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Heavy rains in several areas today

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The prevailing showery condition in the south-western part of the country is expected to continue further, the Department of Meteorology said today.

It said showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern and North-western Provinces and in Kandy and Nuwara-Eliya Districts.

Fairly heavy showers of above 75mm can be expected at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and Southern Provinces.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Eastern and Uva Provinces and in Polonnaruwa and Mullaitivu Districts during the evening or night.

The department requested the people to take precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Management Center (DMC) said that 25,863 people in 10 districts have been affected by the inclement weather.

People belonging to 6,250 families residing in the districts of Ratnapura, Kegalle, Kalutara, Gampaha, Matara, Galle, Nuwara Eliya, Puttalam, Kurunegala and Jaffna are affected by the adverse weather. The largest number of affected people were reported from Gampaha District.

Furthermore, the Irrigation Department has issued flood risk warnings to the people living in the areas around the Kuda River, which is a sub-basin of the Kalu River, people living in the lower valley of the Nilwala River, and to the people living in lower areas of Ging and Attanagalu Oya.

DMC Kalutara District Assistant Director Col. Aravinda Amarasekara said that a sluice gate has been opened in the Kukule Ganga Reservoir and the volume of water used for power generation has been reduced to 60 cubic meters per second.

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Youth found dead in three-wheeler at Ward Place

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A 33-year-old youth was found stabbed to death inside a parked three-wheeler at Ward Place, Colombo, according to police reports.

The gruesome discovery was made early this morning (23) in front of the National Dental Hospital, following a tip-off received by Cinnamon Gardens Police around 1.00 a.m.

Upon investigation, police traced the three-wheeler’s registration to a resident of Middeniya. 

The vehicle owner revealed that he had lent it to his 33-year-old brother-in-law, who works as a taxi driver.

Cinnamon Gardens Police are continuing their investigation into the incident.

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Tamil parties agree to field common Presidential candidate

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Several Tamil political parties and a group of representatives of civil organizations have reached an agreement to present a common Tamil candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election.

The agreement was signed in Jaffna today by seven parties including TELO led by MP Selvam Adaikkalanathan, PLOTE led by MP Dharmalingam Siddharthan, Tamil People’s Alliance led by MP C.V. Wigneswaran, Tamil National Party led by Attorney-At-Law N. Sri Kantha, and EPRLF led by Suresh Premachandran.

The Tamil People General Assembly, comprising of several Tamil civil organizations, also signed the agreement.

However, the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi (ITAK) comprising President’s Counsel M.A. Sumanthiran and the Tamil National People’s Front comprising Attorney-At-Law Gajendra Kumar Ponnambalam did not sign the agreement today.

(News 1st)

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Club Wasantha’ murder: Tattoo studio owner makes confidential statement

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Dulan Sanjula, the owner of the tattoo studio in Athurugiriya, has made a confidential statement before the Kaduwela Magistrate over the recent shooting and killing of two individuals including Surendra Wasantha Perera alias ‘Club Wasantha’. 

Meanwhile, the seven suspects including Dulan Sanjula have been ordered to be remanded further until August 5, 2024. 

The suspect, who was arrested in connection with the incident, had requested permission to make a confidential statement to the Kaduwela Magistrate. He made this request when the seven suspects arrested in relation to the incident were produced before the court on July 10.

However, the Kaduwela Magistrate had advised the suspect in question to rethink the decision and make the request again during an upcoming court date.

Furthermore, the magistrate ordered the prison officers to provide additional security to the suspects, since there are accomplices of the criminal figure infamously known as “Loku Patee,” who is suspected to be involved in the incident, detained in the prison.

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