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Minister S.B.Dissanayake says, the government has a majority of more than 120 members in parliament

Minister S.B. Dissanayake was appointed as the chief government whip of the parliament, assumed duties at his office in parliament this morning. Speaking to media, he said that the government has a majority of more than 120 members.

He said that the country could not be built during the last three and a half years as wished by the President. The economy was collapsed and insecurity prevailed in the country. The national assets were sold to the foreigners. Therefore, the minister said the new government came into power.

He pointed out the country was able to move forward while taking action against terrorism and facing global economic crisis during the rule of Mr. Mahinda Rajapakse. Replying to a journalist, minister S.B,. Dissanayake said that the new government would move forward under a new front.

Sri Lanka struggles at his favourite ground against gentle pace bowling of England. Sri Lanka is striving to salvage to save the test.

Sri Lanka once again showed its batting weakness in front its own crowd at galle.Galle cricket stadium is considered as one of the favourite ground which has brought many victories for Sri Lanka. England have never won a Test in Galle - they haven't won a Test away from home anywhere for two years - but, two days into this game, they have an excellent opportunity to put both those issues right.

It would be simplistic to suggest that Ben Foakes has earned them their dominant position over Sri Lanka. Simplistic but not untrue. For at the heart of almost everything good about this England performance to date has been the 25-year-old debutant who has taken to Test cricket as smoothly as he has taken every ball into his gloves.
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England batted first and made 342 in their first innings.
In Reply Sri Lanka were bowled out for a mere 203. England were 38 without loss in their second innings , at the end of the second day's play.

Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been fired by President Donald Trump. "We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!" Mr Trump tweeted on Wednesday. The president had repeatedly criticised his top law enforcement official after he recused himself from the Russia investigation dogging the White House. Mr Trump said Mr Sessions will be temporarily replaced by his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, who has criticised the Russia inquiry

The government says the provincial council election will be held under the old system

The government says the provincial council election will be held under the old system. State Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena says the government has decided to conduct the provincial council elections under the old system within the next three months' time. The president and the Prime Minister have given the necessary advises to the Elections Commission. The minister revealed these information at a media conference held in Colombo yesterday.

Mr.Lasantha Alagiyawanna says that the reports published on UNP Social Media about him are totally false and baseless

Issuing a statement yesterday, Mr.Lasantha Alagiyawanna says that the reports published on UNP Social Media about him are totally false and baseless. He said that, he condemned such publications when he has gone abroad for an important family matter.

Mr.Alagiyawanna said that, he would commit himself to move forward under the leadership of the President and the Prime Minister.

A complaint against the speaker to Bribery commission.

The National University Teachers Association submitted a complaint against Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to Bribery and Corruption investigation commission yesterday. The complaint says the speaker has backtracked the promise he made earlier of accepting the new Prime Minister appointed by the the president. Under this circumstance, the speaker has not only changed his word, but also violated the constitution norms. This is also considered as an act with internal motives, therefore, the association suspects that the speaker has acted in a biased manner with some corruptive motives. This can be considered as a bribed act.

The Government Information Department reiterates that the information with regard to dissolution of the parliament is not true

The Government Information Department reiterates that the information with regard to dissolution of the parliament is not true. This wrong information was spread in the media by some bankrupt elements. There is no truth in this information. The government information department requests the general public not to fall prey to these malicious campaigns by some bankrupt politicians. The department request the general public to follow the instruction and information released by government information department.

The government is to hold provincial council election within next few months.

Minister Mahinda Amaraweera says that the government intends to hold the provincial council elections within the next few months. Speaking at a function held at the government information department premises, he further stated that the President has appointed has the Prime minister and the cabinet constitutionally and it cannot be agreed with the Speaker if he work not following the constitution. The function was organized to mark the commencement planting five million jak sapling island wide

Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara says parliamentary business on 14th will be conducted in accordance with the order paper

Minister Vasu Nanayakkara says that when parliament meets on the 14th of this month, business of the House will be conducted in accordance with the order paper. He says the government has the majority in parliament. Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara made this comment after assuming duties in the ministry this morning. He says that he is committed to build reconciliation in the country while strengthening links between communities and religion.

Two Cabinet Ministers and five State Ministers take oaths before the President.

Two new cabinet ministers and five state ministers took their oath before President Maithripala Sirisena at the President's house this morning.
The list of names is as follows.

Bandula Gunawardena: Minister of International Trade and Investment Promotion

Susil Premajayantha: Minister of Public Administration, Home Affairs and Justice

Anura Priyadarshana Yapa: State Minister of Finance

C B Rathnayake: State Minister of Transport

Salinda Dissanayake: State Minister of Indigenous Medicine

Lakshman Wasantha Perera: State Minister of International
Trade and Investment Promotion

S.M. Chandrasena: State Minister of Social Empowerment

  Professor Gamini Samaranayake says the formation of the new government is a wide decision taken by the President

Professor Gamini Samaranayake says that the formation of new government by the President is a wise decision taken by him as a politician for the sake of the country and the people. The previous government did not fulfill the pledges made by them and worked on another agenda. While participating in Subarathi programme over the SLBC this morning, Professor Samaranayake further said that the decision taken by the President on the 26th of October reflects his political maturity.

Dr. Jayatissa de Costa said that according to the constitution the President has the power to dissolve the parliament at any time when a political crisis exists.

Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new Prime Minister of Sri Lanka

Mr. Rajapaksa was sworn-in yesterday as the new Prime Minister before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat.

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The only T20 International of England tour of Sri Lanka will be played in Colombo today

The only T20 International of England tour of Sri Lanka will be played at Colombo R. Premadasa grounds today. Sri Lanka will be led by Thisara Perera in this format, while Lasith Malinga could win his first T20I cap in over a year following a successful return in the ODIs.

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Trump calls Khashoggi murder ‘worst cover-up in history’

US President Donald Trump has called Saudi Arabia’s response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi “the worst cover-up ever”. He added that whoever organised the plot “should be in big trouble”. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said

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Sri Lanka wins the Asian Netball Championship

Sri Lanka won the 11th Asian Netball Championship by beating hosts Singapore 69 to 50 in the final today. Led by Chathuranganee Jayasuriya, the Sri Lankans remained unbeaten throughout the tournament. Sri Lanka has won this Championship after a lapse of nine years and this is their 5th title. With this win, they qualify for the 2019 Netball World Cup in Liverpool, England.

German Catholic priests 'abused thousands of children'

More than 3,600 children in Germany were assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014, a leaked report has revealed.The study was commissioned by the Church itself, and was due to be published on 25 September. According to the report, some 1,670 clergymen in Germany committed some form of sex attack on 3,677 minors, German outlet Spiegel Online reported. A Church spokesman said it was "dismayed and ashamed" by the findings.

The President has vested with the public a middle income housing project at Mulleriyawa, Mandawila

The middle income housing project at Mulleriyawa, Mandawila was vested with the public yesterday, under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. The president said that, the programme to provide a secured house with basic facilities for each family in the country was successful as the housing projects were implemented under a national plan. The target group of the project was the professionals who are working in the main city of the country. Bank loan facilities have been provided to them to purchase houses.

Speaking on the occasion minister Patalie Champika Ranawaka said that, an aesthetic village would be built in Piliyandala under the Chinese government assistance.

MP S.M.Marikkar said that, government has given 2.3 billion rupees to the people affected by floods in Kolonnawa.

Education Minister has instructed the relevant officials to educate the parents to make maximum use of RTI Act to seek justice for any complaints regarding the year one admission

Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam has instructed the relevant officials to educate the parents and the children to make maximum use of RTI Act to seek justice for any complaints regarding the year one admission. The Minister also instructed the school principals in this regard. The Minister further stated the year one admission process has been streamlined and structured after the present government took office. He also said the students who are not selected for a particular school can make an appeal and a complaint against the relevant authorities. This mechanism showcases the transparency and accountability of the process.

Kabul suicide bomber kills 48 in tuition centre attack

Forty-eight people have been killed and 67 injured in a bomb explosion at an education centre in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, officials say. Police say a suicide bomber walked into the centre while teaching was under way and detonated his bomb belt. Many of those killed were teenagers who were getting extra tuition as they prepared for university entrance exams. In the northern province of Baghlan, an attack killed at least nine policemen and 35 soldiers, officials say

Title deeds will be distributed among the landless families in 6 districts by the Prime Minister from today

Title deeds will be distributed among the landless families in 6 districts by the Prime Minister from today. Handing over of 2,000 land deeds in will be held Ratnapura today and 1,000 land deeds in Deniyaya under the theme 'Husma Gatta Wasara Thunak' to mark the 3rd anniversary of the good governanance rule. 4,000 land deeds will be distributed among people at a ceremony to be held in Baddegama town on the 21st of this month. Land deeds for the families in Moneragala District will be distributed tomorrow at Kotiyagala in Siyambalanduwa. Distribution of deeds for the families in the Matara District held on Saturday at the Urubokka National School.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will also hand over appointment letters to 4,130 graduate recruits at Temple Trees on August 20th.

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