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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Sri Lanka has sought grant assistance from the US to provide a tangible peace dividend to its people, a media report said.

The Sri Lankan foreign ministry said on Saturday that the assistance has been sought through the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an independent US government foreign aid agency, Xinhua news agency reported.

At a meeting with chief executive officer of the MCC Dana J. Hyde, Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the US Prasad Kariyawasam has emphasised the desire of the government to establish a partnership with the US.

Kariyawasam briefed Hyde on the reform process in Sri Lanka and the significant progress that has been achieved by the government since its election to office in January.

Acknowledging the progressive developments taking place in Sri Lanka, Hyde said MCC was encouraged by the reform process and would continue to closely follow developments in the coming months.

She invited the ambassador to continue interaction with MCC, the foreign ministry said.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Sri Lanka Warns of Extreme Heat Amid Rising Temperatures

People in several areas in capital Colombo and in the south were warned to take extra precautions when being out in the heat

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Sri Lanka’s Meteorology Department on Monday issued an extreme heat advisory as temperatures in several districts across the island country were expected to rise further in the coming days.
The Department, in a statement, cautioned the public to take appropriate precautions to avoid any health-related issues caused by the severe heat condition.
It said that the high level of moisture in the air and low wind speed had been the result of the rising temperatures, Xinhua news agency reported.
The Department warned that the situation would prevail until the beginning of the south-west monsoon in May.
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The Natural Hazards Early Warning Centre forecasted “extreme caution” levels for most parts of the Northern, North Central and the North Western provinces.
People in several areas in capital Colombo and in the south were warned to take extra precautions when being out in the heat.
“The Department advises the public to remain hydrated and take frequent breaks while also avoid going outside. Children and the elderly should also not be left unattended,” it said. (IANS)