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Global aid in India’s darkest hours

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With India’s continuing COVID-19 crisis, procuring medical and oxygen-related support with a sense of urgency amid alarming shortages has emerged as a pressing priority. Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla said last week support is being worked out from at least 40 countries, with capacity-boosting supplies expected to arrive from Egypt, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Guyana, apart from Russia, the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. Aid and supplies were flown in from across the world all of last week, marking a change in the government’s policy of not accepting aid ...Continued

Sri Lanka has prioritised relations with China, Gotabaya tells General...

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  Sri Lanka has prioritised developing relations with China and “firmly supports” China’s positions on issues concerning its core interests, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa told Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defence Wei Fenghe, according to Chinese state media. The Sri Lankan President said his country “has been pursuing an independent foreign policy and will never bend to pressure from major powers outside the region as well as never forge an alliance with any country,” Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday. Sri Lanka and China ...Continued

Case filed by Veddah Chief to be taken up before...

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The writ petition filed by Uruwarige Wannila Aththo, the leader of the indigenous population known as ‘Veddas’, challenging the clearing of the lands at Pollebedda-Rambakenoya was today fixed for support by Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal two-judge-bench comprising Justice (President) Arjuna Obeysekera and Justice Mayadunne Corea fixed the petition for support on July 13. The Mahaweli Development Authority was given further time to present its report including a plan pertaining to the land area cleared for cultivation. On a previous occasion, the Attorney ...Continued

Judicial Service Commission issues Covid guide lines

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 The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) having considered the current situation prevalent in the country due to the onset of a fresh wave of COV1D 19 has issued a circular instructing not to call cases in open courts. Accordingly, the JSC has instructed to re-schedule dates of those cases notifying by publication of a notice at the entrance to the respective courts. However, the JSC announced that above restrictions will not be applicable to matters relating to Bail and any other urgent matters. Lawyers are requested ...Continued

Adar Poonawalla, head of India’s vaccine giant, speaks from London...

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In recent months, the chief executive of Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, has come under increasingly intense pressure as both pro-government voices and leaders of the state governments headed by opposition politicians criticized him. Some accused him for delays in supplying vaccines; some called him a “profiteer” for not offering Covid-19 vaccines to state governments at cost. There were calls for his company to be nationalized. In an interview with The Times of London published on Saturday, the executive, Adar Poonawalla, ...Continued

Clampdown on citizens seeking COVID-19 help on Internet will be...

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The Indian Supreme Court on Friday warned State governments and police against clamping down on the spread of information or calls for help through social media from citizens affected by COVID-19. The observation was made during a suo moto hearing in which the court had taken cognizance on issues related to oxygen supply, drug supply, and vaccine policy in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, said there should not be any clampdown on information. A Special Bench of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud, L. Nageswara Rao and S. ...Continued

Health Ministry receives cold chain equipment under the aegis of...

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. Minister of Health Sri Lanka, Pavithra Wanniarachchi receiving vaccine carriers from Mr. SUGIYAMA Akira, Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka and Ms. Emma Brigham, UNICEF Sri Lanka Representative, a.i. Dr.(Mrs.) T.L.C. Somatunga, Additional Secretary (Public Health Services), Ministry of Health also present in this occasion. The Ministry of Health has received the first batch of cold chain equipment procured by UNICEF with funding from the Government of Japan to strengthen Sri Lanka’s delivery of immunization services, including against COVID-19 A UNICEF press release said ...Continued

South Asian Foreign Ministers’ meet on COVIDsans India and allies

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Opposition to China’s participation may have prevented India, Bhutan and the Maldives from participating in the video conference By P.K.Balachandran   Colombo, April 28: A video conference of the Foreign Ministers of South Asian countries and China on the containment of the raging COVID-19 pandemic in the region was held on Tuesday. However, India and its allies, Bhutan and the Maldives, were conspicuously absent, perhaps due to the participation of China. New Delhi envisages no role for China in South Asia. Those who participated in ...Continued

SC determination to be communicated to President and Speaker

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The Supreme Court today concluded arguments put forward in support and against the proposed Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill. Accordingly, all parties relating to the Special Determination petitions have been directed to submit their written submissions before next Tuesday (27). Later on, the Supreme Court’s determination on the proposed bill is to be communicated to the President and Speaker. Supreme Court five-judge-bench comprised Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, Justice Buwaneka Aluwihare, Justice Priyantha Jayawardena, Justice Murdu Fernando and Justice Janak de Silva. Meanwhile, the Attorney ...Continued

US dithers on gun control despite mounting deaths

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By P.K.Balachandran
Colombo, April 19: Despite mounting deaths due to the licentious use of the gun, the United States continues to dither on gun control. After eight people were killed by a 19 year old male in Indianapolis last week, all that President Joe Biden said was that the incident was a “national embarrassment”. He did ask Senate Republicans to help pass a gun control bill already cleared by the House of Representatives, but his Administration flatly refused to appoint a gun control “Czar” to put down ...Continued

Sri Lanka Rupee appreciates

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The Sri Lanka Rupee has appreciated against the US Dollar today after Sri Lanka secured a US$500 million loan from China. The selling rate of the US Dollar has dropped to Rs. 201.28, as against Rs 204.62, which was the rate yesterday according to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). Meanwhile, the buying rate stood at Rs 195.72 . ...Continued

South Florida woman threatens to kill US Vice President

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Niviane Petit Phelps, of Miami Gardens, was arrested following an investigation by the U.S. Secret Service. The 39-year-old, who has worked for Jackson Health System since 2001, faces charges of threats against the vice president, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint said Phelps had sent videos to her husband, who is imprisoned in Crawfordville, through a computer application that allows families to connect with prisoners. In the videos, Phelps is seen “complaining and speaking angirly to the camera about her hatred for President Joe ...Continued

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