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Nepal new Prime Minister issues a four-point directive to concerned ministries

The Newly appointed Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has issued a four-point directive to concerned ministries and government bodies.


Olympic Games gets underway tonight in Rio, Brazil.

The Olympic Games gets underway tonight with a spectacular opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Rio, Brazil. About 11,000 sportsmen and women from 206 countries will take part in this festival. The opening ceremony will be held at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Nine sportsmen and women from Sri Lanka will take part in this ceremony.

Carrying Sri Lanka’s lion flag at the opening ceremony will be veteran marathon runner Anuradha Indrajith Cooray. The long distance runner will be competing in his third Olympic Games, having done so in Athens 2004 and London 2012 Games.

Egypt 'kills head of Islamic State's Sinai branch'.

The Egyptian military says it has killed the head of the Sinai branch of so-called Islamic State, along with dozens of its fighters. It said Abu Duaa al-Ansari was killed in a series of air strikes on fighters of the Sinai Province - or Ansar Beit al-Maqdis - group. The air strikes targeted jihadist strongholds near the town of El-Arish. Sinai Province is Egypt's most active insurgent group and has been linked to deadly attacks in Sinai and Cairo.

Indian parliament backs key tax bill

India's parliament has passed the much-awaited Goods and Services Tax  bill.  The tax reform has been labelled a landmark and India's biggest tax reform since independence.

The changes aim to streamline India's fragmented tax system with a single levy. Indian businesses have been lobbying for the single tax rate as it would reduce costs, particularly for shipping goods across state borders.

The Olympic torch arrives in Rio de Janeiro

The Olympic torch has arrived in Rio de Janeiro by boat after a three-month tour of Brazilian cities.
The mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, carried the torch on its first few laps through the city centre.

The torch arrived in Rio by boat accompanied by Brazilian Olympic gold medallist yachtsmen, Lars Grael (L)
In order to prevent traffic chaos during the Olympic torch relay, Rio's Mayor Eduardo Paes announced Thursday will be a holiday.

One dead and several injured in London kniife attack.

A woman has died and five others were injured in a knife attack in Russell Square, central London. Police and ambulance crews were called around 10.30 pm yesterday local time, to reports of a man in possession of a knife and injuring people. Up to six injured people were found at the scene; one woman was pronounced dead a short time later. The man was arrested after a taser was discharged by one of the arresting officers. The Metropolitan Police say Terrorism is one possible motive being explored. (BBC)

Australia awaits another trial by spin in the 2nd test against SL.

The 2nd Test between Sri Lanka and Australia will begin at Galle today. Australia enters the match 1-nil down in the three-match series and a losing campaign would likely result in them slipping from number one on the rankings. They could even fall as far as third. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will be keen to continue its winning streak with its new heroes


Sri Lanka holds an international conference on Asian Food Production.

Sri Lanka holds an international conference on food production in the next decade in Asia.

Around 60 delegates of 12 countries attend the conference. The gathering, which commenced yesterday at Negambo, continues until Friday.

Additional secretary of the ministry of agriculture Dr. Suba Heenkenda told that Sri Lanka has been chosen to host the conference for its popularity in growing vegetables, fruits and paddy.


A national policy to control alcohol.

The national policy on alcohol control will be unveiled tomorrow. It will be officially declared at the 2016 national alcohol conference scheduled to commence in Colombo tomorrow. The national policy includes measures to prevent all forms of activities that promote liquor production and to safeguard all people from alcohol at the residences and places of work.


Interviews to admit grade one students to national schools will commence tomorrow.

Director of School activities of the ministry of education W.K.M. Wijetunga says relevant interviews to admit Grade one students to national schools for next year will commence tomorrow. Relevant interview boards will be appointed by the principals and should obtain approval from the education ministry for it.


Donald Trump hits back at 'disastrous' Obama.

Donald Trump has dismissed Barack Obama's time in the White House as a "disaster" after the US president said he was not fit to succeed him."He's been weak, he's been ineffective," Republican candidate Mr Trump said of Mr Obama in a Fox News interview on Tuesday.

World famous children's nutrition supplement PediaSure introduced to the SL markets.

The sole agent for Abbott Nutrition for Sri Lanka, the CIC Holdings has announced the introduction of PediaSure,
a world renowned children's nutrition supplement to the Sri Lankan markets.

It has been introduced in a new packaging line, at a special price. Launched under the theme "Designed For Value", PediaSure new packing line offers consumers value for money in one kilo and 400 grams cartons. It provides complete, balanced nutrition for children from ages 1 to 10, the years that are most crucial to a child's growth and mind development.

Many missing after India bridge collapse.

At least 22 people are missing after a highway bridge connecting the city of Mumbai with the beach resort state of Goa in western India collapsed. Officials said two buses carrying passengers plunged into a flooded river after the collapse early today.

Police Officer Sanjay Patil told media that rescuers had not spotted any vehicles or survivors. Heavy rains are hindering rescue operations. Traffic has been diverted to a new bridge in the area. Chief of the state-run National Disaster Response Force, O.P. Singh said 80 rescuers, including divers, had been rushed to the area.

Discussions underway to locate ICC headquarters in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lanka Cricket Institute has initiated discussions to locate the headquarters of the International Cricket Council in Sri Lanka. Currently it is situated at Dubai. However, since tax concessions are not granted in Dubai from year 2019, the International Cricket Council is planning to establish its headquarters in another country.

Meanwhile, the headquarters of the Asian Cricket Council which was located in Malaysia is now established in  Sri Lanka. The first meeting of the council will be held at the premises of the Asian Cricket Council which is situated at Sri Lanka Cricket Headquarters.

Obama says Trump unfit to be president

President Barack Obama has said Republican nominee Donald Trump is unfit to be president, and questioned why his party still supports the New York billionaire's candidacy.Mr Trump has been sharply criticised for attacking the parents of a fallen US soldier who spoke out against him.

He has also been condemned for backing the Russian annexation of Crimea.Mr Obama said he had had policy differences with previous Republican presidents and candidates - but added that he had never thought they could not function as president. (BBC)

Donald Trump warns vote could be 'rigged'

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has suggested that the November election could be "rigged". He told a rally in Columbus, Ohio, that he had heard "more and more" that the contest would be unfair.


Rio Olympics : SL swimmers receive foreign training.

Swimmer Mathew Abeysinghe who will be representing Sri Lanka at the Rio Olympics will join the team after a training at the United States. Secretary of the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Association Migara Gunaratne says Mathew will compete for the 100 meters free style swimming event.

Meanwhile, Kimiko Raheem who will be representing Sri Lanka at the 100 meters backstroke swimming event is to join the team after a training in Thailand.

US warplanes launch bombing campaign on Islamic State in Libya

US planes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, responding to the UN-backed government’s request to help push the militants from their former stronghold of Sirte .Thet US officials described it as the start of a sustained campaign against the extremist group in the city.

“The first air strikes were carried out at specific locations in Sirte today causing severe losses to enemy ranks,” Prime Minster Fayez Seraj said on state TV. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the strikes did not have “an end point at this particular moment in time”.

The militants seized the Mediterranean coastal city last year, making it their most important base outside Syria and Iraq. But they are now besieged in a few square kilometres of the centre, where they hold strategic sites, including the Ouagadougou conference hall, the central hospital and the university.

Seraj said the Presidential Council of his Government of National Accord, had decided to “activate” its participation in the international coalition against Islamic State

India to evacuate jobless Indians from Saudi Arabia

A large number of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia who have lost their jobs and cannot even buy food due to severe financial hardship will be brought back home. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that not one of them will go hungry.

Duputy Minisdter of Externqal AffairsV K Singh is leaving for Saudi Arabia to oversee the evacuation process.

Mr. Sushma Swaraj said the Indian embassy in the Gulf nation was running five camps to feed the affected people.

Issues like logistics and modalities of a possible repatriation of the workers who want to return to India will be worked out during Singh's visit.

Official sources said approximately 10,000 Indian workers have been affected by the economic slowdown in the Gulf.

Sources said 3,172 Indian workers in Riyadh have not been paid their salary dues for several months but are getting regular rations.

Tokyo elects first female governor.

Former Defence Minister Yuriko Koike has been elected governor of Tokyo, the first woman to lead Japan's capital.
Koike, running as an independent candidate, received more than 2.9 million votes in yesterday's election, beating her opponents by a wide margin. One of her key challenges will be curbing the financial problems plaguing Tokyo's preparations to host the 2020 Olympic Games.


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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