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The police department will facilitate the Tamil of the North to record their complaints in their own mother tongue.

The Police Department will facilitate the people of the North to record complaints in their mother tongue.


The President says world leaders are pleased with the Sri Lanka's current socio political situation.

President Maithripala Sirisena says state leaders throughout the world are pleased about the Sri Lanka's present socio political situation and the policy of the new government. With the blessings of the international community Sri Lanka will be steered to victory.


The US president Barack Obama hails Sri Lanka's political transformation.

The president of United States Barack Obama says Sri Lanka's current transformation is an example for the entire world. Therefore the USA is committed to provide every possible support to Sri Lanka on its forward march. The U S president made these remarks when he met President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday in the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session. President Sirisena also participated in a banquet hosted by the American President.

Foundation stone for the technical city of the Mega Polis plan will be laid tomorrow.

Foundation stone for the 1st stage of the technical city of the Western Mega polis development plan will be laid tomorrow at the Mahahena technical zone in Homagama.


Victims of Salawa armory blast will receive compensation allowance for the damaged houses for further three months.

Victims of the Salawa armory blast will receive compensation allowance for the damaged houses for further three months. Minister Ravi Karunanayake says the monthly allowance of 50.000 rupees will be paid for another 3 months. The minister revealed these facts at a discussion held at the Finance ministry today wit h regard to the problems faced by the Salawa victims.

Another discussion in this connection will be held on the 17th of October.

SL Paralympic team to return today

The Sri Lankan team who took part in the Paralympic games in Rio, Brazil will return to the island today. A special ceremony has been organized at the Katunayake international airport this evening to welcome them. Subsequently another function will be held in Colombo under the auspices of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe to felicitate them.

Dinesh Priyantha Herath was able to win a bronze medal at the Paralympic games. Furthermore, all eight sports personnel were able to reach the final rounds of the events. 

New York bombing suspect charged

The US has charged Ahmad Khan Rahami with planting bombs in New York and New Jersey. Thirty-one people were injured when a bomb went off in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan on Saturday. Rahami had already been charged by the state of New Jersey with the attempted murder of police, during his arrest.

The new federal charges include use of a weapon of mass destruction, bombing, destruction of property and use of a destructive device. Unsealed in a Manhattan federal court, the charge sheet sheds new light on Rahami's motivations.

UNGA: President holds discussions with world leaders and diplomats

President Maithripala Sirisena who is currently attending the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly held in New York, has held bilateral meetings with several heads of state and diplomats. The meeting with the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the UN Headquarters was held last evening.
The President appreciated the assistance given by the Australian government to Sri Lanka for the country's development drive. In response the Australian Prime Minister extended his gratitude to the Government of Sri Lanka and the President for the cooperation extended towards Australia to curb human smuggling.
Meanwhile, the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar also called on the President at the UN headquarters. During the meeting President Maithripala Sirisena had emphasized the need for an early solution to address the Indo-Sri Lanka fishermen issue. 
Meanwhile, the Millennium Challenge Corporation of the United States has selected Sri Lanka for its Threshold Programme, under which assistance will be provided for selected projects. This was disclosed by its Chief Executive Officer Dana J Hyde who called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Loews Regency Hotel yesterday. She stated that her team is already in 
Sri Lanka for the preparation of a feasibility report, which will be presented to the organization's Board of Directors in December. The Board will, then, decide on the projects to be implemented in Sri Lanka. Dana Hyde congratulated for the achievements of the government during the last one and a half year period and said that the world recognizes the tremendous achievements made by the government.

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