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SL expats in Doha back fight against Covid-19

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The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Doha has facilitated the second air shipment of 125 Oxygen Cylinders and 10 Oxygen Regulators to Sri Lanka to strengthen the capacity of the health sector to overcome from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foreign Ministry said.

Upon the request made by Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Qatar M. Mafaz Mohideen, regarding the country’s critical situation, the Sri Lankan expatriate community, well-wishers and Watad Group Enterprises in Doha donated these medical equipment.

The consignment of Oxygen Cylinders and Oxygen regulators were delivered to Foreign Ministry of Sri Lanka, and were expected to be distributed among Government hospitals to address the medical emergencies during the pandemic, the ministry said.

The Embassy has earlier facilitated the supply of 275 Oxygen Cylinders, 22 Pulse Oximeters and 10 Oxygen Regulators to the Sri Lankan Health sector and wishes to move ahead.

 The Embassy has thanked SriLankan Airlines for airlifting the cargo on gratis basis on the request of the Ambassador Mohideen.



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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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