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‘Miracle water’ to contain COVID-19 in Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT – A faith healer with VIP clients who claims supernatural powers has persuaded Sr Lanka’s Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi to try his miracle water to end the coronavirus pandemic.

Eliyantha White, 47, got Wannirachhchi to smash a pot containing his special water into the Kalu Ganga to contain the spread of the Coronavirus, footage broadcast over the internet showed.

In the process, White had managed to unmask health minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi with the results of her efforts so far as the number of infections crossed 11,000 with 22 deaths.

A video recorded by her own men shows her security detail was also not wearing masks, probably assured that pot luck would keep them virus free.

She did not take off the transparent plastic sheet covering the pot before reverently dropping it into the Kalu Ganga.

However, the medicine man himself placed more faith in science and wore a face mask as he also threw a pot, this time into the Madu river.

With virus-containing efforts all going to pot, two other ministers, Udaya Gamnmanpila and Prasanna Ranatunga, jumped in. They were both filmed throwing pots into the Kelani Ganga at two different locations.

Probably in their haste to stop the pandemic, both forgot to remove the plastic covers of their respective receptacles and could now be guilty of polluting Colombo’s main source of drinking water with plastic.

White was more environmentally friendly, taking off all plastics and throwing a clay pot in to the shallows of the Madu.

Media reports linked to the government said ministers in other districts too had been asked to take part in similar rituals to throw White’s water to rivers. No videos of such aquatic activities were immediately available.

White’s claim to fame came when Indian super star Sachin Tendulkar once declared that a “miracle doctor” in Sri Lanka had cured him of chronic pain.

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  1. vince says:

    So this intelligentsia are falling for this mambo jumbo. so why do you do? drink the water of Kalu gangs. instead of dying of covid, you die of some other like dysentery.

  2. Tissa says:

    As a Buddhist, I don’t believe these rituals. I believe in self quarantine, Face mask, Washing hands with soap, not touching eyes, mouth and avoiding crowded places will help to contain the virus.

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  1. vince says:

    So this intelligentsia are falling for this mambo jumbo. so why do you do? drink the water of Kalu gangs. instead of dying of covid, you die of some other like dysentery.

  2. Tissa says:

    As a Buddhist, I don’t believe these rituals. I believe in self quarantine, Face mask, Washing hands with soap, not touching eyes, mouth and avoiding crowded places will help to contain the virus.

India supports Sri Lanka Coast Guard to boost maritime security

ECONOMYNEXT – India has given 1.2 million US dollars’ worth spare parts to Sri Lanka’s Coast Guard to be used in a vessel also gifted to the Indian Ocean Island on an earlier occasion, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said.

“Handing over of the large consignment of spares symbolizes India’s commitment to support capability building towards addressing the shared challenges of Maritime Security in the region,” the Indian High Commission said

The spare parts were brought to Sri Lanka on the Indian Coast Guard Ship Sachet, an offshore patrol vessel that was on a two-day visit to the island.

The spares were formally handed over to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship Suraksha which was gifted to Sri Lanka in October 2017 by India.

India has gifted spare parts for the ship in June 2021 and April 2022 and also provided assistance in refilling of Halon cylinders in January 2024. (Colombo/June23/2024)

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Sri Lanka Water Board makes profits, tax-payers inject Rs28bn

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s state-run National Water Supply and Drainage Board has made a profit of 5.2 billion rupees in the year to December 2023, after a tariff increase despite not getting money for 25 percent of its water it pumps out.

Total revenues went up to 61.8 billion rupees in 2023 from 35.4 billion rupees, a Finance Ministry report said.

Water revenue surged to 58.5 billion rupees from 33.1 billion rupees, cost of sales also went up to 32.8 billion rupees from 23.14 billion rupees, helping boost gross profits from 12.3 billion rupees to 29.0 billion rupees.

Finance costs surged to 14.9 billion rupees from 3.9 billion rupees,

NSWD reported net profits of 5.2 billion rupees for the year, against a loss of 2.7 billion rupees a year earlier.

The Treasury had given 28 billion rupees from tax payer money to settle loans.

During the Rajapaksa administration, macroeconomists who ran the Finance Ministry made state enterprises borrow money from banks through Treasury guarantees listing them as ‘contingent liabilities’, claiming they were ‘off balance sheet’.

The Road Development Authority, which had no revenues to speak of borrowed large amounts of money from banks which were listed as ‘contingent liabilities’ though they were a responsibility of the state from day one, allowing macroeconomists to understate both the budget deficit and national debt, critics say.

The water tariffs were raised by 81 percent after macroeconomists printed money to supress interest rates for flexible inflation targeting/potential output targeting. The currency collapsed after macroeconomists tried to float the rupee with a surrender rule in place.

Non-revenue water for which no money is collected was 25.2 percent. The agency was supposed to reduce non-revenue water. In some districts religious establishments are responsible for non-revenue water, according to an official who said it on condition of anonymity.

The water board is also unable to collect money from some services like common toilets for underserved communities. (Colombo/June23/2024 – Update II)

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Sri Lanka will expedite Indian projects: President

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will expedite Indian-backed projects in the island, President Ranil Wickremesinghe told Indian business people after a visit by Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar this week.

“I discussed with Prime Minister Modi the need to accelerate the joint program that we have decided, agreed on. So the major ones are identified, and Foreign Minister Jaishankar came down today [20] to have a discussion. Now this will show the new path we are taking,” president Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

“It won’t be individual projects. We’ve discussed a fair number of them. First is the grid interconnection between Sri Lanka and India, so that sustainable energy can be transmitted to India.

“We have the Sampur solar power project, which is a Government to Government (G2G) project, and a three island project, which is where we hope the ground breaking can take place in July,” he told Indian business people at the 31st All India Partner’s Meet 2024 (AIPM 2024), held at ICT Ratnadipa in Colombo.

The AIPM 2024 which was organised by KPGM Sri Lanka and India provided a platform for both countries to reaffirm their commitment to collaborative projects that promise to redefine bilateral relations and propel socio-economic growth.

“It’s a great pleasure and a privilege to have you in Sri Lanka, in Colombo, holding this meeting. It shows on one hand the close friendship that our two countries have, and on the other hand, the confidence that you have in Sri Lanka.

“Having now survived two difficult years, I must acknowledge that this was possible because India gave us a loan of $3.5 billion. All that will be repaid.”

Cooperation between the two nations needed to be enhanced, particularly in the energy sector, aiming to foster new development for the Northern region, Wickremesinghe said.

“We are looking at developing Palk Straight for wind energy and solar energy, both countries to get together and have a large farm for solar energy, for renewable energy. It also means that we will have a new economy for the northern province, which was worst affected by the war.”

Several Indian-backed projects in Sri Lanka have stalled due to protests from some parties, with some going to courts.

India is helping expand the Kankesanturai port, and is discussing development of the Palali and Colombo airports.

The National Livestock Development Board of Sri Lanka, in collaboration with India’s Amul Dairy Company, is involved in a project to enhance liquid milk production in the country.

The two nations are also considering establishing land connectivity.

Discussions have also taken place regarding expediting the Trincomalee Development Project, which encompasses industrial investment zones and tourist areas.

“Plans are underway to construct a multi-product oil pipeline from Nagapatnam to Trincomalee, pending the final observation report. Trincomalee is poised to become a hub for oil refining, with the development of ports and investment zones, transforming Trincomalee Port into a significant hub on the Bay of Bengal.

“Today, the entire East Coast is being opened up for tourism, with additional land earmarked for hotels in Galle and southern areas. Moreover, there are plans to establish more investment zones across the country, alongside expanding our professional training programs. In these endeavours, we are collaborating closely with India.” (Colombo/Jun22/2024)

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