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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.

The Chinese government will assist the technological know how to uplift the fresh water fishing industry in the country.


The Chinese government is assisting to develop the Sri Lanka's Fresh Water Fishing Industry.  An agreement was signed yesterday with Chinese Fishing production Company under the patronage of Minister Mahinda Amaraweera.  The Minister said the development of fish resources in the Sri Lanka territorial waters are declining.  


The Central Bank further strengthens resolution measures on finance companies

The Central Bank says that it has observed certain erroneous news items published in few newspapers raising concerns over financial problems confronted by a few licensedfinance companies.


Nepali PM is to visit India

Nepali Foreign Affairs Minister Prakash Sharan Mahat is scheduled to embark on a three-day official visit to India upon an invitation from his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj tomorrow.


Russia says ceasefire deal for Syria war being held up by US

Russia has said agreement on a ceasefire deal in Syria is being held up by the United States. The two sides have been holding talks in Geneva and the US has said discussions are "making progress". However, a US official later confirmed that deliberations in Washington were behind delays to a deal.


Sri Lanka is in a mission to conquer business opportunities Mekong region.

Greater Mekong Subregion Business Council said that there is tremendous potential in trade and investments opportunities with mutual benefits for Sri Lanka and for the Mekong countries that could help the Sri Lankan economy in a bigger way.  Especially in countries such as Myanmar which opened its economy following a transition of power to a democratically elected government, Sri Lanka can reap the benefits from industries such as construction, healthcare and even education in the country.


Mahaweli sports festival begins today

The 28 Mahaweli Sports-meet will inaugurate from Dehiattakandiya today. 1200 sportspeople representing 13 Mahaweli zones will be participating in the meet. The athletic events would be held today.


04 US swimmers who created a hoax at the Rio Olympics suspended

The three American Olympic swimmers, Jimmy Feigen, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger involved with Ryan Lochte in the infamous gunpoint altercation in Rio last month have been suspended from the US national team for four months. The US Olympic Committee had suspeneded Lochte for 10-months earlier for his role in creating an international incident.


Two men charged for assaulting Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner at KLIA

Two men have charged for assaulting Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Malaysia Ibrahim Sahib Ansar at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).


North Korea carries out a nuclear test

North Korea says it has successfully carried out its fifth test of a nuclear device.
The announcement on state media came hours after a huge seismic event was detected near its nuclear test site.


Barack Obama chides 'wacky' Trump after Putin jibe

Ticket sales for the Paralympic Games in Rio have hit 1.6 million as interest in the quadrennial event swells.Barack Obama has chided Donald Trump as "wacky" and "uninformed" after the Republican candidate said Russia's President Putin was a better leader.


Five convicts including Duminda Silva sentenced to death over killing of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra.

The Colombo High Court has imposed death sentences on Former MP Duminda Silva and four others who were found guilty in the case involving killing of four persons including Bharatha Laksman Premachandra.

Accordingly, Anura Thusara de Mel, Chaminda Ravi Jayanath, Janaka Bandara Galagoda and Sarath Bandara are also sentenced to death by the panel of judges.

Mr. Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra was killed in Kolonnawa at 8th of October 2011 during a shooting incident. The case involving this killing was continued for more than one and half years.

The judgement was given by a special panel of High Court Judges including Shiran Gunaratne, Padmini Ranawaka and M.C.B.S.Morayas.

The panel was divided on the judgement; the chairman of the panel Shiran Gunaratne acquitted all suspects while others decided to impose death sentences on the convicts.

Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting

The 11th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting will conclude today ( 8th) in Apia, hosted by the Government of Samoa on the theme of ‘Gender equality through sustainable development in an inclusive commonwealth’.

WAMM has been held triennially since 1985 and provides the opportunity for ministers, senior officials, civil society, private sector and partner agencies to discuss critical issues in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

It also contributes to the setting of Commonwealth priorities and the global agenda for sustainable and inclusive development. The 10th WAMM was held in Bangladesh in 2013. View outcomes from 10WAMM here

Key objectives of the meeting include to inform on proposed Commonwealth priorities on gender equality and women’s rights in the period of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Emerging issues and increasingly critical development issues on gender equality, women’s empowerment and development to promote inclusive development and democracy will also be discussed.

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