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Cyclonic weather predicted

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The Department of Meteorology has reported that the depression over the South-West Bay of Bengal is set to intensify, evolving into a deep depression within the next 12 hours and further progressing into a cyclonic storm by tomorrow (December 03).

As of the latest update, the depression is situated approximately 490 kilometers North-East of Trincomalee. 

The system is anticipated to move in a West-North-Westward direction, tracking near the North coast of Sri Lanka and progressing towards the North Tamil Nadu coast of India by Tuesday (December 5).

In light of this development, cloudy skies are expected over most parts of the island. 

Showers exceeding 100 mm are forecast in the Northern, North-Central, Eastern, and North-Western Provinces, as well as other regions of the island after 1:00 p.m.

Strong winds, reaching approximately 50 kmph, are likely over the Northern, North-Central, North-Western, and Southern Provinces, including the Trincomalee and Batticaloa districts. 

The public is urged to take necessary precautions to minimize potential damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers. 

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This week’s Cabinet decisions

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A number of decisions have been taken at the Cabinet meeting held yesterday (Feb.26).

The decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers are as follows:

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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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