By Dinitha RathnayakePolice dogs are to be trained to trace mosquito larvae in order to combat the spread of dengue, according to Police Media Spokesman Senior Deputy Inspector General of Police (SDIG) Ajith Rohana. Two police dogs, named Johnny and Roma, have already undergone six months of training to identify mosquito larvae, and will be used for this purpose. A total of 31,162 suspected dengue cases were reported during 2020, while 10,956 suspected dengue cases were reported to the Epidemiology Unit from all over the island to date since January 2021. Approximately, 37.9% of these dengue cases were reported from the Western Province. Symptomatic illness can vary from undifferentiated fever (viral syndrome), dengue fever, dengue haemorrhagic fever, and dengue with unusual manifestations.
August 04, 2021 16:18 UTC
Meanwhile, Opposition and Samagi Jana Balawegeya (SJB) Leader Sajith Premadasa proposed yesterday that the KNDU Bill be completely withdrawn, and that a new Bill be drawn up which protects free education and the Universities Act, No. Accordingly, the SLFP appointed committee has proposed that the KNDU should not be excluded from the regulation and control of the University Grants Commission (UGC). FUTA President Prof. S. Banneheka told The Morning that although several parties had suggested certain amendments to the KNDU Bill including the SLFP, those are not what is actually required. This Government aimed to pass the Bill in Parliament in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic, by forcing the public to remain silent,” claimed Jayagoda. The KNDU Bill has received widespread criticism from various quarters for its alleged threats to free education and the militarisation of education.
August 04, 2021 16:18 UTC
Once the water starts boiling, add the Maggi family meal pack into the pan followed by cabbage, dark soy sauce and mix well. Next, add an egg and mix well. Finally, once the noodles are cooked as well, remove from the heat and serve accordingly. Aunty D. is a full-time mom working a little magic in the kitchen whenever she’s got time on her hands. She brings to you easy and fast recipes with a twist of Sri Lankan spices and cooking techniques.
August 04, 2021 15:00 UTC
When it comes to picking the best smartphone for senior citizens, there are quite a lot of choices. Phone screen size remains the biggest problem for senior citizens. The zoom mode in iPhone makes everything bigger and easier to read, plus cranking up the text size on a global scale is easy. It’s big enough that it won’t feel cramped, even with the text size and UI cranked up, but not too big or heavy to hold easily. Plus, Moto doesn’t overdo it with the bloatware, while still offering accessibility features that let you increase the text size and UI.
August 04, 2021 14:37 UTC
South Asian Technologies (SAT), master distributors of leading ICT solutions, recently introduced Tableau, the world’s leading analytics platform to Sri Lankan users. Aimed at helping people see and understand data, Tableau was created with the purpose of helping people and organisations take more data-driven decisions while simplifying raw data in an easy-to-understand format. “With the increasing necessity for data visualisation in the workspace, now more than ever, organisations need proven solutions to help secure their data in businesses. For nine years, Tableau has been recognised as the leader in the Gartner magic quadrant for analytics and business intelligence platforms. Today, Tableau is a part of the Salesforce company, combining the power of the world’s #1 CRM with the world’s #1 analytics platform.
August 04, 2021 13:52 UTC
Sabry noted that although there are more than 200 judges per million population in the developed countries, Sri Lanka now has only 15 judges. Accordingly, the number of judges is expected to increase to 218 and the number of courts to 245, the Minister said. He further stated that the development of the infrastructure required for these judges will be expedited under this next three-year plan. It is expected to strengthen the Mediation Board and the number of disputes resolved is expected to double by next year. The Minister said that several expert committees have been set up to reform the judicial system and the report of the committee set up under the chairmanship of Supreme Court Judge Samayawardena has been received.
August 04, 2021 13:07 UTC
HMD is finally seeding Android 11 to its Nokia 5.3 smartphone nearly a year after the phone’s announcement and only about a month before Android 12 rolls around. The first wave of countries to receive the update include Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan and Vietnam. HMD will roll out the update to 30% of the approved markets immediately, then to 50% by August 5 and the full list by August 6. The update weighs in at 1.67 GB and brings the June security patch. You get the standard Android 11 goodies including chat bubbles, one-time permissions, media controls in the notification shade and updated privacy toggles.
August 04, 2021 13:02 UTC
Singer Sri Lanka PLC, the country’s premier consumer durables retailer won the Best Regional Distributor of the Year and Best Distributor of the Year – Sri Lanka Awards at Dell Technologies South Asia CSB Partner Connect event for the year 2021. The virtual event was held to review the regional performances of distributors in 2020, with the participation of Anothai Wettayakorn, Vice President – Dell Technologies Asia Emerging Markets and several other dignitaries from Dell Technologies and regional distributors. Commenting on the latest achievement, Mahesh Wijewardene, Group CEO – Singer Sri Lanka PLC said, “We are humbled and honored to receive both the regional and country awards for the Best Distributor. I would also like to thank the support provided by Dell Technologies, with whom we have a strong relationship since 2014.”The virtual event also featured a fireside chat where Mahesh Wijewardene, Group CEO – Singer Sri Lanka PLC and Shanil Perera, Marketing Director – Singer Sri Lanka PLC, in conversation with Anothai Wettayakorn, Dell Technologies Asia Emerging Markets, Vice President shared Singer’s success story to becoming the leading distributor for Dell Technologies within the region. Singer Sri Lanka PLC is the leader in Sri Lanka’s consumer durables market and is renowned for offering a wide range of top-quality local and international brands to its growing number of consumers across the country.
August 04, 2021 12:45 UTC
August 4, 2021 06:20 pmThe Ministry of Health reports that another 1,720 persons have tested positive for coronavirus today (August 04). All new cases are associated with the New Year Covid-19 cluster. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in the country thus far to 317,914. Presently 28,745 infected patients are being treated at hospitals and treatment centers across the island. Meanwhile, the number of total recoveries has reached 284,524.
August 04, 2021 12:45 UTC
The venue for the Mrs. World Pageant for the year 2021 has been moved from Sri Lanka to Las Vegas in the United States, the Pageant announced. Accordingly, Mrs. World Pageant 2021 will be held at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino in Las Vegas from January 9 - 16, 2022. Previously, it was planned to be held in Sri Lanka; however, the venue had been changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation on the island. Sri Lanka’s Caroline Jurie held the title Mrs. World 2020 until the controversy at the Mrs. Sri Lanka beauty pageant made her voluntarily relinquish her crown to Ireland. The reigning Mrs. World is Kate Schneider from Ireland, who was the first runner-up at the relevant pageant.
August 04, 2021 12:33 UTC
His Excellency the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in Parliament today (04) to participate in today proceedings. H.E the President arrived in Parliament at around 11.15a.m. and was escorted to the chamber by the Hon. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. H.E the President remained in the House until around 12.00 noon while questions for Oral Answers by the Hon. During his stay in the chamber, the President was seen conversing at length with the Hon.
August 04, 2021 08:15 UTC
You (SLC) take care of everything,” a member of the TAC had told the SLC officials at Monday’s meeting with the Minister. The responsibilities of the TAC had reportedly ranged from drafting the player contracts to defining major policy frameworks of national cricket. Later those TAC moves, particularly the drafting of the player contracts, became failures. Powers clearly defined“The responsibilities of the two bodies (SLC and TAC) are now pretty much clear. This legend has given wrong information to the board with regard to the senior players.
August 04, 2021 07:18 UTC
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will lift a ban on transit passenger traffic from Sri Lanka, India, Nigeria, and other countries from August 5, UAE’s National Emergency and Crisis Management Authority (NCEMA) said on Tuesday. The UAE, a major international travel hub, has banned passengers from many South Asian and African countries for several months due to the coronavirus pandemic. Final destination approval would also have to be provided, the authority said, adding that UAE departure airports would arrange separate lounges for transiting passengers. The transit ban had also included Nepal, Pakistan, and Uganda. However, they would need to apply for online entry permits prior to traveling and would need to present a negative PCR test taken 48 hours prior to departure.
August 04, 2021 06:33 UTC
Sri Lanka ramped up the national inoculation drive on Tuesday (August 03), with the administration of 116,664 second doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccines. This brings the total number of AstraZeneca vaccinations rolled out has risen to 370,761, according to the State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals. In addition, 25,509 first doses of the UK-developed jabs have also been rolled out yesterday. Sri Lanka resumed the administration of AstraZeneca vaccines following the arrival of a shipment donated by the government of Japan under the COVAX facility on Saturday (July 31). To expedite the process, Sri Lanka Army is operating a 24-hour vaccine drive at the Viharamahadevi Park and Diyatha Uyana.
August 04, 2021 03:22 UTC
COLOMBO (News 1st): The law will be strictly enforced against bus employees who transport passengers in excess of the number of seats from Wednesday (Aug. 04), the State Ministry of Vehicle Regulation, Bus Transport Services and Train Compartments stressed. The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) was also informed in writing regarding the matter, State Minister Dilum Amunugama noted. “The IGP was instructed to arrest all Bus Drivers and Conductors who transport passengers in excess of the number of seats and produce them in court under the Quarantine Law,” the State Minister added. According to State Minister Dilum Amunugama, such buses will be taken into police custody, while the permit to operate will be suspended by informing the National Transport Commission (NTC) or other respective authorities.
August 04, 2021 03:11 UTC