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Girija, the best novel of 2022

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The 14th Vidyodaya Literary Awards organised by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura was held at the Sumangala Hall of the University on Friday, September 1 on a grand scale.

Manohari Jayalath’s novel ‘Girija’ won the award as the best novel of the year 2022.

The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Limited (Lake House) was the print media sponsor of the event.

The award for the novel ‘Girija’, which was a Vidarshana publication was prensted to its author, Manohari Jayalath by the Chairman of Sarasavi Publishers, H. D. Premasiri. The chief guest, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Senior Prof. Pathmalal Manage, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Prof. Shirantha Heenkenda and Lake House Chairman Prof. Harendra Kariyawasam are in the picture.

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Popular Indian singer Pankaj Udhas no more

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Popular ghazal and playback singer – Pankaj Udhas has passed away aged 72. 

The Udhas family confirmed his death on Monday was due to a prolonged illness.

Taking to Instagram, Pankaj Udhas’ daughter Nayaab shared a statement on Instagram which read, “With a heavy heart, we are saddened to inform you of the sad demise of Padmashri Pankaj Udhas on 26th February 2024 due to a prolonged illness.”

He had passed away around 11am at the Breach Candy hospital, Indian media reports citing a family source.

 His last rites will be held on Tuesday. 

Pankaj is survived by wife Farida Udhas, daughters Nayaab and Reva Udhas, and brothers Nirmal and Manhar Udhas, who are also singers.

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Laugfs Gas prices to remain unchanged too

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LAUGFS Gas PLC has also decided not to revise the prices of domestic LP gas cylinders for the month of February 2024.

Accordingly, the current prices are as follows:
12.5kg cylinder – Rs. 4,740 
5kg cylinder – Rs. 1,900

The announcement comes hours after Litro Gas Lanka stating that they will not revise gas prices this month.

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Actress Poonam Pandey passes away

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Actress and model Poonam Pandey has passed away last night (Feb. 01) due to cervical cancer at the age of 32, according to her team who posted the news of her death on her Instagram handle.

Poonam made her feature film debut with Nasha, an erotic drama that was released in 2013. She made cameo appearances in films such as Love Is Poison (Kannada) and Aa Gaya Hero (Hindi). The actress also headlined the Telugu movie Malini & Co and The Journey of Karma.

She was also part of the television reality competition series Lock Upp.

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