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An Indian military plane has gone missing

An Indian military plane with more than 20 people on board has gone missing over the Bay of Bengal.
The Antonov-32 transporter aircraft took off from Chennai this morning bound for Port Blair in the eastern archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar.

Four aircraft and twelve ships have been deployed to search for the missing plane.

Accroding to the Indian navy surveillance planes and ships were looking for the missing aircraft, which was carrying service personnel to strategic islands near the Malacca Straits, where India has a military base.

Brazil Olympics: Ten arrested for 'plotting 'terror'.

Brazilian police have arrested 10 members of a group alleged to be preparing acts of terrorism, two weeks before the start of the Olympic Games. They were not members of so-called Islamic State but had tried to make contact with the group, officials said.


Minister Kabir Hashim says that a major restructuring is in process to make Sri Lankan Airlines a profit making venture.

Minister Kabir Hashim says that a major restructuring is in process to make Sri Lankan Airlines a profit making venture. The national carrier incurred heavy losses due to mismanagement of previous regime, the minister added. He was speaking at press briefing held today at the Ministry of Public Enterprises Development.


French Prime Minister tells the nation to expect more deadly attacks.

National Assembly of France has voted to extend the state of emergency for six months. The move follows last week's attack in Nice in which 84 people were killed and scores injured when a lorry was driven into crowds. The state of emergency was brought in after terror attacks in Paris in November that left 130 people dead.


Australia wins the only warm up match of their Sri Lankan tour.

Australia have won their only warm up match of their Sri Lankan tour against Sri Lanka cricket by an innings and 162 runs today. Batting first after winning the toss Sri Lanka Cricket Board's eleven scored 229 all out in their first innings.


The Republican National Convention opens in Cleveland.

The four-day Republican National Convention opens in Cleveland.Donald Trump will be made presidential nominee, Mike Pence his running mate. Meanwhile, Melania Trump is scheduled to campaign for her husband  on day one of  the   Convention.

US President calls for calm after shootings.

US President Barak Obama has called for
restraint after three police officers were shot dead in the city of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. The gunman, an African-American who had served for five years in the Marines, was also killed. Tensions in the city have been high since a black man Alton Sterling was shot dead by police two weeks ago.


The President will place the auspicious items of treasure at the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga Project on 25th of this month.


President Maithripala Sirisena will place the auspicious items of treasure at the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga Irrigation Project on the 25th of this month.


Turkish army group announces takeover on TV

An army group in Turkey says it has taken over the country, with soldiers at strategic points in Istanbul and jets flying low in the capital, Ankara.
A statement read on TV said a "peace council" now ran the country and there was a curfew and martial law.
But PM Binali Yildirim said the situation was largely under control and a no-fly zone was declared over Ankara.


France declares three days of national mourning.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has declared three days of national mourning from tomorrow for the victims of the attack in Nice. The state of emergency, in place since November's Paris attacks carried out by the Islamic State terrorist group, has been extended by three months. The attack in Nice began shortly after the end of a firework display on the seafront for Bastille Day, which is the country's national holiday.


Misbah leads way with Lord's hundred

A magnificent century from captain Misbah-ul-Haq put Pakistan in a strong position in the first Test before a late England counter-attack on an attritional first day.

Misbah, 42, has never before played a Test at Lord's, but his unbeaten 110 appeared to have steered his side to a strong position. But two late wickets from Chris Woakes to add to the pair he took before lunch gave England hope after they had lost the toss and toiled in the field.

Many dead as lorry hits crowd in Nice.

A lorry has struck a crowd during Bastille Day celebrations in the southern French city of Nice, killing about 60 people, officials are quoted as saying by local media. The incident took place on the famous Promenade des Anglais during a firework display.

One image on Twitter showed about a dozen people lying on the street. The local prefecture has urged people in the area to remain indoors, calling the incident "an attack".

Finance minister mediates to resolve the problems of those affected due to projects involved in laying of new pipe lines.

Finance minister Ravi Karunanayake says the people affected by the project of laying oil pipe lines from Colombo Port to Orugoidawatte  should be relocated from their places, only after construction of permanent houses for them.   A discussion held yesterday in this regard has focused attention over the problems arisen due to this project.

 130 families have been affected due to the laying of oil pipe lines.   It has been revealed 44 houses were fully damaged.  The minister pointed out that after providing houses for them, the project should be commenced.

New Prime Minister Theresa May says she wants to "build a better Britain".

Mrs.Theresa May has said that she will work to "build a better Britain", after she met the Queen at Buckingham Palace to accept the role of prime minister. Mr. David Cameron, who has resigned  said being prime minister had been "the greatest honour" of his life as he prepared to formally resign.


Obama makes call for unity at Dallas memorial

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on protesters, police and the public to open their hearts and drop their preconceptions to deal with racism and violence in the country.


Nepal’s biggest stone Buddha statue

Nepal’s biggest stone Buddha statue is ready to view now. The statue has been installed in Mustang district of Nepal behind the mountains .


Obama urges US to 'reject despair'.

US President Barack Obama has urged the US to "reject despair" as he paid tribute to five police officers killed during a deadly sniper attack in Dallas. He told a memorial service in the city the US must "try to find some meaning amidst our sorrow" and could unite.


Italy train collision leaves 20 dead.

Twenty people have been killed and dozens more hurt in a head-on collision involving two passenger trains in southern Italy. The two trains were on a single-track line at the time of the crash, between the coastal towns of Bari and Barletta.


UN seeks end to South Sudan violence.

The UN Security Council has called on warring factions in South Sudan to immediately end the recent fighting and prevent the spread of violence. In a unanimous statement, the council condemned the fighting "in the strongest terms" and expressed "particular shock and outrage" at attacks on UN sites.

It also called for additional peace keepers as a response. Hundreds are reported to have died in clashes since Friday.

The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal will travel to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka this week.

The US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal will travel to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka this week.

The State Department says that she is accompanied by Deputy Assistant Secretary for South Asia Manpreet Singh. She will travel to Sri Lanka after visiting Dhaka where she will meet with Bangladesh government officials to discuss issues of shared concern and offer U.S. assistance to the Bangladeshi government's efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism.


Serena Williams wins seventh Wimbledon, record-equalling 22nd major title


Serena Williams powered to her seventh Wimbledon crown as the world number one finally claimed a record-equalling 22nd major title with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Angelique Kerber in Saturday's final.


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