Daily COVID cases count hits 728 today

The daily count of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka moved to 728 today (November 17) as 196 more people were tested positive for the virus, the Epidemiology Unit said. This brings the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus reported in the country to 553,722. As many as 525,188 recoveries and 14,057 deaths have been confirmed in Sri Lanka since the COVID-19 outbreak. More than 14,400 active cases in total are currently under medical care, official figures showed. Thank you more

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Appointment of Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to Sri Lanka

The Government of the Kingdom of Thailand with the concurrence of the Government of Sri Lanka has appointed Mr. Poj Harnpol as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Thailand to Sri Lanka in Succession of H.E. (Ms.) Chulamanee Chartsuwan. He has presented credentials to H.E. Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka on 16 November 2021 at 10.30 a.m. at President’s House, Colombo 01. Foreign MinistryColombo16 November, 2021 Thank you more

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CB denies attempt to convert worker remittances into Lankan rupees – The Island

Only listed companies targeted to raise Rs 114 bn By Shamindra Ferdinando Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa has declared that his proposals to impose 25 percent retrospective tax surcharge on listed persons or companies that earned over Rs 2 bn 2020/2021 and increase VAT (Value Added Tax) to 18 percent from the current 15 percent wouldn’t be abandoned. Appearing on ‘Salakuna,’ a weekly political programme telecast Monday night live on ‘Hiru’ FM Rajapaksa emphasised that he wouldn’t succumb to pressure from those affected by his proposals. Responding to ‘Hiru’ anchor Chamuditha…

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Athletics yearn for an extension to Miranda’s service   – The Island

by Reemus Fernando Sixteen-year-old Nethmika Madushani Herath who won the long jump event at last week’s Junior Selection Trial was just an average performer four years ago. The youngster first attended Yakunnawa Kanishta Vidyalaya, a school in remote Medagama in Bibile before her notable feats at local Zonal competitions influenced her parents to admit her to Nannapurawa MV where she came under the supervision of Krishantha Kumara. “She was doing high jump first and we got her to train long jump. Now she is doing long jump, triple jump and…

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Man arrested over bomb scare targeting SJB protest rally remanded

The suspect, who was arrested over the bomb scare targeting the Samagi Jana Balawegaya’s protest march held yesterday, has been remanded until November 24. He was produced before Colombo Magistrate’s Court earlier today after being arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division (CCD). The magistrate also called for a report from a psychiatrist on the suspect. According to reports, the suspect had lodged a complaint with the Kurunduwatte Police about an imminent bomb threat at the protest rally organized by the main Opposition. He had also recorded a statement with the…

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Opposition Leader inquires into struggles faced by people of Dematamalgama (VIDEO)

Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa today (17) inquired into the struggles faced by the residents of Dematamalgama area, under the Gamin Gamata Dorin Dorata Nagarayen Nagarayata initiative undertaken by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB). The Opposition Leader discussed with the people of the area in depth about the hassles suffered by them and explained the country’s current situation. Thank you more

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Documentary on 72 years of Sri Lankan history – The Island

In a brand new initiative, under the working title ‘Project 72’, Roar Media and author Sarah Kabir are set to take a deep dive into Sri Lanka’s past since gaining Independence in 1948, entertainingly and educationally covering some of the most defining years in the nation’s history. A first-of-its-kind documentary, Project 72 will portray Sri Lanka’s journey since Independence in a way it has never been seen before; From brilliant political manoeuvring to battles won and lost, ethnic tensions and moments of kindness — all through the eyes of witnesses, the…

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MP Hesha Withanage reveals person died in Police custody was a demonstrator at SJB Protest, urges immediate probe

A person under the custody of the Panamure Police Station reportedly died last (17) night in what the Police described as a suicide. The incident, however, has led to an unrest among the residents of the area, with acting on closing the road and obstructing Police duty. The residents claim that the Police should be responsible for the victim’s death and two Police officers attached to the Panamure Police station have been suspended of duties. Speaking to Parliament on the incident, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB)…

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Prime Minister congratulates President Rajapaksa – The Island

by Dr. Siri GalhenagePsychiatrist [Retired][sirigalhenage@gmail.com] John Stuart Mill [1806-73], English philosopher, political economist and parliamentarian, extrapolated the concept of market competition to a theory of free speech which opposed censorship in favour of free flow of ideas. He used the phrase ‘marketplace of ideas’ as a metaphor for freedom of expression. Asserting that no one could claim ownership of the truth, he said that ideas left unchallenged will lead to dogma and authoritarianism. He claimed that free expression is the best way to separate falsehood from fact and for the…

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Two cops interdicted over death of man under police custody

Two officers attached to Panamure Police have been interdicted in connection with the death of a man who was in police custody. The 38-year-old father of three, a resident of Welipotha area in Panamure, was arrested based on a complaint filed by his wife over a personal dispute. It was later reported that he had hanged himself inside the police cell and that he died on admission to the hospital. However, the residents of the area, who were up in arms about the said incident, alleged that the deceased was…

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SLTB undertakes public – private vehicle repairs to increase income

The Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) has been directed to embark on additional revenue generation ventures such as vehicle repairs and modifications for the public and private sector institutions making maximum use of available resources as an immediate solution to its poor financial situation. The state-owned bus company is running at a severe loss and currently it has to seek Rs. 1 billion from the Treasury to survive till the end of this year, Transport Ministry sources said. The SLTB has incurred a loss of…

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BR says only Prez, PM and Cabinet can make him reverse move – The Island

Only listed companies targeted to raise Rs 114 bn By Shamindra Ferdinando Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa has declared that his proposals to impose 25 percent retrospective tax surcharge on listed persons or companies that earned over Rs 2 bn 2020/2021 and increase VAT (Value Added Tax) to 18 percent from the current 15 percent wouldn’t be abandoned. Appearing on ‘Salakuna,’ a weekly political programme telecast Monday night live on ‘Hiru’ FM Rajapaksa emphasised that he wouldn’t succumb to pressure from those affected by his proposals. Responding to ‘Hiru’ anchor Chamuditha…

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Former England coach David ’Bumble’ Lloyd apologises for comments about ’Asian cricket community’

David Lloyd. Pic: Ian Hodgson/ANL/Shutterstock Former England coach David “Bumble” Lloyd has apologised to Azeem Rafiq and the “Asian cricket community” over comments he made. It comes after Rafiq gave evidence to MPs on his experience of institutional racism at Yorkshire County Cricket Club and within the sport as a whole. He said the Sky Sports commentator tried to smear him in an attempt to suppress his allegations of racism. “I sat in front of national TV and talked about the dark places this whole…

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