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India hopeful US will soon end curbs on vaccine raw materials export

India is hopeful the US will soon lift a ban on vaccine raw materials that has threatened to slow output of shots in the country, two Indian government sources told Reuters on Monday, after the foreign ministers of the two nations spoke, Reuters reported. One of the officials said the administration of President Joe Biden had told India that its request was being considered and would be acted upon "at the earliest." India's Foreign Ministry said it did not have anything more to add than Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam…

IPL: Chennai Super Kings thrash Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs

Moeen Ali starred with bat and ball in MS Dhoni's 200th game as captain of Chennai Super Kings who thrashed Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs in the Indian Premier League, AFP reported. The England all rounder scored a 20-ball 26 in Chennai's 188 for nine and then claimed three wickets to restrict Rajasthan to 143-9 in Mumbai, AFP reported. Moeen, who was bought for $950,000 in February's auction, returned figures of 3-7 from his three overs of off spin, AFP reported. It was Chennai's second successive win of this season…

Sri Lanka health official appeals for compliance to halt COVID-19 spread

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka health authorities have warned that the spread of COVID-19 could increase if people continue to act irresponsibly. According to Daily News, Deputy Director-General of Health Services Dr S. M. Arnold said that the Health Ministry had issued a set of COVID-19 health guidelines for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year season in order to prevent the further spread of the virus. But certain sections of society had acted in an irresponsible manner during the New Year season. He said that certain countries are…

Dilhara Lokuhettige banned for 8 years

Former Sri Lanka cricketer Dilhara Lokuhettige has been banned for eight years for breaching the International Cricket Council's anti-corruption code, according to The Associated Press. Lokuhettige was found guilty of three breaches, including his failure to inform officials of any approaches received to engage in corrupt conduct, according to The Associated Press. The ICC said in a statement on Monday the ban is backdated to April 3, 2019, when Lokuhettige was provisionally suspended, according to The Associated…

2019 Easter terror attack was ‘politically’ driven, claims Cardinal

COLOMBO: The head of Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic church has dropped a bombshell declaring that the 2019 Easter attack was “politically” driven and had nothing to do with religious extremism, according to Economy Next. Cardinal Malcom Ranjith said those who carried out the April 21 suicide bombings against three churches and three hotels were only pawns manipulated by powerful political forces. “Our brethren were attack not by (Islamic) religious extremism, but by a group that exploited it to use the attackers as pawns…

SJB, UNP rapped over Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill row

COLOMBO: Education Minister Prof. G. L . Peiris said that those who are filing petitions in the Supreme Court, challenging the constitutionality of the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill, have forgotten the Greater Colombo Economic Commission Act (GCEC) which was passed in parliament in 1978. He said the Greater Colombo Economic Commission Bill adopted in Parliament in 1978 exempted usual tax laws of the country such as Inland Revenue Act and Foreign Exchange Act. The minister said that a number of groups…

Egypt military’s engineering authority to probe killer train crash

A train accident north of Cairo on Sunday left 11 people dead and 98 others injured, Egypt's health ministry said, in the latest rail calamity to hit the North African country, AFP reported. The ministry, in an updated toll, said that "11 people were killed and 98 others injured in a train accident in Toukh," a small farming town in the fertile Nile Delta about 40 km outside the capital, AFP reported. Egypt's Cabinet said in a statement that four carriages of the train heading from Cairo to Mansoura, a Delta city, came…

Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore enjoy easy wins in IPL

Royal Challengers Bangalore thumped Kolkata Knight Riders by 38 runs for its third straight win and Delhi Capitals enjoyed a six-wicket victory against Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League, The Associated Press reported. Kolkata Knight Riders are in the bottom half of the table with two points after winning one game and losing two. At Mumbai, Delhi Capitals rode on opener Shikhar Dhawan’s 49-ball 92 to reach 198-4 with 10 balls to spare in reply to Punjab’s 195-4. The dew at Wankhede Stadium didn’t help Punjab…

Muttiah Muralitharan hospitalized in Chennai

Sri Lankan legend and Sunrisers Hyderabad spin coach Muttiah Muralitharan has been admitted to a hospital in Chennai. Muralitharan is currently with the Sunrisers Hyderabad Team at the IPL 2021. Cinemapatti a leading Movie Promotion Channel in Kollywood has tweeted that Murali has been hospitalized. It has also been reported that he has been admitted to the hospital to obtain the necessary medical reports for the surgery to be performed on him in the future. No official word has been reported from Muralitharan…

Vivek cremated with state honors

Late Tamil actor Vivek was laid to rest in Chennai with state honors. Hundreds of fans and admirers thronged to pay their last respects to the actor despite Covid-19 restrictions put into place by the local authorities. Vivek, 59, died on Saturday morning following a cardiac arrest. He had been admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital on Friday morning after a heart attack. There were reports suggesting his condition was the result of a COVID-19 vaccine shot, but the Tamil Nadu Health Department…

Port City Economic Commission Draft Bill ‘is not inconsistent with Constitution’

COLOMBO: Attorney General Dappula de Livera has informed the Presidential Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera that the Port City Economic Commission Draft Bill is not inconsistent with the Constitution. Earlier, Dr. Jayasundera has written to the Attorney General on the above issue. “I have to advise you that the provisions of the Bill are not inconsistent with the Constitution. The bill is not subject to any prohibition or restriction imposed by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution and may be enacted by parliament,” the…

Barcelona beat Athletic to win Copa del Rey

Lionel Messi scored twice, including a stunning solo goal, as Barcelona blew away Athletic Bilbao to win the Copa del Rey on Saturday, consigning their opponents to a second final defeat in two weeks, AFP reported. The cup was won and lost in a whirlwind 12 minutes in Seville, which saw Barca score four times to clinch an emphatic 4-0 victory, with Messi at his devastating best, AFP reported. It remains to be seen if his seventh Copa del Rey triumph is the last trophy Messi lifts in Barcelona colours but if this was to…

Mumbai Indians beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 13 runs

Sunrisers Hyderabad failed in its chase for the third straight time in the Indian Premier League as defending champion Mumbai Indians won by 13 runs, according to The Associated Press. Jonny Bairstow made a brisk 43 off 22 deliveries and fellow opener David Warner scored a 34-ball 36 before Hyderabad collapsed to 137 all out in 19.4 overs, losing its last eight wickets for 47 runs, according to The Associated Press. Leg-spinner Rahul Chahar claimed 3-19 and Trent Boult provided Mumbai a perfect finish with 3-28.…

Sri Lanka to impose restrictions on arrivals from overseas

Some restrictions will have to be imposed on arrivals from overseas taking into account the uptick in positive cases of COVID-19 among individuals arriving in Sri Lanka, says the Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera. In a statement, he said Sri Lanka has registered 52,710 coronavirus infections so far in 2021 with 1,593 of them coming in from foreign countries. Reportedly, a large number of positive cases among those who arrived from the Middle East and some from Europe have been identified. Sri Lanka’s…

Tamil film star Vivek, Dies In Chennai At 59

Tamil film star Vivek died in a Chennai hospital in the early hours of Saturday. He was 59. Vivek was admitted to hospital in Vadapalani on Friday. Leading film critic Sreedhar Pillai commented on Twitter: "Shell shocked to hear that actor, comedian and social worker #Vivek is no more. He passed away around 5AM today morning after being admitted in hospital yesterday, following a massive cardiac arrest. #Omshanti." Political commentator Sumanth Raman said on Twitter: "You were one of the best. Thank you for making…

Rupee surges to 192/194 levels to US dollar

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s rupee surges to 192/194 levels to the US dollar in the spot market on Friday, after opening at 203/203.50 levels to the one-week dollar, amid interventions, dealers said. Sri Lanka rupee last closed at 199.50/200.25 levels to the US dollar in the spot market on Thursday, Economy Next reported. Sri Lanka’s rupee has come under pressure amid money printing and low interest rates, despite the worst import controls since the 1970s. Sri Lanka’s central bank has reduced interventions despite printing…

Nivard Cabraal: Sri Lanka Police ‘will maintain law and order in Port City’

COLOMBO: The government has dismissed allegations that the Colombo Port City would be a “Chinese Colony,” pointing out that it will be administered under Sri Lankan law. State Minister of Money & Capital Market and State Enterprise Reforms Ajith Nivard Cabraal said all civil matters of the Port City would be executed under the Sri Lankan law. He was addressing a news conference in Colombo, The Sri Lanka Police will maintain law and order in the Port City. Given the global outlook of the Port City, there would be…

Chennai Super Kings beat Punjab Kings by 6 wickets

M.S. Dhoni marked his 200th game for Chennai Super Kings with a crushing six wicket Indian Premier League win over Punjab Kings, AFP reported. Moeen Ali hit 46 off 31 balls as Chennai reached 107 for four to secure their first win of the season with 26 balls to spare. Victory was crucial in relieving pressure on the 39-year-old Dhoni, whose side failed to reach the IPL play offs for the first time last year. They lost their first game of the season against Delhi Capitals. "It makes me feel very old," joked Dhoni…

Security Council backs deployment of 60 UN ceasefire monitors to Libya

The UN Security Council gave the green light for the deployment of 60 UN ceasefire monitors to Libya and called on the country's new unity government to prepare for free, fair and inclusive elections on Dec. 24, Reuters reported. A ceasefire in Libya has held since the autumn, but the main road across the front lines from Sirte to Misrata remains closed. The Security Council unanimously approved Secretary-General Antonio Guterres' proposal for the deployment of the monitors. "The monitors would be deployed to Sirte…

Police: 8 dead in shooting at FedEx facility in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Eight people were shot and killed in a late-night shooting at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, and the shooter killed himself, police said. Several other people were injured Thursday night when gunfire erupted at the facility near the Indianapolis International Airport, police spokesperson Genae Cook said. At least four were hospitalized, including one person with critical injuries. Another two people were treated and released at the scene, she said. The shooter wasn’t immediately identified,…