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Illegal street hawkers in Colombo city will be removed from the 15th of next month.


It has been decided to remove the illegal street hawkers, advertisements and cart traders from the 15th of next month. This decision has been taken at a meeting held at the Ministry of Provincial Councils and Local Government recently. The meeting was held under the patronage of the Secretary of the Ministry Kamal Pathmasiri.


Italy holds day of mourning for quake dead

A day of national mourning has begun in Italy for the almost 300 people who died when a powerful earthquake hit mountainous central regions. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is due to attend state funerals for victims from Arquata, one of the worst-hit towns. A state of emergency has been declared in affected areas and 50 million pounds in funds pledged for rebuilding. The official death toll stands at 278 and no survivors have been found since Wednesday evening.

Polish Olympian sells Rio medal to save three-year-old battling cancer

Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski, who took silver at the Rio Olympics, said that he auctioned off his medal this week to fund treatment for a three-year-old boy struck with cancer. The 33-year-old world champion wrote on his Facebook page that he was moved to auction his prize after receiving a letter from the mother of a boy called Olek
who said he had been battling eye cancer for two years and that treatment in New York was his only hope.

The Philippines government and rebels have agreed indefinite ceasefires

The Philippines government and Maoist-led rebels have agreed indefinite ceasefires as part of an accord to accelerate efforts to end a conflict ..

The government expressed hopes that a peace agreement could be reached within a year after the Oslo talks. The guerrillas, who reiterated demands for “revolutionary change,” stopped short of setting a deadline.


New FM of Nepal for friendly ties with neighbours

The Newly elected Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat assured that he would establish friendly ties with the neighbouring countries based on trust and mutual understanding.


The price of diesel will not be increased due to tax revisions on diesel products.



The government has decided to increase the manufacturing tax on a diesel litre to ten rupees from the current 3 rupees.

The Ministry of Finance reiterates that this tax revision will not lead to an increase in the price of diesel. The main objective of the tax amendment is to gain the advantage of the declining crude oil prices in the world market to the government.

UN Secretary General to visit SL on Wednesday.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will arrive in Sri Lanka on Wednesday as a part of his Asian tour, which begins tomorrow. On Wednesday evening, the UN Chief is scheduled to meet with President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and other members of the government as well as the Parliament.


State of emergency declared in Italy quake zone.

Italy has declared a state of emergency in the regions worst hit by Wednesday's earthquake as hopes of finding more survivors fade. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has pledged 50 million euros in funds for rebuilding. At least 250 people are now known to have died and 365 were injured. Teams have continued to search the rubble of toppled buildings for a second night. However, hundreds of aftershocks have hampered the efforts of the 5,000 rescuers.

Italy earthquake: Aftershocks hamper rescue efforts.

Hundreds of aftershocks have rocked devastated areas of central Italy, hampering search efforts after a deadly earthquake. A strong tremor with magnitude 4.3 struck on Thursday afternoon, sending rescuers fleeing from already fragile buildings.

About 5,000 rescue workers are combing through rubble for survivors using heavy machinery or bare hands. At least 250 people are now known to have died afterWednesday's quake.

Steven Smith heads home to rest ahead of 2016-17.

Australia captain Steven Smith will miss the remainder of the tour of Sri Lanka - three ODIs and two T20Is - as he returns home to rest ahead of the tour of South Africa. David Warner will lead the side in the rest of the fixtures in Sri Lanka.

Smith revealed the development at the end of the second ODI in Colombo, which Sri Lanka won by 82 runs to level the five-match series at 1-1.  Australia have lost four of their five international fixtures on tour so far, but Smith suggested his early departure had been considered since much earlier in the tour.

Australia's last match in Sri Lanka is a T20 international on September 9. Their tour of South Africa begins on September 27 with an ODI against Ireland in Benoni, after which they play five ODIs against South Africa. Smith, who is Australia's captain across all formats, said the role remained manageable despite the team's busy schedule. 

The Prime Minister says the present government was created to bring down the cost living burden of the workers.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says measures will be taken to further develop the investments, production and trade sectors in the country to provide benefits to the people.


Billionaire businessman abducted in Bambalapitiya found murdered.

The Police say the kidnapped billionaire businessman has been murdered. His body has been found at Rukulagama area situated along the Mawanella Hemmathagama road last night. The businessman was kidnapped at Bambalapitiya on the 21st of this month. The Magistrate inquiry will be held this morning. The body was found according to a complaint received by the Police Emergency Unit.

Death toll from Italy earthquake rises to 159.

At least 159 people have been killed and 368 injured in an earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy. The magnitude-6.2 quake struck at 03:36 local time, 100 kilometers north-east of Rome, not far from Perugia.


Sri Lanka levels the one day series while Australian skipper heads home.

Youngsters shined again to help Sri Lanka beat Australia in the 2nd One Day International by 82 runs leveling the series 1-1. Batting first after winning the toss, Sri Lanka made 288 all out in 48 .5 overs. Although Sri Lanka lost their openers within 12 runs Kusal Mendis top scored with 69, backed up by aggressive 50s from captain Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera.


A committee meeting of the Asian Bishops' conference is to be held in Sri Lanka.

The Asian Bishops' Conference committee meeting will be held in Sri Lanka from the 28th November to the 4th of December in Negombo this year. Eight cardinals and 150 Bishops representing Asian region countries will attend .

Turkish tanks roll into northern Syria.

A dozen Turkish tanks have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy shelling of an area held by so-called Islamic State.
Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes.

Sri Lanka participates in prestigious New York Trade Fair

The Sri Lanka pavilion at the ‘Artisan Resource at NY NOW 2016’ trade fair was declared open by Dr. Rohan Perera, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, New York on 21st August 2016 at the Jacob Javits Center, New York.

 Seven Sri Lankan companies participated at the Trade Fair through the Sri Lanka Exports Development Board . These companies were able to display Giftware & Lifestyle products manufactured in Sri Lanka. This is Sri Lanka’s first ever participation at this popular trade fair in New York.  

Senarath Attanayake Member of Provincial Council, A. S. Khan, Deputy Permanent Representative, Ms. Upeka Samaratunga, Minister (Commercial) of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington, Ms. Thejani De Alwis, Deputy Director of EDB and representatives of the participating companies and the trade fair organizers were present at the occasion.  The trade fair is held from 21st to 24th August 2016.

SL plans cautious approach against Starc in the 2nd ODI

Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Angelo Mathews says his team would seek to shelve the ambitious strokes against Australian left arm quick Mitchell Starc. Mathews pointed out if his team can score 40 or 50 runs off him, they would be able to catch up against the other bowlers.
Starc was already miserly during the first One Day International. He did not concede a boundary in his
10 overs, which cost only 32 and was also penetrative, taking three wickets. Each of those dismissals, however, was the result of an expansive drive gone awry.

Meanwhile, if Dinesh Chandimal scores another fifty in today's match, he will join Andrew Jones, Kane Williamson, Mohammad Yousuf, Asif Iqbal, and Mark Waugh, at second on the list of most fifties on the trot in One Day matches. Javed Miandad holds the record with nine consecutive

The 2nd One Day International between the two teams will get underway at the R. Premadasa stadium at 2.30 p.m.

Earthquake strikes Central Italy

An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude has struck central Italy, leaving at least 13 people dead and others trapped under rubble. The USGS said the quake hit at 03:36 a.m.
local time, 76 kilometers southeast of the city of Perugia, at the very shallow depth of 10 kilometers. The mayor of one town told Italian radio that "half the town is gone".
In Rome, some buildings shook for 20 seconds. A family of four had been found under rubble in the town of Accumoli. Meanwhile the Police said two people had died in the nearby village of Pescara del Tronto.

Sri Lanka seek quick turnaround in 2nd ODI

Having taken an early lead in the five-match One-Day International series, Australia will aim to carry forward the momentum when they take on hosts Sri Lanka in the second game at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday.


Hambantota Port will be developed as an industrial port.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said the Hambantota Port will be developed as an industrial port in future. Accordingly, the infrastructures of the port will be upgraded. The relevant lands extension will be utilized under the long term lease agreement. The Chinese and Thai companies have shown their interest in this regard. 


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