Mahinda has not been named as PM candidate

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President Maithripala Sirisena has not recognized or announced former President Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the SLFP, President’s media unit said.

Issuing a statement, the media unit further stated that a suitable candidate will be appointed if the SLFP led UPFA wins the General Election.

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25,000 kg of waste tea found in major tea company warehouse

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The Special Task Force (STF) has discovered 25,328 Kg of waste tea from a warehouse of a well-known tea company, STF told Ceylon Today online.

The stock of waste tea was discovered when a lorry containing 4,400 kg of waste tea unloaded at the warehouse. The lorry has arrived from Gampola, STF said.

The STF and the tea board are conducting further investigation into this incident.

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CID to investigate accusations on Supreme Court judge

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A Supreme Court Judge has declined to give a statement regarding the alleged accusations of assaulting a female servant in his employment, Police Media Spokesperson ASP Ruwan Gunasekara told Ceylon Today online.

The domestic worker employed at the residence of the Judge, on June 26 lodged a complaint with Mount Lavinia Police claiming that she has been assaulted.

When a team of police visited the residence of the judge to get a statement, the judge has declined to give a statement, ASP Gunasekara added.

Mount Lavinia Police have submitted a report to Mount Lavinia Magistrate regarding the incident. Inspector General of Police (IGP) has ordered that Criminal Investigation Department should conduct further investigations regarding the incident.

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Sri Lanka President dashes Rajapaksa PM hopes Mahinda to go it alone

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President Maithripala Sirisena today ruled out granting nominations to former strongman Mahinda Raja.. Read the Full Article

Commander of the Air Force Visits Army Commander

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Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinghala paid a visit to the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Crishantha De Silva this morning (30 June 2015). Read the Full Article

Man killed over cows

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A man has been killed by cattle thieves in Veyangoda police division today (30) at 2.45a.m., Police Media Unit said.

The cattle thieves had arrived at the house of the deceased, in a white van. They were interrupted by the deceased and his son, while they attempted to steal two cows. In the resulting brawl, the thieves have stabbed the man, Police said.

The deceased was a 58-year-old resident of Veyangoda.

The cattle thieves have fled with the cows.

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Greece debt crisis: Defiant Tsipras seeks referendum backing

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Greek PM Alexis Tsipras has urged voters to reject creditors' demands in a snap referendum on Greece's debt crisis due on Sunday. Read the Full Article

Mahinda has not been declared as the PM candidate - PMU

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There are no arrangements in place to name a Prime Ministerial candidate from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) thus far, the President's Media Unit said on Tuesday. MORE... Read the Full Article

Today is a second longer!

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Strictly speaking, a day lasts 86,400 seconds. On June 30, the day will officially be a bit longer than usual because an extra second or "leap" second will be added and NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration) has an explanation for this.

"The Earth's rotation is gradually slowing down a bit, so leap seconds are a way to account for that," said Daniel MacMillan, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
This is the case according to the time standard that people use in their daily lives - Coordinated Universal Time or UTC.

UTC is "atomic time" -- the duration of one second is based on extremely predictable electromagnetic transitions in atoms of cesium.

These transitions are so reliable that the cesium clock is accurate to one second in 1,400,000 years.

However, the mean solar day -- the average length of a day, based on how long it takes the Earth to rotate -- is about 86,400.002 seconds long.

"That is because the Earth's rotation is gradually slowing down a bit owing to a kind of braking force caused by the gravitational tug of war between the Earth, the Moon and the Sun," the US space agency said in a statement.

Scientists estimate that the mean solar day has not been 86,400 seconds long since the year 1820 or so.

This difference of two milliseconds, or two thousandths of a second -- far less than the blink of an eye -- hardly seems noticeable at first.

But if this small discrepancy were repeated every day for an entire year, it would add up to almost a second.

Typically, a leap second is inserted either on June 30 or December 31.

Normally, the clock would move from 23:59:59 to 00:00:00 the next day. But with the leap second on June 30, UTC will move from 23:59:59 to 23:59:60, and then to 00:00:00 on July 1.

In practice, many systems are instead turned off for one second.

Previous leap seconds have created challenges for some computer systems and generated some calls to abandon them altogether.

"In the short term, leap seconds are not as predictable as everyone would like," said Chopo Ma, geophysicist at Goddard.

"The modelling of the Earth predicts that more and more leap seconds will be called for in the long-term but we cannot say that one will be needed every year," Ma said.

From 1972, when leap seconds were first implemented, through 1999, leap seconds were added at a rate averaging close to one per year.

Since then, leap seconds have become less frequent.

This June's leap second will be only the fourth to be added since 2000.

(Hindustan Times)

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Man killed in Nivithigala

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Police have commenced investigations into an incident in which an individual has died following an assault, in Nivithigala police division last night. The man has been assaulted in Koragalla area, while he was travelling on a motorcycle, Police Media Unit said.

The critically injured victim was pronounced dead upon admission to Ratnapura hospital.

The deceased was a 38-year-old resident of Dela.

The dead body is kept at the morgue of Ratnapura hospital. The post mortem examination will be held today (30).

Nivithigala Police is carrying out further investigations into the incident.

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Man arrested with 50 bottles of alcohol spirit

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A man who had 50 bottles (400 drams) of illegal alcohol spirit in his possession was taken into police custody, in Wennappuwa police division last evening.

The suspect is a 23-year-old resident of Lunuwila. He will be produced to Puttalam Magistrate today (30).

Wennappuwa Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Two arrested for animal cruelty

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Police have arrested two individuals who were allegedly transporting 74 goats and 46 lambs in one lorry on Puttalam –Anuradhapura Road, in Karuwalagaswewa police division yesterday (29) at around 5.45p.m.

The suspects –aged 47 and 38- are residents of Puttalam area. They will be produced to Puttalam Magistrate Courts today (30).

Karuwalagaswewa Police is conducting further inquiries into the incident.

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Train hits schoolgirl in Beruwala

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A 13-year-old schoolgirl has died after being hit by a train plying from Colombo to Galle, in Beruwala Police division yesterday (29) at around 4.00p.m., the Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.

The victim had been walking along the railway platform of Beruwala Railway Station at the time of the incident.

The body of the deceased has been placed at Nagoda Hospital. The post mortem examination will be conducted today (30).

Beruwala Police is carrying out further investigations into the incident.

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Premalal Jayasekara further remanded

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Former Deputy Minister Premalal Jayasekara and the other suspects accused of involvement in the murder of a United National Party supporter during the last Presidential election, have been further remanded until July 14. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Mahinda-Maithri meeting took place, but different venue

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Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena today confirmed that a discussion did take place between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and that they had only denied the location of the meeting. MORE.. Read the Full Article

School term and holiday dates revised

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The Ministry of Education today announced that the dates of the school term holiday have been amended due to the General Election and the revision of the timetable of the 2015 G.C.E. Advanced Level examination. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Rajapaksa to be briefed on Sirisena’s decision

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Opposition Leader Nimal Siripala de Silva has met with former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Kandy this morning, political sources revealed to Ada Derana. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Pradeep Nilanga Dela appointed acting Diyawadana Nilame

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Pradeep Nilanga Dela has been appointed as the acting Diyawadana Nilame of the Sri Dalada Maligawa from July 01 until an election is held for the next Diyawadana Nilame. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Stay order on full-face helmets extended

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The Court of Appeal has further extended the stay order issued against the circular imposing a ban on full-face helmets. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Body of 90-year-old woman found in the woods

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The body of an elderly woman has been discovered at a wooded property containing cinnamon trees in the Annasigala area in Uragasmanhandiya. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Judge declines to give statement over assault complaint

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A Supreme Court Judge has declined to give a statement to the police in connection with accusations of assaulting a female servant in his employment. MORE.. Read the Full Article

Murder in Nivithigala- First casualty of election?

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A 38-year-old man who was critically wounded following an attack with sharp objects by an unknown group of individuals while he was riding a motorcycle in Nivithigala-Ratnapura, has succumbed to injuries after being admitted to hospital. MORE.. Read the Full Article

UN closes down humanitarian office in Sri Lanka

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The United Nations is downsizing its humanitarian staff in some Asian countries where governments have stepped up with funds and manpower after a decade of massive floods, storms and earthquakes. MORE... Read the Full Article

BBS to contest election as BJP under Cobra symbol?

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The Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) would contest the upcoming general elections under the name Bodu Jana Peram.. Read the Full Article

No plans to come back into power: CBK

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Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga today said she had no intentions to come back into power or g.. Read the Full Article