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Brazil expects 200 mln USD windfall from Olympic tourism

The Central Bank of Brazil expects that the delegations and tourists in Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games will leave behind revenue worth around 200 million US dollars. This prediction was made based on the statistics from the last three Olympics .

Additionally, the bank said that while the Olympics would lead to a "small" impact on tourism at first, they would contribute to more tourists coming to the country in the future, especially Rio de Janeiro.

The Brazilian government has expected around 500,000 foreign visitors to come to Rio de Janeiro to experience the Olympic atmosphere.

The Central Bank added that foreign tourists spent 3.15 billion dollars in Brazil in the first half of 2016.same period of last year.

The Nepali pariament endorses Prez order to remove difficulties

The Nepal Legislature-Parliament on Tuesday endorsed the Presidential order to remove constitutional difficulties to elect a new Prime Minister as per the Constitution’s Article 305.
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Speaker Onsari Gharti had presented the order at the House this afternoon. The order was endorsed with majority after holding a brief deliberation.

After Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli resigned on Sunday, President Bidya Devi Bhandari called the parties in Parliament on Monday to elect new Prime Minister based on political consensus within seven days.

If the parties failed to choose a consensus candidate, the Head of the State would ask them to elect the Prime Minister with majority

Earlier on Sunday before Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli tendered his resignation, the Cabinet had recommended the Head of the State to invoke the Article 305 to let the House elect the Prime Minister as per the Article 298 again.

Australian fast bowlers rule first session of the 1st Test against SL.

Sri Lankan cricket team is yet again in a desperate situation after losing 8 wickets for just 100 runs on the first day of the first Test match against Australia played at Pallekele.

Ironically Australian fast bowlers were the ones who did more damage to the Sri Lankan batting line up, although there was much controversy about Sri Lankan spin king Muttiah Muralitharan serving the Australian team as a consultant on a spin bowling over the last 10 days.


Right arm fast bowler Josh Hazelwood picked up the wickets of three front line batsmen of the Sri Lankan innings while he was well supported by left arm pacer Mitchell Starc. Nathan Lyon also bagged three wickets.

Earlier on the day Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews decided to bat first after winning the toss. Right hand batsman Dhananjaya De Silva and left arm chinaman Lakshan Sandaken made their Test debuts today.

19 dead in knife attack in Japan

A knife-wielding man has gone on a rampage at a facility for people with disabilities in Sagamihara City, west of Tokyo. Police say 19 people are confirmed dead and 25 others injured.

Police arrested 26-year-old Satoshi Uematsu

The man reportedly said that he used to work at Tsukui Yamayuri-en but is now unemployed. He is said to live near the facility.

Investigative sources quote the man as saying that he wished disabled people would disappear.

Officials quote the operator of the facility as saying it's believed the suspect broke a window in the east residential building to get inside. Police say they found a hammer near the window.

The facility housed 149 people with disabilities as of the end of last month.

Russia to form new Olympic team

The Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov says more than 8 athletes are expected to miss the Rio Games under new International Olympic Committee rules banning Russian athletes sanctioned for doping from competing.


The Russian committee had announced that it will send 387 athletes, but Zhukov said the new rules will affect at least 8 of them. He added that the number will rise.

Zhukov said full information about athletes' doping test records will be available in the near future, and indicated that a new team of athletes who meet the regulations will be formed by Thursday.

On Sunday, the IOC imposed strict conditions for allowing Russian athletes in the Games, prohibiting those who have been sanctioned for doping from competing.

Russia welcomes International Olympic Council's decision.

Russian Sports Ministry has welcomed the decision made by the International Olympic Committee on its athletes' participation in the upcoming Rio Olympic Games. Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said the decision made by the IOC was balanced and will benefit the global sport and unity of the Olympic family.

Meanwhile, the World Anti-Doping Agency says it is "disappointed" over its recommendation to ban Russia from next month's Olympic Games in Rio being rejected by International Olympic Council. Following the country's doping scandal, the International Olympic Committee has left it up to individual sports' federations to ban Russian competitors.

Meanwhile, Australia is refusing to move their athletes into the Rio Olympic Village because of concerns about the state of their accommodation. According to team boss Kitty Chiller, problems include "blocked toilets, leaking pipes and exposed wiring". Chiller said she had raised concerns with local event organizers and the International Olympic Committee, and was "pushing hard for a solution".

The games get underway on 5th of next month.

Syrian migrant dies in German blast.

A failed asylum seeker from Syria killed himself and injured 12 other people after setting off a bomb near an open-air music festival in the German city of Ansbach. Bavaria's interior minister said the 27-year-old man detonated a backpack device after being refused entry to the festival in the southern city.

About 2,500 people were evacuated from the venue after the explosion. It is the third attack in the state of Bavaria in a week. A shooting rampage in Munich on Friday left nine dead while an axe-wielding teenager was shot dead after injuring four people on a train a week ago in Wuerzburg.

A proposal to increase taxes on cigarette industry to 90 percent.

Minister Dr.Rajitha Senarathne says the government will enhance its commitment to discourage smoking and other causes for non-communicable diseases. He added that a memorandum will brought to the cabinet to increase tax imposed on the cigarette industry by 90 percent.

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Republican Donald Trump says US may abandon automatic Nato protection.

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump has said that if he is elected president he may abandon a guarantee of protection to fellow Nato countries.
Speaking to the New York Times, Mr Trump said the US would only come to the aid of allies if they have "fulfilled their obligations to them.

The President stresses that nobody will be allowed to engage in irregularities under the cover of good governance.

President Maithripala Sirisena reiterates that he will not allow politicians and government officials to engage in nefarious activities under the cover of good governance. He points out that people's expectations on a government of good governance will be dashed, if everyone fails to act according to conscience. The President delivering a speech at a special seminar at the BMICH in Colombo last evening said that all must commit themselves for the country and the people to emerge victorious by overcoming all challenges against good governance and reconciliation and unbiased and independent institutional framework will be established to look into the grievances and influences on state officials.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said that the national government formed with the unity of the two main political parties will function for five years. A steering committee has been appointed to draft a constitution. The work has been assigned to 6 sub committees. He said that the previous government had taken loans amounting to 1,300 billion rupees without parliamentary approval.

The key note address titled "Sri Lanka's development challenges" was delivered by governor of the Central Bank Dr. Indrajith Koomaraswamy. He added that the government's aim is to increase foreign investments by five fold in the next five years. Attorney General Jayantha Jayasuriya has also delivered a lecture on the role of the government officials in overcoming development challenges within the existing legal framework.

An Indian military plane has gone missing

An Indian military plane with more than 20 people on board has gone missing over the Bay of Bengal.
The Antonov-32 transporter aircraft took off from Chennai this morning bound for Port Blair in the eastern archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar.

Four aircraft and twelve ships have been deployed to search for the missing plane.

Accroding to the Indian navy surveillance planes and ships were looking for the missing aircraft, which was carrying service personnel to strategic islands near the Malacca Straits, where India has a military base.

Brazil Olympics: Ten arrested for 'plotting 'terror'.

Brazilian police have arrested 10 members of a group alleged to be preparing acts of terrorism, two weeks before the start of the Olympic Games. They were not members of so-called Islamic State but had tried to make contact with the group, officials said.

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Minister Kabir Hashim says that a major restructuring is in process to make Sri Lankan Airlines a profit making venture.

Minister Kabir Hashim says that a major restructuring is in process to make Sri Lankan Airlines a profit making venture. The national carrier incurred heavy losses due to mismanagement of previous regime, the minister added. He was speaking at press briefing held today at the Ministry of Public Enterprises Development.

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French Prime Minister tells the nation to expect more deadly attacks.

National Assembly of France has voted to extend the state of emergency for six months. The move follows last week's attack in Nice in which 84 people were killed and scores injured when a lorry was driven into crowds. The state of emergency was brought in after terror attacks in Paris in November that left 130 people dead.

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Australia wins the only warm up match of their Sri Lankan tour.

Australia have won their only warm up match of their Sri Lankan tour against Sri Lanka cricket by an innings and 162 runs today. Batting first after winning the toss Sri Lanka Cricket Board's eleven scored 229 all out in their first innings.

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The Republican National Convention opens in Cleveland.

The four-day Republican National Convention opens in Cleveland.Donald Trump will be made presidential nominee, Mike Pence his running mate. Meanwhile, Melania Trump is scheduled to campaign for her husband  on day one of  the   Convention.

US President calls for calm after shootings.

US President Barak Obama has called for
restraint after three police officers were shot dead in the city of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. The gunman, an African-American who had served for five years in the Marines, was also killed. Tensions in the city have been high since a black man Alton Sterling was shot dead by police two weeks ago.

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The President will place the auspicious items of treasure at the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga Project on 25th of this month.

 

President Maithripala Sirisena will place the auspicious items of treasure at the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga Irrigation Project on the 25th of this month.

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Turkish army group announces takeover on TV

An army group in Turkey says it has taken over the country, with soldiers at strategic points in Istanbul and jets flying low in the capital, Ankara.
A statement read on TV said a "peace council" now ran the country and there was a curfew and martial law.
But PM Binali Yildirim said the situation was largely under control and a no-fly zone was declared over Ankara.

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France declares three days of national mourning.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has declared three days of national mourning from tomorrow for the victims of the attack in Nice. The state of emergency, in place since November's Paris attacks carried out by the Islamic State terrorist group, has been extended by three months. The attack in Nice began shortly after the end of a firework display on the seafront for Bastille Day, which is the country's national holiday.

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Misbah leads way with Lord's hundred

A magnificent century from captain Misbah-ul-Haq put Pakistan in a strong position in the first Test before a late England counter-attack on an attritional first day.

Misbah, 42, has never before played a Test at Lord's, but his unbeaten 110 appeared to have steered his side to a strong position. But two late wickets from Chris Woakes to add to the pair he took before lunch gave England hope after they had lost the toss and toiled in the field.

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