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.

    New Secretary to Treasury

    November 19, 2019

    Former Central Bank Deputy Governor S. R. Attygalle has been appointed to the position of Secretary to the Treasury and the Ministry of Finance.He was appointed to the post at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (19).

    He has previously held the same positions – Secretary of the Treasury and the Finance Ministry – back in 2008.Attygalle had also served as the Chairman of the National Savings Bank and represented the Treasury on the Boards of several key State-Owned Enterprises and Statutory Boards including the Bank of Ceylon, National Savings Bank, Sri Lanka Ports Authority and the Airport and Aviation Services (Sri Lanka) Limited, Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka and the Insurance Board of Sri Lanka.

     New Defence Secretary
    Major General (Retired) Kamal Gunaratne has been appointed as the new Secretary to the Ministry of Defence.The new appointment has been made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who officially assumed duties at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo this morning.Delivering a speech after taking oath as President of Sri Lanka yesterday, Rajapaksa had stated that he will hold the portfolio of Minister of Defence in addition to being the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.
    Kamal Gunaratne is the former Commander Security Forces Headquarters - Wanni, General Officer Commanding (GOC) 53 Division, Colonel of the Regiment, Mechanized Infantry Regiment (MIR) and Master General Ordnance (MGO) of the Army Headquarters.He had also served as a Deputy Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Brazil.Following his retirement from the army in September 2016, Gunaratne authored a book ‘Road to Nandikadal’ on the war against the LTTE.


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