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'Deaths not categorised as COVID related may help spread disease'

Jun 9 (DM) Sri Lankans living in UK have made an urgent appeal to PM Boris Johnson to release the supply of 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines due to arrive in SL and are lobbying their constituent MP’s heavily to prioritise SL’s vaccine crisis. The appeal is spearheaded by Dr. Tush Wickramanayaka, a National Health Service General Practitioner, family physician licensed in both UK and SL, Human Rights activist more..

Virological perspective of Covid pandemic

Jun 9 (DM) SARS CoV-2 is a well-adopted human respiratory virus to bully the human community globally. It is useful to compare this virus with a few other viruses of similar public health importance. The previous virus, SARS CoV-1 was highly infectious only several days after the beginning of the symptoms in a patient, therefore transmission was mainly linked to symptomatic cases. Because of that, it was not difficult to break the chain of transmission as the patients were mainly in more..

It’s monsoon season again in Sri Lanka

Jun 9 (DM) SL has two distinct monsoon seasons. Seasonal flooding due to extreme rainfall has become normal. Generally, the western and southern provinces are more susceptible to flooding during the Southwest Monsoon, which occurs between May and September, while the northern and north-central provinces are susceptible to flooding during the Northeast Monsoon. DMC points out that in recent years we have experienced several unprecedented levels of flooding more..

Covid-19 Situation Report

Dependency on oxygen over COVID patients up by 441%: GMOA

Jun 8 (DM) While increasing the country's reliance on oxygen by 441%, SL has risen to third place among South Asian countries in terms of COVID-19 patients, Executive Committee Member of GMOA Dr. Prasad Kolabage said. He said that the complications and allergies associated with COVID-19 infection are steadily increasing. "The daily dealth toll has also risen to nearly 50, demonstrating the danger of this new COVID-19 variant," he said. The rate of dependency on oxygen in April & May more..

Govt dismisses claims on appointing Namal as PM

Jun 8 (DM) Govt today dismissed claims that there are moves to appoint Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa as PM. Cabinet co-spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said that such claims are mere political jargon. “If you go by the stories that are being spread, tomorrow you might see that someone else is going to be appointed,” he said in response to a question raised by Daily Mirror at the press conference. Rambukwella said that such claims should not be taken seriously by the media. more..

Vaccination programme carried out successfully: Ramesh Pathirana

Jun 8 (TM) The vaccination process is being carried out successfully throughout the country, minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana stated today. “Vaccinations are being provided to the residents at the Grama Niladhari Division level in a very transparent manner and the work required for the successful implementation of the vaccination program throughout SL is being done with the intervention of the health sector and all parties at present, resolving some of the shortcomings that existed more..

Buddhist monk battles crocodile to save elderly man

Jun 8 (DM) A 30-year-old Buddhist monk who jumped into a lake in Diyamailagaswewa, Kahatagasdigiliya has rescued a 70-year-old man when a crocodile attacked and dragged him away while bathing. Police said the monk, Ven. Pellandeniya Piyananda Thero and the victim were bathing in the lake on Monday morning when the incident was reported. However, the monk was preparing to return to the temple after bathing when the 70-year old man was attacked and more..

Public, traders, SME biz furious over sudden blanket closure of all bank branches

Jun 8 (FT) The public and private sectors were severely inconvenienced yesterday following the sudden closure of all bank branches countrywide following a directive from the Police. The complaint was people, companies, traders and SMEs weren’t able to do urgent transactions which required physical presence in branches. All leading banks issued notices over the weekend of the closure of branches for a week more..

Administration of Sinopharm 2nd dose begins

Jun 8 (AD) The administration of the second dose of the China-manufactured COVID-19 vaccine Sinopharm commenced this morning as per scheduled. The first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine was administered to 19,567 persons yesterday while the total number of individuals who had received the first dose so far is 989,574. Chief Medical Officer of the CMC Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni said that nearly 90,000 residents of Colombo more..

Beware of rat fever: Epidemiology Unit

Jun 8 (CT) People living in areas affected by the floods should beware of leptospirosis, better known as rat fever, the Epidemiology Unit cautioned. Sources said there was a danger of the present flood conditions contributing towards an increase in the number of leptospirosis cases. Not only those affected by the floods, but also rescue workers too are prone to the infection once they expose themselves to the flood waters, which would increase the risk of them contracting more..

Cabinet agrees to buy unsold produce from farmers

Jun 8 (AD) A major economic crisis is faced by both small-medium scale and large scale farmers over the inability to transport and trade as normal due to the travel restrictions. Meanwhile, it has been noted that consumers, too, are also facing a scarcity of vegetables and fruits at a fair price. Accordingly, Cabinet granted their consent to implement a program to purchase the stocks of vegetables and fruits which could not be sold during the travel restrictions by the District Secretaries more..

'Sri Lanka has freshwater moss, seaweed, lots of chickens to make organic fertilizer'

Jun 8 (EN) SL has freshwater moss, seaweed and a large number of chickens to make organic fertilizer and the govt will not have to import any, Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said. Cabinet gave the nod to import enough organic fertilizer for 1.1 million hectares of farmland. Alugamage said domestic manufacture will be ramped up using material from the sea, freshwater reservoirs and chicken farms. more..

Probes into irregularities at Galle vaccination program following Ukussa exposé

Jun 8 (AD) Ministry of Health has launched an investigation into the irregularities at COVID vaccination program at Unawatuwa in Galle, following the exposé by Ada Derana Ukussa on Monday. State Minister Prof. Channa Jayasumana brought the matter to attention during the parliamentary session convened earlier today. As per ‘Ukussa’ revelation, a group of individuals from the Western Province had attended the vaccination program attention during parliamentary more..

Deadline for accepting Grade 1 admissions for 2022 extended till July 31

Jun 8 (DM) The due date of accepting the applications from children to Grade One for the Year 2022 has been extended until July 31, the Education Ministry Secretary Prof. Kapila Perera said. As a result, the deadline for submitting applications for Grade One for the academic year 2022 has been set for June 30, 2021. Considering the current pandemic situation, disaster situation, travel restrictions and difficulties faced by the parents, the decision was taken to extend the due date. more..

Chandimal, Piumi want Chamuditha in for breaking quarantine law

Jun 8 (DM) Even organizer Chandimal Jayasingha, model Piumi Hansamali and 14 other individuals who are presently undergoing quarantine in a govt center after the recent Shangri La birthday party fiasco have slammed a contempt of court case against media presenter Chamuditha Samarawickrama and want him in for breaking the quarantine law after he appeared in a recent youtube program without a mask. more..

Dolawatte requests President to annul gazette on DS land acquisition

Jun 8 (DM) SLPP MP Premanath C. Dolawatte said today he had requested President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to cancel the gazette notification on the acquisition of land belonging to the D.S. Senanayake College, Colombo and give it back to the school. He told Parliament that he would make a request in writing and table the letter pertaining to the request in the House today. The MP said he was told by the President when inquired that the land was acquired subsequent to a request. more..

Plans afoot to bring Hisbullah back to politics

Jun 8 (CT) SL Muslim Ulama Party (SLMUP) leader, Mubarak Abdul Majeed said they were planning to invite former Deputy Minister and Eastern Province Governor, M.L.A.M. Hisbullah to the proposed United Congress (UC) and bring him back to national politics. Majeed further said they were holding discussions with Hisbullah regarding the matter. He said all documents, required for the registration of a new party have been submitted to the Elections Commission and added that more..

Govt, stakeholders to plan legal action on MV X-Press Pearl disaster

Jun 8 (FT) Ministry of Justice yesterday hosted a stakeholder consultation aimed at mapping out how the Govt will approach claiming damages to the environment from the wrecking on the Singaporean-flagged container vessel MV X-Press Pearl and seek recompense for the response effort. The move came as the Attorney General's (AG) Dept informed the court that investigation revealed that there were discrepancies in more..

Three containers of organic fertiliser arrive

Jun 8 (CT) Three 40ft containers of organic fertiliser imported from Madurai, South India have arrived to Colombo Harbour on June 2 and they are currently at the Orugodawatta Customs Yard, Ceylon Today learns. This is the first time ever Sri Lanka has imported organic fertiliser to the country. The Govt has already announced that they will do away with chemical fertiliser and introduce organic fertilizer, however, it’s unclear whether this cargo was part of that decision. more..

Five sub-committees set up: Ali Sabry

Jun 8 (CT) Five sub-committees have been set up to assess the impact and damage caused by the fire that broke out on the MV X-Press Pearl vessel, Minister Ali Sabry said. He added that three committees comprising experts will ascertain the impact and damage caused to the environment, the marine environment, livelihood of fishermen, and the impact on the economy, while two committees will focus on the necessary legal procedure and the cost that SL has incurred as a result of the fire. more..

OUSL opposes Presidential Secretariat’s rejection of Vice Chancellor shortlist

Jun 8 (TM) Strong opposition and alarm was expressed by the Joint Alliance of Unions of the Open University of SL (OUSL) with regard to the rejection of the Vice Chancellor shortlist of the university by the Presidential Secretariat. This was communicated through a media statement released by the joint alliance of unions today, which represents all academic, non-academic and student communities of the university. more..

Sri Lanka to beautify 100 towns/cities with private participation

Jun 8 (EN) Cabinet has approved a proposal by PM Rajapksa to beautify 100 towns or second and third level cities with some private sector participation, the cabinet office said June 08. “Some second and third level cities throughout the island are untidy, ugly and a pain/disturbance to the public for a considerable time due to unorganised development while most of them can be converted public friendly, pleasing cities across taking necessary steps according to a neat/proper plan (sic),” more..

Foreign Minister underlines vital role played by BIMSTEC

Jun 8 (Island) The Bay of Bengal Initiatives for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) as a regional cooperation should play a vital supportive role in reviving the economies of member states through cooperation in areas of expertise of Member States, as the world is on the brink of a major economic and social crisis due to the unprecedented devastation caused to human lives by the COVID-19 pandemic, says Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena. more..

Sri Lanka to vaccinate all by early 2022, facilitate growth: Army chief

Jun 8 (EN) Sri Lanka plans to successfully contain the third wave of COVID-19 and vaccinate its entire population by end 2021/early 2022 with a view to facilitating economic advancement, Chief of Defence Staff and Army Commander Gen Shavendra Silva said. Silva told an investment forum organised by CCC, CSE and BOI that total vaccination of the population will allow SL’s “workforce, its economic pillars, more..

Video: Essential food items confiscated at port to be sold via Sathosa

Jun 8 (AD) Cabinet of Ministers has approved to sell the essential food items which are not released from the port or are confiscated by the SL Customs to the public at concessionary rates. Department of Govt Information points out that Lanka Sathosa Ltd already operates a system to provide essential food items to the public at affordable prices during the current COVID-19 pandemic situation. Accordingly, the Cabinet has approved the resolution to take necessary steps to provide essential food more..

SL to sign MoUs with foreign universities to improve local unis’ global ranking

Jun 8 (EN) Sri Lanka plans to enter into memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with foreign universities with a view to building educational partnerships and improving the international ranking of local universities, the cabinet office said June 08. The cabinet of ministers has approved a proposal by Minister Prof G L Peiris to sign the MoUs. According to a statement from the cabinet office, MoUs between the following local and international universities/institutes have been proposed: more..

USAID-funded developments projects in Sri Lanka to be expedited

Jun 8 (PMD) Steps have been taken to accelerate the USAID funded development projects in SL. This was discussed at a meeting held between Prez Rajapaksa and the Director of the USAID SL Office, Reed J. Aeschliman, at Prez Secretariat today (7). A number of development activities funded by USAID have already been launched in the country. Some of these projects remain inactive due to various reasons. more..

Irrigation Department to set up more drinking water projects

Jun 8 (DN) The Irrigation Dept is exploring suitable sustainable water sources for drinking water projects mainly in Up- Country and Dry Zone areas. At present, three mega water projects, such as, the JICA funded Anuradhapura North Phase One and Two water projects and the Chinese funded Thambuththegama Water Supply Scheme are under construction. According to Irrigation Department sources, the department has already signed a MoU with the National Water Supply & Drainage more..

Navy apprehends a suspect with smuggled stock of Kendu leaves and dried turmeric

Jun 8 (SLN) The Navy managed to apprehend a suspect with about 514kg of Kendu leaves and 70kg of dried turmeric attempted to be smuggled into the island via sea routes, during a special search operation conducted in the beach area of Vankalai, Mannar today. The Navy has stepped up patrols and is conducting regular operations covering the coastal region to curb smuggling by sea. During a similar operation in Vankalai beach area, the North Central Naval Command managed to recover more..

අල්ලස් ලෙස දරුවන්ට ෆෝන් දෙන්න එපා!

When double standards reek of tobacco

Jun 8 (Island) The govt has had to give public health priority over everything else and extend the current countrywide lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19. It could have saved many more lives than those lost in the Easter Sunday carnage if it had cared to heed doctors’ warnings and imposed travel restrictions in April. Had it allowed the public health professionals to decide what should be done to prevent the transmission of the runaway virus, it would have been able close proverbial stable more..

Maritime conventions, disasters and hubs

Jun 8 (FT) The territorial waters of SL have experienced maritime disasters for centuries. The presence of numerous hulls on the sea bed around the country are testimony to the battles that were fought, and the accidents that occurred in close proximity to the island nation. Whilst the hulls are a grim reminder of the past, the impact on the environment at that time remains sketchy, and hardly any lessons seem to have been learnt from each disaster. Much has remained unaccounted for more..

SL agent deleted vital e-mails: ship probe

Jun 8 (AFP) A SL court hearing into the fire and sinking of a container ship off Colombo was told Monday that its local agent had deleted e-mails vital to the investigation. Singapore-registered MV X-Press Pearl reported an onboard acid leak to its representative Sea Consortium Lanka who in turn failed to alert local authorities, state prosecutor said. He said investigators found that Sea Consortium had wiped its e-mails with more..

New detention facility gazetted

Jun 8 (DM) Prez Rajapaksa has issued a gazette notice naming the Counter Terrorism Investigation Unit as a place of detention. The gazette had been issued on Friday 4th June as a notification under Section 9 of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA). “I, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President do hereby notify that the premises specified in the Schedule hereto, shall be a place of detention for the purposes under Section 9 of the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act , No. 48 of 1979,” more..

ITSSL Chief arrested for sharing false news over possible hacking of state websites

Jun 8 (DM) The CID arrested Chairman of the Information Technology Society of SL (ITSSL) Rajeev Yasiru Kuruwitage Mathew for sharing false news claiming several govt web sites, including the Presidential Secretariat web site, were hacked, police said. The suspect had issued statements since last week stating websites of the Presidential Secretariat, External Affairs Ministry, Medical Research Institute, Survey Department of SL have been subject to a massive cyber attack. more..

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