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A landslide warning has been issued

The National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) has issued level 2 (Amber) landslide warning has been issued for parts of Galle, Kalutara and Ratnapura. They are: Galle District - Neluwa Divisional Secretariat Division (DSD) and surrounding areas.Ratnapura District - Eheliyagoda and Kalawana Divisional Secretariat Division(s) (DSD) and surrounding areas.Kalutara District - Bulathsinhala Divisional Secretariat Division(s) (DSD) and surrounding areas.

Two missions to Venus

Nasa has announced that it is sending two new missions to Venus in order to examine the planet's atmosphere and geological features. The missions, which have each been awarded $500m (£352m) in funding, are due to launch between 2028 and 2030.

Over 900 people were arrested for violating quarantine laws

947 persons were arrested yesterday for not wearing face masks and failing to maintain social distancing, said the Police Media Spokesperson Ajith Rohana. The DIG stated that 21,087 suspects have been arrested since October 30 for not wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing in public areas.

Showers are expected in a number of provinces

Prevailing showery condition in the South-western parts of the country (particularly in Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces and in Galle and Matara districts) is expected to continue further, stated the Meteorology Department. Very heavy falls above 150 mm will occur at some places today.

39 COVID-19 deaths reported

39 more deaths reported due to COVID-19, raising the death toll to 1566, stated the Department of Government Information

There are no oil leaks from the X-Press Pearl

The operation to tow the damaged boxship MV X-Press Pearl vessel was halted yesterday as the stern of the ship had made contact with the sea bed, Sri Lanka Navy Spokesman Captain Indika de Silva said. However, he said that as of yesterday evening, there was no sign of an oil leakage but the Sri Lankan and Indian Coast Guard...

Over 1,000 people were arrested for violating quarantine laws

1038 persons were arrested yesterday for not wearing face masks and failing to maintain social distancing, said the Police Media Spokesperson Ajith Rohana. The DIG stated that 20,140 suspects have been arrested since October 30 for not wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing in public areas

MV X-Press Pearl ship being towed into deeper seas

The MV X-Press Pearl ship that caught fire in Sri Lankan waters is now being towed into deeper seas, says the Spokesperson of Sri Lanka Navy. A team of Sri Lanka Navy join the salvor team to tow the ship to deep sea as instructed by the President.

The COVID death toll in Sri Lanka has surpassed 1,500

43 more deaths reported due to COVID-19, raising the death toll to 1527, stated the Department of Government Information

COVID-19 variants have been renamed by the WHO

Coronavirus variants are to be known by letters of the Greek alphabet to avoid misreporting and stigmatising nations where they were first detected, the World Health Organization (WHO) has announced. The new system applies to variants of concern – the most troubling of which four are in circulation – and the second-level variants of interest being tracked. “While they have their...