New coronavirus death toll climbs to 106 in China

At least 106 people have died from the new coronavirus in China and the cases of newly infected in the country have almost doubled, BBC reported today.

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Chinese workers in SL told to undergo 14-day isolation

Chinese companies, operating in Sri Lanka, are reported to have directed their employees who have recently returned from China after the Chinese New Year festivities to undergo a 14-day period of self isolation before confirming they are not carriers of the coronavirus and are free of any symptoms.

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Pidurutalawa Forest Reserve

Attempts to hand over landmass to squatters

Forest conservationists are reported to be up in arms against moves by the Ministry of Environment, Wildlife, Lands and Land Development to vest a landmass which lies within the Pidurutalagala forest reserve with the people after dividing it into plots.

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Hotels where Coronovirus victim stayed to be checked

Hotels and other places in the Galle district which were visited by the Chinese woman who was found infected with the Coronavirus will be checked, Southern Province Health Services Director Chandima Sirithunga said.

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With Sajith as party leader

Ranil should remain as adviser: Thalatha

Ranil Wickremesinghe should remain and play a role as a senior adviser even if Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa was appointed as UNP leader, MP Talatha Athukorala said today.

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Tackling Coronavirus

BIA lacks sufficient doctors and medicines: GMOA

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) said today there was a shortage of medical officers and other medical supplies and necessary equipment which were essential to combat the Coronavirus successfully at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) Health Unit.

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Desist from spreading fear and panic

The Ven. Ittapane Dhammalankara Thera and Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said today that people should not spread unnecessary fear among the people about the coronavirus and urged the government to take effective steps to prevent the spread of the disease by postponing public functions and closing of schools if the need arises.

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Chinese nationals advised to cancel, postpone visits to SL

The Chinese Embassy in Colombo has informed its nationals from the new Coronavirus affected areas including Hubei Province to cancel or postpone their visits to Sri Lanka, Embassy sources said.

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Hotel worker suspected with coronavirus found in Balapitiya

A 30-year-old Sri Lankan woman, who was suspected to have contracted coronavirus, has been transferred from Balapitiya Hospital to the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH) this afternoon, Hospital sources said.

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Debate on forensic audit report on Feb 18,19

The debate on the Forensic Audit Report regarding the issuance of Treasury Bonds by the Central Bank will be held on February 18 and 19, Parliament sources said.

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EC declares Saman Ratnapriya as MP

The National Election Commission has issued an Extraordinary Gazette notification declaring Saman Rathnapriya as a Member of Parliament to fill in the vacant position created by the resignation of parliamentarian Jayampathi Wickramaratne.

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PCoI has no authority to order AG

The Attorney General has informed the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCoI) appointed to probe into the alleged political victimization of public servants that the Commission has no statutory or legal authority to order the AG to refrain from performing his statutory functions.

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6 SL seamen, en route from China suffering from high fever

Six Sri Lankan seamen, on board a container ship which had left China and is currently on its way to the Gulf of Aden, are reported to be suffering from high fever, the FleetMon reported.

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Hotline introduced for information on Coronavirus

The Health Ministry today introduced a 24-hour hotline to obtain information on new Coronavirus. Accordingly, people can contact the health officials via 0710 107 107 or 011 307 1073 to get information on the virus.

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Students from China to be moved to Diyathalawa for observation

All Sri Lankan students arriving from Wuhan, China would be moved to the Diyathalawa Army Camp for a two-week quarantine for any coronavirus symptoms, the Health Ministry said.

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Visitors prohibited from entering BIA

Airport and Aviation Services of Sri Lanka has announced that all visitors except the passengers have been prohibited from entering the Banadaranaike International Airport (BIA) premises from 6 am today until further notice, in order to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus 2019.

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SL stops On-arrival-visas for Chinese travellers

Issuing of ‘On arrival visas’ for tourists from China has been suspended with immediate effect, due to the current coronavirus situation, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said.

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New recruits likely to be announced during next p’mentary week

The names of new members to the Parliamentary Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) and Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) are likely to be announced by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya during the next parliamentary week commencing on February 5, a member of the selections committee said yesterday.

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‘Politicians should Appoint historians as advisers - Dr. Rupesinghe

While the Department of National Archives is currently undergoing a much-deserved facelift, its doors are open to many researchers, academics and stud...

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Rajapaksas were elected by the people, not appointed Namal

Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa said the new SLPP government would continue to call for the extradition of Arjuna Mahendran over the Bond Scam and wou...

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I am a political animal - Maithri

Former President Maithripala Sirisena, in an interview with Daily Mirror, speaks about his future political plans, his performance as the former Head ...

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“I fought a good fight” -Rosy Senanayake

In an exclusive interview with Daily Mirror, Colombo Mayoress Rosy Senanayake who made headlines following the presidential poll spoke on various issu...

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India doesn’t want to remain as a factor of SL’s internal political dynamics - Prof. Karori Singh-

Prof. Karori Singh, former director of South Asian Studies Centre, University of Rajastan, was in Sri Lanka. In an interview with , the renowned South...

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There’s plastic in our fish!

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Gloomy Side of Lankan Migrants in Korea


A coffin was rolled out of the arrival area of the Bandaranaike International Airport. Inside was the remains of twenty-four-year-old Ganushka Madumal...

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Man gives birth to baby boy at Matara Hospital

A large crowd thronged Matara Hospital recently after hearing the shocking news of a man who had given birth to a baby boy. The man sporting a beard had been from a village bordering Matara....

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Beggar woman with Rs.100,000 detained by Railway Security

Railway Security Guards had arrested a beggar woman with the possession of Rs.200,000 who had been begging in the train....

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Child poisoned by mother's paramour

A young man who had allegedly given poison to his paramour’s ten-year-old son in an attempt to kill him, was produced before the Nawalapitiya magistrate Chandani Meegoda and remanded till December 6...

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa recently stated all unemployed graduates would be recruited into the government sector to strengthen the national economy. Do you think such recruitments would effectively address the economic burdens of the country ?