December 13, 2019
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    The ‘Tell Minister’ Facebook page was launched recently in accordance with a concept of Minister of Roads and Highways, Ports and Shipping Johnston Fernando to set up a database that could operate as an interface between the Minister and citizens, a communique from the Ministry said.Members of the public can now present their issues relating to roads and highways directly to the Minister via this service provided under the page ‘Ministry of Roads and Highways’.

    Colombo Dockyard, the largest and oldest ship building company in Sri Lanka, attached to the Colombo International Port, has opened a new branch at Hambantota International Harbor yesterday (10). Colombo Dockyard inked the agreement with Hambantota International Port Group (Private) Ltd (HIPG), to open an office at the HIPG 'Maritime Centre' on the 1st of November 2019.

    Prevailed heavy showery condition in the Northern, Eastern and Uva provinces is expected to reduce temporarily during next few days from today (11th). Showers will occur at times in Southern, Uva provinces and in Batticaloa and Ampara districts. Several spells of showers will occur in Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Trincomalee districts.Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places elsewhere after 1.00 p.m.Fairly heavy falls about 75-100mm are likely at some places in Sabaragamuwa, Western, Central provinces and in Galle and Matara districts.General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.


    Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the sea areas extending from Trincomalee to Balapitiya via Batticaloa, Hambantota and Galle and fairly heavy falls are likely at some places.Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in the other sea areas during the afternoon or night.Winds will be North-easterly and speed will be (30-40) kmph in the sea areas around the island.The sea areas extending from Kankasanturai to Negombo via Mannar and Puttalam can be fairly rough at times as the wind speed can increase up to (50-55) kmph at times.Temporarily strong gusty winds (up to 70-80 kmph) and very rough seas can be expected during thundershowers.

    The gazette notification proclaiming the relevant duties and functions to the Ministries has been published.Reportedly, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued the relevant gazette (Extraordinary) yesterday (10).The number of Ministers and Ministries, Duties, Functions, Departments, Public Corporations and Statutory Bodies under the relevant Ministers have been gazetted in accordance with Article 43/1 and Article 46/1 of the Constitution.Accordingly, duties, functions, and institutions belonging to 29 ministries have been gazetted.

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