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Criticism on the rise?

Criticism on the rise?

Last week, the de facto leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA), M.A. Sumanthiran, gave an interview to a Sinhala program called, Truth With Chamudith. Chamuditha Samarawickrama conducted the discussion. …

Achieving herd immunity

Achieving herd immunity

Christian Drosten, who directs the Institute of Virology at the Charité Hospital in Berlin, was one of those who identified the Sars virus in 2003. As the head of the …

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 …

Federalism and Post-War Reconciliation

Federalism and Post-War Reconciliation

Following his election as president of Sri Lanka in 2019, Gotabaya Rajapaksa has taken a strong stand against federalism and devolution of powers to protect the unitary structure of the …

A century ago…

A century ago…

Exactly a 100 year ago, Sri Lanka had the experience of going through a horrendous pandemic the Spanish flu or influenza, which claimed nearly 20,000 lives. The “fIu” claimed 50 …

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 …

Fighting the Pandemic

Fighting the Pandemic

Some 10,000 frontline health workers in Sri Lanka are working tirelessly to arrest the spread of COVID-19 that has affected 235 people and claimed seven lives until Wednesday. Partnering them …

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 ), …