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  Sri Lanka signs USD 500 million Financing Facility Agreement with China Development Bank

Apr 12, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka Monday signed a USD 500 million Financing Facility Agreement with the China Development Bank to facilitate rapid recovery of the economy affected by the COVID19 pandemic.

The loan agreement was signed in Beijing by Dr. Palitha T.B. Kohona, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the People’s Republic of China on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka and Wang Wei, Deputy Director General, China Development Bank on behalf of the China Development Bank. The USD 500 million will be disbursed, during this week, the Finance Ministry said.

 Mrs World Pageant says Sri Lanka’s incident will have no bearing on the next Mrs World Competition:
Apr 12, Colombo: The Mrs World organization issuing a statement with regard to the Mrs Sri Lanka World 2020 National Pageant said it is fully aware of the alleged incident involving reigning Mrs World Caroline Jurie at the pageant and it is a local matter.

 Sri Lanka re-exports crude coconut oil containing carcinogen aflatoxin:
Apr 12, Colombo: The process of re-exporting a consignment of crude coconut oil found to be containing the carcinogen aflatoxin commenced today.
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 Introducing a new electoral system that suits the country is government’s responsibility - Minister Dullas:
Apr 12, Colombo: Dullas Alahapperuma, Minister of Power said that it is the absolute responsibility of the present government and the President to introduce a new electoral system that suits the country.

  Sri Lanka not to vaccinate cricketers with AstraZeneca vaccine:
Apr 12, Colombo: Professor Arjuna de Silva, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Cricket Management Committee has said that the administration of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 to the players of the Sri Lanka Cricket Squad has been suspended.

 Five arrested with 100 kg of ‘ice’ in Sapugaskanda:
Apr 12, Colombo: Five suspects have been arrested by the Police Narcotics Bureau (PNB) in the Sapugaskanda area with nearly 100 kilograms of the narcotic crystal methamphetamine (ice), police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.

 Sri Lanka signs USD 500 million Financing Facility Agreement with China Development Bank:
Apr 12, Colombo: The Government of Sri Lanka Monday signed a USD 500 million Financing Facility Agreement with the China Development Bank to facilitate rapid recovery of the economy affected by the COVID19 pandemic.

 IFJ demands release of arrested freelance journalist :
Apr 12, Colombo: The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Monday demanded the release of Freelance Journalist Malika Abeykoon, who was assaulted and arrested by Sri Lankan police on April 7 and remanded until April 12.

 Aitken Spence expands its portfolio in hydropower :
Apr 12, Colombo: Aitken Spence PLC has announced that the company has recently acquired hydropower operator Waltrim Energy Limited, a subsidiary of Sunshine Holdings PLC for Rs. 900 million.

  U.S. Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation celebrates 20 years of protecting Sri Lanka’s rich and diverse heritage :
Apr 12, Colombo: This month marks the 20th anniversary of the U.S. State Department’s Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP), which has provided more than 200 million Sri Lankan Rupees ($1 million) in funding to protect Sri Lanka’s diverse cultural treasures.

 Provision of Rs. 5000 allowance to low-income and Samurdhi families begins today:
Apr 12, Colombo: The government has decided to provide an allowance of Rs. 5,000 during the Sinhala and Tamil New Year to the low-income and Samurdhi families affected by the Covid-19 epidemic.

  580 people have died in accidents since January :
Apr 12, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Police say 580 people have been killed in road accidents in various parts of the country since January 01.

  UNP condemns arrest of Jaffna mayor :
Apr 12, Colombo: The United National Party (UNP) has condemned the arrest of Jaffna Mayor Manivannan Visvalingam by the police under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

 Police arrest six people with 13 kg of ‘Ice’:
Apr 12, Colombo: Six persons, including two women, were arrested with 13 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine also know an ‘ice’ in the Niwandama area in Ja-Ela.

 Pan Asia Bank achieves a milestone for its Treasury expertise:
Apr 12, Colombo: Pan Asia Bank was recently bestowed with the prestigious ‘Best Bank for Treasury Activities Sri Lanka 2021-Treasury’ award by the Global Banking & Finance Awards 2021.

  ICRA Lanka assigns [SL]BBB+ with Stable outlook for Lotus Hydro Power PLC:
Apr 11, Colombo: ICRA Lanka Limited has assigned the issuer rating of [SL]BBB+ with Stable outlook for Lotus Hydro Power PLC (LHP or the Company).
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 Colombo Stock market open tomorrow for normal trading :
Apr 11, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) announced that the Market will open as usual for trading tomorrow, 12th April 2012.

  Sri Lanka, US review bilateral engagements to strengthen ties:
Apr 11, Colombo: The Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has held discussions with the US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B. Teplitz.

 Coronavirus update: 283 new COVID-19 cases identified Sunday, total rises to 94,131:
Apr 11, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 283 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Sunday.

 Minister instructs to manufacture water meters in Sri Lanka:
Apr 11, Colombo: Water Supply and Drainage Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara has instructed the National Water Supply and Drainage Board (NWSDB) to take measures for its Maintenance and Industrial Unit to manufacture the water meters provided to the consumers by the Board.

  Ratmalana Airport ready for leisure flying :
Apr 11, Colombo: The Ratmalana Airport will be promoted as a Leisure Flying Center under the Government’s program to develop the Airport as a domestic aviation hub, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said.

 Ministry of Industries seeks investors to revive salterns:
Apr 11, Colombo: Secretary to the Ministry of Industries Anusha Palpita recently made an observation visit to the Paranthan Chemical Factory, the Elephant Pass Saltern and the Kurinchathivu Saltern for the future development activities of the industries.

 Sri Lanka reports two COVID-19 deaths Sunday, toll rises to 598:
Apr 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka confirmed two deaths on Sunday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 598, according to health authorities.

 Director of Apeksha Hospital Dr. Wasantha Dissanayake passes away:
Apr 11, Colombo: Dr. Wasantha Dissanayake, Director of the Maharagama Apeksha Hospital passed away this morning (11) after a brief illness.

 Motor Traffic Department operations to continue as usual on Monday:
11, Colombo: The Narahenpita and Werahera offices of the Department of Motor Traffic will remain open as usual Monday (12), Commissioner General of Motor Traffic Sumith Alahakoon said.

 HNB renews partnership with Prime Group to offer special housing loans:
Apr 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s most customer-friendly bank HNB PLC, renewed its partnership with Prime Group to provide customers with exclusive low-interest loans on properties offered by the real estate giant.
 Roshan Abeysundera sets new record swimming across Palk Strait from Sri Lanka to India and back in 28 hours:
Apr 11, Colombo: Leading Aircraftman Roshan Abeysundara of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) has set a new world record swimming across Palk Strait from Talaimannar to Dhanushkodi and back in 28 hours.
  All banks will remain open Monday:
Apr 11, Colombo: The public holiday declared on Monday April 12 will not be applicable for state and private banks, the Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration said.
 Police to crack down on COVID-19 rule violators:
Apr 11, Colombo: A special circular has been issued by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to take action against persons who violate public health regulations during the festive season, Police Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
 Blue Beach Island Underwater Gallery off Nilwella Coast built by Sri Lanka Navy declared open :
Apr 11, Colombo: At the invitation of Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Nishantha Ulugetenne Minister of Youth and Sports Namal Rajapaksa declared open the ‘Blue Beach Island Underwater Gallery’ at Nilwella beach Saturday.
 Coronavirus update: 284 new COVID-19 cases identified Saturday, total rises to 94,848:
Apr 10, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 284 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Saturday.
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 FM apprises EU envoys on political and economic developments in Sri Lanka:
Apr 10, Colombo: Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena met with the Colombo-based senior diplomatic representation of the European Union (EU) on Friday, 09 April 2021 at the Foreign Ministry, and apprised them on political and economic developments in Sri Lanka, the Foreign Ministry said.
 Rs. 5000 allowance to low income and Samurdhi recipient families for the New Year:
Apr 10, Colombo: The government has decided to provide an allowance of Rs. 5000 to Samurdhi and low income families affected by the Covid epidemic in view of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year, Shehan Semasinghe, State Minister of Samurdhi, Home Economy, Micro Finance, Self-Employment and Business Development said.
 India- Sri Lanka Police Chiefs’ Dialogue aims to enhance existing cooperation between the police forces :
Apr 10, Colombo: The first delegation level virtual Police Chiefs’ Dialogue between the Police Chiefs of India and Sri Lanka was held Thursday (April 8, 2021) in a cordial and constructive environment, which is a hallmark of close and friendly relation between the two countries, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said.
 109 samples of coconut oil certified to be free of toxic chemicals:
Apr 10, Colombo: Lasantha Alagiyawanna, State Minister of Co-operative Services, Marketing Development and Consumer Protection said 109 samples of coconut oil obtained from the market did not contain toxic chemicals.
 Sri Lanka reports one COVID-19 death Saturday, toll rises to 596:
Apr 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka confirmed one death on Saturday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 596, according to health authorities.
 Sri Lanka Air Force swimmer Roshan Abeysundara to swim across Palk Strait from Talaimannar to Dhanushkodi and back :
Apr 10, Colombo: Leading Aircraftman Roshan Abeysundara of the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) today embarked on a challenging endeavor of swimming across the Palk Strait from Talaimannar in Sri Lanka to Dhanushkodi in India and back.
  India finalizes an air bubble agreement with Sri Lanka:
Apr 10, Colombo: The Indian government has finalized an air bubble agreement with Sri Lanka, which will allow all eligible passengers to travel between the two countries in the near future, the Indian Ministry Of Civil Aviation said on Facebook on Saturday.
  As Sri Lankan economy recovers, focus on competitiveness and debt sustainability will ensure a resilient rebound - World Bank:
Apr 10, Colombo: Despite the heavy toll of the COVID-19 pandemic on Sri Lanka’s economy and the lives of its people, the economy will recover in 2021, though challenges remain, says the latest World Bank Sri Lanka Development Update: Economic and Poverty Impact of COVID-19 released Friday.
 Post-harvest losses of fruits and vegetables cost Sri Lankan economy Rs. 20 billion annually:
Apr 10, Colombo: In accordance with an audit conducted by the National Audit Office in 2015, the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) disclosed that about 270,000 metric tons of vegetables and fruits are being wasted annually and as a result, the loss to the Sri Lankan economy is around Rs. 20 billion.
 A new director for the CID:
Apr 10, Colombo: Director of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Nishantha Zoysa, has been appointed as the Director of the Crime Division at the Police Headquarters, said Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana.
 ComBank funded CISCO virtual IT courses benefit many students in 2020:
Apr 10, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon in collaboration with the CISCO Networking Academy has enabled around 500 students from government schools to follow IT courses of their choice on a virtual platform free of charge in 2020.
 Coronavirus update: 228 new COVID-19 cases identified Friday, total rises to 94,564:
Apr 10, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 228 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Friday.
  Sri Lanka reports two COVID-19 deaths Friday, toll rises to 595:
Apr10, Colombo: Sri Lanka confirmed two deaths on Friday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 595, according to health authorities.
 Fitch affirms Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC at ‘AA(lka)’; Outlook Stable:
Apr 10, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Sri Lanka-based consumer-durable retailer Singer (Sri Lanka) PLC at ‘AA(lka)’. The Outlook is Stable.
 Mrs World 2020 Caroline Jurie relinquishes her crown:
Apr 09, Colombo: Reigning Mrs. World Caroline Jurie today defended her recent actions at the Mrs. Sri Lanka for Mrs. World pageant and relinquished her crown.
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 President appoints Task Force to achieve goals of ‘Discussion with the Village’ national program:
Apr 09, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a has appointed a Presidential Task Force to achieve the goals set by the government through the “Gama Samaga Pilisandara” (Discussion with the Village) program and to effectively and efficiently guide, pursue and review the progress of the program.
 2021 GCE Advanced Level Examination from October 04th to 30th :
Apr 09, Colombo: The GCE Advanced Level examination that was scheduled to be held in August 2021 will be held from October 04 to October 30 this year, Education Minister Prof. GL Peiris said.
  Train Strike called off temporarily:
Apr 09, Colombo: The railway trade unions have decided to call off their sudden strike action launched today following discussions with the relevant authorities.
 Sri Lanka and New Zealand inaugurate Foreign Ministry Consultations:
Apr 09, Colombo: The First Round of Foreign Ministry Consultations between Sri Lanka and New Zealand was held virtually on 08 April 2021, Foreign Ministry said.
 Fresh drive by SEC to take investing in stock market to villages:
Apr 09, Colombo: Encouraged by consistent and credible upturn and improved outlook for listed equities and debt, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has renewed its effort to take the proposition of investing in the stock market to the villages, the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) announced in a statement.
 Sports is a common factor uniting Sri Lanka and Pakistan - HC:
Apr 09, Colombo: As part of the Government of Pakistan’s Sports Diplomacy with the Government of Sri Lanka, the High Commissioner of Pakistan in Colombo, Maj Gen (R) Muhammad Saad Khattak Friday visited the D.S. Senanayake College in Colombo.
 Gazette notification to recruit 40 eligible candidates to join the Sri Lanka Foreign Service issued:
Apr 09, Colombo: The Foreign Ministry Friday announced that a gazette notification to recruit 40 eligible candidates to join the Sri Lanka Foreign Service (SLFS) is now published.
 Sri Lanka Central Bank cautions public on risks in investing in Virtual Currencies :
Apr 09, Colombo: Considering the recent inquiries on virtual currency usage in the international and domestic markets, Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Friday cautioned the public of the risks associated with investing in Virtual Currencies.
 Parliamentary Select Committee on gender equality meets for the first time:
Apr 09, Colombo: The Parliamentary Select Committee which was appointed to ensure gender equality and to look into the discrimination against women in Sri Lanka and present its recommendations to Parliament, met for the first time in Parliament recently.
  Speaker extends his gratitude to Government of Cuba for their continuous support towards Sri Lanka:
Apr 09, Colombo: Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena extended his gratitude to the Government of Cuba for their continuous support towards Sri Lanka during the difficult times
 AkzoNobel harnesses AI technology to introduce Dulux Preview Service:
Apr 09, Colombo: AkzoNobel’s Dulux has harnessed the transformative power of machine learning technology and AI to introduce for the first time in Sri Lanka, a new concept that allows customers to accurately visualize their dream space ahead of their next paint job.
 Special public transport services for Sinhala and Tamil New Year from today:
Apr 09, Colombo: Special transport services will be in operation from today (09) for people traveling to rural areas for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year.
  Angoda Lokka’s mentor ‘Cheaty’ arrested in Mulleriyawa:
Apr 09, Colombo: The Police Special Task Force (STF) has arrested a wanted drug trafficker, Sarath Kumara alias ‘Cheeti’ in the Mulleriyawa area Friday morning (9), Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana says.
 Ajith Mannapperuma sworn in as a Member of Parliament:
Apr 09, Colombo: Former State Minister Ajith Mannapperuma today (April 09) was sworn in as a Member of Parliament to represent Gampaha Electoral District.
 Dialog Enterprise partners NetFoundry to launch Network-as-a-service (NaaS) in Sri Lanka:
Apr 09, Colombo: In a strategic partnership with NetFoundry, the leaders in cloud-native zero trust networking, Dialog Enterprise announced the introduction of Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) for its enterprise customers.
  President takes many steps to maintain law and order and ensure national security :
Apr 09, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa stressed that the government is committed to create a peaceful situation in the country for all citizens to live without fear or suspicion and will take many steps to maintain law and order and ensure national security.
  Jaffna mayor arrested for promoting LTTE ideology:
Apr 09, Colombo: Apr 09, Colombo: The Mayor of the Jaffna Municipal Council Manivannan Visvalingam has been arrested this morning (09) by the Jaffna police for promoting the LTTE and its ideology, police said.
 Coronavirus update: 343 new COVID-19 cases identified Thursday, total rises to 94,336:
Apr 08, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 343 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Thursday.
 Renovated Pettah Floating Market opened for public again:
Apr 08, Colombo: Marking another milestone in the massive development of Colombo Pettah and surrounding areas the Pettah Floating Market, which was completely renovated was reopened to the public Wednesday (07).
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 Importation of palm oil banned as it is harmful to public health - PMD:
Apr 08, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided to ban the importation of palm oil with immediate effect as the consumption of imported palm oil is detrimental to public health, the President’s Media Division (PMD) said in a statement.
 Ajith Mannapperuma elected as a Member of Parliament :
Apr 08, Colombo: The Election Commission has declared that Ajith Kumara Mannapperuma has been elected as a Member of the Ninth Parliament.
 Second dose of AstraZeneca vaccine from April 23:
Apr 08, Colombo: Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi said the second dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to those who have taken the first dose will be administered from April 23 in accordance with the relevant period of the first dose.
 Vaccination with Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine after approval by the World Health Organization - Health Minister:
Apr 08, Colombo: Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi stated in Parliament that the Policy Decision on vaccination of people with the Sinopharm vaccine received from China for emergency use will be taken only after the World Health Organization (WHO) approves it.
 Sri Lanka Cricket appoints new Selection Committee :
Apr 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Thursday announced the appointment of a new Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket, with immediate effect.
 Speaker thanks the government of Kuwait for the assistance provided for Sri Lankans in Kuwait :
Apr 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena extended his gratitude to the government of Kuwait for the assistance including healthcare facilities provided for Sri Lankans presently working in Kuwait.
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