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Central Bank introduces regulatory framework to facilitate foreign currency borrowings by LFCs

Central Bank introduces regulatory framework to facilitate foreign currency borrowings by LFCs

The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) says it issued directions on foreign currency borrowings by Licensed Finance Companies (LFCs) on 9th April 2021 with a view to provide flexibility for LFCs to obtain low-cost funding from foreign sources to support their business expansions. MORE..

| April 16, 2021  10:55 pm
COPA instructs Health Ministry to investigate into harmful substances in food

COPA instructs Health Ministry to investigate into harmful substances in food

The Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) has informed the officials of the Ministry of Health to conduct an immediate and comprehensive inspection regarding the harmful substances in food including imported food items such as coconut oil, given that such authority is vested with the Ministry of Health. MORE..

| April 16, 2021  10:32 pm
159 cases of Covid-19 reported today

159 cases of Covid-19 reported today

The Ministry of Health reports that another 30 persons have tested positive for Covid-19 bringing the tally of fresh cases detected within the day to 159. MORE..

| April 16, 2021  9:39 pm
Eight shot dead at FedEx facility in Indianapolis

Eight shot dead at FedEx facility in Indianapolis

Authorities said on Friday that it was still too early to know what motivated a gunman who killed eight employees at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis and wounded several others before taking his own life. MORE..

| April 16, 2021  8:58 pm
National program to be launched to distribute 1 million Moringa plants

National program to be launched to distribute 1 million Moringa plants

The national program titled ‘Jeeva Thuru Udanaya,’ organized by the State Ministry of Agriculture to make the general public aware of the nutritional and economic value of the Moringa (drumstick) tree, is expected to kick off tomorrow (April 17). MORE..

video | April 16, 2021  7:21 pm
Cab that defied STF orders at checkpoint in Point Pedro discovered

Cab that defied STF orders at checkpoint in Point Pedro discovered

The Cab that defied Special Task Force (STF) orders to stop at a checkpoint in Point Pedro has been discovered from the Nelliaddy-Thunnalai area, the Police said. MORE..

video | April 16, 2021  7:04 pm
Seven new COVID fatalities confirmed in Sri Lanka

Seven new COVID fatalities confirmed in Sri Lanka

Seven new COVID-related deaths were reported in Sri Lanka today (April 16), the Director-General of Health Services confirmed. MORE..

| April 16, 2021  6:32 pm
Sri Lanka records 129 new COVID cases

Sri Lanka records 129 new COVID cases

A total of 129 more persons were tested positive for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka today (April 16) as the confirmed cases count reached 96,078. MORE..

| April 16, 2021  5:44 pm
Met. Dept. issues advisory for thundershowers and severe lightning

Met. Dept. issues advisory for thundershowers and severe lightning

The Department of Meteorology says thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are possible in several places in North-central, Central and Uva provinces and in Mullaitivu and Vavuniya district. MORE..

| April 16, 2021  4:50 pm
Coronavirus: Sri Lanka reports 303 new recoveries

Coronavirus: Sri Lanka reports 303 new recoveries

The Ministry of Health says 303 more patients who were infected with coronavirus have been discharged from medical care. MORE..

| April 16, 2021  3:51 pm
Sri Lankan Rupee appreciates against US dollar

Sri Lankan Rupee appreciates against US dollar

Sri Lankan Rupee has appreciated against the US Dollar, Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) says. MORE..

| April 16, 2021  3:08 pm
Global COVID death toll surpasses 3 million

Global COVID death toll surpasses 3 million

More than 3 million deaths related to COVID-19 infection have been reported around the world, foreign media reported. MORE..

| April 16, 2021  2:17 pm
Thirty deaths from road accidents within 48 hours

Thirty deaths from road accidents within 48 hours

Thirty persons have died in road accidents which took place within the past 48 hours, says Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana. MORE..

video | April 16, 2021  12:19 pm
STF opens fire at Cab defying orders at checkpoint in Point Pedro

STF opens fire at Cab defying orders at checkpoint in Point Pedro

Two persons have sustained injuries after the Police Special Task Force (STF) officers opened fire at a Cab that defied the orders to stop at a checkpoint in Point Pedro in Jaffna. MORE..

video | April 16, 2021  11:10 am
NBRO issues landslide warning for three districts

NBRO issues landslide warning for three districts

The National Building Research Organization (NBRO) has issued landslide warnings for three districts – Kegalle, Matale and Kandy. MORE..

video | April 16, 2021  10:43 am
Three farmers dead after being struck by lightning

Three farmers dead after being struck by lightning

Three farmers have died after being struck by lightning while working the fields at Thannimurippu in Mullaitivu. MORE..

video | April 16, 2021  9:16 am
Rainfall above 75 mm possible in three provinces

Rainfall above 75 mm possible in three provinces

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places over most parts of the island in the evening or night, says the Department of Meteorology.

video | April 16, 2021  7:04 am
PNB arrests man in possession of 2.4 kg of ‘Ice’

PNB arrests man in possession of 2.4 kg of ‘Ice’

A 27-year-old who was in possession of 2.4 kg of crystal methamphetamine – commonly known as ‘Ice’ has been taken into custody in the area of Hunupitiya in Wattala. MORE..

video | April 16, 2021  6:31 am
Sri Lankan women wrongfully detained in Saudi Arabia due to abusive kafala system - AI

Sri Lankan women wrongfully detained in Saudi Arabia due to abusive kafala system - AI

At least 41 Sri Lankan women, the majority of whom are migrant domestic workers, have spent months on end arbitrarily detained at a deportation center in Saudi Arabia, awaiting repatriation to their home country, Amnesty International revealed today. MORE..

| April 16, 2021  2:07 am
Coronavirus: Daily cases count on Thursday hits 167

Coronavirus: Daily cases count on Thursday hits 167

Ministry of Health on Friday (April 15) confirmed 40 more new cases of the COVID-19 in Sri Lanka as the daily cases count reached 167. MORE..

video | April 16, 2021  2:02 am
Four new COVID-19 deaths reported

Four new COVID-19 deaths reported

Four new COVID-related deaths were confirmed in Sri Lanka on Monday (April 15), says the Director-General of Health Services. MORE..

video | April 15, 2021  10:43 pm
Legal action against propagating fake news online

Legal action against propagating fake news online

The government has decided to amend the Penal Code to enforce the law against those who spread false propaganda on the internet. MORE..

| April 15, 2021  8:51 pm
Sri Lanka reports 127 new COVID cases

Sri Lanka reports 127 new COVID cases

A total of 127 more persons were tested positive for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka today (April 15) as the confirmed cases count reached 95,864. MORE..

| April 15, 2021  6:06 pm
Five-member bench to hear petition against Port City Economic Commission Bill

Five-member bench to hear petition against Port City Economic Commission Bill

A five-member Supreme Court judge bench has been appointed to hear the petition filed against the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill. MORE..

video | April 15, 2021  5:18 pm
Met. Dept. issues severe lightning warning

Met. Dept. issues severe lightning warning

The Department of Meteorology today (April 15) issued an advisory for thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning. MORE..

| April 15, 2021  5:06 pm
Sri Lankan Rupee further falls against US Dollar

Sri Lankan Rupee further falls against US Dollar

The Sri Lankan Rupee has further depreciated against the US Dollar, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) confirms. MORE..

| April 15, 2021  3:44 pm
Coronavirus: 157 patients discharged upon recovery

Coronavirus: 157 patients discharged upon recovery

The Ministry of Health says 157 more patients who were infected with coronavirus have been discharged from medical care. MORE..

| April 15, 2021  3:40 pm
Distributing Rs. 5,000 allowance resumes today

Distributing Rs. 5,000 allowance resumes today

Distributing the cash allowance of Rs. 5,000 for identified low-income families and Samurdhi recipients is resuming today (April 15). MORE..

video | April 15, 2021  3:29 pm
Egypt seizes ship that blocked Suez Canal over $900m compensation claim

Egypt seizes ship that blocked Suez Canal over $900m compensation claim

Egypt will impound the giant container ship that blocked the Suez Canal last month until its Japanese owner pays $900m (£652m) in compensation. MORE..

| April 15, 2021  2:07 pm
Special transport plan for public to return from hometowns

Special transport plan for public to return from hometowns

A special transport plan will be in place from today (April 15) for the public to return from their hometowns after their visits. MORE..

video | April 15, 2021  12:23 pm
Ranil preparing to assume UNP National List MP seat

Ranil preparing to assume UNP National List MP seat

Leader of United National Party (UNP) Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to assume the party’s National List MP seat in Parliament within the next month. MORE..

video | April 15, 2021  10:19 am
Ten deaths from 121 motor accidents on Avurudu Day

Ten deaths from 121 motor accidents on Avurudu Day

A total of fourteen individuals have died on the day of Sinhala and Tamil New Year (April 14) due to fatal motor accidents, says the Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana. MORE..

video | April 15, 2021  9:31 am
Fairly heavy rainfall above 75 mm expected in five provinces

Fairly heavy rainfall above 75 mm expected in five provinces

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places over most parts of the island in the evening or night, says the Department of Meteorology. MORE..

| April 15, 2021  7:36 am
Two new COVID deaths in recorded Sri Lanka

Two new COVID deaths in recorded Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has confirmed two more COVID-related deaths on Wednesday (April 14), according to the Director-General of Health Services. MORE..

video | April 15, 2021  7:22 am
UK adds COVID vaccines from two more companies to ‘mix and match’ trial

UK adds COVID vaccines from two more companies to ‘mix and match’ trial

As countries all over the globe are racing to vaccinate citizens against the deadly coronavirus, researchers in London are trying a new idea. MORE..

| April 14, 2021  11:59 pm
Australia, Sri Lanka to strengthen drone surveillance to curb people smuggling

Australia, Sri Lanka to strengthen drone surveillance to curb people smuggling

Australia has gifted Sri Lankan police five drones to monitor people smuggling between the two countries. MORE..

| April 14, 2021  10:13 pm
Sri Lanka issues health guidelines to be followed during Ramadan

Sri Lanka issues health guidelines to be followed during Ramadan

Sri Lanka has issued 30 health guidelines for Muslim devotees to be followed during the prayers and other religious activities at mosques in the month of Ramadan. MORE..

video | April 14, 2021  8:24 pm
U.S. to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

U.S. to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11

President Joe Biden will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that were coordinated from that country, several U.S. officials said. MORE..

| April 14, 2021  7:25 pm
Met. Dept. warns of thundershowers & severe lightning

Met. Dept. warns of thundershowers & severe lightning

The Department of Meteorology has issued an advisory for thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning in parts of Central, Sabaragamuwa, Western, North-western and Northern provinces as well as in Galle, Matara and Anuradhapura districts. MORE..

| April 14, 2021  6:29 pm
Uptick in COVID cases as 99 more test positive

Uptick in COVID cases as 99 more test positive

Sri Lanka saw an uptick in COVID infections today (April 14) as 99 more persons were tested positive for the virus. MORE..

| April 14, 2021  5:19 pm
India steps up security in Tamil Nadu after Sri Lanka’s ban on extremist groups

India steps up security in Tamil Nadu after Sri Lanka’s ban on extremist groups

India has beefed up security in Tamil Nadu as Sri Lanka moved to proscribe 11 extremist groups including Al-Qaeda and ISIS. MORE..

| April 14, 2021  4:30 pm
225 new COVID recoveries in Sri Lanka

225 new COVID recoveries in Sri Lanka

The Ministry of Health says 225 more patients who were infected with coronavirus have been discharged from medical care. MORE..

| April 14, 2021  3:54 pm
Asela Sampath remanded until April 19

Asela Sampath remanded until April 19

National Organizer of the Restaurant Owners’ Association Asela Sampath has been remanded until the 19th of April. MORE..

video | April 14, 2021  2:38 pm
WHO urges countries to suspend sale of live wild mammals at food markets

WHO urges countries to suspend sale of live wild mammals at food markets

The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners have called for countries to suspend sales of live wild mammals in traditional food markets, also known as “wet markets”, in efforts to prevent the emergence of new deadly diseases, such as COVID-19. MORE..

| April 14, 2021  1:42 pm
At least 8 vehicle collisions on Southern Expressway disrupt traffic

At least 8 vehicle collisions on Southern Expressway disrupt traffic

At least eight collisions involving more than a dozen of vehicles are reported between Gelanigama and Dodangoda interchanges on the Southern Expressway. MORE..

video | April 14, 2021  12:27 pm
Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout paused over rare blood clots

Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout paused over rare blood clots

The US, South Africa and European Union will temporarily stop the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid jab, after reports of rare blood clotting. MORE..

| April 14, 2021  9:31 am
Nearly 100 mm rainfall expected in parts of the island

Nearly 100 mm rainfall expected in parts of the island

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places over most parts of the island in the evening or night, says the Department of Meteorology. MORE..

| April 14, 2021  8:49 am
President hopeful all citizens will join Sinhala & Tamil New Year celebrations

President hopeful all citizens will join Sinhala & Tamil New Year celebrations

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says it is his hope and expectation that all citizens, without any discrimination, will join the Sinhala and Tamil New Year celebrations with fresh hopes, determination, tender and righteous thoughts. MORE..

video | April 14, 2021  8:37 am
Extraordinary gazette issued banning 11 extremist Islamic groups in Sri Lanka

Extraordinary gazette issued banning 11 extremist Islamic groups in Sri Lanka

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has issued an extraordinary gazette notification banning 11 extremist Islamic organizations in Sri Lanka. MORE..

video | April 14, 2021  7:30 am
Japan to release contaminated Fukushima water into sea after treatment

Japan to release contaminated Fukushima water into sea after treatment

Japan will release more than 1 million tonnes of contaminated water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the sea, the government said on Tuesday, a move China called “extremely irresponsible”, while South Korea summoned Tokyo’s ambassador in Seoul to protest. MORE..

| April 13, 2021  11:39 pm