President sacks Justice Minister on request made by UNP

President Maithripala Sirisena has removed Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe following a request made by the United National Party (UNP).Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe said he accepted the decision of the President and UNP leadership. UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim said in a statement yesterday that Rajapakshe was given time till Monday by the UNP leadership to rectify a statement he had made against a cabinet decision. The UNP had officially informed the President to remove Rajapakshe from his post over comments he had made against a cabinet decision. Rajapakshe had made statements critical of the cabinet decision on the Hambantota port agreement with China. (Colombo Gazette) However Rajapakshe had failed to do so and as a result the party has now decided he must be removed from his cabinet post.Hashim also said that Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe continued to make statements critical of the UNP and Government decisions. read more

16th Asian Championship Bahrain and Korea close to the semis

asiaAsia Handballasian handballBahrain handball ← Previous Story Pick Szeged advance to quarter-final of Hungarian Cup Next Story → Konrad Wilczynski finished his NT career After three rounds of matches at 16th Men’s Asian Championship in Bahrain, home team and South Korea are on the way to the semi-finals. The most interesting clash, decisive for the TOP 2 place at Group A will be between Bahrain and Iran. Qatar and Kuwait are the only teams with 100% after two matches in Group B.GROUP A:1 Bahrain 3 3 0 0 101 58 43 62 South Korea 3 2 1 0 84 60 24 53 Iran 3 1 2 0 80 73 7 44 Saudi Arabia 3 1 1 1 79 65 14 35 China 3 0 0 3 66 94 -28 06 Uzbekistan 3 0 0 3 62 122 -60 0Group B# Team P W D L GF GA GD Pts1 Qatar 2 2 0 0 71 25 46 42 Kuwait 2 2 0 0 68 57 11 43 Japan 2 1 0 1 61 54 7 24 Oman 2 1 0 1 64 64 0 25 UAE 2 0 0 2 40 66 -26 06 Iraq 2 0 0 2 35 73 -38 0PHOTO: http://www.asia16.com/ read more