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CID busts international Credit Card racket

Posted on 28 August 2014 by admin


Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has busted an international credit card racket operated from Malaysia during the racketeers first attempt in Sri Lanka. Their main tool of communication was ‘Viber’ web facility that allows free calls and messages to any country from anywhere. Sri Lanka has been earmarked by the racketeers as one of the countries that do not verify the card holders’ authenticity when transactions are carried out.

The CID, however, had been successful in arresting the first two fraudsters hired by the racket leader, who had been running the counterfeit credit card scam from Kuala Lumpur. It came to light, when CID took into custody the Malaysian couple on August 20 with five bottles of premium cognac worth over Rs. 4.86 million they had bought from five five-star hotels in Colombo using counterfeit credit cards.

Addressing the media at Police Headquarters on Tuesday, Police Spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana said that CID had arrested two more Malaysian youth, Alex Tan Min and Tan Yan Fui when they attempted to purchase same kind of premium cognac ‘Louis xiii’ from one of the five star hotels in Colombo.

The two suspects had 22 counterfeit credit cards in their possession and all of them bearing numbers of American Citizens’ bank accounts. From the first two suspects they recovered 25 counterfeit credit cards also bearing numbers of the Americans’ accounts.

Earlier the CID arrested first Malaysian couple Nee (30) and Fui (23), who purchased five bottles of finest 100-year-old cognac from the Remy Martin range (Louis xiii) from five five-star hotels in Colombo soon after arriving in the country on August 19 (Tuesday) using counterfeit credit cards.

Four suspects arrested have been remanded till September 03. Last two suspects were arrested on the information elicited from the first two suspects.

By Madura Ranwala – Courtesy: The Island

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HUMOUR: The morality of dishonesty!

Posted on 28 August 2014 by admin






Robbers entered a bank in a small town.
One of them shouted: "Don't move! The money belongs to the bank. Your lives belong to you.”
Immediately all the people in the bank laid on the floor quietly and without panic.
This is an example of how the correct wording of a sentence can make everyone change their view of the world.

One woman laid on the floor in a provocative manner.
The robber approached her saying, " Ma'am, this is a robbery not a rape. Please behave accordingly."
This is an example of how to behave professionally, and focus on the goal.

While running from the bank the youngest robber (who had a college degree) said to the oldest robber (who had barely finished elementary school): "Hey, maybe we should count how much we stole." ?
The older man replied: "Don’t be stupid. It's a lot of money so let's wait for the news on TV to find out how much money was taken from the bank."
This is an example of how life experience is more important than a degree.

After the robbery, the manager of the bank said to his accountant:
"Let's call the cops and tell them how much has been stolen."
"Wait”, said the Accountant, "before we do that, let's add the £800,000 we took for ourselves a few months ago and just say that it was stolen as part of today’s robbery."
This is an example of taking advantage of an opportunity.

The following day it was reported in the news that the bank was robbed of £3 million.
The robbers then counted the money, but they found only $1 million so they started to grumble.
"We risked our lives for £1 million, while the bank's management robbed two million dollars without blinking? Maybe its better to learn how to work the system, instead of being a simple robber."
This is an example of how knowledge can be more useful than power.

Moral :Give a person a gun, and he can rob a bank . Give a person a bank, and he can rob everyone.



















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Auckland based Sri Lankan man arrested in Swiss murder case

Posted on 27 August 2014 by admin

An Auckland-based Sri Lankan man arrested for a murder in Switzerland nearly 14 years ago has been granted interim name suppression. The 42-year-old today made his first appearance in Auckland District Court after being arrested on behalf of the Swiss government.

Judge Emma Aitken suppressed any further details identifying the man other than those already released by New Zealand police, until his next court appearance on September 2.

"I can tell by looking at you that you are rather stunned to find yourself before the court," Judge Aitken said.

Publication of his name could be potentially prejudicial, she said.

The Grey Lynn resident, who owns a small business, has been wanted for murder in Switzerland since the death of his former partner Kavitha Kandiah in Basel, Switzerland in 2000, when she was 23.

Police say the man arrived in New Zealand in February 2001 using false identification and travel documents and he was later granted New Zealand citizenship in 2004.

On his arrest he was also served with a letter from the Department of Internal Affairs advising him that the Minister of Internal Affairs may deprive him of his New Zealand citizenship.

There is no extradition arrangement between New Zealand and Switzerland, however police have been working with Swiss authorities since confirming the man's identity and living arrangements in Auckland in late 2011.

The arrest will start the process of his repatriation to Switzerland where he lived from 1990 until late 2000, police say.


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2nd ODI: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 77 runs, level series 1-1

Posted on 27 August 2014 by admin

HAMBANTOTA: Thisara Perera smashed 65 off 36 balls and then grabbed three wickets as Sri Lanka thumped Pakistan by 77 runs in the second one-dayer on Tuesday to level the three-match series 1-1.

Sri Lanka recovered from 194-6 to post a commanding 310-9 in their 50 overs after electing to bat, before dismissing Pakistan for 233 in 43.5 overs in the day-night match in Hambantota.Pakistan had won the first match at the same venue by four wickets last week. The decider will be played in Dambulla on Saturday.A second-wicket stand of 96 between Ahmed Shehzad (56) and Mohammad Hafeez (62) lifted Pakistan to 114-1 by the 18th over before nine wickets fell for the addition of 119 runs.

Hafeez, who had taken three wickets in Sri Lanka´s innings, appeared in good batting form with 11 boundaries when he was leg-before to spinner Seekkuge Prasanna. Umar Akmal was caught behind off Tillakaratne Dilshan for one and Shehzad became leg-spinner Prasanna´s second victim through a smart catch by veteran wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara.

Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath removed skipper Misbah-ul Haq (36) and Sohaib Maqsood (nine), before Perera ensured a quick finish to the innings by taking the next three wickets.

Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews, who top-scored with 93, said winning the toss on the slow pitch helped win the game."It was a crucial toss to win because the wicket was getting slower and slower," he said.

"We bowled badly in the first 10 overs but then pulled it back very well."We will be a lot more confident now going into the last match."

Sri Lanka were down to 62-3 when Mathews and Mahela Jayawardene (67) salvaged the situation by adding 122 for the fourth wicket.The dismissal of Jayawardene in the 34th over — the first of three wickets in as many overs by Hafeez — saw Sri Lanka collapse from 184-3 to 194-6. Perera helped Mathews add 87 off 57 balls for the seventh wicket before the captain holed out to mid-wicket against Wahab Riaz seven runs short of a century. Perera smashed five boundaries and four sixes in his whirlwind innings as the hosts plundered 101 runs in the last 10 overs.

Hafeez finished with three for 39 from 10 economical overs, while Riaz took four for 65.Hafeez stepped in for the prolific Saeed Ajmal, who was yet to return from Australia, where he underwent tests on his bowling action after being reported by the umpires during the preceding Test series.

Pakistan, hoping to win the one-day leg after they lost the Tests 2-0, were also without frontline batsman Younis Khan, who returned home following a death in the family. Misbah said his bowlers let Sri Lanka´s lower order off the hook."We had them six down and needed one more wicket quickly, but that did not happen," he said. "When we batted, we kept losing wickets and could not build partnerships. We missed Ajmal in this game. He would have made a big difference on a wicket like this."

The match was originally slated to be played in Colombo on Wednesday, but heavy rains in the Sri Lankan capital forced officials to change the venue and advance the game by a day.

Sri Lanka Vs Pakistan Live Score (ODI)

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota


233 / 10 Overs43.5 R/R5.36 Fours27 Sixes1 Extras6

Match Status: Match Ended

Match Result: SL beat PAK by 77 runs

Sri Lanka innings: 310 / 9 (50.0)
R/R: 6.2

Sri Lanka (SL)

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Upul Tharanga c Umar Akmal b Wahab Riaz 27 30 5 0
Tillakaratne Dilshan c Umar Akmal b Junaid Khan 13 10 3 0
Kumar Sangakkara (W) c Sohaib Maqsood b Wahab Riaz 11 16 2 0
Mahela Jayawardene b Mohammad Hafeez 67 74 8 0
Angelo Mathews (C) c Mohammad Hafeez b Wahab Riaz 93 115 8 0
Seekkuge Prasanna lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 1 6 0 0
Ashan Priyanjan lbw b Mohammad Hafeez 3 7 0 0
Thisara Perera run out (Ahmed Shehzad) 65 36 5 4
Nuwan Kulasekara not out 5 6 0 0
Lasith Malinga b Wahab Riaz 0 1 0 0
Extras : 25 (b – 0, w – 13, nb – 1, lb – 1, Penalty – 0)
310 (50.0)

Fall of wickets: 1-14 (Tillakaratne Dilshan, 2 ov), 2-51 (Kumar Sangakkara, 8.2 ov), 3-62 (Upul Tharanga, 10.2 ov), 4-184 (Mahela Jayawardene, 33.5 ov), 5-188 (Seekkuge Prasanna, 36 ov), 6-194 (Ashan Priyanjan, 37.5 ov), 7-281 (Angelo Mathews, 47.2 ov), 8-310 (Thisara Perera, 49.5 ov), 9-310 (Lasith Malinga, 50 ov)
Bowler O M R Wkts W No
Mohammad Irfan 10 0 65 0 2 0
Junaid Khan 8 0 64 1 3 1
Wahab Riaz 10 0 65 4 2 0
Shahid Afridi 10 0 51 0 1 0
Mohammad Hafeez 10 0 39 3 0 0
Ahmed Shehzad 2 0 15 0 0 0


Pakistan innings: 233 / 10 (43.5)
R/R: 5.36

Pakistan (PAK)

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Ahmed Shehzad c Kumar Sangakkara b Seekkuge Prasanna 56 80 6 0
Sharjeel Khan c Rangana Herath b Lasith Malinga 9 10 1 0
Mohammad Hafeez lbw b Seekkuge Prasanna 62 49 11 0
Umar Akmal (W) c Kumar Sangakkara b Tillakaratne Dilshan 1 3 0 0
Misbah-ul-Haq (C) c Nuwan Kulasekara b Rangana Herath 36 51 3 0
Fawad Alam c Angelo Mathews b Thisara Perera 30 40 3 0
Sohaib Maqsood lbw b Rangana Herath 9 6 0 1
Shahid Afridi c Nuwan Kulasekara b Thisara Perera 17 10 3 0
Wahab Riaz c Rangana Herath b Thisara Perera 5 6 0 0
Junaid Khan b Lasith Malinga 1 3 0 0
Mohammad Irfan not out 1 5 0 0
Extras : 6 (b – 0, w – 2, nb – 0, lb – 1, Penalty – 0)
233 (43.5)

Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Sharjeel Khan, 3.4 ov), 2-114 (Mohammad Hafeez, 18.1 ov), 3-115 (Umar Akmal, 19.1 ov), 4-147 (Ahmed Shehzad, 28.3 ov), 5-192 (Misbah-ul-Haq, 35.5 ov), 6-202 (Sohaib Maqsood, 37.2 ov), 7-223 (Shahid Afridi, 40.3 ov), 8-231 (Wahab Riaz, 42.2 ov), 9-231 (Fawad Alam, 42.3 ov), 10-233 (Junaid Khan, 43.5 ov)
Bowler O M R Wkts W No
Nuwan Kulasekara 4 1 23 0 0 0
Lasith Malinga 6.5 0 56 2 1 0
Rangana Herath 10 2 38 2 0 0
Angelo Mathews 2 0 15 0 1 0
Seekkuge Prasanna 10 0 36 2 0 0
Thisara Perera 3 0 19 3 0 0
Tillakaratne Dilshan 5 0 25 1 0 0
Ashan Priyanjan 3 0 17 0 0 0



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Baggage pilfering at BIA poses threat to air travellers

Posted on 24 August 2014 by admin

Pilferage and mishandling of personal baggage has been a major threat to a few passengers arriving at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) for many decades. Unscrupulous workers at BIA work through numerous schemes putting travellers coming in to Sri Lanka at risk of their personal luggage. Sadly the situation is getting worse with the increase of tourist traffic to the island. Posted below is an interesting article authored by a Sri Lankan journalist that appeared in The Sunday Times. It baffles the Sri Lankans living abroad why the Sri Lanka Airport Authority does not take the "bull by the horns" and remedy the situation so that travellers will have the comfort level of arriving at BIA without having to worry avout the safety of their personal belongings.

Rogue and baggage: BIA becoming a den of thieves

Migrant workers main victims; politics prevents action against culprits.

More and more Sri Lankans returning from travel abroad are falling victim to theft of their baggage by unscrupulous porters and baggage handlers. Whilst Police have acted on a few recent instances, some passengers say they fear to complain because those allegedly involved are supporters of politicians in the area. For the same reason, airport authorities are also hesitant to effectively curb thieving or deal with those involved.

Such inaction on the part of high officials, the Sunday Times learns, has emboldened the culprits to target more and more passengers, especially migrant workers returning in budget airlines from Dubai and other West Asian countries. However, the BIA police unit says it acts on complaints and produces suspects in courts. Following a complaint last week by a migrant worker who alleged cash and gold jewellery worth Rs. 241,000 had been stolen from her bags while they were being taken from the aircraft to the conveyor belt at the airport, the police questioned two suspects. One of them is absconding arrest, while the other was produced before a magistrate and remanded.

Acting on another complaint by a migrant worker returning from Dubai on July 7, the police arrested two suspects for allegedly stealing a mobile phone worth Rs. 95,000 from her bag. The suspects have been remanded. On April 29, a passenger returning from Dubai complained to the police regarding a missing credit card and mobile phone worth Rs. 71,500. Four baggage handlers were arrested. Police said the suspects had admitted to stealing the items while they were unloading the luggage to the conveyor belt.

According to detectives, the culprits target bags which passengers could not carry with them as hand luggage. They are forced to hand over such bulky or overweight bags to airline officials at the check-in counter to be sent as normal baggage. The airline officials use a simple device to tie the bags. It is these bags that become vulnerable to thefts at many airports.

However, the arrest of luggage handlers has resulted in an unofficial go-slow campaign by fellow employees. They take their own time to load and unload luggage, the Sunday Times learns. Foreign Employment Bureau Deputy General Manager R. K. K. M. P. Randeniya said they would take steps to educate migrant workers on measures to safeguard their belongings. He said the bureau office located at the airport would work together with police and airport officials to safeguard interests of migrant workers.

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Second ODI free of charge for public – Sri Lanka Cricket

Posted on 24 August 2014 by admin

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) says that the second ODI between Sri Lanka and Pakistan at Sooriyawewa stadium will be open to the public for free of charge.
Manager- Media & Communications of SLC Rajith Fernando says that the stadium will be open for public on 26 August, except the main pavilion and the Grand Stand.
Meanwhile, the SLC further says that all tickets purchased for the second ODI which was to be played at R. Premadasa Stadium on the 27 August, will be refunded from the 2 September to 10 September.
According to Fernando, the decision has been taken to conduct the 2nd ODI in Hambanthota due to the bad weather condition in Colombo.
Issuing a statement he says “This decision was taken on a request from the National Curator where he had confirmed that the ground will not be fit to play the 2nd ODI in Colombo on the 27 August. Due to the continuous bad weather condition the ground is soggy and the pitch is not in good playing condition since it has been covered for the last few days. Three days of sunshine will be needed to bring back the ground to a normal condition,”

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Sri Lanka Sees Emerging Market Entry in 2015 on IPO Outlook

Posted on 24 August 2014 by admin

Sri Lanka’s chief securities regulator said he aims to get the country’s stocks into the MSCIEmerging Markets Index (CSEALL) as soon as next year.

Nalaka Godahewa, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, said the island nation needs a company to list $500 million of equity to become eligible for promotion to the emerging-market index from the frontier-market gauge.

“If one or two large existing companies increase their current public float to 20 percent, we are easily there,”Godahewa said in an interview in London on May 30. “I am hopeful that this will happen in 2015.”

Sri Lanka is seeking foreign investment to fuel an economy that has been growing at around 8 percent a year as the country recovers from a three-decade civil war. MSCI indexes are tracked by investors managing about $8 trillion in assets.

In order for a market to be classified as emerging by MSCI Inc., it must have, among other requirements, at least three firms with a full market capitalization of $1.03 billion and $516 million of listed stock, according to the New York-based firm.

Natasha Doff in London – Courtesy: Bloomberg News

Companies raised about $20 million in three initial public offerings in Sri Lanka this year, an increase from $3.8 million in one IPO last year, according to data provided by the bourse. Godahewa said he aims to double the exchange’s $20 billion market capitalization in the next three to four years.

Any changes to market classifications will be announced on June 10, Sebastien Lieblich, executive director of MSCI Index Research, said in response to a request for comment on Sri Lanka’s status.

‘Serious Discussion’

The Sri Lanka Colombo Stock Exchange All Share Index has climbed 6.4 percent this year and trades at 14.3 times reported earnings. The index gained 0.5 percent by the close in Colombo today. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index has advanced 2.7 percent in the period and is valued at 12.9 times.

The exchange is in “serious discussion” with as many as 45 companies seeking to list over the next three years and is targeting adding up to five more offerings this year, Godahewa said.

“There are many large, very successful companies in the country, which are currently privately held,” Godahewa said.“If some of these companies list shares, it will change the formula completely.”

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Re-branding BOI to increase FDI – Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena

Posted on 24 August 2014 by admin

"Through re-branding the BOI, the image of BOI can be built to international standard. We hope to provide information to investors through the BOI. Our website will be used to attract investment. Investment opportunities available in Sri Lanka and the changes taking places in the industrial sector will be added to the website from time to time", BOI sources said.


The Bandaranaike International Airport
A heavy industry
The Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport in Mattala
Southern expressway
Women at work in a garment factory
A heavy industry in Biyagama export processing zone
A cottage industry

"We also hope to introduce a tax incentive scheme soon. Only then a large amount of FDI can be brought into the country.

"Regional development in the process of the country's development is vital. To take development to the villages was important to achieve sustainable development. We also hope to provide relief to medium scale projects specially for projects like agro processing and horticulture", the sources said.

The Investment Promotion Minister of Japan who visited Sri Lanka recently said that 90 percent of industries in Japan were small and medium scale industries.

They are keen to visit Sri Lanka and to commence industries. Such investors should be given opportunities, Investment Promotion Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena said.

"Employment generation to youth is also one of the areas the BOI is paying attention to. We have the responsibility to address the unemployment problem among youth", the Minister said. Industries located in unsuitable locations in the cities were taken to villages, congestion in cities can be prevented while also providing jobs to rural youth", the Minister said.

"Investors who have invested in Sri Lanka are aware of the benefits of the country.

They are keen to make their second investments in Sri Lanka. We hope to take such investments to the village. We also plant to re-start the non-functional factories", he said.

Setting up of of regional zones come under the re-branding of BOI. The capable workforce in the region will be given suitable employment while utilising the resources available in the region.

Our employable workforce is 8.5 million. Special arrangements are needed to employ them ", he said.

The BOI also plans to introduce an on- line visa facilitation system. The Government plans to improve the BOI into Asia's prominent investment promotion agency. Sri Lanka will be developed as a destination famous for tourism and related activities such as hotel, duty free shops.

Apparel exports have increased by a considerable level. We provide all facilities to improve the apparel industry while providing enough incentives to investors. The industrial sector is to be expanded to villages. At least five projects will be implemented in each district and with this mechanism there will arise a way to make use of resources available in the villages while providing employment to rural youth,.

"Infrastructure facilities including factory buildings will be given to investors willing to invest in villages", he said.

He said that a free trade agreement will also be signed with China soon. When the agreement come into effect , export items to China will be given a 100 percent tax relief.

"As the Minister responsible for investment promotion I have taken steps to bring more foreign investment to the country. Four special Departments such as Investment Promotion Department, Application Evaluating Department, Project Implementing Department and Monitoring Department have been set up inside the Board of Investment (BOI) to facilitate local and foreign investment. These Departments will have direct dealings with investors.

The newly set up Departments will play a pivotal role to attract and provide facilities for foreign investments. The new arrangement will increase efficiency and productivity of the BOI by many folds. These Departments will functional from this month. We also formulated a mechanism to prevent inconvenience to local and foreign investors in the investment process", Minister Abeywardena said.

"We have an IT based process. All activities of the BOI have been modernised as in developed countries. At any time investors can get information of investment opportunities available in Sri Lanka. An on- line tracking system will also be introduced by the BOI for the convenience of investors.

Through this service investors can easily find out at what process level his application is. Investors can check the progress of his application by submitting to final approval", the Minister said. "We plan to give a link even to investors over the tracking system. We hope to build a mutual relationship with investors. Steps will also be taken to develop connections with line Agencies", he said.

Besides, Minister Abeywardena said that checking will be carried out whether the imported goods were suitable for the local market and this arrangement will help to prevent unwanted goods from entering to local market .

He said the BOI plans to issue privilege cards to the best investors. Three types of cards such as Gold, Silver and Bronze will be presented to best investors depending on their investment capacity.

These cards will give investors ample facilities and help them get done their works without delay.

"Two information counters will be opened at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayaka and the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Airport Mattala to provide investment related information to foreign investors", he said.

He said that the Government has succeeded in reducing unemployment in the country. Due to various moves taken by the Government the unemployment ratio has decreased to 4.2 percent. Minister Abeywardena said that over 70 percent infrastructure development work across the country was over now. A major portion of road development is over now. Roads which link the cities with villages are also being developed.

"There is a plan when a large amount of money is invested on infrastructure development, we plan to introduce various programs for investors. There also must be a a plan as to how long it will take to reap the profits from investment. Only then will the real outcome from the investment be obtained. Being the BOI, we can facing whatever situation that arises in the industrial sector. If infrastructure facilities are developed in the villages, local and foreign investors will make more investment in villages providing ample benefit to the village community", Minister Abeywardena said.

Plans are afoot to set up a special investigation unit in the BOI. This unit will function from September 01, he said. "Every year we receive nearly 35 complaints about various factories. After the opening of the new unit, complaints will be forwarded to it for action", he said.

After the elimination of terrorism Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) has increased by a considerable level. We hope to receive US$ 5,000 million FDI by the end of 2016, " Minister Abeywardena said.

"We plan to set up Free Trade Zones at suitable locations across the country. These zones will be set up jointly with developed countries.

Moves are underway to enter into a free trade agreement with China. Sri Lanka will receive a tax free market for its goods which are exported to China. This facility will be important to attract more foreign investors.

There is a close link between FDIs and market opportunities. Vietnam's and Sri Lanka's export volume was the same in 1990. Vietnam has signed FDI agreements with a large number of countries from 1990 upto now. It has signed agreements with Asian countries, USA, China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Australia and India", the Minister said.

"We plan to conduct skills development programs for labourers. The labour force should be trained to work in the industrial sector", the Minister said. "We understand the necessity of providing tax relief to investors. Developed countries provide tax relief to investors. If we fail to give tax relief to investors, we will not attract foreign investment. We pay special attention to provide tax relief to investors",he said.

"We need new locations to set up industrial zones. Such zones can't be set up everywhere as social problems may arise. Suitable zones should be identified to prevent such incidents. Based on the concept we have drafted investment plans. We hope to provide sufficient facilities to investors to make investment easily", Minister Abeywardena said.

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British and Irish ‘Lion’ Eric Miller will coach Trinity Ruggerites this year

Posted on 24 August 2014 by admin


New coach arrives today …. British and Irish 'Lion' player Eric Roger Patrick Miller arrives today (Sunday August 24) to take charge of Trinity College Rugby as their new Consultant Head Coach, replacing outgoing coach Neil Foote. Coach Miller takes over his new assignment on Monday, the Juniors will be handled by that famous Samoian Laga Tavitala, who played for CR and FC, Kandy Sports Club and later coached both the clubs and also Havelock S.C and Sri Lanka.

Last year's under 18 coach Thusitha de Silva and old boy will be the local coach to the 1st XV coach.

The new coach is scheduled to commence his assignment after the school re-opens for the 3rd term.

Eric Roger Patrick Miller, born on 23rd of September 1975 and is the former Irish Rugby Union and Gaelic football player. As a rugby player, Miller played for among others Old Wesley, Leicester Tigers, Ulster, Leinster, the Barbarians, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions. After retiring as a rugby player, he took up football.

Eric Miller played several sports. He was educated at Wesley College, Dublin. Where he played both rugby and cricket. At the same time, he played association football for Leicester Celtic, a team whose former players also included Damian Duff. He also played gaelic football for Ballyboden St. Enda's and, together with Brian Stynes, he helped them win a Dublin under 21 Championship title in 1995. Miller eventually opted to concentrate on rugby union and spent the 1995-96 season playing for Old Wesley. He also represented Leinster for the first time at senior level.

Eric Miller played for Leicester Tigers

In 1996 Miller joined Leicester Tigers and went on to make twelve appearances for them in the Heineken Cup. His impressive performances for the Tigers saw him make his debut for the Ireland National team and then represent the British and Irish Lions. While playing for the Tigers, he also attended both Loughborough University, where he obtained a degree in Physical Education at the Sheffield Hallam University. Coach Miller played for many teams.

Between 1997 and 2005, Miller made 48 appearances and scored 30 points, including 6 tries for Ireland. He made his international debut in a friendly game against Italy on 4 January 1997. He went onto play for Ireland at both the 1999 and 2003 World Cups. He scored two of the six tries in one game against Namibia during the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He made his final appearance for Ireland in a friendly against game Japan on 19 June 2005.

After playing just four senior internationals for Ireland, Miller was selected by the British and Irish Lions for their 1997 to tour South Africa. He played in five games during that tour, lining up against the Border Bulldogs, Northern Transvaal, Natal and the Free State Cheetahs. A bout of flu saw him miss the first test against South Africa, but he recovered in time to feature in the second test on 28 June 1997. However, injury saw him miss the third test.

At an age of 21 he was youngest member of the touring party. He also played for the Barbarians several times. In May 2004 he was included in their squad for games against England, Wales and Scotland.

Trinity College will benefit a lot from coach Miller. Trinity will have over fifteen players form the last seasons squad, some of the players who will be out of the last team are skipper Tarinda Ratwatte, his cousin Dinuk Ratwatte, Sachana Shiek, Anurudha Karuantilake – the Vice Captain, Lochan Girihagama, Umesh Samarasekara.

The Trinitians who will be in the run are: Isuru Rangala – a senior player of the side and the most likely played to lead the side for the ensuing year. Diendra Ratwatte, Rushan Sasmin, Rayan Weerakoon, Kenneth Gamage, Rajitha Samarasekara, Nathen Yee, Newthmal Sakalassooriya, Sanaka Etulgama,Nagitha Ridhimlayade, Sechan Perera, Saranga Gunatilake, Sanushka Abeyawickrema are some of the players who are likely to make the Trinity College Rugby team for 2015.

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1st ODI: Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 4 wickets

Posted on 24 August 2014 by admin

HAMBANTOTA, August 23, 2014 (AFP) – Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam put on a 147-run stand as Pakistan recovered from the brink to defeat Sri Lanka by four wickets on Saturday and take the lead in the three-match series.

Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam shared a record-breaking partnership as they powered Pakistan to a four-wicket victory against Sri Lanka with one ball to spare in the first one-day international on Saturday. Maqsood made an unbeaten 89 off 73 balls and Alam scored 62 off 61 as Pakistan raced to 277-6 after Sri Lanka had posted a decent 275-7. The young batting pair rebounded their team from a struggling 106-5 with an entertaining 147-run stand off 117 balls – Pakistan's highest ever sixth wicket partnership in ODIs.

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews (89) and Mahela Jayawardene (63) earlier anchored the home team in a match reduced to 45 overs a side due to rain.

The second ODI is at the same ground on Tuesday after Sri Lanka Cricket shifted it due to heavy rains in Colombo.

Maqsood, who made his international debut in November last year, and Alam were unfazed with twin strikes from Thisara Perera (2-43) and captain Angelo Mathews (2-48).

Alam rotated the strike frequently and gave enough opportunity to Maqsood to play attacking shots in the last 10 overs with Pakistan needing 90.

Sri Lanka had its moments but Kumar Sangakkara, who took a brilliant down the leg side catch to dismiss captain Misbah-ul-Haq (13) off Rangana Herath, missed a stumping chance when Maqsood was on 32.

"That was the best ever partnership I have seen," Misbah said while praising Maqsood and Alam. "It will also give other batsmen confidence to perform in the next two matches."

Maqsood hit nine boundaries that included some crisp straight drives to surpass his previous best of 73 – also made against Sri Lanka in Sharjah in December 2013. Alam departed after hitting seven boundaries when Lasith Malinga found a leading edge off the left-hander to the third man with Pakistan needing 22 runs off the last three overs. Shahid Afridi (14 not out), who became Pakistan's most capped ODI player with 379 matches, hit the winning boundary by cutting Nuwan Kulasekara to point boundary.

"More often than not when we scored 250 plus the bowlers do the job, but here the brilliance of Maqsood did it," Mathews said. "We didn't really do too many mistakes, but there was the stumping that was tough for Sanga."

Earlier after being put in to bat, Mathews smashed a career-best 89 off 85 balls with nine fours and two sixes while Jayawardene, who quit test cricket after Sri Lanka swept Pakistan 2-0 in the test series earlier this week, made 63 off 66 balls.

The pair revived Sri Lanka's innings by combining for a 116-run fifth-wicket stand.

Ashan Priyanjan gave the innings an impetus with his late, quickfire 39 off just 15 balls with eight boundaries as Pakistan conceded 105 runs in the last 10 overs.

Fast bowler Wahab Riaz picked up 3-50 and tall paceman Mohammad Irfan finished with 2-48 in his comeback match after 10 months due to hip injury.

Jayawardene reached a milestone when he became the fifth leading run-scorer in one-day internationals by driving Riaz through covers for his eighth boundary to surpass Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq (11,739).

Pakistan struggled to contain Mathews and Jayawardene in the absence of its ace offspinner Saeed Ajmal, who is travelling to Australia to undergo tests on his suspect bowling action.

Jayawardene departed in the 38th over when he was run out by a direct throw from wicketkeeper Umar Akmal, but Mathews kept the momentum going until his off stump was toppled by Riaz in the penultimate over.

Priyanjan ensured Sri Lanka posted a challenging total when he smashed six of his eight boundaries against Junaid Khan (0-75). But in the end the total proved not enough for the home team.

– AP

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