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All 20 sluice gates of the Thabbowa reservoir have been opened.

Since the water level of the Thabbowa Reservoir has exceeded spill level and all 20 of its sluice gates have been opened to discharge excess water into the Puttalam lagoon through the Mee Oya. A spokesman for the Irrigation Department said water is gushing out of the sluice gates at very high speed.

Villages around the banks of the Mee Oya lower reaches would be inundated. As such, they had taken precautions to release water from the reservoir in a manner that would not inconvenience the people.

The President has focused attention to solve the problems of immigration and emigration officers.

Members of the Sri Lankan Immigration and Emigration Officers’ Association met President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday to discuss several issues affecting them. The President had promised to look into the issues and discuss matters further at a future date. The President also appreciate the service rendered by immigration and emigration officers for the wellbeing of the country.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs says, the country is deeply committed to uphold the Rule of Law, and to ensure the equal protection of the law to all individuals - without discrimination.

Minister of Foreign Affairs: Thilak Marapana says, the country is deeply committed to uphold the Rule of Law, and to ensure the equal protection of the law to all individuals - without discrimination, as guaranteed by the Constitution of Sri Lanka.

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54 million rupees set aside to provide relief for those affected. Relief activities to continue uninterrupted

The Disaster Management Centre states 125,954 persons across 19 districts have been displaced due to the prevailing inclement weather. 13 deaths have been reported. Deputy Director of the Disaster Management Centre: Predeep Kodippili, speaking at a media briefing held today said, 13,832 families have been sheltered in 251 temporary locations. Assistant Director: Savithri Jayakody said, 54 million rupees has been set aside by the government to provide relief for those affected.

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The Sri Lanka Tea Board Amendment Bill taken up for debate in parliament today

The Sri Lanka Tea Board Amendment Bill was taken up for debate in parliament today. Joining in the debate, Parliamentarian Mahindananda Aluthgamage commended the measures taken by Minister Navin Dissanayake to uplift the tea industry of the country. He further stated, state-owned estate companies need to be maintained, while private estate companies need to be regulated. Parliamentarian: Professor Ashu Marasinghe said, a Housing Complex Project needs to be launched to solve the housing issue in the estate sector.

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Austria provides credit facilities for the enhancement of healthcare in Sri Lanka

The Government is to invest over 900 million rupees to improve University Medical facilities.
Since Medical faculties of the Eastern University, the University of Rajarata, and the Allied Health Science Faculty of University of Peradeniya were established recently, it has become an urgent need to provide necessary facilities with required medical equipment and accessories to those faculties.

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The government has taken effective measures to provide relief assistance to the people affected due to flood and disaster situations

The Ratnapura, Galle, Matara, Kegalle, Kalutara, Anuradhapura, Mullaitivu, Trincomalee, Badulla, Nuwara Eliya and Matale districts were affected by the South-Western monsoonal rains. The Meteorological Department issuing a report yesterday stated, “Showers or thundershowers will continue to occur in the Western, Southern, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North-Western provinces”.

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As a precaution to the viral fever that is spreading in the Southern Province, Primary Schools and the primary section of secondary schools in six Education Zones will be closed today and tomorrow

The Southern Province Education Ministry says, as a precaution to the viral fever that is spreading in the Southern Province, Primary Schools and the primary section of secondary schools in six Education Zones will be closed today and tomorrow. These schools come under the zonal offices of Galle, Matara, Mulatiyana, Akuressa, Tangalle and Walasmulla. In addition, all pre-schools in these zones will also be closed throughout this week.

Meanwhile, Director of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital: Dr. Jayampathi Senanayake says 37 children are presently receiving treatment for influenza in the hospital.

Today Sri Lanka commemorates the 46th Republic Day

Today marks the Republic Day of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka became a Republic on 22nd May 1972, with the adoption of a new Constitution. Today Sri Lanka commemorates the 46th Republic Day. Every year on May 22 All Ministries, Government Departments, Statutory Corporations and other State institutions commemorated Republic Day. Heads of the department with the participation of staff hoisted the national flag and delivered a short speech on the importance of this Day.

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