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The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA ) is misleading the nation and recommends the wrong test for identifying infected persons.
Sri Lanka News
The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) today urged the health authorities to speed up the COVID-19 testing of some 42,000 personnel who have been in contact with over 160 patients tested positive for the virus in the country. GMOA member Dr. Naveen De Soyza said it was revealed at a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat yesterday that about 42,000 people have been in contact with those tested positive. He said the current pace of testing was not adequate to efficiently counter the spread of the virus. "We have requested the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

දුමක් අල්ලා කැඳක් පොවා දින 3න් කොරෝනා සුව කළ හැකි බව වෛද්‍යවරුන් සොයා ගනී -Ayurvedha Medicine Corona
Aruna lk
මේ වන විට මුලු ලෝකය ම ගිලගනිමින් සිටින මාරාන්තික කොරෝනා වෛරස් තත්ත්වය ඉතා පහසුවෙන් මර්ධනය කළ හැකි දේශීය ඖෂධයක් තමන් සතුව ඇති බව මෙරට ප්‍රධාන රෝහල් 4ක සේවය කරන විශේෂඥ වෛද්‍යවරයකු හා තවත් බටහිර වෛද්‍යවරුන් 3 දෙනකු පවසයි. https://youtu.be/hj3Zq5pCm1Y... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Tablighi Jamaat Linked to One Third of Indian and a Number of Sri Lankan COVID-19 Cases
Dilrook Kannangara
The cremation/burial drama seems to be a distraction from the real issue - Tablighi Jamaat. The event held in New Delhi from March 13-15 by this group is the super spreader of the Coronavirus in India. 34 had participated from Sri Lanka too. An Introduction quoted from senior Indian bureaucrat, diplomat and politician K Natwar Singh is given below. He calls on the Indian government to ban the organization. Sri Lanka must also consider banning their affiliated organisations in the island. https://www.sundayguardianlive.com/opinion/tablighi-jamaat-banned Quoted Alami Markaz... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Sunil Ratnayake: Politics of a presidential pardon
By C. A. Chandraprema Courtesy The Island
A veritable caterwaul of protest has erupted from local and international NGO quarters over the presidential pardon extended to a former soldier Sunil Ratnayake, who had been convicted and sentenced to death over an incident, in 2000, when eight Tamil persons including a five-year-old child were killed in Mirusuvil in Jaffna. The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said, in a statement, that the release of this individual was an affront to the victims who lost their lives in that incident. An Al Jazeera report on this matter explained... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Invisible dangers to mankind
Dr sarath obeysekera
COVID 19 -a virus originated from animals is one of the unproven theories. Powerful countries accuse each other of planting an artificially generated bio virus to destabilize each others' might economic powers One scientist ( by the way a Sri Lankan) claims that it had arrived on the earth from another planet. I am tempted to express a wild theory about future dangers we may face from invisible rays which are flying around the universe  X-ray, gamma-ray, ad other radioactive rays, radar rays blue tooth rays and also the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Revealed: How coronavirus outbreak is shining light on violations inside Qatar’s labor camps
Courtesy Arab News
DUBAI: For as long as he lived in Qatar, Antony, from Batticaloa in Sri Lanka, led a sort of double life. By day, he was a cleaner at the gleaming offices of Qatar Foundation and Qatar National Convention Center in north Doha.By night, he was a miserable occupant of a cramped room in a derelict building in the Industrial Area, a sprawling expanse of workers’ accommodation, warehouses, vehicle-repair shops and factories, known locally as Sanaya.Looking back, Antony can be excused for believing that it was destiny that brought him back... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Coronavirus: Four from Sri Lanka who attended Tablighi Jamat gathering test positive in Haryana’s Nuh
Leena Dhankhar Courtesy The Hindustan Times
Four men from Sri Lanka, who had allegedly attended the Tablighi Jamaat Markaz in Delhi’s Nizamuddin last month, tested positive for Covid-19, in the Nuh district on Sunday, said officials. Eight people have been confirmed to have Covid-19 from Nuh and seven of them had visited the congregation in Nizamuddin, held mid-March. Virender Yadav, chief medical officer (CMO), Nuh, said: “Two of the patients were found near the Palwal border on March 31while entering Nuh and the other two were traced to Umra village. They were quarantined and their samples... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Covid-19: Let us hold our nerve
By Dr Lal Jayasinghe Consultant in Communicable Disease Control UK (retired) (member Public Health Writers Collective) Courtesy The Island
Phwriters2020

gmail.com So far, we have done very well. Let us not forget this. We were very fortunate that the govt. listened to the right people and took their advice on how to control this epidemic namely the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Department. We are also fortunate in other ways as well. We are an island which means the virus can enter Sri Lanka (legally) only via airports.  We are also fortunate in having a good public... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

India develops paper-strip test that detects coronavirus in an hour, costs LKR 1,250
BY S VENKAT NARAYAN Courtesy The Island
NEW DELHI, April 5: In a major breakthrough, Indian scientists have successfully developed a low-cost, paper-strip test which can detect the new coronavirus within an hour, and costs just INR 500, or LKR 1,250 (US$6.5). This will address India’s urgent need for rapid-testing. The test uses the cutting-edge gene-editing tool- Crispr-Cas9 to target and identify the genomic sequences of the novel coronavirus in the samples of suspected individuals.  “We have been working on this tool for around two years. But, in late January, when the... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Toll of Covid-19 cases rises to 176
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Five COVID-19 infected patients had been identified, bringing the total cases in Sri Lanka to 176, the Ministry of Health said.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Prevent candidates from using relief activities for election run-up campaigns – Deshapriya
Courtesy Adaderana
The Chairman of Elections Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has urged action to prevent candidates from using relief activity for publicity campaign in the run-up to the election. He mentioned this in a letter directed to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Deshapriya noted that a special programme is essential for the implementation of relief measures to the people. He also urged the Premier to coordinate relief measures solely through governors, ministerial secretaries, chief secretaries, district secretaries, divisional secretaries, local government commissioners and field officers with the assistance of security forces.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

Persons who completed quarantine urged to undergo 14-day further self-isolation
Courtesy Adaderana
Persons who have completed the quarantine process are requested to undergo another 14 days of self-isolation, stated the Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva. The directive is issued for individuals who had undergone the quarantine process at the quarantine centers or at homes. It was reported today (05) that a person from Matara who had already completed the quarantine process have contracted the COVID-19 virus. https://youtu.be/DwV1D6otsII The patient is a father of 3 from Kohugoda-Akuressa, Matara had returned from South Korea to undergo the 14-day quarantine... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 06/04/20)

The other side of the Coronavirus
H. L. D. Mahindapala
Each disaster that had hit us made us believe that we had hit rock bottom and nothing worse can happen again. Wasn’t a 33-year-old war which began with the Vadukoddai Resolution passed on May 14th 1976 and ended on May 19th 2009 enough to end all disasters? But new disasters came rolling out of nowhere to shatter the smug complacency. And then we start all over again with another peace-shattering disaster. For instance, whoever thought that millionaire Muslim terrorists, riding in Pajeros, would blast the serene joy of a Sunday morning within a decade... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

කොරෝනා වෛරසය සහ මානසික සෞඛ්‍යය
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග 
කොරෝනා වෛරසය (COVID-19 ) සීග්‍රයෙන් ලොව පුරා පැතිර යන මේ කාලයේ මිනිසුන් අතර බිය , ක්ලමථය (stress) , කාංසාව (anxiety) සහ විශාද(depression)  තත්වයන් ඇති විය හැකිය. තවද මිනිසුන් අතර සමාජ සබඳතා බිඳී යාම , රැකියා අවස්ථා සීමා වී ආර්ථික ප්‍රශ්න මතුවීම , ගමනාගමනයන් සීමා වීම වැනි තත්ව නිසා මිනිසුන් තුල සාමූහික විශාද ලක්‍ෂණ පහළ විය හැකිය. මේ හැර කොරෝනා රෝගයට ප්‍රතිකාර කරන සෞඛ්‍ය සේවකයන් තුල වෘත්තීය දැවීයාම් (burnout ) මතුවීමේ අවධානමක් ද පවතියි. මේ වන විට ලෝකය පුරා පැතිරී යන කොරෝනා වෛරස් රෝගය එක්තරා ආකාරයක සාමූහික ව්‍යසනයකි (collective trauma). මේ තත්වය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

සම්ප්‍රදාය ඔස්සේ අභියෝග ජය ගනිමු
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
              ශත වර්ෂයකට ඉහත වසූරිය වංසගතයෙන් පීඩා විඳි මෙරට ජනතාව නැවතත් වරක් ඒ තුන් බියෙන් වෙලී සිටී.රටම එක කලාපයක් ලෙසට ගෙන අඳුරු නීතිය දමා වරින් වර වසා දැමීම හේතු කොට ගෙන සියලු මානව ක්‍රියාකාරකම් අකර්මණ්‍ය ව ඇත. අතීතයේ දී නම් මෙවැනි වසංගත තත්වයකදී හෝ ආපදා පන්න අවස්ථාවන්හිදී ගම් දහයක එකමුතුවකින් සැදි සභාවකින් ( ගම් අඩවි යුත් අටදෙනා) පෙදෙස් පාලනයකරමින් අභියෝග ජයගත් බව ඉතිහාසයෙන් පෙනේ. තමන්ගේ රටේ ඉතිහාසය මත පදනම්ව තීරණ ගැනීමට හුරුව නැති පාලනයක් තුළින් මෙවැනි දේ අපට බලාපොරොත්තු විය නොහැකිය. එසේ කලා නම් මේ තරමට ජනතාව අසීරු තාවයකට පත් වන්නේ නැත. ලංකාව කුඩා රටක් වුවද... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Muslim Bashing
Chanaka Bandarage
Muslim bashing is fashionable in Sri Lanka. Muslim bashing is considered politically correct in Sri Lanka. Muslims are a minority in this country. They comprised less than 10% of the population. Muslims congregate in groups. They wear garments that are specific to them. They live within closely knitted communities. They help each other out. They give priority to their religion and religious customs. These characteristics have made them the envy of the Sinhalese. There are many other reasons for enmity. The... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Beyond COVID-19 Sri Lanka Must Cremate All Dead
Dilrook Kannangara
In Islam, a martyr need not be buried to go to heaven. Muslims who die in the COVID-19 epidemic, for no fault of theirs, must be considered martyrs by the Muslim community. If terrorists including suicide bombers can be treated as martyrs, why not innocent Muslims who died from COVID-19? Therefore their dead bodies need not be buried. Cremation is suitable. This is the only amicable way to resolve the dispute and Muslims must extend their cooperation. The cremation or burial debate is a needless one. Local medical professionals know the condition of local... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

මිහිපිට පහලවූ පාරාදීසයක් වශයෙන් විරුදාවළි ලත් මේ සින්හල දේශය........
ආචාර්ය සුදත් ගුණසේකර (අග්‍රාමාත්ය සිරිමාවෝ බණ්ඩාරනායක මැතිනියගේ ඉස්තිර ලේකම්, ශ්රී ලංකා පරිපාලන සේවා සංගමයේ හිටපු  සභාපති (1991-1994) සහ සභාපති මහනුවර සිංහල බෞද්ධ ජෙෂ්ඨ පුරවැසියන්ගේ සන්විධානය).
මිහිපිට පහලවූ පාරාදීසයක් වශයෙන් විරුදාවළි ලත් මේ සින්හල දේශය, සිංහල ජාතිය සහ මේ රටේ ශ්රේෂ්ඨ ශිෂ්ටාචාරය ආරක්ෂා කරගැනීම සඳහා මේ රටේ සෑම මිනිසෙකු, ගැහැනියෙකු සහ ළදරුවෙකුම මධ්යම කඳුරට තම හදවත මෙන් රැකගතයුතුය. එසේම මේ රටේ සෑම රටවැසියෙකුම “මධ්යම කඳුරට සින්හලේ හදබිම" යන සන්කල්පය “ආගමක්” ලෙස ඇදහිය යුතුය ශ්‍රී ලන්කාවේ මධ්යම කඳුකරය මා “සින්හලේ හදබිම” වශයෙන් හඳුන්වන්නේ ඇයි , මේ රටේ හා ජාතියේ පැවැත්ම සඳහා ඉන් ඉටුවන අපරිමිත මෙහෙය, එය මේ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

SOME OBSERVATIONS ON ELARA AND ELARA’S TOMB
KAMALIKA PIERIS
According to the Mahavamsa, Anuradhapura was ruled by a foreign king, Elara in the period immediately before Dutugemunu. Elara’s origins are not known. Dipawamsa said Elara was Uju jatiko’, meaning hailing from the ‘Uju’ tribe or from the land by that name.  Mahavamsa said Elara, was a ruler of foreign origin, ‘a prince’ (Khattiyo)   a ‘Damilo’ who came from the Cola country. This has been mistakenly interpreted as Chola prince. Elara could not have been a Chola prince, because the Chola dynasty did not exist at the time. A. Denis N.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Nations Unhappy As China Reopens Wet Markets
Courtesy CRUX
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison urged the WHO and the UN to act against China's wet markets. It is suspected that COVID-19 might have originated from a wet market in Wuhan https://youtu.be/eygof09FKS0... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

COVID-19 Community Support voluntary service
JVP UKC Community Support voluntary service
Dear Fellow Sri Lankan  The Coronavirus and the restrictions imposed to help manage it are challenging to us all. However, some people in our community, particularly those at risk due to age, isolation or illness are finding it particularly difficult to cope.  The JVP UK Committee is offering a COVID-19 Community Support voluntary service for anyone who needs help with shopping, accessing healthcare, services or medications. Some of the services that we offer: 1. If you or your family is in isolation and have... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Covid-19 and seeing the reality of existence
by Vipula Wanigasekera
Humans are locked down inside their homes, away from the rat race, deprived of the enjoyment of wealth, position and fame. It is undeniable that COVID-19 does not recognize what is considered important in the material world when it hits the human race wherever they are if exposed. Ironically, this is no contagion for any other beings.   Much has been written on what COVID-19 has shown to the world already. There is however a promising chance to be seized especially by those who for sure, believe their lives are not going to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

71 කැරැල්ල ආරම්භයේ සිට අවසානය දක්වා පුර්ණ සමාලෝචනයක් – කර්තෘ වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග
වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම්. ජයතුංග විසින් 71 කැරැල්ල පිළිබඳව අධ්‍යයනයක් කොට කැරළිකරුවන් සම්මුඛ සාකච්ඡාවලට ලක් කරමින් ඉතිහාසයේ සැඟව පැවති සාධකයන් ඉස්මතු කරමින් ඉතා අගනා සමාජ විද්‍යාත්මක හා ඓතිහාසික වශයෙන් වටිනා කෘතියක් පාඨකයාට ලබා දීම ප්‍රශස්ත කරුණක් ලෙස මම දකිමි. - ආචාර්ය ලීල් ගුණසේකර  71 කැරැල්ලේ පුනරුත්ථාපනය පිළිබඳ අතිරේක ලේකම්    71 කැරැල්ලේ  ඉතිහාසයෙන් වැළළී ගිය සිද්ධීන් වෛද්‍ය රුවන් එම් ජයතුංග විසින් මෙම කෘතිය හරහා හෙළිදරව් කරයි - මහාචාර්‍ය කාලෝ ෆොන්සේකා  1971 කැරැල්ල සුවිශේෂිව සලකා බලනවිට, ඒ පිළිබඳව මේ වන විට සැලකිය යුතු ලිඛිත සාහිත්‍යයක් දැකිය හැකිය. වෛද්‍ය රුවන් ජයතුංග විසින්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

කාර්ය මණ්ඩලවලට අයශ්‍ය සම්මත පුද්ගල ආරක්‍ෂක උපකරණ
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි සමස්ත ලංකා වෛද්‍ය නිළධාරීන්ගේ සංගමය. 
2020. 04. 04 පවිත‍්‍රා වන්නිආරච්චි මහත්මිය, සෞඛ්‍ය හා දේශීය වෛද්‍ය අමාත්‍යතුමිය, සෞඛ්‍ය හා දේශීය වෛද්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශය, කොළඹ 10. මහත්මියණි, කොරෝනා මර්ධන කටයුතුවල නියුතු සෞඛ්‍ය හා අනෙකුත් කාර්ය මණ්ඩලවලට අයශ්‍ය සම්මත පුද්ගල ආරක්‍ෂක උපකරණ (standerd Personal protective equipments) අඛණ්ඩව සැපයීම සහතික කිරීම. ලොව පුරා සීග‍්‍රයෙන් පැතිරීයන කොරෝනා වෛරසය මේ වන විට ශ‍්‍රී ලංකාවටද දැඩි බලපෑමක් එල්ල කර ඇති මේ අතිශය තීරණාත්මක මොහොතේ උක්ත කාර්ය පිළිබඳව ඔබගේ දැඩි අවධානය යොමු කරන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටිමු. කොරෝනා මර්ධන ක‍්‍රියාවලියේදී රෝගය ආසාධිත පුද්ගලයින්, ආසාධිත යැයි සැකකරන පුද්ගලයින් සහ නිරෝධානයට ලක්කරන පුද්ගලයින් සමග ඍජුව කටයුතු කරන සෞඛ්‍ය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

GMOA හකීම් සමග එක්වෙයි.. කොරෝනා මල සිරුරු භූමදානය වෙනුවෙන් පෙරට.. ඉහලම සෞඛ්‍ය බලධාරියාටත් උඩින් යයි..
Dr Sarath OBEYSEKERA
When I read the above news published on a pro-government website I am at a loss to understand who should dictate the terms for the corona prevention program in the country. https://lankacnews.com/gmoa-%e0%b7%84%e0%b6%9a%e0%b7%93%e0%b6%b8%e0%b7%8a-%e0%b7%83%e0%b6%b8%e0%b6%9c-%e0%b6%91%e0%b6%9a%e0%b7%8a%e0%b7%80%e0%b7%99%e0%b6%ba%e0%b7%92-%e0%b6%9a%e0%b7%9c%e0%b6%bb%e0%b7%9d%e0%b6%b1%e0%b7%8f/ Why is the GMOA which did not give a hoot about dying patients when they instigated strikes killing patients is trying to dictate terms to the country. Anil Jasinghe and Prabha Palihawadana who lead health department should dictate guidelines I also note the Padeniya and  few other cohorts appearing  in TV trying to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

කොරෝනා ජාත්‍යන්තර වසංගතය හමුවේ අනාගත ශ්‍රී ලංකාව.....!
නීතිඥ අරුණ ලක්සිරි උණවටුන
1.) කඩදාසිය, බැංකු පොත, කාසි සහ මුදල් නෝට්ටු භාවිතය අත්හැරීම. 2.) විද්‍යුත් සටහන් භාවිතයට පෙළඹීම සහ පුස්තකාල, පුවත්පත් භාවිතය අඩුවීම. 3.) ජීවිත අවධානම ගැනීමට අකැමැති අය වෛද්‍ය , හෙද, ඖෂධවේදී වෘත්තීන්ට ඇතුලත්වීම අවම වීම. 4.) විද්‍යුත් ඡන්ද ක්‍රමයක් මගින් ප්‍රජාතන්ත්‍රවාදය ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීම. 5.) කෘෂිකාර්මික කටයුතු සදහා ඉහළ ඉල්ලුමක් ඇතිවීම සහ සමූහ ගොවිපොළ ක්‍රම සහ ගෙවතු වගාව ජනප්‍රිය වීම. 6.) විනිසුරුවරු වීදුරු කුටියක හෝ වීදුරු ආවරණයකදී විනිශ්චයාසනගත වීම සහ විවෘත අධිකරණයට ඇතුල්විය හැකි නීතිඥවරු සහ මහජනතාව සීමා කිරීම. 7.) ආරවුල් නිරාකරණය සදහා අධිකරණය,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Lankan govt says curfew in “non-high risk” areas may be lifted after Sinhala New Year
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Curfew will continue in the "high risk" districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Puttalam, Jaffna and Kalutara Colombo, April 4 (newsin.asia): The Sri Lankan government has said that there is a possibility that the curfew imposed on districts which are not in high risk of being infected by the coronavirus, could be lifted by the end of the Sinhala New Year season. The Sinhala New Year is celebrated on April 13 and 14 but the celebratory season could extend by a week. At a high-level meeting presided over by... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Lankan state agencies to attend to household electrical and plumbing issues during curfew
Courtesy NewsIn.Asia
Hotlines have been set up by the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka Colombo, April 4 (newsin.asia): The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) together with Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB), Lanka Electricity Company Private Limited (LECO) and National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWS&DB) to implement a special service to provide immediate solutions to the issues of electrical systems and plumbing of the households of electricity and water consumers, during the curfew period with effect from today. Facilities have been provided to rectify the problems of electrical systems and plumbing issues... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Danger yet to pass; low risk districts could get relief after New Year
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
The danger posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka is yet to pass but the restrictions imposed on the 'low risk' districts could be lifted by the end of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year Season, the President's Media Division (PMD) said today. This has been observed at a meeting Presided by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and took place at the Presidential Secretariat to review the progress of the COVID-19 prevention program and to decide on the steps needed to take this program forward. The PMD said... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Reports of lockdown of the COUNTRY false: Police
Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Reports circulating on social media of a complete lockdown enforced from April 10 to 15 where food supply and delivery would be suspended are completely false, Police spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne said. Issuing a statement SP Senaratne said the false reports indicated that during the supposed lockdown, the law will strictly be enforced, where vehicles vending products such as bakery items will not be permitted to operate while no retail operations will be allowed to be carried out.  The police spokesman denied such reports stating that the government has made... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

COVID-19 case count in Sri Lanka reaches 166
Courtesy Adaderana
Four more patients have tested positive for COVID-19 as of 10.30 pm today (04), stated the Ministry of Health. Accordingly, the total count of coronavirus positive cases in the country has risen to 166. In the meantime, 27 patients who contracted the virus had completely recovered and been discharged from the hospitals. The fatality count in the country came up to 5 this morning with the death of a 44-year-old male who had recently arrived from Italy.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

COVID-19 prevention program to proceed with professional expertise
Courtesy Adaderana
Headed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a discussion took place today (04) at the Presidential Secretariat to review the progress of the COVID-19 prevention program and decide on the steps needed to take the program forward. At the meeting, President of Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya analyzed the manner this virus had affected the country geographically and the Government’s actions to control the spread. It was noted that the Government’s timely actions from when this virus first entered the country helped manage to keep the situation under control. It was... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

2,961 prison inmates released on bail
Courtesy Adaderana
Under the recommendations of the special committee appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 2,961 prison inmates have been released on bail since March 17. President Rajapaksa appointed the committee to make recommendations on the possibility of providing legal redress for the prisoners following a request made by the inmates during an inspection tour of the Prison premises, President’s Media Division. The Committee comprising officials of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Prisons made their recommendations to the Secretary to the President on the reliefs to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Coronavirus: ‘More and more’ young people falling severely ill, WHO warns
Courtesy Adaderana
Increasing numbers of younger people are falling seriously ill or dying with coronavirus, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. Officials said they were trying to “better understand” why apparently healthy patients aged under 60 ended up in intensive care units (ICU) with the disease. “There are still many unknowns at this present time,” said WHO expert, Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, at a press conference in Geneva. “Overall, most of the people who are experiencing severe disease and ending up in ICU are people of older age and are people... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

COVID-19: US sets grim record with 1,480 daily deaths, global toll over 59,000
Courtesy Adaderana
The US on Friday set a new record for the number of COVID-19 deaths in one day with 1,480 dead, the most of any country since the pandemic began. That topped the record set by the US the previous day with 1,169 deaths. More than 59,000 people have died from COVID-19, and over one million infected, since it was first detected late last year. Worse may be coming as a quarter of global infections are in the United States, where US President Donald Trump has warned of a “very,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Special operation in Colombo & suburbs to arrest those who gather in groups
Courtesy Adaderana
A special search operation has been kicked off to apprehend those who gather in groups at apartment complexes and other such places in Colombo and suburbs, says DIG Ajith Rohana. He added that the police have already received information on such persons. Taking into account the request made by farmers, curfew has been relaxed for machinery repair shops, DIG Rohana said further. In the meantime, a total of 12,223 have been arrested island-wide for violating curfew orders, the Police Media said. The police have arrested 1,493 persons for violating... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Delivery services directory
Mangolk
Mangolk has created a central directory of delivery services people can use during the curfew. https://mangolk.com/5e8397a205ac5a402b71ecea,5e8397a205ac5a402b71ef2f... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 05/04/20)

Covid-19 when Sri Lanka expects National Cooperation - Muslims demand exclusive burial rights
By shenali Waduge
Coronavirus does not discriminate. It treats all equally. Rich-poor-Old-young, it doesn’t care if you live in West-East, North-South, the virus doesn’t care whether you are Sinhalese Tamil Muslim or Burgher or whether you are Buddhist Hindu, Islam or Christian/Catholic/Born Again. Virtually every country in the world is affected, close to 50,000 people already dead and Sri Lanka has also seen its 4th death and no one is certain when it will all end. This enemy is far worse than the LTTE terrorists that plagued the nation for 30 years or the jihadi terror attack of... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory, or Conveyance
Courtesy worldometers
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(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

Coronavirus
Lankaweb Editorial
It is extremely encouraging that the Sri Lanka Administration is doing an admirable job of containing the COVID 19 virus pandemic and guiding the Nation through what appears to be dire straits and most Sri Lankans are responding through their cognitive capabilities and the coercion of Law enforcement and hopefully, the issues related to its spread and devastating repercussions will be minimized and eventually overcome. It is a time where all leaders regardless of their political affiliations need to unite and stand as one to safeguard our Motherland where distinctions and diversities need to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 04/04/20)

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Terrorism

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  • The war is over - With the death of LTTE chief Velupillai Prabakaran, the militant campaign for a Tamil state in Sri Lanka seems to have come to an end. -Full Story- (frontlineonnet.com/ - 08/06/09) LTTE RISE & FALL -Full Story- (frontlineonnet.com/ - 08/06/09)
  • Where is Prabakaran? -Full Story- (frontlineonnet.com/ - 08/06/09)
  • Great Power Confrontation in the Indian Ocean: The Geo-Politics of the Sri Lankan Civil War by Mahdi Darius Nazemroay -Full Story- (globalresearch.ca - 25/10/09)
  • TWO EMISSARIES FROM UK AND FRANCE TWIST THEIR PURPOSE OF VISIT TO SRI LANKA. Malin Abeyatunga .-Full Report- (The LankaWeb-02/05/09)

History

  • THE ANCESTRY OF RAVANA A close study of the Ramayana, particularly the last book or Uttara Kanda, reveals that Ravana, the enemy of Lord Rama, was not a Dravidian, as many people have thought, but related to the Sri Lanka, who are considered to be Aryans-that Ravana was a migrant to Sri Lanka from the Vedic family of the Yadus, perhaps deriving originally from the city of Mathura south of Delhi. The first wave of migrants to Sri Lanka from the north was from Gujarat and of the Yadu family, which dominated the southwest of India and from the region of Gujarat had access to the sea on which they travelled far in their trading and colonizing ventures. The Ramayana tells the Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka, had close connections with region of the Yadus, which included Gujarat, parts of Maharashtra and Rajasthan up to Mathura south of Delhi.
  • Beginning and growth of civilization in Sri Lanka
    123,000 BC - Oldest human found in Lanka - Pathirajawela in the deep South.
    12000 BC - MaduruOya findings World's oldest findings of the use of Steel, Copper, and irrigation technology
    7500 BC - Connections between Cambians, Sri Lankans, Ramayanaya & Mahabharataya The first wave of migrants to Sri Lanka from north India, were from the Yadu family from Gujarat. Yadus dominated the southwest of India (which included Gujarat, parts of Maharashtra and Rajasthan up to Mathura, just south of Delhi).
    6000 BC - Lankan city on Mahamevuna Uyana - Archeologists uncovered 35 feet under the present Mahamevuna Uyana in Anuradapura,
    3000 BC - Sigiriya is considered the AlakaMandava of the Ravana
    2517 Ramayanaya and Sri Lanka According to Ramayana story, Ravana, the king of Sri Lanka, belongs to a family of migrants from North India who had close connections with region of the Yadus,
    2517 BC - Ravana gets killed in Balangoda during March, 2517BC Ravana, while attending to the wounds suffered in combat by Vibishana (his brother) in Balangoda,
    1000 BC - Sri Lanka has the latest technology : Iron technology is evident in SL
    900 BC - Anuradapura, a major town of, at least 10 Hectares (25 Acres). Anuradhapura was at least 10 ha in extent by ca. 900 BC (perhaps much more). By then prehistoric stone tool technology had been completely superseded by that of iron
    700 BC - Anuradapura Town, 50 Hectares (125 Acres) .
    600 BC - Earliest Proof of Brahmi writing in Lanka At 600-500 BC, the very first appearance of writing (in Brahmi letters almost identical to the Asokan script 200 years later) marked the beginning of the Early Historic period. This writing, radiocarbon dated on charcoal and checked by thermoluminescence dating, is inscribed on potsherds signifying the ownership. Among the names, was Anuradha.
    483 BC - Vijaya lands in Sri Lanka. Girihadu Seya is built in Thiriyaya. Buddha's relics are enshrined in Mahiyanganaya Dagaba Sarabu Maharahatan Vahanse picked Budda relics from the burning cortege and arrived in Mahiyanganaya
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