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Curtailing liberty

Daily FT When the State acts in ways that result in life-changing impacts on citizens (the curfew in this instance, but could also be allowing infected individuals to clear the airport), there must be accountability. There must be evidence that decisions were taken on the best available information and with best efforts made to minimise … Continue reading

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Pandemic and Prelates

Daily FT Life in Lockdown Land – 8   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa meeting the Maha Sangha on 24 Friday President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has met the Maha Sangha on 24 April and explained measures taken by the Government to control the spread of COVID-19.  The official communique issued by the Presidential Secretariat is reproduced in the … Continue reading

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An attorney’s arrest as democracy sleeps amidst a pandemic

Sunday Times It is no coincidence that the increasingly not-so-insidious growth of Sri Lanka’s anti-democracy virus, first reflected on in these column spaces last month, has kept apace with the exponential rise of coronavirus infected individuals in the last ten days. As transparency diminishes, so does accountability. This is so in relation to pandemic controls … Continue reading

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How the Hamieds are saving the world

Sujata Anandan (National Herald, India) Heart-warming story of the Hamieds, who set up CIPLA and have been saving lives When CIPLA started producing generic medicine, the US complained of patent-violation. Indira Gandhi stood by CIPLA. It is ironical therefore that the US should now dial India for supply of HCQ Khwaja Abdul Hamied was a … Continue reading

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Ancient plagues

Irfan Husain (Dawn, Pakistan) AS we endure the coronavirus, with all its suffering, discomfort and death, we would do well to reflect on other times, other plagues. In other words, there have been far worse pandemics over the centuries. Some of them devastated civilisations, and brought cities, tribes and nations to their knees. Just as … Continue reading

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