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Paralympic games end with a tribute to the Iranian cyclist.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games have come to a close inside a packed Maracana Stadium. Singers, dancers and fireworks lit up the iconic stadium before tributes were paid to Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, who died on Saturday.

President of the International Paralympic Committee Sir Philip Craven said the movement was "united in grief". Referring to the success of the Games, Craven said the Rio Paralympics were "uniquely Brazilian and wondrous".

Craven had earlier passed the Paralympic flag between the mayor of Rio and governor of Tokyo, the Japanese capital city where the next Games will be held in 2020. His speech thanked organizers, athletes and spectators and he was warmly applauded when bestowing the Paralympic Order on the Brazilian city, his organization's highest honour.

New York City blast- the investigation continuing.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation made no arrests in connection with the bombing this weekend in New York City after police pulled over a car on a city bridge, an agency spokeswomen said .

“We conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle of interest in New York City but no arrests were made and no one has been charged with any crime,” FBI spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser said.

She said the investigation was continuing.

The bomb detonated on Saturday in New York, and another device found nearby, were both shrapnel-filled pressure cookers - similar to the bombs used at the 2013 Boston marathon, reports say.

The blast, in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, injured 29 people.
The FBI said it stopped a "vehicle of interest" in Brooklyn on Sunday but made no arrests.

The second device was found four blocks from the site of the explosion and was removed and later destroyed in a controlled explosion.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo said it appeared to be "similar in design" to the exploded device.
Both were different from a pipe bomb that detonated earlier on Saturday on the route of a charity race in New Jersey, Mr Cuomo added. That explosion caused no injuries.

UK likely to begin Brexit in early next year

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is likely to trigger the formal process of leaving the European Union early next year. European Council President Donald Tusk said May had told him the UK could be ready to begin talks by February.

 May's office said it would not be launched this year, but did not confirm Tusk's account. Formal negotiations over the withdrawal cannot begin until the UK triggers Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, the formal mechanism for leaving the union.

The labour minister pledges to provide solutions to the problems of the labour officials within 3 months.

Minister W.D.J Senevirathe pledges to provide reasonable solution to the acceptable demands of labour officials pertaining to the drafting of a service charter.


Syrians still wait for aid three days after truce.

Syrians deprived of food in eastern Aleppo are still waiting for aid three days after a truce was agreed. The UN is angry that its aid convoys remain stuck at the Turkish border because permits promised by the Syrian government have not materialised.

Russia, an ally of Syria's president, says government forces are now moving back from a key road into Aleppo. But a US state department spokesman said he did not have "intelligence or facts" to confirm a withdrawal.

UK approves French -Chinese nuclear plant deal.

The government has approved a new 18 billion pounds nuclear power station in the UK after imposing "significant new safeguards" to protect national security.

The new plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset is being financed by the French and Chinese governments. However, the UK government says it will have control over foreign investment in "critical infrastructure". Ministers will be able to stop EDF, the state-controlled French energy firm, from selling its stake in Hinkley.

Former Maldivian rivals Nasheed and Gayoom join hands

Former President of Maldives Mohammed Nasheed says he has come to a clear agreement with long-time ruler Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on the need for democracy in Male. Observing that he could not spell out the agreement he had reached with Gayoom in “black and white”, he said the internal contradictions in Male would play out very soon.


An orphan girl at the Polonnaruwa children's home gets married with the blessings of the President.

A girl named Indrani Maduwanthi who rendered parentless due to terrorism and was looked after by the Parakum Children Home in Polonnaruwa started her marriage life today. She is 22 years old and her groom is 26 years old Priyantha Kumara of Vavuniya. It is significant that president Maithripala Sirisena attended the weeding on the part of the bride.


UK MPs decry Libya campaign

A UK parliamentary report has severely criticized the intervention by Britain and France that led to the overthrow of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The foreign affairs committee accused the then Prime Minister David Cameron of lacking a coherent strategy for the air campaign.

It said the intervention had not been "informed by accurate intelligence", and that it led to the rise of so-called Islamic State in North Africa. The UK government said it had been an international decision to intervene. The action had been called for by the Arab League and authorized by the UN Security Council, the Foreign Office added.

Dinesh Priyantha Herath secure SL’s first medal in Rio Paralympics

Dinesh Priyantha Herath secured Sri Lanka’s first medal in men’s javelin throw F46 final at the Rio Paralympics. The 30-year-old Sri Lankan thrower cleared a distance of 58.23 meters, a personal best mark, to win the bronze medal. Indian Devandra Jhahharia won the gold with a new world record mark of 63.97 meters and Guo Chunliang of China secured the silver with a distance of 59.93 meters.  
Meanwhile, a Brazilian swimmer has won his fifth medal in Rio and his 20th overall, becoming the host nation's best-performing individual Paralympian. Daniel Dias took gold in the 50 meter freestyle in the S5 category. He raced against and defeated the man who first inspired him to become a Paralympic swimmer. 

Minister Rajitha Senarathne says that the bill on vat was approved in the cabinet. It will only for 9 months.

Minister Rajitha Senarathne says that the bill on vat was approved in the cabinet. He added that the vat will be charged for only 9 months. Afterwards, the system will be more simplified and more concessions will be granted to the general public. Minister Senarathne further said that the recent vat bill was prepared concerning the public grievances. The previous government has borrowed money not only through the treasury. According to the investigations 1.3 trillion rupees need to be paid for the loans of the previous regime.


Somalia hosts heads of state summit for 1st time in 30 years.

 Somalia today was hosting its first regional summit of African heads of state in 30 years, a source of pride in this Horn of Africa country after decades of chaos and deadly attacks by al-Shabab extremists.


The paddy purchasing process has been commenced in nine districts.

The Paddy Marketing Board says the government rice warehouses have been kept ready to accept the paddy stocks from the Yala season. The board further said paddy purchasing process from the private sector has been commenced in nine districts so far. Around 11,000 metric tons paddy have been stored in rice storehouses of the Board.


New Zealand blade runner beats Pistorius record

New Zealand's Liam Malone has broken a Paralympic Games record held by South Africa's Oscar Pistorius. The 22-year-old from Nelson won gold in the men's 200 meters T44 final with a personal best time of 21.06 seconds.

The previous record time set by Pistorius was 21.30 seconds.

Enhanced security for Sri lanka's envoy to Malaysia

The malaysian Police have stepped-up security at the workplace and residence of Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia, Ibrahim Ansar, following his group assault on Sept 4. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said Ibrahim has also been provided with personal security.


Rajiv case convict Perarivalan attacked in jail

A G Peralivalan, one of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, was today attacked inside the high security central prison in Vellore by another inmate.

Officials declined to spell out details of the incident, including the reason for the attack, maintaining that an inquiry by prison authorities was on.

Perarivalan is being treated at the prison hospital, police said.

Rajiv Gandhi was killed by a suicide bomber at nearby Sriperumbudur on May 21, 1991 and seven persons-- Murugan, Santhan, Perarivalan, Nalini, Robert Payas, Jayakumar and Ravichandran, were convicted in the case.

United Nations Human Rights Council

The September session of the United Nations Human Rights Council will start today. The report of the Working Group on Enforced of Involuntary Disappearances on its mission to Sri Lanka will be discussed on Thursday during the session in Geneva.


Syria Cessation of hostilities comes into effect.

A cessation of hostilities has come into effect in Syria, although it is unclear how widely it will be observed. The Syrian army says it is implementing the truce, which began at sunset, but rebel groups have been more guarded.


Sri Lankan government extend support to upgrade health service in the Maldives

The government has expressed willingness to support to enhance health service in the Maldives. Health minister of Maldives Abdullah Nasheem Ibrahim recently met minister Rajitha Senarathne in Colombo and held a lengthy discussion in this regard.


The President says the Mahaweli sports festival has become a platform to produce international level athletes.

President Maithripala Sirisena says the Mahaweli Sports Festival has become a platform to produce international level athletes. It has served a lot to buildup the sports skills of rural children. The Mahaweli movement has also caused economic and cultural revolution in the country.


Public are sending views and proposals to prepare the budget next year.


The Ministry of Finance says public sends their views and ideas at present prior to the preparation of Budget next year. Director General of the Investment Policy Unit Ashoka Ranjith says public and trade union representatives and other organizations can direct their views and proposals before the 1st of October to the Department of Investment Policies, Ministry of Finance, Colombo 01.

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