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Strong winds over the Island in next few days

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Strong winds over the Island in next few days

- Strong winds over the Island in next few days The Meteorological Department yesterday forecast fairly strong winds over the Island mostly in the Uva Province, Jaffna, Mannar, Kegalle, Avissawella, Maduruoya and Pottuvil during the next few days. It said showers or thundershowers would occur in the Northern Province and with heavy rains of 50 mm at some places in the Jaffna district
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A study suggests Vitamin B3 could prevent miscarriages and defects

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A study suggests Vitamin B3 could prevent miscarriages and defects

- Scientists in Australia have identified a major cause of miscarriages and multiple birth defects that could change the way women prepare for pregnancy. Scientists from the Victor Chang Institute in Sydney investigated why some women have multiple miscarriages and why some babies are born with heart, kidney and spinal defects. They found a major cause was a deficiency of a vital molecule known as NAD, which is important for normal development of organs
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Drought hits 19 Districts, no rain since December

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Drought hits 19 Districts, no rain since December

- Drought hits 19 Districts, no rain since December More than 1.2 million people in 19 Districts had been affected since last December due to the dry weather across the country, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said today. “A total of 1,242,140 individuals from 360,487 families in the 137 Divisional Secretariats Divisions in Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Ampara, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Mullaithivu, Jaffna, Mannar, Ratnapura, Moneragala, Badulla, Matale, Kandy, Gampaha and Hambantota were affected,” an official at the DMC said
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Sri Lanka’s public finances strengthening-IMF

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Sri Lanka’s public finances strengthening-IMF

- Sri Lanka’s overall fiscal deficit decreased from 7 percent to 5.4 percent of GDP between 2015 and 2016, with public finances strengthening under an IMF supported program, the fund said releasing its country report. The budget deficit is projected to fall to 5.2 percent of GDP in 2017, although the figure is up from a previously budgeted 4.8 percent. Sri Lanka’s fiscal consolidation, considered key to improving macroeconomic fundamentals, now hinges on the new Inland Revenue Act which is expected to “make the tax system more efficient and equitable, and generate resources for social and development programs
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India hospital: 60 children die in Uttar Pradesh

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India hospital: 60 children die in Uttar Pradesh

- At least 60 children have died at a public hospital in northern India, officials say, amid allegations that the oxygen supply was cut over unpaid bills. Officials in Uttar Pradesh state admitted the supply had been disrupted but said this did not cause the deaths. There was panic at the hospital with relatives trying to support staff using manual breathing bags, local media say
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Dengue epidemic under control-Health Minister

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Dengue epidemic under control-Health Minister

- Dengue epidemic under control-Health Minister Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that steps were being taken to eliminate Dengue and the number of Dengue patients is reducing daily. He said the Dengue ward at National Hospital was closed from 7th August. The additional wards at Negombo Hospital which were taken over to admit dengue patients have also been given back
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Strong winds, rain in most places expected

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Strong winds, rain in most places expected

- Strong winds, rain in most places expected There is a possibility of increased wind speeds over the island particularly in the central hills, Sabaragamuwa, North-Central, Central, Uva and Southern Provinces and the Batticaloa and Ampara districts, including the coastal areas of the Western and Southern Provinces, the Department of Meteorology said . Intermittent showers are expected in the North-Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central Provinces and in the Colombo, Galle, Matara, Kalutara, Gampaha and Hambantota districts, the Department said
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District secretaries instructed to host religious ceremonies to mark PM’s 40 years of public service

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District secretaries instructed to host religious ceremonies to mark PM’s 40 years of public service

- Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Neil De Alwis has issued a letter to all district secretaries of the country to take measures to organise a series of events to mark Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s 40 years of public service to the country, and 40 years since introduction of the open economy. The letter calls on district secretaries to obtain the assistance of residents to host all night Pirith ceremonies on the night of August 3 and 4 to hold an almsgiving for 40 Theros of the Mahasangha
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Indian smuggling foreign currency intercepted at BIA

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Indian smuggling foreign currency intercepted at BIA

- Indian smuggling foreign currency intercepted at BIA Airport Customs has intercepted a 33-year-old Indian national carrying foreign currency worth Rs. 3,522,578 at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA). Customs reported that the foreign currency had been discovered in the form of USD 19 555, EUR 1,560, and HKD 10,000. Customs reported that the detection had been made at the Departure terminal yesterday (31), whilst the suspect was attempting to leave for Banglore in India, aboard an aircraft bearing the number UL 171
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Central Bank introduces a new Primary Issuance System for Treasury Bonds

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Central Bank introduces a new Primary Issuance System for Treasury Bonds

- Central Bank introduces a new Primary Issuance System for Treasury Bonds The Central Bank of Sri Lanka will introduce a new primary issuance system for Treasury bonds (T-bonds). Effective from July 27, 2017, the new system replaces the existing fully auction based issuance system for T-bonds, that has been in practice since February 2015. The main purpose of introducing the new system is to further enhance the efficiency and transparency of the domestic borrowings of the Government
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SL Customs online declarations and payments launched

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SL Customs online declarations and payments launched

- An Online Payment Platform for customs declarations has been launched. The payment platform will be implemented by Lanka Clear Pvt. Ltd. under the direct supervision of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Prior to this system, only importers and exporters who maintained their bank accounts at two state banks, namely the Bank of Ceylon and Peoples Bank were able to make direct customs payments online
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BREAKING NEWS: ‘Lanka Clear’ to implement the Online Payment System for SL Customs

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BREAKING NEWS: ‘Lanka Clear’ to implement the Online Payment System for SL Customs

- The Online Payment System for Sri Lanka Customs Department will go online tomorrow (July 20), said State Minister of Finance Eran Wickremeratne. And the platform is being implemented by Lanka Clear Pvt. Ltd. -which is partially owned by the Central Bank, state and commercial banks. The information was also confirmed from the Sri Lanka Customs Department. State Minister Wickremeratne has said the CBSL “should refrain from playing a dual role and should only focus on its responsibly of being only a regulator”
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Doctors warn of rat fever during rainy season

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Doctors warn of rat fever during rainy season

- Medical officers have warned of the possible spread of rat fever in the Hambantota district with the onset of the rainy season. The farming community in particular has been cautioned to be vigilant about this deadly disease. Farmers who work in paddy fields, children who play in abandoned fields, labourers working in mines, marshy lands and canals are the most vulnerable, they pointed out
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Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith cautions authorities over dumping garbage in Muthurajawela

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Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith cautions authorities over dumping garbage in Muthurajawela

- Archbishop of Colombo, Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has criticised the dumping of garbage in Muthurajawela. Issuing a letter, the Archbishop of Colombo, denounced the dumping of garbage collected in the Colombo city, at Muthurajawela, by the Colombo Municipal Council and some other government agencies, without any concern for the environment. The haphazard manner of the dumping of garbage, which includes human body parts discarded from hospitals and mortuaries, is causing much harm to the environment and to the people living in areas surrounding the Muthurajawela marsh
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Rape and murder case of Punkuduthivu school girl taken up in Jaffna High Court

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Rape and murder case of Punkuduthivu school girl taken up in Jaffna High Court

- The murder case of school girl Vidya of Punkuduthivu was taken up for hearing before a trial at the Jaffna High Court for the first time today. The case was heard for eight hours before a trial-at-bar consisting of Balendran Shashimahendran, Manakkawasagar Illenchiliyan and Annalingam Premshankar. Forty one charges against the nine suspects were separately read out in open court. They pleased not guilty to the charges
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Muslims in Sri Lanka to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday

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Muslims in Sri Lanka to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday

- Muslims in Sri Lanka to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday Muslims in Sri Lanka will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr (Ramadan festival) on Monday (June 26) as the new moon has not been sighted, the Colombo Grand Mosque announced. Eid al-Fitr is a “festival of breaking the fast” and marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It is a religious holiday that is celebrated by Muslims from all over the world and involves a range of celebrations as friends, family and the entire Muslim community come together
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Current monetary policy stance is appropriate-CB

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Current monetary policy stance is appropriate-CB

- Current monetary policy stance is appropriate-CB Central Bank releasing the monetary policy review on Friday said it has decided to maintain current policy interest rates as the current monetary policy stance is appropriate. Accordingly, the Monetary Board has decided to maintain the Standing Deposit Facility Rate (SDFR) and the Standing Lending Facility Rate (SLFR) of the Central Bank unchanged at 7
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  • Cricket: India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs
    Cricket: India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs

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    India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs in the third and final test in Pallekele to complete a 3-0 whitewash of the hosts. India, after winning the toss and electing to bat first, posted a first innings total of 487 to which Sri Lanka responded with 135 runs giving the visitors a mammoth 352 run lead. After being made to follow-on by Indian skipper Virat Kohli, the Sri Lankan batting line up slumped and were only able to put up 181 in their second innings
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Business

  • Sri Lanka’s public finances strengthening-IMF
    Sri Lanka’s public finances strengthening-IMF

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    Sri Lanka’s overall fiscal deficit decreased from 7 percent to 5.4 percent of GDP between 2015 and 2016, with public finances strengthening under an IMF supported program, the fund said releasing its country report. The budget deficit is projected to fall to 5.2 percent of GDP in 2017, although the figure is up from a previously budgeted 4.8 percent. Sri Lanka’s fiscal consolidation, considered key to improving macroeconomic fundamentals, now hinges on the new Inland Revenue Act which is expected to “make the tax system more efficient and equitable, and generate resources for social and development programs
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  • Migrant crisis: Spain rescues 600 people in busiest day
    Migrant crisis: Spain rescues 600 people in busiest day

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    Spain’s coastguard says it has rescued 600 migrants crossing from Morocco in a 24-hour period amid a spike in the number of migrant arrivals. The rescued migrants were in 15 vessels including toy paddleboats and a jet ski and included 35 children and a baby.The UN says more than 9,000 people have arrived in Spain so far this year – three times as many as the previous year
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Religion & Spirituality

  • Muslims in Sri Lanka to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday
    Muslims in Sri Lanka to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday

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    Muslims in Sri Lanka to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Monday Muslims in Sri Lanka will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr (Ramadan festival) on Monday (June 26) as the new moon has not been sighted, the Colombo Grand Mosque announced. Eid al-Fitr is a “festival of breaking the fast” and marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It is a religious holiday that is celebrated by Muslims from all over the world and involves a range of celebrations as friends, family and the entire Muslim community come together
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Entertainment & Arts

  • Veteran musician Somapala Rathnayake passes away
    Veteran musician Somapala Rathnayake passes away

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    July 18, 2017 10:34 am Veteran musician and music producer Somapala Rathnayake, the elder brother of the famous singer Victor Rathnayake, passed away today (18) at the age of 69. Somapala Rathnayake, who was born in Kadugannawa, Kandy, was the fourth in a family of eleven children. His first notable work in the field of music was his contribution to the soundtrack of the Sinhala film, ‘Hanthane Kathawa’ (Story of Hanthana)
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Education

  • Rape and murder case of Punkuduthivu school girl taken up in Jaffna High Court
    Rape and murder case of Punkuduthivu school girl taken up in Jaffna High Court

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    The murder case of school girl Vidya of Punkuduthivu was taken up for hearing before a trial at the Jaffna High Court for the first time today. The case was heard for eight hours before a trial-at-bar consisting of Balendran Shashimahendran, Manakkawasagar Illenchiliyan and Annalingam Premshankar. Forty one charges against the nine suspects were separately read out in open court. They pleased not guilty to the charges
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Farming

  • Pepper farmers demonstration heats up in Pallebedda
    Pepper farmers demonstration heats up in Pallebedda

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    Pepper farmers demonstrated in Pallebedda demanding that pepper importation be stopped, and a reasonable price be given for their produce. The protest turned into chaos when a separate group launched an attack on the farmers. Pepper farmers from Kolonna,Weligepola, Godakawela and several other areas took part in the protest.The protesters obstructed the Colombo – Embilipitiya main road. MP Ranjith Zoysa arrived at the location, and following his request, the protesters moved on to one lane of the road and proceeded to the Galpaya junction
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Travel & Recreation

  • Singapore Airlines review serving of nuts after toddler scare
    Singapore Airlines review serving of nuts after toddler scare

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    An allergy scare involving a three-year-old toddler has prompted Singapore Airlines to review the serving of nuts on board its flights. Three-year-old Marcus was served a nut-free meal on board flight SQ217 from Singapore to Melbourne last Wednesday. However, after other passengers opened packets of peanuts that were served as a snack, the boy “started vomiting, his eyes were starting to swell and he couldn’t speak properly”, his Australian father, Mr Chris Daley, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday
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Law & Crime

  • New Sri lanka Navy Commander appointed
    New Sri lanka Navy Commander appointed

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    Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah has been appointed as the new Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy by President Maithripala Sirisena. He previously held appointments as the Commander Eastern Naval Area and Flag Officer Commanding Naval Fleet. Travis Sinniah joined the Sri Lanka Navy as a Cadet in 1982, and he also received his training at The British Royal Naval College. Vice Admiral Travis Sinniah, who made heroic contributions during the war, has been awarded a number of medals including the Uththama Seva Padakkama or “Meritorious Service Medal”, which is presented for valuable service and dedication to duty with outstanding ability, merit and excellent conduct
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Science & Nature

  • Strong winds over the Island in next few days
    Strong winds over the Island in next few days

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    Strong winds over the Island in next few days The Meteorological Department yesterday forecast fairly strong winds over the Island mostly in the Uva Province, Jaffna, Mannar, Kegalle, Avissawella, Maduruoya and Pottuvil during the next few days. It said showers or thundershowers would occur in the Northern Province and with heavy rains of 50 mm at some places in the Jaffna district
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Motoring

  • German industry to hold ‘diesel summit’ on car emissions
    German industry to hold ‘diesel summit’ on car emissions

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    Germany’s car makers are expected to agree a plan to cut harmful diesel emissions, at a summit with top politicians in Berlin. The industry is under huge pressure to help curb air pollution, after the diesel emissions scandal, which exposed cheating to manipulate test readings. When more than a dozen German ministers and state premiers meet with the CEOs of the country’s auto giants Wednesday, their official goal will be to come up with a way of reducing harmful emissions of nitrogen oxide and other pollutants from diesel cars, thereby preventing bans on combustion-engine vehicles in cities
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Life & Style

  • Sri Lankan asylum seekers on Christmas Island sent back home
    Sri Lankan asylum seekers on Christmas Island sent back home

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    The return of Sri Lankans from Christmas Island to Colombo overnight on a government charter jet has fueled speculation that Australian Border Force has intercepted a suspected asylum vessel in the past week. Christmas Island residents yesterday, linked the deportations to an unusual spectacle last Thursday when two of the navy’s rigid inflatable vessels were seen towing a small boat close to the horizon
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Media & Information

  • UPDATE: TV Derana wins award at Mashable World Social Media Day Awards - 2017
    UPDATE: TV Derana wins award at Mashable World Social Media Day Awards - 2017

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    July 9, 2017 04:49 pm TV Derana won the ‘Most Popular TV Channel on Social Media’ award at the Mashable World Social Media Day Awards - 2017, held in Colombo today. One of the most highly anticipated events on the social media calendar, the #SMDayCMB 2017 was listed among the events to attend around the world by Mashable. TV Derana became No
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