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No applicants for jobs with Rs.1.2mn salary in S.Korea

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Not enough students have enrolled themselves to be trained at the Sri Lanka-Korea National Vocational Training Institute in Orugodawatta although a trained technician is entitled to a salary of Rs.1.2 million in South Korea, Assistant Director Bhathia Amaranath said.

All the full-time courses at the institute, including this course, are conducted free of cost.

He told the media that because of the society’s perception towards welders and the stigma that only those with a low level of education move to such a profession, even parents do not encourage their children to pursue such a course.

The Assistant Director says his institution strongly rejects this ideology and that 150 professionally qualified people who completed the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ 5) will be sent to South Korea in the next few days.

The South Korean companies have agreed that the employees will be given a salary of Rs.1.2 million.

In 2019, when this full-time course was launched, only 12 students have enrolled themselves while only 16 students have applied for the course this year.

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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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