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Cancer drug stores, a worse menace than cancer



A capsule by the name ‘α-Elostera’ marketed by Ceylon Green Ayurveda Company as a solution for cancer has sparked much controversy.

The capsule has been released to the market without formal clinical trials and had already been advertised as a cancer treatment ayurvedic capsule.

Noting that a team including Prof. Jayantha Rajapaksa and Professor Anura Jayasuriya of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the Peradeniya University have discovered anticancer activity of bitter gourd seeds, the manufacturers have launched the α-Elostera capsules.

Also, touting the pill as an ayurvedic treatment has also been debated since the relevant research leans towards Western Medicine practices.

Also, we learnt that Prof. Jayasuriya who had done the extensive research in this regard, had not  contributed to the manufacturing of these capsules.

It is reported that the capsules in question were first manufactured by Prof. Rajapaksa and Dakshitha Thilanga Sumathipala – a businessman with no knowledge of medicine.

The Ceylon Green Cancer Wellness Center located near the Apeksha Hospital, which is also operated by Dakshitha, has been selling 60 capsules at Rs. 30,0000.

According to the company, this is the monthly required amount for a patient.

Speaking, an employee of his Centre had spoke of the capsule as follows : 

Jayantha and Dakshitha go separate ways

Meanwhile, we were able to reveal that Professor Rajapaksa and Dakshitha are currently operating businesses separately owing to a business-related dispute. 

While the capsules are being sold at Dakshitha’s Wellness Centre for Rs.30,000, Professor Rajapaksa sells them for Rs.7,000 as a food supplement.

Although the manufacturers have spread the myth that the body directly absorbs fatty acid from bitter gourd seeds, Prof. Jayasuriya said that it was false.

He said that this fatty acid breaks down into other components in the small intestine and kidneys.

When we inquired about this from Professor Jayasuriya, this is what he had to say. 

Based on the facts revealed by the professor, a businessman manufacturing capsules based on the tests done at the Peradeniya University without the approval of the university, has become an issue.

In the meantime, we will publish inquiries and findings in this regard, done with  several responsible institutions including the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA).


Four SriLankan Airlines flights experience delays




This morning, four SriLankan Airlines flights experienced delays as ground staff refrained from performing some of their duties, according to reports.

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“Dosti” Coastguard Exercise ends today




Highlighting the importance of “collaboration and interoperability” among the coastguard personnel of the Maldives, India and Sri Lanka, Maldivian Defence Minister Mohamed Ghassan Maumoon said the trilateral exercise ‘Dosti’ will unite the troika to address “shared maritime security concerns through collaboration.

” Maumoon was speaking at an event to formally inaugurate the 16th iteration of ‘Dosti,” the biennial exercise, which began on Thursday and would continue until today.

Indian Coast Guard ship Samarth and ICGS Abhinav along with Sri Lanka Naval Ship Samudura are participating in the exercise ‘DOSTI-16’ while Bangladesh is participating as an observer.

Sri Lanka has described ‘Dosti’ as a trilateral exercise that aims to enhance cooperation, strengthen friendship, improve mutual operational capability, and develop interoperability among the Coast Guard personnel of India, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka. 

“Scheduled from February 22nd to 25, the exercise provides participating forces with opportunities to engage in various maritime activities, including interdiction operations, search and rescue missions, surveillance, and communication drills,” the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) said in a statement.


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Presidential poll will be held first as scheduled: President affirms




President Ranil Wickremesinghe affirmed that the Presidential election will be held as scheduled with the General Elections anticipated to be held early next year, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said.

The President gave this assurance during a meeting with the representatives of the United Republic Front headed by by its leader Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka at Sirikotha today.

The United Republic Front presented a proposal titled “A United Step for the Country” to President Ranil Wickremesinghe this morning (24), at ‘Srikotha’, the United National Party headquarters in Colombo.

After engaging in discussions with the President, the leader of the United Republic Front, Member of Parliament Patali Champika Ranawaka, along with his delegation, presented this proposal to the President.

Speaking at the event, President Ranil Wickremesinghe, highlighted the government’s concerted efforts over the past two years to stabilize the country’s economy, which had faced significant challenges. 

Stressing the government’s commitment to steering the economy towards recovery through strategic reforms, the President expressed his determination to continue these initiatives with the collective support of everyone.

Recalling his open invitation to all political parties to unite under a common agenda on behalf of the country, regardless of political differences, the President reiterated his willingness to embrace constructive proposals from all political parties as part of the nation-building efforts.

The President responded positively to the request made by MP Patali Champika Ranawaka to allow other political parties to participate in the upcoming negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) next month concerning the restructuring of foreign debts.

United National Party Deputy Leader and President’s Senior Adviser on Climate Change, Ruwan Wijewardena, along with Secretary General of the United National Party Palitha Range Bandara were also in attendance at the event. 

Representing the United Republic Front were Karu Paranavithana, Nishantha Sri Warnasinghe and Attorney-at-Law, Shiral Lakthilaka.


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