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The Prime Minister says the present government was created to bring down the cost living burden of the workers.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says measures will be taken to further develop the investments, production and trade sectors in the country to provide benefits to the people.

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Billionaire businessman abducted in Bambalapitiya found murdered.

The Police say the kidnapped billionaire businessman has been murdered. His body has been found at Rukulagama area situated along the Mawanella Hemmathagama road last night. The businessman was kidnapped at Bambalapitiya on the 21st of this month. The Magistrate inquiry will be held this morning. The body was found according to a complaint received by the Police Emergency Unit.

Death toll from Italy earthquake rises to 159.


At least 159 people have been killed and 368 injured in an earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy. The magnitude-6.2 quake struck at 03:36 local time, 100 kilometers north-east of Rome, not far from Perugia.

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Sri Lanka levels the one day series while Australian skipper heads home.

Youngsters shined again to help Sri Lanka beat Australia in the 2nd One Day International by 82 runs leveling the series 1-1. Batting first after winning the toss, Sri Lanka made 288 all out in 48 .5 overs. Although Sri Lanka lost their openers within 12 runs Kusal Mendis top scored with 69, backed up by aggressive 50s from captain Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera.

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A committee meeting of the Asian Bishops' conference is to be held in Sri Lanka.

The Asian Bishops' Conference committee meeting will be held in Sri Lanka from the 28th November to the 4th of December in Negombo this year. Eight cardinals and 150 Bishops representing Asian region countries will attend .

Turkish tanks roll into northern Syria.

A dozen Turkish tanks have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy shelling of an area held by so-called Islamic State.
Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes.

Sri Lanka participates in prestigious New York Trade Fair

The Sri Lanka pavilion at the ‘Artisan Resource at NY NOW 2016’ trade fair was declared open by Dr. Rohan Perera, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, New York on 21st August 2016 at the Jacob Javits Center, New York.

 Seven Sri Lankan companies participated at the Trade Fair through the Sri Lanka Exports Development Board . These companies were able to display Giftware & Lifestyle products manufactured in Sri Lanka. This is Sri Lanka’s first ever participation at this popular trade fair in New York.  

Senarath Attanayake Member of Provincial Council, A. S. Khan, Deputy Permanent Representative, Ms. Upeka Samaratunga, Minister (Commercial) of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington, Ms. Thejani De Alwis, Deputy Director of EDB and representatives of the participating companies and the trade fair organizers were present at the occasion.  The trade fair is held from 21st to 24th August 2016.

SL plans cautious approach against Starc in the 2nd ODI

Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Angelo Mathews says his team would seek to shelve the ambitious strokes against Australian left arm quick Mitchell Starc. Mathews pointed out if his team can score 40 or 50 runs off him, they would be able to catch up against the other bowlers.
Starc was already miserly during the first One Day International. He did not concede a boundary in his
10 overs, which cost only 32 and was also penetrative, taking three wickets. Each of those dismissals, however, was the result of an expansive drive gone awry.

Meanwhile, if Dinesh Chandimal scores another fifty in today's match, he will join Andrew Jones, Kane Williamson, Mohammad Yousuf, Asif Iqbal, and Mark Waugh, at second on the list of most fifties on the trot in One Day matches. Javed Miandad holds the record with nine consecutive
half-centuries.

The 2nd One Day International between the two teams will get underway at the R. Premadasa stadium at 2.30 p.m.

Earthquake strikes Central Italy

An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude has struck central Italy, leaving at least 13 people dead and others trapped under rubble. The USGS said the quake hit at 03:36 a.m.
local time, 76 kilometers southeast of the city of Perugia, at the very shallow depth of 10 kilometers. The mayor of one town told Italian radio that "half the town is gone".
In Rome, some buildings shook for 20 seconds. A family of four had been found under rubble in the town of Accumoli. Meanwhile the Police said two people had died in the nearby village of Pescara del Tronto.

Sri Lanka seek quick turnaround in 2nd ODI

Having taken an early lead in the five-match One-Day International series, Australia will aim to carry forward the momentum when they take on hosts Sri Lanka in the second game at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday.

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Hambantota Port will be developed as an industrial port.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said the Hambantota Port will be developed as an industrial port in future. Accordingly, the infrastructures of the port will be upgraded. The relevant lands extension will be utilized under the long term lease agreement. The Chinese and Thai companies have shown their interest in this regard. 

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Paris tourism hit by militant attacks, strikes and floods.

Figures show that attacks by Islamist militants, strikes and floods have caused a big fall in tourism in Paris. There were a million fewer visitors, a 6.2 percent drop, between January and June compared with the same period in 2015.

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Sushma asks jobless in Saudi to return

The Indian government has asked stranded Indian workers in Saudi Arabia to return without waiting for unpaid salaries from their Saudi employers.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj used the social media to reach out to the affected Indian nationals asking them to return without waiting for their dues.

The issue erupted on July 30 when External Affairs Minister announced from her Twitter handle that 10,000 Indian nationals were facing a “food crisis” in Saudi Arabia as they had not been paid salaries for several months. The crisis was due to non-payment of salaries for Indian nationals.

Following the Indian initiative, the Saudi government pitched in with food, medical and transport support for the jobless workers and promised to give “exit visas” to those without no-objection certificates.

PM Dahal directs transport authorities for effective services

In Nepal ,Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has directed the concerned authorities to make transport-related government services effective and efficient as well as friendly for service-seekers.

Issuing directives to Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport PM Dahal urged them to develop three more transport service centres in the Kathmandu Valley – two in Kathmandu and one in Bhaktapur – for the purpose.



The new centres would help ease the process of issuing driving licences, renewing bill books and receiving route permits.

He had also directed Minister Lekhak and Secretary Karki to manage online registration system and utilise school and college buildings for driving licence examinations.

The amended draft bill on animal feed to be tabled in the Parliament


The Parliament will reconvene at 1.00 pm today. The amended draft bill on animal feed will be taken up for debate today.

Germans told to stock up for a disaster

For the first time since the Cold War the German government is advising citizens to stockpile food and water for use in a national emergency. Some opposition MPs said the new civil defence concept, to go before ministers, was scaremongering.

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Modi promises full central support to 5 flood-hit states

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed concern over the worsening flood situation in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand and promised total support from the centre in rescue and relief operations.

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Pakistan rise to No. 1 in Test rankings for the first time.


Pakistan have risen to No. 1 in the ICC's Test rankings for the first time. They took the top position from India, following India's washed out Test against West Indies in Trinidad.

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Importation of Areca nut related products to be banned

Importation of Areca nut related products such as 'Babul' are to be banned. Minister Dr. Rajitha Senerathne says a memorandum in this regard will be presented to the cabinet soon. This decision has been taken with the objective of preventing oral cancer. The disease is being spread rapidly in many parts of the country.

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Flood misery returns to parts of India.

Large parts of India have been flooded after a number of rivers started flowing above danger level. At least 17 people have been reportedly killed in flood-related incidents in Madhya Pradesh state. In the eastern Bihar state, at least 15,000 people have been evacuated from their homes after a "flood-like situation" in a dozen districts.

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Rio Olympics end with Maracana carnival.

The Rio Olympics has ended with a spectacular carnival-inspired closing ceremony, and the official handover to 2020 hosts Tokyo. The colourful ceremony, lasting almost three hours, celebrated Brazil's arts and was held in a wet Maracana. Among the highlights were Tokyo's impressive showcase and a vibrant carnival parade.

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