Archive for February 6th, 2021

President’s unique speech that defined the nation and its historic values

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

H. L. D. Mahindapala To understand contemporary national politics and its complex combinations and permutations it is imperative that any student of politics must first get a firm grasp of the two political cultures that divides the North and the South. The gap is much wider than the Palk Straits that separates us from India, […]

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Who is a Sinhala Buddhist?

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

By Raj Gonsalkorale A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but is he peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise. Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame – Buddha It appears that labelling oneself […]

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High Commissioner’s Report Politically Bias

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

By Laksiri Fernando  Dr. Laksiri Fernando On 27 January 2021, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights issued a report  on behalf of the Commissioner, titled ‘Promotion [of] Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka.’ As we can typically see from recent activities of this Office, the report is more of […]

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තානාපති සේවයට සුදුස්සන් පත් කළ යුතු බව අස්ගිරි අනුනාහිමියන් කියයි (වීඩියෝ)

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

Courtesy Hiru News ශ්‍රී ලංකාව නියෝජනය කරමින් විදේශ රටවල් සඳහා තානාපතිවරුන් පත්කිරීමේදී සුදුස්සන් පත් කළ යුතු බව අස්ගිරි පාර්ශ්වයේ අනුනායක පූජ්‍ය වෙඬරුවේ උපාලි හිමියන් පවසනවා. උන්වහන්සේ මේ බව සදහන් කළේ මහනුවර ප්‍රදේශයේ කොන්සියුලර් කාර්යාලයක් විවෘත කිරීමේ අවස්ථාවට එක්වෙමින්. විදේශ අමාත්‍යාංශයට අයත් ප්‍රාදේශීය කොන්සියුලර් කාර්යාලයක් මහනුවරදී අද විවෘත කෙරුණා. ඒ විදේශ අමාත්‍ය දිනේෂ් ගුණවර්ධන මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන්. […]

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Prof.Rohan Gunaratna’s recipe for controlling extremism

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

By Camellia Nathaniel/Daily News Colombo, February 6: The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) accuses Sri Lanka of being in a ‘state of denial about the past’, details how the failure of domestic mechanisms has further entrenched impunity, exacerbating victims’ distrust in the system. Among a litany of failures, the report addresses the rollback of […]

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It’s time for the Geneva Circus replete with molehills and mountains

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

  by Malinda Seneviratne Courtesy The Island Circus Pacifica, Apollo Circus and of course the amazing Chinese Circus — readers of an earlier generation will no doubt remember these. The Apollo Circus however planted itself on Pedris Park for quite awhile, but the others were rare. Perhaps the antics of politicians, political parties, activists of […]

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Open letter to Ali Sabry: Tread cautiously in amending laws

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

RANJITH SOYSA Courtesy The Island I am addressing this note to you as I believe that you are man of the world with a road map for the Nation. I have listened to your pre-election speeches, delivered in Australia, and read your orations, in Sri Lanka, which outlined your vision for the country and the […]

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Biden administration throws its weight behind new Geneva resolution

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

by Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island Ahead of the 46th sessions of the Geneva-based United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) scheduled to begin later this month, newly elected US President Joe Biden’s Democratic Party has raised Sri Lanka accountability issues in a recently submitted Resolution, with the focus on appointment of military officials, including that […]

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SL plans to complete mass inoculation within three months

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror There is a mechanism in place to vaccinate all Sri Lankans within three months and to become the first country in the world to complete that task, Secretary to State Ministry of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID-19 Disease Control Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva said yesterday. He told Daily Mirror […]

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Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 deaths surpass 350

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Director General of Health Services confirms eight (08) more Covid-19 related deaths have been reported increasing the death toll due to the virus in Sri Lanka to 351. The victims include a 77-year-old woman from Kochchikade, who was identified as Covid-19 positive while being treated at the Negombo District Hospital and was […]

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Coronavirus: 726 positive cases confirmed so far today

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Ministry of Health says that 383 new cases of novel coronavirus have been identified increasing the tally of positive cases reported within the day to 726. All are new cases are close contacts of patients from the Peliyagoda cluster. The total number of Covid-19 cases from the Minuwangoda, Peliyagoda and prisons clusters […]

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Dr. Wijayamuni on achieving herd immunity through COVID vaccination

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Pregnant women and children aged below 18 years will not be vaccinated against COVId-19, says Chief Medical Officer of Health of Colombo Municipal Council Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni. He noted that people should not have undue fears about getting themselves vaccinated. Speaking to media today (February 06), Dr. Wijayamuni said people with chronic health […]

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WHO to release recommendation for two versions of AstraZeneca vaccines

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus called on more pharmaceutical companies on Friday to share manufacturing facilities to help ramp up the production of COVID-19 vaccines. The WHO also said its technical advisers would meet next week to assess versions of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII), the […]

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Banks debiting money without informing account holders to be probed

Saturday, February 6th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Investigations will be carried out into certain banks debiting money without informing account holders, says State Minister of Finance and Capital Market and Public Enterprise Reforms Ajith Nivard Cabraal. Complaints regarding similar incidents have been received, the State Minister said adding that strict action will be taken against such banks. Cabraal noted that […]

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