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Sri Lanka to purchase 160 Train-Compartments from India - 9/25/2021

: General Manager of the Railways Dhammika Jayasuriya says that the Government has decided to purchase 160 train compartments from India to ease congestion and facilitate commuters in Sri Lanka better. Speaking during a press conference held today (24), Jayasuriya said that 50 of the train compartments have already been imported to the country while

Rainfall to increase during upcoming weeks: Met Department - 9/25/2021

: The Meteorological Department warns of an increase in rainfall expected in the South West region of the country due to the initiation of the Southwest monsoon season. Accordingly, showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Central and North Western Provinces and in the Galle and Matara Districts today (25),

SL to go carbon neutral by 2050 & welcomes large scale investment in renewable energy – President - 9/25/2021

Sri Lanka plans to become carbon neutral by 2050, said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday (24) while addressing the UN High-level Dialogue on Energy aims to tackle the twin crises of climate change and energy poverty. Sri Lanka has achieved almost 100% electrification ensuring uninterrupted energy access for almost all our people.

Sri Lanka pledges to stop building new coal power plants - 9/25/2021

Sri Lanka signed a pledge with six other countries to stop building new coal power plants. This pledge ‘The No New Coal Compact initiated by the United Nations includes the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka; Republic of Chile; Kingdom of Denmark; French Republic Federal Republic of Germany; United Kingdom of Great

Govt spends Rs. 6 Bn on FREE ‘indigenous medicine’ pack giveaway - 9/24/2021

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 Prevention Committee has decided to draw up a comprehensive plan regarding the health guidelines and restrictions that need to be imposed when the country is re-opened after the quarantine curfew is lifted. The President’s Media Division said the three-phase plan will detail recommendations by the health experts with respect

Activists claim abducted dogs in Colombo, sold for meat. - 9/24/2021

Animal Rights Activists in Sri Lanka are concerned if dogs and puppies abducted from Colombo, are being sold as meat to foreign nationals. In our continuing coverage on the ‘Dog-Napping’ Saga in Colombo, it has come to light that these animals may be being drugged, in order to sedate them. On the 22nd

Health Ministry specifies ‘co-morbidities’ that allows COVID-19 jab for children - 9/24/2021

: The Ministry of Health has issued a circular emphasizing the specific underlying conditions under which children between ages 12 – 19 should be vaccinated. Accordingly, the Ministry has given 14 categories of co-morbidities that children could possess, which may enable them to obtain the vaccine. Meanwhile, a consent form that should be

Imported organic fertilizer NOT bacteria free – Dr. Warshi S. Dandeniya - 9/24/2021

Dr. Warshi S. Dandeniya, from the Department of Soil Science at the University of Peradeniya said that when organic fertilizer is imported, they need to be free of any living organism should be subjected to sterilization. Speaking on the Mawatha Intellectual Discussion Program on Thursday (23) on Sirasa TV, Dr. Dandeniya said

Mahela appointed consultant for National team - 9/24/2021

: Sri Lanka Cricket says that former Captain Mahela Jayawardena has been appointed as a consultant for the Sri Lanka National Team and the under-19 team. Jayawardena has been appointed as a consultant for the U-19 team in a ‘honorary’ capacity, while he has been appointed as a consultant for the National team

82 COVID deaths confirmed for Thursday (23); Total fatalities increased to 12,530 - 9/24/2021

82 COVID deaths were confirmed for Thursday (23). Total Fatalities: 12,530

‘Quad’ Leaders to meet today - 9/24/2021

(News 1st): The Leaders of the United States, Japan, India and Australia are due to meet today (23) for their first in-person summit of the Indo-Pacific Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, “Quad” grouping. The informal arrangement, which commenced with the countries first working together in response to the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami which affected Sri

President honors 9/11 victims at Manhattan Memorial - 9/24/2021

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa attended the special commemorative event at the Manhattan Memorial in the United States to mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks in Washington and New York. The terrorist attacks took place on September 11, 2001, targeting the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon, the

Prison inmates pass O/L examination - 9/24/2021

: Prisons Department says that four inmates, including a former LTTE detainee have passed their G.C.E. Ordinary level examinations with distinction. The results of the 2020 G.C.E. Ordinary level examination were released yesterday (23) night. Prisons Spokesperson said that the examination was held for inmates of the Watareka and the Magazine prisons at

Comprehensive Plan to re-open the country; Rs. 6 Bn for Medicine Box – PMD - 9/24/2021

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 Prevention Committee has decided to draw up a comprehensive plan regarding the health guidelines and restrictions that need to be imposed when the country is re-opened after the quarantine curfew is lifted. The President’s Media Division said the three-phase plan will detail recommendations by the health experts with respect

PM orders the release of all consignments of essential commodities - 9/24/2021

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has issued a directive to immediately release all consignments of essential goods that are held at ports. The directive was made at the Cabinet Sub-Committee on the Cost of Living, which convened virtually on Friday (24). According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, the directive was

Malaysia lifts entry restrictions for five countries, including Sri Lanka - 9/24/2021

: Malaysia has lifted entry restrictions from five countries including Sri Lanka, subject to strict regulations  established by the Immigration Department. Accordingly, passengers from India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal, can now enter Malaysia to work only, the Director of the Immigration and Emigration Department of Malaysia, Datuk Khairul Dzaimee Daud says. Therefore, the

Sri Lanka and Thailand resolve to build on Buddhist Heritage - 9/24/2021

: Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris in his discussion with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Thailand Don Pramudwinai, highlighted that the relations between the two countries are dependent upon the fact of both being two countries that practice Theravada Buddhism. Furthermore, the Minister appreciated the assistance provided by Thailand to sustain the

Sri Lanka seeks concessions from UAE to purchase oil - 9/24/2021

Sri Lanka has requested concessionary arrangements from the UAE to meet the requirement of oil for the country. The request was made when Foreign Minister Professor G.L. Peiris met the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates Dr. Sultan Al Jaber, on the sidelines of the 76th session

Family Time for Prisoners with Good Behaviour - 9/24/2021

Sri Lanka’s Justice Minister Ali Sabry PC, announced that a program will be implemented to allow prisoners with good behavior to make home visits, subject to strict conditions. Prisoners need to prove their good behavior, the Justice Minister told reporters on Thursday (24). The Justice Minister said he hopes to consult the

Multiple passengers detained for smuggling restricted goods - 9/24/2021

Airport Customs detained 29 passengers who made a short trip to Indian and back, for the possession of a large number of restricted goods. 472 kg of Tumeric and over 350 kg of Cardamom were seized from the possession of the passengers. The value of the seized goods is over Rs. 4

Schools with less than 200 students to re-open soon - 9/24/2021

: The Secretary to the Ministry of Education Prof. Kapila Perera says that grades 1-5 of schools with less than 200 students will re-open soon. The Secretary to the Ministry stated that all the Provincial Governors have confirmed with the Minister that it is possible to re-open all schools with less than 200

Met Dept. issues Advisory for Severe Lightening - 9/24/2021

The showery condition over the south-western part of the island is likely to enhance during the next few days, said the Met Department. Showers or thundershowers will occur at times in the Western, Sabaragamuwa, and Central provinces and in Galle and Matara districts. Fairly heavy showers above 50 mm can be expected

Milka wins gold in Yamagata - 9/24/2021

: Milka Gehani de Silva, who also represented Sri Lanka in the Tokyo Olympics, won a gold medal in the team gymnastics event today (24). De Silva won the gold medal at the 2021 All-Japan Senior and Masters Gymnastics Championships in Yamagata today. 18-year-old de Silva has previously represented Sri Lanka at the 2018 Summer

Air Force Regimental Special Forces in Cormorant Strike - 9/24/2021

For the first time in history, the Sri Lanka Air Force Regiment Special Forces (RSF) conducted a Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) training exercise during Cormorant Strike Exercise XI on 22nd September 2021 at Narakamulla in the general area of Thoppigala. The Cormorant Strike Exercise is Sri Lankas largest Special Forces Training

SLFP concerned over controversial Kerawalapitiya Deal - 9/24/2021

General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party & State Minister, Dayasiri Jayasekera warns that 50% of the country’s electricity generation falling into the hands of a single entity, would have serious consequences. The SLFP plans to convey its position to the President, upon his return to the country after concluding his

Vaccination of Kids over 12 underway at three major hospitals - 9/24/2021

The COVID-19 vaccination drive targetting children with congenital disorders above the age of 12 up to 19, commenced on Friday (24). A congenital disorder is a condition that is present from birth. Dr. Anuruddha Padeniya, a well-known Paediatric Neurologist in the country told reporters that before administering the vaccine, children will be

Patali summoned to the CID - 9/24/2021

Samagi Jana Balavegaya Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka visited the Criminal Investigations Department on Friday (14) morning. It is reported that the MP visited the CID after he was informed to do so. More details to follow.

Fostering organic agriculture is part of a wider program – President - 9/24/2021

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed weaknesses in global food systems that will only be worsened by Climate Change. Speaking virtually at the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 in New York the President said it is essential that all stakeholders work together to transform global food systems to

Cost of Living Committee to meet today (24); Pricing issues to be discussed - 9/24/2021

The Cost of Living Committee will meet today (24) at the Temple Trees for a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. State Minister of Co-operative Services, Marketing Development and Consumer Protection, Lasantha Alagiyawanna said a problematic situation has arisen in the market regarding rice, milk powder, wheat flour, cement, and gas.

Two people dead as trap-gun fires inside Thirappane Jungle - 9/23/2021

Two people have died after a trap-gun set up inside the Thirappane Jungle in Anuradhapura discharged. Sri Lanka Police said a third person was injured and investigations are underway.

Coalition Leaders meet PM over Kerawalapitiya Deal - 9/23/2021

Leaders of Political Parties in the ruling coalition met with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Thursday (23) for crucial talks over the controversial Kerawalapitya Power Plant deal. The meeting mainly focused on the role of the ruling party in supporting the government in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic and, the proposals

2020 O/L results are out! - 9/23/2021

The much awaited results of the G. C. E. Ordinary Level Examination 2020 were released on Thursday (23) night. According to the Department of Examinations 423,746 school students and 198,606 private candidates sat for the examination at 4,513 exam centers. Results can be obtained by accessing www.doenets.lk or www.results.exams.gov.lk The Department of

Diyawanna Oya Oil Spill, Intentional? : Authorities launch investigation - 9/23/2021

Sri Lankan authorities have launched an investigations into an oil spill that was visible in the Diyawanna Oya since 17th September 2021. But the Central Environmental Authority says the oil is not spreading. Its deputy director general Ajith Weerasundra told News1st the oil spill seems to have been caused by intention. Those

Colombo Dog abductors busted by activists for 2nd day (VIDEO) - 9/23/2021

For the second consecutive day, a large number of dogs held captive by two individuals were rescued by activists. Yesterday News 1st reported a similar incident where a large number of dogs were rescued in Braybrooke Place, Colombo. Today, the scene was repeated near Rajagiriya, and a group of animal rights activists

2020 O/L results will be released tonight (23) - 9/23/2021

The results of the G. C. E. Ordinary Level Examination 2020 will be released on Thursday (23) night, confirmed the Commissioner General of Examination. The results can be obtained by accessing https://www.doenets.lk/    

Vaccination of kids over 12 years, with congenital disorders, from tomorrow - 9/23/2021

Sri Lanka will commence administering the COVID-19 vaccines for children with congenital disorders above the age of 12 from Friday (24). A congenital disorder is a condition that is present from birth. The Director-General of Health Services said the vaccines will be administered at the following hospitals : – Kurunegala Teaching Hospital

Conclusion of projects in SL will give confidence to Delhi – Dr. Jaishankar - 9/23/2021

Indian Foreign Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar had emphasized the need for a practical conclusion of the number of projects pending implementation in Sri Lanka. He had indicated that it would give more confidence to New Delhi to move forward in enhancing relations. Dr. Jaishankar made these comments when he called on Foreign

Driving School over Elephant Corridor? - 9/23/2021

The Human-Elephant conflict has been longstanding and relentless and many in rural Sri Lanka have been suffering from it for generations. At times, short-sighted decisions of authorities have compounded the woes of the rural populace. The village of Nuwaragama in Anuradhapura might soon be left to bear the brunt of such a

Russia to increase regular flights to Sri Lanka from November - 9/23/2021

Russia will increase the number of regular flights to Sri Lanka starting November 4th, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Wednesday (22). The flight will be increased up to 2 flights per week, said the Russian News Agency.  

72 COVID deaths for Wednesday (22); Total Fatalities increases to 12,448 - 9/23/2021

72 COVID-19 deaths were confirmed for Wednesday (22) and the total number of Fatalities increased to 12,448.

Vaccination of children with comorbidities to commence tomorrow - 9/23/2021

: Army Commander, General Shavendra Silva says that the vaccination of children with chronic illnesses,  between the ages of 12 and 19 will begin tomorrow (24). The Army Commander said that the relevant vaccination program will commence from the Anuradhapura, Kurunegala and Colombo Districts.

Terminate LNG deal with New Fortress, JVP tells Govt - 9/23/2021

The JVP has alleged that the controversial midnight deal for the Kerawalapitiya Power Plant grants permission for the US firm to switch ON / OFF electricity to Sri Lanka. JVP’s Vijitha Herath said that signing the deal compromised Sri Lanka’s National Security and should be seen as a measure taken by the

‘Throw away your Chinese phone’ says Lithuania - 9/23/2021

Lithuania’s defense ministry has advised people to throw away their Chinese smartphones after a new report found that a mobile made by a major brand had built-in censorship capabilities. Lithuania’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said on Tuesday that the Mi 10T 5G phone made by Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi was able to detect and censor

Kerawalapitiya deal puts country at risk, warns Sajith - 9/23/2021

Leader of the Opposition Sajith Premadasa points out that the transfer of control of the Kerawalapitiya Yugadanavi power plant to an overseas company, puts Sri Lanka’s energy sector at risk. No country in the world integrates natural gas supply tenders and related infrastructure development, he said. The Leader of the Opposition said

MP detained for attending Dileepan Memo; Arrested for breaching Q/laws - 9/23/2021

Tamil National Peoples’ Front MP Selvarasa Gajendran and other people were arrested by Sri Lanka Police on Thursday (23) for breaching the quarantine regulations. Earlier, Selvarasa Gajendran was detained for attending the commemoration for Dileepan. The Police Media Unit said the MP was arrested by the Jaffna Police.    

Explosives at Negombo SP office defused - 9/23/2021

Authorities had taken measures to defuse two hand grenades that were discovered at the Negombo Superintendent of Police office premises, after submitting facts to the court. Police Spokesperson SSP Nihal Thalduwa told News 1st said the Police Special Task Force defused the explosive devices. The two hand grenades were discovered by a

PM convenes meeting of coalition party leaders - 9/23/2021

: Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has convened a meeting of party leaders representing the Government today (23). The Prime Minister’s Media Unit stated that the meeting of the party leaders will be held at Temple Trees this afternoon. Accordingly, Government allies will hold discussions with the Prime Minister today regarding handing over the construction

Ambassador of New Zealand pays courtesy call on Navy Commander - 9/23/2021

: The High Commissioner of New Zealand to Sri Lanka, Michael Edward Appleton paid a courtesy call on Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne at the Navy Headquarters today (23). The cordial discussion between them focused on several matters of mutual interests and it concluded with an exchange of mementos to

Basil & Hakeem appointed to election reform committee - 9/23/2021

: Minister of Finance Basil Rajapaksa and the Leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress, Rauff Hakeem have been appointed to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Electoral Reforms. As members of the Parliamentary Select Committee, they have been tasked with identifying reforms in the electoral structure and elections and to make necessary amendments in

Foreign Minister meets with Indian FM in NY - 9/23/2021

: Foreign Minister Prof. G. L. Peiris briefed the Indian Foreign Minister Dr S. Jaishankar on mechanisms implemented by the Government to ensure justice to all survivors of the war which ended in 2009, on the sidelines of the U. N. General Assembly in New York, USA yesterday (22). Foreign Minister Prof. Peiris also spoke

Vaccination of children to commence tomorrow - 9/23/2021

: Army Commander, General Shavendra Silva says that the vaccination of children with chronic illnesses,  between the ages of 12 and 19 will begin tomorrow (24). The Army Commander said that the relevant vaccination program will commence from the Anuradhapura, Kurunegala and Colombo Districts.

MP detained for attending Dileepan commemoration - 9/23/2021

Tamil National Peoples’ Front MP Selvarasa Gajendran was detained on Thursday (23) for attending the commemoration for Dileepan. The Police Media Unit said the MP was arrested by the Jaffna Police.  

Two FR’s filed challenging Cabraal’s appointment to CBSL - 9/23/2021

The Samagi Jana Balavegaya filed two fundamental rights applications with the Supreme Court challenging the appointment of Ajith Nivard Cabraal to the post of Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The FR applications were filed by the SJB General Secretary and SJB MP Manusha Nanayakkara on Thursday (23).

Wrecked X-Press Pearl and lost containers, pose a threat - 9/23/2021

The report of the UN Environmental Advisory Mission on the X-Press Pearl Maritime Disaster has recommended that the Government of Sri Lanka should nominate a qualified representative/team to oversee the work of the company that will be commissioned to remove and decommission the wreck and the containers. The report said that the

Tokyo court rules deportation of two Lankans unconstitutional - 9/23/2021

(News 1st): The Tokyo High Court today (22) ruled that Japanese immigration authorities actions involving two Sri Lankan men were unconstitutional. The relevant ruling was filed by two Sri Lankan men, who claimed that they were deported, having been denied refugee status, without enough time to take legal action. The two had filed a lawsuit against

Top officials of CBSL transferred: Handunetti - 9/23/2021

: Former Parliamentarian Sunil Handunetti states that top officials of the Central Bank have been transferred. Speaking to media yesterday (22), the JVP member alleged that the newly-appointed CBSL Governor has replaced the top staff of CBSL with his personal staff members. Six top officials of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka

Minister Weerasekara denies directing CID to question teachers - 9/23/2021

: Minister of Public Security, Sarath Weerasekara has refuted all allegations of him directing CID to question and threaten members of teachers’ unions who are engaged in strikes. In a statement issued by the Government Information Department, the Public Security Minister said that teachers have complained of persons who oppose online teaching during

CAA amendment bill passed in Parliament - 9/23/2021

:The Consumer Affairs Authority Bill (Amended) was passed in Parliament on Wednesday (22). The bill seeks to increase the fines imposed on traders who do not sell goods at the control price after the Consumer Affairs Authority issued a gazette notification highlighting the maximum retail price for certain goods. The Extraordinary Gazette Notification

Sri Lanka on England’s Amber list; Rules for travel to England - 9/23/2021

Sri Lanka is on England’s Amber list. announced the UK High Commission in Colombo while releasing a summary of what to do if travelling to England. These rules are for those departing on/after 22 September. If you departed Sri Lanka before this date, Red List rules apply, said the UK High Commission.

Appeal Court orders NOT to release Sujeewa & calf - 9/23/2021

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday (22) issued an order on the Director-General of Wildlife preventing him from releasing ‘Sujeewa’, a female tusker, and her 04-month-old calf, to any party. On the 06th of September, the Colombo Additional Magistrate has ordered for 14 elephants held by authorities, to be released to their

Govt. considering extending visa period for foreign investors - 9/23/2021

: The Government is considering extending the visa period to five years to encourage foreign investors via the Immigration and Emigration Amendment Bill. The relevant amendment bill was presented to the Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Defense Chaired by Minister Chamal Rajapaksa yesterday (22),  the Parliamentary Communications Department stated. The Committee agreed to present

“Cradle of Helicopter Pilots” – No 7 Helicopter Squadron marks 27 years - 9/23/2021

The No 7 Helicopter Squadron, also known as the “Cradle of Helicopter Pilots”, located at Sri Lanka Air Force Base Hingurakgoda asserts a glamorous history from 1994 to date, by rendering 27 years of dedicated service to the nation. The Squadron was initially established as the No 401 Squadron on 23 September 1994

Lankans protest in New York - 9/23/2021

: A protest was held in New York yesterday (22) demanding justice for the victims of the Easter attack. The protest took place opposite the United Nations headquarters in New York, where the United Nations General Assembly was being held during the time. The protest was organized by a group of Sri Lankans in

SAARC Foreign Ministers meeting cancelled - 9/23/2021

NEW DELHI (NDTV): A meeting of foreign ministers of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, slated to be held on Saturday in New York, has been cancelled. It is learnt from reliable sources that Pakistan wanted the Taliban to represent Afghanistan in the SAARC meet. India along with some other members objected to the

Dr. Eliyantha White passes away from COVID-19 - 9/23/2021

Dr. Eliyantha White, has passed away due to COVID-19. He was receiving treatment at a private hospital for several weeks after contracting COVID-19.

SAARC Meet Cancelled As Pak Insists On Taliban Participation - 9/23/2021

NEW DELHI (NDTV): A meeting of foreign ministers of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries, slated to be held on Saturday in New York, has been cancelled. It is learnt from reliable sources that Pakistan wanted the Taliban to represent Afghanistan in the SAARC meet. India along with some other members objected to the

Sri Lanka’s vaccination program is a success, President tells UN General Assembly - 9/22/2021

Everyone over the age of 20 in Sri Lanka will be fully vaccinated by the end of October 2021, said President Gotabaya Rajapaksa addressing the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Although being a developing nation, Sri Lanka has been successful in its vaccination program, the President

Milinda Moragoda presents credentials to Indian President - 9/22/2021

High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India, Milinda Moragoda, appointed with cabinet rank, presented his Letter of Credence to President Shri Ram Nath Kovind of India today (22) in New Delhi. In keeping with the established practice in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic situation, the Credentials ceremony was held virtually at

Dog-napping ring in Colombo busted by Activists? (Watch Video) - 9/22/2021

A large garbage cart filled with dogs and puppies. That was the scene that confronted Animal Rights activists early this morning as they arrived at Braybrooke Place on a tip-off. Two people, a man and a woman, were confronted by Animal Rights Activists this morning in Colombo-02, for having a large number

US Company secures massive ‘overnight’ LNG deal in Sri Lanka - 9/22/2021

New Fortress Energy Inc. announced today that they have executed a definitive agreement for New Fortress investment in West Coast Power Limited (“WCP”), the owner of the 310 MW Yugadanavi Power Plant based in Colombo, along with the rights to develop a new LNG Terminal off the coast of Colombo, the capital

Two arrested for speeding with cop clinging on to hood of a car - 9/22/2021

Sri Lanka Police arrested two people from Thalangama for driving on a busy road with a police officer clinging on to the hood of their car on Monday (20), during a narcotics operation. Police Spokesperson SSP Attorney-at-Law Nihal Thalduwa said the main suspect has been identified and he is a resident of

92 COVID deaths confirmed for Tuesday (21); Total Fatalities: 12,376 - 9/22/2021

  92 COVID deaths were confirmed for Tuesday (21). Total Fatalities: 12,376

IGP requests DGHS to allow bookstores to remain open during Q/Curfew - 9/22/2021

: IGP C.D. Wickramaratne has requested the Director-General of Health Services to allow bookstores to remain open during the COVID-19 travel restriction period, the Government Information Department says. Accordingly, the IGP has requested permission to keep bookstores open in compliance with the health instructions issued by the Government and under the supervision of public health

WB to grant supplementary loan of U.S. $ 100Mn - 9/22/2021

: The World Bank has agreed to grant a supplementary loan of U.S. $ 100 million for emergency response to COVID-19. Accordingly, the Cabinet of Ministers have approved the resolution proposed by the Minister of Health to obtain the relevant supplementary financing facility. Moreover, it has been decided to procure 14 million doses

HRW urges EU to set benchmarks of action for GSP+ - 9/22/2021

: Humanitarian Organization Human Rights Watch has urged the European Union to set benchmarks of action for Sri Lanka to keep its GSP+ benefits. In a letter addressed to multiple EU representatives, the HRW has called for the EU to state publicly that the Sri Lankan Government is in breach of its human

Health Trade Unions on Strike - 9/22/2021

40 Health Trade Union launched a strike across all hospitals in the country citing several demands. Trade Unions are protesting against the suspension of the COVID-19 allowance, inadequate facilities for medical staff, and several other issues. However, Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the matter will be discussed with the trade unions and

New Fortress finalizes LNG contract with Sri Lanka - 9/22/2021

New Fortress Energy Inc. announced today that they have executed a definitive agreement for New Fortress investment in West Coast Power Limited (“WCP”), the owner of the 310 MW Yugadanavi Power Plant based in Colombo, along with the rights to develop a new LNG Terminal off the coast of Colombo, the capital

Injunction Order on Ranil, preventing him from replacing expelled UNP members - 9/22/2021

The Colombo District Court has issued an injunction order against UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and UNP General Secretary Palitha Range Bandara. The order was made preventing them from replacing 19 members of the Meda-Dumbara Local Government Body who were expelled from the party.  

No recommendation on third dose yet: DDGHS - 9/22/2021

: The Deputy Director-General of Health Services, Dr. Hemantha Herath says that no specific recommendation has been made regarding the administration of a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and that no decision has been taken in this regard as of yet. Addressing the media, the Deputy Director-General of Health Services assured that the

Foreign Minister invites OIC Secretary General to visit Sri Lanka - 9/22/2021

: Foreign Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris extended an invitation to the Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Yousef Al-Othaimeen to visit Sri Lanka to observe the developments in the country and reiterated the positive outcomes of integration among communities with the preservation of identity. The two dignitaries discussed these matters during a meeting held

Taliban requests to address UNGA - 9/22/2021

(News 1st): The Taliban have requested to address World Leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this week in New York City. A UN committee will rule on the request but it is unlikely to happen during the current session of the body, however the Taliban nominated their Doha-based spokesperson, Suhail Shaheen, as Afghanistan’s UN ambassador.

Presidents of Sri Lanka & Latvia meet on sidelines of UNGA - 9/22/2021

A meeting between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the President of the Republic of Latvia, Egils Levits, took place on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly. The two leaders were of the view that strong steps should be taken to further the 25-year long diplomatic relations between the

President to address UNGA today - 9/22/2021

: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is scheduled to address the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly at 09:30 p.m. (local time) today (22). The summit kicked off in New York yesterday (21), chaired by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is scheduled to address the Food Systems

Cabinet Sub-Committee for 74th Independence Day - 9/22/2021

The Cabinet of Minister granted approval to appoint a Sub-Committee to organize the 74th Independence Day celebrations. The Cabinet of Ministers decided to appoint the following members for the guidance of the organizing of the 74th Independence Day celebrations falling on the 04th February 2022: • President Gotabaya Rajapaksha Minister of Defence –

Local oxygen supply sufficient for current demand - 9/22/2021

: The Ministry of Health states that the daily oxygen capacity produced in Sri Lanka is sufficient for the number of COVID-19 patients who are currently hospitalized. The Director of the Health Promotion Bureau, Specialist Dr. Ranjith Batuwantudawa stated that zero COVID deaths have been reported from the at-home treatment system. There has also

‘Wele Suda’ allowed to obtain treatment from outside of Prison - 9/22/2021

The Court of Appeal granted permission to allow Gampola Vidanage Samantha Kumara alias ‘Wele Suda’, a known drug trafficker, to be moved out of the Boossa Prison for necessary medical treatment. Wele Suda’s mother had filed a petition with the Court of Appeal claiming that there was an attempt to assassinate her

Petition challenging Cabraal’s appointment to be considered on October 7th - 9/22/2021

The petition filed by Former Provincial Governor Rajith Keerthi Tennakoon challenging the appointment of Ajith Nivard Cabraal as the Governor of the Central Bank (CBSL) will be called up for consideration on the 07th of October. The application was called up in the presence of Justices Sobitha Rajakaruna and Dhammika Ganepola. The

President’s of Sri Lanka & Latvia meet on sidelines of UNGA - 9/22/2021

A meeting between President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the President of the Republic of Latvia, Egils Levits, took place on the sidelines of the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly. The two leaders were of the view that strong steps should be taken to further the 25-year long diplomatic relations between the

SL signs US$ 92 mn Climate Resilience Pact with WB - 9/22/2021

The Government of Sri Lanka and the World Bank signed a $92 million financing agreement for the Climate Resilience Multi-Phased Program Phase I Project. This project is expected to benefit around 11.2 million people across the country by modernizing the weather, flood, and landslide forecasting and early warning systems. Sajith Atygalle, Secretary

Retired HC Judge to conduct independent probe into Prison Fiasco - 9/22/2021

The Sri Lankan government has decided to appoint a retired judge to conduct an independent investigation with regard to the recent incidents at the Welikada and Anuradhapura Prisons, involving State Minister Lohan Ratwatte. This was confirmed by Cabinet Spokesperson & Minister, Dullas Alahapperuma on Wednesday (22). At the same time, Justice Minister

Cabinet green light to increase Sri Lanka’s credit limit by another Rs. 400 Bn - 9/22/2021

The Sri Lankan Cabinet of Minister has given the green light to increase Sri Lanka’s credit limit by another Rs. 400 Bn to Rs. 3,397 Billion. The Cabinet has also given its consent to take necessary steps to amend the Appropriation Act No.7 of 2020. The Department of Government Information said the

90% of pregnant women in Sri Lanka vaccinated - 9/22/2021

90% of the pregnant women in Sri Lanka have been vaccinated, confirmed Dr. Chithramalee De Silva, the Director of the Family Health Bureau on Tuesday (21). Around 5,000 pregnant women in Sri Lanka tested positive for COVID-19 and around 200 of them are currently being treated in hospital, she said noting that

Coalition Leaders to meet PM, likely to discuss Kerawalapitiya deal - 9/22/2021

Coalition Leaders are expected to have a sit-down with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday (22) afternoon. It is reported that the Coalition Leaders have been informed to be present at the Prime Minister’s Chamber in Parliament at 12 noon for this meeting. Reports suggest that the controversy surrounding the Kerawalapitiya LNG

(VIDEO) Tipper truck dives into precipice, driver rescued following two-hour op - 9/22/2021

A tipper truck veered off the Bandarawela – Wellawaya on Tuesday (21) evening and fell into a deep precipice. The driver of the tipper truck was rushed to the Badulla General Hospital following a 2-hour rescue operation by Sri Lanka Police and the locals. Sri Lanka Police said inclement weather resulted in

(VIDEO) Imaduwa politician gets creative to highlight milk powder shortage - 9/22/2021

An opposition member of the Imaduwa Pradeshiya Sabha used a creative way to highlight the shortage of milk powder in the country. The local government member alleges there is no solution to the milk powder shortage in the country, though authorities have given the green light for the sale of liquor. The

Main suspect in shooting dead a 14-year-old boy, arrested - 9/22/2021

The main suspect wanted for shooting dead a 14-year-old boy from Weeraketiya was arrested on Wednesday (22). Police Spokesperson SSP Attorney-at-Law Nihal Thalduwa told News 1st that the suspect was arrested while in hiding in a forest reservation in Weeraketiya. Another suspect was also arrested along with the main perpetrator, he added.