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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.

Treasures enshrined at the main dam of Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga project.

Treasures have been enshrined in the main dam of the Moragahakanda-Kalu Ganga Irrigation Development Project.

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South Korea extends fullest support for the development of SL's education sector.

Deputy Prime Minister of South Korea and Minister of Education Lee Joon Sik has assured that his country is ready to extend fullest support for the development of Sri Lanka's education sector. He had stated that when Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam met him recently during his visit to South Korea.

The South Korean Deputy Prime Minister has also pledged that more training opportunities will be provided to the Sri Lankan teachers. He has commended the leadership given by Minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam with regard to the development of education sector of Sri Lanka. South Korea has agreed to support the development of IT sector as well. Education ministers of both the countries also focused attention on introducing e-text books and e-learning facilities to
Sri Lankan students.

Tamil community won't take up arms again to achieve political objectives - Min Mano

Minister Mano Ganeshan expressed belief the Tamil community will not take up arms again to achieve political objectives. The people in Northern Province cast their votes in favor of President Maithripala Sirisena at the last Presidential election leaving behind the Eelam ideology. They have expressed their desire to live as Sri Lankans. Therefore the minister urged all parties not to use communalism as a slogan for protests and marches.

He made this request while taking part in the "Subarathi Discussion Programme" of the SLBC this morning. The people in Northern Province faced severe hardships for more than 30 years due to terrorism. Therefore minister Mano Ganeshan said it is regrettable to see certain persons attempting to exaggerate the minor incident occurred at the University of Jaffna.

Policy analyst Dr.Sujatha Gamage who joined the programme said a value will be given to the votes received by defeated parties and candidates from the proposed new electoral system. Senior Lecturer of the University of Jaffna Dr.Wimal Swaminathan who joined the programme emphasized the need of defeating communalism completely.

A subsidy to be provided for the fertilizers used in tea, rubber & coconut cultivation.

The Ministry of Plantation has implemented a programme to provide a subsidy for the fertilizer used for tea, rubber and coconut cultivation. Therefore an annual subsidy will be given for a hectare of cultivated land. Under this initiative 15,000 rupees will be given for tea sector while a subsidy of 9,000 rupees will be given for coconut sector. The value of subsidy provided to rubber sector is 5,000 rupees. The subsidy for lands less than a hectare will be given proportionately to the cultivated area.

The applications in this regard can be obtained from the Tea Small Holdings Development Authority, the Department of Rubber Development or the divisional officers of Coconut Cultivation Board as well as form the officials who have been appointed to coordinate the project. The deadline of accepting the applications is 31st of October. They should be handed over to the relevant institutions.

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