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How Athletes are coping with present Curfew

Mar 30 (CT) Covid 19 pandemic has forced National Athletes to stick to their homes for an indefinite period, which they aren't used to or haven't done so in the past and they hardly want to miss two days of practice on the trot. SL has a couple of athletes who are stuck in other countries due to the pandemic. Sprinter Yupun Abeykoon is stuck in Italy where 69,176 cases and 6,820 deaths have been reported, while Marathoner Hiruni Wijayarathne more..

SLT now offers free unlimited data

Mar 30 (Island) As the national telecommunications provider, Sri Lanka Telecom, recognizing its responsibility in a time when Sri Lanka is affected by the coronavirus pandemic, has come up with a range of free unlimited data offers with the aim of making it possible for you to stay connected with your loved ones. SLT now offers free unlimited data for Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, IMO and Telegram making it easier for you to stay closer to your friends, family & relatives in this time of need, more..

CEB Engineers support Coronavirus hospitals

Mar 30 (EN) Engineers of CEB have provided medical equipment to hospitals designated to treat Coronavirus patients and are collecting funds to provide supplies to hospitals. The CEBEU had handed over 1.1 million rupees medical supplies include beds for ICUs to Panadura Hospital. The union is also helping to fund the conversion of a ward in Nagoda Hospital in Kaluthara. CEBEU said it has now launched a collection to by 1,000 PPE kits for the Army Hospital. more..

22 civil society organisations criticise Presidential pardon

Mar 30 (FT) A number of 22 civil society organisations issued a collective statement contending that the Presidential pardon extended to convicted Army officer after his sentence was affirmed by a five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court was a lethal blow to the rule of law. On 26 March, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa granted a Presidential pardon and released convicted death row prisoner former Army Staff Sergeant Sunil Rathnayake. more..

Fans in for a treat as ICC opens its archives

Mar 30 (ICC) International Cricket Council (ICC) has opened its comprehensive archive of match footage and programming to its broadcast partners, giving fans throughout the world the opportunity to relive some of the greatest cricketing moments of the last 45 years as they stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Move will enable fans around the world to watch memorable cricket matches, highlights and ICC films at a time live sport programming stands disrupted due to Corona Virus. more..

Editorial: Lockdown blues

Mar 30 (Island) The first Covid-19 death has been reported, and new cases continue to be detected in SL. The ongoing stringent measures to prevent the spread of the disease must continue if a catastrophic situation is to be averted. Even the developed countries are struggling to manage the Covid-19 crisis. The New York Times reported, on Friday, that Covid-19 patients had to share ventilators in some New York hospitals. What we are faced with is an unprecedented health emergency, more..

‘My (Olympic) dreams are not shattered, they are simply delayed’

Mar 30 (ST) Like most athletes around the world, SL’s US-based star Hiruni Wijayaratne has welcomed the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics by one year because of the coronavirus pandemic. She joined 23-time Olympic gold medallist Michael Phelps who noted his support for the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday night. “I was shocked that they hadn’t cancelled before this,” Phelps told NBC. more..

Mahanama and Vaas appeal to help daily wage earners

Mar 30 (Island) Former Sri Lanka captain Roshan Mahanama and former fast bowling great Chaminda Vaas have appealed to the cricket lovers to come forward to help the daily wage earner who have lost their livelihood due to the ongoing lock-down. The initiative to help the daily wage earners was started by Dr. Krishan Thalagahage and team. Vaas and Mahanama urge the public to donate essentials such as rice, noodles, dhal, salmon, dry fish, sprats, sugar, chilies, curry powder and biscuits. more..

Watch your eating habits, Sri Lanka’s cricketers told

Mar 30 (Island) Sri Lanka Cricket has issued a directive to all contracted players to watch their eating habits. The members of the national cricket teams are on strict diets constantly monitored by the trainers but now that the players are isolated due to the island-wide curfew, there are fears that the players might end up putting on additional weight. With no training whatsoever taking place, the players are restricted to indoor training within their houses. more..

No salary cuts for SriLankan Airlines’ staff despite flight restrictions

Mar 30 (TM) Despite airlines around the world temporarily reducing salaries of employees to mitigate losses, national carrier SriLankan Airlines has no plans to resort to any pay cuts. Currently, all passenger flights into Sri Lanka have been postponed indefinitely with effect from 17 March, with only departure flights being operational since last Sunday (22), in a measure adopted to contain the spread of Covid-19 within SL. more..

What COVID-19 exposed!

Mar 30 (Island) Leaving aside the idiocy and the lack of social responsibility displayed by some of our brethren, returning to the safety of the Motherland escaping the virulence of a tiny virus devastating Europe, many an interesting fact has emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic. The term pandemic itself causes jitters as most assume that it implies severity, whereas what it actually means is the geographical distribution: That it is prevalent in many continents of the world, simultaneously. more..

A people like no other

Mar 30 (TM) Despite its dark side, Covid-19 has also been somewhat of a blessing in disguise for the majority of us Sri Lankans who, all this time, have steadfastly refused to obey basic public sanitation protocols. Now, Covid-19 has succeeded in doing what no politician or govt could do, that is, to get people to wash their hands at regular intervals and await their turn to be served. The deadly pandemic which has killed thousands across the globe is yet to claim a life in Sri Lanka, more..

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Politics apart; uniting for a cause

Mar 30 (TM) The continuous calls by many opposition political parties on the Govt to convene an all-party meeting to discuss the global Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on Sri Lanka were finally answered by PM Mahinda Rajapaksa last week by holding an all-party meeting to discuss the way forward. Rajapaksa has convened the meeting with party leaders at Temple Trees on Tuesday (24). With Parliament dissolved and the general election postponed indefinitely, the all-party meeting more..

Nestlé donates Rs. 15 mn products to front-line workers battling COVID-19

Mar 30 (DN) SrL workers at the frontline of battling the COVID-19 outbreak received close to half a million serves of food and beverage products from Nestlé, worth Rs. 15 million. The products were donated to the National Operations Center for Prevention of COVID-19 for distribution to medical workers, armed forces and others, in support of the critical work they do. “Now more than ever is the time to uphold our strong values as a company; to continue making a meaningful contribution more..

Coronavirus: Political physicians’ prescriptions put patients in peril

Mar 30 (ST) For many decades, Sri Lankans have displayed their ingenuity at historic moments even if what they said or did bordered on insanity. Some 65 years ago, an ayurvedic physician cum astrologer, came out with a recipe for a cocktail that would make dark women turn white. This was when the sun, moon and the earth aligned itself during a total eclipse that brought darkness during daytime. When sunlight arrived later, more..

Death in Angoda

Mar 30 (CT) I heard of the death in Angoda from two busybody acquaintances late Saturday night. The tenor of one was gossipy. The other was condemnatory of all who chose to live and work beyond our shores but decided to return when pestilence threatened them. Death at our doorstep should have diminished us. That it sparked excitement appalled me. The French philosopher novelist Albert Camus wrote his famous novel La peste- The Plague precisely to explain how more..

Democracy in crisis: Avoiding dictatorship

Mar 30 (CT) Prez on 2 March, 2020 by Gazette Extraordinary No. 2165/8legitimately dissolved Parliament from midnight and fixed 25 April, 2020 as the date for the General Election. While the proclamation was legal, it was poorly thought out because it was made well after the Covid-19 outbreak had begun. Passengers at many int'l airports like Kuwait were being tested for fever before letting them enter, but our govt seemed hell-bent on holding elections, even inviting more..

Colombo under curfew: Candid captures of a desolate city

Mar 30 (Roar) Colombo is usually teeming with activity as people pour into the city for work or school, causing bottlenecks and gridlocks during peak hours. But all of that has now changed as a result of the curfew imposed on the island to contain COVID-19. While it is not uncommon to see bumper-to-bumper traffic on the Galle Road that runs through Colombo this picture from Bambalapitiya, shows how empty the road is more..

Around the world in eighty days, the virus that knows no borders

Mar 30 (ST) Today it is heartening to note China beating its breasts and exclaiming proudly Wuhan has finally laid to rest the deadly virus it once spawned, bred and spread to the rest of the world. But is it too early to open the bubbly? Too early to give Wuhan a clean bill of health? The bat borne virus, transmissible from human to human, may have been temporarily slain, but has a stake been driven through its heart to close the lid permanently on its Chinese sojourn? more..

On political sins committed during the covid-19 panic

Mar 30 (ST) A global health pandemic is not the time for political upmanship. It is also the worst time to engage in fragrant violations of justice in the exploitative belief that the uproar therein would be muted when the citizenry is in survivalist mode. At any point, this would be abhorrent but to do so during a pandemic speaks to a special kind of contempt towards the Rule of Law. On both these counts, this Presidency and this Govt needs to be held to account by the nation even as more..

Apparel firms face uphill battle to make Coronavirus masks, million safety suites

Mar 29 (EN) SL’s apparel sector has turned their factories to make mask & protective equipment for frontline workers who are fighting against Coronavirus, though tight controls are making it difficult to keep factories running. In many countries, personal protective equipment are in short supply. “At the moment the industry is making one million pieces of safety suites through JAAF for the people who are working frontline in coronavirus more..

Stock Market closed on Monday over curfew, banks to run

Mar 29 (EN) Sri Lanka’s stock market would be closed on Monday over a holiday, the Colombo Stock Exchange said, while bond markets and banks are open. “In view of the extension of the curfew by the Govt, the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has decided that the CSE will remain closed for Trading on Monday (30),” the Colombo Stock exchange said. Banks would be open on Monday though customers are not expected to come. Bond and forex markets also operated Friday. more..

Sri Lanka to receive $1.3 m from US to combat COVID-19

Mar 29 (TM) US State Department and USAID will provide $1.3 million financial assistance to SL to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The measure is a part of the U.S. Govt’s $274 million emergency health and humanitarian assistance programme to help countries in need during the pandemic. “$1.3 million will help the SL govt prepare laboratory systems, activate case-finding and event-based surveillance, support technical experts for response and preparedness, risk communication, more..

Video: Final rites of deceased COVID-19 patient under intl. quarantine regulations

Mar 29 (AD) The final rites of the patient who died of the coronavirus will be carried out according to the international quarantine regulations, stated Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. Sri Lanka’s first coronavirus death was confirmed from the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), last evening (28). The deceased is a 60-year-old kidney transplant patient who had suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure. more..

SL setting an example with swift response to COVID-19 pandemic: Study

Mar 29 (DM) Despite being a second world economy, Sri Lanka is setting a global example by taking swift and impressive response to the global epidemic of COVID-19, a report by the Healh Review Global said following a thorough analysis of public health measures employed by SL. “We have studied the responses of many countries to the coronavirus pandemic. We at decided to select SL for its swift and impressive response to more..

SL should refund Rs500bn in EPF money holders after Covid-19 crisis: Cabraal

Mar 29 (EN) Sri Lanka should return about 20% of Employees Provident Fund balance to holders after the Coronavirus pandemic ends as the island no longer had fiscal space to boost the economy after recent tax cuts, a top official said. Sri Lanka had already given a stimulus in the form of a tax cut in January and a debt moratorium after the new administration came to power. The island did have the fiscal space to give the tax refunds and grants announced by advanced nations, more..

Confirmed Covid-19 cases: GMOA dreads April spike

Mar 29 (TM) Despite the relatively low number of confirmed Covid-19 cases reported last week, health authorities yesterday warned the public that the threat was not over as they forecast another spike in infections in the first week of April. GMOA Deputy Secretary Dr. Naveen De Zoysa said that GMOA expected the next surge to occur on 7 April. It urged the Govt not to relax the strict regulations currently in place to control more..

Video: Arunodaya Mawatha in Rajagiriya under scrutiny

Mar 29 (DM) Aranodaya Mawatha at Obeysekerepura in Rajagiriya, has come under scrutiny following the information that two children and four adults, who had gone on a pilgrimage with a pastor, were found with symptoms of Covid-19, Municipal Council Chief Medical Officer Manoj Rodrigo said today. He said that those with symptoms had taken part in a Divine Service organised by the Pastor at Suriyawewa on March 15. The Pastor had also used two buses to more..

Another Sri Lankan in London dies of coronavirus

Mar 29 (AD) Another Sri Lankan living in London, England has died of the novel coronavirus infection. This is the second Sri Lankan in England to have succumbed to the virus. Reportedly, the deceased is a 70-year-old retired doctor. Meanwhile, another Sri Lankan residing in Feltham, London passed away from COVID-19. Currently, 115 COVID-19 patients are recorded from SL. One patient succumbed to the disease yesterday while 10 others have already recovered and discharged from the hospital. more..

COVID 19 - Special Report

SL to import Japanese drug for COVID-19

Mar 29 (AD) Chairman of State Pharmaceutical Corporation (SPC), Dr. Prasanna Gunasena says that an order has been issued through the Presidential Secretariat to import the drug found in Japan against COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. Joining Ada Derana Big Focus, he said that plans are underway to streamline the drug distribution system in the country. He further said that the pill found by Japan to combat coronavirus is due to be brought to Sri Lanka within two days. more..

11 COVID-19 recoveries reported in Sri Lanka

Mar 29 (NR) Another individual has recovered from the novel coronavirus in the country. The number of recoveries has accordingly increased to 11. A total of nine persons tested positive for COVID-19 in SL yesterday bringing the number of COVID-19 cases confirmed in SL to 115. Meanwhile, 103 persons are currently receiving treatment at three separate hospitals after testing positive. COVID-19 cases are being treated at IDH, the Welikanda Base Hospital and the Colombo East Base Hospital. more..

FTZ workers’ salaries: BOI says paid, unions deny

Mar 29 (TM) A dispute has risen between BOI companies in the free trade zones (FTZs) and the zones’ worker unions, with the latter claiming the employees have not been remunerated while the former insists both wages and April bonuses have been paid. The dispute arose after Minister Prasanna Ranatunga last week instructed the BOI to close all the FTZs in the country until further notice. more..

Sri Lanka merchandise exports down 3.6% in 2020 first two months

Mar 29 (EN) Sri Lanka’s exports were down 3.6% to US$ 1,931 million in the first two months of 2020, the EBD said before a Coronavirus crisis took hold. SL exporters have shipped 2,429 products to 174 countries. USA had bought US$ 260 million of goods, UK, US$ 95 million India US$ 73 million, Germany US$ 51 million and Italy 40 mn. Apparel exports were US$ 939 million, mainly to the US, UK, Italy, Germany and Belgium. Tea was US$ 208 million mainly to Iran, Russia, Turkey & Iran. more..

Video: Main suspect of suicide bomb attack on Zion Church arrested

Mar 29 (AD) The main suspect who had allegedly organized the suicide bomb attack Zion Church in Batticaloa on Easter Sunday 2019 has been arrested, Police Media Spokesperson SP Jaliya Senaratne mentioned said today. On 21 April 2019, Easter Sunday, three churches and three luxury hotels Colombo, were targeted in a series of coordinated terrorist suicide bombings. The attack on the Protestant Zion Church came just before the church’s Easter mass was to begin. more..