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Another Aragalaya will not be allowed – President

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Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament today (23) that he would not dissolve the house until stability returns to the country.

He also vowed not to allow another Aragalaya to change the country’s government and said he would deploy the military and use emergency powers if necessary.

The President accused the Frontline Socialist Party (FSP) and its leader Kumar Gunaratnam of being responsible for the attempt to capture parliament on the 13th of July 2022. “After doing so, they would have gone on to capture the Supreme Court,” he said while blaming the FSP for orchestrating the chaos.

President Wickremesinghe added that any attempts to create another Aragalaya (struggle) without permits for protests will be prevented, and the police have been instructed to take action to prevent such protests.

The President declared that the public no longer supports the Aragalaya and public protests, and went on to note that the Aragalaya is being hyped by the media. He added that he will appoint a commission to investigate the alleged media involvement in the Aragalaya and what led to chaos in the country.

Commenting on the 21st Amendment to the Constitution and on calls for Basil Rajapaksa, a dual citizen, to be barred from parliament, the President questioned how the Frontline Socialist Party could be against dual citizenship when its own leader is himself a dual citizen in Sri Lanka and Australia.

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (06) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,806.

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50-yr old bank manager involved with teen, arrested

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Bambalapitiya police say that a 50-year-old private bank manager was arrested for allegedly having a relationship with a 14-year-old schoolgirl from Colombo.

According to reports, the teen had been taken to public parking lots in a jeep with tinted glass and sexually assaulted.

The teen has been admitted to Kalubowila Teaching Hospital.

Reports say that the suspect is a widower with two teenaged daughters of his own.

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Met Dept. warns of gusty winds & rough seas

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The depression over Southeast Bay of Bengal (500km east of Trincomalee) has concentrated into a deep depression and located near latitude 8.7N and longitude 85.7E today morning, the Department of Meteorology said in an advisory issued earlier.

It is very likely to move west-northwestwards, gradually intensifying into a cyclonic storm around this evening.

The system is likely to approach the coast of northern Tamil-Nadu, Puducherry and southern Andhra Pradesh over Southwest Bay of Bengal 08th December morning.

Wind speeds will be 60-70 kmph and can increase up to 80 kmph in sea areas between 02N – 15N and 80E – 95E.

Heavy showers or thundershowers and rough to very rough seas can be expected in aforementioned sea areas.

The naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture into the deep and shallow sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Kankesanturai, Trincomalee and Batticaloa and southwest Bay of Bengal (02N – 15N, 80E – 95E) until further notice.

Meanwhile, those who are out at aforementioned sea regions are advised to return to coasts or to move to safer areas immediately.

The fishing and naval communities are requested to be attentive to future forecasts issued by the Meteorology Department in this regard.

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