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 Bill. The Ports were initially run by the Port Development Board (PDB) and later by 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...

Kaushal Silva Leads Sri Lanka’s Reply after Jonny Bairstow’s Unbeaten 167

Jonny Bairstow continued a brilliant year of run-scoring with a Test-best 167 not out against Sri Lanka at Lord’s yesterday. But the debate about whether Bairstow should continue to keep wickets for England intensified when he dropped a routine catch to reprieve Dimuth Karunaratne on the 2nd day of the 3rd Test. At stumps, Sri Lanka was 162 for 1 in reply to England’s first innings 416, a deficit of 254 runs. Kaushal Silva was 79 not out and Kusal Mendis was unbeaten on 25 after left-handed Read more...

Kelani river water level drops by 4ft

The Water level in the Kelani River in Nagalagam Street had decreased by three feet, the Disaster Management Centre said today. The DMC said the water level keeps falling but warned the residents alongside the river to be alert. The water level in the Kelani River, Nagalagama Street had dropped to 3.6 feet as of today. It rose to seven feet resulting in heavy floods in Colombo last week.  Read more...

Apple Invested $1 Billion in Uber’s Chinese rival

Apple has invested $1 billion(£693m) in Didi Chuxing, Uber’s biggest car-hailing competition in China. Chief executive Tim Cook said that the move will help the firm to better understand the Chinese market. Didi Chuxing, previously known as Didi Kuaidi, is said to control most of the Chinese market for car-hailing services. Didi Chuxing was attempting to raise funding at a valuation of $25 billion USD. Apple’s investment might hint at the Cupertino-based company’s long-rumored plans to get Read more...