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ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා මීළඟට සිදුකල යුත්තේ කුමක්ද?
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ
බලයට පත්වී මාස 5ක් නිමවා ඇත. සිදුවෙන ක්‍රියාවන් හා ඒවාට දක්වන ප්‍රතික්‍රියාවන් අපි දකිමින් සිටින්නෙමු. අප ජීවත්වුණා කාල පරිච්චේදය තුලදී රාජ්‍ය පාලකයෙකු මෙතරම් සංවිධානාත්මක බුද්ධිමත්ව රාජ්‍ය පාලනය සිදුකරන ආකාරයක් අපි දැක නැත්තෙමු. මෙම ක්‍රියාවලින් දකින අපි, ඇත්ත වශයෙන්ම ඉතිහාසයේ ජීවත්වෙන භාග්‍යමත්ම ජන කොට්ඨාශය වෙමු. ජනාධිපතිතුමා, කිසිවෙකුටත් පහර ගසන්නෙත් නැත. ව්යාවස්තාව උල්ලංගනය කරන්නෙත් නැත. එතුමා සිදුකරමින් සිටින්නේ, මේ රටේ මුල් බැසගෙන ඇති ගැටළු නිරාකරණය කිරීමත්, අනාගත පරපුර යා යුතුමග සුදානම් කිරීමත්, ක්ෂණිකව මතුවෙන ගැටලු විසදීමේ කටයුතුවලට මුල් තැන දීමත් පමණි. එතුමා මේ සියලුම කාර්යයන් මෙරට සතුරන් විසින් ස්ථාපිත කොට ඇති උන්ගේ සතුරු බලකදවුරු වන ස්වාධින කොමිසන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

විසුරුවා හැරිය පාරලිමේන්තුව නැවත කැඳවීමට අවශ්‍යතාවයක් තියෙනවාද ?
චාර්ල්ස්  පෙරේරා විසින්
එදා රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ  නායකත්වය දුන් එක්සත් ජාතික පක්ෂය හා  සම්බන්ධ පක්ෂ එකතුව ඉදිරිපත්කල  ජනාධිපති අපේක්ෂක  සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස ලක්ෂ 69 කටත් වැඩි චන්දයකින් පරාජයකොට ගොටාභය රාජපක්ස මැතිතුමා ලංකාවේ ජනාධිපති වශයෙන්  පත්කරගත්තෙ,  එදා යහපාලනය ආණ්ඩුව වෙනුවෙන් පෙනී සිටි හා ඒ ආණ්ඩුවට සමබ්න්ධවී  පාරලිමේන්තුවේ සිටි මන්ත්‍රී  වරුන් සියල්ලම කෙරෙහි විශ්වාශයක් නොමැති බැවින්. ජනතාව  එදා යහපාලනය ආණ්ඩුව පරාජය කලේ  ඒ  වෙනුවට  ජනාධිපති ගොටාභය රාජපක්ෂ මහතා ඉදිරිපත්කල සෞභාග්යේ දැක්ම පිළිගෙන  එතුමා සමග දේශපාලන ගමනකට සුදානම්  අලුත් මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් පත්කරගෙන අලුත් ආණ්ඩුවක් පිහිටුවීම සඳහායි. ඒ යහපාලනය ආණ්ඩුව වෙනුවෙන් පෙනීසිටි පාරලිමේන්තුවේ විපක්ෂයේ මන්ත්‍රීවරු අන්තිම මොහොත දක්වාම  කලේ ජනාධිපති  ගොටාභය රාජපක්ශ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

කොරෝනා වසංගතය හා මාර යුද්‌ධය
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
මිණී වෙළෙන්‌දෝ අන්තිමේදී ඇමෙරිකාවේ සිගරැට් සමාගම් රට අතහැර චීනය, වියට්නාමය, අප්‍රිකාවේ හා ලතින් ඇමෙරිකාවේ රටවල් වලට ගියේ ඒවාට විරුද්‌ධ නීති හා නඩු තීන්‌දු නිසාද, නැත්නම් මිණීමරුවන් ලෙස (මර්‌චන්ට්ස් ඔෆ් ඩෙත්) ඒවායේ අයිතිකරුවන් හංවඩු ගැසීම නිසාද යන්න පැහැදිලි නැත. එහෙත් පාරේ තිබූ මී මළකුණක් දැක එය විකුණා ධනවත් සිටානන් කෙනෙක්‌වූ පුද්ගලයෙක් පිළිඹඳ ජාතක කතාවට සමාන සිදුවීම් මාලාවක් දැන් ලංකාවේ සිදුවෙමින් පවතී. කොරෝනා මර්‌ධනය සම්බන්‌ධයෙන් ආණ්ඩුවේ වැඩපිළිවෙලේ නොයෙක් අඩු පාඩු හා දුර්‌වලකම් ඇති බව සැබෑය. නමුත් යහපාලනකාරයින් පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය හෝ මහ බැංකු මංකොල්ලය කළමනාකරණය කල ආකාරය සිතන විට, මේ වේලාවේ ගෝඨාභය නොසිටින්නට ලංකාව සුනේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

Crows have a Right to glide the skies and roam freely in any part of Sri Lanka
Senaka Weeraratna
Arahant  Mahinda in his very first encounter with King Devanampiyatissa at Mihintale 2300 years ago delivered an invaluable piece of advice to the King: He said: "Oh! Great King, the birds that glide the skies and animals that roam the forests have an equal right to live and move about in any part of this land as thou. The land belongs to the people and all other living beings and thou art only the guardian of it" This utterance of Arahant Mahinda is one of the greatest statements made in the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

ගෝඨා "භය" බය- තවමත් බයද?
ඇම් ඩී පී දිසානායක විසිනි
මහින්දට මිනිස්සු බය නැහැ. ඔහු දරුවන්ට අප්පච්චී. සමහරුන්ට එක්කෝ මහින්ද මාමා, එක්කෝ මහින්ද චංඩියා, එක්කෝ මහින්ද සීතල ගනන්කාරයා,  එක්කෝ මහින්ද බොස්,  එක්කෝ මහින්ද වැඩ කාරයා.කොටින්ම කීවොත් මහින්ද මුලු රටටම  සැමටම එදත් අදත් ගව්‍රරාරර්තයේ බහු වචනයෙන් කීවොත් අමතන්නේ මහ රජානණී කියලයි. ඒත්  ජනපති බලය ලැබුනොත් ගෝඨා හරියටම මොනවා කරයිද? ගෝඨා මොනවගේ මිනිහෙක්ද ? කියා හරියටම නොදැන සිටියේය.  ඉංගිරිසියෙන් කීවොත් “HE WAS AN UNKNOWN QUANTITY”. ඉතින් මොකද කලේ මතකයි නේද ඔබ හැමටම? බයක් ඇතිකලා. මොන බයද ?  ගෝඨා  "භය"  බය. රාජිත මහත්තයා කිව්වා මහනුවරදී  "මම ගෝඨාට හරිම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

GOTAPROBHIA- STILL SCARED OF GOTABAYA?
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
The general public was not scared of Mahinda Rajapakse.  For children, Mahinda was an “Appachchi”. If not he was Mahinda Mama. For some others, Mahinda was a Thug. Equally for some Mahinda was “Shrewd Man”.   If not Mahinda was a Boss. If not for others, Mahinda was a person “who delivered the goods”.   By and large,  Mahinda is still a King for the nation. But the general public was not exactly aware of what Gotabaya will do if he is given the powers of Executive Presidency. They were not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

Mania of defeatists to get Parliament reconvened
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
Sri Lanka has had several centuries-old traditions of rulers rigidly following the admonitions of the Maha Sanga on matters relating to the country and the people.  Even to go on a war they always seek the advice of the Maha Sangha.  However, this age-old tradition was completely obviated during the Sirisena/Ranil foreign and diaspora servile regime and it was from the Sambandan/Sumanthiran/Anura Kumara troika. the Thrishoola they sought guidance for everything. When the Maha Sanga of the Thrinikaya (the three chapters) vehemently opposed the adopting of a new constitution, the federal and secular... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

Presidential pardon – a response
Neville Ladduwahetty
M. J.M, in response to my article of April 08, states, "Taking refuge in the inadequacies of the law, to justify the said presidential pardon, is hypocrisy…. Here, the law did not fail. The prosecution did." I am not sure whether it is only the prosecution that failed. Since the law did not fail, let us start with the law, and its application and interpretation. As mentioned in my article of April 8, The Supreme Court ‘set aside’ counts one to 10 and stated that, "What remains are counts 11 to 19 which are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

Only four COVID-19 clusters active out of 31: DIG Ajith Rohana
Courtesy The Daily News
Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajith Rohana said that out of 31 main Covid-19 clusters identified across the island, only four clusters still remain active.He said that according to the government intelligence service information, the total number of Covid-19 patients has been reported from 31 clusters, since the first Covid-19 infection was reported in Sri Lanka. "Of those 31 clusters, only 4 clusters are currently operational. Out of those 4 clusters, three clusters are on the verge of becoming inactive. Therefore, people's corporation is essential to control this situation," he said.While... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

COVID-19 spread under control in general: President
Courtesy The Daily News
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said the spread of COVID-19 is under control in general, and that immediate remedial steps have been taken following the sudden spike in recent positive cases, the President's Media Division said. President Rajapaksa said this in response to a query by the Acting Ambassador and Chargé d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Colombo, Hu Wei, when he called on the President at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday. The Acting Ambassador inquired on the progress of current COVID-19 prevention activities in Sri Lanka. President Rajapaksa said the spread of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

COVID-19: Total coronavirus cases stand at 663, 14 new cases during the last 24 hours, 15 more recoveries reported
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has reported fifteen new recoveries from the COVID-19 virus, stated the Epidemiology Unit of Health ministry. Accordingly, the total number of recoveries recorded in the country is 154. Meanwhile, three more cases are added to the number of coronavirus cases identified from the country today (30). Thereby, the tally of total coronavirus cases stands at 663, said the Ministry. A total of 502 patients are currently under medical care at hospitals across the island, according to the Epidemiology Unit. Seven COVID-19-related deaths have been... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

Dissolved parliament cannot be reconvened - President
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa states the parliament which has been dissolved cannot be reconvened. The President has stated this yesterday (29) in response to the letter directed to him by opposition parties representing the dissolved government, urging the President to reconvene the parliament. Secretary to the President P. B. Jayasundara, has written to former Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa informing him of the President’s response to their letter. https://youtu.be/Oj84P47Ih4Y The letter reads that it is observed that the opposition parties disregard the need for an election and are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

Digital technology as a medium to exchange data within agri-industry?
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has considered the possibility of using digital technology as a medium to exchange data among the farmers, consumers, and suppliers, stated President’s Media Division. Secretaries to the Ministries of Agriculture, Internal Trade, Consumer Welfare, Plantation Industries, and Export Agriculture and several other officials including officials of Hector Kobbekaduwa Agrarian Research and Training Institute held an explorative meeting at the Presidential Secretariat this afternoon (April 30). At the meeting, the prospect of applying digital technology to a quick exchange of data to sell agro-crops from wholesale buyers to daily consumers... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

Cabinet approves Rs. 10 Bn to procure 150,000 metric tons of fertilizer
Courtesy Adaderana
The Cabinet of Ministers has approved the procurement of 150,000 metric tons of fertilizer to cultivate 523,000 hectares of land during the upcoming Yala Season, says the Cabinet Spokesperson Minister Bandula Gunawardana. Speaking at the media briefing held this morning (29) to announce Cabinet decisions, the Minister revealed that an allocation of Rs. 10 billion will be made for this purpose. The Cabinet has unanimously approved the provision of seeds, fertilizer and other financial allotments for cultivating lands in Yala Season, the Cabinet Spokesman said further. He added that Minister... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

THE TOOTH RELIC OF SRI LANKA
KAMALIKA PIERIS
There are three categories of objects which are venerated by Buddhists, said historian Lorna Dewaraja. Firstly, the charred bodily remains of the Buddha which were collected and distributed after his cremation.   Secondly, objects which came in touch with the Buddha in his life time, such as the Alms Bowl and the Bodhi tree.  The third category is Buddha images. The most important items in the first category are the Tooth Relic and the Collar Bone, both of which are enshrined in Sri Lanka. The history of the Tooth Relic is known. The ‘Dathavamsa’... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

නීතියේ ආධිපත්‍යය කොරෝනා වෙසඟනක් කරණ සුමන්තිරන්ලා
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B.,Ph,D.
කොරෝනාව හරහා දියවන්නා හෝටලය, යහපාලන වැසිකිළියක් කරගන්නට දඟලන කූඨ සැලැස්මේ නායක හොරා ඒබ්‍රහම් සුමන්තිරන්‌ය. මොවුන්ගේ අළුත්ම ගේම් එක වනාහි ඕනෑම දේකට අත උස්සන්නම්, හෝටලයේ දොර ඇරලා දෙන්න යනුය. මීට හේතුව දැන් යුද හමුදාව මුරට දමා ඇති නිසා කලින් අරලියගහ මන්දිරයේ රනිල් හා තානාපතිලා කල සෙල්ලම මේ පාර කල නොහැකි නිසා යාඥාකර, පරාදෙට අකුලා ගෙන හෝ ඇතුලට රිංගා ගැනීමය. අන්තිම දවසේ ණය ගෙවීමට අතුරු සම්මත ගිවිසුම අනුමත කරන්නට අඩු තරමින් ජේවීපීකාරයින් වත් කැමැත්ත පලකලාද? ගිය වහාම මොවුන් කරන්නේ ඇමෙරිකන් තානාපති ප්ලෑන අනුව විශ්වාසභංගයක් ගෙන ඒමය. යම් හෙයකින් අධිකරණය කරු ජයසූරියට යතුර දුන්නත්, දැන් සිදුවන්නේ අසාත් සාලි-මුජිබර්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

Article 150 (3)
Chanaka Bandarage
There is an argument being made that in accordance with Article 150 (3) of the Constitution the President has power to appropriate funds from the Consolidated Fund only until 20 April 2020; hence, the dissolved Parliament should be reconvened. This argument is wrong. The writer states that in accordance with Article 150 (3), the President has power to raise such funds on his own accord, at least 14 -21 days after 20 September 2020 (which is 3 months+ from the date of the election on 20 June 2020 – the current scheduled date). ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

Don’t rap our Golden Old Songs
Chanaka Bandarage
Rap music evolved around 1960s from hip hop music. It involves delivering existing songs in hip hop style, rock rhythms and fast beats. Sri Lanka’s current young performers are heavily involved in rapping music (songs).  By doing so, they do a great disservice to our highly respected, old, established songs. Dhanno Budunge is such a song. It was written by John De Silva in early 20th century (precisely in 1903). The first singer is unknown. Some say it was the song writer himself. In 1940s and 1950s Rupasinghe Master sang it... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

WHY NOT USE HELA VEDAKAMA TO COUNTER COVID 19 AND TO CREATE AN ECONOMIC TRANSITION? A Reply to Mr. Ranjith Soyza
by Chandre Dharmawardana.
Mr. Soyza writes (Lanka Web, 27-04-20) that "We hear many a good story about how Hela Vedakama can restore immunization in the human body from Hela Suwaya school of medicine.  The time tested methods are available to our citizens in these times of fear to protect them from a virus for which there is hardly any treatment except vaccinations under the Western system...." The Hela suvaya system is NOT Hela vedakama.  One may "hear" many stories, but nice anecdotes are   NOT sufficient for sick people to rush to them. Fortunately hospitals as well... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 30/04/20)

විපක්ෂය ජනාධිපතිතුමා ගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටින්නේ සුභ සහ යස නාටකය යළි රඟ දක්වා හිස දන් දෙන ලෙසයි!
ගෙවිඳු කුමාරතුංග සභාපති - යුතුකම
විපක්ෂයේ රනිල් වික්‍රමසිංහ, සජිත් ප්‍රේමදාස, ආර්. සම්බන්ධන්, පාඨලී චම්පික, රවුෆ් හකීම්, රිෂාඩ් බදුර් දීන් සහ මනෝ ගනේෂන් යන හිටපු පාර් ලිමේන්තු මන්ත්‍රීවරුන් විසින් ඒකාබද්ධ ප්‍රකාෂනයක් මඟින් අතිගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමා ගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටින්නේ එතුමා විසින් සිදු කරන ලද  පාර් ලිමේන්තුව විසුරුවා හැරීම බල රහිත කරන ලෙස ය. එසේ නො කරන්නේ නම් අඩුම තරමින් විසුරුවා ඇති පාර් ලිමේන්තුව නැවත කැඳවන ලෙස ය. ජනාධිපතිතුමා ගෙන් මේ ඉල්ලීම කරන්නෝ ඔවුන් බලයේ සිටිය දී එතුමාව බොරු චෝදනා මත කෙසේ හෝ සිරගත කිරීමට, අපරාධකාරයෙකු ලෙස හංවඩු ගැසීමට බොහෝ දුෂ්ට ප්‍රයත්නයන් දැරූවෝ ය. එතුමාගේ පුරවැසිභාවය පිළිබඳ පදනම් විරහිත... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/20)

Protecting human rights while preventing terrorism -A sequel to Arrest of lawyer reopens debate on PTA
Palitha Senanayake
This is a sequel to your above captioned article by Gehan De Checkera published in the online edition of the 25th April issue, quoting lawyers and HR activist critical of the Prevention of Terrorism Act., under which Lawyer Heejaz  Hizbulla has been arrested  in connection with the Eater Sunday terrorist attack. Although the caption also includes ‘prevention of terrorism’, there no mention on the prevention of terrorism and instead the article throughout its text criticizes the PTA in the context of upholding human rights. At the very outset it should be mentioned that the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/20)

China says Sri Lanka is a “special friend”
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
The acting envoy told President Gotabaya that China is only reciprocating the goodwill Lanka shown by Sri Lanka Colombo, April 29 (Presidential Media Division): “Sri Lanka is a special friend of China. We have long standing and cordial relations between the two countries. When we faced COVID- 19 disaster recently, Sri Lanka stood with us. China is willing to return that goodwill in the form of fullest cooperation to revive Sri Lanka’s economy in the post-COVID – 19 period”, said the Acting Ambassador and Chargé d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Colombo Hu Wei,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/20)

Sri Lanka confirms 19 new Covid-19 cases, taking total to 649
Courtesy Adaderana
Nineteen new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported increasing the total number of cases in the country to 649, the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry said. As of 11.30 p.m. on Wednesday (April 29), a total of 506 patients are currently under medical care while 136 patients have recovered and have been discharged from hospital.  Seven Covid-19-related deaths have been reported in the country.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/20)

Updated curfew announcement
Courtesy Adaderana
The curfew which will be re-imposed at 8.00 p.m. tomorrow (April 30) in all districts except Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam districts will continue until 5.00 a.m. on Monday (May 04), the President’s Media Division said. https://youtu.be/y1Wo6cuvcH4 The curfew currently in effect in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam districts which have been identified as Covid-19 high risk zones is to continue until further notice. In the other 21 districts the curfew which will be lifted at 5.00 a.m. tomorrow and re-imposed at 8.00 p.m. later that day will... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/20)

China re-affirms support for Sri Lanka’s post-COVID-19 economic revival
Courtesy Adaderana
The Chinese government has re-affirmed its support to the Sri Lankan government to revive the economic in the post-COVID–19 period, the President’s Media Division said. “Sri Lanka is a special friend of China.  We have long standing and cordial relations between the two countries.  When we faced COVID- 19 disaster recently, Sri Lanka stood with us. China is willing to return that goodwill in the form of fullest cooperation to revive Sri Lanka’s economy in the post-COVID – 19 period”, the Acting Ambassador and  Chargé d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Colombo Hu Wei... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/20)

Rishad Bathiudeen files FR petition seeking to prevent arrest
Courtesy Adaderana
Former Minister and the leader of the All Ceylon Makkal Congress (ACMC) Rishad Bathiudeen has filed a Fundamental Rights petition before the Supreme Court, seeking a court order preventing his arrest by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID). Acting IGP C.D. Wickramaratne, the DIG in charge of the CID, the Director of the CID and the Attorney General have been named as respondents in the FR petition.  https://youtu.be/c7Ce-QbKeNM In his petition, the former MP states that the CID has commenced an investigation into an alleged incident of transporting voters... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/20)

Cannot make predictions on COVID-19 clusters yet – Anil Jasinghe
Courtesy Adaderana
Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services, said no predictions can be made at the moment regarding the emergence of new COVID-19 clusters or the growth of existing clusters in the country. Issuing a statement, the Ministry of Health stated that all measures have been taken to control the spread of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, the detection of infected persons among naval personnel has arrived at the last stages, said the Ministry. It is suspected that contacts of the infected Navy personnel such as neighbors, family members, and associates may... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/20)

Easter attacks: weapons training camp in Sampur and organization linked to terrorists uncovered
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Police says that investigations into the Easter Sunday terror attacks have uncovered a location in Sampur which had been used by the terrorists to carry out weapons training while a certain organization in Puttalam linked to the attackers has also been uncovered.  Investigations pertaining to the Easter Sunday attacks are progressing successfully on a new direction, Police Media Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne told reporters in Colombo today (29). https://youtu.be/wwIRPT3FYbo Last week investigations had uncovered information regarding a location in the Sampur area which had been used... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/20)

226 naval personnel tested positive for coronavirus so far
Courtesy Adaderana
A total of 226 naval personnel is among the COVID-19 patients confirmed in Sri Lanka thus far, says the Commander of Army. According to Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, 147 of these cases have been detected from the Welisara Navy Base. The rest of the 79 officers were reported while on leave, he added. Confirmed novel coronavirus cases tally in Sri Lanka moved up to 622 as of this afternoon (29). The three COVID-19 patients identified today were also revealed to be naval personnel. The number of active coronavirus... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 29/04/20)

Elections during COVID-19: Can an Election with Only Online and Postal Votes be Held?
Wasantha Senanayake, USA
With the current uncertain outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic, re-opening of the economy, let alone holding public elections, seem to be at a distant future. However, the current situation, where the country is without a parliament, makes holding an election a dire necessity.  Online campaigning via social media or television can avoid public political meetings. The University of Colombo could create history by being the first to create an online voting system that is foolproof. For those who do not have access to electronic sources, the Grama Sevaka could distribute postal voting... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/20)

Villainizing the victim trapped between 19A and Covid-19 emergency courtesy of free media manipulation? A point to ponder
By Rohana R. Wasala
The news of the postponement of scheduled parliamentary elections by the Elections Commission was carried in the online Asian Tribune newspaper with an apparent anti-government bias. After closing the nominations on March 19, 2020, the EC postponed the general election, earlier scheduled for April 25, in view of the situation caused by fears of the Covid-19 pandemic gradually engulfing Sri Lanka. The move was in accordance with the provisions of the Parliamentary Elections Act of 1981. Immediately reporting this under the headline “Sri Lanka’s General Election postponed: Until the polls the country comes under Election... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/20)

Crows
Chanaka Bandarage
Sri Lanka is full of crows. A writer’s friend joked him that in Colombo there are more crows than people! Crows live in groups; they work together. They thrive on trash; basically any kind of food waste. Some think crows are good as they clean up the environment. This is a misconception. The biggest problem with crows is that they are large scale waste carriers. A person who maintains an immaculate lawn would find spoilt food, rotten meat, dead rats etc dropped on it - by crows. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/20)

The dream and the doodlebug
Laksiri Warnakula
The other day I was having a nice snooze in my reclining chair, my mind wandering around in a no man’s land, now and then crossing over to my childhood-past, which lay on one side and then to the other, my adulthood-present. It was a balmy afternoon, and I found it hard not to fall asleep. Finally, I did and then I dreamed.  I was kneeling down with a couple of my childhood friends around me all looking down intently at the little funnel-shaped pit on the sand, my right index finger going around... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/20)

නිකුත් කර ඇති උපදෙස් හා විධාන ක‍්‍රියාත්මක නොකිරීම
සමස්ත ලංකා සුවසේවා සංගමය
සෞඛ්‍ය ලේකම් භද්‍රාණී ජයවර්ධන මහත්මිය සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යංශය, කොළඹ 10. මහත්මියනි, කොවිඩ්- 19 Covid- 19 වසංගතය පාලනය කිරීම සදහා නිකුත් කර ඇති උපදෙස් හා විධාන ක‍්‍රියාත්මක නොකිරීම සම්බන්ධවයි කොවිඩ්- 19 Covid- 19 වසංගතය පාලනය සම්බන්ධයෙන් රෝහල් සහ සෞඛ්‍ය ආයතනයන් වෙත 2020. 04. 12 වන දින ඔබතුමිය විසින් නිකුත් කර ඇති උපදෙස් සහ නියමයන් සහිත වැඩපිළිවෙල බදුල්ල මහ රෝහලේ ක‍්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම නතර කර ඇති බව අප සංගමයට වාර්තා වේ. ඒ අනුව ආයතන ප‍්‍රධානීන් විිසින් රාජකාරී අවශ්‍යතාව හදුනාගෙන ප‍්‍රමාණවත් කාර්ය මණ්ඩලයක් සේවා මුර අනුව සේවයට කැදවීම සිදුකල යුතු බවත්, එමගින් රෝගය... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 28/04/20)

ඇඳිරි නිති මධ්‍යයේ ජනතාව පාරට බැසීම
මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රය
ඇඳිරි නීති බලපත් නිකුත් කිරීමේදී  විධිමත් ක්‍රමවේදයක් අනුගමනය කරන්නැයි ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රය පොලිසියෙන් ඉල්ලයි. වැඩබලන පොලිස්පති වරයා වෙත ලිපියක් යොමු කරමින් මෙම ඉල්ලීම කළ බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා මානව හිමිකම් කේන්ද්‍රෙය් විධායක අධ්‍යක්ෂිකා සුරංගි ආරියවංශ මහත්මිය පවසයි. ඇය සඳහන් කරන්නේ මහජන ආරක්ෂාව සඳහා ඇඳිරිනීතිය පනවා ඇති අවස්තාවලදී පවා විශාල වශයෙන් පිරිස් මහා මාර්ගවල ගමන් කරනු දක්නට ලැබෙන බවයි. මේ අතරින් බහුතරයක් වාහනවල  අත්‍යවශ්‍ය සේවා යන ලේබලය දක්නට ලැබෙන බවත්, ඇතැම් වාහන වල අත්‍යවශ්‍ය සේවා සපයන ආයතනවල නාම පුවරු දක්නට ඇති බවත් ඇය කියයි. මෙම බොහෝ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/20)

ලංකාවේ සුප්‍රීම් උසාවිය හා සංඝ පාතාලය
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B.,Ph.D.
මහජන විශ්වාසය හා හිතෛෂීභාවය ගොඩනැඟීම ඇපැල් හා සුප්‍රිම් උසාවි දෙකේ මොටෝ එක මීට කලින් මා ලියූ, <කොරෝනාවට ගොඳුරුවීමට යන ලෝකයේ එකම සුප්‍රිම් උසාවිය>, යන ලිපිය, මා විසින් සුප්‍රිම් උසාවියේ හා ඇපැල් උසාවිවල රෙජිස්ට්‍රාර්ලාට, අධිකරණ සේවා කොමිෂමට, නීති සංගමයට, මැතිවරණ කොමිෂම යනාදීන්ට ඊමේල් කර යවන ලදී. එම ලිපියේ මා කල අනතුරු ඇඟවීම නම්, උසාවිය විසින්, 2019 නොවැම්බර් 18 මහජනයා දුන් තීරණය, නීතියේ ආධිපත්‍යය නමැති සුදු හෝ කළු සළු පටෙන් වසා දැමීමට හොඳටම ඉඩ ඇති බවය. මේ සම්බන්‌ධයෙන් ලංකාවේ ජීවත්‌වන අය කිසිවෙක් නොලියන්නේ (චාපා බණ්ඩාර නිදහස් සංවාද වැඩබිම හා උදය ගම්මන්පිල පර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී නඩුකාරයින් ඇමෙරිකාවට ගෙනයාම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/20)

Sri Lanka needs a strategy to resettle congested slum communities to control the future spread of viruses
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
Failures of government agencies including local short-sighted politicians also local authorities had led to uncontrolled human settlements in the form of Ghettos and slums and “Watta” within state-owned lands, road reservations, canal reservations, railway reservations. After 1977 since the change regime from a quasi socialistic government to a more open economy, the urban population started expanding and people started forcibly settling along in lands that are owned by state agencies. Authorities kept quite when Colombo, some parts of Gampaha, some areas of Kalutara, and Beruwala started rapidly growing with closely built... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/20)

President considers changing useless & expensive poll campaigns: PMD
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that he has given thought to change the current practice of useless and expensive election campaigns, the President's Media Division said. The President has expressed these views when be met with the Maha Nayake of Kotte Sri Kalyani Samagri Dhrama Maha Sanga Sabha, Most Ven. Dr. Iththapana Dhammalankara Thera and His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith at the Presidential Secretariat today. At the meeting, His Eminence Cardinal Ranjth has observed that the time has come to deviate from election propaganda that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/20)

Total cases rise to 619 as eight more test positive
Courtesy Adaderana
Eight more positive cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Sri Lanka while the tally reached 619. Earlier today, 23 coronavirus patients were detected in the country. Five of them were revealed to be naval personnel and the other three were from the quarantine centre in Punanai. A total of 31 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed within the day. Meanwhile, 8 persons who had tested positive for the virus had recovered from the virus today (28), raising the coronavirus recoveries total to 134. Sri Lanka saw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/20)

Children have fallen ill with a new and potentially fatal combination of symptoms apparently linked to Covid-19,
Denis Campbell and Ian Sample Courtesy The Guardian (UK)
At least 12 UK children have needed intensive care due to illness linked to Covid-19 Patients may have new type of toxic shock syndrome, which causes pain and inflammation What is the new illness affecting children, and is it linked to coronavirus?Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverage  NHS bosses are so concerned that they have written to doctors asking them to urgently refer any children who appear to have it to hospital. Photograph: Dave Stevenson/Rex/Shutterstock More than a dozen children have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 28/04/20)

Are we all set for a early June Parliamentary Election?
Gagani Weerakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today
Due to the imposition of curfew, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Sinhala and Tamil New Year 2020 had to be celebrated in solitary comfort of their homes. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also remained in his residence in Mirihana during this period. At the dawn of the New Year, Rajapaksa contacted his siblings, the Minister of Mahaweli, Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural Development, Chamal Rajapaksa and the Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa and extended his New year wishes. The President also received calls from the public while he... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/20)

WHY NOT USE HELA VEDAKAMA TO COUNTER COVID 19 AND TO CREATE AN ECONOMIC TRANSITION
RANJITH SOYSA
We hear many a good story about how Hela Vedakama can restore immunization in the human body from Hela Suwaya school of medicine. The time tested methods are available to our citizens in these times of fear to protect them from a virus for which there is hardly any treatment except vaccinations under the Western system. While a pot of medicinal smoke provides protection at a very inexpensive cost, the broth -kenda- made out of selected native rice varieties and medicinal herbs can supply the nutrition not only to withstand virus attacks but also as source... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/20)

The Democracy of Recalling the Dissolved Parliament!
Palitha Senanayake
By selecting the 20th June 2020 as the date on which Parliamentary election could be held the Election Commission has pushed the country, constitutionally, in to a no- man’s land.  The commission seemed certain that the country would not be normal by end of next month, the month in which the election should be held with no constitutional issue.  But then it seemed certain that things will be normal by June, the month after.  The commission appears comfortable in forecasting what will happen in two months but not what will happen next month.  Thus, we have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/20)

Bangladesh garment factories reopen, while India looks to ease its lockdown
Courtesy Reuters
NEW DELHI/DHAKA (Reuters) - More than 500 garment factories in Bangladesh that supply to global brands reopened on Monday after a month-long shutdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, while India considered ways to scale back its vast lockdown to reduce economic pain.A medical worker sits inside a mobile test van for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) after she collected swabs from people to test, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, April 27, 2020. REUTERS/Amit Dave Some of the world’s biggest clothing firms including Gap Inc, Zara-owner Inditex and H&M source their supplies from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/20)

CID called in to probe body bag scare
By Norman Palihawadane Courtesy The Island
The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has commenced a probe to trace the persons who allegedly attempted to create social disturbance, and unrest by using a letter by the Ministry of Health seeking 1,000 body bags from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to replenish its standard stock. The letter, dated April 24, 2020, and addressed to ICRC Forensic Coordinator, Angelica Guzman, signed by Additional Secretary (Medical Services) at the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medical Services, Dr. Sunil de Alwis, was circulated via social media platforms on Sunday, with added... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/20)

Coronavirus case tally at 588 with 65 cases identified today
Courtesy Adaderana
With four new patients testing positive for the novel coronavirus, the tally of COVID-19 patients identified today (27) has risen to 65. This is the highest number of cases reported in Sri Lanka within a day. On April 26, the country reported 63 infections within 24 hours. Accordingly, the number of coronavirus cases reported from Sri Lanka has now reached 588 cases. The total number of recoveries reported in Sri Lanka is 126 while 455 patients are currently under medical care. There have been 07 fatalities due to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/20)

Special Presidential Task Force to ensure health safety at military camps
Courtesy Adaderana
A special Presidential Task Force has been established to ensure the health safety within camps of the tri-forces. The Task Force will be headed by Governor of Western Province Marshal of the Air Force Roshan Gunatilake. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa held a discussion with retired Heads of Security and medical experts at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (27) to identify measures needed to safeguard health at military camps. https://youtu.be/39GSmqaaye0 Accordingly, the Task Force will undertake preparing, implementing, and monitoring an effective mechanism to ensure complete health security... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 27/04/20)

COVID-19 reminds Humans to rethink their role on Earth & their treatment towards Nature & Animals
Covid-19 has jolted 21st century citizens who thought they were above all and could do anything and all with technology and money. COVID-19 has forced humans to better appreciate nature and the limits humans can push nature via consumption. One disease has provided wisdom to many in such a short time. It is inspiring transformation of the 21st century thinkers to value materials produce locally, appreciate the labor of neighbors, value the small things hitherto considered unimportant & taken for granted. People are re-weighing their priorities. Lockdowns and curfews have drastically improved air pollution levels, wild animals are boldly appearing... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 27/04/20)

Corona is color blind?
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
In the UK, people from BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) backgrounds are disproportionately affected by Coronavirus. For instance, the first 10 doctors named as having died from Covid-19 in the UK were all from BAME communities. Nobody can give a good enough reason for this yet and the UK government has already launched an investigation/inquiry to find out why. Attached below are two newspaper articles on the subject, one from Guardian (left wing) and another from Telegraph (right wing) for your info. Is there a similar trend/ finding in Canada, US and Why are people from... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

Killing two birds with one stone.
By Garvin Karunaratne, former GA Matara
President Gotabhaya is interested in “creating a new economic trend-  establish new businesses and industries”(From: Rebuilding a policy driven economy: Daily FT:17/4). Let me hark back to my days in the Administrative Service, some five decades ago. Perhaps my experience as an Assistant Commissioner in the Marketing Department, aa a Deputy Director of Small Industries and my work as the GA at Matara working on the DDC Programme could  offer some ideas. My subsequent achievement after eighteen years in the Administrative Service lies  in the international field.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

US notified Israel about coronavirus in mid-November
Courtesy PressTV
US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) attend a press conference in the East Room of the White House, in Washington DC, the US, on January 28, 2020. (Photo by AFP) An Israeli TV network claims that US intelligence agencies knew of an emerging coronavirus outbreak in China and gave Israel an advance warning in mid-November 2019, more than a month before clusters of infection in China started to be globally reported. US intelligence agencies had become aware of the outbreak as it spread early on in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

Defining and separating the democrats from the dictators
BY H. L. D. MAHINDAPALA
Each time the Rajapaksas win a legitimate mandate from the people the moralising mafia comes out howling mendaciously that it is going to be the end of democracy. Historical evidence, however, has debunked this canard of the hired fear-mongers. If the tumultuous post-independent years have proved anything, it is that the bitter battles to eliminate fascist dictators, whether they came from the South or the North, or from the Left as well as the Right, were fought and won by the fiercely independent – in fact, almost ungovernable – Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

කැස්ස හෙම්බිරිස්සාවට බිය විය යුතුද
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
            මෙලොව උපදින සෑම මනුෂ්‍යයෙකුම යම් කිසි ප්‍රකෘතියක් අනුව උප්පත්තිය ලබයි. මෙහිදී  සඳහන් ප්‍රකෘතිය යනු පංච මහා භුත තත්වයන් අනුව ජනිත ප්‍රකෘතියන්ය. ඒ අනුව කෙනෙක් සෙම් ප්‍රකෘතිකයෙක් බවටද තවකෙක් පිත් ප්‍රකෘතිකයෙකු බවටද ඇතැම් අය වාත ප්‍රකෘතිකයන් ලෙසටද නම් කළ හැකිය.සිංහල ජනතාව  මේ බැව්  දැන ගන්නේ කේන්ද්‍ර සටහනිනි. හඳහනේ ලියැවී තිබෙන මේ ස්වභාවය මේ රටේ කීයෙන් කීදෙනෙකු අධ්‍යනය කලාදැයි මම නොදනිමි. නමුත් ජ්‍යෙතිෂය පෙරදැරිව වෙදකම් කරන වෛද්‍යවරයෙකු නම් අදාළ රෝගියාගේ හඳහනද පරීක්ෂා කොට බලා ප්‍රතිකාර නියම කරලීම සිරිත වෙයි. වාත පිත්ත සහ සෙම යනුවෙන් පවතින මේ ප්‍රකෘතිය කෝප වීම නිසා දොස් කෝප තත්වයන් ජනිත වෙයි. මෙවැනි කෝප... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

Time to ban public spitting/betel chew spitting – Especially, to stop the spread of Corono Pandemic
Chanaka Bandarage
General Spitting and expectorate (eg. phlegm, mucus) People do not care about spitting in public places.  They have become accustomed to it. They will continue to do it freely and openly, without fear.  It is very bad for sanitary and health reasons. Their actions cause environmental pollution/public nuisance.  It is very bad for tourism. Given the Corono Pandemic, it is of paramount importance that public spitting is made illegal.  Those who continue to spit publicly should be fined. (In Arizona, USA spitting on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස් සිය වගකීම ඉටුකලාද?
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ
මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස්තුමාට බලවත් වගකීමක් ඇත. ඒ සාධාරණ මැතිවරණයක් පවත්වා, මෙරට පරමාධිපත්‍ය බලය වූ ජනතාවගේ අපේක්ෂිත රජයක් පිහිටුවා ගැනීමට මහා මැතිවරණයක් පවත්වා, රජයක් පිහිටුවා ගැනීමට මග පෑදීමයි. ඇත්ත වශයෙන්ම මෙරට සාධාරණ මැතිවරණ පවත්වන ලද්දේ වර්ෂ 1977 වර්ෂය තෙක් වන අතර, ඉන්පසු මෙරට බලයේ සිටි රාජ්‍ය නායකයින් සෘජුවම සිය බලය පා මැතිවරණ ජය ගැනීම හා මැතිවරණ අත්හිටවීම සිදු කරන ලදී. යලිත් සාධාරණ මැතිවරණ ක්‍රමය ඇතිවුයේ, මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අගමැතිවී, මැතිවරණයේදී හැදුනුම්පත බාවිතා කිරීම අනිවාර්ය කිරීමත් සමගය. එයින් පසු මෙරට ප්‍රජතන්ත්රවාදියයි කියා ගනිමින් හොර චන්ද බාවිතා කරමින් බලයට ආ පහත දේශපාලනයට තිත තැබිණි. ඒ හේතුවෙන් 2015 තෙක් මෙරට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

Unnecessary to reconvene the Parliament; also, No hurry to hold Elections
Chanaka Bandarage
Article 70 (1) of the Constitution – ‘The President may by Proclamation, summon, prorogue and dissolve Parliament’. The law is very clear, the President has clear power to dissolve the Parliament (Article 33 (1) also provides this power. Accordingly, the President issued a gazette notification on 2 March 2020 dissolving the Parliament.    In the said gazette notification the President fixed 12 March 2020 to 19 March 2020 as the nomination period for the election of Members of the Parliament (MPs). Unless there was a technical defect... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

Educational videos on COVID-19:
by Professor Sunil J, Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, MBA, DSc.
Caption: Myths & Facts: Staying Healthy During V COVID-19 Pandemic The common link to the U-Tube channel o COVID-19: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgcTivH1nGwymgX_cb0V4Mg ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Video 1:  Introduction - Staying Healthy Video 2:  What is meaningful social distancing? Video 3: Controlling COVID-19: Some countries are successful and others are not Video 4:  Steps to be taken to control COVID-19 Video 5:  Community spread and quarantine: What should we aware of? Video 6:  Who and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

අත්‍යවශ්‍ය සේවා යටතේ කොළඹ වරාය තුල කටයුතු කරන පිරිස් වෙත PCR පරීක්‍ෂණ සඳහා යොමු කිරීමට කෙරෙන ඉල්ලීමයි
සමස්ත ලංකා වරාය පොදු සේවක සමිතිය
සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ ජනරාල්, සෞඛ්‍ය පෝෂණ හා දේශීය වෛද්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශය, සුවසිරිපාය, කොළඹ 10. සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ ජනරාල්තුමනි, අත්‍යවශ්‍ය සේවා යටතේ කොළඹ වරාය තුල කටයුතු කරන පිරිස් වෙත PCR පරීක්‍ෂණ සඳහා යොමු කිරීමට කෙරෙන ඉල්ලීමයි. කොරෝනා වසංගතය හේතුවෙන් රට තුල මසකට වැඩි කාලයක් හදිසි තත්වයක් ප‍්‍රකාශයට පත්කර ඇත. මහජන අවශ්‍යතාවය වෙනුවෙන් අවදානම් තත්වය තුලද ආයතනය අඩපනවීමට ඉඩ නොතබා රටේ අවශ්‍යතාවය වෙනුවෙන් මැදිහත්ව වරාය සේවකයින් කටයුතු කරනු ලබයි. මේ වන විට කොළඹ වරායේ ආශ‍්‍රිත ප‍්‍රදේශ තුල කොරෝනා (Covid- 19) ආසාධිතයන් හමුවී ඇති අතර, වරාය අවට අවදානම් කලාප ලෙසද... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන්ගේ සේවය සාධාරණව ඇගයෙන පරිදි විශේෂ දීමනාවක් ලබාදීම හා සෞඛ්‍යාරක්ෂිත ඇඳුම් කට්ටල හා උපකරණ ලබාදෙන මෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු
සංවර්ධන නිලධාරී සේවා සංගමය
ගරු ජනාධිපති, ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමා, ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය, කොළඹ 01. ජනාධිපතිතුමනි, Covid-19  වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ අත්‍යවශ්‍ය සේවාවන් වල යෙදෙන සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන්ගේ සේවය සාධාරණව ඇගයෙන පරිදි විශේෂ දීමනාවක් ලබාදීම හා සෞඛ්‍යාරක්ෂිත ඇඳුම් කට්ටල හා උපකරණ ලබාදෙන මෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. Covid-19 වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ දිස්ත‍්‍රික් පාලනය හා ප‍්‍රාදේශීය පාලනය අත්‍යවශ්‍ය සේවාවක් කළ දින සිට සංවර්ධන නිලධාරී සේවයට අයත් නිලධාරී මහත්ම මහත්මීන් මේ දක්වා විශේෂ කාර්ය භාරයක් ඉටු කරන බව පළමුව සඳහන් කරමු. දිස්ත‍්‍රික් ලේකම්වරුන්ගේ හා ප‍්‍රාදේශීය ලේකම්වරුන්ගේ නියමයන් පරිදි සෑම රාජකාරියක්ම මේ දක්වා සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන් ඇතුළු සියලූ ක්‍ෂේත‍්‍ර නිලධාරීන් ඉටු... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

Is the 'Health Silk Road' a 'debt-trap' of China's BRI for Sri Lanka?
Yasiru Ranaraja, Maya Majueran Courtesy CGTN
Yasiru Ranaraja is a maritime regulations and BRI developments expert. Maya Majueran is a Ph.D. candidate at the State University of Kalaniya researching the BRI. The article reflects the authors' opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. Sri Lanka is considered a vital part of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) because of its strategic geographical location. However, due to the increase of commercial financing of BRI projects in Sri Lanka, the term 'Debt Trap Diplomacy' was coined in the last few years as a way to discredit the relationship between... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa elucidates the steps taken to contain COVID-19
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
An early start of the process of containment and subsequent innovative steps have helped keep the infection under control Colombo, April 26 (President’s Media Division): In a TV discussion with his Principal Advisor, Lalith Weeratunga, on April 20, on some key concerns regarding the COVID-19 epidemic, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa explained the steps taken when a person tests positive for COVID-19 virus. “At the moment, we have minimized the spread of the virus in the country. This has been possible because, from the very beginning, Sri Lanka had a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

Coronavirus: Sri Lanka extends lockdown as virus cases spike
Courtesy The Straits Times
COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka has reversed plans to end its virus lockdown on Monday (April 27), extending it for another week after a spike in coronavirus infections including at a naval base. Within hours of announcing that the nationwide restrictions imposed on March 20 would be lifted, the government revoked the order and extended the restrictions until May 4. Health officials said there had been a jump in cases, including in a densely populated area in the capital Colombo where 81 people tested positive. There has also been an... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

Coronavirus cases hit 523 as 18 more test positive
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has reported 18 more cases of coronavirus, taking up the total number of patients to 523, says the Ministry of Health. According to the tally, 63 positive COVID-19 cases have been confirmed within the day.  This is the highest daily surge reported in the country since Friday. The Epidemiology Unit says 396 active cases are currently under medical at several selected hospital across the island. In the meantime, 120 coronavirus patients have recovered completely, while 7 patients succumbed to the disease.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

Island-wide curfew in force tomorrow
Courtesy Adaderana
The ongoing island-wide curfew will be in force tomorrow (27) to facilitate the Tri-forces personnel on leave to return to their respective camps, says the President’s Media Division (PMD). https://youtu.be/J6ca07xk2dw Accordingly, the curfew in all districts, except for Colombo, Kalutara, Gampaha and Puttalam, will be lifted at 5.00 am on Tuesday (28) and re-imposed at 8.00 pm on the same day. Curfew in these districts was scheduled to be lifted at 5.00 am on Monday (27), however, the government revised the decision after leave of all Tri-forces personnel... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

Is a constitutional coup brewing to reconvene Sri Lanka’s Parliament?
The calls to reconvene Parliament come from the same coterie of people who orchestrated regime change in 2015 capitalizing on a Presidential Election victory to bring to power a minority UNP government and place Ranil as PM without removing the sitting PM. A hurriedly cobbled ‘national government’ was created to dish out various roles to their co-partners who were made Opposition Leader and Chief Government Whip. Little needs to be said of the Speaker’s role in the drama that unfolded. These actors used every trick in the book to delay elections and prevent holding of elections for 3 years. The... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

Powers of Sri Lanka’s Elections Commission to postpone/declare new date for elections
Sri Lanka is facing multiple issues. At a global & local level there is pandemic health crisis impacting the lives of all. Governance of country has fallen into the hands of the President & the Public Sector which is why it is important to have elections to enable a fresh government to join in the effort. No one really wants a failed & unsupportive government with a track record of corruptions & in competencies to reconvene & return to Parliament. The Elections Commission is not helping the issue by some of its dubious actions & statements.    It... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

Have the Americans Seized Power in a Silent Coup by Making Gota a Captive in their Web of Blackmail and Inducting Moragoda as the De Facto President? (Part 1)
By Gandara John
Battling COVID 19, the pandemic disease sweeping Planet Earth, Sri Lanka has done an excellent job thus far, in containing the spread of this highly infectious disease while limiting fatalities to a single digit.  At the helm of Sri Lanka’s anti-COVID operations has been Gota, credited by most for the success achieved thus far.  Gota’s successful strategy was based on the rationale that, as a poor country, Sri Lanka’s resources by way of hospitals, ventilators, medical personnel etc. are limited and that the number of COVID cases she could therefore... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

Reckless sliding tackles
By Rohana R. Wasala
Three current unavoidable circumstances that only anti-national forces could exploit to stymie the government’s progress in its anti-Covid-19 drive thereby contributing to general oppositional efforts to destabilize the Sri Lankan state are   (1) the recent announcement of a new date for the next parliamentary elections by the Election Commission, (2) the mobilization of the health and national security departments for the containment of the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 or Covid-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka, and (3) the arrest by the CID of a lawyer in the course of investigations into the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

THE GENERAL ELECTION OF 1956 Part 4
KAMALIKA PIERIS
This essay contains the work done by Philip Gunawardana and P.H.William Silva during the MEP government of 1956. In the MEP government of 1956, Philip Gunawardena was given the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. The portfolio included the plantation sector as well as animal husbandry. Philip had got down to work immediately, after taking up the portfolio, perusing files, talking to officials, visiting state farms, research and experimental stations, talking to farmers, and visiting Pettah to inquire into prices of rice and other foodstuffs. Philip maintained that it was more... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

කොරෝනාවට ගොඳුරුවීමට යන ලෝකයේ එකම සුප්‍රීම් උසාවිය?
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B.,Ph.Ð.
කොරෝනාතන්ත්‍රවාදය ඒබ්‍රහම් සුමන්තිරන්-මනෝ ගනේෂන් යන දෙන්නා ඉස්සරහට දමා උසාවිය මඟින් ලෝකයේ ප්‍රථම වරට අළුත් කොරෝනාතන්ත්‍රවාදයක් කෘතිමව නිෂ්පාදනය කොට ඒ හරහා 2015-19 යහපාලන සෙල්ලමට ආපසු යෑමට සජිත්, චම්පික, රාජිතලාගේ විපක්‍ෂය (හා මර්වින් සිල්වා පවා) ගෙන යන කූඨ ප්‍රයත්නය දැන් එහි රෙදි ගලවාගෙනම එලියට පැමිණ තිබේ. මෙහි පහතින් දැක්‌වෙන්නේ මේ කොරෝනාතන්ත්‍රවාදයේ රෝග ලක්‍ෂණ වල ප්‍රවෘති එකතුවකි. ඉන් ඉතාම නින්‌දිත රෝග ලක්‍ෂණය පෙන්වන්නේ සුපුරුදු පරිදි රාජිතමය. වෛද්‍ය සංගමය විසින් ජනාධිපතිට අප්‍රියෙල් 23 යැවූ ලිපියකින් රාජිතගේ කුමණ්ත්‍රනය අනාවරණය විය. මාධ්‍ය සාකච්චාවක් කැඳවා කොරෝනා ටෙස්ට් ප්‍රමාදකරනවා යයි රජයට දොස් පැවරූ රාජිත, එම ප්‍රමාදවලට ඍජුවම හේතුපාදක වූ නිලධාරින් තිදෙනෙකුට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

Docile Presidents and Populist Presidents- Part II
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
The Sunday Times Political Editor wrote in his weekly column on 19th April said that {President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa did not go to Medamulana this year to celebrate Avurudu (New Year) with his brothers and instead he held several meetings in Colombo on measures to be taken to curtail the spread of the Corona Virus, steps to be taken to ease the economic hardships of the people and on opening up the country for economic revival.    President Gotabaya Rajapaksa discussed revitalizing the economy while containing the COVID-19 crisis with Principal Advisor... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 26/04/20)

Sri Lanka’s Mattala airport offers aircraft parking services to Covid-hit airlines-Why, not parking ships?
Dr Sarath Obeysekera
EDB of Sri Lanka should offer Trinco Harbour facility to park oil rigs and oil tankers to generate foreign income  A request to investigate thas been  sent to SLPA and to the Task Force  IMPACT OF COVID-19  Due to the adverse effect of Covid 19 virus to the economy of the countries in Asia. Africa and the Middle East, there will be an enforced lull period in Oil Exploration leading to vessel /drillships being laid up for longer periods until the global economy recovers. Sri Lanka, having established effective control of Corona spread  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/20)

Curfew to be relaxed in two stages
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttlam districts will continue to remain until May 04 while curfew in all other districts will be relaxed from April 27, the President's Media Division said. Accordingly, it said the curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttlam districts will be in force until 5.00 am on Monday, May 04. Curfew in all other districts will be lifted at 5.00 am on Monday, April 27 and will be re-imposed at 8.00 pm on the same day. Thereafter, the curfew in these districts will be in effect... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/20)

Three new cases bring COVID-19 case count to 452
Courtesy Adaderana
Three new persons have been confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus according to test results, says the Ministry of Health. With 32 new cases reported today (25), the country’s total number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 452. https://youtu.be/wKvKgbEfusg Sri Lanka reports 118 recoveries and 7 fatalities from the novel coronavirus. According to the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 315 patients are currently under medical care. The country saw the highest daily total of positive cases on Friday (24) with 52... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/20)

Should not put country in jeopardy by reconvening old Parliament – Maha Sangha
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has briefed the Maha Sangha on the measures taken by the Government to control the spread of COVID-19 virus and the progress made so far, the President’s Media Division (PMD) says.  During a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday (24), the President has explained about the control of the spread, quarantine process, reliefs granted to people and future measures to revive the national economy. The support rendered by every segment of the society including health, security and the entire state mechanism in the face of current challenges is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/20)

Curfew in Colombo-Gampaha-Kalutara-Puttalam districts to continue until May 4
Courtesy Adaderana
Ongoing curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam districts will continue until 5.00 am on the 4th of May, the President’s Media Division (PMD) announced. In a press release, the PMD stated that the curfew in all other districts will be lifted at 5.00 am on Monday (27) and re-imposed at 8.00 pm on the same day. https://youtu.be/nM085p7w9js Curfew in these districts will be relaxed between 5.00 am and 8.00 pm every day until the 1st of May. However, the curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/20)

රටේ වත්මන් තත්ත්වය සහ මැතිවරණය ගැන විවිධ අදහස් (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
කොවිඩ් 19 වසංගතය හමුවේ රට තුළ පවතින තත්ත්වය සහ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මැතිවරණය සම්බන්ධයෙන් පක්ෂ විපක්ෂ දේශපාලනඥයින් අදහස් පළ කළා https://youtu.be/VMG5TmavDyE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/20)

මෙරට කොරෝනා ආසාදිතයින් ගණන 452 දක්වා ඉහළට (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
මෙරටින් වාර්තා වූ කොවිඩ් 19 හෙවත් නව කොරෝනා ආසාදිතයින් සංඛ්‍යාව 452 දක්වා ඉහළ ගොස් තිබෙනවා. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවෙන් අද දිනයේ මේවන විට වාර්තාවී ඇති ආසාදිතයන් සංඛ්‍යාව 32ක්. මෙරටින් හඳුනාගෙන ඇති වෛරස් ආසාදිතයන් 452 අතරින් 327ක් රෝහල්ගතව ප්‍රතිකාර ලබමින් පසුවනවා. https://youtu.be/BtdflKQRYO8 එසේම, අද දිනයේ 9 දෙනෙකු ද ඇතුළුව ආසාදිතයින් 118 දෙනෙකු මේ වනවිට සුවය ලබා රෝහලෙන් පිටව ගොස් ඇති බවයි සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යංශය නිවේදනය කළේ. මෙරටින් වාර්තාවී ඇති මරණ සංඛ්‍යාව 7ක්.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 25/04/20)

IT IS THE GREEDY WHITE MAN OF THE WESTERN WORLD WHO IS DESTROYING THE EARTH?
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane 
Today, about 21% of the global population are in the so-called Western industrialized countries and 79% in developing countries. This small % of excessively greedy white men of the Western industrialized consume about 80% of the world’s natural resources and are also responsible for the production of about 80% of all waste and pollutants in the world. Therefore, it is clear who is the biggest enemy of the earth, and of humanity. Nearly 70 percent of the accumulated emissions of carbon dioxide in the last 50 years have come from the excessive consumption of energy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/20)

Resettling Puttlam Muslims in Mannar is right
Chanaka Bandarage There is widespread condemnation of clearance of the precious Wilpattu National Park to resettle Muslim IDPs. If the allegation is true, the last two governments (2010 – 2019), and the ex-Muslim Minister who is in the centre of the allegation, have committed a serious offence.  News emanating from the North now shows that that the Muslim IDPs have been resettled in Mannar District.  Given that Wilpattu is primarily located in the Puttlam and Anuradhapura Districts, if this news is correct, it is a great comfort for those who love Wilpattu.  ... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 24/04/20)

Docile Presidents and Populist Presidents
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
It is imperative that a country should have an unwavering, unshakable, and firm determined and dedicated leader with a firm backbone if that country is to progress. Unfortunately in the recent past, we have had three Presidents and a Prime Minister who have shamelessly and cowardly genuflected in front of foreign powers and our sworn enemies. For instance J.R, Jayawardene who after adopting the 1978 constitution that became popular as the “Bahbootha Vyawasthawa”, the Bizarre Constitution bloated saying that he is so powerful and he cannot only change a man... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/20)

තැපැල් ඡන්ද අයදුම්පත් භාර ගැනීමේ අවධානම්කාරි බව පෙන්වා දීම
මාධ්‍ය ඒකකය කැෆේ සංවිධානය 
සභාපති තුමාමැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාවමැතිවරණ කාර්යාලයරාජගිරිය ගරු සභාපති තුමනි තැපැල් ඡන්ද අයදුම්පත් භාර ගැනීමේ අවධානම්කාරි බව පෙන්වා දීම මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාව අප්‍රේල් 28 වන දිනය තැපැල් ඡන්ද අයදුම්පත් භාරගැනීමේ අවසාන දිනය ලෙස මේ වනවිට ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කොට ඇත. පවතින වාතාවරණය අනුව  එම දිනය වනවිට තැපැල් ඡන්ද අයදුම්පත් භාරගැනීම දැඩි අවධානම්කාරී බව අපගේ අදහසයි. තැපැල් ඡන්ද අයදුම් පත් නිලධාරීන් කිහිපදෙනෙකු අත හුවමාරු වෙයි.  ඒ අතර  එක් ආසාධිතයෙකු හෝ සීටීමේ දැඩි අවධානමක් මේ වනවිට පවතින බව අප කවුරුත් දන්නා කරුණකි. තවද පවතින තත්වය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/20)

217 BOI enterprises in operation despite COVID-19 crisis
Dr Sarath Obeysekera CEO Walkers Colombo Shipyard    
  Apr 23 (FT) Over 200 enterprises in the Free Trade Zones, employing over 30,000 workers, are currently in operation and contributing to economic development, despite partial shutdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, Govt revealed. Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said 217 BOI enterprises are functioning after the Govt allowed resumption of economic activities in the FTZs, subject to companies following strict health and safety guideline     I manage a shipbuilding and ship-repair facility in Colombo which is one of the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/20)

Silent streets of Colombo
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
As of today in Sri Lanka, there are 417 confirmed COVID19 cases in the Island from which 107 have recovered and 7 deaths reported. COVID-19 cases count in Sri Lanka has hit 417 as another person tested positive for the virus as of 10.45 pm today (24), the Ministry of Health says.  Colombo, April 24 (newsin.asia) – The silent streets of Colombo captured by our photographer today morning April 24, 2020. Colombo continues to remain under a curfew due to a rising number of COVID19 cases detected from the city... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/20)

College of Community Physicians’ lockdown exit strategy submitted to Lankan Prez Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Three risk categories, high, moderate and low, identified for a phased lifting of lockdown restrictions Colombo, April 24 (newsin,asia): The College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka (CCPSL) on Friday submitted a scientific exit strategy to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the COVID-19 affected Colombo Municipality area, which the most densely populated and economically important area in the island nation. Colombo City Profile: Colombo city is the economic hub of the country. It is the most populous city in Sri Lanka, with 650,000 –750,000 people living within the city limits.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/20)

Sri Lanka to seek $400 million debt swap facility from RBI to meet short term financial needs
By: PTI | Courtesy Financial Epress
Tourism is the third-largest earner of foreign exchange in Sri Lanka. The decline in tourist arrivals has hit the island nation's tourism industry in a big way. Sri Lanka is set to enter into an agreement with the Reserve Bank of India for a currency swap worth USD 400 million to boost the foreign reserves and ensure the financial stability of the country which is badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, a top minister has said. The Cabinet has approved a proposal made by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/20)

Another coronavirus case brings total count to 417
Courtesy Adaderana
COVID-19 cases count in Sri Lanka has hit 417 as another person tested positive for the virus as of 10.45 pm today (24), the Ministry of Health says. According to the tally, Sri Lanka has confirmed a record surge in coronavirus cases with 49 new infections within the day. The 49 coronavirus patients identified today include 11 from Bandaranayake Mawatha in Colombo 12, 30 naval personnel from the Welisara Navy Base, 5 naval personnel who were on leave and a pregnant woman from Maradana area who had been admitted to De Soysa... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/20)

30 more COVID-19 cases from Welisara Navy Base
Courtesy Adaderana
Another 30 naval personnel from the Navy Base in Welisara have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as of today, says the Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. Addressing the media briefing of National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 this evening, he said that the Welisara Navy Base has reported a record total of 60 coronavirus cases so far. https://youtu.be/xfaGx7OK_4I Sri Lanka saw the highest daily surge of coronavirus cases today, with 46 new infections including 11 from Bandaranayake Mawatha in Colombo 12. Accordingly,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/20)

President briefs Maha Sangha about COVID-19 prevention measures
Courtesy Adaderana
මහාසංඝරත්නය ජනපතිට කියූ දේ... https://youtu.be/dORR-exBVVQ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/20)

Total number of COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka stands at 368
Courtesy Adaderana
The total number of coronavirus infections in the country has soared to 368 cases, according to the tally of the Health Ministry’s Epidemiology Unit. With two new recoveries today (23), the tally of recoveries reported in the country is at 107 cases. Sri Lanka’s fatality count from the novel coronavirus rests at 7 cases. Sri Lanka marked the highest daily count of COVID-19 cases today, including 29 Navy personnel from the Welisara Navy base. The navy base has been declared an isolated area and all personnel at the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/20)

Lawyer held on charges of conspiracy, aiding and abetting Easter carnage probe:
By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island
Police headquarters said that that there was irrefutable evidence to link Attorney-at-Law, Hejaaz Hisbullah, who had been recently taken into custody by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), in connection with the 2019 Easter Sunday suicide bombings. Police spokesman Attorney-at-Law SP Jaliya Senaratne denied accusations the arrest had been made without sufficient evidence. The suspect’s father, Naina Hisbullah, recently filed a Habeas Corpus application against the arrest, made about a week before the first anniversary of the Easter Sunday attacks. Law enforcement authorities said... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/20)

Sri Lanka’s Army Chief says schools may not re-open on May 11
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 23 – Sri Lanka’s Army Chief, General Shavendra Silva yesterday said that opening schools on May 11 may not be possible as several logistics would have to be put in place to ensure the safety of children in classrooms.“As of now I do not foresee that it can be opened on May 11. My belief is that 75 percent it may not be possible,” General Silva said, quoted in the Daily Mirror. He explained that even if schools do re-open, there will have to be a first handed special operation put... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 24/04/20)

Criminal Negligence: Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday Parliamentary Select Committee cheated the Nation & the Victims
On 21st April 2019 multiple suicide attacks claimed the lives of over 300 innocent persons. These attacks took place despite 97 intel warnings from India the last coming hours before the first suicide bombing, giving venue, names of suicide bombers and even their phone numbers. No other country would have allowed the leaders elected to, protect the Nation & people, to simply walk scot free without being held to account. Simply, relegating responsibility to failures of the officials and intelligence units and washing off one’s own actions by appointing a dubious and controversial Parliamentary Select Committee is an affront to... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 24/04/20)

Can Sri Lanka’s Elections Commission confirm NO DUAL CITIZENS have filed nominations?
Article 92(b) and Clause 20(4) of the 19a and Article 91(1)(d)(XIII) of the Constitution says persons who are dual citizens are DISQUALIFIED from being elected as MPs or the President. If this is so the onus is on the Election Commissioner to ensure no MP submits nominations withholding that they are dual citizens. Has there been any nominations submitted declaring the contestant as a dual citizen. If so, Election Commission has to reject his/her application. However, what is the election commissioner’s solution to those withholding that they are dual citizens and submitting nominations and Elections Commissioner even accepting nominations? How... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 24/04/20)

THE GENERAL ELECTION OF 1956 Part 3
KAMALIKA PIERIS
This essay lists some of the many changes and improvements made by the MEP government of 1956.  These changes, carried out between 1956 and 1958 have not got the recognition it deserves. UNP government followed an anti-communist and pro western foreign policy. The MEP government, on the other hand, swung to a non aligned position in foreign affairs.  A number of world leaders visited Sri Lanka    when SWRD was Prime Minister. They included Robert Menezies, Prime Minister of Australia, Walter Nash, Prime Minister of New Zealand, Diefenbaker, Prime Minister of Canada, Harold Macmillan, Prime... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/20)

වසංගතය හමුවේ ගුරු හා විදුහල්පතිවරුන්ගේ වැටුප් නතර කිරීමට
ලංකා ගුරු සේවා සංගමය.
ගරු ආණ්ඩුකාර තුමා, ආණ්ඩුකාරවර කාර්යාලය, ඩික්සන් පාර, ගාල්ල. ආණ්ඩුකාරතුමනි, කොවිඩ්- 19 (Covid- 19) වසංගතය හමුවේ උද්ගතව ඇති තත්ත්වය නොසලකා ගුරු හා විදුහල්පතිවරුන්ගේ වැටුප් නතර කිරීමට ගෙන ඇති තීරණය සම්බන්ධවයි. කොවිඩ්- 19 (Covid- 19) වසංගත රෝගය පැතිරයාම හේතුවෙන් පාසල් වසා දමා ඇඳිරි නීතිය ප‍්‍රකාශයට පත් කර තිබූ අවස්ථාවක ශිෂ්‍ය තොරතුරු පද්ධතිය (SIS) සම්පූර්ණ නොවීමක් පිළිබඳව දකුණු පළාත් අධ්‍යාපන ලේකම් ගේ උපදෙස් මත යැයි සඳහන් කර ගුරුවරුන් හා විදුහල්පතිවරුන් ගේ වැටුප් නතර කිරීමට පියවර ගන්නා බවට 2020. 04. 20 දිනැතිව උඩුගම කලාප අධ්‍යාපන අධ්‍යක්ෂ විසින් සියලූ විදුහල්පතිවරුන් වෙත... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/04/20)

චක‍්‍රලේඛණයට පටහැනිව කටයුතු කිරීම
සමස්ත ලංකා සුවසේවා සංගමය
ඌව පලාත් සෞඛ්‍ය ලේකම්තුමා පලාත් සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යංශය, බදුල්ල. මහත්මයාණෙනි, සෞඛ්‍ය හා දේශීය වෛද්‍ය සේවා අමාත්‍යංශ ලේකම්ගේ අංක අති.ලේ(පාලන) 02/03/2020 දරන චක‍්‍රලේඛණයට පටහැනිව කටයුතු කිරීම සම්බන්ධවයි කොවිඩ්- 19 (Covid- 19) වෛරසය හේතුවෙන් රට පුරා ක‍්‍රියාත්මක හදිසි තත්වය යටතේ සෞඛ්‍ය අත්‍යාවශ්‍ය සේවා පවත්වා ගැනීම සදහා සෞඛ්‍ය හා දේශිය වෛද්‍ය සේවා අමාත්‍යංශ ලේකම්තුමිය විසින් නිකුත් කොට ඇති චක‍්‍රලේඛයට පටහැනිව වැලිමඩ මුලික රෝහලේ රෝහල් පරිපාලනය කටයුතු කරන බවට අප සංගමයට කරුණු වාර්තා වේ. ඒ අනුව එම රෝහලේ රෝහල් පරිපාලනය විසින් 2020. 04. 20 වන දින සිට හෙද... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 23/04/20)

Karu rejects reports of reconvening parliament
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today rejected the reports that said he would reconvene the Parliament unilaterally. "While fighting Covid-19, Sri Lanka does not want another constitutional crisis. Therefore, rumours that I would reconvene the Parliament unilaterally are false. All efforts must be taken by the Executive to avert a crisis. In a dispute, I am bound to uphold judiciary’s decision," he tweeted today. Yesterday, Mr. Jayasuriya said as the election date has been fixed now, all effort must be made not to allow a constitutional crisis, that can cost the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/20)

Guaranteed price for 14 main crops of Yala Season
Courtesy Adaderana
The Cabinet of Ministers has approved a guaranteed price for 14 main crops of Yala Season with the intention of strengthening the income of local farmers by uplifting the country’s agriculture sector. Minister Bandula Gunawardana stated this addressing the media briefing to announce Cabinet decisions today (23). https://youtu.be/8T3NEXbYPGU Accordingly, the Cabinet has also given its approval to procure crops from farmers if they are unable to sell the crops for the guaranteed price in the market. The guaranteed prices for 14 main crops (per kilogram) are... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/20)

Over 36,000 arrested for violating curfew in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Police says that 36,008 individuals have been arrested in total for violating the curfew during the period of over a month since the curfew was imposed. Over 9,000 vehicles have been taken into police custody for curfew violations during this period, the Police Spokesman’s Office said. https://youtu.be/E8RIauMwQYI The curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara and Puttalam districts, which have been identified as Covid-19 high risk zones, is to continue until Monday while the curfew in other districts is temporarily lifted at 5.00am daily during weekdays.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/20)

29 Navy personnel infected with COVID-19; Welisara Navy Base isolated
Courtesy Adaderana
Twenty-nine Navy personnel at the Sri Lanka Navy base in Welisara have been confirmed to have contracted COVID-19, Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said. The Navy personnel had been infected while on a recent search for suspects from Suduwella, Ja-Ela, the Army Commander said issuing a special statement. https://youtu.be/E5TQFcaALCs A Navy officer attached to the Welisara Navy Base had been tested positive for the virus yesterday (22) upon admittance to Welikanda Hospital over a sudden illness. Thereby, other Navy personnel who shared the same lodging... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/20)

දැනට වාර්තා වී ඇති කොරෝනා රෝගීන් ගැන පැහැදිලි කිරීමක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
මෙරටින් දැනට වාර්තා වී ඇති කොරෝනා රෝගීන්ගෙන් සියයට 20 ක පමණ පිරිසක් නිව්මෝනියා රෝග ලක්ෂණ පෙන්නුම් කළ ද දැඩි සත්කාර ඒකකයන්හි ප්‍රතිකාර ලැබීමට තරම් අසාධ්‍ය තත්ත්වයේ පසුවන්නේ සියයට 5ක පමණ පිරිසක් බව අංගොඩ ජාතික බෝවන රෝග විද්‍යායතනයේ කායික රෝග විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍ය එරංග නාරංගොඩ පවසනවා. ඔහු මේ බව කියා සිටියේ හිරු ටී වී ඔස්සේ අද විකාශය වූ රට සහ හෙට වැඩසටහනට එක්වෙමින්. https://youtu.be/OdynKcgVyLc... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 23/04/20)

Losers fishing in troubled waters
By Rohana R. Wasala
The November 2019 inauguration of president Gotabhaya Rajapaksa rekindled bright hopes of national resurgence. The visions of peace and prosperity that bloomed in the years following the end of nearly three decades of civil war in 2009 faded in the years 2015-19. While the people were eagerly looking forward to electing a new parliament, the entirely unexpected COVID-19 pandemic struck the world and its deleterious impact is being currently experienced in Sri Lanka as well. The state health and security forces tasked with containing the spread of the disease are doing their job extremely... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

GENERAL ELECTION 2020 - WILL "GR" PROMISE TO DELIVER THE FOLLOWING FOR THE COUNTRY? SCRAP 13A NOW!
Stanley Gunaratne.
The Covid 19 situation is a terrible global crisis. In the island of Ceylon, where despite $3 billion a year wasted on Provincial Councils and Indian style politicians, we have managed to curtail the spread and combat it thanks to a relatively efficient administration which is in stark contrast to the usual modus operandi of the prevailing system (which has been designed by India and Indian bootlickers).  It has shown that this country has zero need for 225 fat buffoons (Indian bootlickers), Provincial Councillors (bootlickers of the bootlickers) or endless "jobs for the boys"... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

Punish all who failed to prevent Easter Sunday Bombings
By : A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
On 21st April Tuesday Sri Lankans belonging t all religions and of all walks of life mourned by lighting a lamp, ringing Church and Temple bells and Muslims held special supplications (Dua) and prayers in the mosques and homes at 8.45 a,m, for more than 250 killed and nearly 500 injured on a day like this last year by a gang of inhuman brutes who had identified themselves as Muslims by blasting bombs in four leading Churches and three super luxury hotels in Colombo.  It was a tragedy that these suicide attacks could... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

සෞඛ්‍ය ලේකම්තුමිය නිකුත් කර ඇති උපදෙස් නොසලකා කටයුතු කර ඇති තෙල්දෙණිය මූලික රෝහලේ වෛද්‍ය අධිකාරීවරයාගේ ක‍්‍රියාකලාපය සම්බන්ධවයි.
සමස්ත ලංකා හෙද සංගමය
මධ්‍යම පලාත් සෞඛ්‍ය ලේකම්තුමා පලාත් සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යංශය මහනුවර. මහත්මයාණෙනි, කොවිඩ්- 19 (Covid- 19) මැඩපැවැත්වීමට අදාලව සෞඛ්‍ය ලේකම්තුමිය නිකුත් කර ඇති උපදෙස් නොසලකා කටයුතු කර ඇති තෙල්දෙණිය මූලික රෝහලේ වෛද්‍ය අධිකාරීවරයාගේ ක‍්‍රියාකලාපය සම්බන්ධවයි. මේවනවිටත් පාලනය කර නොමැති කොවිඩ්- 19 (Covid- 19) වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ රට පුරා රෝහල් පද්ධතියේ කටයුතු පවත්වාගෙන යාමට අදාලව රේඛිය අමාත්‍යංශයේ සෞඛ්‍ය ලෙකම්තුමිය විසින් සියළු රෝහල්වල ආයතන ප‍්‍රධානීන්, පලාත් සෞඛ්‍ය ලේකම්වරුන් සහ පලාත් සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්ෂවරුන් වෙත අවස්ථා කීපයකදී විශේෂ උපදෙස් මාලාවක් නිකුත් කරන ලදී. එම උපදෙස් මත පදනම්ව රට පුරා සියළු රෝහල් ප‍්‍රධානීන්... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

පොරොන්දු වූ පරිදි සේවක ඉල්ලීම් ලබා දීමට කඩිනමින් මැදිහත්වන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීම.
සමස්ත ලංකා ප්‍රවාහන සේවක සංගමය.
පොරොන්දු වූ පරිදි සේවක ඉල්ලීම් ලබා දීමට කඩිනමින් මැදිහත්වන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීම. ශ‍්‍රී ල.ං.ග.ම. සභාපති කිංස්ලි රණවක මහතා සියලූම ශ‍්‍රී ල.ං.ග.ම. වෘත්තීය සමිති සමඟ 2020.04.21 වන දින පස්වරු 2.00ට ශ‍්‍රී ල.ං.ග.ම. ප‍්‍රධාන කාර්යාලයේ දී සාකච්ඡාවක් පවත්වන ලදි. * ශ‍්‍රී ල.ං.ග.ම. සේවකයින් හට මුඛ ආවරණ, අත්වැසුම් සහ වෙනත් වෛද්‍ය පහසුකම් ලබා දීමට මැදිහත් වන ලෙස * අත්‍යවශ්‍ය සේවාවන් වල සේවකයින් ජීවිත පරදුවට තබා ප‍්‍රවාහනය කරන ශ‍්‍රී ල.ං.ග.ම. සේවකයින් හට විශේෂිත දිරි දීමනාවක් ලබාදෙන ලෙස * දෛනික සේවාවන් වල නිරත වූ සේවකයින් හට ගංවතුර ආධාර ඉතිරි මුදල සමානව බෙදා දෙන ලෙස * ශ‍්‍රී... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

CORONA-THE PLAGUE OF 21st CENTURY
ALI SUKHANVER
Natural calamities and disasters have ever been hostile to the peace and serenity of all human societies. Today it is the Corona, somewhere in the 14th century it was the Plague commonly known as the Black Plague and Black Death. That devastating epidemic resulted in the deaths of more than 200 million people in Eurasia and its climax was observed during the period of 1347 to 1351 in Europe. Reports say that ‘the plague created a number of religious, social and economic upheavals, with profound effects on the course of European history’. Another report on the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

වසංගතයෙන් සහ සාගතයෙන් එතෙර වෙමු! දුර දකින,මග කියන පුරවැසියන් වෙමු
ගෲප් කපිතාන් ප්‍රකාශ් ගුණසේකර ( ශ්‍රී ලංකා ගුවන් හමුදාව විශ්‍රාමික , සිවිල් සේවා කපිතාන් )  B.Sc , MPA ලියයි
මේ වන විට බොහෝ දෙනෙකුගේ කථා මාතෘකා  කොරෝනා මර්ධන වැඩසටහන සහ මැතිවරණයෙහි යුක්ති යුක්ත බාවය කෙරේ යොමුව ඇති සේයක් දිස් වෙයි. වසංගත මර්ධන වැඩ පිළිවෙල සහ මැතිවරණය උත්කර්ශයට නගන බොහෝ දෙනෙකුට ලග එන සාගතය ගැන වගේ වගක් නැත. වසංගතය මෙන්ම ලග එන ආර්ථික අර්බුධය බිහිසුණුය. එලඹෙන ආර්ථික අවපාතය 1929 දී ලොව උඩු යටිකුරු කල මහා ආර්ථික අවපාතයටත් වඩා දරුනු විය හැකි බව අර්ථ ශ්‍රාස්ත්‍රඥයන් මේ වන විට අනතුරු අඟවා ඇත.  ආර්ථික ව්‍යධියේ ප්‍රතිවිපාක මෙරට ජනයා කරා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

GMOA praises President for liquor ban, wants it extended to fag sales as well
Dr. Sarath OBEYSEKERA
April 21, 2020, 11:35 pm  When I read the above article I recollected experience about an incident 1972 in Russia I was sent to an industrial site in a City called Orenburg in Russia with about 40 male and female students who were doing a major degree with me in Drilling and Exploration equipment for Oil and Gas This city was full of hardcore Heafty Russians treated this brown-skinned small man and drank vodka quite often with a chaser  of dried pig fat or raw dried fish  Whole... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

අවලංගු ඡන්ද පුරාණය ඡන්ද කල්දැමීම අපිට අලුත් දෙයක් නොවේ
කීර්ති තෙන්නකෝන්
පාර්ලිමේන්තු මැතිවරණය ගැන පැවැත්විය නොහැකි නිසා විස්සෝපයට පත් වි සිටින පිරිසකි.  ඔවුන් බහුතරයක් දේශපාලනඥයින් හා ඔවුන්ගේ හිතවතුන් ය.  අපේ රටේ මැතිවරණ වර්ග හතරක් කල් දමා හෝ අතහැර දමා ඇත. අධිකරණය ද, ඡන්ද ගැසට් බල රහිත කොට ඇත.  විසිරුවා හැරපු පාර්ලිමේන්තුව නැවතත් රැස්වී, ඡන්ද ගැන කථා කර ඇත. බහුතරයක් අවස්ථාවල දී, පාර්ලිමේන්තුව ද ඡන්ද ගැසට් අවලංගු කර ඇත.  ජනාධිපතිනි කුමාරතුංග මහත්මිය ජනමත විචාරණ ගැසට් පත්‍රය ඉවත් කර ගත්තේය.    අද පවත්නා කෙරෝනා අර්බුදයක කුමක් වුවත්, ඊයේ ගැසට් නිවේදනයත් සමග රටේ ව්‍යවස්ථා අර්බුදයක් උද්ගතව ඇත.  ලබන අප්‍රේල් 30 දින සිට රටේ මුල්‍ය පාලනය පිළිබද අර්බුදය ආරම්භ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

Kannangara Free Education Fund (KFEF) for Corvid-19 Rescue
Sarath Bulathsinghala
21 April 2020 Free Education recipients of Sri Lanka, Brave Sri Lanka is weathering a storm of unprecedented proportions alongside other countries in the world - The Corvid-19 Pandemic. This is the gravest threat to the modern world in living memory. The human cost has been heartrending, the economic cost colossal and the full implications how we all will be affected in the future yet to be ascertained! Our motherland, Sri Lanka is meeting this disaster headlong and the role played by the Presidential Task Force is commendable, to say... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

Plans underway to revive Sri Lanka’s Tourism Industry
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Colombo, April 22 (newsin.asia) — Sri Lanka Tourism plans for an early revival post-COVID-19, as the country starts opening up gradually from this week. A major step was the Cabinet approval of the critical five-year global promotion initiative last week and plans are underway to finalize the Terms of Reference and appointment of the Procurement, Project and Technical Evaluation Committees; and the process will start when the time is right. “The approach focuses on consumer types and will allow for research supported global promotional campaign for Sri Lanka and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

Health clearance may be needed for all future arrivals at Sri Lanka
By Feizal Samath Courtesy ttgAsia
Tourists arriving in Sri Lanka in the future must be armed with Covid-19 health clearance certificates approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and be subjected to rapid testing at the airport, under a set of new proposals to revive tourism in the country. Visitors must clear a WHO-designated health test two weeks prior to arrival and pass a rapid health test at the airport before they will be allowed to get to immigration counters. Proposals for a new immigration process have been made to ensure arriving tourists have a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication established
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a Presidential Task Force in charge of Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication, the President's Media Division said. It said the new Task Force has been established under the powers vested in the President by the Constitution. "The Task Force is responsible for reviving the economy and eradication of poverty while paying special attention to the challenges posed and opportunities emerged in Sri Lanka in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. Based on the vision of the “Saubhagyaye Dekma”, policy statement, the Task Force should steer the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

WHO says coronavirus came from an animal and was not made in a lab
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The available evidence indicates coronavirus originated in animals in China late last year and was not manipulated or produced in a laboratory as has been alleged, the World Health Organization said Tuesday in a news briefing in Geneva.  "It is probable, likely, that the virus is of animal origin," WHO spokeswoman Fadela Chaib said. The global health body's remarks follow confirmation from President Donald Trump last week that his administration is investigating whether coronavirus originated in a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the disease emerged.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

Seven new Covid-19 cases take count to 330
Courtesy Adaderana
Seven more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 330, according to the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health said. A total of 20 new coronavirus cases had been reported within the day. As of 11.30 p.m. today (22), a total of 105 patients have recovered and have been discharged while 218 patients (active cases) are currently under medical care. There have been 07 deaths due to COVID-19 in Sri Lanka. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

No need to deploy military from other countries to fight Covid-19 in Sri Lanka - Defence Secretary
Courtesy Adaderana
Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said there was no necessity to seek assistance from other countries to deploy their military to contain the spread of coronavirus in Sri Lanka. He said Sri Lankan Tri-Forces and the Police had already proved their capabilities in containing the spread of coronavirus. “Our military has already shown their expertise and professionalism in handling the emergency situation created under coronavirus threat,” he said. The Defence Secretary said Sri Lanka would set an example to other countries, which were battling with coronavirus, on how... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

Three-wheelers allowed to carry only 2 passengers – Dr. Jasinghe
Courtesy Adaderana
Three-wheelers will be permitted to carry only two passengers due to the coronavirus risks, says Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe.  He stated this during the media briefing of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID -19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) this evening. https://youtu.be/wJ3GsRBhN1Q In the meantime, barber shops and salons, as well as food stalls located near hospitals that have low hygienic conditions, will remain closed until further notice, Dr. Jasinghe added. Speaking further, he said, as the country is partly open for restoring normalcy... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

One more COVID-19 case raises tally to 322
Courtesy Adaderana
One more patient receiving treatment at the Polonnaruwa Hospital has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, said the Ministry of Health. Earlier today (22), 11 persons from Beruwala were also confirmed to have contracted the virus. They had been undergoing quarantine at a Batticaloa quarantine facility. https://youtu.be/wJ3GsRBhN1Q The addition of the new case hikes the number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 322. In the meantime, another two coronavirus-infected patients regained health earlier today as the total number of recoveries reached 104. According to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

Community Opportunism: unfair media hype on cremation of covid-19 dead in Sri Lanka
A pandemic engulfs the globe with deaths nearing 200,000 and millions of confirmed cases documented. So far no one, not even the World Health Organization can firmly say what caused the virus, how the virus is spreading or what the cure for the virus is. Everyone is simply experimenting and making cautionary statements that often contradict previous statements made. There is no single golden rule and there is no universal solution or cure to address covid-19 and each country are on their own experimenting and rolling out best practices that have worked for them. In such a scenario, Sri Lanka... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

Amnesty International: LTTE says “Hoole is a Fool”
LTTE declared him anti-Tamil and anti-Hindu…. Sri Lankan’s question him on his bias and lack of integrity. What can we comprehend of his actions? Let’s go back a bit to understand. Amnesty International on 12 April 2006 issued a release regarding Ratnajeevan Hoole. It was issued immediately after his appointment as Vice Chancellor of Jaffna University and following repeated death threats by LTTE claiming to return his body ‘headless in a box’ if he takes up position as Vice Chancellor. The Jaffna Students Union put posters calling him ‘anti-Tami, anti-Hindu and not ‘loyal to the Tamil people’. In fact, LTTE... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 22/04/20)

THE PRESIDENT A TREMENDOUS ASSET TO THE NATION.
LANKAWEB EDITORIAL.
The tremendous asset that President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has proved to be both in the past, as well as today, is portrayed visibly through his actions and words which resonate to a great extent and permeate the minds of his respectful subjects - the citizens of Sri Lanka irrespective of their backgrounds or origins. Today they live in relative trouble and worry-free environment both in the face of the COVID19 Virus and the terrorist threat where fortifications have been set in place comprehensively to safeguard the people. When  says " he will not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

Election Phobia of SJBs and their cohorts – Part II
By : A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA
Continuing with his opinions the diaspora proxy Sumanthiran said that the COVID-19 threat could last for several months, if not a year or two. In such a context, it is absolutely essential that all arms of government function effectively to meet this threat. Parliament must immediately deal with the question of laws needed to meet the new threat. Even if the State of Emergency is declared by the President under the Public Security Ordinance, that must be approved by Parliament. Previously during the period of war, Parliament met under Article 70(7) to extend... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

අන්තර්ජාතික සංවිධාන පිරිණමන තෑගි (Mcc) සහ ණය පිළිගැනීමට අධිකරණ බලය අවලංගු කල යුතු ද?
නීති පරීක්ෂණ කණ්ඩායම
අප රටේ 1. ඉඩම් ප‍්‍රතිපත්තිය 2. ඉඩම් නීති 3*. ඉඩම් ආයතන සියල්ල වෙනස් කිරීමට දැඩි උත්සාහයක් දරති. මෙසේ කිරීමට ආධාර ලබා ගැනීමට අත්සන් තබන අන්තර්ජාතික ගිවිසුම් වල කැපීපෙනෙන කොන්දේසියක් වන්නේ ඉඩම් සම්බන්ධයෙන් අධිකරණයට ඇති බලය අහෝසි කර ඉඩම් හිමියන්ට උසාවියට පිවිසීමට ඇති මූල්‍යමය අයිතිය අවම කිරීමය. මෙය ගෝලීකරණ වැඩසටහනේ කොටසකි. ශේ‍්‍රෂ්ඨාධිකරණ විනිසුරුවරයෙකු වූ එ්.ආර්.බී.අමරසිංහගේ බුද්ධිමත් වචන…………”අන්තර්ජාතික සංවිධානයන්ගේ ක්ෂණික උවමනාව වන්නේ, ඉඩම් විකිණිමට බාධා කරන සියලූ නීති හා ආයතන අහෝස් කොට, කඩිනමින් ඉඩම් විකිණීමේ හා උකස් කිරීමේ නව නීති හඳුන්වාදීමය.” (1970 වර්ෂයේ ”ටයිටල් ඉන්ෂුරන්ස්” නමැති පොතේ පෙරවදනයෙන්* ලෝක... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

ලෝක මුස්ලිම් ලීගයෙන් ශ්‍රීලංකාවට ලබාදුන් රුපියල් කෝටි 90ක මුදලකට සිදුවූයේ කුමක්ද?
ඒ.ජේ.එම්.මුසම්මිල්
පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරයෙන් විපතට පත්වූවන්ගේ ජීවනෝපයන් ගොඩ නැංවීම සඳහා ලෝක මුස්ලිම් ලීගයෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ලබාදුන් රුපියල් කෝටි 90ක මුදලකට සිදුවූයේ කුමක්ද යන්න ආචාර්ය ඕමල්පේ සෝභිත හිමියෝ විසින් මාධ්‍ය හමුවකදී කරන ලද ප්‍රකාශයකට පිළිතුරු වශයෙන් වයඹ පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාර ඒ.ජේ.එම්.මුසම්මිල් මහතා විසින් නිකුත් කරන ලද මාධ්‍ය ප්‍රකාශයක ඒ මහතා මෙසේ සඳහන් කර ඇත. ආචාර්ය ඕමල්පේ සෝභිත හිමියන් යනු මා ඉතාම ගරු කරන භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේ නමකි.  උන්වහන්සේ විසින් සිදු කරන ලද මෙම ප්‍රකාශයට පැහැදිලි කිරීමක් සිදු කිරීම මාගේ වගකීමක් ලෙස දකිමි. මෙම ම්ලේච්ඡ ප්‍රහාරය හෙළා දැකිය යුතු ප්‍රහාරයක් සේම අදටද අමතක නොවන සිදුවීමක් ලෙස මා දකිම් . ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

Question President Sirisena Over Easter Sunday Terrorist Attack
Dilrook Kannangara
President Sirisena was the president, commander in chief, defence minister and the head of the national security council when the Easter Sunday terrorist attack happened. That is a very long list of highly responsible positions concerned with national security. He must take responsibility for the lapse in security provided to the people and he is answerable. He must be questioned over it. The attack didn’t happen out of the blue. Indications were many. 34 Sri Lankan Muslims trained to become terrorists in Syria and elsewhere and it was discussed in parliament. It was widely... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

Journalists’ Forum Assam expresses concern over Covid-19 infection to media persons
Nava Thakuria
Guwahati: Journalists’ Forum Assam (JFA) expresses concern over the infection to a large number of media persons while they went on reporting about novel corona virus outbreak across India. It terms the news of over 50 journalists turning Covid-19 positive in a single city as horrible and requests every scribe on the ground to follow the necessary guidelines. Local reports reveal that at least 53 media persons including reporters, video journalists, news photographers in Mumbai were tested positive for the deadly virus. Chennai reported two cases of media Covid-19 positive and Bhopal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

Blue Economy –Need of the Hour
Dr.Sarath Obeysekera
The current and future prosperity of Sri Lanka is intrinsically linked to its marine and coastal assets, with fisheries and tourism being the two main pillars of its economy, gross domestic product (GDP) and source of employment    Implementation of the Blue Economy, hitherto to be named as” Fisheries and Ocean Development Movement (Deewara saha Sagara Sampath Sanwardane Udawa) Related Agencies for implementation of above NAQDA ,CCD .MEPA CFHC.CFC.SLPA .TDA ( Tourism),Ministry of Ports and Shipping DMS ( Merchant Shipping ) ,Ceynor ,DWL ( Wild life) ,Navy ,Coast ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

පාස්කු ඉරිදා අහිමි වූ ජීවිතවලට සදාතනික අගයක්!
ගෙවිඳු කුමාරතුංග සභාපති - යුතුකම ජාතික සංවිධානය
පාස්කු ඉරිදා ප‍්‍රහාරය සිදු කෙරුණේ ඇයි, ඒ සඳහා පාස්කු ඉරිදා ම තෝරාගැනුණේ ඇයි, ඒ සඳහා මූලික ව ම කතෝලික දේවස්ථාන තෝරාගැනුණේ ඇයි යන ප‍්‍රශ්නවලට නිශ්චිත පිළිතුරු ඒ ප‍්‍රහාරයන්ට වසරක් පිරෙන මේ අවස්ථාවේ දී ද අපි නොදනිමු. එහෙත් ප‍්‍රහාරකයන් යම් අවස්ථාවක දී බෞද්ධ මුහුණුවරක් ගැනීම පිණිස සිවුරු හා සිල්රෙදි රැස්කර තිබූ බව, පාස්කු ප‍්‍රහාරයත් සමඟ ම ජාත්‍යන්තර මාධ්‍ය අන්තවාදී බෞද්ධයන් ගැන අදහස් පළ කළ බව සැළකිල්ලට ගත්කළ කුපිත වන ජන සමූහයා අතින් පැන නගින ගිනිජාලාවන් මතින්, ලේ ගංගා මතින්, මළමිනී කඳුමතින් බෞද්ධයා වගකිවයුතු කළු පාස්කුවක් සැලසුම් වී තිබෙන්නට ඇති බව පෙනීයයි. දෙමළ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

“True perpetrators” of Easter Sunday massacres will be brought to book, says Lankan President
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
US offers to help fight terrorism and the Catholic church reiterates commitment to religious harmony Colombo, April 21 (newsin.asia): The Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said in his message to make the first anniversary of the Easter Sunday suicide bombings in the island nation that he will identify and bring before the law the “true perpetrators” of the massacres. “I will not leave any room for any form of extremism, or violence from any extremists to be unleashed on my people again. I also assure you that the true perpetrators responsible for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

Peliyagoda fish market to close for 3 days
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The Peliyagoda fish market will be closed for three days from tomorrow, Business Association of the Peliyagoda Central Fish Market said. https://youtu.be/nNNX-nEQo6A The decision was taken after a fish vendor, who had visited the Peliyagoda fish market, contracted Covid-19. President of the association said that health authorities has informed them that all the employees and fish stall owners of the Peliyagoda fish market would be subjected to PCR test tomorrow.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

11 families in Piliyandala sent for Quarantine
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Health authorities had taken step to quarantine 66 individuals from eleven families in Piliyandala MOH area after a patient infected with COVID-19 was identified today.   Dr. Indika Ellawala said the individuals placed under self quarantine were those suspected to have associated the patient. He said the patient was fish seller who brought fish from Peliyagoda fish market and sold them in Kahatuduwa, and Polgasovita areas. The MOH said he received information that the patient had visited a house of a vegetable trader, a Grama Niladhari, a lawyer... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

Over 1,000 in Bandaranayake Mawatha sent to quarantine
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
More than 1,000 people belonging to 242 families from Bandaranayake Mawatha in Colombo 12, have been sent to quarantine centres, the Army said. Accordingly, a total of 1,010 people would be sent to quarantine. Army said the decision was taken after 57 Covid-19 patients were reported from the Bandaranayake Mawatha. https://youtu.be/6r5LIxyMX0A... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

COVID-19: Another patient adds up to 310 cases, recoveries rise to 102
Courtesy Adaderana
Another person has tested positive for COVID-19 bringing the total count of positive cases to 310, the Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe confirmed this evening. This patient has been reported from Warakapola and according to reports he has had close contacts with another COVID-19 case. In the meantime, five other coronavirus cases were identified from Bandaranayake Mawatha in Colombo 12 today. This area confirmed a record surge of 33 positive cases on Monday (20). https://youtu.be/AR19X3xrg8g According to the Epidemiology Unit’s tally, another two... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

Easter attack culprits will be brought to book soon – Defence Secretary
Courtesy Adaderana
The Government would bring all culprits who planned, financed and supported the Easter bombing carnage that killed over 270 and wounded over 500 innocent people on last year’s Easter Sunday, to book soon, Defence Secretary Major General (Retired) Kamal Gunaratne has said.Issuing a statement yesterday that marked one-year of the coordinated bomb blasts carried out by a local Islamic extremist group that blew three Christian churches and three hotels in Colombo, he said there would not be any space for any group or individuals to spread extremism in the country.“We will bring... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

Sri Lanka commemorates one year since Easter Sunday carnage with two-minute silence
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka today commemorates the one-year anniversary of the coordinated terror attacks that left the country devastated on the 21st of April 2019. A two-minute silence was observed at 8.45 am in remembrance of the victims of the tragic carnage which killed over 250 including foreigners and injured at least 500 people. https://youtu.be/JPQgLkNz5N8 On Easter Sunday last year, in a coordinated move by a local militant group called National Thowheed Jama’ath, bombs were detonated at St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, St. Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapiriya, Zion Church in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

WOULD THE WORLD ECONOMY BE TAKEN BACK TO THE CLASSICAL ERA BY THE CORONA PANDEMIC?
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
The world economy has been radically changing since the great depression experienced in the 1930s, meantime, the cold war also supported control of consumer demand and the market economic system forcing many countries to spend for defense activities than investments in development projects. The war mentality limited the production in various areas thereby increased unemployment and excess capacity. The classical economists looked at this situation considering that the wage cut would positively support to increase wage funds and provide more employment opportunities, but Keynes viewed that the idea of the classical economists would negatively impact... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday attack & understanding Islamic Terrorism
On 21st April 2019 the people of Sri Lanka stood shocked. Exactly 10 years after defeating 30 years of terror Sri Lanka was to face a new form of terror. What is peculiar and notable about the Easter Sunday multiple mass murders was that the attacks on Catholic churches and luxury hotels by very rich Muslim suicide bombers did not have any demands. No one still knows why they committed the attacks. This question one year on remains unanswered still. While we are searching for the answers and the masterminds behind the attacks and inspite of two commissions being appointed... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 21/04/20)

Election Phobia Part 1
A.A.M.NIZAM
The imbecile Sajith Premadasa’s Shameless Jabbering Bandits (SJB) suffering from an acute election phobia following mass isolation by credible political personalities in the village level is making desperate efforts to get the forthcoming election cancelled or to get it indefinitely postponed.  All the Bandits who played leading roles in getting the local government elections postponed by more than 2 years and suspend holding the Provincial Council elections by resorting to unconstitutional methods during the Sirisena/Ranil regime are now in the SJB and they shiver when the mere mentioning of election is made. The imbecile self... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

උතුරේ හිටපු ආණ්ඩුකාර රඝුවාන් සොයන (බෞද්‌ධ) නිවන
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B, Ph.D.
යහපාලන ජනාධිපති සිරිසේන මහතා යටතේ මාස 11 ක් උතුරු පලාතේ ආණ්ඩුකාරයාව සිටි, තමන් බෞද්‌ධයෙක් කියනා සුරේන් රඝුවාන්, ලහිරු මුදලිගේ හරි ටීවී හරහා පුදුම (අද්භූත?) ඉල්ලීමක් කලේය (අප්‍රියෙල් 17). දෙමළාට නිවන අකැපද යන ප්‍රශ්ණය නඟන රඝුවාන්, ලංකාවේ හාමුදුරුවරු උතුරේ දෙමළ ජනයාට බුද්‌ධාගම බෙදාදීමෙන් (ප්‍රචාරය) වැළකී සිටින්නේ ඇයිදැයි විමසා සිටී. මේ වනාහී මේ අබුද්දස්ස කාලයේ ඇසෙණ කතාය. රඝුවාන් දැන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා නිදහස් පක්‍ෂයේ ජාතික ලැයිස්තුවට නම දමා ගෙන සිටී. පරණ ජේවීපී කාරයෙකු‌වූ රෙජිනෝල්ඩ් කුරේට, විග්නේෂ්වරන් ජාතිවාදී, බෙදුම්වාදියෙකු බව තේරුම් ගන්නට කාලයක් ගියේය. කුරේ යාපනේ ජනප්‍රසාදයට ලක්‌විය. ඔහු වෙනුවට යැවූ රඝුවාන් දෙවන විග්නේෂ් කෙනෙක් විය. උතුරු-නැඟෙනහිර <සිංහලීකරණයක්>... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

Economy should be revived prioritizing agro sector - President
Dr sarath obeysekera 
The whole country has been grateful to Gotaghata Rajapakse when he spearheaded the war against tigers. Though some others have tried to take credit I believe that his tough decision making has been the reason for winning the war Now possibly after beating Corona spread and saving the country, he wants agro-based economy which should have been done a long time ago. That means the farmers should be treated well to Give real meaning to Goviya Can he a King  One more aspect HE president should ponder... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

මනෝ විශ්ලේශණය සහ ෆ්‍රොයිඩ්
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග 
මේ දින වල ෆ්‍රොයිඩ් පිලිබඳ Netflix හි කතා මාලාවක් බලමි. එහි බොහෝ අතිශයෝක්තියන් තිබේ.   මනෝ විශ්ලේශණය (Psychoanalysis )පිලිබඳව මා ඉගෙන ගත්තේ නැගෙනෙහිර යුරෝපයේ මහාචාර්‍ය වේව්ස්කයා(1992) , එංගලන්තයේ බාන්ස්ලි විද්‍යාලයේ ස්ටීවන් හීත් මෙන්ම කැන්සාස් හි Colmery O'neil Veteran Hospital වෛද්‍ය මහසෙන් ද සිල්වා (වෛද්‍ය මහසෙන් මනෝ විශ්ලේශනය ඉගෙන ගත්තේ ෆ්‍රොයිඩ් ගේ සිසුවෙකු  වූ කාල් මැනිංග වෙතිනි) , මෙන්ම යෝක් විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයේ මහාචාර්‍ය ජිම් ඇල්කොක් හරහාය.  මේ වන විට මා සිංහලෙන් සහ ඉංග්‍රීසියෙන් මනෝ විශ්ලේශනය පිලිබඳව පොත් 4 පමණද පරියේෂණ පත්‍රිකා කීපයක්ද ලියා තිබේ.  එහෙත් මනෝ විශ්ලේශණය ඉතා ගැඹුරුය. එය අවබෝධ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

මැතිවරණ බලහත්කාරය සමග ගැටගැහෙන ආර්ථික ඝාතනය
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
            සුනාමිය නොහොත් මුහුද ගොඩ ගැලීම සිදු වන කල්හි එවකට සිටි පාලකයන් එම ව්‍යසනය කළමනාකරණය කරන ආකාරය දැන නොසිටියහ. අතීතයේ සිදු වූ මුහුදු ගොඩ ගැලීම් ඉතිහාසයට පමණක් සීමා වීම නිසා දේශපාලකයන් ඒ බැව් නොදත් බව පැහැදිලිය. සුනාමියට මුහුණ දෙන්නට අවශ්‍ය සංනිවේදන උපක්‍රම සූදානම් කර ගැනීමට මෙන්ම ආරක්ෂාව කල් තියා යොදා ගන්නට  ලක ලෑස්ති වීම සිදු වූයේ විනාශයෙන් අනතුරුවයි. මුහුදෙන් වටව තිබෙන දූපතක් වශයෙන් පවතින වාසි අවාසි ගැන තක්සේරුවක් කෙදිනකවත් ලක් රජයට තිබුණේ නැත. වසංගත රෝග වලින් මිදීමට මේ දූපත් ස්වභාවය අතීතයේ සිට යොදා ගන්නට ඇතිවාට නිසැකය. දාසය වන සියවසේ සිට පැතිරුණු ඇතැම් වසංගත ලංකාවට බලපෑම්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

Cuba Uses Homeopathy for COVID-19
Courtesy HomeopathyPlus
India is not the only country using homeopathy as a preventative for COVID-19. Cuba with its population of 11.34 million is doing the same. Since early April, the Cuban Ministry of Health has been rolling out the combination remedy PrevengHo®Vir as a way to increase resilience in its population to viral diseases and respiratory infections. PrevengHo®Vir consists of the remedies: Anas barbariae 200; Baptisia tinctoria 200; Bacillinum 30; Pyrogenium 200; Eupatorium perfoliatum 200; Influenzinum 200; Arsenicum album 200. The head of the Department of Natural and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

India and Sri Lanka seek substantial collective effort for post-COVID 19 revival
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Lankan Foreign Minister requests help to bring back Lankan students from India Colombo, April 20 (newsin.asia): The Acting High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Vinod K. Jacob called on Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Dinesh Gunawardena in Colombo on Monday. During the meeting, the Acting High Commissioner briefed the Lankan Foreign Minister on India’s efforts to deal with the COVID 19 pandemic. The Lankan Minister in turn briefed the Acting High Commissioner on steps taken by Sri Lanka to fight the global pandemic, the Indian High Commission said in a release.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

Why Lankan President need not respond to UN Special Rapporteur’s objections to cremation of COVID-19 victims
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe/Ceylon Today
The answers are already in WHO’s guidelines, points out Shivanthi Ranasinghe Last week the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Ahmad Shaheed wrote to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to emphasize the importance of upholding the right of freedom of religion or belief as well as the rights of the minorities even during this challenging time. His concern was precipitated by the decision of the Ministry of Health (MoH) to cremate all who had succumbed to the COVID-19 virus, including those who were suspected to have been compromised. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

COVID-19 outbreak a good economic opportunity - President
Courtesy Adaderana The COVID-19 outbreak is a good economic opportunity for the country, says President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. He mentioned this at a special discussion held with Chief Advisor to the President Lalith Weeratunga this evening (20), on the effects of COVID-19 outbreak in the country. https://youtu.be/0izPcdbGLxA With the halt of the industries that generate foreign exchange, provide employment opportunities,  open self-employment and SME opportunities – such as tourism and apparel industries –,industries that are linked with importation, or deal with foreign investment have seen a major setback with the virus outbreak,... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

Economy should be revived prioritizing agro sector - President
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is considering the idea of creating a new mechanism to purchase, store and distribute agro products by combining all districts in the country, stated President’s Media Division. Making observations during a meeting with the District Secretaries held at the Presidential Secretariat today (20), the President emphasized that government agents should take this mechanism forward. https://youtu.be/t57WMFxIUPg President commended the cooperation extended by the District Secretaries for the success of measures taken to control the spread of COVID-19.  The fact that those who are identified... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

One more COVID-19 case reported; total at 304
Courtesy Adaderana
One more person has been confirmed to have contracted the novel coronavirus, stated the Ministry of Health. The newly identified patient is a fish vendor from the Piliyandala, said the Ministry. Sri Lanka has reported 33 new COVID-19 positive cases as of 7 pm today (20). https://youtu.be/7QVJaFdQu-k This brings the total count of COVID-19 cases in the country to 304 cases. Currently, 199 active cases are under medical care at Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Welikanda Base Hospital, Colombo East Base Hospital and Iranawila Hospital,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

අද හඳුනාගත් 33 වන කොරෝනා රෝගියා ගැන තොරතුරු රැසක් හෙළිවෙයි (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
අද වාර්තා වූ 33 වන කොරෝනා රෝගියා පිළියන්දල ප්‍රදේශයේ පදිංචිකරුවෙකු බවට වාර්තාවනවා. ඔහු පිළියන්දල, නිවන්තිඩිය ග්‍රාමෝදය මාවතේ පදිංචි 33 හැවිරිදි අයෙකු බවයි සෞඛ්‍ය අංශ ප්‍රකාශ කළේ.   මාලු ව්‍යාපාරිකයෙකු වන මොහු ඇදිරිනීති බලපත්‍රයක් සහිතව නිවෙස් වෙත මාලු බෙදා හැර ඇති අතර ඒ සම්බන්ධයෙන් විශේෂ පරිෂණයක් සිදු කරන බවද සෞඛ්‍ය අංශ වැඩිදුරටත් ප්‍රකාශ කරනවා. https://youtu.be/koRkRtryfyY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

ජූනි 20, ඡන්දයට අදාළ ගැසට් නිවේදනය නිකුත් කෙරේ
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
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(LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

පාලනයක් ඇතිව රට විවෘත කළත් කොරෝනා තර්ජනය තවම අවසන් වී නැහැ- විශේෂ සාකච්ඡාවේදී ජනපති කියයි(වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
යම් පාලනයක් ඇතිව රට විවෘත කළත් කොරෝනා වෛරසයේ තර්ජනය තවම අවසන් වී නොමැති බව ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ ප්‍රකාශ කරනවා. ඔහු මේ බව ප්‍රකාශ කළේ ජනාධිපති ප්‍රධාන උපදේශක ලලිත් වීරතුංග සමග කළ විශේෂ සාකච්ඡාවකදියි. හිරු ටී වී ඔස්සේ විකාශය වූ එම සාකච්ඡාවේදී ජනපති වැඩිදුරටත් පැවසුවේ තවත් රට වසා තැබීම කළ හැකිද යන්න බැරෑරුම් තීරණ ගැනීමට සිදුවූ බවයි. https://youtu.be/p4vKeG4KcKI ජනතාව අත විශාල වගකීමක් ඇති බවත්, ඔවුන්ගේ සහයෝගය අතිශය වැදගත් බවත් ජනපති සඳහන් කළා. විදේශවල සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් ප්‍රමුඛතා අනුපිළිවෙළට මෙරටට ගෙන්වා ගන්නා බවද පැවසු... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

දිනක වැඩිම කොරෝනා ආසාදිතයින් අද වාර්තා වෙයි - කොළඹ - බණ්ඩාරනායක මාවතෙන් ආසාදිතයින් 32ක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
දිනක් තුළ මෙරටින් හමු වූ වැඩිම කොරෝනා ආසාදිතයින් ප්‍රමාණය අද වාර්තා වුණා. එම සංඛ්‍යාව මේ වන විට 32ක්. වසංගත රෝග විද්‍යා අංශය නිකුත් කළ නවතම වාර්තාවට අනුව පෙරවරුවේ තහවුරු කර ගත් රෝගීන් 24 දෙනාට අමතරව අලූතින් ආසාදිතයින් 8 දෙනෙකු පස්වරුවේ සොයා ගෙන තිබෙනවා. ඔවුන් ද කොළඹ - කෙසෙල්වත්ත - බණ්ඩාරනායක මාවතේ පදිංචිකරුවන් වීම විශේෂත්වයක්. මේ සමඟම එම ප්‍රදේශයෙන් මේ දක්වා සොයා ගැනුණු රෝගීන් සංඛ්‍යාව 57 දක්වා ඉහළ ගියා. බණ්ඩාරනායක මාවතෙන් පළමු කොරෝනා ආසාදිතයා වාර්තා වූයේ පසුගිය 15 වන දායි. 59... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

දිස්ත්‍රික්ක 4කට හැර අනෙකුත් දිස්ත්‍රික්කවලට අද 8ට යළිත් ඇඳිරි නීතිය
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
කොළඹ, ගම්පහ, කළුතර සහ පුත්තලම දිස්ත්‍රික්කවල හැර සෙසු දිස්ත්‍රික්කවලට ලිහිල් කෙරුණු ඇඳිරි නීතිය අද පස්වරු 8ට යළිත් පැනවීමට නියමිතයි. එලෙස පැනවෙන ඇඳිරි නීතිය අප්‍රේල් 24 සිකුරාදා දක්වා ක්‍රියාත්මක වන්නේ රාත්‍රී අටේ සිට පසුදා අලූයම පහ දක්වා පමණක් බවයි ජනාධිපති මාධ්‍ය අංශය සඳහන් කළේ. කෙසේ වෙතත්, මේ මස 25 වනදා සහ 26 වනදා සති අන්තයේදී මෙම දිස්ත්‍රික්කවල ද ඇඳිරි නීතිය අඛණ්ඩව ක්‍රියාත්මක කෙරෙනු ඇති. ඒ අනුව 24 වනදා රාත්‍රී 8 ට පනවනු ලබන ඇදිරි නීතිය ඉවත් කරනු ලබන්නේ 27 වන සදුදා අලූයම 5 ටයි.මේ අතර, කොළඹ, ගම්පහ, කළුතර සහ පුත්තලම යන දිස්ත්‍රික්කවලට අනිද්දා ඉවත් කිරීමට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

THE GENERAL ELECTION OF 1956 Part 2
KAMALIKA PIERIS
 In 1956, SWRD formed his last ‘party’ the Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP). The MEP consisted of Sri Lanka Freedom Party led by SWRD, Viplavakari Lanka Sama Samaja Party (VLSSP) led by Philip Gunawardene,   the Samastha Lanka Sinhala Bhasha Peramuna led by W. Dahanayake and an ‘Independent Group.’ These were the four constituent parties mentioned in the MEP   program given in Daily News, March 8.1956.  ‘Bhasha Peramuna’ was an organization of Sinhalese teachers and literati who wanted Sinhala as the state language. These four parties were joined by the Uda Rata Peramuna led by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 20/04/20)

පාත් ෆයින්ඩර් මිලින්ද මොරගොඩ ට්‍රෝජන් අශ්‌වයෙක්ද?
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
මෙහි පහතින් දැක්‌වෙන්නේ මිලින්ද මොරගොඩ ගැන අන්තර්‌ජාල විකිපීඩියාවේ සඳහන් වා‌ර්‌තාවකි. මෙහි ඇත්ත-නැත්ත මම නොදනිමි. එහෙත් ගින්නක් නැතුව දුමක් නඟින්නේද නැත. ඒ කාලයේ තමන්ට එල්ලවූ අල්ලස්-දූෂණ චෝදනා වෙනුවට අද රටේ විශාල ඩොලර් බලයක් සහිතව මහ ඉහළින් වැජඹෙන මිලින්ද ගෙන් ප්‍රවේශම් වන ලෙස හාමුදුරුවරු වත්මන් ආණ්ඩුවට ප්‍රසිද්‌ධියේම අනතුරු ඇඟවීමක් කලේය. නිදහස් සංවාද වැඩබිමේ චපා බණ්ඩාර විසින් මිලින්දව සළකන්නේ මිලේනියම් උගුලේ ඔත්තුකරුවෙකු ලෙසය. මෙහි පහතින් ඇති ඇමෙරිකන් තානාපති කාර්යාලයේ රහස් කේබල් පණිවුඩය අනුව මිලින්ද නියමම, කදිම ඇමෙරිකන් ඒජන්ත කෙනෙක් බවට විවාදයක් නැත. මිලින්ද ගැන තොරතුරු රට වැසියාට පෙන්වාදීමට වගකීමක්, යුතුකමක් ඒ ගැන යමක් දන්නා අයට ඇත. මිලින්දට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/20)

BULLETS, NEUTRON BOMBS Vs COVID-19
Engr. Kanthar Balanathan, Australia
DipEE (UK), GradCert(Rel-Eng-Monash), DipBus&Adm(Finance-Massey), CEng. MIEE(UK) Former Specialist Engineer Power & Control NRG-GPS, Australia Planet earth underwent two world wars, because of four or more psychiatric patients (leaders) who wanted to show their muscle strength. Still, the egoism and the shortfalls in perception with a weak mind of a few leaders who were driven into a mental state wanted to show their strength or maybe wanted to liquidate their old weapons to replace with new state of the art automatic weapons. Mankind has experienced a few wars within the last century; Vietnam,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/20)

Request technical support from Russia: GMOA writes to President
Dr Sarath OBEYSEKERA 
http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2017/08/18/docs-threaten-to-leave-slmc-if-it-is-hijacked-by-health-minister-news-item/ Above article was written two years back THE same GMOA protested against the Russian affiliated SAITM. How come now GMOA approves Russian Medical system When Russian trained educated Sri Lankan  doctors to return to Sri Lanka return to Sri Lanka so many hurdles like passing Act 16 exam etc are created by GMOA  Luckily Anil Jasinghe managed because he did post-graduate degree and became a specialist an£ he is given the position rightly  GMOA was dead against anyone educated outside Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/20)

Measures to contain COVID-19 will continue despite relaxed curfew – President
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has stressed that the measures to contain the local outbreak of COVID-19 will follow despite the curfew being relaxed in several areas from tomorrow. He also noted that the objective of relaxing the curfew is to reactivate the economy. Taking to his official Twitter account, the President urged the public that it is imperative to adhere to the health guidelines & act responsibly for the safety of society at large. The government Saturday (18) decided to relax the ongoing curfew, which was imposed to curb the spread... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/20)

Two petitions filed seeking release of lawyer arrested over alleged links to Easter attacks
Courtesy Adaderana
Two Habeas Corpus petitions have been filed with the Appeals Court seeking the release of the attorney-at-law who was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on suspicion of having links to the Easter Sunday terror attacks. The petitions, filed by his father and brother through, have cited the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), the Director of the CID and the Attorney General as respondents. Petitioners have alleged that the arrest of the lawyer in question is unlawful and baseless. The petitioners are further seeking an order directing the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/20)

COVID-19: Seventeen new cases bring total to 271
Courtesy Adaderana
Two more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 as of 9.40 pm today (19), says the Ministry of Health. Accordingly, a total of 17 coronavirus cases were confirmed in Sri Lanka during the course of the day as the tally escalated to 271. The 15 positive cases that were confirmed earlier today have been identified from Keselwatte, an isolated area in Colombo. It was reported they have had close contacts with COVID-19 infected patients. In the meantime, the COVID-19 recoveries in the country have risen to 96, the Epidemiology Unit... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/20)

Second attack planned to follow Easter bombings, investigations reveal
Courtesy Adaderana
Investigations have revealed that a second attack had been planned following the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings, said Police Media Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne. The Police Media Spokesman, holding a special press conference at the Department of Government Information today (19), said that according to investigations, a second-tier team had been recruited and trained for another attack to follow the Easter attacks. https://youtu.be/df8PW1b0ork However, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has been able to thwart those plans through their investigations, the Spokesman added. As per previous investigations, Zahran Hashim’s team had... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/20)

Act with aim of not getting infected after curfew lifts – Army Chief
Courtesy Adaderana
Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva says that the public should make sure not to loiter or idle outside once the curfew is lifted. The Commander of the Army mentioned this joining the ‘Derana Aruna’ Breakfast Show on TV Derana this morning (19). The decision to relax the curfew regulations was taken considering the hindrances caused to the public by the curfew, he said. He pointed out that many are unable to attend work or pay salaries without running businesses. https://youtu.be/L217Z3wchG4 The Army Chief saluted the Sri Lankan... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 19/04/20)

Gota plays a captain’s innings at the crease
H. L. D. Mahindapala
The sartorial signatures of the three main leaders of recent times  – Mahinda Rajapakse, Ranil Wickremesinghe, and Gotabaya Rajapakse -- have escaped the notice of the commentariat. Each one of them has come out sporting three different garments signifying their respective brands of politics. Mahinda Rajapakse displays the most recognisable costume – the white national dress with the kurakkan satakaya of his father thrown round his neck. He is saying that his roots run deep into the soil.  Ranil, of course, sticks stubbornly to his Western attire refusing to concede to anything that smacks... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

Coronavirus pandemic and the postponed Parliamentary election
Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister
MEDIA RELEASE The Coronavirus pandemic hit countries like the USA, India and Bangladesh in a situation where their economies had been experiencing strong growth for years. In contrast, Sri Lanka has had to face this crisis in a state of economic ruin. During the five years of yahapalana misrule from 2015 to 2019, our debt burden increased by 71%, the Rupee lost one third of its value and economic growth had plummeted to 2.7%. Furthermore, though we had won the presidency in November 2019 and formed a government, we did not have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

කොරෝනා වෛරස් වසංගතය හා කල් දමනු ලැබූ පාර්ලිමේන්තු මැතිවරණය
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය  අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය මහින්ද රාජපක්‍ෂ
කොරෝනා වෛරස් වසංගතය ඇමරිකාව, ඉන්දියාව, බංග්ලාදේශය වැනි රටවලට බලපෑවේ එම රටවල් කාලයක් මුළුල්ලේ වේගවත් ආර්ථික වර්ධනයක් සාක්ෂාත් කරගෙන, ශක්තිමත්ව සිටි අවස්ථාවකය. නමුත් ලංකාවට මේ උවදුරට මුහුණ දීමට සිදුවූයේ දරුණු ආර්ථික කඩාවැටීමක් මධ්‍යයේය. 2015 සිට 2019 දක්වා සිදු වූ අවපාලනය නිසා අපේ ණය බර 71% කින් වැඩි විය.  රුපියලේ අගය 30% කින් කඩා වැටුණි.  ආර්ථික වර්ධන වේගය  2.7% ක් දක්වා අඩුවිය. 2019 නොවැම්බරයේදී අපි ජනාධිපතිවරණය දිනා අලුත් ආණ්ඩුවක් පිහිටෙව්වද, අපට පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේ බහුතරයක් නොමැති වීම හේතුවෙන් පහුගිය ආණ්ඩුවේ බෙහෙත් හා පොහොර සැපයුම්කරුවන්ට හිඟ මුදල් ගෙවීම සඳහාවත් අතුරු සම්මත ගිණුමක් සම්මත කර ගැනීමට නොහැකි විය. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

THE GENERAL ELECTION OF 1956 Part 1
KAMALIKA PIERIS
The General Election of 1956 is associated with the name of SWRD Bandaranaike. SWRD came from a long line of native administrators appointed by the British administration. SWRD’s two paternal great-grandfathers   held the positions of ‘Mudaliyar of Siyane Korale East’ and ‘Mohandiram of the Governor’s Gate.’ Their names were Don Solomon Dias Bandaranayake and Phillips Gysbertus Panditaratne. SWRD’s grandfather also held the positions of ‘Mudaliyar of the Governor's Gate’ and ‘Mudaliyar of Siyane Korale’. Grandfather’s name was Don Christoffel Henricus Dias Abeywickrema Jayatilake Seneviratne Bandaranaike, with the prefix ‘Gate Mudaliyar’. SWRD father,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

Pathfinder sets up eminent panel to prepare post-COVID-19 economic strategy
Dilrook Kannangara
This is very dangerous. These people are known to align with a certain political ideology that in my view is not in the best interests of SL. Moragoda was the foreign minister under Ranil's 2001 to 2004 regime that is known to be the most treacherous. They presented a National Security Strategy for Sri Lanka 2020 and a Study on Managing Foreign Policy and Relations with the UN System to President Rajapaksa. Any such policy must be widely discussed. A policy created by a small group of people who don't even represent... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

මහමැතිවරණය පැවැත්වීමට ඇති සූදානම සම්බන්ධවයි
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි ලංකා ගුරු සේවා සංගමය
2020. 04. 18   සභාපති, මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාව, රාජගිරිය. සභාපතිතුමනි, මහමැතිවරණය පැවැත්වීමට ඇති සූදානම සම්බන්ධවයි කොරෝනා වසංගතය හමුවේ මැතිවරණ කොමිෂන් සභාව විසින් කල් දමන ලද මහ මැතිවරණය පැවැත්වීම සම්බන්ධව විශේෂයෙන් වසංගත රෝග විශේෂඥයින් හා අනෙකුත් රෝග විශේෂඥයින් ඇතුළු සෞඛ්‍ය අංශවල නිර්දේශ මත මිස අගමැතිවරයාගේ, ආණ්ඩුවේ මැති ඇමතිවරුන් හා විවිධ සංවිධාන හරහා සිදුකරමින් තිබෙන බලපෑම මත මැතිවරණය පැවැත්වීම සඳහා තීරණ ගැනීමට ඉක්මන් නොවන ලෙස ලංකා ගුරු සේවා සංගමය ඉතා  ඕනෑකමින් යුතුව ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. 02. මෙහිදී  විශේෂයෙන් වෛද්‍ය විශේෂඥයින් හා රජයේ වෛද්‍ය නිලධාරින්ගේ සංගමය ප‍්‍රකාශ කරන ආකාරයට මැයි මස... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

රු. 5000/- ක දීමනාව ගෙවීමට අදාළව මතු වූ ගැටළුකාරී තත්වය හේතුවෙන් ඊට අදාළ රාජකාරී කටයුතු වලින් සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන් ඉවත් වීමේ තීරණය අත්හිටුවයි
සංවර්ධන නිලධාරී සේවා සංගමය.  ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි
2020. 04. 18  රු. 5000/- ක දීමනාව ගෙවීමට අදාළව මතු වූ ගැටළුකාරී තත්වය හේතුවෙන් ඊට අදාළ රාජකාරී කටයුතු වලින් සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන් ඉවත් වීමේ තීරණය අත්හිටුවයි. අපේ‍්‍රල් 18 සිට රාජකාරී වල පෙර පරිදි. Covid-19 වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ ආදායම් මාර්ග අහිමි වූ ජනතාව වෙනුවෙන් එක් පවුලකට එක් වරක් පමණක් රු. 5000/- ක් ගෙවීමට රජය විසින් තීරණය කරන ලදි. එම තීරණයෙන් පසු එම කටයුත්ත බරපතල ලෙස දේශපාලනීකරණය කරමින් රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන්ද පසෙක තබා ආණ්ඩුවට සම්බන්ධ ඇතැම් ප‍්‍රාදේශීය දේශපාලඥයන් විසින් රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන් වෙත නිකුත් කළ මුදල් ගෙවීමේ වවුචර්පත අයදුම්පතක් ලෙස මුද්‍රණය කර බෙදාහැරීම් ඇතුළු කටයුතු වල... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

අන්තර්ජාතික සංවිධාන පිරිණමන තෑගි [MCC] සහ ණය පිළිගැනීමට අධිකරණ බලය අවලංගු කල යුතුද ?
නීති පරීක්ෂණ කණ්ඩායම
   අප රටේ  1] ඉඩම් ප්‍රතිපත්තිය,  2] ඉඩම් නීති 3] ඉඩම් ආයතන  සියල්ල     වෙනස් කිරීමට දැඩි උත්සහයක් දරති.   මෙසේ  කිරීමට  ආධාර  ලබාගැනී මට  අත්සන් තබන  අන්තර්ජාතික  ගිවිසුම් වල   කැපීපෙනෙන කොන්දෙසියක්වන්නේ   ඉඩම් සම්බන්දයෙන්  අදිකරණයට ඇති    බලය  අහෝසි කර    ඉඩම්හිමියන්ට    උසාවියට පිවිසීමට ඇති මූල්යමය අයිතිය   අවම   කිරීමය.  මෙය ගෝලී  කරණ වැඩසටහනේ කොටසකි.    ශ්‍රේෂ්ඨාධිකරණය  විනිසුරවරයකුවූ   ගරු   එ . ර් .බි  අමරසිංහගේ   බුද්ධිමත් වචන----  ----------- --- ‘'අන්තර්ජාතික සංවිධානයන්ගේ  ෂණික  උවමනාව  වන්නේ,  ඉඩම් විකිනීමට බාදාකරන සියලු නීති හා  ආයතන අහෝසිකොට, කඩිනමින් ඉඩම් විකිණීමේ හා උකස් කිරීමේ නව නීති  හඳුන්වාදීමය.’’      [1970 වර්ෂයේ  'ටයිටල්  ඉන්ෂුරන්ස්  'නමැති... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

It’s time we returned to Wedakama and Ayurveda to fight COVID-19
By Suryamithra Vishwa/Harmony Page-DailyFT Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
The ancient medical systems of Sri Lanka and India will help build immunity which is currently absent in the population Colombo, April 18: In the background of one of the worst global pandemics in recent history, the COVID-19 virus, South Asian countries such as Sri Lanka and India could be described as nations gifted with a rich and diverse medical heritage, such as Desiya Chikitsa (Sinhala Hela Beheth), Ayurveda and Siddha. Encompassed within the broad Ayurveda system are many life-saving healing methods, disease preventive methods and knowledge of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

Are we all set for an early June Parliamentary Election?
Gagani Weerakoon Courtesy Ceylon Today
Due to the imposition of curfew, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Sinhala and Tamil New Year 2020 had to be celebrated in solitary comfort of their homes. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa also remained in his residence in Mirihana during this period. At the dawn of the New Year, Rajapaksa contacted his siblings, the Minister of Mahaweli, Agriculture, Irrigation and Rural Development, Chamal Rajapaksa and the Prime Minister, Mahinda Rajapaksa and extended his New year wishes. The President also received calls from the public while he constantly was in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

කොළඹ යාචයන් තාවකාලික ස්ථානයක නිරෝධායනයට
උපුටා ගැන්ම දිවයින
- ජනාධිපතිවරයාගේ උපදෙස් මත විශෙෂ පොලිස් මෙහෙයුමක් රට තුළ පවතින වත්මන් තත්ත්වය සැළකිල්ලට ගනිමින් කොළඹ නගරයේ සිටි යාචකයන් 360 දෙනකු පමණ තාවකාලික ස්ථානයක ර`දවා නිරෝධායනයට ලක් කිරීමට පියවර ගෙන තිබේ. ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ මහතාගේ උපදෙස් මත බස්නාහිර පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාරවරයාගේ අධීක්‍ෂණයේ පොලිසිය මැදිහත් වී මෙසේ යාචකයන් එක් තැනක ර`දවා තැබීමට කටයුතු කර තිබේ. ඒ අනුව මෙම යාචකයන් කොළඹ ගුණසිංහපුර ප‍්‍රදේශයට රැුගෙන විත් නහවා පිරිසිදු කර අලූත් ඇ`දුම් ලබාදීමෙන් පසු ඔවුන් ර`දවා තබන තාවකාලික ස්ථානය වෙත යොමු කිරීමට පොලිසිය කටයුතු කර ඇත සමන් ගමගේඡායාරූපය - නිශාන්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

Response to Mano's statement on COVID-19 infection tally
Courtesy Adaderana
https://youtu.be/OMrfwHkpBdo... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

5,000 buses & 400 trains to be deployed for public transport from Monday
Courtesy Adaderana
Minister of Transport Mahinda Amaraweera has instructed to deploy 5,000 buses and 400 trains for public transport services starting from Monday (20). The decision comes days after the government announced that public and private services, which came to a halt due to the local outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume under several phases.  Minister Amaraweera on Friday (17) gave instructions to the officials of the ministry to recommence public transport services for the staff members who are returning to their workplaces. https://youtu.be/IKNkAohnVfU He has further... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

Election Commission not authorized to postpone poll without fixing alternate date - PM
Courtesy Adaderana
The Election Commission has no authority to postpone the General Election without fixing an alternate date, says Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. In a statement on the COVID-19 pandemic and the postponed parliamentary election, the Premier said that under Section 24(3) of the Parliamentary Elections Act No: 1 of 1981, the Election Commission is required to announce an alternate date for the election when it cannot be held on the date fixed by the President “Such mandatory legal requirements cannot be ignored on the basis of speculation as to what may or may... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

Coronavirus risk has not yet subsided – Dr. Jasinghe
Courtesy Adaderana
Despite the spread of COVID-19 within the country has been controlled to a certain point, the risk still has not subsided, says Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. He says that the risk will not cease to be until the end of the COVID-19 outbreak. The virus may spread in the country as a second wave of infections, Jasinghe pointed out. Further, responding to a statement by former MP Mano Ganesan, Dr. Jasinghe said that persons without knowledge of the health sector or epidemics should not make statements on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

ශ්‍රී ලංකාවෙන් වාර්තාවූ කොරෝනා වෛරස් ආසාදිතයන් සංඛ්‍යාව 254ක් දක්වා ඉහළට
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
ශ්‍රී ලංකාවෙන් වාර්තාවූ කොරෝනා වෛරස් ආසාදිතයන් සංඛ්‍යාව 254ක් දක්වා ඉහළ ගොස් තිබෙනවා. ඒ තවත් පුද්ගලයන් 6 දෙනෙකු කොරෝනා වෛරස් ආසාදිතයන් බවට තහවුරු කර ගැනීමත් සමගයි. ඔවුන් 6 දෙනා ද වාර්තාවී ඇත්තේ වැලිසර නිරොධායන මධ්‍යස්ථානයේ නිරෝධායනයට ලක්වෙමින් සිටින පිරිස අතරින් බවයි සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජෙනරාල් විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍ය අනිල් ජාසිංහ කියාසිටියේ. ඒ අනුව අද දිනයේ පමණක් වාර්තාවූ ආසාදිතයන් සංඛ්‍යාව 10ක්. මේ වන විට පුද්ගලයන් 161 දෙනෙකු වෛරස ආසාදනයෙන් රෝහල්ගතව ප්‍රතිකාර ලබනවා. 86 දෙනෙකු සුවය ලබා රෝහල්වලින් පිටව ගොස් ඇති අතර... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

කිසිදු රෝහලක ශල්‍යකර්ම නතර කිරීමට උපදෙස් ලබාදී නැහැ - සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජෙනරාල්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
කිසිදු රෝහලක සාමාන්‍යයෙන් සිදු කරන ශල්‍යකර්ම සිදු නොකරන ලෙසට කිසිදු අවස්ථාවක චක්‍රලේඛ මගින් දැනුම්දී නැතැයි සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජෙනරාල් විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍ය අනිල් ජාසිංහ පවසනවා. කිසියම් පාලනයක් සහිතව අදාළ රෝහල්වලට එම ශල්‍යකර්ම සිදු කළ හැකි බවයි නිවේදනයක් නිකුත් කරමින් ඔහු කියාසිටියේ. කෙසේවෙතත් කල් දැමීමෙන් ගැටළුවක් ඇති නොවන ශල්‍යකර්ම පසුව සිදු කිරීමේ හැකියාව පවතින බව ද අදාළ නිවේදනය මගින් සෞඛ්‍ය සේවා අධ්‍යක්ෂ ජෙනරාල්වරයා පෙන්වා දෙනවා. පිළිකා රෝගීන් සඳහා පිළිකා රෝහලේ සැත්කම් සිදු කළ ද අනෙක් රෝහල්වල සැත්කම් සිදු නොකරන බවට ඇතැම් පාර්ශව පළකරන අදහස්වලට ප්‍රතිචාර දක්වමිනුයි අනිල් ජාසිංහ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

තනිව ජීවත්වන ආබාධිත මවකට ආධාර දෙන්න ගිය STF නිලධාරීන් පිරිසකට ලැබුණු ආශිර්වාදය (වීඩියෝ)
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
https://youtu.be/Zfar-fIqYb0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

ඇඳිරි නීතිය ඉවත් කිරීමෙන් පසු රාජ්‍ය ආයතන පිළිපැදිය යුතු මාර්ගෝපදේශ ඇතුලත් චක්‍රලේඛයක්
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
කොවිඩ් 19 වෛරස ව්‍යාප්තිය හමුවේ සාමාන්‍ය ජන ජීවිතය යථාතත්ත්වයට පත්කිරීම සඳහා ඇඳිරිනීතිය ලිහිල් කිරීමේදී රාජ්‍ය ආයතන පිළිපැදිය යුතු මාර්ගෝපදේශ මාලාවක් ඇතුළත් චක්‍රලේඛයක් ජනාධිපති ලේකම් පී.බී. ජයසුන්දර මහතා විසින් නිකුත් කර තිබෙනවා. ඒ, අමාත්‍යාංශ ලේකම්වරුන්, පළාත් ප්‍රධාන ලේකම්වරුන්, දිස්ත්‍රික් ලේකම්වරුන් ඇතුළු රාජ්‍ය නිලධාරීන් වෙතයි... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

Easter Sunday Attack by Islamic Jihadists in Sri Lanka – A Crime against Humanity - Lessons to be learnt
The multiple attacks launched by the Islamic Jihadis on April 21, 2019 on a number of selected targets including places of worship and leading hotels in Sri Lanka resulting in mass murder were tantamount to genocide and a crime against humanity.  Over 300 innocent civilians lost their lives and scores were injured, some were maimed for life. A large number of families lost their bread winner. In some cases husbands who had remained in their homes lost the rest of their family members i.e. wives and children while at prayer in the church.  It was the worst of times. The... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 18/04/20)

ප්‍රජා -තන්ත්‍ර-වාදය නමැති නාස් ලණුවෙන් ගැලවෙමු! (හතර‌‌වෙනි කොටස)
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B., Ph.D.
මේ සිංහල අපගෙ රටයි මේ සිංහල අපගෙ රටයි අප ඉපදෙන මැරෙණ රටයි අප හද පණ ගැහෙන රටයි මුළු ලොව ඒ රටට යටයි අහස සිඹින ගිරි කඳුරූ අහස සිඹින ගිරි කඳුරූ පොලොව තෙමන වැව් සයුරූ මුහුද අවට බැඳි පවුරූ එරට අසිරි සිරි එයුරූ මව්බිම වෙනුවෙන් පොරණේ දිවිදුන් විරු දරුවන්නේ ලේ වලිනුයි ඒ දෙරණේ මිණිකැට මුතු ඇට මැවුනේ සමනොළ ගිරි වළළු බිමේ සමනොළ ගිරි වළළු බිමේ සුදු සිරිපා පිපෙන හිමේ සම කරුණා ගුණ මහිමේ අප උපතින් ලද උරුමේ මේ සිංහල අපගෙ රටයි… ගායනය: නන්දා මාලිනී, පද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/20)

Proclaim Martial Law to halt conspiracies – Part II.
By : A,A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
As there is a long list of countries that used Martial Law for various reasons given below are details relating to a few countries to present a broad idea about this Law. Australia The Black War was a period of violent conflict between British colonists and Aboriginal Australians in Tasmania from the mid-1820s to 1832. With an escalation of violence in the late 1820s, Lieutenant-Governor George Arthur declared martial law in November 1828—effectively providing legal immunity for killing Aboriginal people. It remained in force for more than three years, the longest period of martial... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/20)

පාස්කු ඉරිදා සිදුවූ ත්‍රස්ථ ප්‍රහාරයන් සම්බන්ධ සැකකරුවෙකුගේ නීතීඥභාවය අත්හිටුවීම පිළිබද ඉල්ලීමකි.
රාජකීය පණ්ඩිත පූජ්‍ය ගලගොඩඅත්තේ ඥානසාර හිමි
ගරු අග විනිසුරු ජයන්ත ජයසූරිය මැතිතුමා, සභාපති, අධිකරණ සේවා කොමිෂන් සභාව, කොළඹ. (අධිකරණ සේවා කොමිෂන් සභාවේ ගරු ලේකම් තුමාගේ මාර්ගයෙන්) 2020/04/17 ගරු මැතිතුමනි, පාස්කු ඉරිදා සිදුවූ ත්‍රස්ථ ප්‍රහාරයන් සම්බන්ධ සැකකරුවෙකුගේ නීතීඥභාවය අත්හිටුවීම පිළිබද ඉල්ලීමකි. නීතීඥ හිජාස් හිස්බුල්ලා මහතා 2019 අප්‍රේල් මස 21වන පාස්කු ඉරුදින සිදු කරන ලද ත්‍රස්ථ ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් සැකපිට අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවෙහි අත්අඩංගුවට පත්ව ඇති බව මේ වන විට අප සියලු දෙනාම දැනුවත් කරුණකි.   මේ සම්බන්ධයෙන් පොලිස් දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව 2020 අප්‍රේල් මස 15වන දින කරුණු පැහැදිලි කරමින් සඳහන් කර සිටියේ  එම නීතීඥවරයා මරාගෙන මැරෙන බෝම්බකරුවන් දෙදෙනෙකු සමග... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/20)

ENFANT TERRIBLE
RANJITH SOYSA
Mr Ahmed Shaheed, 'Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief’ had recently addressed a letter to the President of Sri Lanka adverting to the Government including the SL Health authorities’ decision to bury COVID 9 victims and freedom of religion and the rights of minorities. We have had the experience of many a UN Rapporteur attempting to pontificate to Sri Lankan government on how to manage the armed forces, how to compensate missing persons and how to run our judiciary et. These attempts are too many to mention and Sri Lanka had begun to treat such... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/20)

තවත් චීන ගුවන් යානයක් වෛද්‍ය ආධාර තොගයක් රැගෙන කටුනායකට
උපුටාගැණීම ලංකාදීප
ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ පැතිර පවතින කොරෝනා වසංගත තත්වය මර්දනය කිරීම සදහා වෛද්‍ය ආධාර තොගයක් රැගෙන චීනයේ සිට ගුවන් යානයක් අද (17) රාත්‍රී කටුනායක ගුවන් තොටුපළ වෙත පැමිණ තිබේ. අද දින රාත්‍රී 7.00 ට චීනයේ ෂැංහයි සිට චයිනා ඊස්ටන් ගුවන් සේවයේ එම්.යූ.- 231 දරන ගුවන් යානය එසේ වෛද්‍ය ආධාර තොගය රැගෙන කටුනායක ගුවන් තොටුපළ වෙත පැමිණ තිබේ.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/20)

කොරෝනා සමාජයේ පැතිරීම නැත්තටම නෑ.. ඇදිරි නීතිය ඉවත් කිරීමට මේ කාලයයි..- සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමතිනිගෙන් නිර්දේශ
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
කොරෝනා වෛරසය සමාජය තුළ ව්‍යාප්ත වීම කාලයේදී වාර්තා වූයේ ඉතාම අවම වශයෙන් යයි සෞඛ්‍ය ඇමැතිනී පවිත්‍රා වන්නි ආරච්චි මහත්මිය සඳහන් කරයි. අති බහුතරයක් රෝගීන් වාර්තා වූයේ නිරෝදායන ක‍්‍රියාවලිය තුලින් යැයි ද ඇය පෙන්වා දෙයි. සමාජය තුළ රසය ව්‍යාප්ත වීම නැත්තටම නැති තරමටම පත්වී ඇති නිසා රට ප්‍රකෘති තත්වයට පත් කිරීම ගැන සිතා බැලීමට කාලය පැමිණ ඇතැයි ද ඇය පැවසුවාය. ඇඳිරිනීතිය දිගටම පවත්වාගෙන යාමට හැකියාව ඇතැයි තමන් විශ්වාස නොකරන බවද ඇය පවසයි. ඒ නිසා ඉදිරි දින කිහිපය තුළ මෙරට පවතින තත්ත්වයෙන් මුදාගත යුතු බව තම පෞද්ගලික... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/20)

Two new COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka; Total at 244
Courtesy Adaderana
Two more persons have tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as of 10.00 pm today (17) bringing Sri Lanka’s confirmed cases tally to 244. The Health Ministry says that a total of 6 coronavirus cases were confirmed during the course of the day. In the meantime, nine COVID-19 patients have returned to health today and the total number of recoveries in the country jumped to 77. Currently, 160 active cases are under medical care at Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Welikanda Base Hospital, Colombo East Base Hospital and Iranawila Hospital, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/20)

IMF reviews Sri Lanka’s request for Rapid Credit Facility
Courtesy Adaderana
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is reviewing a request from the Sri Lankan government regarding a Rapid Credit Facility and is discussing whether Sri Lanka wants to switch to the new RCF program. “We received a letter from Sri Lanka government about our Rapid Credit Facility, you know, the program, RCF program,” said Mr. Changyong Rhee, the Director of the IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department. “We are now starting to review it. And we are now discussing with the government whether they want to switch their previous program into our... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/20)

Lankan Prez wants immediate resumption of economic activity where health situation is favorable
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Provincial health authorities said that the measures taken to combat the coronavirus have been effective Colombo, April 15 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday explored the possibility of an immediate resumption of day-to-day economic activities at the provincial level to sustain the national economy. Several representatives of the health sector including all Provincial Directors of Health briefed the President on the current situation in the country. The provincial health authorities said that the measures taken by the government to combat the coronavirus have been effective compared to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/20)

Exactly a century ago, Sri Lanka went through a horrific pandemic
By P.K.Balachandran Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
In the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic, 20,000 perished in Sri Lanka, 20 million in India and 50 to 100 million, the world over Colombo harbor at the turn of the 20 th.century Colombo, April 17 (SAM): Exactly a 100 year ago, Sri Lanka had the experience of going through a horrendous pandemic the Spanish flu or influenza, which claimed nearly 20,000 lives. The “fIu” claimed 50 to 100 million lives across the globe; hit the poor as well as the rich; the prosperous West as well as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/20)

Sri Lanka and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa ranked ninth in the Global Response to Infectious Diseases Index
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
The President's Health Care and Social Security Fund has so far netted LKR 703 million Colombo, April 17 (newsin.asia): In the Global Response to Infectious Diseases index, Sri Lanka and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa have been ranked ninth, said a note from the Sri Lankan President’s Media Division on Friday. This is an index designed to rank the efficiency and effectiveness of the leadership of the country and the preparedness of its health system to combat COVID 19, the note said. Describing the current situation in the island... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 17/04/20)

COVID-19: Muslims are also protesting burials
Not only Muslims but people of all other faiths too have to deal with traumatic restrictions in bidding farewell to their loved ones amid a global pandemic. Muslim nations are having to modify or cancel their religious rites. While Muslim adherents globally are placing the health and safety of the living loved one’s over the dead and adhering to customs. Quite a number of increasing incidents are getting reported of Muslim villages protesting against burials in their villages while in most cases where burials are taking place it is often after weeks. General burial tradition of a... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 17/04/20)

The evolution of the Covid-19 in Sri Lanka and prospects for relaxing many constraints.
By Chandre Dharmawardana
[This is a shortened version of a more technical paper, 15-04-2020] Introduction. An outbreak of a new type of  pneumonia like disease was first reported on 31st December 2019 from Wuhan City in the Hubei Province of China. It was identifies as caused by  a 'Novel Corona Virus' on 7th January 2020, and renamed Covid-19 on 11th February 2020. The WHO  upgraded  the disease to a pandemic on the 11th of March 2020. From then on, many countries all over the world rushed to impose social distancing, lockdowns and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/20)

DEFORESTATION AND TOILET PAPER
LUXMINDRA JAYASEKARA 
1. The first recorded use of toilet paper was in 6th Century China. 2. By the 14th Century, the Chinese government was mass-producing it. As usual, it went viral in China, but not elsewhere, unlike  Corona !! 3. Packaged toilet paper wasn't sold in the United States until 1857. 4. Joseph Gayety, the man who introduced packaged TP to the U.S. had his name printed on every sheet. 5. Global toilet paper demand uses nearly 30,000 trees every day. AND RISING 6. That's 10 million trees a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/20)

Proclaim Martial Law to halt conspiracies.
By :  A.A.M.NIZAM – MATARA.
Sri Lanka’s worst and abhorrent quisling MangalaSamaraweera’s earnest and sadistic desire is to see the people of this country die in scores as in the United States, Italy and Spain uncared by the government and people suffer immense hardship due to lack of food and medicine.  This sadist who does not have proper knowledge of Sri Lankan culture has never read or studied Ummagga Jathakaya, Selelihini Sandeshaya, Subashitaya, or Mahawamsa which are a few cornerstones of the Sri Lankan culture is not aware that Sri Lankans are inherited with a spirit of spending... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/20)

Sri Lanka performs well in fighting Coronavirus & ranked 9 in GRID Index
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Sri Lanka and its leadership were ranked 9th in the Global Response to Infectious Diseases (GRID) Index which evaluates how efficient and effective the leadership of the country and the preparedness of its health system were in tackling COVID-19 pandemic. The Institute of Certified Management Accountants (ICMA) of Australia commissioned the research study to evaluate the response and leadership shown in each country to develop the Global Response to Infectious Diseases (GRIDTM) index. The ICMA said it was of the view that a country’s ranking on the index could be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/20)

GRID Index: Tracking the Global Leadership Response in the COVID-19 Crisis
Dr Chris D’Souza CFO & COO (Int), CMA Australia
“Leadership is a responsibility. It’s not about being in charge. It’s about taking care of those in your charge.” -Simon Sinek Dr Chris D’SouzaCFO & COO (Int), CMA Australia Never has good leadership been more critical and relevant in our lifetime than today as countries around the world struggle to fight the COVID-19 crisis. In times of crisis, good leaders rally to nurture and protect their flock.  Great Leaders with vision go beyond their own national boundaries and unite the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/20)

Two-minute silence on April 21 in remembrance of Easter attack victims
Courtesy Adaderana
Archbishop of Colombo His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith has appealed to all Sri Lankans to observe a two-minute silence at 8.45 am on April 21, in remembrance of those who were killed in the terrorist carnage on Easter Sunday last year. In a media briefing at the Archbishop’s House in Colombo today (16), the Cardinal requested the public to observe the two-minute silence at their respective homes, without holding any gatherings. https://youtu.be/7ExxJRxY3Aw Speaking further, he noted that all the programs that were planned for the one-year commemoration of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/20)

No new COVID-19 positive cases -68 coronavirus recoveries reported in Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
Currently, 68 patients have recovered from the coronavirus infection and discharged from the hospitals, says the Department of Government Information. Thereby, 5 patients have completely recovered and discharged within the day. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka has reported no new COVID-19 positive cases as of 5 pm this evening (16), says Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. Accordingly, there is no change to the total number of coronavirus patients found in Sri Lanka, which is 238. Currently, 163 active cases are under medical care at Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH),... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/20)

President envisions robust new economy amidst COVID-19
Courtesy Adaderana
Meeting with the secretaries to ministries yesterday (15) at the Presidential Secretariat, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa discussed rebuilding the economy in the face of the current challenges. Returning to normalcy without compromising safety  A focal point of the discussion was on returning to normalcy, stated president’s Media Division. Thereby, the President emphasized the need for the public and private sectors to recommence its business activities. Thus curfew needs to be eased to allow these functionalities to proceed without undue obstruction. The responsibility of ensuring the public adhering to safety regulations and preventing large... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/20)

China donates over 20,000 PCR kits and other medical supplies to Sri Lanka
Courtesy Adaderana
The government of China has donated yet another batch of medical supplies to Sri Lanka, said the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka. Accordingly, the batch of medical supplies is to be air-freighted from Shanghai to Colombo by China Eastern Airlines tomorrow (17). The latest batch of governmental aid includes: -  20,016 test Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Nucleic Acid Diagnostic Kits(PCR-Fluorescence Probing) -  10,000pc Medical Protective Face Mask (Filtration rate≥95%); -  100,000pc Surgical Face Mask (3-layers); -  10,000pc Disposable Coverall (Type: one-piece coverall); -  1,000pc Medical Goggle (Anti-splash, Anti-impact, Anti-fog);  -  50,000pair Single-use Rubber Surgical Gloves (Material: natural rubber latex), ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 16/04/20)

Who is politicizing the COVID-19 crisis, for whose benefit?
By Rohana R. Wasala
The Island newspaper of April 10, 2020, in a front page news report (“PB ‘reads Election Act’ to EC chief”), published  a letter dated April 06, 2020 addressed to the Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya by Presidential Secretary P.B. Jayasundara, which was in response to two letters from the former to the latter dated March 31 and April 01, 2020 under the title ‘Parliamentary Election 2020 and Date of Summoning of the New Parliament’. The president’s secretary expresses surprise ‘that letters which have been sent for the attention of His Excellency the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

කොරෝනාව හා පක්‍ෂ දේශපාලක කුහකයින් රැළ
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම
කොරෝනාව නිසා දේශපාලන වාසි ගන්නට ගහ ගන්නා දේශපාලකයින් කොතෙකුත් සිටිනවා වියහැකිය. මා දන්නා රටවල් දෙකක් ඇත. ඇමෙරිකාවේ ජනාධිපති, ප්‍රාන්ත ආණ්ඩුකාරවරු හා දේශපාලන පක්‍ෂ දෙක එසේ කොණ්ඩවලු පටලවා ගනිමින් සිටී. ලංකාවේ මා දකින්නේ මීට වෙනස් දෙයකි. එහි තිබෙන්නේ ලෝකයේ වෙන කොහේවත් නැති කැත, කුහක, දේශ ද්‍රෝහී, බලු හැසිරීම්වල සම්මිශ්‍රණයකි.. මහජනයා විසින් බලයෙන් පහකල යහපාලන හොරු රැළක් විසින් (ජේවීපීද ඇතුළුව) කෙසේ හෝ ආසන කීයක්වත් දිනා ගැනීමේ ඒකායන අභිප්‍රායෙන් කියන මෝඩ කතාය. මේ කතා නිසා රැවටෙන අවංක මෝඩ චන්දදායකයින් සතුටු කිරීම මොවුන් ලබන චූන් එකය. ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය විසින් ගෙනයන කොරෝනා කළමනාකරණ වැඩපිළිවෙල මේ කුහකයින්ට විඳදරා ගත නොහැකිව සිටී. නිදොස්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Understanding Digital Technology and Fourth Industrial Revolution
Aloysius Hettiarachchi
In trying to take advantage of the lockdown that we have been subjected to, I decided to read a book on digital technology from which I had previously read here and there, this time with a determination of understanding it better. It had been written by a famous professor (US) who had inspired the likes of Linus Torvalds and the Norwegian duo Alf and Vegard (college students) to invent the Linux operating system and the AVR technology, respectively. The AVR technology in particular is used in many electronic devices today. This professor is old (same as... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Good side of Corona
Dr sarath obeysekera 
OPD of all hospitals are closed, there is no rush in the emergency ward. Private hospital make an enormous amount of money from people who tend to attend the OPD for a mild cough and cold  Doctors are given a financial reward for ordering tests which may not really be required  They are also paid for admitting patients  With corona, all these malpractices have stopped. No new patients are coming apart from corona obstructed patients. There are no accidents due to the lack of vehicles... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Pathfinder sets up eminent panel to prepare post-COVID Economic Strategy for Sri Lanka
Gamini Sarath Godakanda
The Pathfinder Foundation has set up a study group chaired by Pathfinder Senior Fellow and former Central Bank Governor, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy to prepare a set of action-oriented recommendations aimed at steering the Sri Lankan economy into the post-COVID-19 era. Dr. Sisira Pinnawala, Department of Sociology University of Peradeniya and Dr. Ganeshan Wiganaraja, Executive Director, Lakshsman Kadirgamar Institute will serve as principal authors for this initiative. The report is expected to be presented to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa before the end of April. Other members of the Study Group, which will consist of twenty... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

අධ්‍යාපනය සම්බන්ධව ජනාධිපති කාර්ය සාධන බලකායක් පිහිටුවීම සම්බන්ධවයි.
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි ලංකා ගුරු සේවා සංගමය
අතිගරු ජනාධිපති, ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා, ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය, කොළඹ 01. ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමනි, අධ්‍යාපනය සම්බන්ධව ජනාධිපති කාර්ය සාධන බලකායක් පිහිටුවීම සම්බන්ධවයි. ඔබතුමාගේ නියමය පරිදි ආණ්ඩුක‍්‍රම ව්‍යවස්ථාවේ 33 වන ව්‍යස්ථාවේ පැවරී ඇති බලතල ප‍්‍රකාරව ජනාධිපති ලේකම් පී. බී. ජයසුන්දර මහතා විසින් අංක 2169/2 හා 2020. 03.31 දිනැතිව නිකුත් කර ඇති අතිවිශේෂ ගැසට් පත‍්‍රයක් මගින් ජනාධිපති කාර්ය සාධන බලකායක් පත්කර ඇත. එමගින් ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවේ ප‍්‍රාථමික, ද්විතීයික හා තෘතියික අධ්‍යාපන ක්‍ෂේත‍්‍රයන් කාලීන අවශ්‍යතාවයන්ට උචිතවන සේ නවීකරණය කිරීමේ අවශ්‍යතාවයත්, මේ වනවිට උද්ගතවී ඇති කොරෝනා වසංගත තත්ත්වය හමුවේ අධ්‍යාපන ක්‍ෂේත‍්‍රයේ කිසිදු අයුරකින් පසුබෑමකට ලක්නොවී අඛණ්ඩව ඉදිරියට... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Lankan Prez wants immediate resumption of economic activity where health situation is favorable
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Provincial health authorities said that the measures taken to combat the coronavirus have been effective Colombo, April 15 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Wednesday explored the possibility of an immediate resumption of day-to-day economic activities at the provincial level to sustain the national economy. Several representatives of the health sector including all Provincial Directors of Health briefed the President on the current situation in the country. The provincial health authorities said that the measures taken by the government to combat the coronavirus have been effective... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

SRI LANKAN AIRLINES CONFIRMS COLOMBO-LONDON FLIGHT
BY JAMES CHAPPLE Courtesy ttg
The carrier has suspended regular flights until 30 April, but is operating selected special services to repatriate visitors. Limited commercial flight options otherwise remain for Britons seeking to return from the island nation, according to the Foreign Office (FCO) – which has confirmed the Saturday flight. However, the FCO will not operate dedicated rescue charters until all commercial options are exhausted, and has urged any Britons still in Sri Lanka to return home by commercial means if possible. "Sri Lankan Airlines have extended the suspension of regular... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

China to the Rescue in Sri Lanka
By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy The Diplomat
Beijing first stepped forward to assist Colombo, a move with geopolitical ramifications. While countries like Sri Lanka have the capacity to implement a pandemic lockdown, they need technical assistance to test the extent of the spread of the novel coronavirus and to determine when it is safe to lift imposed restrictions. They also need funds that can help them weather the economic recession forecasted in the coming months. The World Bank expects a recession in Sri Lanka in the coming months with forecast growth between -3 percent to -0.5 percent for... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Updated announcement on curfew
Courtesy Adaderana
The curfew currently in force in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara,  Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna which have been identified as High Risk Zones will continue until further notice, the President’s Media Division announced. In all other districts, curfew will be lifted at 6.00am tomorrow, Thursday, the 16th April and will be re-imposed at 4.00 pm on the same day. Curfew in these areas will be effective until 6.00 am on Monday, the 20th April. https://youtu.be/9cOTbovhSro Imposing curfew in these districts after 6.00am on April 20th will be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

COVID-19 cases total in Sri Lanka at 238
Courtesy Adaderana
UPDATE: The Department of Government Information says that the COVID-19 cases count in Sri Lanka stands at 238 as 5 positive cases were identified today (15).  Four out of them have been found from quarantine centres and two of them were under quarantine at the facility in Palaly when they tested positive for the virus, the Department said. The other coronavirus-infected person is reportedly a patient who was receiving treatment at a hospital. The total count of COVID-19 infections in Sri Lanka has jumped to 237 as two... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Rishad’s brother had direct links with an Easter Sunday bomber - Police
Courtesy Adaderana
Investigations have revealed that Riyadh Bathiudeen –brother of former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen–has had direct links with an Easter Sunday suicide bomber. Police Media Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne revealed this at a special press conference held at the Department of Government Information today (15). On a day close to April 21, Riyadh Bathiudeen had met with one of the suicide bombers at a reputed hotel, said the Police Spokesman. https://youtu.be/rDtyfFm2Ec4 The suspects arrested yesterday (14) had borne titles at various welfare societies and organizations alongside the suicide... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Possibility of resuming day-to-day life at provincial levels explored
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa chaired a meeting at the Presidential Secretariat today (15) to explore the possibility of immediate resumption of day-to-day economic activities at provincial levels in order to safeguard the national economy. Several representatives of the health sector including all the Provincial Directors of Health briefed the President on current situation in the country, the President’s Media Division said. https://youtu.be/tBhSxaGfcM8 President instructed the Provincial Directors of Health to make necessary recommendations required to maintain normal activities in the industrial, agricultural and business sectors through the Director General... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Vessel seized with heroin and ‘ice’ worth over Rs 3,270 mil escorted to Dikkowita harbour
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Navy deployed its Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) SLNS ‘Samudura’ to seize a vessel loaded with a large consignment of drugs in high seas about 548 nautical miles (985km) off Sri Lankan shores.  The drug carrying vessel along with the suspects in connection to this drug racket were brought to the Dikkowita fisheries harbour this morning (15). The navy said the interception is a result of a successful operation carried out by Sri Lanka Navy based on information received from persons aboard vessels seized in high seas on 28th March.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

113 from Grandpass sent for quarantine
Courtesy Adaderana
A total of 113 persons from Nagalagam Street in Grandpass have been directed to mandatory quarantine process. According to reports, these people had been in contact with an individual from Suduwella, Ja-Ela who is suspected to have contracted the novel coronavirus – COVID-19. They have accordingly been directed to quarantine centres in Punani and Sampur. https://youtu.be/gNeAUVKF-r0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Spread of coronavirus in the community at minimum level – Dr. Jasinghe
Courtesy Adaderana
The patients who tested positive for the novel coronavirus during the past few days appear to have a low viral load in them, says the Director General of Health Services. The spread of COVID-19 in the community is also at a minimum level as of now, Dr. Anil Jasinghe said joining ‘Derana Aruna’ programme this morning (15). https://youtu.be/J60P8WTyl8s He explained that out of the 15 COVID-19 cases confirmed yesterday, 8 were found from Palali quarantine centre while 4 of them were from reported Kilinochchi quarantine centre, he added.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Malwatu Oya Soya (In Search of Malwatu Oya)
Malwatuoyasoya Media
A Journey to the Heart of Civilization of Lanka Dedicated to the Children of the Irrigation Civilization https://youtu.be/bv8cCI_lLuw... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Danno Budunge, a very special song.
By Mahendra (Speedy) Gonsalkorale. January 2019 Courtesy colombomedgrads1962.blogspot.com
A Historical perspective of people who influenced it and of culture related to the song(I don’t claim this to be a scholarly treatise; it is based chiefly on internet resources)I discuss this subject in paragraphs and indicate the main subject in the sub-heading. You will see a thread running through the article which I hope is relevant. At first reading, it may appear disjointed but when your revisit, it will all make sense. Some of the views expressed are my own. I have done my best to check on accuracy.John... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Sri Lanka COVID-19: Open Letter to Ahmed Shaheed Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
This refers to your letter addressed to the Sri Lankan President H E Gotabaya Rajapakse. It is unfortunate that you have been misinformed leading to you writing to a country’s President and exposing your ignorance. In Sri Lanka 7 COVID-19 deaths of which 3 are Muslim. Other than these 3 Muslims, all other Muslims have been burying their dead and are continuing to do so. You are writing to a country’s President on behalf of 3 COVID-19 Muslims completely ignoring the rest of the victims. This is not what is expected of a Special Rapporteur. Freedoms and... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Canines and the moving caravan
By Rohana R. Wasala
This article was partly inspired by Orpheus Perera’s commendable writeup under the title ‘Open letter from the Chinese embassy to the Editor of the Wijaya Newspaper’/Posted April 11, though my subject is not the same as his. As Perera’s article suggests, there are more plausible explanations of the actual origin of the novel Coronavirus than what the West-controlled media want us to believe. At the moment the Chinese government appears to be playing it cool (perhaps because they know, and want to show, that they are blameless), while trying to combat and contain the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

කොරෝනාව හා රංජන් රාමනායකගේ කුණුහරුප ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම
ලංකාවේ නියෝජිත ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය නමැති නාස්ලණුව දමාගෙන දඟලන නියම ගොන් නාම්බෙක් නම් රංජන් රාමනායක නම් හිටපු මන්ත්‍රීය. ඇත්තවශයෙන්ම මට ඔහු ගැන ඇත්තේ අනුකම්පාවකි. ඔහුව මුරුංග අත්තේ තබනවා විනා ඔහුට ඔහුගේ මේ අවාසනාවන්ත හැසිරීමෙන් ගොඩaේමට සහාය දෙන කෙනෙක් නැද්ද? ඔහු කොරෝනා ආධාර බෙදන්නට ගියවිට ඔහුට ගම්පහ පැත්තේ ගෙවල් වල මිනිසුන් දක්වන ප්‍රතිචාරය අනුව ඊළඟ චන්දයකදී ඔහු දිණනවා නිසැකය. ඔහුගේ බඩු බෙදීමේ ව්‍යාජ ස්‌වරූපයත්, පාලිත තේවරප්පෙරුමගේ බත්-මාළු- කරවල බෙදීමේ අව්‍යාජ කමත් ලොවට පෙන්වන්නේය. නාස්ලණුව දමාගත් රංජන් වැනි අය ඔහුගේම වචන වලින් කියනවා නම් -කෙළවන්නේ- රාජකාරිය ඉෂ්ට කල පොලිස් නිලධාරියාට නොව රටේ තියෙනවා කියන බොරු තන්ත්‍රවාදයටය. මේ කොරෝනාව ඉගැන්‌වූ තවත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Indian Communities in Sri Lanka Spreading Anti-China Hate Condemned
Dilrook Kannangara
China-bashing has raised its ugly head again. A section of Sri Lankans displays their anti-China hatred at any given moment. The twitter account of the Chinese embassy in Colombo was not functioning for some time and it was made into a China-bashing event. To their misfortune and for the fortune of most Sri Lankans, it soon came back live. The same group demonizes China for helping Sri Lanka financially. China is Sri Lanka’s closest ally economically, politically, socially and militarily. Economically because Chinese investments have transformed Sri Lanka into what it is today. However,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Canada's Prime Minister Justine Trudeau insults this Sinhalese Sri Lankan-Canadian
Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grover Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada
14 April 2020 (Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day) Editor (Letters)THE OTTAWA CITIZENOttawa, On. Dear Editor: So I, as a Sinhalese-Sri Lankan-Canadian finally got it.   Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in his approach, to show the world Canada's arrogant New World Order,  clinically and surgically removed Sri Lanka's historical tradition by dissecting Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations into two by his statement, "Today, Tamils in Canada and around the world celebrate Puthandu, and welcome the beginning of a new year."... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

All signs point to Lankan parliamentary polls before June 1
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is keen on holding the polls at the earliest despite reservations of the Election Commission There are indications that the postponed Sri Lankan parliamentary elections will be held on May 27 or 28, so that the newly elected parliament meets before the set three-month deadline of June 2. The government expects to control the spread of the novel coronavirus by the end of April 30 to allow parties to campaign for the polls. According to WHO, as on April 11, there were 200 cases of which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Attacks anniversary: 'They wanted to destroy us, we didn't seek revenge,' says Card Ranjith
by Melani Manel Perera Courtesy AsiaNews.it
The Archbishop of Colombo led Easter Mass without worshippers, streamed live, urging the faithful to bear witness to the resurrection of Christ through a new life, as “an instrument of transformation of society.” About 218 people have tested positive so far for the COVID-19 virus. Colombo (AsiaNews) – Despite the coronavirus outbreak the country is struggling to cope with, no one in Sri Lanka has forgotten last year’s Easter Sunday attacks, on 21 April, which left at least 279 people dead and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 15/04/20)

Gordon Ramsay left red-faced on MasterChef after he makes a terrible gaffe while praising a contestant's 'authentic' Sri Lankan curry
By KYLIE WALTERS FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA
Gordon Ramsay was a huge hit with audiences when he appeared in the premiere of MasterChef: Back to Win on Monday night as a guest judge. But the 53-year-old celebrity chef was left slightly red-faced when he made a terribly awkward gaffe while praising competitor Dani Venn on her curry dish. After explaining that Sri Lanka was a very special place to her because she'd met her husband on the island, Dani presented the judges with her tasting plate featuring a mud crab curry, pineapple curry and some... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/20)

COVID-19 case count jumps to 233 with 14 new infections
Courtesy Adaderana
Fourteen new cases of COVID-19 infections have been confirmed in Sri Lanka, stated the Minister of Health. Accordingly, 15 new cases have been reported as of 10.30 pm today (14). With the addition of the new cases jump the total figure of coronavirus infections in the country to 233. https://youtu.be/ZvhHm2m3FLQ All 15 cases have been reported from quarantine centers across the country. Eight of the confirmed patients have been identified at the Palaly quarantine center, while 4 from the Mulankovil quarantine center and one from the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/20)

Unclear if recovered COVID-19 patients are immune to second infection - WHO
Courtesy Adaderana
World Health Organization (WHO) officials say not all people who recover from the coronavirus have the antibodies to fight a second infection, raising concern that patients may not develop immunity after surviving COVID-19. “With regards to recovery and then reinfection, I believe we do not have the answers to that. That is an unknown,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s emergencies program, said at a press conference at the organization’s Geneva headquarters on Monday.  A preliminary study of patients in Shanghai found that some patients had “no detectable... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/20)

Two cops interdicted over punishment to curfew violators reinstated
Courtesy Adaderana
The two police officers have been interdicted after they had punished several individuals violating the curfew in Colombo have been reinstated to service. Ada Derana on March 12, reported that two police officers had punished four persons who had violated the curfew at Darley Road, Maradana by forcing them to hold their ears and do squats, before subsequently letting them off with a stern warning. Accordingly, the Police Headquarters, yesterday (13) issued a statement that the two police officers in question – a police sergeant and a constable – had been interdicted... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/20)

Rishad’s brother arrested over Easter attacks
Courtesy Adaderana
Riyadh Bathiudeen, brother of former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen, has been arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The arrest has been made with regard to the probes on the Easter Sunday terror attacks which took place on April 21 last year. https://youtu.be/CfFoRwX9U1Q... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/20)

Ranjan Ramanayake remanded
Courtesy Adaderana
Former MP Ranjan Ramanayake has been remanded until April 20 by the Gangodawila Magistrate’s Court. The former deputy minister was arrested last evening (13) on charges of violating curfew laws, abetting the violation of curfew laws and obstructing police officers in the execution of their duties. A person from Piliyandala had arrived at Madiwela Parliament Members’ Housing Complex and informed the police officers on duty that he intends to meet former MP Ramanayake.  https://youtu.be/zKm1tTBlUIc As the said person did not possess a valid curfew permit, the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/20)

Over 26,600 under arrest for violating curfew
Courtesy Adaderana
A total of 1,606 individuals have been arrested for violating curfew orders during the last 24 hours ending from 6.00 am today (14). In the meantime, 373 vehicles were also taken into custody during this period. The Police said 26,637 persons have been placed under arrest for violating the curfew since March 20 and 6,799 vehicles have been seized. https://youtu.be/xZwGF8ovCZg Sri Lanka Police has warned of strict legal action against people caught violating the countrywide curfew. They will be immediately arrested, even without a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/20)

Scientists Confirm First Case of COVID-19 Transmitted From Corpse
Emma Tucker Courtesy Daily Beast
The first case of a dead body transmitting the coronavirus to a medical examiner was reported by scientists in Thailand, a discovery that has prompted concerns that those handling coronavirus victims might be at risk of infection, BuzzFeed News reported on Monday. “This is the first report on COVID-19 infection and death among medical personnel in a Forensic Medicine unit,” the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine Study announced on Sunday. “The disinfection procedure used in operation rooms might be applied in pathology/forensic units too,” wrote Won Sriwijitalai of the RVT Medical... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/20)

Covid-19 cases in Sri Lanka climbs to 217
Courtesy Adaderana
Three more COVID-19 positive patients have been identified increasing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 217. The Ministry of Health confirmed that these three new patients are also from the Punani quarantine centre. Earlier today, four new cases had been reported while all of them were from the Punani quarantine centre as well. They had close contact with a Covid-19 patient from Beruwala. https://youtu.be/VxytmfsoQwo Seven new cases have been reported so far within today while all of them are from the Punani... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/20)

Ranjan Ramanayake arrested over obstruction of police duties
Courtesy Ada Derana
Former MP Ranjan Ramanayake has been arrested for obstructing the duties of police officers.  The former deputy minister was arrested, a short while ago, on charges of obstructing police officers in the execution of their duties, Senior DIG of Western Province Deshabandu Tennakoon said. He said that the arrest was made by Mirihana Police at the Madiwela Housing Complex. https://youtu.be/P8JLaOB-vCA... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 14/04/20)

MEDIEVAL SRI LANKA AND THERAVADA BUDDHISM IN SOUTHEAST ASIA Pt 1
KAMALIKA PIERIS
This essay provides additional information on Sri Lanka’s role in establishing Theravada Buddhism in South East Asia. It is a supplementary essay to the earlier essays on    subject. Historians agree that the major impact of Sinhala Buddhist culture was on South East Asia, on Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and the Yunnan province of China.  Sinhala Buddhism was found there from around the 5th century at least. There is plenty of information on the other four countries, but very little on Vietnam. The Dong Dong Buddha image from Champa, which is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/20)

MEDIEVAL SRI LANKA AND THERAVADA BUDDHISM IN SOUTHEAST ASIA Part 2
KAMALIKA PIERIS
THAILAND Thailand had received Sinhala Buddhism by the   6th century at least. A Mon inscription dated 550-650 AD found in Narai cave in Saraburi province spoke of a group of Anuradhapura persons who had settled in Dvaravati.  However, Gunawardana says, the earliest Sinhala Buddhist influence  found in Thailand, was  at Nagara Sri Dhammaraja,   known thereafter as Ligor and today as Nakhon Si Thammarat. Vat Phra Borom Mahatit, the main temple at Nakhon, led in the dissemination of Sri Lanka Theravada  Nakhorn Si Thammarat was strategically located between the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/20)

How Government Can Earn Billions Without Taxing, Save Farmers and Consumers
Dilrook Kannangara
The pandemic has proven how disastrous the western open economic system is without checks and balances. This is the perfect time to invest in a local production of food, transport, storage, and retail. The government must get back to the business of food. In order to do so, the government must have large and distributed storage facilities, transport systems, warehouses and outlets (or agreements with commercial outlets). It is a substantial investment but it pays off quickly. The final consumer price must be based on the world market prices of those... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/20)

UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN: Pioneers in Chemical Warfare and the Biggest Perpetrators of Environmental Damage in the World
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
AGENT ORANGE is the best known highly toxic herbicide and defoliant chemical, developed by Americans and used by the U.S. military as part of its chemical warfare program in Vietnam and neighboring countries. Between 1962 and 1971, during the Vietnam war, the United States military sprayed nearly 20 million gallons of various toxic chemicals – the "rainbow herbicides" and defoliants – in Vietnam, eastern Laos, and parts of Cambodia as part of its chemical warfare known as “Operation Ranch Hand”, reaching its peak from 1967 to 1969. During the Vietnam war, Agent Orange was used... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/20)

New Coronavirus Drug Shows Promise in Animal Tests
By Michael Waldholz Courtesy Sciencetific American
Slated for human trials, EIDD-2801 could become the first pill for COVID-19 An oral medicine was able to hinder the coronavirus behind COVID-19 as it attempted to replicate itself in human lung cells in test tubes, scientists reported Monday. It also hampered closely related coronaviruses from reproducing in mice for several days and improved their lung functions.* The drug, called EIDD-2801, interferes with a key mechanism that allows the SARS-CoV-2 virus to reproduce in high numbers and cause infections, the researchers explained in the journal Science Translational Medicine.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/20)

Why didn’t 163 civil society activists and Sri Lanka Human Rights Commissioner speak on behalf of Sinhalese & Tamil New Year celebration cancellation too?
On 5th April 2020, a group of 163 civil society activists & 17 organizations placed their names on a letter to H E President Gotabaya Rajapakse on behalf of the Muslims appealing to grant burial to covid-19 dead. This is not to argue against their petition but to ask 2 questions. Firstly, why not issue a similar petition on behalf of the Catholics who also bury their dead? Isn’t their mental state affected as well? If mental state is what the petitioners are highlighting how about the feelings of the families of the other victims who had to forsake their... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 13/04/20)

To lift the lockdown, Prof. Anthony Costello requests to follow China's example
Professor Anthony Costello courtesy The Guadian (UK)
Anthony Costello is professor of global health and sustainable development at University College London Data from east Asia shows testing, tracing and isolating people with coronavirus is the best way to tackle the pandemic Construction workers are tested for coronavirus in Wuhan, China, 7 April 2020. Photograph: China News Service/China News Service via Getty Images When will the pandemic end? The future is uncertain, but it seems likely that over the next 18 months the UK will experience a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 13/04/20)

Galle Face Green eateries
Chanaka Bandarage
Galle Face Green was established in 1859 by Governor Sir Henry Ward, for the sole purpose of recreation.  A 1.6 km long promenade was constructed along the oceanside, especially with the purpose of ladies and children to saunter and take in the air. Galle Face originally was spread over a much larger area than it exists today. Records indicate that its northern boundary extended up to Beira Lake (near Gangaramaya temple). The very large Green was used for various sports such as golf, hockey, cricket, and horseracing. The first-ever... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/20)

කොරෝනාව කල සේවය: සුනිල් පෙරේරාගේ පින්කෙත- 2015 හා 2020 අතර වෙනස
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම
ලංකා ලංකා පෙම්බර ලංකා පිනවමු ඔබ ලංකා හොබවමු ඔබ ලංකා දිවිදී සුරකිමු ඔබ ලංකා… බලි තරු රාවණ ගැමුණු විජයබා නිරිඳුන් ලද ලංකා පුලතිසි දැමි සිරි රහල් කුමරතුඟු පඬුවන් ලද ලංකා විදු සක්‌විති මහ පැරකුම් කිවිසුරු කිවියන් ලද ලංකා ඔබ රැකුණොත් ලොව කුඹුවද අපහට ශීත ගඟුලි ලංකා ලංකා ලංකා පෙම්බර ලංකා… මහවැලි කළු කැළැණී වලවේ අත් හතරක් ඇති ලංකා සමනොල කිරිගල් පිදුරුතලා නෙක කෙහෙ ගැට බැඳි ලංකා තේ වතු පොල් වතු කෙත්‌ වතු පෙළ උකුළේ නළවන ලංකා මුහුදින් අඟලක් ඔබ වැවෙතොත් එහි පනිමු පනිමු ලංකා ලංකා ලංකා පෙම්බර ලංකා…... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/20)

වසංගත හමුවේ ජනාවාස සැලසුම්කරණය ගැන අලුතින් සිතා බලමු
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
              ලෝකයම වෙලා ගත් නව වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ අද වන විට සියල්ලෝම හුදකලා වී සිටිති. ඇඳිරි නීතිය වේවා නගර වසා තැබීම  වේවා මගින් ඇති කරන ලද සමාජ දුරස්ථකරණය හමුවේ කාර්මික විප්ලවය විසින් ඇති කරන ලද ගෝලීය මනෝභාවය අර්බුදයට පත්ව තිබේ. ලංකාව දූපතක් බැවින් වසංගත තත්වයන් නිරතුරු පැතිරෙන්නේ සාංක්‍රමණිකයන්ගෙනි. මේ නිසා ගුවන් තොටුපළ වසා දැමීමට සිදු විය. විදෙස් වලින් පැමිණි සියලු දෙන නිරෝධානයකට ලක් කෙරිණ.හැත්තෑව දශකයේ සිට වර්ධනය වූ වෙළෙඳ පළ ආර්ථික ක්‍රමය මේතත්වය තුල බිඳ වැටෙමින් පවතී. නිවාස අඩස්සියට පත් ජනතාව තමන්ගේ කුටුම්භය අවට පරිසරය ගැන නැවත හිතන්නට පටන් ගෙන ඇත. ගෙවතු වගා පෙරළියකට මං පෙත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/20)

සිංහල දමිළ අලුත් අවුරුදු පණිවුඩය
ඒ. ජේ. එම්. මුසම්මිල් වයඹ පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාරවර
මේ වසරේ අප්‍රේල් මස 12 සහ 13 දෙදින වෙන්ව තිබෙන්නේ සිංහල සහ දමිළ අලුත් අවුරුද්ද නිමිත්තෙන්ය . ශ්‍රී ලංකාවාසි සිංහල සහ දමිළ ජනතාව මෙය සළකනු ලබන්නේ තමන්ගේ ප්‍රධානම ජාතික උත්සවයක් ලෙසය . බක්මහට යෙදී ඇති සිංහල දමිළ අලුත් අවුරුද්ද මුළු රටම නැවුම් අසිරියකින් පුරවාලන බතින් බුලතින් ගහ කොළෙන් මුළු රටම සශ්‍රීක වන අපූරු කාල සීමාවකි . මේ අවුරුදු උත්සව කාලය මෙරට ජාතීන් අතර මෙන්ම පවුල් අතරද මිත්‍රත්වය සාමය සහයෝගය වර්ධනය කිරීමටද මනාව ඉවහල් වන කාලයකි . මේ ආකාරයට මුළු මහත් රටම අපූරු සහෝදරත්වයකින් පුබුදුවාලන මෙවර බක් මාසය අතීතයේ පටන් පැවත... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/20)

Racist Vultures seeking Corona Cadavers – Part II
By : A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA.
Mr. Mass L Usuf, who is well versed in Islamic jurisprudence in an article titled “Understanding the question of Cremation and Burial” written to Colombo Telegraph has said that almost everyone, some way or the other, is bounded by religion and religious traditions, the disposal of a dead body is also bound by religious significance since the deceased has departed from his/her earthly sojourn. Beliefs, traditions, rituals, and practices dictate as to how the dead has to be laid to rest. The ancient Zoroastrians believed that the burial or cremation of the corpse would... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/20)

Part 1 to 4: Education & Mindfulness: Staying Healthy: Professor Sunil Wimalawansa, MD, PhD, MBA, DSc.
Sunil Wimalawansa
The importance of social distancing, personal hygiene, and governmental actions needed to control the current pandemic of COVID-19. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgcTivH1nGwymgX_cb0V4Mg https://youtu.be/JXkZ64vCYTg https://youtu.be/i40VZsUOU4I https://youtu.be/052JeCCo6yo https://youtu.be/FfsEh8AD5A8... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/20)

Special Deposit Account (SDA) with Sri Lanka Banks
Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington D.C.
 The Government of Sri Lanka has introduced a new bank account termed Special Deposit Account (SDA) for all Sri Lankans living in and outside the country to remit their foreign currency earnings, savings and investments to any bank of their choice in Sri Lanka. It is in the form of Term Deposits either in any designated foreign currency or in Sri Lanka Rupees.   Any Sri Lankan individual resident in or outside Sri Lanka as well as dual citizens, citizens of other States with Sri Lankan origin, non-nationals residents in or outside... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/20)

US needs to provide affordable comprehensive health services
By P.K. Balachandran courtesy Ceylon Today
The US now accounts for a third of the "active" COVID-19 cases in the world. According to the latest figures put out by the WHO, there were 1,101,497 active cases in the world as a whole on Thursday April 9. Out of this, 397,472 were in the US. In contrast, China had only 1,160 active cases. Of the 88,565 deaths due to COVID-19 in the world as a whole, the US accounted for 14,797 and China 3,335. The US stood at the top of the pile in terms of active... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/20)

7 new infections bring COVID-19 cases count to 210
Courtesy Adaderana
Seven more persons have tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) today bringing the country’s infections tally to 210, says the Ministry of Health. All the coronavirus cases confirmed today were found among the persons who were put under mandatory quarantine for having close contacts with the previously identified COVID-19 patients. According to the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 147 coronavirus patients are currently under medical care. Out of the total number of confirmed cases in Sri Lanka, 56 patients have recovered completely while 7 persons succumbed to the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/20)

Gazette issued on cremation of COVID-19 victims
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka has amended a law to make cremation compulsory for those dying from the novel coronavirus to prevent any potential threat. The Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance (Chapter 222) has been amended by a gazette issued by Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, the government said. https://youtu.be/W7GUUACunp8 Wanniarachchi said that the body shall be burned at a temperature between 800 to 1200 degrees Celsius for a minimum period of 45 minutes to one hour. She said that the cremation should take place at a cemetery or... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/20)

Decline in COVID-19 cases expected – Anil Jasinghe
Courtesy Adaderana
A decline in the coronavirus infections in the country is expected in the coming days, said Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. The patients identified are all linked to one patient; therefore, there is no difficulty in identifying the spread of the infection, Dr. Jasinghe said. Obtaining samples from high-risk sites for infection have been increased in order to curtail the spread of the virus, he added. https://youtu.be/W7GUUACunp8 Jasinghe further said that the results of the tests carried out yesterday could be expected today. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/20)

Why Sri Lanka should follow China's example
Harsha
https://www.facebook.com/harsha.perera.5661/videos/10156634654887531... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 12/04/20)

COVID-19: Is Spain at receiving end of karmic retribution?
Spanish colonial crimes – Bull Fighting – Spanish Flu – Covid-19 do you see a connection? Do these trail of thoughts carry a trail of tears? Do they implore Spain to revisit their moral standing of past and present actions? Over 500 years of colonial crimes, over 300 years of bullfighting, Nature has watched silently and patiently the pain and anguish of the natives whose lands & pride were stolen by European explorers and the tortures bulls were subject to. When nature saw no signs of repentance or remorse, Nature unleashed her fury. First in the form of the Spanish... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 12/04/20)

WHITHER THE IMF WHEN CURRENCY UNITS OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ARE DRAMATICALLY DEPRECIATING
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
It is regret to note that the coronavirus pandemic and associated unstable economic environment created in the world has caused to dramatically depreciate official currency units of developing countries.  Sri Lanka’s rupee value has depreciated to more than Rupees 200 to a US dollar and other developing countries also gaining similar results whether the countries are like or not to the new environment. Despite the prediction of certain currency speculators that the US Dollar would be collapsed, it can be seen that currencies of developing countries have depreciated to an unreasonable level. The prediction may... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

Open letter from the Chinese embassy to the Editor of Wijeya Newspaper.
By Orpheus Perera
It is pathetic, some Sri Lankan’s are still pointing the finger at China for causing this deadly virus. Did they point the finger at Spanish people for Spanish Virus which killed 30 to 50 million people in 1918? Did they point the finger at America for giving AIDS to foreign countries too? I did not read the article written in the Wijeya News Paper. I read only the open letter issued by the Chinese embassy, about the letter and I am sure Chinese Embassy officials are not bluffing around. From the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

Attracting Expats to invest in Sri Lanka to help the Economy – Answering a call from the President
Anjalika Silva USA
A new category of foreign investor…. What Sri Lanka can do…. The recent Covid19 Pandemic has devastated economies, lives and lifestyles worldwide. However, for Sri Lanka, it comes at a time when recovery from endless misfortunes affecting the financial strength of the country was barely turning around.  This has struck another blow that we can all come together to help repair.  There is a way if we explore an under-utilized resource for financial investment and for public relations that is sorely lacking. It is important for the decision-makers in the country... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

Racist Vultures seeking Corona Cadavers
By A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
It is sad to note that attempts are being made by Hakeem and Mujibur Rehman to overcome their political desolation by instigating the Muslims over-performing funerals of some corona infected Muslims.  These so-called Muslim lovers who remained totally silent when Rodee Ranawaka and his companions Ratana and Gnanasara theros (saffron-robed thugs) instigated riots against Muslims at Gintota, Ampara. Digana, Akurana, Gampola and Katugastota, and youth were burnt to death at Digana as they felt protecting the then government was more important than speaking against the atrocities of the rioters.  The sole... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

Sri Lankan doctors have become very patriotic all of a sudden
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
The TV news item today was about Sri Lankan specialist doctors undergoing training in the UK desperately want to return home. It is quite strange that they all want to come back when only a small percentage of the doctors return after going abroad. Some specialists trained in a lucrative specialty return to join the private sector while hardly discharging their duties in the state hospitals where they are assigned to. It is obvious why these doctors want to return al of a sudden Surely because  they are not safe in England... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

කල්මුණෙ හෙදි නේවාසිකාගාරයේ සිදුවී ඇති මංකොලල්ය
සමස්ත ලංකා හෙද සංගමය.
භද්‍රාණී ජයවර්ධණ මහත්මිය ලේකම්, සෞඛ්‍ය හා දේශීය වෛද්‍ය අමාත්‍යංශය, කොළඹ 10. මහත්මියනි, කල්මුණෙ අශ්රොෆ් මූලික රෝහලේ හෙදි නේවාසිකාගාරයේ සිදුවී ඇති මංකොලල්ය හා හෙදි නිලධාරීන්ගේ ආරක්ෂාව සැලසීම සම්බන්ධවයි 2020. 04. 11 (අද) දින අළුයම 1.30 ට පමන කල්මුණේ අශ්රොෆ් මූලික රෝහලේ හෙදි නේවාසිකාගාරයට ඇතුළු වු සොරුන් විසින් හෙදි  නිලධාරීන්ට මරණ තර්ජනය කර ඔවුන් කීපදෙනෙක් සතු මුදල් හා රන් භාණ්ඩ පැහැර ගෙන ගොස් ඇත. ඒ හමුවේ හෙදි නේවාසිකාගාරයේ රැදී සිටින හෙදි නිලධාරීන් දැඩි භීතියකට හා අනාරක්ෂිත තත්වයකට මුහුණ දී ඇත. මේ සම්බන්ධව ඔවුන් විසින් කල්මුණේ පොලීසියටද පැමිණිලි කර තිබේ. හෙදි නේවාසිකාගාරය රෝහල් භුමිය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

රට තුල පත්ව ඇති හදිසි තත්වය මත වරාය බැංකු සාමාජික මහත්ම මහත්මීන් වෙත සහන ලබාදීමට කළ ඉල්ලීම.
සමස්ත ලංකා වරාය පොදුසේවක සමිතිය.
අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ මණ්ඩලය, සේවක සමූපකාර බැංකුව, සේවක සුභසාධක සමූපකාර සමිතිය (EWC) ශ‍්‍රී ලංකා වරාය අධිකාරිය, කොළඹ. අධ්‍යක්‍ෂ මණ්ඩල සාමාජික මහත්ම මහත්මීන් වෙත, රට තුල පත්ව ඇති හදිසි තත්වය මත වරාය බැංකු සාමාජික මහත්ම මහත්මීන් වෙත සහන ලබාදීමට කළ ඉල්ලීම. මේ වන විට ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාව තුල බලපා ඇති කොරෝනා වසංගතය හේතුවෙන් පත්ව ඇති හදිසි තත්වය සඳහා වරායේ බහුතර සේවකයින් පිරිසකට මුහුණ දීමට සිදුව ඇත. එම තත්වය යටතේ විවිධ අසීරුතා වලට සිය සාමාජිකයන් හට ඊට මුහුණ දීමට සිදුවී ඇත. මේ පිළිබඳව කරුණු ඉදිරිපත් කරමින් බැංකු සාමාජිකයන් වෙත සහන සැලසීමට කල යෝජනාව... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

The learning curve for Sri Lanka's political future
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
After conquering the Kandyan  kingdom British established a regime where body tax, property tax, etc were implemented and there was no income tax. British police with Sri Lankan supporters of various Arrachchis’ has ruled the masses with a strict regime. The country was ruled with an iron fist and people had to work for the rulers. They siphoned our the revenue and yet built some infrastructure like road-rail lines and they also built their underground rail network in London  They had also an establishment code.  We got... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

New data, new policy: why UK's coronavirus strategy changed
Sarah Boseley Health editor Courtesy The Guardian (UK)
New quarantine and social distancing ‘suppression’ measures are based on modelling by Imperial College A week is a long time in a coronavirus pandemic. Within days of Boris Johnson and his advisers announcing that anyone with symptoms of a cold should stay at home for seven days but otherwise live life as normal, the prime minister came out with a series of bombshells that will effectively confine most of the population to their homes. What changed was new data on the impact of Italy’s out-of-control epidemic... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

A plan to defeat coronavirus finally emerges, but it’s not from the White House
By Lena H. Sun, William Wan and Yasmeen Abutaleb Courtesy The Washington Post
In the absence of federal direction, states and America’s top experts forge the path ahead. A national plan to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and return Americans to jobs and classrooms is emerging — but not from the White House. Instead, a collection of governors, former government officials, disease specialists and nonprofits are pursuing a strategy that relies on the three pillars of disease control: Ramp up testing to identify people who are infected. Find everyone they interact with by deploying contact tracing... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

ලෝකෙන්ම එකයි.. ඒ ලංකාවෙයි.. කොරෝනා හඹා යන විස්මිත බුද්ධි අංශ මෙහෙයුම මෙහෙමයි.. සියළු තොරතුරු ආරක්‍ෂක ලේකම්ගේ ඇගිලි තුඩට.. [Video]
උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස්
කොරෝනා වෛරස් ආසාදිතයන් හඳුනාගන්නා තැන පටන් ඔවුන්ගේ සියලු තොරතුරු දත්ත ගබඩාවට එක් කර ඇති බව ආරක්ෂක ලේකම් කමල් ගුණරත්න මහතා සඳහන් කළේය. තමන් දන්නා තරමින් ආරක්ෂක ආරක්ෂක බුද්ධි අංශ කොරෝනා මර්දන වැඩසටහනක් සඳහා යොදා ගන්නා පළමු සහ එකම රට ශ්‍රී ලංකාව විය හැකි බවද ඔහු පැවසීය. මෙම කටයුත්ත සාර්ථක කර ගැනීම වෙනුවෙන් බුද්ධි අංශ සියළු නිලධාරීන් නිදි නොමැතිව කටයුතු කරන බවත් ඔහු කියා සිටී. ස්වරණවාහිනිය සමඟ වැඩසටහනට එක්වෙමින් ඔහු මේ බව සඳහන් කළේය. https://www.facebook.com/Liveat8.lk/videos/150565323031005/... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

Trump tweets 'happy Good Friday', faces Twitterati wrath
By PTI in Washington Courtesy The Telegraph
In April last year, he erroneously wrote that '138 million people' instead of 138 were killed in a string of blasts in Sri Lanka US President Donald Trump was at his blooper best when he mistook Good Friday for Easter and wished the world "Happy Good Friday", triggering an avalanche of criticism from Twitterati who tore into him for his embarrassing gaffe. Good Friday refers to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and is a day of mourning for Christians around the world. Easter, on... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

Covid-19: Sri Lankan Navy intensifies patrolling to prevent spread of disease from India
Courtesy India Today
The Sri Lankan Navy has intensified its coastal patrolling to prevent the possible spread of the novel coronavirus through "infected" Indian fishermen that it fears might "poach" in their territorial waters. he Sri Lankan Navy has intensified its coastal patrolling to prevent the possible spread of the novel coronavirus through "infected" Indian fishermen that it fears might "poach" in their territorial waters. Navy chief Piyal de Silva on Friday said they have strengthened patrolling, especially in northern, western and northwestern coastal areas. The Lankan Airforce would also be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

Sri Lanka’s indigenous medical heritage and diet in the time of corona
By Suryamithra Vishwa/Harmony Page-DailyFT Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Immunity-building which is fundamental to traditional Lankan medicine is the best answer to viral pandemics This article is part of the series the Harmony page is running on Sri Lanka’s indigenous medical heritage, medicinal-food culture and traditional lifestyle/values. We, the Harmony page team believe that this is the ‘now or never’ moment to revive our ignored wealth of knowledge on well-being practiced for thousands of years in our land and known traditionally as Hela Wedakam or Sinhala Wedakam although the encompassing term ‘Ayurveda’ is also used. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

7 suspects arrested with narcotics in deep-sea operation
Courtesy Ceylon Today
The Navy has apprehended 7 persons in the vessel which was seized with a haul of narcotics worth over Rs. 3,270 million during a deep-sea operation. The vessel was without a flag. 260 kg of heroin and 56 kg of Crystal methamphetamine (ICE) were seized by the Navy personnel. The Navy also apprehended drugs worth more than Rs.12.5 billion during another recent deep-sea operation. That vessel was manned by Pakistanis.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

New bank account introduced to remit foreign currency earnings
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
A new bank account termed Special Deposit Account (SDA) has now been introduced for all Sri Lankans living in and outside the country to remit their foreign currency earnings, savings and investments to any bank of their choice in Sri Lanka. It is in the form of Term Deposits either in any designated foreign currency or in Sri Lanka Rupees, the Presidential Media Division said. Any Sri Lankan individual resident in or outside Sri Lanka as well as dual citizens, citizens of other States with Sri Lankan origin, non-nationals residents  in or outside Sri... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

Schools to reopen on May 11
Courtesy Adaderana
The second term of all government schools will commence on the 11th of May, 2020, stated President’s Media Division. Previously, the new school term was to commence on the 20th of April. However, considering the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country, the government has decided to postpone the commencement of the second term. https://youtu.be/yvn5cW6LY0A The Government has prepared to provide facilities for students to continue their education during school hours through distance learning. The Ministry of Higher Education has been notified to review the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka climb to 198
Courtesy Adaderana
Another patient has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) today bringing the country’s infections tally to 198, says the Ministry of Health. According to the Epidemiology Unit, 137 coronavirus patients are currently under medical care. https://youtu.be/tVulzDx4Y6Q Out of the total number of confirmed cases in Sri Lanka, 54 patients have recovered completely while 7 persons succumbed to the virus. The deadly virus has so far claimed more than 100,000 lives and infected over 1.6 million population worldwide.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 11/04/20)

The Situational-Analysis Component in the Plan to Defeat the COVID 19 Virus and to Establish Thereafter a Strong and Self-Sufficient Sri Lanka
(A paper prepared by the Sri Lanka Geo-Political Study Circle to insulate Sri Lanka against extinction  from natural and man-made disasters in a globalised world.)
 Situational BackgroundSri Lanka is a spiritual Nation, blessed with a land that is naturally fertile and whose eco-system, supports the waters flowing within and, sustains the birds, the animals and the creatures that share with the people the country’s natural wealth.The philosophy of the Buddha pervades the Nation and has permeated all sectors of the country, especially the agricultural, the educational and the health sectors. This philosophy does not subscribe to the European... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/20)

UDA KENDAWALA SIRI SARANANKARA
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Ven. Udakendawala Siri Saranankara ( January 7, 1902 - November 13, 1966) was an outstanding political bhikkhu of Sri Lanka. He is forgotten today. However, his name should not be erased completely from history. He was continuously active under a hostile British administration, and unlike most activists of the time, he was very influential. His activism straddled both British rule and the subsequent period of independent rule. Saranankara was the first President of the Communist Party of Sri Lanka,  in 1943.  He was awarded the International Lenin Peace Prize for the Consolidation of Peace among Nations... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/20)

No Elections Until WHO Declares Covid-19 Pandemic Over
Dilrook Kannangara
Bankrupt political losers of November 2019 are pushing for elections when no country in the world hold elections during the COVID-19 pandemic! They don’t even bother hiding their desperation and greed for power. Sadly, no national politician caught Coronoavirus and as a result, they don’t care for the plight of the nation. Looks like some aligned to the president have also taken the bait of the other camp that was defeated in November 2019. They too now demand early elections. If the parliamentary election is held within the coming few months it will be... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/20)

Light Rail is not the solution
Chanaka Bandarage
The previous government signed an agreement with a Chinese bank to obtain funds to build a Light Rail system from Malabe to Fort via Borella.  This is only the first stage of the proposed project. The idea was to eventually cover the whole of Colombo with Light Rail. The estimated cost for stage 1 is somewhere around US$ 2.2 billion.  Obviously the end cost would be much higher. After the new government came to power (in November 2019), this project has been put on hold. The writer states that this is good. But, Light... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/20)

ආහාර අර්බුදයක් ඇති නොවීමට සහල් බල ගන්වමු
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
               පවතින වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ බරපතලම හානිය සිදුව තිබෙන්නේ දේශීය ආර්ථිකයටයි. නිෂ්පාදන ආර්ථිකය මෙන්ම සේවා ආර්ථිකයද බිඳ වැටෙමින් පවතී. මේ තත්වය හමුවේ දෛනික ආහාර වේල සරි කර ගත නොහැකි විශාල ජනතාවක් සිටිනු නිසැකය. අත්‍යවශ්‍ය සේවා පවත්වාගෙන යෑමට රජය විසින් දියත් කරනු ලැබූ වැඩ පිළිවෙල තුළ ත්‍රිවිධ හමුදාවේ කාර්යය  අති විශිෂ්ට ලෙස සිදු වේ. නමුත් රටේ තොග වෙළඳාම සහ සිල්ලර වෙළඳාම සීමා සහිත තත්වයකට පත් වී තිබේ. ප්‍රා දේශීය ලේකම් කාර්යාල හරහා සහ බලපත් සහිත අලෙවි කරුවන් හරහා ආහාර බෙදා හැරීම සිදු වුවද එහි බරපතල අඩුපාඩු ඇත. කෙසේ වුවත් රටේ ප්‍රධාන ආහාර නිෂ්පාදන ක්‍රියාවලිය වූ  වී නිපැයුම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/20)

Can failing businesses “bank” on banks during corona spread
Dr SARATH OBEYSEKERA 
Central Bank has issued a promising circular 05 of 27tj March 2020 informing banks and businesses and also individuals who have either borrowed or obtain finance /leading facilities can apply for redress to reschedule loans and maybe even writing off interests for s limited period  Circular also stipulates that and legal action taken by banks against borrowers for defaulting repayment and servicing interest payable may also be withdrawn. Please  It is interesting to know how many enterprises have sought redress and how many have been given any relief. We... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/20)

Why the US is a happy hunting ground for the novel coronavirus
By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Preference for guns over butter is cited as a reason for America's current plight Colombo, April 9: The absence of a State-funded or backed general healthcare system, huge expenditures on weaponry for wars which will not be fought, and neglect of new sources of threat like viruses have combined to make the American population a happy hunting ground of the novel coronavirus, reports say. The United States, the world’s only superpower in political, military and economic terms – a power which has not been humbled by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/20)

Over 20,000 COVID-19 test kits to arrive from China today
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Some 20,064 COVID-19 test kits (PCR-Fluorescence Probing) donated by the Alibaba Foundation in collaboration with the Jack Ma Foundation will arrive in Sri Lanka tonight from Shanghai, the Chinese Embassy said. It said the kits are produced by the DAAN Gene Co and meet the requirements and standards indicated by the Ministry of Health and Indigenous.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/20)

Four COVID-19 patients discharged; Total recoveries climb to 54
Courtesy Adaderana
Four more persons who tested positive for COVID-19 have been discharged as they have made complete recoveries. The Ministry of Health stated that the total count of coronavirus recoveries in the country now stands at 54. https://youtu.be/AvzkE65ERXo As of Friday evening, Sri Lanka’s confirmed coronavirus cases tally was at 190 and 129 out of them are currently under medical care at the Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), Welikanda Hospital and Mulleriyawa Hospital. In the meantime, 224 suspected coronavirus patients are under observation at selected hospitals across the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/20)

Maximum retail prices imposed on rice
Courtesy Adaderana
The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) says that Maximum Retail Prices have been imposed on several rice varieties with effect from today (10). A maximum retail price (MRP) of Rs. 125 has been imposed on a kilogram of Keeri Samba while a maximum price of Rs. 90 has been imposed on a kilogram of Samba (red/white). https://youtu.be/JLm8vwrDrvs Meanwhile the MRP on Nadu is Rs. 90 per kg while the MRP on white-red raw rice is Rs. 85 per kg. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/20)

No new COVID-19 cases during past 24 hours – Dr. Jasinghe
Courtesy Adaderana
No new COVID-19 infections were reported in Sri Lanka during the past 24 hours, says Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe. He announced this during the media briefing held at the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 today (10). https://youtu.be/AvzkE65ERXo Speaking further, Dr. Jasinghe noted that in addition to testing patients at hospitals for COVID-19, tests are now carried out using samples from the community. This has increased the daily testing capacity, he added. As of Friday evening, Sri Lanka’s confirmed coronavirus cases tally was at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/20)

Operations of all rice mills declared an essential service
Courtesy Adaderana
The operations of all rice mills in the country have been declared an essential service until further notice, the President’s Media Division said. Since the provision of essential foods and rice production, storage and distribution is imperative to ensure food security, services of the owners of all rice mills have been declared an essential service under the COVID – 19 quarantine process, the statement said. https://youtu.be/5hQS9LQS--M Rice mills owners of the country must produce rice in their respective areas using paddy stocks in their possession. Under... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 10/04/20)

Defending the Nation or Damaging the Nation: Armed Forces vs NGOs/HR Activists
A citizen must be proud of his nation and the nation must have reason to be proud of him/her. One’s pride is shown not by waving the national flag or memorizing the national anthem or showing the power speech by plucking out the most difficult words from the dictionary. One’s love and pride for the nation is shown by serving the nation by deeds. It is this what makes the Armed Forces - the defenders of the Nation. The depth of love can also be seen when people reside in a foreign land but realize where their heart truly is.... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 10/04/20)

Why South Korea’s Death Rate Is Lower Than U.S.
AJ+
The U.S. and South Korea confirmed their first coronavirus patients on the same day. Yet South Korea is containing its outbreak while cases in the U.S. have soared. South Korea learned from its traumatic experience with its MERS outbreak in 2015. But, this time, the country has contained COVID-19 with its “Trace, Test, Treat” program (and a little help from K-pop megastars, BTS). More than 350,000 South Koreans were tested by the end of March. The country hasn’t seen the lockdowns that are in place in the rest of the world. Despite an outbreak traced... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

Why Greece Succeeded as Italy, Spain Failed to Tackle Coronavirus
By Takis Pappas, Political scientist, the University of Helsinki, Finland* Courtesy Greek Reporter
When the covid-19 pandemic broke out in Europe, no government had any experience of how to face it and each tried to weather the storm in its own ways. Some governments fared better, some less so. By and large, there are three major factors that have determined, and still do, how governments cope with the virus. These are, first, the resoluteness and efficiency of their leadership; second, the capacity of states and public health systems in particular to deal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

China’s Wet Markets, America’s Factory Farming
By MATTHEW SCULLY Courtesy National Review
Customers select seafood at a wet market in Dandong, Liaoning Province, China, in 2017. (Philip Wen/Reuters) They’re more alike than not in their violations of moral common sense.NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLEAlthough no government is better than China’s at making troublesome people disappear, a strange leniency has been accorded vendors at the country’s live-animal meat markets, who by most accounts gave us the pandemic and yet, reports the Daily Mail, have lately been allowed to set up shop again. China’s coronavirus lockdown is over, authorities have encouraged celebrations of “victory,”... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

225 DOCTORS FIGHT TO SHUT DOWN LIVE ANIMAL MARKETS
Audrey Enjoli Courtesy livekindly.co
Doctors with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine say live animal markets should be shut down in the U.S. to prevent coronavirus-like pandemics in the future. Doctors are urging the U.S. Surgeon General to shut down live animal markets amid the current coronavirus outbreak. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM)—a nonprofit health organization of 12,000 physicians that promotes plant-based, preventative medicine—filed the petition on Tuesday. “We just filed a petition urging the Surgeon General to immediately shut down U.S. live animal markets to protect public health... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

රාජකාරී හැදුනුම් පතට අමතරව ආයතන ප්‍රධානියාගේ ලපියක්
සමස්ත ලංකා හෙද සංගමය
පොලිස්පතිතුමා පොලිස් මුලස්ථානය, කොළඹ. මහත්මයාණෙනි, ඇදිරිනීති බලපතය‍්‍ර ලෙස රාජකාරී හැදුනුම් පතට අමතරව ආයතන ප්‍රධානියාගේ ලපියක් ලබාගත යුතු බවට වූ පුකාශය සමග හෙද සේවාවේ මතුවී තිබෙන ගැටළුකාරී තත්වය සම්බන්ධවයි උක්ත කාරනය නිසා දිවයින පුරා රෝහල්වල සේවය කරන හෙද හෙදියන් ඇතුළු අනෙකුත් සෞඛ්‍ය සේවකයින් බරපතල ගැටළුවකට මුහුණ පා ඇත. කොවිඩ් - 19 වසංගතය හමුවේ විශාල දුෂ්කරතා ප‍්‍රමාණයක් දරා ගනිමින් රාජකාරියට පැමිනෙන හෙද කාර්ය මණ්ඩලයට මෙය තවත් බාධාවක් වී ඇත. කොවිඩ් - 19 වසංගත තත්වය හමුවේ බොහෝ ආයතනවල ආයතන ප‍්‍රධානීන් කාර්ය මණ්ඩල සාමාජිකයින් මණගැසීම පවා ප්‍රතික්ෂේප කරන මොහොතක ඔවුණ්ගෙන් අවසර ලිපි ලබාගැනමී ට... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

Sri Lankan doctors have become very patriotic all of a sudden
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
The TV news item today was about Sri Lankan specialist doctors undergoing training in the UK desperately want to return home. It is quite strange that they all want to come back when only a small percentage of the doctors return after going abroad. Some specialists trained in a lucrative specialty return to join the private sector while hardly discharging their duties in the state hospitals where they are assigned to. It is obvious why these doctors want to return al of a sudden  Surely because  they are not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO COVID-19 RELATED ACTIVITIES
Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington D.C.
Dear Fellow Sri Lankans, As you all are aware, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa established the “COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund” to strengthen the mitigation activities aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country and related social welfare programmes.  Accordingly, the Sri Lankan Embassy in Washington D.C. invites fellow Sri Lankans living in the United States of America who are interested in this meritorious deed, to extend their generous contributions to the said Fund directly or through the Embassy.  A note containing information on the “COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

National Service is the need of the hour
Dr sarath obeysekera 
We have seen the yeoman services rendered by the armed forces in controlling corona spread with  political backing where  relevant measures are taken to prevent  people from moving around by establishing control points Many youngsters who have been  employed and unemployed  are staying in boarding houses, frustrated cursing the patients as well as authorities Though some are trying to paint a picture of an authoritarian regime is going to be in place, the government and the president should continue using forces to enforce the rules. We also note that... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

A Book Review
Senaka Weeraratna
Title: Putting Buddhism to Work:A New Approach to Management and Business Author: Shinichi Inoue Publisher: Kodansha International Ltd. (Tokyo)Year of publication: 1997 Buddhist Economics: The Emerging Middle Path between Capitalism and Socialism Shinichi Inoue, a former President of the Japanese Miyazaki Bank and reputed economist, has proposed a novel approach to economic management that goes beyond socialism and capitalism. He calls his proposed economics for the 21st century 'Buddhist Economics', a phrase first used in print by Dr. E.F.Schumacher in 1973 in his best-selling book " Small is... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

Burial vs cremation seen in the context of the viral threat
By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Preconceived notions lead to distortions in reporting on the issue At the time of writing, Sri Lanka has suffered six deaths due to complications arising from the COVID-19 virus. Information on the latest victim, who died few hours ago, is yet to be made public. Three of the victims were Sinhalese, out of which two were Buddhists (1st and 4th victims) and one was Catholic (the 5th), whilst the other two were Muslims (2nd and 3rd). The bodies of all were disposed in the same manner, following the most stringent procedures... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

China protests against hate campaign in a leading Lankan media outlet
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Says coverage is motivated and contrary to facts Colombo, April 8 (newsin.asia): On 8th April, Mr. Luo Chong, the Spokesperson of the Embassy of China in Sri Lanka wrote an open letter to Mr. Ranjith Wijewardene, the Chairman of the Wijeya Newspapers Ltd, presenting the Embassy’s strong position against the irresponsible publication of articles that completely violate the facts and stirs up hatred speech. Full text of the open letter is as follows: Dear Mr. Chairman, Greetings at a difficult moment for both Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

COVID-19: Infections tally hits 190, recoveries climb to 49
Courtesy Adaderana
Confirmed COVID-19 infections in Sri Lanka has reached 190 as another patient tested positive for the virus today (09). The Health Ministry stated that two more coronavirus patients have been discharged after recovering completely. https://youtu.be/0z2o6v0qTDQ Accordingly, the number of patients who recovered from the virus now stands at 49. The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry said that 134 coronavirus patients are currently under medical care at selected hospitals.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

Health Minister appreciates Samurdhi officers
Courtesy Hiru News
Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi has appreciated the contribution made by Samurdhi Managers and officers towards the programme the government is carrying out in conjunction with the eradicating the Corona Virus. The Minister had said at a discussion held with representatives of trade unions of the Samurdhi Department today that the overall staff of the department has contributed directly when putting into operation the relief loans and allowance processes granted by the government.    The Minister of Health had instructed the Secretary to the ministry to provide face masks and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

An allegation against the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA)
Courtesy Hiru News
The President of the Government Medical Officers Forum Dr. Rukshan Bellana said that the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) has deceived the President as well as the Prime Minister. https://youtu.be/qXHgwnqi9fw He alleged that the doctors representing trade unions who had joined the Presidential Task Force were those who did not have any qualifications at all.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

President seeks medical experts’ opinion on defeating COVID-19
Courtesy Adaderana
A meeting between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and medical experts representing various fields was held at the Presidential Secretariat today (09) with the aim of obtaining much needed expert medical opinion on how to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country promptly. During this meeting, the steps that have been taken by the government, security forces and the health sector officials to prevent the spread of coronavirus as well as the steps that should be taken in the future, were discussed at length. https://youtu.be/tVImqj_r974 The specialists pointed out... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

Secretary to President responds to Election Commission chairman
Courtesy Adaderana
Secretary to the President, Dr. P.B. Jayasundara has sent a letter to the Chairman of the Election Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya in response to the letters sent by the Chairman of Election Commission to the President with regard to the parliamentary election. The Chairman of the Election Commission had sent letters to the Secretary to the President under the title ‘Parliamentary Election 2020 and Date of Summoning of the New Parliament’ dated 31.3.2020 and 01.04.2020. https://youtu.be/1qxhhbVrhGA He had urged President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to consult the Supreme Court on issues... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

Anyone crossing district borders sent to quarantine centers – DIG Ajith Rohana
Courtesy Adaderana
Any person who crosses district borders in violation of curfew will be compulsorily sent to quarantine centers for a 14-day quarantine process. DIG Ajith Rohana said that this decision will be in effect from tomorrow (April 10). https://youtu.be/c2dpal743aQ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

Open Letter from the Chinese Embassy , Colombo
Chinese Embassy , Colombo
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(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

SRI LANKA NEEDS A PARTIAL DICTATORSHIP FOR EFFICIENT AND CLEAN ADMINISTRATION
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
When I was talking to people in Sri Lanka as well as those who were overseas, they expressed that Sri Lanka needs a partial dictatorship for efficient and clean administration. Major news items in print and web media at present are mainly focusing on corruption, misappropriation, cheating, and information related to the dishonesty of politicians and government employees. If the public sector is so corrupt it would not difficult to assume that private sector and Non-government institutions popularly called NGOs, may also in a similar corrupt situation despite the general belief of people that they... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

මාක්ස්වාදය හා කොරෝනා
චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ
මාක්ස්වාදය යනු මේ ලෝකය හා ස්වභාවයේ හැසිරීම සම්බන්ධව සාකච්චා කරන තවත් දර්ශනයකි. මේ දර්ශනය තුලින් සමාජයේ පරිනාමය සම්බන්ධව ඉතා ගැඹුරින් සාකච්චා කොට අනාගතයේදී බිහිවන සමාජක්රම හා ඒවායේ ව්‍යුහයන් ඉතා පැහැදිලිව ඉදිරිපත් කොට ඇත. අපි දන්නවා චාර්ල්ස් ඩාවින් විසින් සත්ව පරිනාමවාදය ඉදිරිපත්කොට සමාජය හා මිනිස් මනස නව තලයකට ඔසවා තැබූ බව. ඒ දාර්ශනිකව පහල තලයක මනසකින් හෙබි බටහිර ලෝකයේ සිතුවිලි රටාව වෙනස් කල විප්ලවීය චින්තනයක් විය. ෆ්‍රෙඩ්රික් එංගල්ස් විසින් ඩාවින්ගේ සත්ව පරිනාමවාදය සම්බන්ධව අධ්‍යනය කොට වානරයාගේ සිට මිනිසා දක්වාවූ ක්‍රියාවලියේදී, එම කාර්යය ඉටු කිරීමට ඉවහල් වුයේ ශ්‍රමය බවත්, සමාජ පරිනාමයන් සිදු කරන්නේද මිනිස් ශ්‍රමය බවත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

ලංඩන් නුවර සිට කොවිඩ් ආසාදිතයෙක් ඔබ අමතයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම FB වජිර කමල් සමරක්කොඩි බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ ලංඩන් නුවර සිට
බ්‍රිතාන්‍යයේ රජයෙන් COVID 19 positive ආසාදිතයින් මරා දමන්නේ නැහැ .. පුලුවන් තරම් උත්සාහ කරන්නේ අමාරු ලෙඩ්ඩු සුව කරන්න .. මට ගසා තිබුණ මැශින් එකත් මගෙන් ගලවා මට වඩා අසාදිතය රෝගියා ට ගැසුවා .. මට ඒකට ලොකු සතුටක් දැනුනා ... මගෙ ජිව්තය නැති උනත් ඔහුව බේරා ගන්න පුළුවන් කියා සිතුනා .. විටින් විට අසාදිතයන් ගෙනවා ... ඒ ගෙන ලෙඩුන් වාට්ටුවට ගේන කොට පරන ලේලංඩ් ඇංජිමක සද්දෙ කියා දැනුනා .. මොන මැශින් ගැසුවත් ගසා සෙම ඇද්දත්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 09/04/20)

Don’t kill Pettah
Chanaka Bandarage
Even before the Portuguese’ arrival, Pettah had been a major trading place.  Due to its proximity to Colombo Port (Kolom Thota), the Kotte kings erected warehouses in Pettah to store spices, vegetables, fruits, grains, ivory and timber geared for export. Pettah (also, Fort) used to station tusker elephants that Sri Lanka (then Sinhale) exported to the world. During the Dutch and the British periods, Pettah emerged as the country’s main trading hub. It continues to be the case. In and around Pettah, the British built such institutions as the Central Bus... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/20)

Physical distancing during corona and social media distancing
Dr sarath obeysekera 
We all are educated and warned over and over by authorities that a fair physical distance should be maintained at all times So a group has initiated a WhatsApp group to practice meditation remotely at home from 6 to 7 in the morning and evening. The only message the members was supposed to get is a reminder to start the practice and Maithree Bhavana for 10 minutes at the end of the session I also joined to recommence vipassana meditation which I practiced for a while and stopped a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/20)

COVID-19: Death toll in Sri Lanka rises to 7
Courtesy Adaderana
Another COVID-19 death confirmed in Sri Lanka today (08) has brought the fatalities count to 7. The Ministry of Health said the deceased is a 44-year-old male who was being treated at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Angoda. https://youtu.be/UGm3lm6g1Pw He is reportedly a gem businessman from Mount Lavinia, who had returned to the country following a visit to Germany. In the meantime, the confirmed cases count reached 189 this evening as another patient tested positive for the virus. According to the Epidemiology Unit of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/20)

COVID-19 cases increase to 189, recoveries climb to 44
Courtesy Adaderana
One more patient has tested positive for coronavirus, raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 189 as of 6.00 p.m. today (8). Meanwhile two COVID-19 patients have recovered and have been discharged from hospital. This bring the total number of patients who have recovered to 44. According to the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health, 138 patients are currently under medical care while over 220 suspected patients under observations at selected hospitals.  Sri Lanka’s 7th coronavirus death was confirmed earlier today by the ministry.  ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/20)

Curfew should continue to avoid increased risks – Dr. Jasinghe
Courtesy Adaderana
There is an increased risk of coronavirus infections if the current system implemented in the country is relaxed, says Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. Therefore, it is important to continue the curfew in order to maintain social distance, he said. Dr. Jasinghe mentioned this joining the ‘Derana Aruna’ Breakfast Show on TV Derana this morning (08). The number of Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests carried out to identify COVID-19 infections will be increased in the coming days, he further said. https://youtu.be/r_IfSaaw8hE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 08/04/20)

US President Nixon's Mai Lai pardon vs Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapakse’s pardon of Corporal Sunil Ratnayake
There is much hullabaloo over the pardoning of Corporal Sunil Ratnayake by President Gotabaya Rajapake. The usual set of culprits are 24x7 preoccupied in carrying out a globally hyped campaign against the decision. Everyone does make mistakes. People are afterall human. There is no 100% perfect entity. No one is not unbiased. Plenty of Judges have given questionable verdicts. Plenty of lawyers have misled the jury. Plenty of witnesses have misled the Court too. In such a scenario we must be able to use our common sense to derive our own conclusions. Let us compare the Mai Lai massacre with... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 08/04/20)

A Word of Praise
By Garvin Karunaratne
A word of praise is due to our President Gotabhaya, his team and the doctors of the Health Service for the excellent manner they are tackling the Coronavirus Epidemic. Sri Lanka stands far ahead in the manner they are tackling the epidemic. We have so far had six deaths while the UK has some six hundred dead almost daily. Premier Boris Johnson seems lost and I hope he recovers and also regains the necessary strength. President Gotabhaya and his team need no introduction to Sri Lankans. He is the leader... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/20)

What damage Corona had done to Sri Lankan well-knitted society
Dr Sarath Obeysekera 
In the cities and villages people in Sri Lanka have lived harmoniously helping each other and enjoying good times and share the sorrow  I have sadly noted that our neighbors do not even talk to each other let alone distancing physically  People have become selfish like in the Western countries where they do not even know who your Neighbour is  When a bread van, grocery van or vegetable van comes some people do not call their neighbors and share the information I am afraid that we will... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/20)

ප්‍රජා -තන්ත්‍ර-වාදය නමැති නාස් ලණුවෙන් ගැලවෙමු! (තුන්‌‌වෙනි කොටස)
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B.,Ph.D.
හෙළ ජාතික අභිමානේ වැඩු විරුවන් සේ පොරණේ දිනු මව්බිම සව්සිරියෙන් සරසව් පිබිදෙව් පිබිදෙව් සැරසෙව්…// වීර විකුම් පෑ පෙර දරුවෝ, දෙස රැස මුර කෙරුවෝ ඒ ලෙය ඇති ඔබ සුරවිරුවෝ - නොමවව් ණයකරුවෝ දැය දියුණට පැද යන නැවියා ගොවියා බිම දෙවියා විපතෙහි සැපතෙහි නොසැලෙයි නොතැවෙයි අටලෝදම හුරු හෙළයා විපතෙහි සැපතෙහි නොසැලෙයි නොතැවෙයි අටලෝදම හුරු හෙළයා හෙළ ජාතික අභිමානේ…/ මුහුදට ඈදෙන මහ ගංඟා - කුඹුරට යලි හරවා ධාන්‍ය වගා කොට සිරිලක මේ - පෙරදිග කෙත කරවා අරපිරිමැස්මට පුරුදු වෙලා බිඳලව් දුක සංකා පැරකුම් යුගයක් නැවතත් අරඹව් නිජ භූමි තලේ ලංකා පැරකුම් යුගයක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/20)

Curfew passes for employees of Export related industries
Dr sarath obeysekera 
A news item today indicates that police headquarters will be issuing curfew passes for employees of companies having 50 or more workers  Having bitter experience with area police officers in obtaining a curfew pass for myself as a CEO o export-oriented shipbuilding industry, I  have to watch and see how new procedure can help the industry I do not think that law enforcement officers have any idea about the fact that the. Companies who apply for permits and whether they are eligible for the permits  When I sent a... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/20)

Managing Systemic Risks During Pandemic
by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera*
“The oldest form of systemic risk, which is that arising from viruses and pandemics”  Ian Goldin & Mike Mariathasan, The Butterfly Defect (Princeton 2014) ‘Pain of one nation is the pain of another; as we are all interconnected’ was the opening sentence of  my 2015 book ‘Towards a better world order’. We are experiencing this today as the collective pain of humanity. Geopolitics and Interdependence Pandemics have no respect for borders nor individual social status. Pandemics killed world leaders including Pharaoh Ramses V of Egypt, Emperor Marcus Aurelius of Rome,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/20)

Discovery : A Term Rooted in Church Dogmas - Dr C K Raju
Centre for Indic Studies
https://youtu.be/wVc59J5AXQ4... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/20)

BCG vaccination policies make a ten times difference in COVID-19 incidence, mortality: New study
Courtesy URO Today
Study co-authored by Indian-American cancer surgeon comes even as clinical trials on the efficacy of BCG vaccine for Covid-19 are underway.San Francisco, California (UroToday.com) Countries that do not have a BCG vaccination policy saw ten times greater incidence of and mortality from Covid-19, compared with those who do, a forthcoming study from medical researchers in the US and UK, which analysed data from 178 countries, has found. BCG, or Bacillus Calmette-Guérin, is a vaccine for tuberculosis and is administered at birth in countries that have historically suffered from the disease, such as India.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/20)

Coronavirus: More ‘striking’ evidence BCG vaccine might protect against Covid-19
Kevin O'Sullivan Environment & Science Editor Courtesy The Irish Times
Study shows countries with vaccination programmes have far fewer cases On Monday, scientists in Melbourne, Australia, started administering BCG vaccine or a placebo to thousands of healthcare workers. More “striking” evidence has emerged that the BCG vaccine given to counter TB may provide protection against Covid-19 and significantly reduce death rates in countries with high levels of vaccination. A study of 178 countries by an Irish medical consultant working with epidemiologists at the University of Texas in Houston shows countries with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/20)

Prognosis - Nations with Mandatory TB Vaccines Show Fewer Coronavirus Deaths
By Akshat Rathi Courtesy bloomberg.com
Countries with mandatory policies to vaccinate against tuberculosis register fewer coronavirus deaths than countries that don’t have those policies, a new study has found.The preliminary study posted on medRxiv, a site for unpublished medical research, finds a correlation between countries that require citizens to get the bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine and those showing fewer number of confirmed cases and deaths from Covid-19. Though only a correlation, clinicians in at least six countries are running trials that involve giving frontline health workers and elderly people the BCG vaccine to see whether it can indeed provide some level of protection against the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/20)

PM requests public support for govt’s efforts in fight against COVID-19
Courtesy Adaderana
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged the general public to give utmost support to the government’s efforts to save the country from COVID-19 outbreak. He stated this today (07), delivering a special statement on the situation that prevails in the country. https://youtu.be/i3ttG0MQ6o8 In his address to the nation, the Premier outlined the measures taken by the government to mitigate the pandemic outbreak and appreciated the sacrifices made by health workers, security forces and other public servants who are on the COVID-19 frontline. “In the face of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/20)

Dambulla Economic Center closed until further notice
Courtesy Adaderana
A decision has been taken to close the Dambulla Dedicated Economic Center until further notice. The lack of proper hygiene procedures followed by the public who visit the center is the reason behind this decision, according to Chairman of the Economic Center Trade Association Channa Arawwa. He added that there is a risk of the virus spreading due to the large number of people visiting the economic center. The economic center, which had been closed in the past few days, was scheduled to re-open tomorrow.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/20)

More confirmed COVID-19 cases hike count to 185
Courtesy Adaderana
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 the virus and have been discharged from hospital.  Over 255 suspected patients are under observations at selected hospitals while the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/20)

Antibody or rapid testing not effective in identifying COVID-19: top health officials
Courtesy Adaderana
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. The discussion was joined by Specialist Dr. Amal Harsha De Silva, Deputy Director-General of Health Services, Dr. Jayaruwan Bandara, Director of Medical Research Institute of Sri Lanka, Prof. Neelika Malavige, Director of Centre for Dengue Research and... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/20)

Spreading misinformation on coronavirus punishable by 5 years in prison – Police
Courtesy Adaderana
DIG Ajith Rohana says that spreading misinformation in social media on COVID-19 prevention can lead up to 5-year imprisonment. Speaking to Ada Derana this morning (07), he said cases will be filed against such persons. DIG Rohana also urged any individual showing coronavirus symptoms to inform the nearest police station, health authorities or paramedic ambulance services before getting admitted to a hospital. Providing false information for hospital admission can put medical staff at risk and eventually lead them to self-isolate, he stressed, urging people to adhere to the preventive measures.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/20)

Britain has millions of coronavirus antibody tests, but they don’t work
Courtesy The Times (UK)
Ministers had hoped tests would pave way for an easing of lockdown restrictions None of the antibody tests ordered by the government is good enough to use, the new testing chief has admitted. John Newton said that tests ordered from China were able to identify immunity accurately only in people who had been severely ill and that Britain was no longer hoping to buy millions of kits off the shelf. Instead government scientists hope to work with companies to improve the performance of antibody tests. Professor... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 07/04/20)

Covid-19, how much testing do we need?
By  Chandre Dharmawardana.
A number of distinguished medical professionals  led by Dr. Ruvaiz Haniffa ,  Head, Dept. of Family Medicine,  University of Colombo, published an appeal (see  the Island , 1st April, Daily Mirror  and other newspapers) emphasizing the  “Need for rapid expansion in testing for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka”. While creating a data base is essential for constructing epidemiological models, another very effective approach uses  information-based intervention. Detectives examining social media or gossip learn about  Covid-19 contacts, religious gatherings etc., and aggressively follow every lead.  Sri Lanka is currently in stage 3A (WHO classification)  where... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

සිංහල වෙදකමට එරෙහි අනුකාරකයන් ගේ නැගීම
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
                 කොරෝනා වසංගත තත්වය තුළ වර්තමාන දේශපාලනය පිළිබඳ ලිට්මස් පරීක්ෂාවක්ද කරන්නට හැකිව තිබේ. රුවන්වැලි මහා සෑය ඉදිරිපස දිව්රුම් දුන් ජනපතිවරයෙකු මෑත කාලීන දේශපාලනයේ දක්නට ලැබීමේ ආශ්වාදයෙන් සිටි මෙරට බහුතර ජනතාව බලාපොරොත්තු කඩ වේ දෝ යන බියකින් පසුවෙති.සිංහල බෞද්ධ චන්ද බහුතරය යනු පරම්පරා ගණණාවක සිට ශක්තිමත් වුණු සිංහල ජාතිකත්වයේ අපේක්ෂාවන්ය. තමන්ගේ ජීවන රටාව නිදහසේ කර ගෙන යෑමට සහ තමන්ගේ ජාතික උරුමය ආරක්ෂා කර ගනිමින් ඒ තුළ අනාගතය උදෙසා ශක්තිමත්ව නැගී සිටීම මේ අපේක්ෂා අභිලාශයන් අතර විය. රට පුරා වසංගතයක තත්වය ඇතිවන කල්හි වැඩි කලබලයක් නොමැතිව මේ බහුතරය නිවාස අඩස්සියට පත් වූහ. ඔවුහු යලි පාර්ලිමේන්තුව කැඳවන්නට හෝ මැතිවරණයක්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

කේතුමතී රාජධානියේ හඬ
Sangkallpa
https://youtu.be/8k70hsk7-uE... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

The pandemic is a portal’ -
Arundhati Roy: Courtesy Financial Times Life & Arts 
The novelist on how coronavirus threatens India — and what the country, and the world, should do next    Who can use the term “gone viral” now without shuddering a little? Who can look at anything any more — a door handle, a cardboard carton, a bag of vegetables — without imagining it swarming with those unseeable, undead, unliving blobs dotted with suction pads waiting to fasten themselves on to our lungs?   Who can think of kissing a stranger, jumping on to a bus or sending... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Mindfulness, social action in Covid-19 crisis
By ASOKA BANDARAGE courtesy Asia Times
Personal stress reduction certainly has merits in a crisis like the current one, but it can also be exploited and misused In Buddhist teaching, mindfulness is inextricably tied to an ethical approach to life that upholds virtuous, non-violent action. Image: iStock Calling the Covid-19 pandemic the worst crisis since World War II, one that may bring a recession with “no parallel in the recent past,” United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged world leaders to understand that “humankind is at stake.” The numbers... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

මැග්නිෆිකා නෞකාවේ සිටි ශ්‍රී ලංකික සූපවේදියා හිරුට තුති පුදයි
උපුටා ගැන්ම  හිරු පුවත්
ඔස්ට්‍රේලියාවේ සිට ඉතාලිය බලා යාත්‍රා කරමින් තිබෙන MSC මැග්නිෆිකා නෞකාවේ සිටි ශ්‍රී ලංකික සූපවේදියා අද මෙරටට ගොඩබැස්සා. ඒ, නාවික හමුදාව හා ශ්‍රී ලංකා වරාය අධිකාරිය එක්ව දියත් කළ විශේෂ මෙහෙයුමකින්. අදාළ තරුණයාගේ ඉල්ලීම සම්බන්ධයෙන් අප ඊයේ හිරු ප්‍රධාන ප්‍රවෘත්ති විකාශයන් තුළින් බලධාරීන්ගේ අවධානය යොමු කළ අතර එම තරුණයා දින 21 ක නිරෝධායන ක්‍රියාවලියක් සඳහා ගාල්ල, බූස්ස නාවික හමුදා කඳවුර වෙත යොමුකර තිබෙනවා. කොවිඩ් 19 වෛරසය ව්‍යාප්තියත් සමඟ ලොව බොහෝ රටවල් මගී නෞකාවන් තම වරායන් වෙත ඇතුළු කර නොගැනීමට පියවර ගෙන ඇති පසුබිමක ඔස්ට්‍රේලියාවේ සිට ඉතාලිය දක්වා... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Four more Covid-19 patients recover & number of confirmed cases stands at 178.
Courtesy Adaderana
Four more Covid-19 patients have recovered and have been discharged from hospital, according to the Ministry of Health.  This brings the total number of Coronavirus patient who have recovered in the country to 38. https://youtu.be/lDdSWL3ViIU The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Sri Lanka currently stands at 178. 135 of those patients are currently under medical care while over 250 suspected patients are under observation. There have been 05 fatalities due to Coronavirus in the country. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Samagi Jana Balawegaya commends govt’s measures to combat COVID-19
Courtesy Adaderana
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa discussed matters relating to the prevailing situation in the wake of COVID-19 spread with the representatives of Samagi Jana Balawegaya at the Presidential Secretariat today (06). President Rajapaksa elaborated on the measures already taken by the Government to prevent the spread of the lethal virus and the future actions in this regard, stated President’s Media Division. The responsible manner in which the Government acted following the declaration by the World Health Organization about the pandemic was explained by the President. The Government was able... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Teen who stabbed PHI placed in detention center
Courtesy Adaderana
The suspect who stabbed a Public Health Inspector (PHI) who was on COVID-19 prevention duty has been produced before the Mawanella Magistrate’s Court today (06). Accordingly, the teenaged suspect has been ordered to be placed at the Consultation Centre of the Boys’ Detention House in Algoda, Dehiowita until the 25th of August. A 16-year old had attacked a PHI attached to the Rambukkana Public Health Office on coronavirus prevention duty at Paththampitiya area in Rambukkana at around 3.00 pm on Saturday (04).  The assaulted PHI is currently receiving treatment at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

COVID-19 testing further expanded in coming days – Health Min.
Courtesy Adaderana
Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi says that Sri Lanka’s health sector has always been ahead of the South Asian countries with regard to the coronavirus eradication program. https://youtu.be/blk-Ahdq2zE She added that Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are now being carried out in many hospitals across the island to identify COVID-19 infections. The COVID-19 testing will be further expanded within the coming days, Wanniarachchi added.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Nearly 15,000 curfew violators arrested
Courtesy Adaderana
Sri Lanka Police says that 171 individuals have been arrested for violating the curfew within the period of 06 hours ending from 12 noon today (6). Issuing a statement, it said that 86 vehicles were also taken into custody during this period. Accordingly, as of 12 noon today police have arrested a total of 14,966 persons for violating the curfew from across the country while 3,751 vehicles have also been taken into custody.  Sri Lanka Police has warned of strict legal action against people caught violating the countrywide curfew. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Ayurvedic practitioners requested to find alternative medicine against COVID-19
Courtesy Adaderana
A representative consortium of over 60 of Sri Lanka’s leading indigenous medical practitioners was invited to immediately explore possibilities of finding an alternative traditional medicine to cure the COVID-19 pandemic.  The meeting took place at the invitation of the Health Ministry and Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) at Rajagiriya last afternoon (05), stated Sri Lanka Army. The joint gesture, mooted by the Ayurvedic Medical Council (AMC) at the Ministry of Health and Indigenous Medicine, NOCPCO and General (retd) Daya Ratnayake, former Commander of the Army... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Woman remanded for spreading fake news on social media
Courtesy Adaderana
A woman has been remanded over spreading false information on the coronavirus through social media, stated the Police. Police had made the arrest in Wadduwa yesterday (05), based on an investigation conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). The arrested suspect had been produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate yesterday and was placed in remand custody until April 9. Persons who create fake news on social media, as well as those who share such false information, will also be arrested, said the Police.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA ) is misleading the nation and recommends the wrong test for identifying infected persons.
Sri Lanka News
The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) today urged the health authorities to speed up the COVID-19 testing of some 42,000 personnel who have been in contact with over 160 patients tested positive for the virus in the country. GMOA member Dr. Naveen De Soyza said it was revealed at a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday that about 42,000 people have been in contact with those tested positive. He said the current pace of testing was not adequate to efficiently counter the spread of the virus. "We have requested the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

දුමක් අල්ලා කැඳක් පොවා දින 3න් කොරෝනා සුව කළ හැකි බව වෛද්‍යවරුන් සොයා ගනී -Ayurvedha Medicine Corona
Aruna lk
මේ වන විට මුලු ලෝකය ම ගිලගනිමින් සිටින මාරාන්තික කොරෝනා වෛරස් තත්ත්වය ඉතා පහසුවෙන් මර්ධනය කළ හැකි දේශීය ඖෂධයක් තමන් සතුව ඇති බව මෙරට ප්‍රධාන රෝහල් 4ක සේවය කරන විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍යවරයකු හා තවත් බටහිර වෛද්‍යවරුන් 3 දෙනකු පවසයි. https://youtu.be/hj3Zq5pCm1Y... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Tablighi Jamaat Linked to One Third of Indian and a Number of Sri Lankan COVID-19 Cases
Dilrook Kannangara
The cremation/burial drama seems to be a distraction from the real issue - Tablighi Jamaat. The event held in New Delhi from March 13-15 by this group is the super spreader of the Coronavirus in India. 34 had participated from Sri Lanka too. An Introduction quoted from senior Indian bureaucrat, diplomat and politician K Natwar Singh is given below. He calls on the Indian government to ban the organization. Sri Lanka must also consider banning their affiliated organisations in the island. https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/opinion/tablighi-jamaat-banned Quoted Alami Markaz... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Sunil Ratnayake: Politics of a presidential pardon
By C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
A veritable caterwaul of protest has erupted from local and international NGO quarters over the presidential pardon extended to a former soldier Sunil Ratnayake, who had been convicted and sentenced to death over an incident, in 2000, when eight Tamil persons including a five-year-old child were killed in Mirusuvil in Jaffna. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said, in a statement, that the release of this individual was an affront to the victims who lost their lives in that incident. An Al Jazeera report on this matter explained... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Invisible dangers to mankind
Dr sarath obeysekera
COVID 19 -a virus originated from animals is one of the unproven theories. Powerful countries accuse each other of planting an artificially generated bio virus to destabilize each others’ might economic powers One scientist ( by the way a Sri Lankan) claims that it had arrived on the earth from another planet. I am tempted to express a wild theory about future dangers we may face from invisible rays which are flying around the universe  X-ray, gamma-ray, ad other radioactive rays, radar rays blue tooth rays and also the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Revealed: How coronavirus outbreak is shining light on violations inside Qatar’s labor camps
Courtesy Arab News
DUBAI: For as long as he lived in Qatar, Antony, from Batticaloa in Sri Lanka, led a sort of double life. By day, he was a cleaner at the gleaming offices of Qatar Foundation and Qatar National Convention Center in north Doha.By night, he was a miserable occupant of a cramped room in a derelict building in the Industrial Area, a sprawling expanse of workers’ accommodation, warehouses, vehicle-repair shops and factories, known locally as Sanaya.Looking back, Antony can be excused for believing that it was destiny that brought him back... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Coronavirus: Four from Sri Lanka who attended Tablighi Jamat gathering test positive in Haryana’s Nuh
Leena Dhankhar Courtesy The Hindustan Times
Four men from Sri Lanka, who had allegedly attended the Tablighi Jamaat Markaz in Delhi’s Nizamuddin last month, tested positive for Covid-19, in the Nuh district on Sunday, said officials. Eight people have been confirmed to have Covid-19 from Nuh and seven of them had visited the congregation in Nizamuddin, held mid-March. Virender Yadav, chief medical officer (CMO), Nuh, said: “Two of the patients were found near the Palwal border on March 31while entering Nuh and the other two were traced to Umra village. They were quarantined and their samples... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Covid-19: Let us hold our nerve
By Dr Lal Jayasinghe Consultant in Communicable Disease Control UK (retired) (member Public Health Writers Collective) Courtesy The Island
Phwriters2020

gmail.com So far, we have done very well. Let us not forget this. We were very fortunate that the govt. listened to the right people and took their advice on how to control this epidemic namely the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Department. We are also fortunate in other ways as well. We are an island which means the virus can enter Sri Lanka (legally) only via airports.  We are also fortunate in having a good public... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

India develops paper-strip test that detects coronavirus in an hour, costs LKR 1,250
BY S VENKAT NARAYAN Courtesy The Island
NEW DELHI, April 5: In a major breakthrough, Indian scientists have successfully developed a low-cost, paper-strip test which can detect the new coronavirus within an hour, and costs just INR 500, or LKR 1,250 (US$6.5). This will address India’s urgent need for rapid-testing. The test uses the cutting-edge gene-editing tool- Crispr-Cas9 to target and identify the genomic sequences of the novel coronavirus in the samples of suspected individuals.  “We have been working on this tool for around two years. But, in late January, when the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Toll of Covid-19 cases rises to 176
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Five COVID-19 infected patients had been identified, bringing the total cases in Sri Lanka to 176, the Ministry of Health said.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Prevent candidates from using relief activities for election run-up campaigns – Deshapriya
Courtesy Adaderana
The Chairman of Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has urged action to prevent candidates from using relief activity for publicity campaign in the run-up to the election. He mentioned this in a letter directed to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Deshapriya noted that a special programme is essential for the implementation of relief measures to the people. He also urged the Premier to coordinate relief measures solely through governors, ministerial secretaries, chief secretaries, district secretaries, divisional secretaries, local government commissioners and field officers with the assistance of security forces.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Persons who completed quarantine urged to undergo 14-day further self-isolation
Courtesy Adaderana
Persons who have completed the quarantine process are requested to undergo another 14 days of self-isolation, stated the Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. The directive is issued for individuals who had undergone the quarantine process at the quarantine centers or at homes. It was reported today (05) that a person from Matara who had already completed the quarantine process have contracted the COVID-19 virus. https://youtu.be/DwV1D6otsII The patient is a father of 3 from Kohugoda-Akuressa, Matara had returned from South Korea to undergo the 14-day quarantine... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

The other side of the Coronavirus
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Each disaster that had hit us made us believe that we had hit rock bottom and nothing worse can happen again. Wasn’t a 33-year-old war which began with the Vadukoddai Resolution passed on May 14th 1976 and ended on May 19th 2009 enough to end all disasters? But new disasters came rolling out of nowhere to shatter the smug complacency. And then we start all over again with another peace-shattering disaster. For instance, whoever thought that millionaire Muslim terrorists, riding in Pajeros, would blast the serene joy of a Sunday morning within a decade... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

කොරෝනා වෛරසය සහ මානසික සෞඛ්‍යය
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග 
කොරෝනා වෛරසය (COVID-19 ) සීග්‍රයෙන් ලොව පුරා පැතිර යන මේ කාලයේ මිනිසුන් අතර බිය , ක්ලමථය (stress) , කාංසාව (anxiety) සහ විශාද(depression)  තත්වයන් ඇති විය හැකිය. තවද මිනිසුන් අතර සමාජ සබඳතා බිඳී යාම , රැකියා අවස්ථා සීමා වී ආර්ථික ප්‍රශ්න මතුවීම , ගමනාගමනයන් සීමා වීම වැනි තත්ව නිසා මිනිසුන් තුල සාමූහික විශාද ලක්‍ෂණ පහළ විය හැකිය. මේ හැර කොරෝනා රෝගයට ප්‍රතිකාර කරන සෞඛ්‍ය සේවකයන් තුල වෘත්තීය දැවීයාම් (burnout ) මතුවීමේ අවධානමක් ද පවතියි. මේ වන විට ලෝකය පුරා පැතිරී යන කොරෝනා වෛරස් රෝගය එක්තරා ආකාරයක සාමූහික ව්‍යසනයකි (collective trauma). මේ තත්වය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

සම්ප්‍රදාය ඔස්සේ අභියෝග ජය ගනිමු
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
              ශත වර්ෂයකට ඉහත වසූරිය වංසගතයෙන් පීඩා විඳි මෙරට ජනතාව නැවතත් වරක් ඒ තුන් බියෙන් වෙලී සිටී.රටම එක කලාපයක් ලෙසට ගෙන අඳුරු නීතිය දමා වරින් වර වසා දැමීම හේතු කොට ගෙන සියලු මානව ක්‍රියාකාරකම් අකර්මණ්‍ය ව ඇත. අතීතයේ දී නම් මෙවැනි වසංගත තත්වයකදී හෝ ආපදා පන්න අවස්ථාවන්හිදී ගම් දහයක එකමුතුවකින් සැදි සභාවකින් ( ගම් අඩවි යුත් අටදෙනා) පෙදෙස් පාලනයකරමින් අභියෝග ජයගත් බව ඉතිහාසයෙන් පෙනේ. තමන්ගේ රටේ ඉතිහාසය මත පදනම්ව තීරණ ගැනීමට හුරුව නැති පාලනයක් තුළින් මෙවැනි දේ අපට බලාපොරොත්තු විය නොහැකිය. එසේ කලා නම් මේ තරමට ජනතාව අසීරු තාවයකට පත් වන්නේ නැත. ලංකාව කුඩා රටක් වුවද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Muslim Bashing
Chanaka Bandarage
Muslim bashing is fashionable in Sri Lanka. Muslim bashing is considered politically correct in Sri Lanka. Muslims are a minority in this country. They comprised less than 10% of the population. Muslims congregate in groups. They wear garments that are specific to them. They live within closely knitted communities. They help each other out. They give priority to their religion and religious customs. These characteristics have made them the envy of the Sinhalese. There are many other reasons for enmity. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Beyond COVID-19 Sri Lanka Must Cremate All Dead
Dilrook Kannangara
In Islam, a martyr need not be buried to go to heaven. Muslims who die in the COVID-19 epidemic, for no fault of theirs, must be considered martyrs by the Muslim community. If terrorists including suicide bombers can be treated as martyrs, why not innocent Muslims who died from COVID-19? Therefore their dead bodies need not be buried. Cremation is suitable. This is the only amicable way to resolve the dispute and Muslims must extend their cooperation. The cremation or burial debate is a needless one. Local medical professionals know the condition of local... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

මිහිපිට පහලවූ පාරාදීසයක් වශයෙන් විරුදාවළි ලත් මේ සින්හල දේශය........
ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර (අග්‍රාමාත්ය සිරිමාවෝ බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිනියගේ ඉස්තිර ලේකම්, ශ්රී ලංකා පරිපාලන සේවා සංගමයේ හිටපු  සභාපති (1991-1994) සහ සභාපති මහනුවර සිංහල බෞද්ධ ජෙෂ්ඨ පුරවැසියන්ගේ සන්විධානය).
මිහිපිට පහලවූ පාරාදීසයක් වශයෙන් විරුදාවළි ලත් මේ සින්හල දේශය, සිංහල ජාතිය සහ මේ රටේ ශ්රේෂ්ඨ ශිෂ්ටාචාරය ආරක්ෂා කරගැනීම සඳහා මේ රටේ සෑම මිනිසෙකු, ගැහැනියෙකු සහ ළදරුවෙකුම මධ්යම කඳුරට තම හදවත මෙන් රැකගතයුතුය. එසේම මේ රටේ සෑම රටවැසියෙකුම “මධ්යම කඳුරට සින්හලේ හදබිම" යන සන්කල්පය “ආගමක්” ලෙස ඇදහිය යුතුය ශ්‍රී ලන්කාවේ මධ්යම කඳුකරය මා “සින්හලේ හදබිම” වශයෙන් හඳුන්වන්නේ ඇයි , මේ රටේ හා ජාතියේ පැවැත්ම සඳහා ඉන් ඉටුවන අපරිමිත මෙහෙය, එය මේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

SOME OBSERVATIONS ON ELARA AND ELARA’S TOMB
KAMALIKA PIERIS
According to the Mahavamsa, Anuradhapura was ruled by a foreign king, Elara in the period immediately before Dutugemunu. Elara’s origins are not known. Dipawamsa said Elara was Uju jatiko’, meaning hailing from the ‘Uju’ tribe or from the land by that name.  Mahavamsa said Elara, was a ruler of foreign origin, ‘a prince’ (Khattiyo)   a ‘Damilo’ who came from the Cola country. This has been mistakenly interpreted as Chola prince. Elara could not have been a Chola prince, because the Chola dynasty did not exist at the time. A. Denis N.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

Nations Unhappy As China Reopens Wet Markets
Courtesy CRUX
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged the WHO and the UN to act against China's wet markets. It is suspected that COVID-19 might have originated from a wet market in Wuhan https://youtu.be/eygof09FKS0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

COVID-19 Community Support voluntary service
JVP UKC Community Support voluntary service
Dear Fellow Sri Lankan  The Coronavirus and the restrictions imposed to help manage it are challenging to us all. However, some people in our community, particularly those at risk due to age, isolation or illness are finding it particularly difficult to cope.  The JVP UK Committee is offering a COVID-19 Community Support voluntary service for anyone who needs help with shopping, accessing healthcare, services or medications. Some of the services that we offer: 1. If you or your family is in isolation and have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

Covid-19 and seeing the reality of existence
by Vipula Wanigasekera
Humans are locked down inside their homes, away from the rat race, deprived of the enjoyment of wealth, position and fame. It is undeniable that COVID-19 does not recognize what is considered important in the material world when it hits the human race wherever they are if exposed. Ironically, this is no contagion for any other beings.   Much has been written on what COVID-19 has shown to the world already. There is however a promising chance to be seized especially by those who for sure, believe their lives are not going to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

71 කැරැල්ල ආරම්භයේ සිට අවසානය දක්වා පුර්ණ සමාලෝචනයක් – කර්තෘ වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග විසින් 71 කැරැල්ල පිළිබඳව අධ්‍යයනයක් කොට කැරළිකරුවන් සම්මුඛ සාකච්ඡාවලට ලක් කරමින් ඉතිහාසයේ සැඟව පැවති සාධකයන් ඉස්මතු කරමින් ඉතා අගනා සමාජ විද්‍යාත්මක හා ඓතිහාසික වශයෙන් වටිනා කෘතියක් පාඨකයාට ලබා දීම ප්‍රශස්ත කරුණක් ලෙස මම දකිමි. - ආචාර්ය ලීල් ගුණසේකර  71 කැරැල්ලේ පුනරුත්ථාපනය පිළිබඳ අතිරේක ලේකම්    71 කැරැල්ලේ  ඉතිහාසයෙන් වැළළී ගිය සිද්ධීන් වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග විසින් මෙම කෘතිය හරහා හෙළිදරව් කරයි - මහාචාර්‍ය කාලෝ ෆොන්සේකා  1971 කැරැල්ල සුවිශේෂිව සලකා බලනවිට, ඒ පිළිබඳව මේ වන විට සැලකිය යුතු ලිඛිත සාහිත්‍යයක් දැකිය හැකිය. වෛද්‍ය රුවන් ජයතුංග විසින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

කාර්ය මණ්ඩලවලට අයශ්‍ය සම්මත පුද්ගල ආරක්‍ෂක උපකරණ
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි සමස්ත ලංකා වෛද්‍ය නිළධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය. 
2020. 04. 04 පවිත‍්‍රා වන්නිආරච්චි මහත්මිය, සෞඛ්‍ය හා දේශීය වෛද්‍ය අමාත්‍යතුමිය, සෞඛ්‍ය හා දේශීය වෛද්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශය, කොළඹ 10. මහත්මියණි, කොරෝනා මර්ධන කටයුතුවල නියුතු සෞඛ්‍ය හා අනෙකුත් කාර්ය මණ්ඩලවලට අයශ්‍ය සම්මත පුද්ගල ආරක්‍ෂක උපකරණ (standerd Personal protective equipments) අඛණ්ඩව සැපයීම සහතික කිරීම. ලොව පුරා සීග‍්‍රයෙන් පැතිරීයන කොරෝනා වෛරසය මේ වන විට ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවටද දැඩි බලපෑමක් එල්ල කර ඇති මේ අතිශය තීරණාත්මක මොහොතේ උක්ත කාර්ය පිළිබඳව ඔබගේ දැඩි අවධානය යොමු කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. කොරෝනා මර්ධන ක‍්‍රියාවලියේදී රෝගය ආසාධිත පුද්ගලයින්, ආසාධිත යැයි සැකකරන පුද්ගලයින් සහ නිරෝධානයට ලක්කරන පුද්ගලයින් සමග ඍජුව කටයුතු කරන සෞඛ්‍ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

GMOA හකීම් සමග එක්වෙයි.. කොරෝනා මල සිරුරු භූමදානය වෙනුවෙන් පෙරට.. ඉහලම සෞඛ්‍ය බලධාරියාටත් උඩින් යයි..
Dr Sarath OBEYSEKERA
When I read the above news published on a pro-government website I am at a loss to understand who should dictate the terms for the corona prevention program in the country. https://lankacnews.com/gmoa-%e0%b7%84%e0%b6%9a%e0%b7%93%e0%b6%b8%e0%b7%8a-%e0%b7%83%e0%b6%b8%e0%b6%9c-%e0%b6%91%e0%b6%9a%e0%b7%8a%e0%b7%80%e0%b7%99%e0%b6%ba%e0%b7%92-%e0%b6%9a%e0%b7%9c%e0%b6%bb%e0%b7%9d%e0%b6%b1%e0%b7%8f/ Why is the GMOA which did not give a hoot about dying patients when they instigated strikes killing patients is trying to dictate terms to the country. Anil Jasinghe and Prabha Palihawadana who lead health department should dictate guidelines I also note the Padeniya and  few other cohorts appearing  in TV trying to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

කොරෝනා ජාත්‍යන්තර වසංගතය හමුවේ අනාගත ශ්‍රී ලංකාව.....!
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන
1.) කඩදාසිය, බැංකු පොත, කාසි සහ මුදල් නෝට්ටු භාවිතය අත්හැරීම. 2.) විද්‍යුත් සටහන් භාවිතයට පෙළඹීම සහ පුස්තකාල, පුවත්පත් භාවිතය අඩුවීම. 3.) ජීවිත අවධානම ගැනීමට අකැමැති අය වෛද්‍ය , හෙද, ඖෂධවේදී වෘත්තීන්ට ඇතුලත්වීම අවම වීම. 4.) විද්‍යුත් ඡන්ද ක්‍රමයක් මගින් ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම. 5.) කෘෂිකාර්මික කටයුතු සදහා ඉහළ ඉල්ලුමක් ඇතිවීම සහ සමූහ ගොවිපොළ ක්‍රම සහ ගෙවතු වගාව ජනප්‍රිය වීම. 6.) විනිසුරුවරු වීදුරු කුටියක හෝ වීදුරු ආවරණයකදී විනිශ්චයාසනගත වීම සහ විවෘත අධිකරණයට ඇතුල්විය හැකි නීතිඥවරු සහ මහජනතාව සීමා කිරීම. 7.) ආරවුල් නිරාකරණය සදහා අධිකරණය,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

Lankan govt says curfew in “non-high risk” areas may be lifted after Sinhala New Year
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Curfew will continue in the "high risk" districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Puttalam, Jaffna and Kalutara Colombo, April 4 (newsin.asia): The Sri Lankan government has said that there is a possibility that the curfew imposed on districts which are not in high risk of being infected by the coronavirus, could be lifted by the end of the Sinhala New Year season. The Sinhala New Year is celebrated on April 13 and 14 but the celebratory season could extend by a week. At a high-level meeting presided over by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

Lankan state agencies to attend to household electrical and plumbing issues during curfew
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Hotlines have been set up by the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka Colombo, April 4 (newsin.asia): The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) together with Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Lanka Electricity Company Private Limited (LECO) and National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWS&DB) to implement a special service to provide immediate solutions to the issues of electrical systems and plumbing of the households of electricity and water consumers, during the curfew period with effect from today. Facilities have been provided to rectify the problems of electrical systems and plumbing issues... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

Danger yet to pass; low risk districts could get relief after New Year
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The danger posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka is yet to pass but the restrictions imposed on the 'low risk' districts could be lifted by the end of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year Season, the President's Media Division (PMD) said today. This has been observed at a meeting Presided by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and took place at the Presidential Secretariat to review the progress of the COVID-19 prevention program and to decide on the steps needed to take this program forward. The PMD said... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

Reports of lockdown of the COUNTRY false: Police
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Reports circulating on social media of a complete lockdown enforced from April 10 to 15 where food supply and delivery would be suspended are completely false, Police spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne said. Issuing a statement SP Senaratne said the false reports indicated that during the supposed lockdown, the law will strictly be enforced, where vehicles vending products such as bakery items will not be permitted to operate while no retail operations will be allowed to be carried out.  The police spokesman denied such reports stating that the government has made... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

COVID-19 case count in Sri Lanka reaches 166
Courtesy Adaderana
Four more patients have tested positive for COVID-19 as of 10.30 pm today (04), stated the Ministry of Health. Accordingly, the total count of coronavirus positive cases in the country has risen to 166. In the meantime, 27 patients who contracted the virus had completely recovered and been discharged from the hospitals. The fatality count in the country came up to 5 this morning with the death of a 44-year-old male who had recently arrived from Italy.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

COVID-19 prevention program to proceed with professional expertise
Courtesy Adaderana
Headed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a discussion took place today (04) at the Presidential Secretariat to review the progress of the COVID-19 prevention program and decide on the steps needed to take the program forward. At the meeting, President of Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya analyzed the manner this virus had affected the country geographically and the Government’s actions to control the spread. It was noted that the Government’s timely actions from when this virus first entered the country helped manage to keep the situation under control. It was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

2,961 prison inmates released on bail
Courtesy Adaderana
Under the recommendations of the special committee appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 2,961 prison inmates have been released on bail since March 17. President Rajapaksa appointed the committee to make recommendations on the possibility of providing legal redress for the prisoners following a request made by the inmates during an inspection tour of the Prison premises, President’s Media Division. The Committee comprising officials of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Prisons made their recommendations to the Secretary to the President on the reliefs to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

Coronavirus: ‘More and more’ young people falling severely ill, WHO warns
Courtesy Adaderana
Increasing numbers of younger people are falling seriously ill or dying with coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Officials said they were trying to “better understand” why apparently healthy patients aged under 60 ended up in intensive care units (ICU) with the disease. “There are still many unknowns at this present time,” said WHO expert, Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, at a press conference in Geneva. “Overall, most of the people who are experiencing severe disease and ending up in ICU are people of older age and are people... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

COVID-19: US sets grim record with 1,480 daily deaths, global toll over 59,000
Courtesy Adaderana
The US on Friday set a new record for the number of COVID-19 deaths in one day with 1,480 dead, the most of any country since the pandemic began. That topped the record set by the US the previous day with 1,169 deaths. More than 59,000 people have died from COVID-19, and over one million infected, since it was first detected late last year. Worse may be coming as a quarter of global infections are in the United States, where US President Donald Trump has warned of a “very,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

Special operation in Colombo & suburbs to arrest those who gather in groups
Courtesy Adaderana
A special search operation has been kicked off to apprehend those who gather in groups at apartment complexes and other such places in Colombo and suburbs, says DIG Ajith Rohana. He added that the police have already received information on such persons. Taking into account the request made by farmers, curfew has been relaxed for machinery repair shops, DIG Rohana said further. In the meantime, a total of 12,223 have been arrested island-wide for violating curfew orders, the Police Media said. The police have arrested 1,493 persons for violating... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

Delivery services directory
Mangolk
Mangolk has created a central directory of delivery services people can use during the curfew. https://mangolk.com/5e8397a205ac5a402b71ecea,5e8397a205ac5a402b71ef2f... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

Covid-19 when Sri Lanka expects National Cooperation - Muslims demand exclusive burial rights
Coronavirus does not discriminate. It treats all equally. Rich-poor-Old-young, it doesn’t care if you live in West-East, North-South, the virus doesn’t care whether you are Sinhalese Tamil Muslim or Burgher or whether you are Buddhist Hindu, Islam or Christian/Catholic/Born Again. Virtually every country in the world is affected, close to 50,000 people already dead and Sri Lanka has also seen its 4th death and no one is certain when it will all end. This enemy is far worse than the LTTE terrorists that plagued the nation for 30 years or the jihadi terror attack of 21 April 2019. We do... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance
Courtesy worldometers
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(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

Coronavirus
Lankaweb Editorial
It is extremely encouraging that the Sri Lanka Administration is doing an admirable job of containing the COVID 19 virus pandemic and guiding the Nation through what appears to be dire straits and most Sri Lankans are responding through their cognitive capabilities and the coercion of Law enforcement and hopefully, the issues related to its spread and devastating repercussions will be minimized and eventually overcome. It is a time where all leaders regardless of their political affiliations need to unite and stand as one to safeguard our Motherland where distinctions and diversities need to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

මුස්ලිම් සහෝදරවරුනි, වගකීමෙන් කටයුතු කරන්න
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය යුතුකම ජාතික සංවිධානය වෙනුවෙන්,   ගෙවිඳු කුමාරතුංග   සභාපති
පසුගිය දින දෙකතුන ඇතුළත සොයා ගැණුනු කොරෝනා රෝගීන් සහ ඔවුන් කටයුතු කර ඇති ආකාරය සැලකිල්ලට ගැනීමේ දී මුස්ලිම් ප්‍රජාවෙහි ඇතැම් සාමාජිකයන් තමන් ගේ විදේශ ගමන්බිමන් පිළිබඳ තොරතුරු වසන් කරමින්, තමන් ගේ රෝගී තත්වයන් පිළිබඳ තොරතුරු වසන් කරමින්, තම ප්‍රජාව තුළ හා රට පුරා යමින්එමින් කටයුතු කර ඇති බව පැහැදිලි ය. පොදු යහපත වෙනුවෙන් අනුගමනය කළ යුතු වත්පිළිවෙත් ගැන, තම වගකීම් හා යුතුකම් ගැන කිසිඳු හැඟීමකින් තොර ව කටයුතු කර ඇති බව පැහැදිලි ය. සමස්ත රටේ ම දෙකෝටියකට අධික ජනතාව වෛරසය පාලනය කිරීම සඳහා සිදු කර ඇති කැපකිරීම් සියල්ල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

People of all religions could face difficulties due to COVID-19: PM
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said the government’s actions are invariably based on instructions of health officials, taking into consideration the wellbeing of all citizens, and added that the current situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could create difficulties to all, including Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Catholics and others. Speaking at the all-party representatives meeting at Temple Trees, Mr. Rajapaksa said this in response to the issue raised by representatives of Muslim political parties, who wished to explore the possibility of burying the bodies of those who succumb to COVID-19 instead... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

Three more COVID-19 cases raise total to 159
Courtesy Adaderana
The COVID-19 cases tally in Sri Lanka has risen to 159 as three more patients tested positive for the virus at of 10.10 pm today (03). Accordingly, a total of 8 coronavirus patients were found in the country during the course of the day. The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 131 patients are currently under medical care while 24 patients were discharged after making complete recoveries.  Four COVID-19 patients have succumbed to the deadly virus in Sri Lanka. COVID-19: Total positive cases in Sri Lanka surge to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

Over 11,000 arrested for violating curfew
Courtesy Adaderana
Police said that 289 individuals have been arrested for violating the curfew within six hours ending at 12 noon today (03). A total of 70 vehicles have also been taken into custody during this time period.  The Police Media Unit said that the total arrests made so far for curfew violations stands at 11,019 and that 2,727 vehicles have also been taken into custody.  Sri Lanka Police had previously warned of strict legal action against people caught violating the countrywide curfew. They will be immediately arrested, even without... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

Sri Lanka and World Bank sign deal on $128.6M financial assistance to battle Covid-19
Courtesy Adaderana
The International Development Association (IDA) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) of the World Bank Group agreed to provide financing assistance amounting to United States Dollars (USD) 128.6 million to the Sri Lankan effort to battle against Covid 19 outbreak. These funds will be mobilized through the Government Budget during the period from 2020 to 2023, the Ministry of Finance said. Signing of the agreements of Sri Lanka COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project took place today (April 03) at the Ministry of Finance and Mr. S... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

Remember who you interact with at public places – DIG Ajith Rohana
Courtesy Adaderana
DIG Ajith Rohana has appealed to the people to remember the individuals they come into contact with when they are at a public place. He stated this in a special statement on the spread of COVID-19 in the country. https://youtu.be/IcQv7tLQ0j0 “If you proceed to a certain public place, especially in the Western Province, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna districts, please be aware of those who you come across.” DIG Rohana also requested the public not to conceal information from medical officers, adding that it will help intelligence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

Special report: Coronavirus - Into The Red Zone
Sky News
Sky News' Special Correspondent Stuart Ramsay travels to the heart of Europe's coronavirus pandemic. In the city of Bergamo in Northern Italy he meets doctors fighting the illness that's changing the entire world and witnesses the impact Covid-19 is having on people, infrastructure and the economy. https://youtu.be/tRM5yyaDkMc... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

ECONOMIC POLICY NEED TO FOCUS STRONG BALANCED GROWTH IN SRI LANKA
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Short term performance of Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the president of Sri Lanka has proved that he is a capable person to launch the country to achieve the aspirations of people.  He has given strong leadership to control coronavirus pandemic and successfully coordinated the entire administration mechanism as a team leader of the country.  This environment gives a signal that people can trust him without political, social, ethnic and religious differences and no point maintaining divisions or dividing the country.  People need to unite with the president and give support to him giving a two-third majority... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

MUSLIM WORLD’S HEARTLESS INDIFFERENCE TO THE PLIGHT OF MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS INFECTED AND DYING OF HIV-AIDS
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
HIV, the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), is one of the world’s most serious health and development challenges. Globally, approximately 75 million people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic in 1981. Today, there are about 40 million people living with HIV, and tens of millions of people have died of AIDS-related causes. HIV remains a leading cause of death worldwide and the leading cause of death globally among women of reproductive age. Sub-Saharan Africa (Eastern Southern, Western and Central African countries), is the hardest-hit region, with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

Sunil Rathnayake Pardon
Chanaka Bandarage
Is Sunil Rathnayake innocent? If Sunil Rathnayake received a Presidential pardon just because the previous President pardoned convicted Tamil Tigers, it is not a good reason for the pardon. ‘Two wrongs don't make a right’. The President, who is also the ex-Defence Secretary, would not have released Sunil Rathnayake unless that was the right thing to do.  It is important to bear in mind that there are several military men currently held in the prison for wrongful acts committed in the military, but only Sunil Rathnayake was released. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

Praise for Sri Lanka from the World Health Organization for their Government Response to COVID19 Pandemic -How they succeeded….
Anjalika Silva, Gaithersburg MD - USA
The island of Sri Lanka, in the Indian Ocean usually referenced with negative connotations of terrorism, alleged human rights violations and other accusations is now in the forefront for its success and praise for handling the Covid19 pandemic. After surviving a devastating tsunami, brutal terrorism for 30 years losing 30,000 of their security forces and an unaccounted loss of civilians to suicide bombings, the people enjoyed hard won peace in 2009, until a bombing in April 2019 killed 350 people at churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 15B
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Before the Eelam wars started there was great competition among senor students in schools to join the army as officer cadets, said Kamal Gunaratne. Those who joined the army as officers during this period were from upper-middle-class backgrounds. Even the soldiers were from very good family backgrounds and had good qualifications, said Kamal Gunaratne. But during Eelam war II and III with the battle failures and the huge number of deaths no one wanted to join the infantry. Around 1997, there was hardly any response to the recruitment drive to the army.  They shied... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

ප්‍රජා -තන්ත්‍ර-වාදය නමැති නාස් ලණුවෙන් ගැලවෙමු! (දෙවෙනි කොටස)
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B.,Ph.D.
Buddhism and Democracy “We know indeed that political science—Arthaśāstra in Sanskrit—was a favourite subject with Indian scholars some centuries before the Christian Era. The social contract as the origin of kingship is discussed in the now famous work attributed to Kautilya, the Chief minister of emperor Chandragupta, about the year 300 B.C. And it would seem that the people who contracted for a king in these early days did so in order that there should be some external authority capable of ensuring that the laws and regulations of the various corporate bodies which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 15A
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Part 15 of this series looks at the plight of the soldiers in the Sri Lanka Army during the Eelam wars. Soldiers had a miserable time in Eelam War II and III. The Sri Lanka army had been trained in the British style, to fight using traditional maneuvers. Improvisations to suit the Sri Lankan environment were also included.  The Eelam wars, however, were different. LTTE did not respect the codes of war. They killed the soldiers when the soldiers were off duty. Soldiers died horrible deaths at their hands. LTTE mines were not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Import Substitution is the way to rejuvenate our economy
By Garvin Karunaratne
http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2019/12/21/import-substitution-is-the-way-to-rejuvenate-our-economy/... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Hague court orders Dutch state to pay out over colonial massacres
Daniel Boffey in Brussels Courtesy The Guardian (UK)
Indonesian man forced to watch his father’s execution is among those who will get compensation  Liesbeth Zegveld, the claimants’ lawyer, in Indonesia in 2011. Photograph: Achmad Ibrahim/AP An Indonesian man forced to watch his father’s summary execution by a Dutch soldier when he was 10 years old has spoken of his gratitude after a court in The Hague ordered the Dutch state to pay compensation to victims of colonial massacres in the 1940s. Andi Monji, 83, who travelled to the Netherlands to tell his story to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Saubagya Gewatta
CR Media Unit
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(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

කොළඹ, ගම්පහ, කලූතර ප‍්‍රදේශවල ඇඳිරිනීතිය නිසා සිරවී ඇති පිරිස් පිළිබඳවයි.
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි.අන්තර් සමාගම් සේවක සංගමය.
2020. 04. 02 ගරු ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා, ජනාධිපති මන්දිරය, කොළඹ 01. ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමනි, කොළඹ, ගම්පහ, කලූතර ප‍්‍රදේශවල ඇඳිරිනීතිය නිසා සිරවී ඇති පිරිස් පිළිබඳවයි. රටේ පවතින කොරෝනා වසංගත තත්වය පාලනය කිරීම සඳහා ගෙන ඇති ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ග හේතුවෙන් ඉහත දිස්ත‍්‍රික්කවල සිරවී සිටින පිරිස් පිළිබඳව විධිමත් ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ගයක් ගැනීම වෙනුවෙන් ඔබතුමාගේ අවධානය සඳහායි. මෙම වසංගත තත්වය පාලනය කිරීමට මිනිස් ක‍්‍රියාකාරකම් අඩු කිරීම සඳහා රට තුල පනවා ඇති ඇඳිරි නීති තත්වය හේතුවෙන් ඉහත සඳහන් කරන ලද දිස්ත‍්‍රික්කයන්හි තම රැකියාවට හෝ නිවෙස් වෙත යාමට නොහැකිව විශාල පිරිසක් සිටිති. එම පිරිස්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

රාජ්‍ය සේවක බැංකු ණය වාරික අයකිරීම් අත්හිටුවීමේ සහනය රු. ලක්ෂ 10 ට අඩු ණය සඳහා සීමා කිරීම සම්බන්ධවයි
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි. ජාතික වෘත්තිය සමිති මධ්‍යස්ථානය
2020. 04. 02 අතිගරු ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා, ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය, කොළඹ 01. ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමනි, රාජ්‍ය සේවක බැංකු ණය වාරික අයකිරීම් අත්හිටුවීමේ සහනය රු. ලක්ෂ 10 ට අඩු ණය සඳහා සීමා කිරීම සම්බන්ධවයි Corona වසංගත තත්ත්වය හමුවේ ඉන් රටත් ජනතාවත් මුදා ගැනීමේ අරමුණින් මහත් කැපවීමෙන් දිවා ? නොබලා කටයුතු කරන සෞඛ්‍ය ක්‍ෂේත‍්‍රය ඇතුළු අනෙකුත් රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින් බැංකු මගින් ලබාගෙන ඇති ණය වාරික අයකිරීම් ඉදිරි මාස කීපය තුල අත්හිටුවීමේ සහනය රු ලක්ෂ 10 දක්වා ණයකරුවන්ට පමණක් සීමා කිරීම සම්බන්ධව ජාතික වෘත්තිය සමිති මධ්‍යස්ථානය ඔබගේ අවධානය යොමුකිරීමට... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Economics, Welfare Systems, Balance of Payments and other Bovine Excreta – an Open Letter to the People of the Resplendent Isle.
Sakuntala Seneviratne MBBS MD FSLCOG Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician
When the WHO says spend 6% of your GDP on health you said “we are doing just fine on 3%” and gave yourselves a pat on the back didn’t you? You didn’t hear us when we said the curative arm lags far behind a 75-year-old preventative system. We said that blood and sweat and tears can only get you so far. What will you do with your awards now? Shall we place them next to the monuments of the dead? When we said that health care... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Sri Lanka confirms 4th death from coronavirus
Courtesy Adaderana
The fourth death from the novel coronavirus in Sri Lanka was reported a short while ago, according to Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. The deceased is a 58-year-old male who had been receiving treatment at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH). Reportedly, the patient had passed with the worsening of a pneumonia condition. Currently, Sri Lanka reports 151 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 21 having completely recovered of the disease. https://youtu.be/A47qsm1jwik... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Another COVID-19 patient found; Total rises to 151
Courtesy Adaderana
Another patient has tested positive for COVID-19 today (02), bringing the confirmed cases tally to 151, the Ministry of Health says. Accordingly, a total of 5 coronavirus patients were found during the course of the day. Two of them were identified as the son-in-law and the grandson of the patient who succumbed to the virus on Wednesday (01). The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry stated that 127 coronavirus patients are currently under medical care, while 12 of the confirmed cases have made a complete recovery. Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Sri Lanka receives Chinese medical supplies to combat COVID-19
Courtesy Adaderana
China has handed over its first donation of humanitarian aid and medical supplies to Sri Lanka to strengthen the solidarity between the two countries as Sri Lanka fights the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said on Thursday. The aid, which includes 50,000 medical masks and 1,008 COVID-19 test kits, was handed over by Hu Wei, charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy, to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, and the materials were later handed over to Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and her team at a formal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Two more suspects linked to Easter attacks arrested
Courtesy Adaderana
Two suspects connected to the Easter Sunday terror attacks have been arrested, Police Media Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne. Holding a special press conference earlier this evening (02), Senaratne said that these arrests were made based on the investigations carried out along the arrest of the main suspect who had organized the suicide bomb attack Zion Church in Batticaloa. One of the suspects –a male from Gothatuwa –had allegedly assisted in the coordination of the attack on Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo and transported the suicide bomber to the hotel. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Nearly 2,000 from Maradana in self-isolation following 3rd coronavirus death
Courtesy Adaderana
The third COVID-19 death in Sri Lanka was reported from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH) Wednesday (01). The patient, a 73-year-old from Maradana, had tested positive for coronavirus on the same day while receiving treatment at Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital. However, later in the evening, he had succumbed to the virus on admission to the IDH in Angoda. https://youtu.be/ZBOMUmw94XU The Health Ministry said the deceased, who had been suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease, was in a critical condition at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

COVID-19 crisis: India's navy ships, medical teams on standby for neighbours
CourtesyDNA India
They are on standby for deployment in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan & Afghanistan if the situation worsens. As part of its neighbourhood first policy, six Indian Navy ships are on standby for assistance to neighbouring countries over COVID-19 crisis. Along with navy ships, top sources told WION that five medical teams are on standby for deployment in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan & Afghanistan if the situation worsens.  On March 30, India sent medical supplies to Nepal. Sources said that Dornier & Mi 17 were used to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

52-yr-old man toured Sri Lanka is first COVID-19 casualty in Vadodara
Courtesy The Indian Express
With four of his immediate family members, including his wife, daughter, son and daughter-in-law, admitted in the COVID-19 ward for treatment, his last rites were performed by staff members from the Vadodara Municipal Corporation and two members of his family. A 52-year-old man who was part of a group that toured Sri Lanka in March became the first COVID-19 casualty in Vadodara and the seventh in the state. The man who was undergoing treatment at SSG Hospital passed away early on Thursday. With four of his immediate family members, including his wife,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

POSSIBLE ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF THE PROPOSAL OF MR. AJITH NIVARD CABRAL TO RELEASE A PART OF PROVIDENT FUND
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
It seems that the proposal of Mr. Ajith Nivard Cabraal to release 20% of EPF balance to members is quite controversial as it would involve in positive and negative outcomes if the proposal implemented without experts' opinions and a proper mathematical model. What is policy research say about the proposal, especially what is opinion of Dr.P.B. Jayasundara, the secretary of the President who is a theoretical and practical economist. The proposal may involve in broader macroeconomic effects and it should be discussed from different points of view.  Theoretically, it is a Keynesian style of advice... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

ග්‍රාමීය ආර්ථිකය පිළිබඳ අර්බුදය ගැන රජය සැලකිලිමත්ද
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
              ලංකාවේ ජීවත් වන බහුතර ජනතාවගේ ජීවනෝපායන මාර්ගය වන්නේ ගොවිතැනයි.ගොවි තැනට සාපේක්ෂකව එයට සේවා සපයනබොහෝ පිරිසක්ද එම ආර්ථිකයට ඇතුලත්ය.එසේම අනෙකුත් සියලුම දෙන  ජීවත් වීම පිණිස විවිධ ‌ජීවනෝපායන මාර්ගයන් අනුගමනය කරති..රැකියාවන්හි නිරත අය ව්‍යපාරයන්හි නිරත අය මාසයක නිමාවේදී වැටුපක් අතට ගන්නා අතර ව්‍යාපාරිකයන් තමන් ‌ගේ බැංකු ගිණුම් තර කර ගනිති. නමුත් බහුතර පිරිසක් ගමේ තිබෙන ‌දේ වැඩි වර්ධනය කර ගනිමින් ඒවාට ‌සේවා සපයමින් යැපේ.මේ තත්වය සම්බන්ධ නිවරදි වාර්තා ජන සංගණනයන් තුළ යම් තරමකින් හමු වුවද ඒවා සම්පූර්ණ නැති බව තේරුම් යන්නේ රට ආපදා අවස්ථාවකට පත් වූ විටය.වර්තමාන වසංගත තත්වයන් හමුවේ එවැනි නිවැරදි සංඛ්‍යාලේඛන මත රජයේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති තීරණය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

ජාතිවාදීන්ට වෛරය ඇවිලවීමට ලබා නොදී වගකීමෙන් යුතුව සහ නීතියේ ආධිපත්‍යයට ගරු කරමින් කටයුතු කරන්නැයි වයඹ පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාරවර ඒ.ජේ.එම්.මුසම්මිල් මහතා විශේෂ ප්‍රකාශයක් නිකුත් කරමින් සමස්ත ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය ජනතාවගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටියි .
ඒ. ජේ. එම්. මුසම්මිල්,වයඹ පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාරවර. මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි 
ගෝලීය වසංගතයක් බවට පත්ව ජනජීවිත බිල්ලට ගනිමින් සිටින කොවිඩ් - 19 උවදුරෙන් රටත් ජනතාවත් ආරක්ෂා කිරීමට උපරිම උත්සාහයක් දරමින් සිටින රජයට මහජනතාව මේ මොහොතේ සහයෝගය දැක්වීම අතිශයින්ම වැදගත්ය . එසේ වුවහොත් මේ බියකරු වසංගතය පරදවා අපේ මාතෘ භූමිය යථා තත්ත්වයට පත් කිරීම එතරම් අපහසු නොවනු ඇත. මෙම බියකරු වසංගතයෙන් රටත් ජනජීවිතයත් ගලවා ගැනීම සඳහා ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ සුවිශේෂි නායකත්වය සහ මඟ පෙන්වීම යටතේ ඉතාම ක්‍රමානුකූල  සාර්ථක වැඩ පිළිවෙලක් රට තුළ ක්‍රියාත්මක වෙමින් තිබෙන අතර එය මේවනවිට ලෝක සෞඛ්‍ය සංවිධානයේ (WHO) පැසසුමට පවා ලක්ව තිබෙන බවද පෙන්වා දීමට කැමැත්තෙමි. එසේම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Attempt to politicize Corona Pandemic
By : A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
An unidentified leading politician opposed to the government and who aspires for the downfall of this government has told his supporters that Corona Virus is a divine blessing for them and all efforts should be made to make this deadly virus engulf the country and infuriate the people who would become unable to engage in their employments, the daily wage earners to earn their living, fishermen to go out for fishing and the country dried up of food, essential items, and drugs. Reports said that the former MP Rodee Ranawaka has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

ලංගම සේවකයින් හට මුව ආවරණ, අත්වැසුම් සහ අනෙකුත් අදාළ සියලූම වෛද්‍ය පහසුකම්
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි සමස්ත ලංකා ප‍්‍රවාහන සේවක සංගමය
2020. 03. 31 ජනාධිපති කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය, ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය, කොළඹ 01. තම ජීවිත අනතුර පවා නොසලකා සේවය කරන ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම සේවකයින් හට මුව ආවරණ, අත්වැසුම් සහ අනෙකුත් අදාළ සියලූම වෛද්‍ය පහසුකම් ලබාදීමට කඩිනමින් මැදිහත්වන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීම මේ මොහොත වන විට සෑම දිස්ත‍්‍රික්කයකම රියදුරු, කොන්දොස්තර හා කාර්මික සේවකයින් තම ජිවිත අනතුර පවා නොසලකා රට තුළ ඇති වී ඇති කොරෝනා වසංගතය මැඩපැවැත්වීමට දැඩි කැපකිරීමක් සිදුකරමින් සිටිති. සියලූම අත්‍යවශ්‍ය සේවාවල සේවකයින් ප‍්‍රවාහනය කිරීම, විශේෂයෙන්ම සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශයේ සේවකයින් අදාළ ස්ථානයන්වලට ප‍්‍රවාහනය කිරීම සෑම දිස්ති‍්‍රක්කයකම ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම සේවකයින් විසින් සිදුකරනු ලබයි. මෙම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Contact Sri Lankans
Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington D.C.
Ministry of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) has launched the "Contact Sri Lanka" web portal for Overseas Sri Lankans to register voluntarily their basic contact details, allowing the Government of Sri Lanka to provide assistance during emergencies such as the COVID 19 outbreak, which will be operationalized through Sri Lankan stakeholders and the network of Sri Lanka Missions abroad.  Sri Lankans living and traveling in the United States are invited to register voluntarily with the "Contact... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Sri Lanka seizes record US$65 million worth of drugs
Courtesy channelnewsasia.com
COLOMBO:  Sri Lanka's navy seized US$65 million worth of crystal methamphetamine and ketamine on Wednesday (Apr 1) in the country's biggest drugs bust, officials said. Acting on a tip-off, authorities raided a flagless vessel in the country's southern waters and arrested nine Pakistani men suspected of smuggling the drugs. Navy personnel, wearing special protective clothing in case the suspects had COVID-19, found 605 kilogrammes of crystal meth, also known as ice, and 579 kilogrammes of ketamine, said Navy Commander Piyal de Silva. "This is the first time we have found... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Sri Lanka reports third COVID-19 death
Courtesy Adaderana
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 72-year-old from Maradana, had succumbed to the virus at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH) in Angoda on Wednesday evening (01). https://youtu.be/3qpMZf1Lows This bring the number of fatalities in Sri Lanka from the COVID-19 outbreak to 3. A total of 146 confirmed cases of Coronavirus have been reported in the country as of 5.oo p.m. on Wednesday. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Coronavirus: China lockdown may have blocked 700,000 virus cases - BBC News
BBC News
The virus is thought to have originated in a seafood market in Wuhan that "conducted illegal transactions of wild animals". The city's 11 million residents have been shut off from the rest of the world since the middle of January, with roadblocks around the outskirts and drastic restrictions on daily life. But roads reopened to incoming traffic late on Friday, according to Reuters news agency. And state media said the subway was open from Saturday and trains would be able to arrive at the city's 17 railway stations. https://youtu.be/HNRA_HcSDsk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

China starts daily report of asymptomatic cases
CGTN
China announced it will start revealing the number of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. For the past two months, China has not been including in its coronavirus numbers people who test positive but don't have symptoms. Officials announced they'll start publishing that figure daily. https://youtu.be/AByp7szLvFY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

ගෙයින් ගෙට ගොස් වෛරසය පතුරුවන තබ්ලික් ජමාත් – ආරක්ෂක අංශ, රජය නොදන්නා තිත්ත ඇත්ත.
එම්. නජීම් උපුටා ගැන්ම Clombotoday
බණ්ඩාරගම අටළුගම ප්‍රදේශයේ කොරෝනා ආසාධිතයකු හමුවීමත් සමගම එම පුද්ගලයා ප්‍රදේශයේ නිවාස රැසකට ගොස් තිබූ බැවින් කිසිදු පුද්ගලයෙකුට එම ප්‍රදේශයෙන් පිටතට පැමිණීමට හෝ පිටතින් එම ප්‍රදේශයට යාම තහනම් කිරීමට බලධාරීන් ක්‍රියා කරන ලදි. ඉතා කෙටි කාලයක් තුල නිවාස විශාල ප්‍රමාණයකට අදාළ පුද්ගලයා ගමන්කිරීමට හේතුව තබ්ලික් ජමාත් ආගමික සම්ප්‍රධායක් බව බහුතර සමාජය නොදන්නා මුස්ලිම් සමාජය දන්නා රහසකි. ඇඳිරි නිතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක වුවද මේ මොහොතේ පවා මුස්ලිම් ගම්මානවල තබ්ලික් ජමාත් ආගමිකයින් ගෙයින් ගෙට යමින් සිටියි. තබ්ලික් ජමාත් අනුගාමිකයින් රටින් රටට, නගරයෙන් නගරයට, ගමින් ගමට, නිවසින් නිවසට ඉස්ලාම් ආගම ප්‍රචාරය කිරීම සඳහා ගමන්ගන්නා පිරිසකි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Scientists discover Covid-19 lasts in the ‘air for hours’ infecting ‘runners and walkers’
BY LLB REPORTER Courtesy London Loves Business
US scientists have made a grim discovery that coronavirus can lurk in the air for hours spreading from room to room spreading through hospital corridors infecting many, including people who are outside. The University of Nebraska researchers said their findings highlights the importance or protective personal equipment (PPE) for hospital staff. The study which has not been peer-reviewed by other scientists took 11 samples from patient’s hospital rooms after they were diagnosed and placed in isolation. They found that contagious particles were in the air both... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Positive Covid-19 cases climb to 146
Courtesy Adaderana
The Ministry of Health says that 03 new COVID-19 positive patients have been identified raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 146. The ministry said that three new cases today were reported from Maradana, Jaffna and Kurunegala areas. As of 5.00 p.m. today (April 1), the total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases stands at 146 while 126 suspected patients are under observation at selected hospitals.  Eighteen patients have recovered and have been discharged while there have been 2 fatalities from the virus.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Sri Lanka records an alarming rise in COVID-19 patients today
Courtesy Ceylon Today
Colombo, 31st March (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan Health Ministry has confirmed that 20 more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 today. This was the highest surge in COVID-19 cases the country has recorded. The total now stands at 142 positive cases in the Island. 17 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovering completely.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Nationals of UK, France among 281 foreigners found at Markaz facility in Nizamuddin where a religious congregation, held in mid-March, has become a key source of coronavirus spread in the country,
Courtesy The Economic Times
A total of 1,830, including these foreigners from 16 countries, continued to stay at the Tablighi Jamaat's Markaj even as a 21-day nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 24, according to officials. The foreigners were from Indonesia (72), Sri Lanka (34), Myanmar (33), Kyrgystan (28), Malaysia (20), Nepal and Bangladesh (9 each),Thailand (7), Fiji (4), England (3), one each from Afghanistan, Algeria, Djibouti, Singapore, France and Kuwait. NEW DELHI: Nationals from the UK and France are among 281 foreigners out of 1,830 people who were found by the Delhi police in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)


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