“The situation in Hong Kong is still critical, with the number of cases remaining high,” Lam told reporters as she sat in front of a largescreen digital backdrop which read ‘Fight the virus with the central government’s full support’.Lam said she had asked Beijing in late July to help increase Hong Kong’s virus testing capabilities and facilities.The Chinese territory saw a surge in locally transmitted coronavirus cases at the start of July and introduced a raft of tightening measures including restricting gatherings to two people and making wearing masks mandatory in all outdoor public spaces.Since January around 3,900 people have been infected in Hong Kong, 46 of whom have died. Hong Kong will offer free voluntary coronavirus testing for residents, leader Carrie Lam said on Friday, as the global financial hub races to contain a resurgence of the virus over the past month.The plan, which will enable citywide testing for the first time, is likely to be implemented in two weeks at the earliest, Chief Executive Lam said.The announcement comes less than a week after China sent a team of health officials to Hong Kong to carry out widespread testing for COVID-19. It is the first time mainland health officials have assisted Hong Kong in its battle to control the coronavirus. Topics :
PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) – India’s bowlers left Sri Lanka staring at a big defeat and a series whitewash after another shambolic batting performance saw the hosts being bundled out for 135 in their first innings in the third and final Test on Sunday.The hosts, who also suffered heavy defeats in Galle and Colombo inside four days, were made to follow on and reached 19 for one at close of the second day’s play, still trailing India by 333 with nine second innings wickets in hand.Opening batsman Upul Tharanga made seven before he chopped Umesh Yadav onto his stumps for his second dismissal in the day. Dimuth Karunaratne was unbeaten on 12 with nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara yet to score.It was all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s 108, his maiden hundred, that set the ball rolling in the morning for the whitewash-chasing India, who posted 487 before being all out in the first over after the lunch break.Pandya smashed his hundred off just 86 deliveries before he was the last batsman out, giving Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan his maiden five-wicket haul in tests.India fast bowler Mohammed Shami did the early damage to Sri Lanka’s first innings by dismissing both openers cheaply before left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav ran through the middle and lower order with four wickets for 40.Sri Lanka got off to a terrible start in their first innings when Tharanga edged Shami to wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha for five and inexplicably called for a review after consultation with opening partner Karunaratne.Replays showed a clear edge and Karunaratne soon joined his departed colleague back in the dressing room after falling in similar fashion for four.Kusal Mendis (18) was then run out after a mix-up with captain Dinesh Chandimal before former skipper Angelo Mathews fell leg before to medium-pace bowling all-rounder Pandya without scoring.Chandimal was the only batsman to provide some resistance with a dogged 48 but became one of spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s two wickets.PANDYA HEROICSPandya’s century was also a maiden first-class ton for the 23-year-old right-hander, who hit eight boundaries and seven sixes in his knock.India resumed on 329-6 but suffered an early blow when they lost Saha for 16 in the second over of the day after the keeper guided seamer Vishwa Fernando’s left-arm delivery straight into the hands of the gully fielder.Kuldeep showed he was a more than capable lower-order batsman with a well-crafted 26, more importantly adding 62 in an eighth-wicket stand that dampened Sri Lanka’s hopes of restricting the touring side to under 400.Kuldeep fell to his wrist-spinning counterpart Sandakan, who also dismissed Shami for eight.That brought Pandya, unbeaten on one overnight, and Umesh together for the last wicket, allowing the former a license to free his bat in search of quick runs.The clean-hitting Pandya soon tore into the Sri Lanka attack and blasted 26 in one over from Pushpakumara, hitting the left-arm spinner for two fours and three sixes in five deliveries.He reached three figures with a straight punch for four off paceman Lahiru Kumara.INDIA 1st innings (Overnight: 329-6)S. Dhawan c Chandimal b Pushpakumara 119L. Rahul c Karunaratne b Pushpakumara 85C. Pujara c Mathews b Sandakan 8V. Kohli c Karunaratne b Sandakan 42A. Rahane b Pushpakumara 17R. Ashwin c Dickwella b V. Fernando 31W. Saha c D. Perera b V. Fernando 16H. Pandya c D. Perera b Sandakan 108K. Yadav c Dickwella b Sandakan 26M. Shami c&b Sandakan 8U. Yadav not out 3Extras (b-10 lb-6 nb-2 w-6) 24Total (all out, 122.3 overs) 487Fall of wickets: 1-188 L. Rahul,2-219 S. Dhawan,3-229 C. Pujara,4-264 A. Rahane,5-296 V. Kohli,6-322 R. Ashwin,7-339 W. Saha,8-401 K. Yadav,9-421 M. Shami,10-487 H. PandyaBowling:V.Fernando 26 – 3 – 87 – 2(nb-1 w-1),L. Kumara 23 – 1 – 104 – 0(w-1), D. Karunaratne 7 – 0 – 30 – 0, D.Perera 8 – 1 – 36 – 0(nb-1),L.Sandakan 35.3 – 4 – 132 – 5(w-4),M.Pushpakumara 23 – 2 – 82 – 3.SRI LANKA 1st inningsDimuth Karunaratne c Saha b Shami 4Upul Tharanga c Saha b Shami 5Kusal Mendis run out (R. Ashwin, K. Yadav) 18Dinesh Chandimal c Rahul b R. Ashwin 48Angelo Mathews lbw b H. Pandya 0Niroshan Dickwella st Saha b K. Yadav 29Dilruwan Perera c H. Pandya b K. Yadav 0Malinda Pushpakumara b K. Yadav 10Lakshan Sandakan c S. Dhawan b R. Ashwin 10Vishwa Fernando b K. Yadav 0Lahiru Kumara not out 0Extras (b-4 lb-1 w-6) 11Total (all out, 37.4 overs) 135Fall of wickets: 1-14 U. Tharanga,2-23 D. Karunaratne,3-38 K. Mendis,4-38 A. Mathews,5-101 N. Dickwella,6-107 D. Perera,7-125 D. Chandimal,8-125 M. Pushpakumara,9-135 V. Fernando,10-135 L. SandakanBowling: M. Shami 6.5 – 1 – 17 – 2(w-1), U. Yadav 3.1 – 0 – 23 – 0(w-5),H. Pandya 6 – 1 – 28 – 1, K. Yadav 13 – 2 – 40 – 4,R. Ashwin 8.4 – 2 – 22 – 2SRI LANKA 2nd inningsDimuth Karunaratne not out 12Upul Tharanga b U. Yadav 7Malinda Pushpakumara not out 0Extras 0Total (for 1 wickets, 13 overs) 19Fall of wickets: 1-15 U. TharangaTo bat: K. Mendis, D. Chandimal, A. Mathews, N. Dickwella, D. Perera, L. Sandakan, V. Fernando, L. KumaraBowling: M. Shami 4 – 2 – 7 – 0, R. Ashwin 6 – 4 – 5 – 0,U. Yadav 2 – 0 – 3 – 1, K. Yadav 1 – 0 – 4 – 0.
Speaking after the launch, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Director B Sivan said the GSLV Mark III D1 would be launched by the end of this year. “We have exciting days ahead. We are going to start next mission with the last of our IRNSS series and going to end this year with a spectacular mission of meeting the heaviest satellite of the Indian soil, by GSLV Mark III D1,” he said. In between, there would be a host of PSLV missions as well as GSLV and reusable launch vehicle-technology demonstrators, he added. Satish Dhawan Space Centre Director Kunhi Krishnan said PSLV once again demonstrated its capability as one of the most reliable and sought after vehicles in the world. PTI VIJ VS GSN MVV