Archive for March 19th, 2022

Covid: Four more deaths, 238 new cases added to total count

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana The Health Ministry says that another 238 persons have tested positive for Covid-19 today, as the daily count of new cases continues to rise in the country. This brings the tally of Covid-19 cases registered in the country thus far to 657,791.  According to official figures, 624,592 positive cases have recovered. Following the […]

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Is Basil looking to India at the cost of China?

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Twice-postponed Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa’s visit to New Delhi took place finally to secure a US $ 1 billion credit line to purchase essentials – food items and pharmaceuticals for dollar-starved Sri Lanka. India offered such assistance for Sri Lanka to stave off food and fuel shortages. The latest engagements herald the […]

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Experts refute rumors of ‘China debt trap’ in Sri Lanka

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Courtesy CGTN Sri Lanka is mired in a financial crisis as the COVID-19 pandemic hammered the country’s tourism sector and led to a foreign currency shortage. Some Indian media have taken the chance to revive an old accusation of a “China debt trap” to slander China-Sri Lanka economic cooperation while ignoring plain facts. “Although the […]

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Adani Group entering country through back door, says Sri Lanka’s Opposition 

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Meera Srinivasan Courtesy The Hindu SJB slams Rajapaksa govt. for pampering PM Modi’s notorious friends” The Adani Group’s back door” entry into Sri Lanka’s energy sector disrupts the country’s competitive electricity generation system, the Opposition has said, accusing the Rajapaksa government of pampering” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s notorious friends”. It is with deep regret that […]

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Broke Sri Lanka out of paper, exams cancelled

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Courtesy The Bangkok Post Country seeks IMF bailout to deal with worst debt crisis in decades. COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has cancelled exams for millions of students as the country has run out of printing paper and is short on dollars to finance imports, officials said on Saturday. Education authorities said the tests, scheduled for March […]

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West and Japan urge Sri Lanka to extend “vocal support” for Ukraine

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Courtesy Adaderana Envoys of the United States and several other key nations in the west, as well as Japan on Friday, called on Sri Lanka to join in active support against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In a joint statement, the ambassadors and high commissioners to Sri Lanka urged the island nation to raise vocal support” […]

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US should have dialogue with Russia, address ‘crux’ of Ukrainian crisis, China’s Xi tells Biden

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Courtesy RT The presidents of the two countries have held talks discussing the hottest international and bilateral issues. China’s President Xi Jinping urged his US counterpart Joe Biden to engage in talks with Russia to address the reasons behind the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, stressing it should be resolved through diplomacy. The two presidents held […]

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Ukraine backtracks on Mariupol theater claims

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Courtesy RT Kiev initially claimed Russian bombs had killed more than 1,000 people, but local officials now say otherwise More than 200 civilians have been rescued unharmed from the bombed Mariupol Drama Theater, in Ukraine, and one injured woman has been taken to hospital, the local deputy mayor told reporters on Friday. Initial claims from […]

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Russia fires hypersonic missiles in Ukraine

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Courtesy RT Moscow has deployed Kinzhal missiles for the first time since the start of its military operation. The Russian military has said it used its state-of-the-art Kinzhal hypersonic missiles to destroy an arms depot near the city of Ivano-Frankivsk in western Ukraine. The strike with the air-launched missile system took place on Friday, Russian […]

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Russia’s divorce from the West has pushed it into China’s arms, here’s how it will work

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Vasily Kashin Courtesy Russia Today Beijing is the only major power to benefit from Moscow’s conflict with Kiev Russia’s military operation in Ukraine and the consequent economic embargo of Moscow by the West is the largest upheaval in world politics since at least the end of the Cold War. The result will be a complete […]

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Lanka tea production drops to a 13 year low due to fertilizer ban

Saturday, March 19th, 2022

Courtesy Hiru News Official data showed yesterday that Sri Lanka’s tea crop suffered its lowest yield in 13 years, reducing output in the country’s main export commodity as the island grapples with its worst economic crisis in seven decades. The Sri Lanka Tea Board figures showed that monthly tea crops dropped to 18.16 million kilos […]

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