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Country’s Covid situation is grave

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More than one thousand Covid positive patients are at home without hospital beds and ambulances to transport them to hospital as Sri Lanka’s Covid crisis worsens.  The President of the Public Health Inspectors Association UpulRohana said that cases are being reported from all over the country with a daily average of about 2000 cases, up from about 1500 last week.  The capacity of the health services are overwhelmed by the surge in the number of cases. Rohana explained how a backlog has resulted in a ...Continued

The Covid catastrophy and politricks

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By LANKATHILAKA
Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa told parliament last week that the government’s decision to bring vaccines which are not approved by the WHO to give to the people of Sri Lanka is a crime against humanity. ‘This is my personal view’, he said. Mr. Premadasa was referring to the Sputnik V and Sinopharm vaccines. The latter was approved by the WHO subsequently on Friday. Sri Lanka’s National Medical Regulatory Authority (NMRA) also did not approve the Sinopharm vaccine because its Phase 111 trials were ...Continued

Seething Opposition parliamentarians call the Commission of Inquiry into Alleged...

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By Lankathilaka
Opposition legislators have ripped apart the credentials and work of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapakse to look into alleged cases of political victimization.  The recommendations, widely seen as an affront to the law and undermining the work of the Attorney General and the judiciary, sounds the death knell for impartial prosecutions in politically sensitive cases.   The cases the CoI considered were those where members of the military were implicated for alleged human rights violations and cases against several political ...Continued

Opposition informs Parliament about omissions in the Easter Sunday attacks...

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The second anniversary of the Easter Sundayattacks was marked with a two minute silence in the country.  Two years on and there is still no sight of justice being delivered for the victims of the attacks who have become by– standers to accusations by the Catholic Church, members of the political Opposition and civil society of a government cover up.  Last Sunday a frustrated Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the head of the country’s Roman Catholic Church who has been driving the call for justice over the ...Continued

Opposition informs Parliament about omissions in the Easter Sunday attacks...

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By Lankathilaka
Statecraft II The second anniversary of the Easter Sundayattacks was marked with a two minute silence in the country.  Two years on and there is still no sight of justice being delivered for the victims of the attacks who have become by– standers to accusations by the Catholic Church, members of the political Opposition and civil society of a government cover up.  Last Sunday a frustrated Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the head of the country’s Roman Catholic Church who has been driving the call for justice ...Continued

Covid cases surge and vaccination program remains in limbo

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Sri Lankans have just finished a week long break for the Sinhala and Hindu New Year.  Scenes of people thronging streets and shopping malls shoulder to shoulder as they prepared to celebrate the New Year drew frowns and predictions of the inevitable which now look set to become a reality. Why the authoritiesallowed a free for all during this time will be known only to them. With the number of positive cases on the rise, especially outsideColombo, the Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases which met ...Continued

Provincial Councils election and government’s economic woes

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By Lankathilaka
Sri Lankan politics are in a state of flux with nobody in the know where the country is heading. On the one hand, there seems to be a school of thought that the government should hold the long delayedProvincial Councils election without further delay. On the other hand, there is another which think that Provincial Councils will not serve any purpose but is a waste of public money. However, the government is in a dilemma trying to find political space for the second layer of ...Continued

The Government’s Provincial Council conundrum

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By Lankathilaka   • Latest US State Department report points to alleged human rights abuses • Is ASP Perera the victim of a political witch hunt? • The Government’s war with conservationists continues unabated     President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, with an unassailable logic in mind, appears to have determined to rely on an indigenous or a more homegrown system to devolve power to the provinces. The sentiments expressed by the President during the dialogue he held with villagers in Pitabaddera in the Matara district have ...Continued

The UN Resolution with a ‘bite’

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By LANKTHILAKA
The UN Human Rights Council adopted Resolution A/HRC/46/L.1/Rev.1 on promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka. Twenty- two countries voted for the Resolution, 11 countries voted against it and 14 countries abstained from voting. Despite speculation during the weeks in the run up to the vote that it would be a hotly contested one, in the end it turned out to be a cakewalk for the global North which voted en– bloc for the adoption of the Resolution together with some Latin American ...Continued

Bhagya- a whistleblower for environmental protection as Lanka faces challenges...

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BY LANKATHILAKA
 Photo courtesy- web  Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries. —Jimmy Carter Has man’s love for nature been thrown out of the window because of his greed for money? It is an axiomatic assumption that from the early ages man lived with the help of nature.  The shining sun, the trees, waterways, the rain, the wind and the natural landscape, all of which helped the existence of man on earth. Animals, birds and other ...Continued

Politics for a purpose

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By Lankathilaka
Sri Lanka seems to be undaunted in the face of an imminent threat of a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council which may call on the country to address accountability issues. Accountability issues concerning Sri Lanka since the end of the war in 2009, hangs over her like the sword of Damocles. There has also been a respite from time to time, especially when the “Yahapalanaya” government was in power. The Yahapalanaya government headed by the UNP co-sponsored the resolution, diluting its fervour to ...Continued

Easter Sunday attacks: jury is still out on the perpetrators

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The storm clouds are brewing and it’s going to be a Black Sunday.  The priests of the archdiocese of Colombo are organizing a special prayer during mass on the 7th of March and the church bells will ring out. Churches across the country are expected to join and to do the same, especially those in the dioceses of Colombo, Gampaha and Batticaloa where the churches and hotels which were targeted by the Easter Sunday suicide bombers were located. The activities are being organized to seek ...Continued

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