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US Ambassador pays farewell call on Foreign Minister

Outgoing Ambassador of the United States of America to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz paid a farewell call on Foreign Minister Professor G. L. Peiris at the Foreign Ministry on Thursday. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  12:12 am

Fairly heavy rains above 75mm expected in four provinces

The Department of Meteorology says showers or thundershowers are likely over most parts of the island after 1.00 p.m. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  7:09 am

COVID vaccinations for 16 - 19 age group commences today

Sri Lanka commenced vaccinating schoolchildren of 16 - 19 age group today (October 22) against COVID-19. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  9:29 am

Syria executes 24 people charged with igniting wildfires

Syria executed 24 people it said had set fires that swept swathes of forests mainly in the coastal province of Latakia, the ancestral home of Syrian President Bashar al Assad, the justice ministry said on Thursday. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  10:13 am

Trump to launch new social media platform TRUTH Social

Former US President Donald Trump has announced plans to launch a new social media network, called TRUTH Social. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  11:01 am

Talks between Sri Lanka, New Zealand Speakers on boosting bilateral ties

A special meeting between Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena and his New Zealand counterpart Trevor Mallard was held virtually yesterday (October 21) with the aim of strengthening bilateral relations. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  11:16 am

SJB MPs stage protest inside Parliament chambers

The lawmakers of Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), holding placards, have staged a protest inside the Parliament chambers, demanding immediate solutions for the ongoing fertilizer issue. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  12:16 pm

Interprovincial travel restrictions lifted on Oct. 31

The government has decided to lift the ongoing interprovincial travel restrictions with effect from 4.00 a.m. on the 31st of October, says the Army Commander General Shavendra Silva. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  12:26 pm

Sri Lanka to roll out COVID booster doses for selected groups from Nov.

The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine will be administered as a booster dose for employees in the health sector, tri-forces, police, tourism sector and other frontline workers, says the Commander of Sri Lanka Army. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  12:46 pm

Announcement on resumption of train services

Transport Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi today (October 22) made an announcement on the resumption of train services following an interruption prompted by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  12:56 pm

276 more patients recover from coronavirus infection

The Ministry of Health says 276 more COVID-19 patients in total were discharged from medical care today (October 22) as they have recovered from the virus infection. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  2:21 pm

276 more patients recover from coronavirus infection

The Ministry of Health says 276 more COVID-19 patients in total were discharged from medical care today (October 22) as they have recovered from the virus infection. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  2:21 pm

Four Sri Lankan artists make promotional song for Rajinikanth’s upcoming movie

Four Sri Lankan artists have created a promotional song for the upcoming Tamil movie ‘Annaatthe’ starring South Indian cinema’s megastar Rajinikanth and Nayanathara. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  3:11 pm

Met. Dept. issues advisory for severe lightning

Thundershowers accompanied by severe lightning are likely in several places in Central, Sabaragamuwa, Uva, North-central and Eastern provinces and in Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Hambantota districts. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  3:23 pm

Sri Lanka to obtain USD 3.6 Bn loan from Oman to purchase petroleum

The Cabinet of Ministers has granted the approval to obtain a loan of USD 3.6 billion from Oman to purchase petroleum, says Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  3:48 pm

Decisions taken at Special COVID-19 Control Committee

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the health authorities to complete the vaccination of all eligible children within two weeks. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  5:38 pm

Primary sections of all govt. schools to reopen from Oct. 25

The primary sections of all schools across the island will reopen from Monday (October 25), says the Secretary to the Education Ministry. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  5:42 pm

COVID caseload moves up with 448 new infections

The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health says 448 more people were tested positive for the novel coronavirus so far today (October 22). MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  6:59 pm

COVID caseload moves up with 448 new infections

The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health says 448 more people were tested positive for the novel coronavirus so far today (October 22). MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  6:59 pm

Alec Baldwin fatally shoots woman with prop gun on movie set

A woman has died and a man has been injured after actor Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on a New Mexico film set for the 19th Century western Rust. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  7:11 pm

Sign language interpretation to be offered during 2022 Budget Debate

The Committee on Parliamentary Business chaired by Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has decided to approve providing simultaneous sign language interpretation during the 2022 Budget Debate in consideration of the Hearing-Impaired Community, the Secretary-General of Parliament, Dhammika Dasanayake said today. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  7:27 pm

COVID: 12 more people succumb to virus infection

The total number of people, who died of COVID-19 infection in Sri Lanka, moved up as 12 more fatalities were confirmed by the Director-General of Health Services on Thursday (October 21). MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  7:31 pm

COVID: 12 more people succumb to virus infection

The total number of people, who died of COVID-19 infection in Sri Lanka, moved up as 12 more fatalities were confirmed by the Director-General of Health Services on Thursday (October 21). MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  7:31 pm

Sri Lanka reports 552 COVID cases in total within the day

The daily count of COVID-19 cases confirmed in Sri Lanka today (October 22) moved to 552 as 104 more people were tested positive for the virus, says the Epidemiology Unit. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  9:58 pm

Committee on High Posts gives nod to five appointments

The Committee on High Posts has approved the appointments of 03 secretaries to ministries and two ambassadors, the Secretary-General of Parliament Dhammika Dasanayake said in a statement. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  11:41 pm

Black fungus-related death confirmed at Karapitiya Hospital

A man who died on September 26 while receiving medical care at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital is confirmed to have succumbed to black fungus infection. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 22, 2021  11:59 pm

Regional powers back aid for Afghanistan as Russia hosts Taliban

Afghanistan’s new Taliban rulers won backing from 10 regional powers at talks in Moscow on Wednesday for the idea of a United Nations donor conference to help the country stave off economic collapse and a humanitarian catastrophe. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  1:03 am

Thundershowers expected over most parts of the island

The Department of Meteorology says that showers or thundershowers will occur over most parts of the island after 1.00 p.m. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  8:26 am

WHO warns Covid pandemic will drag on into 2022

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that the coronavirus pandemic will “go on for a year longer than it needs to” because poorer countries are not getting the vaccines they need. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  8:41 am

WHO warns Covid pandemic will drag on into 2022

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that the coronavirus pandemic will “go on for a year longer than it needs to” because poorer countries are not getting the vaccines they need. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  8:41 am

Sextuplets born for first time in Sri Lanka

The birth of sextuplets has been reported for the first time in Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  9:09 am

Schools with less than 200 students reopen in Sri Lanka

The reopening of schools for academic activities under several phases commenced from today (21), nearly six months after they were closed amid a surge in coronavirus cases in the country. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  9:24 am

Parliament to debate the fertilizer issue today

Sri Lanka’s Parliament is expected to take up for debate the country’s fertilizer issue later today following a motion moved by the Opposition, the Communications Department of the Parliament confirmed. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  9:59 am

Students aged 16-19 to be vaccinated at schools from tomorrow

The Director-General of Health Services says that the programme to vaccinate school children in the age group of 16 – 19 years against Covid-19 will commence tomorrow (October 22) in schools across the island. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  10:12 am

SJB files FR petition challenging Yugadanavi Power Plant deal

Samagi Jana Balawegaya has filed a Fundamental Rights (FR) petition before the Supreme Court against the transfer of shares of Yugadanavi LNG Power Plant in Keralawalapitiya. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  10:40 am

President arrives in Parliament during proceedings

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has arrived in Parliament chamber while proceedings are in progress, says Ada Derana correspondent. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  10:44 am

Nominated US envoy says she will support human rights and a strong civil society in Sri Lanka

The US needs to build constructive relationships with Sri Lanka, which is positioned in a strategic location at the heart of the Indian Ocean, a senior American diplomat nominated by President Joe Biden as his next envoy to the island nation has said. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  1:55 pm

Supreme Court orders police to probe Lohan Ratwatte’s incident

The Supreme Court has ordered the IGP to carry out an investigation, under the Code of Criminal Procedure and on the advice of the Attorney General, into the recent incident at the Anuradhapura Prison involving State Minister Lohan Ratwatte. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  2:13 pm

China offers to invest USD 800 million in renewable energy projects in Sri Lanka

The China National Energy Engineering and Construction Company Limited (CNEE), a Chinese state-owned energy conglomerate, has offered to invest USD 800 million on 400 MW Renewable Energy Projects in Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  2:54 pm

Sri Lanka reports another 8,790 coronavirus recoveries

The Health Ministry says that another 8,790 coronavirus patients have recovered and were discharged within the last 24 hours. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  3:07 pm

Sri Lanka reports another 8,790 coronavirus recoveries

The Health Ministry says that another 8,790 coronavirus patients have recovered and were discharged within the last 24 hours. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  3:08 pm

Weather advisory issued for severe lightning

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

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  4:30 pm

Massive fire breaks out at factory in Urapola

Fire fighters are attempting to quell a massive fire which has broken out at a factory located Urapola, Attanagalla. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  4:42 pm

CSE’s ASPI crosses 9,800 points for the first time

The All Share Price Index (ASPI) of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has surpassed the 9,800 points-mark for the first time in history. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  5:02 pm

One day service for issuing NICs to resume

The Registration of Persons Department says that it has decided to recommence the One Day Service for issuing National Identity Cards (NICs), only for applicants who make prior appointments from October 25. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  5:42 pm

Covid-19: 453 new cases and 19 deaths reported

The Ministry of Health says that another 453 persons have tested positive for Covid-19 increasing the tally of cases confirmed in the country to 533,758. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  5:59 pm

Covid-19: 453 new cases and 19 deaths reported

The Ministry of Health says that another 453 persons have tested positive for Covid-19 increasing the tally of cases confirmed in the country to 533,758. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  6:04 pm

US provides additional $2.5 million for urgent Covid-19 assistance in Sri Lanka

The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced an additional $2.5 million in urgent COVID-19 assistance for Sri Lanka. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  8:15 pm

Lanka IOC increases fuel prices

Lanka IOC has decided to increase the price of Octane 92 Petrol and Auto Diesel with effect from midnight today (21). MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  8:21 pm

Daily count of coronavirus cases moves to 554

The Health Ministry says that another 101 persons have tested positive for coronavirus today, increasing the daily count of new cases reported today to 554. MORE..

(0)Comments | October 21, 2021  9:01 pm