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TV rating system incorrect & biased: Palpita

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The rating system of television channels is incorrect and it is done in an irregular and biased manner, Mass Media Ministry Secretary Anusha Palpita said.

He said this at the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) meeting held recently (25) to look into the Auditor General’s reports of the Government Information Department for 2019, 2020 and 2021 and the examination of the current performance. The Committee was chaired by State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna.

Speaking further, Mr. Palpita said that in order to calculate the rating, a device is installed in about 400 randomly selected TV sets for the purpose of collecting data.

He pointed out that three major media organizations have bought about 300 television sets equipped with these devices by giving money to the institutions that performed the calculations and because of this the data received is inaccurate.

Since there is more responsibility for the state media than the private media organizations, he said that it is not possible for them to work with the motive of getting their ranks increased.

The matter concerning the media accreditation cards for journalists was also discussed and the Committee further discussed the preparation of a system for evaluating journalists who contribute to providing news more actively.

Furthermore, the current functioning of 18 functions which were stated as the main objectives of this department were also discussed. A discussion at length was held about the preparation of a systematic programme to provide local information to foreign countries and foreign information to the people of Sri Lanka through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Discussions were also held regarding the negative tape machine and the positive tape machine with an obsolete technology purchased from France at a cost of Rs.108 million rupees. The officials pointed out that this machine was purchased in 1999 and this technology is outdated.

The officials pointed out that this machine has not been used even once and it cannot be sold for iron as it is made of Cheenachatti.

Furthermore, a discussion was held about making the Independent Television Network and the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation profitable, and regarding the action plan of the Government Information Department and its progress.

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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