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Health officers of the Colombo Municipal Council have begun conducting random Rapid Antigen Tests across Colombo city and this will continue until further notice, Chief Medical Officer of Health of the CMC, Dr. Ruwan Wijemuni told Daily Mirror yesterday.

Rights activists and victims are hoping the High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet will raise the Government’s mandatory cremations policy for all corona virus-related deaths during her oral submission on 24 February, after the issue was highlighted in her report on Sri Lanka released last Wednesday.

Sri Lanka’s head is once again on the UNHRC’s chopping block, as it has been pretty much since May 2009; but this year, the country seems a lot closer to being struck a severe blow. It is not entirely unexpected, given the Government’s decision last February to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution 30/1 and others adopted after 2015. This Resolution was co-sponsored by Sri Lanka under the previous Government.

Monday, 01 February 2021 07:29

Mahinda assures no sale or lease of ECT

Prime Minister and Finance Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday reassured that there will no sale or lease of East Container Terminal (ECT) as claimed by the Opposition.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said a policy decision has to be taken to legalise the cannabis in Sri Lanka in order to develop it as a medicinal crop in the future.

With unprecedented level of trading activity, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) have issued new directives to monitor credit exposure undertaken by brokers and dealers.

The Department of Labour has launched the second phase of its survey on the impact of COVID-19 and beyond on businesses and their employment level as a follow-up to the inaugural exercise done mid-2020.

A team of World Health Organization scientists investigating the source of the coronavirus visited a wet market Sunday in Wuhan, China.

Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi and a number of other ruling party officials were detained Monday, a spokesperson said.

Russia has expressed its willingness to allow Sri Lanka to produce its own Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V locally if the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) authorises it for local use, a senior state official said. The Sputnik V vaccine is already being manufactured in India and those two countries signed agreements last year to produce 300 million doses of the Russian vaccine in Indian laboratories.

Tourists are scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka from Kazakhstan and Russia, former Ambassador Udayanga Weeratunga said yesterday.

While denying the allegations of promoting an agenda of a religious group described as ‘Born Again’, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) yesterday said these allegations were false and fabricated.

Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa said, he has recommended the names that to be appointed to the new cricket committee of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

An extraordinary gazette was issued yesterday declaring the services of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) as essential services.

JERUSALEM - In the first large-scale, controlled data outside clinical trials, the two-dose Pfizer coronavirus vaccine is showing 92 percent effectiveness, according to Israeli health officials. It’s good news for Pfizer, which says the vaccine also appears to work against the British mutation of COVID-19.

Scientists with the World Health Organization’s team investigating the source of the coronavirus that has infected more than 102 million people worldwide and killed more than 2.2 million have visited one of the hospitals in Wuhan, China, that treated some of the first patients.

Foreign investors are keenly watching the Sri Lankan Government’s handling of the much-maligned Indian private sector funding for the Colombo Port’s Eastern Container Terminal (ECT).

Pelwatte Dairy Industries has stepped into support government’s move to allocate special lands for the dairy farmers following several issues pertaining to the lack of land for cattle grazing in the districts of Ampara and Anuradhapura.

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