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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 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

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..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  7:28 pm

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..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  10:06 pm

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..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  10:36 pm

High possibility for afternoon thundershowers from tomorrow

The Meteorology Department says there is a high possibility for afternoon thundershowers over the island and morning showers over the Northern and Eastern provinces from 02nd December 2022. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  8:05 am

Power cut schedule for Dec. 01 and 02

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has approved power cuts of 2 hours and 20 minutes on December 01 and 02. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  8:17 am

Sixth day of debate on third reading of the budget 2023 begins

The sixth 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 (Nov 29 at 09.30 a.m. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  9:55 am

President Ranil congratulates new Malaysian PM

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has congratulated Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on his new appointment as the Premier, the President’s Media Division reported. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  10:22 am

Deadline for filing income tax returns extended

The deadline for filing income tax returns has been extended for another week from November 30, Finance State Minister Shehan Semasinghe says. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  10:31 am

Over 100,000 LP gas cylinders released to market from today

Litro Gas Lanka Limited, one of the primary suppliers of liquefied petroleum (LP) gas in the country, says more than 100,000 domestic gas cylinders will be released to the market from today (Dec. 01). MORE..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  11:04 am

Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter, dies aged 79

Christine McVie, who played with Fleetwood Mac and wrote some of their most famous songs, has died aged 79, her family has said. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  11:42 am

Two including foreigner dead fatal crash on unprotected level crossing

Two persons have died after a three-wheeler collided with a train on an unprotected level crossing at Dalawella in Unawatuna this morning (Dec 01). MORE..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  11:43 am

President hopeful of making Sri Lanka a regional hub for education

President Ranil Wickremesinghe, addressing the parliamentary session this morning, said Sri Lanka has the potential to become a regional hub for education. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  12:08 pm

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..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  12:22 pm

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..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  12:27 pm

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..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  1:16 pm

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..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  1:49 pm

Chinese Ambassador meets SL Foreign Secretary

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

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  2:57 pm

YouTube fixes crash issues on iOS app, after receiving complaints

Google-owned YouTube on Thursday said that it has fixed crash issues on the iOS application that “many” users reported. MORE..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  3:49 pm

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..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  4:13 pm

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..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  4:29 pm

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..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  4:31 pm

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..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  4:41 pm

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..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  4:50 pm

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..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  5:20 pm

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..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  5:41 pm

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..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  5:57 pm

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..

(0)Comments | December 1, 2022  7:25 pm

Few showers expected in parts of the island

A few showers will occur in Northern and Eastern provinces and showers or thundershowers can be expected in parts of Sabaragamuwa province and in Galle and Matara districts in the afternoon or at night, the Department of Meteorology says. MORE..

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  7:19 am

Fifth day of debate on third reading of the budget 2023 begins

The fifth 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 (Nov 29 at 09.30 a.m. MORE..

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  9:41 am

Sub-committee proposals on power sector reforms to be presented to National Council

MP Namal Rajapaksa says the proposals of the National Council sub-committee on national policies pertaining to the report compiled by the cabinet-appointed committee on power sector reforms in Sri Lanka will be presented to the National Council on December 08. MORE..

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  10:38 am

Tests for identifying drugged drivers to commence in 2023

The testing of those driving under the influence of narcotics and other abusive substances will commence from next year, State Minister Lasantha Alagiyawanna has assured. MORE..

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  11:06 am

Health Minister says there’s no shortage in vital medicines

A grant of USD 28 million provided by China has been utilized to ensure the supply of 14 vital medicines required, Minister of Health Keheliya Rambukwella says. MORE..

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  11:53 am

President Ranil says outcome of COP27 summit is discouraging

President Ranil Wickremesinghe says the agreements reached at COP27 have once again failed to place the nations of the world on a complementary and progressive course of redress. MORE..

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  12:40 pm

Circulars on formal attire of staff grade officers in public services revoked

The Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration has announced that the circulars on the official attire of staff grade officers in the Public services issued on June 26, 2019, and September 27, 2022, have been revoked.

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  1:02 pm

Couple at textile shop attacked with sharp weapons; husband dies

One person is reported dead and another has been injured after two individuals arriving in a car had attacked them with sharp weapons in a textile shop at Wewala Junction of Hikkaduwa today (Nov.30), the police said. MORE..

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  1:41 pm

Sri Lanka’s debt to China close to 20% of public external debt - study

Sri Lanka owed Chinese lenders USD 7.4 billion - nearly a fifth of its public external debt - by the end of last year, calculations by the China Africa Research Initiative (CARI) published on Wednesday showed, an estimate higher than many others. MORE..

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  2:29 pm

Multilateral lenders will resume lending once IMF program in place - Coomaraswamy

The former Central Bank Governor, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy says that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) does mete out remedies which are not pleasant and that the people need to essentially compress their investment and consumption. MORE..

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  3:04 pm

Probes into Thilini Priyamali: Borelle Sirisumana Thero, Isuru Bandara granted bail

Thilini Priyamali and Janaki Siriwardhana, two businesswomen accused of massive financial fraud, have been remanded further until December 13. MORE..

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  3:24 pm

PMD refutes media reports claiming President proposed to replace provincial councils

Recent media reports attributing a quote to the President stating that the Provincial Councils will be replaced with the District Development Committees is incorrect, says the President’s Media Division. MORE..

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  3:28 pm

Student-centric approach to be followed for teacher placements

He explained that it would be detrimental for students if teachers were to be transferred similar to the ways in which other public servants are often transferred, as this creates an issue with covering syllabuses. MORE..

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  3:41 pm

Former President Jiang Zemin, who guided China’s rise, dies at 96

Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin, who led his country out of isolation after the crushing of pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square and supported economic reforms that led to a decade of explosive growth, has died, state TV said. He was 96. MORE..

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  3:44 pm

CCPI based inflation slows to 61% in November

Sri Lanka’s headline inflation based on the Colombo Consumer Price Index (CCPI) has decreased to 61.0% in November 2022 from 66.0% in October 2022, according to the Department of Census and Statistics. MORE..

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  4:06 pm

Number of passports issued per day under one-day service increased

The Department of Immigration and Emigration states that currently around 2,500 – 3,000 passports are being issued on a daily basis under the one-day service. MORE..

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  4:44 pm

Tourism zones to be exempted from night-time power cuts

Minister of Power and Energy Kanchana Wijesekera says that the Southern and Ella tourism zones will be exempted from the 1 hour 20 minutes night-time power cuts with effect from December 01. MORE..

(0)Comments | November 30, 2022  4:46 pm