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1. Rajapaksa underlines need to sustain Delhi – Colomboties

Sri Lanka’s Leader of the Opposition and former President MahindaRajapaksa made an impassioned pleathat the relation between India and Srilankashould not fall victim to a change in government in either capital.

He said that the two countries must ensure that their territories were not used by groups inimical to the interests of either country and also called for strong people-to-people and civil services relations between the two countries.

2. As new cases rise ,leprosy in spotlight

The number of recorded leprosy cases has increased from 86,147 (in 2013-14) to 90,709 (2017-18).This was in contrast to the 2005 declaration that India was leprosy-free.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has set the goal of zero children with leprosy and deformities by 2020, and less than one patient per million for other newly diagnosed patients.

It is also known as Hansen’s disease (HD), is a chronic infection caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium leprae and Mycobacterium lepromatosis and transmitted via droplets, from the nose and mouth.

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