Category: Local News

Gazette issued declaring Postal services as essential

An Extraordinary Gazette has been issued declaring Postal services as an essential service considering the current COVID-19 situation in the country.

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Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera transferred

The Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera has been transferred from the Epidemiology Unit.

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China, the most powerful country in the world under CPC leadership: Ranil

Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that under the leadership of the Communist Party, China had become the most powerful country in the world economy today…

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Police officer arrested while transporting 50kg of heroin

A police officer in uniform has been arrested while transporting 50 kilograms of heroin.

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EU experts helping Sri Lanka assess ship disaster damage

A team of technical experts from European Union are helping Sri Lanka’s government assess the environmental damage caused by the sinking of a container ship that was carrying chemicals and caught fire, the government said Friday.

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Latest update on islandwide travel restrictions

The ongoing island-wide travel restrictions will be lifted at 4.00 am on June 21 (Monday), Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said.

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Mobile permits of vendors selling fruits, vegetables at higher prices to be cancelled

Mobile service permits of vendors selling fruits and vegetables at higher prices will be revoked, says the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival & Poverty Alleviation.

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India denies reports that Indian Navy physically attacked Sri Lankan fishermen

The Indian High Commission in Colombo today denied media reports that a group of Sri Lankan fishermen were attacked physically by the Indian Navy, stating that it was blatantly false.

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If GSP+ concession is withdrawn Sri Lanka faces danger

At a time when Sri Lanka faces the possible danger of losing its GSP Plus concession, economic experts warn that having to pay duty will make the country less competitive in the International market.

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Sri Lanka Government issues new Extraordinary Gazette on essential services

An extraordinary gazette has been issued on Thursday (17) declaring services provided by certain state institutions, Local Authorities and Co-operative Societies as essential services.

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Expect Sri Lanka to remain mindful of bilateral ties: India on port project

With Sri Lanka moving ahead with the China-backed Colombo Port City project, India on Thursday said it expects that the island nation will remain mindful of their ‘‘excellent bilateral cooperation’’, including for mutual security in the maritime domain.

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Government capable of reducing fuel prices – JVP

The JVP says the government is capable of reducing increased fuel prices.

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Delta COVID variant found in community for first time in Sri Lanka

The Delta variant (B.1.617.2), first identified in India has been detected from the community for the first time in Sri Lanka.

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COVID-19 task force decides not to allow purchase of liquor online

The COVID-19 task force has decided not to allow consumers to purchase liquor online through supermarket chains, Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said.

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Police probe Sinopharm vaccine theft at Habaraduwa MOH office

The Medical Officer of Health (MOH) in Habaraduwa lodged a complaint against a driver and a minor employee of the MOH office in connection with a theft of 30 doses of Sinopharm vaccines valued Rs. 90,000.

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Two More Weeks of Travel Restrictions Likely – Deputy DGHS

Deputy DG of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath says if the public intentionally flout the ongoing travel restrictions, imposed to curb the spread of the third wave of the COVID19 pandemic, then there would be no alternative left for the health authorities but to further extend the restrictions for a further fortnight.

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