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Urban park will be set up at the Bloemendhal garbage dump area.

Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka says an urban park will be set up at the Bloemendhal area where the former garbage dump was located. Ministries of Megapolis and Western Development and Ports and Naval Affairs are jointly implementing this programme.

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Vietnam karaoke bar fire kills 13.

A fire at a karaoke lounge in Vietnam has left 13 people dead, according to state media. The blaze broke out at an eight-storey karaoke bar in the Cau Giay district of Hanoi on Tuesday afternoon. It took fire-fighters five hours to put it out.

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Zimbabwe's fight ends in 225-run SL win


Sri Lanka ended Zimbabwe’s day-long resistance seven overs from the end of play to grab victory by 225 runs on the final day of the first test at the Harare Sports Club on yesterday. Zimbabwe were bowled for 186 runs in their second innings within sight of what would have been a morale boosting draw.

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International Buddhist center will be constructed in line with the International Day celebration.

Cabinet has given approval to construct an international Buddhist center in line with the Wesak Day celebration next year.

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Turkish government supports for the upliftment of the fishing sector in Sri Lanka.

Turkish government has extended its support to develop Sri Lanka's fishing industry. Turkey ambassador in Sri Lanka Tanka made this pledge when he met state minister of fisheries Dilip Wedaarachchi today at the ministry office.

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Sri Lankan youth will have the opportunity to study and work in Australia.

State minister Palitha Range Bandara says Sri Lankan youth now have the opportunity to follow a degree course in a Australian university and have the work permit in Australia.

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The final report of the Madihehewa committee was presented to the minister of labour.


The final report of the Madihahewa committee was presented to minister W.D.J. Seneviratne yesterday at the ministry of Labour. The committee was appointed to restructure the labour department to suit the present needs

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The Prime Minister will leave for Hong Kong to take part in German Entrepreneurs Forum tomorrow.


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe will leave the Island for Hong Kong tomorrow to take part in the 15th Asia Pacific Summit for German enterprises. The summit has been organized in order to strengthen trade ties between German and Asia Pacific entrepreneurs.

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Minister Rajitha Senaratne says that the Prime Minister will take legal measures with regard to the COPE report.


Minister Rajitha Senaratne says that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has taken the responsibility of carrying out the legal measures with regard to the COPE report. Accordingly, the report has already been directed to the attorney general. It has been sent to the state monetary department to take further action.

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Minister Thalatha Athukorala informs the Sri Lankans not to go for jobs in Oman under tourist visa.


Minister Thalatha Athukorala informed the persons who intend to get employment opportunities in Oman not to go there on tourists visa. If any Sri Lankan expects to have an employment opportunity in Oman he should go there solely on job visa.

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The government stresses that no construction has been done in the Sripada reserve.

Deputy Minister Karunaratne Paranavithana stresses that  no construction was carried out in the Sripada reserve. However,  Ambagamuwa divisional secretary has given approval to renovate and existing holiday resort in a private land closed to the Sripada reserve.

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Iraqi forces break Mosul front line

Iraqi forces fighting so-called Islamic State in Mosul have broken through the front line without suffering any losses. Many IS fighters have been killed in the fighting. Government forces entered the city's outskirts for the first time on Tuesday since the city was seized in June 2014.

Today is the 17th day of the anti-IS operation, which involves 50,000 personnel including Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and Sunni Arab tribesmen. Elite troops seized control of the state TV building in Kukjali yesterday, hours after launching an assault on the eastern district and later breached the outskirts of the Karama district.

COPE report on CB bond issue; A proper indication of good governance - PM

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the COPE report issued on the Central Bank bond issue reflects how well the good governance is practiced at present. The premier made this remark while addressing the ceremony held at the Sirikotha party headquarters this morning to present the UNP organizer post of the Kelaniya electorate to Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka.
 
The Prime Minister pointed out Sarath Fonseka who was the common candidate in the year 2010 presidential election is a person who truly wants to take forward the good governance. Premier Ranil Wickremasinghe said imprisoning of Sarath Fonseka can be defined as one of the cruel political revenges that took place in the history of Sri Lankan politics. 
 
Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka who addressed the gathering stated he will work tirelessly to make the UNP victorious in the Kelaniya electorate. He also added that he will continue the struggle to find a solution to prevent political revenges in the future through the parliamentary system. 

Train services along the upcountry railway line limited

The Railway Control Room says train services along the upcountry railway line have been limited due to an emergency situation. A ground cave in, on the track between Ihala Kotte and Balana has obstructed train services. Therefore, trains traveling from Colombo Fort to Kandy will be terminated at Rambukkana while trains from Badulla to Colombo will be terminated at Kadugannawa.

Special bus services have been implemented for the benefit of passengers. The railway line will be restored after the officials from Geological Survey and Mines Bureau conduct an investigation about the track. General Manager of Railways B.A.P. Ariyarathne says the exact time required for the process is yet to be confirmed.

500 reawakening villages to be built next year

Minister Sajith Premadasa says 500 reawakening villages are to be built under the national initiative to eradicate poverty within next year. A sum of 6 billion rupees have been allocated for this purpose. The Minister made this disclosure while joining the ceremony held recently to mark the commissioning of "Seth Sanda Gama" reawakening village at Hambantota.
 
This is the 11th village to be established under the programme. The Minister emphasized the good governance government does not attempt to gain any political mileage by exploiting the poverty of the people. Number of projects will be implemented under the national programme to eradicate poverty from the country next year. 
 
Plans are also underway to build 20 more reawakening villages at Tissamaharama, Lunugamvehera, Hambantota and Suriyawewa divisional secretariat areas.

The President meets the academic staff and the representatives of the students of University of Jaffna.

President Maithripala Sirisena met the academic staff and the representatives of the students of University of Jaffna yesterday. They discussed about the recent shooting at two university students. The President had already extended condolence and directed the officials to carryout independent investigation into the incident soon after the shooting.

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The Prime Minister promises to ensure macro economic stability in the country.

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe says the budget which is to be presented in the parliament on the 10th of November has been prepared by a committee that is represented by different parties of the unison government. He added that the macro economic stability of the country is the need of the hour. The budget will be dedicated to ensure the stability.

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Thailand's crown prince to be confirmed king on 1 December

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is to be confirmed as the new king of Thailand on 1 December. Once confirmed, he is expected to endorse a new, military-drafted constitution and to start appointing his own team of senior royal officials.

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Thailand's crown prince to be confirmed king on 1 December

Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn is to be confirmed as the new king of Thailand on 1 December. Once confirmed, he is expected to endorse a new, military-drafted constitution and to start appointing his own team of senior royal officials.

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Sri Lanka were 247 runs for 6 wickets of the 4th day in the 2nd innings of the 1st test against Zimbabwe being played in Harare.

Sri Lanka were 247 runs for 6 wickets of the 4th day in the 2nd innings of the 1st test against Zimbabwe being played in Harare. The match was halted due to rain Zimbabwe were 373 runs in the first innings. Sri Lanka lead by 411 runs by wickets 4 remaining.

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Iraqi Premier tells IS members in Mosul to surrender or die

The Prime Minister of Iraq has urged the Islamic State group to surrender as government troops close in on its last urban stronghold in the country, Mosul.
Haider al-Abadi appeared on state TV wearing combat fatigues and said they have no choice but to surrender or to die. Iraqi special forces are now about
a kilometer away from Mosul's eastern edge and preparing to enter. Units of the army are meanwhile advancing from the south.

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