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Sanath Nishantha dies in road accident

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State Minister Sanath Nishantha and a police constable who served as his security officer died in an accident on the Katunayake Expressway near Kandana at around 2 am yesterday (25).

The SUV Nishantha was travelling in towards Colombo from Katunayake, crashed into the rear of a container truck before colliding with the safety fence. The state minister, his security officer and the driver of the SUV were seriously injured and admitted to the Ragama hospital.

The state minister and the police constable had been pronounced dead upon admission, and the driver was undergoing treatment in the ICU of the Ragama Hospital, police said.

They were returning after attending two weddings in Chilaw. Nishantha is survived by his wife attorney-at-law Chamari Perera, and four children.A number of SLPP MPs arrived at the hospital after they heard of the incident.

MP Chamal Rajapaksa said that Nishantha was one of the greatest admirers of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said mobs had destroyed Sanath Nishantha’s residence in Puttalam and therefore he had been compelled to travel to Colombo at night.



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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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