May 21, 2019
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    Showery condition is expected to enhance to some extent over most parts of the island, particularly in south-western part in the next few days. Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Western, Sabaragamuwa and Southern provinces. Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Central, Uva, North-Central, North-Western and Eastern provinces and in Vavuniya and Mullaitivu districts after 2.00 p.m. Fairly heavy falls about 75 mm can be expected at some places in Central, Sabaragamuwa, Southern and Uva provinces and in Kaluthara district. There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity.

    ndonesia's Joko Widodo has won a second term as president, election authorities have announced Thousands of soldiers fanned out across Jakarta on Tuesday after the surprise early announcement of official results in Indonesia's election showed Joko Widodo re-elected leader of the world's third-biggest democracy.

    The election commission had been due to give the final tally of the divisive poll on Wednesday, but the results were revealed early Tuesday with little advance notice amid fears of unrest. Presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto had warned of possible mass uprisings in response to his claims of widespread cheating.

    Tensions have also spiked high since police said last week that they arrested dozens of Islamic State-linked terror suspects -- including some who planned to cause chaos by detonating bombs at any post-election protests. On Friday, the US embassy in Jakarta issued a heightened security alert for Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim majority nation.

    There was a heavy security presence in Jakarta on Tuesday, including in front of the elections commission office, which was barricaded with razor wire and protected by scores of heavily armed troops. Subianto, a 67-year-old retired general, has targeted the commission by accusing it of allowing a string of election violations.

    The former military man -- who has strong ties to the Suharto dictatorship that collapsed in 1998 -- has kept up a steady string of rhetoric since unofficial results for the April 17 poll put bitter rival Widodo ahead by a wide margin. Widodo, who had held off declaring victory after last month's polls, confirmed the win Tuesday.

    "After we're sworn in... we will be president and vice president," Widodo told reporters in Jakarta with running mate Ma'ruf Amin, a Muslim cleric, at his side. Subianto, meanwhile, rejected the results but called for supporters to remain calm and said his camp would pursue "legal avenues".

    Earlier Tuesday, Subianto's legal director was quoted by Indonesian media as saying a formal appeal would be filed at the Constitutional Court. Subianto unsuccessfully challenged Widodo's 2014 victory over him at the same court.

    Analysts and election officials have discounted Subianto's claims that the result was affected by voter fraud and widespread cheating."The scale of abuses and errors in the conduct of the election are clearly very minor overall," Jakarta-based political analyst Kevin O'Rourke said before Tuesday's official results. "(Subianto) and his camp are harping on minor deficiencies and very micro problems, clearly in an attempt to sway public opinion and delegitimise Widodo."

    It was unclear if huge crowds would flood the streets to support Subianto, but there was little sign of Tuesday. "There will be protests from disappointed (Subianto) supporters but I don't think it'll be significant," said Syamsuddin Haris, a political analyst at the Indonesian Sciences Institute. "Authorities have been anticipating this," he added.

    The presidential campaign was punctuated by bitter mudslinging and a slew of fake news online -- much of it directed at the presidential contenders. The soft-spoken Widodo -- who pointed to his efforts to boost Southeast Asia's biggest economy with a huge infrastructure push -- stood in stark contrast to fiery nationalist Subianto, a strongman who courted Islamic hardliners and promised a boost to military and defence spending.

    Online, Subianto was pilloried by social media users who poked fun at his repudiation of the unofficial results and for kissing the ground as he declared himself president. Last month, a record 245,000 candidates ran for public office in Indonesia, from the presidency and parliamentary seats to local positions -- the first time all were held on the same day.

    Widodo and Amin won the country's top jobs with 55.5 percent of the vote against 44.5 percent for Subianto and his wealthy financier partner Sandiaga Uno, the commission said Tuesday. Some 85.6 million votes were cast in favour of Widodo out of about 154 million in total, it added. Widodo scoring thumping victories in holiday hotspot Bali and heavily populated East Java, while Subianto landed big wins in conservative Aceh and West Java.

     

    The little house, much like the rest of Sri Lanka, could hold no more grief. All day, amid the scorching heat, mourners stepped in and out of the entrance, pausing before the sealed coffin which contained what was left of a little girl. Barely in her teens, the innocent young lass had been blown apart at Easter Mass on Sunday, April 21, 2019 – a date that would be etched in many Sri Lankans’ hearts for years to come. The scenes were straight out of hell. Some hid their eyes from the horrors while others collapsed in tears. They were eyewitnesses and survivors of the brutal Easter massacre which claimed the lives of more than 350 people. Families on holiday, newlyweds, professionals, labourers, students, grandparents, infants, foreigners… no one had been spared.

    Six persons have been arrested by the Kurunegala Police over connections to the Easter Day attacks and enabling terror acts, stated Police Media Spokesperson. Among the arrestees, three have been remanded after being produced at the courts and the remaining 3 are currently investigated on under the custody of the Kurunegala Police. Reportedly, Kurunegala Police had received a tip-off that a group of persons had been conducting a training camp at a coconut estate in the Alakoladeniya area, Kurunegala.Accordingly, on 9th May, the police had arrested three persons following investigations; the owner of the coconut cultivation, the coordinator of the training programs and a lecturer at the training programs. They are currently under remand until the 24th of May.

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