Mahindas SLPP says it is heading for victory at polls

The coalition Government led by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had been accused by some sections of society and the opposition of failing to fully meet public expectations.Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party and Wickremesinghe’s United National Party contested the elections separately with the main challenge coming from the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna led by Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says it is expected to win the Local Government (LG) elections based on results counted so far.Sources close to the Rajapaksa camp said that preliminary results received had indicated that the SLPP had a clear lead. The Local Government election was seen as an unofficial referendum on the performance of the unity Government so far. The election is the first election to be held since the current Government came to power in 2015 defeating the administration led by Mahinda Rajapaksa. read more

Oden leads Purdue over No 21 Miami women 7463

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Dominique Oden had career highs of six 3-pointers and 27 points to lead Purdue to a 74-63 victory over No. 21 Miami on Thursday night.Karis McLaughlin was 5 of 5 from the arc and added 18 points with seven assists and Ae’Rianna Harris scored 12 points with seven rebounds. Tamara Farquhar also had seven boards. The Boilermakers (6-2) shot 44 per cent but were 12 of 18 from the arc for 67 per cent.Miami (7-1) had a 34-14 advantage in points in the paint but made just 4 of 15 from the arc while shooting 44 per cent overall.Emese Hof scored 25 points with 14 rebounds and was the only Hurricanes player in double figures.After seeing a 13-point second-quarter lead cut to one late in the third quarter, Purdue went back up by double figures for good with 5:19 left in the game after a pair of 3-pointers by McLaughlin.The Associated Press read more