Thundershowers from 2 pm to 8 pm tomorrow

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The Met. Department says that there will be a few showers in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Northwestern provinces and in the Galle, Matara districts. Thundershowers may develop at a few places in the Central, Uva and Eastern provinces during the period from 2 pm to 8 pm.

 


Southwest monsoonal winds can strengthen up to 50 kmph at times over the country (particularly over central hills) and Northwestern & Southeastern sea areas.

 


Sea area forecast

 


Showers will occur at few places in the sea area off the coast extending from Puttalam to Matara via Colombo and Galle. Isolated showers or thundershowers can be expected in the other sea areas during the period from 4 pm to 8 pm.
Winds will be South-westerly and speed will be 20-40 kmph.

 


The sea area extending from Puttalam to Kankasanthurai via Mannar and Matara to Pottuvil via Hambantota will be fairly rough at times as the winds can strengthen up to 50 kmph at times.

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Internet-famous Kipenzi dies at Dallas Zoo

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Kipenzi, a baby giraffe that captivated an Internet audience with its live birth at the Dallas Zoo a few months ago, has died.
The calf was scampering around the giraffe habitat Tuesday evening when she ran into the perimeter and broke her neck. The zoo said Kipenzi died instantly.

 


"This is a huge loss for our giraffe herd, our staff and our guests," Gregg Hudson, zoo president and CEO, said in a statement. "To be honest, it hurts terribly. We're crushed, and everyone here is mourning."
Her mother, Katie, visited Kipenzi before veterinarians and keepers removed her, the zoo said.

 


"Running is a typical behavior for giraffes of all ages, especially young ones like Kipenzi," said Harrison Edell, a senior zoo director.
"We've been very cautious with where we've allowed Kipenzi to roam, as we were with her siblings ... when they were small. It's heartbreaking that this happened where it did despite our precautions."

 


Back in April, the hourlong birth was captured by 10 cameras and streamed live by Animal Planet. (CNN)

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Windows 10 launch is a ‘new era’

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Windows 10 marks a "new era" for personal computing, Microsoft's chief executive has said.
The software, launched globally on Wednesday, is the company's attempt to reverse its fortunes in the mobile industry.

 


Windows 10 will be offered as a free upgrade to most existing Windows users, as well as those buying new PCs.
Analysts say the company is beginning to move away from relying on Windows as a key money-making product.

 


Speaking exclusively to BBC News, Satya Nadella said: "Windows 10 is a huge milestone for us as a company, and quite frankly the industry."

Final launch

 

Microsoft has until now released a new version of Windows every few years.
Windows 10 will be the last launch of this kind, the company said - from here on it will gradually update the software for free over months and years.

 


Mr Nadella said he hoped features like digital personal assistant Cortana - comparable to Apple's Siri, and Google Now - would set Windows 10 apart.
"I'm really excited about Cortana," he said.

 


"I think of it as [being] as profound as perhaps the PC operating system.
"If you think about our history in technology, we've had concepts that have changed how people have interacted with their computing resources.

 


"One of them was a graphical user interface, the second was the browser and the web. I think of Cortana as the third platform."
Speaking about possible privacy concerns, Mr Nadella took aim at companies like Google who use data to sell advertising.
"One of the foundational pieces of making anything more personal is trust," he said.
"We're not trying to sell you advertising, we're trying to in fact sell you software or devices so you as a user can trust it, that it's working on your behalf.

 


"I as a consumer may want to sometimes trade off my data to get a free service, and that's ok. But it's the other users of that same data - that is where trust matters.
"I absolutely want Microsoft to be trustworthy. How consumers make choices between companies, I'll leave it to them." (BBC)

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Secretary attends PLA Anniversary event

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Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. BMUD Basnayake attended a ceremony held to mark the 88th Anniversary of the founding of the Peoples' Liberation Army (PLA) at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo yesterday evening (28th Tuesday, July 2015). Read the Full Article

Court extends injunction against SLFP CC meeting

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Colombo District Court today further extended the enjoining order preventing the convening of Central Committee of SLFP till 7 August.

 


The enjoining order was issued on 15 July following a request made by Prasanna Solangarachchi.

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Dead body found in travelling bag

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A dead body which was concealed in a travelling bag has been found in the Pettah Central bus terminal in Bastian Mawatha, Police told Ceylon Today Online.

 

The bag was found near the Anuradhapura queue in the Bus stand.

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More Sri Lankan Tamils return home

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A fresh batch of 45 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees headed back to their homeland from the international airport here on Tuesday. Airport sources said the refugees who were housed in various camps located in Tiruchi, Dindigul, Kanyakumari, Villupuram, Tuticorin, Sivaganga, Pudukottai, Madurai, Karur, Tirunelveli and Ramanathapuram districts had obtained exit clearance from the respective district administration authorities where the camps functioned.

 


The sources said there were no police cases against the refugees. In May, a group of 41 Lankan Tamil refugees returned to Sri Lanka and another batch of 46 refugees went back last month. (The Hindu)

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Investigators question LTTE operative on links to outfit

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Investigators of the 'Q' branch police on Tuesday interrogated LTTE operative A Kumaraguru, who police arrested at Trichy airport on July 25 when he attempted to flee to Switzerland with a fake passport.

 

Officers of the police's special anti-terror wing said they questioned Kumaraguru — an active operative of the LTTE till the Sri Lankan Army destroyed the outfit with the killing of its chief Velupillai Prabhakaran in May 2009 — about his links to an arrested member of the rebels, Krishnakumar, and his associates in Ramanathapuram.

 

Police arrested 39-year-old Kumaraguru, originally from North Jaffna, when he attempted to board a Malaysia-bound flight in Trichy last Friday. He told police that he planned to leave to Switzerland from Malaysia.

 

Investigators said Kumaraguru lost his right leg in the civil war in Sri Lanka and used a prosthetic limb. Kumaraguru and his wife Sudharsini arrived in Chennai in 2014 and lived in Choolaimedu, where a member of a Tamil outfit gave them shelter.

 

A team led by superintendent of police K Bhavaneeshwari questioned Kumaraguru on his haste to leave India and its connection to the arrest of Krishnakumar and his accomplices Rajendran and Sai Kumar.

 

The team also questioned Krishnakumar, Rajendran and Saikumar, who were arrested with 75 cyanide capsules and 300 gm of cyanide powder, four GPS devices, mobile phones and Indian and Sri Lankan currency. Krishnakumar has admitted to police that he was one of Prabhakaran's secretaries.

 

Police arrested Kumaraguru's accomplice Thirumurugan and have launched a search for another aide, Mubarak, in Chennai. (Times of India)

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Dr Abdul Kalam ’s demise, an irreparable loss not only to India but to entire world - President

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Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Mr. BMUD Basnayake attended a ceremony held to mark the 88th Anniversary of the founding of the Peoples' Liberation Army (PLA) at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo yesterday evening (28th Tuesday, July 2015). Read the Full Article

Nalaka Thero reveals Champika’s alleged plan

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In a bid to fulfill the demands of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), a pact has been signed between the United National Party (UNP) and Venerable Maduluwawe Sobitha Thero, Convener of the National Joint Committee, Gunadasa Amarasekara said. MORE... Read the Full Article

Undergraduates stage protest in Colombo

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Over 1,000 undergraduates from several Universities on Wednesday (29) staged a protest in Colombo disrupting traffic in and around Town Hall, the police said. MORE... Read the Full Article

Mastermind of 2009 Sri Lankan cricket team attack killed

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The head of the banned Pakistani Sunni extremist outifit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, Malik Ishaq, was killed in an attempted breakout from police late on Tuesday, along with his sons and 11 others, Pakistani media have reported. MORE... Read the Full Article

Investigators question LTTE operative on links to outfit

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Investigators of the 'Q' branch of Indian police has interrogated LTTE operative A. Kumaraguru, who police arrested at Trichy airport on July 25 when he attempted to flee to Switzerland with a fake passport, the Times of India reported. MORE... Read the Full Article

Strike at the Colombo National Hospital today

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The paramedic staff at the Colombo National Hospitals on Wednesday (29) resorted to a strike action in protest over several demands. MORE... Read the Full Article

Abdul Kalam’s funeral in Rameswaram on Thursday

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The funeral of the former President will be held in Rameswaram, his birth place in Tamil Nadu, on Thursday (30) with full military honours. MORE... Read the Full Article

Litro Gas denies Bandula’s allegations

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The Litro Gas Lanka Ltd on Wednesday (29) denied allegations that the government has signed a MoU with Shell Gas Ltd to purchase Gas at US D 105 per MT, contrary to international tender procedures. MORE... Read the Full Article

UN document leaked to undermine September’s rights report- Channel 4

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Channel 4 News has reported that a leaked UN document raises concerns over the prospects for genuine justice for the Sri Lankan victims of alleged war crimes. MORE... Read the Full Article

Body found in luggage near Bastian Mawatha

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The police on Wednesday (29) found remains of a man inside a luggage at the Fort bus station near the Bastian Mawatha, the Police Spokesperson said. MORE... Read the Full Article

Five SLFPers removed from party

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The membership of five SLFP members contesting the parliamentary election on the UNP ticket was canc.. Read the Full Article

MR promises new Constitution under UPFA Govt.

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Kurunegala district UPFA candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa today said a new Constitution and electoral ref.. Read the Full Article

Investigators question LTTE operative on links to outfit

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Investigators of the `Q` branch police on Tuesday interrogated LTTE operative A Kumaraguru, who poli.. Read the Full Article

Another batch of SL Tamils return home

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fresh batch of 45 Sri Lankan Tamil refugees headed back to their homeland from the international air.. Read the Full Article

UPFA presents election manifesto to President

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The United People s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) yesterday presented its election manifesto to Party Chai.. Read the Full Article

BOC, once again among Top 1000 Banks in the World

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Bank of Ceylon has been ranked among the Top 5 banks in the Asia-Pacific Region (excluding China and.. Read the Full Article

A great son of India dead

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Former Indian President Dr. Abdul Kalam passed away on Monday at the age of 83. Death of any man dim.. Read the Full Article