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Clarke honoured

Clarke honoured

Arthur C. Clarke was honoured for his numerous literary and scientific achievements by the University of Illinois with the University Presidential Award and Medallion last Friday by Earl Kellogg, associate provost for International Affairs at the University.

The medal which was awarded for the 11th time in the history of the university which spans 137 years was awarded for his contribution to classic science fiction, especially with his "2001- Space Odyssey". Mr. Clarke said that he was flattered, honoured and delighted by the gesture of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, which is also the birth place of HAL 9000, the onboard computer of the novel and film based on his famous fiction on year 2000.

Pay TV starting soon

Sri Lanka's first pay TV Channel 9 will be starting its telecast shortly bringing to viewers a variety of programmes.

The Sunday Times learns the agreement between the local partners and their foreign collaborators is due to be signed soon.

Once Channel 9 gets off the ground Sri Lanka will be on global television network. Viewers have to pay for their channel on a monthly basis as it is a pay TV network.

Programmes to be telecast on Channel 9 include sports, music, entertainment, education, children's programmes and news. These programmes will be from BBC, Warner Bros., Disney and others.

Meanwhile, when The Sunday Times contacted the Rupavahini Corporation Chairman D. E. W. Gunasekera he said: "I am myself in the dark about this. I am also looking for some news about this Channel. If I get to know something I shall inform your paper."

However, Media Ministry, Secretary K. C. Logeswaram confirmed that the licence to operate was issued by Dharmasiri Senanayake when he was Media Minister.

Channel 9 will have Australian collaboration and its Chairman will be Siva Gurupalan, a Sri Lankan based in Australia and its General Manager is Gamini Rajanayake. A one time close confidante of a VVIP is also on the board of directors, The Sunday Times learns.

See and hear Sirasa TV

By Sanath Weerasuriya

The new television channel, Sirasa TV will be on the air from June 10, replacing the current MTV channel on the some wavelength.

The current, MTV channel will shift onto the "Newsvision" channel from next Wednesday, which will cover the greater Colombo and Kandy regions only.

The new 'Sirasa TV' is a Sinhala oriented islandwide channel and operates 18 hours non-stop from 6 am to 12 midnight.

Sirasa TV, though is a Sinhala oriented channel, will be featured 11/2 hours prime time Tamil belt, 1/2 hour English news exclusively from BBC, MTV English news etc.

There will be one hour children's entertainment, cartoons muppet shows, children's sitcom and one hour political programming too.

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