Archive for March, 2020

Sri Lanka records an alarming rise in COVID-19 patients today

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

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 […]

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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,

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

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 […]

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Discrimination that the Sinhalese face in the North and the East

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Chanaka Bandarage After the war, all governments have miserably failed to settle the displaced Sinhalese (numbering about 50,000) in the Northern province.  In the past five years, the governments have embarked on a massive ‘Sanhindiyawa’ campaign, placing lots of onus on the Sinhalese to embrace Tamil culture and Tamil way of life. For this, a […]

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The Country That Used Nuclear (1945), Biological (1951) and Chemical (1968) Weapons on Civilians Blames Others!

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Kumar Moses There is only one country in the world that has used nuclear weapons in anger. That too on civilians! It happened in 1945. The targets were large cities, not military bases. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese died due to direct and indirect exposure. No other country has done so. Just six years later […]

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කොරෝනා මද සුළඟ

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

චන්ද්‍රසේන පණ්ඩිතගේ පසුගිය වසරේ නොවැම්බර් මස 19 වෙනිදා ලෝකයේ උපත ලද කොරෝනා හෙවත් කොවිඩ්-19 නම්වූ මදනල කුමරිය පසුගිය වසරේ දෙසැම්බර් මස 10 වෙනිදා චීනයේ හුවාන පලාතෙන් මතුවී සුළි සුළඟක් ලෙසින් ලොවපුරාම ගමන් කරමින් සිටින අවස්තාවක අපි ඒ දෙස මහත් උද්යෝගයකින් බලා සිටින්නේ, මේ කොරෝනා කුමරිය මේ ලෝකය තුල කුමන අරමුණකින් කුමක් කිරීමට සැරසෙන්නේද යන කුතුහලයෙන් […]

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GMOA proposes ‘Hammer and Dance Theory’ to control COVID-19

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) has proposed ten steps “Hammer and Dance Theory” to control COVID-19 Outbreak in Sri Lanka. All possible aggressive actions should be implemented immediately to control COVID-19,” it said.

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Covid-19 deaths: Exclusive cremation says new guideline

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Updated guidelines on Covid-19 related deaths issued by the Ministry of Health on Tuesday state that the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) of the disposing of bodies of those who succumb to coronavirus would exclusively be cremation. The fourth update on the Provisional Clinical Practice Guidelines on COVID-19 suspected and confirmed patients […]

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China zeroes in on coronavirus patients with no symptoms as new infections rise

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Courtesy Ceylon Today China will start releasing information from tomorrow (01) on coronavirus patients who show no disease symptoms, ordering them into quarantine for 14 days, a health official said, after the mainland witnessed its first rise in infections in five days. As local infections peter out and new cases surface among travelers returning home, […]

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India cracks down on Muslim group emerging as coronavirus cluster

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Courtesy Ceylon Today India sealed off the headquarters of a Muslim missionary group on Tuesday and ordered an investigation into accusations it held religious meetings that officials fear may have infected dozens of people with the coronavirus. India has registered 1,251 cases of the coronavirus, 32 of whom have died. The numbers are small compared […]

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Rs 5000 allowance for low income families affected by COVID-19 outbreak

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana A host of more financial and material benefits have been granted to low income and vulnerable families and individuals in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the Presidential Task Force established to administer essential services that provision of Rs. 5000/= as a single payment to the low-income families […]

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COVID-19 cases tally jumps to 143 as 21 more test positive today

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Sri Lanka News The Ministry of Health has confirmed that 11 more persons tested positive for COVID-19 as at 7.30 pm today (31). With this addition, the tally of coronavirus cases in the country has now reached 142. As of 4.15 pm this evening, 10 patients had tested positive for the virus. Sri Lanka has […]

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Trina Solar leads the era of 500W+ output with its shipment of world’s first Vertex modules to Sri Lanka

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

By NS Energy Staff Writer Courtesy NS Energy The facility waiting for the delivery, in Sri Lanka, has a capacity of 10MW The Vertex series includes bifacial double-glass modules and back sheet modules. (Credit: Pixabay/Free-Photos) Trina Solar Co., Ltd (Trina Solar” or the Company”), a global leading provider of integrated PV modules and smart energy solutions, […]

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New snake discovery in Sri Lanka is latest twist in slow-burning mystery

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

by Dilrukshi Handunnetti Courtesy Mongabay Sri Lanka’s southwestern mountains have yielded a new snake species, Dryocalamus chithrasekerai, based on specimens collected in 2009 and 2017. Chithrasekara’s bridle snake, named in honor of local conservationist Nagamulla Hewage Chithrasekara, is the latest species in its genus, which researchers say should be kept taxonomically distinct from another genus of […]

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SriLankan Airlines brings down medical aid from China

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

TradeArabia News Service SriLankan Airlines uplifted a consignment of medical aid from Shanghai, China on March 28. This was a donation made by the Sri Lankan community in China through the Consulate Generals of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou and Shanghai, facilitated by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in China.  The consignment contained essential medical items […]

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Coronavirus: Iceland’s mass testing finds half of carriers show no symptoms

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Muhammed Nafie, Courtesy Al Arabiya English As the coronavirus pandemic surges worldwide, each piece of data counts in the fight against the deadly pathogen. But significant findings about the contagious disease are coming from an unlikely place: Iceland, the tiny Island state with a population of just 364,000 people, where authorities are testing large numbers […]

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COVID-19: WHY WE SHOULD ALL WEAR MASKS — THERE IS NEW SCIENTIFIC RATIONALE

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Sui Huang The official recommendation in the United States (and other Western countries) that the public should not wear face masks was motivated by the need to save respirator masks for health care workers. There is no scientific support for the statement that masks worn by non-professionals are not effective”. In contrary, in view of […]

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CORONAVIRUS outbreak – Who is responsible?

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Everyone has a right to their opinion but a subject as important as the present global outbreak requires some meaningful debate and certain actions give clues to read between the lines to understand whether the virus was something natural, something spread by accident or something purposely created. There is no patient zero found to date. […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 14 F

Monday, March 30th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS Examination of war history should focus on the transformation of the Navy and the Air Force with the former achieving 100 percent success by destroying LTTE’s floating arsenals in international waters while the Air Force achieved strategic bombing that caused massive losses on the enemy, including prized Tigers killed in their hidden lairs, […]

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Presidential Pardons for criminals, terrorists, and who else?

Monday, March 30th, 2020

By Chandre Dharmawardana. When the family of Czar Nicholas, children, and women included,  were brutally killed by the Bolshevik revolutionaries, that was justified by a throng of intellectuals who were ready to defend anything done in the name of Lenin, Trotsky, and Stalin. Clever dialectical arguments were presented as to why even the children had […]

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Soldiers Sacrificed Much More Than You Know to Protect the Nation

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Dilrook Kannangara Sri Lankan soldiers sacrificed much more than what everyone knows. Arms, legs, limbs, eyes, blood, sweat and life are not the only sacrifices. They sacrificed their time, marriage, family time and safety. Most soldiers being Buddhists believe in good deeds and bad and their inevitable consequences. Taking life, right or wrong, is a […]

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Suggestions for staying healthy and prevent COVID-19 infection:

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Sunil J Wimalawansa Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology, & Nutrition, USA Dear friends: Since I haven’t seen any medical society from Sri Lanka providing safe practices and guidelines for avoiding COVID-19, I thought of sending this in a summarized form.  I hope these and the links provided at the end of this email will be useful […]

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ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 14 E

Monday, March 30th, 2020

KAMALIKA PIERIS In Eelam War IV the Sri Lanka army fought using military strategy. There was an operations room, where battle strategies were planned. In Eelam war II and III, the government had fought only on one front. In Eelam War IV, the army opened three fronts simultaneously, Eastern, Northern, and Wanni.  The army made […]

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Where is the G20?

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Dr Gaya  Kulasinghe    Consultant Physisian writes  ….. I thought to write a few words on FB, especially for my friends in Sri Lanka, though I have never posted my personal views on social media before. As a physician, currently working in the front line, dealing with a new Coronavirus pandemic in a leading hospital […]

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SOS FROM UNCLE SAM

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Corona News The US reaches out to Sri-Lankan health workers amid coronavirus outbreak The United States has appealed to medical professionals in Sri-Lanka, particularly those working to treat or mitigate the effects of COVID-19, to reach out to the nearest embassy or consulate to request a visa appointment. The appeal was made on Thursday, March […]

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කොරෝනා සුව වෙන්න IDHදී උණුවතුර..- කොරෝනා සුව වූ පලමු ශ‍්‍රී ලාංකිකයා කියයි

Monday, March 30th, 2020

උපුටා ගැන්ම ලංකා සී නිව්ස් කොරෝනා වෛරසය වැළඳී තමන් කොළඹ ජාතික උණ රෝහලේ ප්‍රතිකාර ලබද්දී දිනකට උණුවතුර ලීටර් 06-07ක් පමණ බීමට ලබාදුන් බව කොරොන් වැලදී දැනට සුවපත් වී සිටින පළමු ශ‍්‍රී ලංකිකයා සදහන් කරයි. තම රෝගය සුව කරන්න උණු වතුරද ඉවහල් වූ බව මත්තේගොඩ පදිංචි ජයන්ත රණසිංහ වන ඔහු කියා සිටී. කොරෝනා වයිරස් රෝගීන් සුවකරන්න […]

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COVID 19 AS A PROTECTION

Monday, March 30th, 2020

RANJITH SOYSA Digressing from the plight brought about by the  COVID 19, I wish to draw the attention of your readers to an important item discussed in the Island, issue of 23rd March. It was referring to the British High Commissioner who was said to be too busy to comment on his alleged intervention in […]

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COVID-19: Just Control Your Response To It and Keep Going!

Monday, March 30th, 2020

By Zaithoon Bin Ahamed Courtesy www.medium.com When Sri Lanka went into lockdown about two weeks ago, the company I work for took a firm decision to follow government recommendations and close all offices and encouraged people to work from home wherever possible. Top priority was health and wellbeing of people and taking all measures to […]

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Questions thrown up by the COVID-19 crisis in Sri Lanka

Monday, March 30th, 2020

By Shivanthi Ranasinghe Courtesy Ceylon Today COVID-19 containment jostles with demand for food and democracy Colombo, March 30 (Ceylon Today): Today, the people of Sri Lanka are in the grip of two worries: One of them, of course, is COVID-19. The other is food sufficiency – whether the household has enough food until the currently […]

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Lanka’s economy can’t recover until the global economy recovers from the COVID-19 trauma

Monday, March 30th, 2020

By Shiran Illanperuma courtesy Xinhua COLOMBO, March 28 (Xinhua) — Global communities and financial institutions must unite to put the world economy back in order amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior Sri Lankan economic expert said here Saturday. Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Senior Economic Advisor to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told Xinhua that developing countries like […]

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Small is useful

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Editorial Courtesy The Island Tuesday 31st March, 2020 Time was when there were retail shops, or sillara kades, at every nook and cranny of the country, selling various commodities, including grocery items, at reasonable prices. Catering as they did mostly to low income groups, they could keep prices low as they had no overheads as […]

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