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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.

Sri Lanka plans to expand Bingiriya export zone to 1,100 acres

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is expanding an export processing zone in Bingiriya in Kurunegala and plans to link the area with Puttalam with roads and other infrastructure, Minister Bandula Gunawardana said.

A task force of ministerial secretaries will be appointed to carry out the tasks speedily, following a cabinet paper submitted by President Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

The Bingiriya zone already has 157 acres and another 282 acres is being developed by the Board of Investment, he said.

Steps would also be taken to acquire 666 acres.

There was no information whose lands would be acquired. (Colombo/May23/2024)

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Sri Lanka has power breakdowns amidst extreme weather

ECONOMYNEXT – The state-owned power utility, the Ceylon Electricity Board has reported over 36,900 breakdowns resulting in power interruptions to more than 300,000 consumers in the last three days due to inclement weather in the island, the power minister said.

“Additional service staff has been assigned to attend the breakdowns and the CEB management & service staff are working 24 hours to restore power to the affected consumers,” Minister of Power and Energy, Kanchana Wijesekera said on social media platform X (twitter).

Wijesekera said consumers could report power interruptions through the CEB hotline 1987, via SMS to 1987 with BD and the electricity consumer number to follow, or use the CEB Care app, or through http://cebcare.ceb.lk.

The South-East monsoon has seen floods, landslides and strong winds do damage to the utility provider’s infrastructure in the last week. (Colombo/May23?2024)

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Sri Lanka President calls for unity, sacrificing for a better tomorrow on Vesak day

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe has recalled a sermon from the Buddha about sacrificing for a better tomorrow, and called for unity to heal and rebuild the country, as Buddhists celebrate Vesak.

Buddhists celebrate Vesak as commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha.

“At this challenging moment, we as a nation should cultivate the same great zeal for enlightenment that Buddha exemplified, inspired by his sermon, “Maththasukha parichchaga- passé che vipulan sukhan” – to sacrifice today for a better tomorrow,” President Wickremesinghe said in his Vesak day message.

“We must remember the advice of Lord Buddha, “Sabbattha Sammanaso,” to treat everyone equally and ensure we put it into practice as a country. This is the greatest offering we can present to the Buddha on this Vesak day.

“Regardless of race, religion, caste, or political affiliation, we must all unite to heal and rebuild our country. ”

The full statement is reproduced below:

The Vesak festival is a profoundly sacred day for Buddhists worldwide, commemorating the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and passing. Buddhists in Sri Lanka, along with their brethren around the globe, celebrate Vesak with deep devotion. They spend this period engaging in religious observances and venerating the Buddha with fervent devotion.

At this challenging moment, we as a nation should cultivate the same great zeal for enlightenment that Buddha exemplified, inspired by his sermon, “Maththasukha parichchaga- passé che vipulan sukhan” – to sacrifice today for a better tomorrow.

We must remember the advice of Lord Buddha, “Sabbattha Sammanaso,” to treat everyone equally and ensure we put it into practice as a country. This is the greatest offering we can present to the Buddha on this Vesak day. Regardless of race, religion, caste, or political affiliation, we must all unite to heal and rebuild our country. The principles of Lichchavi Raja Dharmaya will guide us in this endeavour.

Let us keep in mind that the primary aim of the Vesak festival is to foster spiritual growth and character development in a world rapidly advancing physically. I wish everyone a blessed Vesak festival.

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