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SJB, SLFP to back 22A

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The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) today (20) stated their decision to support the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution.

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa told Parliament that the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution has some positive changes when compared to the 20th Amendment and they will support the amendment based on several conditions.

Premadasa said that they will support it provided that no underhand revisions are sneaked in at the committee stage.

However, if there are unacceptable changes in the committee stages then the SJB will oppose it, he further noted.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Freedm Party leader – Maithripala Sirisena said that the SLFP will vote in support of the 22nd Amendment on the basis that it is good for the people.

“We admit that this a very good amendment from the point of the public. We are voting in favour of this while standing in the side of the people,” he added.

However, he pointed out that the 22nd Amendment alone will not solve the current issues of the public and urged the government to focus their attention to that issue as well.

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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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