December 16, 2019
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    Showery condition over the island, particularly in Northern, Eastern and Uva provinces is expected to enhance to some extent from tomorrow (17 December).Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Northern, North-Central, Eastern, Central and Uva provinces and in Hambanthota district. Several spells of showers will occur in North-Western province.Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places elsewhere after 2.00 p.m.Fairly heavy falls of about (75-100) mm are likely at some places in Eastern and Uva provinces and in Polonnaruwa and Mullaitivu districts. Fairly heavy falls of about 75 mm are likely at some places in Sabaragamuwa and Western provinces and in Nuwara-Eliya and Galle districts.Wind speed can be increased up to 40 kmph at times in North-western, Central and Uva provinces and in Hambanthota district.Misty conditions can be expected at some places in Western and Sabaragamuwa 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.

    A 24-hour water cut will be imposed in several areas of Gampaha, stated the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB).Peliyagoda, Wattala, Katunayake, Seeduwa, Ja-Ela Urban Council areas and Biyagama, Mahara, Dompe, Kelaniya, and Gampaha Pradeshiya Sabha areas will be experiencing the water cut.The interruption to the water supply will last from 8 am tomorrow (17) until 8 am on the 18th of December.NWSDB stated that the water supply will be disrupted during the relevant period owing to the reparation activities of the Sapugaskanda Power Station.

    Meanwhile, the water supply to the Kethhena Water Treatment Plant will be disrupted for 11 hours tomorrow due to essential maintenance work of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), states NWSDB.Accordingly, the water cut will be imposed in Wadduwa, Waskaduwa, Pothupitiya, Kalutara North and South, Katukurunda, Nagoda, Payagala, Pilaminawatte, Bombuwala, Maggona, Beruwala, Kaluwamodara, Moragalla, Aluthgama, Dharga Town and Bentota.

    The Presidential Secretariat has requested the public to immediately notify the police of any fraudulent activities carried out using the name of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.Issuing a notice, the Presidential Secretariat states that details of such frauds have already been uncovered.It has been reported that some had carried out fraud, intimidation and false promises of job opportunities using the name of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Presidential Secretariat or claiming to hold positions there, read the statement.The Presidential Secretariat requests the public to immediately notify the police of any such acts that are carried out without the consent of the Presidential Secretariat and to be vigilant of such scams.



    The Government has removed the consolidated Tax of Rs 36 per kilogram of imported wheat flour and replaced it with the Special Commodity Levy (SCL) of Rs.8 per kg.This Special Commodity Levy will come into effect from December 14th through a special Gazette notification issued by the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Minister of Finance, Economy and Policy Development.

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