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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.

Today is Ramadan

Today is the day of Ramadan that Muslims celebrate with great devotion. Muslims who fast throughout the month of Ramadan celebrates Ramadan after seeing the new moon associated with the month of Shawwal.

India Covid: How the law prevents NGOs from distributing life-saving assistance

Legislation brought in by the Indian government is preventing non-profit organizations from supplying oxygen concentrators to those who desperately need them, BBC Newsnight understands. The Foreign Contributions Registration Act (FCRA) was amended at the height of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic last year. The changes mean non-government organizations (NGOs) operating in India can't distribute any foreign contributions to other...

They’re called “red zones” – Covid hotspots in Cambodia’s capital of Phnom Penh that have gone into lockdown. But those living inside say food – and help – is...

Somal Ratanak had spent nearly his whole pay cheque when his neighborhood in Phnom Penh was locked down on 12 April. The area was eventually designated a red zone - he was left unable to leave his house or go to work as a cashier. Mr. Somal is now unsure of where his next meal might come from. He had earlier this...

President Joe Biden has hailed a “great day for America” as US officials said vaccinated people can go mask-less in most indoor and outdoor settings

The president removed his mask in the Oval Office with Republican lawmakers as the guidance was being announced. The advice still calls for wearing masks in crowded indoor settings like buses, planes and hospitals. The Biden administration has faced pressure to ease restrictions on fully vaccinated people. In another major step for the US in returning to pre-pandemic life, the president of...