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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.

Donald Trump says Mexico will have to pay for a border wall.

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has insisted Mexico will pay for a border wall "100 percent", in a major immigration speech. He told a cheering crowd in Arizona that he would secure the border, and left open the possibility that millions of illegal immigrants be deported.

Hours earlier, he met Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto but said they had not discussed financing the wall. The President later insisted he had told Trump, Mexico would not pay. There had been speculation that the Republican candidate would back off his plan to deport the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US.

Egyptian President will arrive in Indian

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi will arrive here today on a three-day visit. He will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to step up engagement in areas of security, counter-terrorism and trade.

With both India and Egypt grappling with terrorism, both the leaders are expected to deliberate on ways to deal with the menace effectively.

Sisi will be accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising of Ministers, top officials and business leaders.

He will hold wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Modi on Friday. Both sides are set to sign a number of MoUs after the talks.

Sisi will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari.

India and Egypt have a strong economic relationship.

India is the sixth largest trading partner of Egypt -- the second largest export destination. India's imports from Egypt were worth USD 1.74 billion during 2014-15.

Indian businessmen have invested nearly USD 3 billion in about 50 companies in Egypt and have given employment opportunities to around 35,000 Egyptians.

Two people have been arrested with the possession of 5 kilogram of gold at the Kankasanthurai Sea area.

Two people have been arrested with the possession of 5 kilogram of gold at the Kankasanthurai Sea area. The raid was done by Sri Lanka navy. The culprits posing as fishermen were trying to traffic gold using a small boat. Further investigations are being done by the officers of the customs department of Jaffna.

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff removed from office by Senate

Brazil's Senate has voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office for manipulating the budget. It puts an end to the 13 years in power of her left-wing Workers' Party. Ms Rousseff had denied the charges. Sixty-one senators voted in favour of her dismissal and 20 against, meeting the two-thirds majority needed to remove her from the presidency. (BBC)

UN Secretary-General arrived in Sri Lanka for a three-day official visit.

UN Secretary-General arrived in Sri Lanka for a three-day official visit.

Deputy Minister Harsha de Silva welcomed Mr.Ban Ki-moon at Katunayake International Airport at around 7.30 pm.


Presidential Candidate Donald Trump to meet Mexican president.

US Republican candidate Donald Trump is to visit Mexico on Wednesday, hours before he details measures against illegal immigration in a speech. Mr Trump tweeted that he was looking forward to meeting President Enrique Pena Nieto,

SL seek revival against depleted Australia in the 4th ODI

The Sri Lankan cricket team is likely to experiment a new opening pair in the 4th One Day International against Australia today. Therefore, Sri Lanka may push Dhananjaya de Silva up the order to open, as he does for his club team replacing retired T.M.Dilshan. Angelo Perera is expected to be featured in the middle order.
Meanwhile, with Shaun Marsh unavailable due to an inury Usman Khawaja is likely to enter the Australian team. Nathan Lyon may also play in place of Josh Hazlewood, as Dambulla track will have worn since Sunday.
Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka Cricket has announced that all the tickets for today's match have been sold out and that no tickets will be available at the venue.
The match is scheduled to start at 2.30 p.m. Sri Lankan time.

Heavy rains cause water logging and traffic jam in Indian capital

Heavy rains have caused water logging in many areas and massive traffic jams in New Delhi, leading to people getting stuck on the roads. Hyderabad has also witnessed heavy downpour. Traffic helpline officials told that they were flooded with calls of traffic jams and water logging across the Indian capital. The weather office has forecast thunderstorm with rain through the day. 
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State John Kerry's proposed visit to three religious sites in India has been cancelled due to heavy rains. Kerry was scheduled to visit the Gauri Shankar temple, Jama Masjid and Gurdwara Sisganj Sahib in the old Delhi area today. The US Secretary of State who is on a three-day-visit to India, was supposed to visit the sites yesterday itself but it was postponed.

Myanmar holds peace talks with ethnic groups

Hundreds of representatives of Myanmar’s ethnic tribes gathered Wednesday in the country’s capital for historic peace talks with the government aimed at ending decades of separatist insurgencies.


Islamic State: Abu Muhammad al-Adnani 'killed in Aleppo'

One of the longest-serving and most prominent leaders of so-called Islamic State has been killed in Syria, IS-affiliated media say. The IS-affiliated Amaq News Agency reported that Abu Muhammad al-Adnani had died in the province of Aleppo.


Central Bank Governor says the national economy is getting stabilized.

Governor of the Central Bank Dr. Indrajith Coomarswamy says the national economy is getting stabilized. He said that Sri Lanka's private sector credit growth will decelerate to 18 percent at the end of 2016 from more than 28 percent as the central bank's policy tightening measures begin to bite. He told reporters that private sector credit growth edged up to a four-year high of 28.2 percent in June, which the central bank attributed to "a high intake of credit to the industry and services sectors" as well as "substantial growth in personal loans and advances".


Price reduction of drugs in two weeks.

Minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne says the national pharmaceutical regulatory commission is ready to release the gazette notification on the reduction of 85 percent of prices of pharmaceutical items within the next two weeks.  The authority said that before releasing this gazette notification, there is a necessity to resolve some of the technological problems.  The minister made these remarks at a discussion held yesterday at his ministry with the small scale importers of drugs. He added that the people could purchase their needy drugs at a lower price after the release of this gazette notification.


The UN Secretary General will visit the island tomorrow.

UN Secretary General Ban Kyi Moon will visit the island tomorrow evening. He will hold discussions with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and several other government representatives.


India, US sign military logistics pact

India and the U.S have signed the bilateral Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA) that will give the militaries of both countries access to each other’s facilities for supplies and repairs. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter said in a joint statement that LEMOA “will facilitate additional opportunities for practical engagement and exchange.”


Thousands of migrants rescued off Libya

The Italian coastguard says, about 6,500 migrants have been rescued off Libya, in one of the biggest operations of its kind to date. Some 40 co-ordinated rescue missions took place about 20 kilometers off the Libyan town of Sabratha.
Video footage shows migrants, said to be from Eritrea and Somalia, cheering and some swimming to rescue vessels, while others carried babies aboard. On Sunday more than 1,100 migrants were rescued in the same area. 
The instability in Libya has made the country a hub for people-trafficking.

2017 will be the year of liberating the country from poverty - President

President Maithripala Sirisena states that the year 2017 will be declared as the year of liberating the country from poverty. The relevant memorandum will be presented to the cabinet soon. The President was speaking at the progress review meeting of the Mahaweli development and environment ministry.

The meeting was held at the President's office this afternoon. The President further said that a comprehensive programme will be put in place to eradicate poverty from the country with the support of different organizations belonging to public and private sectors as well as NGOs. The President pointed out that the number of people who are living in poverty is larger than the actual figures that are given by the Samurdhi and Divi Neguma movements.

He said that measures will be taken to enhance welfare of the employees belonging to the minor staff of the public and private sector. Country's development has been attached to political personalities yet. But it is necessary to understand priorities of the national development. The President said that some injustice was caused to people living in certain areas due to the bad administrative policies. The mission of the government is to develop all 25 administrative districts without any discrimination.

The unison government was committed to protect democracy freedom and fundamental rights of the people. The priority has now been accorded to attract more local and foreign investments with the view of bringing prosperous to the nation. The President emphasized that the officials should be responsible to spend money on projects properly without returning the funds back to the treasury. 

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