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Sajith never prescribed drug, only brought it to attention of relevant individuals: Harin

Mar 24 (DM) While claiming that former Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa ‘never prescribed the drug for the Coronavirus as he only brought it to the attention of the relevant individuals’, former MP Harin Fernando vehemently rejected the propaganda carried out by distorting the statements of Mr. Premadasa. “It is regrettable that even amidst this catastrophic situation we are facing as a country, more..

Understanding Market Halts

Mar 24 (Island) Halting trading of the market due to an extreme decline in a particular index during the day, as a result of the share prices falling rapidly, is a measure that is implemented by stock markets around the world. Trading Halts triggered by circuit breakers, were a common occurrence during the recent weeks and continue to be so in stock markets globally, as the investment community responds to global economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. more..

Milantha top scorer in domestic cricket

Mar 24 (Island) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Premier League tier A tournament has come to a standstill with the deadly corona virus affecting sports around the world, but not before Colombo Cricket Club (CCC) dominated another season of First Class cricket. The defending champions from the 2018/19 season have recorded a whopping 97.5 points to top group A while also recording four outright victories in six matches. The fact that they’ve missed their top players Kusal Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga more..

How will TNA fare at Parliamentary Election?

Mar 24 (DM) The deadline for the 2020 Parliamentary Elections nominations scheduled for April 25 ended at noon on Thursday (19). Two hours later Chief Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya announced that elections would be indefinitely postponed due to the spread of the dreaded COVID-19 virus pandemic in the Island. Deshapriya explained to the media the legal position that the Commission could not announce more..

Coronavirus and children

Mar 24 (Island) At the very outset, I have to declare that the ONLY purpose, of writing this article is to provide some information to the public and for no other reason, overt or covert. My intentions are identical to the sentiments very clearly expressed by Professor Russell Viner, President of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health of the United Kingdom on March 20, 2020. He has written that his efforts are in making sure that the needs of children and young people are not overlooked as more..

Editorial: Battle harder, invest more

Mar 24 (Island) The world has slowed down, albeit temporarily, thanks to coronavirus. Pollution levels have dropped considerably across the globe. The azure welkin is now visible in smoggy cities. The slaughter of wild animals has decreased. Calves must be frisking around their mothers, in glee, because humans are said to be consuming less bovine milk, which is believed to promote the growth of the new virus. Much attention is paid to the wellbeing of the elderly, children & pregnant more..

Face the Nation

Heroes of our times

Mar 24 (DN) Sri Lankans, like people in most countries, grow up learning about heroes and the heroic. Every age has its personalities. Some live beyond generation and century, some are forgotten. In recent times, in SL, all the national heroes we read about in text books or heard of in class were put in the shade by the war heroes, better known as Ranaviruwo. When conflict is in your face and people give life and limb to bury anxiety and fear it is natural for them to be seen as exceptional more..

COVID-19: Only the beginning

Mar 24 (CT) COVID-19 which has turned out to be a monster has alerted every nook and corner of the planet on more threats of this nature to unfold in the future. Several fatal diseases such as Plague, Ebola and SARS had appeared in various parts of the world in the past. However, unlike other life-threatening diseases, COVID-19 which firstly originated from Wuhan Province in China and currently found in its severest form in Italy, has thrown a huge challenge to mankind more..

'Had to impose curfew because of people's unruly behaviour'

Mar 24 (CT) Army Commander and Chief of the National COVID-19 Prevention Centre, Lt Gen Shavendra Silva, says the Army is now acting under the instructions of the President, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, in the country and out of the country. Q: Is coronavirus the main challenge, after LTTE terrorism? A: Although I was not the Army Commander, Easter Sunday Attack also took place when I was in service in the Army. more..

ROI on education to the govt: Is The present system an economic disaster?

Mar 24 (CT) Let me first reiterate that this is my personal opinion and not the official view of the SLMC. In Economics, Return on Investment (ROI) is a ratio between net profit and cost of investment. A high ROI means the investment’s gains compare favourably to its cost. As a performance measure, ROI is used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment. In economic terms, it is one way of relating profits to capital invested. In Healthcare ROI, It incorporates more than money more..

Covid-19 menace gripping the world? An Australian perspective

Mar 24 (CT) In recent weeks and months, we have been watching with alarm what is unfolding first in Wuhan, China and then in countries including South Korea, Iran, Italy, France and Spain by way of the fast spreading Covid-19 virus. At the time of writing Italy seems to be undergoing the worst scenario while the situation in the US and some European countries is evolving into serious health crises. Countries such as Australia and SL have been making preparations to face the impending more..

Ensuring welfare of children with birth defects

Mar 24 (CT) The ninth International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities in the Developing World (ICBD) was held in Colombo with the participation of a large number of local and foreign scholars. There it was revealed that of the 360,000 annual births in Sri Lanka, around 5,800 children are afflicted with birth defects, and around 650 of them do not live to celebrate their first birthday. Birth defects, also called congenital impairment, more..

Killer of social progress

Mar 24 (FT) In the previous two parts of this series, we argued that the ominous rise in religious and cultural fundamentalism in SL during this election season does not augur well for the future of the country. Though human beings share a common DNA, they are today divided into groups of people on ethnic, religious, language, location or cultural grounds. These groups have been invaded by fundamentalists who believe that the groups to which they belong are the supreme, more..

Ten Commandments for tackling COVID-19

Mar 24 (FT) Much has been said about the rapid spread of COVID-19 which has become almost like the third World War. Nature has stricken back. It has not spared any caste, creed or country with cruel implications associated. Today’s column is a collection of thoughts while being confined to home stay during the lengthy weekend. Let me call it The 10 Commandments for Tackling COVID-19. It is a clarion call for all communities to collaborate in the name of humanity. It is needless to stress more..

President announces several relief measures due to Covid-19 outbreak

Mar 23 (AD) Prez Rajapaksa has announced several relief measures which will be granted to the general public who have been affected by the outbreak of Coronavirus. All relief measures will come into effect from today. Prez has ordered Governor of CB, the Secretaries of all ministries, General Secretaries of Provincial Councils and the heads of all banks, financial institutions and leasing companies to take necessary steps to ensure more..

Anti-Coronavirus arrival ban at Sri Lanka airports extended to March 31

Mar 23 (EN) Sri Lanka has extended an arrival ban at international airports till March 31 as part of measures to contain an outbreak of Coronavirus, but airlines would be allowed to carry outbound passengers and returning tourists, the civil aviation authority said. Emergency diversions, cargo aircraft, humanitarian flights, technical landings and inbound ferry flights would be permitted. Transit passengers would also be allowed, but they will be restricted to 06 hours in the airport. more..

Measures taken by SL to combat COVID-19 in line with WHO pillars

Mar 23 (DM) The WHO has said that the measures Sri Lanka has taken to combat the COVID-19 is in line with the eight pillars outlined in WHO’s country preparedness and response plan. WHO Spokesperson, Sahani Chandraratna said that the WHO is working closely with the Health Ministry to ensure Sri Lanka’s preparedness and response measures are sufficient during the time of an outbreak. The eight pillars outlined by the WHO include country level coordination, planning, more..

Sri Lanka issues strict guidelines to be followed during temporary curfew lift

Mar 23 (EN) Sri Lanka issued strict guidelines to be followed tomorrow during the six-hour window in which the COVID-19 curfew will be temporarily lifted for the purchase of groceries and other essentials. “Do not confuse these temporary lifts with complete reversals, as curfew will be re-imposed once the break has lapsed,” DIG Ajith Rohana said. Rohana conducted a public awareness campaign yesterday covering more..

SLC grants LKR 25 million to fight Covid-19

Mar 23 (SLC) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has taken a decision to grant a sum of LKR 25 million to the Govt to help its efforts toward combating the Covid-19 pandemic, which has created a national health crisis. Accordingly, the grant will be handed over to the Govt immediately. SLC, whilst understanding the gravity of the ongoing health problem, has also taken several other steps to provide its fullest assistance to the Govt in order to combat the crisis. SLC has already postponed all domestic more..

Govt workers’ salaries to be paid today

Mar 23 (AD) The govt has decided to pay salaries of all government sector employees today. PM Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed Secretary of Finance Ministry S. R. Atigala on the matter. This measure has been taken to facilitate public sector employees to carry on their duties with the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 in the country. However, as of last Friday, salaries of most of the state employees have been banked while the salaries of other state employees are due more..

PM condemns attempt to sabotage anti-Coronavirus campaign

Mar 23 (AD) PM Mahinda Rajapaksa today condemned the attempts to sabotage the work of the govt and the anti-Coronavirus campaign in the midst of the most serious epidemic that this country has ever faced. Issuing a statement, he said that on the day that a countrywide curfew was declared to prevent the spread of Coronavirus – Friday the 20th March 2020 - UNP Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe issued more..

Maheepala Herath sworn in as North Central Province Governor

Mar 23 (AD) Maheepala Herath has been sworn in as the Governor of the North Central Province before President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He was sworn in before the President at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, a short while ago. Herath had previously served as the Chief Minister of the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council. He will take over from Professor Tissa Vitharana, who was appointed as as Governor for North Central Province in December last year. more..

Sri Lanka’s first COVID-19 patient discharged from hospital

Mar 23 (EN) The first Sri Lankan to test positive for COVID-19 has been discharged from hospital following a full recovery. The patient, a 52-year-old tour guide, was undergoing treatment at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH). Sources confirmed that the patient was discharged a short while ago. The patient, a resident of Mattegoda, is an Italian-speaking tour guide who had been accompanying a group of Italian tourists in Sri Lanka when he contracted the novel coronavirus. more..

COVID 19 Special Report

PM calls for party leaders meeting

Mar 23 (EN) PM Mahinda Rajapaksa has called a party leaders’meeting at Temple Trees tomorrow morning to discuss the COVID19 pandemic, as the number of virus-infected patients rose to 91 officials said. The meeting is being called as the first Sri Lankan to contract the disease after a full recovery was discharged from hospital. Wijayananda Herath, the PM’s Media Secretary said that the leaders and Secretaries-General of all the parties in the recently dissolved Parliament would be invited. more..

2,750 PHIs inspecting & monitoring vendors

Mar 23 (NR) The Public Health Inspectors Union has deployed 2,750 officers to inspect and monitor safety measures taken by venders across the country to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The PHI Union has also requested the public to take preventive measures when visiting stores when curfew is lifted. Chairman Upul Rohana advised the public to refrain from leaving residences at a time that social distancing and self-isolation has been recommended due to spread of coronavirus. more..

GMOA says one COVID-19 carrier could infect 406 in one month

Mar 23 (EN) Statistically, every patient infected with COVID-19 could transmit the virus to 406 others in one month, GMOA President Dr Anurudda Padeniya said. Padeniya was quoting research carried out by Uni of California Assistant Professor of Medicine Robert A J Signer on the math behind social distancing and COVID-19. In an article published in Global News, Signer explained that the calculations were based on initial research more..

COVID 19: Misleading news and responsibility of the Public and Govt

Mar 23 (DM) A responsible Govt Medical Officer publicly opined that the situation of corona virus of initial stage of SL was worse than Italy. This is not correct comparing Italy and SL figures. It is unrealistic to consider only one variable or one factor (the number of patients) prior to arrive at a decision and make a statement of national interest. It can be categorized as a misleading news with the ulterior motive to create panic among public. There are so many differences in the situation more..

Sri Lanka bans inter-district travel, curfew extended 3 days after break

Mar 23 (EN) SL has banned persons from leaving their district and curfews to stop the spread of Coronavirus will continue after a six hour break, the govt said. After lifting curfew at 0600 hours on Tuesday, curfew will be re-imposed in the districts of Colombo, Puttalam, and Gampaha and districts in the north of SL from 1200 noon until 0600 am Friday (27). Curfew in other districts will continue from Monday till Thursday 0600h. “All inter-district travel is stricltly prohibited,” the PMD said. more..

Sri Lanka makes cremation mandatory for any COVID19 fatalities

Mar 23 (EN) SL is yet to record a death by the COVID19 disease but JMOs across the country have been sent Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) to be followed if a patient in a hospital succumbs to the coronavirus. The remains of all those who pass away from this disease will be cremated within 24 hours regardless of their faith according to the SOP. A document authenticated by JMO Department says that an inquest and more..

President pledges US$5mn to Modi’s South Asia Coronavirus fund

Mar 23 (EN) President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has pledged 5 million US dollars to a South Asian emergency fund for anti-Coroanvirus activities, his office said. PM Modi had proposed the fund during a conference call with regional leaders on March 15. India pledged 10 million dollars to the fund. Bangladesh had pledged 1.5 million US dollars, and Nepal had already pledged 1.0 million dollars. South Asian economies had been badly hit by the virus, initially with a decline in tourism. more..

Navy to monitor onboard security teams of merchant vessels

Mar 23 (SLN) The embarkation and disembarkation of onboard security teams of merchant vessels takes place in accordance with a mutually agreed procedure by Navy, local agents of merchant vessels and Sri Lanka Ports Authority under careful supervision of SL Navy. Due to prevailing health concerns in the country, these activities are being closely monitored. Further, disembarking onboard security teams and their direct local agents are being quarantined at the quarantine centre more..

Sri Lanka lifts Coronavirus curfew in some areas as count goes to 87

Mar 23 (EN) Sri Lanka is lifting a Coronavirus curfew in many areas of the country Monday morning for people to get groceries and banks will open for two hours authorities said, while the latest health ministry data showed the confirmed count going up to 87. SL’s govt warned families not to send older people to shops, only one person from a house to go shopping, maintain a one meter distance at least in a queue or with other more..

Banks to open 2 hours when Coronavirus curfew lifts, online banking urged

Mar 23 (EN) CB has asked commercial banks to be open at least two hours when curfew is lifted in most parts of the island on March 23, while urging customers to make use of online banking. “…CBSL encourages public to use online payment instruments for their day to day transactions and to withdraw cash at less crowded ATMs of any bank,” the regulator said. “CBSL also wishes to advice banks and general public to strictly adhere to necessary health and safety requirements more..

Dhammika P. joins battle against COVID-19

Mar 23 (FT) Business leader Dhammika Perera has joined the battle against the spread of new coronavirus, with a pledge to donate from his personal funds Rs. 70 million worth of urgent healthcare facilities. He said that an air freight order had been placed for six ICU ventilators for the IDH as well as ship 485 hospital beds including 169 ICU beds for both children and adults. This is the first major philanthropic announcement by a business leader on the battle against COVID-19 and more..