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GNOA urges mandatory testing of quarantined persons

Apr 8 (Island) Govt Nursing Officers’ Association (GNOA) head and former UNP National List MP Saman Ratnapriya Silva, alleged that the Health Ministry lacked a proper mechanism to implement directives intended to tackle covid-19 issued by political authority. Civil society activist Silva claimed that specific instructions issued by minister Pavitra Wanniarachchi hadn’t been properly implemented much to the disappointment more..

Police to probe assault on Rukmalpitiya sub-postmaster

Apr 8 (AD) Minister Bandula Gunawardena says that a complaint has been lodged with police regarding the inhuman assault on a sub-postmaster on duty at Rukmalpitiya by several individuals and that an investigation will be carried out to punish the perpetrators. Three individuals had assaulted the sub-postmaster of Rukmalpitiya in Katuwana, Hambantota when the latter was carrying his out his duties of delivering the pension to a paralyzed patient at home yesterday (06). more..

Sri Lanka to go ahead with Tea, Rubber, Coconut exports

Apr 8 (Xinhua) Sri Lankan govt, said it had not imposed any restrictions on exporting tea, coconut and rubber as these were vital export crops which would help boost the country's economy. Minister Ramesh Pathirana said that the decision to continue these exports was taken in order to ensure that those engaged in these export industries were not faced with economic difficulties. Accordingly, the minister said that measures have been taken to ensure all operations related to these crops more..

New Isolation Hospital, improvised by Army troops in record time opened for use

Apr 8 (SLA) Lt. Gen Shavendra Silva during this critical hour of our Nation, improvised the entire unattended former Voice of America building complex at Iranawila, Chilaw to be an isolation hospital and vested it with state authorities this afternoon (7). The brief inaugural ceremony was attended by Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Lt Gen Shavendra Silva, Dr Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services, former MPs, more..

SME sector welcomes imports ban: Rare opportunity for lagging SMEs

Apr 8 (DN) Sri Lanka’s limiting and banning of imports of non-essential items is a welcome step in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic-and more so for the revival of the country’s agri-SME sector. “Govt’s limiting and ban on imports of non-essential items shall help local enterprises looking to get into in the production and processing of these items. We believe this situation presents the country with a rare opportunity to kick-start the revival of several local SME sectors” more..

Omega Line Group to donate 400,000 protective wear to battle COVID-19

Apr 8 (CT) With the country facing many challenges during these unprecedented times as the COVID-19 continues to expand, Omega Line Group which operates under the flagship of Italy-based CalzedoniaS.p.A has stepped in to donate 400,000 safety masks to frontline healthcare workers in the fight against the infectious disease. This contribution comes as a part of a project initiated by the SL Apparel Exporters Association (SLAEA) and Joint Apparel Association Forum SL (JAAFSL) more..

Video: Antibody or rapid testing not effective in identifying COVID-19: top health officials

Apr 8 (AD) It has been decided that all persons who undergo the quarantine process at quarantine centers will be subjected to a Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing, said Specialist Physician Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases. He mentioned this speaking at a special live discussion telecasted on TV Derana on overcoming the COVID-19 challenge together. more..

All Ayurvedic Hospitals to remain open during curfew

Apr 8 (DM) Presidential Task Force on Essential Services announced that all Ayurvedic Hospitals would be remained open despite the curfew imposed in the country.Presidential Task Force said the govt would take steps to import coriander, ginger and tree turmeric (venivel) after considering the heavy consumption of these herbs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement also said that the govt had decided to provide permits to at least one registered Ayurvedic shop in each DS more..

Three inmates who escaped through hole in prison cell recaptured

Apr 8 (AD) Three inmates who escaped from Negombo Prison last night through a hole in the cell wall have been put behind the bars again. Two of them were taken into custody by the officers of Negombo Police last night while the other inmate was captured this morning (07). The escapees were identified as residents of Negombo, Divulapitiya and Kochchikade areas. It is reported that they were in remand custody over drug offences. In the meantime, four persons have been arrested more..

Covid-19 response: Mangala wants House re-summoned to increase borrowing limit

Apr 8 (Island) Former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said that due to legal complications, there might also be delays in drawing down the $128 million (Rs. 24.4 billion) soft-loan granted by the World Bank Group to fight Covid-19. Samaraweera issued the following statement yesterday: “For the period of Jan 1, 2020 to Apr 2, 2020, the Govt has borrowed Rs. 650.15 billion through SL Development Bonds, more..

Dilmah founder welcomes tea eAuction

Apr 8 (FT) Sri Lanka’s iconic brand Dilmah’s founder Merrill J Fernando has welcomed the conduct of the tea auctions electronically as unbelievable and a great step. In a live video aired to the industry, Fernando recalled that the tea industry was 151 years old and sadly it remains very traditional and conservative in respect of administration. “To know that the present CTTA and its members have collectively made tea auctions online is unbelievable,” said Fernando. more..

All pharmacies island-wide to open on April 9

Apr 8 (AD) All pharmacies across the country will open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on Thursday (9). This was decided at the meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Essential Services, headed by its Chairman Basil Rajapaksa and Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, yesterday. As per the decision, all pharmacies island-wide, even the ones in high-risk zones for COVID-19 where the curfew is in force until further notice, will be open for services. Curfew imposed in other districts, more..

Fighting against COVID-19 : Soldiers and airmen stitch protective gears

Apr 8 (MoD) Healthcare persons are in the frontlines of the danger zone since they act as the first respondents who are directly involved in patient’s care and keep prolonged close contacts with patients who are suspected or confirmed of COVID-19 infection. There is more chance for coronavirus to transmit through exposure to vectors and the places where they had physical contact to which medical and healthcare more..

President, RW wish UK PM speedy recovery from COVID-19

Apr 8 (FT) Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa and UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe were among those who sent wishes for a speedy recovery to British PM Boris Johnson who has been moved to intensive care after contracting COVID-19. The President in a Twitter message wished the British PM a speedy recovery, adding, “Our prayers are with you and the people of UK during these trying times.” UNP Leader also wished Johnson a speedy recovery and said his presence in the frontline in the battle more..

Pardoning of former Corporal Sunil Rathnayake

Apr 8 (Island) It is reported that Prez Rajapaksa has granted a pardon to former Corporal Sunil Rathnayake, who was convicted of murder, unlawful assembly and common intent by a Trial-at-Bar in 2015. On appeal, the judgment was upheld by a five Judge Bench of the Supreme Court. There is considerable reaction from the public both nationally and internationally for the decision taken by the Prez. As part of this reaction Human Rights Commissioner of SL (HRCSL) has written to more..

SLC heavily focusing on development of women’s cricket

Apr 8 (Island) The interest for women’s cricket has soared through the skies in the last decade or so. With India becoming a strong force in women’s cricket since the dawn of the new millennium, live telecast of the game has increased the eyeballs that watch girls playing the cover drive or bowling the wrong’un. As a result, ICC has put in place a structure that includes a World Championship and World Cups more..

Covid 19 crisis management: BR vision burdened to nourish PTF modus operandi

Apr 8 (CT) This analysis is based on a dialogue the PTF Chairman Basil Rajapaksa had during a TV discussion. In Sri Lanka the COVID-19 battle has not abated and the number of contracted patients diagnosed daily is still on the increase. Basil Rajapaksa, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) along with Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi are significantly contributing their might in combatting the virus and arriving at asignificant modus operandi to cut off its tentacles more..

Burial of myths is vital for coping with the pandemic

Apr 8 (Island) The so-far well integrated, concerted govt effort to mitigate the menace of the COVID 19 pandemic seemed to take a detour last week, forced by the clamour of Muslim religious groups and politicians, and some NGOs, demanding the right to dispose of dead bodies of Muslims in accordance with Islamic burial rites. The demands for practices that include preference to die in their own homes and collective bathing of the dead body show shocking insensitivity to welfare of others. more..

Economic fallout of COVID-19

Apr 8 (DM) While the govt’s response to COVID-19 may have shielded SL from a major loss of life, the imminent large-scale economic fallout will be harder to prevent. The country has been struggling with low economic growth in 2019/20, poor export growth, a decline in tourism and high currency depreciation. With many economists predicting an oncoming global recession or depression similar to the 1930s more..

Priyantha Talwatte appointed NTB CEO

Apr 8 (Island) Nations Trust Bank (NTB) has appointed Priyantha Talwatte as CEO, succeeding former CEO, Renuka Fernando. Talwatte who has been an integral part of the corporate management team of the Bank for the past 17 years, was appointed Deputy CEO and named CEO designate in Jan 2019. With over 27 years of professional experience in diverse sectors, Priyantha Talwatte energised the consumer banking business at NTB as a transformative business leader. more..

COVID 19 and Bio-Politics: The Emergence of Tyranny

Apr 8 (DM) Much has been written about the coronavirus and its impact on global communities. Almost every continent in the world has been affected by the viral infection and millions of people have directly or indirectly been affected by the power of the virus. Humanity is indeed facing one of the most dangerous and difficult natural disasters in recent history. Yet the struggle against this natural disaster has brought up unpredicted threats and uncertainties through which the freedom of more..

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Editorial: Cardboard coffins

Apr 8 (Island) The govt has drawn heavy criticism for the manner in which the bodies of some Covid-19 victims were disposed of, recently. There are two schools of thought anent this issue; one insists that the families of the deceased be allowed to perform last rites while the other opines that health guidelines should be strictly adhered, in order protect others, at the expense of funerary rituals. Attempts are being made, in some quarters, to give this sensitive issue an ethno-religious twist. more..

Curfew interminable

Apr 8 (CT) At the time of writing on Monday (6), Epidemiology Unit reports, in the last three days to the 24 hours ending at 10 am on Monday, on a 24 hourly basis beginning at 10 am on Saturday and ending at 10 am on Monday, the number of new COVID-19 cases diagnosed within the 24 hour parameter levels outnumbered recoveries,. For instance, as at 10 am Saturday (4), over 10 am the previous day Friday (3), it was five, with eight new cases reported as opposed to 3 recoveries more..

Efforts of a small entrepreneur who struggled through war and personal tragedies

Apr 8 (ST) The Advocata Institute, an independent policy think tank based in Colombo, recently launched a report titled Barriers to Micro and Small Enterprises in Sri Lanka, based on a survey. The barriers – commonly known as Red Rape- , often results in officials enforcing regulations through bribery and corruption. However this story is not about the Advocata or barriers or failures, but about a courageous and determined youth more..

Health promotion in a post-Corona virus world

Apr 8 (DM) The post Coronavirus or COVID-19 world is likely to see a paradigm shift in the global order. With the pandemic exposing the vulnerability of the world despite its much hyped technological advancement, health promotion is tipped to top the development agenda of the govts as well as the international agencies. After all human race should first survive to enjoy the perks of the advancement in other spheres. Hence it’s quite timely to explore how prepared Sri Lanka is for this evolution. more..

Jobs and lay-offs

Apr 8 (ST) The trio had gathered near Kussi Amma Sera’s gate on this sunny Thursday morning, in a V-shape formation, keeping a safe distance of more than one metre between each other in line with physical distancing recommendations. It was the first time in many days they were meeting and over mugs of tea, they were engaged in deep conversation. “Apey lamai-ge rassawata monowa weida (What will happen to our children’s jobs)?” asked Mabel Rasthiyadu. more..

The Old, Sick and Needy: Collateral Damage?

Apr 8 (CT) The Coronavirus has resulted in five deaths in Sri Lanka so far, with the number of patients increasing daily and the Govt taking a slew of strict measures to address the issue. While these efforts should be appreciated, a number of incidents reported over the past few days have cast doubt on the Govt's ability to meet citizens' day-to-day needs in the face of such a crisis. Although the precautionary measures more..

Mounting challenge to sustain the people

Apr 8 (CT) The battle against the COVID virus is becoming more protracted and requiring of greater sacrifice than originally envisaged. This is leading to correspondingly increasing tensions in society, especially in the hotspot districts including Colombo, as the curfew gets extended and daily wage earners find it more and more difficult to sustain their families. So far there has been little or no manifestation of dissent against the serial extension of the curfew. more..

New eyes of hindsight

Apr 8 (CT) The bird sings not because it has an answer. The bird sings because it has a song. I did not vote for this president. That said, since a majority decided to pluck lemon, in this season I am reconciled to drink lemonade. In this hour of existential crisis, we must not blur the thin line between solidarity and stupidity. No epidemiologist, no immunologist, no virologist told us or the President that we should not hold elections in April. No one knew. more..

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Foreign Secretary outlines role and preparations of ministry

Apr 7 (MFA) Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has outlined the role and preparations of the Ministry of Foreign Relations and its missions across the world, in helping Sri Lanka tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing concerns of Sri Lankan nationals overseas. Referring to Sri Lankan citizens abroad, he said “parents here in Sri Lanka, should rest a little bit more comfortably about their children, knowing that the Embassy is a phone call away and if there are issues on the ground, more..

Video: Four more Covid-19 patients recover

Apr 7 (DM) Four more coronavirus patients have recovered and have been discharged from hospital today. This brings the total number of Covid-19 patients who have recovered in the country to 42. The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Sri Lanka is at 180 while 132 patients (active cases) are currently under medical care. Meanwhile some 255 suspected patients are also under observation at selected hospitals in the country. There have been 06 deaths due to coronavirus in the country. more..

COVID-19 positive cases increases to 185

Apr 7 (AD) Two more patients have been confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus earlier this evening (07), said the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry. Seven new patients have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus as of 7 pm today. Accordingly, the confirmed COVID-19 case count in Sri Lanka rises to 185. A total of 147 COVID-19 patients are currently under medical care while 42 patients have recovered from more..

India gifts 10-tonne consignment of medicines to Sri Lanka

Apr 7 (DM) India gifted a 10 tonne consignment of essential life saving medicines to SL, in view of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. These medicines have been requested by Govt of SL. The consignment was brought to Sl by an Air India Special Charter flight today. This is yet another manifestation of India’s unwavering commitment to stand with SL, in rain and in shine. Despite its own domestic challenges and constraints, India has always believed in sharing its resources & expertise more..

Dambulla Economic Center closed until further notice

Apr 7 (NR) Dambulla Economic Centre has been closed until further notice. Chairman of the Dambulla Economic Centre Traders Association Channa Arawwala said the decision to close the Centre was reached after taking into account the safety of farmers, traders and the public. The Chairman stated that extensive talks were held with Basil Rajapaksa and Minister Janaka Bandara Tennakoon, over the risk of the virus spreading and poor health practices observed by the public more..

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