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  Sri Lanka Navy retrieves Sri Lankan crew member aboard Italy-bound cruise ship

Apr 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy Monday retrieved a Sri Lankan crew member aboard the MSC Magnifica, Cruise Ship after he requested to allow him to return to the country.

Accordingly, with the blessing of the President and direct involvement of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva, the Navy safely retrieved the Sri Lankan crew member and brought him to the Colombo harbor today (06th April 2020).

  Sri Lanka takes measures to restrict forex outflow further:
Apr 06, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has introduced further measures to restrict he foreign exchange outflow from the country.

  President assures SJB that masses will be provided relief without distinction amidst difficulties :
Apr 06, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has assured the Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) led by former Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa that relief will be provided to the people without distinction amidst many difficulties.

  COVID–19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund gets another Rs. 66 million donation:
Apr 06, Colombo: With donations of Rs. 66 million in two days, the COVID–19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund, established by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has now reached Rs. 380 million mark, the President’s Media Division said.

  Sri Lanka curfew update :
Apr 06, Colombo: The curfew imposed in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna which have been identified as High Risk Zones will continue until further notice.

  Coronavirus Update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 178:
Apr 06, Colombo: The number of total confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka has risen to 178according to the Health Promotion Bureau report released at 6 pm Monday.

 Janashakthi Life records a double-digit growth in 2019:
Apr 06, Colombo: In its milestone 25th year of operation, leading insurer, Janashakthi Insurance PLC recorded an impressive growth of 30% in first-year premiums for the financial year of 2019, with Gross Written Premiums (GWP) of Rs. 3.5 billion.

 Police arrest 1,347 people for violating curfew in last 24 hours:
Apr 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested 1,347 people in the 24 hours ended at 06:00 am today (06th April), for violating the curfew.

 Sri Lanka Navy retrieves Sri Lankan crew member aboard Italy-bound cruise ship:
Apr 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy Monday retrieved a Sri Lankan crew member aboard the MSC Magnifica, Cruise Ship after he requested to allow him to return to the country.

 Australia makes arrangements for Sri Lankan students to continue their studies:
Apr 05, Colombo: The Australian government has increased the flexibility of regulations to make it easier for international students to continue their studies in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 CAA requests public to use hotline to notify of errant traders selling above market prices:
Apr 05, Colombo: The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) requests the public to call 1977 hotline and inform of mobile traders who sell dry food items at higher prices.
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 Coronavirus Update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 175:
Apr 05, Colombo: The number of total confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka has risen to 175 according to the Health Promotion Bureau report released at 8 pm today.

 Postal Department to assist home delivery of essential goods:
Apr 05, Colombo: Arrangements have been made to expedite the delivery of essential goods to the homes during the island wide curfew imposed due to COVID–19, says the headquarters operations unit of the Sri Lanka Postal Special Distribution Service.

 Former PM proposes measures to face the economic crisis in the aftermath of Coronavirus pandemic:
Apr 05, Colombo: Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says the people hit by the coronavirus pandemic should not be allowed to suffer from the economic virus.

 Sri Lanka releases over 2900 prisoners on bail:
Apr 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka has released over 2900 prisoners as a measure to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading in country’s overcrowded jails.

 Curfew to be lifted tomorrow in 19 districts, continue indefinitely in others:
Apr 05, Colombo: The curfew currently imposed islandwide will be temporarily lifted tomorrow in 19 districts, the President’s Media Division announced.

  Coronavirus Update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 174:
Apr 05, Colombo: The number of total confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka has risen to 174 according to the Health Promotion Bureau report released at 7 pm today.

 144 people from Akurana sent to Poonani Quarantine Center:
Apr 05, Colombo: A group of 144 persons who reportedly had various contacts with the COVID-19 contracted persons found in Akurana area have been sent to Poonani Quarantine Center today (5th).

 Police arrest 1,245 people for violating curfew in last 24 hours:
Apr 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested 1,245 people in the 24 hours ended at 06:00 am today (05th April), for violating the curfew.

 Sri Lanka conducts first online tea auctions amid COVID-19 pandemic:
Apr 05, Colombo: The first ever sale of Ceylon Tea on a digital platform took place on Saturday morning (April 04) as the legendary Colombo Tea Auction was conducted online for the first time amidst the COVID-19 coronavirus epidemic.

 PHI union says lack of powers for PHIs is a severe hindrance for duty:
Apr 05, Colombo: The Public Health Inspector’s Union of Sri Lanka says that as the Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) have not yet been given the powers of the Quarantine Act their officials duties are severely hindered.

  Coronavirus Update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 166:
Apr 04, Colombo: The number of total confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka has risen to 162 according to the Epidemiology Unit report released at 10 pm today.

 Air pollution decreased by 30 percent in Sri Lanka:
Apr 04, Colombo: Air pollution in Sri Lanka has been reduced by 30 percent, says Sarath Premasiri, a senior scientist at the National Building Research Organization (NBRO).
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  COVID-19 infected mother, newborn hospitalized, medical staff quarantined:
Apr 04, Colombo: A COVID-19 infected pregnant woman, who admitted herself to the Nagoda Hospital in Kalutara falsifying her address and gave birth early Saturday morning, has been transferred to the Nevil Fernando Hospital in Malabe along with her newborn child.

 All decisions on the COVID-19 Prevention Program according to expert advice :
Apr 04, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided to take all the decisions in implementing the COVID-19 Coronavirus Prevention Program according to the advice of the experts in the relevant fields.

 Dambulla Economic Center closed April 5-7:
Apr 04, Colombo: It has been decided to close the Dambulla Dedicated Economic Center on the next three days from Sunday April 05 through Tuesday April 07.
 Sri Lanka extends closure of airports for passenger flight arrivals indefinitely:
Apr 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka is extending the closure of international airports for arrivals of commercial passenger flights until further notice.
 No decision taken to declare a complete lockdown – Defense Secretary:
Apr 04, Colombo: Defense Secretary Major General (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said considering the present situation related to COVID-19 in the country, the government had not taken a decision to announce a complete lockdown during the next week.
 Reports of lockdown of whole Sri Lanka false - Police:
Apr 04, Colombo: Reports circulating on social media that the entire country will be locked down from April 10 to 15 are completely false, Police Media Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne said.
  Coronavirus Update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 162:
Apr 04, Colombo: The number of total confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka has risen to 162 according to the Health Promotion Bureau report released at 6 pm today.
 Sri Lanka utility regulator to provide solutions for electrical and plumbing issues of households during curfew:
Apr 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s utility regulator is to implement a special service to provide immediate solutions to the issues of electrical systems and plumbing of the households of electricity and water consumers, during the curfew period.
 GMOA proposes eight-step plan to control spread of COVID-19 coronavirus:
Apr 04, Colombo: The Government Medical Officers Association said in a statement that it is essential to continually restrict the movements of 80 percent of the people to minimize the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus.
 Police to take strict action against people gathering at apartment complexes during curfew:
Apr 04, Colombo: Addressing the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) media briefing yesterday, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ajith Rohana said the police have decided to take stern action against those who do not comply with the quarantine curfew.
 Police arrest 1,493 people, seize 360 vehicles for breaching curfew:
Apr 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested 1,493 people in the 24 hours ended at 06:00 am today (04th April), for violating the curfew.
 Hatch & LAN gear up to launch Sri Lanka’s first fintech accelerator:
Apr 04, Colombo: When Hatch opened in 2018, it quickly became a hub for innovators. It enriched the entrepreneurial spirit within its walls by offering generously curated regular programs of mentoring sessions, learning workshops and events.
  Sri Lanka reports fifth COVID-19 death:
Apr 04, Colombo: Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe a short while ago confirmed the death of a fifth patient contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus in Sri Lanka.
 After quarantine 288 more returnees go home, 314 sent to Punani Quarantine Center:
Apr 03, Colombo: Upon completion of the two-week-long quarantine process, 288 more returnees left the quarantine centers for their homes this morning (3).
  Presidential Task Force entrusted to provide services, especially food to sustain overall community life in Sri Lanka:
Apr 03, Colombo: The President in terms of powers vested in him by the Constitution has appointed a Presidential Task Force to direct, coordinate and monitor the delivery of continuous services for the sustenance of overall community life in Sri Lanka in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 Coronavirus Update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 159:
Apr 03, Colombo: The number of total confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka has risen to 159 according to the Health Promotion Bureau report released at 10 pm today.
 Over 11,000 arrested for violating COVID-19 curfew:
Apr 03, Colombo: More than 11,000 persons have been arrested for violating curfew, Deputy Inspector General Attorney-at-Law Ajith Rohana said today.
 Ex-diplomat Udayanga Weeratunga released on bail:
Apr 03, Colombo: Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia, Udayanga Weeratunga, who was remanded in connection with the MIG aircraft deal, has been released on bail today.
  GMOA tells government to consult experts on method of disposal of COVID 19 infected bodies:
Apr 03, Colombo: The State doctors’ trade union, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) suggests the government to consult experts in the relevant areas to decide on the method to dispose COVID-19 infected bodies.
  Coronavirus intensifies pressure on Sri Lanka finance companies - Fitch:
Apr 03, Colombo: The coronavirus outbreak and the resultant prolonged business disruptions will put additional pressure on Sri Lankan finance and leasing companies’ (FLCs) earnings and asset quality, says Fitch Ratings.
 Central Bank of Sri Lanka further reduces policy interest rates by 25 bp:
Apr 03, Colombo: The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, on 03 April 2020, has decided to further reduce the policy interest rates by 25 basis points.
  Former Speaker appeals well-off people to shoulder the national responsibility with generosity amid COVID-19 pandemic:
Apr 03, Colombo: Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya today appealed to the Sri Lankan people with means to shoulder the national responsibility with generosity and humanity amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
 Foreign Ministry takes stock of action by Sri Lanka missions abroad to ensure the welfare of Overseas Sri Lankans :
Apr 03, Colombo: The Ministry of Foreign Relations has held consultations over the past 2 days with its Heads of Missions based in 67 cities across the world
 Sri Lanka Foreign Minister explores practical solutions to assist expatriate communities :
Apr 03, Colombo: Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena met with senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Relations today at the Ministry to discuss about the welfare of the Sri Lankan expatriate communities, difficulties currently being faced by these communities and ways to explore practical solutions to assist expatriate communities at this time of need, the Ministry said.
 Sri Lanka to strengthen healthcare facilities with USD 128.6 mn assistance from the World Bank to fight COVID-19:
Apr 03, Colombo: The International Development Association (IDA) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) of the World Bank Group agreed to provide financing assistance amounting to USD 128.6 million to Sri Lanka’s effort to battle against COVID-19 pandemic.
 President makes a statement on fake news in social media:
Apr 03, Colombo: President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says it has been observed that during the current state of emergency in the country, messages purported to be from him are being shared on various social media messaging platforms, such as WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook messenger etc.
 World Bank fast-tracks $128 million COVID-19 Coronavirus support for Sri Lanka:
Apr 03, Colombo: The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors Thursday approved the $128.6 million Sri Lanka COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project to help the country prevent, detect, and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen its public health preparedness.
  Police fire at vehicle disregarded orders at roadblock, three injured:
Apr 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police had fired at a vehicle that ran through a roadblock disregarding orders to stop during the curfew at a roadblock set up at the district boundary, near the Egoda Uyana Modara new bridge.
 CSE offers guidance to Listed Companies on hosting AGMs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic:
Apr 03, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has continued to receive inquiries pertaining to the hosting of Annual General Meetings (AGMs) and requesting guidance to comply with the mandatory requirement within the boundaries of an excepted framework in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  All quarantined foreigners released from QCs after completion of 14-day isolation:
Apr 02, Colombo: All 31 foreigners from 15 countries quarantined at Sri Lanka’s military-managed quarantine centers have been released after successful completion of 14-day isolation process, the head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said.
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 Sri Lanka economy grew at an estimated rate of 2.3 percent in 2019:
Apr 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s economy grew at an estimated rate of 2.3 percent in 2019, the Department of Census and Statistics (DCS) said in a report released Tuesday.
 Sri Lanka warns public of fraudsters collecting money using COVID–19 Fund as cover:
Apr 02, Colombo: The Presidential Secretariat had received information about several instances of fraudsters collecting money using COVID–19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund as cover, President’s Media Division announced.
 Sri Lanka reports fourth COVID-19 coronavirus death:
Apr 02, Colombo: Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe a short while ago confirmed the death of a fourth patient contracted the COVID-19 coronavirus in Sri Lanka.
 Former Speaker assures all party support to government to overcome coronavirus challenge :
Apr 02, Colombo: Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya assured at the all-party conference that the government will have the full support of all parties represented in Parliament to overcome the coronavirus challenge.
 IUSF undergraduate arrested for false Facebook report related to COVID-19 :
Apr 02, Colombo: A member of the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) has been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) and remanded for allegedly spreading falsehoods related to the COVID-19 pandemic via social media network Facebook.
 Police to take legal action against publishing malicious reports in social media about COVID-19 pandemic:
Apr 02, Colombo: Head of Police Media, Deputy Inspector General of Police Ajith Rohana today warned that necessary legal action will be instituted against those publishing fake, malicious and untrue stories in social media networks.
 Sri Lanka appeals to expatriates for foreign currency inflows assuring no restrictions :
Apr 02, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s financial authorities with the approval of the cabinet today appealed to all the Sri Lankans living abroad and well-wishers to consider depositing their foreign currency savings in local bank accounts.
 Coronavirus update: 300 people associated with the third deceased patient sent to quarantine:
Apr 02, Colombo: Steps have been taken to send over 300 people, who were believed to have been in contact with the third person to die from the COVID-19 infection in Sri Lanka, to the Poonani Quarantine Center.
 SriLankan Airlines implements cost-saving measures to ensure its survival, livelihoods of employees:
Apr 02, Colombo: The management of Sri Lanka’s national carrier, SriLankan Airlines has decided to implement cost-saving measures including mandatory salary reductions from the staff for a period of three months to ensure the survival of the airline in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 ADB, UNICEF join forces to supply emergency medical equipment to support Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 response:
Apr 02, Colombo: A $100,000 (LKR 18.17 million) grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has funded the purchase of emergency medical supplies through the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in support of Sri Lanka’s ongoing response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission expresses deep concern over presidential pardon to Sunil Ratnayake:
Apr 02, Colombo: The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) has written to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa expressing its deep concern over the presidential pardon to former Army Corporal Sunil Ratnayake, who was convicted of killing eight civilians including three children.
 Coronavirus Update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 150:
Apr 02, Colombo: The number of total confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka has risen to 150 according to the Health Promotion Bureau report at 6 pm today.
 Sri Lanka SEC to grant relief to investors affected by the COVID-19 hit market:
The Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka taking into consideration the impact caused to investors as a result of the drop in valuations of listed securities on or about 11th March 2020 has decided to grant a moratorium to the clients of all licensed Stock Brokers
 Transparency International Sri Lanka calls for public disclosure of documents on presidential pardon:
Apr 02, Colombo: Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) has called upon the government to publicly disclose all relevant documents in the case of the presidential pardon afforded to the convict in the case of the Mirusuvil Massacre of December 2000.
  All pharmacies in the island will be open today, tomorrow and on 6th:
Apr 02, Colombo: All pharmacies in the island will be open for senior citizens today (02) and tomorrow (03) and on Monday, April 06, police headquarters said.
 Police arrest 1,015 in last 24 hours for breaching curfew:
Apr 02, Colombo: The Police have arrested 1,015 people in the last 24 hours from 6am Wednesday to 6 am today for violating police curfew imposed islandwide to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
 Coronavirus Update: Sri Lanka reports third COVID-19 death:
Apr 01, Colombo: Sri Lanka today reported the third death from the COVID-19 coronavirus infection in the country.
 Government discusses prevailing situation in the country with UNP:
Apr 01, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government today held a discussion with the opposition United National Party (UNP) on the prevailing situation in the country with the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
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