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Five convicts including Duminda Silva sentenced to death over killing of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra.

The Colombo High Court has imposed death sentences on Former MP Duminda Silva and four others who were found guilty in the case involving killing of four persons including Bharatha Laksman Premachandra.

Accordingly, Anura Thusara de Mel, Chaminda Ravi Jayanath, Janaka Bandara Galagoda and Sarath Bandara are also sentenced to death by the panel of judges.

Mr. Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was killed in Kolonnawa at 8th of October 2011 during a shooting incident. The case involving this killing was continued for more than one and half years.

The judgement was given by a special panel of High Court Judges including Shiran Gunaratne, Padmini Ranawaka and M.C.B.S.Morayas.

The panel was divided on the judgement; the chairman of the panel Shiran Gunaratne acquitted all suspects while others decided to impose death sentences on the convicts.

Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting

The 11th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting will conclude today ( 8th) in Apia, hosted by the Government of Samoa on the theme of ‘Gender equality through sustainable development in an inclusive commonwealth’.

WAMM has been held triennially since 1985 and provides the opportunity for ministers, senior officials, civil society, private sector and partner agencies to discuss critical issues in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

It also contributes to the setting of Commonwealth priorities and the global agenda for sustainable and inclusive development. The 10th WAMM was held in Bangladesh in 2013. View outcomes from 10WAMM here

Key objectives of the meeting include to inform on proposed Commonwealth priorities on gender equality and women’s rights in the period of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Emerging issues and increasingly critical development issues on gender equality, women’s empowerment and development to promote inclusive development and democracy will also be discussed.

Denmark to buy Panama papers data.

Denmark is to buy data leaked from the law firm at the heart of the Panama Papers scandal. In a statement, the Taxation Minister announced that an anonymous offer to sell data involving up to 600 Danish citizens was made to the tax authorities over the summer.

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The cabinet has approved a proposal to limit import and use of harmful Asbestos.

 

The cabinet has approved a proposal to limit import and use of harmful Asbestos. Accordingly import and use of such asbestos and alike products will be totally prohibited from 1st of January 2018.

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Paralympic ticket sales surpass one million

The figure has quadrupled since the Olympic Games closing ceremony on 21st of last month, when only 300 thousand tickets had been bought for the September Games.

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Syrian forces drop chlorine in Aleppo

Syrian government forces have been accused of dropping barrel bombs containing chlorine from helicopters on a suburb of Aleppo, injuring 80 people

. Volunteer emergency workers say people suffered breathing difficulties after an attack on the on the Sukari area. A UN-led investigation in August found the government had used chlorine on at least two occasions. The Syrian government has always denied using chemical weapons

Syrian Government helicopters 'drop chlorine' on Aleppo

Syrian government forces have been accused of dropping barrel bombs containing chlorine from helicopters on a suburb of Aleppo, injuring 80 people. Volunteer emergency workers say people suffered breathing difficulties after an attack on the Sukari area.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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