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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


US election: Trump campaign spending still lags far behind Clinton

Donald Trump's election campaign doubled its spending last month but still lagged far behind US presidential rival Hillary Clinton, figures show. The Trump campaign spent 18.5 million US dollars in July, compared to his Democratic rival's 38 million US dollars.


The Prime Minister meets the members of the Asian Cricket council.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe states that Chinese government is ready to introduce cricket to their people. The Chinese Authorities had told the Premier about their willingness. He was speaking at a meeting with members of the Asian Cricket council at Temple Trees this afternoon.


Kurdish wedding massacre blamed on IS

So-called Islamic State is likely to have carried out a deadly bomb attack on a wedding in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. The death toll in the attack in the southern city of Gaziantep has now risen to 50, the local governor's office said, with almost 100 wounded.


Great Britain's Mo Farah won his fourth Olympic gold.

South Korea's Inbee Park won the women's Olympic golf tournament in Rio. Park shot a final-round 66 to finish on 16 under, five clear of world number one Lydia Ko of New Zealand. China's Shanshan Feng took bronze, a shot further back on 10 under par.


ත්‍රිකුණාමලය. මඩකලපුව සහ අම්පාර යන දිස්ත්‍රික්කවල හමුදා කඳවුරු අඩුකිරීමක් සිදුකර නැතැයි ආරක්‍ෂක අමාත්‍යංශය අවධාරණය කරයි.


හමුදා කදවුරු 64 ක් නැගෙනහිරෙන් ඉවතට යන ප්‍රධාන සිරස්තලය යටතේ ඉරිදා දිවයින පුවත්පතේ අද පල කර ඇති ප්‍රවෘත්තිය සත්‍යයෙන් තොර බව ආරක්‍ෂක අමාත්‍යංශය පවසයි. එම ප්‍රවෘත්තියේ සදහන් වනපරිදි ත්‍රිකුණාමලය. මඩකලපුව සහ අම්පාර යන දිස්ත්‍රික්කවල කිසිදු කඳවුරුවල අඩුකිරීමක් සිදුකර නැතැයි ආරක්‍ෂක අමාත්‍යංශයේ මාධ්‍ය කේන්ද්‍රයේ අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ බ්‍රිගේඩියර් කේ . කේ. ජයවීර මහතා පවසයි


Afghan troops 'retake Kunduz district from Taliban'


Afghan government forces have recaptured a key district of the northern province of Kunduz from the Taliban, the provincial governor says. Asadullah Omarkhel's announcement came hours after Khanabad district was seized by Taliban fighters. But local sources told the BBC that Taliban fighters were still present near the district headquarters.


State income has increased by 23 percent


Minister Ravi Karunanayake says that the state income has marked a growth of 23 percent during the first 7 months of this year. The minister attributed this development to this efficient programme implemented by the government to collect taxes. Inland Revenue Department, Excise Department and the Customs Department have earned a sum of 769.7 billion rupees. The amount in the same period last year was at 625.5 billion rupees.

Sri Lanka - Australia 1st ODI will be played in Colombo today.


Sri Lanka - Australia 1st ODI will be played at the R. Premadasa grounds in Colombo at 2.30 this evening. A rising star in Sri Lanka’s Under-19 cricket team, top-order batsman Avishka Fernando has been picked in the Sri Lankan national team’s squad for the first two ODIs.


Pakistan ready to invest in various fields

Pakistan High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Syed Shakeel Hussein says his country is eager to invest in various fields of Sri Lanka. Special attention will be focused on the fields of agriculture, IT and construction in this regard.


Mass brawl in Bangladesh over TV soap

An argument about a popular TV drama in Bangladesh erupted into a mass brawl involving hundreds of people, with 15 people badly injured. Villagers in Habiganj district had gathered in a cafe to watch Indian-made Bengali fantasy drama Kiranmala.


Usain Bolt seals ‘triple-triple’

Usain Bolt secured a sweep of the three men's sprint titles for a third successive Olympics when Jamaica successfully defended their 4x100 metres relay title in 37.27 seconds on Friday.


The government is to enact new measures to reactivate packaging laws on food processing oils.

Director of the Consumer Authority Mrs. Chandra Thilakarathna says steps will be taken to reactivate legislation pertaining to packaging laws on food processing oils. A survey reveals that many oils unsuitable for human consumption are in the local market.


A boat manufacturing yard will be set up in the North.

The Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic resources Development has decided to set up a boat manufacturing yard in the Northern province. This boats yard will be established in Karainagar area at a cost 285 million rupees. The construction work will be started on Monday under the patronage of Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.


Much awaited Glass Bridge to open in China.

This weekend, the much heralded "world's highest and longest" glass-bottomed bridge will open to visitors in central China. It connects two mountain cliffs in what are known as the Avatar Mountains in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province. Completed in December, the 430 meter-long bridge cost 3.4 million dollars to build and stands 300 meters above ground. State news agency Xinhua reported, it has been paved with 99 panes of three-layered transparent glass. According to the officials, the 6 meter-wide bridge, designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, has already set world records for its architecture and construction.

Unstoppable Bolt wins 200 meters and eyes 'treble treble'.

Usain Bolt won the men's 200 meters to claim his second Rio 2016 gold, his eighth at an Olympics, and keep alive his hopes of an unprecedented 'treble treble'. The Jamaican ran 19.78 seconds to come home ahead of Canada's Andre de Grasse and France's Christophe Lemaitre. Bolt has already won the 100 meters in Rio and will run in the 4x100 meters relay final today.


US: Iran cash linked to prisoner release.

The State Department has said a 400 million dollars cash payment to Iran was used as "leverage" in the release of five US prisoners. Spokesman John Kirby maintained the payment was negotiated separately from the release, but said it was withheld until the Americans had left Iran.

Five Americans held in Iran were released in January in exchange for seven detained Iranians. The US airlifted 400 million dollars worth of cash to Iran on the same day. The exchange came as the US lifted international sanctions against Iran as part of the country's historic nuclear deal.

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