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Russian Ambassador commends  committed engagement of military in the control of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka

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Russian Ambassador Materiy has appreciated the timely contribution of troops against the spread of pandemic in the country when he called on Army Commander General Shavendra Silva, Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) at the Army Headquarters in  Akuregoda on Monday.

The Ambassador also discussed the current developments in the world as regards the pandemic and discussed the extent of its spread, infection rate and other matters of relevance.

General Silva giving an account of the status quo, preventive roles, conduct of quarantine centres, travel restrictions, detection of positive cases, etc., explained to the Ambassador the strategic and specified approach towards the challenge by the President and government.

He also explained the conduct of ICCs and Quarantine Centres as well as the ongoing vaccination projects across the country.

General Silva thanked Russia for her thoughtfulness and concern for the COVID-19 prevention roles, being performed by military personnel and others in the country and extended his best wishes to the people of Russia as cordial exchange of views culminated.

The delegation to the Army Headquarters included Colonel Denis I. Shkoda, outgoing Military, Air and Naval Attaché at the Russian Embassy.

Military Secretary, Major General Ajith Kolambathanthri received the delegation on arrival and ushered them to the Commander’s office at the Army Headquarters.



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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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