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COVID- 19: Cabraal throws Worldometer at Opposition

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… says Opposition’s Goebbelsian tactics won’t go down with discerning public

by Saman Indrajith

The Opposition was blind to reality, State Minister of Money Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms Ajith Nivard Cabraal told Parliament yesterday.

Participating in a debate at the time of adjournment of the House on COVID-19 second wave, the Minister said that the Opposition MPs were using the same refrain–– ‘the government failed and the government cannot’––without even comparing the situation in this country with those in the other parts of the world. “Such comparison is needed because this is a global pandemic. When they say that the government has failed there should be a basis for their claim. If they think that they could keep on saying the same and people would believe them, then they are mistaken. People in this country are more intelligent than the Opposition thinks them to be.

“I visited the COVID tracker known as Worldometer, which tracks COVID -19 cases worldwide and makes a comparison of figures of our country with other nations. As per the tracker, the number of infections some countries are as follows: India 8.7 million COVID 19 patients, China 8.6 million, the US 1.08 million, Germany 700,000, France 1.8 million, Italy one million and the UK 1.2 million.

“I also checked the number of deaths in those countries. There have been 128,000 deaths in India, 4,600 in China, 248,000 in the US, 12,276 in Germany, 42,000 in France, 3,000 in Italy, 50,000 in Great Britain. In Sri Lanka the number of patients is 15,000 and the number of deaths is about 50.

“The statistics prove that the Opposition allegations are baseless and they just clamour just for the need to shout. They shout that the government failed but haven’t even checked the numbers which show us that Sri Lanka’s stand in the face of crisis is commendable and we are better off than many developed nations.”



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Economic crisis: 100,000 families already starving

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Govt. to provide monthly assistance package – official

By Ifham Nizam 

Plans are underway to assist an average needy family of  four with a monthly package of Rs. 15,000, a senior adviser to President Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday, adding that the move was expected to help ameliorate the plight of nearly 65,000 families.

Food Security Committee Chairman Dr. Suren Batagoda told The Island yesterday that at present some 100,000 families across the country were starving.

He said financial assistance would be provided to those families for three months. Within three months, the government would design a package in the form of food stamps, etc.

Dr. Batagoda said the World Food Programme, UNICEF, the World Bank, and state agencies would also team up to strengthen food security, focusing especially on needy pregnant mothers and pre-school children.

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GR govt. ignored Chinese lenders’ request for debt restructuring

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By Rathindra Kuruwita

The Gotabaya Rajapaksa government had ignored suggestions by Chinese lending institutions that Sri Lanka to restructure the debt in 2021, Prof. Samitha Hettige said yesterday.

“The Rajapaksa government started talking of debt restructuring earlier this year. The Opposition had been asking for this before,” he said.  By 2021, before the Gotabaya Rajapaksa administration decided on debt restructuring, the Chinese institutions that had given Sri Lanka loans suggested that a restructuring process should start since Sri Lanka would have trouble repaying the loans, the Strategic Studies scholar said.

However, the request had gone unheeded, and if the government had started discussions then, Sri Lanka would not have been in crisis, Prof. Hettige said.

The Sri Lankan foreign policy, in the last few years, had also been misguided, Prof. Hettige said. A number of Indian and Chinese companies faced unnecessary issues by the behaviour of the government, he said.

Prof. Hettige said that the government must focus on establishing free trade ports and reducing negative lists for investments.

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SJB dissociates itself from SF’s call for protest

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By Chaminda Silva

MP Sarath Fonseka’s call for people to join anti-government protests was not a decision taken by the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), party MP J.C Alawathuwala said.

The SJB believed that they had to help President Ranil Wickremesinghe stabilise the country, economically and politically, he said.

MP Alawathuwala said the President must be given some time to solve the problems faced by the people and that the SJB was holding discussions with the government to guide it on a people-friendly path.

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