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  Prime Minister praises health workers, tri forces, police for sacrifice to battle COVID-19

Apr 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today praised the health care providers for their sacrifice and commended the tri forces and police for their “tireless efforts’ to keep the spread of COVID-19 at bay.

“I would like to remember the sacrifices made by our health care providers who have sacrificed their families, time and even their own health so that you and I are safe. We thank you and we are grateful for all the sacrifices you have made to ensure Sri Lanka stays safe,” the Premier said.

 Police arrest 1,815 people for violating curfew in last 24 hours:
Apr 08, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested 1,815 people in the 24 hours ended at 06:00 am today (08th April), for violating the curfew.

  Power supply will not be interrupted - Minister Amaraweera:
Apr 08, Colombo: The Minister of Power and Energy, Mahinda Amaraweera said that there is no decision for any power cuts, power failures except in an extreme emergency, or rate hikes as well to increase fuel prices In the face of the current situation.

 Sri Lankan banks’ risks to persist despite regulatory measures:
Apr 08, Colombo: Fitch Ratings believes that the extraordinary regulatory measures announced by the Central Bank - focusing on the relaxation of capital expectations and classification of loans for banks - should relieve immediate pressure on the banks’ financial profiles

 CCC webinar to assist SMES to adapt, overcome COVID-19 challenges:
Apr 08, Colombo: In assisting small and medium enterprises (SMES) to adapt to a POST-COVID-19 world, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) is hosting a webinar for SMES this Thursday (April 9).

 Pharmacies will be opened tomorrow islandwide:
Apr 08, Colombo: The government has decided to open all pharmacies throughout the country tomorrow for the public.

  Validity period for curfew passes extended until April 30:
Apr 08, Colombo: The validity period of curfew permits issued for essential services until 10th April has been extended to till April 30, the Police Media announced.

 New robots-assisted Isolation Hospital for COVID-19 patients, improvised by Army opened :
Apr 07, Colombo: A new hospital to treat COVID-19 patients improvised by the Sri Lanka Army on the instructions of the Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, was opened today for use.

  Distribution of essential food items to low income families continues uninterrupted:
Apr 07, Colombo: Distribution of essential food items to low income families after the islandwide curfew was enforced continues uninterrupted with the contribution of both public and private sector , according to local authorities.
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 All liquor shops in the Southern Province sealed:
Apr 07, Colombo: The Excise Department has taken steps to seal all licensed liquor shops in the Southern Province until the police curfew currently imposed islandwide is completely concluded, the Deputy Excise Commissioner Kapila Kumarasinghe said.

 Prime Minister praises health workers, tri forces, police for sacrifice to battle COVID-19:
Apr 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today praised the health care providers for their sacrifice and commended the tri forces and police for their “tireless efforts’ to keep the spread of COVID-19 at bay.

  Dambulla Economic Center closed indefinitely to minimize spread of COVID-19:
Apr 07, Colombo: It has been decided to close the Dambulla Dedicated Economic Center until further notice, the chairman of the Dambulla Economic Center Trade Association, Channa Arawwala said.

 Sri Lanka’s COVID–19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund reaches Rs. 420 million:
Apr 07, Colombo: With donations of Rs. 60 million from the Ministry of Defense and the Police, the COVID–19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund, established by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has now reached Rs. 420 million, the President’s Media Division said.

 Sri Lanka introduces new mechanism to issue curfew passes:
Apr 07, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has implemented a new mechanism to issue curfew passes, the President’s Media Division announced.

 India gifts a 10-tonne consignment of medicines to Sri Lanka:
Apr 07, Colombo: India today gifted a 10 tonne consignment of essential lifesaving medicines to the Government of Sri Lanka, in view of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

 Coronavirus Update: Sri Lanka COVID-19 cases rise to 185:
Apr 07, Colombo: The number of total confirmed COVID-19 coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka has risen to 185 according to the Health Promotion Bureau report released at 7 pm Tuesday.

 Payments for public beneficiaries in Colombo to begin tomorrow:
Apr 07, Colombo: The Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) says the community service to deliver the payments of aid to beneficiaries of public aid given due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Colombo area will begin Wednesday (April 08).

 Sri Lanka reports 6th COVID-19 death:
Apr 07, Colombo: Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that the 6th death in Sri Lanka due to coronavirus infection was reported today (07).

 Police arrest 1,107 people for violating curfew in last 24 hours:
Apr 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested 1,107 people in the 24 hours ended at 06:00 am today (07th April), for violating the curfew.

  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.
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  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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