November 20, 2019
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    The Department of Meteorology today issued Warning for Severe Lightning says that "thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely to occur at several places in Western, Central, Sabaragamuwa and North-western provinces and in Galle, Matara, Jaffna and Kilinochchi districts during the evening or night. Fairly heavy falls about 100 mm can be expected atsome places in Sabaragamuwa, Western and Northwestern provinces and in Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya,Galle and Matara districts.Temporarily strong gusty winds up to 70-80 kmphalso possible during thundershowers.

    Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Sabaragamuwa, Western, Central, Uva and North-western provinces and in Anuradhapura and Mannar districts after 2.00 p.m. Several spells of showers may occur in Northern and Eastern provinces.Fairly heavy falls about 50-75 mm can be expected at some places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya and Kaluthara districts.Misty conditions can be expected at some places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and Central provinces during the morning.General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.

    The European Union (EU) states that the fundamental freedoms and rights of the citizens of the country have largely been respected during the Presidential Election in Sri Lanka.Issuing a statement on the Presidential Election 2019, the spokesperson for the EU stated that the overall peaceful environment during the election confirms the stability of the democratic institutions and attachment of the Sri Lankan people to their fundamental rights and freedoms.

    The EU sent an Election Observation Mission to monitor the Presidential Election which was held on Saturday (Nov 16). This is the 6th Sri Lankan election observed by the EU.Stating that the EU remains fully supportive of the broader reform agenda in Sri Lanka, the statement congratulated the newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on his victory.

    The full statement of the EU:

    “Presidential elections in Sri Lanka took place on Saturday 16 November. The election campaign and process have unfolded in an overall peaceful environment, despite reports of a few violent incidents. This confirms the stability of the democratic institutions and attachment of the Sri Lankan people to their fundamental rights and freedoms after the brutal Easter Sunday terrorist attacks.

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