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World Cancer Week Awareness Campaign by Public Education Committee of Sri Lanka Cancer Society



World Cancer Day commemorated on February 4 is the global uniting initiative led by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Geneva, to raise worldwide attention and inspire action for cancer free world.

World Cancer Day aims to save millions of preventable deaths each year by raising awareness about cancer, and pressing governments, and key stakeholders to take action to reduce Cancer related illness and deaths

In Sri Lanka, the Public Education Committee (PEC) of the Sri Lanka Cancer Society (SLCS) decided to have a whole week dedicated to cancer awareness. The theme set by UICC was “I am and I will” is about you and your commitment to act.

February 1-7 was dedicated to world cancer week. It commenced with articles in the newspapers, a supplement on World Cancer Day sponsored by Hemas Pharmaceuticals, and videos on Social media. The PEC Chairperson, the President and the Chairperson of the SLCS were interviewed on TV (Derana), Radio and Social media together with Consultant Oncologists, and several cancer survivors.

A song was composed for World Cancer day entitled “I Am and I Will”, and a Youth Art contest for school children is being held to spread awareness amongst the youth.

The PEC also participated in the World Cancer Walk organized by Belgium and several influencers helped to spread the message “Early Detection is key in fighting this disease.”

AIA Insurance who signed up as our Charity partner in 2019 to celebrate their centennial year, continues to support us to date. They helped to spread awareness during the world cancer week by displaying posters in their many branches around Sri Lanka in addition to their ongoing financial support and corporate activities to create awareness on the battle against Cancer.

At SLCS, we are committed to provide the best care for cancer patients at the Homes and Hospice (our palliative care center) at Maharagama. We also continue with great vigor to control cancer by educating the public on early detection and prevention of cancer, providing financial support, drugs etc., to needy Cancer survivors. These services are carried out free of charge. Therefore, the support extended by AIA Insurance and other generous donors have been of great help and value to carry on our indomitable task.

As the CEO of AIA, Nikhil Advani explained, “while the world is focused on COVID-19, non-Communicable Diseases, such as cancer remain a very real problem in Sri Lanka, and are responsible for over 76% deaths. Cancer is one of the nation’s leading health concerns and needs specialized treatment and more so a dedicated care and support system for patients. It gives us great meaning to be able to support the Cancer Society in caring for patients faced with this dreaded illness –both physically and mentally.”

For more information of the work done by SLCS please visit us on Instagram (sl_cancer_society_pec) and on our website


Ms. Anoja Karunaratne,


Sri Lanka Cancer Society.

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Cardinal: Was there any link between passage of 20A and Easter Sunday probe outcome?



… stands by his claim of foreign involvement

By Norman Palihawadana

Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith yesterday said that there could be a connection between the outcome of the probe into the Easter Sunday attacks and the enlisting of Muslim MPs’ support for the passage of the 20th Amendment.

The Cardinal said: “The leader of a Muslim political party voted against the 2Oth Amendment. But his MPs voted for it. The brother of Rishad Bathiudeen too was released around the same time. These are questionable developments. These events could be part of a deal.”

The Cardinal reiterated that international forces were behind the Easter Sunday attacks and that he did not believe that there had been any local political group directly involved in the Easter attacks.

Addressing the media yesterday, the Cardinal said that the remarks he made on Sunday had been misunderstood. He stood by his claim that international forces had been behind the attacks, he said.

“However, some people claim that I said a local political group was behind the attack. I have always maintained that there are international forces that use religious and ethnic extremists such as Wahabists to create conflicts. I was referring to such groups.”

The Cardinal added that only a small group of Muslims was involved in extremism.

The Archbishop also said that former President Maithripala Sirisena believed that taking action against extremists like NTJ leader Zahran Hashim would create unnecessary issues.

“Something along these lines is also in the PCoI on Easter Sunday attacks. The report also implies that the then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe was lenient in dealing with growing extremism in Sri Lanka.”

The Cardinal urged the government to protect the country and ensure that there would be no repeats of incidents like the Easter Sunday attacks.

The Archbishop of Colombo requested all religious leaders to work on rebuilding trust among all communities.



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AG appeals to Supreme Court against granting of bail to Ravi, others



The Attorney General yesterday appealed to the Supreme Court against bail for former Minister Ravi Karunanayake and seven others indicted in the bond case by the Colombo Special High Court Trial-at-Bar.

The eight accused were arrested and remanded over the bond scams. Later, they were released on bail.

The court warned that if the accused attempted to exert influence on the witnesses, by any means, bail would be revoked and they would be placed on remand until the end of the trial.



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26 more coronavirus cases detected in Jaffna Tirunelveli market area



Another 26 COVID-19 cases had been detected on Sunday, from the Tirunelveli Market in Jaffna, which was the epicentre of the recent outbreak in the town, Dr. A. Kethiswaran, Regional Director Health Services told the media yesterday.

The market and its surroundings had been reopened on April 11 following a 19-day lockdown. However, 378 PCR tests were conducted after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year and 26 of them proved positive.

Dr. Kethiswaran warned last week that there might be a spike in COVID-19 cases in Jaffna after the New Year celebrations.

A large number of COVID-19 cases had been reported in Jaffna in the past few weeks. Thus, the people should adhere to health guidelines. If people did not follow the guidelines, there would be a spike in cases and then some places would have to be lockdown, he warned.

“It’s too early to say whether we have to close the area down. We are monitoring the situation,” DR. Kethiswaran said.

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