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President Ranil speaks to Turkish counterpart Erdogan, offers support

President Ranil speaks to Turkish counterpart Erdogan, offers support

President Ranil Wickremesinghe spoke to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan this evening (Feb 07), expressing solidarity with the people of Türkiye where more than 3,500 lost their lives in a series of earthquakes that rocked a large part of the country on Monday. MORE..

| February 7, 2023  9:20 pm
Sri Lanka’s official reserve assets increase in Jan 2023

Sri Lanka’s official reserve assets increase in Jan 2023

Sri Lanka’s official reserve assets at the end of January 2023 stood at USD 2,120 million, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka says. MORE..

video | February 7, 2023  8:11 pm
Paris Club provides financing assurances to support IMF bailout for Sri Lanka

Paris Club provides financing assurances to support IMF bailout for Sri Lanka

The Paris Club of creditor nations have provided the required financing assurances to support the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) approval for the Extended Fund Facility (EFF) for Sri Lanka. MORE..

video | February 7, 2023  7:00 pm
Revised taxes on personal income a ‘short-term development strategy’ – Fiscal Policy Dept.

Revised taxes on personal income a ‘short-term development strategy’ – Fiscal Policy Dept.

Director General of the Department of Fiscal Policy, Dr. Kapila Senanayake has assured that the recent tax revisions on personal incomes is only a short-term strategy to resurrect Sri Lank from its ongoing economic crisis. MORE..

| February 7, 2023  6:28 pm
SC hears FR petitions against Duminda Silva’s presidential pardon

SC hears FR petitions against Duminda Silva’s presidential pardon

Several Fundamental Rights (FR) petitions filed demanding the annulment of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s decision to pardon former MP Duminda Silva, who was convicted and sentenced to death over the murder of Bharatha Lakshman Premachandra, was taken up before the Supreme Court this morning (07 Feb.). MORE..

| February 7, 2023  5:36 pm
SLBFE busts human trafficking racket, one suspect arrested

SLBFE busts human trafficking racket, one suspect arrested

An individual believed to be involved in a human trafficking racket was arrested during a raid in the Ambalanthota area on Sunday (05 Feb). MORE..

| February 7, 2023  5:33 pm
Govt to rationalize state expenses through systematic review

Govt to rationalize state expenses through systematic review

The Cabinet of Ministers has given the approval to appoint committees to conduct a systematic review on 10 ministries to which a higher portion of allocations are made from the annual budget estimations. MORE..

| February 7, 2023  5:10 pm
Election Commission to go to court if funds not provided

Election Commission to go to court if funds not provided

The Election Commission of Sri Lanka has noted that in the event the relevant authorities fail to comply with their fund request required to cover the basic expenses of the upcoming Local Government (LG) election, the matter will be taken to court. MORE..

video | February 7, 2023  5:05 pm
Ex Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena granted bail

Ex Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena granted bail

Former Deputy Minister Sarana Gunawardena was today (07 Feb.) granted bail by the Colombo High Court from a case filed by the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC). MORE..

| February 7, 2023  4:55 pm
SC reserves order on issuing notice to CEB and others over power cuts during A/Ls

SC reserves order on issuing notice to CEB and others over power cuts during A/Ls

The Supreme Court has reserved the order on issuing notice to the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) and other relevant parties over the contempt case filed by the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) accusing them of contempt by violating an order issued by commission to refrain from imposing power cuts during.. MORE..

| February 7, 2023  4:26 pm
GMOA to launch token strike tomorrow

GMOA to launch token strike tomorrow

The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) is planning to launch a 24-hour token strike at 8.00 a.m. tomorrow (Feb. 08). MORE..

| February 7, 2023  3:56 pm
Couple remanded over death of businessman in Thalangama

Couple remanded over death of businessman in Thalangama

The couple arrested over the recent death of a businessman whose body was found in the swimming pool of a house under construction in Thalangama, have been remanded till 15 February. MORE..

video | February 7, 2023  3:35 pm
Death toll from earthquakes in Turkey and Syria surpasses 5,000

Death toll from earthquakes in Turkey and Syria surpasses 5,000

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared seven days of national mourning, and Syria has appealed to the United Nations for help following devastating earthquakes that killed more than 5,000 people and toppled buildings across southeast Turkey and northern Syria. MORE..

| February 7, 2023  3:01 pm
Govt refutes reports circulated on Independence Day ceremony expenses

Govt refutes reports circulated on Independence Day ceremony expenses

The Presidential Secretariat has refuted what it termed “false news” circulated on social media regarding the expenses of the state ceremony organized for the 75th Independence Day. MORE..

| February 7, 2023  2:44 pm
President accepts EC member’s resignation letter

President accepts EC member’s resignation letter

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has accepted the letter of resignation tendered by Election Commission member Mrs. P. S. M. Charles, the President’s Media Division (PMD) reported. MORE..

video | February 7, 2023  2:39 pm
20-year-old nabbed with cannabis worth over Rs. 3 mn

20-year-old nabbed with cannabis worth over Rs. 3 mn

The Sri Lanka Navy yesterday (06 Feb.) apprehended an individual in possession of nearly 10 kilograms of Kerala cannabis in the Kilinochchi area. MORE..

| February 7, 2023  2:26 pm
Sri Lanka expresses solidarity with Turkey; stands ready to send disaster relief team

Sri Lanka expresses solidarity with Turkey; stands ready to send disaster relief team

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has expressed shock and sadness regarding the loss of life, injuries and devastation caused by a series of earthquakes in Turkey. MORE..

| February 7, 2023  12:59 pm
Two emergency numbers for inquiries about Sri Lankans in Turkey

Two emergency numbers for inquiries about Sri Lankans in Turkey

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Ankara has set up two emergency telephone numbers to inquire about or provide information on the Sri Lankans living in Turkey where two powerful earthquakes and a multitude of aftershocks killed more than 4,300 people. MORE..

video | February 7, 2023  12:02 pm
Cabinet approval received to amend ETF Act

Cabinet approval received to amend ETF Act

The Cabinet of Ministers has given its approval to give directives to the Legal Draftsman to prepare a bill to amend the Employees’ Trust Fund (ETF) Act. MORE..

video | February 7, 2023  11:09 am
Ambassador urges public to convey info about Sri Lankans in Turkey

Ambassador urges public to convey info about Sri Lankans in Turkey

The ambassador of Sri Lanka to Turkey has appealed to the members of the public to convey any information about Sri Lankans living in Turkey as the death toll from the powerful earthquakes and aftershocks that rocked a swathe of Turkey and northwest of Syria on Monday (Feb 06) soared past 3,700. MORE..

video | February 7, 2023  9:50 am
Fourth Session of Ninth Parliament to be declared open tomorrow

Fourth Session of Ninth Parliament to be declared open tomorrow

The Fourth Session of the Ninth Parliament is scheduled to be ceremonially declared open tomorrow (Feb 08) by President Ranil Wickremesinghe. MORE..

video | February 7, 2023  8:59 am
Death toll in Turkey, Syria earthquake soars past 3,700 as survivors battle freezing temperatures

Death toll in Turkey, Syria earthquake soars past 3,700 as survivors battle freezing temperatures

A huge earthquake killed more than 3,700 people across a swathe of Turkey and northwest Syria on Monday, with freezing winter weather adding to the plight of the thousands left injured or homeless and hampering efforts to find survivors. MORE..

| February 7, 2023  7:54 am
Showers expected in several provinces and districts

Showers expected in several provinces and districts

The Department of Meteorology says showers will occur at times in Eastern and Uva provinces while several spells of showers will occur in North-Central province and in Matale and Mullaitivu districts. MORE..

| February 7, 2023  7:44 am
UNDP to support Sri Lanka in achieving Sustainable Development Goals

UNDP to support Sri Lanka in achieving Sustainable Development Goals

Representatives of the United Nations Development Program said that Sri Lanka will be supported in achieving the country’s Sustainable Development Goals. MORE..

| February 6, 2023  11:57 pm
Sri Lanka has initiated an action plan to ensure a Green Economy by 2050 – President

Sri Lanka has initiated an action plan to ensure a Green Economy by 2050 – President

Sri Lanka has the potential to establish the green economy, specially by way of renewable energy, said President Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing a High-Level event on Strategies and Actions to Accelerate Sri Lanka’s Transition to a Green Growth Pathway. MORE..

video | February 6, 2023  10:54 pm