January 24, 2020
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    The Department of Examinations has called for applications for the Ordinary Level Examination 2019. The deadline for submitting the applications has been set for May 24th.Applications for school candidates have already been sent out to the principals of each school and head monks of Pirivena institutes.

    The Department of Meteorology has issued an advisory for high waves in the sea areas extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Colombo and Galle.It said there is a possibility that near shore sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Colombo and Galle, may experience surges due to the effect of swell waves, having 2.5-3.5 m height (This is not for land area) from 02nd to 04th May 2019. Above mentioned sea areas can be rough at times, the department said.Naval and fishing communities and those who are living in coastal areas are also requested to be vigilant in this regards.

    The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ (pronounced as FONI) over West-central Bay of Bengal to the Northeast of Sri Lanka, was located near latitude 15.2N, Longitude 84.1E at 11.30 p.m. of 01st May 2019, about 750 km northeast of Jaffna. It is likely to move north-northeastwards while moving away from the island towards the Odisha coast of India., issued by the Department of Meteorology.

    The Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ (pronounced as FONI) over southwest Bay of Bengal to the Northeast of Sri Lanka is likely to intensify further and very likely to move northwestwards till noon, 01st May, stated the Department of Meteorology.The Cyclonic Storm ‘FANI’ was located near latitude 13.4N, Longitude 84.5E at 08.30 p.m. of 30th April 2019, about 650 km northeast of Trincomalee. It is likely to recurve north-northeastwards towards Odisha Coast, India after mid noon today (01).The general public, Naval and fishing communities are requested to be attentive about future advisories issued by the Department of Meteorology in this regard.


    Under the influence of this system, the showery and windy conditions will continue further over the island during the next few days (01st May – 03rd May).Showers or thundershowers will occur at times over most parts of the island. Heavy falls about 100- 150 mm can be expected at some places in the Uva, Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern, Western and North-western provinces and in Mannar district and also fairly heavy falls about (50-100) mm also likely at some places elsewhere.

    Strong winds up to 60-70 km/h can be expected over the island particularly in central hills, Northern, North-central, North-Western, and Southern provinces and in Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts.


    Wind will be south-westerly and speed will be 35-45 kmph in the Sea areas around the island. Wind speed can increase up to 50-60 kmph at times. Sea areas around the island can be rough at times.

    Wind gust up to 70 kmph is expected in the deep sea areas off the coast extending from Galle to Pottuvil via Hambantota and the sea areas off the coast extending from Puttalam to Trincomalee via Mannar and Kankasanturai. These sea areas can be very rough at times.

    Wind speed will be 150-160 kmph, gusting up to 200 kmph over the Sea areas (within 300 km from the center of the above system) in the Bay of Bengal and the said sea areas can be high to very high.


    The fishermen are advised not to venture into the north-western, southern, south-eastern, north-eastern and northern sea areas until further notice.

    The fishermen, who are in the northern parts of South-west Bay of Bengal and West-central Bay of Bengal, are advised to move into safer sea areas.

    The fishermen at other sea areas are requested to be attentive on future advisories issued by the Department of Meteorology in this regard.

    Any individuals, groups or organizations involved publishing false news, information, images, interviews or any other form of publications that could provoke communal/racial tensions, public disturbance or disunity among the people is liable for prosecution under Emergency Regulations, currently in force.

    The National Security Council has decided to reopen all schools and universities in the country on May 06, the President’s Media Division said.The decision was taken during the Security Council’s meeting which was held this evening (26), chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena. The council has decided to push back the date for reopening the schools and universities, considering the prevailing security situation in the country.

    Having though to strengthen the safety of school population the Education Ministry has issued a circular bearing No. 25/2019 to ensure safety of students, teachers and the non-academic staffers.With this circular, which issued in addition to the earlier circular 17/2011, a comprehensive security plan will be in force in and around school premises to ensure the safety of students, teachers and the non-academic staffers.

    Director General of Government Information Nalaka Kaluwewa inform that the Government urges the General Public to accept only the official news confirmed by the Department of Government Information, Police Media Spokesman or three force Media Spokesmen when concerning the information on present security operations against terrorism.

    The government has taken steps to launch a special operation to search schools and the surroundings prior to the reopening of the schools for the second term.The Ministry of Education says the measure was taken to ensure the safety of schools and the children.

    All government universities will remain closed until further notice, stated the University Grants Commission (UGC).Accordingly, all scheduled examinations have also been postponed until further notice.This decision has been taken considering the security situation in the country resulted from the series of explosions which took place on Easter Sunday (21).The Sri Lanka Bhiksu University has also been closed off until further notice, stated Administrative Authority of the Bhikku University

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