Two youth were killed when two motorcycles they were riding on crashed onto the back of a car at Nugaduwa traffic lights near the Galle-Pinnaduwa exit point earlier this morning, Police said.
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has no qualms about unleashing Sergio Aguero against title rivals Liverpool after his suspension, while John Stones could be fit for the Anfield showdown.
Aguero is poised to return to City’s starting line-up after serving a four-match ban for a dangerous lunge on Chelsea’s David Luiz at the start of the month.
The 28-year-old striker was allowed to spend time back with his family in his native Argentina and Guardiola revealed he would not hesitate to throw him straight back into such a big match.
“He is ready,” Guardiola explained. “He has come back good from Argentina.
“Finally he is back after the ban. And we are happy he is back.”
England centre-back Stones was substituted in the first half of City’s 3-0 victory over Hull on Monday after he suffered swelling in his knee.
But after being assessed by City’s medical staff Guardiola remains optimistic about the 22-year-old’s chances of playing against the Reds on New Year’s Eve.
City captain Vincent Kompany is set to miss out with an ongoing knee problem, while winger Leroy Sane is struggling with a knock.
“John Stones is much, much better,” Guardiola said. “Vincent Kompany and Leroy Sane, I think they are not available to play.”
Guardiola personally scouted Liverpool on Tuesday when he attended their emphatic 4-1 victory over Stoke at Anfield.
He has faced Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp eight times in his managerial career while the pair were in charge of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
The Spaniard said ahead of the clash with Liverpool that with Klopp in charge they should be considered as one of the major challengers for the Premier League title.
“Yes, they are definitely a contender. It was a good game I saw,” Guardiola said.
“I saw Liverpool this year many times. But it was my day off, my family was not here and I decide to take a car. Thank you Liverpool for inviting me, for the tickets. I saw the game and that’s all.
“I was lucky to play before against Jurgen and I think we know each quite well.
“There are six teams fighting for the title, especially for the first four positions fighting for the next Champions League.
“I saw the contenders and they are really tough teams. So it will be a good fight until the end of the season.”
Guardiola acknowledged his players must match the passion of their opponents with City winless in their last 14 league and cup games away to Liverpool.
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Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah will each receive a knighthood in the New Year Honours.
Murray’s knighthood caps a dream season for the Scot, who finished as the year-end world number one for the first time after ending Novak Djokovic’s long spell at the top.
The 29-year-old clinched a second Wimbledon title in July before successfully defending his Olympic singles crown and then winning a first ATP Tour Finals crown to stop Djokovic regaining first place.
Murray, previously honoured with an OBE in 2012, became a father for the first time in February and earlier this month was voted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for a record third time.
“Obviously it is the highest honour you can get in this country. But I feel like I’m too young for something like that,” said Murray before the announcement was made on Friday.
“When I win any award or am presented with anything it is nice because it is recognition for what you have given your life to — up to now anyway.
“I am still young and there are still a lot of things that can go wrong. I could still mess up and make mistakes. I am just trying to keep doing what I am doing, working hard and achieving stuff.”
Farah receives his knighthood after he retained his 5,000 and 10,000 metres titles at the Rio Olympics, becoming the first British track and field athlete to win four Olympic gold medals.
The 33-year-old Somalia-born athlete is already a CBE following his double gold at London 2012.
“I’m so happy to be awarded this incredible honour from the country that has been my home since I moved here at the age of eight,” Farah said.
“Looking back at the boy who arrived here from Somalia, not speaking any English, I could never have imagined where I would be today. It’s a dream come true.
“I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to race for my country and win gold medals for the British people, who have been my biggest supporters throughout my career.
“My successes have only been possible because of their support and the commitment, sacrifices and love of my amazing family and the team around me now and over the years.”
Para-equestrian Lee Pearson is also knighted after adding gold from the Individual Freestyle grade Ib and silver in Dressage to his golds in Beijing and London.
The decorated Paralympian already held the MBE, OBE and CBE for services to equestrianism and to disabled sport.
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Sri Lanka’s rice prices have sky rocketed with Maha seasonal harvest being hit by drought and a alleged foul play by a government minister in releasing the paddy stocks held by the government. Officials say the harvest of the next Yala season in 2017 could also be damaged even if rains return
Pic by Pradeep Pathirana
From:: Rice prices sky rocket
President Maithripala Sirisena has given instructions to relevant authorities to issue a gazette notification declaring a larger wildlife reserve, including the surrounding forest area which is not under the purview of the Department of Wildlife, further expanding the forest area that encompasses the Wilpattu National Park.
Furthermore, the President has requested expeditious implementation of a program for continuous aerial monitoring of forests – including the Wilpattu Nati