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Kabul suicide bomber kills 48 in tuition centre attack

Forty-eight people have been killed and 67 injured in a bomb explosion at an education centre in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, officials say. Police say a suicide bomber walked into the centre while teaching was under way and detonated his bomb belt. Many of those killed were teenagers who were getting extra tuition as they prepared for university entrance exams. In the northern province of Baghlan, an attack killed at least nine policemen and 35 soldiers, officials say

Title deeds will be distributed among the landless families in 6 districts by the Prime Minister from today

Title deeds will be distributed among the landless families in 6 districts by the Prime Minister from today. Handing over of 2,000 land deeds in will be held Ratnapura today and 1,000 land deeds in Deniyaya under the theme 'Husma Gatta Wasara Thunak' to mark the 3rd anniversary of the good governanance rule. 4,000 land deeds will be distributed among people at a ceremony to be held in Baddegama town on the 21st of this month. Land deeds for the families in Moneragala District will be distributed tomorrow at Kotiyagala in Siyambalanduwa. Distribution of deeds for the families in the Matara District held on Saturday at the Urubokka National School.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will also hand over appointment letters to 4,130 graduate recruits at Temple Trees on August 20th.

Many Private bus associations say that they do not join the proposed strike

Lanka private bus owners association chairman Gamunu Wijeratne said that his union and several other unions will not support the strike mainly due to the GCE Advanced Level examination which is currently underway.

Former Central provincial councilor Raja Uswatakeiyawa said that the private bus strike is an attempt against the government's measures to eliminate accidents.

General Secretary of the SLFP stresses that parliamentarians of the party have no intention to be independent in parliamen

General Secretary of the SLFP Prf. Rohana Lakshmana Piyadasa stresses that parliamentarians of the party have no intention to be independent in the parliament. They can perform the role of opposition in parliament as they wish being member of the party.

The Prime Minister said that the government has taken steps to identify and conserve archeological important heritages

The conserved and renovated stone wall and the pond of the Anuradhapura Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi were vested with the public by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe yesterday. This 397 meter long stone wall was initially built at the King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe era. Renovation was done by the Maha Vihara Project under the Central Cultural Fund.

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Cabinet approval received for the appointment of the Special Salaries Commission

The Government has decided to appoint a Special Salaries Commission to make necessary recommendations to increase the salaries of the entire public sector staff, and to do away the salary anomalies that were reported in certain public sector institutions, inclusive of the Railways. The Cabinet of Ministers gave its approval to appoint this Salaries Commission, on a recommendation made by the Minister of Finance: Mangala Samaraweera, yesterday. The commission will make its recommendations to the government within the next two months.

The 10 percent tax charged from the artists who have a monthly income over 50,000 rupees has been reduced up to 5 percent

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says that the 10 percent tax charged from the artists who have a monthly income over 50,000 rupees has been reduced up to 5 percent. The Minister said that the decision has been taken as a concession for the artists. This decision is to be submitted to the parliament before the next budget.

Another 7,000 members are to be recruited to the Police service

Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara says, 25 special units will be established to curb Drug Smuggling and Organized Crime. Speaking at a media briefing held at his Ministry last evening he noted, the government has been able to curb Drug Smuggling and Organized Crime to a considerable extent, however, these new units will be established to further expand this task. He added that another 7,000 members are to be recruited to the Police service.

The first Kumbal Perahera of the historic Esala Maha Perehera will parade the streets of Kandy tomorrow

The Kumbal Perahara will parade the streets for the first five days from tomorrow to the 20th. The Randoli Perahera will begin on August 21 and will continue until August 25.The Esala festival will conclude with the traditional water cutting ritual at the Mahaweli River at Getambe on August 26, morning. Then, according to tradition, the Diyawadana Nilame of the sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa, along with the Basnayake Nilames of the four Dewales, will officially present the traditional communication of successful conclusion of the Kandy Esala Perahera to the head of state, President Maithripala Sirisena.

Italy Bridge rescuers search into the night in Genoa

Rescuers in the northwest Italian city of Genoa are searching into the night for possible survivors after the dramatic collapse of a motorway bridge. Police say at least 26 people were killed and 15 badly hurt, when dozens of vehicles fell 148 feet. Reports say cries can be heard from people trapped in the debris. Twelve people are said to be missing. Some 300 firefighters from across Italy have been using sniffer dogs and climbing gear in the search.

Sri Lanka wins by three wickets in tight chase

Sri Lanka won the T-20 encounter against South Africa's tour of Sri Lanka played at the R. Premadasa Stadium by 3 wickets.  South Africa won the toss and elected to bat. South Africa all out for 98 runs in 16.4 overs. Quinton de Kock is the highest scorer of 20 runs for Proteas. Lakshan Sandakan took 3 wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva and Akila Dhananjaya took 2 wickets each. In reply Sri Lanka were able to hit the target score in 16 overs. Dinesh Chandimal scored the highest runs of 36 for Sri Lanka. Dhananjaya de Silva 31.

President praises health minister's role in uplifting the medical sector

President Maithripala Sirisena said that around 150 people in Sri Lanka die of Non Communicable Diseases daily and the country should strive to bring down the deaths caused by NCDs to 50. The President noted that the health sector had made vast strides under the Good Governance government that came to power in 2015. President Sirisena said that Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Rajitha Senaratne has played a major role in bringing significant development in the health sector.

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US officials say, North Korea working on new missiles

North Korea appears to be building new ballistic missiles despite recent warming ties with the Trump administration and pledges to denuclearise, reports say. Unnamed US officials told the Washington Post that spy satellites had spotted continuing activity at a site that has produced ballistic missiles. Reuters quotes an official as saying it is unclear how far the work has gone. Donald Trump met North Korea's Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June.

The 2nd ODI between Sri Lanka and South Africa will be played in Dambulla today

The 2nd ODI between Sri Lanka and South Africa will be played in Dambulla today. This will be played as a Day and Night encounter.

The 2nd ODI between Sri Lanka and South Africa will be played in Dambulla today

The 2nd ODI between Sri Lanka and South Africa will be played in Dambulla today. This will be played as a Day and Night encounter.

South Africa beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the first One Day International in Dambulla

South Africa overcame Sri Lanka by five wickets to win the first One Day International in Dambulla. Electing to bat first, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 193 all out in 34.3 overs. Kusal Janith Perera was the top scorer, making 81 runs. Thisara Perera scored 49 runs. Kagiso Rabada and Tabraiz Shamsi captured four wickets each.

In reply, South Africa reached 196 for five in 31 overs. JP Duminy made an unbeaten 53 while Quinton De Kock and Faf Du Plessis made 47 runs each. In bowling, Akila Dhananjaya took three wickets for 50 runs

A major effort will be undertaken in the next two years to develop rural areas

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says he hopes to develop the war-torn eastern province and its economy through the eastern development plan. He was speaking at the opening of a new divisional secretariat building at Eravur in Batticaloa yesterday. He said the development plan includes the construction of an airport to boost tourism in the province.

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August 01st sees the enforcement of the National Audit Act

August 01st will see the enforcement of the National Audit Act, a key promise given by the government. The related gazette extraordinary has already been issued by the President. With the implementation of the act, the National Audit Services Commission will come into being. Also, it will see that a national audit office is in place to facilitate the responsibilities of the Auditor General.

Minister Sajith Premadasa speaks about an inherent exception of the present government

Minister Sajith Premadasa says the present government has an inherent exception of serving the people instead of fighting for power. He made the remark at the opening of Thatchanapuram and Kailasapuram housing schemes in Trincomalee yesterday. Kailasapuram is the 100th in the reawakening villages programme.

The anti-corruption high courts will begin hearing cases from next week

According to Justice Ministry sources, the anti-corruption high courts will begin hearing cases from next week. Contrary to certain reports, the number one anti-corruption high court is already in place and its sitting judges named. The anti-corruption high courts will take up cases pertaining to bribery, money laundering, criminal breach of trust, fund raising for terrorism, organized crime and misuse of public funds and properties.

Restrictions come into force next month on holding private tuition classes

Restrictions will come into force next month on holding private tuition classes. Minister of Buddha Sasana told the SLBC that there would be bans on private tuition on Full Moon Poya Days and in the mornings on Sundays.

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