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Haze blankets Sri Lanka as polluted air drifts in from India

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Polluted air which comes from India with the wind flow has caused haze in some areas in Sri Lanka, the Department of Meteorology said yesterday.

“Polluted air which comes from India along with the wind flow has caused haze in areas such as Bandarawella and Badulla, A duty forecaster from the Department told Daily Mirror.

“The wind flow from New Delhi comes in a circular motion where it travels from Delhi towards Bay of Bengal. This wind flow which curves from Bay of Bengal enters Sri Lanka from the East. This is how it affects Sri Lanka,” he said.

“We also expect some moisture to come along with the wind shortly which would result in some rains. This will reduce the haze. However it is likely that there will be a further airflow from India by the end of this month. Sri Lanka is not affected much at the moment,” he added.

The department also assured that a temperature drop in Nuwara Eliya will pass during the coming days. Temperate in the Central Province district was down to 6c degrees as of last evening.

Source – dailymirror.com

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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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