Pakistan rest Azhar Ali for Sri Lanka one-day series

Pakistan rested Azhar Ali for the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka starting in Dubai next week to give the opener time to recover from a knee problem, selectors said Friday. The 32-year-old is featuring in the second and final Test in Dubai on Friday only after having injections to relieve the pain. Pakistan have made only one change from the side which won the Champions Trophy in England in June this year, bringing in uncapped 21-year-old opener Imam-ul-Haq in Ali’s place. Imam is the nephew of former Pakistan captain Inzamam, who now heads the selection committee. “Imam Read more...

Bangladesh landslides kill at least 42 after heavy downpour

At least 42 people were killed in landslides triggered by rains in Bangladesh, news agency PTI, quoting authorities, reported on Tuesday. A depression in the Bay of Bengal saw rains batter the hilly parts in the south. According to The Daily Star, 10 were killed in Rangamati, seven in Bandarban and eight in Chittagong. Among the deceased, several of them were women and children, the report added. Images from the region show rescue workers clearing the sludge. Several homes were destroyed in the landslides. Monday’s Read more...

London Bridge attack – cops shoot three terrorists, no Lankans affected

No reports of any Sri Lankans being affected in London attack, so far, the Foreign Ministry confirmed a short while ago. Three terrorists wearing stab-proof vests drove a van into pedestrians at 50mph on London Bridge before attacking revellers with hunting knives. Six people have died and at least 30 have been left wounded following the 10:08pm attack. Staff at a packed pub locked the doors as the gang tried to smash their way in. One man was stabbed five times. Assistant Commissioner of Met Police Read more...

Govt. in illegal deal with China – Dinesh

Joint Opposition (JO) Parliamentary Group Leader MP Dinesh Gunawardana alleged in Parliament yesterday that the government was attempting to hand over the Hambantota Harbour to the Chinese in an illegal manner. The MP made these remarks while raising a question under Standing Order 23/2 in the House yesterday. He said by giving ownership of the Hambantota Port to China, the government was violating the Port Development Bill. “All ports and harbours in the country come under the Port Development Read more...

Suicide truck bomb kills about 100 in Iraq

A suicide truck bomb killed about 100 people, most of them Iranian Shi’ite pilgrims, at a petrol station in the city of Hilla 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad on Thursday, police and medical sources said. Islamic State, the ultra hard-line Sunni militant group that considers all Shi’ites to be apostates, claimed responsibility the attack in an online statement. The group also is fighting off a U.S.-backed offensive on its stronghold Mosul, in northern Iraq, in which Iranian-trained Shi’ite Read more...

38 members of Ava Group arrested so far – Sagala

Minister of Law and Order and Southern Development Sagala Ratnayake says that 62 suspected members of the criminal gang ‘Ava Group’ have been identified and that 38 of them have been arrested so far. Responding to a question from JVP leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake in Parliament today (15), he said that the sword-wielding gang had got down its first sword from Brazil via India and that afterwards they had manufactured several similar sword by themselves. Ratnayake said that investigations are Read more...

Lathief appointed STF commander

Senior DIG M.R. Lathief has been appointed as the Commander of Police Special Task Force (STF). The appointment has been ratified by IGP Pujith Jayasundara. Latheef who joined the Police force in 1979 was a member of the first batch of the STF in 1984 after which he specialized in counter terrorism. He holds a masters degree is Human Rights from the Colombo University and has completed his academic training at the Fort McNair university in the United States.  Read more...

Self Learning Robot

Stanford University is developing a robot that can learn how to be socially aware and move through pedestrian environments by observing behaviours. Speaking to media, Stanford University’s Alexandre Alahi explained that unlike self driving cars which follow well-defined rules, crowds of people have unwritten rules, interacting with each other based on social convention and etiquette. “Every country, every culture has its own behaviour and that is why we decided to invent an algorithm Read more...

Next time we will come to take everything away – Mahinda

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says that the next time they arrive in a protest march with the masses, it will be to “take everything away” and that today was just a “rehearsal” for that. He was addressing a gathering at the Lipton Circus yesterday (Aug. 1), which was a culmination of the 5-day Jana Satana Paada Yathra (protest march) from Kandy to Colombo. The UPFA Kurunegala District MP stated that it will provide a training for opposition MPs on how to achieve a government, how to Read more...

Paris Policeman And Wife Killed In Possible Isis-Linked Terror Attack

Officer stabbed to death outside home in Manganville by man who shouted slogans, then held the victims wife and a boy aged three inside the house. A man who claimed allegiance to the Islamic State group stabbed a French policeman to death on Monday night before being killed when police moved in, foreign media reports. The man’s wife was also found dead when police stormed the house. A three-year-old boy was rescued alive. French prosecutors have launched an anti-terror probe into the attack Read more...