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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 - 05/04/20)

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 - 05/04/20)

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 - 05/04/20)

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 - 05/04/20)

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 - 05/04/20)

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 - 05/04/20)

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 - 05/04/20)

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 - 05/04/20)

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 - 05/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

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 - 04/04/20)

Covid-19 when Sri Lanka expects National Cooperation - Muslims demand exclusive burial rights
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 21 April 2019. We do... -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 - 03/04/20)

මුස්ලිම් සහෝදරවරුනි, වගකීමෙන් කටයුතු කරන්න
මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනය යුතුකම ජාතික සංවිධානය වෙනුවෙන්,   ගෙවිඳු කුමාරතුංග   සභාපති
පසුගිය දින දෙකතුන ඇතුළත සොයා ගැණුනු කොරෝනා රෝගීන් සහ ඔවුන් කටයුතු කර ඇති ආකාරය සැලකිල්ලට ගැනීමේ දී මුස්ලිම් ප්‍රජාවෙහි ඇතැම් සාමාජිකයන් තමන් ගේ විදේශ ගමන්බිමන් පිළිබඳ තොරතුරු වසන් කරමින්, තමන් ගේ රෝගී තත්වයන් පිළිබඳ තොරතුරු වසන් කරමින්, තම ප්‍රජාව තුළ හා රට පුරා යමින්එමින් කටයුතු කර ඇති බව පැහැදිලි ය. පොදු යහපත වෙනුවෙන් අනුගමනය කළ යුතු වත්පිළිවෙත් ගැන, තම වගකීම් හා යුතුකම් ගැන කිසිඳු හැඟීමකින් තොර ව කටයුතු කර ඇති බව පැහැදිලි ය. සමස්ත රටේ ම දෙකෝටියකට අධික ජනතාව වෛරසය පාලනය කිරීම සඳහා සිදු කර ඇති කැපකිරීම් සියල්ල... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

People of all religions could face difficulties due to COVID-19: PM
Lahiru Pothmulla Courtesy The Daily Mirror
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday said the government’s actions are invariably based on instructions of health officials, taking into consideration the wellbeing of all citizens, and added that the current situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could create difficulties to all, including Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims, Catholics and others. Speaking at the all-party representatives meeting at Temple Trees, Mr. Rajapaksa said this in response to the issue raised by representatives of Muslim political parties, who wished to explore the possibility of burying the bodies of those who succumb to COVID-19 instead... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

Three more COVID-19 cases raise total to 159
Courtesy Adaderana
The COVID-19 cases tally in Sri Lanka has risen to 159 as three more patients tested positive for the virus at of 10.10 pm today (03). Accordingly, a total of 8 coronavirus patients were found in the country during the course of the day. The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 131 patients are currently under medical care while 24 patients were discharged after making complete recoveries.  Four COVID-19 patients have succumbed to the deadly virus in Sri Lanka. COVID-19: Total positive cases in Sri Lanka surge to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

Over 11,000 arrested for violating curfew
Courtesy Adaderana
Police said that 289 individuals have been arrested for violating the curfew within six hours ending at 12 noon today (03). A total of 70 vehicles have also been taken into custody during this time period.  The Police Media Unit said that the total arrests made so far for curfew violations stands at 11,019 and that 2,727 vehicles have also been taken into custody.  Sri Lanka Police had previously warned of strict legal action against people caught violating the countrywide curfew. They will be immediately arrested, even without... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

Sri Lanka and World Bank sign deal on $128.6M financial assistance to battle Covid-19
Courtesy Adaderana
The International Development Association (IDA) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) of the World Bank Group agreed to provide financing assistance amounting to United States Dollars (USD) 128.6 million to the Sri Lankan effort to battle against Covid 19 outbreak. These funds will be mobilized through the Government Budget during the period from 2020 to 2023, the Ministry of Finance said. Signing of the agreements of Sri Lanka COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project took place today (April 03) at the Ministry of Finance and Mr. S... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

Remember who you interact with at public places – DIG Ajith Rohana
Courtesy Adaderana
DIG Ajith Rohana has appealed to the people to remember the individuals they come into contact with when they are at a public place. He stated this in a special statement on the spread of COVID-19 in the country. https://youtu.be/IcQv7tLQ0j0 “If you proceed to a certain public place, especially in the Western Province, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna districts, please be aware of those who you come across.” DIG Rohana also requested the public not to conceal information from medical officers, adding that it will help intelligence... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

Special report: Coronavirus - Into The Red Zone
Sky News
Sky News' Special Correspondent Stuart Ramsay travels to the heart of Europe's coronavirus pandemic. In the city of Bergamo in Northern Italy he meets doctors fighting the illness that's changing the entire world and witnesses the impact Covid-19 is having on people, infrastructure and the economy. https://youtu.be/tRM5yyaDkMc... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

ECONOMIC POLICY NEED TO FOCUS STRONG BALANCED GROWTH IN SRI LANKA
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
Short term performance of Mr. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the president of Sri Lanka has proved that he is a capable person to launch the country to achieve the aspirations of people.  He has given strong leadership to control coronavirus pandemic and successfully coordinated the entire administration mechanism as a team leader of the country.  This environment gives a signal that people can trust him without political, social, ethnic and religious differences and no point maintaining divisions or dividing the country.  People need to unite with the president and give support to him giving a two-third majority... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

MUSLIM WORLD’S HEARTLESS INDIFFERENCE TO THE PLIGHT OF MILLIONS OF MUSLIMS INFECTED AND DYING OF HIV-AIDS
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
HIV, the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), is one of the world’s most serious health and development challenges. Globally, approximately 75 million people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic in 1981. Today, there are about 40 million people living with HIV, and tens of millions of people have died of AIDS-related causes. HIV remains a leading cause of death worldwide and the leading cause of death globally among women of reproductive age. Sub-Saharan Africa (Eastern Southern, Western and Central African countries), is the hardest-hit region, with... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

Sunil Rathnayake Pardon
Chanaka Bandarage
Is Sunil Rathnayake innocent? If Sunil Rathnayake received a Presidential pardon just because the previous President pardoned convicted Tamil Tigers, it is not a good reason for the pardon. ‘Two wrongs don't make a right’. The President, who is also the ex-Defence Secretary, would not have released Sunil Rathnayake unless that was the right thing to do.  It is important to bear in mind that there are several military men currently held in the prison for wrongful acts committed in the military, but only Sunil Rathnayake was released. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 03/04/20)

Praise for Sri Lanka from the World Health Organization for their Government Response to COVID19 Pandemic -How they succeeded….
Anjalika Silva, Gaithersburg MD - USA
The island of Sri Lanka, in the Indian Ocean usually referenced with negative connotations of terrorism, alleged human rights violations and other accusations is now in the forefront for its success and praise for handling the Covid19 pandemic. After surviving a devastating tsunami, brutal terrorism for 30 years losing 30,000 of their security forces and an unaccounted loss of civilians to suicide bombings, the people enjoyed hard won peace in 2009, until a bombing in April 2019 killed 350 people at churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 15B
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Before the Eelam wars started there was great competition among senor students in schools to join the army as officer cadets, said Kamal Gunaratne. Those who joined the army as officers during this period were from upper-middle-class backgrounds. Even the soldiers were from very good family backgrounds and had good qualifications, said Kamal Gunaratne. But during Eelam war II and III with the battle failures and the huge number of deaths no one wanted to join the infantry. Around 1997, there was hardly any response to the recruitment drive to the army.  They shied... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

ප්‍රජා -තන්ත්‍ර-වාදය නමැති නාස් ලණුවෙන් ගැලවෙමු! (දෙවෙනි කොටස)
චන්ද්‍රසිරි විජයවික්‍රම, LL.B.,Ph.D.
Buddhism and Democracy “We know indeed that political science—Arthaśāstra in Sanskrit—was a favourite subject with Indian scholars some centuries before the Christian Era. The social contract as the origin of kingship is discussed in the now famous work attributed to Kautilya, the Chief minister of emperor Chandragupta, about the year 300 B.C. And it would seem that the people who contracted for a king in these early days did so in order that there should be some external authority capable of ensuring that the laws and regulations of the various corporate bodies which... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

ERASING THE EELAM VICTORY Part 15A
KAMALIKA PIERIS
Part 15 of this series looks at the plight of the soldiers in the Sri Lanka Army during the Eelam wars. Soldiers had a miserable time in Eelam War II and III. The Sri Lanka army had been trained in the British style, to fight using traditional maneuvers. Improvisations to suit the Sri Lankan environment were also included.  The Eelam wars, however, were different. LTTE did not respect the codes of war. They killed the soldiers when the soldiers were off duty. Soldiers died horrible deaths at their hands. LTTE mines were not... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Import Substitution is the way to rejuvenate our economy
By Garvin Karunaratne
http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/2019/12/21/import-substitution-is-the-way-to-rejuvenate-our-economy/... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Hague court orders Dutch state to pay out over colonial massacres
Daniel Boffey in Brussels Courtesy The Guardian (UK)
Indonesian man forced to watch his father’s execution is among those who will get compensation  Liesbeth Zegveld, the claimants’ lawyer, in Indonesia in 2011. Photograph: Achmad Ibrahim/AP An Indonesian man forced to watch his father’s summary execution by a Dutch soldier when he was 10 years old has spoken of his gratitude after a court in The Hague ordered the Dutch state to pay compensation to victims of colonial massacres in the 1940s. Andi Monji, 83, who travelled to the Netherlands to tell his story to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Saubagya Gewatta
CR Media Unit
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(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

කොළඹ, ගම්පහ, කලූතර ප‍්‍රදේශවල ඇඳිරිනීතිය නිසා සිරවී ඇති පිරිස් පිළිබඳවයි.
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි.අන්තර් සමාගම් සේවක සංගමය.
2020. 04. 02 ගරු ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා, ජනාධිපති මන්දිරය, කොළඹ 01. ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමනි, කොළඹ, ගම්පහ, කලූතර ප‍්‍රදේශවල ඇඳිරිනීතිය නිසා සිරවී ඇති පිරිස් පිළිබඳවයි. රටේ පවතින කොරෝනා වසංගත තත්වය පාලනය කිරීම සඳහා ගෙන ඇති ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ග හේතුවෙන් ඉහත දිස්ත‍්‍රික්කවල සිරවී සිටින පිරිස් පිළිබඳව විධිමත් ක‍්‍රියාමාර්ගයක් ගැනීම වෙනුවෙන් ඔබතුමාගේ අවධානය සඳහායි. මෙම වසංගත තත්වය පාලනය කිරීමට මිනිස් ක‍්‍රියාකාරකම් අඩු කිරීම සඳහා රට තුල පනවා ඇති ඇඳිරි නීති තත්වය හේතුවෙන් ඉහත සඳහන් කරන ලද දිස්ත‍්‍රික්කයන්හි තම රැකියාවට හෝ නිවෙස් වෙත යාමට නොහැකිව විශාල පිරිසක් සිටිති. එම පිරිස්... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

රාජ්‍ය සේවක බැංකු ණය වාරික අයකිරීම් අත්හිටුවීමේ සහනය රු. ලක්ෂ 10 ට අඩු ණය සඳහා සීමා කිරීම සම්බන්ධවයි
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි. ජාතික වෘත්තිය සමිති මධ්‍යස්ථානය
2020. 04. 02 අතිගරු ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්‍ෂ මැතිතුමා, ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය, කොළඹ 01. ගරු ජනාධිපතිතුමනි, රාජ්‍ය සේවක බැංකු ණය වාරික අයකිරීම් අත්හිටුවීමේ සහනය රු. ලක්ෂ 10 ට අඩු ණය සඳහා සීමා කිරීම සම්බන්ධවයි Corona වසංගත තත්ත්වය හමුවේ ඉන් රටත් ජනතාවත් මුදා ගැනීමේ අරමුණින් මහත් කැපවීමෙන් දිවා ? නොබලා කටයුතු කරන සෞඛ්‍ය ක්‍ෂේත‍්‍රය ඇතුළු අනෙකුත් රාජ්‍ය සේවකයින් බැංකු මගින් ලබාගෙන ඇති ණය වාරික අයකිරීම් ඉදිරි මාස කීපය තුල අත්හිටුවීමේ සහනය රු ලක්ෂ 10 දක්වා ණයකරුවන්ට පමණක් සීමා කිරීම සම්බන්ධව ජාතික වෘත්තිය සමිති මධ්‍යස්ථානය ඔබගේ අවධානය යොමුකිරීමට... -Full Story- (LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Economics, Welfare Systems, Balance of Payments and other Bovine Excreta – an Open Letter to the People of the Resplendent Isle.
Sakuntala Seneviratne MBBS MD FSLCOG Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician
When the WHO says spend 6% of your GDP on health you said “we are doing just fine on 3%” and gave yourselves a pat on the back didn’t you? You didn’t hear us when we said the curative arm lags far behind a 75-year-old preventative system. We said that blood and sweat and tears can only get you so far. What will you do with your awards now? Shall we place them next to the monuments of the dead? When we said that health care... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Sri Lanka confirms 4th death from coronavirus
Courtesy Adaderana
The fourth death from the novel coronavirus in Sri Lanka was reported a short while ago, according to Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe. The deceased is a 58-year-old male who had been receiving treatment at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH). Reportedly, the patient had passed with the worsening of a pneumonia condition. Currently, Sri Lanka reports 151 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 21 having completely recovered of the disease. https://youtu.be/A47qsm1jwik... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Another COVID-19 patient found; Total rises to 151
Courtesy Adaderana
Another patient has tested positive for COVID-19 today (02), bringing the confirmed cases tally to 151, the Ministry of Health says. Accordingly, a total of 5 coronavirus patients were found during the course of the day. Two of them were identified as the son-in-law and the grandson of the patient who succumbed to the virus on Wednesday (01). The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry stated that 127 coronavirus patients are currently under medical care, while 12 of the confirmed cases have made a complete recovery. Sri Lanka... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Sri Lanka receives Chinese medical supplies to combat COVID-19
Courtesy Adaderana
China has handed over its first donation of humanitarian aid and medical supplies to Sri Lanka to strengthen the solidarity between the two countries as Sri Lanka fights the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said on Thursday. The aid, which includes 50,000 medical masks and 1,008 COVID-19 test kits, was handed over by Hu Wei, charge d’affaires of the Chinese Embassy, to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, and the materials were later handed over to Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and her team at a formal... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Two more suspects linked to Easter attacks arrested
Courtesy Adaderana
Two suspects connected to the Easter Sunday terror attacks have been arrested, Police Media Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne. Holding a special press conference earlier this evening (02), Senaratne said that these arrests were made based on the investigations carried out along the arrest of the main suspect who had organized the suicide bomb attack Zion Church in Batticaloa. One of the suspects –a male from Gothatuwa –had allegedly assisted in the coordination of the attack on Cinnamon Grand hotel in Colombo and transported the suicide bomber to the hotel. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

Nearly 2,000 from Maradana in self-isolation following 3rd coronavirus death
Courtesy Adaderana
The third COVID-19 death in Sri Lanka was reported from the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH) Wednesday (01). The patient, a 73-year-old from Maradana, had tested positive for coronavirus on the same day while receiving treatment at Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital. However, later in the evening, he had succumbed to the virus on admission to the IDH in Angoda. https://youtu.be/ZBOMUmw94XU The Health Ministry said the deceased, who had been suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease, was in a critical condition at... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

COVID-19 crisis: India's navy ships, medical teams on standby for neighbours
CourtesyDNA India
They are on standby for deployment in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan & Afghanistan if the situation worsens. As part of its neighbourhood first policy, six Indian Navy ships are on standby for assistance to neighbouring countries over COVID-19 crisis. Along with navy ships, top sources told WION that five medical teams are on standby for deployment in the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan & Afghanistan if the situation worsens.  On March 30, India sent medical supplies to Nepal. Sources said that Dornier & Mi 17 were used to... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

52-yr-old man toured Sri Lanka is first COVID-19 casualty in Vadodara
Courtesy The Indian Express
With four of his immediate family members, including his wife, daughter, son and daughter-in-law, admitted in the COVID-19 ward for treatment, his last rites were performed by staff members from the Vadodara Municipal Corporation and two members of his family. A 52-year-old man who was part of a group that toured Sri Lanka in March became the first COVID-19 casualty in Vadodara and the seventh in the state. The man who was undergoing treatment at SSG Hospital passed away early on Thursday. With four of his immediate family members, including his wife,... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 02/04/20)

POSSIBLE ECONOMIC EFFECTS OF THE PROPOSAL OF MR. AJITH NIVARD CABRAL TO RELEASE A PART OF PROVIDENT FUND
BY EDWARD THEOPHILUS
It seems that the proposal of Mr. Ajith Nivard Cabraal to release 20% of EPF balance to members is quite controversial as it would involve in positive and negative outcomes if the proposal implemented without experts' opinions and a proper mathematical model. What is policy research say about the proposal, especially what is opinion of Dr.P.B. Jayasundara, the secretary of the President who is a theoretical and practical economist. The proposal may involve in broader macroeconomic effects and it should be discussed from different points of view.  Theoretically, it is a Keynesian style of advice... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

ග්‍රාමීය ආර්ථිකය පිළිබඳ අර්බුදය ගැන රජය සැලකිලිමත්ද
මතුගම සෙනෙවිරුවන්
              ලංකාවේ ජීවත් වන බහුතර ජනතාවගේ ජීවනෝපායන මාර්ගය වන්නේ ගොවිතැනයි.ගොවි තැනට සාපේක්ෂකව එයට සේවා සපයනබොහෝ පිරිසක්ද එම ආර්ථිකයට ඇතුලත්ය.එසේම අනෙකුත් සියලුම දෙන  ජීවත් වීම පිණිස විවිධ ‌ජීවනෝපායන මාර්ගයන් අනුගමනය කරති..රැකියාවන්හි නිරත අය ව්‍යපාරයන්හි නිරත අය මාසයක නිමාවේදී වැටුපක් අතට ගන්නා අතර ව්‍යාපාරිකයන් තමන් ‌ගේ බැංකු ගිණුම් තර කර ගනිති. නමුත් බහුතර පිරිසක් ගමේ තිබෙන ‌දේ වැඩි වර්ධනය කර ගනිමින් ඒවාට ‌සේවා සපයමින් යැපේ.මේ තත්වය සම්බන්ධ නිවරදි වාර්තා ජන සංගණනයන් තුළ යම් තරමකින් හමු වුවද ඒවා සම්පූර්ණ නැති බව තේරුම් යන්නේ රට ආපදා අවස්ථාවකට පත් වූ විටය.වර්තමාන වසංගත තත්වයන් හමුවේ එවැනි නිවැරදි සංඛ්‍යාලේඛන මත රජයේ ප්‍රතිපත්ති තීරණය... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

ජාතිවාදීන්ට වෛරය ඇවිලවීමට ලබා නොදී වගකීමෙන් යුතුව සහ නීතියේ ආධිපත්‍යයට ගරු කරමින් කටයුතු කරන්නැයි වයඹ පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාරවර ඒ.ජේ.එම්.මුසම්මිල් මහතා විශේෂ ප්‍රකාශයක් නිකුත් කරමින් සමස්ත ශ්‍රී ලාංකීය ජනතාවගෙන් ඉල්ලා සිටියි .
ඒ. ජේ. එම්. මුසම්මිල්,වයඹ පළාත් ආණ්ඩුකාරවර. මාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි 
ගෝලීය වසංගතයක් බවට පත්ව ජනජීවිත බිල්ලට ගනිමින් සිටින කොවිඩ් - 19 උවදුරෙන් රටත් ජනතාවත් ආරක්ෂා කිරීමට උපරිම උත්සාහයක් දරමින් සිටින රජයට මහජනතාව මේ මොහොතේ සහයෝගය දැක්වීම අතිශයින්ම වැදගත්ය . එසේ වුවහොත් මේ බියකරු වසංගතය පරදවා අපේ මාතෘ භූමිය යථා තත්ත්වයට පත් කිරීම එතරම් අපහසු නොවනු ඇත. මෙම බියකරු වසංගතයෙන් රටත් ජනජීවිතයත් ගලවා ගැනීම සඳහා ජනාධිපති ගෝඨාභය රාජපක්ෂ මැතිතුමාගේ සුවිශේෂි නායකත්වය සහ මඟ පෙන්වීම යටතේ ඉතාම ක්‍රමානුකූල  සාර්ථක වැඩ පිළිවෙලක් රට තුළ ක්‍රියාත්මක වෙමින් තිබෙන අතර එය මේවනවිට ලෝක සෞඛ්‍ය සංවිධානයේ (WHO) පැසසුමට පවා ලක්ව තිබෙන බවද පෙන්වා දීමට කැමැත්තෙමි. එසේම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Attempt to politicize Corona Pandemic
By : A.A.M.NIZAM - MATARA
An unidentified leading politician opposed to the government and who aspires for the downfall of this government has told his supporters that Corona Virus is a divine blessing for them and all efforts should be made to make this deadly virus engulf the country and infuriate the people who would become unable to engage in their employments, the daily wage earners to earn their living, fishermen to go out for fishing and the country dried up of food, essential items, and drugs. Reports said that the former MP Rodee Ranawaka has... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

ලංගම සේවකයින් හට මුව ආවරණ, අත්වැසුම් සහ අනෙකුත් අදාළ සියලූම වෛද්‍ය පහසුකම්
ජනමාධ්‍ය නිවේදනයයි සමස්ත ලංකා ප‍්‍රවාහන සේවක සංගමය
2020. 03. 31 ජනාධිපති කාර්ය සාධක බලකාය, ජනාධිපති ලේකම් කාර්යාලය, කොළඹ 01. තම ජීවිත අනතුර පවා නොසලකා සේවය කරන ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම සේවකයින් හට මුව ආවරණ, අත්වැසුම් සහ අනෙකුත් අදාළ සියලූම වෛද්‍ය පහසුකම් ලබාදීමට කඩිනමින් මැදිහත්වන ලෙස ඉල්ලා සිටීම මේ මොහොත වන විට සෑම දිස්ත‍්‍රික්කයකම රියදුරු, කොන්දොස්තර හා කාර්මික සේවකයින් තම ජිවිත අනතුර පවා නොසලකා රට තුළ ඇති වී ඇති කොරෝනා වසංගතය මැඩපැවැත්වීමට දැඩි කැපකිරීමක් සිදුකරමින් සිටිති. සියලූම අත්‍යවශ්‍ය සේවාවල සේවකයින් ප‍්‍රවාහනය කිරීම, විශේෂයෙන්ම සෞඛ්‍ය අමාත්‍යාංශයේ සේවකයින් අදාළ ස්ථානයන්වලට ප‍්‍රවාහනය කිරීම සෑම දිස්ති‍්‍රක්කයකම ශ‍්‍රී ලංගම සේවකයින් විසින් සිදුකරනු ලබයි. මෙම... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Contact Sri Lankans
Embassy of Sri Lanka Washington D.C.
Ministry of Foreign Relations of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Information & Communication Technology Agency of Sri Lanka (ICTA) has launched the "Contact Sri Lanka" web portal for Overseas Sri Lankans to register voluntarily their basic contact details, allowing the Government of Sri Lanka to provide assistance during emergencies such as the COVID 19 outbreak, which will be operationalized through Sri Lankan stakeholders and the network of Sri Lanka Missions abroad.  Sri Lankans living and traveling in the United States are invited to register voluntarily with the "Contact... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Sri Lanka seizes record US$65 million worth of drugs
Courtesy channelnewsasia.com
COLOMBO:  Sri Lanka's navy seized US$65 million worth of crystal methamphetamine and ketamine on Wednesday (Apr 1) in the country's biggest drugs bust, officials said. Acting on a tip-off, authorities raided a flagless vessel in the country's southern waters and arrested nine Pakistani men suspected of smuggling the drugs. Navy personnel, wearing special protective clothing in case the suspects had COVID-19, found 605 kilogrammes of crystal meth, also known as ice, and 579 kilogrammes of ketamine, said Navy Commander Piyal de Silva. "This is the first time we have found... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Sri Lanka reports third COVID-19 death
Courtesy Adaderana
Another patient who tested positive for the Coronavirus has died, marking the third death reported in Sri Lanka due to COVID-19, according to hospital sources. The patient, a 72-year-old from Maradana, had succumbed to the virus at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH) in Angoda on Wednesday evening (01). https://youtu.be/3qpMZf1Lows This bring the number of fatalities in Sri Lanka from the COVID-19 outbreak to 3. A total of 146 confirmed cases of Coronavirus have been reported in the country as of 5.oo p.m. on Wednesday. ... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Coronavirus: China lockdown may have blocked 700,000 virus cases - BBC News
BBC News
The virus is thought to have originated in a seafood market in Wuhan that "conducted illegal transactions of wild animals". The city's 11 million residents have been shut off from the rest of the world since the middle of January, with roadblocks around the outskirts and drastic restrictions on daily life. But roads reopened to incoming traffic late on Friday, according to Reuters news agency. And state media said the subway was open from Saturday and trains would be able to arrive at the city's 17 railway stations. https://youtu.be/HNRA_HcSDsk... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

China starts daily report of asymptomatic cases
CGTN
China announced it will start revealing the number of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. For the past two months, China has not been including in its coronavirus numbers people who test positive but don't have symptoms. Officials announced they'll start publishing that figure daily. https://youtu.be/AByp7szLvFY... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

ගෙයින් ගෙට ගොස් වෛරසය පතුරුවන තබ්ලික් ජමාත් – ආරක්ෂක අංශ, රජය නොදන්නා තිත්ත ඇත්ත.
එම්. නජීම් උපුටා ගැන්ම Clombotoday
බණ්ඩාරගම අටළුගම ප්‍රදේශයේ කොරෝනා ආසාධිතයකු හමුවීමත් සමගම එම පුද්ගලයා ප්‍රදේශයේ නිවාස රැසකට ගොස් තිබූ බැවින් කිසිදු පුද්ගලයෙකුට එම ප්‍රදේශයෙන් පිටතට පැමිණීමට හෝ පිටතින් එම ප්‍රදේශයට යාම තහනම් කිරීමට බලධාරීන් ක්‍රියා කරන ලදි. ඉතා කෙටි කාලයක් තුල නිවාස විශාල ප්‍රමාණයකට අදාළ පුද්ගලයා ගමන්කිරීමට හේතුව තබ්ලික් ජමාත් ආගමික සම්ප්‍රධායක් බව බහුතර සමාජය නොදන්නා මුස්ලිම් සමාජය දන්නා රහසකි. ඇඳිරි නිතිය ක්‍රියාත්මක වුවද මේ මොහොතේ පවා මුස්ලිම් ගම්මානවල තබ්ලික් ජමාත් ආගමිකයින් ගෙයින් ගෙට යමින් සිටියි. තබ්ලික් ජමාත් අනුගාමිකයින් රටින් රටට, නගරයෙන් නගරයට, ගමින් ගමට, නිවසින් නිවසට ඉස්ලාම් ආගම ප්‍රචාරය කිරීම සඳහා ගමන්ගන්නා පිරිසකි.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Scientists discover Covid-19 lasts in the ‘air for hours’ infecting ‘runners and walkers’
BY LLB REPORTER Courtesy London Loves Business
US scientists have made a grim discovery that coronavirus can lurk in the air for hours spreading from room to room spreading through hospital corridors infecting many, including people who are outside. The University of Nebraska researchers said their findings highlights the importance or protective personal equipment (PPE) for hospital staff. The study which has not been peer-reviewed by other scientists took 11 samples from patient’s hospital rooms after they were diagnosed and placed in isolation. They found that contagious particles were in the air both... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Positive Covid-19 cases climb to 146
Courtesy Adaderana
The Ministry of Health says that 03 new COVID-19 positive patients have been identified raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 146. The ministry said that three new cases today were reported from Maradana, Jaffna and Kurunegala areas. As of 5.00 p.m. today (April 1), the total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases stands at 146 while 126 suspected patients are under observation at selected hospitals.  Eighteen patients have recovered and have been discharged while there have been 2 fatalities from the virus.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Sri Lanka records an alarming rise in COVID-19 patients today
Courtesy Ceylon Today
Colombo, 31st March (newsin.asia) – Sri Lankan Health Ministry has confirmed that 20 more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 today. This was the highest surge in COVID-19 cases the country has recorded. The total now stands at 142 positive cases in the Island. 17 patients have been discharged from hospitals after recovering completely.... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)

Nationals of UK, France among 281 foreigners found at Markaz facility in Nizamuddin where a religious congregation, held in mid-March, has become a key source of coronavirus spread in the country,
Courtesy The Economic Times
A total of 1,830, including these foreigners from 16 countries, continued to stay at the Tablighi Jamaat's Markaj even as a 21-day nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 24, according to officials. The foreigners were from Indonesia (72), Sri Lanka (34), Myanmar (33), Kyrgystan (28), Malaysia (20), Nepal and Bangladesh (9 each),Thailand (7), Fiji (4), England (3), one each from Afghanistan, Algeria, Djibouti, Singapore, France and Kuwait. NEW DELHI: Nationals from the UK and France are among 281 foreigners out of 1,830 people who were found by the Delhi police in... -Full Story-
(LankaWeb - 01/04/20)


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