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Video: Health guidelines issued for Sinhala & Tamil New Year

Apr 3 (AD) Director-General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena has issued health guidelines in view of the upcoming Sinhala and Tamil New Year. Accordingly, the members of the public have been urged to celebrate the festival and to observe the traditions and rituals at home. They have been requested to stay home during the inauspicious time (Punya Kaalaya/Nonagathaya) as much as possible. more..

UNP will appoint new organisers from May, this year: UNP leader

Apr 3 (DM) The UNP will appoint new organisers starting from May, this year, with focus on women and professionals representing various sectors, its leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said. Addressing a meeting he had with lawyers at Sirikotha, Mr. Wickremesinghe said the party will give priority to women, businessmen and other professionals as organisers. “We also welcome lawyers if they are willing to come forward to represent our party,” he said. “We will go for a re-organisation more..

'Opposition should help Govt fight extremist elements'

Apr 3 (DN) All SL politicians despite their political ideologies or parties should stand with the present Govt to face challenges against this country, said former Kurunegala District UNP MP Gamini Jayawickrama Perera. “This country does not belong to Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa or Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. These two leaders are elected by the voters of this country only for a specific period of time,” he said. However, the Opposition politicians should refrain from playing petty politics. more..

පෝට් සිටි පනත ගැන නීතිඥ සංගමය අවධානය...

Cops in distress

Apr 3 (Island) These are bad days for SL cops. They are either knocked down by speeding contraptions with maniacs at the wheel or harassed by the ruling party political dregs who think no end of themselves. SL politicians love stooges in the public service, where one’s success hinges on one’s ability to lick political boots. They have an antipathy towards upright public officials who tell them what they do not want to hear. Senior Forest Officer Devani Jayathilake has incurred the wrath of the govt more..

Who is responsible for the Easter attacks?

Apr 3 (FT) On 21 April 2019, when my friend stepped into a hotel in Colombo with her family to enjoy the Easter brunch, she never would have imagined that this would be the last meal she was going to have or it was the last moment she was going to spend alive. Why would she have those thoughts when she and all other Sri Lankans believed the days of terror were behind us; when we believed that we lived in a safe country. But we were wrong! Over 260 innocent lives were lost and more..

Administering an unapproved vaccine irregulor: SLMA

Apr 3 (CT) There is reliable information that attempts are being made to overturn the decision of the Experts Committee appointed by the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) to the effect that the data provided so far are inadequate to arrive at a decision on the safety, efficacy and the immunogenicity of the Sinopharm Vaccine, and register the said vaccine for emergency use, SLMA on Friday said. more..

Political, diplomatic bigwigs not included: Wijeyadasa

Apr 3 (CT) SLPP National List MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, in a letter to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, said the delay in passing the Private Member Bill to amend the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Act (No.1 of 1975) was a violation of fundamental rights of the citizenry as well as his Parliamentary privileges. He said, the delay could be a deliberate attempt to not give an opportunity to pass the Bill. “The Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Act (No. 1 of 1975) was more..

President’s Easter Message

Apr 3 (CT) Prez Rajapaksa pledged the Govt would leave no room for the culprits of the Easter Sunday terror attacks in 2019 as well as groups responsible for this dastardly attack to escape the law. In his Easter message the Prez said the Govt is determined to ensure national security to prevent a recurrence of such tragedies in the country. He said, “Easter, the noblest festival in the Christian calendar, symbolises the victory over evil and sin. Easter further provides devotees an opportunity to more..

Video: Prices of several items to be reduced in view of Sinhala & Tamil New Year

Apr 3 (AD) The govt has decided to reduce the prices of several goods in view of the upcoming Sinhala and Tamil New Year season. Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena said the relevant items can be purchased at reduced prices from Sathosa outlets starting next Monday. This was announced during a press briefing held at the Trade Ministry on Friday. Accordingly, 1 kg of brown sugar will be sold at Rs. 115. more..

Fourteen hotels to accommodate 30,000 repatriated migrant workers

Apr 3 (DN) SL Bureau of Foreign Employment has handpicked 14 hotels throughout the island to accommodate 30,000 migrant workers who will be repatriated under a new scheme. Last week under a revised quarantine regulations programme, the Govt reduced its compulsory quarantine period for migrant workers from 14 days to 7 days. Bureau is currently drawing up a plan to bring these workers within three months and to waive their hotel charges during their mandatory quarantine stay. more..

Myanmar Court sentences 12 Sri Lankan fishers to jail

Apr 3 (CT) A Myanmar Court has sentenced 12 SL fishermen to jail terms of three to five years on three charges. The 10-crew members were imposed with a jail term of three years and six months with a fine of 20,000 kyats (Rs 2,800) each, while the fishing trawler drivers were charged with five years and six months jail term, with a fine of 200,000 kyats (Rs 28,300). The Court charged them for illegal entry into Myanmar waters, illegal fishing (without fishing licence to fish in Myanmar territorial waters), more..

Sri Lanka to bring back 30,000 migrant workers stranded in Middle East

Apr 3 (AN) Sri Lanka is to bring back some 30,000 migrant workers stranded in the Middle East and unable to return due to high quarantine fees at home, a foreign employment ministry official said on Friday. The decision comes after recent reports highlighted the plight of SL workers who lost their jobs to pandemic shutdowns, and were left unable to go home as they could not afford mandatory isolation on arrival under more..

Discussion with the Village goes to the North today

Apr 3 (DN) The first Discussion with the Village programme in the Northern Province will be held in the Vedivaithyakallu Grama Niladhari Division of the Vavuniya North Divisional Secretariat Division in the Vavuniya District today (3). The Bogaswewa Maha Vidyala premises have been selected for the discussion. This is the 17th in the series of Discussion with the Village programme. The public forum which begins at 10 a.m. will be presided over by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa with more..

Rajitha: NMRA politicised; Chinese jab not tested here before approval

Apr 3 (Island) The SJB says the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) has been politicized. Addressing the media at the Opposition Leader’s office, SJB MP Dr Rajitha Senaratne said that the decision to approve the Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine, manufactured by China was an indication of the political influence on the NMRA administration. The former Health Minister said the Chinese vaccine had not been subjected to any tests before being approved for use in Sri Lanka. more..

Controversy surrounds NMRA building rental

Apr 3 (CT) CID has launched a full-scale inquiry into the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) renting a building at a monthly cost of Rs 139,000, despite Prez Rajapaksa allocating a land in Narahenpita to construct a building for NMRA. Authority had posted an advertisement on their official website to rent a premises, during the tenure of former NMRA Chairman, Prof. Asitha de Silva. more..

Empowering youth a human right and investment: UNDP Rep in SL

Apr 3 (Island) National Youth Dialogue (NYD) on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship is an annual national youth engagement exercise led by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in SL. This year, too in adapting to the new normal, National Youth Dialogue for 2020/2021 presented a fully virtual participant experience, via Zoom, spanning over five weeks, from Feb 16 to March 18 and included 28 sessions under 10 themes with over 100 speakers and facilitators joining in more..

Battles to save Sinharaja chronologised

Apr 3 (Island) Politics of a Rainforest: Battles to save Sinharaja, a book by Dr. Prasanna Cooray was launched at the Hector Kobbekaduwa auditorium, Colombo 7, recently with the participation of a large gathering that included academics, activists, politicians and journalists. The veteran actress, Irangani Serasinghe, who is also a pioneering environmental activist in the country, was the Chief Guest. Prof. Tissa Vitharana was the Guest of Honour. more..

Avurudu mung kavun won’t come cheap as prices leap

Apr 3 (ST) From green gram used in Avurudu kevili to rice, coconut, turmeric and other goods used widely during festive season are jumping in price with the National New Year around the corner. Green gram, used for making the popular sweetmeat, mung kavun, and other festival favourites, has seen the biggest increase – from Rs. 300 a kilo last March to an average Rs. 770. In some markets, price has shot up to Rs. 900, more..

Share subdivision in Dhammika Perera-owned companies improves business...

Apr 3 (Island) The subdivision of shares of three companies belonging to top business magnate Dhammika Perera, namely, Lanka Wall Tiles, Lanka Tiles and Swisstech on a one share to five basis improved investor sentiment in the share market yesterday, stock market analysts said. Both main CSE indices moved upwards. The All Share Price Index reached the 7200 mark. All Share Price Index was up by 74.25 points and S and P SL20 up by 24.47 points. more..

Pyramid Wilmar denied allegations against its products

Apr 3 (TM) Following speculations of importing coconut oil with high levels of Aflatoxin, Pyramid Wilmar categorically denied fabricated and false allegations/insinuations against its products, including cooking oils, fat spreads, and industrial margarines. The company stated that such allegations/insinuations against Pyramid Wilmar are demonstrably false, baseless, and maliciously contrived with a view to discredit and damage Pyramid Wilmar’s reputation and standing in the market. more..

Govt under pressure to introduce new Constitution before holding PC polls

Apr 3 (Island) A group of Buddhist monks has appealed to Prez Rajapaksa and MPs, representing all political parties, to put on hold Provincial Council polls, pending early enactment of the proposed new Constitution. The group has, in a two-page letter dated March 29, 2021, stressed that the PC polls should be conducted in terms of the new Constitution as much desired changes were likely to be introduced in respect of electoral system, more..

China’s Precision poverty alleviation and Lanka’s Gama samaga pilisandara

Apr 3 (DN) Chinese President Xi Jinping, in his telephone conversation with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa earlier this week, said that China can lend a hand to Sri Lanka in the eradication of poverty adding that China succeeded in ending extreme poverty among nine million people. President Rajapaksa said that the Hambantota Port Project and development of infrastructure facilities are continuing in a satisfactory manner and urged govt of China to complete the project work. more..

The intractable Indo-SL fishing issue: Analysis

Apr 3 (EAR) The recent arrest of 54 Tamil Nadu fishermen by the SL navy and their subsequent release under diplomatic pressure, have again brought into focus the intractable India-Sri Lanka row about fishing in the narrow Palk Strait. Geographical, historical and political factors have complicated the issue which, on the face of it, is a simple matter. The Indian authorities have invariably succeeded in securing the release of arrested fishermen on appeals from TN fishermen and more..

Ray of hope in magistrate’s remark, but long way to go for transgender freedom

Apr 3 (ST) Fort Magistrate Priyantha Liyanage recently admonished police to stop making derogatory comments about transgender people in a development that was seen as encouraging by a community that has long suffered in SL. The magistrate was hearing a case following the arrest of five transgender people by the Kollupitiya police for allegedly violating quarantine guidelines and in court described them as wes walagaththa pirimi or men in disguise. more..

Ten years on from the inspired gamble that won the World Cup for India

Apr 3 (ICC) Adecade on from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, relive the showpiece final of the incredible tournament. MS Dhoni steered India to World Cup glory with a majestic innings, smashing the winning runs with a huge six over long-on. The winning moment was a fitting finale for a spectacular rollercoaster of a match between the tournament joint-hosts, with a packed crowd in Mumbai put through the emotional ringer before the celebrations could truly get underway. more..

Anchor joins hands with Sports Ministry to support national high-performance athletes

Apr 3 (ST) Recognising that wholesome nutrition is instrumental to develop internationally-competitive sportsmen and women, Anchor joined hands with the Ministry of Sports to nourish high-performance athletes who aspire to represent Sri Lanka on a global stage. The partnership enriches a long term, progressive approach to developing high performance athletes, initiated by the Ministry of Sports in conjunction with the National Sports Council. For the first time in history, more..

Doubts remain on external forces blocking Easter attacks investigations

Apr 3 (CT) It has dawned to another Easter Sunday with the families of 260 victims and another 500 who injured still awaiting justice and answers to basic questions. Two years later, the legislators were debating the findings of Easter Sunday Presidential Commission and some interesting points were made during the final two days of the Parliamentary debate on the final report of the PCoI probing Easter Attacks. more..

They overcame many a hurdle to shine bright

Apr 3 (ST) Irshad Sreenthaj (29) and Fathima Siyama Ansar (25) live more than 300 km away from each other, but the two young Economics scholars who graduated from the Uni of Jaffna and Sabaragamuwa last month, have startlingly similar stories to share as they celebrate resounding academic success- having had to persevere against much more than their traditional hijabs. Irshad not only won a gold medal and two memorial prizes, but also had the highest GPA in the Faculty of Arts more..

Saving environment from politicos

Apr 3 (TM) They say that good people who do not oppose bad people cause as much harm to society as bad people. SL’s past bears witness to that notion, and the number of instances the country had to face catastrophes because those who were tasked with stopping the bad people did not, or failed to do so because of their ignorance and/or lackadaisicalness, is countless. The country has suffered due to armed wars, ethnic/religious conflicts among civilians, large-scale embezzlement, more..

Dimuth Karunaratne, Oshada Fernando fifties ensure series ends at 0-0

Apr 3 (CI) Dimuth Karunaratne hit 75 and soaked up 176 deliveries in a century stand with Lahiru Thirimanne, and Oshada Fernando struck an unbeaten half-century of his own later in the day, as SL comfortably batted out a draw in Antigua. Missing Shannon Gabriel for part of the day due to a hamstring complaint, West Indies were only able to take two SL wickets on a pitch that had become slower and lower for the quicks and more..

The bitter realities behind the Hingurakgoda satyagraha

Apr 3 (TM) On International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021, in a small tent located at the Polonnaruwa Raja Sabha Mandapaya, women sat down to begin a satyagraha against the microfinance debt that has crippled rural economies and left them helpless. Current statistics say that more than 2.8 million people are victims of predatory lending, a majority of whom are women. Nearly 200 have taken their own lives as a result of this debt; some, mere days before the protest began. more..

Engineered, encouraged deterioration; mangroves and Easter

Apr 3 (Island) Rajitha Ratwatte writing from New Zealand about both his adopted country and his home country, which he seems to be very loyal to, gives print to a profound consideration which needs everyone’s attention. To end his Friday March 28 column From outside the Pearl he states boldly and succinctly: …. we once (around 30 years ago) had a minister of ports who had been educated at Oxford – not a gold chain snatcher. The Oxford mentioned is the most prestigious University in Britain and more..


What is the patriotic path Sri Lanka should take after the Geneva resolution?

Apr 3 (CT) UNHRC adopted resolution 46/1 on 23 March 2021 against the wish of SL, voting 22 countries in favor, 14 countries abstaining and 11 countries voting against out of the 47member council. The result is interpreted by various parties in various ways. One popular way is the Western point of view where the entire force is placed on the human rights and the political ambitions of those western nations are ignored. Another way is the point of view of China or Russia where more..

Geneva debacle

Apr 3 (CT) The resolution presented to the UNHRC by the so-called Core Group countries led by the UK, Canada, and Germany, at the behest of the US, was adopted by the UNHRC by 22 to 11 votes, with 14 member countries abstaining. I would call this resolution an attack on SL by imperialist countries supported by Quad countries. SL defeat in the face of this attack is not a matter of surprise. In such a backdrop, Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena's attempt to define it otherwise, by portraying more..