Thursday, July 12, 2018

Two Persons Have Been Critically Injured Due To A Bear Attack

Two persons have been critically

injured and hospitalized due to a Bear Attack while collecting Bees Honey at Kivuthota in Kanthale-Habarana main road last evening(11).

The critically injured uncle and Nephew have been admitted to the Trincomalee Hospital for treatment and they were later transferred to Colombo National Hospital for further treatment.

Ministry Of Justice To Prepare A List Of Drug Smugglers Who Are In Death Row

Ministry of Justice is currently
preparing a list of Prison inmates who had been  sentenced to death over Drug Smuggling charges according to the Ministry.

Soon after finishing the list it will be handed over to the President Maithripala Sirisena the Ministry has stated.

The list of Prison inmates on death row will be prepared as the President recently stated his willingness to sign to implement Capital punishment over Drug Smugglers who were sentenced to death and still imvolved in Drug Smuglling in prisons .

Meanwhile Prisons Department has decided to call applications for the Hangman post after the president's statement on Capital punishment.



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UNFPA marks World Population Day with a Generation-to-Generation Dialogue on Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Image result for united nations fund for population activities12 July 2018 (Colombo, Sri Lanka): To commemorate World Population Day 2018, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) together with the Parliamentary Sectoral Oversight Committee on Women and Gender, and the Ministry of Education, hosted UNFPA’s 5th Generation-to-Generation dialogue (G2G) on the need for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has a youth population of over 4.4 million between the ages of 15-29 years. However, the National Youth Health Survey (2013) identified that 50% of young people had limited knowledge about sexual and reproductive health. According to the Family Health Bureau (2015), while teenage pregnancy in Sri Lanka was relatively low at 5.2%, sub-national disparities exist with a rate of 8-9% in some localities. Further, the Stigma Assessment of People Living with HIV (2017) indicates that the HIV prevalence in Sri Lanka is 0.01%, yet new infections are seemingly increasing, especially among young people. The recent communal violence, particularly in relation to the Ampara incident, which stemmed from inaccurate information relating to reproductive health, further highlights the need for CSE in Sri Lanka.  

Recognizing this need, the Generation-to-Generation dialogue facilitated a discussion on how different stakeholders, with a special emphasis on policymakers and young people can come together to address gaps in comprehensive sexuality education in Sri Lanka, through targeted initiatives and inclusive policies.

Hon. (Dr.) Sudharshini Fernandopulle, Deputy Chair of the Parliamentary Sectoral Oversight Committee on Women and Gender, delivered the Keynote address. Speaking at the event, Hon. (Dr.) Fernandopulle stated: “Traditional values and culture have restricted young people in Sri Lanka from receiving comprehensive sexuality education. Global research shows that comprehensive sexuality education improves the overall health and well-being of youth”.

Ms. Ritsu Nacken, Representative of UNFPA in Sri Lanka further stated, “Comprehensive sexuality education goes beyond simply providing information on sexual and reproductive health, and equips young people with critical life skills and understanding of fundamental values such as human rights and gender equality. It is often misunderstood that CSE makes young people more promiscuous, but it is proven that CSE does not facilitate an early onset of sexual activities. CSE can help young people develop self-esteem and life skills that encourage critical thinking, clear communication, responsible decision-making and respectful behavior. As parents and educators, it is our responsibility to provide young people with accurate and age-appropriate information, so that they can make informed decisions about their body and life.”

The dialogue was based on the International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education, which is the global guidelines for CSE, launched earlier this year - led by UNESCO, along with UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNWOMEN, and WHO. Delivering a presentation on the guidelines, Ms. Sarita Jadav, National Programme Officer from UNESCO, New Delhi highlighted: “Comprehensive  sexuality education includes evidence informed age-appropriate education. It includes information all adolescents and young people need to know”.

The dialogue was moderated by Dakshitha Wickremarathna, Director, Youth Advocacy Network, and the panel comprised of; Ms. Renuka Peiris, Director of Education at the Ministry of Education; Dr. Ayesha Lokubalasuriya, Consultant Community Physician, Adolescent and School Health Unit at the Family Health Bureau, Ms. Sarita Jadav, National Programme Officer at UNESCO, New Delhi; Benislos Thushan, Programme Officer at Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, and Aisha Nazim, Journalist at Roar Media.

Generation-to-Generation (G2G) dialogues are UNFPA’s flagship events in Sri Lanka. G2Gs are inter-generational dialogues that provide an open platform for the three generations to come together to share their ideas on socio-economic issues.

Twenty Three Free Trade Zone Workers Were Injured Due To A Road Accident

Twenty Three persons mainly females have been injured and hospitalized due to the Bus transported them to the Koggala Free Trade Zone had veering off the road and colliding with a Tree at Handiwatte -Habaraduwa area on Galle-Matara main road this morning (12).

The injured who were free trade zone workers  have been admitted to the Karapitiya Teaching and Habaraduwa Hospitals for treatment.

Habaraduwa Police had arrested the Bus driver over the incident .The accident occurred due to  the Driver's inability to control the vehicle it has been revealed.

A Sudden Fire Erupted AT A Building Attached To Diyathalawa Air Force Base

A sudden fire erupted  at the Official quarters  of Trainee Airmen attached to the Diyathalawa Air force Base today (12) had doused by the Air Force and Army  according to the Air Force Media Unit.

 No casualties have been reported as the Trainee Airmen had left their quarters due to vacation. 

 The fire had erupted in a Quarters Building which was closed and officials believes an electric leak might have caused the fire .

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