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  President instructs to expedite import procedures and administering COVID-19 vaccines to public

May 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the relevant officials to expedite both the import procedures and administering COVID-19 vaccines to the public as the third wave of the epidemic is raging in the country.

During a discussion held with the COVID-19 Committee today (07), which meets daily at the Presidential Secretariat, the President emphasized that the maximum number of COVID-19 shots should be given within a short period of time, the President’s Media Division said.

 Coronavirus update: 1914 new COVID-19 cases identified Friday, total rises to 121,338:
May 07, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 1,914 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Friday.

 WHO approves China’s Sinopharm Covid vaccine, Sri Lanka expects to begin inoculation soon :
May 07, Colombo: The World Health Organization (WHO) has granted emergency approval for the Covid vaccine made by Chinese company Sinopharm.
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 Sri Lanka reports 19 more COVID-19 deaths Friday, toll rises to 764:
May 07, Colombo: The Director General of Health Services confirmed 19 deaths caused by Covid-19 virus infection Friday. The total number of deaths due to Covid-19 infection in Sri Lanka is 764 by now.

  The Prime Minister says development programs will not be hampered by any challenges:
May 07, Colombo: “We as a country, should join hands and face this challenging time,” Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said today emphasizing that the development process of the country will not be limited by any challenges.

 All educational institutions indefinitely closed in Sri Lanka:
May 07, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has decided not to reopen all schools, pre-schools, pirivenas, tuition classes and universities in the country until further notice due to the threat of Covid 19 in the country, Education Minister Prof. GL Peiris said.

  Talawakelle Tea Research Institute premises and St. Coombs Estate will be isolated:
May 07, Colombo: Lindula Health Medical Officer Janath Abeygunaratne said that steps have been taken to isolate the Talawakelle Tea Research Institute premises and the St. Coombs Estate Grama Niladhari Division from today (07).

 Welisara Economic Center closed:
May 07, Colombo: It has been decided to close the Welisara Economic Center until further notice.

 Sri Lanka approves Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine for emergency use :
May 07, Colombo: The National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) of Sri Lanka has approved the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine in the country.

 President instructs to expedite import procedures and administering COVID-19 vaccines to public:
May 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the relevant officials to expedite both the import procedures and administering COVID-19 vaccines to the public as the third wave of the epidemic is raging in the country.

 President holds successful discussion with WHO chief to obtain more COVID vaccines :
May 07, Colombo: The zoom discussion held between World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was very successful, the President’s Media Division said.

 PM calls on teachers and principals to commit to elevate examination results to a higher level :
May 07, Colombo: The Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today (07) said that teachers as well as principals of all schools in the country should work hard to bring the examination results of their schools to a higher level as there is a tendency for children to seek admission to schools that show high results.

  World Bank strengthens engagement in Sri Lanka:
May 07, Colombo: The World Bank Thursday launched public consultations to update its Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD) in Sri Lanka. This online platform will enable the Bank to engage with the Sri Lankan public and development partners and seek their views on the most pressing development opportunities and challenges for the country.

 The government that tasted Dhammika Peniya is now stuck neck-deep’ - UNP leader:
May 07, Colombo: Leader of the United National Party (UNP) and former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday (6) that the Sri Lankan government is now seeing the consequences of giving “Dhammika Peniya” to the people all over the country when other countries in the world were conducting research to control the coronavirus pandemic.

 STF arrest drug dealer with Rs. 20 million worth ‘ice’ and ‘hash’:
May 07, Colombo: The Police Special Task Force (STF) arrested a 23-year-old suspect with 2.2 kilograms of methamphetamine, also called ‘ice’ during a raid carried out by in the Bloemendhal area in Colombo.

 Police arrest 436 for violating COVID regulations:
May 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested 436 people for violating the COVID regulations in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00 am Friday (07), Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.

 Government to suspend 2 million ownerless Facebook accounts:
May 07, Colombo: Media Minister Dr. Keheliya Rambukwella has said that legal action will be taken in the near future to suspend about 2 million Facebook accounts

 12 more GN Divisions in three districts isolated, isolation lifted in 4 GN divisions:
May 07, Colombo: General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army, Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of Covid 19 outbreak, Friday announced that following Grama Niladhari Divisions in Colombo, Gampaha, and Kalutara districts have been designated as isolated areas with immediate effect.

 DFCC Bank partners with Visa for Micro Merchant transactions:
May 07, Colombo: DFCC Bank, with the aim of being the most customer-centric and digitally-enabled bank in the years to come, recently partnered with Visa to facilitate digitally driven, cost-effective transactions at Micro Merchant Businesses and increase card acceptance among Micro Merchants in Sri Lanka.

 SEC to Showcase Sri Lanka as an attractive destination for foreign portfolio investment:
May 07, Colombo: The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has performed exceptionally well in the past 12 months with the All Share Price Index (ASPI) appreciating more than 55% and the S&P SL 20 Index appreciating more than 44%.

 Coronavirus update: 1895 new COVID-19 cases identified Thursday, total rises to 119,424:
May 06, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 1,939 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Thursday.
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 Sri Lanka reports 11 more COVID-19 deaths Thursday, toll rises to 745:
May 06, Colombo: The Director General of Health Services confirmed 11 deaths caused by Covid-19 virus infection Thursday. The total number of deaths due to Covid-19 infection in Sri Lanka is 745 by now.

  Prime Minister to launch construction of Ruwanpura Expressway tomorrow :
May 06, Colombo: Work on the first phase of the Ruwanpura Expressway, the seventh expressway to be constructed in Sri Lanka, from Kahatuduwa to Ingiriya will commence tomorrow (07) under the patronage of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

 Sri Lanka higher courts decide to hear only urgent cases due to risk of COVID-19:
May 06, Colombo: The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka has decided to hear only urgent cases from today (6) to the 14th of this month considering the Covid-19 risk in the city of Colombo, the Secretary of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka said.

 Sri Lanka to waive landing and parking fees for flights to Mattala International Airport for two years:
May 06, Colombo: It has been decided to waive landing and parking fees for International airline flights to Mattala International Airport for two years, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said.

 Army officer becomes ill while exercising and dies at hospital:
May 06, Colombo: An officer of the Dombagoda Army Camp in Horana has died after becoming ill while engaged in physical exercises and hospitalized this morning, Anguruwatota Police said.
 Sri Lanka to expedite the use of the Ayurvedic hospital system to manage resurgence of COVID-19 :
May 06, Colombo: Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control and Sisira Jayakody, State Minister of Indigenous Medicine Promotion, Rural and Ayurveda Hospitals Development and Community Health held a crucial discussion today (06) to expedite the use of the 5000-bed Ayurvedic hospital system to manage the third wave of COVID-19.
 Inland Revenue Department achieves 98% of the tax revenue target in first 3 months of 2021:
May 06, Colombo: The Inland Revenue Department informed the parliamentary Committee on Public Finance that it has achieved 98 percent of the target set for the tax revenue in the first three months of this year.
 CSE records over 29% growth in Total Market Turnover in April 2021:
May 06, Colombo: Total Market Turnover of the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) demonstrated a positive growth of 29.43% in the month of April compared to the previous month, the CSE announced.
 Sri Lanka prays for the health and well-being of the people of India:
May 06, Colombo: The High Commission of India in Colombo, on behalf of the Government and people of India, has expressed its sincere gratitude to the Clergy and people of Sri Lanka...
  Sri Lanka commences administering Sputnik V COVID vaccine :
May 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka Thursday commenced administering the Sputnik V vaccine for COVID-19 developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Russia.
 Sri Lanka bars travelers arriving from India :
May 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka on Thursday announced that all arrivals from India will be banned with immediate effect due to the record rise in Covid-19 cases in the neighboring country.
 Sri Lanka - Indonesia Parliamentary Friendship Association strengthens bilateral cooperation:
May 06, Colombo: Member of Parliament W.D.J Seneviratne, was elected as the new President of the Sri Lanka-Indonesia Parliamentary Friendship Association recently at the revival meeting of the association for the ninth Parliament.
 Speaker receives Supreme Court’s determination on the Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill :
May 06, Colombo: The Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena received the Supreme Court’s determination on the Colombo Port City Economic Commission draft Bill Thursday (06), the Parliament Communication Department said.
  238 arrested for violating COVID regulations:
May 06, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police have arrested 238 people for violating the COVID regulations yesterday (05), Police Media Spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
 Highways Minister instructs to complete construction of flyovers in Colombo within 12 months:
May 06, Colombo: During the awarding of contracts for the construction of flyovers, Highways Minister Johnston Fernando instructed the contractors to complete the construction of the flyovers that are being constructed to ease the heavy traffic congestion in the Colombo suburbs within 12 months.
  Restrictions will be imposed on travel between provinces if COVID-19 cases increase, DGHS warns :
May 06, Colombo: Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director General of Health Services, warns that travel restrictions will have to be imposed between provinces if more COVID-19 infected patients are reported.
  Restrictions will be imposed on travel between provinces if COVID-19 cases increase, DGHS warns :
May 06, Colombo: Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director General of Health Services, warns that travel restrictions will have to be imposed between provinces if more COVID-19 infected patients are reported.
 Seylan Bank rises up the ranks in LMD 100:
May 06, Colombo: Seylan Bank PLC, the bank with a heart, reaffirmed its position as one of the strongest business entities in the country by securing the 20th place in the latest edition of the LMD 100 ranking
 HNB supports Sri Lanka Welfare Society of the Blind Wome:
May 06, Colombo: Supporting the livelihoods of visually impaired women, Sri Lanka’s most customer friendly bank HNB PLC donated 300 white canes and dry ration packs to the members of the Sri Lanka Welfare Society of the Blind Women.
 Sri Lanka reports 14 more COVID-19 deaths Wednesday, toll rises to 734:
May 06, Colombo: The Director General of Health Services confirmed 14 deaths caused by Covid-19 virus infection Wednesday. The total number of deaths due to Covid-19 infection in Sri Lanka is 734 by now.
 Sri Lanka reports first death of a pregnant woman from COVID-19 :
May 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka has reported the first death of a pregnant woman from the COVID-19 virus, according to health authorities.
 No island rankings in the GCE A/L examination this time- Commissioner General of Examinations:
May 05, Colombo: The Commissioner General of Examinations B. Sanath Pujitha said the results of the GCE Advanced Level Examination have been released
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 Dinesh Gunawardena to chair the Parliament Select Committee appointed to identify appropriate election law reforms:
May 05, Colombo: Speaker of Parliament Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena Wednesday announced the Members of Parliament to serve on the Select Committee of Parliament to identify appropriate reforms of the election laws and the electoral system and to recommend necessary amendments.
  Prime Minister initiates development of Kurunegala, Mattala, Lunugamvehera and Beliatta as modern cities:
May 05, Colombo: A discussion to develop Kurunegala, Mattala, Lunugamvehera and Beliatta as fully modern cities was held under the patronage of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Prime Minister’s Office at the Parliament Complex this morning (05).
  Coronavirus update: 1939 new COVID-19 cases identified Wednesday, total rises to 117,529:
May 05, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 1,939 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Wednesday.
 Sputnik V vaccine will be given from tomorrow:
May 05, Colombo: Russian made Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine, brought from Russia Tuesday will be given to the people of Sri Lanka from tomorrow (06) Prof. Channa Jayasumana, State Minister of Pharmaceuticals, Supplies and Regulation said.
  Fitch Affirms DSI Samson Group at ‘AA(lka)’; Outlook Stable:
May 05, Colombo: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Sri-Lanka based footwear and tire manufacturer and retailer DSI Samson Group (Private) Limited (DSG) at ‘AA(lka)’. The Outlook is Stable.
  Shani Abeysekara and two others remanded again until May 19:
May 05, Colombo: Gampaha Chief Magistrate Manjula Karunaratne today remanded former Director of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) SSP Shani Abeysekara and two other suspects until May 19.
  Despite Speaker’s approval, detained MP Bathiudeen was not brought to Parliament - Chief Opposition Whip:
May 05, Colombo: Chief Opposition Whip Lakshman Kiriella alleged in Parliament yesterday (4) that although the Speaker had agreed to bring Wanni district MP Rishad Bathiudeen, who is being held under detention orders, to Parliament, he had not been brought to Parliament.
 Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa elected chair of the Asian Development Bank Board of Governors:
May 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa was elected as the Chairman of the Asian Development Bank Board of Governors for the year 2021/2022 at the 54th Annual General Meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) held virtually this afternoon (05).
 Construction industry stakeholders of Sri Lanka and Nepal discuss areas to strengthen collaboration:
May 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka Embassy in Nepal partnered with the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka (EDB) to connect construction industry stakeholders of the two countries in a webinar titled “Collaboration in the Construction Industry between Sri Lanka and Nepal “on Tuesday, 04 May 2021.
 Webinar on “Accelerating Growth of Food Sector” held for buyer –seller meet between Sri Lanka and Singapore:
May 05, Colombo: As an initiative of FYIstival South Asia Edition of Global Connect at the Singapore Business Federation (SBF), a webinar on “Accelerating Growth of Food Sector and a Buyer Seller Meet” was organized
 Sri Lanka reports 11 more COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, toll rises to 720:
May 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka confirmed nine more deaths on Tuesday due to COVID -19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 720, according to health authorities.
  UNICEF urges action to protect children from impact of new Covid-19 surge in South Asia:
May 05, Colombo: UNICEF, the United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide, warns that the deadly new surge in South Asia threatens to reverse global gains against the COVID-19 pandemic and have disproportionate impact on children.
 The UK and Sri Lanka lead on ‘Nitrogen for Climate and Green Recovery’:
May 05, Colombo: The British High Commission in Colombo and the Government of Sri Lanka this week held a virtual event “Nitrogen for Climate and Green Recovery”, on 27 - 29 April 2021, in Colombo.
 Central Bank bond fraud case to be heard on June 07:
May 05, Colombo: The Colombo Permanent High Court has ordered that the case of the Central Bank bond scam against ten suspects, including former Central Bank Governor Arjun Mahendran, be taken up on June 07.
  Sri Lanka Navy establishes an Intermediate Treatment Center for Covid patients at Boosa naval base:
May 05, Colombo: As Covid-19 cases mount sharply in the country, Sri Lanka Navy has established an Intermediate Care Centre for COVID 19 at the Boossa naval base in Galle on Tuesday.
  President arrives in parliament:
May 05, Colombo: President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has arrived in the Parliament a short while ago and has taken his seat in the chamber, the Parliament Communication Department said.
 Daily 25000 PCR tests conducted at a cost of Rs. 40 million, Health Minister says:
May 05, Colombo: The Minister of Health Pavithra Wanniarachchi stated in Parliament Tuesday (04) that 25,000 PCR tests are performed daily to identify Covid patients and that it costs around Rs. 40 million daily.
  HNB and Sun Lanka offer unmatched discounts on SANY heavy machinery :
May 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s premier private sector bank HNB PLC announced unmatched discounts and convenient leasing options for SANY heavy machinery in partnership with Sun Lanka Auto Traders.
 DFCC Pinnacle redefines premier banking with a seamless financial experience:
May 05, Colombo: DFCC Bank, the premier commercial bank in Sri Lanka, continues to reaffirm its position as the key provider of seamless financial services to the island’s growing affluent population, through its premier banking proposition, DFCC Pinnacle.
  12 more Grama Niladhari Divisions in four districts isolated:
May 05, Colombo: General Shavendra Silva, Commander of the Army, Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of Covid 19 outbreak, Tuesday announced that following Grama Niladhari Divisions in Colombo, Gampaha, Ratnapura and Vavuniya have been designated as isolated areas with immediate effect.
 Coronavirus update: 1914 new COVID-19 cases identified Tuesday, total rises to 115,590:
May 04, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 1,914 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Tuesday.
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 Sri Lanka Army to add over 10,000 beds to COVID-19 treatment centers:
May 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka Army will supply more than 100,000 beds and make their camps available to function as Intermediate Care Centers, General Shavendra Silva, Army Commander and Head of the National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) said Tuesday.
 Sri Lanka facing a shortage of 600,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine – State Minister:
May 04, Colombo: State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics, and COVID Disease Control, Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle on Tuesday acknowledged that Sri Lanka is facing a shortage of 600,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
 Nearly 200,000 candidates of 2020 GCE A/L examination qualify to apply for universities:
May 04, Colombo: The results of the 2020 GCE Advanced Level Examination held in October 2020 amid a second wave of COVID-19 were released this afternoon (May 04).
  Consular Affairs Division of Foreign Ministry curtails services due to OVID-19:
May 04, Colombo: In line with the recent guidelines issued by the health authorities due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation, the Consular Affairs Division of the Foreign Ministry has decided to limit its operating hours from 7.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. daily.
  President approves a proposal to add 112 new ambulances to Suwa Seriya Service:
May 04, Colombo: President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has fully approved a proposal to add 112 new ambulances to the 1990 Suvaseriya Ambulance Service, which plays a significant role in the suppression of Covid, to facilitate the transportation of patients from rural areas throughout Sri Lanka and to carry out their activities without any hindrance.
 Legal action against two companies for violating the polythene ban:
May 04, Colombo: The Ministry of Environment has instructed the Central Environmental Authority to take immediate legal action against two companies for violating the gazette notification on the ban on Polythene.
 Sri Lanka Navy prevents attempt by 11 Indian vessels to enter Sri Lankan waters:
May 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy during a special patrol conducted in the sea area close to the Palk Strait on Tuesday has been able to prevent an attempt by 11 Indian vessels with 86 individuals onboard to enter Sri Lankan waters.
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