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Now, Diana blames Mark Antony for stabbing Caesar!

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By Saman Indrajith

SJB MP Diana Gamage told Parliament yesterday (23) that she had voted with the government, according to her conscience, the previous day when the vote was taken on the 20th Amendment to the constitution because she loved the country over her party affiliations.

 Participating in a debate at the time of the adjournment of the House, MP Gamage said:  We must love our country over political affiliations. I take an example from history. In ancient Rome Caesar was stabbed. Among those who stabbed Caesar was his close friend Antony. After stabbing Caesar, Antony came to address Romans with the bloodstained knife and told them what happened. Then the Romans questioned him and asked him how he being the close friend of Caesar stabbed the latter. Antony said that he loved Caesar but his love for Rome was much more than that. I did likewise when I voted with the government. I love my party but I love the stability of my country. That was why I voted with the government for the amendment.

“We all are representatives of public. We have a duty by our people. It is the people who met our cost and the expenses of this House. So we must give priority to people and act according to their wishes.

“I have a great respect for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. People gave him a mandate to develop this country. I am sure that he would do that. He cannot do that being shackled by the 19th Amendment. You cannot expect a person whose hands are tied to swim against the current. We must set him free and then hope he would swim. People wanted to do away with the 19th amendment.  Therefore I voted to pass the 20th amendment.

“There could be criticisms against me. I do not care and am not afraid of them. I voted according to my conscience and I can sleep without worries.”



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Navy intercept multi-day fishing trawler carrying 200kg of narcotics

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It has been reported that the Sri Lanka Navy has intercepted a multi-day fishing trawler carrying around 200kg of narcotics suspected to be heroin and crystal methamphetamine (‘Ice’) off the southern coast of the island.

The boat and crew  were to be brought to the Galle Harbour,

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued to Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district today (12)

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Advisory for Severe Lightning issued by the natural hazards early warning center at 01.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m. on 12 April 2024

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Northern and North-western provinces and in Monaragala district.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:
• Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

• Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

• Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

• Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

• For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.
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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) sets Serendib World Record climbing Adam’s Peak in record time

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Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage (Retd) of the Sri Lanka Navy achieved a remarkable feat, setting a Serendib World Record for climbing Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) in an impressive time of 23 hours and 46 minutes, using four different routes  (Nallathanniya, Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda.)  as well as becoming the first person to complete the most ascents of Adam’s Peak within 24 hours.

He began his quest to set this record on 08th April, starting from the Nallathanniya Sri Pada entrance at 3:00 a.m all the way to the peak. His journey continued with climbs up and down the Erathna, Palabaddala, and Malingboda routes, ultimately concluding with the challenging trek from Adam’s Peak to Nallathanniya.

The Serendib World Records Committee officially acknowledged Rear Admiral Princely Liyanage’s (Retd) achievement and awarded him the Serendib World Record certificate on 09th April.

(Navy Media)

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