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  Sri Lanka removes COVID-19 restrictions for people arriving from overseas

Dec 07, Colombo: The Ministry of Health has amended the COVID-19 restrictions imposed on people coming to Sri Lanka from foreign countries.

Accordingly, the "Preventive measures for persons arriving from overseas during the pandemic of COVID-19" issued by the Director General of Health Services on 18 April 2022 has been cancelled. The requirement to produce COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate by any person arriving to Sri Lanka via any airport or sea port is removed.

  Sri Lanka fishing and naval communities warned of developing tropical cyclone Mandous:
Dec 08, Colombo: The Department of Meteorology says the deep depression over Southeast Bay of Bengal at 370km east of Trincomalee has concentrated into a cyclonic storm “Mandous”.

 Individual arrested for hiding drugs in school cafeteria and giving false information to the police:
Dec 08, Colombo: The Gampaha Police Division Criminal Investigation unit says that another person was arrested in connection with the discovery of 38 unidentified drug capsules and seven packets of ‘ice’ (crystal methamphetamine) drugs in the canteen of a school in the Malvatuhiripitiya police division in Gampaha.

  A special program to ensure the working conditions and safety of domestic workers in Sri Lanka:
Dec 08, Colombo: The Minister of Labor and Foreign Employment Manusha Nanayakkara has decided to implement a special system to ensure the working conditions and safety of domestic workers working in the country.

  Western Province Provincial Road Development Authority has an excess of 556 employees, COPA discloses:
Dec 08, Colombo: Parliamentary Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) disclosed that there are 556 employees working under the daily wage basis and under contract basis as at December 31st 2021 at the Western Provincial Road Development Authority, exceeding the number of employees of the approved staff.

 Annual Sri Pada pilgrim season in Sri Lanka begins:
Dec 08, Colombo: The annual Sri Pada pilgrim season, which begins from the Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day, began at an auspicious time yesterday for the 2022 - 2023 season.

 Hayleys, John Keells, Softlogic Life and LB Finance win overall excellence in corporate reporting at CA Sri Lanka’s TAGS Awards 2022:
Dec 08, Colombo: The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka (CA Sri Lanka) celebrated excellence in corporate reporting at the TAGS Awards 2022 on Tuesday by honoring leading corporates, multinationals, small entities, and non-profit organizations

 Unilaterally terminating Light Rail project cost nearly Rs. 6 Billion to Sri Lanka, audit report reveals:
Dec 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka incurred nearly Rs. 6 billion loss due to the previous government’s decision to unilaterally cancel the Light Rail Transit (LRT) project, which was started under Japanese loan assistance with the aim of reducing traffic congestion in Colombo and providing a better transport service to the passengers, a report compiled by the National Audit Office revealed.
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 No bonus for Electricity Board employees this year - PUCSL:
Dec 07, Colombo: Janaka Ratnayake, chairman of the Public Utilities Commission, said today (7) afternoon that since the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) is making losses, it has been informed in a letter that no party can pay bonuses this year and that bonuses cannot be paid to the employees of loss-making institutions.

  Wildlife Department earns record income from two cruise ships arrived at Hambanthota Port:
Dec 07, Colombo: The Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation Mahinda Amaraweera said that the wildlife department has received a record income due to the large number of tourists who came to Sri Lanka on November 30 and December 5 on the two luxury cruise ships.

 India’s IRCON awarded $ 14.89 million railway project in Sri Lanka:
Dec 07, Colombo: The government of Sri Lanka has awarded a $14.89 million contract to India’s IRCON International Ltd on a Sri Lanka Railways project under the Indian Line of Credit.

  Sri Lanka, Singapore discuss early implementation of FTA :
Dec 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs Tharaka Balasuriya, who was on a short transit visit to Singapore on 7 December, 2022 met with Singapore’s Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of National Development Sim Ann, the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Singapore said.

 Sri Lanka removes COVID-19 restrictions for people arriving from overseas:
Dec 07, Colombo: The Ministry of Health has amended the COVID-19 restrictions imposed on people coming to Sri Lanka from foreign countries.

  Great Britain supports Sri Lanka to implement Climate Prosperity Plan:
Dec 07, Colombo: Great Britain has expressed its willingness to provide the necessary technical and practical support to Sri Lanka to implement the “Climate Prosperity Plan”, the President’s Media Division said.

 Sri Lanka moves to adopt first-ever National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security with support of Japan and UN Women:
Dec 07, Colombo: Ambassador of Japan to Sri Lanka Hideaki Mizukoshi and the Head of UN Women in Sri Lanka, Ramaaya Salgado Tuesday presented Sri Lanka’s first-ever National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) to Geetha Samanmalee Kumarasinghe, State Minister of Women and Child Affairs.

 Exterminators PLC moves from the Empower Board to the Diri Savi Board:
Dec 07, Colombo: The transfer of Ordinary Voting Shares of Exterminators PLC from the Empower Board of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) to the Diri Savi Board with effect from 2nd December 2022 was approved by the CSE in consultation with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC). The occasion was marked with a special Bell Ringing Ceremony.

 Broker remanded, board members of the private hospital involved in organ transplant racket banned from overseas travel :
Dec 07, Colombo: Colombo Additional Magistrate Rajindra Jayasuriya today ordered the person arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division yesterday on suspicion of brokering a kidney racket at a private hospital in Borella until the 13th December.

 A committee to explore establishing branches of international universities in Sri Lanka:
Dec 07, Colombo: The Minister of Mass Media, Transport and Highways and Chief Cabinet Spokesman, Dr. Bandula Gunawardena said that President Ranil Wickramasinghe instructed the Minister of Education Dr. Susil Premajayantha to appoint a committee to prepare a report and submit to the Parliament within a short period of time regarding the establishment of branches of international universities in Sri Lanka.

  Committee on High Posts approves appointments of an ambassador and four chairmen :
Dec 07, Colombo: The Committee on High Posts approved the appointment of Chairmen to four institutions and appointment of an ambassador Monday (Dec. 05).

 Cloud ERP: Pushing businesses towards faster recovery during crisis:
Dec 07, Colombo: The pandemic revealed gaps and fault lines in business planning, supply chain vulnerabilities declining market share, and, it also made businesses increasingly aware of how important ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) has been to the viability of their businesses.

 Sri Lanka Navy nabs 8 Indians and two trawlers smuggling 4000kg of Kendu Leaves in northwestern waters:
Dec 06, Colombo: A naval patrol conducted in Sri Lanka’s waters northwest of the island on the night of 05th December 2022 led to the interception of 02 Indian fishing trawlers carrying over 4000 kg of Kendu Leaves.
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 Sri Lanka’s trade deficit contracts in October 2022 despite decline in export earnings:
Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s trade deficit contracted in October 2022 despite a decline in export earnings while import expenditure also declined, year-on-year, for the eighth consecutive month, the Central Bank reported in its External Sector Performance review for the month on Tuesday.

 ADB Vice-President meets Sri Lanka President and discusses future assistance:
Dec 06, Colombo: Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice President Shixin Chen met with Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe on 5 December, and discussed future assistance, the ADB said in a statement.

  Sri Lankan businesses participate in the Viet Nam Expo for the first time:
Dec 06, Colombo: The Embassy of Sri Lanka in collaboration with the Export Development Board (EDB) arranged the first-ever participation of Sri Lankan businesses in the Viet Nam Expo, which was held from 01 to 03 December 2022 at Sai Gon Exhibition & Convention Center (SECC) in Ho Chi Minh City.

 Sri Lanka signs the Second Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime :
Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka has signed the Second Additional Protocol to the Convention on Cybercrime on Enhanced Cooperation and Disclosure of Electronic Evidence of the Council of Europe, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Brussels said.

 Formulation of National Policy on Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries discussed :
Dec 06, Colombo: The Working Committee of the National Council Sub Committee too into discussion the formulation of national policy on agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries.
 Speaker calls a special meeting on 8th to appoint MPs not representing Government or Opposition to Constitutional Council:
Dec 06, Colombo: Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana announced Tuesday that a special meeting will be held to appoint Members of Parliament who do not represent the Government or the Opposition to the Constitutional Council.
 Global lenders decide on a coordinated assistance program to recover Sri Lanka from the economic crisis:
Dec 06, Colombo: Representatives of the global lenders, World Bank (WB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) have decided that a coordinated assistance program supported by the multilateral financial institutions is required for Sri Lanka to recover from the economic crisis the country is currently facing.
 An army soldier dies during training:
Dec 06, Colombo: An army soldier who was engaged in a military training exercise in the Mankulam-Kokavil area has lost his life after colliding with a tank used for the training, local media reported.
 CCD arrests the main broker of organ transplant racket:
Dec 06, Colombo: The Colombo Crime Division (CCD) has arrested a 41-year-old resident of Kajimawatta who is said to be the main broker of human organ trafficking in Rajagiriya private hospital.
 Hayleys Plantations sets regional benchmark with GPTW certification for KVPL and TTEL:
Dec 06, Colombo: Hayleys Plantations set yet another benchmark in the local and regional industry when another subsidiary Kelani Valley Plantations PLC (KVPL), was ranked as a Great Place to Work (GPTW) in Asia and Sri Lanka, in addition to being recognised as one of the Best Workplaces for Women.
 President to take measures to introduce a new strong economic system that can face 2050:
Dec 06, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that steps would be taken to introduce a strong new economic system that can face 2050 without implementing economic reforms that offer no solutions to the current economic crisis.
 World Bank approves Sri Lanka’s eligibility to access concessional financing to help stabilize the economy :
Dec 06, Colombo: The World Bank Monday has approved Sri Lanka’s request to access concessional financing from the International Development Association (IDA).
 Gazette notification on the retirement of government employees who have completed 60 years of age issued:
Dec 06, Colombo: An extraordinary gazette notification has been issued regarding compulsory retirement of government employees who have completed 60 years of age.
 Sri Lanka receives entire ‘Bandi Pohora’ requirement for the Maha season :
Dec 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka yesterday received the entire amount of Muriate of Potash (MOP) fertilizer, or commonly known as ‘Bandi Pohora’ required for paddy cultivation in this year’s Maha season.
 China expects cooperation from relevant countries and financial institutions to ease Sri Lanka’s debt burden:
Dec 06, Colombo: China hopes relevant countries and international financial institutions work with China to play a constructive role to ease Sri Lanka’s debt burden helping the island nation to overcome difficulties, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said Monday.
 Chairman of SLTB asked to resign:
Dec 05, Colombo: The Minister of Transport and Highways Bandula Gunawardena has informed the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB), Kingsley Ranawaka, to resign from that position immediately.
 Police protection to former CID director Shani Abeysekara:
Dec 05, Colombo: The Attorney General informed the Court of Appeal that former Director of the Criminal Investigation Department, Senior Superintendent of Police Mr. Shani Abeysekara will be given police protection.
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 Seven-member committee appointed to probe kidney racket:
Dec 05, Colombo: The Ministry of Health has appointed a seven-member committee to carry out a comprehensive investigation regarding the private hospital where the organs are said to have been transplanted.
 Litro Gas increases prices from midnight today:
Dec 05, Colombo: State-owned liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supplier, Litro Gas has increased the prices of domestic gas with effect from Tuesday, December 06.
 CPC reduces white diesel prices, IOC also follows:
Dec 05, Colombo: State-owned fuel distributor, Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) states that the price of a liter of Lanka white diesel has been reduced by 10 rupees from midnight today (05).
 Philippines donates medical supplies to Sri Lanka :
Dec 05, Colombo: The Embassy of Sri Lanka in the Philippines facilitated the donation of 5,000 units of peritoneal dialysis solutions to Sri Lanka from the Chairman of the Philippines-Sri Lanka Business Council Michael Chen.
 Sri Lanka President pledges to prepare background to move country forward with developed countries :
Dec 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickramasinghe said that his aim is to strengthen the country’s economy and prepare the background to move forward with the developed countries of the world.
 Sri Lanka Speaker warns popular newspaper editor to be more responsible and report accurate facts:
Dec 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana today strongly warned the editor of a popular mainstream newspaper to be more responsible to investigate into the truth and report accurate facts when reporting news.
  ADB commends Sri Lankan leaders’ commitment to economic revival through reforms :
Dec 05, Colombo: Vice President of Asian Development Bank (ADB) Shixin Chen said international monetary agencies are highly impressed with the strength of the Sri Lankan leadership and its commitment to achieve speedy economic revival through reforms in monetary sectors.
 India to provide technical assistance to Sri Lanka to uplift local milk production:
Dec 05, Colombo: President Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a committee consisting of representatives of the public and private sectors of Sri Lanka to work with the multidisciplinary team of the National Dairy Development Board of India to prepare a short, medium and long-term plan to increase local milk production to reduce the country’s dependence on imported milk powder.
 Parliamentary Caucus for Children explores the concerns in the field of Probation and Child Care:
Dec 05, Colombo: Parliamentary Caucus for Children recently held a special discussion with the Provincial Commissioners of Probation and Child Care Services to find out the issues in the field of probation and child care in the country.
  Vote on the third reading of the Budget on the 8th:
Dec 05, Colombo: Secretary General of the Parliament, Dhammika Dasanayake said the Committee on Parliamentary Business which met today (05) under the patronage of Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, decided that the Parliament will meet on Tuesday the 13th instead of next Saturday the 10th.
  Sri Lanka Navy arrests 20 persons attempting to illegally migrate from the country:
Dec 05, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has foiled an illegal migration attempt and arrested 20 individuals in a multi-day fishing trawler during a special operation conducted in the seas east of the Foul Point, Trincomalee in the wee hours of 05th December 2022.
 United States provides 9,300 metric tons of fertilizer to paddy farmers in Sri Lanka:
Dec 05, Colombo: The United States officially handed over 9,300 metric tons of urea fertilizer to the Ministry of Agriculture to distribute to more than 193,000 smallholder paddy farmers in Jaffna, Mullaitivu, Mannar, Vavuniya, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, and Monaragala districts.
 Program to award scholarships from the President’s Fund to GCE (A/L) students of low-income families commences:
Dec 05, Colombo: The President’s Fund has started a scholarship program for students with financial difficulties who have passed the G.E.C. (Ordinary Level) examination taken for the first time in 2021 (2022) and will take the G.E.C. (Advanced Level) examination in 2024.
  Passenger bus topples over injuring 19 people in Kilinochchi :
Dec 05, Colombo: A private bus traveling from Colombo to Jaffna met with an accident near the 247th kilometer post of the Kandy - Jaffna A 09 road in Kilinochchi Police Division early this morning (05) injuring 19 passengers.
 Two youths killed in a road accident:
Dec 05, Colombo: Two youths lost their lives in a road accident when their motorcycle collided with a vehicle on the Padukka Colombo road.
 Agriculture Minister instructs officials to take immediate steps to control the spread of fall armyworm caterpillars:
Dec 05, Colombo: As it was reported that the fall armyworm caterpillars is spreading and damaging maize crops in several areas of Anuradhapura district, the Minister of Agriculture Mahinda Amaraweera made a visit to inspect the maize crops in several areas of the district.
 Australian High Commissioner visits Hambantota International Port:
Dec 05, Colombo: As part of their visit to the Hambantota International Port (HIP) on the 29th November, Australian High Commissioner Paul Stephens and his entourage learned about the activities and operations of the port.
  Education Minister emphasizes the need to update public’s technical knowledge:
Dec 04, Colombo: Education Minister Dr. Susil Premajayantha says that technical knowledge of Sri Lanka public should be updated.
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  President approves all the proposals presented by Agriculture Minister to facilitate the farmers:
Dec 04, Colombo: The Minister of Agriculture, Wildlife and Forest Resources Conservation, Mahinda Amaraweera said the President and the Cabinet of Ministers have given approval to all the proposals presented by him to facilitate the farmers.
 Import tax on Big Onions and canned fish revised:
Dec 04, Colombo: The Ministry of Finance, Economic Stabilization and National Policy says that the special commodity tax imposed on Big Onions and canned fish has been revised.
 FDIs into Sri Lanka stay robust amid challenges, BOI says:
Dec 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s investment promotion agency, the Board of Investments (BOI) says it has attracted foreign direct investment (FDI) at record levels notwithstanding a spate of global and local volatilities.
 Sri Lankan charged with murdering estranged wife in Melbourne :
Dec 04, Colombo: A 44-year-old Sri Lankan mother of three living in Sandhurst, Australia, was has beenstabbed to death with a sharp weapon in her home at Sandhurst in Melbourne’s south-east, the country’s media reported.
 Moderate magnitude 4.9 earthquake in Bay of Bengal off Sri Lanka:
Dec 04, Colombo: An earthquake of magnitude 4.9 struck 490 km east of Colombo, Sri Lanka on Sunday, according to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS), the nodal agency of the Government of India for monitoring of earthquake activity.
 Support of the lawyers is vital to preserve unity and integrity of the State - President:
Dec 04, Colombo: The ethnic, religious issues and other genuine concerns of the people could be put behind the past to prevent a break up of unity and integrity of the state by the 75th Independence Anniversary of the country.
  Tourism brings over US$ 1 billion in revenue so far in 2022:
Dec 04, Colombo: According to the data reports released by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka has earned US$ 1129.4 million from the tourism industry during the 11 months from January to November this year.
 Six persons armed with sharp weapons arrested :
Dec 04, Colombo: The Police Special Task Force (STF) says six people were arrested with sharp weapons in a house House 20, Kittampahuwa in Wellampitiya Police Division.
 Central Bank dispels rumors about remittances from migrant workers:
Dec 04, Colombo: The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has issued a statement saying that the speculation that remittances sent by expatriate Sri Lankans to the country are taxed and forcibly converted into Sri Lankan Rupees is completely unfounded.
 Seylan Bank guides SMEs towards expanding their footprint in the export sector:
Dec 04, Colombo: As a responsible banking entity that seeks to harness the potential of individuals and businesses in Sri Lanka, Seylan Bank, the Bank with a Heart, has identified SME Exports as a sector with much potential to contribute to the national economy.
  Special celebration held to mark President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s 50-year long career as a lawyer :
Dec 04, Colombo: A special celebration organized by the legal professionals of Sri Lanka was held Saturday (03) at the Colombo Shangri-La Hotel to mark President Ranil Wickremesinghe’s 50-year-long career as a lawyer.
 Saudi Ambassador suggests establishing a vocational training center to train Sri Lankan migrant workers:
Dec 04, Colombo: The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Sri Lanka Khalid Hamoud Nasser Aldasam Alkahtani recently paid a courtesy call on Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardana in Parliament.
  Paris Club proposes a 10-year moratorium on Sri Lanka’s debt - report:
Dec 03, Colombo: As a solution to the financial crisis that has arisen in Sri Lanka, the Paris Club has proposed a 10-year moratorium on Sri Lanka’s debt and another 15 years to restructure Sri Lanka’s debt, according to a Hindustan Times report.
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 Sri Lanka Police seek public help to find missing youth:
Dec 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police are seeking assistance of the public to find a youth who has been missing from Mawanella area for more than two weeks.
 Sri Lanka to introduce an App for the safety of tourists:
Dec 03, Colombo: Minister of Tourism and Lands Harin Fernando said that a new mobile application (App) will be introduced for the safety of tourists coming to Sri Lanka while promoting the tourism industry.
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