SL up against WI Darren Sammy and team in Bangalore

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World T20 Second group stage match between Sri Lanka and West Indies will be held at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.

Both West Indies and Sri Lanka will be playing with a win under their belt against England and Afghanistan respectively

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India wins over Pakistan, ‘Kohli always converts’ – MS Dhoni

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India has been able to emerge victorious from their World T20 second group stage match against Pakistan. They chased a score of 118 easily in 15.5 overs just by losing 5 wickets in the process.

Indian captain, MS Dhoni, praised Virat Kohli's outstanding performance for their 6 wicket important victory over Pakistan by stating 'Kohli always converts'.

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Motorcyclist dies in crash

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A motorcyclist has toppled off Unnachchiya-Aittamalaya Road after losing control in Neliyamadu area last morning.

The motorcyclist who was critically injured from the accident has died upon his admission to Karadiyanaru Hospital, Police Media Unit said.

The deceased was a 29-year-old resident of Aittamalaya area.

His remains are kept at the morgue of Batticaloa Hospital and the post mortem examination will be conducted today.

Aittamalaya Police is conducting further investigations.

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Cab runs over two in Agalawatta town

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A cab has run over two individuals who were crossing Baduraliya – Agalawatta Road in Agalawatta town last evening. One of the two victims has died upon admission to Vattava Hospital, Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.

The deceased was a 32-year-old resident of Agalawatta area.

His remains are kept at the morgue of Vattava Hospital and the post mortem examination will be conducted today.

The driver of the cab has been arrested in connection with the accident and Matugama Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Dozens killed in Russia plane crash

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A passenger jet has crashed in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don killing all 55 passengers and seven crew on board, officials say.

The FlyDubai Boeing 737-800, coming from Dubai, missed the runway as it attempted to land at 03:50 local time (00:50 GMT) on Saturday.

It is not clear what caused the crash but poor visibility and high winds are being considered as a factor.

There were reports of a fire or an explosion on board.

Reports say the plane abandoned its initial attempt to land and circled for two hours before crashing at the second attempt.

It came down about 250m (800ft) short of the start of the runway in Rostov, some 950km (600 miles) south of Moscow.

Most of the passengers on board flight FZ981 were Russian, the regional governor said. Another official said three foreigners were on the passenger list, Reuters reported, but this has not been confirmed.

A CCTV video showed what appeared to be a plane landing at the airport before being engulfed in a huge fire.

About 700 rescue workers were sent to the site of the crash and the fire was extinguished, media reports said.

A search is under way for the plane's flight recorders and an investigation has been opened into the cause of the crash.

Other flights have been diverted away from the airport.

In a statement on its Facebook page, the airliner confirmed the "tragic accident" and said an emergency response has been put in place.

Boeing said on Twitter its team was working to gather more details.

FlyDubai, a low cost carrier launched in 2009 with a hub in Dubai, operates flights to some 90 destinations.

(BBC)

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Wasp attack in Kotmale

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Six women estate workers have been subjected to a wasp attack in Kotmale police division yesterday. They were admitted to Kotmale Hospital for treatments, Police Media Unit said.

The victims are residents of Lilisaland area aged 32, 42, 23, 40 and 35 years.

Kotmale police is conducting further investigations.

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Sudden fire in factory in Pannala

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A sudden fire has erupted in a vehicle decorations and carpet manufacturing factory in Pannala police division yesterday. Police have successfully doused the fire with assistance of Fire Brigade of Kurunegala Municipal Council and residents of the area, Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.

The entire factory has been destroyed in the fire and no casualties were reported.

Pannala Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Woman stabbed to death in Akkaraipaththuwa

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Woman has been stabbed with a knife in Akkaraipaththuwa police division last night at around 10.00 p.m. The victim has died upon her admission to Akkaraipaththuwa Hospital, Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.

The deceased was a 36-year-old resident of Akkaraipaththuwa area itself.

Her remains are kept at the morgue of Akkaraipaththuwa Hospital and the post mortem examination will be conducted today.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder, Police said.

Akkaraipaththuwa Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Man arrested for using counterfeit passport

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Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officials positioned at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) have arrested an individual, who allegedly attempted to travel to Canada using a counterfeit passport yesterday.

The suspect is a resident of Urumburai area aged 24 years.

He will be produced before Negambo Magistrate and CID -Katunayake unit is conducting further investigations.

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Factory fire in Sapugaskanda

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A sudden fire has erupted at a warehouse in a factory in Sapugaskanda Police division last evening, Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.

Police have successfully doused the fire with the assistance of Gampaha Fire Brigade and residents of the area. The entire storage facility has been destroyed and the damage caused by the fire has not yet been estimated.

It has been revealed that the fire was caused by an electrical leakage and Sapugaskanda Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Man arrested for using counterfeit passport

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Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officials positioned at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) have arrested an individual, who allegedly travelled to Sajaha using a counterfeit passport yesterday.

The suspect is a 47-year-old resident of Negambo area.

He will be produced before Negambo Magistrate today and CID -Katunayake unit is conducting further investigations.

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Nine trainee soldiers hospitalized

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Nine trainee soldiers who have fallen sick at an army training school were admitted to Aralaganwila Hospital last evening. Later on, they have been transferred to Polonnaruwa Hospital for further treatments, Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.

Furthermore, yesterday it was reported that a trainee soldier for the same military training facility died upon his admission to Aralaganwila Hospital.

Aralaganwila Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Man who shot at couple in Sevanagala apprehended

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A suspect has been arrested in connection with the Sevanagala shooting where the wife died and the husband was admitted to Embilipitiya Hospital in Sevanagala police division yesterday, Police Media Unit said.

The suspect is a 62-year-old resident of Sevanagala area itself.

During investigations Police have found an improvised gun has been used in the shooting and three bullets hidden in his house.

The suspect will be produced before Embilipitiya Magistrate today and Sevanagala Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Fatal accident on Aluthgama- Matugama Road takes life of a father

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A fatal accident occurred when a Jeep collided head on with a trishaw on Aluthgama- Matugama Road, Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.

The trishaw driver who was rushed to the Nagoda Hospital with critical injuries has died upon admission. The 37-year-old wife of the deceased who was also critically injured is being treated at the hospital's accident ward and his two children who had minor injuries are being treated at Nagoda Hospital as well.

The deceased was a 46-year-old resident of Dharga Town, Police added.

The driver of the Jeep was arrested in connection with the accident and Aluthgama Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Fatal accident on Aluthgama- Matugama Road takes life of father

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A fatal accident occurred when a Jeep collided head on with a trishaw on Aluthgama-Matugama Road yesterday, Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.

The trishaw driver who was rushed to the Nagoda Hospital with critical injuries has died upon admission. The 37-year-old wife of the deceased who was also critically injured is being treated at the hospital's accident ward and his two children who had minor injuries are being treated at Nagoda Hospital as well.

The deceased was a 46-year-old resident of Dharga Town, Police added.

The driver of the Jeep was arrested in connection with the accident and Aluthgama Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Man hit by a train at Weligama rail gate

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An individual has been hit by a train plying from Fort-Matara at Weligama rail gate last evening. The victim has died on the spot, Police Media Unit said.

The deceased was a resident of Denipitiya area aged 65 years.

The remains of the deceased are kept at Walana Hospital and the post mortem examination will be conducted today.

Weligama Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Doctor’s spouse found dead in Damana

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A doctor's spouse has been found lying on the floor of her hospital quarters in Damana police division yesterday. He died while he was being taken to the hospital, Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.

The deceased was a 37-year-old resident of Pannalgama area.

It has been revealed during investigations that the victim has in fact been murdered.

His remains are kept at the morgue of Ampara Hospital and the post mortem examination will be conducted today.

The suspect has not yet been identified and Damana Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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The ‘happiest’ country on Earth

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Denmark is the world's happiest country while Burundi is the least happy, according to a new survey.

The fourth World Happiness Report also found that countries where there was less inequality were happier overall.

Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Finland, which like Denmark have strong social security systems, made up the rest of the top five.

The US was the world's 13th happiest country, the UK was 23rd, China was 83rd and India was 118th.

At the bottom of the 156 countries on the list was Burundi, which is experiencing severe political unrest and the threat of violence. It scored worse than Syria, where a civil war has killed more than 250,000 people over the past five years.

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Three brothers sentenced to death

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Three individuals who were convicted raping a young woman and beating an individual to death have been sentenced to death by Nuwara Eliya High Court yesterday. The convicts are brothers of the same family, Police Media Unit said.

They are residents of Norton Bridge area aged 35, 32 and 24 years.

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Namal Rajapaksa arrives at FCID

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United People's Freedom Alliance's Member of Parliament (MP) Namal Rajapaksa has arrived at Financial Crimes Investigation Division (FCID) upon summoning a short while ago.

It has been reported that he was there to make a statement to FCID.

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Trainee soldier mysteriously dies in Aralaganwila

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A trainee soldier who has fallen sick at an army training school was admitted to Aralaganwila Hospital in Aralaganwila police division last evening. He has died upon admission to the hospital, Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.

The deceased was a resident of Kiralogama area aged 20 years.

His remains are kept at the morgue of Aralaganwila Hospital and the post mortem examination will be conducted today.

Aralaganwila Police is conducting further investigations into the incident.

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Niluka Ekanayake appointed as new Central Province Governor

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NIluka Ekanayake takes oath as the new Central Province Governor before President Maithripala Sirisena.

Ekanayake is the 10th Governor of Central Province today, the 17 March.

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Three treasure hunters nabbed

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Three suspects who were mining for artefacts in Polgahawela police division have been arrested yesterday. Five mobile phones, a motorcycle and other equipment used for artefact mining were taken into custody, Police Media Unit told Ceylon today Online.

The suspects are residents of Homagama, Paduka and Suriyawewa areas aged 25, 35 and 37 years.

They will be produced before Polgahawela Magistrate today and Polgahawela Police is conducting further investigations.

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Three arrested with over 20,000 kg of waste tea

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Three suspects have been apprehended by Police for storing 20,370 kg of waste tea, during a raid conducted in Sapugaskanda police division last morning, Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.

The suspects are residents of Kurunegala and Gampola areas aged 35, 45 and 32 years.

They were released on bail after being produced before Mahara Magistrate yesterday and Sapugaskanda Police is conducting further investigations.

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Man nabbed with 150 bottles of illicit booze

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Police have arrested an individual for alleged production of illegal liquor in a raid conducted in Wennappuwa police division last night, Police Media Unit told Ceylon Today Online.

Police have also taken 1,200 drams (150 bottles) of illicit alcohol into custody.

The suspect in custody is a 40-year-old resident of Vaikkala area.

He will be produced in Marawila Magistrate's court today and Wennappuwa Police is conducting further investigations.

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