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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.

US swimmers were not robbed, says Rio police chief.

Four US Olympic gold medal swimmers who said they had been robbed in Rio de Janeiro were not victims of crime, the head of the city's civil police says. Fernando Veloso told reporters that one or more of the men had instead vandalised part of a petrol station and then offered to pay for the damage.

Chinese diver Ren Qian won Olympic gold at the age of 15 as Britain's Tonia Couch finished out of the medals in the 10m platform competition. Ren took the lead after the third of five dives and a superb inward three-and-a-half somersault with her fourth virtually clinched the title.

Japanese wrestler Kaori Icho has become the first woman to win individual gold medals at four consecutive Olympics. The 32-year-old beat Russia's Valeria Koblova to win the -58kg freestyle wrestling division in Rio - as she has in every Games since Athens 2004.

Ferocious US fires evict thousands.

Firefighters are continuing to tackle a huge blaze in southern California, with several of them describing it as the most ferocious they have ever seen. An evacuation order has been issued for an area home to more than 82,000 people, just east of Los Angeles.

The Blue Cut fire, as it has been named, has destroyed homes and disrupted transport links between California and Nevada. Some people have been running for their lives just ahead of the flames. The blaze first ignited on Tuesday in a drought-ravaged mountain pass and a day later it had spread across 12,200 hectares.

Female wrestler Sakshi Malik gives first Rio Olympic medal to India.

Female wrestler Sakshi Malik has delivered India its first medal of the 2016 Rio Games, sending a nation into ecstasy. After a gritty performance at the 58 kilogram women's wrestling category, she won bronze, becoming the first Indian female wrestler and the fourth Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.

Malik was born in India's Haryana state, where women were for some time not allowed to take part in wrestling events. The 23-year-old started training young, having gained support from her parents to pursue the sport.

Media reports say locals initially berated her parents, telling them that their daughter would become undesirable to potential suitors. But she went on to earn a silver medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and walked away with the bronze at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
Malik comes from the district of Rohtak, which gained notoriety in 2014, after two sisters fought back against a group of men who accosted them on a public bus.

Meanwhile, Jamaica's Elaine Thompson has won Olympic gold in the 200 meters to complete a sprint double in Rio. Thompson who is 24, clocked 21.78 seconds to beat Netherlands' world champion Dafne Schippers by 0.13 seconds and add the 200 meter title to the gold she won in the 100 meters.

Oil tanker 'hijacked off Malaysia'.

A Malaysian oil tanker carrying 900 thousand litres of diesel has been hijacked and taken to Indonesian waters. The MT Vier Harmoni was reportedly sailing from Tanjung Pelepas port in Malaysia on Monday when it was seized. The Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said that the ship was now believed to be off the Indonesian island of Batam.
Its cargo is reportedly worth about 392 thousand 795 dollars. The identity of the hijackers is not yet known.

SL sets a target of 324 runs for Aussies.

Sri Lanka have declared their 2nd innings at 347 for the loss of 8 wickets setting a target of 324 runs for victory to Australia on the final day of the 3rd and final Test played at the SSC. Australians  reached 77 for the loss of one wicket at lunch They require another 247 runs for victory.

Laura Trott becomes first British woman to win four gold medals with omnium victory.

Laura Trott has become the first British woman to win four Olympic gold medals by defending her omnium title. The world champion, 24, moves ahead of Charlotte Dujardin, who won her third Olympic gold with victory in the individual dressage. She scored 230 points to win the title by 24 from American Sarah Hammer.


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