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Electronic filing system for AG

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With support from the United States, the Attorney General’s Department inaugurated a state-of-the-art training center and launched an electronic system to track cases and legal files.  These tools will strengthen the ability of justice sector professionals to uphold the rule of law in Sri Lanka.a US Embassy News Release said.   “Around the world, U.S. assistance has helped strengthen access to justice and promote good governance, which spurs economic growth and protects human dignity,” said U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) Martin Kelly.  “The ...Continued

Sri Lanka, World Bank sign agreement for COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment

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The Government of Sri Lanka and the World Bank signed today a $80.5 million additional financing to help Sri Lanka access and distribute COVID-19 vaccines and to strengthen the country’s vaccination system and pandemic response.  Mr. Sajith Attygalle, Secretary to the Ministry of Finance signed on behalf of the Government and Faris Hadad-Zervos, World Bank Country Director for Sri Lanka, signed on behalf of the World Bank. “Solidarity and support of all stakeholders is key to fight this pandemic,” said Faris Hadad-Zervos, World Bank Country Director for ...Continued

The black fungus nightmare facing India’s coronavirus patients

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On being told, on a recent sultry morning in Mumbai, that both her eyes would need to be removed, Neelam Bakshi, 47, could not cry. Her eyes were too stiff, dry, and swollen from the ‘black fungus’, mucormycosis. “It took a while for my words to sink in. Then she said simply ‘I won’t see my children again’ and went quiet,” said Dr Renuka Bradoo, the specialist treating Bakshi. The deadly and often disfiguring disease is usually exceedingly rare. But as a second wave of ...Continued

Twelve Opposition Parties write to Modi; Speed up Vaccination of...

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Twelve Opposition parties have written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging the Centre to take steps to speed up the vaccination of the entire country. The parties, including the Congress, NCP, Shiv Sena, TMC and DMK, have said that the vaccines should be free and universal. They also push the government to expand vaccine procurement, by tapping all sources locally and internationally. This is the second letter to the Centre from the Opposition in May. The first letter on May 3 had focused ...Continued

World’s Most Vaccinated Nation Is Spooked by Covid Spike

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By Sui-Lee Wee
Marie Neige, a call center operator in Seychelles, was eager to be vaccinated. Like the majority of the residents in the tiny island nation, she received China’s Sinopharm vaccine in March, and expected to be fully protected in a few weeks. On Sunday, she tested positive for the coronavirus. “I was shocked,” said Ms. Neige, 30, who is isolating at home. She said she had lost her sense of smell and taste and had a slightly sore throat. “The vaccine was supposed to protect us ...Continued

Muslim MP’s: Government is discriminating against a section of the...

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The government is discriminating against a section of the minority by imposing a travel ban on three days beginning 14 th of May. Opposition Muslim Parliamentarians have alleged. Muslims world over are celebrating the Holy Ramadhan Festival on Friday. Sri Lankan Muslim Minority will be compelled to celebrate the festival indoors owing to travel restrictions by the governement ...Continued

Wait 12-16 weeks to take 2nd Covishield jab, 6 months...

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Increase the gap between two doses of Serum Institute of India’s Oxford Covid-19 vaccine ‘Covishield’ to 12-16 weeks, an Indian government panel has recommended. Currently, the interval between two doses of Covishield is four to eight weeks. No change in dosage interval for Covaxin was suggested by the panel. Those who have tested positive for Covid-19 and are waiting to take the vaccine should defer vaccination for six months after recovery, the Indian National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) recommended. The government panel said ...Continued

Court of Appeal affirms bribery conviction

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The Court of Appeal has affirmed theconviction of Colombo High Court to impose a five-year-Rigorous Imprisonment on former Akurana Divisional Secretary Mohomed HanifaMohomed Niyas for soliciting and accepting a bribe of Rs.50,000 for the purpose of granting approval of a license to a metal quarry, in 2012. Accordingly, the appeal filed by former Akurana Divisional Secretary challenging the conviction by Colombo High Court was dismissed by Court of Appeal two-judge-bench comprising Justice Devika Abeyratne and Justice P. Kumararatnam. Meanwhile, Court of Appeal observed that there ...Continued

Sri Jayewardenepura University confirms presence of Indian variant in Sri...

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The University of Sri Jayewardenepura today confirmed the presence of the Indian variant of the coronavirus in a sample which was sent to them for testing. However, this variant is likely to have been in the country for some time. The Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine of the University carried out tests on samples that were sent to them until 30 April from all over the country. It confirmed the presence of the variant in a sample that was sent from Nawaloka (hospital). News ...Continued

  Roots of Maldives’ violent politics

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By P.K.Balachandran
The recent attempt on the life of parliament Speaker and former President Nasheed is the latest in a political history of intense factionalism and Islamic radicalism     Colombo, May 8: The Maldives, which is an Indian Ocean archipelago, is a tiny country of only 530,000 people. Its politics is dominated by a few elite families, many of whom are related to each other. Yet, it is intensely faction-ridden and violence-prone to boot. Added to the combustible mixture is Islamic radicalism. According to the US ...Continued

Lawyers demand IGP: reinstate Bimshani

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The senior counsel for the first female Deputy Inspector General of Police has clarified the position in respect of his client, after she was removed as the Police Ombudsman. The lawyers that represent her has demanded the immediate reinstatement of the  said officer in her appropriate position. The Inspector General of Police has removed Ms Bimshani Jasin-Arachchi from her position as the Police Ombudsman with effect from May01. In a brief clarification, on her behalf Senior Counsel Chrismal Warnasuriya states .that by an Internal Circular ...Continued

Malian woman gives birth to nine babies

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A 25-year-old Malian woman has given birth to nine babies – two more than doctors had detected during scans. Halima Cisse gave birth to the nonuplets in Morocco. Mali’s government flew her there for specialist care. “I’m very happy,” her husband told the BBC. “My wife and the babies [five girls and four boys] are doing well.” A woman who had eight babies in the US in 2009 holds the Guinness World Record for the most children delivered at a single birth to survive. Two ...Continued

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