cricket Operations.

Mendis, the Manager of the World Cup wining team in 1996, succeeded Anura Tennakoon as CEO in 2003.

Another source said that if approached, Madugalle may be reluctant, since it would require him to be based at the ICC headquarters in Dubai. He would instead prefer to continue in his present job, which allows him to be based in Colombo.

Other high profile names mentioned for the top seat are Syed Ashraful Haq, CEO of the Asian Cricket Council and Majid Khan, who has been attached to the Pakistan Cricket Board over the years.

The source said that Ashraful’s chances are slim as he is deemed a ‘Dalmiya Man’.

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