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Protesters return to streets despite the suspension of Hong Kong extradition bill

Protesters return to streets despite the suspension of Hong Kong extradition bill

Hundreds of thousands of people are protesting in Hong Kong against a controversial extradition bill, despite the bill having been suspended. The densely-packed crowds are demanding that the bill be completely scrapped. It will allow extradition from Hong Kong to mainland China.

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Strawberry cultivations successful in the Welimada area.

Strawberry cultivations successful in the Welimada area.

The cultivation of strawberries is being reported successful in the Welimada area.

Harvesting is taking place these days.

Strawberries are mostly grown in the Idalgashinna, Ohiya, Ragan Gala, Boragas and Welimada areas.

The cultivators say, they are benefitting from a good price offered by the market, ...

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Spice Girls' UK Stadium Tour ends with Geri Horner's apology

Spice Girls' UK Stadium Tour ends with Geri Horner's apology

Geri Horner apologised for quitting the Spice Girls in 1998, as the band played on the last day of their reunion tour, at the Wembley Stadium in the UK.
Geri, also known as 'Ginger Spice', walked away from the band at the height of their fame, 21 years ago. At the time, she said she was suffering fro...

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CBSL says performance of the External Sector has developed

The Central Bank says the external sector performance improved in July this year with a reduction of the trade deficit, increased tourist earnings and higher inflows to the financial account. The inflows to the financial account strengthened with the proceeds of 1500 million dollars from the issuance of the 10th International Sovereign Bond, 300 million dollars from the Syndicated Loan facility and net inflows recorded in the government securities market and the Colombo Stock Exchange easing the pressure on the balance of payments.

Export earnings from tea dropped by 14.8 percent due to lower demand particularly from Russia and the Middle Eastern countries. However tea exports to Iran increased in comparison to July last year. Earnings from sea food exports to the European Union grew by nearly 20 percent as a result of the removal of the fish ban imposed by the EU on Sri Lanka. Earnings from textiles and garments exports, which account for around 48 percent of total export earnings, grew by 3 percent. Higher garment exports to the EU and non traditional markets such as Canada, China, Australia and the UAE resulted this development.