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16-hr water cut for several areas in Colombo

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The National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWSDB) announced a planned suspension of water supply for specific areas in Colombo on January 13, impacting several neighbourhoods.

The temporary water cut is to facilitate essential maintenance work as part of the Ambatale Water Supply System Improvements and Energy Saving Project and will be for a 16-hour period.

Commencing at 5:00 p.m. on January 13, the interruption in water supply will last till 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 14.

Residents and businesses within the affected zones, namely Colombo 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15, are advised to make necessary preparations to address their water needs during this planned maintenance period.

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Non-academic university staff to launch 2-day token strike

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The non-academic staff members of state universities have decided to go on a two-day token strike over several demands including a salary hike.

Accordingly, the strike will be held tomorrow (Feb.28) and the day after (Feb.29), University Trade Union Joint Committee’s Dhammika Priyantha said.

The committee had also warned to resort to a continuous TU action if authorities fail to address their issues within a week.

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Uddika Premarathne resigns as MP

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Anuradhapura District’s SLPP MP Uddika Premarathne has handed over his letter of resignation as a Member of Parliament, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has confirmed.

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Govt. donates Ifthar funds to Children of Gaza Fund

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The Cabinet has approved the proposal by President Wickremesinghe to create a “Children of Gaza Fund” in aid of Gaza violence victims. 

All Ministries & Government Institutions directed to forego Ifthar celebrations & contribute to this fund. 

The Government’s donation of US $1 million will be distributed through official UN agencies to aid affected children with citizen contributions encouraged.

The Presidential Secretariat urges donations from citizens for the “Children of Gaza Fund” during the month of Ramadan to account number 7040016 at Bank of Ceylon (7010), Taprobane Branch (747) by 11th April & deposit receipt to be forwarded to 0779730396 via WhatsApp, the PMD adds.

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