Archive for March 26th, 2021

Sri Lanka begins discussions with UK over AstraZeneca vaccinations

Friday, March 26th, 2021

by Jamila Husain Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, March 26 (Daily Mirror) – The State Pharmaceutical Corporation (SPC) has begun discussions with Britain to purchase the Astrazeneca doses from the UK, especially since authorities are doubtful if the Serum Institute in India can now supply the remaining 8.5 million vaccinations which had initially been requested, the Daily Mirror […]

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Sri Lanka goes on alert after new double mutant coronavirus detected in India

Friday, March 26th, 2021

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Colombo, March 26 (Daily Mirror) – Sri Lanka’s Health authorities have gone on alert after a new double mutant of the Coronavirus has been detected from some samples in India with scientists studying if this new strain is more infectious or less affected by the vaccines. Sources from the Health Ministry said that […]

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Art across the Palk Strait

Friday, March 26th, 2021

By Meera Srinivasan/The Hindu Colombo, March 25: Yazhpanam P.S. Balamurugan had to cancel nearly a dozen performances in India last year, after the pandemic made it impossible to travel from Jaffna, where he lives, in Sri Lanka’s Northern Province. I participated in some online events, and in another instance recorded a performance here and shared […]

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The UNHRC resolution against SL applies to India more than to Sri Lanka with small context changes only.

Friday, March 26th, 2021

Dilrook Kannangara This was why India abstained from voting. UNHRC will turn to India with the same set of demands very soon and India is keen to avoid an embarrassing situation by being party to it. https://undocs.org/A/HRC/46/L.1/Rev.1 The paragraph about devolution of political authority must have sent a chill down India for sure. India revoked […]

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Prerogatives following the Geneva Kangaroo Court decision

Friday, March 26th, 2021

MALINDA SENEVIRATN​E Few countries can boast of anything close to the track record of Britain when it comes to gross human rights violations. Genocide and monumental plunder have marked the history of that country and indeed have been the main source of the wealth and sway its citizens and governments, respectively, have enjoyed over several […]

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Wanted: An International Center on Vexatious Persecution

Friday, March 26th, 2021

Malinda Seneviratne The vote on the resolution against Sri Lanka was adopted on Tuesdays at the 46th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. That slant was reflected in the vote as well. The resolution was passed 22-11 with 14 abstentions. First let us examine the story told by the numbers. There were […]

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THE GENERAL ELECTION OF 1956 Part 9B

Friday, March 26th, 2021

KAMALIKA PIERIS It is a wonder that the 1956 government was able to achieve anything at all, considering the obstacles the MEP government had to face, said analysts. First, there were natural disasters.  An unprecedented drought  in 1956  and   unprecedented floods    in 1957. Then there were two ethnic riots, the Gal Oya riots of June […]

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NEWS‘UK suppressed wartime HC dispatches unfavorable to Western strategy at UNHRC’

Friday, March 26th, 2021

By Shamindra Ferdinando Courtesy The Island … 20-year UN ban on examination of accusations travesty of justice: ex-CJ Former Chief Justice Sarath Nanda Silva (1999-2009), on Thursday (18), alleged that the British government had suppressed diplomatic cables sent by its wartime Defence Attaché Lt. Colonel Anthony Gash from the British High Commission, Colombo, because they […]

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Govt. tells parliament UNHRC resolution illegal

Friday, March 26th, 2021

By Saman Indrajith Courtesy The Island The government yesterday told Parliament that the recently ratified UNHRC resolution against Sri Lanka was illegal. Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that the resolution was an attempt to interfere in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs. Sri Lanka considers the resolution unwarranted. This resolution against Sri Lanka is illegal.” Minister Gunawardena […]

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One more Covid-19 death reported in Sri Lanka

Friday, March 26th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Director General of Health Services confirms one more Covid-19 related death while this brings the death toll due to the virus pandemic in the country to 558. The deceased is 70-year-old male from Mathugama who had been transferred from the Kalutara District General Hospital to the Homagama Base Hospital after testing positive […]

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Coronavirus: daily case count climbs to 260

Friday, March 26th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry says that another 94 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 increasing the total number of cases reported within the day to 260. This brings the tally of coronavirus cases identified in the country to 91,561 thus far while total recoveries has reached 88,145. Presently there are […]

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CID arrests two Madrasa teachers for giving weapons training to school children

Friday, March 26th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has arrested two Madrasa school teachers on charges of giving weapons training to school children in Puttalam. The arrests were made following a directive from Attorney General Dappula De Livera, the AG’s coordinating officer said.

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SLSI responds to allegations over unhealthy coconut oil

Friday, March 26th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana The Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI) today rejected as totally fabricated and false” the allegations in the media and social media claiming that senior officials of the SLSI had authorized the sale of unhealthy coconut oil imported to the country by four importers.  SLSI, being the standards body for quality to the nation, […]

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Russia to resume commercial flights to Sri Lanka next month

Friday, March 26th, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana Russia has decided to resume commercial flights to six countries including Sri Lanka from the 1st of April, the country’s emergency response centre said on Thursday (March 25). Accordingly, commercial flights to Germany (Frankfurt-Moscow/St Petersburg-Frankfurt/ Moscow-Berlin), Venezuela (Moscow-Caracas), Syria (Moscow-Damascus), Tajikistan (Moscow-Dushanbe), Uzbekistan (Moscow-Tashkent) and Sri Lanka (Moscow-Colombo) will recommence from the aforementioned […]

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