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Castro no more

Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90 a short while ago. Castro governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011. Under his administration Cuba became a one-party communist state.

Int'l warrant issued to arrest Editor of Lanka E-news website

An international warrant has been issued to arrest the editor of Lanka E-news website Pradeep Sandaruwan Senadheera as soon as possible. It was issued by the chief magistrate of Gampaha Kavindya Nanayakkara today.


Prof. Santh Nandasiri has been elected as the Chancellor of the University of Visual and Performing Arts.

Maestro Musician Sangeeth Nipun Sanath Nandasiri has been appointed as the chancellor of University of Visual and Performing Arts. He accepted the appointment letter by President Maithripala Sirisena and the President's Secretariat this morning.

Earthquake sparks Japan tsunami warning.

A 7.4 magnitude earthquake off north-eastern Japan near Fukushima prefecture has prompted a tsunami warning of possible 3 meters waves. The Japan Meteorological Agency said that the quake struck on Tuesday morning at about 06:00 local time.


The President and the Premier condole over the demise of veteran actor Wimal Kumara De Costa.

President Maithripala Sirisena has conveyed his condolences over the demise of veteran actor Wimal Kumara De Costa. Issuing a condolence message the President points out Costa was an actor required most by the film makers of the new cinema trend which began in the latter part of 1970's. The guidance received by Sri Lankan theatre greats such as Sugathapala De Silva helped him to become a talented actor.


people are advised to keep their premises clean from mosquito breeding


National Coordinator of the dengue control programme Dr. Hasitha thisera says there is a tendency of propagating dengue menace in the coming weeks. Larvae of mosquitoes are found in many premises including schools, public places, construction sites and government institutions.


Chairman of the Private Bus Owners Association says there will be no private bus strike tomorrow.

Chairman of the private bus owners association Gemunu Wijerathne says there will be no private bus strike tomorrow. He said that the discussion held with Minister Ravi Karunanayake in this connection was successful and they decided to stop the strike.


Debate on the budget commences

The debate on the budget commenced in the parliament this morning. Parliamentarian M.A Sumanthiran was the first speaker to address the parliament. He pointed out the government expenditure has declined in year 2017 in comparison to year 2016.


SLFP is satisfied with budget proposals - Dilan Perera

SLFP spokesperson and Minister Dilan Perera hailed the budget as progressive and said that recommendations put forward by the party have been incorporated as well. 
It was a bit more progressive than last year. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake held several discussions with the SLFP to take recommendations from the party.


The budget proposals for next year will be presented in parliament tomorrow.

Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said that 2017 Budget will be presented in parliament at 2.00 pm tomorrow. The budget debate will begin on Friday and the voting of the 2nd reading will be held on the 18th of this month.


Trump team tries to ease global concern.

Donald Trump's campaign team has sought to allay negative views expressed overseas towards its candidate, a day before the US goes to the polls. Campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told the BBC such antipathy "doesn't reflect why Donald Trump is running and who he would be on the global stage". She also attacked Hillary Clinton's "unremarkable to chequered" record as secretary of state. Both candidates are undertaking a blitz of campaigning in key states on Monday.

The President leaves to India to address the WHO summit on Tobacco control.

President Maithripala Sirisena will leave the country for India this evening to take part in a special Summit of the World Health Organization on Control the use of Tobacco. The President will deliver the lecture of the invitee.


The Prime Minister will leave for Hong Kong to take part in German Entrepreneurs Forum tomorrow.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will leave the Island for Hong Kong tomorrow to take part in the 15th Asia Pacific Summit for German enterprises. The summit has been organized in order to strengthen trade ties between German and Asia Pacific entrepreneurs.


No Sri Lankan hurt from Italy quake - MFA

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says, the Sri Lankan Emabssy in Rome has informed that no Sri Lankan has been affected or injured from the earthquake that struck  Central Italy.

It has also asked the Sri Lankan nationals in Italy to contact the embassy through +39 3421254777 if any assistance is required.

A group of European parliamentarians visits Sri Lanka.

A four member delegation from the European parliament will arrive in the country for an official visit on today. The delegation is led by Chair of the delegation for relations with countries of South Asia Jean Lambert.


All units of Norochcholai Lakvijaya Coal power plant will be activated from tomorrow.

Ministry of Power and Renewable Energy says that all units of Norochcholai Lakvijaya Coal power plant will be activated from tomorrow


Members of the European Parliament to visit Sri Lanka

Progress on national reconciliation and ways to empower Sri Lankan women politically and economically will be the focus of the visit from 31 October to 3 November 2016 by a four member delegation from the European Parliament.


PM outlines future economic plans


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says a revolutionary method is required to take forward Sri Lanka's economy. Making a special statement on the future economic plans of the country in the parliament today, the Premier pointed out the present government granted many relief to the public servants by increasing their wages.


SC rules amended bill on VAT is consistent with constitution

The Supreme Court has ruled that the amended bill on value added Tax or any of its clauses are not inconsistent with the constitution.
Deputy Speaker Thilanga Sumathipala read out the Supreme Court ruling to the parliament a short while ago.

The Indian Foreign Secretary meets minister Mangala Samaraweera.

Secretary to the Ministry of External Affairs of India Dr. S. Jayashankar called on the minister of Foreign affairs Mangala Samaraweera at his ministry today. They were intended to discuss on Progress of the Indian Projects that are being undertaken in Sri Lanka.

The Central Bank resolves four insolvent financial institutions to protect depositors

The central Bank says that the Monetary Board has approved a resolution mechanism for repayment of depositors


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