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Nathasha granted bail (Update)

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Standup comedian Nathasha Edirisooriya has been released by the Colombo High Court on a personal bail of Rs. 100,000/- on Wednesday (05).

Senior Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris appearing on behalf of the Attorney General’s Department raised no objections to Nathasha being granted bail.

However, when Edirisooriya was produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court earlier today, she was ordered to be further remanded until July 12.

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(Previous News : July 05, 2023 3:07pm)

Nathasha & Saddharathana Thero remanded again

Stand-up comedian Nathasha Edirisooriya, who was arrested for her recent remarks related to Buddhism, has been further remanded until July 12.

She was produced before the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court earlier today (July 05).

Meanwhile, the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court has also ordered to further remand Ven. Rajangane Saddharathana Thero until July 12.

The Thera was arrested on May 28 by the CID over making statements said to be detrimental to the religious harmony in the country.

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Number of rabies deaths on the rise

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The Ministry of Health said that the number of people who have died from rabies has increased in the last few years.

Dr. Heshan Guruge, medical officer of the Anti-Rabies Division, said that the lack of knowledge about rabies as well as the bites of animals other than dogs have led to the increase in these deaths.

Dr. Guruge expressed these views while attending a discussion held yesterday (20) at the Health Promotion Bureau in conjunction with the World Rabies Day on September 28.

“When studying the human deaths that happened in the last few years due to rabies, we can see that a number of animals other than dogs have bit them. In some cases, it is not even possible to know who the animal is. Several people who had passed out after being drunk had been bitten by some animal. After a few days, the symptoms of rabies develop. Several such incidents were reported in the last two or three years. Proper first aid should be given in case of any animal bite. Wash the wound with soap and water. If you have alcohol at home, an iodine solution like betadine, surgical spirit, or an antiseptic liquid like hydrogen peroxide, you can use it. Then go to a hospital. If we do this, we can eliminate rabies from Sri Lanka,” he said.

Don’t get closer to new pets for two weeks

Meanwhile, Dr. Athula Liyanapathirana, community specialist of the Epidemiology Unit, said that 12 people have died due to rabies in 2023 so far.

He said that there is a risk of contracting rabies from the bites of all mammals.

The Anti-rabies Unit said that 25 to 30 people die from rabies every year.

The Epidemiology Unit requested the people not to get closer to pets such as dogs and cats for 14 days after bringing them home.

Arrangements should be made to vaccine the dogs against rabies before a period of four weeks has passed.

When bitten by a dog, the area should be washed and cleaned with soap for ten minutes, and after that it is important to seek medical treatment immediately.

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Danushka Gunathilaka’s trial concludes: verdict on 28

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The trial against Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka has been concluded.

The final hearing was held before Judge Sarah Huggett at the Downing Center District Court in Sydney, Australia today.

Accordingly, the Judge has informed that the verdict of the trial will be delivered next Thursday (28).

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Nishantha Muthuhettigama re-remanded

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Former MP Nishantha Muthuhettigama has been ordered to be further remanded until September 27 by the Galle Magistrate’s Court.

He has been accused of illegally assembling a jeep.

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