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Video: Nearly 2,000 from Maradana in self-isolation following 3rd coronavirus death

Apr 2 (AD) Third COVID-19 death in SL was reported from the IDH Wednesday (1). The patient, a 73-year-old from Maradana, had tested positive for coronavirus on the same day while receiving treatment at Sri J'pura Hospital. However, later in the evening, he had succumbed to the virus on admission to the IDH in Angoda. The deceased, who had been suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease, more..

Police deny reports of total lockdown from 10th

Apr 2 (EN) Police are denying social media reports that the country will be in total lockdown from April 10 to April 15, where all food deliveries will be discontinued. Police Media Spokesman Superintendant Jaliya Senaratne told reporters Thursday that these reports are not true. The posts, widely circulated on social media said: “A total lockdown is to be enforced from 10-15th April. During this period, authorities will enforce the law strictly. more..

NWP Governor urges people to act responsibly

Apr 2 (Island) North Western Province Governor A.J.M Muzammil requests the public to act responsibly and continue extending their fullest support to the govt. While noting that this is a difficult time in the country for everyone, Governor stressed the importance of understanding the seriousness of the disease. “The entire Govt machinery is working towards protecting the people of this country from the pandemic, Covid -19. Under the leadership and guidance of Prez Gotabaya Rajapakse, more..

'SL spy agencies on high alert to face any possible security threat'

Apr 2 (DM) Defence Ministry Secretary Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Kamal Gunaratne said while fighting against COVID-19, all intelligence agencies, including military intelligence, were also kept on high alert to face any possible security threat, including re-grouping of certain elements involve in terrorism and extremism. He said the military and Police personnel were deployed, island wide, to maintain law and order, to restrict people’s movement more..

300 who had contact with deceased Covid-19 patient sent for quarantine

Apr 2 (AD) A total of 300 individuals, who have had contacts with the patient who succumbed to COVID-19 on Wednesday, have been sent for quarantine, says Commander of Army. He mentioned that this group was directed to the quarantine facility in Punani. In the meantime, another 2,000 residents at the apartment complex where this patient was living in have been put under self-isolation. His daughter, son-in-law and their children were hospitalized on suspicion of being infected with the virus. more..

Salley urges President to probe cremation of Covid-19 patient

Apr 2 (Island) Former Western Province Governor and leader of NUA, Azath S Salley, has requested Prez Rajapaksa to inquire into the circumstances under which a Muslim victim of coronavirus was cremated, contrary to specific instructions issued by the govt. Text of Salley's letter to the President: "The second death in SL, from Covid-19, was a SL Muslim patient. According to the circular that was amended and approved by the President of SL, with the recommendation of WHO and other more..

Salary cut for SriLankan employees for a period of 3 months

Apr 2 (DM) SriLankan Airlines has implemented cost saving measures to ensure survival of national carrier and livelihoods of employees, including the mandatory salary reductions from the staff starting from 2.5% to 25% for a period of three months, the airlines said. “These measures include mandatory salary reductions from the staff starting from 2.5% to 25% for a period of three months, freezing all the salary increments to be more..

Politics during a crisis: Can COVID-19 change this system?

Apr 2 (DM) There are many positives that have come about due to the present Coronavirus despite there being no signs of the day we can move about freely again. One of those good signs is that the president of the country has got closer to the people thanks to the efforts he had taken to marshall the employees of serving his force. There was a time when some sections of the society looked at the security forces with fear. But now they view the men in uniform with so much love; for the efforts more..

Act responsibly to overcome this crisis

Apr 2 (DM) Health Ministry has reported that three more Covid-19 patients had recovered from the infection and was discharged from the IDH in Angoda bringing the number of those discharged to 14 while 20 new patients were detected during the past 24 hours bringing the number of those tested positive to the COVID-19 infection to 142. It said two patients had died from the coronavirus infection -- one a 60-year-old resident of Marawila, who was being treated at the ICU of IDH. more..

Sri Lanka reports third COVID-19 death

Apr 2 (AD) Another patient who tested positive for the Coronavirus has died, marking the third death reported in Sri Lanka due to COVID-19, according to hospital sources. The patient, a 73-year-old from Maradana, had tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday while receiving treatment at Sri Jayawardenapura General Hospital. However, later in the evening, he had succumbed to the virus on admission to IDH in Angoda, more..

Over 9,400 curfew violators arrested so far

Apr 2 (AD) The police have arrested 1,015 persons for violating curfew orders during the 24-hour period from 6.00 am yesterday until 6 am this morning. Accordingly, the total number of curfew violators, who were placed under arrest since the island-wide curfew was put imposed on March 20, now stands at 9,466. Police previously warned strict legal action against people violating the countrywide curfew. They will be immediately arrested, even without a warrant, & bail will not be granted for them. more..

Govt, UNP reach consensus: President maps out strategy to combat COVID-19

Apr 2 (CT) All measures taken to tackle the spread of the COVID-19 should be carried out in such a manner that the day-to-day lives of the people are not unduly affected, Govt and UNP have reached a consensus when both parties met at the Presidential Secretariat last afternoon. Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa, PM Mahinda Rajapaksa and former Ministers Dinesh Gunawardena, Nimal Siripala de Silva, Wimal Weerawansa, Bandula Gunawardena, Johnston Fernando & Dullas Alahapperuma more..

Passengers of Malaysian flight urged to report without further delay

Apr 2 (AD) Army Commander Lt Gen. Shavendra Silva said that a total of 96 quarantined returnees, 86 from Damminna and 10 from Diyatalawa Quarantine Centres (QCs) after the two-week long quarantine process, left for their homes this morning after receipt of Quarantine Certificates. With this, a total of 2,118 quarantined individuals have so far left those QCs, manned by tri services, he said. “Likewise, a total of 42 individuals, more..

Locally produced ventilators to be used in COVID-19 battle

Apr 2 (FT) Govt yesterday said it is looking at scaling-up production of a locally made ventilator that can be produced at a lower-than-market cost. The first such ventilator was handed over to PM Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday and will be used at a local hospital immediately, PM’s Media Division said. The ventilator was designed by Consumer Affairs Authority Directors Thushan Gunawardena and Viraj Perera and Chamika Gamage, electronics engineer from Moratuwa University. more..

Waive off one month’s bank interest on loans, suggest experts

Apr 2 (FT) Private sector experts are suggesting that the best help for businesses and individuals who have been economically hit by the multiple weeks’ partial shutdown owing to the COVID-19 pandemic is complete waiver of a month’s interest on their borrowing. The reason being almost all businesses hadn’t been able to generate any revenue owing to the haphazard shutdown, as opposed to a clear and definite, specified number of days of shutdown as has happened elsewhere. more..

Closing date for university admission applications extended

Apr 2 (FT) Applicants have been given an extension to the closing date for university applications, and now have up to two weeks from the reopening date for Govt schools to submit their applications, Minister Bandula Gunawardana said. He said the Ministry along with the UGC had made the decision taking into consideration difficulties faced by students, given the current situation in the country. more..

Deployment of graduates for curfew duty condemned

Apr 2 (NR) Election monitoring body Center for Monitoring Election Violence says electoral laws have been violated with the govt’s decision to deploy graduates, who were granted job opportunities by the govt recently, being deployed for curfew duty including the issuance of curfew passes. National Coordinator Manjula Gajanayake said the Election Commission must probe the matter by respective officials. He stressed that if anyone attempted to hand out appointments in such a manner, more..

Akbar Brothers pledges Rs. 100 m in Sri Lanka’s fight against COVID-19

Apr 2 (FT) Joining in SL’s battle against COVID-19 and aware of the negative health and economic impact it will have, Akbar Brothers has pledged Rs. 100 million through a number of relief measures to ensure that its employees and the local community are sustained and supported during this difficult time. Akbar Brothers has pledged Rs. 50 million to the COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund initiated by President Rajapaksa. In its continued efforts to serve the people of Sri Lanka, more..

Video: Largest drug haul seized in high seas brought to Dikkowita harbour

Apr 2 (AD) SL Navy launched a successful naval operation to seize a large consignment of drugs. This special operation was carried out by one of the Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessels in high seas about 463 nautical miles (835km) away from SL shores. The seized haul of drugs along with the suspects and vessel were brought to the Dikkowita fisheries harbour this morning (1). Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne more..

Navy assists in transporting essential food to Nainativu island

Apr 2 (SLN) As a result of the outbreak of COVID–19, retired naval personnel, their spouses and family members of naval personnel and civil staff employees who receive treatment from the clinics of Navy General Hospital (Colombo) are facing numerous hardships as of now. Having realized the difficulties faced by the patients, Commander of Navy Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva has directed to deliver pharmaceutical drugs, barring cold chain drugs like insulin, to the houses of patients more..

'President can set aside finances from Consolidated Fund'

Apr 2 (CT) Former Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva claimed that considering some of the remarks made by former MPs Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sajith Premadasa, and Mangala Samaraweera, the people have to question as to whether the trio were living on this earth or on any other planet. He claimed that when Prez Rajapaksa and the Govt were taking concrete measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the calls made by certain former Opposition MPs to convene P'ment more..

GDP grows 2.3% in 2019, fourth quarter 2%

Apr 2 (EN) SL’s GDP grew 2.3% in 2019, down from 3.3% a year earlier, statistics office said as the country started to stabilize after a currency collapse triggered by money printed to keep rates down in 2018. Industry expanded 2.7%, up from 1.2% a year earlier. Services grew 2.3%. Agriculture grew at a slower 0.6%. In the fourth quarter of 2019, SL’s GDP grew 2%. Industry grew 1.4%, services grew 2.7%, but agriculture more..

Media urged to avoid stigmatizing

Apr 2 (Island) Centre for Journalism and Education (CJE) urged media institutions to not identify by name, ethnicity, religion or other personal information, those who had contracted, or are suspected of having contracted, the novel coronavirus, due to the stigma of contracting this disease that is not prevalent. The CJE states that revealing such personal information can also put families of patients at risk, as well as make those from targeted communities, showing more..

An unlimited Herculean undertaking

Apr 2 (CT) Approaching 146 infected and two deaths have left all medical aid beyond any relief. At the time of writing, the war against COVID-19 has so far seen the preemptive responses guided under Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa's direction drawing quantitative applause from global leaders. The dynamics setting SL apart as something unique, at least up to date, is perhaps the fact there's certainly a man of very recent active field exposure to planning and executing an unprecedented military victory more..

SLC keen to go ahead with SLPL: CEO

Apr 2 (DN) As the entire world including SL battles with overcoming the deadly Corona-19 epidemic, Sri Lanka Cricket are keeping their options open that they will be able to conduct the SL Premier League (SLPL) T20 tournament in August with a sprinkle of int'l stars thrown in for good measure. In all other countries the Premier League has become a money-spinner and SL, one-time winner and two-time runner-up of World T20 more..

Wimbledon cancelled for 1st time since WWII

Apr 2 (AFP) Wimbledon organisers on Wednesday scrapped the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament for the first time since World War II as the coronavirus wreaks further havoc on the global sporting calendar. The cancellation of the only grasscourt major at London's All England Club leaves the season in disarray, with no tennis set to be played until mid-July. Devastated, tweeted eight-time champion Roger Federer, while Serena Williams, who has won tournament 7 times, more..

Here comes the recession again!

Apr 2 (ST) Fall of the West and rise of Asia, was the title of a couple of lectures I used to deliver a few years ago. It was about the global economic crisis in 2008/09. Although the crisis was called global, it was the advanced countries – particularly the US, Europe, and Japan, which suffered the most and, not so much the Asian countries. In fact, the Asian developing countries benefitted from it, as the title of the lecture inferred. After little more than 10 years, here comes a global economic recession again, more..

SLC worried about huge financial losses due to COVID–19

Apr 2 (Island) Many businesses have taken a hit during the outbreak of COVID-19 and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is no exception. England had spent two weeks in Sri Lanka preparing for the Test series and just days prior to first Test in Galle the series was postponed after England players informed that they were not in a frame of mind to play cricket given the troubles at home. SLC was expecting huge profits from the series more..

Mahanama, Vaas join to aid daily wage earners

Apr 2 (DN) Former SL cricketers Roshan Mahanama and Chaminda Vaas have got together in an initiative to support the daily wage earners of Sri Lanka who are facing severe difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the ongoing lockdown, many people have lost their method of earnings and are in a difficult position to feed their families. The initiative will help the daily wage earners by providing them with essential goods. Initiated by Dr. Krishan Thalagahage and team, Vaas and more..

Every citizen has to be a suwaviruwa

Apr 2 (DM) Who won the battle against terrorism? The easy answer: Ranaviruwo. Yes, the men and women who battled, who put lives on the line and lost them or were maimed for life, played the most important role, without doubt. This is not the moment to enumerate contributors, but it can safely be said that many others helped in numerous ways. The general public also played a role. They took the hits and kept their faith. They were vigilant. Today, we are dealing with a different kind of terrorism. more..

Basil Rajapaksha

When the due process of law is in the ICU, militarization in Vaccination…

Apr 2 (DM) A time of crisis with the spectre of a common enemy, real or imagined, gives the ideal opportunity to roll up civil liberties to authorities. Whether it is civil war, insurgency or a natural disaster this is the case as history shows. Specially, among nations and communities where the respect for individuality is always secondary to the herd mentality, such encroachments of long held and universally cherished rights and liberties, though not always without a struggle and more..

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

Apr 2 (Island) 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..

Help us to help you request medics

Apr 2 (DM) As more patients continue to be diagnosed with COVID-19, strict warnings have been issued for those who are afraid to disclose their travel histories or signs of suspected symptoms. Already two hospital wards are locked down for quarantining while healthcare staff in these wards have been sent for quarantining. In the event of a flare up, Sri Lanka needs to be equipped with adequate critical care facilities more..

A real virus has gone viral: Tale of 2 curves

Apr 2 (FT) I am sure not a single astrologer – and there are many – predicted the situation we would face in 2020. Historians have identified that a pandemic has happened once every 100 years, and 2020 too has delivered – Spanish Flu was in 1919, Cholera Pandemic in 1820 and The Plague in 1720! On 31 Dec 2019 China alerted WHO of the disease cluster in Wuhan and couple of months from that day we have the WHO declaring a pandemic. Coming back to astrology I hear too many of them more..

On EPF backed economic stimulus package proposed by Cabraal

Apr 2 (CT) Ajith Nivard Cabraal, PM’s Senior Adviser on Economic Affairs, has come up with a novel proposal in his quest for advise to find ways and means of helping those affected by the Coronavirus endemic. The advising role apart, his quest is ours too. Nevertheless, going by the Press notice there are many areas which puzzle those who look at things bit more analytically. Hence this write up. Undoubtedly, it is the duty of the govt, compulsory as it is, falling within the Fundamental Duties more..