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Covid-19 Situation Report

Dinesh says select committee’s opinion is to hold PC polls expeditiously

Sep 23 (AD) It is the general opinion of the Parliamentary Select Committee on election reforms that the Provincial Council Elections should be held expeditiously, said the committee’s chairman and Leader of the House, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena. He also said that a request has already been made to obtain the recommendations of the Attorney General’s Department regarding the steps to be taken to hold the election expeditiously. He made these observations during yesterday’s more..

Deportation of two Sri Lankans by immigration authorities unconstitutional,...

Sep 23 (JT) Tokyo High Court on Wednesday ruled that Japanese immigration authorities' actions toward two Sri Lankan men were unconstitutional. The two men claim that they were deported without getting enough time to take legal action after being denied refugee status. The two had filed a lawsuit against the govt seeking a total of ¥10 million in compensation. Wednesday's ruling reversed a lower court decision that dismissed the claims. Presiding Judge Yutaka Hirata said that more..

Vaccinate children without being deceived by myths and superstitions: Pediatricians

Sep 23 (DM) Specialist doctors today urged the parents and adults not to be deceived by myths and superstitions and get the children vaccinated. The vaccination programme is carried out with the recommendations of the expert committees of the world and Sri Lanka, the specialists pointed out and said that successful results can be achieved through precise understanding & interest without undue fear. more..

UN lauds drugs prevention role in SL: Defence Ministry

Sep 23 (DM) UN Resident Co-ordinator Hanaa Singer Hamdy extended her appreciation for the continual resounding efforts initiated by the Govt of SL through the Defence Ministry to cripple the illegal drug ring, which in turn reflects a positive impression on both Sri Lanka and on the entire region, the Defence Ministry said She conveyed these views during a cordial discussion with Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd) at the Defence HQ Complex, Sri J'pura, Kotte today. more..

Empty Plastic and Glass Packaging Collection Week declared

Sep 23 (CT) Cabinet has approved declaring the second week of March in each Yala Season and the third week of September in each Maha Season as Empty Plastic and Glass Packaging Collection Week, beginning in 2022. It was also agreed to carry out the suggested programme with the aid of agricultural officials and farmers’ organisations. Cabinet Spokesman Dullas Alahapperuma said this initiative was taken after finding that most agricultural packaging is made of more..

GL calls on OIC Secretary-General

Sep 23 (CT) Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Yousef Al-Othaimeen reiterated the positive outcomes of integration among communities with the preservation of identity during a meeting with Foreign Minister G.L. Peiris, on the eve (21) of the high-level segment of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York. Professor Peiris in return said Sri Lanka is a country more..

SL records 72 new COVID-related deaths

Sep 23 (AD) The total number people who fell victim to COVID-19 infection in Sri Lanka moved up as 72 more fatalities were confirmed by the Director-General of Health Services on Wednesday (22). The new development has pushed the official death toll from the virus outbreak in SL to 12,448. As per the data released by Dept of Govt Information, the latest victims include 42 males and 30 females. As many as 60 deaths were reported among the elderly people aged above 60 years. more..

Manusha files FR before SC against Cabraal

Sep 23 (TM) Samagi Jana Bala Wegaya (SJB) MP Manusha Nanayakkara has filed a Fundamental Rights petition before the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka, against the appointment of former State Minister of Money and Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms Ajith Nivard Cabraal as the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). In the petition, Nanayakkara has highlighted several allegations made against Cabraal, including the high profile case of Imaad Shah Zuberi. more..

Prisoners’ rights group writes to UN chief

Sep 23 (TM) With the United Nations General Assembly ongoing in New York, the Committee for Protecting the Rights of Prisoners (CPRP) yesterday (22) has written to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urging him to pay attention to the needs of prisoners in Sri Lanka. “A total of 78%-82% of those admitted to prisons between 2015-2019 were suspects who were remand prisoners. more..

Money Printing at Rs 1.6074T establishes new record

Sep 23 (CT) Govt’s non-demand-pull inflationary face value money printing (FVMP) debt increased by 0.29% (Rs 4,572 million) to a new record high of Rs 1,607,398.46 million (Rs 1.6074 trillion) yesterday. GoSL’s highest to the 17th highest FVMP debt has been registered in the 17 consecutive market days to yesterday, though not necessarily in a particular order. The highest, Rs 1.6074 trillion was recorded yesterday, second highest Rs 1.6071 trillion was recorded on Friday 17 Sept, more..

Former HC judge appointed to conduct indpt inquiry into recent prison incidents

Sep 23 (AD) Minister of Justice has appointed former High Court Judge Kusala Sarojani Weerawardane to conduct an independent inquiry into the recent incidents at the Welikada & Anuradhapura prisons. Former State Minister of Prisons Management and Prisoners’ Rehabilitation Affairs Lohan Ratwatte made headlines last week following his riotous behaviour at the Welikada and A'pura Prisons while under the influence of alcohol. In the wake of the accusation, more..

Keeping elephants to cover up inferiority complex: AKD

Sep 23 (CT) Those who are suffering from an inferiority complex after fraudulently obtaining wealth, are trying to maintain elephants to cover up their inferiority complex, JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake alleged in Parliament yesterday. “These people have amassed massive wealth in fraudulent ways such as misusing tenders. In the past, people who were from noble families had elephants as a symbol of their more..

‘Why are bars open while bookstores remain closed?’ - Dr. Hemantha Herath responds

Sep 23 (AD) Individuals who visited stores to buy alcohol have been subjected to random Rapid Antigen tests in Mirigama, yesterday. Meanwhile, journalists inquired Dr. Hemantha Herath on the decision to allow liquor stores to operate while bookstores remain closed. Dr. Hemantha Herath, Media Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health responded, “We can’t clearly show a connection between the bookstore and the bar. We can’t comment at this point because there is more..

'25 Indian boats damaged by SL Navy'

Sep 23 (IANS) TN fisheries dept officials said that the SL Navy personnel hurled glass bottles and stones at the Indian fishermen. SL Navy personnel came in 10 patrol boats and they damaged the fishing boats, it was alleged. Officials said that fishing nets in 40 boats were also damaged in the alleged attack by the SL navy personnel. Fishermen association leader N. Devadass said, "This is highly deplorable and a situation has reached wherein the fishermen from the TN coast are not able to more..

108 elephants privately owned

Sep 23 (TM) Amidst a national discourse on the merits and demerits of the private ownership of elephants, Minister C.B. Rathnayake yesterday said that there are 108 elephants that are privately owned in Sri Lanka. “There are only around 210 tame elephants in the country, 102 of whom are held under the National Zoological Gardens Department while the remaining 108 elephants are privately owned,” more..

UNP Deputy Leader praises Plant Quarantine officers who detected harmful bacteria in...

Sep 23 (Island) Speaking during a zoom meeting with party’s youth members, on party reinforcement projects, alongside its 75th anniversary programmes on Tuesday, the UNP deputy leader said: “Officials of the National Plant Quarantine Services, coming under the Department of Agriculture, have detected harmful residues, including Erwinia bacteria, of which some species are plant pathogens which destroy crops, in sample tested from organic fertiliser brought from China. more..

Sri Lankan, Indian foreign ministers hold comprehensive bilateral talks in NY

Sep 23 (MFA) Foreign Minister Prof. Peiris briefed the Indian Foreign Minister on the situation with regard to the Covid-19 pandemic and the successful measures being implemented by the Govt of SL to control the spread of the virus. Minister Peiris further briefed the Foreign Minister about the pragmatic and tangible action taken by the government to resolve residual matters after the end of the conflict in May 2009, citing the fact that the Foreign Ministry, Defence Ministry and Justice Ministry more..

Health official calls for staggered lifting of COVID-19 lockdown

Sep 23 (EN) Sri Lanka must ease restrictions gradually, as lifting the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in one go could result in a resurgent of cases, a health official warned. Deputy Health Services Director Dr Hemantha Herath told reporters on Thursday (23) that expert recommendation is a staggered lifting of the lockdown. “It should be done step by step. We can take one step and see what problems may arise, and then take more..

Sri Lanka bus assembly eyed by China’s King Long Auto in Hambantota

Sep 23 (EN) China’s Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry Co. Ltd has signed a preliminary deal which can pave the way to a bus assembly plant in SL, Hambantota International Port Group which is running a port and industrial zone said. Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry Co., Ltd., set up in 1988 makes large and medium sized buses, coaches and vans and now exports to 140 countries. HIPG’s investment promotion team headed by Justin Zhang, General Manager, more..

Video: TNPF MP Selvarasa Gajendran arrested in Jaffna

Sep 23 (AD) General Secretary of Tamil National People’s Front (TNFP), MP Selvarasa Gajendran and two others have been arrested in Jaffna for violating quarantine regulations. Police said they were arrested for violating quarantine laws by holding a commemoration event in remembrance of Thileepan, a political wing leader of the LTTE who died while on hunger strike. It has been reported that the MP had also argued with the police officers who had arrived at the location of the event. more..

Former president Kumaratunga lambasts SLFP leadership

Sep 23 (EN) Joining forces with the ruling SLPP has destroyed the govt’s coalition partner SLFP and the leaders of the latter cannot absolve themselves of the misdeeds of the govt, former president Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga said. The current SLFP leadership must resign from their positions and hand the party over to a younger crop of leaders who actually care about the party, Kumaratunga said in a Facebook post more..

Children with co-morbidities required to be registered for Pfizer vaccinations

Sep 23 (AD) Lady Ridgeway Children’s Hospital has requested parents to register their children aged between 12 and 19 years suffering from disabilities or chronic illness to schedule a date and time for COVID-19 vaccinations. Rolling out Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines for the children with co-morbidities who belong to the aforementioned age group is all set to commence at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital tomorrow. The parents are required to produce all the medical records of the child when bringing them more..

Kiriella tells mouthful about govt. working on cross purposes

Sep 23 (Island) Chief Opposition Whip Kandy District SJB MP Lakshman Kiriella said yesterday that the country was saddled with a govt that took action to keep the bars and liquor shops open and wanted Parliament closed, citing COVID-19 pandemic as the reason. At the commencement of business of the day, in Parliament, the Chief Opposition whip said that a motion was to be submitted by the govt preventing Parliament from sitting on Thursday and Friday this week. more..

TNA lauds President

Sep 23 (TM) ITAK MP M.A. Sumanthiran praised President Gotabaya Rajapaksa yesterday over his invitation to the Tamil Diaspora for discussion and congratulated him on his efforts. Speaking in Parliament, Sumanthiran said they welcomed the President’s stance. “However, on 16 July, the President invited the TNA for discussions and at the last minute he put it off, may be due to an emergency. more..

Leading remotely

Sep 23 (FT) The recent announcement by Apple and Facebook that they are postponing the return to office till Jan 2022 has strengthened the narrative around hybrid and remote work. Some digital-first companies have declared their intent to never go back to office full-time. Whichever way this goes, the reality is that leading remotely has and will continue to be the norm in the future. Professionals across industries have developed coping mechanisms around on-boarding, connecting with more..

No Govt had previously appointed Advisory Committee on PTA: Sabry

Sep 23 (DN) Justice Minister Ali Sabry, PC said in Parliament yesterday that while the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) was established in 1979 and there is a provision in the PTA to appoint an Advisory Board in order to advise the Defence Minister with regard to somebody who had been detained under the PTA on whether to continue such detention under that law, no Govt over the past 40 years had appointed such an Advisory Committee. However, he said that Prez Rajapaksa as more..

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'Delta peak now over but fears of another peak exist'

Sep 23 (DM) The peak of the Delta variant is now over in SL and the number of deaths and infected patients have reduced but health authorities yesterday warned that another peak could be expected in the coming weeks or months with severe mutations existing in other countries. Prof Suneth Agampodisaid that while public mobility had severely reduced due to the ongoing quarantine curfew, the results were being seen with the number of deaths and patients in the country more..

Learning from the virus: Viral logistics - Logistics to go viral

Sep 23 (FT) We are on a fourth wave, riding quite high in fact unfortunately, and in another lockdown. Some speak of economic haemorrhage stemming from the lockdown. The State is crying out for revenue. One corporate head has mentioned that the prosperity of corporates and the nation is intertwined and that as the only rote to achieve sustainable growth. Meanwhile, headlines in the financial press only speak of corporate wellness and those wellness statements have been more..

Prez tells UN committed to building a secure future for all Sri Lankans

Sep 23 (FT) President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa reassured the UN that his Govt’s firm intention was to build a prosperous, stable and secure future for all Sri Lankans, regardless of ethnicity, religion, or gender. This assurance, as well as steps being followed amidst the pandemic and efforts to rebuild the economy, were shared during President’s first ever address at the 76th UN General Assembly in New York. more..

Govt apologises for delays in building Amaradeva Asapuwa

Sep 23 (CT) While apologising for failing to build the Amaradeva Asapuwa music ashram on time, Cabinet Spokesman Dullas Alahapperuma said the Dept of Cultural Affairs assumed full responsibility for the project roughly six months ago. He explained yesterday at the weekly cabinet briefing the initiative was commenced by the Dept of Govt Information, but the Rs 200 million in funding and all other Amaradeva Asapuwa-related activities were later transferred to the Dept of Cultural Affairs. more..

Fully vaccinated need not fear about COVID variants: Prof. Malavige

Sep 23 (DN) Prof. Neelika Malavige of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the Sri J'pura Hospital said although numerous COVID-19 related variants are reported, people should not be scared and panic over them as long as they have received the vaccines and therefore, we as professionals in the health sector urge everybody to get vaccinated without further delay in order to get rid of this virus. Prof. Malavige was speaking at a medical discussion organised by the Media Ministry on Sunday more..

SL could lose billions through unsolicited New Fortress Energy deal: CEBEU

Sep 23 (EN) SL stands to lose hundreds of millions of dollars through a back-door liquefied natural gas (LNG) deal with a US firm which could be worth up to US$ 6 billion but is coming in as the sale of share of a power plant, engineers of the state power utility have warned. Energy security would also be undermined as the national grid would be dependent on a single company for the supply of LNG to the entire country and will also block more..

'Probe launched on Ven. Gnanasara’s statement about imminent terror attack'

Sep 23 (DM) Investigations are being conducted on the statements made by Ven. Galagodaaththe Gnanasara Thera that a second extremist attack is imminent, Minister Sarath Weekeraserna told Parliament. He said the Islamic State is an ideology which is based on laws in the Quran. “We thank Ven. Gnanasara for the disclosure he made. What the monk says is that there could be an attack as long as ISIS ideology exists in SL. Any youth who holds such ideology can stage an attack any time, more..

Sri Lanka first to vaccinate pregnant women against coronavirus

Sep 23 (Island) Between 80% and 90% of pregnant women had been vaccinated so far, Director Maternal and Child Health Dr. Chithramalee De Silva said yesterday. She said that Sri Lanka was the first country to start vaccinating pregnant women. “Pregnant women can reserve a time and get inoculated. We monitor the health of the mother and the child until a month after the delivery to see if there are any side effects from vaccination. So far not a single case has been reported. more..

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