Stench of rotten fish

Saturday 27th November, 2021 Members of Parliament consider themselves a special class, and jealously guard their privileges. Living off the public, they want first dibs on everything. But most of them do not even care to behave properly inside Parliament, much less debate matters of national importance or carry out other legislative duties and functions in a civilised manner; their conduct is so appalling that teachers are wary of taking schoolchildren to the parliament gallery when the House is in session. In what could be considered the latest incident that…

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Dutch Ambassador presents “Orange the World” Banner to Foreign Minister

To mark the annual “Orange the World: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence” international campaign, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Colombo Tanja Gonggrijp handed over the “Orange the World” banner to Foreign Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris at the Foreign Ministry on 26 November, 2021. Accepting the banner, Minister Prof. G.L Peiris reiterated Sri Lanka’s commitment to combat Gender-Based Violence and briefed on initiatives taken by the Government of Sri Lanka in this area. He recognized that prevention and addressing…

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From the Army Athletics Championships – The Island

57th Army Athletics Championships   by Reemus Fernando   Sprinter Amasha de Silva smashed Olympian Susanthika Jayasinghe’s longstanding Army Athletics Championship 100 metres record and Roshan Dhammika Ranatunga came almost close to breaking his national record in the 110 metres hurdles as they blazed the track on the final day of the Army Athletics Championships at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Friday. Amasha clocked 11.67 seconds to win the women’s 100 metres final ahead of Susanthika’s niece Medhani Jayamanne in the afternoon. She broke Susanthika’s 1994 hand-timed record of 11.6 seconds.…

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India – Sri Lanka- Maldives

        The Tri Lateral Focused Operations, between  India- Sri Lanka- Maldives commenced at Sea from 27-28 November 2021. The exercise under the aegis of Colombo Security Conclave (CSC) is a pioneering effort to collaborate efforts towards the Pillar of Maritime Security. 2.       The CSC Focused Operations are aimed at streamlining Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and enhanced interoperability amongst the three navies. The Indian Navy is represented by INS Subhadra Offshore Patrol Vessel and P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, whilst…

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Building trust, a better investment – The Island

I read with interest the article published by Dr. Laksiri Fernando concerning the CID investigations into the allegations made by Fr. Cyril Gamini. Dr. Fernando professes that his article consists of an independent opinion, albeit known to Fr Cyril Gamini (Fr.CG) since 1996. However, there are several conclusions and points of view expressed by Dr. Fernando in his article, which belies the claim of an independent opinion, and is demonstrably and palpably biased and prejudiced, especially towards the Law Enforcement Authorities. The article commences with a claim of harassment –…

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South Africa says it’s being ‘punished’ for detecting Omicron variant

South Africa has complained it is being punished – instead of applauded – for discovering Omicron, a concerning new variant of Covid-19. The foreign ministry made the statement as countries around the world restrict travel from southern African countries as details of the spread emerged. Early evidence suggests Omicron has a higher re-infection risk. The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that the new variant was being considered as “of concern”. Hundreds of passengers arriving in the Netherlands from South Africa are being tested for the new variant. Some…

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Amasha smashes Susanthika’s Army record, Roshan dazzles with hurdles feat – The Island

57th Army Athletics Championships   by Reemus Fernando   Sprinter Amasha de Silva smashed Olympian Susanthika Jayasinghe’s longstanding Army Athletics Championship 100 metres record and Roshan Dhammika Ranatunga came almost close to breaking his national record in the 110 metres hurdles as they blazed the track on the final day of the Army Athletics Championships at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Friday. Amasha clocked 11.67 seconds to win the women’s 100 metres final ahead of Susanthika’s niece Medhani Jayamanne in the afternoon. She broke Susanthika’s 1994 hand-timed record of 11.6 seconds.…

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434 coronavirus-infected patients return to health

The Ministry of Health says 434 more COVID-19 patients in total were discharged from medical care today (November 27) as they have recovered from the virus infection. This brings the total number of recoveries reported in the country to 529,240. Since the outbreak of the pandemic last year, Sri Lanka has confirmed as many as 561,059 of COVID-19. According to official data, 17,561 virus-infected patients in total are currently receiving treatment. Meanwhile, the death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country stands at 14,258. Thank you

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Opposition Leader Premadasa raises the severity of the change in LP gas composition (VIDEO)

Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa speaking to Parliament urged the Subject Minister to reveal the severity of the recently argued ‘gas composition change’ before the House, reminding that the reports obtained by the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) from the Intertech confirmed that the composition of propane and butane in domestic LP gas cylinders have been altered. Accordingly, the Opposition Leader urged the Subject Minister to divulge the reports revealing the change in gas composition before Parliament, pointing out that this is not a political…

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Dimuth on the verge of several batting milestones – The Island

57th Army Athletics Championships   by Reemus Fernando   Sprinter Amasha de Silva smashed Olympian Susanthika Jayasinghe’s longstanding Army Athletics Championship 100 metres record and Roshan Dhammika Ranatunga came almost close to breaking his national record in the 110 metres hurdles as they blazed the track on the final day of the Army Athletics Championships at the Sugathadasa Stadium on Friday. Amasha clocked 11.67 seconds to win the women’s 100 metres final ahead of Susanthika’s niece Medhani Jayamanne in the afternoon. She broke Susanthika’s 1994 hand-timed record of 11.6 seconds.…

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TNA seeks joint US-India role for Sri Lanka political solution

Sri Lanka’s Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the main parliamentary group representing Tamils of the war-affected north and east, has requested the United States to collaborate with India and jointly push for a political solution in the island nation. A delegation led by TNA Jaffna legislator M.A. Sumanthiran, with senior legal experts K. Kanag-Isvaran and Nirmala Chandrahaasan, conveyed this at a recent meeting with State Department officials in Washington DC. “With the U.S. returning to the Human Rights Council, we think it is important that Washington advocates a political solution to…

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Date set for trial against One Country-One Law Task Force Chief

The case filed against Chief of the One Country One Law Task Force and Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena Movement Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero for allegedly violating interracial reconciliation via a statement made during a press briefing held on November 30, 2016 is due to be taken up from March 14, 2022, the Colombo High Court ordered three days (24) ago. This was when the case was called in before High Court Judge Adithya Patabendi. Accordingly, summons have been issued to plaintiffs to the…

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SL defenceless, warn experts

New COVID variants By Rathindra Kuruwita Due to the lax testing at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), there is a strong possibility that any new variant of COVID-19 entering the country, College of Medical Laboratory Science (CMLS) President, Ravi Kumudesh told The Island yesterday commenting on the detection of a new coronavirus variant spreading in South Africa. Even a travel ban would be useless unless the country enhances its testing and surveillance capacities, Kumudesh said. Kumudesh said that PCR tests were not conducted on passengers on arrival and that it…

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WHO declares new COVID variant is “of concern” and names it Omicron

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a new coronavirus variant to be “of concern” and named it Omicron. It had a large number of mutations, and early evidence suggested an increased reinfection risk, the WHO said. It was first reported to the WHO from South Africa on 24 November, and has also been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel. A number of countries have now decided to ban or restrict travel to and from southern Africa. Travellers from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini will…

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False Accusations Leveled against Agriculture Professionals and Destroying the Agriculture Sector in Sri Lanka

Condemnation: False Accusations Leveled against Agriculture Professionals and Academia, and Destroying the Agriculture Sector in Sri Lanka The sudden change of government policy and priority in converting the Sri Lankan agricultural sector to an organic or green agriculture with the ban imposed on importation of agro-chemicals on 6th May 2021, was questioned by agriculture professionals, academia, farming community and the entire civil society at large. This is because the policy being without a realistic vision and noprofessional touch.  This policy decision to ban the importation…

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