Archive for December, 2020

THE ECONOMIC POLICYMAKERS MUST AIM TO BUILD A HIGH VOLUME OF FOREIGN RESERVES- PART ONE

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS A major reason for the economic downturn of Sri Lanka could be considered as the variation of foreign exchange reserves, and no government since 1948 has been explained the issue to the public, despite the policymakers widely talking about foreign exchange earnings and shortages. The public in Sri Lanka has no understanding […]

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THE ECONOMIC POLICYMAKERS MUST AIM TO BUILD A HIGH VOLUME OF FOREIGN RESERVES- PART TWO

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS In the 20th century, many developed countries considered establishing SOVERIGN WEALTH FUNDS and policy advisors of Sri Lanka with the strong hope of Mannar basin oil deposits advised the government to start Sovereign Wealth Fund, but the government is still talking Mannar basin oil deposits rather than realizing the oil and gas […]

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Sewage poses potential COVID-19 transmission risk, experts warn, coronaviruses can remain viable in sewage for up to 14 days, depending on the environmental conditions

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Courtesy Science Daily The response to the global pandemic has focused upon preventing person-to-person transmission, however, experts now believe the virus could also be spread in wastewater. Earlier this week, it emerged that analysis of sewage in the UK could provide important data on the spread of COVID-19. However, Professor Richard Quilliam’s new paper — […]

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Even you, Minister Ali Sabry?

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala A HAPPY PEACEFUL PROSPEROUS HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO  ALL LANKAWEB READERS INCLUDING THOSE WHO HOLD CONTRARY VIEWS TO MINE! Media secretary Viraj Abeysinghe of the Ministry of Health has issued a press statement warning against spreading false information concocted by certain politicians and websites regarding the subject of whether to bury […]

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ABOLISH THE PROVINCIAL COUNCILS – Do what must be done. Do not hesitate. A New Constitution

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Stanley Gunaratne  There has been recent noise to perpetuate Provincial Councils by various politicians – including within the government ranks. What of the PEOPLE’S VIEW? These useless politicians are as clumsy as they are incompetent and treasonous – the whole lot of them. To have come up with this ridiculous proposal to hold Provincial Council […]

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Sri Lanka’s proposed New Constitution must reconnect itself to the country’s pre – colonial rich heritage

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

by Senaka Weeraratna The making of Sri Lanka’s Constitution from the time of the Soulbury Commission (1944) has been an exercise that had completely ignored the Dharmic religious background and civilizational history of Sri Lanka.  Sri Lanka is a nation state but is also an unique civilizational state with a set of Dharmic values the […]

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Prime Minister’s New Year Message

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Mahinda Rajapaksa Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka New Year is a hopeful time for all of us, as we bid farewell to 2020, we must welcome the new year with renewed strength and determination. We are filled with gratitude for the unfaltering support the Sri Lankan people have instilled in […]

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නව වසර සුභාශිංසනය

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ශ්‍රී ලංකා ප්‍රජාතාන්ත්‍රික සමාජවාදී ජනරජයේ අග්‍රාමාත්‍ය සෞභාග්‍යයේ බලාපොරොත්තු පිබිදෙන 2021 නව වසරට සුභාශිංසන පළ කරනුයේ ඉමහත් සතුටිනි. සුරක්ෂිත දේශයක් වෙනුවෙන් අපගේ මාතෘභූමියේ අනාගතය උදෙසා ජනතාව අප කෙරෙහි තැබූ විශ්වාසය සහෘදව සිහිපත් කරමු. නව රජයේ මේ දක්වා ගෙවී ගිය කාලය ඉතා කෙටි වුවද එම කාලය ජනතාවගේ අභිලාශයන් වෙනුවෙන් යෙදවීමට හැකිවීම අභිමානයකි. වසර පහක කාලයක් ඇණහිට […]

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නව වසරට සුභාශිංසන

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

ඒ.ජේ.එම්.මුසම්මිල් ඌව පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාරවර නව වසර යනු අප ජීවන රටාව තුළ මුහුණ පෑමට සිදු වූ ජය පරාජය හා අඩු ලුහුඩුකම් දෙස නැවත හැරී බැලීමට අවශ්‍යය මොහොතකි. පිරිසිදු චේතනාවන් මුසු අවංක කැප කිරීම් කිරීමෙන් කළ නොහැක්කක් නොමැති බව ලොවටම සපථ කළ ජාතියක් ලෙස අපගේ යුතුකම් නොපිරිහෙලා ඉටු කිරීම අපගේ වගකීමකි. සිංහල, දෙමළ, මුස්ලිම්, මැලේ, බර්ගර් යන […]

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Photo Feature: Galle Face promenade comes to life at dusk

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, December 31: One of the most attractive landmarks in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, is the Galle Face Green, a 5-hectare open sea-side field with a promenade running along the water’s edge.   Flanked by the colonial-era Galle Face Hotel, built in 1864, in the south, and the more recently put up […]

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2020 was a very stressful year for Sri Lankans

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

By P.K.Balachandran/newsin.asia Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, December 31: The coronavirus pandemic, which began in March and is still on, made 2020 a very stressful year for Sri Lankans of all classes, particularly the poor and the lower middle classes. The pandemic directly stalled economic development because of lockdowns, curfews and movement restrictions. It indirectly disrupted communal […]

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Spread of Buddhist Education in Sri Lanka; the role played by Col Olcott and Theosophists

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

by Dr D Chandraratna Courtesy The Island The Olcott Oration delivered to the Old Boys Association of Ananda College (November 2020, Perth, Western Australia) It can be gauged from the Buddhist publications in and around 1880s that the ordinary Sinhalese were experiencing an acute sense of despair and disquiet that colonialism had brought about a […]

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592 more coronavirus cases identified within the day in Sri Lanka

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The total count of Covid-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka reached 43,299 as 171 more persons were tested positive for the virus.  The Department of Government Information said 592 fresh cases have been detected within the day. According to the Health Ministry’s data, 35,329 of the confirmed patients have made complete recoveries from […]

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Covid death total exceed 200

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News 05 more COVID- 19, deaths have been reported increasing COVID- 19, death toll in Sri Lanka to 204. There were only 20 deaths as at end of October. During the last two months there have been 184 deaths reported. A male, aged 72, a resident of Dharga town passed away while receiving […]

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Kattankudy Divisional Secretary area isolated

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Kattankudy Divisional Secretariat area has been isolated with effect from today (31), says the Batticaloa District Government Agent/District Secretary K. Karunakaran. A total of 26 persons were tested positive in 549 rapid antigen tests carried out on employees and owners of business establishments in Batticaloa town yesterday (30). Twenty-three of the virus-infected persons […]

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WHO predicts COVID-19 will become endemic

Thursday, December 31st, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana World Health Organization officials are predicting that the destiny” of the COVID-19 virus is to become endemic, suggesting it could continue to spread through the population at a steady rate despite a global vaccination effort. At a news conference, several senior WHO officials warned that the development of COVID-19 vaccines is no guarantee […]

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සැඟවූ වාර්තාවක් ගැන ධම්මික වෙද මහතාගෙන් හෙළිදරව්වක්…

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

Ada Derana සැඟවූ වාර්තාවක් ගැන ධම්මික වෙද මහතාගෙන් හෙළිදරව්වක්…

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ශ්රීමත් ජනාධිතුමා, ගරු අගමැතිතුමා ඇතුලු සියලුම සින්හල දේශපාලකයින් වෙත විවුර්ත සන්දේශයක්.

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

සුදත් ගුණසේකර සභාපති, මහනුවර සින්හල බෞද්ධ ජේෂ්ඨ පුර වැසියන්ගේ සන්විධානය සහ අග්රාමාත්ය සිරිමවෝ බන්ඩාරනායක මැතිනියගේ හිටපු ඉස්තිර ලේකම් ශ්රීමත් ළකිසුරු තුමනි, ගරු අගමැති තුමනි, MMC ඇමෙරිකානු මර උගුලෙන් මව්බිම සහ සින්හල ජාතිය බේරාගැනීම ගැන මුලුමහත් ජාතියේම ප්රසන්සාව ඔබ රජයට හිමිවෙයි.  ඒ වගේම ඉන්දියාව විසින් මේ රට සහ සින්හල ජාතිය මිහිපිටින් අතුගා දැමීම සදහා, ලක්මවගේ හිසමත […]

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Attempts to exhume the provincial council cadaver: a reply to Mr. Austin Fernando

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

C. Wijeyawickrema To:Members and secretary of the expert committee to draft a new constitutionMinister of JusticeSecretary, Ministry of JusticeSecretary, Ministry of DefenceRear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara, Minister, Public SecurityEditor, Island NewspaperSagara Kariyawasam, (nl)MP, Secretary, SLPP Ladies and Gentlemen,Attempts to exhume the provincial council cadaver: a reply to Mr. Austin Fernando Introduction This letter has two purposes: […]

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Rapid Antigen Test conducted on Galle Face Green food vendors

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, December 29 (Xinhua): In order to control the spread of the coronavirus, the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) on Tuesday conducted large-scale Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) in many public places to quickly detect persons with Covid-19. With the cooperation of policemen, a medical officer, Public Health Inspectors (PHI) and other health workers went […]

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The Muslim Council of Britain to launch legal action against Sri Lankan government’s ‘forced cremations’

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

PRESS RELEASE The Muslim Council of Britain 30 December 2020 The Muslim Council of Britain to launch legal action against Sri Lankan government’s ‘forced cremations’ The ongoing ‘forced cremation’ policy by the Sri Lankan Government of COVID-19 deceased has included a 20-day old baby and over 100 Muslims according to a reliable source. In response […]

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COVID-19 vaccine available in Sri Lanka by March: WHO

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror The World Health Organisation (WHO) assured that a qualified vaccine could be made available for Sri Lanka by March, next year, and the Sri Lankan health authorities have stepped in accordingly to improve cold chain requirements for the storage of doses ahead of inoculation, an official said yesterday. A top level […]

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Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 death toll hits 199

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Director-General of Health Services says four new Covid-19 related deaths have been recorded in Sri Lanka. The new development brings the total number of fatalities to 199. One of the victims was identified as a 72-year-old man from Batticaloa. He died of Covid-19 pneumonia and meningitis while receiving treatment at Batticaloa Teaching Hospital […]

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639 new positive cases within the day Covid-19 cases push total count to 42,702

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 numbers saw another surge today (30) as 285 more persons were tested positive for the virus. According to the Department of Government Information, 282 of the newly-identified patients are close contacts of earlier cases linked to the Peliyagoda fish market. In all, the country has registered 639 new positive cases […]

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Ethical Committee of Rajarata Uni. approves Dhammika Bandara’s anti-Covid tonic

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The Ethical Committee of the University of Rajarata has granted the approval to anti-Coronavirus herbal syrup manufactured by Dhammika Bandara from Kegalle. Secretary to the Ministry of Indigenous Medicine announced this today (30). Last week, Minister Ramesh Pathirana announced that the pharmacology unit of the Department of Ayurveda had given approval to the […]

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How the Oxford vaccine works

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

BBC The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has authorised two full doses of the Oxford vaccine, with the second dose to be given four to 12 weeks after the first. The Oxford vaccine is easier to store and distribute, as it can be kept at normal fridge temperature unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech jab that […]

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Coronavirus: Oxford scientists hail their ‘vaccine for all the world’

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

Courtesy The Times (UK) Oxford University scientists said that they had created a vaccine for the world” as trial results showed that their jab worked well enough to apply immediately for regulatory approval. The vaccine involves two injections, administered about a month apart. The results suggest that using a lower first dose — which was done […]

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Approval of Oxford vaccine hailed as game-changer in Covid fight

Wednesday, December 30th, 2020

Courtesy The Times (UK) Astrazeneca chief promises 2 million doses a week The Covid vaccine developed by Oxford University and the drugmaker Astrazeneca has been approved for use in Britain, with government advisers saying that a single shot could achieve 70 per cent protection. The jab was authorised by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory […]

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Sinhalese Buddhists are concerned because Muslims are being radicalized and transformed into “exclusivity”

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

Yes, the Sinhalese Buddhists are concerned. Do they have reason to be? Yes. Yet the concerns of Buddhists are never given an unbiased voice in the mainstream media, instead Sinhalese Buddhists are labeled as racist”, extremist” and even militant”. Labelling Sinhala Buddhists is a ploy to refuse to accept the reality that moderate Muslims are […]

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Dealing with Islamist madrasas: To mainstream or to ban them altogether?

Tuesday, December 29th, 2020

By Rohana R. Wasala According to a news item carried in The Island/December 28, 2020, Russian Ambassador in Colombo Yuri Materiy forewarned Sri Lanka’s Minister of Public Security Retired Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera that extremist Islamic terrorist organizations may channel funds to their Lankan counterparts on the pretext of extending COVID-19 aid. ‘In response the […]

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