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Imran Khan will be sworn in as Pakistan's new Prime Minister before Independence Day on August 14th

Imran Khan will be sworn in as Pakistan's new Prime Minister before the country's Independence Day on August 14th. His party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has made the announcement as it is trying to reach out to smaller parties and independents to form the next government. The PTI has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly after the July 25th elections. However, the party is still short of numbers to form a government on its own. PTI leader Naeenul Haq told the media that consultations are on to complete the number game.

The President says the best way to develop the country’s economy is to uplift farmers’ economy

The water filling ceremony of the Kalu Ganga Reservoir of the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga Reservoir Project took place, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena, this morning. Speaking at the event, the President pointed out, the best way to develop the country and strengthen the economy, sans fraud and corruption, is to empower the country’s farmer community and strengthen their economy.

The President requested, him to be personally notified, if incidents of fraud and corruption are reported in connection with the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga Project. He emphasized, he will take stern actin, against anyone involved in corrupt practices.

Electricity generation from the Moragahakanda Reservoir was connected to the national grid, by the President this morning. Construction work of the tunnel connecting the Moragahakanda Reservoir and the Kalu Ganga Reservoir also commenced under the patronage of the President.

The Kalu Ganga Reservoir is the last of the five reservoirs to be completed, under the last phase of the Mahaweli scheme

There is a drop in crime rate in the country

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka there is a drop in crime rate in the country. Most number of crimes occurred in 2013 during Mahinda Rajapaksa's regime. That time Mahinda Rajapaksa was the President and the Gotabhaya Rajapaksa served as the Defence Secretary. Minister further said the crime rate and drug trafficking activities were also seen during that period. The statistics say there is a drop in crime activities during 2017. Around 30,000 crime activities were reported during last year. But in 2013 it was around 80,000. The present government has established the rule of law which brought fruitful results in controlling the crime rate of the country

Minister Sajith Premadasa points out that disputes have arisen in Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna about the presidential candidate

Minister Sajith Premadasa says that disputes have arisen in Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna about the presidential candidate. The Minister added that the presidential candidate selection crisis deepens inside joint opposition. The Minister said this while attending the ceremony to lay the foundation stone of 953rd model village built under the reawakening village programme. It is the 4th village built for public servants in the Hambantota district.

Toronto shooting: Gunman kills woman and child in Greektown

Police say a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman have died after a gunman opened fire on a busy avenue in Canada's largest city.Thirteen other people, ranging in age between 10 and 59, were injured in the attack in the Greektown district of Toronto, police chief Mark Saunders told reporters.
The suspect, 29, had an exchange of gunfire with police officers before being found dead nearby.The motive for the shooting is unknown.

The new Brexit secretary says a deal with the European Union can be reached by October

New Brexit secretary Dominic Raab says a deal with the European Union can be reached by October. He says however, the UK is preparing for the possibility of no deal. He said he would return to Brussels for talks this week and strain "every sinew" to get "the best deal". Labour's Rebecca Long-Bailey said a no deal scenario would be "catastrophic" for business.

The Prime Minister plays down newspaper claims of a revival of the LTTE

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says national unity and brotherhood among the communities became possible only in 2015. According to him, the end of the war six years earlier was a victory for the extremists and a defeat for the country. He made the remark at a discussion at the Jaffna district secretariat today.

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Discarded vegetables and fruits will feed wild elephants at Horowpothana

Vegetables and fruits discarded from the Dambulla economic centre are to be used for the feeding of wild elephants at the Horowpothana elephant detention centre. Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma today oversaw the transportation of one consignment by lorries. He says the step will help pacify the wild elephants at the detention centre.

The Premier says, the Enterprise Sri Lanka programme will be a great support in restoring the capital of the Northern Province that was destroyed during the war

Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinge says, the Enterprise Sri Lanka programme launched by the government will be a great support in restoring the destroyed capital of the Northern Province during the war. The Premier was speaking at the inauguration of the Enterprise Sri Lanka Lending Counter at the Jaffna Branch of Bank of Ceylon, today.

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The progress Sri Lanka has attained, appraised during the President's tour of Rome and Georgia

Deputy Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna says, the progress Sri Lanka has attained was specifically appraised during the President's tour of Rome and Georgia. Speaking at a media briefing held at the Government Information Centre this morning, the Deputy Minister said, at the 'Forest Summit' in Rome, Sri Lanka was identified as a country that has the lowest level of de-forestation.

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A new Railway Control Room equipped with new technology, to be constructed between the Maradana and Colombo Fort Railway Stations

General Manager of Sri Lanka Railways: SM Abeywickrama says, a new Railway Control Room equipped with new technology will be constructed between the Maradana and Colombo Fort Railway Stations.
Aid will be obtained from the the Asian Development Bank for this purpose.
Construction work will be carried out under three stages. This Control Room will be equipped to cater to the proposed light rail system, and the Megapolis Programme which will include the proposed rail track which will run via Kaduwela-Battaramulla.
Mr Abeywickrama says, Railway Signal Systems will be modernized, while automated rail gate systems will be implemented.

The Treasury begins initial activities of the 2019 Budget

The Treasury has begun its initial work in formulating the 2019 Budget. Deputy Secretary to the Treasury: S R Atigala says, views and proposals of civil organizations, the business community, trade unions and the public, will be sought. Mr Atigala added, when giving consideration to views and proposals, the relevant parties will be called to discuss, if necessary.

India scraps tampon tax after campaign

India has scrapped its 12% tax on all sanitary products following months of campaigning by activists. The announcement comes a year after the government introduced the tax, known as GST, on all goods - including the 12% duty on menstrual hygiene products. Campaigners argued the tax would make them even more unaffordable in a country where an estimated four out of five women and girls already have no access to items like sanitary pads. The news was welcomed by campaigners.

300 Suvaseriya ambulances to the northern proivince

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that an industrial zone will be established in the northern province in future. Several development projects will be developed under the medium and long term programme in the province. The first development programme in the Northern Province implemented under the Gamperaliya programme was commenced in Kilinochchi yesterday under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe. Grain processing centre constructed in Kilinochchi was also vested with the public.

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SLTB makes record profits last year

Deputy Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Asoka Abeysinghe said Sri Lanka Transport Board has managed to turn around its fate from a loss-making company, recording a profit of 1.5 billion rupees in 2017. This profit comes after settling overdue employment benefits, ending the loss-making trend over the last seven years.

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The Gamperaliya national programme commenced in Kilinochchi today

The first development programme in the Northern Province implemented under the Gamperaliya programme was commenced in Kilinochchi today under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe.

Grain processing centre constructed in Kilinochchi was vested with the public today. The Prime Minister said that an industrial zone will be established in the northern province in future. Several development projects will be developed under the medium and short term programme in the province.

Public Private Partnership model proposed for the Hotel Trade

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, participating at the inauguration of the Hotel Show Colombo 2018, suggested converting the hotel school into a Public Private Partnership, with a foreign organisation.
The Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hospitality Management, more commonly known as the Ceylon Hotel School, is the only state-owned hospitality training organization.
The hotel trade has estimated 100,000 new vacancies to be available in the country over the next three years. However, the current hotel schools train only 10,000 workers annually.
The Premier said, three more hotel schools will be opened outside Colombo in a Public Private Partnership model.
He explained, The Youth Ministry is prepared to do a Public Private Partnership with the Hotel Trade, for two more hotel schools; one down South and one in Kandy, and if they succeed, there will be one more school in the East.

Andy Murray due to return to action at the Citi Open in Washington on 30th July

Andy Murray is now the British Men's Number 23, after he dropped to 839 in the world rankings, following his injury problems.
The former World Number One, fell 690 places in Monday's rankings, after he pulled out of Wimbledon.
He had hip surgery in January, after being out of action since last year's Wimbledon. He has only played three matches since then, winning one at Eastbourne last month.
Murray is due to return to action at the Citi Open, which starts in Washington on 30th July.

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