Sri Lanka Army troops have rendered assistance to put out several wildfires in several parts of the country during the past several weeks. The prevailing dry weather in the hill country has resulted in sudden outbreaks of bushfire especially in the Nuwara Eliya and Badulla Districts.
Heavy rainfall of up to 50mm is expected in Central, Uva and Eastern Provinces over the next few days, the Meteorology Department said yesterday. It said temporary localised strong winds were also expected during thundershowers.
All faculties of the Peradeniya University had been closed down with effect from today for two months due to a crisis situation at the Engineering Faculty, Vice-Chancellor Professor Upul B.Basnayake said. According to a special notice issued, the undergraduates were requested to vacate the university premises before 6.00 p.m today.
The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) says there will be no power interruptions today in Colombo 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 for maintenance as previously announced. However, power will be suspended in those tomorrow from 9am to 3pm.
Sabaragamuwa Province Action Committee of Grama Shakthi People’s Movement will meet under patronage of President today (25th). The Sabaragamuwa Province Action Committee of the Grama Shakthi People’s Movement will meet under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena at the Ratnapura Provincial Council Auditorium,today.
This new scheme of relief initially will be limited to women who have obtained micro finance loans for non-consumption purposes in the drought-affected districts. The 12 districts that were affected by the recent drought are Trincomalee, Ampara, Batticaloa, Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Mannar, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa where cultivations were affected consecutively for five seasons.
The Cabinet of Ministers, on the recommendation of the Minister of Finance and Mass MediaMr. Mangala Samaraweera decided today to write off the non-consumption loans granted up to Rs One Hundred Thousand to women by all registered Finance companies. Further, the government hasalso decided to introduce an interest rate cap of 30 percent per annum on all future loans givenby Micro Finance Companies.
Rangana Herath who had played a minor role in Sri Lanka’s win at Galle came roaring back to capture the limelight with a six-wicket haul and subject South Africa to a humiliating 199-run defeat at the SSC grounds yesterday.The leading left-arm spinner of all-time and Sri Lanka’s top wicket-taker in contemporary cricket first ended the resistance put up by Theunis de Bruyn and Temba Bavuma by breaking their partnership of 123 for the sixth wicket that was thwarting his team from winning and, having done that ripped through the rest of the batting to bowl South Africa out for 290. It was the Proteas highest total in the series following dismal figures of 126, 73 and 124 in the previous three innings.
As diabetes has become a major health problem, Sri Lanka is focusing attention on ways to prevent the disease and the latest in these efforts is the research into new varieties of rice, the staple food of Sri Lankans. The Ambalantota Rice Research Institute has introduced a rice variety named as 'Nirogi' that would help prevention of diabetes.