Sirisena, other SLFP MPs asked to leave Govt.

SLPP heavyweight says Govt. can do without them By Shamindra Ferdinando Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) heavyweight and Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has asked the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to leave the government as the SLPP could do without its support. Addressing the media on Saturday (27), Minister Ranatunga asked former President and SLFP leader Maithripala Sirisena, MP, and members of his parliamentary group to quit the government. Minister Ranatunga recalled how he urged the electorate in the run-up to the last parliamentary election in August 2020 not to vote…

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India, Sri Lanka, Maldives conduct joint exercise on maritime security

A two-day trilateral maritime drill conducted by the coast guards of India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives to bolster security in the Indian Ocean, enhance mutual operational capability and exercise interoperability between these three countries culminated in the Maldives on Sunday.  The 15th edition of the trilateral engagement termed “Dosti” is conducted biennially, and 2021 marks 30 years since these maritime drills were first introduced, the Indian High Commission said. However, it began primarily as a bilateral engagement, involving only Indian and Maldives Coast Guards. Sri Lanka joined in 2012…

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Condemning the brutal attack on journalist Vishwalingam Vishwachandran!

On the morning of November 28, 2021, journalist Vishwalingam Vishwachandran was subject to a brutal attack in Mullaitivu while engaging in media reporting. The barbaric attack was carried out with a palm stick wrapped in barbed wire while the victim was taking photographs of the Mullivaikkala name board. Eyewitnesses said that the attack was carried out by a group of army soldiers who were stationed at the scene. It is reported that journalist Vishwalingam Vishwachandran, who is also the treasurer of the Mullaitivu Media Club,…

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“Perspectives on Constitutional Reform in Sri Lanka” – The Island

by Anura Gunasekera A few days ago President Gotabaya Rajapaksa(GR), the first military man and, unarguably, the most ignorant in the ways of governance to occupy the presidential seat, celebrated the completion of two years as the eighth president of the Republic of Sri Lanka. The salutation coincided with the formal vesting with the Sangha, of the “Sandahiru Seya” in Anuradhapura, a project commenced during brother Mahinda’s last term as president. A towering stupa rising above the Jetawana and the Abhayagiri, ostensibly to honour the services rendered by the armed…

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Chargé d’affaires of the United Arab Emirates to Sri Lanka Ibrahim Ali Ibrahim Al Gergawi calls on Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka Prof. G.L. Peiris

Chargé d’affaires of the United Arab Emirates to Sri Lanka called on Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris on 26 November 2021. In his opening remarks, the Chargé d’affaires extended greetings  from the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah hun Zayed Al Nathan  and expressed the UAE government’s willingness to enhance bilateral trade and economic relations with the government of Sri Lanka. Further, he also recalled the recent bilateral meeting held between   Foreign Minister…

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Frankfurt Consulate massive white elephant, alleges Lankan living there – The Island

More countries are tightening their travel restrictions after a new coronavirus variant was identified in South Africa earlier this week, said a BBC dispatch yesterday. It said that the UK, Singapore and Japan are among those rushing in stricter quarantine measures and banning flights from South Africa and neighbouring countries. The BBC story said: The EU is proposing to ban flights from the region across the whole bloc. Scientists still have much to learn about the variant, but say they are very worried about it. The World Health Organization (WHO)…

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UAE and Sri Lanka discuss enhancing bilateral trade and economic ties

During a meeting with Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, Chargé d’affaires of the United Arab Emirates to Sri Lanka Ibrahim Ali Ibrahim Al Gergawi has expressed the UAE government’s willingness to enhance bilateral trade and economic relations with the government of Sri Lanka. Extending greetings from UAE’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Al Nahyan, he also recalled the recent bilateral meeting held between Foreign Minister G.L Peiris with UAE’s Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, at the sidelines of…

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WHO asks countries in South-East Asia Region to be vigilant as cases surge globally and new Variant of Concern is detected

New Delhi, 27 November 2021 – In view of surge in COVID-19 cases elsewhere globally and detection of new variant of concern Omicron, the World Health Organization today appealed to countries in South-East Asia Region to scale up surveillance, strengthen public health and social measures, and enhance vaccination coverage. “Though COVID-19 cases have been declining in most countries of our Region, the surge in cases elsewhere in the world and confirmation of a new Variant of Concern, is a reminder of the persisting risk and the…

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Creating innovative spaces and world class construction projects

The Access Group consists of some of the country’s pioneering and innovative companies that have contributed to Sri Lanka’s corporate landscape. Access Projects is among them – they commenced their own unique journey into creating iconic buildings with their flagship Access Towers 25 years ago. At the time, it was a unique building with its own footprint. Heading the Access Projects is Managing Director Dilshan Ferdinando who has been associated with creating architecturally exceptional innovative spaces that have gone on to be some of the finest buildings in Sri Lanka.…

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Great men don’t die, they fade…

Mangala Samaraweera was a true champion of unity and communal harmony in Srilanka. I remember vividly in 2019, I was traveling through Matara with a friend and colleague when we with very short notice dropped by to meet him at his residence. We were warmly greeted by his sister. And lunch was served. The rice and curry was a speciality meal called “Kiddu Soru,” a traditional Muslim meal.  Mangala proceeded to explain that the meal was provided that Fay by a muslim family he had…

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The Sandahiru event – celebrating failure – The Island

by Anura Gunasekera A few days ago President Gotabaya Rajapaksa(GR), the first military man and, unarguably, the most ignorant in the ways of governance to occupy the presidential seat, celebrated the completion of two years as the eighth president of the Republic of Sri Lanka. The salutation coincided with the formal vesting with the Sangha, of the “Sandahiru Seya” in Anuradhapura, a project commenced during brother Mahinda’s last term as president. A towering stupa rising above the Jetawana and the Abhayagiri, ostensibly to honour the services rendered by the armed…

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Weather advisory for severe lightning and heavy rain

The Department of Meteorology has issued an advisory for severe lightning and heavy rain, for the period until 6.00 a.m. tomorrow, for several provinces.   Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning and heavy rain about 100 mm are likely to occur at several places in Central, Sabaragamuwa, Western, Southern, North-western and Uva provinces and in Mannar district, it said. There may be temporary localized strong winds during thundershowers. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity. Thank you more

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Israel to impose travel ban for foreigners over new variant

Israel is to ban foreigners from entering the country for 14 days and use surveillance to halt the spread of the new Covid strain, local media report. The ban is expected to come into effect at midnight on Sunday, following full cabinet approval. Israel has so far confirmed one case of the potentially more infectious Omicron strain first detected in South Africa. Many countries have since banned travel to South Africa and its neighbours. South Africa has complained that it is being punished – instead…

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Interfaith Week celebrated in London – The Island

Sujeeva Nivunhella reporting from London A Pooja to celebrate Interfaith Week was organized here last week with the advice and guidance of Ven. Bogoda Seelawimala Nayake Thera, head of the London Buddhist Vihara and the Chief Sangha Nayake of Great Britain. This annual event begins on Remembrance Sunday, a memorial day observed in Commonwealth countries since the end of the World War I to remember armed forces personnel who died in the line of duty. This tradition was inaugurated by King George V in 1919. Adhering to the country’s Covid guidelines,…

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Price of bread increased

The Bakery Owners’ Association says that the price of a 450g loaf of bread will be increased by Rs. 10 from midnight today (28). The association said that a decision was taken to increase bread prices in view of the increase in wheat flour prices.  The price of wheat flour had been increased by the relevant companies from yesterday while the bakery owners say that the cost of bakery products have also risen sharply.  Accordingly, under the prevailing situation the All Ceylon Bakery Owners’ Association have decided to increase the…

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Germany, Italy confirm cases of Omicron coronavirus variant

The United Kingdom, Germany and Italy have confirmed their first two cases of the new Omicron strain of coronavirus. The variant has prompted several countries to impose restrictions such as travel bans on several southern African countries, against the advice of the World Health Organization, while others have imposed fresh lockdowns to contain the spread of COVID-19. The Omicron variant, which scientists say has a high number of mutations, was first detected in South Africa last week. Cases have also been reported in travellers in…

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Scotland Police to stop training Lankan cops – The Island

More countries are tightening their travel restrictions after a new coronavirus variant was identified in South Africa earlier this week, said a BBC dispatch yesterday. It said that the UK, Singapore and Japan are among those rushing in stricter quarantine measures and banning flights from South Africa and neighbouring countries. The BBC story said: The EU is proposing to ban flights from the region across the whole bloc. Scientists still have much to learn about the variant, but say they are very worried about it. The World Health Organization (WHO)…

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719 new infections confirmed within the day

The daily count of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka moved to 719 today (November 27) as 226 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 561,778. As many as 529,240 recoveries and 14,278 deaths have been confirmed in Sri Lanka since the COVID-19 outbreak. More than 18,200 active cases in total are currently under medical care, official figures showed. Thank you more

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