Sri Lankan authorities say the world’s largest star sapphire cluster has been found in a backyard - by accident. The cluster weighs around 510 kilograms or 2.5 million carats and has been named the “Serendipity Sapphire”. During the cleaning process, Mr Gamage said some stones fell out of the cluster and they were found to be high quality star sapphires. The find comes as Sri Lanka’s gem industry has suffered losses as a result of pandemic induced lockdowns. “It is a special star sapphire specimen, probably the biggest in the world.
July 27, 2021 07:30 UTC
With over 3.6 billion people using social media today, social media addiction is something that you can’t easily get rid of. In 2017, a study had estimated about 210 million people suffered from internet and social media addiction. Being too occupied with mobile devices by continuously surfing on the internet will make your and social media addiction worse. Keeping your devices away will limit your interaction with social media whether you’re a social media manager producing creative content, like explainer videos, threads, infographics, etc., or a marketer trying to promote a brand on the social platform. Follow the tips above to beat over your social media addiction and free yourself from the online world.
July 27, 2021 06:45 UTC
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa expressed the hope that more countries would be inspired by Sri Lanka’s bold approach to sustainably transform its agricultural system to organic agriculture in order to ensure food security and nutrition for future generations. The President made these remakes addressing the virtual session of the Pre-Summit of the UN Food System Summit, yesterday (July 26). Transformation of the food system is an essential part of the adaptations that governments must execute for the survival of mankind and the planet. Addressing the summit, President Rajapaksa said that these challenges could not be faced alone and that collective action was needed to overcome them. The full text of the President’s address to the Food Systems Summit:President Gotabaya Rajapaksas address to the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 by Adaderana Online on Scribd
July 27, 2021 06:00 UTC
The highest number of vaccinations carried out in a single day in the country under the Covid control vaccination program took place yesterday. Accordingly, 437,878 doses were administered yesterday (26), the Ministry of Health said. Sinopharm, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have been given. The first dose of Sinopharm was given to 356,628 people and the second dose to 55,722 people. The Ministry of Health stated that the first and second doses of the Sinopharm vaccine were given in 7,427,542 doses.
July 27, 2021 05:15 UTC
Sri Lanka has settled the scheduled debt of USD 01 billion International Sovereign Bond Issue yesterday (July 26), State Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal said. Sri Lanka has transferred funds to repay the $1 billion bond by the Tuesday (July 27) deadline, keeping intact its reputation for honoring debt as concern mounts about the nation’s overseas financing. The money was transferred Monday, Ajith Nivard Cabraal, the state minister for money and capital markets, told Bloomberg by phone. “Those who came last profited most.”The yield on the 6.25% Sri Lanka dollar bond maturing Tuesday slumped to 500% earlier on Monday, from 628% last week. The #bond investors who panicked due to rating actions and analyst reports and sold off at huge discounts, must be regretting.
July 27, 2021 04:52 UTC
COLOMBO (News 1st): The ‘Employment of Women, Young Persons, and Children Act’ will be amended declaring another 20 jobs including the employment of children for domestic aide as dangerous jobs, the Department of Labour said. Furthermore, the employment of children between the age group of 16 to 18-years in 51 types of dangerous jobs, was banned,” Prabath Chandrakeerthi, the Commissioner-General of Labour told News 1st on Tuesday (Jul. According to Prabath Chandrakeerthi, in addition to these 51 dangerous jobs, another list of 20 jobs that includes the employment of children for domestic aide was forwarded to the Legal Draftsman’s Department to be amended as dangerous jobs, with the approval of the Cabinet of Ministers. Among others, this new list of 20 dangerous jobs includes the employment of children as domestic aides, employment of children for performances endangering life and other related acts, employment of children in the weapons industry, and the employment of children to serve alcohol at restaurants. According to the Department of Labour, at present, the fine for employing children in such risky jobs is set at Rs.
July 27, 2021 04:52 UTC
The government of China has donated 1.6 million more doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to Sri Lanka to boost the national inoculation drive. This is reportedly the largest amount of coronavirus vaccines the Chinese government has donated to Sri Lanka on a single occasion. The new development brings the total number of Sinopharm vaccines China has donated to Sri Lanka to 2.7 million. After the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) approved the emergency use of Sinopharm vaccine in the country in March, Sri Lanka received the first donation of 500,000 doses of the China-manufactured vaccine on May 26. Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine, also known as BBIBP-CorV, is produced by China National Biotec Group (CNBG) – a subsidiary of China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation (SINOPHARM).
July 27, 2021 04:41 UTC
Sri Lanka on Monday (July 26) recorded the highest number of vaccinations rolled out in a single day, says the State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals. Thereby, 437,878 coronavirus jabs in total have been rolled out within the day, Prof. Channa Jayasumana stated. According to the Epidemiology Unit’s COVID-19 immunization progress report, as many as 356,628 have people received the first shot of China-developed Sinopharm vaccine. Meanwhile, 55,722 completed the vaccine course as they were administered the second dose of Sinopharm jab. As per official data, the national inoculation drive has rolled out more than 8,240,000 vaccinations against the novel coronavirus in the country.
July 27, 2021 03:56 UTC
COLOMBO (News 1st): The rate of Oral Cancer patients in Sri Lanka has increased by ninefold within the past two decades, the National Cancer Control Programme said on Tuesday (Jul. The 27th of July has been declared as the ‘World Head and Neck Cancer Day’ by the International Federation of Head and Neck Oncology Societies. Around 2700 Oral Cancer patients are detected in the country every year, Consultant Community Physician Dr. Janaki Vidanapathirana, the Director at the National Cancer Control Programme told News 1st. According to Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health, Oral Cancer is the most prominent cancer among males, amounting to 15 percent of all male cancers, while it is the 08th most common cancer amongst the country’s female population. Once it reaches this stage, it is very difficult to treat oral cancer,” Consultant Community Physician Dr. Janaki Vidanapathirana stressed.
July 27, 2021 03:45 UTC
COLOMBO (News 1st): Sri Lanka Police have launched a special operation to trace children under the age of 16-years who are employed as domestic aides in the Western province. “Police will conduct a special operation in the Colombo city and suburbs in order to trace underage children who are employed as domestic aides,” Police Spokesperson Senior DIG Ajith Rohana told News 1st on Tuesday (Jul. Whilst referring to the recent incidents reported in the country pertaining to children being recruited as domestic aides, Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said, underage children are being brought to Colombo from upcountry to serve as domestic aides, where they are subjected to various forms of cruelty and inhumane acts by the house owners. As such, police will take stern action against the house owners and the traffickers who bring children to Colombo and suburbs from the upcountry or other areas to serve as domestic aides, as these underage children are subjected to various acts of torture whilst being employed as domestic aides, the Police Spokesperson stressed. The special police operation is conducted from today (Jul.
July 27, 2021 02:03 UTC
COLOMBO (News 1st): Another consignment of China’s Sinopharm vaccines will reach the island today (Jul. The consignment of 1.6 million Sinopharm jabs is received as a donation from the government of China, Prof. Channa Jayasumana, the State Minister of Production, Supply, and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals told News 1st. According to State Minister Prof. Jayasumana, the consignment includes 1.6 million syringes as well. As of now, with today’s donation set to arrive in the country, Sri Lanka has received 10.7 million Sinopharm vaccines doses from China. State Minister Prof. Jayasumana noted that he will attend the event to accept the Sinopharm donation at the Bandaranaike International Airport today, along with the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka.
July 27, 2021 02:03 UTC
Hi, I’m Yupun Abeykoon, I’m a professional athlete. What you can look forward to seeing in the future from us is a concept of a sports hub for everyone in Sri Lanka. Moreover, our biggest aim is to make sports accessible to everyone in Sri Lanka, and take our flag to the world. You will be representing Sri Lanka in the Tokyo Olympics this year, congratulations! This Olympics is not my final target, and this is the first time that I am competing at the Olympics.
July 27, 2021 01:06 UTC
By Nathan Salt For MailonlinePublished: 20:43 EDT, 26 July 2021 | Updated: 20:47 EDT, 26 July 2021Hidilyn Diaz wrote herself into Philippines sporting history after winning her country's first ever Olympic gold medal. The 30-year-old took gold with her final lift of the day, obliterating her personal best to see off world record holder Liao Qiuyun of China. The Philippines first competed at an Olympic Games in 1924 - 97 years ago - when David Nepomuceno featured in 100m and 200m sprint races. Victory in Tokyo is only her nation's 11th ever Olympic medal. 'I want to say to the young generation in the Philippines, 'You can have this dream of gold too'.
July 27, 2021 00:45 UTC
Sri Lanka has proposed holding the BIMSTEC summit in early December. Sri Lanka is the currently the chair of the grouping and had earlier proposed holding the summit in August. The proposal had been made during a recent virtual meeting of BIMSTEC foreign ministers, Foreign Ministry sources said. The last summit took place in Kathmandu in 2018, with Indian PM Narendra Modi and other regional leaders attending the meet. During the BIMSTEC foreign ministers meeting which took place virtually, the agenda for the leaders’ meet was taken up.
July 27, 2021 00:22 UTC
These invasive exotic pests include some new species of mealy bugs (piti makuna) and weeds like Giant mimosa (Yoda nidikumba). It was reported there were two container loads of compost already imported to Sri Lanka from India. Ministry has quoted Sri Lanka Standard 1704:2021 developed by the Sri Lanka Standards Institute for specifications for the “sterilised solid organic fertiliser”. National Plant Quarantine Service to ensure zero living organisms included, 3). Hope the National Plant Quarantine Service in Sri Lanka has the expertise and necessary facilities for this challenging task.
July 27, 2021 00:22 UTC