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Sri Lankan projects delayed, PM Modi tells Ranil

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Saturday discussed the progress of a number of pending development projects, with the former expressing “concern” over delays, said a press release issued by the Sri Lankan PM’s office.

“Mr. Narendra Modi has expressed his concern over the implementation of Indo-Sri Lanka joint development projects in accordance with the MoU signed between India and Sri Lanka in 2017 … Mr. Modi said he was not satisfied with the response he had received from the Sri Lankan government to his overtures,” said the release in Sinhala. India’s completed projects in Sri Lanka have been largely in the housing sector, and according to the release, Mr. Modi, during the meeting, agreed to finance another 10,000 homes for tea estate workers.

Police probe whether terror accused set up by brother of Aussie Sportsman

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The brother of a prominent Australian sportsperson may have been involved in setting up a 25-year-old Sri Lankan student over an alleged Sydney terror plot.

Charges against Mohamed Kamer Nilar Nizamdeen were formally dropped by NSW police on Friday after the 25-year-old spent 40 days in a supermax jail accused of concocting an ISIS-inspired terror plot.

'Hybrid Sudda' arrested with heroin worth Rs. 13 mn

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A 37-year-old Rasanga Gunasekara alias “Hybrid Sudda” was arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD) with 1.1 kilograms of heroin worth over Rs. 13 million at Angampitiya, Padukka early this morning, Police said.

They said the suspect, a resident of Himbutana, Angoda, had rented a house in Angampitiya, Padukka to carry out drug smuggling activities.

Two cars and Rs. 750,000 in cash were taken into custody while in his possession.

Tiny Palm smartphone baffles gadget fans

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A tiny Android smartphone designed to be a "companion phone" to a full-sized device has been launched in the US - using the brand name Palm.

The handset is the size of a credit card and has two cameras but no headphone jack or wireless charging.

It aims to help people take a break from their main phone, the firm said, despite being a fully functioning smartphone in its own right.

It has been greeted with bemusement by tech commentators and on social media.

The device will cost $349 (£263) and will be available in the US, on the Verizon network only, from November.

It is described in its marketing material as "a fully connected product that is in sync with your existing smartphone, so all of your connectivity can go where your smartphone can't".

It has the support of US basketball player Stephen (Steph) Curry who tweeted that he was "hyped to bring Palm back".

Fashion brand Kate Spade has also designed a bespoke case for the small handset.

Analyst Ben Wood from CCS Insight said it was "certainly an ambitious move" by the San Francisco start-up, which licensed the Palm brand from owner TCL.

"Small, so-called companion phones have been tried in the past and have not really captured consumers' imagination," he told the BBC.

He said that it differed from other "second" phones because it was not reliant on Bluetooth to connect it to the parent device.

Mr Wood added that he didn't think nostalgia for the 1990s Palm brand would be enough to drive sales.

"The Palm brand is perfectly suited to a product that fits in the palm of your hand," he said.

"Beyond that, I doubt there is much brand equity left in Palm other than for uber-geeks."

Dieter Bohn, writing for website the Verge, described the Palm as "a weird little thing".

"So here's a phone that saves you from your phone. But what saves you from your Palm? Presumably, another even smaller phone...." noted Andrew Orlowski in the Register.

DIG Nalaka summoned to CID today

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DIG Kaushal Nalaka de Silva who was in charge of the Terrorism Investigations Department( TID) has been summoned to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) today obtain a statement regarding an alleged assassination plot on President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa, CID sources said.

He has been informed to appear before CID Homicide Investigation Unit OIC Chief Inspector Ranjith Munasinghe at 9.00 am today.

5 Impressive features of Samsung Note 9

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Samsung's flagship phone is back and it is better than ever, it comes with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen, a dominant speed and an excellent camera with some fascinating AI features to top it up. Samsung launched its Note 09 for the Sub continent market at a grand event held in Delhi, India which was hosted by DJ Koh, The President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division , Samsung Electronics. 

“The galaxy note is very close to my heart, It is not just another smartphone, It is packed with speed and power performance" stated DJ Kho stated. 

With many competitor flagship phones lined up we looked at some key features of the phone.

01. Massive Battery 

Do you have a charger cable..? Yes this is a common question you would hear in your office environment. NOTE 9 would possibly have rectified this problem as it comes with a massive 4000mAh Li-Po battery which should last a whole day and get your day in day out work without worrying about charging. The battery is the biggest ever built in a Galaxy flagship phone. 

02. Store more – Delete less 

With the NOTE 09 you do not have to worry about which photo to keep or which photo to delete in order to save space, NOTE 9 comes with fascinating storage options, one is a 128GB and the other with a massive 512GB hard space, further you have the ability to add an external memory card and extend it up to 1TB. 

‘You could store up to 500,000 images, 200,000 songs, 500 movies and now it is safe to say you can say bye bye to your external hard disk’ stated Asim Warsi Senior VP , Mobile Business , Samsung India 

03. The Improved S-PEN

The S-PEN comes with some bright and charming colors and backs its style with some captivating features such as a remote shutter operation for the camera which lets you take the perfect selfie or a groupie, it further works as a music controller where you can play your media as well as a You tube controller plus it works as a presentation clicker where you can run through your presentation just using your S PEN

S-PEN full charges in a mere 40 seconds when embedded in the phone and with the Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) built-in the S-PEN it works from up to 30 feet away.

04. Packed with Speed and Power 

Note 09 is a super powerful smartphone with cutting edge 10mm processor and support for the fastest network speed available in the market (upto 1.2gigabits per second) to stream and download without slowing down. Asim Warsi states that the future of internet is now ready with the note 09 speed and power.

05. An intelligent camera 

Note 09 backs up its features with an intelligent camera which detects the flaws (Flaw detection) and notifies you immediately so you don’t have to worry if the picture is not perfect. The Galaxy Note 9 camera also has a new feature that will automatically detect one of 20 scenes — like food, a flower, a person or a landscape and then adapt the settings to take the best picture it can.

Samsung claims that note 09’s camera is Samsung’s smartest yet and the results of some of the Note 09 camera captures are quite stunning with bold colors and dynamic definition. Note 09 camera is technically a DSLR camera in your pocket. 


Note 09 comes to the Sri Lankan market with 3 bold and vibrant colors , Metallic Copper, Midnight Black and Ocean Blu


The 128GB Note 09 priced at Rs. 162,990/= and the 512GB priced at Rs.203,990/=  

The Note9 is shaping to be the best flaghship level professional smartphone on the market, and that's not a stretch - the previous Notes also have been known for being excellent versatile pros. The premium Galaxy technologies come standard with Note09, fast wireless charging, Samsung Dex which makes you use your phone as a Laptop and many more powerful features and its safe to say it could be the next gen smart phone.  

Sanath given 2 weeks to respond to charges under ICC anti-corruption code

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The International Cricket Council on Monday charged former Sri Lanka captain and selector Sanath Jayasuriya for breaching the Anti-Corruption Code on two counts.

The 49-year-old has been given 14 days, starting on October 15 to respond to the charges levelled against him. Earlier in the week, the ICC announced that they were investigating “serious” charges of corruption in Sri Lanka. 

“We are currently in Sri Lanka as part of our ongoing investigations into serious allegations of corruption in cricket in the country,” ICC anti-corruption unit general manager Alex Marshall said in a statement. “The enquiries are continuing so it would not be appropriate to comment further, but I can confirm that we have, at their request, provided a detailed briefing to the Sri Lankan President, Prime Minister and Sports Minister.”

The two counts that Jayasuriya was charged were:

Article 2.4.6: Failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU, including failure to provide accurately and completely any information and/or documentation requested by the ACU as part of such investigation.

Article 2.4.7: Obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be carried out by the ACU, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code.

Jayasuriya has 14 days from 15 October 2018 to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage.

Indian couple nabbed at BIA with over 2 kg heroin

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Police Narcotics Bureau attached to the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) has arrested two persons for the possession of heroin.

The arrested are an Indian couple, according to the Police.

They have found over 2 kg of heroin in the suspects, said the police.

Reportedly, the worth of the drug haul is estimated to be Rs 24.5 million.

Fuel prices would be revised weekly in future - PM

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Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says that the fuel prices might hike further in the coming months due to the prevailing oil crisis in the global market.

Prime Minister stated this attending the opening of the new two storied administrative building at Ehetuwewa Bandaranaike Maha Vidyalaya in Galgamuwa.