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Mumbai Indians likely to release Malinga for IPL auction

In what would have seemed an unthinkable move a few years ago, IPL side Mumbai Indians are set to release their premier fast bowler in history, Lasith Malinga, for the IPL auctions, the Indian media reported.

With the teams likely to be allowed to retain a maximum of three players, the IPL 2017 winners are unwilling to keep hold of Malinga, considering the fact that the Sri Lankan speedster has looked out of form and also faced issues regarding his fitness off late.

19 arrested following incident in Galle.

19 persons have been arrested for their connection to the tense situation that ensued in Galle last night (17).

Police media spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara stated that the curfew that was imposed in several areas of the south was lifted at 9.00am today (18).

Sri Lankan family facing deportation due to MS diagnosis

After eight years in New Zealand, a Queenstown family might be forced to move back to Sri Lanka.

The distraught family consists of mum Danesha, dad Sam and their three sons aged eight, 10 and 11. They consider New Zealand home and worry about their children if they are deported.

Wimal – Basil clash : Nomination crisis within lotus bud

Due to Wimal Weerawansa demanding the inclusion of over 800 candidates of the National Freedom Front (NFF) in the nomination list for the upcoming Local Government elections, Basil Rajapaksa, who is in charge of compiling the nomination list of the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna is facing a grave crisis, according to political sources.

The number of candidates allowed to be nominated from each party is almost 8000.

Shangri-la Colombo opens

The much awaited Shangri-la Hotel in Colombo was declared open today by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

This is the 2nd Shangri-La property in Sri Lanka – joining Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa, which opened in June 2016.

Harbhajan Singh mocks Sri Lanka cricket team

Veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has ridiculed the visiting Sri Lankan team and said they need to revive and “get to international level”. Responding to opener Dimuth Karunaratne’s statement that the Lankans are ready to face the challenge posed by the Indian team (especially R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja), Harbhajan wrote on Twitter, “Same way how they did in recent series.. they r getting beaten by Zimbabwe.. 1st inn 200 second inn 150. Sri Lankan team at their lowest so sad to see them like this.. hope they will revive and get to international level.” However, the Turbanator deleted the tweet soon after.

How Budget 2018 could affect vehicle prices

Sri Lanka’s vehicles importers today said that the Excise Duties of several vehicles are expected to change in line with proposals announced in the 2018 Budget.

According to the President of the Vehicle Importers Association of Sri Lanka (VIASL), Ranjan Peiris, the following approximate increases in duty could take affect:

Budget 2018: FULL TEXT

Minister of Finance and Mass Media, Mangala Samaraweera, arrived at the Parliament to present the Budget proposals for the fourth fiscal year of the Good Governance government.