December 16, 2019
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    Another worthy effort of safeguarding beaches around the island was conducted at Western and Southern beach areas on14th December 2019, under the "Green and Blue Drive"(Neela Haritha Sangramaya), the innovative concept of the Commander of the Navy Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva.

    RAWALPINDI AFP Dec14, 2019: Overnight rain and poor light continued to mar Pakistan’s first home Test in a decade on Saturday, with officials calling the fourth day off before play had begun. Groundsmen wiped water from the pitch covers and rolled out a super sopper, but overcast conditions and poor light forced umpires Richard Kettleborough and Michael Gough to call off play at 12:00 local time (0700 GMT).Both the Pakistan and Sri Lanka teams remained in their hotel in Islamabad.

    The Sri Lanka team comprising Adisa Handunpathirana, Tuan Dilshan Jayah, Anidu Yasas, Faisar Adahan, Lankesh Perera, Nillar Nizran, M. Yashwanth, Samuel Ogbebor, Raveen Fernando, Asiri Senevirathne, Janidu Ratnayake, Thulaib Hassen, Manika Sulakshana, Warren Weerakoon and Zubair Doray celebrate on the podium with their coach Rohitha Rajapaksa

     

    For Hiruni Wijayaratne her native Sri Lanka must be a very small place to live now that she set a Himalayan record of beating a region of over 1.5 billion people by running the marathon and bagging the gold medal making her the first islander to do so at this month’s South Asian Games in Nepal.Unlike the rest of the sports that were contested at the Games that could have fallen below standards, a Marathon is a marathon and the 29-year old Hiruni covered the distance of 42-plus kilo metres in a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes and 24 seconds braving what was said to be a fever and poor air quality showing that she was no ordinary woman.

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