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Heed the advice of eminent Sri Lankan medical professionals & enable burial of COVID-19 dead – Civil society statement

The government must heed the advice of eminent Sri Lankan medical professionals and enable burial of COVID-19 dead – civil society statement. (4 January 2021)...

Factbox-European Union launches its COVID-19 vaccination campaign

By Reuters Staff (Reuters) - The European Union officially launched its mass COVID-19 vaccination programme on Sunday with the goal of making shots available to all...

Hunting for ‘Disease X’ in the Congo rainforest

In the Congo rainforest, the doctor who discovered Ebola warns of deadly viruses yet to come. Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo — Showing early...

Connecting the dots: The death of a drug trafficker and the state of democracy – Ambika Sathkumamathan

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Covid19: 100,000 families within the Colombo city in need of assistance – Colombo Mayor

1. I wish to clarify that in my last press briefing I was requesting for a lockdown of the Colombo city (1 to 15)...

UN hopes Sri Lanka govt will allow the safe and dignified burial of COVID-19 victims

File photo from AsiaNews. In a letter address to PM Rajapaksa United Nations resident coordinator Hana Singer says that  "Considering the evidenced-based guidance of the...

FTZ Workers Rights and Militarised Approach to Covid-19 Prevention in Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka Brief update

1. On 4 October Sri Lanka’s newest Covid-19 cluster spreading within the Brandix-owned factory in Minuwangoda, Gampaha came to be known by an accident....

Sri Lankan apparel sector could lose 100,000 jobs in 2020

It has been the same story since the beginning of the covid-19 outbreak—cancelled orders, production drops or halts due to the lockdowns, drying out...

Sri Lanka: Apparel industry fears 100,000 job losses post-COVID-19

The apparel industry fears job losses owing to the COVID-19 pandemic-led downturn in business will be far worse than expected, as order books beyond...

Covid-19 and Sri Lanka : Issues and challenges – Sunil Bastian

Image Courtesy fo  IANS. When globalisation was the dominant concept for looking at the world, pandemics were discussed as a global security issue. The objective...

40 Sri Lankan migrant workers die of COVID-19

Forty Sri Lankans who had migrated abroad for employment have died of COVID-19, according to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). Chairman of...

Coronavirus can severely damage the heart, study finds

Doctors should be ‘on the lookout’ for heart complications in patients, BHF says. Jane Kirby More than half of heart scans among hospitalised Covid-19 patients are abnormal, suggesting the virus may have...

239 Experts With 1 Big Claim: The Coronavirus Is Airborne

Image:  A woman wearing a face shield gambles at Ocean Casino after it reopened on July 3, 2020 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (NYT) Apoorva...

Covid-19 and Sri Lanka – Key challenges ahead – Sunil Bastian

When globalisation was the dominant concept for looking at the world, pandemics were discussed as a global security issue. The objective was to see...

Sri Lanka HRC issues recommendations on regularizing the imposition of curfew

The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL, the Commission) observes that a large number of persons have been arrested and vehicles confiscated for...

Update: Rights of the Sri Lanka migrant workers in the Middle East during the pandemic

Sri Lanka Brief Up Date/ 03 June 2020 Rights of the migrant workers in the Middle East during the pandemic 1. The estimated number of...

Rights Commissioner Bachelet alarmed by clampdown on freedom of expression during COVID-19 in Asia, including Sri Lanka.

Image courtesy of "Time" GENEVA (3 June 2020) - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet expressed alarm at the clampdown on freedom of...

Sri Lanka’s Other COVID-19 Crisis: Is Parliamentary Democracy at Risk? -Alan Keenan

The Sri Lankan government has declared its intention to rule without parliamentary oversight for the first time in the country’s modern history, potentially sparking...

Sri Lanka: “Postpone the election until the risk of the pandemic has receded & re-summon the parliament” – Friday Forum

Friday Forum: AN APPEAL TO THE PRESIDENT. Mr President, the coronavirus pandemic has been declared a national and global public health emergency by the WHO....

The coronavirus slayer! How Kerala’s rock star health minister helped save it from Covid-19

Image: ‘Our clinics for respiratory disease meant we could look out for community transmission’: KK Shailaja, health minister. by Laura Spinney./The Guardian. On 20 January, KK...

14 days of Quarantine : A journey brimmed with intrigue, suspense & heart-pounding memories…

Yamini Perera. “Life doesn’t battle you because you’re weak, it battles you because you’re strong. Growth takes place when you are challenged, not when you...

Swiss donates LKR 4.5 M. to Civil Society Consortium on COVID-19 Response

The COVID-19 Pandemic is a unique global health crisis and requires a response across national boundaries. Throughout the world, Government institutions, the private sector,...

The ordeal a Sri Lankan Muslim family had to face in times of Corona- Ali Zahir Moulana

The tragic circumstances and horrific treatment of the family of the deceased from Modara, who was misdiagnosed for COVID19, and thereafter cremated is...

Please, President, enough with the politics. Do not fear democracy – Mangala Samaraweera

On 23 March, the Secretary to the Treasury released the Pre-Election Budgetary Position report as required by law. On 30 March, further to preliminary...

Election against Democracy – Thisaranee Gunasekara

It is a modern morality tale about the dangers of misusing the military, of militarising civilian tasks, of expecting generals to handle pandemics. By...

Lanka’s frightening economic perspectives – Kumar David

The United Nations said in April 2020 that the global economy could shrink by 1% in 2020 and conjectures that a worst-case scenario is...

Long walk to press freedom in Sri Lanka – Kamanthi Wickramasinghe

Image courtesy of Al Jazeera) Sri Lanka was ranked 127 of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index 2020. Countries that topped the list...

Two more youth arrested for a social media post on lack of food.

Police have arrested two youth who claimed that a group of upcountry Tamils who have sought refuge in a Hindu temple in the capital,...

President Rajapaksa addresses NAM:We are successfully containing and controlling the COVID-19 threat.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka at the Online Summit level Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement Contact Group in response to COVID-19 on 4...

From Aluthgama and Post-Easter Sunday to COVID-19: Muslims Again at the Margins- Shreen Saroor

The entire world is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic. Although Sri Lanka has had only seven deaths so far, we too are scrambling to...
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