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Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Governor says country does not need IMF relief amid inflation concerns

Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Governor told CNBC that the South Asian nation doesn’t need an economic lifeline from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

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Rohini Kavirathna tests positive for COVID-19

Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Matale District MP Rohini Kavirathna has tested positive for COVID-19.

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No power cuts imposed today – Power Minister

Minister of Power Gamini Lokuge says that a decision has been taken not to impose any power cuts today (January 24), following discussions with the President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

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One-hour power cut this evening

A one-hour power cut will be implemented throughout the country today due to insufficient supply of furnace oil and diesel to Sapugaskanda and Kelanitissa Power Stations from the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers’ Union (CEBEU) said.

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UK hints at restart of police training in Sri Lanka

The UK Government may ­continue training police officers in Sri Lanka despite Police Scotland pulling out of the contract amid escalating concern around human rights abuses.

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Sarath Fonseka explains how to remain in power

Parliamentarian Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka says the Samagi Jana Balawegaya must identify mistakes made in the past and engage in a journey to resolve the matters.

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Sri Lanka mulls fines for skipping booster dose?

Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Health says it is looking into the possibility of proceeding with legal action against those who do not take the booster dose of the COVID vaccine.

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Power cuts likely from Today

The Ceylon Electricity Board Engineers Association warned that there will be four-phase power cuts with effect from today (January 24).

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Ranil says Sri Lanka paying the price for not addressing structural issues

People of Sri Lanka have to face the effects of strenuous economic conditions as the country has virtually exhausted its foreign currency reserves that were there when the present government came to office, MP and former prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe said during an interview with an Indian multinational English language news channel (WION) recently.

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Better deal for farmers this Season – Minister

Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said a decision will be made by the Cabinet this week regarding the amount of compensation to be paid to farmers for crop damage and the price of paddy.

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“Sensationalized and biased”: Sri Lanka hits out at HRW ‘World Report 2022’

Sri Lanka today slammed the “World Report 2022” compiled by the Human Rights Watch (HRW), stating that it depicts an exaggerated and unduly negative picture of the current human rights situation in the country.

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Sri Lanka’s total debt is 21 trillion – Vijitha Herath

JVP Parliamentarian Vijitha Herath revealed in Parliament yesterday (January 21) that the total debt of the country is 21 trillion rupees and that most of it has been borrowed during the last few years of the current Government.

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Was imported rice cultivated from organic fertiliser? – Sajith

Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa questions the government if rice imported from China were harvested using organic fertiliser.

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Sri Lanka Prime Minister urges Korea to increase job avenues for Sri Lankans

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday requested South Korea to consider increasing the number of employment opportunities allocated for Sri Lanka.

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Approval granted to six importers to import Molnupiravir

Six importers have already been granted approval to import Molnupiravir, the oral antiviral pill to treat Covid patients, Dr. Saman Ratnayake, Secretary to the State Ministry of Drug Production, Supply and Regulation said yesterday (January 21).

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Multiple-vehicle collision causes heavy traffic on Southern Expressway

Multiple vehicle collisions on the Southern Expressway (E-01) were reported this morning (January 21) between Kottawa and Kahathuduwa interchanges, the expressway police said.

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