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Doctors say the lack of medicine in Sri Lanka is a death sentence for some



Doctors say the lack of medicine in Sri Lanka is a death sentence for some

Shortage of medicines in Sri Lanka caused by the economic crisis could soon result in deaths, according to doctors, as hospitals are forced to postpone life-saving procedures for their patients due to the lack of drugs.

Sri Lanka imports more than 80% of its medical supplies, but as the country’s foreign currency reserves deplete due to the crisis, essential medications are disappearing from shelves and the healthcare system is on the verge of collapsing.

Patients, their loved ones, and doctors at the 950-bed Apeksha cancer hospital in the outskirts of Colombo’s commercial capital feel increasingly helpless because of shortages that are forcing the suspension of tests and the postponement of procedures including critical surgery.

“It is extremely harmful to cancer patients,” Dr. Roshan Amaratunga said.


“Sometimes, we plan for surgeries in the morning, but we may not be able to do them that day… because (supplies) are not available.”

Several patients will face a virtual death sentence if the situation does not improve quickly, he said.

Covid-19, which is wreaking havoc on the tourism-dependent economy, rising oil prices, populist tax cuts, and a ban on the import of chemical fertilisers, which has devastated agriculture, have all contributed to Sri Lanka’s worst economic crisis since 1948.

About 180 items, including injections for dialysis patients, medicine for transplant patients, and certain cancer drugs, are running out, according to a government official working on medical supply procurement.


According to the official, Saman Rathnayake, supplies are being provided by India, Japan, and multilateral donors, but delivery could take up to four months.

Meanwhile, he said, Sri Lanka has appealed to private donors both at home and abroad for assistance.


Review of the spy thriller “Heart of Stone”: Alia Bhatt shines.




Review of the spy thriller “Heart of Stone”: Alia Bhatt shines.

In a realm where intrigue and suspense collide, Bollywood’s beloved star Alia Bhatt has once again proven her mettle in the enthralling spy thriller “Heart of Stone.” Directed by the visionary Raj Mehta, this cinematic marvel takes audiences on a roller-coaster ride through espionage, deception, and unrelenting action, with Bhatt’s luminous performance at its epicenter.

A Glimpse into the Plot

“Heart of Stone” delves into the shadowy world of espionage, where nothing is as it seems, and allegiances can crumble in an instant. Bhatt’s character, Maya Verma, is a compelling enigma—a resolute intelligence operative navigating a labyrinth of covert operations and intricate deceptions. As the layers of the narrative peel away, Maya finds herself ensnared in a high-stakes game where trust is elusive and danger lurks in every frame.

The Resplendent Alia Bhatt


Alia Bhatt’s portrayal of Maya Verma is nothing short of a revelation. Known for her remarkable versatility, Bhatt imbues Maya with a potent mix of strength and vulnerability. With every expression, every gesture, she breathes life into a character that resonates on both emotional and cerebral levels. Bhatt’s artistry reaches its zenith as Maya grapples with inner demons while outwitting her adversaries—a captivating dance that only an actress of her caliber could orchestrate.

Raj Mehta’s Directorial Panache

Raj Mehta, celebrated for his directorial finesse, orchestrates the tapestry of “Heart of Stone” with masterful precision. Seamlessly weaving heart-thumping action sequences and labyrinthine plot twists, Mehta keeps the audience on the edge of their seats. His meticulous attention to detail manifests in every scene, painting a cinematic canvas that’s as thrilling as it is visually arresting.

Supporting Cast: A Tapestry of Brilliance


The constellation of talent in “Heart of Stone” goes beyond Alia Bhatt. The ensemble cast, featuring Rajkummar Rao, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Vicky Kaushal, contributes to the film’s tapestry with their impeccable performances. The chemistry between the characters adds depth to the narrative, amplifying the emotional resonance and enriching the overall storytelling.

A Symphony of Cinematic Excellence

“Heart of Stone” is an embodiment of cinematic finesse. The film’s production values, from picturesque locations to evocative cinematography, envelop the viewer in a sensory feast. The musical score, composed with an acute understanding of the narrative’s ebbs and flows, elevates the tension and emotions, further ensnaring the audience in the movie’s spellbinding aura.

A Triumph of Genre Fusion


Critics and audiences alike have bestowed “Heart of Stone” with effusive praise for its seamless fusion of espionage, action, and drama. The film’s ingenious plot twists, coupled with Alia Bhatt’s extraordinary performance, thrust it into the echelons of standout espionage thrillers. It’s a symphony of storytelling that resonates long after the credits roll.

In a year replete with cinematic treasures, “Heart of Stone” stands tall as an embodiment of brilliance. Alia Bhatt’s luminosity shines with unparalleled intensity, solidifying her place as one of Bollywood’s brightest stars. This cinematic tour de force is a must-watch, an experience that unearths the magic created when remarkable talent converges to craft an indelible cinematic journey.

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