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Heavy showers above 100mm expected in several provinces

The Department of Meteorology says several spells of showers will occur in Northern, Eastern and North-central provinces. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  7:47 am

Paris Club proposing a 10-year moratorium on Sri Lanka’s debt - Report

Putting equal onus on rich global north and developing global south, the Paris Club creditor nations are proposing a 10-year moratorium on Sri Lankan debt and another 15 years of debt restructuring as a formula to resolve the current financial crisis in the island nation, the Hindustan Times reported. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  8:19 am

Sri Lanka’s tourism earnings surpass USD 107 mn in Nov.

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) says that Sri Lanka’s earnings from tourism increased to USD 107.5 million in November, 2022. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  9:34 am

Postal Dept. to obtain private sector assistance – Postmaster General

Postmaster General Ranjith Ariyaratne states that measures will be taken to obtain the contribution of the private sector for boosting the revenue of the Department of Posts. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  10:04 am

Sri Lankans among the highest-paid foreign employees in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Sri Lanka, Khalid Hamoud Nasser Aldasam Alkahtani has stated that the majority of Sri Lankans are among the highest-paid foreign employees in Saudi Arabia. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  11:13 am

CBSL refutes speculation that expatriate Sri Lankans’ remittances to Sri Lanka are taxed

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) announces that speculation that expatriate Sri Lankans’ remittances to Sri Lanka have been taxed and forcibly converted into Sri Lankan rupees is completely unfounded. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  11:45 am

Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Pakistani embassy in Kabul

Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on Pakistan’s embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul on Friday, via a statement carried by one of the militant group’s affiliated channels on Telegram on Sunday. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  12:17 pm

Six arrested over multiple crimes in Killinochchi

Police have arrested 06 individuals, who are suspected to be involved in several crimes committed in the Killinochchi area, during an operation carried out within the area. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  12:23 pm

Two audit reports on fraud and corruption in housing ministry

Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Prasanna Ranatunga has tabled two audit reports in the parliament yesterday (Dec. 03), regarding the alleged fraud and corruption incidents that took place in the Ministry of Housing while Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa served as the Minister of Housing. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  12:59 pm

UK’s historic crown to be modified for King Charles III’s coronation

Britain’s 17th-century St Edward’s Crown, the centerpiece of the Crown Jewels, has been removed from display to be altered for the coronation of King Charles III, Buckingham Palace said on Saturday. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  2:39 pm

Sri Lanka marks 48 years since its deadliest plane crash

Today marks 48 years since the Martinair Flight 138 plane crash, which is considered to be the deadliest plane crash in Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  2:47 pm

Sri Lankan man charged after mother-of-three stabbed to death in Melbourne

A Sri Lankan man has been charged with murder after a mother-of-three was stabbed to death in her home at Sandhurst in Melbourne’s south-east. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  3:42 pm

President Ranil Wickremesinghe felicitated on completing 50 years at Bar

The ethnic, religious issues and other genuine concerns of the people could be put behind the past to prevent a break up of unity and integrity of the state by the 75th Independence Anniversary of the country. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  4:09 pm

New mobile application for safety of tourists – Minister

Minister of Tourism and Lands Harin Fernando said that a new mobile application (App) will be introduced for the safety of tourists coming to Sri Lanka while promoting the tourism industry. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  4:32 pm

Advisory issued for severe lightning

The Department of Meteorology has today (Dec. 04) issued an advisory for severe lightning with effect for the period until 11.00 p.m. on December 04, 2022. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  5:49 pm

Power cut schedule for tomorrow

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has approved power cuts of two hours and 20 minutes on December 05. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  5:55 pm

ICT to be included in G.C.E. O/L as core subject

Minister of Education Susil Premajayantha says that measures will be taken to include Information Communication Technology (ICT) into the G.C.E. Ordinary Level syllabus as a core subject via the Education reform process. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  7:02 pm

Paediatric Oncology Unit in Karapitiya Hospital not in operation for two years

The child cancer patients, who are being admitted to the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle have undergone several difficulties as a result of the absence of a qualified Paediatric Oncologist in the hospital. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  8:09 pm

Special Commodity Levy on imported big onions and canned fish revised

The Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policies says that the government has taken measures to revise the special commodity levy imposed on imported big onions and canned fish with effect from December 01, 2022. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  8:19 pm

Three-wheeler taxi drivers in WP slam exorbitant registration fees

Several professional three-wheeler associations state that it is very unfair to charge a fee of Rs. 3,000 for the registration of three-wheeler taxis in the Western Province through the online system. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  8:59 pm

Mount Semeru: Indonesia raises alert to highest level as volcano erupts on Java island

Indonesia’s Mount Semeru volcano has erupted, sending ash billowing into the sky and sparking evacuations on the country’s main island, Java. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  9:53 pm

Construction of Colombo Port’s East Terminal to be completed by July 2024 - Minister

Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva has expressed confidence that construction of the Sri Lanka Port Authority-funded East Container Terminal of the Colombo port will be completed by July 2024 as planned. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 4, 2022  10:27 pm

Several areas to receive heavy rainfall above 100mm

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

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  7:39 am

France to provide EUR 450,000 to CEB for renewable energy

The French Development Agency (AFD) signed a grant agreement worth EUR 450,000 with the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and Electricité de France (French electric utility) to support the increasing share of intermittent renewable energies in Sri Lanka’s energy mix. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  8:26 am

Govt to resume registration of paddy mill owners

The government is mulling the resumption of registering the paddy mill owners, which was temporarily halted. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  8:44 am

SL envoy in Kenya visits crew aboard vessel detained by Nigeria

The High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Kenya, Velupillai Kananathan has joined a consular visit to the vessel MT Heroic Idun along with the high commissioners and diplomats of India, Poland and the Philippines on 27 November 2022. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  9:16 am

Two fertilizer shipments dock at Colombo Port

A ship carrying a cargo of 41,678 metric tonnes of Muriate of Potash (MOP) fertilizer arrived in Sri Lanka, Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera says. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  10:02 am

Minister Sabry meets US State Secretary

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, during a meeting with Sri Lankan foreign minister Ali Sabry, has discussed the joint efforts of the two countries to combat local and global challenges. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  10:18 am

Eighth day of debate on third reading of budget 2023 begins

The eighth day of the debate on the committee stage or the third reading of the Appropriation Bill for the fiscal year 2023 has commenced in Parliament, today (03 Dec) at 09.30 a.m. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  11:25 am

EU, G7, Australia to cap price on Russian oil at $60 per barrel

The Group of Seven (G7) nations, Australia and the European Union have agreed on a $60 per barrel price cap on Russian seaborne crude oil as part of an international campaign to curb Russia’s ability to finance its war against Ukraine through energy sales. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  12:42 pm

Kanchana discusses renewable energy plan for 2023 - 2026

Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera met with representatives of various authorities related to the island’s renewable energy industry yesterday (02 Dec). MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  1:22 pm

Special programme to be formulated for differently-abled persons

In view of International Day of Disabled Persons (celebrated on 03 December), President Ranil Wickremesinghe has assured that a special programme will be formulated for the benefit of differently-abled persons. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  3:00 pm

Met. Dept. warns of severe lightning in several provinces

The Department of Meteorology has issued an advisory for severe lightning in parts of the Central, Sabaragamuwa, Western, North-western, North-central, Southern and Uva provinces this evening. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  3:29 pm

Transferring ownership of official vehicles to SOE retirees halted

Transferring ownership of official vehicles to retired officers of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) has been discontinued with immediate effect, the Ministry of Finance, Economic Stability & National Policies says. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  3:55 pm

Ukrainian embassies receive ‘bloody packages’ containing animal eyes

Ukraine’s embassy in Madrid received a parcel containing animal eyes on Friday (02 Dec), the latest in a series of similar “bloody packages” sent to its diplomatic missions across Europe, Ukrainian and Spanish officials said. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  4:35 pm

Commercial activities related to 5G technology in SL to begin next year

Necessary arrangements will be made next year to start commercial activities related to 5G technology in Sri Lanka, the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRCSL) has said. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  6:32 pm

400 foreign employment agencies banned

Measures have been taken to ban a staggering total of 400 employment agencies for failing to provide the required information regarding those finding employment overseas while on tourist visas. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  7:24 pm

President Ranil never worked for self-promotion - Romesh de Silva, PC

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has never worked for self-promotion but to strengthen Parliament, President’s Counsel Romesh de Silva says. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  10:12 pm

Nearly 10,000 ICT professionals migrated during crisis period - CSSL

The Computer Society of Sri Lanka (CSSL) says brain drain has amongst the Information & Communication Technology (ICT) sector professionals have affected their targets of achieving USD 3 billion in export revenues by 2024. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  11:40 pm

“Ukussa” uncovers testicle trafficking at private hospital involved in kidney racket

A testicle trafficking racket has been uncovered at the private hospital in Borella where Ada Derana’s “Ukussa” recently exposed a kidney trading racket was being carried out. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  11:51 pm

SriLankan given Cabinet nod to lease up to 11 aircraft

The SriLankan Airlines will lease up to 11 aircraft as the lease terms of 09 to 11 aircraft belonging to the national carrier are slated to expire next year, the company’s chairperson Ashok Pathirage says. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 3, 2022  11:59 pm

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..

(0)Comments | December 2, 2022  12:54 am

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..

(0)Comments | December 2, 2022  7:26 am

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..

(0)Comments | December 2, 2022  8:02 am

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..

(0)Comments | December 2, 2022  9:15 am

Minister Sabry calls on USAID administrator

Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, calling on United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power in Washington DC, has held discussions on obtaining further assistance to Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 2, 2022  9:21 am

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..

(0)Comments | December 2, 2022  10:30 am

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..

(0)Comments | December 2, 2022  11:48 am

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..

(0)Comments | December 2, 2022  12:24 pm

Colombo ranked amongst 10 cheapest cities in the world

Colombo (Sri Lanka) has been ranked amongst the 10 cheapest cities in the world in this year’s Worldwide Cost of Living survey (WCOL), run by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). MORE..

(0)Comments | December 2, 2022  1:06 pm