Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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Wild Life Officers Rescued A Wild Elephant Fallen Into An Agriculture Well In Galenbindunuwewa

Wild life officers attached to Moragoda wild life office
have yesterday (31)rescued a wild elephant who had fallen into an Agriculture well in Kiwulekada reserve at Galenbindunuwewa area after a three hour long mission.

The Wild Elephant had fallen into the well three days ago it has been revealed.After the rescue operation the Elephant had been sent to Kiwulekada reserve.

Cabinet Has Approved A Proposal To Increase The Number Of Pradeshiya Sabhas In Nuwara Eliya District

Cabinet has given an approval to a Cabinet Paper
submitted by Minister of Provincial councils Faizar musthapah to increase the number of Pradeshiya Sabhas in Nuwara Eliya District to six from two .

Accordingly Nuwara Eliya District has been divided into six provincial units namely Nuwara Eliya ,Maskeliya,Norwood,Agarapathana,Ambagamuwa and Kotagala.

Nuwara Eliya Pradeshiya Sabah has divided into three units namely Nuwara Eliya,Kotagala and  Agara pathana and Ambagamuwa Pradeshiya Sabah has divided into another three units ,Ambagamuwa ,Norwood and Maskeliya .

Meanwhile a protest campaign was held yesterday (31)at ginigathhena area to protest against dividing Ambagamuwa Pradeshiya Sabah into three units and Historical Sripadha included in to newly formed Maskeliya pradeshiya sabha.

People Lives In Surrounding Areas Of Attanagalu Oya Have Been Advised To Be In Vigilant

Disaster Management Center has issued a warning to
those who lives in surrounding low land areas of Attanagalu Oya to be vigilant over a minor flood situation as the water level of the Oya has reached it"s spill level.

Accordingly people lives in Gampaha ,Attanagalle Minuwangoda and Dunamalebeto areas have been advised to be in vigilant over a minor flood situation .

Five Persons Have Injured And Hospitalized Due To A Gun Shooting In Batapola

Five persons including a father ,three children and

another person of the same family have been injured and hospitalized after two persons arrived in by a Motorcycle had shot at them near the Eriyapitiya stadium at Batapola ,Ambalangoda this evening (31).

Four of the injured have been admitted to the Balapitiya Hospital for treatment and one person was admitted to the Batapola Hospital.

The cause of the shooting not yet been revealed and the gunmen had fled away from the scene after the gun shooting.



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Government Pharmacists To Launch An Islandwide Token Strike Tomorrow(01)

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Government Pharmacists have been decided to launch an Island Wide one day token strike from 8  a.m tomorrow(01) to 8 a.m on day after(02) by opposing the Health Ministry's decision to suspend the postgraduate degree program me on clinical Pharmacology conducted in Post Graduate Institute of Medicine in Colombo under the influence of Government Medical Officers Association(GMOA) according to the Government Pharmacists Union.

Due to the strike the issuing of Drugs to the Clinical  patients in OPD and  patients in wards of all Government Hospitals  will be paralyzed tomorrow and only the emergency services in the wards will be maintained as usual the Union has stated.

Due to the humanitarian reasons Pharmacists attached to the all Children,Mental,Cancer and Maternity Hospitals in the state sector will not participate in the strike the president of the Pharmacists Union Ajith.P.Thilakratne has stressed.

Cabinet Approved An Amendment On Making Compulsory To Obtain License For Toddy Tapping From Coconut And Palmyrah Trees

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The Cabinet has approved an amendment proposed to the Excise Ordinance by the Ministry Of Finance And Mass Media to make compulsory the obtaining of a license for Toddy Tapping from Coconut and Palmyrah Trees.

Although the license should be required for Toddy tapping under the Excise Ordinance  it was later amended in 2013 by excluding Coconut,Kitul and Palmyrah trees from licensing system and as a result the Excise department has faced difficulty to monitoring the volume of  Toddy produced as distilleries when collecting Excise duty.

Although license is compulsory for Toddy tapping from Coconut and Palmyrah trees according to the new amendment ,the excluding of  Kitul Tree when obtaining a license for  Toddy tapping remains same according to the authorities. 

Railways Department To increase the Rail freight transportation charge by 50% from tomorrow(01)

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The Railways Department has decided to the increase the Rail freight transportation charge by 50% with effect from tomorrow(01).
The Freight transportation charges will only increase on transportation of Commercial goods the Department has stated.
Cabinet has granted approval for the increase of Rail Freight transportation charge which is due to be implemented  first time after 2008 .

Three Faculties Of Jaffna University Closed Down Due To The Class Boycott Of Students

Image result for jaffna universityScience,Management Studies and Commerce and Art Faculties attached to the Jaffna University have been closed down today (31) by the authorities indefinitely  due to the class boycott launched by the students of these faculties by demanding the release of imprisoned Tamil political prisoners.

The Jaffna University authorities had requested the all students in Hostels to vacate their premises by 4 p.m tomorrow(01).  

Due to the closure of the Three faculties of Jaffna University  indefinitely , the students  have complained  that they were not able to sit for the mid term examination of the University.

Meanwhile the authorities of the  University had declared the main premises of the University out of bounds for all the students.

Alzheimer's Nutrient Drink Falters In Clinical Trial

Older woman holding a glass of strawberry-flavoured drinkThere is no good evidence that a nutrient drink being sold online in the UK to "help" people with early Alzheimer's actually slows the disease, say experts. 

Latest trial results in patients who took Souvenaid did not find it preserves memory and thinking.
The authors say in Lancet Neurology that bigger studies are needed to show if the product can work as hoped.And consumers should be aware that the £3.49 per bottle drink "is not a cure".
Manufacturer Nutricia says its drink should only be taken under the direction of a doctor, specialist nurse or pharmacist.

What is the drink?

Souvenaid comes in strawberry or vanilla flavour and contains a combination of fatty acids, vitamins and other nutrients.Taken once daily, the idea is that the boost of nutrients it provides will help keep Alzheimer's at bay in people with the earliest signs of this type of dementia.
But the latest phase two clinical trial results do not prove this.

What the trial found

The study involved 311 patients with very early Alzheimer's or mild cognitive impairment. All of them were asked to take a daily drink, but only half were given Souvenaid - the other half received one with no added nutrients.

After two years of participating, the patients were reassessed to see if there was any difference between the two groups in terms of dementia progression, measured by various memory and cognitive tests.

The treatment did not appear to offer an advantage, although patients in the Souvenaid group did have slightly less brain shrinkage on scans, which the researchers say is promising because shrinkage in brain regions controlling memory is seen with worsening dementia.
But experts remain cautious.

Prof Tara Spires-Jones, a dementia expert at the University of Edinburgh, said: "Some of the other tests of brain structure and function were promising, but overall this study indicates that a specific change in nutrition is unlikely to make a large difference to people with Alzheimer's, even in the early stages.

"There is strong evidence that a healthy lifestyle including exercise and a healthy diet can help reduce risk for developing dementia, but once the brain damage starts, a dietary intervention is unlikely to stop the disease."

Another expert, Dr Elizabeth Coulthard from University of Bristol, said people should think carefully before buying something that is, as yet, unproven.

Dr David Reynolds, from Alzheimer's Research UK, advised: "If people are worried about their memory, or are considering buying and taking Souvenaid as a supplement to manage their diet, then it is important that they discuss this with their GP."

A spokeswoman from Nutricia said: "We are pleased that this adds to the body of evidence for Souvenaid and we remain committed to ongoing and further clinical research."

Monday, October 30, 2017

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull To Visit Sri Lanka On Thursday (02)

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turbnbull is due to
arrive in Sri Lanka on Thursday (02) for an official visit to mark the 70th anniversary of the bi lateral ties between Sri Lanka and Australia according to the Australian Embassy in Colombo.

During the visit Australian Prime Minister is due to hold bi lateral talks with President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wikramasinghe by especially focussing on stengthening economic ties between the two countries it has been announced.

Australian Prime Minister is also expecting to discuss with Sri Lankan leaders on how  to prevent human smuggling among two countries and prevent international crimes together.

An All Party Conference And All Religious Leaders Summit Will Be Held To Get Ideas And Suggestions Regarding The New Constitution-President

An All Party Conference and All Religious Leaders
Summit will be held soon  to get ideas and suggestions on the proposed new constitution according to the President Maithripala Sirisena.

After consulting all Party leaders representing  Parliament and Religious Leaders,a conference on intellectuals and academics who are interested on the new constitution will be recalled to get their ideas on the proposed constitution President Sirisena has said while addressing  a national summit organized by the Ministry of National Reconcilliation,Debate and State Languages at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium yesterday (30).

President Sirisena has stressed that he is expecting solutions for most of the problems arisen regarding the proposed new constitution during these conferences and summits .




Anuradhapura Special Court Has Sentenced A Female 21 Year Rigorous Imprisonment Over Sexually Assaulting Her Relative son

Anuradhapura Special Court has today (30)sentenced

an Aunt a 21 year rigorous imprisonment over severely sexually molesting a 15 year old relative son between the period 10th of July 2007 to 31st of June 2008 at Maradankadawala in Anuradhapura High Court area.

Attorney General has indicted the accused female over the charges and filed a case against her at Anuradhapura Special High Court on three charges.

The accused female has been sentenced a 21 year rigorous imprisonment to be served in 07 years by the  Anuradhapura Special Court.

This is the first time in Sri Lanka"s  High court history that a female had been sentenced such a long term prison sentence  ,a 21 year rigorous imprisonment over sexually molesting a minor boy.

UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake Has Been Removed From UNP's Divulapitiya Organizer Post

Actor turned politician MP Ranjan Ramanayake has
been removed from the position he held as the United National Party (UNP) organizer of Divulapitiya by the UNP.

Accordingly former Provincial Councilor Kithsiri Manchanayake has been appointed as the new UNP Organizer of Divulapitiya.

The reason behind the removal of MP Ranjan Ramanayake from Divulapitiya organizer post has not yet been revealed.However MP Ramanayake is facing a legal case over contempt of Court charges at Supreme Court.

UNP Leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wikramasinghe has today (30) handed over appointment letters to 34 newly elected UNP Organizers at a function held in UNP Headquarters in "Sirikotha" today (30).

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Two STF Sub Inspectors Were Killed And A Female Was Injured Due To Motor Car-Train Collision

Image result for accident train sketchesTwo sub inspectors attached to the Special Task Force(STF) were killed and a female has been critically injured and hospitalized due to a Motor Car they were traveling in collided with a train traveling from Matara to Maradna at a  railway crossing in  Andagala , Ambalangoda  between Ambalangoda and Balapitiya area this evening(30).

The injured female is wife of one of the Sub Inspectors who was killed due to the accident it has been revealed.


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Three Persons Critically Injured Due To A Cab-Lorry Collision

Related imageThree persons have been critically injured and hospitalized after the Cab they were traveling in colliding with a Cement Lorry parked Police Check point at Baththuluoya on Chilaw-Puttalam road early this morning(30).

The injured have been admitted to the Chilaw Base Hospital for treatment .

A Heavy Traffic Has Been Reported In Battaramulle And Surrounding Roads Due To A Protest Campaign Of The Joint Opposition

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A heavy traffic has been reported in Battaramulle and surrounding roads since this morning Due to a Protest Campaign launched this morning(30) by the Joint Opposition MP's in front of the Parliament against the interim committee report of Constitutional Assembly

Due to the protest the entry road to the Parliament Roundabout had closed down it has been reported.

While the protest continues ,Parliament has begun the debate on the Interim Committee report submitted by the Constitutional Assembly  this morning.The debate will be held for three days from 10.30 a.m to 6.30 p.m .

Police Have Taken Into Custody A US Naval Officer lIe Down In Colpetty Under The Influence Of Liquor

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Police have last night(29) taken into custody a US Naval officer attached to a US War Ship arrived in Colombo Harbor ,while lying  down near a house in Colpetty under the heavy influence of Liquor .

The US Naval Officer who had toured in Colombo City last night(29) with a group of his fellow Naval officers had fallen down to ground due to the liqour influence according to the Police.

The drunken Officer had been handed over to the Sri Lanka Navy by the Police through the US Embassy in Colombo it has been reported.

Around 24 Female Garment Factory Workers Were Injured Due To A Private Bus-Milk Bowser Collision

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Around 24 female Garment Factory Workers have been injured and hospitalized due to a head on collision occurred between a Private Bus transporting Female Garment Factory Workers to Jaffna from Vavuniya and a Milk Bowser transporting Milk to Vavuniya from Jaffna between Omanthai and Puliyankulam   on A-9 Road in Jaffna this morning(30).

The injured female workers have been admitted to the Vavuniya Hospital for treatment.

GPs Should Not Prescribe Antibiotics For Sinus Infections, Health Watchdog Warns And Patients Should Instead 'Take It Easy' And Dose Up On Paracetamol



Sunday, October 29, 2017

Eating A Snack On The Go Does Not Fill You Up As Much As A Sit-Down Meal - A Study Says

Experts at the University of Surrey told the Daily Mail their new research sheds light on the mental impact on hungerEating a snack on the go does not fill you up as much as sitting down to a meal at a table, researchers have found.

Even when the calories are exactly the same, if people think of their food as a ‘snack’ they will eat 50 per cent more later on than if they think of it as a ‘meal’experts at the University of Surrey believe people mentally ‘tick off’ their three meals a day.
So when they sit down to eat one of those meals they do not need to eat again for a few hours.

But if they grab a snack and eat it standing up, they do not tick it off, and feel as though they still need to eat again.Study leader Professor Jane Ogden, a health psychologist at Surrey, believes the food industry is fueling the obesity crisis by marketing food as ‘snacks’ to take advantage of Britain’s on-the-go culture.Her research team, whose work is published in the Appetite medical journal, tested their theory on 80 women.The participants were each given a pot of Tesco pasta to eat - they could choose either cheese and tomato or tuna and sweetcorn.They were then either told it was a ‘snack’ or a ‘meal’ - and were either given the food in a plastic pot and told to eat it standing up with a plastic spoon, or were served it on a ceramic plate at a table with metal cutlery.

When they had finished the food, each participant was led into a second room to take part in a ‘taste test’ of various unhealthy foods - chocolate biscuits, hula hoops, M&Ms and mini cheddar's.
The scientists found those who had eaten a ‘snack’ standing up went on to eat far more in the subsequent ‘taste test’ than those who had had a ‘meal’ sat at a table - even though they had initially consumed the same calories.

The ‘snackers’ later ate 50 per cent more total calories - and 100 per cent more chocolate M&Ms - than those who had eaten the pasta sitting down at a table.
Professor Ogden said: ‘It is to do with registering that you have eating. Knowing that you have eaten is a psychological process - you tick off the fact you have had a meal.

‘If you just have a snack you do not register it in the same way.’She added: ‘With our lives getting busier increasing numbers of people are eating on the go and consuming foods that are labelled as “snacks” to sustain them.

‘The food industry is aware we are eating more on the go and they are labeling food as sacks - it is exacerbating the problem of weight gain.’She added: ‘We should call our food a meal and eat it as meal, helping make us more aware of what we are eating so that we don’t overeat later on.’Experts are increasingly worried about Britain’s obesity crisis.Some 67 per cent of adult men and 57 per cent of adult women in Britain are overweight - well above the global average.

Of these, 24 per cent of British adults - 12 million people – are considered obese, a vast increase since 1980, when only 16 per cent were in this category.Growing evidence suggests the demise of the family meal eaten at a dinner table, and the boom in sandwich chains and fast food restaurants, means we are increasingly snacking on the go.A report by the Royal Society of Public Health published last year found British adults add an average 767 calories to their diet every week simply by snacking on the journey to and from work.Much of this intake was due to people grabbing croissants and other snacks on their commute because they had missed breakfast, the report said.

Another report by the Government’s Behavioral Insights Team, also published last year, came to similar conclusions.It said: ‘We are now more obese and more likely to say that we are trying to lose weight, both of which drive misreporting. We snack and eat outside the home more, making consumption harder to track.’(Daily Mail)

Anti SAITM Trade Unions/Civil Organizations Opposed The Government Solutions On SAITM

Anti SAITM trade unions including Government
Medical Officers Association ,Medical Faculty Students Action Committee and Government Medical Students Parents Forum and other Anti SAITM civil organizations had opposed the government's proposal on abolishing the SAITM medical collage and creating a non profitable institute.

If the government fails to provide a reasonable solution for SAITM crisis within this week The Government Medical Students Parents Forum members are due to launch a death fast campaign from 06th of November ,the forum has announced.


Around 15 State Institutions To Be Removed From Galle Fort Before End Of December

Around 15 state institutions including a school located
in historical Galle Fort are due to be removed from the place before end of December this year according to authorities.

The Gazette Notification regarding the removal of 15 state institutions from Galle Fort has been issued and this decision was taken in view of convert the Galle Fort in to a economic property while securing  it's ancient cultural heritage it has been revealed.

Accordingly 15 state institutions including All Saints school situated in around 60 perch land in Galle fort,Old Postal Office,Magistrate court,Police official quarters,Tourist Banglow of Sri Lanka ports authority,Bank of Ceylon office in Royal street,Harbor Masters office,Road Development Authority office and Magistrate Banglow will be removed from the Galle Fort.

President Removed Duleep Wijesekare From His Deputy Ministerial Post

President Maithripala Sirisena has removed Duleep
Wijesekare from the Deputy Ministeral Post of Postal and Muslim Affairs with immediatte effect over his severe criticisms made against the government while supporting the Joint opposition it has been announced

The sacked Former Deputy Minister Wijesekare is due to cross over to the Joint Opposition after making a special statement in Parliament on Monday (30) according to sources.

Four Persons Were Killed And One Was Injured Due To Gun Shooting Incidents In Kosgoda

Four persons including a 13 year old school boy were
killed and one school boy was injured and hospitalized due to a three gun shooting incidents done by four persons arrived in two Motorcycles in three villages attached to the Kosgoda Police Division today (29).

The gun shooting incidents had occurred in Kurundugampiyasa,Manik and yudapitiya villages in Kosgoda according to the police.

The deceased were 38,21,50 and 13 years old Police have stated.

An injured school boy was admitted to the Balapitiya Hospital .

A conflict occurred among underworld groups caused the gun shootings it has been revealed.Police have appointed five police teams to investigate on the incident.




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Government Has Decided To Abolish SAITM Medical Collage And To Create A New Non Profitable Institute For The Students

Government has decided to abolish the Malabe Private
Medical Collage currently managed by South Asian Institute Of Technology And Medicine (SAITM) under the leadership of Dr.Neville Fernando and to  create a non profitable Institute and recruite the students attached to the Medical Collage according to the Government Information Department.

The new non profitable Institute due to create instead of the SAITM  will run under the supervision of University Grants Commission and Ministry Of Higher Education Information Department has stated.

This decision has been taken as per the recommend ations made by a Presidential committee appointed by the President Maithripala Sirisena to find solutions for the SAITM Crisis.

As per the recommendations of the Committee the governing activities of  the SAITM will be removed from it's current chairman Dr.Neville Fernando and his family .

The new non profitable institute due to create instead of SAITM should accept the current students attached to SAITM medical collage and those who have completed the medical degree should be given the clinical training in Government Hospitals under the advise of Sri Lanka Medical Council it has been announced.

Ministry of Health should taken steps to gazette the minimum requirements of Medical Education and Training within a one month period from today (29).

Three persons In Madamulana Area Were Killed Due To Lightning

Three persons in madamulana,Weeraketiya area were
killed due to struck by lightning  while drying paddy according to the Police.

The deceased were residents of Galpoththayaya ,Wee raketiya area it has been revealed.

Around 17 Families Have Been Evacuated In Mawanella Due To A Landslide Threat

Around 17 families residing in Vaganthale area in
Mawanalle have been evacuated from their houses due to a Landslide threat occurred as a result of heavy showers prevailing in the area according to the Disaster Management Center.

The evacuated families have been provided accomodation in a Temple of the area.

The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has issued landslide warnings to five districts including Kandy and Kegalle due to the heavy showers prevailing in.

A Team Of Australian Medical Consultants Due To Arrive Sri Lanka To Investigate On Unknown Kidney Disease

A team of Australian Medical Consultants is due to
arrive in  Sri Lanka to investigate on the unknown Chronic Kidney Disease spreads in most parts of the country at present according to the project director of Presidential Task Force on Kidney Disease Prevention Asela Iddawela.

The Australian will be arrived in the country as per an invitation made by President Maithripala Sirisena he has stressed.

The Team of Consultants is due to begin investigations on spreading of Kidney Disease and prevention of it it has been reported.

The medical teams led by World Health Organization had launched several investigations recent times on the unknown Kidney Disease ,but still not able to reveal an exact cause of the disease.


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Five Districts Received Landslide Warnings Due To The Rain

The National Building Research Organization(NBRO)
had issued landslide warnings to five districts in the island due to the heavy showers prevailing in .

Accordingly landslide warnings have been issued to the  Ratnapura,Nuwara Eliya,Matale,Kandy and Kegalle Districts .

Public in these districts should be vigilant over the landslide signs it has been announced.

Meanwhile two sluice gates of Canyon river had opened as a result of the heavy showers  and people in Ginigathhena area has been advised to be in vigilant over the situation.



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A 28 Year Old Person Has Drowned in Chilaw Seas

A 28 year old Bus conducter had drowned in sea area
in Chilaw this evening (28) while in the beach with his friends.

The victim who was a resident of Kegalle area disappeared after getting caught in sea waves it has been revealed.

Chilaw Police are conducting an investigation on the incident .

The 39th Death Anniversary Of Sri Lanka's First Sinhala Cinema Actress Late Rukmani Devi Falls Today (28)

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All Island Curfew Schedule To Be Changed From Tomorrow(06)

Government has amended  the current curfew schedule implemented in the country daily from tomorrow (06)according to the President's ...