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Injured man says police produced wrong suspects in court



Angulana-South Fishermen’s Society Secretary Sanath Nandasiri made a serious accusation that the Angulana Police have produced wrong suspects in the court instead of the assailants who severed his legs and assaulted him.

Mr. Nandasiri is a resident of Wellabada at Angulana-South in Moratuwa and he faced this incident on December 28 while he was sleeping.

The gang severed his legs with Manna knives and beat him with iron rods.

Four suspects have been arrested and produced in the court.

However, the secretary alleged that the police have not arrested the assailants.

He also said the police had presented new swords and rods to the court instead of the Manna knives and iron clubs which were used to carry out the attack.

Previously, Mr.Nandasiri has made accusations on several occasions that fishing societies are being maltreated and the fishing nets due to the fishing community under the Saubhagya Programme had been piled up at the Divisional Secretariat premises without being released.

He also told the media that he has written to the authorities responsible including the President about the non-receipt of compensation to the fishermen from the Express Pearl vessel and the various irregularities committed by the Ministry of Fisheries.

An inquiry was to be held on the day after the attack regarding the irregularities that had taken place under the Saubhagya Programme as revealed by Mr.Nandasiri.

“A group of assailants caused serious injuries to my legs against this backdrop, and I am confined to the bed at home receiving treatment for about a month,” he said.

In the meantime, Mr. Nandasiri requested the Angulana Police, the Senior Superintendent of Police-Mount Lavinia and the Inspector General of Police to conduct a fair investigation and arrest the real suspects.


Alka Yagnik diagnosed with “rare sensory hearing loss




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.


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President apologizes over compulsory cremations during Covid-19 pandemic




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.

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Postage stamp to be increased to Rs. 100 in July




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.


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