Time July edition banned

The cover of the July edition of the Time magazine carries a picture of a Myanmar monk with the words ‘The face of Buddhist terror’.Buddhist monks in Myanmar have been accused attacking Rohingya Muslims in which several people have been reportedly killed. Sri Lanka and Myanmar have strong diplomatic ties especially since both countries are Buddhist nations.In February this year the Sri Lankan navy rescued 32 Myanmar nationals who were stranded at sea after escaping violence targeting the Muslims.Those rescued had claimed that nearly 100 others were also with them but had gone missing and were believed to have drowned. (Colombo Gazette) “Under local laws if there is any publication imported with content which can hurt the sentiments or create tensions among Sri Lankans then such publications can be blocked from being circulated in the market,” he said. Customs department spokesman Leslie Gamini said that the magazines had been seized as the cover had content which could harm the sentiments of Buddhists in Sri Lanka. The government has banned the distribution of the latest edition of the internationally acclaimed Time magazine over some of its content.The Sri Lanka customs department said that 4000 copies of the July edition of magazine had been seized at the Colombo port. read more

Minister Lawrence greeted with protests at Port Mourant

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRDC, NA Hospital CEO at loggerheads over Ophthalmology DeptFebruary 1, 2019In “latest news”LETTER: The APNU/AFC circus continuesApril 8, 2019In “latest news”Sugar woes: President promises severance, says ‘we won’t sell off the family jewels’October 13, 2018In “Business” Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence was on Thursday greeted by protestors when she turned up to commission the National Ophthalmology Hospital at Port Mourant.Led by head of the Regional Health Committee Zamal Hussain, the protestors are calling for a proper healthcare system in the region.Hussain, speaking with the media, explained that they are protesting the deficiency and inefficiency which exist in the health sector, along with mismanagement, corruption and cronyism in the sector.“Diabetic patients’ tablets are being rationed on a monthly basis. Persons who have to get thirty days’ tablets are being given ten days’ tablets,” he said.Hussain blamed both Ministers in the Public Health Ministry, saying that they have been abusing tax payers’ money on extravagant ceremonies and parading in the region.Over the past few days, the Ministers have attended numerous ceremonies to commission various centres in the county.Meanwhile, among the issues Hussain said he will be pushing to have resolved are the lack of basic health care, the lack of an adequate supply of X-ray films, and lack of the necessary equipment to do certain tests at hospitals across the Region.Structural deficiencies are also listed along with non-performance of cataract surgeries at the National Ophthalmology Hospital. He also referred to a shortage of doctors at several hospitals and vacancies which have been in existence for more than one year. read more