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Power cuts in several districts due to bad weather

Interruptions to the power supply have been reported from several districts in the country, stated the Ministry of Power and Energy. The Ministry stated that this was due to the inclement weather conditions experienced in the country. There have been reports of trees falling on power cables as well, stated …

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SF Lokka’s killers still at large: SL Police

Information with regard to the suspects who shot dead Eron Ranasinghe alias “SF Lokka” in Anuradhapura is yet to be revealed, Sri Lanka Police said on Thursday (Aug 6). “Statements were recorded from seven people regarding the incident, and two police teams have been assigned to conduct investigations into the shooting,” …

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COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka at 2,839

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka reached 2,839 as another person tested positive for the virus on Wednesday night (05), confirmed the Department of Government Information. The Department said the latest positive case is a close contact of a coronavirus patient detected from the Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre in …

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CID to probe online sharing of marked ballot papers

The Criminal Investigations Department will probe incidents of photographs of marked ballot papers published on social media, Sri Lanka Police said. According to Police, investigations are already underway regarding two such incidents. The Criminal Investigations Department has received 15 complaints with regard to the use of social media in violation …

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Youth killed in Kegalle

A youth has been stabbed to death using a sharp weapon in Kegalle town last night (05). The assault had occurred in an escalation of a disagreement between two individuals, according to the Police. The assaulted person had succumbed to his injuries upon admittance to Kegalle Hospital. Reportedly, the deceased …

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01st result of the 2020 General Election on Thursday afternoon; NEC Chairman

The Chairman of the National Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya speaking to News 1st said the first result of the 2020 Parliamentary Election will most likely be released by Thursday (06) afternoon. “Sometimes, the result of an electorate would be released before the results of the postal votes are made public,” …

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Sri Lanka’s economic growth hits negative range in 2020

Sri Lanka’s economic growth for the first quarter of 2020 has dwindled drastically to minus 1.5 percent compared to 3.7 percent during 2019’s first quarter, official data show. The economy contracted during the first quarter this year with the exception of the service sector which expanded by 3.1 percent, the …

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Counting of votes for parliamentary election begins

Counting of votes for this year’s parliamentary election began at 7 am on Thursday, officials said, with the first result expected this afternoon. Counting will take place at 2820 centres under three phases, by counting votes in ballot boxes, then party votes, and preferential votes, elections commissioner-general Saman Sri Rathnayake …

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Around 90 houses damaged in Homagama due to strong winds

Around 90 houses in Homagama were damaged following gale force winds that blew across the area on Thursday morning (Aug 6), Homgama Divisional Secretariat said. “Houses in 10 grama niladhari divisions were damaged, and the majority were in the Pitipana area,” Tharanga Karunasena – Divisional Secretary of Homagama said on Thursday (Aug …

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COVID-19: Seven new recoveries take total to 2,524

Seven more patients who were under medical care for COVID-19 have been discharged from hospitals upon returning to health, the Ministry of Health said. Thereby, the total number of recoveries reported in Sri Lanka has increased to 2,524. The situation report issued by the Epidemiology Unit confirmed that 03 patients …

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