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SJB irked by Rajapaksas’ allocations

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By Saman Indrajith

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya on Thursday (27) told Parliament that 38 per cent of total allocations made in the Vote on Account presented to the House yesterday had been allocated for ministries coming under four members of the Rajapaksa family.

SJB Gampaha District MP Harshana Rajakaruna participating in the debate said that 38 percent of Vote on Account monies had been allocated to ministerial portfolios held by four persons.

Rajakaruna asked why the government had mentioned that it would borrow another Rs. 750 billion in addition to earlier requested Rs. 1,300 billion worth of debt.

“This is a huge amount of debt which we never saw in the past. I hope that the government would make a clarification regarding why it is going to borrow Rs. 750 billion,” he added.

Rajakaruna asked the government whether it would give some kind of compensation to the people who had lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak many factories had to be shut down and many people lost their jobs. The government should take care of them too. It is a timely need. The businessmen should be given relief while protecting the bank system in the country at the same time,” Rajakaruna said. 



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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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