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Bangladesh beat west indies in ICC world cup match through a record chase

Bangladesh beat West Indies by seven wickets in an ICC world cup match played at Taunton yesterday. Many teams struggled a lot to chase more than 300 runs in the recent matches. However Bangladesh overcame this challenge through a record chase.

Shakib Al Hasan produced one of the great World Cup performances, stringing a domineering 124 not out to his two-wicket haul as he anchored Bangladesh's highest chase in an ODI. In the process, he reached 6000 ODI runs, became Bangladesh's highest run-scorer at a World Cup, the second after Mahmudullah to make two centuries for Bangladesh in the tournament, and added his name to yet another one of the six Bangladesh century stands in World Cups.

Scores: West Indies batted first and made 321 for 8 in 50 overs. In reply Bangladesh reached the victory target losing only 3 wickets and 51 balls to spare.

The government says the cabinet meeting will be convened today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena

The government says the cabinet meeting will be convened today under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The government has written to the President citing clauses 42 and 43 of the constitution with regard to the responsibility of the President convening the cabinet meeting. The 42nd clause of the constitution clearly states the responsibility of the president calling for a cabinet meeting periodically.

Seven Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna members including former Chairman of North Central Province are remanded

Seven Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna members including former Chairman of North Central Province are remanded with regard to the allegation of a hand bomb attack during 1999 presidential election. These members are remanded till 24th of this month. Anuradhapura Mayor H.P. Somadasa of Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna is also among the suspects.

The Attorney General has informed the High Court that a petition is submitted against the appeal made by former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa

The Attorney General has informed the High Court that a petition is submitted against the appeal made by former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.

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Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says that one common law and an educational system are needed for the country

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says that one common law and an educational system are needed for the country. The support of all parties is needed in this regard. Sri Lankans should live according to the way that matches the country's culture. Not only that, it is necessary to create a society that is suitable for the future generation of the country.

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Minister Sajith Premadasa says that some politicians have forgotten the people's problems due to being greedy for power

Minister Sajith Premadasa says that some politicians have forgotten the people's problems due to being greedy for power. He made these remarks while addressing the ceremony to lay the foundation stones for another 5 re-awakening villages under the "Semata Sevana" re-awakening village concept.

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 from exhaustion and needed a break.
Geri's apology came, just before the band played 'Goodbye', the number one single that addressed her departure.
At Wembley Stadium she told fans and her bandmates, "I need to say something I should have said a long time ago, I'm sorry, I'm sorry I left, I was just being a brat. It is so good to be back with the girls that I love".

And that wasn't the only emotional moment.
The band brought their mothers and children onto the stage during the encore, to serenade them with 'Mama', while Emma Bunton was reduced to tears during 'Viva Forever'.

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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The government says it has taken no decision to halt the first phase of the 'Battle of solar power'

Minister Ravi Karunanayake says the government has taken no decision to halt the first phase of the 'Battle of solar power'. He requests the public not to be misled by false propaganda.

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The Police Headquarters states, the five suspects - including Mohammed Milhan - arrested in Dubai in connection with the Easter Sunday attacks have been brought down to the country.

The Police Headquarters states, the five suspects arrested in Dubai in connection with the Easter Sunday attacks have been brought down to the country.
A strong figure of the terrorist outfit, Mohammed Milhan is amongst them. Police Media Spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara says, the five suspects have been handed over to the CID for further investigations.

The Buduputh Suraksha Insurance scheme launched by the Ministry of Buddha Sasana to cover the Maha Sangha will be operational from the 26th of this month.

The Buduputh Suraksha Insurance scheme launched by the Ministry of Buddha Sasana will be operational from the 26th of this month.
The inauguration ceremony will be held under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, at Temple trees.

Speaking to the SLBC, Minister of Buddha Sasana: Gamini Jayawickrema Perera said, except for Theras who are government servants and Theras who are attached to Pirivenas that provide an insurance scheme under the Ministry of Education, all other Theras will be covered by this new scheme.

Additional trains operational from today, for the convenience of pilgrims converging towards Anuradhapura in view of Poson Full Moon Poya Day

The Department of Railways states, for the convenience of pilgrims converging towards Anuradhapura in view of Poson Full Moon Poya Day, twenty six additional trains will be operational from today.

These additional trains, which will begin commuting from Colombo Fort and Maho Junction will be operational until Tuesday.

Thereby, the first train left for Anuradhapura from the Colombo Fort Railway Station, this afternoon.
Trains bound for Anuradhapura from Colombo Fort will also leave tomorrow at 3.30 am, 8.30 am, 12.45 pm and 6.10pm. On Poson Full Moon Poya Day which is this coming Sunday, trains will leave Colombo Fort bound for Anuradhapura at 3.30 am, 9.00 am and 6.10 pm.
The Department of Railways further states, passengers can travel in trains operating between Anuradhapura and Mihintale free-of-charge, from tomorrow. The first train will leave the Anuradhapura Railway Station bound for Mihintale, at 6.00 am tomorrow morning. This toll free service will be available until Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport states, a special joint transport plan will be in operation from today until Tuesday morning.
The CTB have deployed 600 additional buses, and these buses will be operational covering the zones of Colombo, Kandy, Gampaha and the North Western Province. Private bus owners have also agreed to run their buses, right upto Mihintale.

The US Military states, unexploded device spotted on tanker

The US Military has released a video which allegedly shows Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from a tanker attacked in the Gulf of Oman.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has blamed Iran for the attacks yesterday, which involved the Front Altair owned by a Norwegian shipping company and Japanese-owned Kokuka Courageous.
However, he didn't present clear evidence to support the accusation.

The US Central Command said in a statement, the video shows a Revolutionary Guard patrol boat approach the Kokuka Courageous, and remove the mine, nine hours after the attacks. The device is believed to be a limpet mine which can be detonated remotely.

The Pakistan Cricket Board states, international cricket will return to Pakistan later this year, when the country hosts matches of the Asian Test Championship

Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board: Ehsan Mani says, international cricket will return to Pakistan later this year, when the country will be hosting matches for the Asian Test Championship, against Sri Lanka in September, and against Bangladesh in January or February next year.

Speaking to the media at Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium, Mani said, the ICC Test Championship is spanned over two years and will end in 2021.

He revealed, the Sri Lankan team will play a bilateral series in Pakistan in December this year, which will feature three One Day Internationals and a similar number of T20 matches.

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, and the produce is being aimed at supermarkets and tourists visiting the country.
A kilo of strawberries is being sold between 300 and 500 rupees, these days.

President leaves for Tajikistan.

The 05th 'Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia' will begin tomorrow in Tajikistan with the participation of President Maithripala Sirisena. The President is scheduled to deliver a special lecture on the final day of the conference on Saturday. 27 countries including Sri Lanka are members of the summit. Presidential Media Director Dharma Sri Bandara Ekanayake said that the President left for Tajikistan this morning to attend the summit.

The Chief Justice permits Attorney General to file indictments against ten accused in connection with the bond scam

The Chief Justice has given his approval to the Attorney General to file indictments at the special high court against ten accused in connection with the Central Bank bond scam. State Counselor and a coordinating officer of the attorney general Nishara Jayaratne said that indictments have been prepared with 23 charges against former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran and ten others in connection with the bond scam. She said that Attorney General Dappula de Livera has requested the chief justice to appoint a permanent three judge bench of the high court to hear the case. She further said that the request has been made in writing to Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya by the Attorney General.

Solutions found for the professional problems of the SLTB employees.


Chairman of the Sri Lanka Transport Board Upali Marasinghe said that it was decided to solve the employee's problem at the SLTB according to the circular on wages and promotions issued by the Ministry of Finance. Therefore, he said that the operations of the bus services will be normalized by this afternoon. The relevant discussion with the participation of Minister Arjuna Ranatunge, State Minister Ashok Abeysinghe, Transport Ministry officials, officials of the salaries commission and trade union representatives took place at the Prime Minister's Office.

Hong Kong extradition protests: Lam criticises 'organised riots'

Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam criticised protests against a proposed bill that would allow extradition to China, calling them "organised riots".She said the clashes between protesters and police were "unacceptable for any civilised societies".Seventy-two people aged between 15 and 66 were injured in violence, including two men who were in critical condition.

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