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Deep Jungle Music Fest : Court orders no music after 10 pm

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The Hingurakgoda Magistrate’s Court has today (17) issued an order, forbading organizers of the controversial Deep Jungle Music Festival from playing loud music after 10 pm.

The order was issued following a petition filed by environmentalists to prevent the festival, scheduled to begin on February 17 until 20, from taking place in the vicinity Habarana Elephant Corridor.

Furthermore the Magistrate ordered that a team of 20 Police officers and 10 Wildlife Department officers be assigned to monitor that the festival takes place according to the conditions stipulated under Circular no. 2031/2007 issued by the Inspector General of Police.

According to this circular loudspeakers or other such devices shall not be used from 10 pm to 6 am the following day.

Also, the organizers were also ordered to hold the festival in a manner that the sound does not spread beyond the borders of the festival space.

(Lankadeepa)

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Veteran actress Leena De Silva passes away

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Veteran actress Leena De Silva has passed away at the age of 87, family sources said.

She was living in Canada at the time of her death.

She made her film debut in 1954 with the film Ahankara Sthriya, followed by the film Surathali released in 1956, as well as many films including Sohoyuro, Sundara Birinda, Sunita and Nalagana.

A mother of two children, she was the beloved wife of late veteran actor Ravindra Rupasena.

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Russian Lit. Fest held in Colombo (Pics)

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The Russian House in Colombo hosted the much anticipated annual Literature festival yesterday (Nov. 22), amid the excitement of Literary enthusiasts in the island.

Russian Literary greats Rasul Gamzatov, Leo Tolstoy and Ivan Turgenev were  commemorated at the event.

A unique photo exhibition out front showcased the estates where the literary greats had lived and created their iconic pieces – Tolstoy’s Yasnaya Polyana and Turgenev’s Spasskoye-Lutovinovo. Photo archives were provided by the Director of the Russian House in Colombo, Madam Maria Popova, and the writer for the Russky Mir magazine, Irina Ivina.

Max Dimov, Deputy Chief Editor of  “Moscow Media”, addressed the gathering with a video message. 

During his visit to the Russian House in July, he had made friends among the founders of the Russian Literary Club, famous philologists, writers and translators Ranjana Senasinghe and Felix Fernando. 

For the first time ever, the festival program also showcased the works of contemporary Russian authors in Sinhala. 

Felix Fernando presented his translation of an international bestseller book by Evgeny Vodolazkin, ‘the most important living Russian writer’ according to the New Yorker. His novel “Laurus” was dubbed as ‘a new statesman book of the year 2016’. On top of that, Fernando also translated a touching New Year short story “I Won’t Tell!” by an extremely popular Russian author, producer, screenwriter and philanthropist Alexander Tsypkin.

Both authors addressed the audience with a video greeting, deeply touched by the interest in their works and happily responded to the invitation to visit Sri Lanka and personally meet the translator.

(Pics : FB of Russian House in Colombo)

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License fee for public exhibition of foreign films to be slashed

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The Ministry of Mass Media has decided to bring down the existing charges applicable to obtain a license for the public exhibition of foreign films.

Amended fees are reported to come into effect from December 01, 2023.

In a special gazette notification published in August this year, the Mass Media Ministry had revised the license fee for public exhibition of foreign films, inclusive of the trailer, to Rs. 40,000.

The ministry said the license fee would be slashed to Rs. 30,000, as per the new revision.

Meanwhile, the government is planning to institute a Public Entertainment Classification Board in lieu of the existing Public Performance Board.

(adaderana.lk)

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