Jayantha Dharmadasa to head SLC

Mr. Jayantha Dharmadasa is set to become the next President of Sri Lanka Cricket. SLC's executive committee has named Mr. Jayanthe Dharmadasa as the sole nominee for the post for the election to be held on 16th April. Nominations of all other candidates were rejected by SLC.

Mr. Dharmadasaa was SLC's interim president from March 2005 to December 2007.

Where was Lord Buddha born?

Ven. Hegoda Vipassi Thera, the Director of Dharma Paryeshanalaya at Rathmalana, has challenged Ven. Uduwe Dhammaloka Thera for a debate on the statement made by the latter that there is no definite evidence regarding the birth of Prince Siddhartha in India but there are shrines with evidence that birth of Lord Buddha occurred in Sri Lanka.

Ven. Vipassi Thera says Ven. Dhammaloka should be ashamed of ridiculing, without any basis, the birth of Lord Buddha that has been confirmed throughout the history of more than 2600 years.

The Director of Dharma Paryeshanalaya said Ven. Dhammaloka is being knowingly or unknowingly manipulated by Tamil diaspora and challenged the Thera for a debate.

Remains found at Matale are from 86 – 90 period


Matale Magistrates Court ruled yesterday that the skeletal remains unearthed from mass grave at Matale Hospital premises are those who died during the 1986 – 1990 period.

The Court came to this conclusion after considering facts presented by Senior Professor of Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology of Kelaniya University Prof. Raj Somadeva on findings by JMO Matale Dr. Ajith Jayasena.

The Magistrate also ordered to remove police security given to the site.

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Rs.39 million fraud at 'Dayata Kirula'


It is reported that an Additional Secretary has defrauded Rs. 39.1 million from funds allocated by the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology for constructions at the 'Dayata Kirula exhibition grounds in Ampara. CID informed Fort Magistrate yesterday (27th) that investigations are being carried out to arrest the said Additional Secretary.

Investigations have commenced when the Secretary to the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology Hennayaka Mudiyanselage Gunasekera made a complaint to the CID.

The Additional Secretary ahs defrauded the said amount when calling for tenders for the construction of 230 temporary toilets, reading room and canteen in the Deyata Kirula Exhibition site.



BBC to stop providing news to SLBC

The BBC has announced that it will stop providing radio news to Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) because of "continued interruption and interference" in its Tamil programming.

Both English language and Tamil services broadcast via the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC) have been stopped with immediate effect.

The BBC took similar action in 2009 when its services were also disrupted.

Audiences in Sri Lanka can continue to listen to the BBC on shortwave and via its online services states BBS announcement.