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DMC to introduce tsunami warning ringtone!

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The Disaster Management Center (DMC) has taken steps to introduce a ringtone for mobile phones to inform the public in case of a tsunami threat.

Since 99.9 percent of Sri Lankans have mobile phones, DMC Director General Major General (retired) Sudantha Ranasinghe said tsunami warnings will be informed through a ringtone.

He said that the DMC is working together with mobile service providers in this regard.

Since the majority of people are sleeping between 1 and 4 am, he said a system will be set up to ring all mobile phones if a tsunami warning is received.

Mr. Athula Senaratne, the former Head of the Department of Geology of Peradeniya University, said recently that if the tsunami warning signal towers established in the coastal areas are not properly working, a dangerous situation may arise in the future.

Meanwhile, Geological Survey and Mines Bureau Director General (Acting) M. M. J. P. Ajith Prema said that there have been 48 tremors in Sri Lanka since 2020.

Speaking at a news conference held at the Government Information Department yesterday (26), the Acting Director General said that 16 tremors were reported in 2020, 18 in 2021, five in 2022, and nine earthquakes in 2023.

He said that many of these tremors are minor and that the causes affecting the periodic occurrence of tremors will be looked into.

This year, there were two tremors in the Buttala area on February 10. Tremors were also reported in Wellawaya on February 11th, Buttala and Wellawaya area on February 22nd, Kirinda area on March 18th, Gomarankadawala area on March 19th, and Sella Katharagama on March 24, Beruwala sea area on March 30th, Monaragala area on April 12th, and Hambantota area on April 24th.

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Fire breaks out in workers’ living quarters near Colombo Port

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A fire has reportedly broken out in the living quarters of highway access road workers near the Colombo Port.

The Colombo Fire Brigade said it has dispatched four fire trucks to assist in extinguishing the flames.

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President Wickremesinghe meets Elon Musk to discuss starlink implementation in Sri Lanka

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has met with billionaire and investor Elon Musk on the sidelines of the 10th World Water Forum High-Level Meeting being held in Indonesia.

During the meeting, Wickremesinghe and Musk discussed the implementation of ‘Starlink’ in Sri Lanka.

It was emphasized that Sri Lanka is committed to expediting the application process to connect the country to the global Starlink network, according to the President’s Media Division (PMD).

Minister Jeevan Thondaman, accompanying the President on his two-day visit to Indonesia, tweeted: “President and Elon discussed Sri Lanka’s recovery, economic potential, and new opportunities for investment. Great to have two visionary leaders come together for Sri Lanka.”

Elon Musk arrived in Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on Sunday to launch Starlink satellite internet service in the world’s largest archipelago nation.

The billionaire head of Tesla and SpaceX, and owner of social platform X, arrived by private jet on the idyllic “island of the gods,” renowned for its tropical beaches, terraced rice paddies, mystical temples, and colorful spiritual offerings.

Musk is slated to launch the service alongside Indonesian President Joko Widodo in a ceremony later Sunday at a public health clinic in Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali. 

Musk will also sign an agreement to enhance connectivity in the country’s health and education sectors.

During his first in-person visit to Bali, Musk is also scheduled to participate in the 10th World Water Forum, which seeks to address global water and sanitation challenges.

–With agencies inputs

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Senior diplomat to oversee Sri Lankan embassy in Russia

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It is reported that the government has planned to send a senior officer of the foreign service to the Sri Lankan embassy in Russia until a new ambassador is appointed due to the lack of an ambassador.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Taraka Balasuriya has told the media that the absence of an ambassador is just a gap in the work procedure, and based on the current situation in Russia, a senior official of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will be directed to supervise its affairs.

He emphasized that a retired foreign service senior is being sent and the lack of an ambassador is not a major problem.

The Minister further stated that there is already a senior Foreign Service officer there, and given the urgent need, a very senior Foreign Service officer is being sent not because the officer currently in Russia is inadequate.

Mr. Balasuriya has stressed that this is being done to strengthen the operation and that the work will be done according to the normal protocol.

However, even though an ambassador has been appointed to Russia, Mr. Balasuriya has made arrangements not to reveal who it is to the media.

The former Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation, Prof. Janitha A. Liyanage, was given three extensions, and she ended her service at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Moscow on April 29.

At present, Counsellor Ruvini K. Munidasa serves as the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy.

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