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Advance payment made to buy Pfizer vaccine as booster dose - SPC Chairman

Advance payment made to buy Pfizer vaccine as booster dose - SPC Chairman

Fourteen million Pfizer jabs have been ordered to be administered as a booster shot for the COVID-19 vaccine, Chairman of the State Pharmaceutical Corporation (SPC) Dr. Prasanna Gunasena said. MORE..

| September 21, 2021  7:38 pm
COPE holds special meeting in Parliament

COPE holds special meeting in Parliament

A special meeting of the Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) was held in Parliament today (21) under the chairmanship of Prof. Charitha Herath. MORE..

| September 21, 2021  7:32 pm
Coronavirus: 918 new cases confirmed so far today

Coronavirus: 918 new cases confirmed so far today

The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health says 918 more people were tested positive for the novel coronavirus so far today (September 21). MORE..

| September 21, 2021  6:26 pm
Sri Lanka records 66 COVID-19 deaths on Monday

Sri Lanka records 66 COVID-19 deaths on Monday

The total number of people who fell victim to COVID-19 infection in Sri Lanka moved up as 66 more fatalities were confirmed by the Director-General of Health Services on Monday (September 21). MORE..

| September 21, 2021  6:21 pm
Guidelines to reopen primary classes of schools handed over - Health DG

Guidelines to reopen primary classes of schools handed over - Health DG

The Director General of Health Services says that the health guidelines to reopen primary classes up to Grade 05 in schools with less than 200 students have been handed over to the Ministry of Education. MORE..

| September 21, 2021  6:01 pm
Securities and Exchange Commission Act comes into force

Securities and Exchange Commission Act comes into force

The Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has endorsed his certificate on the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka Bill today (21). MORE..

| September 21, 2021  5:50 pm
Children with disabilities, chronic illnesses vaccinated from Friday

Children with disabilities, chronic illnesses vaccinated from Friday

Children between 12 and 19 years suffering from disabilities or chronic illness will be vaccinated against COVID-19 from Friday (September 24), State Minister Prof. Channa Jayasumana stated. MORE..

| September 21, 2021  5:49 pm
State Minister accuses former govt. of purchasing medical drugs for exorbitant prices

State Minister accuses former govt. of purchasing medical drugs for exorbitant prices

There will be no shortage of medicinal drugs nor will substandard medicines be imported to the country as a result of the recent data loss at the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA), State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals assured today. MORE..

video | September 21, 2021  4:49 pm
Weather advisory issued for severe lightning

Weather advisory issued for severe lightning

The Department of Meteorology has issued an advisory for severe lightning in several provinces of the country. MORE..

| September 21, 2021  3:32 pm
Sri Lanka reports another 1,047 coronavirus recoveries

Sri Lanka reports another 1,047 coronavirus recoveries

The Ministry of Health reported that another 1,047 coronavirus patients have recovered and have been discharged within the last 24 hours. MORE..

| September 21, 2021  3:24 pm
Pfizer COVID vaccine to be given to A/L exam candidates

Pfizer COVID vaccine to be given to A/L exam candidates

Measures are being taken to administer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to this year’s Advanced Level examination candidates, Minister of Education Dinesh Gunawardena says. MORE..

video | September 21, 2021  3:17 pm
Rishad Bathiudeen further remanded

Rishad Bathiudeen further remanded

MP Rishad Bathiudeen, who had been arrested under the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), has been further remanded until October 05 by the Colombo Fort Magistrate’s Court. MORE..

| September 21, 2021  2:42 pm
Canada PM Trudeau wins historic third term but falls short of majority

Canada PM Trudeau wins historic third term but falls short of majority

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a third term in Canada’s snap election but fell short of regaining the majority he was seeking, faced with relying on smaller parties in another fragmented parliament. MORE..

| September 21, 2021  1:25 pm
District percentages for university entrance released

District percentages for university entrance released

District-wise percentages for university entrance based on the results of G. C. E. Advanced Level Examination in 2020 have been released. MORE..

| September 21, 2021  12:50 pm
Pfizer/BioNTech say COVID-19 vaccine safe & protective in kids aged 5-11 years

Pfizer/BioNTech say COVID-19 vaccine safe & protective in kids aged 5-11 years

Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE said on Monday their COVID-19 vaccine induced a robust immune response in 5- to 11-year-olds, and they plan to ask for regulatory authorization as soon as possible to use the shot in children in that age range in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. MORE..

| September 21, 2021  12:19 pm
Jayantha Ketagoda sworn in again as Member of Parliament

Jayantha Ketagoda sworn in again as Member of Parliament

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna’s Jayantha Ketagoda took oaths again as a Member of Parliament before Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena. MORE..

video | September 21, 2021  10:21 am
President Rajapaksa and Kuwait PM hold bilateral talks in NY

President Rajapaksa and Kuwait PM hold bilateral talks in NY

A meeting between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, has taken plane in Manhattan, New York on Sunday (Sep. 19), on the side lines of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. MORE..

| September 21, 2021  9:30 am
Parliamentary sitting to be convened today

Parliamentary sitting to be convened today

The Parliament is scheduled to convene at 10.00 a.m. today (Sep. 21) with questions for oral answers being taken up until for one hour until 11.00 a.m. MORE..

| September 21, 2021  8:53 am
Fairly heavy rains expected in some areas

Fairly heavy rains expected in some areas

Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in Sabaragamuwa, Western and North-Western provinces and in Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Galle and Matara districts, says the Department of Meteorology. MORE..

| September 21, 2021  7:54 am
US to ease travel restrictions on fully vaccinated foreign visitors

US to ease travel restrictions on fully vaccinated foreign visitors

The United States plans to ease travel restrictions on all fully vaccinated foreign visitors starting in November, the White House said Monday, relaxing a patchwork of bans that had begun to cause fury in Europe and replacing them with more uniform requirements for inbound international air passengers. MORE..

| September 20, 2021  11:07 pm
SLPP requested to revoke party membership of Lohan Ratwatte

SLPP requested to revoke party membership of Lohan Ratwatte

The March 12 Movement calls on the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) to suspend State Minister Lohan Ratwatte’s party membership and review his anti-disciplinary activities. MORE..

| September 20, 2021  9:40 pm
Daily COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka moves to 1,509

Daily COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka moves to 1,509

The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry reports that another 673 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, moving the daily total of new cases to 1,509. MORE..

| September 20, 2021  8:35 pm
Sri Lanka records 93 COVID-19 fatalities on Sunday

Sri Lanka records 93 COVID-19 fatalities on Sunday

The Director-General of Health Services has confirmed another 93 coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday (September 19), increasing the official death toll in the country to 12,218. MORE..

| September 20, 2021  7:03 pm
836 new COVID cases added to total count

836 new COVID cases added to total count

The Ministry of Health today (September 20) confirmed another 836 persons have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. MORE..

| September 20, 2021  6:19 pm
Welikada Prison inmates protest on rooftop

Welikada Prison inmates protest on rooftop

Ten inmates of the Welikada Prison have launched a protest on top of the prison roof, Ada Derana reporter stated. MORE..

video | September 20, 2021  5:52 pm
Gunman kills several at Russian university

Gunman kills several at Russian university

A gunman has killed at least eight people at a university in the Russian city of Perm, officials say. MORE..

| September 20, 2021  4:59 pm
COVID: 1,055 more patients discharged upon recovery

COVID: 1,055 more patients discharged upon recovery

The Health Ministry says that another 1,055 coronavirus patients have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals and treatment centers within the last 24 hours. MORE..

| September 20, 2021  3:17 pm
Circular issued on Rs 5,000 allowance to teachers and principals

Circular issued on Rs 5,000 allowance to teachers and principals

The circular on the payment of a Rs 5,000 allowance to teachers and principals has been issued today (September 20). MORE..

video | September 20, 2021  1:35 pm
Guterres assures UN’s fullest cooperation to promote racial unity in Sri Lanka

Guterres assures UN’s fullest cooperation to promote racial unity in Sri Lanka

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) Antonio Guterres at the UN Headquarters in New York. MORE..

video | September 20, 2021  11:33 am
Prime Minister returns from Italy

Prime Minister returns from Italy

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has returned to the island after concluding his official visit to Italy, Ada Derana reported stated. MORE..

| September 20, 2021  9:17 am
More Pfizer vaccines arrive in Sri Lanka

More Pfizer vaccines arrive in Sri Lanka

More doses of the US-manufactured Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine have arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Sri Lanka. MORE..

video | September 20, 2021  9:09 am
Gun fire kills 14-year-old in Weeraketiya

Gun fire kills 14-year-old in Weeraketiya

A 14-year-old teenager has been killed in a shooting incident at the Gajanayakagama area in Weeraketiya, last night (September 19). MORE..

video | September 20, 2021  8:51 am
COVID-19: Vaccine nasal sprays aim to ‘shut door’ on virus

COVID-19: Vaccine nasal sprays aim to ‘shut door’ on virus

Could delivering COVID-19 immunity directly to the nose - the area of the body via which it is most likely to be transmitted - help conquer the pandemic? The World Health Organization says clinical trials are underway to evaluate eight nasal spray vaccines that target COVID-19. MORE..

| September 19, 2021  11:42 pm
Daily COVID cases count climbs to 1,733

Daily COVID cases count climbs to 1,733

The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry reports that another 436 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, moving the daily total of new cases to 1,733. MORE..

| September 19, 2021  9:45 pm
Sputnik V recipients to receive second doses from tomorrow

Sputnik V recipients to receive second doses from tomorrow

The recipients of the first dose of Sputnik V vaccine will receive their second dose from tomorrow (Sep. 20), says the State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals, Prof. Channa Jayasumana. MORE..

video | September 19, 2021  7:29 pm
COVID: 103 new victims move death toll to 12,125

COVID: 103 new victims move death toll to 12,125

The total number people who fell victim to COVID-19 infection in Sri Lanka moved up as 103 more fatalities were confirmed by the Director-General of Health Services on Saturday (Sep. 18). MORE..

| September 19, 2021  6:09 pm
Sri Lanka confirms 1,297 new COVID-19 cases

Sri Lanka confirms 1,297 new COVID-19 cases

The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health says 1,297 more people were tested positive for the novel coronavirus so far today (September 19). MORE..

| September 19, 2021  5:34 pm
OHCHR’s ad-hoc mechanism not in line with UN charter, Sri Lanka tells Commonwealth

OHCHR’s ad-hoc mechanism not in line with UN charter, Sri Lanka tells Commonwealth

Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has reaffirmed Sri Lanka’s active commitment to dialogue and engagement with the Commonwealth of Nations, at a virtual meeting with the organization’s Secretary-General Patricia Scotland in New York. MORE..

| September 19, 2021  5:21 pm
Consumer Affairs Authority’s executive director decides to resign

Consumer Affairs Authority’s executive director decides to resign

Executive Director of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) Thushan Gunawardena has decided to step down from his position, Ada Derana learns. MORE..

video | September 19, 2021  4:56 pm
1,002 more recover from coronavirus

1,002 more recover from coronavirus

The Health Ministry says that another 1,002 coronavirus patients have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals and treatment centers within the last 24 hours. MORE..

| September 19, 2021  3:01 pm
Milk powder prices to increase by Rs 200 per kilo?

Milk powder prices to increase by Rs 200 per kilo?

It has come to an agreement to increase the price of imported milk powder by Rs 200 per kilogram, State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna stated. MORE..

video | September 19, 2021  2:43 pm
Sri Lanka surpassed WHO vaccination goals, with 50% of population fully vaccinated

Sri Lanka surpassed WHO vaccination goals, with 50% of population fully vaccinated

Sri Lanka reached an important milestone yesterday (September 18) with 50% of the population fully vaccinated, surpassing vaccination goals set by the World Health Organization (WHO). MORE..

| September 19, 2021  1:49 pm
Hambantota mayor released on police bail

Hambantota mayor released on police bail

Mayor of Hambantota Eraj Fernando, who was arrested over an assault case, has been released on police bail. MORE..

| September 19, 2021  12:20 pm
Over 11 million Sri Lankans fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Over 11 million Sri Lankans fully vaccinated against COVID-19

The number of individuals fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Sri Lanka exceeded the 11 million mark last evening (September 18). MORE..

| September 19, 2021  11:43 am
Hambantota mayor arrested over assault

Hambantota mayor arrested over assault

Mayor of Hambantota Eraj Fernando has been arrested by the Bambalapitiya Police this morning (September 19). MORE..

| September 19, 2021  11:28 am
120,000 doses of Sputnik-V delivered to Sri Lanka

120,000 doses of Sputnik-V delivered to Sri Lanka

A consignment of Sputnik-V COVID-19 vaccine doses has arrived in Sri Lanka early this morning (September 19). MORE..

video | September 19, 2021  10:31 am
CBSL to unveil new short-term economic roadmap for Sri Lanka

CBSL to unveil new short-term economic roadmap for Sri Lanka

New Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) Ajith Nivard Cabraal says that a new economic roadmap has been prepared for the upcoming six months. MORE..

| September 19, 2021  9:03 am
President arrives in New York

President arrives in New York

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who left the country to attend the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, has arrived at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. MORE..

video | September 19, 2021  8:29 am
Girls excluded as Afghan secondary schools reopen

Girls excluded as Afghan secondary schools reopen

The Taliban have excluded girls from Afghan secondary schools, after they ordered only boys and male teachers to return to the classroom. MORE..

| September 18, 2021  10:18 pm
Daily COVID cases count climbs to 1,983

Daily COVID cases count climbs to 1,983

The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry reports that another 456 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, moving the daily total of new cases to 1,983. MORE..

video | September 18, 2021  8:41 pm