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Landslide warnings issued as heavy rains continue

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Due to the prevailing heavy showers, the National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has issued level-one landslide risk warnings to several areas of the country.

With the heavy rainfall received yesterday (19), the NBRO issued landslide warnings at 10.30 pm last night.

NBRO Senior Scientist Wasantha Senadheera said that the notices have been issued for Galle, Kalutara, Matara and Ratnapura Districts.

Accordingly, people living in Elpitiya and Nagoda Divisional Secretariat Divisions in Galle District, Dodangoda, Agalawatta, Matugama, Walallawita Divisional Secretariat Divisions in Kalutara District, Dehiowita, Bulathkohupitiya, Yatiyanthota and Deraniyagala Divisional Secretariat Divisions in Kegalle District and Pasgoda and Pitabeddara Divisional Secretariat Divisions in Matara District and Eheliyagoda in Ratnapura District are advised to be vigilant of landslides.

This announcement is likely to change with the change in the current rainfall and the NBRO requested the people living near the mountains to be vigilant and move to a place of safety, if necessary, due to heavy rainfall in those areas. 

Heavy rains to continue

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department said that showers will occur at times in Western and Sabaragamuwa Provinces and in Galle and Matara Districts. Fairly heavy showers of above 50mm can be expected at some places.

It said several spells of showers may occur in North-western Province and in the Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya and Hambantota Districts.

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

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President meets TMVP Leader Pillaiyan

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has symbolically distributed freehold deeds to 192 individuals from 13 divisional secretariat divisions in the Batticaloa District. 

This distribution is part of the ‘Urumaya’ freehold deeds program, which aims to provide freehold deeds to 27,595 qualified families in the district, according to the President’s Media Division (PMD).

The ‘Urumaya’ national program is set to grant 2 million freehold land deeds to people across the island, enhancing property rights and security for numerous families.

Following the distribution ceremony, President Wickremesinghe met with TMVP Leader Sivanesathurai Chandrakanthan, also known as Pillaiyan, and party members at their headquarters. 

During this meeting, the TMVP leader expressed his support for the President and confirmed his party’s backing in the upcoming presidential election.

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Deadline for NIC applications extended to June 30

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The Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) has extended the deadline for individuals over 40 years old to apply for National Identity Cards (NICs) to June 30, 2024. 

Commissioner General of the department Pradeep Saputhanthri stated that the deadline for these applications has been extended to June 30. Originally, the deadline was set for March 31.

This extension was granted in response to requests from Divisional Secretaries, according to the department.

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Highlights from the 16th Nationalised Services Cricket Awards

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The 16th Nationalised Services Award, organized by the Nationalised Services Cricket Association (NSCA), took place in Colombo. 

State Minister for Sports Rohana Dissanayake and Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva chaired the event. 

NSCA Chairman Nalin Aponsu and members of semi-state and bank cricket teams attended. 

Awards were presented to teams that participated and won national service cricket tournaments from 2018 to 2024. 

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