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Minor flood risk as heavy showers continue

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Due to the Southwest monsoon conditions, the prevailing showery and windy conditions are expected to continue, says the Meteorology Department.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North-western, Southern and Northern provinces.

Very heavy showers about 150mm are likely at some places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Nuwara-Eliya districts.

Heavy showers above 100 mm are likely at some places in Western and North-western provinces and in Kandy, Mannar, Galle and Matara districts.

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places elsewhere of the island, it said.

Strong winds of about 50-60 kmph can be expected at times over Western slopes of the central hills and in Northern, North-central, Western, Southern and North western provinces and in Trincomalee district.

Fairly strong winds about 30-40 kmph can be expected at times elsewhere of the island.

Meanwhile, the Department of Irrigation has warned of a minor flood risk surrounding the Kalu River and Attanagalu Oya.

Kuda River, a tributary of the Kalu River, is at minor flood level in Millakanda.

The Kalu River is at risk level in Putupawula and Magura, while Attanagalu Oya is at minor flood level in Dunamale.

The Kelani River is at risk level in Nagalagam Street, while the Nilwala River is at risk level in Thalgahagoda and Panadugama.

The Department of Meteorology predicted very heavy showers of about 150mm in the Sabaragamuwa province and in the Nuwara-Eliya district.

The Department also predicted heavy showers above 100mm in the Western and North-western provinces and in the Kandy, Mannar, Galle, and Matara districts.

The Met. Department predicted strong winds of about 50-60kmph over the Western slopes of the central hills and in the Northern, North-central, Western, Southern, and North-western provinces and in the Trincomalee district.

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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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