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Showery & windy conditions expected to continue



The Meteorology Department has announced that the ongoing showery and windy conditions over the island are likely to persist due to the active Southwest monsoonal condition.

Regional Weather Forecast:

– **Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central, North-western, and Southern Provinces:**

  – Frequent showers are expected.

  – Heavy showers exceeding 100mm are likely in some areas within the Western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and the Nuwara-Eliya district.

– **Uva Province and Ampara, Batticaloa Districts:**

  – Showers or thundershowers are anticipated in the evening or night.

Wind Conditions:

– **Western Slopes of the Central Hills, Northern, North-central, Western, Southern, and North-western Provinces, Trincomalee, and Monaragala Districts:**

  – Strong winds between 50-60 kmph can be expected at times.

Marine Weather Forecast:

– **General Sea Conditions:**

  – The sea areas surrounding the island will be very rough due to the active Southwest monsoonal condition.

  – Naval and fishing communities are advised against venturing into the sea areas until further notice.

– **Wave Heights:**

  – Expected to increase up to 2.5m – 3.5m in sea areas off the coast from Kalpitiya to Pottuvil via Colombo, Galle, and Hambantota.

  – Nearshore sea areas from Kalpitiya to Matara via Colombo and Galle may experience surges due to sea waves.

– **Sea Areas from Puttalam to Matara via Colombo:**

  – Showers or thundershowers will occur at times.

  – South-westerly winds will dominate, with speeds between 40-50 kmph, potentially increasing up to 60-70 kmph at times.

  – The sea will be very rough, especially during thundershowers with temporarily strong gusty winds.


– Residents in affected regions are advised to be vigilant about potential heavy rains and strong winds, which could cause hazards such as falling trees, landslides, and flooding.

– Fishermen and naval personnel should heed the advisories and avoid going out to sea during this period to ensure their safety.

Stay updated with local weather bulletins and take necessary precautions to stay safe during these adverse weather conditions.


Fresh protest in Jaffna over poaching by Indian fishermen




Associations representing fishermen in the north today  staged a protest in front of the Indian Consulate in Jaffna demanding to stop the Indian trawler that were trespassing in the Sri Lankan waters.

They also met the Indian Consul General Sai Murali and handed over a letter.

The move came as the  government was planning to  take up the issue of poaching with the visiting Indian Foreign Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishnakar  who is due on June 20 in Colombo.

When President Ranil Wickremesinghe visited New Delhi on June 9 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the matter was also raised in a separate meeting with Minister Dr Jaishnakar as well.

Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda earlier told the Sunday Times that the government will take up the matter with the visiting Indian Foreign Minister this week as the government is consistent with its policy of preventing Indian fishermen from robbing billions worth of fisheries resources from the Northern Sea.

“As a nation, we have to protect our resources, interests and the livelihood of our fisherfolks. I hope to raise the issue in the next Cabinet meeting (June 19) as well,” Minister Devananda said.

Days before the annual breeding ban was lifted, a group of fishermen’s unions based in North handed over a petition on Tuesday to officials at the Indian Consulate General office in Jaffna requesting them to make immediate steps to prevent Indian fishermen coming into Sri Lankan waters at the expense of their livelihood.

The fishermen unions which formed a collective outfit as Northen Fishermen’s Allaince requested President Wickremesinghe in a petition urged authorities to “expedite their maximum efforts to monitoring and preventing the daily incursion of thousands of Tamil Nadu trawlers every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings,”

The two-month-long ban came into effect from April 14 onwards and was lifted on Friday is enforced to facilitate the breeding of fish banks in the ocean and maintain the equilibrium of marine sources for sustainability.

Currently, Indian fishermen who engage in fishing in Sri Lankan territorial waters are arrested by the Navy and Coast Guard and subjected to legal action after their trawlers are seized.

Following the legal action in which the Magistrate courts hand in a suspended sentence of eighteen months for engaging in fishing without a license, fishermen are released and repatriated through the assistance of Indian diplomatic missions.


(This story, originally published by has not been edited by SLM staff)

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President tells Minister Wijeyadasa to quit?




The Senior Vice Chairman of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa has claimed that President Ranil Wickremesinghe has pressured Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, to resign from the government.

He alleged that Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe revealed this during a politburo meeting.

However, ‘Ada Derana’ reports that upon contacting Minister Rajapakshe, he said that the statement made by Prof. Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa is untrue.  

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 Railways TU action called off




The Sri Lanka Railways Station Masters’ Union (SLRSMU) has decided to call off their planned trade union action as their demands are being reviewed by the Public Service Commission. 

The Commission is expected to announce its decision by Thursday (20). Meanwhile, train operations are continuing as usual today, according to the SLRSMU.

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