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Lahiru’s missing piano: Probe into cops who assaulted father & son!

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The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in charge of Gampaha has launched a special investigation into the incident of two Gampaha police officers broking into a house in Divulapitiya on Saturday (27) in search of a suspect who allegedly stole musician Lahiru Perera’s piano and assaulting two men.

The father and son who were injured in the attack were hospitalised.

It was reported that a bakery in Gampaha belonging to the musician’s family members is being looked after by a member of this family.

Several musical instruments, including a piano belonging to the musician, have been stored in the building where the bakery was located.

The piano had gone missing a few days ago. The musician and his brother had said that it had been stolen by the family members who were looking after the bakery.

Accordingly, the Gampaha Police has also received a complaint in this regard.

Based on the complaint and on the instructions of the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) of Gampaha, the alleged suspect has been informed to be at his home at Salgaduwatte in Divulapitiya on Friday.

However, at around 1:00 a.m on Saturday, a group of civilians and two officers in police uniform had gone to the suspect’s house and attacked the father and son who were staying in the house at that time.

Residents have identified one of the officers and have lodged a complaint with the police stating that he is a sergeant working in the Gampaha Police.

Accordingly, a senior police officer said that investigations are being conducted to identify the other police officer.

Source – Dinamina

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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)

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