Archive for October 12th, 2020

Astronomers capture exact moment supermassive black hole DEVOURED entire star

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Courtesy RT Through constant vigilance and some good fortune, astronomers have managed to capture the moment a supermassive black hole in a galaxy 215 million light-years away tore a star apart. The so-called ‘tidal disruption event’ (TDE) is the closest such death of a star humanity has ever witnessed.  Astronomers were alerted by the intense […]

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Letting coronavirus spread freely for ‘herd immunity’ is unethical, says WHO

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Courtesy RT The World Health Organization has warned against the idea of allowing Covid-19 to simply spread through society, calling this herd immunity” approach to fighting the pandemic unethical.” Never in the history of public health has herd immunity been used as a strategy for responding to an outbreak, let alone a pandemic,” WHO chief Dr. […]

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Pompeo’s visit: Sri Lanka says it will not bend to US pressure on MCC or SOFA

Monday, October 12th, 2020

By P.K.Balachandran/Daily Express To stem Chinese advance in Sri Lanka, US would like Sri Lanka to sign the MCC compact and SOFA, both of which have raised the hackles of nationalists. Colombo, October 11: The Sri Lankan government will not bend to the United States on the issue of the Millennium Challenges Corporation Compact (MCC) […]

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Sri Lanka secures US$90 million grant from China amid ‘debt trap’ call

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Courtesy The South China Morning Post Island’s president asks Beijing for help to disprove that Chinese-funded megaprojects involved impossible repayments Financial injection follows visit to Colombo last week by Politburo member Yang Jiechi China announced Sunday that it was providing a US$90 million grant to Sri Lanka, two days after the island nation’s president sought help […]

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Sri Lanka turns to China rather than IMF to avoid default

Monday, October 12th, 2020

MARWAAN MACAN-MARKAR, Asia regional correspondent Courtesy Nikkei Asia Sri Lanka’s government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa desperately needs cash to service over $15 billion in foreign debt. (Source photos by Reuters)  COLOMBO — Sri Lanka’s ultranationalist government looks set to receive a financial lifeline from China rather than an International Monetary Fund bailout to avoid defaulting on foreign […]

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A national crisis needs national unity

Monday, October 12th, 2020

By Sugeeswara Senadhira/Ceylon Today Members of the opposition Samage Jana Balawegaya who make irresponsible remarks on the pandemic should follow the example set by its leader Sajith Premadasa. Colombo, October 12: The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most dangerous challenges we Sri Lankans have faced in our lifetime. It is a human crisis with […]

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No need of referendum when govt. incorporates SC proposals to 20A: GL

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Education Minister Professor G.L. Peiris today said there will be no legal requirement to go for a referendum in terms of the 20th Amendment to the Constitution’s draft when the government incorporates all proposals, if any, recommended by the Supreme Court. Speaking at the weekly SLPP news briefing, Minister Peiris said […]

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NGOs, politicians directly involved – Former President Maithripala Sirisena

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Former President Maithripala Sirisena informed the PCoI probing Easter Sunday attacks today that several Non-Governmental Organisations and politicians were directly involved in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) inquires, hampering it from conducting independent inquiries during the former Government’s tenure. The former President made the above statement while responding to a question […]

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SJB decides to stop public agitations against proposed 20A

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) yesterday said it decided to stop all public agitations against the proposed 20th Amendment due to the latest outbreak of COVID-19, its National List MP Eran Wickramaratne said yesterday. Mr. Wickramaratne said the party would carry out its campaign against this piece of legislation via social media […]

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Negotiations underway for RMB 10Bn Currency Swap

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Negotiations were underway for a 10 billion RMB (Renminbi) currency swap agreement between the Central Bank and the People’s Bank of China, a Minister said yesterday. He said the currency swap would boost liquidity in the country. Money, Capital Markets and Public Enterprise Reforms Minister Ajith Nivard Cabraal told Daily Mirror […]

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Stalling investigations on Riyaj Bathiudeen unjustified – AG

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The Attorney General met with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID)’s Deputy Inspector General (DIG) and officers today (12). This is as the Attorney General summoned the DIG in charge of the CID and its Chief Investigating Officer over the release of Riyaj Bathiudeen, brother of MP Rishad Bathiudeen, who was recently released after […]

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Ex-defense secretaries lied to me – former President

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Former President Maithripala Sirisena says that he fought a line battle, when the former government, in which he was President, attempted to imprison pioneers of Sri Lanka’s victory in the conflict with the LTTE terrorists. His comments came during the proceedings of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing the 2019 Easter Sunday terror […]

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Stalling investigations of Riyadh Bathiudeen unjustified – AG –

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News Attorney General informs Acting IGP that stalling investigations in the case of Riyadh Bathiudeen by the CID is unjustified.

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Brandix cluster : Another 51 tested positive for Covid-19

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News Update: Another 51 from Minuwangoda cluster have tested positive for Covid-19. Among them 15 are from quarantine centres while 36 are close contacts of apparel factory workers.

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Ranil instructed heads of state institutions not to carry out my orders” Former President Maithripala (Video)

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News Former President Maithripala Sirisena says that Ranil Wickremesinghe had instructed the heads of state institutions including the Central Bank not to implement his orders. Giving evidence before the Easter Commission, he stated that under the good governance government, the CID conducted investigations under the influence of NGOs and politicians. Former President Maithripala […]

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US illegally “annexed” Hawaii: Will Sri Lanka’s fate be same with MCC?

Monday, October 12th, 2020

Hawaii was annexed by US in 1898. The reason for Hawaii to be annexed was the fear of Hawaii becoming part of European empire. US doesn’t want to see Sri Lanka tilt to China and is exerting tremendous pressure via Quad partners. Are we interested enough to protect our sovereignty? Before that do we understand […]

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