SJB seeks CID demanding probe into gas cylinder explosions

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) today (07) lodged a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) demanding the arrest of all those responsible for the recent accidents involving domestic LP gas cylinders and legal actions. Letting these accidents occur is a deliberate criminal conduct in the event that such explosions were acknowledged to be of altered gas compositions, the SJB pointed out, thereby urging an immediate probe and an enforcement of law against those who endangered the lives of the people. MIAP …

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New laws alone won’t do – The Island

Tuesday 7th December, 2021 The government is keen to amend the election laws to provide for restrictions on campaign expenditure, and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has given the Legal Draftsman necessary instructions in this regard, Media Minister Dallas Alahapperuma has reportedly said. It is hoped that the new laws to be made will also make it mandatory for candidates and political parties to disclose sources of their campaign finance, and the amounts of funds they receive by way of donations. Laws to regulate campaign finance are long overdue, and the government…

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UK study finds mixing some COVID shots gives better immune response

A major British study into mixing COVID-19 vaccines has found that people had a better immune response when they received the first dose of AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech shots followed by Moderna nine weeks later, according to the results on Monday. “We found a really good immune response across the board…, in fact, higher than the threshold set by Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine two doses,” Matthew Snape, the Oxford professor behind the trial dubbed Com-COV2, told Reuters. The findings supporting flexible dosing will offer some hope to poor and middle-income countries which may…

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Daya and Alfred Wijewardena – The Island

Daya Wijewardena was many things to many people. These included, but were not limited to, being: a wife to her husband, Alfred; a surrogate mother to her nephew, Dayananda; a grandmother/great-aunt to Dayananda’s children; a teacher to countless students at Anula Vidyalaya; a trusted confidante to my mother; and a beloved aunt to my brother and me. In her later years, she greatly supported the work of her husband, spending many countless hours, being a sort of unpaid personal assistant charged with doing, things, like taking down dictation for his…

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Ministerial Consultative Committee on Defence convenes

The Ministerial Consultative Committee on Defence today (December 07) met under the patronage of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Parliamentary Complex. The Head of State, who arrived at the Parliament as the Chairman of the Committee, was received by the Leader of the House, Minister Dinesh Gunawardena and Chief Government Whip, Minister Johnston Fernando. The national security of the country, law and order, the current issues that have received the attention of the security forces and a number of matters and proposals put forward by ministers including Minister Chamal Rajapaksa,…

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Presidential Committee appointed to probe into Gas Cylinder Combustions and Explosions announces observations

244 incidents out of 458 incidents related to either gas cylinder combustions or explosions taken into account from January 01, 2021 to December 05, 2021 were of gas leakages, revealed the Presidential Committee appointed to probe into Gas Cylinder Combustions and Explosions issuing a statement yesterday (06). The Committee, appointed by President Rajapaksa on November 30, 2021, claimed that it made a thorough analysis into the investigated incidents related to either gas cylinder combustions or explosions, adding that the accidents were triggered by the following…

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Speaker promises to appoint bi-partisan committee to look into incidents in Parliament – The Island

EU, Germany funded scheme costs Rs. 8 mn By Shamindra Ferdinando The National Peace Council (NPC) says war-related matters hadn’t been discussed at the nearly two-year-long reconciliation project that brought together students from Eastern, Jaffna, Ruhuna and Sabaragamuwa Universities. More than 160 students have participated in the project that culminated with a conference on the theme of ‘Plural Sri Lanka: Paths to reconciliation.’ Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris delivered the closing address and responded to questions from the audience. Pointing out that post-war reconciliation efforts had been badly hampered by allegations…

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Sri Lanka has enough crude oil for 26 days: Gammanpila

The Sapugaskanda Oil Refinery has enough crude oil for twenty six (26) days from today, said Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila, speaking at the occasion of resuming the operations at the Refinery today (07). About seven hundred thousand (700,000) barrels of crude oil have been delivered at a cost of US$59 million, the Minister revealed, adding that the Refinery, accordingly, will be operational from today onwards. Gammanpila also added that further measures are being taken to guarantee a continuous supply of crude oil in the future.…

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Prevent growth of extremism through stronger institutions – The Island

by Nicola Perera What spaces exist for students and staff of ethnic and religious minorities, within the university? Do students and staff in these groups have the liberty and security to openly identify themselves, claim their identities, be visible? Do either university structures and policies or the culture and attitudes within the university community, ensure a lack of discrimination, with the same rights, privileges and opportunities, for such persons to live, work, and study in an environment of acceptance, without hostility or marginalisation? I speak of the ethos of majoritarianism,…

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Birth certificates to be issued with Sri Lanka Identify Number

The Cabinet of Ministers has given the nod to issue national birth certificates with a unique identification number. The relevant proposal was tabled by the President in his capacity as the Minister of Defence, the Government Information Department said. Accordingly, the Sri Lanka Identify Number will be issued by the Department of Registrar General from the details obtained from the database of the Department of Registration of Persons. The Registrar General’s Department is entrusted with the authority to issue the national birth certificates to any person born in Sri Lanka…

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CB expects outward labour migration to recover this year

The Central Bank (CB) projects Sri Lanka’s outward labour migration to recover to around 120,000 persons this year from the sharp decline recorded in 2020. CB Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal revealed that 96,000 individuals departed the country for employment in the first eleven months of the year. Outward labour migration declined sharply by 73.6 percent year-on-year (YoY) to 53,713 persons in 2020, with the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide. In addition, around 40,000 Sri Lankan migrant workers had been repatriated to the country amid…

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Dominances, hegemonies and diversities – The Island

by Nicola Perera What spaces exist for students and staff of ethnic and religious minorities, within the university? Do students and staff in these groups have the liberty and security to openly identify themselves, claim their identities, be visible? Do either university structures and policies or the culture and attitudes within the university community, ensure a lack of discrimination, with the same rights, privileges and opportunities, for such persons to live, work, and study in an environment of acceptance, without hostility or marginalisation? I speak of the ethos of majoritarianism,…

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Two-year reconciliation project spurns Lord Naseby’s disclosure – The Island

EU, Germany funded scheme costs Rs. 8 mn By Shamindra Ferdinando The National Peace Council (NPC) says war-related matters hadn’t been discussed at the nearly two-year-long reconciliation project that brought together students from Eastern, Jaffna, Ruhuna and Sabaragamuwa Universities. More than 160 students have participated in the project that culminated with a conference on the theme of ‘Plural Sri Lanka: Paths to reconciliation.’ Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris delivered the closing address and responded to questions from the audience. Pointing out that post-war reconciliation efforts had been badly hampered by allegations…

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