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Migrant workers incentivised to send remittances through legal means

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The Cabinet has approved to provide identified relief with the objective of encouraging migrant Sri Lankan employees engaged in overseas employment to send remittances through legal means.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Labour and Foreign Employments has issued the relevant circular in this regard and the eligible migrant employees are facilitated to import a two-wheel electric vehicle subject to a maximum of USD 25,000 and a four-wheel fully electric vehicle subject to a maximum of USD 65,000.

The approval is also granted to import a two-wheel electric vehicle with a CIF value up to 50% from the foreign exchange value remitted up to either 30.04.2023 or up to the date an application is submitted for the import of a vehicle.

A four–wheel electric vehicle with the CIF value up to 50% from the foreign exchange value remitted from 01.05.2022 to 31.12.2023 is also allowed to be imported.

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No COVID-19 deaths yesterday

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No COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed yesterday (06) by the Director-General of Health Services.

Accordingly, the current COVID-19 death toll remains at 16,806.

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50-yr old bank manager involved with teen, arrested

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Bambalapitiya police say that a 50-year-old private bank manager was arrested for allegedly having a relationship with a 14-year-old schoolgirl from Colombo.

According to reports, the teen had been taken to public parking lots in a jeep with tinted glass and sexually assaulted.

The teen has been admitted to Kalubowila Teaching Hospital.

Reports say that the suspect is a widower with two teenaged daughters of his own.

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Met Dept. warns of gusty winds & rough seas

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The depression over Southeast Bay of Bengal (500km east of Trincomalee) has concentrated into a deep depression and located near latitude 8.7N and longitude 85.7E today morning, the Department of Meteorology said in an advisory issued earlier.

It is very likely to move west-northwestwards, gradually intensifying into a cyclonic storm around this evening.

The system is likely to approach the coast of northern Tamil-Nadu, Puducherry and southern Andhra Pradesh over Southwest Bay of Bengal 08th December morning.

Wind speeds will be 60-70 kmph and can increase up to 80 kmph in sea areas between 02N – 15N and 80E – 95E.

Heavy showers or thundershowers and rough to very rough seas can be expected in aforementioned sea areas.

The naval and fishing communities are advised not to venture into the deep and shallow sea areas off the coast extending from Mannar to Pottuvil via Kankesanturai, Trincomalee and Batticaloa and southwest Bay of Bengal (02N – 15N, 80E – 95E) until further notice.

Meanwhile, those who are out at aforementioned sea regions are advised to return to coasts or to move to safer areas immediately.

The fishing and naval communities are requested to be attentive to future forecasts issued by the Meteorology Department in this regard.

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