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Sri Lanka among most vulnerable

Sri Lanka among most vulnerable

The Economist Magazine has ranked Sri Lanka amongst its most vulnerable states that have been worst affected economically by the coronavirus pandemic, as Colombo faces massive debt repayments this year. In its ranking of 66 states, using four ranking factors, Sri Lanka was ranked 61st …

Squeezed by foreign lenders

Squeezed by foreign lenders

As Sri Lanka battles COVID-19 with its public health expertise and military might, it is gearing up for another imminent crisis — servicing its mounting external debt, of which $2.9 billion is due this year. Of the many economic side effects of the global pandemic, …

Treat this as a humanitarian issue

Treat this as a humanitarian issue

The SAARC Secretariat should play an active role in the region’s response to COVID-19, along with “someone in-charge”, according to Sri Lanka’s former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. “I don’t know if it can be handled from Kathmandu alone. If you can, well and good. But …

Home Brewing

Home Brewing

“DATES, JAGGERY?” asked the grocer, offering the main ingredients for brewing palm wine. His client bought the two, put them away with his onions and lentils before disappearing into a narrow alley in the suburbs of Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. On March 21, …

How to get out of the lockdown?

How to get out of the lockdown?

As the lockdown nears the three-week mark, people want to know when the restrictions will be lifted. But it also matters how they are lifted. Nobody should kid themselves that this can be purely a technical matter left to scientists, doctors and economists. Lives and …

‘History Repeats Itself’

‘History Repeats Itself’

‘And People Stayed Home’ A Famine Poem by Kathleen O’Meara – 1869. And people stayed home And read books and listened And rested and exercised And made art and played And learned new ways of being And stopped And listened deeper Someone meditated Someone prayed …

A virus Vs the world

A virus Vs the world

Death has been dubbed ‘the great leveller’. This sobriquet fits, in that the Grim Reaper does not discriminate against anyone. Coronavirus may also be considered a great leveller of sorts, for it infects all humans indiscriminately and instils fear in rulers and plebs alike. Prince …

The chaos when curfew was lifted should not be allowed to recur.

The chaos when curfew was lifted should not be allowed to recur.

Six Chair Professors of Medicine (and specialist physicians) have expressed their opinion on an exit strategy from the current Covid-19 lockdown. Prof. Janaka de Silva (University of Kelaniya), Prof. Sarath Lekamwasam(University of Ruhuna) Prof. SAM Kularatne (University of Peradeniya), Prof. Sisira Siribaddana (Rajarata University ), …

Four from Sri Lanka test positive in Haryana

Four from Sri Lanka test positive in Haryana

Four men from Sri Lanka, who had allegedly attended the Tablighi Jamaat Markaz in Delhi’s Nizamuddin last month, tested positive for Covid-19, in the Nuh district on Sunday, said officials. Eight people have been confirmed to have Covid-19 from Nuh and seven of them had …

ICJ calls for International Accountability process

ICJ calls for International Accountability process

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council on 28 February 2020, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) urged renewed international action to ensure justice and accountability for crimes under international law in Sri Lanka. The statement, delivered during a discussion of updates and reports from the …