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The first T20 between Sri Lanka and Australia this evening.

Seamer Kasun Rajitha has been named in Sri Lanka's squad for the two T20s against Australia, while allrounders Thisara Perera and Milinda Siriwardana, batsman Chamara Kapugedara, and spinner Sachithra Senanayake, have also all been recalled.


1,450 metric tons of fish exported to the Europe after the removal of the ban.

The Ministry of fisheries announces that 1,450 metric tons of fish has been exported to the Europe after the removal of the ban imposed on Sri Lanka. The ministry added that high demand is witnessed for tuna fish from Europe and some other countries.


A special project to provide electricity through solar power for one million houses will commence tomorrow.

A special project to provide electricity through solar power for one million housing units will commence tomorrow. President Maithripala Sirisena will participate as the chief guest.


SLFP anniversary celebrations gave a proper response to JO - Western Province CM


Chief Minister of Western Province Isura Devapriya says the Sri Lanka Freedom Party was able to hold the largest ever part convention in the history of Sri Lankan politics yesterday. Taking part in the Subharathi discussion programme of the SLBC this morning the Chief Minister also said the party members gave a proper response to the statements made by the group who call themselves as the Joint Opposition.


Indian PM emphasises the need of eliminating safe havens for economic offenders


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made it clear that effective financial governance requires to act against the corrupt and elimination of “safe havens” for economic offenders .
He also called on G20 members to break down the web of excessive banking secrecy.


Attack on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Malaysia


The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed reports that Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to Malaysia had been assaulted by a group of persons at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport today, 4 September 2016.

The Government of Sri Lanka condemns this act of violence on Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Malaysia, in the strongest terms.

The High Commissioner is receiving medical attention.


G20 leaders told 'avoid empty talk' by China's Xi Jinping

China's President Xi Jinping has urged leaders of the world's 20 largest economies to avoid "empty talk" as they look to quicken economic growth.


The President pays attention on the proposal to increase tobacco tax by 90 percent submitted by him to the Cabinet needed to be approved soon.


President Maithripala Sirisena says the proposal to increase Tobacco tax by 90 percent submitted by him to the Cabinet needed to be approved soon. He requested all the Ministers and Parliamentarians not to support a tragedy of turning whole nation to become sick persons by postponing the proposal.


Philippines bomb attack kills 14

At least 14 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the home city of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.


Discussion to improve the trade ties between Sri Lanka and USA.

Sri Lanka and USA will enter into a special agreement to strengthen the trade ties between the two nations. The Inter-Sessional meetings of the 12th United States- Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Framework Agreement to complete the work-plan under US-Sri Lanka Joint Action Plan finalised on April 28 in Washington DC opened in Colombo yesterday to further give great impetus to historic Sri Lanka-US trade ties.


Deadly bomb attack on Pakistan court

A suicide bomber has attacked a court in the northern Pakistani city of Mardan, killing at least 11 people and injuring nearly 30. The Police said the attacker threw a hand grenade before running into the court area and detonating a bomb.


Tharanga, Dickwella & Dasun included in the SL ODI squad.

Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews' calf tear has ruled him out of the remainder of Australia's tour, while all-rounder Thisara Perera and left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan have been released from the Sri Lanka squad for the fifth One Day International.


The Czech President to visit Sri Lanka

Mrs. Priyanee Wijesekera, Ambassador Designate of Sri Lanka to the Czech Republic presented Credential to the President Miloz Ziman on 23rd August, 2016 at the office of the President in the Prague Castle.

Following the Credential Ceremony she met the President, Deputy Foreign Minister and Director of the Department of South Asia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


A suicide bomber kills 13 in Pakistan

A suicide bomber has attacked a court in the northern Pakistani city of Mardan, killing at least 13 people and injuring nearly 40.Police said that the attacker threw a hand grenade before running into the court area and detonating a bomb .


Hurricane Hermine hits Florida coast.

Hurricane Hermine has made landfall in northern Florida, becoming the first hurricane to hit the state since 2005. Hermine hit the Florida Gulf Coast early on Friday as a category one hurricane, bringing with it a heavy storm surge.


Powerful quake off north-east New Zealand coast.

Residents of a small community on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island have been asked to evacuate after a severe earthquake at sea. Civil defence authorities asked people in the Tolaga Bay area to leave their homes after a 7.1 quake struck 169 kilometers north-east of Gisborne.

People in some coastal areas were told to go to higher ground. The quake caused a tsunami but it has had no noticeable impact, an emergency worker told New Zealand radio.

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 ticket ballot opens.

The International Cricket Council has announced that the ticket ballot for next year’s ICC Champions Trophy 2017, to be staged in England and Wales from June next year, opens today giving cricket fans the opportunity to apply to watch one of the 15 games.

Tickets prices start at just 5 pounds for children and 20 pounds for adults. The ballot will be open for 30 days through the official website at and fans can submit an application for as many games as they wish. The ballot closes at 20.00 British Standard Time on 30th of this month.

Donald Trump says Mexico will have to pay for a border wall.

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has insisted Mexico will pay for a border wall "100 percent", in a major immigration speech. He told a cheering crowd in Arizona that he would secure the border, and left open the possibility that millions of illegal immigrants be deported.

Hours earlier, he met Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto but said they had not discussed financing the wall. The President later insisted he had told Trump, Mexico would not pay. There had been speculation that the Republican candidate would back off his plan to deport the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US.

Egyptian President will arrive in Indian

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi will arrive here today on a three-day visit. He will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to step up engagement in areas of security, counter-terrorism and trade.

With both India and Egypt grappling with terrorism, both the leaders are expected to deliberate on ways to deal with the menace effectively.

Sisi will be accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising of Ministers, top officials and business leaders.

He will hold wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Modi on Friday. Both sides are set to sign a number of MoUs after the talks.

Sisi will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari.

India and Egypt have a strong economic relationship.

India is the sixth largest trading partner of Egypt -- the second largest export destination. India's imports from Egypt were worth USD 1.74 billion during 2014-15.

Indian businessmen have invested nearly USD 3 billion in about 50 companies in Egypt and have given employment opportunities to around 35,000 Egyptians.

Two people have been arrested with the possession of 5 kilogram of gold at the Kankasanthurai Sea area.

Two people have been arrested with the possession of 5 kilogram of gold at the Kankasanthurai Sea area. The raid was done by Sri Lanka navy. The culprits posing as fishermen were trying to traffic gold using a small boat. Further investigations are being done by the officers of the customs department of Jaffna.

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff removed from office by Senate

Brazil's Senate has voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office for manipulating the budget. It puts an end to the 13 years in power of her left-wing Workers' Party. Ms Rousseff had denied the charges. Sixty-one senators voted in favour of her dismissal and 20 against, meeting the two-thirds majority needed to remove her from the presidency. (BBC)

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