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The new administrative complex at Polonnaruwa to be commissioned by the President today.

The new administrative complex at Polonnaruwa will be commissioned by President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe today. It has been built at a cost of 1.5 billion rupees. Minister Vajira Abeywardena will also take part in the event.

Billionaire businessman abducted in Bambalapitiya found murdered.

The Police say the kidnapped billionaire businessman has been murdered. His body has been found at Rukulagama area situated along the Mawanella Hemmathagama road last night. The businessman was kidnapped at Bambalapitiya on the 21st of this month. The Magistrate inquiry will be held this morning. The body was found according to a complaint received by the Police Emergency Unit.

Death toll from Italy earthquake rises to 159.


At least 159 people have been killed and 368 injured in an earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy. The magnitude-6.2 quake struck at 03:36 local time, 100 kilometers north-east of Rome, not far from Perugia.

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Sri Lanka levels the one day series while Australian skipper heads home.

Youngsters shined again to help Sri Lanka beat Australia in the 2nd One Day International by 82 runs leveling the series 1-1. Batting first after winning the toss, Sri Lanka made 288 all out in 48 .5 overs. Although Sri Lanka lost their openers within 12 runs Kusal Mendis top scored with 69, backed up by aggressive 50s from captain Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera.

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Minister Gayantha Karunathilleka says that the unity government has provided many benefits to the people in the past year.

Minister Gayantha Karunathilleka says that the present consensus government has been able to provide many benefits to the people in the past year. Addressing a media briefing to convey cabinet decisions in Colombo today , the minister further said that the government formed with the unity of the two major political parties, has been able to civilize the country, which was turning into a north Korea.

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A committee meeting of the Asian Bishops' conference is to be held in Sri Lanka.

The Asian Bishops' Conference committee meeting will be held in Sri Lanka from the 28th November to the 4th of December in Negombo this year. Eight cardinals and 150 Bishops representing Asian region countries will attend .

The government focuses attention to enhance productivity by minimizing imports.


Minister Ravi Karunanayake says that the government's attention has been focused on enhancing productivity by minimizing imports. The minister was participating in a parliamentary debate on several regulations on the Special Commodity Tax and Customs Ordinance Act. The importation of agricultural commodities has fallen by 8 percent due to increasing local production. Capital expenditure has not been cut back.

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Deputy Minister Arundhika Fernando says all SLFPers who genuinely love the party must attend the annual party conference.

Deputy minister Arundika Fernando says that all the SLFPers who genuinely love the party must attend the 65th annual conference of the party in Kurunegala. Addressing a media briefing in Colombo today those who are actively involved in party organizational activities have been appointed as new party organizers.

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The 3rd term of all government schools will commence on the 31st of this month.


Director of School Affairs of the ministry of Education W.K.M.Wijetunga says that the 3rd school term of all government schools will recommence on the 31st of this month.

Turkish tanks roll into northern Syria.

A dozen Turkish tanks have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy shelling of an area held by so-called Islamic State.
Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes.

Sri Lanka participates in prestigious New York Trade Fair

The Sri Lanka pavilion at the ‘Artisan Resource at NY NOW 2016’ trade fair was declared open by Dr. Rohan Perera, Ambassador & Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations, New York on 21st August 2016 at the Jacob Javits Center, New York.

 Seven Sri Lankan companies participated at the Trade Fair through the Sri Lanka Exports Development Board . These companies were able to display Giftware & Lifestyle products manufactured in Sri Lanka. This is Sri Lanka’s first ever participation at this popular trade fair in New York.  

Senarath Attanayake Member of Provincial Council, A. S. Khan, Deputy Permanent Representative, Ms. Upeka Samaratunga, Minister (Commercial) of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Washington, Ms. Thejani De Alwis, Deputy Director of EDB and representatives of the participating companies and the trade fair organizers were present at the occasion.  The trade fair is held from 21st to 24th August 2016.

SL plans cautious approach against Starc in the 2nd ODI

Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Angelo Mathews says his team would seek to shelve the ambitious strokes against Australian left arm quick Mitchell Starc. Mathews pointed out if his team can score 40 or 50 runs off him, they would be able to catch up against the other bowlers.
Starc was already miserly during the first One Day International. He did not concede a boundary in his
10 overs, which cost only 32 and was also penetrative, taking three wickets. Each of those dismissals, however, was the result of an expansive drive gone awry.

Meanwhile, if Dinesh Chandimal scores another fifty in today's match, he will join Andrew Jones, Kane Williamson, Mohammad Yousuf, Asif Iqbal, and Mark Waugh, at second on the list of most fifties on the trot in One Day matches. Javed Miandad holds the record with nine consecutive
half-centuries.

The 2nd One Day International between the two teams will get underway at the R. Premadasa stadium at 2.30 p.m.

Earthquake strikes Central Italy

An earthquake of 6.2 magnitude has struck central Italy, leaving at least 13 people dead and others trapped under rubble. The USGS said the quake hit at 03:36 a.m.
local time, 76 kilometers southeast of the city of Perugia, at the very shallow depth of 10 kilometers. The mayor of one town told Italian radio that "half the town is gone".
In Rome, some buildings shook for 20 seconds. A family of four had been found under rubble in the town of Accumoli. Meanwhile the Police said two people had died in the nearby village of Pescara del Tronto.

Present govt has put the country first instead of the party - Min Mahinda

General Secretary of the United Peoples' Freedom Alliance Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says

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Functioning of the SCRM to be strengthened

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe had presented the proposal in this regard to the cabinet.  The secretariat was established last year with the objective of implementing the decisions and the programmes related to the process productively.

 Therefore, it is entrusted with the responsibility of coordinating the affairs between the policy making and policy implementing institutions.

Product oriented economy to be developed

Minister Thalatha Athukorala says the government plans to develop product oriented economy in order to eradicate poverty.  The Minister was speaking at a ceremony held recently to hand over the fertilizer subsidy to the members of small tea estate owners association of Kalawana.

The government has allocated 700 million rupees to provide fertilizer subsidy to small estate owners of Rathnapura District.

Forest area of the country to be increased

Deputy Minister Anuradha Jayarathne says the contribution of both the state and private sectors will be obtained to increase the forest area of the country. It stands at
29 percent at present. The government aims to increase it upto 32 percent. The process will be carried out in 8 specific sectors. Further discussions will be held to identify lands and other related matters.

Customs seize 400 cigarette cartons.

The Customs have seized 400 cigarette cartons brought illegally to the country, at the airport early today.They are valued at 2.8 million rupees. Two women and
a youth have been arrested. Director of Customs Parakrama Basnayake says the suspects who are residents of Matale, have returned to the island from Dubai.

Meanwhile, the Colombo Crimes Division says one thousand foreign liquor bottles have been seized from the raids carried out in Dematagoda and Wennappuwa areas. Four suspects have been arrested in this connection. A 22-year old person who returned to the island from a European country recently is among them.

Parliamentarians will be able to vote using their finger prints.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya says parliamentarians will be able to vote using their finger prints. After the installation of the digital system, counting of votes manually will not be required. He added that the Parliament hopes to use the new system at the vote of the next Budget.

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Sri Lanka seek quick turnaround in 2nd ODI

Having taken an early lead in the five-match One-Day International series, Australia will aim to carry forward the momentum when they take on hosts Sri Lanka in the second game at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Wednesday.

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Students who have excelled in G.C.E. Ordinary Level Exam met the President today.

12 students who have obtained best results during the last G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination and ranked within the first ten positions met the President at the Presidential Secretariat today. 12 students who gained highest marks at the recent G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination received special awards and certificates from President Maithripala Sirisena.

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