State Minister Piyankara Jayaratne resigns from his post

State Minister of Local Government and Provincial Councils Piyankara Jayaratne has tendered his resignation from his post.Jayaratne has sent his resignation letter to President Maithripala Sirisena.

Mens Basketball Keita BatesDiop named Big Ten Player of the Year

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes the ball down the court in the second half of the game against Rutgers on Feb. 20. Ohio State won 79-52. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop was pegged by many as a sleeper for production before the start of the 2017-18 season. Bates-Diop was one of the returning players on an Ohio State team that was beginning a perceived rebuild and was expected to be a major cog in the team’s offense. In a season that has defied expectations, Bates-Diop vastly outperformed what many believed he could do, leading the Buckeyes No. 2 seed in the Big Ten tournament while as a star in the conference. His efforts for the campaign were rewarded Monday when the 6-foot-7 forward was named Big Ten Player of the Year.He is the first Buckeye to receive the honor since guard Evan Turner earned it after the 2009-10 season.Bates-Diop averaged 19.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, while playing in 32.7 minutes per game. He finished the regular season with 12 double-doubles and scored more than 20 points 12 times.Before the season began, head coach Chris Holtmann said that both Bates-Diop and senior forward Jae’Sean Tate were going to have to carry the load at times for Ohio State. That narrative quickly changed to Holtmann saying he expected Bates-Diop to eventually regress and stop averaging nearly 20 points per game. But Bates-Diop never let up too much, though he did average only 14.8 points in the final six games of the season. The breakout campaign came a season after the small forward was forced to redshirt his true junior season after fracturing his leg. He appeared in just nine games in the 2016-17 season, while struggling to maintain consistent production, averaging only 9.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. read more