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Anura Kumara vows to continue campaign for elections

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Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)  Anura Kumara Dissanayake today vowed to continue their campaign demanding that Local Government elections be held as soon as possible.

The JVP leader was addressing his party supporters after police, using tear gas and water cannons dispersed a protest march of the National Peoples Movement (NPP) at Union Place Colombo.

Mr Dissanayake said tear gas and water cannons would not stop them from continuing their campaign for elections.

He said that President Ranil Wickremesinghe was confined to limited areas such as the Parliament and the President’s House, but does not have the support of the public and therefore cannot reach out to the public.

“Though the Police used tear gas against our supporters today, they would eventually end on our side”, he said.

He said that police should come forward to protect the people and not the families who are corrupt.

Earlier, the JVP backed NPP launched their protest march from  near the Nelum Pokuna area and were heading towards Union place when they were interrupted by the Police .

Senior members of the JVP argued with the Police for more than half an hour demanding that they be allowed to march to the Fort area.

However, Police said that in view of a court order they would not be allowed to continue their protest march.

Eventually, police used tear gas and water cannons and dispersed the protesters.

Some 20 persons were injured in the process of dispersing from the area.

Earlier in the day the Fort Magistrate’s Court issued an order preventing any protest marches around the Kollupitiya and Colombo Fort areas. The order said they could not enter Galle Face, the Presidential Secretariat, the President’s House, the Finance Ministry premises etc.

The order was issued on 26  persons including Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

(sundaytimes.lk)

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Alka Yagnik diagnosed with “rare sensory hearing loss

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Veteran Bollywood singer Alka Yagnik, who revealed that she has been diagnosed with a “rare sensory hearing loss” due to a viral attack, has suffered a type of hearing loss caused by damage to the inner ear or the nerve pathways that transmit sound from the ear to the brain.

According to Dr Manish Munjal, Vice Chairman, ENT, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Delhi, sudden sensory hearing loss is a medical emergency as it can become irreversible if not aggressively treated in 48-72 hours.

“The centre of the problem is the inner ear organ called Cochlea, where it happens due to damage to the hair cells,” Munjal told IANS on Tuesday.

The causes may range from simple viruses like Herpes, Varicella, and Mumps or sudden loud exposure to noise levels above 85 decibel (dB).

Munjal also mentioned that this disorder may also result from more serious causes like painkiller overdose, chemotherapy, tumour compression, meningitis and stroke.

“The need of the hour is usually to rush to an ENT specialist to get the necessary ear examination done as well as get an audiometry test. Once diagnosed, the treatment may require a cocktail of antivirals, oral and intratympanic steroids, as well as rest from noisy environments,” he stated.

According to the doctor, once the treatment is initiated, the chances of recovery are usually 70 per cent and above.

The disorder affects only 1 per cent in bilateral ears as compared to single ear, Munjal noted.

(IANS)

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President apologizes over compulsory cremations during Covid-19 pandemic

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has apologized for making cremation compulsory during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“During this time there was a lot of pain, mainly felt not only by the Muslims, but also Hindus, Buddhists and Christians, I know who also prefer burial,” President Wickremesinghe said in Parliament.

He said that a committee appointed to look into the matter at the time had recommended cremation, a decision which was upheld by the Supreme Court as well. So, that had to be followed. There was no other alternative during that time, he said.

He assured that Sri Lanka will bring in a law that will allow the right of burial, right of cremation or gifting one’s body to medical institutions.

(Excerpts : dailymirror.lk)

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Postage stamp to be increased to Rs. 100 in July

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A proposal has been made to increase the price of an ordinary postage stamp to Rs. 100 by July, Mass Media Ministry Secretary Anusha Palpita said.

He told the Daily Mirror that the Postal Department is currently incurring an annual loss of Rs. 7,000 million.

“Last year, the loss was reduced to Rs. 3,200 million. However, with a salary increase for postal employees costing Rs. 2,800 million this year, the Postal Department’s loss will rise again to Rs. 7,000 million.” he said.

“If the losses continue to increase, it might reach Rs. 5 billion by 2025. Less than 1.5 million people use postage stamps, yet the entire country bears the burden of the Postal Department’s losses,” he added.

The price of a stamp was Rs. 15 until 2022, and the current price is Rs. 50.

“We are awaiting approval from the Treasury to raise the price of a postage stamp. This decision is necessary due to the ongoing losses of the Postal Department,” Palpita said.

(dailymirror.lk)

(This story, originally published by dailymirror.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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