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Sri Lanka to begin sample Covid-19 testing to check community transmission

Mar 31 (EN) SL is planning to start sample testing of the population to check Coronavirus community transmission, health chief Anil Jasinghe said as confirmed Covid-19 cases rose to 122 and SL recorded the 2nd death. “We have so far only tested person in isolation units in hospitals,” he said. “We want to check whether there is to some extent this disease in the community. “Even though we don’t we need to confirms that. more..

Large contributions for COVID–19 Healthcare Fund

Mar 31 (DM) A large number of organizations and individual donors, including former cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan are contributing funds to strengthen the COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund. President Rajapaksa established this Fund on March 23 to strengthen the mitigation activities aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country and related social welfare programmes. Creating the Fund, President Rajapaksa donated Rs. 100 million from the President’s Fund. more..

Vegetable prices fall and farmers in difficulties, price controllers not seen

Mar 31 (EN) SL’s farmers who could not sell vegetable complained in national television Monday days after a permit raj was tightened and a price control agency was lionized on national television amid curfews slapped to control Coronavirus. Consumer Affairs Authority, the price control agency was seen on television berating traders at economic centres & disrupting activities over the weekend. TV anchors claimed that kooter welandun (racketeering businessmen) were driving up prices. more..

Video: President provides more relief for public hit by COVID-19 pandemic

Mar 31 (AD) Prez Rajapaksa has introduced more financial and material relief for SL public who are affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak. Prez has directed the Presidential Task Force on Essential Services to pay low income and vulnerable families, individuals an allowance of Rs 5000 as a lump sum in order to relieve them of the difficulties faced by them. Secretary to the Prez Dr. P.B. Jayasundara today (30) issued a circular more..

Apparels will take $2bn hit from supply chain disruption: Bandula

Mar 31 (DM) The apparel sector will lose USD 2 billion for the three-month period starting from March because of the disruption to supply chain in Europe and the US following the COVID-19 outbreak, Minister Bandula Gunawardene said. He said representatives of the apparel industry met him last Sunday and discussed their grievances triggered by the pandemic. He said apparel exporters were in a predicament as they were unable to ship their consignments meant for upcoming summer. more..

Mohamed bin Zayed receives phone call from Sri Lankan PM

Mar 31 (ENA) His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, received a phone call from Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to discuss ways to enhance fraternal relations in all domains, as well as regional and international developments of mutual interest. During the call, the two parties reviewed the latest developments surrounding the coronavirus, COVID-19, and discussed ways to cooperate to avoid the further spread of the epidemic. more..

Medical experts demand more tests to fight possible upsurge

Mar 31 (DM) Medical experts have warned that Sri Lanka needs to expand the availability of more COVID-19 tests to battle a possible upsurge in the coming weeks. Senior medical practitioners and academics have stated that tests and more tests were the only way to sustain measures such as curfews taken to control the pandemic. They urged that facilities for more tests be increased using labs at various uni.s more..

NWSDB requests public to use water carefully

Mar 31 (FT) Due to increased usage of water and low water levels caused by dry weather, National Water Supply & Drainage Board (NWSDB) yesterday requested the public to be careful when using water. In a statement, the NWSDB explained that water supply would continue without interruption, but that water levels were low due to dry weather. In addition to this, due to a large number of people being at home, usage has also increased. NWSDB thus requested the public more..

Don’t politicize distribution of essential goods: Sajith

Mar 31 (DM) Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Leader Sajith Premadasa yesterday urged the govt not to politicize the distribution of essential goods to people. "We have been told that efforts are being made to fulfil political aspirations when essential goods are distributed to people by the govt. This should not be the case," Mr. Premadasa said in a statement. He also urged the govt to distribute essentials free of charge and to avoid scarcity of essential food items. more..

Foreigners sell Sri Lankan bonds worth Rs. 28 b in 20 days

Mar 31 (TM) Foreign investors have pulled out a whopping Rs. 28.12 billion worth of investments from SL’s Treasury bills and bonds in the first three weeks of this month, according to the data from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). This amounts to over 67% of the total net foreign outflows reported since 1 January to 20 March, which is Rs. 41.55 billion. Net foreign outflows were seen intensifying, more..

Warning issued to local authorities not to interfere

Mar 31 (Island) Given that all decisions, regarding imposition of curfew, selection of localities to clamp it and declaration of areas to be isolated, is taken at the highest level of govt, regional authorities must not attempt to take decisions on such matters, PMD said. “All the decisions with regard to imposition of curfew, selection of localities to implement curfew and declaration of isolated areas are being taken at the highest level of the Govt following an in-depth analysis of data received,” more..

We need to reorganise matches with tighter spectator control says FFSL chief

Mar 31 (DN) Football Federation of SL president Anura de Silva said that their biggest challenge following the Coronavirus outbreak was rebuilding and reorganising football to face similar situations in the future. “Depending on the outcome of the current Covid-19 situation faced globally we are currently making plans for the next six months,” he said. “So far all our qualification matches globally have been postponed and hopefully we will be able to overcome this situation in next few months” more..

We must try to maximise the time to be with our families: Dimuth

Mar 31 (DN) For SL cricket captain Dimuth Karunaratne the curfew imposed by the govt to curb the dreaded Coronavirus has given him a God-given chance to spend time with his family. “Focus on cricket is less these days but we are maintaining our fitness and we have time to spend with our families which is something we don’t get when we are playing cricket around the year,” he said. “We won’t get a chance like this more..

Taking on COVID-19: The enemy of our enemy is unity

Mar 31 (FT) Nations are best tested in times of crisis. This is when our humanity should rise over self-interest and when all differences should be put aside. This is when intellect, indefatigable energy, absolute resoluteness and the courage and conviction to stand up and be counted all come together. This is when populations are united into nations. This is when an aggregate of individuals become a community. This is the moment of the team. In other words, COVID-19 has created more..

COVID-19: Quo Vadis Sri Lanka

Mar 31 (Island) COVID-19 has wide-ranging implications on two fronts: healthcare provision and economic activities. The impact is being transmitted at the global, sectoral and individual levels. The severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being compounded in global financial markets by the tension in the oil market arising from Russia’s effort to undermine the US shale sector leading to a split between Russia and Saudi Arabia. The severity of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic more..

SL missions in SA in touch with citizens

Mar 31 (MFA) The SL Missions in South Asia, in collaboration with the Foreign Ministry, have been closely engaging with the SL communities overseas and are working towards assisting and facilitating the many SL expatriates in the region in the wake of COVID-19 epidemic. Mission wise, databases of SL students and other expatriates are being compiled by the Missions with a view to keeping in close contact and ensuring their more..

Separating the wheat from the chaff

Mar 31 (Island) We have seen people behave in various ways amidst the COVID-19 situation. On one extreme are those who think this is an over-reaction, generally considering the prevailing movement restrictions a nuisance to be subverted. On the other are those in high levels of distress getting ready for impending doom. This is a situation that is constantly evolving. Undoubtedly, this creates a sense of uncertainty and confusion about what to do and not. more..

Editorial: Small is useful

Mar 31 (Island) Time was when there were retail shops, or sillara kades, at every nook and cranny of the country, selling various commodities, including grocery items, at reasonable prices. Catering as they did mostly to low income groups, they could keep prices low as they had no overheads as such. They were open, from morn till night, daily. They stood the ordinary people in good stead in that essentials were available at affordable prices. But, most of these small businesses could not more..

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COVID-19’s economic fallout has to be fought on a war-footing

Mar 31 (SO) Remember those times the foreign media reported on curfews in Sri Lanka in startled tones, in stories that seemed calculated to frighten? Remember the time we lived anxious but relatively normal lives despite the war but the foreign media depicted the country as one burning cauldron? Not this time. This is when the world knows what Sri Lanka is going through because the world is going through worse. There are more COVID-19 cases in the US today than in China, more..

Dealing with COVID-19: What more can we do?

Mar 31 (CT) Sri Lanka saw the first COVID-19-related death on 28 March, while the total number of COVID-19 patients is on the rise. The prevailing situation not only shows the importance of precautionary measures taken by the Govt so far, but also raises a question as to what more can we do? In the wake of the soaring number of COVID-19 cases, the Govt decided to impose islandwide curfew, inter-district travel bans, and also restrictions on arrivals to and departures from Sri Lanka, more..

Too much religion is making it hard to fight the pandemic

Mar 31 (DM) At times of personal and collective tragedy, people find solace in religion; some seek divine blessings, others ponder the impermanence of the life, many others do both. Invocation of religion could be just symbolic for more earthly folks, but it could also be cathartic to some others. Now, a God-defying pandemic is redefining the relationship between religion and the masses – and the disease itself while intensive social distancing more..


Mar 31 (ST) Whew! What a week and we are only at the beginning of the biggest-ever wait-and-see that the world has experienced in modern history. The choon paan karaya was erratic with his bread and savouries’ delivery during curfew hours. Mobile bakers have been allowed to distribute items during the curfew. For the very first time, the regular under-the-margosa tree conversations were not happening, as Kussi Amma Sera, Mabel Rasthiyadu and Serapina have been in lockdown in their more..

A test-run for a better tomorrow

Mar 31 (SO) A time of concern or even of fear is also a time for reflection and regret. This is when we encounter should have and shouldn’t have. This is when we revisit received truths and start questioning their worth and our wisdom. System failure is what’s before us and this is less evident in the onset of the calamity than in the (in)ability to cope. Science is scrambling for answers. Technology is doing its best. The socio-economic-political edifice is navel-gazing. The human species is lost. more..

Pre-Election budgetary position report 2020

Mar 31 (CT) Following statements by MP and civil society activists, the Secretary to the Treasury published the Pre-Election Budgetary Position Report last Monday. Publication of this report prior to elections is a requirement under the Fiscal Management (Responsibility) Act of 2003. While welcoming the Report's publication, it is our duty to draw the Govt's and public's attention to the worrying contents of this report, more..

Gota pardons Sunil: Why?

Mar 31 (CT) At a time when the entire population of Sri Lanka and the whole world is preoccupied with finding the means to escape with minimum damage from the deadly effects of a health and economic crises, caused by Covid-19, also termed as Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus by Epoch Times, Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa (GR) has picked this moment of despair and despondence to grant a special pardon to an army butcher Sunil Ratnayake, a former staff sergeant, who was convicted more..

Our role in nature: Place, People & Performance

Mar 31 (CT) This paper was first presented as a keynote speech at the 7th International Conference on Cities, Places and People organized by Faculty of Architecture, Uni of Moratuwa in Nov 14-16, 2019. With the current coronavirus outbreak and the natural catastrophe that humans are facing, I thought that this paper should be edited and shared with my readership. This paper discusses our place, performance and our innate engagement with the natural environment and also questions more..

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District & Divisional Secs. asked to ensure essential services

Mar 30 (NR) Ministry of Public Adm, Home Affairs, PCs & LG has decided to vest powers to ensure essential services operate to District and Divisional Secretaries due to the present situation in the country. The Ministry issuing a statement also advised to appoint a committee comprising executive grade members of respective districts and to ensure food and medicine and other essential items are sold through mobile mechanisms with the assistance of state and private businesses more..

2020 A/L exam has not been postponed

Mar 30 (NR) Ministry of Education says reports circulating on social media of the 2020 A/L Exam, scheduled to be conducted in August, being postponed are false. Ministry said a decision has not been reached pertaining to the Exam yet. Ministry requested public to refrain from making irresponsible claims such as these, at a time that the govt and the country is faced with the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. Education Ministry urged the public to only refer to official statements made by govt. more..

Presidential Task Force meeting held today

Mar 30 (DN) A special meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Essential Services, empowered with the responsibility to take decisions on maintaining civilian life amid COVID 19 outbreak, was held at temple trees today. The members reviewed the progress of the ongoing efforts to maintain essential services and discussed measures that should be taken in future, the Task Force in a press communique said. more..

Measures taken to combat COVID-19: President briefs Mahanayake Theras

Mar 30 (CT) Prez Rajapaksa paid homage to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy, on Saturday. Prez was received by Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela Bandara at the venue. Diyawadana Nilame donated Rs 10 million to the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund. he Prez called on the Mahanayake of the Malwatta Chapter, Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera, and the Prez briefed on the measures taken by the Govt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in SL. more..

Bhutan chartered flight to bring 93 students from Sri Lanka

Mar 30 (KO) Bhutan Airlines will bring home 93 students from Sri Lanka today. The parents chattered the flight paying Nu 37,000 each. The flight is expected to land today at 4pm. Meanwhile, Drukair’s new airbus A5-JKW brought home 140 passengers –138 students, one dependent and a minor—studying in Lovely Professional University in Punjab. The Bhutanese students boarded the flight from Chandigarh on March 28. The college was closed on March 13 and since then more..

Video: 2nd COVID-19 death reported in SL

Mar 30 (AD) Another patient who had been infected by the novel coronavirus has passed away while receiving treatment at the Negombo General Hospital. Ministry of Health stated that a 64-year-old male resident of Kochchikade, Negombo had died from the virus. The individual in question had initially been admitted to a private hospital in Negombo before being transferred to District General Hospital Negombo today more..

Easter services cancelled

Mar 30 (DM) Easter services in the Colombo Archdiocese have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis while other dioceses including Chilaw are also likely to call off the services depending on the situation. Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith announced that Easter services including services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and on Easter Sunday will be cancelled in Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara Districts. more..

Chilaw family of 5 including infant infected with COVID-19

Mar 30 (NR) The family of the individual from Nattandiya, who tested positive for the coronavirus, have also confirmed to have contracted the virus. Four other family members, including a 4-month-old infant, tested positive for COVID-19 today. The individual had returned from overseas recently. The individual’s wife and three children are among those who contracted the virus. The request for persons who arrived in the island as of the 10 of March to self-isolate, if adhered, will ensure families more..