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Huge fire rips through London tower block.

Several people have died after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London tower block, a fire chief says. Firefighters are still tackling the blaze at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, where eyewitnesses said people were trapped inside, screaming for help. More than 50 people are being treated in hospital, says London Ambulance. The BBC's Andy Moore said the whole 24-storey block had been alight and there were fears the building might collapse.

Eyewitnesses said they saw lights - thought to be mobile phones or torches - flashing at the top of the block of flats, and trapped residents coming to their windows - some holding children from windows. London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said there had been "a number of fatalities" but he could not say how many because of the "size and complexity" of the building.

The government directs law enforcement authorities to take immediate action against instigators of violence and hate speech against religious and ethnic groups.

The Cabinet of Ministers issuing a statement said that it directed law enforcement authorities and the Attorney General to take immediate action against instigators and perpetrators of violence and hate speech against religious and ethnic groups. 
The National Unity Government, headed by President Maithripala Sirisena reaffirm commitment, in accordance with the mandates received from the people are to ensure that our nation never again returns to a conflict-ridden past, and instead resolve to guide our nation towards reconciliation, sustainable peace, and economic progress. Communal, ethnic and religious hatred and violence, and impunity have no place in the society that we strive to build.

Pakistan pledges the fullest cooperation to Sri Lanka on naval affairs.

The Chief of Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, who is currently on an official visit to Sri Lanka, called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s official residence in Colombo yesterday. During the meeting, the President thanked Pakistan for the close cooperation extended to Sri Lanka during the years of conflict and during peace times. He also referred to the close longstanding political and cultural relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Admiral Zakarullah pledged the fullest cooperation of the Pakistan Navy to the Sri Lankan Government and Navy.  The President and Navy Commander of Pakistan exchanged mementos to signify this occasion. Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne and Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka, Dr. Safraz Ahmed Khan Sipra, were also present on this occasion.

Over 600,000 individuals have been tested for HIV this year.

The National AIDS and Sexual Transmitted Diseases Control Movement says over 600,000 individuals have been tested for HIV so far this year. Over 100,000 tests have done by private laboratories. Director of the AIDS and STD Control Movement Dr. Sisira Liyanage says more people are keen on get the test done due to enhanced awareness programmes by the health authorities. The HIV can be controlled if it is identified at the early stage. About 120 cases have been tested positive for HIV. 

The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has come forward to grant five billion rupees for the construction of new houses for the flood affected people.

President Maithripala Sirisena instructs the relevant officials to implement a housing project to construct new houses for the people who have lost their houses due to recent flood and landslide disasters. The Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has come forward to grant five billion rupees for this project. President Sirisena addressed a special meeting which was held this morning to focus on the progress of relief assistance work on the flood affected areas.

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Former President's Secretary Lalith Weerathunga says he distributed sil cloths under the instruction of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

High Court Judge Gihan Kulathunga says the former President's Secretary Lalith Weerathunga was charged with an allegation of using 600 million rupees of Telecommunication Regulatory Commission to distribute sil cloths from March to December 2014. This case was taken for hearing by High Court Judge Gihan Kulathunga.

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The leader of SLFP Youth Front reiterates that SLFP Youth Front will focus on three important factors when formulating the new constitution.

The leader of SLFP Youth Front Shantha Bandara reiterates that SLFP Youth Front will focus on three important factors when formulating the new constitution. The unitary status of the nation should be assured. The responsibility of the government is to provide the due status to Buddhism and Buddha Shasana. Meanwhile, the constitution should have necessary clauses to support the other religious groups to practice their religious faiths without any hindrance. Mr. Shantha Bandara made these remarks at a media conference held at SLFP headquarters in Colombo today.

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The number of deaths on the railway lines while using mobile phones has gone up in the recent past.

The Chief Security Officer of Railway Anura Premarathne says the number of deaths on the railway lines while using mobile phones have gone up in the recent past. 20 youths have lost their lives during this year. Most number of deaths has occurred on the coastal line. Few incidents took place at the Mount Lavinia coastal railway line due to excess entertainment of youth in the close proximity of this area. A total number of 300 deaths have been reported from railway accidents during this year.

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