General Knowledge - 09


Sri Lanka has been ranked 112th in the 2023 list of happiest countries in the world. Also, Finland has topped the list for the sixth time in a row. According to the report, Sri Lanka's position has improved from its 2022 position of 127th. Denmark ranks second, Iceland third and Israel fourth on the happiness list. In this ranking, neighboring India is at 126th position and Pakistan is at 108th position.

Homosexuality has been made a punishable offense in the East African country of Uganda. A related bill has been tabled and passed in the country's parliament. The bill makes it a crime to identify as gay. Under the law, which carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years, homosexuals who commit serious violations can face the death penalty. More than 30 African countries, including Uganda, have already banned same-sex relationships. Jail sentences have been announced as a new measure against gays in Uganda. The act also prohibits the promotion of homosexuality and planning to engage in it.
International media reports that there is a high possibility that the 2023 World Cup ODI series will start on October 5. According to this, the information has been released that the competitions will be held till the 19th of November. It is known that 48 matches will be held in the World Cup series in which 10 teams will participate.

It is also reported that the final of the tournament is scheduled to be held on November 19 at Narendra Modi Stadium, the largest stadium in the world. However, it is noteworthy that no official announcement has been made in this regard so far.

Sri Lanka's famous musical genius Sanath Nandasiri passed away at the age of 81. His tenure as Chancellor of Fine Arts University is notable.

The recommendation of the President to appoint retired High Court Judge KPK Hiripuregama to the post of Ombudsman for Parliamentary Administration, which is vacant from 31.03.2023, was unanimously approved by the Constitutional Council. This approval was given when the Constituent Assembly met on 24.03.2023 under the leadership of Speaker and Chairman of the Constituent Assembly Mahinda Yappa Abeywaradhana.

Also, applications for appointment of members to independent commissions were also considered by the Constituent Assembly under Article 41(b) of the Constitution. Accordingly, the names of four persons for appointment as members of the committee have been unanimously recommended to the President in the application forms sent to the Audit Service Commission. According to the Constitution, the Auditor General is appointed ex officio as the Chairman of the Audit Service Commission.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa, Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, Members of Parliament Sagara Kariyawasam and Kabir Hashim and non-members of Parliament Pratap Ramanujam, Dilkushi Anula Wijesundara and Dinesha Samararatne.

Specialist Dr. Sherin Balasingam said that one in three people in Sri Lanka has been identified as lazy. He said that this situation has occurred due to the use of laptops, the habit of using television, and addiction to mobile phones. Due to this, there is a risk of heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure etc. Also, by encouraging everyone to exercise daily, many diseases can be prevented, the expert said.

The Sri Lankan Health Policy Administration has published a list of the most disliked politicians in Sri Lanka. 04 members of the Rajapaksa family are in the top four positions in this list. Accordingly, former Finance Minister Bashil Rajapaksa is on the first place, former Youth - Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa is in the second place, former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is on the third place, and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa is in the fourth place.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been selected as the most popular leader in the world according to the poll results published by the company 'Morning Consult'. Prime Minister Modi topped the list with 76%, followed by Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. It is noteworthy that this poll has been conducted ahead of the Lok Sabha elections to be held next year in 2024.

The Taliban, the country's rulers, have banned women-run radio stations in Afghanistan. Since Afghanistan came under the control of the Taliban, various measures have been taken against women in the country. The Taliban banned Women's Voice, the country's only women-run radio station. It is noteworthy that the said radio has been running for 10 years under the leadership of 08 employees with six female members.

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