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Transitioning SL face another stern test against Aussies

Many Twenty20 specialist players are expected to feature in the Sri Lankan line up in today's 1stTwenty20 International against Australia. It includes the likes of Chamara Kapugedara, Sachithra Senanayake and Thisara Perera while Kusal Janith Perera is expected to move up the order.

This will also be the last international series Tillakaratne Dilshan will be included in the Sri Lankan line up. Therefore, the new team led by Dinesh Chandimal will be keen to thank Dilshan by winning both the matches.

Meanwhile, Australia is likely to play the same team although Glenn Maxwell can make his way into the team.

The match is scheduled to begin at 7.00 p.m. Sri Lankan time.

Philippines President regrets abusive remark over Obama

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed regret for his abusive remark while referring to President Barack Obama. In a statement read out by his spokesman, Duterte said his “strong comments” to certain questions by a reporter “elicited concern as well as distress and also regret

it came across as a personal attack on the US President." The Philippines President made the remarks before flying to Laos, where he will attend a regional summit. He had been scheduled to meet US President
Barak Obama separately. But Obama indicated that he was having second thoughts about that meeting after the remark.

G20 summit concludes

The 11th summit of the Group of 20 (G20) major economies concluded on Monday, reaching extensive consensus on pursuing innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economic growth.


UN human rights chief condemns Western politicians.

The UN's human rights chief has launched a scathing attack on Western populist politicians, branding them "demagogues and political fantasists". Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein singled out Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders, saying he used bigotry as a political weapon.


The first T20 between Sri Lanka and Australia this evening.

Seamer Kasun Rajitha has been named in Sri Lanka's squad for the two T20s against Australia, while allrounders Thisara Perera and Milinda Siriwardana, batsman Chamara Kapugedara, and spinner Sachithra Senanayake, have also all been recalled.


1,450 metric tons of fish exported to the Europe after the removal of the ban.

The Ministry of fisheries announces that 1,450 metric tons of fish has been exported to the Europe after the removal of the ban imposed on Sri Lanka. The ministry added that high demand is witnessed for tuna fish from Europe and some other countries.


A special project to provide electricity through solar power for one million houses will commence tomorrow.

A special project to provide electricity through solar power for one million housing units will commence tomorrow. President Maithripala Sirisena will participate as the chief guest.


SLFP anniversary celebrations gave a proper response to JO - Western Province CM


Chief Minister of Western Province Isura Devapriya says the Sri Lanka Freedom Party was able to hold the largest ever part convention in the history of Sri Lankan politics yesterday. Taking part in the Subharathi discussion programme of the SLBC this morning the Chief Minister also said the party members gave a proper response to the statements made by the group who call themselves as the Joint Opposition.


Indian PM emphasises the need of eliminating safe havens for economic offenders


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made it clear that effective financial governance requires to act against the corrupt and elimination of “safe havens” for economic offenders .
He also called on G20 members to break down the web of excessive banking secrecy.


Attack on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Malaysia


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed reports that Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to Malaysia had been assaulted by a group of persons at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport today, 4 September 2016.

The Government of Sri Lanka condemns this act of violence on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Malaysia, in the strongest terms.

The High Commissioner is receiving medical attention.


G20 leaders told 'avoid empty talk' by China's Xi Jinping

China's President Xi Jinping has urged leaders of the world's 20 largest economies to avoid "empty talk" as they look to quicken economic growth.


The President pays attention on the proposal to increase tobacco tax by 90 percent submitted by him to the Cabinet needed to be approved soon.


President Maithripala Sirisena says the proposal to increase Tobacco tax by 90 percent submitted by him to the Cabinet needed to be approved soon. He requested all the Ministers and Parliamentarians not to support a tragedy of turning whole nation to become sick persons by postponing the proposal.


Philippines bomb attack kills 14

At least 14 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the home city of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.


Discussion to improve the trade ties between Sri Lanka and USA.

Sri Lanka and USA will enter into a special agreement to strengthen the trade ties between the two nations. The Inter-Sessional meetings of the 12th United States- Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement to complete the work-plan under US-Sri Lanka Joint Action Plan finalised on April 28 in Washington DC opened in Colombo yesterday to further give great impetus to historic Sri Lanka-US trade ties.


Deadly bomb attack on Pakistan court

A suicide bomber has attacked a court in the northern Pakistani city of Mardan, killing at least 11 people and injuring nearly 30. The Police said the attacker threw a hand grenade before running into the court area and detonating a bomb.


Tharanga, Dickwella & Dasun included in the SL ODI squad.

Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews' calf tear has ruled him out of the remainder of Australia's tour, while all-rounder Thisara Perera and left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan have been released from the Sri Lanka squad for the fifth One Day International.


The Czech President to visit Sri Lanka

Mrs. Priyanee Wijesekera, Ambassador Designate of Sri Lanka to the Czech Republic presented Credential to the President Miloz Ziman on 23rd August, 2016 at the office of the President in the Prague Castle.

Following the Credential Ceremony she met the President, Deputy Foreign Minister and Director of the Department of South Asia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


A suicide bomber kills 13 in Pakistan

A suicide bomber has attacked a court in the northern Pakistani city of Mardan, killing at least 13 people and injuring nearly 40.Police said that the attacker threw a hand grenade before running into the court area and detonating a bomb .


Hurricane Hermine hits Florida coast.

Hurricane Hermine has made landfall in northern Florida, becoming the first hurricane to hit the state since 2005. Hermine hit the Florida Gulf Coast early on Friday as a category one hurricane, bringing with it a heavy storm surge.


Powerful quake off north-east New Zealand coast.

Residents of a small community on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island have been asked to evacuate after a severe earthquake at sea. Civil defence authorities asked people in the Tolaga Bay area to leave their homes after a 7.1 quake struck 169 kilometers north-east of Gisborne.

People in some coastal areas were told to go to higher ground. The quake caused a tsunami but it has had no noticeable impact, an emergency worker told New Zealand radio.

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 ticket ballot opens.

The International Cricket Council has announced that the ticket ballot for next year’s ICC Champions Trophy 2017, to be staged in England and Wales from June next year, opens today giving cricket fans the opportunity to apply to watch one of the 15 games.

Tickets prices start at just 5 pounds for children and 20 pounds for adults. The ballot will be open for 30 days through the official website at and fans can submit an application for as many games as they wish. The ballot closes at 20.00 British Standard Time on 30th of this month.

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