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A Sathyagraha Campaign to exert pressure on the government to expedite the process of fulfilling the pledges given to the public will be held in Colombo today.

A Sathyagraha Campaign to exert pressure on the government to expedite the process of fulfilling the pledges given to the public will be held in Viharamaha Devi Park in Colombo today at 3.00 PM.

Addressing a media briefing recently to inform about the Sathyagraha Campaign veteran film Director Dharmasiri Bandaranayaka said that the certain significant marks of the previous regime is visible in the present government. He explained that it is a duty of each citizen to drag out the present government from that position. This is the main objective of Sathyagraha Campaign, he added.

Prime Minister points out the need to have a proper economic plan to steer the country towards prosperity.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe pointed out the need to implement proper economic plan to steer the country towards prosperity. Well planned short term and long term measures will be taken for this purpose. He made these remarks at a ceremony held in the BMICH this evening. Three books written by Sujith Akkarawatta were launched at this ceremony.


Another group of Mahaweli families will receive proper title deeds.

1,300 families in Victoria and Kothmale Mahaweli colonies will be provided with title deeds by President Maithripala Sirisena at the Central Province sports complex in Digana on the 18th of this month. These people have been living in these lands for over ten years without proper deeds. With the receipt of legal title deeds many problems face by them will be solved.

Belgium Deputy Prime Minister meets the Sri Lankan Prime Minister to strengthen bilateral relations.

A meeting between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and the Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium Alexander De Croo took place this evening at the Temple Trees. They focused attention to further enhance economic and political ties between Belgium and Sri Lanka.

The world biggest airbus landed at Bandaranaike International Airport.

An Emirates A380 aircraft landed at Bandaranaike International Airport Katunayake today, helping Sri Lanka and the airport achieve an aviation milestone. Minister of Transport and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva was at the airport to greet UAE Ambassador to Sri Lanka Abdul Hameed Abdul Fattah Kazhim Al-Mulla, and the Emirates' representatives. This is the first A380 commercial flight to the country.


Sierra Leone mudslide buries houses with over three hundred feared dead.

More than three hundred people are feared dead and others remain trapped after a mudslide near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown. A hillside in the Regent area collapsed early today following heavy rains, leaving many houses covered in mud. A BBC reporter at the scene says many people may have been asleep when the mudslide occurred. The number of casualties is not yet known but Sierra Leone's Vice-President Victor Bockarie Foh said it was "likely that hundreds are lying dead".

Ashwin's county cricket stint confirmed

India offspinner R Ashwin, who had been left out of the limited-overs leg of the tour of Sri Lanka, will play county cricket this season. He could be available as early as Worcestershire's match against Gloucestershire starting on August 28. ESPNcricinfo had earlier reported that Worcestershire had shown interest in availing Ashwin's services towards the end of their season. Ashwin's India team-mate left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja is also in talks with the counties, but it as yet unclear whom he will play for.

The foundation of the programme in providing with land deeds to the landless has been laid.

Lands minister Gayantha Karunatilleke emphasised that local lands will not be transferred to foreigners in outright grants.  Foreigners can obtain local land on leasing base.  During the previous Presidential and general elections  President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe promised the people of the country that the landless people will be given deeds of outrights grants in having land.


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