January 22, 2020
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    The Meteorology Department said today that several spells of showers would occur in the Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in Galle and Matara districts.“Light showers would occur in North-western province and in Hambantota district while showers or thundershowers may occur at several places in Uva province and in Batticaloa and Ampara districts after 2.00p.m” the department said. As there might be temporary localised strong winds during thundershowers, the department requested general public to take adequate precautions to minimise damages caused by lightning activity..

    The Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) inquiring into the Easter Sunday terror attacks has taken a decision not to open its proceedings to the news media on selected days, PSC Chairman Deputy Speaker Ananda Kumarasiri said yesterday.

    UN: The world population is expected to climb to 9.7 billion in 2050 from 7.7 billion today, with the population of sub-Saharan Africa doubling, a United Nations report released Monday said. The population could then grow to 11 billion by 2100, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs’s “World Population Prospects” report.

    The proposal made by Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera in his budget 2019 to remove the pensioners’ salary anomalies will be implemented effective from next month the Ministry of Finance announce today. According to a press release issued by the Ministry over 500,000 public servants who retired before December 31,.2015 will be benefited by the removal of this salary anomaly. The monthly salary of the public servants who retired before 31.12.2015 will be increased by minimum of Rs.2,800 and the maximum of Rs.20,000. These pensioners will receive this monetary benefit based on the removal of the anomaly that existed in the pension of those who retired before the December 2015

     The Meteorology Department warns the public of strong, gusty winds up to 50 kmph over the island. The Department also state that Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Southern, Central, Sabaragamuwa and North-western provinces. Several spells of light showers will occur in Anuradhapura, Vauniya and Mannar districts. Fairly strong gusty winds up to 50 kmph are likely over the island. Strong gusty winds up to 60 kmph are likely, particularly in western slope of the Central hilly areas, Northern, North-central and North-western provinces and Ampara and Monaragala districts.

    The Special Investigative Board appointed to look into the terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday have submitted its final report to President Maithripala Sirisena this morning (10), the President’s Media Division stated.

    The Gazette notification, announcing the resignation of all Muslim MPs from their respective ministerial portfolios, has been issued.The Gazette issued by the Presidential Secretariat and signed by the Secretary to the President Udaya R. Seneviratne notifies that the Ministers have resigned their officers under Article 46(3)(b) of the Constitution with effect from June 03, 2019.

    The number of incoming tourists from The Netherlands travelling to Sri Lanka has begun to pick up, following the relaxation of the travel advisory by the Dutch Government last Friday, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs communique said. Since the recovery after the Easter Sunday bombings, Sri Lanka’s mission in The Netherlands has been lobbying the Dutch Government and recently successfully obtained a relaxing of the negative travel advisory against Sri Lanka.

    The Education Ministry said there is no further need to summon parents to assure security of schools.In a statement, the Education Ministry said it had taken this decision due to the Tri-forces, the Civil Defence Force and the Police taking maximum effort to ensure security for all schools inclusive of International Schools as well.It was reported that some school authorities had caused inconvenience to some parents by not allowing children who did not carry transparent bags and prevented children from entering school.

    The Met Department stated that rainfall of 100mm could occur in the South and Sabaragamuwa as well as in Kalutara district. The department added that this was the result of the South West monsoons across the country.National Building Research Organisation warned of landslides which could occur due to rainfall. The organisation advised the general public to be vigilant on the matter.


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