Daily count of COVID cases moves to 754 today

The daily count of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka moved to 754 today (December 10) as 187 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 571,426. As many as 544,200 recoveries and 14,573 deaths have been confirmed in Sri Lanka since the COVID-19 outbreak. More than 12,600 active cases in total are currently under medical care, official figures showed. Thank you

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Sri Lanka’s tree tapping trade reaches new heights

The palmyra palm tree with its wide fan leaves is a distinctive and common sight across Jaffna, northern Sri Lanka, thriving in the arid conditions. Kutty, who goes by only one name, is a “toddy tapper”. Climbing the palms with his clay pot, he collects sap from the flower heads at the top of the great trees, which can grow to more than 30 metres (90ft). The sap is fermented to make toddy, an alcoholic drink also known as palm wine. He shaves the tips…

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Foreign Minister meets Pakistan envoy on financial security of the family of late Priyantha Kumara – The Island

The world remains unprepared for future epidemic and pandemic threats. Countries across all income levels remain dangerously unprepared to meet future epidemic and pandemic threats, according to the new 2021 Global Health Security (GHS) Index released December 8, 2021. The world’s overall performance on the GHS Index score slipped to 38.9 (out of 100) in 2021, from a score of 40.2 in the GHS Index, 2019. This, even as infectious diseases are expected to have the greatest impact on the global economy in the next decade. Some 101 countries high-,…

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PM Rajapaksa Conveys Condolences to PM Modi on the Death of Chief of Defence Staff of the Indian Armed Forces General Bipin Rawat

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has conveyed his condolences to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the death of the Chief of Defence Staff of the Indian Armed Forces General Bipin Rawat.  “It is with profound sorrow that I convey my deepest condolences to the Government and the people of India on the loss of a distinguished son of the nation, General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff of the Indian Armed Forces, his spouse Madhulika Rawat and 11 staff members in a tragic aircraft crash…

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House of Braahtii International Artisans Collaboration Platform comes to Sri Lanka – The Island

Sri Lanka’s apparel industry has risen to the challenges posed by the pandemic and the sector can contribute further to the country’s economy, provided that all stakeholders collaborate to address critical constraints, apparel exporters point out. These views were expressed at the recent 39th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Sri Lanka Apparel Exporters Association (SLAEA), the pioneer association representing the country’s apparel exporters. Apparel exporters highlighted the need for COVID-19 vaccine boosters for staff, addressing domestic macroeconomic constraints – particularly the lack of foreign exchange – and strengthening export…

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Internet use in Sri Lanka increases due to Covid-19 pandemic

A recent national survey conducted by LIRNEasia, a regional policy think tank, showed that 44% of Sri Lanka’s population aged 15 and above were internet users in 2021. Internet use was lower amongst the rural, elderly, less educated and poorer groups. Those residing in rural areas, for example, were 19% less likely to be online than their peers residing in urban areas. The pandemic situation has brought many online, with 31% of new users (aged 15 and above) in 2020 and 2021 citing that they…

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From gas explosions to ‘fertiliser blasts’ – The Island

Thursday 9th December, 2021 US President Joe Biden’s much-advertised ‘Summit for Democracy’ commences today with the participation of 110 nations. Sri Lanka is not among them. Some political commentators here have called the exclusion of Sri Lanka an indictment of the Rajapaksa government, which is undermining democracy. The incumbent Sri Lankan government may be hauled over the coals for attacks on democracy, but one should not make the mistake of recognising the US as the global standard-bearer of democracy. Among Biden’s invitees are Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and Rodrigo Duterte…

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Anura Dissanayake presents the controversial Yugadanavi agreement to the Parliament(VIDEO)

The controversial Kerawalapitiya Yugadanavi agreement was presented to Parliament today (10) by Jathika Jana Balawega MP Anura Dissanayake. Although the Minister in charge of the subject was requested to present the agreement to Parliament, it was not fulfilled and he stated that he would table the agreement today. He pointed out that although the cabinet paper had given permission to enter into an agreement with New Fortress Energy, the agreement had been signed with NFC Sri Lanka Power Holdings. Accordingly, the agreement was not signed…

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Pension for politicians, for what service they do to the country? – The Island

By J.A.A.S Ranasinghe In light of the whistleblowing by Thushan Gunawardena, former Executive Director of Consumer Affairs Authority, it would be quite appropriate and interesting to revisit the LPG scandal and ascertain how intelligently the authorities have handled the above scandal for the overall well being of the consumers and the government. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), is known as a clean and safe source of energy, wherein safety is of paramount importance from the time of landing up to the point of delivery to the customer. It is in this…

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Verdict of 2012 Welikada Prison riot case to be delivered in January

The verdict of the case filed against former Inspector of Police (IP) Neomal Rangajeewa of Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) and former Prisons Commissioner Emil Ranjan Lamahewa, who were arrested over the Welikada Prison clashes in 2012, will be delivered on January 06, 2022. The lawsuit was heard for nearly three years before Judges Gihan Kulathunga, Pradeep Hettiarachchi and Manjula Thilakaratne of Permanent High Court at Bar. The judge bench pronounced its decision after the defence and the plaintiffs in the case concluded presenting their submissions. Due to the complexity of…

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CEB confirms that it is possible to supply electricity without any interruption from today

Power and Energy Ministry spokesman Sulakshana Jayawardena said that the power cut in the last few days has ended and the power supply will be restored as usual from today (10). On the 3rd, two generators in Norochcholai went out of order due to a breakdown in the transmission line from Kotmale to Biyagama and the third generator had already been removed from the system for maintenance. Jayawardena said that it would take 4 to 5 days to restore the generators when they were out…

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Govt. MP strikes discordant note, slams Parliament over National List farce – The Island

The world remains unprepared for future epidemic and pandemic threats. Countries across all income levels remain dangerously unprepared to meet future epidemic and pandemic threats, according to the new 2021 Global Health Security (GHS) Index released December 8, 2021. The world’s overall performance on the GHS Index score slipped to 38.9 (out of 100) in 2021, from a score of 40.2 in the GHS Index, 2019. This, even as infectious diseases are expected to have the greatest impact on the global economy in the next decade. Some 101 countries high-,…

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