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White House welcomes new cat named "Willow".

White House welcomes new cat named "Willow".
The family of US President Joe Biden has welcomed the newest resident of the White House: a two-year-old cat named Willow. A spokesman for First Lady Jill Biden said that the new addition was named after the cat's hometown of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. The cat is the fir…
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Armenian President Armen Sarkissian resigns.

Armenian President Armen Sarkissian resigns.
Armenian President Armen Sarkissian announced his resignation on Sunday 23 Jan 2022. In a written statement on his official website, Sarkissian said that he does not have the “necessary tools to influence the radical processes of domestic and foreign policy in these difficul…
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Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2021

Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2021
Transparency International has released the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2021 in which Sri Lanka has been ranked at 102nd spot with Score of 37.  The ranking has been topped jointly by three countries- Denmark, Finland and New Zealand (Score of 88).  This year’s Corrupt…
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Holocaust Remembrance Day - 27 January.

Holocaust Remembrance Day - 27 January.
Holocaust Remembrance Day – Each year on January 27th, the world remembers one of the most horrific events in modern history. This tragic event is known as the Holocaust. The holocaust occurred during WWII when Nazi Germany killed millions of innocent victims. The day is al…
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Meta says its building world’s fastest supercomputer.

Meta says its building world’s fastest supercomputer.
Facebook’s parent company Meta on Monday said it has created what it believes is among the fastest artificial intelligence supercomputers running today. The social media giant said it hopes the machine will help lay the groundwork for its building of the metaverse, a virtual…
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Sri Lanka qualify for women’s T20 tournament in Birmingham.

Sri Lanka qualify for women’s T20 tournament in Birmingham.
Sri Lanka have claimed the final spot in the women’s T20 cricket competition at the Commonwealth Games 2022 after beating Bangladesh in the qualifying tournament held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Monday 24 Jan 2022. The Indian women’s cricket team, along with Australia, Engl…
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SDIG Ajith Rohana appointed as Senior Police Spokesperson.

SDIG Ajith Rohana appointed as Senior Police Spokesperson.
Senior DIG Ajith Rohana has been appointed as the Senior Police Spokesperson, the Police Headquarters says. He previously served as the Police Media Spokesman on several occasions and was replaced by SSP Nihal Thalduwa in August 2021. Subsequently, SDIG Rohana was appointed a…
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Rumesh Ratnayake appointed interim coach for upcoming Sri Lanka Tour of Australia.

Rumesh Ratnayake appointed interim coach for upcoming Sri Lanka Tour of Australia.
Rumesh Ratnayake has been selected as the interim coach of the National Team for ‘Sri Lanka Tour of Australia 2022’. He was appointed by the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket in consultation with the Technical Advisory Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket. Ratnayake will not…
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International Customs Day - 26 January.

International Customs Day - 26 January.
Every year on January 26th, International Customs Day recognizes the role of custom officials and agencies in maintaining the flow of goods across the world’s borders. On this day, members of the World Customs Organization (WCO) also showcase their efforts and activities. Cu…
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NASA’s Webb telescope reaches final destination after one million mile journey.

NASA’s Webb telescope reaches final destination after one million mile journey.
NASA’s James Webb space telescope has reached its final destination after a one million mile journey that took a month after its launch. The telescope, which took off from French Guiana on Christmas Day, entered its final parking spot called “L2” beyond the moon on Monday 24…
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International Cricket Council announced ICC Awards 2021.

International Cricket Council announced ICC Awards 2021.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the winners of the 17th edition of ICC Awards for the year 2021 to recognise and honour the best international cricket players of the previous 12 months, between January 01, 2021, and December 31, 2021.  Winners are liste…
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World’s largest star sapphire cluster found in Sri Lanka registered in the Guinness Book of World Records.

World’s largest star sapphire cluster found in Sri Lanka registered in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The star sapphire cluster weighing over 500 kilograms which was found in the Ratnapura area last year got approval and was registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest star sapphire cluster. The cluster got registered in the Guinness Book after it …
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ICC announces new playing conditions for T20Is.

ICC announces new playing conditions for T20Is.
In-match penalty for slow over-rates introduced for all men’s and women’s Twenty20 Internationals; optional drinks interval part of updated playing conditions. An in-match penalty for slow over rates in men’s and women’s Twenty20 Internationals comes into effect this month, …
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Fossilised remains of a herd of Rhinoceros unearthed in Lunugala, Sri Lanka.

Fossilised remains of a herd of Rhinoceros unearthed in Lunugala, Sri Lanka.
The fossilised skeletal remains of a herd of Rhinoceros that died in a meteoric shower more than 80,000 years ago have been unearthed from an 80ft deep gem mine at the foot of Rilaulu hill range in Lunugala in Madolsima.   Biologist of the Post Graduate Institute of Archaeol…
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Sushmita Sen conferred International Association of Working Women Award for ‘Aarya 2’.

Sushmita Sen conferred International Association of Working Women Award for ‘Aarya 2’.
Bollywood actress and former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen is elated on being conferred the International Association of Working Women Award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a TV series for her show ‘Aarya 2’. The award is presented by the DC South Asian Film Fe…
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NATO to holds major naval drills in the Mediterranean Sea.

NATO to holds major naval drills in the Mediterranean Sea.
The United States and NATO partners  will conduct a 12-day maritime exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, beginning Monday, US Department of Defense spokesperson John Kirby said on Friday. The maritime exercise, called "Neptune Strike '22" will run through February…
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The Biden administration has decided to build on significant actions to expand testing capacity and increase access by distributing at-home, rapid COVID-19 tests to Americans for free. To help ensure Americans have tests on hand if a need arises, the Biden Administration is …
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A new Rainfrog Species found in Panama.

A new Rainfrog Species found in Panama.
Somewhere in the tropical rainforests of Panama's Mount Chucantí lies a tiny rainfrog that was completely new to science until recently. The mountain's high elevation (1000 m), and the resulting geographical isolation, makes it a unique landscape suitable to host se…
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Oxford University Press declares ‘Anxiety’ as Children’s Word of the Year 2021.

Oxford University Press declares ‘Anxiety’ as Children’s Word of the Year 2021.
The Oxford University Press (OUP) has picked up ‘Anxiety’ as the Children’s Word of the Year 2021, based on their recent research. Apart from “anxiety” (21%), “Challenging” (19%), “isolate” (14%), “Wellbeing” (13%) and “resilience” (12%) were the children’s top five words. …
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Robert Lewandowski wins Best FIFA Men's Player 2021.

Robert Lewandowski wins Best FIFA Men's Player 2021.
Robert Lewandowski has been named the Best FIFA Men's Player for 2021, meaning the 33-year-old attacker has defended his title from last year. Lewandowski beat Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain and Mohamed Salah of Liverpool to top spot. It is the crowning award and th…
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Mrs World 2022: Mrs America Shaylyn Ford Takes The Crown.

Mrs World 2022: Mrs America Shaylyn Ford Takes The Crown.
37 Years old Shaylyn Ford was crowned as the winner of Mrs World 2022. She was crowned by the outgoing queen Kate Schneider from Ireland. Mrs Jordan Jaclyn Stapp & Mrs UAE Debanjali Kamstra were the runner up. Shaylyn Ford represented America in the pageant and battled …
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Russia’s Aslan Karatsev wins Sydney Tennis Classic.

Russia’s Aslan Karatsev wins Sydney Tennis Classic.
In tennis, Aslan Karatsev defeated Andy Murray by 6-3, 6-3, to win men’s single title at the Sydney Tennis Classic final, to claim his third ATP Tour title. The women’s single title was claimed by Spanish world number nine Paula Badosa, who defeated Barbora Krejcikova 6-3 4…
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International Day of Education - 24 January.

International Day of Education - 24 January.
Every year on January 24th, the International Day of Education celebrates the role of education in global peace and sustainable development. Education is essential for many reasons. Education provides knowledge. It helps people better themselves and understand the world arou…
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Asteroid bigger than Burj Khalifa passes by Earth.

Asteroid bigger than Burj Khalifa passes by Earth.
The giant asteroid crossed the Earth on 18 January 2022 at a distance of roughly 1.98 million kilometres. It was being classified as ‘potentially hazardous’ and ‘Near-Earth Object’ because of its closeness to the planet Earth. As per the National Aeronautics and Space Admini…
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Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla wins $1 million Genesis Prize for COVID-19 vaccine.

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla wins $1 million Genesis Prize for COVID-19 vaccine.
The global pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc.’s Chairman and Chief Executive, Albert Bourla, has been awarded with the prestigious Genesis Prize 2022 on January 19, 2022. He has been awarded for his efforts in leading the development of a COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer–BioNTech COV…
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Teen pilot Zara Rutherford becomes youngest woman to fly the world solo.

Teen pilot Zara Rutherford becomes youngest woman to fly the world solo.
Teenage aviator Zara Rutherford has become the youngest woman to fly around the world solo. The 19-year-old, who has dual British-Belgian nationality, landed at Kortrijk-Wevelgem Airport in western Belgium on Thursday, completing an epic 41-country journey spanning over 52,0…
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West Indies Cricket Legend Clive Lloyd received knighthood.

West Indies Cricket Legend Clive Lloyd received knighthood.
West Indies Cricket Legend Clive Lloyd received his knighthood on 12 January 2021 from the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William. Sir Lloyd was due to receive the honour in 2020 but the ceremony was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He received his Commander of the Order of…
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Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley gets re-elected.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley gets re-elected.
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley on Thursday 20th January 2021 celebrated a landslide victory in the Caribbean nation's first general election since it became a republic last year by removing Britain's queen as sovereign head of state. Mottley called the snap elec…
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World's oldest man, Saturnino de la Fuente García, dies aged 112.

World's oldest man, Saturnino de la Fuente García, dies aged 112.
Guinness World Records are saddened to hear that Saturnino de la Fuente García (Spain) has passed away at his house at the age of 112 years and 341 days.  The news has been confirmed by Senior Gerontology Consultant Robert Young, who also helped confirm Saturnino’s record as…
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Indonesia names new capital Nusantara, replacing sinking Jakarta.

Indonesia names new capital Nusantara, replacing sinking Jakarta.
Indonesia plans to name its new capital Nusantara, which translates as “archipelago”, when government offices are relocated to the province of East Kalimantan from Jakarta, on the island of Java. President Joko Widodo first announced the plan to move Indonesia’s capital in 2…
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Louie Anderson, comedian and Baskets actor dies.

Louie Anderson, comedian and Baskets actor dies.
Louie Anderson, whose more than four-decade career as a comedian and actor included his unlikely, Emmy-winning performance as mom to twin adult sons in the TV series Baskets, died on Friday. He was 68. Anderson died at a hospital in Las Vegas of complications from cancer, sa…
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Global unemployment to reach 207 million in 2022.

Global unemployment to reach 207 million in 2022.
Global unemployment is expected to remain above pre-COVID-19 levels until at least 2023 and is estimated at 207 million this year, almost 21 million more than in 2019, according to a report from the International Labour Organisation that gives assessments on how labour mark…
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Israel successfully tests Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system.

Israel successfully tests Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system.
Israel conducted a successful test of its Arrow 3 anti-ballistic missile system on Tuesday 18 January 2022 morning outside the Earth’s atmosphere, the Defense Ministry said. The trial tested a number of “breakthrough” capabilities for the missile defense system, which can be…
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Former Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita passes away.

Former Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita passes away.
The former President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was ousted in a military coup, has passed away. Mr Keita had ruled Mali for seven years, since September 2013, till he was overthrown in a military coup in August 2020.  He had also served as prime minister of the cou…
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Amazing Native Medicines - Flowering Papaya.

Amazing Native Medicines - Flowering Papaya.
For medicine, a man looking for a flowering papaya root in the west said that poisoning was linked to the sun, and that the poisons were reduced according to the direction of the rising and setting of the sun, and that doctors were continuing with traditional knowledge. It i…
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Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha‘apai Volcano Erupts.

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha‘apai Volcano Erupts.
A powerful volcanic eruption has obliterated a small, uninhabited South Pacific island known as Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha‘apai. Damage assessments are still ongoing, but preliminary reports indicate that some communities in the island nation of Tonga have been severely damaged b…
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Dr. Prasantha Jayamanna appointed as new SLPA chairman.

Dr. Prasantha Jayamanna appointed as new SLPA chairman.
Veteran entrepreneur Dr. Prasantha Jayamanna has been appointed as the new Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA). The appointment was made by Ports and Shipping Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena, the lawmaker’s media secretary stated. Dr. Jayamanna has also served as th…
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Poet Maya Angelou becomes the first black woman to appear on US coin.

Poet Maya Angelou becomes the first black woman to appear on US coin.
The US Treasury has minted coins featuring poet Maya Angelou – the first black woman ever featured on the US 25-cent coin known as a quarter. Angelou, a poet and activist, was the first black woman to write and perform a poem at a presidential inauguration. In 2010, she was…
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Former PM of Japan Toshiki Kaifu passes away.

Former PM of Japan Toshiki Kaifu passes away.
The former Prime Minister of Japan, Toshiki Kaifu has passed away at the age of 91 years in Japan. He served as the PM from 1989 to 1991. He is known for sending the Maritime Self-Defense Force to the Persian Gulf in 1991. After the Gulf War, the Japanese Self-Defense Force…
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South Africa Launches 1st ‘made In Africa’ Satellites.

South Africa Launches 1st ‘made In Africa’ Satellites.
South Africa has launched its first satellite constellation developed entirely in the continent of Africa. Three locally produced nano satellites, which made up the country’s first Maritime Domain Awareness Satellite (MDASat) constellation, were launched from Cape Canaveral…
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