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Annul the Joint Cabinet memorandum, proposes to hand over the...

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  The Center for Environmental Justice (CEJ), its Executive Director Hemantha Withanage, Attorney-at-law Sanjaya Edirisinghe and animal rights activist Panchali Madurangi Panapitiya filed this petition naming Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister of Wildlife and Forest Conservation C.B. Ratnayake and the Attorney General as respondents. The petitioners are seeking a declaration that the rule of law of the country will be seriously affected if the Cabinet is allowed to implement the joint memorandum, to dismiss all ongoing legal proceedings pertaining to the possession of captured baby ...Continued

Respirone Nano AV99 face mask released to the market.

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The mask is unique because it is three-ply with properties that will repel and kill the SARS CoV- 2 virus. The reusable mask is now available at the State Trading Corporation and Sathosa outlets. Around 800,000 masks have been released to the market as an initial step. ‘This type of three-ply mask is currently not available anywhere in the world’,  Professor Gamini Rajapakse heads the team of researchers that invented and designed the Respirone. Told the Counterpoint during an interview. ‘We have been working hard ...Continued

UNHRC adopts resolution against Sri Lanka

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22 countries voted in favour of the Resolution and 11 countries vote against it. 14 countries abstained from voting. Among the countries that voted in favour were most of the global north including Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy and the UK.     Sri Lanka’s traditional allies Bolivia, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Pakistan and the Russian Federation voted against the Resolution. Sri Lanka’s last minute lobbying with Bangladesh also paid off with a vote against the resolution.  Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse paid a hurried visit there last ...Continued

Covid Update

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Bribery Commission withdraws case against former Chief Justice Mohan Peiris...

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The Bribery Commission today informed court that it has decided to withdraw the case filed against former Chief Justice and former Attorney General Mohan Peiris, Supreme Court Judge A.H.M.D. Nawaz and former Secretary to the Ministry of Power and Energy M.M.C. Ferdinando in the Colombo Chief Magistrate’s Court. When the case came up before Chief Magistrate Buddhika Sri Ragala, the Bribery Commission submitted to court that it would not proceed with the case filed against three suspects owing to technical issues. The Court was also ...Continued

Gotabaya says security will be beefed up in Eastern Province

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By P.K.Balachandran
    President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that security will be beefed up in the Eastern Province to stem separatism and Islamic extremism. Tamils and Muslims together outnumber the Sinhalese in the Eastern Province. The province had been the base of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and also Jihadists who staged the April 21, 2019 suicide bombings in Colombo and other places. Speaking at the 14th  “Discussion with the Village” program in Galagoda East in Galle District on March 13, the President said: ...Continued

UNHRC’s latest draft resolution on Lanka incorporates India’s demand for...

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Colombo, March 13: The West-led Core Group on Sri Lanka in the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Thursday went a step further to get India’s support for the tough resolution it is planning to bring against Sri Lanka. It has incorporated India’s demand that Sri Lanka implement in toto, the 13th Amendment of the constitution, which devolves powers to the provinces. According to DailyFT, the 11 March draft calls on the Government of Sri Lanka to fulfil its commitments on devolution of power, and ...Continued

A Sick Media, A Sicker Society

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By Kshama Ranawana
 An advertisement in Sinhala, posted on twitter shows a travelling bag. But the advertiser sells vehicles.  The content of the advertisement roughly translated goes, ‘Travel in a bag or travel in a car?  Give up your illicit relationships. For a marriage that works, get a car.” The twitter post is accompanied with a message, stating that when contacted the man who had answered the phone had justified it, stating that the murdered woman deserved the fate that befell her, as she had had an affair. ...Continued

Covid 19 Situation Report

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Peradeniya University’s virus killer face mask goes into production

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By Sarasi wijeratne
Researchers from the University of Peradeniya who invented the Respirone Nano AV99 face mask will present their product to the diplomatic community today for it to be marketed in their countries. The production of the mask for the local market has already begun and will be available as soon as possible.   The mask is unique because it is three -ply and the layers have properties that will repel and kill the SARS CoV- 2 virus.   The Respirone has advantages over most other masks. ...Continued

Seventy Years of Excellence SLAF

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Government Rejects OHCHR proposal to refer Sri Lanka to the...

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Sri Lanka has rejected the Human Rights High Commission proposal to refer her to the International Criminal Court. In its reply to the High Commissioner’s report, the government said ‘it has rejected the Human Rights High Commissioner’s proposal in her report to advance accountability options at the international level, including, in particular, her proposal to take steps towards referring Sri Lanka to the International Criminal Court’.The government has repudiated all the conclusions and recommendations in the report.   The government’s detailed reply which runs into ...Continued

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