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Foreign Medical Graduates waiting Doctor appointments in Sri Lanka

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Foreign medical graduates doctors held hostage by a failed system SLMC
Foreign medical graduates doctors held hostage by a failed system SLMC

Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) is under investigation for indefinitely putting off the Examination for Registration to Practice Medicine (ERPM). Approximately 1,500 students who received foreign qualifications have been affected due to the inordinate delay in conducting the examination.

Health Ministry spokesman says that Minister Pavitra Wanniarachchi had appointed a five-member committee to inquire into the delay in conducting the ERPM examination, the cancellation of the registration of several internationally recognised universities, the postponement of SLMC elections, the registration of those who hadn’t obtained basic qualification as doctors and the SLMC acting outside its mandate.

Minister Wanniarachchi has called for a report from the SLMC as regards the above mentioned allegations.

The minister has appointed an inquiring team comprising Specialist Professor Hemantha Perera, Professor Prashantha Wijesinha, Dr. Anula Wijesundera, Dr. Maithri Chandraratne and Dr. Darshana Sirisena.

Foreign Medical Graduates in Sri Lanka write as a group of nearly 1000 foreign medical graduates affected by the undue delay in conducting the Examination to Register to Practice Medicine (ERPM). Graduates believe the delay not only affects them, but also adversely affects the healthcare system of this country, where they are committed to serve. While Peripheral Units and District Hospitals around the country suffer from a dearth of Medical Officers, nearly 1000 fully qualified medical graduates are left waiting at home, simply because the Sri Lanka Medical Council hasn’t conducted an exam in more than 15 months. They want to pass this qualifying exam, enter the healthcare system and serve the country. And country needs more qualified doctors. The only thing standing in the way of this is the SLMC’s inefficiency fueled by internal problems. This inefficiency of the SLMC is robbing the future and is robbing the country of good doctors.

Foreign Medical Graduates Sri Lanka News

Starting from 24 August 2020, the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) asked foreign medical graduates to apply for the Examination to Register to Practice Medicine (ERPM), parts A and D. Hundreds of graduates lined up outside the SLMC, paid the due fee of Rs. 20,000, and promptly completed their registration for an exam for which they had already waited for over a year.

Even though the SLMC had not declared the dates for the exam, they – reasonably – assumed it would be held within at least two months from the date of application. But the latest information from the SLMC suggests that the exam could be postponed indefinitely.

Only a thoroughly disorganised institution would call for applications without setting the exam dates. Such disorganisation, however, is characteristic of the SLMC’s actions over the past years. This has repeatedly disadvantaged thousands of foreign medical graduates, including the current group of foreign graduates awaiting this phantom exam.

Further, the SLMC has also been engaged in unending legal battles across multiple fronts. These cases have caused additional delays and distress to foreign medical graduates who have on occasions had nothing to do with them.

The Council often violates its own codes. For instance, the SLMC issued a degree approval letter to all the foreign graduates who are now waiting for the ERPM, upon our graduation, clearly stating that all four parts of the ERPM (A, B, C, D) will be held twice a year. However, the SLMC has not conducted Part A and Part D of the ERPM since July 2019.

The SLMC also repeatedly makes decisions that brazenly violate the country’s laws governing the medical practice as codified in the Medical Ordinance. This has resulted in a string of legal applications against the Council in the Appellate Courts. The courts have invariably ruled in favour of the petitioners, only for the Council – in a few cases – to then violate the rulings.

An illustrative example is the SCFR 54/2019 fundamental rights application filed by the group of 83 graduates from the South Asia Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM). The petitioners sought relief from the court against the SLMC’s arbitrary refusal to register them as provisional members of the practice, in violation of an earlier Supreme Court ruling.

The resulting interim order prevented the internship of more than a hundred foreign medical graduates who were not a direct party to the dispute and had fulfilled SLMC’s criteria for commencing medical internship. The affected graduates had to intervene as respondents, incurring legal expenses, to secure their training. This caused a further three-month delay to their eventual internship appointment, after having waited nearly a year to sit for the ERPM after graduating.

The SLMC, in late 2018, sought to prevent a few foreign medical graduates from completing the ERPM – after these graduates had already sat for a significant portion of the exam following admission by the same Council – by retrospectively imposing a new arbitrary pre-entry Advanced Level qualification midway. When the affected students challenged this at the Supreme Court under cases SCFR 145/2019 and SCFR 149/2019, the resulting interim order prevented the results of the completed exam portions from being released.

Eventually, the Supreme Court held with the Petitioners and ruled that the Council had acted arbitrarily in imposing a pre-entry qualification overriding the purview of powers which has been granted to it by the Medical Ordinance. These cases caused an additional four-month delay in the internship appointments for the hundreds of foreign medical graduates who had met even the new pre-entry requirement.

In the lead up to the first session of ERPM for 2019, the SLMC once again blocked several other foreign graduates from sitting for the ERPM based on an earlier pre-entry qualification it had set in 2010; in contravention to the current pre-entry qualification for medical education approved elsewhere in law by Parliament.

The victims challenged the matter in court and the case is purportedly the reason for not conducting Part A and Part D since July 2019, even though the court had not issued an interim order preventing the timely conduct of the ERPM for the remaining qualified candidates in the batch.

In four separate responses to an RTI request by some of these candidates, however, the SLMC attributed the delay to the pending court case and a non-existent stay order imposing the same. The Supreme Court delivered its verdicts on these cases (SCFR 399/19, SCFR 400/19, SCFR 442/19, SCFR 443/19, SCFR 444/19, SCFR 459/19) on 23 July 2020, ruling that the SLMC being a creation of the Medical Ordinance has no authority to set entry criteria for foreign medical universities in violation of the provisions of the Medical Ordinance and ordered the SLMC to grant permission to petitioners to sit for the exam.

Since July 2019, three groups of foreign medical graduates have arrived in Sri Lanka. Some of these graduates rejected attractive foreign internships and the option of practicing abroad to work in Sri Lanka. In an era where Sri Lanka suffers from severe brain drain and a shortage of medical officers in the healthcare system, the SLMC and the local medical system at large have treated those who made the difficult decision to return to Sri Lanka with absolute disregard.

When the statutory body established for the purpose of maintaining the ‘academic and professional standards, discipline and ethical practice’ of the medical profession in the country conducts itself in this unruly, arbitrary manner, it calls into question the integrity of the profession itself.

The apex court of this country has repeatedly found the SLMC’s positions on key questions such as: (i) Should there be a minimum Advanced Level results requirement for registering foreign medical graduates? (ii) Should universities that accept students that do not meet SLMC’s own pre-entry Advanced Level results requirements remain recognised the by SLMC? (iii) Should graduates from (local) private medical colleges be able to practice? – to run foul of the Medical Ordinance.

In multiple rulings, the Supreme Court has reprimanded the SLMC for usurping the powers of the Parliament, ultra vires enacting arbitrary rules that violate principles of natural justice, and failing to uphold constitutionally guaranteed equality of treatment, in particular, for foreign medical graduates.

The Ceylon Medical Council has been functioning since 1924 (renamed Sri Lanka Medical Council in 1998). Similarly, foreign medical graduates entering the country’s health system is not a new phenomenon: doctors trained abroad were part of the system even prior to independence.

Why then is the pathway for incorporating foreign medical graduates into the healthcare system still fraught with such difficulty and injustice? Is it fair for the SLMC to hold as hostage those foreign medical graduates who have fulfilled its own arbitrary standards, citing pending cases filed by petitioners disadvantaged by the same contradictory rules? Why should hundreds of foreign medical graduates, despite meeting every requirement, pay the price for SLMC’s failure to operate within the framework of the Medical Ordinance?

Source – island.lk and Dailymirror.lk

Study in Russia Moscow News – Delisting of Russian Universities a mistake – SLMC

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Study in Russia for Sri Lankans students Delisting of Russian Universities a mistake
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The delisting of three Russian universities as recognized institutions was an accident / mistake, the Sri Lanka Medical Council’s Chairman has said.

“A person had removed it from the website assuming that the delisting has been approved,” SLMC chairman Prof. Harendra de Silva told. Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) Chairman said that an investigation will be launched into the incident.

He pointed out that the delisting of a university must be approved by the committee appointed to study the institutions and the SLMC.

“The decision will then be sent to the minister in charge. It is the minister who will make the final decision,” de Silva explained.

However, a letter sent by the SLMC registrar, as seen by News1st, has shown that the council has rejected the recognition of three Russian universities.

They are the Pirogrov Russian National Research Medical University, the Tver State Medical University, and the People’s Friendship University of Russia.

  • SLMC de-lists 3 prominent Russian State Universities from approved list
  • Embassy says move was without prior information and despite regular dialogue
  • Russian Embassy expresses concern over Sri Lanka Medical Council move
  • SLMC says delisting of three Russian Universities a mistake
  • SLMC says that an investigation will be launched into the incident.
  • Study in Russia Moscow News

The Cultural Section of the Russian Federation in a statement expressed concern over the decision by the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) to remove three prominent Russian State Universities from the Approved List. The statement said the three universities were People’s Friendship University of Russia (formerly known as Patrice Lumumba University), Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University and Tver State Medical University.

Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) says the delisting of three Russian State Universities from the SLMC Approved List, was a mistake.

Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC) Chairman Prof. Harendra De Silva said that an investigation will be launched into the incident.

The Peoples Friendship University of Russia (formerly known as Patrice Lumumba University), Pirogov Russian National Research Medical University and Tver State Medical University had been removed from the SLMC’s Approved List.

Russia had noted that with a history of over 50 years of diplomatic relations between the countries, Russia has been awarding Sri Lanka with scholarships to State Universities for Sri Lankan students to pursue their higher education, resulting in the production of numerous notable professionals in the country, especially in the medical field.

Russia hoped that the SLMC decision will not influence the practice of providing Russian State scholarships to Sri Lankan citizens in future, causing a loss of opportunities to young individuals to pursue their higher education free of charge in prominent Russian universities.

Study in Russia Moscow News

Via NewsFirst

Great Opportunity – Study in Russia !

Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University) invites prospective international students from Sri Lanka to participate in the seminars dedicated to the university Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs.

Leadership and Motivation Army Training for public sector employed graduates Begin

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Army Leadership Training for graduates recruited for public sector jobs
Army Leadership Training for graduates recruited for public sector jobs

50,000 university graduates recruited for government’s jobs will participate for Sri Lanka Army initiated Leadership and Motivation Training Program. The military leadership and motivation training course will begin September 14 in 51 Army Centres.

Government recruited 50,000 unemployed graduates on March 1 and planned to give a training from March 5. But Election Commission suspended the training and requests to wait till election is over. After the election government provided 50,000 unemployed graduates jobs for all unemployed graduates and diploma holders from September 1. As there were rejected unemployed graduates, Cabinet approval was granted August 19 to provide employment to 10,000 more graduates.


The Army orientation-training programme for 50,000 graduates, recruited to the public sector in line with Sri Lanka President’s ‘Saubhagayaye Dekma’ (Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour) policy statement and on HE’s directions to the Army begins under phases on Monday (September 14) in 51 island-wide Army Centers including, Security Force HQs, Regimental HQs and Training Schools, consequent upon guidance given by Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army.

The purpose of this one – month long residential programme, implemented under five phases absorbs 10,000 graduates for each phase to cover all 50,000 graduates within five months. It is implemented together with the Directorate of Training in order to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes of those recruited graduates to ensure the effective contribution to nation-building as a trained, fully-fledged and energetic workforce. The project is to be closely monitored by the Ministry of Defence and coordinated and supervised at all seven Security Force HQs level.

Each phase through this methodology is set to train 10,000 graduates and achieve the full potential of the public sector simultaneously, covering subjects such as ‘Leadership and Team-Building Training’, ‘Management Training’, ‘Training in Private and State sector Establishments’, ‘Project work and Field studies’, ‘Cohesiveness and Resilience,’ etc, critical in developing an efficient public sector employee while mitigating poor productivity. The training would also impart knowledge on managerial skills, understanding on the objectives of the government mechanism, commitment, interest and dedication, self-confidence, innovation, flexibility, visualization, respect and recognition in society.

Those participating graduates according to their Districts are segmented before mentoring them for quality of the workforce and their attitudes. In addition, an opportunity would be made available to the participants to engage in project work and field studies to improve their skills by identifying issues and possible solutions in relevant fields.

Focused on the critical requirement to change the mindset of the public sector employee right from recruitment to retirement, the Army training course aims at developing their conceptual understanding on leadership, management, focus, confidence and competence to work effectively and efficiently on Long Term goals and Short-Term goals.

The short-term goal of this endeavour is to develop an energetic, target-oriented, disciplined and efficient workforce that is capable of providing a high-quality public sector service to all citizens of the country, based on leadership skills and traits, team spirit and competencies. Similarly, long-term objectives to be achieved in less than five years include the development of value-based public sector workforce, efficient mechanisms, transformation of attitudes and approaches, development of ‘working culture’ in society, recognition of public sector service, identification and evaluation of ongoing operational aspects, etc.

The Army training programme accordingly will be launched under five independent but inter-related modules by way of lectures, discussions, outdoor training activities, team building activities, study tours, capability studies and field studies in order to energize the public sector contribution in a dynamic way. Army Training Establishments, University Grant Commission, Ministry of Home Affairs, Selected State & Private Sectors and a few more state agencies work closely with the project.

Army Training Leadership and Motivation Program for DO government graduates
SL Army Training Leadership and Motivation Program for DO government graduates

The Army Headquarters will also liaise with the Presidential Secretariat and the Ministry of Defence to obtain strategic guidance for the conceptualization of this graduate training program throughout all those five months. The liaison for the training programme will be provided by the Directorate of Training at the Army Headquarters with all stakeholders at various levels.

The Program to provide jobs for all unemployed graduates and diploma holders has commenced from September. In line with its election pledge, the new government of Sri Lanka is to provide employment opportunities in the state sector for about 50,000 unemployed graduates.

Cabinet approval was granted August 19 to provide employment to 10,000 more graduates under the programme formulated by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to employ unemployed graduates..

Sri Lanka schools open vacation term dates announce

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Sri Lanka Schools open vacation term dates announce
Sri Lanka Schools Open Dates Vacation Term End New Term starts Time Education Ministry

Sri Lanka Education Ministry announced Government and Private International Schools opening / Vacation / Holidays Term end / starts dates.
The Ministry of Education has decided to open schools and conduct as usual in five days a week under two stages while following the health recommendations.
Accordingly, it has been decided to start the classes for Grades 6 to 13 from September 2 (from 7.30 am to 1.30 pm) and to commence normally all the schools including the primary classes from September 8.

Sri Lanka Schools Re-Open Vacation Term end starts dates announced

  • Grade 5 scholarship Examination 2020 October 11
  • Advanced Level examination October 12 to November 6.
  • Schools will be closed from October 10 to November 8.
  • Third school term will start from November 9 and ends on December 23.
  • The year-end school vacation will start on December 24 and it will last till January 1, 2021.
  • New school term of the year 2021 will commence on January 4.
  • Ordinary Level examination 2021 January 18 to January 27.
  • This time period will be a special vacation for all schools.
  • A study leave period will be given from January 1, 2021 to January 17 only to the students sitting for G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination.
  • The schools will be reopened from February 1, 2021 after the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination.

Holding of grade 5 scholarship examination, G.C.E. Advanced Level examination and G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination scheduled for 2020.
It has been decided to hold the grade 5 scholarship examination on 11.10.2020 that is scheduled to be held in the year 2020 and the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level examination will be held from 12th October to 06th of November. Accordingly, the schools will be closed from 10th October to 08th of November 2020.

The third school term will start from 09th of November 2020 and ends on 23rd of December 2020. The year-end school vacation will start on 24th of December and it will last till 01st of January 2021. Accordingly, the new school term of the year 2021will commence on 04th of January.

Sri Lanka Schools open vacation term dates announce

The G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination scheduled for the year 2020 will be held from 18.01.2020 to 27.01.2020. This time period will be a special vacation for all schools. A study leave period will be given from 01st of January 2021 to 17th of January 2021 only to the students sitting for G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination

All government and private schools in Sri Lanka will be reopened from February 1st, 2021 after the G.C.E. Ordinary Level examination.

Schools will close for the third term holidays on Christmas Eve while the GCE Ordinary Level Examination 2020 will be held from January 18.

The GCE Ordinary Level Examination 2020 will be held from 18 – 28 January 2021.

Education Minister, Professor G.L. Peiris said students sitting for the examination will be granted leave from 01-18 January 2021. The third term school vacation for all government and semi- government schools will commence from 24 December 2020. The new academic term for the year 2021 will commence from 04 January 2021, he added. The GCE Ordinary Level Examinations 2020 has been moved from December 2020 to January 2021 due to schools being temporarily closed from March for over two months due to the coronavirus pandemic and later in August for the General Elections 2020. (Via Colombo Gazette)

World Suicide Prevention Day WSPD & Mental Health September 10

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Suicide Prevention in Sri Lanka Lifelines 1926 and call 1333 Mental Health
Suicide Prevention Day Mental Health Sri Lanka

World Suicide Prevention Day falls September 10. September 10 World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year since 2003, to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides.

Sri Lanka had a suicide rate of 6.9/100,000 in 1950 which dramatically increased to 47/100,000 by 1995 to clock the highest in the world. But suicide prevention strategies implemented on recommendations by the Presidential Task Force of 1997 succeeded in bringing the rate down to 24/100,000 in 2004, 18/100,000 in 2014, and 16/100,000 in 2019. These included decriminalising the act of suicide (1998), a Life Skills Programme introduced by the Ministry of Education (1998), and banning the use of extremely toxic pesticides.

Suicide, A major public health problem in Sri Lanka which demands our attention, but its prevention and control, unfortunately, are not an easy task. According to WHO, close to 800 000 people die globally by suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Furthermore, for each suicide, there are more than 20 suicide attempts.

Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable. Knowing the warning signs for suicide and how to get help can help save lives.

Average of 08 persons die by suicide every day in Sri Lanka. If you or someone you love considering Suicide, Please Call below numbers.

SuicidePreventionSL Lifelines👇

☎️ Mental Health 1926 (toll FREE )
☎️ CCCline 1333 (toll FREE )
☎️ Sumithrayo- 0112696666
☎️ Shanthi Maargam- 0717639898

What is suicide & Who are at risk?

Suicide is the act of intentionally causing one’s own death.

Depression is the top mental health risk factor, but others include bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders.

Aside from mental health conditions, other factors that increase the risk of suicide in Sri Lanka include:

  • poor job security or low levels of job satisfaction
  • history of being abused or witnessing continuous abuse
  • being diagnosed with a serious medical condition, such as cancer or HIV
  • being socially isolated or a victim of bullying or harassment
  • Having recently been released from prison or jail
  • A prior suicide attempt
  • childhood abuse or trauma
  • family history of suicide
  • loss of a significant relationship
  • following belief systems that accept suicide as a solution to personal problems

Suicide warning signs

The behaviors listed below may be signs that someone is thinking about suicide.

  • Threats or comments about killing themselves.
  • Social withdrawal from friends, family, and community.
  • Dramatic mood swings, aggressive and impulsive behavior.
  • Increased alcohol and drug usage.

If these warning signs apply to you or someone you know, get help as soon as possible.

Here are five steps you can take to be the first to help someone in emotional pain:

ASK:  “Are you thinking about killing yourself?” It’s not an easy question, but studies show that asking at-risk individuals if they are suicidal does not increase suicides or suicidal thoughts.

KEEP THEM SAFE: Find out whether they have a plan for suicide and keep them away from things that they can use to kill themselves.

BE THERE: Listen carefully and learn what the individual is thinking and feeling.

HELP THEM CONNECT: National Institute of Mental Health has initiated Suicide Prevention Programs to Suicide in Sri Lanka. Save the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s 1926 and the CCC Line’s number 1333 in your phone, so it’s there when you need it. You can also help make a connection with a trusted individual like a family member, friend, spiritual advisor, or mental health professional.

STAY CONNECTED: Staying in touch after a crisis or after being discharged from care can make a difference. Studies have shown the number of suicide deaths goes down when someone follows up with the at-risk person.

If you think someone is at immediate risk of self-harm:

  • Call 119.
  • Stay with the person until help arrives.
  • Remove any guns, knives, medications, or other things that may cause harm.
  • Listen, but don’t judge, argue, threaten, or yell.

Suicide often stems from a deep feeling of hopelessness. The inability to see solutions to problems or to cope with challenging life circumstances may lead people to see taking their own lives as the only solution.

The effects of suicide go beyond the person who acts to take his or her life. It can also have a lasting effect on family, friends, and communities. Often, family and friends are the first to recognize the warning signs of suicide and can be the first step toward helping an at-risk individual find treatment.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1926 AND 1333, available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to anyone. All calls are confidential. Together, we can help to prevent suicide in Sri Lanka. Speak up and reach out, Support suicide prevention!

Inputs – The Morning, WHO, Internet

External Arts Degrees Registration Temporarily suspended UGC

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External Arts Degrees Registration Temporarily suspended UGC
External Degrees in Sri Lanka Bahira Upadi

According to the UGC, registration for external arts degrees temporarily suspended till introduce new course syllabus.

Sri Lanka University Grants Commission (UGC) has decided to temporarily suspend new registrations for external degrees in the Arts stream. The decision was taken as the existing Arts Degree courses have not been updated for a long time and due to this reason graduated students are facing difficulties while searching for jobs.

UGC says that a new curriculum will be introduced for external degree courses in the future with a focus on current job market.

Chairman of the University Grants Commission Prof. Sampath Amaratunga, says that steps have been taken to appoint an expert committee to study existing subjects and introduce new subjects under the External Degree in Arts.

Prof. Sampath Amaratunga stated that a new curriculum will be introduced for external degree courses in the future with a focus on employment.

This decision has been taken as the existing curricula related to the subject of Arts have not been updated for a long time and as a result many students are directed to study only a few subjects.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has advised the administrators of the island’s universities to reorganize the tertiary education system to prepare the graduates to fit the labor market.

However, registration for other external degree courses, including management and science, conducted by Sri Lankan universities has not been suspended, he said.

External Arts Degrees Registration Temporarily suspended – UGC

Corona Virus Updates in Sri Lanka COVID19 News

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Corona Virus Updates in Sri Lanka COVID19 News
Corona Virus Updates in Sri Lanka latest news data COVID19 breaking info

Sri Lanka Health Officials say that although there are no new COVID-19 clusters in the society, the risk of the virus spreading within the society still remains high.

Hence, officials say that the general public is often reminded to follow the recommended health and hygiene practices including wearing face masks, washing hands, and maintaining physical distances by health authorities, to further prevent any form of community spread.

Never underestimate Coronavirus. Though Sri Lanka relaxed police curfew totally from June 28, Government requests the public to understand the dangers of coronavirus and follow the recommended health practices.
* Limit traveling
* Maintain physical distance
* Wear a face mask
* Wash hands regularly

Coronavirus latest updates in Sri Lanka – COVID19 news

Sri Lanka Statistics (As at September 16, 2020)

😷 About 3271 infected (Confirmed Positive +)

😷 About 3016 Recovered & Discharged

😷 13 deaths

😷 257,500 PCR Tests done

😷 950 Navy personnel and their close contacts tested positive for coronavirus

😷 1252 overseas arrivals tested positive for coronavirus

😷 650 from Kandakadu Rehabilitation Centre & close contacts

😷 About 41,200 persons have completed the Quarantine process

😷 About 6255 persons currently undergoing quarantine at 59 Centres

World Stats (As at September 17, 2020)

😷 About 940,000 deaths

😷 About 29,725,000 infected (Confirmed Positive +)

😷 About 61,000 critical

😷 About 21,540,000 Recovered & Discharged

😷 Spread to 213 countries and territories

Live Blog…Updating..

Corona Virus Updates in Sri Lanka COVID19 News

The risk of Coronavirus / COVID-19 spreading among the community in Sri Lanka has NOT been eliminated, even though positive infections are not confirmed from the community, health officials warned.

“New cases are mainly confirmed among Sri Lankan migrant workers who are being repatriated back to the country; however, even in countries where the pandemic is successfully controlled, a resurgence of the virus among the community is still possible,” Dr. Jude Jayamaha, the Chief Virologist at the Department of Virology of the Medical Research Institute says.

Hence, Dr. Jayamaha noted that the general public is often reminded to follow the recommended health and hygiene practices including wearing face masks, washing hands, and maintaining physical distances by health authorities, to further prevent any form of community spread.

He emphasized that although there are no new COVID-19 clusters in the society, the risk of the virus spreading within the society still remains high.

Dr. Jayamaha went onto note that PCR tests are being conducted on random samples obtained from society through Medical Officers of Health.

“These samples are obtained from 12 various divisions of society, including those coming from multiday fishing vessels, homeless people, those from rehabilitation camps; and the PCR tests are conducted at 21 laboratories,” Dr. Jayamaha said.

According to Dr. Jayamaha, separate PCR tests are conducted on random samples obtained from individuals with symptoms like cough and common cold who visit Out Patient Departments (OPDs) at hospitals.

Such random samples are obtained at 54 OPDs across the island. (Source -NewsFirst)

Sri Lanka Weather Alerts News Updates Today

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Sri Lanka Weather Alerts News Updates - Rains Winds Heat Drought Monsoon Floods Lightning Cyclone Tsunami Earthquakes Earth Tremors #WeatherSL
Sri Lanka Weather Alerts Daily Updates News Rains Floods Landslides Drought Tsunami Cyclone Winds Heat

Sri Lanka weather updates via MET. Sri Lanka Rains, Winds, Heat, Drought, Monsoon, Floods, Lightning, Cyclone, Tsunami, Earthquakes, Earth Tremors and Weather Updates and Alerts.

Windy condition over the island and the showery condition over the south-western parts are expected to enhance temporary to some extent from today (18) to 21 September.

Showers will occur at times in Central, Sabaragamuwa, Western and North-western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts. Heavy rainfalls, above 100 mm are likely at some places.

Several spells of showers will occur in North-central province.

Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Uva province and in Ampara district after 2.00 pm.

Strong gusty winds about (50-60) kmph can be expected across the island, particularly in the Northern, North-central and North-western provinces, Trincomalee and Hambanthota districts and in the western slopes of the central hills.

Showers will occur at times in Central, Sabaragamuwa and Western provinces and in Galle and Matara districts.

Several spells of light showers may occur in North-western province.

Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Uva province and in Ampara and Batticaloa districts after 2.00pm.

Strong gusty winds about 50 kmph can be expected across the island, particularly in the Northern, North-central and North-western provinces and in Trincomalee and Hambanthota districts.

General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by lightning activity and localized strong winds during thundershowers.

Sri Lanka weather updates via MET. Sri Lanka Rains, Winds, Heat, Drought, Monsoon, Floods, Lightning, Cyclone, Tsunami, Earthquakes, Earth Tremors and Weather Updates and Alerts.

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The sun is expected to be directly over Sri Lanka starting from August 29 till September 7. Sun on it’s apparent march from the Northern hemisphere to the Southern hemisphere, will be directly over the latitudes of Sri Lanka during the period of August 29 to September 7, 2020.

The latitudes at which the Sun will be directly overhead, the closest towns corresponding to the given latitudes and the times at which the Sun will appear overhead are as follows.

Several areas including Trincomalee, Anuradhapura, would also experience hot weather and residents were warned to take extra precautions when they are out in the open in these areas.

Drink more WATER Potable water symbol to keep body cool and to avoid Dehydration as hot Weather continues.

Sri Lanka weather updates via MET. Sri Lanka Monsoon, Floods, Cyclone and Weather Updates and Alerts.

What To Do Before, During, and After a Disaster Situation – Sinhala

Disaster Management Sri Lanka Safety Tips Weather Alerts Monsoon Floods
Disaster Management Sri Lanka Safety Tips – MET issued Weather Alerts for Monsoon & Floods

What To Do Before, During, and After a Disaster Situation -Tamil

DMC released complete Guide, What To Do Before, During, and After a Disaster Situation -Tamil

Sri Lanka Weather Updates via Meteorology Department.

Lightening Alert!

Increase in Thunder and Lightning activities during Thundershowers. General public is kindly requested to take adequate precautions to minimize damages caused by temporary localized strong winds and lightning during thundershowers.

Lightning ⚡ safety tips.
1️⃣ Seek shelter (indoors)
2️⃣ Avoid using wired telephones
3️⃣ Avoid open areas
4️⃣ Avoid using open vehicles
5️⃣ Do not swim

Lightning Safety Tips Bakmaha Akunu
Lightning Safety Tips Sri Lanka

Heat Weather Alert!

Heat index, the temperature felt on human body is expected to increase up to ‘Extreme Caution’ level at some places Sri Lanka. Drink more water to avoid dehydration. Follow below mentioned safety tips.

Heat Weather Alert Sri Lanka
Heat Weather Alert Sri Lanka

Thundershowers / Heavy Rain Alert!

ACTION REQUIRED:

The Department of Meteorology advises that people should:

1. Seek shelter, preferably indoors and never under trees.

2. Avoid open areas such as paddy fields, tea plantations and open water bodies during thunderstorms.

3. Avoid using wired telephones and connected electric appliances during thunderstorms.

4. Avoid using open vehicles, such as bicycles, tractors and boats etc.

5. Beware of fallen trees and power lines.

6. For emergency assistance contact the local disaster management authorities.

LATEST SRI LANKA WEATHER ALERTS VIA MET

Vidyapeeta Gazette National College of Education Release. Apply via online before September 25

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Vidyapeeta Gazette National College of Education Release
National Colleges Of Education Vidyapeeta GAZETTE RELEASED Sri Lanka teachers vacancies

Much awaited Gazette notification to admit students for National Colleges of Education (VidyaPeeta) based on 2018 A/L exams released on September 4th. Students who sat 2018 A/L Exam can apply for about 50 courses. Government is hoping to admit more than 4000 students for teacher vacancies.
This year students need to apply via Online via Education Ministry website https://info.moe.gov.lk/ website. According to the Lake House sources, VIDYAPEETA Gazette will be published on “Silumina” newspaper on September 5.

Gazette can be download from below links (Sinhala, Tamil & English)

Sinhala – PDF

Tamil – PDF

English – PDF

Apply Here

Vidyapeeta Gazette National College of Education Release

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORMS DETAILS PDF

https://moe.gov.lk/admissions-to-national-colleges-of-education-2020/

VidyaPeeta Gazette including relevant details and draft Application Form available now. Students who sat 2018 A/L Exam can apply for this year. 2019 A/L Exam students should read Government Gazette regularly as government will call them coming months. Exact gazette releasing dates are not yet announced.

VIDYAPEETA Gazette released College of Education Sri Lanka Vidya Peeta Teacher Vacancy

IMPORTANT

2020 Vidyapeeta Gazette Released
Download gazette & apply- Link Here
Read Gazette Carefully
Closing date September 25
Apply via Online & Register Post
Apply Online via Website – https://info.moe.gov.lk/
Students Admit – Soon
For More information

For inquiries in the applying process, please call.

Telephone Numbers – 1. 011 2787303

Email: ncoe-application@moe.gov.lk

Website https://info.moe.gov.lk/
Telephone: 0112 78 73 03 , 0112 78 73 85 (from 8.30 a.m to 4 p.m)

2020 Vidya Peeta Gazette Released. Much awaited Gazette notification to admit students for National College of Education (VidyaPeeta) based on 2018 A/L exams released. Students who sat 2018 A/L Exam can apply. Government hope to admit 4000 students.
This year students need to apply via Online also via https://moe.gov.lk/ website

VidyaPeeta Gazette including relevant details and draft Application Form available now as gazette on Newspapers (Dinamina Newspaper & Thinakaran). Hence read Government Gazette regularly.

Gazette can be download from below links (Sinhala, Tamil & English)

Sinhala – PDF

Tamil – PDF

English – PDF

Apply Here

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORMS DETAILS PDF

Students who sat 2018 A/L Exam can apply for this year. 2019 A/L Exam students cannot apply. Hence 2019 A/L Students should read Government Gazette regularly as government will call them coming months. Exact gazette releasing dates are not yet announced.

Vidya Peeta Gazette 2020 Released

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2020 Vidya Peeta Gazette Release National College of Education AL 2018 Gazette released teacher vacancies Sri Lanka
Vidya Peeta Gazette Release National College of Education AL 2018 Gazette released teacher vacancies Sri Lanka

2020 Vidya Peeta Gazette Released. Much awaited Gazette notification to admit students for National College of Education (VidyaPeeta) based on 2018 A/L exams released. Students who sat 2018 A/L Exam can apply. Government hope to admit 4000 students.
This year students need to apply via Online also via https://moe.gov.lk/ website. According to the sources, Gazette will be publish on “Silumina” newspaper on September 5.

The given links are currently working.

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORMS DETAILS PDF

https://moe.gov.lk/admissions-to-national-colleges-of-education-2020/

Gazette can be download from below links (Sinhala, Tamil & English)

Sinhala – PDF

Tamil – PDF

English – PDF

Apply Here

VidyaPeeta Gazette including relevant details and draft Application Form available now as gazette on Newspapers (Dinamina Newspaper & Thinakaran). Hence read Government Gazette regularly.

IMPORTANT

Vidyapeeta Gazette Released
Download – Link Here
Read Carefully
Closing date September 25
Apply via Online & Register Post
Apply Online via Website – https://info.moe.gov.lk/
Students Admit –
For More information

https://moe.gov.lk/
Email: ncoebranch@moe.gov.lk
Telephone: 0112 78 73 03 , 0112 78 73 85 (from 8.30 a.m to 5.30 p.m)

2020 Vidya Peeta Gazette Released. Much awaited Gazette notification to admit students for National College of Education (VidyaPeeta) based on 2018 A/L exams released. Students who sat 2018 A/L Exam can apply. Government hope to admit 4000 students.
This year students need to apply via Online also via https://moe.gov.lk/ website

VidyaPeeta Gazette including relevant details and draft Application Form available now as gazette on Newspapers (Dinamina Newspaper & Thinakaran). Hence read Government Gazette regularly.

Gazette can be download from below links (Sinhala, Tamil & English)

Sinhala – PDF

Tamil – PDF

English – PDF

Apply Here

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION FORMS DETAILS PDF

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