Sri Lanka committed to achieving reconciliation, accountability despite withdrawal from UN resolution

Sri Lanka says despite withdrawing from co-sponsorship of Resolution 30/1, it remains committed to achieve reconciliation, accountability and human rights, within the framework of the Sri Lankan Constitution, through a domestically designed and executed process in line with the Government’s policy framework

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Cricketer Muralitharan rejects request to become governor, contest elections

Former national cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan has said he has turned down requests to assume office as a provincial governor and to contest the parliamentary election

Sri Lanka downgraded to World Bank lower-middle-income country as per capita income falls

Sri Lanka has been re-classified as a lower middle-income country by the World Bank as per capita income dropped amid real effective exchange rate and flexible inflation targeting which brought currency collapses and growth rates below inflation

NPP accuses Sri Lanka govt of planning to sell Colombo Port east terminal to Indian company

The government of Sri Lanka is deliberately delaying the installation of three new gantry cranes at Colombo Port’s east container terminal to quietly pave the way for a sale of the terminal, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP)-led National People’s Power (NPP) said

Sri Lankan president orders not to use his photographs in election campaign

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered not to use his photographs by candidates contesting the upcoming parliamentary election in their propaganda campaigns, the President’s Media Division said in a statement today

Theatres to open with prescribed social distancing regulations on July 15

Sri Lanka is to open up theatres for stage dramas and other concerts for on July 15, the health ministry said in a press release

Sri Lanka to obtain USD 140 million loan from China Development Bank

Sri Lanka has inked an agreement with China Development Bank to obtain a USD 140 million loan, as it faces the challenge of debt repayments amidst an economic crisis

President allows conducting tuition classes for 500 students per class

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has agreed to several proposals put forward by the representatives of All Island Professional Educators’ Association pertaining to issues connected with recommencing tuition classes, President’s Media Division said

EU clarifies non-inclusion of Sri Lanka in the list of selected countries allowed non-essential travel to the EU

The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Sri Lanka and the EU Member States Embassies in Colombo has issued a clarification on lifting the temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU and reports that Sri Lanka was not included in the list of selected countries

Sri Lanka delays reopening tourism, lifts curfew ahead of polls

Sri Lanka has decided to delay reopening the country to foreign tourists by at least two weeks, but lifted its nationwide curfew on Monday as the island-nation prepares to hold parliamentary elections in the coming weeks

Sri Lanka PM requests international lenders to grant debt relief to recover from COVID-19 crisis

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has requested the global lenders to temporarily halt debt recovery in order to safeguard the economic conditions of the COVID-19 affected communities

Sri Lanka lifts night curfew

Sri Lankan authorities announced that a night curfew which was imposed in the island nation on June 13, would be lifted completely due to the easing of the COVID-19 pandemic

Light rail project: JICA demands clear answer from Govt

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has urged the Sri Lanka Government to follow “due process” if it intended to shift from Japanese funding for the Colombo light rail transit system (LRT) to a public-private partnership

821 navy personnel fully recover from COVID-19

According to the Sri Lanka Navy, 821 naval personnel who had been infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus have been discharged from hospitals following full recovery

UNDP provides COVID-19 protective gear to Sri Lanka Police Officers

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) recently supported the National Police Commission (NPC) to provide protective equipment to Police Officers working on Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 Response

President orders temporary suspension of foreign crew changes

Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has ordered the temporary suspension of foreigners arriving in Sri Lanka for crew changes after several Indian seafarers found to be COVID-19 positive

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