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45 dengue high risk zones identified

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45 MOH zones have been identified as dengue high risk zones so far, says Dr. Nimalka Pannilahetti of the National Dengue Control Unit.

Among these there are 10 zones in Colombo District, eight from Gampaha District, three from Kalutara District, 11 from Kandy District, two from Matale District, two from Galle District, one from Batticaloa District, one from Kurunegala District, four from Puttalam District and three from the Kegalle District.

Meanwhile, the highest number of infected people are reported from the Western Province and the number is 34,645 (47.5%).

In November alone, 4,347 infected people have been reported. So far 15,464 infected people have been reported from Colombo District, 14,596 from Gampaha District, 4585 from Kalutara District, 7,068 from Kandy District, 3,371 from Puttalam District, 3,065 from Kegalle district, 2,933 from Ratnapura district. 2,797 from Kurunegala district.

She said that in order to reduce the spread of dengue during the rainy season, the public is requested to take steps to keep the environment clean and prevent collection of rainwater to curb breeding of mosquitoes.

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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