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Welcome to Avabodhaya, my new news site. Here you will find a selection of the stories making the news around the world today – from the all important breaking news to sports and stories on society and culture.

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Sri Lanka decides to conclude rescue operations in garbage dump collapse

Apr 19, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the authorities expect to conclude the rescue operations at Meethotamulla garbage dump collapse within the next 72 hours.

“While a sustainable solution will be provided to the residents of Meethotamulla, we expect rescue operations to conclude within the next 72 hours with the help of the Sri Lankan military,” the Prime Minister said after visiting the site this morning. Continue reading “Sri Lanka decides to conclude rescue operations in garbage dump collapse”

Huge bomb kills dozens of evacuees in Syria

A huge car bomb has blasted a convoy of coaches carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria on Saturday, 15 April. The death toll from the bomb blast on the crowded Syrian bus convoy outside Aleppo has risen to nearly 130, says a monitoring group. It shattered coaches and set cars on fire, leaving a trail of bodies including children, as the convoy waited in rebel territory near Aleppo.

The dead were among thousands of civilians who boarded buses promising an evacuation from Fuah and Kfarya, pro-government bastions in Syria’s Idlib province that had been under steady attack by rebels seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad. Continue reading “Huge bomb kills dozens of evacuees in Syria”

Warning: the way you tilt your smartphone ‘can give away passwords and pins’

The way you tilt your mobile while you’re using it could allow hackers to work out your pin numbers and passwords, according to new research.

Experts at Newcastle University analysed the movement of a smartphone as the screen was used. They say they cracked four-digit Android pins with 70% accuracy on the first guess and 100% by the fifth. Continue reading “Warning: the way you tilt your smartphone ‘can give away passwords and pins’”

Pepsi pulls Kendall Jenner advert amid widespread condemnation

Pepsi has pulled an advert that sparked an outcry and accusations that the drinks maker was trivialising recent street protests across the US.

The advert featured reality TV star Kendall Jenner leaving a photo shoot to join a heavily policed demonstration. She defuses the tension by walking to the police line and handing an officer a can of Pepsi, prompting cheers. Continue reading “Pepsi pulls Kendall Jenner advert amid widespread condemnation”

Social media ‘outstrips’ TV as news source for young people

Social media has overtaken television as young people’s main source of news, according to a report.

Of the 18-to-24-year-olds surveyed, 28% cited social media as their main news source, compared with 24% for TV. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism research also suggests 51% of people with online access use social media as a news source. Continue reading “Social media ‘outstrips’ TV as news source for young people”

SL players not capable enough to play in IPL: Murali

Muttiah Muralitharan believes that talented cricketers do exist in Sri Lanka, but they need to polish their skills a lot more to play in the IPL. Unlike previous seasons, the number of cricketers from India’s neighbouring nation, plying their trade in the cash rich league, is far from impressive.  Continue reading “SL players not capable enough to play in IPL: Murali”

Does Trump want to be world’s policeman after all?

President Donald Trump’s launch of two major military strikes in the last two weeks raises a question about his 2016 declaration that the US can no longer be the world’s policeman: Has Trump changed his mind?

Eighty-six days into the new administration, the President seems to pivoting away from the “America First” doctrine that drove his campaign and foreshadowed a withdrawal from the world stage. Some of Trump’s foreign policy decisions still seem to reflect that protectionist view — in particular his decision to slash the budget for US diplomacy.

Continue reading “Does Trump want to be world’s policeman after all?”