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Veteran actor G.R. Perera no more

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Sri Lankan veteran actor G.R. Perera has passed away today (01) after a prolonged illness.

According to reports he had passed away at his home at the age of 83.

Funeral arrangements are to be announced later.

Mr. Galhenage Rathnapala Perera, better known as G.R. Perera showcased his talents in Sri Lankan cinema, theatre, and television which spanned over an illustrious career of over 05 decades. He has acted in more than 600 television serials.

Born on 13 November 1939, Mr. G.R. Perera commenced his career through the stage drama ‘Bodinkaarayo.’  In 1971, he commenced his film career in the film ‘Welikathara’ directed by D.B. Nihalsinghe with a minor role. He first appeared in a major role in the second film of his career, ‘Kalu Diya Dahara’ directed by Manik Sandarasagara.

He has also acted in six foreign films which include three Indian, two American, and one German film.

His maiden television acting role came through the serial ‘Thunkal Sihinaya’ directed by Tissa Abeysekara, while his role “Malakada Bass” in the serial ‘Doo Daruwo’ was the turning point of his teledrama career.

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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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