Archive | May, 2016


LATEST: Kalu Ganga, Nilwala Ganga water levels rising

Posted on 31 May 2016 by admin


The water levels in the Kalu Ganga, Nilwala Ganga and Attanagalu Oya are rising as a result of the heavy rains in several parts of the country, the Disaster Management Centre said (DMC) today.

DMC spokesman Pradeep Kodippili said the water levels in the Kalu Ganga were on the verge of breaching its banks and as such those living in the vicinity were alerted to remain vigilant for any emergency situation that might arise.

The Meteorology Department said the highest rainfall of 115.3 mm was recorded from Hiniduma in the Galle District for the 24-hour period ending at 8.30 a.m.

It said heavy showers or thundershowers were reported from a few places in the Southern, Western and Sabaragamuwa Provinces. Fairly heavy showers or thundershowers were reported from several places in the Central Province.

Meanwhile the National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) has issued a warning for the next 24 hours on the possibility of landslides, rocks falls, subsidence and cut slope failures since the bad weather conditions are expected to continue.

The NBRO had identified several administrative divisions in the districts of Kandy, Ratnapura, Nuwara-Eliya, Kegalle and Kalutra as vulnerable areas.

(Chaturanga Pradeep – Courtesy: Daily Mirror)


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Sri Lanka new tax shock for non-electric cars

Posted on 31 May 2016 by admin


ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka's latest revision of taxes on cars has triggered price rises across the board except for totally electric-powered smaller vehicles, but hardly any were cleared Tuesday, two days after the new rates kicked in.

After days of confusion about what is going up and what is coming down, official figures showed that petrol-driven small cars were also going up with the exception of hybrid 660cc Suzuki cars.

"I have a Suzuki Stingray at the port, but customs have still not told me what the applicable duty is," an importer said.

According to figures released by Customs, the duty on a Nissan LEAF electric car will be down by about one million rupees while duty on petrol-engine cars go up by about 37 per cent.

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake told reporters in Colombo that the new car taxes were aimed at discouraging imports "until the road network improved."

He said there were two reaons for the latest tax revision and the high rates will prevail for the foreseeable future.

The duty applicable on cars over 1,500 cc goes by by more than double.

"Today, if you get your vehicle on the road, you spend hours stuck in traffic. Until we improve the road network we need to discourage any further imports.

'The second issue is the number of vehicles that had flooded our roads last year. About 90,100 cars were imported last year compared to 45,000 in 2014. We need tro reduce the imports and at the same time ensure revenue."

The minister listed the following vehicles as having benefited from the new tax revision qualifying for a lower duty rate, but did not say by how much.

Toyota Vitz, Toyota Passo, Honda CRX, Honda Insight, Honda Jazz Shuttle, Honda Vezel, Honda Freed, Nissan LEAF, Nissan March, Suzuki Wagon R and Suzuki Stingray.

However, Customs officials said they were still working out the exact rates and it would take a few more days.

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Sri Lanka inflation hits two and a half year high at 4.8 percent in May

Posted on 31 May 2016 by admin


ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka's consumer price inflation accelerated to 4.8 percent in the 12-months to May from 3.1 percent a month earlier, hitting a 2.5 year high, data from the state statistics office showed.

Food prices rose 2.2 percent in the month, after rising 2.2 percent a month earlier. 

Sri Lanka's central bank followed loose monetary policy in 2015 and precipitated a balance of payments crisis, which it does every 3 to 4 years and the currency collapsed from 131 to 147 to the US dollar.

Inflation last reached these levels in December 2013, as the country recovered from the last balance of payments crisis. During the last crisis inflation hit 9.8 percent measured by the Colombo Consumer Price Index.

The index is also frequently revised to understate inflation.

However even inflation of 10 percent is better than the 20 percent plus level of price increases generated by the Sri Lanka's central bank in the past.

Analysts and economists have called for the central bank to be abolished so that it cannot generate balance of payments trouble and high inflation by printing money to finance the budget deficit. (Colombo/May31/2016)

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Obituaries: May 31 (Tuesday)

Posted on 30 May 2016 by admin

FERNANDO – MISS MERLYN CLARIBELLE, expired. Former teacher St. Anthonys, Colombo 03, Rippon Balika, Galle. Sister of Manel Nayayakkara (YWCA), Allestair Fernando, Ruby Fernando, Trancy Cooray, Ealian Fernando and Emil Fernando (all deceased), Service to be held on 31st May at 4.30 p.m. at the Methodist Church, Elder’s Home, 490/9, Havelock Road, Colombo 06. At her request her remains has been donated to the Medical Faculty. 072890

PEREIRA – ANGELINE BIANCHA – Beloved wife of late Anton Peter Pereira, much loved mother of late Carlyle, Kenneth, Heather Gunasekara (Australia), late Rodney, Tyron, Charmaine Bartholomeausze (Canada), Deanne Devas (Canada) and Valentino (Australia), loving sister of Dorathy Garth (Canada), late Eric & Willie La Brooy, mother-in-law of Jenny, Randolph (Australia), Amitha, Warren (Canada), Sujith (Canada) & Gina (Australia), expired. Remains will lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour from 9.30 a.m. on Wednesday 01st June ‘16. Cortege leaves Parlour at 3.30 p.m. for Burial, General Cemetery Borella R.C. Section, at 4.00 p.m. on Thursday 02 June ‘16. 072956

SELLAHEWA, CYRILTON – Manager, OTSC Mt. Lavinia, formerly CTB, husband of Swarna, father of Uvini (Australia) and Kasun (Capital Alliance and ex-SAIB, KSA), father-in-law of Channa and Punsara, passed away peacefully. Cortege leaves residence No. 10, 2nd Lane, Park Road, Ratmalana at 3.30 p.m. for Cremation at “Nisala Sevana” (Mt. Lavinia Cemetery) on Wednesday, 1st June at 5.00 p.m. 072920

SUNDARARAJ – GRACE, Beloved wife of late Abraham (Herbert), loving mother of Ravi (Dubai) and Niranjan (Australia), affectionate mother-in-law of Dilini and Diedree, fond grandmother of Keshi, Yovan, Maryze, Soren, Seraiah and Shemaiah, sister of Isaac Samson and Regina Koilraj, sister-in-law of Wilma. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond Funeral Parlour on Tuesday 31st May from 10.00 a.m. Service at 3.30 p.m. on Wednesday 1st June 2016. Burial at General Cemetery, Borella at 4.30 p.m. (Anglican Section). 072959

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Referendum: British exit from the European Union

Posted on 30 May 2016 by admin



(Courtesy: Daily News) – By S. P. Chakravarty
(Emeritus Professor of Economics,The University, Bangor, Wales, UK)


The referendum on British exit from the European Union is a symptom of the rise of the politics of identity over the politics of prosperity. Both sides in this debate have made forecasts of the economic outcome. Forecasting organisations, barring a couple of dissenters, have expressed fears of a sharp decline in the economy, at least in the short run, if the Brexit camp wins. The Brexit camp counters these gloomy forecasts arguing that the economy would adjust to a new pattern of trade in no time and enter into a new era of prosperity by leaving the EU. In any event, these arguments about economic forecasts are simply a distraction for those that wish to leave. The Brexit camp places greater store on sovereignty — taking control over the legal definition of human rights, dispensing with much of the regulations governing commerce and industry, and setting rules for immigration. Once the vote is cast to leave, there is no point of return. The decision criterion of minimising the maximum potential disruption to the economy is the only rational choice given the impossibility of computing the probabilities of predicted consequences of the outcome of the vote. This criterion favours a vote to remain a member.

We know what it is to live with membership, and we have some idea about the likely success of agitating for change to make institution within the UK and also in the EU more responsive to the voter. Institutions of governance are always under the scanner in a democracy. Within the UK, composition and selection rules of the upper chamber and devolution of power between regions is not a settled matter. Likewise, the question of democratic legitimacy of distribution of powers amongst various institutions within the EU is being debated, and not just in the UK. In a pluralistic democracy, not all citizens wish to subscribe to the same agenda for change, and even an encompassing view which might emerge would remain under scrutiny. A referendum is not the best way to proceed.

A difference between parliamentary elections in a system of representative government and voting in referenda is that the voter imposes on herself and the rest of society a greater burden of any unintended and unwelcome consequence of the outcome. This is especially so when the status quo is severely jolted in pursuit of ideas which cannot be measured in terms of their impact on our living standard.

In electing representatives to govern, the voter has the luxury of voting for government on a policy platform, but judging the government on consequences of that policy. Casting a vote for candidates expounding, for example, a tough stance on immigration does not constrain the voter from criticising a government thus elected if food prices rise in consequence or if the availability of medical care is compromised due to lack of qualified staff.

Mrs Thatcher secured a parliamentary majority in 1979 on a policy platform comprising, inter alia, a vow dramatically to reduce the share of government expenditure in the GDP. The ratio had climbed to 45 per cent. Notwithstanding this harsh rhetoric, government expenditure and its share in the GDP continued to increase in the initial years driven by unforeseen fiscal pressure of a sudden and sharp rise in unemployment. The ratio finally came down, but only to 40 per cent of the GDP, when she left office a decade later.

This is not to say that representative governance entails cavalier disregard of promises made at election but to suggest that the promises need to be interpreted in context. The context is the need for elected representatives to engage with complex technical issues and tedious details of policy coherence once in government to avoid chaos.

Those that have voted for a government which commands a parliamentary majority by expounding policies which appeal to the voters’ gut feelings have the option of defeating the government in the next election if the outcomes of following these policies turn out to be unappealing. This paradox is understood by representatives and they moderate in application promises made at election.

Governance by referenda, where policies are prescribed by the electorate, is a different matter altogether. Unforeseen consequences can be more disruptive in a referendum than in representative democracy. That is why stable democracies choose representative forms of government, and governance by referenda is shunned.

A textbook example of the disruptive nature of referendum politics is the story, reported in the New York Times on the 5th of March 1995, of the three strike sentencing referendum in California. A woman was brutally murdered by a repeat offender recently released on parole after a period in jail. In the background of emotive press reports, a referendum was held on whether to mandate a harsh prison term of 25 years to life, without any possibility of parole before 20 years, for all repeat offenders. Professionals engaged in the maintenance of law and order advised against voting for a law imposing such an inflexible mandate on the judiciary. The advice was ignored by a majority of the electorate. Soon after the referendum was passed, a young pizza thief, he was in the habit of going into restaurants eating a slice of pizza and then escaping without paying, was sentenced to a term of 25 years to life with no hope of parole before 20 years. Even those that had voted for the referendum mandating this harsh punishment were aghast. The law was eventually repealed but not before causing disruption to the criminal justice system.

The ensuing referendum on continuing British membership of the European Union is an exercise in making decisions under uncertainty. Whilst the referendum ballot provides a binary choice, whether to remain in or to exit from the EU, the voter is not faced with a binary decision. There are multi-dimensional effects of the decision. The protagonists have forecast vastly different consequences for British trade and prosperity and also for world peace. They seldom emphasise that the probabilities of potential outcomes of the vote for economics can only be assigned subjectively. In our view, even the assignment of subjective probabilities requires knowledge of the unknowable, and the best course of action is to minimise the potential for maximum harm. That is to stick to what we know and shun the temptation to take an irreversible plunge into the unknown that is also unknowable.

Britain is a trading nation where international trade counts for slightly less than a third of its GDP. Roughly half of that, 45 per cent to be precise, is trade with the EU. The EU aspires to a single market which entails companies being able to compete for government contracts across frontiers within the EU without discrimination.

Those in favour of withdrawing from EU membership discount the prospect of any adverse effect on British trade. Their argument is four-fold. Firstly, they assert that access to European markets could be swiftly negotiated without necessarily having to comply with the rules for free movement of labour within the EU and without having to follow EU directives specifying, for example, labour rights at work and environmental conditions in production. A second line of argument is that it does not matter if negotiations stall. Any adverse consequences of disruption to trade with the EU could be ameliorated through improving trade relations with countries outside the Europe. This assumption is oblivious of the fact that the leaders of some of the largest economies outside the Europe with whom the Brexit camp aspires to increase trade have advised against British departure from the EU. A third line of argument derives from the belief that hitherto untapped energies would be unleashed in the British economy freed from EU regulations. A fourth line of argument from Brexit, put forward by some in the left, is a modified version of the above. It is the EU bureaucracy which holds back the ability of a British government to determine for itself policies on selective subsidy to make the economy flourish. Some in the Brexit camp would be prepared to accept a reduction in prosperity to get back sovereignty, but leaders campaigning for leaving the EU, on the whole, do not accept the premise of a trade off between sovereignty and prosperity.

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Obituaries: May 30 (Monday)

Posted on 30 May 2016 by admin

BASNAYAKE – ANTON SYLVESTER – Beloved husband of Shamalee, loving father of Ashani and Dakshan (DIMO), father-in-law of Mahesh (Royal Furnishers), much loved grandfather of Menara, loving brother of Kanthi, Nimal, Susil and late Rani, brother-in-law of Patrick, Malcom, Sumithra, Rohan, Sudath and Dilip. Cortege leaves No. 253/3A, St. Francis Lane, Dalugama, Kelaniya at 2.45 p.m. on Monday 30th May for St. Francis Church, Dalugama and burial there after at the Church Burial Grounds. 072729

PEREIRA – ANGELINE BIANCHA – Beloved wife of late Anton Peter Pereira, much loved mother of late Carlyle, Kenneth, Heather Gunasekara (Australia), late Rodney, Tyron, Charmaine Bartholomeausze (Canada), Deanne Devas (Canada) and Valentino (Australia); loving sister of Dorathy Garth (Canada), late Eric & Willie La Brooy, expired. Funeral arrangements will be notified later. Tel. 011-2735871. 072730

SEENIVASAGAM SWAMINATHAN (Retired Chartered Accountant – Commercial Company), passed away peacefully on May 23rd, 2016 at his daughter’s residence in Missouri, USA after a brief illness. He was the beloved husband of late Vallinayaki; loving brother of Yoganathan (Melbourne), late Shanmugam and late Padmavathi; dearly beloved father of Shanthi, Shiva-Ranjan, and Arjuna; loving father-in-law of Senthil Kumar, Suganthini and Pirabalini; affectionate uncle of Sivakami Sivapalan, Karthiga Skanthakumar and Anusuya Elankumaran. He was a member of the Shiva Family, Chinmaya Mission, and an ardent devotee of Swami Shanthananda and Swami Yoganantha. Contact No. 1 636 530 7596. 072705

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Canada provides CAD $310,000 to support humanitarian relief efforts in Sri Lanka

Posted on 30 May 2016 by admin


Shelley Whiting

The Government of Canada has provided CAD $310,000 (approximately 35 million LKR) in support to humanitarian relief efforts in Sri Lanka in response to the May 2016 flooding and landslides, the Canadian High Commission in Colombo said today.

This funding was disbursed through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund (CHAF) and the Emergency Disaster Assistance Fund (EDAF) of Global Affairs Canada and will support those most affected by the unprecedented rainfall and devastating floods in May 2016 which has resulted in tragic loss of life, injuries, missing, displaced and damages. Canadian funding will support up to 62,000 people.

From this allocation $150,000 will support Oxfam’s humanitarian response in Sri Lanka. The four month project (May 20-September 20, 2016) will focus on the sectors of water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), non-food items, and cash transfers (cash-for-work for debris clearing) and will assist up to 2,000 families (IDP camps and host families) in the districts of Gampaha, Kegalle, Rathnapura and Puttalam. Oxfam Canada will implement the project with the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society and LEADS (Lanka Evangelical Alliance Development Service).

The remaining $160,000 has been allocated to support the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) appeal for Sri Lanka. Of this amount, an initial disbursement of $30,000 to the IFRC has supported the provision of emergency relief items, WASH, and school items to up to 4,000 families (20,000 people) in the immediate aftermath of the flooding and $130,000 has been provided to IFRC’s revised emergency relief operation to support approximately 40,000 people for 18 months through the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society. The operation will focus on provision of shelter, relief items, livelihood recovery, preventive health, water and sanitation interventions, as well as community-based risk reduction and institutional disaster response capacity enhancement. Canada is supporting this emergency relief operation through the Canadian Red Cross Society.

“Canada and Canadians’ thoughts are with the people and the Government of Sri Lanka at this difficult time” stated Shelley Whiting, High Commissioner of the Government of Canada to Sri Lanka. “I have been impressed and humbled by the response of friends, neighbours, coworkers, community organizations and the various levels of government and communities to provide needed relief, assistance and comfort. I hope that this support from Canada, a longstanding friend and partner of Sri Lanka, will assist Sri Lankans who were most affected and contribute to efforts underway to begin the recovery process.” (Colombo Gazette)

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Sri Lanka’s Agency for Development gets off the ground soon

Posted on 30 May 2016 by admin


By Bandula Sirimanna – Business Times (Courtesy)

The much-awaited Sri Lanka’s Agency for Development is to be established within the next two months to fast-track, streamline and attract Foreign Direct Investments (FDI), official sources disclosed.  The Development Special Provisions Bill which provides provisions to set up this agency will be presented in parliament soon.  This agency has a specific task of attracting more FDIs to the country without delay and all arrangements have been made to commence its operations, a senior official said adding that the Prime Minister has at a recent high-level meeting issued a directive to launch it as soon as possible.

A high-powered committee appointed to work out modalities of the agency has already developed its structure as a one stop shop for FDIs with powers to obtain approvals of relevant agencies for foreign investors.  Several mega FDI projects in IT, tourism, agriculture (especially sugarcane), telecommunications, digitalisation and industrial sectors are in pipeline for approval since the past two months, government officials said.  These will receive the greenlight soon following the establishment of the Agency for Development chaired by economist Dr. Indrajith Coomaraswamy and Managing Director (designate) Mangala Yapa, the official said.

The government will regulate and properly plan development activities in the country with the aim of accelerating economic growth and finalise the promotion of FDI s through this new agency, moving away from the present system of foreign investment project approvals.  The proposed new bill will remove the obstacles facing investors and businesses concerning obtaining of land and buildings. Provisions of the draft bill also provide for land ownership to be given to registered investors who meet the required criteria, without being affected by the Land Restriction and Alienation Act.

The government will also completely revamp the Board of Investment (BOI) to suit modern needs as it was re-structured to the present institution from the Greater Colombo Economic Commission Model which was set up in 1978.  Although it was re-constituted as the BOI in 1992, it has not undergone any major re-structuring during the past two decades. A major change in the attitude of the staff is also needed to achieve positive results from the institution, officials added.  However, it looks like year 2016 (based on the performance so far) will only have 0.3 per cent of the GDP as the total FDI. This means a historically low FDI performance, a senior economist told the Business Times.

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The University of St. Michael’s College welcomes Randy Boyagoda as new Principal and Vice President

Posted on 29 May 2016 by admin


May 30th, 2016.

Randy BoyagodaThe University of St. Michael’s College (USMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Randy Boyagoda as its new Principal and Vice President, effective July 1, 2016. An accomplished writer and academic, with bylines in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times (UK) and the Globe and Mail, he has most recently served as the Director of Zone Learning at Ryerson University, an experiential learning program modeled on business incubators that support the rapid creation of new companies and social organizations led by students.

“I’m very happy and honoured to join the University of St. Michael’s College,” said Boyagoda. “My first class at the University of Toronto was at St. Mike’s, and I also fondly remember attending Mass at St. Basil’s with my friends. Given the rich and distinguished history of the College and its important relationships to the University of Toronto, St. Michael’s is an institution like no other in North America. As an academic leader, as a teacher, and as a Catholic intellectual, scholar, and writer, I look forward to being part of this community and helping contribute to its exciting future.”

Prior to taking on his role as the Director of Zone Learning at Ryerson, Boyagoda has held positions as Chair of the English department and professor of American Studies at Ryerson, and also as a postdoctoral fellow and assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.

“I am delighted to welcome Randy to our University community,” said President David Mulroney. “He is a gifted writer, an amazing teacher and someone who knows how to inspire students to go out and make a difference.”

In addition to his acclaimed novels, Boyagoda has written extensively on human experience in contemporary literature, culture and current affairs, often from a religiously-informed vantage. As a regular contributor to The New York Times and CBC Radio, he has created natural and necessary bridges between the sacred and the secular. Through his recently published biography of the influential Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, he has established himself as a leading Catholic intellectual voice in North America.

As the new Principal and Vice President, Boyagoda will be the academic head of USMC’s undergraduate division, which has some 5000 students, and also constitutes one of the largest undergraduate colleges in the Faculty of Arts and Science in the University of Toronto. He therefore serves as a senior administrator of both universities. Professor Boyagoda, who will hold his tenure in the Department of English at the University of Toronto, will also teach in the Christianity and Culture program, and has been named to the Basilian Chair in Christianity, Arts and Letters.
Ryerson University President Mohamed Lachemi attests to Boyagoda’s accomplishments. “Professor Randy Boyagoda was instrumental in Ryerson’s expansion of zone learning, including curriculum development and encouraging cross-collaboration across the university,” said Lachemi. “Randy made great contributions to Ryerson as a scholar, administrator and community member. We wish him the best in his new role.”

Boyagoda lives with his wife and four children in the Beaches, where he is an active member of Corpus Christi parish.


About University of St. Michael’s College
The University of St. Michael’s College (USMC), federated with the University of Toronto, is a Catholic institution of higher learning founded by the Congregation of St. Basil, whose motto, “Teach me goodness, discipline and knowledge,” sets the tone for campus life. St. Michael’s was expanded through cooperation with the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Loretto. Committed to the pursuit of knowledge, meaning and truth, USMC is a dynamic centre where the Catholic intellectual tradition thrives in a context of academic freedom and rigorous debate. As such, it seeks to provide an environment that fosters the intellectual, moral and spiritual development of its members. The University of St. Michael’s College boasts a large and dynamic undergraduate division, an acclaimed Faculty of Theology and one of the busiest and most important libraries on the University of Toronto Campus.


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2nd Test – day 2: England 498/9 dec; Sri Lanka 91/8:

Posted on 28 May 2016 by admin


Woeful Lanka faces another three-day trouncing.

By SA’ADI THAWFEEQ reporting from England – Courtesy: Sunday Observer.

DURHAM: If the conditions and pitch and Leeds were bowler friendly there was no excuse for Sri Lanka’s woeful batting display at Chester-le-Street here where the sun shone brightly and the pitch didn’t give as much assistance to the bowlers.

England’s Chris Woakes celebrates after taking the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews off a catch by England’s wicket keeper Jonny Bairstow for 3 runs on the second day

Chasing England’s imposing first innings of 498-9 declared Sri Lanka tumbled towards a possible three-day defeat as they teetered on 91 for eight wickets in their first innings and faced a follow-on for the second successive time in the series. With their innings in total disarray Sri Lanka trailed England by 407 runs with only two wickets in hand.

The destroyer of Sri Lanka’s first innings was all-rounder Chris Woakes who replaced the injured Ben Stokes for this match. Woakes the quickest of the England bowlers prized out Angelo Mathews (3), Kusal Mendis (35) and Milinda Siriwardana (0) to end the day with figures of 3 for 9 off seven overs.

Woakes’ destructive performance came after Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad the destroyers of the Lankan batting at Leeds had set it up for him with the wickets of Dimuth Karunaratne (9), Kaushal Silva (13) and Dinesh Chandimal (4) in their opening spells.

All what Anderson and Broad did was bowl down a good channel putting the ball in good areas and wait patiently for the batsmen to commit a mistake because the ball was not doing as much as it did at Headingley.

Thirimanne and Herath held up England’s advance with a 21-run stand off 98 balls, but Broad coming back for his second spell broke the stand by having Herath caught fending for 12 and then removed Shaminda Eranga for two in the same over. Thirimanne was undefeated on 12 with Lakmal on nought.

Sri Lanka who stuck to their task well on day one were unable to continue that consistency on the second day as they spilled three easy catches – two off Moeen Ali who went onto score his second Test hundred and carry England to a total which no one thought they would reach when play resumed with the score on 310-6.

Whatever chances Sri Lanka had of dismissing England for under 350 vanished within the first half hour’s play when both overnight batsmen were put down to relatively easy catches.

Karunaratne dropped Moeen Ali in the gully at 36 off Nuwan Pradeep in the third over of the morning and five balls later wicket-keeper Chandimal failed to get his glove behind a thick edge from Woakes (8) off the luckless Shaminda Eranga. Chandimal who took a painful blow on his right thumb towards the end of the first day was clearly feeling the effects of that injury and at the first drinks break was replaced by Mendis behind the wicket.

Sri Lanka had to wait 35 minutes before the lunch interval before they managed to break the seventh wicket stand between Moeen and Woakes who by that time had added a valuable 92 runs. Lakmal had Woakes caught by Mendis for 29 and Mendis was also into action when he held the edge from Broad (7) to give Nuwan Pradeep his fourth wicket of the innings.

However the Lankan bowlers could not clean up the England tail as Steven Finn frustrated them in another partnership that produced 72 runs for the ninth wicket. Finn stuck it out for 67 minutes for 10 runs and helped Moeen to his second Test century which he brought up with his 12th four off 152 balls. Finn became the persisting Rangana Herath’s 300th Test victim when he top edged a sweep to the bowler who held it comfortably. It took Herath 29 overs to arrive at the landmark and he became the third Sri Lankan bowler to achieve this feat after Muthiah Muralitharan (800 wickets) and Chaminda Vaas (355 wickets).

Sri Lanka could have dismissed Moeen at 105 but they allowed him the luxury of another dropped chance when Milinda Siriwardana made a mess of a top edge at deep square leg off Eranga. Moeen capitalized on these lapses to bring up his 150 with a six off Lakmal and was unbeaten on 155 scored off 207 balls with 17 fours and two sixes when England declared. It was Moeen’s second Test century. His first was also against Sri Lanka two years ago at Leeds.

Sri Lanka seemed to have lost the plot after the lunch break when they went on the defensive and allowed Moeen and Finn to add easy runs. They had six to eight fielders on the boundary edge which did not give the bowlers much encouragement on a placid wicket.


(310-6 overnight)
A Hales c Mathews b Siriwardana			83
A Cook c Karunaratne b Lakmal			15
N Compton c Lakmal b Pradeep 			09
J Root c Silva b Pradeep 			80
J Vince c Thirimanne b Siriwardana		35
J Bairstow c Chandimal b Pradeep		48
M Ali not out				       155
C Woakes c Mendis b Lakmal 			39
S Broad c Mendis b Pradeep 			07
S Finn c and b Herath 				10
J Anderson not out 				08
Extras (b-1, lb-8) 				09
Total (nine wickets declared, 132 overs)       498

Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Cook), 2-64 (Compton), 3-160 (Hales)
		 4-219 (Root), 5-227 (Vince), 6-297 (Bairstow)
		 7-389 (Woakes), 8-400 (Broad), 9-472 (Finn)
Bowling: Eranga 27-3-100-0
	 Lakmal 29-4-115-2
	 Pradeep 33-5-107-4
	 Herath 29-1-116-1
	 Mathews 6-2-16-0
	 Siriwardana 8-0-35-2

Dimuth Karunaratne b Anderson			09
Kaushal Silva c Bairstow b Broad		13
Kusal Mendis c Anderson b Woakes		35
Dinesh Chandimal c Cook b Anderson		04
Angelo Mathews c Bairstow b Woakes		03
Lahiru Thirimanne not out			12
Milinda Siriwardene c Bairstow b Woakes		00
Rangana Herath c Root b Broad			12
Shaminda Eranga c Root b Broad			02
Suranga Lakmal not out				00
Extras (lb 1)					01
TOTAL (8 wickets; 40 overs)			91

To bat: Nuwan Pradeep
Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Karunaratne), 2-44 (Silva), 3-53 (Chandimal)
		 4-58 (Mathews), 5-67 (Mendis), 6-67 (Siriwardena)
		 7-88 (Herath), 9-90 (Eranga)
Bowling: James Anderson 11-2-31-2
	 Stuart Broad 11-2-35-3
	 Chris Woakes 7-4-9-3
	 Seteven Finn 7-3-15-0
	 Moeen Ali 4-4-0-0

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