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Railway Department announces fare increase

Posted on 31 March 2013 by admin

The Railway Department said that intercity train and special compartment fares will be increased by 10% to 40% with effect from tomorrow (April 01).

However, office and general compartment fares will not be increased, Railways Commercial Superintendent, Sisira Kumara said.

Accordingly the price of a Colombo –Kandy Second Class ticket will be increased by Rs 60 while the First Class ticket will be increased by Rs 140.

Therefore the new price of a Second Class ticket will be Rs 280 while the First Class fare will be Rs 500.

Fares for sleeping cabins in intercity trains will be increased from Rs 750 to Rs 1,250 and observation deck fare will be increased to R 1,000.

Second Class fare of Colombo-Anuradhapura intercity train has been increased by Rs 100 and therefore the new price will Rs 480, the Sri Lanka Railways said.

 

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Sri Lanka wins T20 beating Bangladesh by 17 runs – Kusal & Thisara Perera excels

Posted on 31 March 2013 by admin

A marauding Kusal Perera set the platform for Sri Lanka's 198 for 5, in the one-off Twenty20 against Bangladesh in Pallekele. His 64 from 44 balls helped Sri Lanka travel at close to 12 an over during the Powerplay, before Sri Lanka's middle order allrounders completed the innings with lusty blows of their own, thanks to some woeful death bowling from the Bangladesh quicks.

Perera's onslaught began in the second delivery, which he whipped aerially off his pads behind square, before he picked up the fifth ball and deposited it in the stands, then blasted the next behind point for four. Like a young Sanath Jayasuriya with a ballet coach, Perera flitted about the crease – venturing swiftly out of it on occasion – before sending the ball hurtling away, with a rapid swing of the blade.

At 25 for no loss at the end of the second over, Mushfiqur Rahim introduced Sohag Gazi to change the pace of the game, but Perera welcomed him into the attack with a mighty slog-swept six over cow corner. When Abdur Razzak came on to bowl, he was spared first ball, but slammed into the grass banks behind deep midwicket next delivery.

The fours flowed too: over cover, through point, behind square on the leg side – five in total, to go with four sixes. Perera reined in the big shots when the field spread, rotating the strike first with Dinesh Chandimal, then Lahiru Thirimanne, and the first shot he mishit in the game was the one that brought his demise. He top edged a cut shot off Mahmudullah, three balls after having sent him over deep midwicket as well.

 

Bangladesh's spinners combined through the middle to force several setbacks, but a dropped catch off Angelo Mathews in the deep, borne from miscommunication between long-on and midwicket, cost the visitors a chance of an opening into the match. Next over, with six wickets remaining and only four overs to go, Jeevan Mendis felt it appropriate to throw his bat early in the over, sweeping Razzak over cover, then blasting him over cover, to herald Sri Lanka's final charge.

 

The fast bowlers' indiscipline hurt Bangladesh further, as they continued pitching too short throughout the final overs, with several wayward deliveries served up as well. Mendis pulled Rubel Hossain high into the stands early in the 17th over, before murdering a short wide one through point next ball. When he got out, Thisara Perera completed a sorry night for Shahadat Hossain, when he launched his over of criminally poor bowling into the night, for 24. Mathews, who had held the innings together after Kusal Perera fell, finished on 30 from 27 deliveries.

Courtesy: CRICINFO Andrew Fidel Fernando

SCORES

Sri Lanka 198/5 (20/20 ov)

Bangladesh 181/7 (20.0/20 ov)

Sri Lanka won by 17 runs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

               
  Sri Lanka innings (20 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR  
View dismissal MDKJ Perera c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Mahmudullah 64 44 5 4 145.45  
View dismissal EMDY Munaweera b Sohag Gazi 5 5 1 0 100.00  
View dismissal LD Chandimal*† c Jahurul Islam b Abdur Razzak 9 13 0 0 69.23  
View dismissal HDRL Thirimanne run out (Jahurul Islam/†Mushfiqur Rahim) 5 7 0 0 71.42  
  AD Mathews not out 30 27 1 0 111.11  
View dismissal BMAJ Mendis b Rubel Hossain 37 17 2 3 217.64  
  NLTC Perera not out 22 7 2 2 314.28  
  Extras (lb 7, w 19) 26          
           
  Total (5 wickets; 20 overs) 198 (9.90 runs per over)
Did not bat AK Perera,RMS Eranga,SL Malinga,SMSM Senanayake
Fall of wickets 1-32 (Munaweera, 2.4 ov), 2-77 (Chandimal, 8.1 ov), 3-86 (Thirimanne, 9.6 ov), 4-100 (MDKJ Perera, 11.6 ov), 5-166 (Mendis, 17.5 ov)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bangladesh innings (target: 199 runs from 20 overs) R B 4s 6s SR  
View dismissal Mohammad Ashraful lbw b NLTC Perera 43 27 4 2 159.25  
View dismissal Shamsur Rahman lbw b Mathews 0 1 0 0 0.00  
View dismissal Jahurul Islam b Mathews 11 9 2 0 122.22  
View dismissal Mushfiqur Rahim*† c Eranga b Senanayake 39 29 3 1 134.48  
View dismissal Nasir Hossain c AK Perera b NLTC Perera 8 5 1 0 160.00  
View dismissal Mahmudullah run out (Malinga/†Chandimal) 31 18 3 1 172.22  
  Mominul Haque not out 26 16 2 1 162.50  
View dismissal Sohag Gazi c Mathews b Malinga 9 7 1 0 128.57  
  Abdur Razzak not out 6 8 0 0 75.00  
  Extras (lb 3, w 5) 8          
           
  Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 181 (9.05 runs per over)
Did not bat Shahadat Hossain,Rubel Hossain
Fall of wickets 1-9 (Shamsur Rahman, 0.6 ov), 2-27 (Jahurul Islam, 2.6 ov), 3-68 (Mohammad Ashraful, 7.6 ov), 4-85 (Nasir Hossain, 9.5 ov), 5-135 (Mushfiqur Rahim, 14.4 ov), 6-137 (Mahmudullah, 14.5 ov), 7-156 (Sohag Gazi, 17.2 ov)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 
  Bowling O M R W Econ    
View wickets AD Mathews 4 0 37 2 9.25    
  RMS Eranga 4 0 37 0 9.25 (2w)  
View wicket SL Malinga 4 0 27 1 6.75    
View wicket SMSM Senanayake 4 0 29 1 7.25    
View wickets NLTC Perera 2 0 25 2 12.50 (3w)  
  BMAJ Mendis 1 0 6 0 6.00    
  AK Perera 1 0 17 0 17.00    
Match details
Toss Bangladesh, who chose to field
Series Sri Lanka won the one-off match
T20I debutsShamsur Rahman(Bangladesh); AK Perera(Sri Lanka)
Player of the matchMDKJ Perera (Sri Lanka)

 

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Happy Easter to our readers’ worldwide

Posted on 31 March 2013 by admin

Pope Francis called for peace before a crowd of tens of thousands in St. Peter's Square Sunday. Pope Francis leads his first Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square. Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter Sunday since his election, leading a traditional open-air Mass in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. The pontiff strode onto a flower-bedecked esplanade facing St Peter’s Square, into which tens of thousands of faithful had gathered from early Sunday. Francis bowed his head in reflection as the Gospel was sung in Latin, The Associated Press reported, recounting what Christians believe is the central mystery of their faith — the resurrection of Jesus after this death by crucifixion.

On the holiest day of the Christian calendar, he was later expected to make his "Urbi et Orbi" speech to the city of Rome and to the world.

"Let the risen Jesus enter your life,” the pope told worshippers before the service via his Twitter account. "He will receive you with open arms."

On Saturday night, he presided at a solemn Easter vigil Mass in St. Peter' Basilica to usher the Catholic Church into the most important day of its liturgical calendar, Reuters reported.

The immense basilica, the largest church in Christendom, was in the dark for the start of the service to signify the darkness in Jesus' tomb before what Christians believe was his resurrection from the dead three days after his crucifixion.

Some 10,000 faithful lit candles as Francis, the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina, walked up the main aisle, and then the basilica's lights were turned on, Reuters said.

The 76-year-old Francis, wearing relatively plain white vestments – as opposed to the more elaborate robes preferred by his predecessor Benedict – delivered a simple homily recounting the Bible story of the women who went to Jesus' tomb but were surprised to find it empty.

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Kiwi batsman Jesse Ryder moved out of ICU – feeling “heaps better”

Posted on 31 March 2013 by admin

New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has been moved out of the intensive care unit and has reassured his well-wishers that he is feeling "heaps better" and overwhelmed by the number of messages wishing him a speedy recovery from his assault on Wednesday night in Christchurch. Ryder is in a stable condition in a ward at the Christchurch hospital.

"I just want to let everyone know that I'm ok. I feel heaps better today but still really tired," Ryder stated in a press release by New Zealand Cricket. "I've been reading your messages that have been sent so thank you to everyone for thinking of me over the last few days.

"I want to thank everyone who has been caring for me at the hospital – they have been awesome. Thank you to my family and friends who have been here also."

Ryder's manager, Aaron Klee, said the batsman may not be making further statements in the immediate future, as he focuses on his recovery.

"Now that Jesse is out of intensive care, we aren't planning on providing further updates in the media, as it is time for Jesse to focus on his recovery and getting back to full health," Klee said.

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Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt says won’t seek pardon, will return to prison

Posted on 29 March 2013 by admin

Reuters: Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt said on Thursday he won’t seek pardon after being sentenced to five years in jail by the Supreme Court last week for possession of illegal weapons in a case linked to the 1993 Mumbai bombings. Right now I am a shattered man, my family is shattered,” a visibly upset Dutt told reporters in Mumbai.

Last week, the Supreme Court rejected Dutt’s final appeal against a 2007 court judgement which sentenced him to six years in prison, but reduced the term by a year and ordered him to return to custody in four weeks. Dutt had already spent 18 months in prison before being released on bail.

The sentencing prompted a debate on whether the 53-year-old actor was judged too harshly, with many in the Bollywood film industry and Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju calling for him to be pardoned.

“I am not going for pardon, there is no debate about it,” Dutt said as he broke down and hugged his sister Priya, who sat beside him. “The honourable Supreme Court has given me time to surrender and I will surrender at that time.”

In 2007, the actor was cleared of conspiracy charges in the Mumbai serial blasts which killed 257 people, but was found guilty of illegal possession of an AK-56 rifle and a pistol. During his trial, he claimed the weapons were to protect him and his family during a period of rioting in Mumbai. Dutt, popular for his role as a do-good gangster in the “Munnabhai” films, requested the media and well-wishers to leave him “in peace” as he just had a few days left before returning to prison.

“I have a lot of work, I have to finish all that work. I have to spend all this time with my family, so I with folded hands tell you all that just let me be in peace till the time I go in,” he said.

More than 2.5 billion rupees and the fate of various Bollywood movies hang in the balance after Dutt’s sentencing. The actor has four films in the pipeline, including Raju Hirani’s “Peekay”, K S Ravikumar’s “Policegiri”, Rensil D’Silva’s “Unglee” and Apoorva Lakhia’s remake of “Zanjeer”.

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Jayantha Dharmadasa appointed President, Sri Lanka Cricket

Posted on 29 March 2013 by admin

The executive committee of Sri Lanka Cricket that met on the 28th evening had appointed the Chairman of Nawaloka Group, Jayantha Dharmadasa as the President of Sri Lanka Cricket for a period of two years. We reported a few weeks back that Jayantha Dharmadasa would be appointed to this position.(Upali’s nominations rejected! Thilanga next) We also reported that all nominations handed for the post of Sri Lanka Cricket Presidency would also be rejected. Although the Sports Minister first rejected MP Thilanga Sumathipala’s nomination paper for the top post and later the nominations handed by Upali Dharmadasa and Sumith Perera, we reported it weeks ahead.

We reported on the 27th that the President has commenced an operation to appoint former Sri Lanka cricket captain Arjuna Ranatunge as the head of Sri Lanka Cricket.(President commences operation to make Arjuna President)We also revealed that Ranataunge had also received the Sumathipala’s support for it. It was Sumathipala who worked to Ranatunge the support of 12 sports clubs if he went in for an election for the Sri Lanka Cricket Presidency. It was Arjuna Ranatunge’s brother, Nishantha Ranatunge who coordinated it. The plan was disrupted when Aroos from the Moor’s Sports Club who was to nominate Ranatunge’s name for the top spot said he could not do so. “I can’t do that. My name has been published in Lanka News Web. I cannot do this and get mud on my face,” Aroos has said.

Finally it was only Jayantha Dharmadasa’s name that was proposed at the executive committee meeting. Therefore he was appointed at the President with a majority vote at the executive committee meeting.

 

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When the University of Ceylon reigned supreme

Posted on 29 March 2013 by admin

Carlyle Perera goes down memory lane…

I was privileged to be invited by the 62-63, champion cricket team of the University of Ceylon, for their 50th anniversary celebration dinner at Blue Waters in Wadduwa, a week ago. As I made my way from Colombo that evening, I reflected on some of the names that had made that dream possible for university cricket….Carlyle Perera, Buddy Reid, Mano Ponniah, Mohanlal Fernado, Nihal Gurusinghe, Harsha Samarajiva, Nanda Senanayake, Cyril Ernst, Lareef Idroos, V. Sivanandan, Nihal de Mel, ‘Gompa’ U. R. P, Gunatilleke, ‘Kitha’ Wimalaratne, Kingsley Fernando, Merril Gunaratne, Travis Perera; whew, each an outstanding schoolboy cricketer in his time and thereafter eminently successful here and overseas as doctors, engineers architects, businessmen, and in Merril’s case, a very senior DIG.
 

A name card indicated my place at this formal dinner and as I took my seat, the team’s skipper, Carlyle Perera began his speech. Yes, the discipline was still very much evident as the evening programme was followed strictly to schedule.
 

The speech was a sentimental journey down memory lane, as Carlyle recounted the events leading to the tournament and then dwelt on the tournament itself.
 

An oversight of the administration had resulted in the university failing to send their fees to the cricket board on time. This meant that the University XI stood in danger of being debarred from participating, and sadly, the team that would have then crept in from a lower division as a result of a debarment left no stone unturned to ensure this. Carlyle’s battle had begun long before the first ball was bowled in that year’s P. Sara Trophy, then the nation’s premier cricket tournament. Fortunately, saner counsel eventually prevailed and the university was given the nod to participate.
 

As Carlyle re-lived the various games in brief, and the heart stopping final versus Colts at the park, one incident stood out in my mind. Buddy Reid, his closest friend and vice captain, was also a national table tennis champion. With a major tournament in the offing, Buddy took time off on two consecutive days to practice the indoor game without getting his skipper’s permission to do so. That weekend’s game was crucial for the university, but so was the maintenance of discipline. Carlyle did not hesitate to make that difficult decision….he dropped his vice captain for that match, demonstrating that breaches in discipline would be dealt with uniformly and not on a selective basis. It had a salutary effect on the team, and bonded them even more closely. Buddy the man he is, ensured that he did not miss a single day’s practice for the rest of that season!
 

Team moral reached a high, as did the commitment and the reward was appropriate; the P. Sara Trophy came to rest for the first and only time at the University of Ceylon! Carlyle concluded his absorbing address by paying tribute to the Vice Chancellor, lecturers, the administrative staff headed by Dr. Eric Alles, P. A. S. Perera, and the two loyal groundsmen, ‘Loku’ and ‘Podi’ Piyasena.
 

For me, it was indeed a memorable evening made all the more special by the humility of my genial hosts, many of whom represented the country and contributed to the foundation for our elevation to Test status that followed in 1981.
 

Buddy Reid, Mano Ponniah and Lareef Idroos in particular, featured in some important international matches against Pakistan and India in the mid sixties which Ceylon won. The next evening at the NCC, Michael Tissera, H. I. K Fernando. Neil Chanmugam, Anura Tennekoon, Ronnie Reid, Sylvester Dias, A. C. M Lafir, L. R. Gunatilleke, and A. G. Perera, graced another reception hosted by these same gentlemen to give a glimpse of what sustained our nation’s cricket in the ‘60s, while the presence of men of the calibre of Maj. Gen. C. Thurairajah, Harry Rasiah, Maj. Gen. Lalin Fernando, Jayantissa Ratwatte, David Ponniah, Lakshman Karaliadde, Rajah De Silva, Mahinda Wijesinghe, Ranjith De Silva, Michael Joachim, Ranjan Samarasinghe, Roger Abeyratne, et al, made it a perfect reunion.
 

Seven years later, under the captaincy of Mevan Peiris, the Thomian all rounder, in the ‘69-70 season, the University of Colombo became League Champions, (the closest the university ever got to winning the trophy for a second time). Coincidentally, here too an incident relating to discipline had the same effect on our team. Sarath Seneviratne, a close friend and schoolmate of Mevan, was by far the best batsman in the side. However, Sarath was often late in arriving at the ground on match days, and on occasion, even after the captains had exchanged teams.
 

In one such instance, Mevan took the bold decision to leave him out in an important match. We not only went on to win that game, but Sarath never got late for a match thereafter. Yes, it had a beneficial impact on morale and motivation and like Buddy Reid, Sarath too took it in his stride, and came up with some sterling performances, after that.


 

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS UNDER MEVAN PIERIS
 

We emerged champions in the League, beating a star studded Nomads outfit in our final game that boasted a near national team; D. H., D. P. and D. S. de Silva, Lionel Fernando, T. B. Kehelgamuwa (furiously fast then), Daya Sahabandu, Anura Polonowita and Abdul Lafir. Carlyle’s efficient wicket keeper V. Sivanandan had by then moved to the Nomads camp and did the honours behind the stumps.
 

We batted first at Thurstan Road and were soon in disarray at 5 for 42, caused by a typical ‘Kehel’ blitz!
 

M. H. Fuard (a brother of Abu) joined me at the crease and we set about a rearguard action and recovery that frustrated the Nomads up to close of play on the first day and well into the morning on the second. When we were parted by a run out (due to some excellent work by keeper Sivanandan), we had added a crucial 154 runs and with the rest of the batsmen throwing in their mite, we were all out for 262, a defendable total.
 

When we took the field, we were a team that was raring to go. Mevan led from the front with an outstanding spell of sustained swing bowling, almost right through the Nomads innings, while the rest of us gave him support by pegging away at the other end. Needless to say, our fielding bordered on the brilliant and when the final Nomads wicket fell at 188, to a spectacular catch, we had won by a comfortable margin of 74 runs and were League champions!
 

Unfortunately, we failed to produce the same brilliance in the final round as exams clashed with matches, precluding us from fielding the team that produced the magic in the League.
 

However, Mevan Peiris, Sarath Seneviratne and I were picked for the Gopalan Tie (a very significant event in the cricket board’s calendar in those years), in Colombo later that year, (1970) and Mevan’s 5, my 4 and Sarath’s stylish half century contributed in no small measure to the board regaining the trophy under Anura Tennekoon, at the Oval.
 

Our varsity squad comprised Mevan Peiris, Priya Paranavitarne, (Vice Capt) S. Skandakumar, Selva Perumal, Chandima De Alwis, Shanti Koratota, Jayantha Wickremasooriya, T. Navaratnam, Prem Balaji, Sidat Dharmatilleke (Science Faculty), M. H. Fuard, Sarath Seneviratne, R. Seevaratnam, Gamini Ambepitiya, Arul Anketell (Medical Faculty) R. Suresh Chandra, J. Canagarayer (Law Faculty) and Nandin Chandradeva (Arts Faculty).
 

As in the case of Carlyle’s team, each member of ours also went on to high achievements in their chosen careers.
 

We were indebted to our Vice Chancellor, lecturers, the same admin staff as our peers, in addition to the genial K. L. F. Wijedasa and Mrs. Sybil De Silva.
 

The universities in those years attracted not only the finest minds, but also many outstanding sportsmen and women. In fact, in the sixties, the University of Ceylon, represented by Colombo and Peradeniya combined, was in the forefront of sports in general, emerging champions in major national tournaments in badminton, basketball, hockey, and TT as well.
 

Names such as N. Rasalingam, Ranjith De Silva, C. Thurairajah, Harry Rasiah, Buddy Reid etc., were synonymous with these games. That was also a period when discipline was very much a part of an undergrad’s life and profile and the talents were effectively harnessed by two very enthusiastic and energetic Directors of Sports, at Peradeniya and Colombo, Leslie Handunge and K. L. F. Wiijedasa.
 

By the mid seventies and with standardisation for university admissions, in force, many unsuspecting and impressionable young students became pawns in a power-game that progressively lured them into a political world, instead of lecture halls and playing fields. Those numbers very sadly increased almost exponentially in the years that followed, undermining discipline in almost every university.
 

The arrogance of authority then began dealing with these breaches on a selective basis and that too had a negative impact and contributed to a further slide thereafter.
 

Many years later, while holding honorary office with the cricket board, I was invited to tea by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Stanley Wijesundera. As I shook his hand in his office, I said, "Sir it’s a real privilege to walk through the College House gates, because in our time, we did so in silence, only to check on our examination results." With a grim smile, he said, "Skanda, now not only do students come into my office uninvited, they sit on my table and thump their fists!"
 

Not long after that, he was brutally gunned down in that same office!


 

WHY DID IT ALL GO WRONG?
 

To those of us who experienced and cherished university life in those conducive times, what has ensued in the years afterwards and is lingering on at present seems so much like yet another national tragedy to those that have befallen our beautiful country in recent times.
 

One can only sympathise with the predicament of the genuine students, for the environment and circumstances that surrounded their careers in later years. In addition, personal pressures too must have taken their toll of them. Given the huge window of opportunity that has opened for reconciliation and unity, it is not too late for life in the universities to also revert to the core values that once made them and Sri Lanka (Ceylon) the envy of the East!

 

 

 

 

 

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D/L Method helps Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka – series levelled

Posted on 29 March 2013 by admin

Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by three wickets under the Duckworth and Lewis Method to level their two-match One-day International series 1-1 yesterday at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Anamul Haque (40) and Nasir Hossain (33 not out) guided the visiting team past their revised target of 183 (in 27 overs) after rain interrupted play when they were 78 for one in 13.4 overs. Earlier, Tillakaratne Dilshan’s second century of the series led Sri Lanka to a commanding 302-9. Dilshan cracked 12 boundaries in 125 off 128 deliveries to record his 16th ODI hundred, and shared a 116-run opening partnership with Kushal Perera, who made 56, to lay a solid foundation.

Dilshan made an unbeaten 113 in the first match. Perera’s maiden international half-century included a six and five boundaries.

Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak led Bangladesh’s fightback as the hosts lost 5-35 midway through its innings. Razzak finished with 5-62 from 10 overs, becoming the first Bangladeshi to 200 ODI wickets.

Off-spinner Mahmudullah brought the breakthrough for the tourists when he induced Perera to go for a cut straight to a leaping Nasir Hossain at point.

Then Kumar Sangakkara joined Dilshan for 87 runs for the second wicket. Sangakkara made 48 with five boundaries before being caught by Anamul Haque for Razzak’s first wicket.

Sangakkara’s dismissal triggered a collapse when the hosts lost their last seven wickets for 84 runs giving the tourists a realistic chance of levelling the series.


 

 

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Jesse Ryder attacked outisde Merivale bar, in critical condition

Posted on 29 March 2013 by admin

Jesse Ryder’s team-mates have been told the cricketer has not suffered brain damage following an attack that has left him in a coma in Christchurch Hospital. Seven Sharp reporter Craig Stanaway said he has spoken to sources close to the Wellington Firebirds and that "the players have been told Jesse doesn’t have any brain damage".

"That is important because they didn’t want to get on the flight this morning, they wanted to be with their player and their mate, but they have come home reassured by that news," he told Seven Sharp.

Police believe Ryder was attacked twice outside a bar in Papanui Road Thursday night, in an incident that has left him in a critical condition with a fractured skull and a collapsed lung. Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Archer said Ryder had been in Aikman’s Bar in Merivale with his team-mates before the incident. When Ryder left, Archer said two or three men set upon him outside. Emma Ferguson was at the bar at the time and told ONE News she could hear the impact of the blows from inside.

"I was shocked to see him get up," she said. "Initially he got up and stumbled across the road and when he stood up after the attack I was shocked to see him on his feet.

"As soon as the fight had started up there were probably another for or five guys that ran out to pull them off him and hold them back while he stumbled off over the road."

Ryder was attacked again by one of the men after he moved across the road to the entrance of McDonald’s. During one of these attacks, Archer said, Ryder suffered serious head injuries and the emergency services were called. No weapon is believed to have been used. Archer could not say whether the attack had been provoked.

"I don’t know the background to what caused this incident and that’s what we’re focussing on now to understand why this took place," he told a press conference this afternoon.
 

Arrest made as Jesse Ryder fights for life

Two men have been arrested and charged with the assault on Jesse Ryder that left him cricitally injured. Friday afternoon, Detective Senior Sergeant Brian Archer said a 37-year-old man, who was not from Christchurch, had been interviewed in relation to the attack. He has now been arrested. He was related to a 20-year-old Christchurch man who was arrested and charged with assault earlier today after police tracked him down with the help of a taxi company.

The 20-year-old man has been released on bail and was due to appear in Christchurch District Court on Thursday. The 37-year-old is also due to appear in court at this time. Archer would not comment on how the pair were related.

Police have watched the CCTV footage of the incident and Archer has confirmed Ryder was attacked twice in quick succession.

"At the moment we have a reasonably clear picture of what has taken place… but we don’t know the full ins and outs of why this has occurred," he said.

Archer said the men involved in the first incident, which occurred outside Aikmans Bar in the Christchurch suburb of Merivale, were also involved in the second incident, which happened across the road in a McDonald’s car park.

Up to 10 people were believed to have watched as Ryder collapsed to the ground at the entrance to the Merivale McDonald’s car park and started vomiting and shaking before he became unconscious.
 

THUMBS UP FROM JESSE

Jesse Ryder is doing "a lot better," but the cricketer’s manager, Aaron Klee, said he was still in a serious condition.
 

He said there were some positive signs, however, with Ryder giving the "thumbs up" to his neurosurgeon as his sedation levels were lowered, which has given his family and friends hope.

"They are assessing his coma at the moment and when the right time will be to bring him out of the coma," he said.

The support Ryder’s family and friends had received was "phenomenal", Klee said.

"Lots and lots of messages" had flooded in from Kiwis and people from all over the world.

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New state-of-the-art general hospital for MATARA

Posted on 29 March 2013 by admin

A state-of-the-art hospital constructed at a cost of Rs. 1,275 million will be opened by President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Gidagama, Matara today (31st). The hospital has been named Korea-Sri Lanka Friendship Hospital. The hospital project was funded by the Korean International Consolidated Agency. The Sri Lankan government has spent Rs. 300 million on equipping the hospital and the Korean International Consolidated agency has spent Rs. 970 million to construct the complex, according to the Health Ministry. Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said that the hospital had been built under the five-year plan, 2013-2017 of the Health Ministry.

Matara is a major city in Sri Lanka, located in the southern coast of Southern Province, Sri Lanka, 160 km from Colombo. It is one of the major commercial hubs in the country and it is the administrative capital of Matara District. It was deeply affected by the Asian tsunami in December 2004. Matara historically belongs to the area called Ruhuna, one of the three kingdoms in Sri Lanka (Thun Sinhalaya). The temple in the middle of the town is also built by ancient kings and now it is a very popular sacred place among the Buddhists in the area. In 16th and 18th centuries Matara was ruled by Portuguese and Dutch respectively. The culture and architecture can be still seen in the area. The popular light house in Point Dondra was built by the Dutch and it is considered as one of the most beautiful and oldest light houses in Sri Lanka. The two fortresses built by Portuguese and Dutch can be found inside the city of Matara. Other important works done by Dutch are the St. Marie's church and the market place in Nupe junction.

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