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Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera joins Navy’s Christian commemoration service ahead of 73rd anniversary

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Bishop of the Diocese of Galle lighting the traditional oil lamp. The Navy Commander looks on.

Navy Commander Vice Admiral Priyantha Perera, accompanied by the President of the Navy Seva Vanitha Unit, Mala Lamahewa, participated in the Joint Christian Commemoration and Thanksgiving Service held at All Saints’ Church, Borella, on November 21.

Organised by the Navy Christian Council, this event was part of a series of diverse spiritual gatherings aiming to seek blessings for the upcoming 73rd Anniversary of the Sri Lanka Navy, scheduled for December 09.. The Christian Commemoration and Thanksgiving Service were led by Rt. Rev. Dr. Raymond Wickramasinghe, Bishop of the Diocese of Galle, along with a group of clergy.

During the ceremony, Christian religious customs were observed in blessing the Naval Ensign and Command Flags. Honours were paid to fallen naval war veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country. Additionally, prayers were offered for both serving and retired naval personnel, disabled members, and their families.

The event saw the presence of former Commanders of the Navy, such as Admiral Basil Goonesekara (Retd.), retired senior officers, Chief of Staff of the Navy Rear Admiral Jayantha Kularatne, President of the Navy Christian Council and Director General Personnel Rear Admiral Damian Fernando, Director Generals of the Navy, Commander Western Naval Area and Commandant Volunteer Naval Force Rear Admiral Saman Perera, Area Commanders, Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, executive committee members of NSVU, Vice President of the Navy Christian Council Commodore Prashantha Anthony, Navy Christian Council officers, as well as a contingent of officers and sailors from the Navy Headquarters and Western Naval Command.



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Social relations and solidarity emerge as fundamental pillars essential for steering our nation forward along the path of progress and prosperity – President

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President Rani Wickremesinghe in his New Year Message stressed that social relations and solidarity emerge as fundamental pillars essential for steering our nation forward along the path of progress and prosperity

The full text of the President’s message follows:

“The progression of nations, countries and the global community is propelled by the perpetual cycle of renewal, where innovative ideas are nurtured and novel creations come to fruition.

Embracing renewal in accordance with the traditional New Year, the calendar year, or the changing seasons, individuals across the globe find themselves revitalized, endowed with fresh opportunities for growth and advancement. Beneath the surface of these myriad renewals lies a fundamental truth; the paramount importance of social relationships and collective unity.

During the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, we engage in a profound renewal of self, centering our focus on nurturing bonds and fostering a sense of gregariousness. This emphasis on interpersonal bonds is the cornerstone of traditional New Year rituals observed across diverse cultures worldwide.

It is important to emphasize the significance of this pivotal point, particularly during the New Year festivities, as it serves as a poignant reminder of the essence of human connection and communal solidarity.

In the dawn of the New Year, social relations and solidarity emerge as fundamental pillars essential for steering our nation forward along the path of progress and prosperity. With this understanding in mind, I extend my heartfelt wishes for a joyous and fulfilling Sinhala and Tamil New Year.”

 

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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.

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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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