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Asian Alliance tops at the Insurance Awards.

The Asian Alliance Insurance Company has been able to win four Excellent Awards at the Insurance Awards ceremony held recently. They were presented to the company for having the best Insurance Agency Net Work, best life insurance policy and for using modern technology for insurance.

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SL Olympic Team leaves for Brazil today.

The will leave for Brazil today. The team is comprised of
9 athletes. It will be led by Marathon runner Anuradha Indrajith Cooray. He along with Geethani Rajasekera and Sumedha Ranasinghe will be featured in the athletic events while Mathew Abeysinghe and Kimiko Rahim will represent
Sri Lanka in the swimming events.

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US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

 


American Luke Aikins has become the first person to jump from 25,000 ft (7,620m) without a parachute, landing safely in a net.
Mr Aikins - who has more than 18,000 jumps under his belt - fell dead centre into the 100x100ft net in Simi Valley, southern California.

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Multiple victims in Texas shootings

 

One person is dead and four others have been hospitalised after two separate shooting incidents in the Texan city of Austin, police say. Both crime scenes are now secure, Austin police say, after earlier reporting an "active shooter incident".

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Kei Nishikori will face Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rogers Cup.

 

Kei Nishikori will face Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rogers Cup after beating Stan Wawrinka in straight sets.

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An amended program of providing concessionary vehicle permits for public officers.

 

Cabinet approval has been granted for the reintroduction of an amended program of providing concessionary vehicle permits for public officers. Accordingly, a permit holder will be entitled to a 50 percent waiver on all taxes payable on an imported vehicle valued up to 30,000 US dollars.

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Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says the Sea Freighters Association contributes a lot for the development of import - export sector.

 

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says the Sea Freighters Association contributes a lot for the development of import - export sector in Sri Lanka. Therefore, the government is committed to provide required facilities for the security and promotion of ship owners.

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A test victory for Sri Lanka against Australia after 17 years.

 

The Sri Lankan Cricket Team has gained a test victory after 17 years. It was a remarkable win for Sri Lanka, who were shot out for 117 in the first innings and were reeling at six for two in the second before Kusal Mendis made an epic 176, which earned him

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The President congratulates the Sri Lanka Cricket Team over the victory against Australia.

 

President Maithripala Sirisena congratulates the Sri Lanka Cricket Team for their remarkable Test victory against Australia after 17 years.  The President has telephoned to the Skipper of the Team Angelo Mathew this evening over this victory.  

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A test victory for Sri Lanka against Australia after 17 years.

 

The Sri Lankan Cricket Team has gained a test victory after 17 years. It was a remarkable win for Sri Lanka, who were shot out for 117 in the first innings and were reeling at six for two in the second before Kusal Mendis made an epic 176,

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Pakistan assures continues support for HR & Entrepreneurship development in SL.

The Pakistani government has assured its continuous support for Sri Lanka's human resource and entrepreneurship development. Pakistani High Commissioner Syed Shakeel Hussein stated this while joining the ceremony held recently, to declare open IT laboratory of the Federation of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka. It is a donation of the Pakistani government. The laboratory is equipped with 15 desktop computers and 5 laptops.

Turkish President to drop insult lawsuits.

Turkish President has said he is withdrawing all lawsuits against people charged with insulting him. Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he was inspired by the feelings of unity in the wake of the recent failed coup.

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Hillary Clinton to accept historic Democratic nomination.

Hillary Clinton is set to accept the Democratic presidential nomination at her party's convention in Philadelphia, the first woman to do so in US history. She will make her case for the White House as the event draws to a close.

Her high-stakes remarks follow a rousing speech by US President Barack Obama, who said there had never been a man or woman more qualified than Mrs Clinton to serve as president. Chelsea Clinton, Mrs Clinton's daughter, will introduce her.

Mohammad Hafeez highest earning Pakistan cricketer in 2015-16

Senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez has turned out to be the highest earning Pakistani cricketer in 2015-16 after he took home approximately 39 million rupees as earnings from the Cricket Board.

According to documents sent by the PCB to the Ministry of Inter-Provincial Co-ordination for the fiscal year 2015-16, it paid some 46 cricketers around 550 million rupees as their fees and bonuses for all formats of the game. Not surprisingly the players representing Pakistan in all three formats have earned the highest money in the last fiscal year.

Sarfaraz Ahmed earned around 33 million rupees. In contrast flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who now represents Pakistan in only T20 cricket, earned approximately 18 million rupees.

Merkel rules out migrant policy reversal after attacks

Recent attacks in Germany involving asylum-seekers would not change its willingness to take in refugees, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. She said the attackers "wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need.

We firmly reject this". But she did propose new measures to improve security. These include information sharing, deciphering web chatter and tackling arms sales on the internet.

Hillary Clinton was formally anointed Democratic presidential candidate

Hillary Clinton was formally anointed Democratic presidential candidate on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to run for the White House on behalf of a major U.S. political party.

The 68-year-old former secretary of state, who enjoys near universal name recognition after almost four-decade public life, exceeded the 2,382-delegate threshold needed to clinch the nomination amid huge applause in the hall.

The tally included the overwhelming support by unpledged delegates or superdelegates for her. Superdelegates are party leaders who are free to vote at the party's convention.

However, her historic victory was overshadowed by the fallout of damaging leakage of internal emails revealing backroom bias against Clinton's rival Bernie Sanders during bitter primaries. The revelation sparked protests by thousands of Sanders supporters as the four-day convention kicked off here on Monday.

Brazil expects 200 mln USD windfall from Olympic tourism

The Central Bank of Brazil expects that the delegations and tourists in Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games will leave behind revenue worth around 200 million US dollars. This prediction was made based on the statistics from the last three Olympics .

Additionally, the bank said that while the Olympics would lead to a "small" impact on tourism at first, they would contribute to more tourists coming to the country in the future, especially Rio de Janeiro.

The Brazilian government has expected around 500,000 foreign visitors to come to Rio de Janeiro to experience the Olympic atmosphere.

The Central Bank added that foreign tourists spent 3.15 billion dollars in Brazil in the first half of 2016.same period of last year.

The Nepali pariament endorses Prez order to remove difficulties

The Nepal Legislature-Parliament on Tuesday endorsed the Presidential order to remove constitutional difficulties to elect a new Prime Minister as per the Constitution’s Article 305.
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Speaker Onsari Gharti had presented the order at the House this afternoon. The order was endorsed with majority after holding a brief deliberation.

After Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli resigned on Sunday, President Bidya Devi Bhandari called the parties in Parliament on Monday to elect new Prime Minister based on political consensus within seven days.

If the parties failed to choose a consensus candidate, the Head of the State would ask them to elect the Prime Minister with majority

Earlier on Sunday before Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli tendered his resignation, the Cabinet had recommended the Head of the State to invoke the Article 305 to let the House elect the Prime Minister as per the Article 298 again.

Australian fast bowlers rule first session of the 1st Test against SL.

Sri Lankan cricket team is yet again in a desperate situation after losing 8 wickets for just 100 runs on the first day of the first Test match against Australia played at Pallekele.

Ironically Australian fast bowlers were the ones who did more damage to the Sri Lankan batting line up, although there was much controversy about Sri Lankan spin king Muttiah Muralitharan serving the Australian team as a consultant on a spin bowling over the last 10 days.


Right arm fast bowler Josh Hazelwood picked up the wickets of three front line batsmen of the Sri Lankan innings while he was well supported by left arm pacer Mitchell Starc. Nathan Lyon also bagged three wickets.

Earlier on the day Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews decided to bat first after winning the toss. Right hand batsman Dhananjaya De Silva and left arm chinaman Lakshan Sandaken made their Test debuts today.

19 dead in knife attack in Japan

A knife-wielding man has gone on a rampage at a facility for people with disabilities in Sagamihara City, west of Tokyo. Police say 19 people are confirmed dead and 25 others injured.

Police arrested 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu

The man reportedly said that he used to work at Tsukui Yamayuri-en but is now unemployed. He is said to live near the facility.

Investigative sources quote the man as saying that he wished disabled people would disappear.

Officials quote the operator of the facility as saying it's believed the suspect broke a window in the east residential building to get inside. Police say they found a hammer near the window.

The facility housed 149 people with disabilities as of the end of last month.

Russia to form new Olympic team

The Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov says more than 8 athletes are expected to miss the Rio Games under new International Olympic Committee rules banning Russian athletes sanctioned for doping from competing.


The Russian committee had announced that it will send 387 athletes, but Zhukov said the new rules will affect at least 8 of them. He added that the number will rise.

Zhukov said full information about athletes' doping test records will be available in the near future, and indicated that a new team of athletes who meet the regulations will be formed by Thursday.

On Sunday, the IOC imposed strict conditions for allowing Russian athletes in the Games, prohibiting those who have been sanctioned for doping from competing.

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