April 20, 2019

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    Possibility for afternoon thundershowers is still high over the island. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity. Showers or thundershowers will occur in most parts of the island after 2.00 p.m. Fairly heavy falls about 75 mm can be expected at some places in Sabaragamuwa, Central, Southern, Uva, Western and North-western provinces and Vavuniya and Mannar districts. Light showers may occur in the western and southern coastal areas in the morning.

    The sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) provides a detailed analysis of regional environmental challenges as well as key findings and policy messages for each of the six UNEP regions ~ Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, West Asia and the Pan European region. These are important for policy-makers working in the regions to provide solid evidence and policy options, which will help tackle environmental issues that the regions, including India, have to countenance.

    The U.S. Navy kicked off its 25th annual military exercise, Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Exercise (CARAT), in Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port on Friday. Commander, Task Force 73, a U.S. Navy task force of the United States Seventh Fleet, announced the beginning of the 25th annual CARAT exercise series between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of partner nations on April 19.

    The Sri Lankan rupee (LKR) appreciated against the US dollar (USD) by 4.6 per cent so far this year.According to daily exchange rates issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) yesterday (16), the selling price of the US Dollar was recorded as LKR 176.4546, while the buying price was LKR 172.6107.Furthermore, the Sri Lankan rupee relatively appreciated against the British pound, Japanese yen and Indian rupee.

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