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When kindness encompasses our four-legged friends too

Apr 7 (TM) As families, we are now struggling to source the daily essentials, as many promising delivery services are failing to meet the expectations, and currently buying whatever we could get our hands on. But for those responsible for the lives of more than that of their family, it is truly a challenging time as the ability to buy food in large quantities is clearly difficult. In light of this, we spoke to a few animal welfare organisations and more..

COVID-19 repercussions

Apr 7 (CT) When the corona virus began spreading infection and deaths among thousands globally in mid Dec 2019, the Govt under Prez Rajapaksa had been in office for exactly one month. But perhaps because its predecessors SARS and MERS took just a fraction of deaths caused by COVID-19, world leaders obviously dismissed the its latent potential to unleash a trail of global terror encompassing every country in its path. None were spared. The killing and trauma challenge the hitherto more..

Beware of dangers ahead

Apr 7 (ST) April 1st is a day of tomfoolery when legs are pulled even by those who should know better. So when the phone rang and the caller at the other end said Naseby here, for a moment I thought it was an April Fool joke. But it was no joke. Lord Naseby, or Michael Morris as I knew him way back in Colombo in 1963 (if my memory serves me correct), asked for my postal address to send another copy of his new book, as the one addressed to me along with copies to four others appeared to have more..

'Students will be educated using new technology'

Apr 7 (CT) Anura Dissanayake, Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education, Technology & Innovation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Education, spoke at length on how the authorities have planned to keep educating the students who are at home due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, using technology. Q: What is the purpose of Prez Task Force on Education established after the spread of COVID-19? more..

Growing food security concerns with extension of Island-wide curfew

Apr 7 (ST) There are increasing concerns in food security during this prolonged period of an economic shutdown and island-wide curfew. Ensuring the availability and accessibility of at least minimum food requirements is of utmost importance during these days of battling the coronavirus. To the credit of the Govt, many efforts are being made to ensure people’s basic food requirements. Nevertheless, a proportion of the population would not have had adequate minimum food owing to the curfew, more..

Presidential pardon for Sunil Ratnayake: Another perspective

Apr 7 (CT) Local and international NGO quarters are up in arms over the presidential pardon extended to a former soldier Sunil Ratnayake who had been convicted and sentenced to death over an incident in the year 2000 where eight Tamil persons including a five year old child had been killed in Mirusuvil in Jaffna. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a statement that the release of this individual was an affront to the victims who lost their lives in that incident. more..

Video: Curfew in 19 districts temporarily lifted on Thursday

Apr 6 (AD) The curfew imposed in all areas, except for Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Kandy, and Jaffna districts, will be temporarily lifted on Thursday (9). The curfew in the relevant 19 districts will be lifted at 6 am and be in effect until 4 pm the same day. However, the curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna districts will continue until further notice. Meanwhile, the govt has declared the period more..

15 staff members of Apeksha Hospital sent to quarantine centre

Apr 6 (DM) At least 15 staff members of the Apeksha Hospital in Maharagama had to be moved to a quarantine centre after a patient, who was later tested positive for COVID-19, arrived to obtain treatment from the OPD, Hospital Director Dr. Wasantha Dissanayake said. He said the staff members including some doctors had been directed to the Waikkal quarantine centre. He said the patient from Orugodawatta had arrived at the OPD already knowing that he was infected with the virus. more..

Sri Lanka successfully conducts first- ever tea auction via digital platform

Apr 6 (AD) In the light of recent developments caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, following consensus among the stakeholders of the tea industry and with the support of the Chairmen of the Sri Lanka Tea Board, the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association successfully concluded the weekly tea auction on March 18th and 19th, at the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, under challenging circumstances and stringent precautionary measures. However, it was realized that more..

Video: Two new COVID-19 cases reported bringing total to 178

Apr 6 (AD) Two more patients have been diagnosed with the coronavirus infection today, said the Ministry of Health. The new cases raise the total number of COVID-19 cases in SL to 178. 33 patients have recovered so far while 138 patients are currently under medical care. The number of deaths in SL due to COVID-19 stands at 5. Over 250 suspected patients are under observation at selected hospitals. more..

217 released after 14-day quarantine period

Apr 6 (NR) Army Commander said another 217 persons who completed the 14-day quarantine period were released today. Lt Gen Shavendra Silva said 1,287 persons continue to remain at 40 quarantine facilities. He noted that 3,386 persons have been released after completing the quarantine process. Army Commander added another group will be released tomorrow as well, reiterating that persons who are released must complete another 14-day self-isolation period at homes. more..

Sri Lanka bond yields fall, rupee at new low

Apr 6 (EN) Sri Lanka bond yields fell Monday and the while the rupee continued to slide in the one week forward market dealers said, with unprecedented volumes of money being helicopter dropped into the credit system while the people are struggling to contain the spread of Coronavirus. The rupee had closed around 199.75/199.90 to the US dollar in the one week forward market dealers said with deals done above 199.50 to the US dollar. On Friday the rupee had traded at over 196 to more..

Quarantine camp: Student stories

Apr 6 (TM) This Sunday we dig into some of the quarantine camp stories narrated to us by some students. As you may know, most people who came back after 15 March had been sent to quarantine camps all over the country. Some of your friends and family too might have been sent there for their safety. SL Army has been generous enough to navigate this for all incoming travellers. By now, you have most likely heard about where your more..

Four more recover from the coronavirus

Apr 6 (NR) Four more persons who tested positive for COVID-19 in the country have recovered. Ministry of Health reported that total recoveries have accordingly increased to 38. Earlier two persons tested positive for the coronavirus bringing the number of cases in the country to 178. 135 active coronavirus cases are presently being treated in several hospitals including at National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Colombo East Base Hospital, and Welikanda Base Hospital. more..

Musician Jayantha Ratnayake passes away

Apr 6 (AD) Popular musician Jayantha Ratnayake, the son of veteran singer Victor Ratnayake, has passed away at the age of 51. He had passed away at the Apeksha Hospital in Maharagama this morning (06). He had been battling cancer for a long period. The eldest son of renowned singer Victor Ratnayake, Jayantha Ratnayake was also an accomplished music composer, music director and a singer. His brother Lelum Ratnayake is also a well known musician in Sri Lanka. more..

'Social distancing is paramount'

Apr 6 (NR) Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe commenting on the 175 and 176 COVID-19 cases who were confirmed yesterday said, one individual was identified as a resident of Ja-Ela a three-wheeler driver by profession, while the other was a female from Puttalam around 30 years of age. He said the resident of Ja-Ela is presently being spoken to about persons he associated. more..

Talks held on containing COVID-19 with indigenous medicine

Apr 6 (NR) A special discussion was held yesterday over ways to contain the spread of the coronavirus by using indigenous medicine. Speaking at the daily media briefing at the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak Commander of Army Lt Gen Shavendra Silva said discussion was held under the patronage of the Minister of Health under the directives of Prez Rajapaksa. Commander said around 50 Ayurveda, Homeopathy and indigenous doctors attended the talks. more..

Producer Karim Morani's daughter tests Coronavirus positive after returning from SL

Apr 6 (NDTV) Producer Karim Morani, who has co-produced several movies of Shah Rukh Khan, has confirmed that her daughter Shaza Morani tested positive for coronavirus. Mr Morani revealed that Shaza returned to Mumbai from Sri Lanka in the first week of March but didn't show any symptoms of COVID-19. However, Shaza's sister Zoya was symptomatic and hence the two Morani sisters got themselves tested. Zoya, who was in Rajasthan till March 15, tested negative for COVID-19 but more..

COVID-19 spread may be slowing in high temperature: SL researcher

Apr 6 (DM) COVID-19 pandemic may not spiral out of control in countries such as SL due to its high temperature and high humidity levels as it has been noticed that the pandemic is causing a wider spread in low temperature countries, independent local researcher, Huzefa Akbarally said. He said that the SL authorities had wasted no time in nipping this virus in the bud, by implementing strict preventive measures, but ongoing research has shown more..

Themiya Abeywickrama appointed DG of Civil Aviation Authority

Apr 6 (AD) Themiya Abeywickrama has been appointed as the new Director General of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Capt. Abeywickrama had previously served as Chief Pilot - Training and Standards of Mihin Lanka. He will take over from Mr H.M.C. Nimalsiri, who was the Director General of CAA and CEO of the CAA since its inception in 2002. CAA stated that the Cabinet has appointed Capt. Themiya Abeyawickrama to the post of DGCA & CEO of CAA with immediate effect. more..

Video: German heart patient also brought to SL from MSC Magnifica

Apr 6 (DM) A 75-year-old German female passenger who was aboard the cruise ship MSC Magnifica, was also brought to the country along with the Sri Lankan chef by the SL Navy this morning after considering her deteriorating health condition. German woman who is a heart patient was brought ashore for further treatment following a request, and was admitted to Colombo National Hospital. German woman had been disinfected at the harbour premises in accordance with proper more..

Video: COVID-19 testing further expanded in coming days: Health Min.

Apr 6 (AD) Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi says that Sri Lanka’s health sector has always been ahead of the South Asian countries with regard to the coronavirus eradication program. She added that Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are now being carried out in many hospitals across the island to identify COVID-19 infections. The COVID-19 testing will be further expanded within the coming days, more..

Following reduction in crude oil prices: CEB to be granted Rs 50 B

Apr 6 (CT) Minister Mahinda Amaraweera, said that steps have been taken to offer Rs50 billion to the CEB, considering the profit gained by the CEYPETCO, with the reduction of crude oil prices in the world market. He said that the profit was given to the CEB, to settle half of the loan amount of Rs100 billion spent by the CEB to buy fuel. CEYPETCO Chairman, Sumith Wijesinghe, said that though the fuel consumption has decreased with the prices of crude oil in the world market, more..

Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith declares time not opportune for general election

Apr 6 (Island) Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, in his Palm Sunday sermon slammed those who had been pushing for parliamentary election at a time of unprecedented crisis caused by the rapidly spreading Covid-19. Catholic leader emphasized that the time definitely was not opportune for anyone to seek political advantage. Delivering the Sunday sermon, at the Chapel, at the Borella Bishop’s House, and telecast live by Sirasa, the Archbishop of Colombo more..

Video: Navy takes charge of Sri Lankan aboard cruise ship

Apr 6 (AD) SL Navy has dispatched a team to retrieve the sole SL crew member aboard the MSC Magnifica cruise ship in Sri Lankan waters. The navy spokesman said that the SL Navy will take charge of the SL national, who serves as a chef aboard the ship, on the instructions of the President. He is to be brought to the Colombo Harbour by the navy and will be then sent to Boossa for quarantine. A SL national performing duties aboard more..

About 727 families under self-quarantine in Matara district

Apr 6 (Island) Regional Director Health Services, Matara, Dr. A.D.U. Karunarathna, told the action committee, set up to curtail the spread of Covid-19 in the district headed by Minister Dullas Alahapperuma that there were 727 families under self-quarantine in the district. The action committee meets regularly at the District Secretariat, in Matara, after the govt imposed curfew to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Dr. Karunarathna revealed the figures when Minister made an inquiry. more..

Sri Lanka makes fresh helicopter drop of liquidity as nation fights off Coronavirus

Apr 6 (EN) Sri Lanka has made another helicopter drop of cash pushing up excess money in the banking system with monetary instability already triggered, the rupee slide against the dollar and more trade controls were promised, as the country fights off Coronavirus. Liquidity injections not only makes the currency fall, making medical supplies more expensive, excess rupees also generate foreign exchange shortages undermining the ability to import food, critics say. more..

Sri Lanka tightens capital controls after liquidity injections amid Coronavirus

Apr 6 (EN) SL has tightened controls on foreign exchange outflows for 3 months as the rupee slid in the wake of rate cuts and helicopter drop style liquidity injections made to keep rates down as the country is trying to fight off an Coronavirus outbreak. SL has suspended all remittances by from business foreign currency accounts or personal foreign currency accounts are suspended for 3 months, more..

Navy continues more disinfection programmes

Apr 6 (SLN) As a preventive measure of the spreading of novel coronavirus in the country, more disinfection programmes were conducted by Sri Lanka Navy during 3rd to 5th April 2020, at Colombo National Hospital, Colombo North Teaching Hospital-Ragama and Bank premises in Colombo Fort area. These sterilization programmes were carried out by Navy’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Unit, following the directives of Commander of the Navy, Piyal De Silva. more..

Constitutional conundrum in conducting polls

Apr 6 (DM) With the prolonged restriction of people’s movements through measures such as curfew for the containment of the COVID-19 disease, concern is raised regarding the unforeseeable socio- economic and political implications of such steps. Prez Rajapaksa issued a proclamation at the beginning of March declaring a snap general election. It was a time when the present crisis had not started raising its head in the country. By the time the nomination period started on Mar 11, more..

Sri Lanka extends quarantine period to four weeks after positive case

Apr 6 (AFP) Sri Lanka extended the suggested quarantine period from two weeks to four on Sunday after a 34-year-old man who returned home from South Korea tested positive a week after leaving isolation. Army chief Shavendra Silva - who operates several quarantine facilities - told those who are completing the mandatory two-week quarantine to isolate themselves for a further 14-day period. more..

Expedite COVID-19 testings as over 40,000 associated with confirmed cases: GMOA

Apr 6 (DM) The GMOA urged the health authorities to speed up the COVID-19 testing of some 42,000 personnel who have been in contact with over 160 patients tested positive for the virus in the country. GMOA member Dr. Naveen De Soyza said it was revealed at a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday that about 42,000 people have been in contact with those tested positive. He said the current pace of testing was not adequate to efficiently counter the spread of the virus. more..

Smartphones usage time up by 32% during curfew

Apr 6 (DN) Location data compiled by Google from SL smartphone user’s show that there has been a 32% increase in smartphone location history in residential places. The location data is compiled by Google as part of their anonymized insights they use in products such as Google Maps. They feel the data could be helpful to make critical decisions to combat COVID-19. For the data up to March 29 over the baseline time spent at areas classified residential locations increased 32% while more..

Social Media crackdown: woman who posted false content arrested

Apr 6 (EN) Police have arrested a woman in the Panadura area for allegedly posting false content on Social Media with regards to the fight against the spread of COVID 19. DIG Ajith Rohana said the 41-year old is a professional Ballroom Dance instructor who lives in the Raja Maha Vihara area. “She will be charged and produced before a magistrate shortly,” he said. DIG said they were also conducting investigations into an audio tape more..

1390-Hotline for public to obtain free medical advice

Apr 6 (DM) In order to assist those with suspected Covid-19 the Ministry of Health has established an emergency hotline 1390 for the public to obtain free medical advice on symptoms of COVID-19, Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe said. He said that the hotline has been established by the Ministry of Health as a measure to stop the spread of the coronavirus to doctors, nurses and other persons who unknowingly come into contact with individuals with minor symptoms. more..

COVID-19 positive cases can increase to 1,400: Dr. Anil Jasinge

Apr 6 (SO) According to the mathematical modeling done by the Medical Faculty of Colombo Uni, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Sri Lanka can reach 1,400 soon. The free health service is getting ready to accept this challenge, Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe said. According to Dr. Jasinghe, the same mathematical prediction stated that the number of COVID-19 positive cases will reach 137 by April 4 but the actual number exceeded this predicted number. more..

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