Kusal Janith Perera and Dilruan Perera steered Sri Lanka to victory on the day 4 of the 3rd and final test against hosts West Indies in Bridgetown. The victory ensured that Sri Lanka leveled the test series one all. The test which began on the 23rd of June, saw the Windies winning the toss and choosing first lease of the wicket. The hosts put on 204 runs for the first innings before being bowled out. Skipper Jason Holder was the pick of the batsmen with 74 runs. 21-year-old paceman Lahiru Kumara was the chief destroyer for Sri Lanka bagging 4 wickets while medium pacer Kasun Rajitha picked up 3 wickets.
Mihintale Poson Aloka Pooja organised by the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (Lake House) for the 56th time will commence with pomp and pageantry at the Mihintale Raja Maha Viharaya Meda Maluwa on June 26 at 6 p.m. The pinkama is held under the patronage of Mihintale Raja Maha Viharadhipati and Trustee Ven. Walawahengunawawe Dhammaratana Nayake Thera and the direction of Lake House Chairman and Managing Director Krishanthe Cooray.
Higher Education and Cultural Affairs Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe announced yesterday that a joint programme would be launched to preserve local films by his ministry in collaboration with the Department of National Archives. He told parliament that the technology needed would soon be imported for this purpose.
The UN General Assembly in 1997 proclaimed 26 June as the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture with the ultimate aim of total eradication of torture.The date also raises awareness of the international Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, which entered into force on 26 June 1987.
Unveiling a painting in honour of the late Lakshman Kadirgamar at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva today (21 June), Hon. Liam Fox, the Secretary of State for International Trade of the United Kingdom, said that he hoped the painting would prompt the future generations and the staff of WIPO to learn from the legacy of the late Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, “who served and will continue to serve as an example to us all”. He made these remarks addressing a gathering of invitees including senior officials of international organizations and diplomats, in commemorating the life of the late Kadirgamar.
The distribution of local films, which was handled by four private companies, would come under the purview of the National Film Corporation with effect from today, National Film Corporation Chairman Sithendra Senaratne said.
The first ever Buddhist Temple in the Kingdom of Bahrain was established in 2008 in the city of Riffa by the Sri Lankan Community under the stewardship and leadership of Mr. Sumith Gunasekara. This humble Buddhist Temple was probably one of the first ever Temples to be established in the region of Middle East & North Africa (MENA). With the unstinting assistance, cooperation and patronage of the Sri Lankan expatriate community, primarily Buddhists as well as all other faiths and ethnicities of Sri Lankan origin, Ambassador of Sri Lanka, Dr. A. Saj U. Mendis along with the custodian of the Temple, Mr. Sumith Gunasekara, unveiled the Pinnacle of the first ever Bauddhist Stup/Pagoda in Bahrain coinciding with the Vesak & Poson ceremonies. A large number of Sri Lankan expatriates and non-Sri Lankans of Buddhist faith as well as of all other faiths and religions were present at this iconic and unprecedented ceremony. This Stupa/Pagoda could be, probably, the first ever Pagoda to be unveiled in the region of MENA, thus manifesting the tolerance and forbearance of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) announced the launch of a loan scheme for homestay operators across the country, in line with the Budget proposals for this year. All categories in the homestay sector namely homestays, homestay bungalows and rented apartments will be eligible for the loan scheme launched under the guidance of the Treasury and the SLTDA.