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IMF says changes to G20 Common Framework required for debt restructuring

IMF says changes to G20 Common Framework required for debt restructuring

Chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Kristalina Georgieva has stated that changes to the G20 Common Framework on debt restructuring were needed to speed up debt treatments, freeze debt service payments once a country requested help, and open the process to middle-income countries like Sri Lanka. MORE..

| December 2, 2022  12:24 pm
Committee to probe incidents reported against SL players during T20 WC tour

Committee to probe incidents reported against SL players during T20 WC tour

A six-member committee has been appointed to inquire into the incidents reported against Sri Lanka cricket players during their recent tour in Australia for the ICC T20 World Cup. MORE..

| December 2, 2022  11:48 am
University entrance cut-off marks for 2021 A/L exam out today

University entrance cut-off marks for 2021 A/L exam out today

University entrance cut-off marks for the candidates of 2021 G.C.E. Advanced Level examination will be released this afternoon (Dec. 02), the University Grants Commission (UGC) says. MORE..

| December 2, 2022  10:30 am
Minister Sabry calls on USAID administrator

Minister Sabry calls on USAID administrator

Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, calling on USAID Administrator Samantha Power in Washington DC, has held discussions on obtaining further assistance to Sri Lanka. MORE..

| December 2, 2022  9:21 am
Water supply for parts of Colombo interrupted tonight

Water supply for parts of Colombo interrupted tonight

The water supply for parts of Colombo will be interrupted at 10.00 p.m. today (Dec. 02) for 15 hours, the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) says. MORE..

| December 2, 2022  9:15 am
Japan extends grant assistance for humanitarian demining in north & east

Japan extends grant assistance for humanitarian demining in north & east

The government of Japan has provided a total sum of USD 648,148 (approximately Rs. 232 million) to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) for humanitarian demining activities in the North and East Sri Lanka. MORE..

| December 2, 2022  8:02 am
Fairly heavy rainfall above 75mm in several provinces

Fairly heavy rainfall above 75mm in several provinces

Showers or thundershowers will occur in Northern and Eastern provinces and in Hambantota district, the Department of Meteorology says. MORE..

| December 2, 2022  7:26 am
Fitch downgrades Sri Lanka’s local currency debt rating to ‘CC’

Fitch downgrades Sri Lanka’s local currency debt rating to ‘CC’

Fitch on Thursday downgraded Sri Lanka’s Long-Term local-currency debt rating by two notches to “CC” from “CCC”, citing a probable local-currency debt default in the face of high interest costs and tight domestic financing conditions. MORE..

| December 2, 2022  12:54 am
Wanindu reprimanded for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

Wanindu reprimanded for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

Sri Lanka player Wanindu Hasaranga has been handed an official reprimand for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the third ODI of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League series against Afghanistan in Pallekele on Wednesday. MORE..

| December 1, 2022  10:36 pm
Act on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment to be presented to Parliament soon – President

Act on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment to be presented to Parliament soon – President

President Ranil Wickremesinghe said that a bill on gender equality and women’s empowerment will be submitted to Parliament soon and he has instructed the women parliamentarians’ caucus to prepare the bill. MORE..

video | December 1, 2022  10:06 pm
Sri Lanka targeting 1.5 million tourist arrivals next year

Sri Lanka targeting 1.5 million tourist arrivals next year

Sri Lanka aims to attract nearly 1.5 million tourists in 2023, Minister of Tourism Harin Fernando said, adding that their main focus lies for the year 2024. MORE..

video | December 1, 2022  7:28 pm
Tuition class teacher accused of rape arrested

Tuition class teacher accused of rape arrested

Police have arrested a tuition class teacher over an alleged incident of raping a 15-year-old girl in the Pannala area. MORE..

video | December 1, 2022  7:25 pm
Special notice on third term of schools

Special notice on third term of schools

The Ministry of Education says December 02 (Friday) will be a holiday for all government and government-approved private schools in the country. MORE..

| December 1, 2022  5:57 pm
China set to loosen COVID curbs after week of historic protests

China set to loosen COVID curbs after week of historic protests

China is set to announce in coming days an easing of its COVID-19 quarantine protocols and a reduction in mass testing, sources told Reuters, a marked shift in policy after anger over the world’s toughest curbs fuelled widespread protests. MORE..

| December 1, 2022  5:41 pm
Sri Lanka aims to return to pre-crisis growth by 2026 - Semasinghe

Sri Lanka aims to return to pre-crisis growth by 2026 - Semasinghe

Sri Lanka aims to restore growth to pre-crisis levels in 2026, Finance State Minister Shehan Semasinghe said on Wednesday, with policymakers intent on meeting a December deadline to present proposals that might help unlock an International Monetary Fund bail-out. MORE..

| December 1, 2022  5:20 pm
PUCSL chairman says electricity tariff revision not required at the moment

PUCSL chairman says electricity tariff revision not required at the moment

The Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has not requested an electricity tariff revision so far and there is no requirement for a tariff revision at the moment, says the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) Janaka Ratnayake. MORE..

video | December 1, 2022  4:50 pm
One dead, several others injured after bus collides with train

One dead, several others injured after bus collides with train

One person has been reported dead this afternoon (Dec. 01) following a collision between a bus and a train at Ariyalai, Jaffna. MORE..

video | December 1, 2022  4:41 pm
Revised visa fees come into effect from today

Revised visa fees come into effect from today

The revised visa fees and other charges levied by the Department of Immigration and Emigration are due to come into effect today (01 Dec). MORE..

| December 1, 2022  4:31 pm
15-hour water cut for several areas in Colombo

15-hour water cut for several areas in Colombo

The water supply in several parts of Colombo will be interrupted for 15 hours tomorrow (Dec. 02) due to essential maintenance work related to the Ambatale Energy Improvement Project. MORE..

| December 1, 2022  4:29 pm
Authorities failed to provide proper solutions for train delays, station masters say

Authorities failed to provide proper solutions for train delays, station masters say

Sri Lanka Station Masters’ Association says that the Railway Authorities have failed to provide proper solutions to avoid train delays. MORE..

| December 1, 2022  4:13 pm
Chinese Ambassador meets SL Foreign Secretary

Chinese Ambassador meets SL Foreign Secretary

Chinese Ambassador Qi Zhenhong met with Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Aruni Wijewardene this morning (01 Dec). MORE..

| December 1, 2022  2:57 pm
At least 17 including students killed as bomb blast hits Afghan school

At least 17 including students killed as bomb blast hits Afghan school

At least 17 people have been killed and 26 injured after a bomb blast hit a religious school in northern Afghanistan. MORE..

| December 1, 2022  1:49 pm
Govt to acquire underutilized lands owned by large-scale plantations

Govt to acquire underutilized lands owned by large-scale plantations

A proposal has been submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers pertaining to the acquisition of underutilized lands owned by large-scale plantation companies. MORE..

| December 1, 2022  1:16 pm
Plans afoot to make Batticaloa one of the best tourist destinations in 2023

Plans afoot to make Batticaloa one of the best tourist destinations in 2023

A discussion was held at the President’s office last morning (Nov. 30) chaired by President Ranil Wickremesinghe to identify pieces of land for the promotion of the tourism industry in the Batticaloa District, says the President’s Media Division (PMD). MORE..

| December 1, 2022  12:27 pm
China is not Sri Lanka’s friend, but  Mahinda’s - Shanakiyan

China is not Sri Lanka’s friend, but Mahinda’s - Shanakiyan

Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP Shanakiyan Rasamanickam has questioned Sri Lanka’s relationship with China. MORE..

| December 1, 2022  12:22 pm