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Authorities directed to take measures to minimize damages from cyclonic storm

Authorities directed to take measures to minimize damages from cyclonic storm

The government has directed relevant authorities to take necessary measures to minimize the damages from the cyclonic storm ‘Burevi’ which is set to make landfall in Sri Lanka tonight (02). MORE..

| December 2, 2020  3:31 pm
Jayantha de Silva appointed Secretary to Ministry of Technology

Jayantha de Silva appointed Secretary to Ministry of Technology

Jayantha de Silva has been appointed as the Secretary to the newly established Ministry of Technology. MORE..

| December 2, 2020  3:14 pm
Sri Lanka surpasses 18,000 recoveries from Covid-19

Sri Lanka surpasses 18,000 recoveries from Covid-19

Total COVID-19 related recoveries reported in Sri Lanka moved past the 18,000 mark as 487 patients were discharged from medical care upon returning to health. MORE..

| December 2, 2020  2:56 pm
Govt. institutions must submit annual reports within stipulated time period – COPE

Govt. institutions must submit annual reports within stipulated time period – COPE

Chairman of Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE), Prof. Charitha Herath, has informed Secretaries to the Ministries in writing that all government institutions should submit their annual reports to the Parliament within the stipulated time period. MORE..

| December 2, 2020  2:09 pm
UK approves use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine; rollout from next week

UK approves use of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine; rollout from next week

The United Kingdom (UK) has become the first country in the world to approve the Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine for widespread use. MORE..

| December 2, 2020  1:22 pm
Schools in Northern Province closed for two days

Schools in Northern Province closed for two days

All schools in the Northern Province will remain closed tomorrow (03) and the day after (04), says Governor P.S.M. Charles. MORE..

| December 2, 2020  12:37 pm
Cyclone ‘Burevi’ to hit east coast between 7-10 pm tonight

Cyclone ‘Burevi’ to hit east coast between 7-10 pm tonight

Cyclone ‘Burevi’ is expected to blow across the Eastern Coast of Sri Lanka between 7 pm and 10 pm tonight (December 02), the Department of Meteorology warned.

| December 2, 2020  11:53 am
Lohan Ratwatte assigned new state ministry

Lohan Ratwatte assigned new state ministry

Lohan Ratwatte has taken oaths as the new State Minister of Prisons Management and Prisoners’ Rehabilitation. MORE..

| December 2, 2020  11:49 am
18-hour water cut for parts of Wattala tomorrow

18-hour water cut for parts of Wattala tomorrow

Water supply for several areas in Wattala is expected to be suspended from 10.00 am tomorrow (03) until 4.00 am on Friday (04). MORE..

| December 2, 2020  11:03 am
Kolonnawa post office closed off after coronavirus exposure

Kolonnawa post office closed off after coronavirus exposure

Two employees of Kolonnawa Post Office have been tested positive for Covid-19, says Deputy Postmaster General (Operations) Rajitha Ranasinghe. MORE..

| December 2, 2020  10:38 am
Mahara Prison unrest brought under complete control – Defense Secretary

Mahara Prison unrest brought under complete control – Defense Secretary

The unrest at the Mahara Prison has been completely brought under control, says Defense Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne. MORE..

| December 2, 2020  9:36 am
Eight inmates who died in Mahara Prison riot posthumously test Covid-19 positive

Eight inmates who died in Mahara Prison riot posthumously test Covid-19 positive

Eight inmates who died during the unrest at Mahara Prison have been tested positive for Covid-19 following the post-mortem examination. MORE..

| December 2, 2020  8:37 am
Cyclone ‘Burevi’ likely to cross Sri Lanka; adverse weather conditions expected

Cyclone ‘Burevi’ likely to cross Sri Lanka; adverse weather conditions expected

The cyclonic storm ‘Burevi’ very likely to cross Sri Lanka and rainy, windy conditions are expected to enhance considerably over the island owing to this development, the Department of Meteorology says. MORE..

video | December 2, 2020  8:01 am
ADB approves $400 M loan to support secondary education reforms in Sri Lanka

ADB approves $400 M loan to support secondary education reforms in Sri Lanka

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $400 million loan to support the Government of Sri Lanka in transforming its secondary education system to align with the demand for highly skilled and agile workers who can compete in the rapidly changing global economy. MORE..

| December 1, 2020  11:59 pm
Covid-19: 277 more test positive for the virus

Covid-19: 277 more test positive for the virus

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 figures saw another surge today (01), as 277 more persons were tested positive for the virus. MORE..

| December 1, 2020  11:20 pm
Sri Lanka confirms 04 more fatalities from Covid-19

Sri Lanka confirms 04 more fatalities from Covid-19

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 death toll escalated to 122 today (December 01), the Director-General of Health Services announced a short while ago. MORE..

video | December 1, 2020  10:42 pm
Guidelines for private sector on carrying out Rapid Antigen Tests

Guidelines for private sector on carrying out Rapid Antigen Tests

The Ministry of Health today (01) issued guidelines for private sector institutions with regard to carrying out Rapid Antigen Tests to diagnose Covid-19 positive cases. MORE..

video | December 1, 2020  9:51 pm
Sri Lanka soars past 24,000 coronavirus cases

Sri Lanka soars past 24,000 coronavirus cases

The total count of Covid-19 cases reported in Sri Lanka reached 24,255 as more persons were tested positive for the virus. MORE..

video | December 1, 2020  7:03 pm
Bodies of unclaimed Covid-19 victims to be cremated on govt’s expenses

Bodies of unclaimed Covid-19 victims to be cremated on govt’s expenses

The bodies of Covid-19 victims that were not claimed by the relatives will be cremated on the government’s expense, says the Disaster Management Centre (DMC). MORE..

video | December 1, 2020  6:26 pm
Mahara Prison riot: Death toll rises to 11

Mahara Prison riot: Death toll rises to 11

The death toll following the Mahara Prison riot has hiked 11, stated Police Media Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana. MORE..

video | December 1, 2020  6:20 pm
AG directs IGP to take immediate steps to release prisoners on bail

AG directs IGP to take immediate steps to release prisoners on bail

The Attorney General has instructed the IGP to take immediate steps due to Covid-19 to develop an action plan and implement directions to release prisoners on bail by Monday, in order to reduce prison overcrowding. MORE..

| December 1, 2020  5:40 pm
President appoints new judges to Supreme Court and Appeals Court

President appoints new judges to Supreme Court and Appeals Court

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed Justice Arjuna Obeysekara as new the President of the Court of Appeal. MORE..

video | December 1, 2020  5:40 pm
Sri Lanka decides not to obtain foreign loans for projects

Sri Lanka decides not to obtain foreign loans for projects

The Cabinet and the government have decided that Sri Lanka will no longer obtain foreign loans to implement projects, says Co-Cabinet Spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella. MORE..

video | December 1, 2020  5:30 pm
No staff members of Parliament have tested Covid-19 positive – SG

No staff members of Parliament have tested Covid-19 positive – SG

The Secretary General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake stated that it has not been confirmed that any member of the Parliament staff has tested positive for COVID-19 virus. MORE..

| December 1, 2020  5:30 pm
President says Sri Lanka’s over-reliance on loans must end

President says Sri Lanka’s over-reliance on loans must end

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, addressing the Sri Lanka Economic Summit 2020 today (01), said Sri Lanka’s over-reliance on loans must come to an end and insisted on attracting more foreign direct investments while encouraging local investment to drive the country’s economic growth. MORE..

video | December 1, 2020  5:02 pm
AG files indictment against Sampayo and 6 others

AG files indictment against Sampayo and 6 others

The Attorney General today filed indictment before the Negombo High Court against former Negombo Prison Superintendent Anuruddha Sampayo, four senior prison officials and two inmates. MORE..

| December 1, 2020  4:12 pm
257 new Covid-19 recoveries confirmed

257 new Covid-19 recoveries confirmed

The tally of COVID-19 related recoveries reported in Sri Lanka went up again as 257 patients were discharged from medical care upon returning to health. MORE..

| December 1, 2020  3:35 pm
SC rejects petitions against gazette on cremation of COVID-19 victims

SC rejects petitions against gazette on cremation of COVID-19 victims

The Supreme Court has rejected the petitions filed challenging the gazette notification on the cremation of bodies of COVID-19 victims. MORE..

video | December 1, 2020  3:06 pm
Schools in Eastern Province closed for 3 days

Schools in Eastern Province closed for 3 days

The Governor of the Eastern Province Anuradha Yahampath has instructed provincial education officials to close all schools in the province from tomorrow (02) until Friday (04), due to the adverse weather forecast. MORE..

| December 1, 2020  2:47 pm
SLBFE uncovers racket defrauding money by promising jobs in Poland

SLBFE uncovers racket defrauding money by promising jobs in Poland

The Foreign Employment Bureau (SLBFE) has uncovered a racket that swindles money from Sri Lankan job seekers by promising employment opportunities in Poland. MORE..

| December 1, 2020  2:08 pm
WHO worried COVID “amnesia” will lead to another pandemic

WHO worried COVID “amnesia” will lead to another pandemic

The World Health Organization’s top emergency expert said on Monday that the world risked future pandemics if it suffered “amnesia” and did not learn from the current coronavirus crisis. MORE..

| December 1, 2020  1:59 pm
O/L exam postponed again

O/L exam postponed again

The G. C. E. Ordinary Level Examination will not be held on the dates scheduled previously, the Minister of Education Prof. G. L. Peiris said. MORE..

video | December 1, 2020  12:51 pm
Mahara inmates broke into facility’s medical section during riot - Prisons Dept.

Mahara inmates broke into facility’s medical section during riot - Prisons Dept.

The protesting inmates at the Mahara Prison have broken into the medical section of the facility amidst the riot, says the Department of Prisons. MORE..

| December 1, 2020  12:14 pm
Cabinet approves proposal to develop sports schools in Sri Lanka

Cabinet approves proposal to develop sports schools in Sri Lanka

The Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval for several proposals for the upliftment of sports schools and sports scholarships in the country. MORE..

| December 1, 2020  12:10 pm
Mahara Prison riot: Another inmate dies, 12 more test Covid-19 positive

Mahara Prison riot: Another inmate dies, 12 more test Covid-19 positive

Another inmate, who was hospitalized following the unrest at Mahara Prison on Sunday (29), has succumbed to injuries, taking the death toll from the incident to 09. MORE..

| December 1, 2020  10:55 am
Uptick in daily coronavirus cases from Gampaha

Uptick in daily coronavirus cases from Gampaha

Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 figures soared on Monday (29), as 503 persons were tested positive for the virus. MORE..

| December 1, 2020  10:41 am
More Sri Lankans return from Middle East, Europe

More Sri Lankans return from Middle East, Europe

Another host of Sri Lankans stranded in the Middle East and Europe has been repatriated today (December 01). MORE..

| December 1, 2020  10:28 am
Depression over south-east Bay of Bengal to intensify into cyclonic storm

Depression over south-east Bay of Bengal to intensify into cyclonic storm

The Department of Meteorology says the Depression over the south-east Bay of Bengal, which laid centred 590 km east and southeast to Trincomalee at 11.30 pm yesterday (30), is very likely to intensify into a deep depression during next six hours and likely to intensify further into a cyclonic storm during the subsequent 12 hours. MORE..

| December 1, 2020  8:48 am
Mahara Prison riot: 107 inmates, 02 prison officials hospitalized in total

Mahara Prison riot: 107 inmates, 02 prison officials hospitalized in total

A total of 109 injured persons have been hospitalized so far following the unrest at the Mahara Prison, says the Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana. MORE..

video | December 1, 2020  7:57 am
Main suspect of Ranjan de Silva assassination arrested in UAE

Main suspect of Ranjan de Silva assassination arrested in UAE

The main suspect in the assassination of Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia Municipal Council Member Ranjan de Silva has been arrested in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). MORE..

video | December 1, 2020  7:23 am
Coronavirus death toll in Sri Lanka climbs to 118

Coronavirus death toll in Sri Lanka climbs to 118

Sri Lanka’s death toll from the novel coronavirus has risen to 118 as two more fell victim to the virus, the Department of Government Information confirmed. MORE..

video | November 30, 2020  11:53 pm
More COVID-19 cases bring total to 20,448

More COVID-19 cases bring total to 20,448

Department of Government Information says that another 318 individuals have tested positive for novel coronavirus in the country. MORE..

| November 30, 2020  9:57 pm
Cabinet meeting held via video technology for the first time

Cabinet meeting held via video technology for the first time

The weekly meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers was conducted through video technology today (November 30). MORE..

| November 30, 2020  8:37 pm
Justice Minister appoints 5-member committee to probe Mahara Prison riot

Justice Minister appoints 5-member committee to probe Mahara Prison riot

Minister of Justice Ali Sabry has appointed a five-member committee to investigate the incident at the Mahara Prison on Sunday and to submit a report with recommendations. MORE..

| November 30, 2020  7:46 pm
Inmates protest on Negombo Prison roof

Inmates protest on Negombo Prison roof

A group of female inmates at the Negombo Prison has launched a protest on top of the prison roof, Ada Derana reporter said. MORE..

video | November 30, 2020  7:45 pm
Minuwangoda-Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster exceeds 20,000 cases

Minuwangoda-Peliyagoda COVID-19 cluster exceeds 20,000 cases

The Department of Government Information says that another 178 persons have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. MORE..

| November 30, 2020  6:27 pm
IGP calls for immediate CID investigation into Mahara Prison riot

IGP calls for immediate CID investigation into Mahara Prison riot

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) has ordered the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to conduct full and immediate investigation into the unrest at the Mahara Prison, stated Police Media Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana. MORE..

| November 30, 2020  6:19 pm
State Minister appointed for Infectious Diseases and COVID-19 prevention

State Minister appointed for Infectious Diseases and COVID-19 prevention

Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle has taken oaths as the State Minister for Primary Health Services, Infectious Diseases, and COVID-19 prevention. MORE..

| November 30, 2020  6:09 pm
Twenty-six inmates injured in Mahara Prison riot test COVID-19 positive

Twenty-six inmates injured in Mahara Prison riot test COVID-19 positive

Twenty-six inmates admitted to the Ragama Hospital following the unrest at the Mahara Prison have tested positive for COVID-19. MORE..

video | November 30, 2020  5:31 pm
Defence Secretary directs IGP to probe tense situation at Mahara Prison

Defence Secretary directs IGP to probe tense situation at Mahara Prison

The Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has instructed the Inspector General of Police (IGP), C.D. Wickramaratne to probe into the tense situation which had escalated at the Mahara Prison yesterday (29). MORE..

| November 30, 2020  5:24 pm