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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 The officials pointed out that this machine was purchased in 1999 and this technology is outdated.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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Mahela and Namal Grace attend Ambani’s Wedding

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Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene and MP Namal Rajapaksa are among the invitees of Anant Ambani’s wedding

The wedding of Mukesh Ambani and Neeta Ambani’s youngest son, Anant Ambani, to Radhika Merchant has taken social media by storm, featuring some of the biggest celebrities and sporting personalities from around the globe.

Lavish wedding celebrations for the son of Asia’s richest man resumed on Saturday with a star-studded guest list including Hollywood celebrities, global business leaders, and two former British prime ministers.

Billionaire tycoon Mukesh Ambani’s youngest son Anant and fiancée Radhika Merchant, both 29, are tying the knot this weekend in Mumbai, India, following months of pre-marriage parties.

Saturday will see a blessing ceremony during which the world’s rich and famous will greet and pay their respects to the couple at a 16,000-capacity convention center owned by the Ambani family’s conglomerate.

This will be followed by a grand party where unconfirmed reports say pop stars Drake, Lana Del Rey, and Adele are likely to perform.

(dailymirror.lk)
(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by dailymirror.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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Arthur C. Clarke Centre announces satellite launch for next year

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The Arthur C. Clarke Centre has announced plans to launch a satellite next year. 

Professor Chandana Jayaratne, Director of the Astronomy and Space Science Unit at Colombo University’s Physics Department and Chairman of the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies, emphasized the need for further infrastructure development to educate schoolchildren on satellite technology.

He made these remarks during a program focused on teaching students about satellite technology.

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Suspect in burglary of Sachithra Senanayake’s house arrested

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Police have apprehended a suspect involved in the burglary of former Sri Lankan cricketer Sachithra Senanayake’s house in the Kalalgoda area of Thalangama. 

The burglary occurred on the night of June 22, 2024.

The suspect, a 34-year-old resident of Thalangama, was identified through CCTV footage. 

Police recovered the stolen items, including a laptop, two tablet PCs, five expensive watches, four valuable bracelets, two rings, and Rs 10,000 in cash, from the suspect’s house. 

The motorcycle used in the theft has also been seized.

The suspect, who has a history of criminal activity and was recently released on bail after serving time for multiple burglaries in Kottawa, Thalangama, and Maharagama, will be produced before Homagama Court. 

Kottawa Police are conducting further investigations.

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