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Two Cabinet Ministers and five State Ministers take oaths before the President.

Two new cabinet ministers and five state ministers took their oath before President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's house this morning.
The list of names is as follows.

Bandula Gunawardena: Minister of International Trade and Investment Promotion

Susil Premajayantha: Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs and Justice

Anura Priyadarshana Yapa: State Minister of Finance

C B Rathnayake: State Minister of Transport

Salinda Dissanayake: State Minister of Indigenous Medicine

Lakshman Wasantha Perera: State Minister of International
Trade and Investment Promotion

S.M. Chandrasena: State Minister of Social Empowerment

  Professor Gamini Samaranayake says the formation of the new government is a wide decision taken by the President

Professor Gamini Samaranayake says that the formation of new government by the President is a wise decision taken by him as a politician for the sake of the country and the people. The previous government did not fulfill the pledges made by them and worked on another agenda. While participating in Subarathi programme over the SLBC this morning, Professor Samaranayake further said that the decision taken by the President on the 26th of October reflects his political maturity.

Dr. Jayatissa de Costa said that according to the constitution the President has the power to dissolve the parliament at any time when a political crisis exists.

Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Mr. Rajapaksa was sworn-in yesterday as the new Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat.

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The only T20 International of England tour of Sri Lanka will be played in Colombo today

The only T20 International of England tour of Sri Lanka will be played at Colombo R. Premadasa grounds today. Sri Lanka will be led by Thisara Perera in this format, while Lasith Malinga could win his first T20I cap in over a year following a successful return in the ODIs.

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Trump calls Khashoggi murder ‘worst cover-up in history’

US President Donald Trump has called Saudi Arabia’s response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi “the worst cover-up ever”. He added that whoever organised the plot “should be in big trouble”. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said

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Sri Lanka wins the Asian Netball Championship

Sri Lanka won the 11th Asian Netball Championship by beating hosts Singapore 69 to 50 in the final today. Led by Chathuranganee Jayasuriya, the Sri Lankans remained unbeaten throughout the tournament. Sri Lanka has won this Championship after a lapse of nine years and this is their 5th title. With this win, they qualify for the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England.

German Catholic priests 'abused thousands of children'

More than 3,600 children in Germany were assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014, a leaked report has revealed.The study was commissioned by the Church itself, and was due to be published on 25 September. According to the report, some 1,670 clergymen in Germany committed some form of sex attack on 3,677 minors, German outlet Spiegel Online reported. A Church spokesman said it was "dismayed and ashamed" by the findings.

The President has vested with the public a middle income housing project at Mulleriyawa, Mandawila

The middle income housing project at Mulleriyawa, Mandawila was vested with the public yesterday, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The president said that, the programme to provide a secured house with basic facilities for each family in the country was successful as the housing projects were implemented under a national plan. The target group of the project was the professionals who are working in the main city of the country. Bank loan facilities have been provided to them to purchase houses.

Speaking on the occasion minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka said that, an aesthetic village would be built in Piliyandala under the Chinese government assistance.

MP S.M.Marikkar said that, government has given 2.3 billion rupees to the people affected by floods in Kolonnawa.

Education Minister has instructed the relevant officials to educate the parents to make maximum use of RTI Act to seek justice for any complaints regarding the year one admission

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has instructed the relevant officials to educate the parents and the children to make maximum use of RTI Act to seek justice for any complaints regarding the year one admission. The Minister also instructed the school principals in this regard. The Minister further stated the year one admission process has been streamlined and structured after the present government took office. He also said the students who are not selected for a particular school can make an appeal and a complaint against the relevant authorities. This mechanism showcases the transparency and accountability of the process.

Kabul suicide bomber kills 48 in tuition centre attack

Forty-eight people have been killed and 67 injured in a bomb explosion at an education centre in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, officials say. Police say a suicide bomber walked into the centre while teaching was under way and detonated his bomb belt. Many of those killed were teenagers who were getting extra tuition as they prepared for university entrance exams. In the northern province of Baghlan, an attack killed at least nine policemen and 35 soldiers, officials say

Title deeds will be distributed among the landless families in 6 districts by the Prime Minister from today

Title deeds will be distributed among the landless families in 6 districts by the Prime Minister from today. Handing over of 2,000 land deeds in will be held Ratnapura today and 1,000 land deeds in Deniyaya under the theme 'Husma Gatta Wasara Thunak' to mark the 3rd anniversary of the good governanance rule. 4,000 land deeds will be distributed among people at a ceremony to be held in Baddegama town on the 21st of this month. Land deeds for the families in Moneragala District will be distributed tomorrow at Kotiyagala in Siyambalanduwa. Distribution of deeds for the families in the Matara District held on Saturday at the Urubokka National School.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will also hand over appointment letters to 4,130 graduate recruits at Temple Trees on August 20th.

Many Private bus associations say that they do not join the proposed strike

Lanka private bus owners association chairman Gamunu Wijeratne said that his union and several other unions will not support the strike mainly due to the GCE Advanced Level examination which is currently underway.

Former Central provincial councilor Raja Uswatakeiyawa said that the private bus strike is an attempt against the government's measures to eliminate accidents.

General Secretary of the SLFP stresses that parliamentarians of the party have no intention to be independent in parliamen

General Secretary of the SLFP Prf. Rohana Lakshmana Piyadasa stresses that parliamentarians of the party have no intention to be independent in the parliament. They can perform the role of opposition in parliament as they wish being member of the party.

The Prime Minister said that the government has taken steps to identify and conserve archeological important heritages

The conserved and renovated stone wall and the pond of the Anuradhapura Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi were vested with the public by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe yesterday. This 397 meter long stone wall was initially built at the King Keerthi Sri Rajasinghe era. Renovation was done by the Maha Vihara Project under the Central Cultural Fund.

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Cabinet approval received for the appointment of the Special Salaries Commission

The Government has decided to appoint a Special Salaries Commission to make necessary recommendations to increase the salaries of the entire public sector staff, and to do away the salary anomalies that were reported in certain public sector institutions, inclusive of the Railways. The Cabinet of Ministers gave its approval to appoint this Salaries Commission, on a recommendation made by the Minister of Finance: Mangala Samaraweera, yesterday. The commission will make its recommendations to the government within the next two months.

The 10 percent tax charged from the artists who have a monthly income over 50,000 rupees has been reduced up to 5 percent

Minister Mangala Samaraweera says that the 10 percent tax charged from the artists who have a monthly income over 50,000 rupees has been reduced up to 5 percent. The Minister said that the decision has been taken as a concession for the artists. This decision is to be submitted to the parliament before the next budget.

Another 7,000 members are to be recruited to the Police service

Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara says, 25 special units will be established to curb Drug Smuggling and Organized Crime. Speaking at a media briefing held at his Ministry last evening he noted, the government has been able to curb Drug Smuggling and Organized Crime to a considerable extent, however, these new units will be established to further expand this task. He added that another 7,000 members are to be recruited to the Police service.

The first Kumbal Perahera of the historic Esala Maha Perehera will parade the streets of Kandy tomorrow

The Kumbal Perahara will parade the streets for the first five days from tomorrow to the 20th. The Randoli Perahera will begin on August 21 and will continue until August 25.The Esala festival will conclude with the traditional water cutting ritual at the Mahaweli River at Getambe on August 26, morning. Then, according to tradition, the Diyawadana Nilame of the sacred Sri Dalada Maligawa, along with the Basnayake Nilames of the four Dewales, will officially present the traditional communication of successful conclusion of the Kandy Esala Perahera to the head of state, President Maithripala Sirisena.

Italy Bridge rescuers search into the night in Genoa

Rescuers in the northwest Italian city of Genoa are searching into the night for possible survivors after the dramatic collapse of a motorway bridge. Police say at least 26 people were killed and 15 badly hurt, when dozens of vehicles fell 148 feet. Reports say cries can be heard from people trapped in the debris. Twelve people are said to be missing. Some 300 firefighters from across Italy have been using sniffer dogs and climbing gear in the search.

Sri Lanka wins by three wickets in tight chase

Sri Lanka won the T-20 encounter against South Africa's tour of Sri Lanka played at the R. Premadasa Stadium by 3 wickets.  South Africa won the toss and elected to bat. South Africa all out for 98 runs in 16.4 overs. Quinton de Kock is the highest scorer of 20 runs for Proteas. Lakshan Sandakan took 3 wickets. Dhananjaya de Silva and Akila Dhananjaya took 2 wickets each. In reply Sri Lanka were able to hit the target score in 16 overs. Dinesh Chandimal scored the highest runs of 36 for Sri Lanka. Dhananjaya de Silva 31.

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