UK faces fresh wave of infections amid global concerns over XE strain

The Omicron variant and its sub-strains have sparked worry in some parts of Asia and several European countries in fresh caution for world leaders and governments. With new coronavirus strains emerging from different parts of the world, fears have grown of yet another pandemic wave approaching soon. The global coronavirus caseload topped 493.5 million on Monday, while the deaths have surged to more than 6.16 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. At least 11 billion people across the world are vaccinated against the deadly virus. Shanghai, the financial capital of…

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Chinese loans for white elephant projects pushed SL and Pak into present crisis

All the blame for the crisis in these two countries cannot be put on the shoulders of Beijing as the majority of it rests on the myopic leadership of these nations.# Eighteen kilometres from Chinese owned Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka lies Mattala Rajapaksa International airport, which has unfortunately earned the sobriquet of being the least used airport in the world. Built during the presidency of Mahinda Rajapaksa, both port and airport, built from high-interest loans from Chinese EXIM bank, are monuments to fiscal profligacy practised by rulers of the…

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Sri Lanka’s New Finance Minister Resigns In Less Than 24 Hours

Sri Lankan parliament convened on Tuesday for the first time after a state of emergency was imposed. Protests against the government and specially the Rajapaksas continue outside the parliament in Colombo. Sri Lanka is facing shortages of food, fuel and other essentials along with record inflation and crippling power cuts. CNN-News18 reporters in Sri Lanka also saw stores which were empty and there were no customers inside them. There were several stores where essential food items and pulses were highly priced. Read More IMF ‘Very Closely’ Monitoring Political, Economic Developments in…

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Lawyers protest against AG for withdrawing cases against politicians

A group of lawyers entered the Attorney General’s Department premises criticising Attorney General’s decision to withdraw several cases filed against politicians. They entered the premises shouting slogans alleging that role of Attorney General has been politicized since he has withdrawn cases filed against corrupt politicians. They urge the Attorney General to uphold rule of law and listen to the public . They said the sovereignty is vested on the people and the Attorney General cannot act contrary to the people’s supremacy.(Lakmal Sooriyagoda) https://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Lawyers-protest-against-AG-for-withdrawing-cases-against-politicians/108-234560

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Sri Lanka MPs leave Gotabaya Rajapaksa-led coalition

More than 40 MPs have left Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s coalition government. MPs from parties aligned with Mr Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led coalition said they would now independently represent themselves. The move comes as the South Asian nation is grappling with power cuts and shortages because of an economic and foreign exchange crisis. This has led to mass protests demanding Mr Rajapaksa’s resignation. It is unclear what the implications of the MPs’ actions are at this point. They have distanced themselves from the government, but have…

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Sri Lankan government in disarray as economic crisis deepens

Government loses majority in parliament Finance minister quits one day after appointment Shares rise after events in parliament Opposition demands president, prime minister quit COLOMBO, April 5 (Reuters) – At least 41 Sri Lankan lawmakers walked out of the ruling coalition on Tuesday, leaving the government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in a minority in parliament as it struggles with the country’s worst economic crisis in decades. In another setback for the administration, Finance Minister Ali Sabry resigned a day after his appointment and ahead of crucial talks scheduled with the…

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Sri Lanka Crisis Live Updates: Lanka’s Ruling Coalition Loses Parliamentary Majority Amid Protests

Every member of Sri Lanka’s cabinet except the president and his elder brother, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, resigned late Sunday. Colombo:  Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ruling coalition lost its majority in parliament on Tuesday after at least 41 lawmakers walked out of the alliance amid growing unrest over an economic crisis Sri Lanka’s opposition yesterday dismissed President Rajapaksa’s invitation to join a unity government as “nonsensical” and instead demanded he resigns over the country’s worsening shortages of food, fuel and medicines. Mr Rajapaksa’s overture came as armed troops looked to quell…

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Sri Lanka Economic Crisis Live Updates: Rajapaksa’s ruling coalition loses majority in Parliament; newly-appointed FM Ali Sabry resigns

Sri Lanka Crisis Live News, Cabinet Resignation, President’s House Clash Updates: Tendering his resignation a day after being sworn in Finance Minister Ali Sabry said, “fresh, proactive and unconventional steps” are needed to navigate this unprecedented crisis. Sri Lanka Crisis Live News Updates: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s ruling coalition lost its majority in Parliament as proceedings began Tuesday for the first time since the state of Emergency was imposed. At least 41 lawmakers walked out of the alliance amid public anger against the  Rajapaksa family, news agency Reuters reported. Earlier, President Rajapaksa had…

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SLFP quits Government to be independent in Parliament

All SLFP State Ministers resign  The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) has decided to leave the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP)-led Government and function independently in Parliament. The decision was taken at the party’s Central Committee meeting held last evening (4). A member of the SLFP’s Central Committee, speaking to The Morning, said that all SLFP members of Parliament (MPs) who held the posts of state ministers have also decided to resign from their posts. Accordingly, State Ministers Duminda Dissanayake, Lasantha Alagiyawanna, and Priyankara Jayaratne have resigned from their posts. On…

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SJB to focus on abolishing 20A first

In discussions with dissenting Govt. parties SJB barred from protesting at Independence Square BY Shahaen Vishak and Pamodi Waravita The Samagi Jana Balawegeya (SJB) said yesterday (3) that they are in discussions with a number of political parties, organisations, and individuals on what next steps to take, with priority being given to revoke the 20th Amendment from the Constitution. “We are going step by step. We are telling those who are saying that they are opposed to the Government, but within the Government, let’s get together and vote against the…

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Avant-Garde chairman, family leave the country?

They had boarded SriLankan Airlines flight UL-102 bound for the Maldives at 08.20 am yesterday By T.K.G. Kapila It was reported that Avant-Garde Company Chairman Nissanka Senadhipathi and his family members had left the Katunayake Airport for the Maldives last morning.   They had left the airport on a SriLankan Airlines flight UL-102 bound for the Maldives at 08.20 am yesterday.  At that time, the computerized security camera system at the airport were jammed, and the group had made arrangements to enter the aircraft through the departure terminal at Katunayake Airport.   Security…

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Government will lose its majority in parliament

Former State Minister Nimal Lanza warns that the government will lose its majority in parliament if it attempts to continue through various tactics. Accordingly, more than 50 Members of Parliament representing the ruling party are prepared to function independently in Parliament tomorrow (05), he said. Speaking to the media in Negombo today (04), he further stated that it is very reasonable for the people to ask the government to go home. He said that the government should understand this pressure and step down, adding that at this moment the people’s…

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Crossovers expected in Parliament today

Parliament is due to convene at 10am today. Reports suggest that the composition of Parliament could tip when Parliament convenes this morning. 16 Members of Parliament of 11 parties who withdrew their support from the government and the 14 Sri Lanka Freedom Party Parliamentarians are expected to stand independent in Parliament today. Accordingly, the two thirds majority that the government held thus far could witness a change. Parliamentarian Udaya Gammanpila yesterday said, the government could not only lose its two thirds majority, but the simple majority as well.

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Maha Nayaka thera calls for Cabinet and PM dissolution

The Chief Prelates of the Asgiri, Malwathu, Amarapura, and Ramanna Maha Nikaya have called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to immediately dissolve the Cabinet including the post of Prime Minister in accordance with powers vested with him. The Maha Nayaka Thera directed a letter in this regard to President Rajapaksa. The venerable said the country should be handed over to an interim government comprising representatives of all parties that represent Parliament until a government is elected through a Parliamentary Election. The letter states that an expert advisory board must be appointed…

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