Archive for April, 2020

Elections during COVID-19: Can an Election with Only Online and Postal Votes be Held?

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

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 […]

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Villainizing the victim trapped between 19A and Covid-19 emergency courtesy of free media manipulation? A point to ponder

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

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 […]

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Crows

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

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 […]

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The dream and the doodlebug

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

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 […]

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නිකුත් කර ඇති උපදෙස් හා විධාන ක‍්‍රියාත්මක නොකිරීම

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

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 […]

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ඇඳිරි නිති මධ්‍යයේ ජනතාව පාරට බැසීම

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

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 […]

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ලංකාවේ සුප්‍රීම් උසාවිය හා සංඝ පාතාලය

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

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, […]

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Sri Lanka needs a strategy to resettle congested slum communities to control the future spread of viruses

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

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 […]

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President considers changing useless & expensive poll campaigns: PMD

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

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. […]

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Total cases rise to 619 as eight more test positive

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

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 […]

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Children have fallen ill with a new and potentially fatal combination of symptoms apparently linked to Covid-19,

Tuesday, April 28th, 2020

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 updates See all […]

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Are we all set for a early June Parliamentary Election?

Monday, April 27th, 2020

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 […]

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WHY NOT USE HELA VEDAKAMA TO COUNTER COVID 19 AND TO CREATE AN ECONOMIC TRANSITION

Monday, April 27th, 2020

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 […]

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The Democracy of Recalling the Dissolved Parliament!

Monday, April 27th, 2020

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 […]

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Bangladesh garment factories reopen, while India looks to ease its lockdown

Monday, April 27th, 2020

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 […]

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CID called in to probe body bag scare

Monday, April 27th, 2020

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. […]

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Coronavirus case tally at 588 with 65 cases identified today

Monday, April 27th, 2020

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 […]

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Special Presidential Task Force to ensure health safety at military camps

Monday, April 27th, 2020

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 […]

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COVID-19 reminds Humans to rethink their role on Earth & their treatment towards Nature & Animals

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

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 […]

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Corona is color blind?

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

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 […]

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Killing two birds with one stone.

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

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 […]

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US notified Israel about coronavirus in mid-November

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

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 […]

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Defining and separating the democrats from the dictators

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

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 […]

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කැස්ස හෙම්බිරිස්සාවට බිය විය යුතුද

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

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 […]

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Time to ban public spitting/betel chew spitting – Especially, to stop the spread of Corono Pandemic

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

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 […]

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මැතිවරණ කොමසාරිස් සිය වගකීම ඉටුකලාද?

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

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 […]

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Unnecessary to reconvene the Parliament; also, No hurry to hold Elections

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

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.    […]

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Educational videos on COVID-19:

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

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 […]

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අත්‍යවශ්‍ය සේවා යටතේ කොළඹ වරාය තුල කටයුතු කරන පිරිස් වෙත PCR පරීක්‍ෂණ සඳහා යොමු කිරීමට කෙරෙන ඉල්ලීමයි

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

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 […]

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සංවර්ධන නිලධාරීන්ගේ සේවය සාධාරණව ඇගයෙන පරිදි විශේෂ දීමනාවක් ලබාදීම හා සෞඛ්‍යාරක්ෂිත ඇඳුම් කට්ටල හා උපකරණ ලබාදෙන මෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටිමු

Sunday, April 26th, 2020

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 […]

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