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Octopuses found crawling along Welsh beach

Dozens of octopus have been spotted emerging from the ocean and crawling along the Welsh coast. Up to 25 curled octopuses were seen three nights in a row at New Quay beach in Ceredigion in west Wales.
Octopuses usually hide in the rocks some two or three metres below the water surface.

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The Prime Minister of Australia, on an official state visit to Sri Lanka holds bi-lateral discussions with the President.

The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, arrived in Sri Lanka

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The Constitutional Assembly gathered in parliament today for the debate pertaining to the Interim Report of the Steering Committee for Constitutional Reforms

The constitutional assembly gathered in parliament today. Joining in the debate pertaining to the Interim Report of the Steering Committee for Constitutional Reforms, minister W D J Seneviratne said that he appreciates the opinion of the Tamil National Alliance with regard to the proposed new constitution,

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The Colombo High Court sentences a former deputy minister to 4 years imprisonment

The Colombo High Court has sentenced Shantha Premaratne, who was a former deputy minister, to 4 years imprisonment. The ruling was given by Colombo High Court Judge Piyasena Ranasinghe, today. He was also fined a penalty of 10,000 rupees. He was found guilty of obtaining a bribe of 50,000 rupees in an attempt to employ an individual at the Ceylon Electricity Board.

Sathosa brings down the price of several essential food items

Sathosa brings down the price of several essential food items. According to the price lists announced by Sathosa today the price of 1 kilo of Nadu rice is 74 rupees. A kilo of Sudu Kekulu is 65 rupees. A kilo of imported Samba is 78 rupees.

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The President says national and international conflicts can be resolved through Buddhist philosophy.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the 7th world Buddhist congress will provide impetus to resolve national and international conflicts and to build up a peaceful society. Addressing the opening ceremony of the world Buddhist congress held at the Temple trees this morning the President said this event will also support the Sri Lankan government’s move to create a just society abided by the Buddhist philosophy. The religious leaders should educate the communities of their countries of the importance of solving disputes by peaceful means. The President further said that the government has taken steady measures to establish good governance through creating a righteous society.
Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said Gauthama Buddha has shown the way to lead a peaceful and co-existing life for the individual. Sri Lankan government is committeed to safeguard Buddhism, Maha Sangha and Buddhist places of worships while, respecting the rights of the other religion.

Geetha Kumarasinghe loses her parliamentary seat.


Geetha Kumarasinghe’s appeal against the court of appeal judgement is dismissed by a five member supreme court panel. Accordingly, she is declared not qualified to be an MP because she is a duel citizen.
A similar case proceeded in Australia recently and deputy Prime Minister of Australia had to resign from his post as he held the citizenship of New Zealand simultaneously. Chief of the Australian senate and five parliamentarians also faced the same fate due to this matter.

Asian Development Bank grants a loan of 100 million US dollars for uplifting SMEs in the island.

Asian Development Bank grants a loan of 100 million US dollars for uplifting Small and Medium scale Entrepreneurs in the island.  This will help to provide loans at lower interest rates with grace periods to repay for the businesses and industries.  The government is having further discussion to obtain 75 million US dollars more for this purpose.

The students participating in the world non-communicable summit met the president

The students participating in the world non-communicable summit met the President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday at presidential secretariat. The international summit will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 6 students will participate in the summit representing Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena presented the air tickets to these students yesterday. The summit will commence today and will be conducted up to 6th of this month.

The Prime Minister says the time has come to reassure human rights in the country.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the time has come to reaffirm human rights in the country.  Human rights were not respected and secured during the past regime.  Even now there is a trend to verbally attack the persons who express views on human rights.  The democratic way is to provide opportunity for human rights groups to express their views on securing human rights.  The Prime Minister revealed these facts at a ceremony held in parliament complex yesterday to launch the national action plan for securing and promoting human rights in Sri Lanka.  Addressing the gathering minister Mangala Samaraweera said the government is committed to safeguard the human rights in the present society.

Former president Chandrika Bandaranayake says a decision should be taken to take the country forward sidelining the threats of the small groups of extremists

Former President Chandrika Bandaranaike says a decision should be taken to take the country forward sidelining the threats of the small groups of extremists. The Former President made these remarks at a function to distribute awards and certificates to the winners of essay and art competitions organized by Bamir Makar Center. The function was held at BMICH yesterday. Addressing the gathering Former President Chandrika Kumaranathunga further said reconciliation and co-existence have been established at the highest level at present. Therefore, the country should move forward without giving much importance to the sabotage work of extremist groups. Mrs. Kumaranathunga also emphasized the importance of isolating the malicious campaigns carried out by bankrupted political elements. The Former President also stated the extremists are trying to create divisions among religious groups and ethnic groups. However, the present government has successfully defeated these malicious campaigns.

The opposition leader says disrupting the constitutional process is harmful to the country.

Opposition leader R. Sambandan says it is a positive trend that majority of the people and political parties have expressed their willingness to prepare a new constitution.  Therefore, all should get together and take collective measures for the well being of the country.  The elements who disrupt the process of preparing a new constitution will pose enormous harm to the country.

New York truck attack suspect charged with terrorism

An Uzbek immigrant has been charged by US prosecutors with causing the deaths of at least eight people in New York by mowing them down in a truck.Sayfullo Saipov, 29, is also accused of providing material support and resources to Islamic State (IS) group. He was shot and injured by police at the scene of the attack, and received treatment in hospital. Prosecutors say he spoke freely to them, waiving his right to avoid self-incrimination while in custody

Water supply facilities to develop community based cultivation activities.

The government has taken effective measures to provide water supply facilities to develop community based cultivation activities. The southern provincial council has allocated the necessary funds for this purpose to promote these cultivation process in the southern province.

The JVP leader says some bankrupted elements are making a fake noise against the proposed constitution.


The debate on the constitutional council steering committee’s interim report was held in parliament for the third day today. Joining the debate minister Susil Premajayantha said the central rule will become week if the power is further decentralized. Therefore, the executive presidency is needed to maintain the stability in the country.
Parliamentarian Anura Kumara Dissanayake said some power hungry bankrupted political elements have created a baseless clatter outside the parliament. Therefore, no one should be scared of such bogus protests. A true social opinion has been built up in the country for the need of a new constitution. Therefore, the parliament has the sole responsibility on working to meet this end. The JVP leader stressed that all communities should be given equal rights without any discrimination.
Minister Rahuf Hakeem said no one will go against to give priority for Buddhism. Minister Paratalee Champika Ranawaka said the economic and political stability are very much essential for the unitary state of the country.

The Prime Minister says the time has come to reaffirm human rights in the country.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the time has come to reaffirm human rights in the country.  Human rights were not respected and secured during the past regime.  Even now there is a trend to verbally attack the persons who express views on human rights.  The democratic way is to provide opportunity for human rights groups to express their views on securing human rights.  The Prime Minister revealed these facts at a ceremony held in parliament complex today to launch the national action plan for securing and promoting human rights in Sri Lanka.  Addressing the gathering minister Mangala Samaraweera said the government is committed to safeguard the human rights in the present society.

Minister Rajitha Senaratne says this is the final opportunity for all political groups to prepare a new constitution with consensus.

The government stresses that it has not come for a final decision on introducing new constitution. All parties should collectively take a final decision in this regard. Only an Interim report prepared by including opinions and views of various political parties has been presented to the parliament. Therefore, the new constitution can be prepared by considering all these ideas. Co-cabinet spokesman Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera made these comments at the press briefing held in Colombo today to inform the cabinet decision.
Minister Rajitha Senaratne said SLFP and some groups were vehemently against the current constitution prepared by the UNP since 1978. However, this is the final opportunity for all political groups to prepare a new constitution with consensus. About 97 percent of the people voted for the major parties at the last general election with the intention of preparing a new constitution. Therefore, the government is committed to fulfill the aspirations of the majority of the people.
Addressing the media co-cabinet spokesman Minister Gayantha Karunatilleke said that the political parties have been provided with more time to discuss the proposals in the interim report.

Iraq 'to take control of Kurdistan border crossings

The Iraqi military has said it is preparing to take control of the autonomous Kurdistan Region's only border crossings with Turkey and Syria. A statement said a delegation had visited the Ibrahim al-Khalil and Fish Khabur posts to determine requirements.

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Government always acts according to the mandate given by the public - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the government always acting according to the mandate given by the public.

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Minister Faizer Mustapha signed the gazette notification pertaining to the local poll

Minister Faizer Mustapha signed this morning the gazette notification pertaining to the new Mixed Electoral System under which the Local Government Elections will be held in January next year. Upon certifying the gazette notification the minister will explain the procedure of conducting the election under the new system.

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The power should be decentralised at national provincial and local government level - Opposition Leader

The constitutional council’s steering committee met in Parliament this morning. Joining the relevant debate opposition leader R. Sambanthan said the aim of preparing a new constitution is to make the country a prosperous and peaceful state.

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