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* A special discussion on the complete or 75 percent lockdown of the country

May 09 (CP) Colombo- It is reported that the head of the Presidential Task Force for economic Revival Basil Rajapaksa has instructed the officials to be prepared if the country has to be completely or 75 percent shut down due to the Covid situation in the country.
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* Government decides not to call pregnant state employees for work

May 09 (CP) Colombo- The Ministry of Public Administration says that it has decided to suspend calling pregnant mothers employed in public institutions for work. Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration JJ Ratnasiri says that this decision was taken as the health sector
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* People of Kirulapone to be given Sinopharm vaccine today

May 09 (CP) Colombo- People of the Kirulapone area will be vaccinated today against Covid-19 with the Sinopharm vaccine which was donated by the Government of China, the Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of Covid-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said.
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* The state Vesak Festival suspended due to the pandemic

May 08 (CP) Colombo- The state Vesak Festival scheduled to be held at Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya in Jaffna has been temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. The Ministry of Buddha Sasana said that the decision was taken on the advice of health authorities.
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* Blending edible coconut oil with any other oil prohibited

May 08 (CP) Colombo- The Consumer Affairs Authority has issued an Extraordinary Gazette notification prohibiting the blending of edible coconut oil with any other oil. This Direction shall come into effect from 07th May, 2021.
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* Sri Lanka: Stop the criminal mishandling of the pandemic! Lockdown the country with full compensation to those affected!

May 08 (WSWS)As India is ravaged by a tsunami of the COVID-19 cases accounting for almost half of the global daily total, Sri Lanka is facing a new surge along with other countries in the region. Dr. Olivia Nieveras, officer-in-charge of the World Health Organization’s Colombo office, last week urged Sri Lanka to take “the latest coronavirus surge seriously.”
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* Sri Lanka condemns terrorist attack on Maldivian Speaker and former President Mohamed Nasheed

May 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka condemned the terrorist attack on the Speaker of the Maldivian Parliament and the former President of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed, on 06 May 2021.
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* President holds successful discussion with WHO chief to obtain more COVID vaccines

May 07 (CP) Colombo- The zoom discussion held between World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was very successful, the President’s Media Division said. The zoom meeting was held from the Presidential Secretariat, today (07).
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* Talawakelle Tea Research Institute premises and St. Coombs Estate will be isolated

May 07 (CP) Colombo- Lindula Health Medical Officer Janath Abeygunaratne said that steps have been taken to isolate the Talawakelle Tea Research Institute premises and the St. Coombs Estate Grama Niladhari Division from today (07).
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* Sri Lanka approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine for emergency use

May 07 (CP) Colombo- The National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) of Sri Lanka has approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in the country. Accordingly, five million doses of the vaccine will be imported in the near future
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* World Bank strengthens engagement in Sri Lanka

May 07 (CP) Colombo- The World Bank Thursday launched public consultations to update its Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) in Sri Lanka. This online platform will enable the Bank to engage with the Sri Lankan public and development partners and seek their views on the most pressing development opportunities and challenges for the country.
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* The government that tasted Dhammika Peniya is now stuck neck-deep’ - UNP leader

May 07 (CP) Colombo- Leader of the United National Party (UNP) and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday (6) that the Sri Lankan government is now seeing the consequences of giving “Dhammika Peniya” to the people all over the country when other countries in the world were conducting research to control the coronavirus pandemic.
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* Those who give ‘voice cuts’ to media should be masked – DGHS

May 09 (Island) The media has a right to ask those who give ‘voice cuts’ to be masked as they pose a threat to others in case they are infected with Covid-19, says Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director-General of Health Services (DGHS).
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* Ayurvedic hospitals to admit Covid-19 patients

May 09 (SO) State Minister of Indigenous Medicine Promotion, Rural and Ayurvedic Hospitals Development and Community Health Sisira Jayakody said a decision has been taken to convert all 118 Ayurvedic hospitals countrywide into intermediate care centres
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* Sri Lankan Christians offer solidarity and support against COVID-19

May 07 (AsiaNews) Colombo– Sri Lankan Christians are mobilising to help the authorities and fellow Sri Lankans stem the crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, which in recent weeks has particularly virulent in South Asia, starting with neighbouring India.
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* Laws should be amended to protect environment – State Minister Godahewa

May 07 (DN) Urban Development, Coast Conservation, Waste Disposal and Community Cleanliness State Minister Dr. Nalaka Godahewa highlighted the importance of bringing in necessary amendments to the laws to prevent the environment destruction and urged all citizens to join hands to conserve the ocean and coastal resources.
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* Jeopardizing Sri Lanka’s domestic stability

May 07 () Buddhism typically evokes imagery of meditation, peace, and harmony. But this reductionist vision of Buddhism ignores the religion’s more complex history, including ties to militancy.
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* Urgent plans to repatriate Sri Lankans who have gone to India

May 09 (CP) Colombo- Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga says that a program will be planned and implemented immediately to repatriate Sri Lankans who have gone to India for health reasons or other reasons. The Minister further stated that necessary action will be taken in this regard after next week.
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* Discussion on starting schools next Wednesday - Education Minister

May 09 (CP) Colombo- The Minister of Education, Prof. GL Peiris said he expects to meet with a group of leading doctors and education experts in Sri Lanka next Wednesday to obtain advice regarding the opening of schools, pre-schools, pirivenas and universities.
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* Sri Lanka President becomes a grandfather

May 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and First Lady Ioma Rajapaksa have become grandparents for the first time as their son Manoj Rajapaksa and his wife Sevvandi Rajapaksa welcomed their first child today.
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* COVID-19 Indian variant detected in Sri Lanka

May 08 (CP) Colombo- An individual with the new COVID-19 variant currently spreading in India was found at a quarantine center in Colombo, Director of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine of Sri Jayewardenepura University Dr. Chandima Jeewandara said.
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* Sri Lanka commences administering Sinopharm COVID -19 vaccine to public

May 08 (CP) Colombo- State Minister of Pharmaceutical Production, Supply and Regulation Prof. Channa Jayasumana said vaccination of people with China’s Sinopharm COVID -19 vaccine will begin today (08).
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* Sri Lanka congratulates Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Green and Middle East Green Initiatives

May 08 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka Friday congratulated the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Saudi Green and Middle East Green Initiatives, which call for regional cooperation to tackle the environmental challenges facing Saudi Arabia and the wider region.
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* The Prime Minister says development programs will not be hampered by any challenges

May 07 (CP) Colombo: “We as a country, should join hands and face this challenging time,” Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said today emphasizing that the development process of the country will not be limited by any challenges.
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* All educational institutions indefinitely closed in Sri Lanka

May 07 (CP) Colombo- The Sri Lankan government has decided not to reopen all schools, pre-schools, pirivenas, tuition classes and universities in the country until further notice due to the threat of Covid 19 in the country, Education Minister Prof. GL Peiris said.
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* Welisara Economic Center closed

May 07 (CP) Colombo- It has been decided to close the Welisara Economic Center until further notice. The Welisara Economic Center was temporarily closed after it was confirmed that 38 employees of 25 shops were infected with COVID-19 coronavirus.
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* PM calls on teachers and principals to commit to elevate examination results to a higher level

May 07 (CP) Colombo- The Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (07) said that teachers as well as principals of all schools in the country should work hard to bring the examination results of their schools to a higher level as there is a tendency for children to seek admission to schools that show high results.
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* President instructs to expedite import procedures and administering COVID-19 vaccines to public

May 07 (CP) Colombo- Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the relevant officials to expedite both the import procedures and administering COVID-19 vaccines to the public as the third wave of the epidemic is raging in the country.
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* Government to suspend 2 million ownerless Facebook accounts

May 07 (CP) Colombo- Media Minister Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella has said that legal action will be taken in the near future to suspend about 2 million Facebook accounts amounting to 27 percent of the total Facebook accounts in the country that have been confirmed to be without a valid owner.
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* Crowds and events still the norm, despite Health DG’s instructions

May 09 (ST) A week after the Health Services Director General issuing Alert Level 3 warning to restrict activities and functions, people are yet to grasp the grim nature of the pandemic as jammed packed office trains, closed-door private parties, crowds at beaches and clothing shops filling with Ramadan shoppers’ are still the norm.
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* UNP Gen. Sec. calls for countrywide lockdown

May 08 (DN) UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara has said that if the country is not immediately locked down for two weeks, the people will have to face a greater problem than the economic problems they have to face.
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* AG turns down plum diplomatic post, keeps his options open

May 07 (Island) Attorney General Dappula de Livera, PC, scheduled to retire later this month, has kept his options open by turning down a government offer of a plum diplomatic post. The Island learns that the government has made the offer in writing.
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* SL likely to roll out Sinopharm vaccines by next week

May 07 (DM) Sri Lanka is likely to roll out the Sinopharm vaccines manufactured by China by next week as the World Health Organisation is all set to announce its decision by the weekend or early next week, the Daily Mirror learns.
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