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Lankan-born British actress nominated for Best Drama Performance at  UK’s National TV Awards

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Sri Lankan-born British actress Nimmi Harasgama has been nominated for Best Drama Performance at the UK’s National Television Awards.

Harasgama, who won the Best Actress Award at the 2004 International Film Festival in Spain for her lead role in the Sinhalese movie ‘Ira Madiyama’ (August Sun), has now been nominated for the portrayal of Nurse Mari in series three of her ITV show The Good Karma Hospital.

The actress said she was honoured and humbled to be nominated among some incredible performers in the category.

The Good Karma Hospital is a medical drama series produced by Tiger Aspect Productions for ITV about a disillusioned doctor, Ruby Walker, who heads for South India hoping to make a fresh start.

Harasgama made her screen debut playing a supporting role in the English movie ‘Mother Teresa’ in 1997.

Born in Colombo to a Sinhalese father and a Tamil mother, Harasgama moved to the UK with her family when she was five.

In 2012 she appeared in her first Tamil-speaking role in a short film, ‘Enakkum Oru Per’ (I Too Have a Name), for which the actress was nominated for the Golden Bear for best short film at the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany.

In 2020 she played the female lead in Deepa Mehta’s film ‘Funny Boy’, garnering rave reviews.



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At least 17 killed after explosion in Peshawar mosque

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BBC reported that at least 17 people have been killed in an explosion at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

The blast happened when the mosque was packed with worshippers and more than 90 people were injured.

A section of the building was destroyed, and officials say people are buried under the rubble. Several others are being taken to local hospitals.

The cause of the explosion is unclear.

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More heavy rain ahead for New Zealand’s largest city

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Auckland experienced an unprecedented amount of rainfall on Friday (picture BBC)

BBC reported that residents in flood-hit northern New Zealand are bracing for more heavy rains as officials issued severe weather alerts.

At least four people have died and a state of emergency was declared in Auckland, which on Friday experienced its worst downpour on record.

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Information Dept. media release: EC Chief asks public not to be misled

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by Priyan de Silva

Chairman of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, Nimal Punchihewa, asked to comment on a special news release, purportedly issued by the Director General of the Department of Government Information, on Sunday (29), told  The Island  that preparations for the 09 March local government elections were going ahead, as planned, and that the media statement at issue was misleading.

The media statement says: “The gazette notice with signatures of the Chairman and other members of the Election Commission required for the commencement of the Local Government election process has not been sent to the Government Press for printing.”

Punchihewa requested the public not to be misled by any misinformation being spread in an attempt to create doubts in their minds.He also  reiterated that the EC would not be deterred by any acts of intimidation.

Three of the EC members have been threatened with death by an unidentified caller to resign from their posts. They are S. B. Divaratne, M. M. Mohamed and K. P. P. Pathirana. The Opposition has accused the government of trying to sabotage the LG polls.

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