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US election: Trump team 'must disclose pro-Russia ties'

Hillary Clinton's manager has said that Donald Trump's campaign team must disclose all pro-Russia links, following new allegations in the New York Times. The paper said ledgers earmarked 12.7 million US dollars in undisclosed cash payments from a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine to Mr Trump's campaign head Paul Manafort between 2007 and 2012. His lawyer said Mr Manafort had not received any such payments.


Rangana Herath smashed 6 Australian wickets.

In reply to the Sri Lanka's first innings score of 355, Australia scored 379 runs all out in the 3rd Test of the Australia tour of Sri Lanka. Shaun Marsh scored 130 runs, Steven Smith scored 119 and Mitchell March scored 53 runs. Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath smashed 6 Australian wickets.


Indian Premier vows his country will not bow down to terrorism.



Dressed in a white kurta and a turban streaked in shades of orange, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his speech to mark the 70th Independence Day, has underlined the government's mantra of "reform, perform and transform".
He also sent out a message that India will not tolerate or bow down to terrorism. In his 90-minute address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, Modi made no reference to the situation


Govt allocates Rs.4 billion to purchase paddy harvest of Yala season.


The government has approved 4 billion rupees to purchase the paddy harvest of the Yala season. The paddy marketing board says the process will commence next week. Signing of agreements with banks in this regard is now being taken place.


Boko Haram video shows captives

The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has released a video showing some of the schoolgirls they abducted from the northern town of Chibok.Some 50 girls are shown with a gunman who demands the release of fighters in return for the girls, and says some girls died in air strikes.

The government says it is in touch with the militants behind the video. A journalist who had contact with Boko Haram has been declared a wanted man by the Nigerian army. The group is said to be holding more than 200 of the 276 final-year girls it seized from a school in April 2014.

Swiss train attacker and one victim dead

A 34-year-old woman who was injured in an attack by a knifeman on a Swiss train has died in hospital. The attacker, a 27-year-old Swiss man, also died on Sunday. Five other people were hurt when the man set fire to the train and stabbed passengers in the attack on Saturday.

Two of them, including a six-year-old child, are in a serious condition. Police have said that, as yet, there is no indication of a political or terrorist motive for the attack.

The Prime Minister visited Guyang Harbour in Chongi Metro City.


Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and the Sri Lankan delegation visited the Guyang Harbour and the container terminal in Chongi Metro city, in China. This container terminal started its operations in 2013. Its constructions will be completed in 2018.


Sri Lanka were 300 runs for 7 wickets at lunch


Sri Lanka were 300 runs for 7 wickets at lunch of the 2nd day in the first innings of the 3rd and final test against Australia played in SSC grounds Colombo. Dhananjaya Silva 129 runs and Dinesh Chandimal 105 runs not out.


Syrian rebels cut off IS escape route.

Kurdish and Arab fighters say they have liberated the North Syrian town of Manbij from so-called Islamic State, cutting off its route to Europe. The coalition of militias fought 73 days to drive out IS and say they freed 2,000 civilians being used as human shields on the final day. IS captured Manbij, close to the Turkish border, two years ago.
Roads to Syria's embattled second city, Aleppo, and to the IS capital, Raqqa, pass through the town.

Michael Phelps beaten in 100 meter butterfly event.

Singapore's Joseph Schooling won his nation's first ever Olympic gold medal with victory in the 100 meters butterfly as Michael Phelps was one of three men to finish joint second. Schooling who is 21, won in an Olympic record time of 50.39 seconds. The Singaporean was always in control and won by 0.75 seconds from the trio of Phelps, South Africa's Chad le Clos and Hungary's Laszlo Cseh.

Indian PM ready to address Jammu and Kashmir problems

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the doors of the government were open for addressing "grievances" of all sections in Jammu and Kashmir under the Constitution but made it clear there cannot be any compromise with the nation's integrity.


Prime Minister Theresa May to take summer holiday in Switzerland.

The Number 10 has announced that Prime Minister Theresa May is to take a summer holiday in Switzerland.


Explosions target Thai tourist towns.

A series of coordinated blasts across Thailand has targeted tourist towns leaving four dead and many injured, with reports of more explosions. In the popular resort town of Hua Hin four bombs exploded over the past 24 hours. Several blasts also hit the island of Phuket today.


PM to engage in an observation visit to South Western China

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will engage in an observation visit to South Western China from tomorrow to the 17th of this month. The delegation led by the Premier will visit number of places that contribute to the economic development of China including industrial zones, container terminals, technological parks and financial centers.

Michael Phelps becomes the first swimmer to win 4 successive Olympic golds in one event.

Record-breaking Michael Phelps has become the first swimmer to win four successive Olympic gold medals in one event by beating Ryan Lochte in the 200 meter individual medley.


UNESCO Director-General to Pay First Official Visit to Sri Lanka

From 14 to 17 August 2016, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will undertake her first official visit to Sri Lanka. She will affirm the Organization’s support to the peace and reconciliation process and the advancement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


Trump insists 'Obama is founder of IS'.

Republican Donald Trump has described US President Barack Obama as the "founder" of the Islamic State group. Mr Trump also attacked his Democratic rival for the White House, Hillary Clinton, calling her a "co-founder". She responded by accusing him of "trash-talking" the US and echoing the talking points of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Mr Trump stood by his remarks on Thursday, using a sports phrase to say Mr Obama and Mrs Clinton were the Islamic State's "most valuable players".

Niluka Karunaratne lost his opening badminton match at Rio.

Sri Lanka’s Niluka Karunaratne lost his opening men’s single group ‘P’ match of the XXX1st Olympic Games badminton completion to China’s Long Chen at Riocentro Pavilion Four on Thursday. Chen took just 40 minutes to win in straight sets 2-0.

2000 fruit villages will be set up this year.

Minister of Agriculture Duminda Dissanayake says 2000 fruit villages will be set up this year. At a ceremony held in Waters Edge Hotel in Battaramulla today the minister said fruits produced by the farmers under this project will be exported. A programme titled "good agricultural practices" was launched at this ceremony. Under this programme good international market will be created for Sri Lanka's fruits and vegetables. 25,000 female farmer associations will also be established in the country. Director General of Agriculture Department Rohana Wijekonne were also present at this ceremony.

India declares a daughters' day.

India has launched a campaign on social media to celebrate daughters, daughters-in-law and granddaughters this week and is observing a Daughter's Day on Thursday.

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi told the BBC that the Daughters' Day and the Daughters' Week were aimed at reducing female foeticide, improving India's skewed sex ratio and educating girls.

Senior Journalist Elmo Fernando no more.

Senior Journalist Elmo Fernando passed away at his residence early today. He was 75. Elmo Fernando who joined the SLBC in 1967 displayed his talents as a popular announcer, a news caster and a programme producer as well as a news reporter.


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