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A bus fare hike from 1st of July.

Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has said that a bus fare hike has been given cabinet approval. He said the approval for a 6.28 percent bus fare hike was given when cabinet met today and the fare hike will take effect from July 1 this year.

The Minister said that with the bus fare hike the minimum fare of 9 rupees will be increased up to 10 rupees and the new fares will be applicable to private and Government buses.

India coach steps down after rift with captain Virat Kohli

Anil Kumble has stepped down as India head coach after a year in charge because his "partnership" with captain Virat Kohli was "untenable". Kumble said Kohli had "reservations" about his coaching style. The Board of Control for Cricket in India advertised the head coach's job in May but "endorsed an extension" to Kumble's one-year deal.

Before the start of this month's Champions Trophy, Kohli denied reports of a row with Kumble, 46. India were beaten by rivals Pakistan in the final on Sunday. Kumble said the Board of Control for Cricket in India had "attempted to resolve the misunderstandings", but he decided it was "best to move on".(BBC)

Suspected suicide bomber shot at Brussels railway station

Belgian soldiers have shot a man suspected of being a would-be suicide bomber at Brussels Central Station, officials say. He was shot after reportedly setting off a small explosion and no-one else is believed to have been injured.

Prosecutors later said the man had died. They are treating the incident as a terrorist attack. In March 2016, 32 people were killed in attacks on Brussels claimed by the Islamic State (IS) group.(BBC)

Several newly constructed buildings in Polonnaruwa will be declared open by the president today and tomorrow.

President Maithripala Sirisena will engage in several opening ceremonies today and tomorrow in Polonnaruwa District. Newly constructed building complex of the Aththana-kadawala area and school building of the Ira-Handa-Ketu-Wewa Vidyalaya will be opened this morning.

Another school building in Diya-beduma Namal-wewa Vidyalaya and new building and auditorium of the Girithalegama Vidyalaya will be declared open this evening. Two school buildings in Lankapura Maha Vidyalaya and and a sanghawasa in Laksha Uyana Weluwanaramaya will be declared open by the president tomorrow.

The president instructs relevant officials to set up a special unit for waste management and dengue prevention

President Maithripala Sirisena instructs relevant officials to set up a special unit for waste management and dengue prevention activities. The proposed unit should be responsible in performing these task to the maximum disregarding the circulars and other stipulated gazette notifications.


The health minister says a comprehensive dengue prevention program is implemented targeting the vulnerable Grama Niladari Divisions

Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senarathne said a comprehensive dengue prevention programme targeting the vulnerable Grama Niladari Divisions is being implemented at present. Minister Senarathne made these remarks while making a special statement in parliament today. Addressing the House Minister further said the government has initiated the necessary programmes in this regard. He also noted the dengue epidemic used to spread rapidly after the reseeding of flood waters.


The report submitted by UN special rapporteur on Sri lanka is based on some wrong information

Minister Dr. Wijedasa Rajapaksa said that the report submitted by UN special rapporteur on Sri Lanka is based on some wrong information. Minister made these remarks while addressing the parliament today. Speaking further, Minister said the rapporteur spent only seven days in Sri Lanka. Therefore, the UN representative could not have gathered the important information about the ground situation of the country.


Bangladesh has come forward to help the flood hit victims in Sri Lanka.

A cash donation by the Bangladesh Government to assist the victims of recent flood and landslides in Sri Lanka was officially handed over to President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, today. Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina declared the cash donation. Bangladesh High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Riaz Hamidullah handed over the cheque to the President.


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