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Kiriella says govt. lacks dollars to buy vaccines

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Chief Opposition Whip Kandy District MP Lakshman Kiriella yesterday said the government had no funds to buy vaccines for the people as the dollar reserves were extremely low.

Addressing the media at the Opposition Leader’s office in Colombo, MP Kiriella said that the pandemic had been ravaging the nations all over the world for more than one and a half years. “The vaccine against the virus was produced in May last year. The manufacturing companies obtained orders from that time, but the SLPP government has not been able to place an order for enough jabs the past one year. The government could get funds approved in the Cabinet meeting but it does not have money. Although the Cabinet passes funds, there are no dollars in the Central Bank. That was the reason that the government was dragging its feet on ordering vaccines for one year. The government should either go for vaccination or impose strict travel restrictions.

“The government now has obtained a loan of USD 80.5 million. This has vindicated our position that it was without funds. It was only after receiving the World Bank loan that the government started placing orders for the vaccines. It could have obtained the vaccines from India, which exports 40 percent of its vaccine production. We missed that chance because the government antagonised India.

“We must first save the lives of the people. We can salvage and rebuild the economy later.

“No one has been vaccinated in my area. PCR tests are conducted in Kandy and the Central Province. There is only one PCR machine for the entire Central Province.

“At the party leaders’ meeting, we urged the government to postpone the Port City Commission Bill debate considering the prevailing situation in the country, but the government did not listen to us. They want to pass the Bill, come what may.”

MP Kiriella said that the government is considering treating the Covid patients at home because the hospitals were overflowing. “There is not enough oxygen in hospitals. We need pressure-type ventilators to treat Covid patients gasping for oxygen. The entire Central Province has only one such machine.”



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At least 17 killed after explosion in Peshawar mosque

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BBC reported that at least 17 people have been killed in an explosion at a mosque in the Pakistani city of Peshawar.

The blast happened when the mosque was packed with worshippers and more than 90 people were injured.

A section of the building was destroyed, and officials say people are buried under the rubble. Several others are being taken to local hospitals.

The cause of the explosion is unclear.

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More heavy rain ahead for New Zealand’s largest city

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Auckland experienced an unprecedented amount of rainfall on Friday (picture BBC)

BBC reported that residents in flood-hit northern New Zealand are bracing for more heavy rains as officials issued severe weather alerts.

At least four people have died and a state of emergency was declared in Auckland, which on Friday experienced its worst downpour on record.

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Information Dept. media release: EC Chief asks public not to be misled

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by Priyan de Silva

Chairman of the Election Commission of Sri Lanka, Nimal Punchihewa, asked to comment on a special news release, purportedly issued by the Director General of the Department of Government Information, on Sunday (29), told  The Island  that preparations for the 09 March local government elections were going ahead, as planned, and that the media statement at issue was misleading.

The media statement says: “The gazette notice with signatures of the Chairman and other members of the Election Commission required for the commencement of the Local Government election process has not been sent to the Government Press for printing.”

Punchihewa requested the public not to be misled by any misinformation being spread in an attempt to create doubts in their minds.He also  reiterated that the EC would not be deterred by any acts of intimidation.

Three of the EC members have been threatened with death by an unidentified caller to resign from their posts. They are S. B. Divaratne, M. M. Mohamed and K. P. P. Pathirana. The Opposition has accused the government of trying to sabotage the LG polls.

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