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Inflation stagnant

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The Country’s inflation, as measured by the change in the Colombo Consumers’ Price Index (CCPI) remained unchanged at 4.0 percent in October 2020 from the previous month, the Department of Census and Statistics reported Thursday.

The CCPI for all items for the month of October 2020 marginally increased to 136.5 from 136.3 in September 2020.

For the month of October 2020, on a year-to-year basis, contribution to inflation by food commodities was 2.97 percent. The contribution of Non-Food items was 0.94 percent.

Year on Year inflation of Food Group has decreased from 11.5 percent in September 2020 to 10.0 percent in October 2020 while that of Non-food Group has increased from 0.9 percent in September 2020 to 1.3 percent in October 2020.

The moving average inflation rate for the month of October 2020 was 4.6 percent. The corresponding rate for the month of September 2020 was 4.7 percent.

The Census and Statistics Department noted that the data collection by personal visit for the Colombo Consumer Price Index (CCPI) program was challenging due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation of the country since the 2nd week of October 2020.

Data that was previously collected by personal visits were collected by phone from outlets which were open in areas where curfew was not imposed.

 

 



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Sinhala and Tamil New Year auspicious times

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The Auspicious times for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year 2024 are as follows

13th April
02:41pm –  Punya Kalaya
09:05pm  – Dawn of the New Year
11:06pm –  Lighting of the Hearth

14th April 
00:06am – Starting work, Partaking of meals and transactions

15th April
10:17am – Anointing

17th April
06:52am – Leaving for work

18th April 
10:16am – Planting trees

 

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Heat Index at ‘Caution’ level in Northern and North-Western provinces and Anuradhapura district

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Heat Index advisory issued by the Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre At 4.00 p.m. 12 April 2024, valid for 13 April  2024

The Natural hazards Early Warning Centre says that the Heat Index, the temperature felt on the human body is expected to increase up to ‘Caution level’ at some places in Northern and North-Western provinces and Anuradhapura district.

The Heat Index Forecast is calculated by using relative humidity and maximum temperature and this is the condition that is felt on your body. This is not the forecast of maximum temperature. It is generated by the Department of Meteorology for the next day period and prepared by using global numerical weather prediction model data.

Effect of the heat index on human body is mentioned in the above table and it is prepared on the advice of the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services.

ACTION REQUIRED

Job sites: Stay hydrated and takes breaks in the shade as often as possible.
Indoors: Check up on the elderly and the sick.
Vehicles: Never leave children unattended.
Outdoors: Limit strenuous outdoor activities, find shade and stay hydrated.
Dress: Wear lightweight and white or light-colored clothing.

Note:
In addition, please refer to advisories issued by the Disaster Preparedness & Response Division, Ministry of Health in this regard as well. For further clarifications please contact 011-7446491

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Sun directly overhead Kumulamunai, Murikandi, Keridamadu and Tanniyatttu at about 12:10 noon today (13)

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On the apparent northward relative motion of the sun, it is going to be directly over the latitudes of Sri Lanka during 05th to 15th of April in this year.

The nearest areas of Sri Lanka over which the sun is overhead today (13th) are Kumulamunai, Murikandi, Keridamadu and Tanniyatttu at about 12:10 noon.

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