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Boyfriends fight over contestant during Miss Sri Lanka New York

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During the “Miss Sri Lanka New York” pageant held at South Beach Vanderbilt, in New York, USA, the reception hall was severely damaged due to a clash between the ex-boyfriend and current boyfriend of a contestant who participated in the pageant.

The conflict has taken place between two sides of Sri Lankans living in the areas of Staten Island and Queens in New York.

Following the incident, all five luxury event halls in Staten Island have issued an announcement saying that they will not host any event organized by Sri Lankans in future.

A Buddhist temple is also located near the reception hall and that temple has also announced that no public gathering should take place near the temple during the Katina Pinkam.

More than fifty people have been injured in the conflict. The security personnel at the hall had removed all the personnel involved in the conflict from the venue.

A video is currently being circulated on social media sites showing how the people clashed outside the hall. The people are seen damaging all the items around the hall including decorative glass items.

When the police officers have reached the venue, no one has been arrested as both sides have agreed not to file charges.

Mohan Peiris, the Permanent Representative of Sri Lanka to the United Nations in NY has attended the event as the Chief Guest and it is reported that a senior official of SriLankan Airlines has sponsored the event.

Angelia Gunasekara has been crowned as the first ever Miss Sri Lanka New York defeating 13 contestants. Over 300 people have attended the event.

Source – Aruna

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Apple is the world’s first $1 trillion brand: Kantar

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Kantar BrandZ’s Top 10 Most Valuable Global Brands 2024 has named Apple as the world’s first trillion-dollar brand, holding onto pole position for the third consecutive year. 

Google, Microsoft, and Amazon join Apple atop the rankings, with McDonald’s rounding up the top 5.

Demonstrating how effective AI has become for driving brand value, NVIDIA has lept 18 places to crack the top 10 for the first time, holding sixth position with a 178% year-on-year brand value increase. 

Facebook rejoined the Top 10 after a one-year absence, while Oracle joined the Top 10 for the first time. 

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The G7 Summit begins today

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Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) countries are meeting for a three-day summit, starting today (13 June) to discuss global affairs in the southern region of Puglia (Apulia), Italy.  

Heads of state of the seven members – the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Canada and the United Kingdom – as well as the chiefs of the European Council and the European Commission will be present at the event.

Italy, the host of this year’s event, has extended an invitation to more than 10 other countries for sideline discussions. These include UAE’s Mohamed bin Zayed, Algeria’s President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Notable absentees are Egypt and Saudi Arabia, who it  is reported, had been invited.

Support for Ukraine is top of the agenda. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is scheduled to arrive on the summit’s first day for two sessions dedicated to the war-torn country. The G7’s most anticipated outcome is an agreement over a $50bn loan for Ukraine backed by profits accrued on Russian assets frozen in the West. 

The war on Gaza is also expected to dominate talks. 

Pope Francis will also be among the guests – the first time a pontiff has been invited to the summit – for a session dedicated to artificial intelligence (AI). Other specific sessions will be on migration, financial issues and the situation in the Asia Pacific. 

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University applications open tomorrow 

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The University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced that online applications for university admissions for the academic year 2023/2024 will open tomorrow (14 June).

Applications will be available from 6 am tomorrow at www.ugc.ac.lk
The application deadline is 5 July 2024. 

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