Citizen protests began picking up steam in Sri Lanka late last year, in response to a foreign exchange crisis that led to a scarcity of domestic gas and fuel, impacting homes and transportation, and heralding sweeping power cuts.
Last week – after many months of schools not being considered ‘essential services’ – the Government of Sri Lanka made the decision to restart schools across our crisis-hit nation, with the promise that school vans will receive priority in the fuel queues. Subsequently, the Ministry of Education also decided that schools located in areas where students and teachers do not have transportation issues will be open five days a week as usual.
Recently, I overheard someone ask if they should make a payment in “cash, card, or crypto” — driving home the point that blockchain and cryptocurrency have become more than just a buzzword today, even in Sri Lanka.
All Hallow’s Eve is upon us, when, as they say, the veil between the human and spirit worlds is at its weakest. All Hallow’s Eve, or Halloween as we now know it, is one of the world’s most popular holidays, right up there with Easter and Christmas. However, this once-pagan holiday is nothing like either of those.
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