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Cyclone Debbie: 'Monster' storm batters Australia

A powerful cyclone has pummelled the north-east Australian coast, causing major damage, torrential rain and power cuts to tens of thousands of homes.
Cyclone Debbie made landfall between Bowen and Airlie Beach in Queensland as a category four storm, whipping up gusts of 263km/h (163 mph).
It is moving inland as a category three but could cause damage for hours yet. One serious injury has been reported.
PM Malcolm Turnbull told parliament he had activated a disaster response plan.
The extent of Cyclone Debbie's devastation may not be known for some time, authorities said.
Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said: "We are going to get lots of reports of damage, and sadly I think we will also receive reports of injuries, if not death."

World nuclear ban 'not realistic', says US ambassador to UN.

A worldwide nuclear ban is simply not "realistic", the US ambassador to the UN has said, as nearly 40 countries stayed away from talks on the subject. The US, Britain and France were among the countries that skipped a UN meeting to discuss a new treaty. More than 120 others endorsed a plan for a legally binding nuclear ban.

But US envoy Nikki Haley said national security required nuclear arms because of "bad actors" who could not be trusted. She told reporters that there is nothing anyone want more for his family than a world with no nuclear weapons. But things have to be realistic," 

G.C.E. Ordinary Level exam results released.

The Commissioner General of Examinations Jayantha Pushpakumara says the results of the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination 2016 have been released.  The results can be seen in the official website of the Department. The website is www.doents.lk

The oil anointing national ceremony during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year festive season will be held in Kandy.

Ayurvedic Services Commissioner L.H. Thilakarathne says the oil anointing national ceremony during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year festive season will be held in Kandy under the patronage of the President Maithripala Sirisena. The national ceremony will be held at Sri Naatha Devalaya premises of Sri Dalada Maligawa on 15th AprilSaturday at the auspicious time of 11.09 am

20 stamps will be released to commemorate the International Vesak Festival in Sri Lanka.

The official ceremony of the International Vesak Day celebrations will be held in Colombo on a grand scale, on 13 May 2017 with the participation of all the State Leaders of the Buddhist countries in the world. The Post Master General Rohana Abeyrathne says 20 stamps will be released to commemorate the International Vesak Festival in Sri Lanka.

18 Buddhist countries in the Asia Pacific region will be taken into consideration when designing these stamps. Ministry of Buddha Sasana and Ministry of Cultural Affairs will work together to select the themes and pictures for the design of stamps

GCE O/level results will be released tomorrow.

The Commissioner General of Examinations JayanthaPushpakumara says that the results of the GCE Ordinary Level 2016 will be released tomorrow.

The railway locomotive engineers suspend their planned strike.

The Railway locomotive operating engineers have suspended their strike that had been planned to begin midnight today. President of their union L.K Dissanayke said that due to success of a discussion they had with minister Nimal Siripala De Silva this decision was arrived. Accordingly the normal railway services will continue.

The European Union extends its fullest support to national reconciliation and economic development in Sri Lanka.

Ambassador of the European Union Tung Lai Margue says the EU is satisfied with the national reconciliation process in Sri Lanka.

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