Sri Lanka’s daily count of Covid cases hits 741

The Health Ministry reported that another 173 persons have tested positive for Covid-19 today, increasing the daily count of new cases detected to 741. The coronavirus cases confirmed today includes two returnees from overseas, according to the Epidemiology Unit of the ministry.  Sri Lanka’s total count of Covid-19 cases reported climbs to 568,423 with this while over 11,000 infected patients are currently undergoing treatment in the island.  Thank you

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THE NEED FOR CHECKS AND BALANCES

The importance of strengthening independent institutions has been borne out by recent judgements of the superior courts.  In a landmark judgement delivered last week, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of protecting the interests of wild animals over those who had illegitimately obtained them.  The court quoting Lord Denning in an English case stated with approval that “It is settled in our constitutional law that in matters that concern the public at large the Attorney General is the guardian of the public interest.  Although he…

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Remains of factory manger killed overseas to be brought here today

by Norman Palihawadane The remains of Sri Lankan executive Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana, who was brutally murdered while working in a factory in Pakistan, would be brought to Sri Lanka today (06), the Sri Lankan High Commission in Islamabad said. The Sri Lankan factory manager was beaten to death and set ablaze by an angry mob who accused him of blasphemy, on Friday in Sialkot, a district in central Punjab province. About 235 suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of Priyantha Kumara Diyawadana; they include those who assaulted…

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Grassroots continue to warn government as SLPP defeated in Budget in Horana too!

The Budget for 2022 tabled in the Horana Pradeshiya Sabha ruled by the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) has been defeated by a majority of four (04) votes, with 25 votes in opposition and 21 votes in favour. In addition to the Pradeshiya Sabha members of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) and the United National Party (UNP), members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) have voted in opposition to the 2022 Budget for Horana Pradeshiya Sabha. It was noteworthy that seven (07) members of…

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Evoke to power ‘Caller Tunes’ for SLT-MOBITEL – The Island

Huawei TrustInTech Summit 2021 was held online on recently, with the theme of “Global Collaboration for Shared Value.” Leaders from across the globe attended the event, including Neil Bush, Chairman of the George H.W. Bush Foundation for US-China Relations, Pascal Lamy, Former Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), William Nordhaus, Winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics, Satvinder Singh, Deputy Secretary-General of the ASEAN Economic Community, Derrick Pitts, NASA Solar System Ambassador, and Hou Jinlong, Senior Vice President of Huawei and President of Huawei Digital Power. Attendees…

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RTI Commission suffers from stagnation for more than two months upon tenure’s end

The Right to Information Commission (RTI), which is the prime appellate and monitoring body ensuring the people’s right to information, suffers from stagnation as it has not been operational since the tenure end on September 30, 2021, making it an inactive body for more than two months. The RTI Commission in its critical role under the Right to Information law is responsible for hearing matters pertaining to appeals, making recommendations for reforms, issuing guidelines on record and management and proactive disclosure, investigating and prosecuting alleged…

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Addressing global challenges through openness and trust in tech – The Island

Huawei TrustInTech Summit 2021 was held online on recently, with the theme of “Global Collaboration for Shared Value.” Leaders from across the globe attended the event, including Neil Bush, Chairman of the George H.W. Bush Foundation for US-China Relations, Pascal Lamy, Former Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), William Nordhaus, Winner of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics, Satvinder Singh, Deputy Secretary-General of the ASEAN Economic Community, Derrick Pitts, NASA Solar System Ambassador, and Hou Jinlong, Senior Vice President of Huawei and President of Huawei Digital Power. Attendees…

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Pakistan to confer medal of bravery to man who tried to save Priyantha Kumara from mob

Adnan Malik, a colleague of Sialkot factory manager Priyantha Kumara has been saluted for his moral courage and bravery to try to rescue the Sri Lankan national from the vigilante mob. In recognition of demonstrating exemplary bravery, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced the ‘Tamgha-i-Shujaat’ (Medal of Bravery) for Adnan Malik after heartening footage came to the fore showing him trying to protect his colleague. In a tweet on social media platform Twitter on Sunday, PM Imran Khan said, “On behalf of the nation I want to salute moral…

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President stresses importance of unity for acceleration of economic recovery at Indian Ocean Conference

President proposes to establish a regional mechanism to coordinate issues related to sustainability… Provide assistance to vaccination programmes of underprivileged countries.– President urges all nations that can support.  Existing climate issue is one of the most difficult challenges humankind must overcome.…President explains urgent need for strict control over maritime transport of hazardous and environmentally sensitive materials.…Countries in the region need proper coordination to curb human trafficking, drug trafficking, religious extremism and terrorism… President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emphasized that everyone in the region should work together to…

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Prof. Dissanayake receives Asian Communication Award

Prof. Wimal Dissanayake was awarded the prestigious Asian Communication Award for 2021 by the Asian Media Information and Communication Center in the Philippines on04 December. This award is given to the most outstanding communication scholars in Asia who have excelled in their chosen pursuits. This honor was conferred on Dissanayake primarily in recognition of his path-breaking work in the domain of Asian theories of communication and Asian cinema. Prof. Dissanayake has written a large number of academic papers in English on the subject of Asian concepts of communication. He has…

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Ravi and others released from 11 charges

The Colombo High Court Trial-at-Bar has released 10 defendants including former minister Ravi Karunanayake from 11 charges out of the 22 in the case filed over the Central Bank bond scam in 2016. The case pertaining to criminal misappropriation of bonds valued at Rs. 15 billion during the Central Bank’s treasury bond auction held between March 29 and March 31, 2016 was taken up before a Trial-at-Bar comprising Amal Ranaraja, Namal Balalle, and Aditya Patabendige. Raising preliminary objection related to the case, attorneys representing the defendants had previously stated that…

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Speaker appoints committee. SJB MPs boycott House, stage protest (VIDEO)

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena speaking to Parliament today (06) announced that a committee comprised of senior MPs of the Ruling Party and the Opposition will be appointed to probe into the recent clashes in the House.  Meanwhile, the Parliamentary group of the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) boycotted the sittings and staged a protest in front of the Parliament complex over what they claimed as an attempted assault against SJB MP Manusha Nanayakkara by the Ruling Party MPs. MIAP Thank you

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It’s two long years since she left us – The Island

By Dr Laksiri Fernando Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa is correct in identifying ‘international drug mafia,’ and ‘fraudulent business operations’ as challenges to the country, whether it should be stated in a Budget Speech or not. However, just after that and on the same breadth he is castigating ‘social activists’ and ‘civil society’ organisations as forces detrimental to the country, saying the following. “Similarly, agents of foreign powers disguised as social activists are exerting a considerable pressure on our society to the extent that, today, such so called activism can…

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One person drowns in river, mother and daughter missing

One person has drowned while two others including a two-year-old child are missing and feared drowned while bathing in the Mahaweli River at Kalugamuwa in Peradeniya.  Police reported that five persons had been drowning while bathing in the river last evening (05), and that two of them including a small boy were rescued by residents in the area. They were later admitted to the Gampola Hospital. However, one person had drowned to death while two more, a 20-year-old woman and her two-year-old daughter, are reported missing. The deceased has been…

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Did Basil admit that the SLPP’s ‘lone wolf’ act doesn’t work?

The Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) the Ruling Party has reportedly held a special meeting in Temple Trees two days ago (04) without the participation of the minor parties of the government. Addressing the meeting Minister Basil Rajapaksa, National Organiser and Founder of the SLPP, has emphasised that the SLPP will be needing its allies including the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) for the continuation of the government, sources said. The meeting started at around 6 pm, running up to about midnight. Rajapaksa, who addressed…

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Opposition planning to boycott budget debate over ‘assault’

Crucial party leaders’ meeting today By Saman Indrajith The Opposition is expected to decide whether to boycott the ongoing debate on Budget 2022, after today’s party leaders’ meeting on a complaint that Galle District SJB MP, Manusha Nanyakkara, was roughed up in Parliament by government MPs, last Friday. Chief Opposition Whip Kandy District SJB MP Lakshmkan Kiriella told The Island yesterday that the Opposition sought justice. “We see no point in attending Parliament if the Speaker continues to be partial and fails to act against those who violate Standing Orders…

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