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The 24th and 25th of May have been designated as special government holidays

May 24 (Monday) and May 25 (Tuesday) were declared as Special Government Holidays, stated the Ministry of Public Administration. The Secretary to the Ministry further stated, this does not include the bank and mercantile sectors.

Tomorrow there will be a 16-hour water cut

The National Water Supply and Drainage Board says water supply to several areas in Gampaha District will be suspended for 16-hours from tomorrow 8:30 am (Wednesday). The areas affected are: Peliyagoda, Wattala-Mabola, Ja-Ela town, Katunayake, Seeduwa, Kelaniya, Wattala, Biyagama, Mahara, Dompe and Gampaha

Today is a special Cabinet meeting

A special meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers will be held today at 6pm (May 18), Minister Keheliya Rambukwella stated.

US President Joe Biden has voiced his support for a ceasefire after eight days of violence between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza

Mr. Biden told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the US was working with Egypt and other countries on halting hostilities. But the US again blocked a UN Security Council statement calling for a cessation of violence. The conflict is now in its second week, with little sign of ending. At least 212 people, including 61 children, have died in Gaza, and...

Showers are expected in a number of provinces

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts, stated the Meteorology Department. Several spells of showers will occur in Northern and North-central provinces. Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in Eastern and Uva provinces during the evening or night. Fairly heavy falls about 50 mm can be...

253 people were arrested for violating quarantine laws

253 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 9,282 suspects have been arrested since October 30 for not wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing in public areas.

China has successfully landed a spacecraft on Mars, state media announced early on Saturday

The six-wheeled Zhurong robot was targeting Utopia Planitia, a vast terrain in the planet's northern hemisphere. The vehicle used a combination of a protective capsule, a parachute and a rocket platform to make the descent. The successful touchdown is a remarkable achievement, given the difficult nature of the task. Only the Americans have really mastered landing on Mars until now. With this...

While flying kites, a child and two others die

Three persons including a father and a son who were seriously injured after falling from the top floor of a three storied house under construction in the Makuluwa area in Galle succumbed to their injuries after being admitted to the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle yesterday afternoon (14). The victims included a 41-year-old man, his one year and a half-month-old...

Kelani Ganga, Kalu Ganga, and Maha Oya water levels are rising

The water level of the Kelani Ganga, Kalu Ganga and Maha Oya is currently rising to ‘Alert Level’ due to the prevailing rainfall, stated the Disaster Management Center. Accordingly, the people living in low-level areas of these rivers have been advised to move to safer locations due to the threat of floods.

24 more die of COVID-19

Twenty four more COVID-19 related deaths were reported yesterday taking the death toll in the country to 892, the Government Information Department said.