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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 …

India-Sri Lanka ferry service to take off soon

India-Sri Lanka ferry service to take off soon

In order to promote tourism, the ministry for shipping has mooted a proposal to start ferry service between Karaikal in the Union Territory of Puducherry and Jaffna in Sri Lanka covering a distance of 56 nautical miles (103.7 kilometres). Shortly after chairing a meeting with …

Vigneswaran wants UN Security Council to review Sri Lanka’s membership in the UN

Vigneswaran wants UN Security Council to review Sri Lanka’s membership in the UN

The former chief minister of the Northern Province C. V Wigneswaran has called on the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council, to review Sri Lanka’s membership in the United Nations. “We believe that Sri Lanka’s repeated violations of UN Resolutions, combined with …

AI calls for international accountability mechanism

AI calls for international accountability mechanism

Following Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw from its commitments to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this week, Amnesty International calls on the Council to establish an international accountability mechanism to ensure the victims of decades-long conflict get the justice that is owed to …