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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..

'Will ensure Sri Lanka's relationship with India is kept at best possible level'

Apr 2 (NIP) In the midst of preparing for elections in Sri Lanka, main Opposition leader and former minister and presidential hopeful Sajith Premadasa speaks to The New Indian Express about India, China, the rise of nationalism and Covid-19. “My policy will be to implement the 13th amendment by strengthening the system of provincial councils and thus ensuring the widest, deepest, devolution of power and autonomy more..

Back to the future, forward to the past

Apr 2 (FT) This space is named the Lanka Guardian column. The title Lanka Guardian is from the two-decades-defunct magazine of which my father was Founder-Editor. I was Assistant Editor, Associate Editor and (for 2 years) Editor of that once-celebrated fortnightly journal. I realised that the conjuncture in which I was commencing this new column in Feb 2020 upon (collective) recall from Moscow where I served as Ambassador, is rather reminiscent of that in which Mervyn de Silva more..

Releasing funds from EPF; Is it last resort?

Apr 2 (CT) Economic implications of the coronavirus are long-term and more severe than health implications, because people fear of hunger more than dying from the virus. Global supply chain is disrupted unprecedentedly, weakening supply side of the economy. This situation leads to a crisis, mainly not because of weak demand, but because of weak supply or disrupted supply chain. Accordingly, many economies in the world have already taken various measures to cut their rates and more..

Positive Covid-19 cases climb to 146

Apr 1 (AD) Ministry of Health says that 3 new COVID-19 positive patients have been identified raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 146. Three new cases today were reported from Maradana, Jaffna and Kurunegala areas. As of 5 p.m. today, total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases stands at 146 while 126 suspected patients are under observation at selected hospitals. 18 patients have recovered and more..

Pharmacies requested to open on 3 days

Apr 1 (NR) All pharmacies in the country have been requested to remain open by the govt on the 2, 3 and 6 of April, the days allocated to pay pensions. Police Media Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne said the Pensioners Identity Card can be utilised as a curfew permit. SP Senaratne said the Sri Lanka Army will assist in transporting pensioners in order to obtain their monthly pension. He noted that as a result of the decision by the govt to provide pensions during these three days, more..

Police to take strict action against social media posts attacking public servants

Apr 1 (AD) Strict legal action will be sought against those who make defamatory, malicious posts on social media against public servants who are fighting the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, says the Police Media. The Acting IGP has given instructions to the DIG of the CID and all the OICs across the island to arrest such individuals and produce them before courts. Police Headquarters points out that the public sector is committed to controlling the spread of COVID-19 virus in Sri Lanka. more..

Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva

Heat advisory issued for several areas

Apr 1 (AD) The heat index, the temperature felt on the human body is expected to increase up to the Extreme Caution level at some places in North-western and Sabaragamuwa provinces and in Mannar, Vavuniya, Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, and Monaragala districts. The statement issued by the Dept noted that this weather advisory is in effect until tomorrow (2). The advisory urges the public to limit strenuous outdoor activities and to stay hydrated to avoid exhaustion & heat cramps. more..

140 from Pannila to be quarantined

Apr 1 (NR) 140 persons of Pannila, Beruwala have been directed to a quarantine facility. Beruwala Medical Health Officer said decision was reached after taking into consideration the risk in the village after a family of 5 persons tested positive for the coronavirus. One person tested positive for the virus on the 29 of March adding that they then tested samples of 14 other family members. Results of 4 family members, individual’s wife, son & in-laws, were determined to have contracted virus. more..

SL says will maintain zero default record as Coronavirus jitters hit sovereign bonds

Apr 1 (EN) SL’s will honor all debt commitments Treasury Secretary Sajith Attygalle said as the island’s sovereign bond yields soared amid global market jitters and some maturities were trading as much as 40% below par. “We haven’t defaulted in our history,” Attygalle said. “The govt is keen to maintain that position.” SL has just raised a US$ 500 million loan from China Development Bank and another US$ 800 m tranche is on the way. more..

O/L results before April 30; no decision to postpone A/Ls: Dullas

Apr 1 (AD) Minister Dullas Alahapperuma says no decision has been taken on postponing the 2020 GCE A/L exam. He made this observation during a press briefing today, in response to false reports published on electronic media and social media. He stated that students preparing to face the 2020 A/L exam should not have any doubts with regard to this and it should not interfere with their studies. Minister also stated that steps are being taken to release the results of GCE O/L exam before April 30. more..

President urges WHO DG to pursue IMF/World Bank debt

Apr 1 (PMD) President Gotabaya Rajapaksa urged the Director General of WHO to pursue with the int'l financial organizations and lending nations to help developing countries adversely affected by COVID- 19 calamity. In a telephone conversation with WHO DG Tedros Adhanom, Prez requested him to pursue with the Managing Director of the IMF, President of WB, President of ADB and leaders of the leading bilateral lending nations to provide debt moratorium or debt re-profiling facilities for vulnerable more..

Video: More quarantined persons leave for homes

Apr 1 (AD) Another group of 100 persons who were directed to quarantine upon arriving on the island from foreign countries have been sent home today. These individuals were quarantined for two weeks at the centres set up in Diyatalawa, Damminna & Punani. Accordingly, a total of 2,121 who were directed to the quarantine process at the facilities maintained by the security forces have left for homes so far. more..

Prez discusses economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic with Central Bank officials

Apr 1 (PMD) President Gotabaya Rajapaksa held a discussion with the Governor of Central Bank and other senior officials to assess the emerging macro-economic conditions due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. The steps taken by the CBSL to manage the operations of the Bank to provide liquidity and access to finance were also discussed during this meeting. President also enquired into the issues connected with the management of Foreign Exchange Budget and external reserves. more..

Sri Lanka logistics, export, pharma biz get DIG police Coronavirus hotlines

Apr 1 (EN) SL’s acting police chief C D Wickremeratne has appointed senior police officials to clear problems faced by businesses and another Deputy Inspector General had been appointed to help Tamil speaking persons, an official said. DIG Ajith Rohana said any businesses who faced difficulties could get the help of DIGs appointed for each sector. “These special officers have been appointed to provide curfew passes and give any other assistance to these essential sectors,” more..

SriLankan suspends flights between 8-21 Apr

Apr 1 (NR) SriLankan Airlines says the Airline is compelled to temporarily suspend all its flights from the 8 of Apr to the 21 of Apr in view of the travel restrictions imposed by the destinations they operate to. SriLankan Airlines stated that the Airline is constantly reviewing the market conditions and the restrictions imposed by the authorities and will be prepared to recommence operations at short notice even before 21 Apr more..

JVP calls for a national programme

Apr 1 (NR) The JVP says several issues will arise in future, if a national programme is not implemented covering all sectors, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Speaking at a media briefing today Chief Secretary Tilvin Silva said a national programme must be initiated with the intervention of the government in order to contain the present crisis. He added that the common agenda must cover all fields in Sri Lanka including education, health and everyday life. more..

AG urges CJ to cancel HC proceedings scheduled for next two curfew days

Apr 1 (DM) To enhance social distancing and other precautions taken by the govt to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Attorney General has sent a letter to Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasooriya PC today requesting to cancel the Court sittings in the High Court scheduled for the next two curfew days. In the letter, Attorney General Dappula de Livera said that it would be most undesirable to expose officials of the Court, Lawyers, State Counsel, Police and Judges to participate and appear in more..

Sri Lanka extends visas of all foreigners till May 14 over Coronavirus

Apr 1 (EN) The validity of all visas issued to foreigner in Sri Lanka will stand as extended till May 14, under an order issued by the Controller of Immigration. Sri Lanka had earlier extended visas of all foreigners in the island till April 12 and said they could visit the immigration office on April 7 and April 8. Now they are being asked not to come. Any foreigner who had handed over a passport for endorsement, who wishes to leave the island more..

3 more patients recover from Coronavirus

Apr 1 (AD) Three more COVID-19 patients found in Sri Lanka have been discharged from hospitals after making a complete recovery, says the Ministry of Health. The total number of patients who have recovered from the deadly virus now stands at 21. Accordingly, the current tally of positive cases in the country has dropped to 123. As of 5 p.m. today (1), Sri Lanka had recorded 146 COVID-19 confirmed cases, and in the meantime, 126 suspected patients are under observation at selected hospitals. more..

COVID-19: Are we missing a life lesson here?

Apr 1 (DM) State authorities were human enough to grant us some breathing space between curfew hours. But then we saw people having returned from abroad or people who visited such houses doing visiting rounds: thus exposing scores of others to the dangers of contracting COVID 19. Now the state authorities are infuriated and we hear of orders being given to the security forces personnel to be brutally strict with those who breach curfew laws. In this backdrop we also saw religion playing more..

JVP Special Press conference