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The Central Bank further strengthens resolution measures on finance companies

The Central Bank says that it has observed certain erroneous news items published in few newspapers raising concerns over financial problems confronted by a few licensedfinance companies.


Nepali PM is to visit India

Nepali Foreign Affairs Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat is scheduled to embark on a three-day official visit to India upon an invitation from his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj tomorrow.


Russia says ceasefire deal for Syria war being held up by US

Russia has said agreement on a ceasefire deal in Syria is being held up by the United States. The two sides have been holding talks in Geneva and the US has said discussions are "making progress". However, a US official later confirmed that deliberations in Washington were behind delays to a deal.


Sri Lanka is in a mission to conquer business opportunities Mekong region.

Greater Mekong Subregion Business Council said that there is tremendous potential in trade and investments opportunities with mutual benefits for Sri Lanka and for the Mekong countries that could help the Sri Lankan economy in a bigger way.  Especially in countries such as Myanmar which opened its economy following a transition of power to a democratically elected government, Sri Lanka can reap the benefits from industries such as construction, healthcare and even education in the country.


Mahaweli sports festival begins today

The 28 Mahaweli Sports-meet will inaugurate from Dehiattakandiya today. 1200 sportspeople representing 13 Mahaweli zones will be participating in the meet. The athletic events would be held today.


04 US swimmers who created a hoax at the Rio Olympics suspended

The three American Olympic swimmers, Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger involved with Ryan Lochte in the infamous gunpoint altercation in Rio last month have been suspended from the US national team for four months. The US Olympic Committee had suspeneded Lochte for 10-months earlier for his role in creating an international incident.


Two men charged for assaulting Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner at KLIA

Two men have charged for assaulting Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia Ibrahim Sahib Ansar at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).


North Korea carries out a nuclear test

North Korea says it has successfully carried out its fifth test of a nuclear device.
The announcement on state media came hours after a huge seismic event was detected near its nuclear test site.


Barack Obama chides 'wacky' Trump after Putin jibe

Ticket sales for the Paralympic Games in Rio have hit 1.6 million as interest in the quadrennial event swells.Barack Obama has chided Donald Trump as "wacky" and "uninformed" after the Republican candidate said Russia's President Putin was a better leader.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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