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People in need of life-saving assistance hits 3.4 Mn in Sri Lanka - newsfirst.lk - Thailand - Japan - Usa - Sri Lanka - Switzerland - Italy - Germany - Britain - France - Australia - Canada - Eu - county Day - New Zealand - Denmark - Norway - Sweden - state Georgia
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People in need of life-saving assistance hits 3.4 Mn in Sri Lanka
COLOMBO (News 1st) – The United Nations (UN) team in Sri Lanka and non-governmental organisations have today revised and extended their joint Humanitarian Needs and Priorities (HNP) Plan, which aims to provide life-saving assistance to 3.4 million people amid Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis since independence.Since June, the HNP has been responding to the Government's request for UN-backed multi-sector support for Sri Lanka's debt and food and medicine shortages. Governments and donor agencies have helped the humanitarian community reach over 1 million of the country's most vulnerable people with cash, food, school meals, medicine, protection, and livelihood support. The HNP aligned with appeals from other UN agencies has raised US $79 million for Sri Lanka thanks to landmark support from the U.S and USAID, Australia, and Japan including JICA, the UN Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), as well as Canada, Denmark, Norway, New Zealand, Italy, EU, Switzerland, France, and with additional support from the UK, Germany, Thailand, Sweden, Georgia, Latter Day Saint Charities and private individuals and organizations including Brandix Apparels Ltd, Hemas Holdings PLC, Dilmah Ceylon Tea Company PLC, Daraz (Alibaba Group), Amana Bank PLC and the Citi Foundation. The HNP's revision extends the plan through 2022 and requires US $70 million in additional funds to reach a total of US $149.7 million."We are immensely appreciative of the solidarity the international community has shown with the people of Sri Lanka, including through their generous contributions to the HNP.
5.7 Mn Sri Lankans need urgent assistance – IFRC - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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5.7 Mn Sri Lankans need urgent assistance – IFRC
COLOMBO (News 1st) – The International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies says At least 5.7 million people require humanitarian assistance in Sri Lanka..The International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies in its Needs Assessment Report for October 2022 said that At least 5.7 million people or 26 per cent of the population require humanitarian assistance.IFRC warned that without immediate humanitarian assistance, and ‘upstream’ interventions to address the fragility of systems, services and facilities, this number will multiply, and the consequences will deepen.IFRC said that at the community and family level, the macroeconomic collapse in Sri Lanka has translated into a complex humanitarian emergency, as millions of people are increasingly suffering, with severe shortages of food, fuel, cooking gas, medicine and other essentials.The IFRC assessment found that household purchasing power is constrained by food inflation and that disruptions to livelihoods and food insecurity have increased, raising worries about malnutrition.People are suffering from poorer health because the healthcare system has become compromised, and the household economic stresses have resulted in rising concerns over basic needs and protection for the most vulnerable such as those already living below the poverty line, people with disability, and marginalised people.
#DataScam : What happened to Terabytes of data from NMRA? - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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#DataScam : What happened to Terabytes of data from NMRA?
COLOMBO (News 1st) – Sri Lanka's Ministry of Health is preparing to establish a database by spending almost a billion rupees, however no progress has been made with regard to the infamour #DataScam.The approval of the National Medicnes Regulatory Authority is essential for every medicine and medical device imported to Sri Lanka.With the COVID-19 pandemic, most of these activities take place online, and an advertisement published by the NMRA on October 15th, 2020 confirmed this.The functions of the NMRA were carried out online using the Lanka Government Cloud for uploading important data related to medicinesand medical devices.However, the data belonging to the NMRA which was available on the Lanka Government Cloud suddenly went missing, and later it was revealed that it was deliberate deletion.A complaint on data going missing from the NMRA Cloud was filed with the CID on July 23rd, 2021.A software engineer attached to the private company that managed the NMRA system was accused of deleting the data.However, the database did not even have the minimum security measure or a backup facility.The issue went to the Courts on 6th October 2021 where the gravity of the missing data was disclosed.Senior Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Dileepa Peiris revealed at the Colombo Chief Magistrate's Court that medicine racketeer made undue advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic that was spreading across Sri Lanka at the time.In court it was revealed that the systems operator from the private company that managed the NMRA cloud had deleted data for a period of seven long hours.Senior Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Dileepa Peiris emphasized that all those involved in this crime should be thoroughly investigated and brought to justice as they are
Ali Sabry - Sri Lanka China agree to advance high-quality BRI - newsfirst.lk - New York - China - Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka China agree to advance high-quality BRI
COLOMBO (News 1st) – State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ali Sabry on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York recently.Wang Yi expressed, China and Sri Lanka are each other's, strategic cooperative partners. The two countries have always shared weal and woe and sincerely helped each other. This year, which marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Sri Lanka and the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Rubber-Rice Pact, is of great significance for inheriting the past and ushering in the future. China is ready to work with Sri Lanka to carry forward the traditional friendship, consolidate strategic mutual trust and deepen and expand pragmatic cooperation. Congratulations to Sri Lanka on its initial results in stabilizing the situation and easing difficulties. China has provided medicines, rice, fuel, and other emergencies humanitarian assistance to Sri Lanka, and will continue to offer assistance within our capacity to help Sri Lanka overcome temporary difficulties.Sabry said that the Sri Lanka-China friendship has a solid foundation. China has provided strong support for Sri Lanka's economic and social development for a long time. In particular, China has offered timely help to Sri Lanka when it encountered difficulties. Sri Lanka will never forget that.
Turkiye Donates Emergency Medicine and Medical Supplies to the Government of Sri Lanka - newsfirst.lk - Sri Lanka
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Turkiye Donates Emergency Medicine and Medical Supplies to the Government of Sri Lanka
COLOMBO (News 1st); The Government of Turkiye donated USD one million worth of emergency medicines and other medical supplies which are urgently required by the hospitals in Sri Lanka. The first consignment which includes Filgasstrin injections was airlifted to Sri Lanka and was received by the officials of the Ministry of Health of Sri Lanka on 14 August 2022.Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Turkiye M.Rizvi Hassen during his meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkiye Mevlut Cavusoglu and the Chairman of Turkiye – Sri Lanka Parliamentarian Friendship Group Ahmet Hamdi Camli on 17 August 2022 thanked and expressed gratitude to the President of the Republic of Turkiye Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the Government of Turkiye for the generous donation and the solidarity extended to the Government and people of Sri Lanka.The two containers of other medicines and medical supplies left the Izmit Sea Port, Turkiye on 17 August 2022 and are expected to reach the Colombo Port by mid-September 2022.The donation was a result of a request made by Ambassador Hassen during his meeting with the Chairman of Turkiye – Sri Lanka Parliamentarian Friendship Group Ahmet Hamdi Camli and senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkiye in May 2022 to brief about the situation in Sri Lanka with a request to consider assisting the health sector of Sri Lanka. Subsequently, the Ministry of Health of Turkiye coordinated with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkiye and expedited the dispatch of the medical consignment with the approval of the President of the Republic of Turkiye, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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