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Annular solar eclipse tomorrow

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There will be an annular solar eclipse tomorrow (14) which is not visible to Sri Lanka.

However there will be a partial lunar eclipse on October 28 night which is visible to Sri Lanka, Colombo University’s Physics Department Head Prof. Chandana Jayaratne said.

The annular solar eclipse is visible for those in the USA, followed by parts of Mexico, Central America, Colombia, and Brazil. 

However, it will not be visible to Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka Standard Time this solar eclipse begins at 8.34 pm on October 14 in the USA and ends up at 2.25 a.m. on October 15 near Brazil.

“Usually, there are two eclipses in a row with a two-week gap. Accordingly, 14 days later, on October 28 night there will be a partial lunar eclipse too, commencing from 11.32 p.m. on Oct 28 and ending up at 3.56 a.m. on October 29. This lunar eclipse is visible to Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, North America, much of South America, the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, and Antarctica. The partial phase of this eclipse is visible to Sri Lanka on October 29 in the early morning from 1.05 am to 2.23 am with a maximum eclipse at 1.44 am,” Prof. Jayaratne said.

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Sri Lanka to Host ICC Annual General Meeting, July 19-22

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In a statement, SLC mentioned that the mega cricket conference will bring together over 220 delegates from 108 ICC member countries from across the world, covering regions such as Africa, the Americas, Asia, East Asia Pacific, and Europe.

The pinnacle gathering of cricket administrators and stakeholders from around the globe, the ICC Annual Conference provides the platform for discussions on the strategic direction of the sport, governance, and the development of cricket worldwide, it added.

This year’s conference, themed “Capitalizing on the Olympic Opportunity,’ will discuss topics such as ‘Diversity and Inclusion,’ ‘environmental sustainability and the sport,’ and ‘Cricket’s triumphant return at LA28.

“This is a significant occasion for Sri Lanka, and we wish to warmly welcome the delegates from around the world to our beautiful island. We intend to use this conference to contribute to the future of cricket and showcase the beauty and heritage of our country to the world,” said Mr. Shammi Silva, President, Sri Lanka Cricket.

The annual conference will consist of a series of key meetings, workshops, and networking sessions, and key decisions will be taken for the benefit of the future of the game.

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Mervin Backs Wijeyadasa for President

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Former Sri Lankan Minister Mervin Silva is backing Minister (Dr) Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and President’s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne, as potential candidates for President.

“This country needs a leader who can take it forward,” Silva asserted.

As election campaigns intensify, he highlighted the tendency of politicians to make extravagant promises. 

Drawing from his experience serving under Mahinda Rajapaksa, Silva recalled the distribution of various items, including material and undergarments, during campaigns. Despite these efforts, Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the election.

Similarly, Silva pointed out that Sajith Premadasa’s massive rallies at Galle Face Green did not secure victory. 

“We need a leader,” Silva emphasized, *”who can uphold law and order, enforce laws effectively, and collaborate with experts.”

In his opinion, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stands out as the best candidate for the presidency. Silva also mentioned ongoing discussions with President’s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne.

“Deceitful politicians,” Silva concluded, “must be held accountable and sent home.”

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(This story, originally published by newsfirst.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Electricity tariffs reduced

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The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has approved a reduction of electricity tariffs by 22.5 per cent overall, PUCSL chairman Prof. Manjula Fernando said today (July 15).

The tariff revision, which will be effective from midnight today, is as follows :

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