https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/252951/eight_col_075_makhija-notitle210108_npWkE.jpg?1610226770 India will launch its vaccination drive against the coronavirus on 16 January, the government has announced. A healthcare worker at a vaccination centre in New Dehli, India. Photo: Mayank Makhija/NurPhoto PM Narendra Modi called it a “landmark step” and said the aim was to vaccinate 300 million people by July. India has a population of 1.3 billion. Healthcare staff and frontline workers will be among the first to receive doses, he added. India has recorded the second-highest number of Covid-19 infections in the world, after the US. Since the pandemic began it has confirmed more than 10.3 million cases and nearly 150,000 deaths. The country’s drugs regulator has given the green light to two vaccines – one developed by AstraZeneca with Oxford University (Covishield) and one by Indian firm Bharat Biotech (Covaxin). “Starting that day [16 January], India’s nationwide vaccination drive begins,” Modi tweeted on Saturday. “Priority will be ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/248873/eight_col_test.jpg?1605654160 Otago University researchers who published new ways to process Covid-19 tests say their work is already being used in other countries. University of Otago research leader Tim Hore. Photo: Supplied. Biologist Tim Hore and his team fine-tuned a simple method to separate virus genetic cells from patients’ nasal samples – an important step to see if Covid-19 is present. “When something like a pandemic comes along, by having a small number of companies producing all of the chemicals, then the supply chain’s going to fail. “So in order to have resilient systems, you need to have ways to do it yourself.” At the beginning of the pandemic, the test kits used to diagnose Covid-19 were becoming scarce, as demand soared for reagents, he said. However, the researchers found these reagents could easily be made using New Zealand materials. “As the Covid pandemic came upon us and places started running ...

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[og_img] T10 format is exactly what the Olympics would be looking at – Abu Dhabi Cricket CEO-By Amindha de Alwis Source:Dailymirror CEO of Abu Dhabi Cricket Matt Boucher, commented that ten-over cricket would be an ideal format to showcase cricket in the Olympic Games, given its eye-catching and fast-paced nature which lines up with the objectives included in the Olympic Charter, He made these remarks to the Dailymirror ahead of the fourth edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League which is set to kick-off on January 28.  “I think the format is exactly what the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Olympics would be looking at. A maximum eyeballs delivery of cricket. The Olympic charter has objectives and including short form ten-over cricket will be a massive boost to any Olympics. I do believe that it is a fantastic format that will continue to grow and evolve around the world,” ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Sandiya-Ithagane-Wijekoon-Peiris.jpg Sandiya Ithagane Wijekoon Peiris Source:Dailymirror Sandiya humbly gave tribute to her school and coach who is her beloved uncle, Chandra Wijekoon, for investing in her hockey career Chandra Wijekoon is a well-known national player, national coach, national selector and national umpire. Chandra’s two sons Asanga and Harsha Wijekoon still continue to represent the Sri Lanka National Hockey Team Sandiya Ithagane Wijekoon Peiris is an unforgettable name in the history of women’s hockey in Sri Lanka.  Sandiya was born and raised in Matale. She first attended school at Good Shepherd Convent Kandy and secondly at Sri Sangamitta Girls’ National School, Matale (BMS) where she started to play hockey. Sandiya comes from a family of great national hockey players.  It is undoubtedly the reason for Sandiya’s interest in hockey at a very young age. She was also blessed to play hockey with her aunts Manel Wijekoon Wimalaratne and Sujatha Wijekoon Randiligama and ...

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[og_img] Sri Lankan style warm welcome in Melbourne Source:Island The whole world is almost at a standstill due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, cricket fans do have something to shout about – with India playing Australia, Sri Lanka against South Africa, and New Zealand battling it out with Pakistan. Unfortunately, we don’t have much to shout about as South Africa trounced us in the First Test, by an innings and 45 runs, and winning the second game, as well. But…the Sri Lankans, in Melbourne, Australia, did make it a happening scene when they entertained Nick Hockley, Interim CEO, Cricket Australia, and ICC T20 2022 Australia. The T20 Cricket World Cup Multicultural team, in Melbourne, invited Nick Hockley, to dinner, at Upali’s Restaurant, in Melbourne, at the ‘12th Man Bar,’ which, I’m told, has a unique atmosphere, connected with cricket. David Cruse, and wife Cathy, hosted the function. David, by the ...

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  They say that you will never see           A poem lovely as a tree.      An old song dedicated naturally to trees everywhere. They are so much more important than most of us imagine. They are indeed the life blood of many animals, an Australian example being the Koala bear. It was under the sacred Bo-tree that Lord Buddha attained enlightenment. Trees are the homes of millions of birds that build their nests in them to raise their babies until they are ready to take wing and the humble bat finds trees on which they hang upside down all day, waiting for sundown before taking off. Trees are necessary for our World to exist, but sometimes, unfortunately, they are cut down leaving huge logs that end up as common toothpicks. The man who is designated to be the next King of England talks to ...

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https://www.rnz.co.nz/assets/news/252936/eight_col_queen3.jpg?1610213808 The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have received Covid-19 vaccinations, Buckingham Palace has said. Photo: AFP A royal source said the vaccinations were administered on Saturday by a household doctor at Windsor Castle. The source added the Queen decided to let it be known she had the vaccination to prevent further speculation. The Queen, 94, and Prince Philip, 99, are among around 1.5 million people in the UK to have had at least one dose of a Covid vaccine so far. People aged over 80 in the UK are among the high-priority groups who are being given the vaccine first. The couple have been spending the lockdown in England at their Windsor Castle home after deciding to have a quiet Christmas at their Berkshire residence, instead of the traditional royal family gathering at Sandringham. Last month, the Queen appeared alongside several other senior members of the royal family ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Chief-Receptionist-at-the-Ceylon-Tea-Centre-scaled-e1610210977782.jpg I was fortunate to be sent to London by the Ceylon Tea Board in Colombo, accompanying my husband, going to UK on a scholarship for higher studies. I was extremely nervous, as it was the first time, I was going for  a job after leaving school, but I felt good as it was at the Ceylon  Tea Centre in Piccadilly circus, London. On my first day, I was interviewed by Miss Ward, Secretary to the Tea Commissioner Mr Chambers. Her first question after a pleasant conversation was, “When can you start work as the chief receptionist at the Tea Centre”? That was the beginning of my incredibly happy journey and experience. I found it very pleasant whilst at the job, that I had the opportunity to meet many people who visited the Centre, and most of them curious to know about Sri Lanka, the costume saree I wore, and ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Scenic-Kutumbigala-sanctuary.jpg Leopard attack on farmers in Kutumbigala-by Kamanthi Wickramasinghe On the receiving end of a leopard! Scenic Kutumbigala sanctuary Source:Dailymirror Authorities should provide compensation to the family of the deceased Leopard captured and released towards the interiors of the Kumana National Park Second farmer receiving treatment at Pottuvil hospital Territories of male leopards have overlapped  DWC observes challenges in giving 100% protection to leopards and/or humans Conservationists opine that leopards usually don’t come into conflict with humans   An abundance of greeneries that come to life with birdsong and calls of the wild, punctuated with rocky outcrops highlight the Kutumbigala Sanctuary as one of the most pristine locations in the Ampara District. Home to one of the ancient Buddhist monastic complexes built during the times of King Devanampiya Tissa, Kutumbigala comprise of ancient caves, inscriptions and ancient dagabas. But over time, the less populated jungles of the East have now ...

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https://www.elanka.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Supun-Thalagoda.jpg Supun Thalagoda Source:Dailynews Supun Thalagoda began his rugby journey at Dharmaraja College aged twelve, first played for the under 15and 17 teams. This scrum half also played in 1978 for 1st XV under late Thilak Jayasundara’s, then in 1978 and 1979 under Milroy Mendis Leadership and 1980 under Hemantha Yatawara. As a player he gave his best for the game of rugby and captained the Dharrmaraja College team in’1981 and was able to win colours and also was the winner of the highest award of the school Dagoba. He was a natural leader on the field and a classy scrum-half who excelled with his passing game, while his kicking has been vital too. His slick all-round game was matched by a true winner’s mentality. Supun was blessed with superb speed and strength and formed great half-back partnerships for the teams he played. He was a diligent player who worked ...

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