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Interviews to admit grade one students to national schools will commence tomorrow.

Director of School activities of the ministry of education W.K.M. Wijetunga says relevant interviews to admit Grade one students to national schools for next year will commence tomorrow. Relevant interview boards will be appointed by the principals and should obtain approval from the education ministry for it.

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Donald Trump hits back at 'disastrous' Obama.

Donald Trump has dismissed Barack Obama's time in the White House as a "disaster" after the US president said he was not fit to succeed him."He's been weak, he's been ineffective," Republican candidate Mr Trump said of Mr Obama in a Fox News interview on Tuesday.

World famous children's nutrition supplement PediaSure introduced to the SL markets.

The sole agent for Abbott Nutrition for Sri Lanka, the CIC Holdings has announced the introduction of PediaSure,
a world renowned children's nutrition supplement to the Sri Lankan markets.

It has been introduced in a new packaging line, at a special price. Launched under the theme "Designed For Value", PediaSure new packing line offers consumers value for money in one kilo and 400 grams cartons. It provides complete, balanced nutrition for children from ages 1 to 10, the years that are most crucial to a child's growth and mind development.

Many missing after India bridge collapse.

At least 22 people are missing after a highway bridge connecting the city of Mumbai with the beach resort state of Goa in western India collapsed. Officials said two buses carrying passengers plunged into a flooded river after the collapse early today.

Police Officer Sanjay Patil told media that rescuers had not spotted any vehicles or survivors. Heavy rains are hindering rescue operations. Traffic has been diverted to a new bridge in the area. Chief of the state-run National Disaster Response Force, O.P. Singh said 80 rescuers, including divers, had been rushed to the area.

Discussions underway to locate ICC headquarters in Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lanka Cricket Institute has initiated discussions to locate the headquarters of the International Cricket Council in Sri Lanka. Currently it is situated at Dubai. However, since tax concessions are not granted in Dubai from year 2019, the International Cricket Council is planning to establish its headquarters in another country.

Meanwhile, the headquarters of the Asian Cricket Council which was located in Malaysia is now established in  Sri Lanka. The first meeting of the council will be held at the premises of the Asian Cricket Council which is situated at Sri Lanka Cricket Headquarters.

Obama says Trump unfit to be president

President Barack Obama has said Republican nominee Donald Trump is unfit to be president, and questioned why his party still supports the New York billionaire's candidacy.Mr Trump has been sharply criticised for attacking the parents of a fallen US soldier who spoke out against him.

He has also been condemned for backing the Russian annexation of Crimea.Mr Obama said he had had policy differences with previous Republican presidents and candidates - but added that he had never thought they could not function as president. (BBC)

Donald Trump warns vote could be 'rigged'

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has suggested that the November election could be "rigged". He told a rally in Columbus, Ohio, that he had heard "more and more" that the contest would be unfair.

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Rio Olympics : SL swimmers receive foreign training.

Swimmer Mathew Abeysinghe who will be representing Sri Lanka at the Rio Olympics will join the team after a training at the United States. Secretary of the Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Association Migara Gunaratne says Mathew will compete for the 100 meters free style swimming event.

Meanwhile, Kimiko Raheem who will be representing Sri Lanka at the 100 meters backstroke swimming event is to join the team after a training in Thailand.

US warplanes launch bombing campaign on Islamic State in Libya

US planes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, responding to the UN-backed government’s request to help push the militants from their former stronghold of Sirte .Thet US officials described it as the start of a sustained campaign against the extremist group in the city.

“The first air strikes were carried out at specific locations in Sirte today causing severe losses to enemy ranks,” Prime Minster Fayez Seraj said on state TV. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the strikes did not have “an end point at this particular moment in time”.

The militants seized the Mediterranean coastal city last year, making it their most important base outside Syria and Iraq. But they are now besieged in a few square kilometres of the centre, where they hold strategic sites, including the Ouagadougou conference hall, the central hospital and the university.

Seraj said the Presidential Council of his Government of National Accord, had decided to “activate” its participation in the international coalition against Islamic State

India to evacuate jobless Indians from Saudi Arabia

A large number of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia who have lost their jobs and cannot even buy food due to severe financial hardship will be brought back home. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that not one of them will go hungry.

Duputy Minisdter of Externqal AffairsV K Singh is leaving for Saudi Arabia to oversee the evacuation process.

Mr. Sushma Swaraj said the Indian embassy in the Gulf nation was running five camps to feed the affected people.

Issues like logistics and modalities of a possible repatriation of the workers who want to return to India will be worked out during Singh's visit.

Official sources said approximately 10,000 Indian workers have been affected by the economic slowdown in the Gulf.

Sources said 3,172 Indian workers in Riyadh have not been paid their salary dues for several months but are getting regular rations.

Tokyo elects first female governor.

Former Defence Minister Yuriko Koike has been elected governor of Tokyo, the first woman to lead Japan's capital.
Koike, running as an independent candidate, received more than 2.9 million votes in yesterday's election, beating her opponents by a wide margin. One of her key challenges will be curbing the financial problems plaguing Tokyo's preparations to host the 2020 Olympic Games.

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Asian Alliance tops at the Insurance Awards.

The Asian Alliance Insurance Company has been able to win four Excellent Awards at the Insurance Awards ceremony held recently. They were presented to the company for having the best Insurance Agency Net Work, best life insurance policy and for using modern technology for insurance.

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SL Olympic Team leaves for Brazil today.

The will leave for Brazil today. The team is comprised of
9 athletes. It will be led by Marathon runner Anuradha Indrajith Cooray. He along with Geethani Rajasekera and Sumedha Ranasinghe will be featured in the athletic events while Mathew Abeysinghe and Kimiko Rahim will represent
Sri Lanka in the swimming events.

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US skydiver jumps without parachute into net from 25,000ft

 


American Luke Aikins has become the first person to jump from 25,000 ft (7,620m) without a parachute, landing safely in a net.
Mr Aikins - who has more than 18,000 jumps under his belt - fell dead centre into the 100x100ft net in Simi Valley, southern California.

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Multiple victims in Texas shootings

 

One person is dead and four others have been hospitalised after two separate shooting incidents in the Texan city of Austin, police say. Both crime scenes are now secure, Austin police say, after earlier reporting an "active shooter incident".

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Kei Nishikori will face Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rogers Cup.

 

Kei Nishikori will face Novak Djokovic in the final of the Rogers Cup after beating Stan Wawrinka in straight sets.

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An amended program of providing concessionary vehicle permits for public officers.

 

Cabinet approval has been granted for the reintroduction of an amended program of providing concessionary vehicle permits for public officers. Accordingly, a permit holder will be entitled to a 50 percent waiver on all taxes payable on an imported vehicle valued up to 30,000 US dollars.

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Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says the Sea Freighters Association contributes a lot for the development of import - export sector.

 

Minister Arjuna Ranathunga says the Sea Freighters Association contributes a lot for the development of import - export sector in Sri Lanka. Therefore, the government is committed to provide required facilities for the security and promotion of ship owners.

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A test victory for Sri Lanka against Australia after 17 years.

 

The Sri Lankan Cricket Team has gained a test victory after 17 years. It was a remarkable win for Sri Lanka, who were shot out for 117 in the first innings and were reeling at six for two in the second before Kusal Mendis made an epic 176, which earned him

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The President congratulates the Sri Lanka Cricket Team over the victory against Australia.

 

President Maithripala Sirisena congratulates the Sri Lanka Cricket Team for their remarkable Test victory against Australia after 17 years.  The President has telephoned to the Skipper of the Team Angelo Mathew this evening over this victory.  

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A test victory for Sri Lanka against Australia after 17 years.

 

The Sri Lankan Cricket Team has gained a test victory after 17 years. It was a remarkable win for Sri Lanka, who were shot out for 117 in the first innings and were reeling at six for two in the second before Kusal Mendis made an epic 176,

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