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General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Duminda Dissanayake says the country needs a policy based political culture at present.

General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party Duminda Dissanayake says the country needs a policy based political culture at present. Minister Dissanayake made these comments at a workshop held at BMICH last evening.The Minister further said that women representation in politics should be increased as a move to push the country forward.

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The president instructed the officials to implement wider public awareness program on grading garbage.

President Maithripala Sirisena instructed the officials to implement wider public awareness program on grading garbage. At a meeting held in the Presidential Secretariat yesterday under the topic of solid waste management, the president instructed the local government authorities to streamline their process of disposing garbage.

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Sri Lanka and Nepal are to start direct flights between Colombo and Kathmandu.

Sri Lanka and Nepal are to start direct flights between Colombo and Kathmandu. Attention was focused on this matter during the discussions held between Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Nepal Ambassador in Colombo Bishwamhar Piyakkurier held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently. They also discussed the measures to further strengthen trade and cultural relations between the two countries.

Twelve dead in Grenfell Tower blaze in London

Twelve people have died in a west London tower block fire and the number of deaths is expected to rise, police have said. Firefighters rescued 65 people from Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, after they were called at 00:54 BST. Witnesses said people were trapped in the tower block, and that some jumped from windows in an effort to escape.

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Pakistan qualified for the final of ICC Champions Trophy.

England's Champions Trophy hopes were ended by an eight-wicket semi-final thrashing at the hands of Pakistan in Cardiff. England struggled on a slow pitch against some brilliant Pakistan bowling and fielding, mustering only 211. Fakhar Zaman's 57 launched Pakistan's chase, while Azhar Ali made 76 as victory was sealed with 12.5 overs to spare.

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Huge fire rips through London tower block.

Several people have died after a huge fire raged through the night at a west London tower block, a fire chief says. Firefighters are still tackling the blaze at Grenfell Tower in north Kensington, where eyewitnesses said people were trapped inside, screaming for help. More than 50 people are being treated in hospital, says London Ambulance. The BBC's Andy Moore said the whole 24-storey block had been alight and there were fears the building might collapse.

Eyewitnesses said they saw lights - thought to be mobile phones or torches - flashing at the top of the block of flats, and trapped residents coming to their windows - some holding children from windows. London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said there had been "a number of fatalities" but he could not say how many because of the "size and complexity" of the building.

The government directs law enforcement authorities to take immediate action against instigators of violence and hate speech against religious and ethnic groups.

The Cabinet of Ministers issuing a statement said that it directed law enforcement authorities and the Attorney General to take immediate action against instigators and perpetrators of violence and hate speech against religious and ethnic groups. 
The National Unity Government, headed by President Maithripala Sirisena reaffirm commitment, in accordance with the mandates received from the people are to ensure that our nation never again returns to a conflict-ridden past, and instead resolve to guide our nation towards reconciliation, sustainable peace, and economic progress. Communal, ethnic and religious hatred and violence, and impunity have no place in the society that we strive to build.

Pakistan pledges the fullest cooperation to Sri Lanka on naval affairs.

The Chief of Naval Staff of the Pakistan Navy, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, who is currently on an official visit to Sri Lanka, called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the President’s official residence in Colombo yesterday. During the meeting, the President thanked Pakistan for the close cooperation extended to Sri Lanka during the years of conflict and during peace times. He also referred to the close longstanding political and cultural relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Admiral Zakarullah pledged the fullest cooperation of the Pakistan Navy to the Sri Lankan Government and Navy.  The President and Navy Commander of Pakistan exchanged mementos to signify this occasion. Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne and Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan to Sri Lanka, Dr. Safraz Ahmed Khan Sipra, were also present on this occasion.

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