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A special programme is implemented to prevent outbreak of Zika virus.

Health Services Director General Dr. Palitha Mahipala says a special programme recommended by the World Health Organization is implemented to prevent Zika virus spread and expedite the treatment facilities. Nerve breakdowns and brain syndrome in small children are the common symptoms and affects of Zika virus.


Former Media Minister Imthiaz Bakeer Markar was appointed Chairman of the National Media Centre.

Former Media Minister Imthiaz Bakeer Markar was appointed Chairman of the National Media Centre. Bakeer Markar was the former Cabinet Minister of Media, Postal and Telecommunications from 2001 to 2004 and State Minister of Housing from 1989 to 1993.


United Russia has won a majority in the country's parliamentary election

United Russia, backed by President Vladimir Putin, has won a majority in the country's parliamentary election, far ahead of rival parties.


Paralympic games end with a tribute to the Iranian cyclist.

The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games have come to a close inside a packed Maracana Stadium. Singers, dancers and fireworks lit up the iconic stadium before tributes were paid to Iranian cyclist Bahman Golbarnezhad, who died on Saturday.

President of the International Paralympic Committee Sir Philip Craven said the movement was "united in grief". Referring to the success of the Games, Craven said the Rio Paralympics were "uniquely Brazilian and wondrous".

Craven had earlier passed the Paralympic flag between the mayor of Rio and governor of Tokyo, the Japanese capital city where the next Games will be held in 2020. His speech thanked organizers, athletes and spectators and he was warmly applauded when bestowing the Paralympic Order on the Brazilian city, his organization's highest honour.

President arrives in New York

President Maithripala Sirisena, who left for United States to attend the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, arrived at the John F Kennedy Airport in New York this morning. The President was received at the Loews Regency Hotel by Minister Mangala Samaraweera, Deputy Minister Ajith P Perera, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to UN, Dr. Rohan Perera and Ambassador in Washington, Prasad Kariyawasam.

The United Nations General Assembly will commence in New York today under the theme "The Sustainable Development Goals: a universal push to transform our world". It will conclude on Friday.

The President is scheduled to address the UN General assembly on Wednesday. He is also scheduled to speak at the High-Level Event on Open Government Partnership with several leading nations to be held at the UN Headquarters tomorrow. He will also meet several leaders for discussions on bilateral relations and international issues. Among them are the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull,
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, US Secretary of State John Kerry, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, M J Akbar, Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, World Economic Forum Chairman Professor Klaus Schwab and the President of the Millennium Challenge Corporation
Dana J Hyde.

President Maithripala Sirisena will also interact with global leaders at the reception host by US President Barak Obama and at the reception and luncheon host by UN Chief Ban Ki-moon.

People in North ready to live in harmony - MP Sumanthiran

Minister Mano Ganeshan says the people in North and South are ready to live in harmony. However certain groups are attempting to damage it. Taking part in the Subarathi Discussion programme of the SLBC this morning the minister pointed out it is important all Sri Lankans stand together as a one nation while protecting their identity during this era. The people expressed their desire of living in
an undivided country during the recent presidential election as well as in the general election.

Parliamentarian M.A.Sumanthiran who joined the programme said the people in North are ready to live in harmony. Addressing the issue of language barrier will pave the way for this purpose. He pointed out it would also help the communities to exchange their views and opinions with
a better understanding. MP Sumanthiran also recalled that it was former President S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike who presented the concept of power devolution first.

Today's Subarathi Programme was broadcast from Jaffna district secretariat. It was after 12 years a Subarathi programme was broadcast from Jaffna.

Special discussion to be held to provide solutions for the problems of labor officers

Minister Ranjith Maddumabandara says a special discussion will be held this evening to provide solutions for the problems of the labor officers. It will be held at the ministry of public administration.

New York City blast- the investigation continuing.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation made no arrests in connection with the bombing this weekend in New York City after police pulled over a car on a city bridge, an agency spokeswomen said .

“We conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle of interest in New York City but no arrests were made and no one has been charged with any crime,” FBI spokeswoman Kelly Langmesser said.

She said the investigation was continuing.

The bomb detonated on Saturday in New York, and another device found nearby, were both shrapnel-filled pressure cookers - similar to the bombs used at the 2013 Boston marathon, reports say.

The blast, in the Chelsea area of Manhattan, injured 29 people.
The FBI said it stopped a "vehicle of interest" in Brooklyn on Sunday but made no arrests.

The second device was found four blocks from the site of the explosion and was removed and later destroyed in a controlled explosion.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo said it appeared to be "similar in design" to the exploded device.
Both were different from a pipe bomb that detonated earlier on Saturday on the route of a charity race in New Jersey, Mr Cuomo added. That explosion caused no injuries.

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