Queen Elizabeth 11dead at 96

Queen Elizabeth II has died aged 96, Buckingham Palace said.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow,” the palace said in a statement.

“Flags across the U.K. were lowered to half-mast ahead of a national minute’s silence and the start of an official period of mourning.”

Her eldest son Charles is expected to soon address the nation as king for the first time, with a coronation ceremony taking place at a later date.

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Liz Truss to be Britain’s next prime minister

Liz Truss will be the next prime minister of the U.K. after comfortably seeing off rival Rishi Sunak in the race to lead the governing Conservative Party.

Truss, currently the U.K’s foreign secretary, won 81,326 votes from Conservative members versus 60,399 for Sunak, the former chancellor who quit over his differences with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Truss will fly to Balmoral, the queen’s Highland estate, on Tuesday to be officially sworn in as prime minister before choosing her new Cabinet.

The incoming prime minister is expected to announce a bailout package within a week of taking office in a bid to help households and businesses trying to cope with soaring inflation and rising energy bills.

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Sri Lanka’s fuel quota system registers 5.5m vehicles -Minister

The Minister of Power and Energy, Kanchana Wijesekera on Monday said that over 5.5 million vehicles were registered with Sri Lanka’s national fuel pass or QR code system.



Wijesekera said a total of 1,246 gas stations in the country now follow the QR code system and 4.3 million transactions have been completed.



He said buses engaged in public transport can get extra fuel apart from the standard quota from 107 state-owned bus depots.



Sri Lanka’s gas stations only accept the national fuel pass or QR code system from Aug. 1 as the country is facing a severe fuel shortage.



Sri Lanka appointed a committee last week to select suitable companies to import, distribute and sell petroleum products in the country. (Xinhua/NAN)

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Sri Lanka’s fuel quota system registers 5.5m vehicles -Minister

The Minister of Power and Energy, Kanchana Wijesekera on Monday said that over 5.5 million vehicles were registered with Sri Lanka’s national fuel pass or QR code system.



Wijesekera said a total of 1,246 gas stations in the country now follow the QR code system and 4.3 million transactions have been completed.



He said buses engaged in public transport can get extra fuel apart from the standard quota from 107 state-owned bus depots.



Sri Lanka’s gas stations only accept the national fuel pass or QR code system from Aug. 1 as the country is facing a severe fuel shortage.



Sri Lanka appointed a committee last week to select suitable companies to import, distribute and sell petroleum products in the country. (Xinhua/NAN)

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