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Fire breaks out at National Library and Documentation Services Board

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A fire has erupted near the ground floor of the National Library and Documentation Services Board of Sri Lanka in Colombo.

Accordingly, several fire trucks have been deployed to douse the flames, said the Fire Brigade.

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Passport validity period extended

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Immigration and Emigration Controller General Harsha Ilukpitiya announced that, the validity period for passports expiring has been extended.

The decision was taken to facilitate the issuance of e-passports.

He further said that, an additional one-year grace period will be granted until the e-passport is issued, for passports expiring after July 1.

E-passports are scheduled to be issued starting in November.

(dailynews.lk)

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

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Advisory issued on severe lightning, heavy showers

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The Meteorology Department has issued an advisory for severe lightning in five provinces today (April 14).

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern, Central and North-western provinces, it said.

There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. The general public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

The general public is further requested to avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms and to also avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors, boats etc. and to beware of fallen trees and power lines.

For emergency assistance, the public is requested to contact local disaster management authorities.


(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by adaderana.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Dates set to debate on no-faith motion against Speaker

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It has been decided to debate the No-Confidence Motion against the Speaker of Parliament – Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena on March 19th and 20th.

The parliament vote in this regard will be held at 4.30pm on March 20.

Earlier this month, 44 opposition Members of Parliament submitted a motion of no confidence against Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena.

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