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99x Technology donates medical equipment worth Rs. 4.5mn to Kalubowila and Wathupitiwala Hospitals



Chairman of 99x Technology, Dag Honningsvåg, met with Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Norway, Godfrey Cooray, Minister Counsellor Nilanthini Arulpiragasam and the staff of the embassy to discuss urgent medical needs donated to the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital and Wathupitiwala Base Hospital.

99x Technology provided more than 190,000 NOK worth of medical equipment to both hospitals.

Kalubowila Hospital’s High Dependency Unit (HDU) was given medical equipment worth NOK 46,250 by way of Intermittent pneumatic compressor devices (two units) and portable suction apparatus devices (three units), two intermittent pneumatic compressor devices (NOK 24,500) and a three portable suction apparatus devices (NOK 21,750).

Wathupitiwala Base Hospital was provided a container-based facility to set up a PCR testing lab at a cost of NOK 145,500. This involved sourcing and fitting-out two 40-feet container units, complete with partitioning and air-conditioning.

The donation of the medical equipment and PCR lab was initiated by Ambassador Cooray in collaboration with 99x Chairman Honningsvåg.

99x Technology, founded in 2000, is a niche software product engineering company based in Sri Lanka with offices in Norway and Australia. With full stack product engineers, the company is a lifecycle solutions provider, generating long term recurring revenues.

The firm’s key value lies in its understanding of the Nordic market, a unique product engineering methodology, high quality delivery process and a team of experienced product engineers. 99x Technology has developed over 175 software products impacting millions of people across the globe.

More than 300 Sri Lankan Software Engineers from Moratuwa University and the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) are based in the company in Sri Lanka. 99x Technology is one of Asia’s highest ranked workplaces, ensuring optimum customer satisfaction.

The company has won plaudits for best workplaces for women 2019, best workplaces in Sri Lanka 2019 and Asia’s best workplaces amongst SME’s. 99x caters to multiple sectors such as healthcare, automotive, energy, travel and tourism, government and several industries in the Nordic Region so far.

The team 99x will continue to identify and support relief efforts in Sri Lanka.



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MP’s wife, father-in-law among three detained



Rishad held under PTA to be questioned

16-year-old girl’s death:

By Shamindra Ferdinando

Police investigating the death of 16-year-old Ishalini, the domestic servant at All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) leader Rishad Bathiudeen’s Baudhaloka Mawatha residence have arrested Ayesha Shiabdeen, 46, the wife of the former minister.

Police also took into custody Rishad’s father-in-law Mohammed Shiabdeen, 70, and Ponnaiah Pandaram alias Shankar, 64, a resident of Dayagama.

Police Spokesman Senior DIG Ajith Rohana said that Shankar had brought Ilashini from Dayagama to the Baudhaloka Mawatha residence of Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) Vanni District lawmaker late last year.

Having studied the post postmortem report, they were taken into custody in terms of Section 360 C and Section 308 B of the Penal Code that dealt with human trafficking and cruelty to children, the top police officer said. According to him, so far 20 statements had been recorded.

Asked whether MP Bathiudeen, too, had been among the questioned, Senior DIG Rohana said the parliamentarian detained under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) over 2019 Easter Sunday carnage, too, would be interrogated in that regard.

The ACMC contested the last general election on the SJB ticket. It switched its allegiance to the SJB ahead of 2020 general election after having represented the cabinet in UNP led yahapalana administration. Rishad has also served President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s cabinet during his second term.

Having suffered serious burn injuries on July 3 at the MP’s residence and admitted to the National Hospital, Illashini succumbed to her injuries on July 15th. Medical examination revealed that she had been raped over a period of time.

The police spokesman said that they intended to secure court approval to detain the suspects for 72 hours. A Superintendent of Police could obtain such approval on the strength of a B report submitted to the court in respect of offenses on children.

Although, the police indicated earlier in the day they would be produced in Colombo Magistrate court they weren’t brought in.

Meanwhile, the SJB said that interested parties were making a despicable attempt to politicize the incident. The police should be allowed to conduct the investigation without interference, a spokesman for the main Opposition party said.


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Women’s organisations in North conduct protests demanding justice for Ilashini



A section of those engaged in Jaffna protests


By Dinasena Ratugamage

Women’s organisations in the North yesterday held a number of demonstrations in Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi and Jaffna against the death of J. Ilashini, the 16 -year-old girl who died while working at SJB MP Rishad Bathiudeen’s residence.

The protesters urged authorities to ensure that investigations into the death are conducted in a transparent manner. The family of the victim should be compensated and those guilty punished, they said.

Representatives of the organisations said that if justice was not done, they would hold a massive demonstration in Tarapuram, Mannar, which Bathiudeen represents in Parliament.

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Dancer lodges complaint with police over FB post 



Police headquarters yesterday (23) said that dancer Anusha Damayanthi had lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) over a Facebook post alleging that she was running a brothel.

Police headquarters said that Damayanthi, while denying the accusation, had also brought to the CID’s notice that a minister was being accused of lambasting the Walana anti-crime strike force for carrying out the raid. Police said that an investigation was underway.

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