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There was camaraderie in the COVID ward amidst gloom of death and fear of dying

Jun 5 (ST) One of the worst things about lying in a COVID ward is listening to others gasping for air, calling for their love ones and dying while fearing you might be next. Anuja Wickramasinghe is a 58-year-old restaurant owner from Boralesgamuwa who was recently released from the Homagama Base Hospital after five days of suffering from COVID. His wife was also infected and stayed ten days. more..

Online Registration for C-19 Jab in Galle Suspended

Jun 5 (CT) The online registration for COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in Galle was suspended due to external influences. The online registration initiated by Galle Four Gravets Divisional Secretariat gained immense praise for its effectiveness and there were requests to implement the system in other parts of the country as well. The eligible people were requested to register only via online. They then received a date, time and venue to come to get the vaccine through a text message. more..

SI killed, six injured when van escorting COVID-19 body topples in Hatton

Jun 5 (DM) A Sub Inspector of Police attached to the Hatton Police was killed and six others including 3 police officers were injured, when a van escorting a hearse carrying a COVID-19 body to Oddamavadi in Batticaloa for burial, was skidded off the road and toppled at Watawala on the Hatton - Ginigathhena Road this morning. DIG Ajith Rohana said that the body of a 79-year old Muslim woman was being transported at around 7 a.m today from Hatton when the accident occurred near 59th mile-post. more..

Govts must not hesitate to adopt bold policies to protect human health: President

Jun 5 (PMD) President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa emphasized that if we are to preserve the health of our planet and ensure human health and sustainability, Govts the world over must not hesitate to adopt bold policies. ‘Such policies should support ecological conservation, help combat the loss of biodiversity, and enable people to achieve their economic aspirations in more sustainable ways,’ he further said. more..

Turmeric: Hopes for price drop turn sour

Jun 5 (ST) Despite repeated assurances from the Govt that the price of turmeric would drop from January this year with local farmers sending their harvest to the market, the price remains high, consumers complain. They say a 100-gram pack of turmeric powder is being sold at Rs 450 or more just as the case had been during the height of the demand following the imposition of the import ban in Dec 2019. Dept of Export Agriculture which had repeatedly reassured consumers of a price more..

Shirley’s Piyabanna Ayeth ready to release

Jun 5 (ST) Film assistant director, production executive and television producer Shirley Samarasinghe’s maiden film Piyabanna Ayeth will be released soon. Screenplay written and produced by U. A. Palliyaguruge, the film stars Kalana Gunasekara and Chamathka Lakmini in the main roles and it revolves around a middle aged woman who yearns for love. Cinematographed by Gayan Geethapriya, edited by Chandana Sonnadara and music director of the film is Amith Guruand. more..

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Sri Lanka receives urgent medical assistance from US

Jun 5 (TM) US has sent urgent medical assistance to Sri Lanka to support the frontline workers in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, the USAID said. Accordingly, an aircraft belonging to Kalitta Air – an American cargo airline – touched down at the BIA early this morning, with a stock of medical supplies worth USD 6 million. The consignment consisted of 1,200 pulse oximeters and 880,000 pieces of essential medical equipment including KN95 masks, goggles and gloves. more..

Minister Devananda pledges to provide PCR machine to Vavuniya General Hospital

Jun 5 (Island) District General Hospital Vavuniya, too, would be given a PCR testing machine soon, Minister of Fisheries Douglas Devananda said, on Thursday, in Vavuniya. He said that in the Northern Province only the Jaffna Teaching Hospital currently had a PCR machine. At a meeting with health officials in Vavuniya, the Minister said that the number of COVID-19 positive cases was increasing in the North and the Jaffna Teaching Hospital alone couldn’t handle the PCR samples. more..

Sri Lanka in biggest ever nurdle hunt after X-Press Pearl spill, volunteer hunters arrested

Jun 5 (EN) Sri Lanka’s state authorities are engaged in the biggest nurdle hunt in the country’s history following a spill from X-Press Pearl though at least eight volunteer hunters have been arrested by police probably in the world’s first, amid a Coronavirus lockdown. Nurdles, little plastic pellets the size of a lentil or wheat grain is the raw material used in factories to mould plastic goods and polythene sheets. more..

SriLankan issues special notice to passengers travelling to UK

Jun 5 (AD) SriLankan Airlines has informed its customers that Sri Lanka will be added to the red list for entering the UK with effect from 0400hrs (UK time) on Tuesday (June 08). Accordingly, passengers will not be allowed to travel to the UK, if they have been in a country added to the red list in the previous 1-0 days unless they are a British or an Irish national or anyone with residence rights in the UK, the national carrier said issuing a special notice. However, passengers who have booked more..

'Recent frequent landslides in SL, a result of rock cutting'

Jun 5 (DM) Rock cuttings done for various purposes such as construction of roads and buildings have caused frequent landslides in SL, a geologist said. Well known Geologist Professor Kapila Dahanayake said that rock cuttings done for construction of buildings or roads especially on slopes in the hills have resulted in frequent landslides in Sri Lanka in the recent past. “Retaining walls should be constructed or grass should be grown after cutting soil to prevent landslides,” he said. more..

Visiting couple draws govt’s attention to glaring shortcomings

Jun 5 (Island) The govt should re-examine the procedure in place to allow visitors from abroad amidst the rampaging Covid-19 epidemic as part of the overall efforts to alleviate difficulties, a Danish-SL dual citizen told The Island. Danish passport holder now staying at a hotel in Kalutara with his wife said that even those who had been inoculated overseas and PCR tested negative immediately before leaving for Sri Lanka more..

975 people apprehended on Friday for disregarding quarantine laws

Jun 5 (AD) SL Police has arrested 975 individuals on Friday (5) for violating quarantine regulations such as wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing in public places, DIG Ajith Rohana said. A total of 22,950 arrests have been made in connection with the same offences since the 30th of October 2020. Reportedly, 147 of the arrests were made by Matale Police, 80 by Nikaweratiya Police and 75 others by Kandy Police. Meanwhile, 139 vehicles attempting to cross the provincial more..

Name board without Sinhalese at Indian consulate replaced

Jun 5 (DM) Concerns were raised over the name board, especially at a time when similar criticism had been directed at some Chinese companies for not giving space to Tamil on their name boards. Well informed sources told Daily Mirror that the name board of the Indian Consulate General in Jaffna had been placed 5 years ago. Indian sources said that the need for Sinhalese to be placed on the name board was probably not seen at the time as over 90 percent of the population in Jaffna are Tamil. more..

Thousands evacuated in Sri Lanka as inclement weather wreaks havoc

Jun 5 (EN) Inclement weather is wreaking havoc in SL on top of a public health crisis and the country’s biggest marine disaster yet, with four dead and thousands evacuated amid landslide and flood warnings for more calamity on the way. DMC issued landslide warnings for nine districts on June 05 with heavy rainfall expected to continue over the next few days. DMC said in a statement that by 9am June 05 Saturday, 4,863 people belonging to more..

Poor supervision and operation caused furnace oil overflow: Ananda Palitha

Jun 5 (DM) The recent furnace oil overflow from the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery was due to inadequate supervision and operation of the slop oil being stored in pits or tanks in the Oil Refineries, CPC JSS wing's Secretary Ananda Palitha said. He told the Daily Mirror that this overflow of oil cannot be treated as an oil leak. "The Slop Oil, by definition, is considered crude oil which is emulsified with water and solids rendering it a waste stream that cannot be sent down the pipeline. more..

No decision to re-open schools yet, don't rely on fake news: Edu. Min. Sec.

Jun 5 (DM) While condemning the fake news circulating in social media about the reopening of schools in the country in four stages, Education Ministry Secretary Prof. Kapila Perera said there was no such announcement made by the Ministry. He told the Daily Mirror that this is not correct to circulate such fake news item citing the Education Ministry. "A pandemic situation is widespread in the country and it is not the time to entertain people by publishing such news," he said. more..

Justice Kodagoda declines to hear Bathiudeen’s petition

Jun 5 (DN) SC Judge Yasantha Kodagoda yesterday recused himself from hearing the Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions filed by former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen and his brother Riyaj Bathiudeen. Bathiudeen brothers had filed FR petitions in the SC seeking an Interim Order to release them forthwith from the custody of the CID. They had been arrested and detained in connection with the Easter Sunday attacks. more..

John Keells Foundation to reforest 20 hectares

Jun 5 (Island) John Keells Foundation – the CSR entity of the John Keells Group – entered into a three-year collaboration with Ruk Rakaganno – a NGO engaged in the field of conservation and restoration of trees and forests – to reforest 20 hectares of Suduwalipotha Forest located in Kukulagema Beat, Kalawana Range, Kalawana DS Division in Ratnapura District through Ecological Restoration. The project falls within John Keells Foundation’s focus area of Environment more..

Landslide warnings for nine districts; ‘Red’ alert for Kalutara, Ratnapura

Jun 5 (AD) The National Building Research Organization today (June 05) issued landslide warnings for seven districts – Colombo, Galle, Kalutara, Kandy, Kegalle, Matara and Matale. Accordingly, Level 3 (Red) warning is effective in Kalutara and Ratnapura districts for a period of 24 hours until 5.30 am tomorrow (6). • Kalutara District – Ingiriya, Palindanuwara, Bulathsinhala, Agalawatta and Matugama • Ratnapura District – Kalawana and Eheliyagoda more..

මෝස්තර නිරූපිකාවකට එක නීතියක්! ලැජ්ජයි!

How ethical is secret recording of calls?

Jun 5 (FT) Former MP Ranjan Ramanayake who is undergoing a four-year rigorous imprisonment over a case of contempt of court, has signed a letter requesting Presidential pardon, media reported recently. It was earlier reported that the Prez Rajapaksa has requested the Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa to make a written request in this regard. Retired Air Force Officer Sunil Perera and Rev. Magalkande Sudatta Thera have filed two petitions in the Supreme Court alleging more..

Flight from reality

Jun 5 (FT) We are currently throwing a temper tantrum against reality, and it cannot end well. The graph pictured encapsulates it and is consistent with all global data and research. The longest-running European lockdown is Germany…coming into seven months! Germany is one of the richest countries in the world and has become a quasi-police state with detention camps set up and closed-down restaurants converted into PCR testing centres. While Sweden, with no mass lockdown, more..

SL says X-Press Pearl owners, P & I insurers have agreed to interim compensation

Jun 5 (EN) The insurers and owners of X-Press Pearl, which caught fire off Sri Lanka spilling debris have agreed to make interim payment for costs an official said while authorities are still on the watch for a possible oil spill. X-Press Feeders is covered for protection and indemnity insurance (P &I) by London Club P & I. “We have had discussion with Singapore as the flag country of the ship, the ships agents and the P & I insurers and the ship owners,” more..

48 die of Covid-19; 18 deaths reported at home

Jun 5 (NR) 48 more COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed raising SL’s virus death toll to 1,656. The deaths were reported between the 11th of May and the 3rd of June. A majority of the deaths, 16 were recorded on the 31st of May. 25 males and 23 females were among the fatalities while a majority who succumbed to the virus among the individuals are between the ages of 60 and 69 recording 16 deaths. 18 persons had succumbed to the virus while at homes while 29 individuals more..

Travellers from SL on UK red list from June 8

Jun 5 (EN) The UK has placed SL on a Coronavirus red list from June 08, barring travellers who had been in the country during the past 14 days except for citizens and residents. SL is now on the amber list, and from 4 am, June 08 will be under red. “Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advises against all but essential travel to SL, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks,” the UK govt website said. “From 4 am on 8 June SL will move to the red list for entering England. more..

Current Covid wave may decline after August

Jun 5 (CT) It would take at least another two to three months to control the present COVID-19 wave, Deputy Director General (Disaster Management and Preparedness), Dr. Hemantha Herath said. He said the COVID-19 cluster that emerged following the April New Year season would last at least till the months of Aug or Sept, before it begins to decline. Explaining, he said the COVID-19 cluster that had erupted in October last year had more..

Foreign Ministry unaware of Chinese flag at Jaffna building: Dinesh

Jun 5 (DM) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says it is unaware of a Chinese national flag being hoisted at a building in Jaffna. The Chinese flag had been seen hoisted at the office of a Chinese construction company in Jaffna. Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told Daily Mirror that the incident has not been reported to the Foreign Ministry as yet. He said that under normal circumstances, foreign companies do not display their nation flags at their premises. more..

Authorities rush to contain furnace oil overflow at refinery

Jun 5 (SLN) The separator tanks containing furnace oil at the Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery managed by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, have overflowed with the ingress of rain water following heavy downpour. Responding to this eventuality, the Navy and Sri Lanka Coast Guard leaped into action this evening (4) to skim the furnace oil exposed to the external environment and to prevent further spread of it. The Heiyanthuduwa area in Sapugaskanda has been flooded due to heavy rains in existence more..

Colombo lands won’t be sold: Urban Development Ministry

Jun 5 (CT) The Selendiva Investment Company will not sell any lands to foreign countries, Ministry of Urban Development and Housing stated. Ministry added that old, dilapidated buildings in Colombo will be developed under PM Rajapaksa. Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing Prof. M.M.S.B. Yalegama said that the Selendiva Investment Company is entirely liable for an audit by the AG. more..

Two factor authentication prone to abuse: experts

Jun 5 (TM) Recycled mobile numbers pose a possible risk in terms of two-factor authentication (2FA) in SL, warns cybersecurity consultants. Information Technology Society SL (ITSSL) Chairman Rajeev Yasiru Mathew said using alternative options to text messages for 2FA ensures potential cybersecurity. He said sending a text message or SMS (short message service) does not provide adequate safety for the user, even though enabling 2FA is a safer decision when more..

Govt to up science stream students to 60%, reduce arts students to 25% at A/Ls

Jun 5 (DM) According to the education policies of the present govt, it is to increase the number of students who study science for Advanced Level (A/L) from 35% to 60% and expect to reduce the number of students in the arts section to 25%, Education Ministry Secretary Prof. Kapila Perera said. He said the joint project was planned to experiment at the Wijeyarama Vidyalaya and Devi Balika Vidyalaya in Nugegoda, will now be cancelled and converted to English medium schools. more..

X-Press Pearl disaster: Compensation could take years to settle

Jun 5 (CT) Marine experts say investigations into shipwrecks are a long process and the insurance claim from the Xpress Feeders would take years to complete. Even Feeders of the wrecked ship are waiting until the ship sinks completely so that the investigation could begin and the pumping out the vessel’s fuel can take place, if it is intact. According to information, even the last year’s MV Blue Diamond more..

Ushan shifts focus to meet in Kazakhstan to strive for Olympic qualifying standards

Jun 5 (Island) High jumper Ushan Thivanka will skip the weekend’s competition in US due to health concerns but will continue his fight to earn qualifying standards for Tokyo Olympics. He was ready to take a long costly trip to Washington to obtain visas for the crucial championship in Kazakhstan where he will get a final opportunity to strive for the Olympic berth. The US based high jumper said that he would skip the weekend’s competition in the US after his doctor advised against competing. more..

Cricket: National Team gets a ‘Lead Physiotherapist

Jun 5 (CT) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) appointed Brett Harrop as the Lead Physiotherapist of the National Team. His appointment for a two-year period came into effect from 21 May 2021. Before joining SLC, Brett has been working as the Sports Physiotherapist for New Zealand Cricket. He has also worked as the High-Performance Rehabilitation Manager of the Bangladesh Cricket Board. Brett, a former Australian First-Class Cricketer, has worked as Head Physiotherapist of Kings XI Punjab, more..