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Dire Situation in Lombardy … … Hear Ye ! Hear Ye!

This is from a Doha resident now stuck in Italy. … circulated by GEETH KARUNATILLEKA of ADELAIDE:

“I am writing to you from Bergamo, Italy, at the heart of the coronavirus crisis. The news media in the US has not captured the severity of what is happening here. I am writing this post because each of you, today, not the government, not the school district, not the mayor, each individual citizen has the chance, today to take actions that will deter the Italian situation from becoming your own country’s reality.  The only way to stop this virus is to limit contagion. And the only way to limit contagion is for millions of people to change their behavior today.

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Full Frontal: President Macron challenges French Islamists

Christine Douglass-Williams, in Jihadwatch, 3  March 2020, with this title “Macron condemns “Islamist separatism,” “political Islam” and Sharia inferiority of women”

In a landmark speech in the eastern city of Mulhouse, France, President Macron said: “We must never accept that the laws of religion can be superior to those of the Republic…..Islamist separatism is incompatible with freedom and equality….We are talking about people who, in the name of a religion, are pursuing a political project, that of a political Islam that wants to secede from our Republic…..In the Republic..we cannot accept that we refuse to shake hands with a woman because she is a woman. In the Republic, we cannot accept that someone refuses to be treated or educated by someone because she is a woman. In the Republic, one cannot accept school dropouts for religious or belief reasons. In the Republic, one cannot require certificates of virginity to marry.”

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Victoria faces Coronavirus Pandemic War

ABC News Item 3 March 2020.…. with this title Victorian plane passenger tested for coronavirus as hospitals brace for ‘tens of thousands’ of COVID-19 cases”

A man who flew into Avalon Airport this morning is one of hundreds of people who have been tested for coronavirus in Victoria, as the state’s hospitals prepare for the pandemic phase of the outbreak.

Daniel Andrews and Health Minister Jenny Mikakos toured the Doherty Institute this morning. (AAP: David Crosling)

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Skandakumar introduces Anura Tennekoon’s Cricketing Autobiography to the World

Island News Item,  27 February 2020, entitled “A Tribute to Anura Tennekoon”

Former  Sri Lanka  captain Anura Tennekoon’s autobiography – Passionately Cricket – was launched at Sinhalese Sports Club Wednesday evening. Tennekoon,  who captained S. Thomas’ and SSC was Sri Lanka’s captain in 1975 and 1979 Cricket World Cups. Tennekoon’s former  school mates, his SSC and Sri Lanka team mates, some of the leading players produced by the country and leading figures of the business world were present at the occasion. The key note address was given by his contemporary cricketer S. Skandakumar.

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From Wuhan to Diyathalawa: The Tale of Sri Lankans who were Quarantined

Lt. Com Chaminda Walakuluge, in Ministry of Defence Site, 15 February 2020, …. where the title is “Chartered from Wuhan and quarantined at Diyathalawa”

“If you want to describe this place, it’s awesome” Suganthan said. “I will tell all my friends and family that the hospitality and care we received here is beyond ‘star grades’. I have never ever been to a military facility before” Suganthan continued to share his experience at the Diyathalawa Quarantine facility, which was set up by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) to quarantine the group of Sri Lankans evacuated from Corona virus hit Wuhan.

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Yasmin Azad’s “Stay, Daughter” hits the Bookshelves

Muslims of Sri Lanka who, decades ago, grew up in communities that were moderate and broadminded often wonder why Islamic fundamentalism has come back with such force. What made a once-tolerant people want to set themselves apart from everyone else?

This question lies at the heart of Stay, Daughter, a memoir that gives an intimate glimpse into the world of Muslims as times changed and the impact of the modern and Westernized world was felt.

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Wuhan: Slavoj Žižek’s Reflections against the Common Grain

Slavoj Žižek, in Die Welt, February 2020

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