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Sri Lanka permits burial of COVID-19 victims

The Sri Lankan government finally issued a notification granting permission to bury the bodies of the people who have died of COVID-19 infection

US-aided inclusive education platform launched in Sri Lanka

Alaina B. Teplitz, the United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka, inaugurated a USAID-funded online education platform to connect students and teachers from different regions to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic

Sri Lanka may not use Chinese developed Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine

Sri Lankan authorities have decided to put China-developed COVID-19 Sinopharm vaccines on hold, and have not yet given approval for their usage, reported Daily Mirror

Sri Lanka to procure 10 million doses of Covishield

Sri Lanka will procure 10 million doses of Covishield from the Serum Institute of India through a direct commercial contract, reported Colombopage

Sri Lankan police arrests man eulogizing LTTE chief on Tik-Tok

Sri Lankan police have arrested a 25-year-old man for promoting and praising the slain Tamil separatist leader V Prabhakaran on Tik-Tok, reported Daily Mirror

Sri Lanka seeks increased export of goods to US under GSP

Sri Lanka and the United States have been in talks for increased exports of more Sri Lankan products to the US market under the General System of Preferences (GSP) arrangement - a system to support the export from the developing economies

Sri Lankan export to Maldives drops amid tourism slowdown

Sri Lankan exports to the Maldives dropped by 29 percent in 2020, in comparison to a year earlier, as the latter’s tourism-driven economy collapsed as travel restrictions hit the global travel industry

SAHR concern over the timing of Pakistan PM’s visit to Sri Lanka

South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a regional network of human rights defenders, expressed concern over the timing and purpose of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s two-day visit to Sri Lanka on Monday

Sri Lanka may ban sale of loose cigarettes

The Sri Lankan government may impose a ban on the retail sale of cigarettes and 180ml quarter bottles of liquor, reported News 1st

Appreciate Sri Lanka’s efforts, but more needs to be done: UNHRC’s Core Group

The Core group of the United Nations Human Rights Councils on Sri Lanka recognized and welcomed Sri Lanka’s efforts but added more needs to be done

US expresses ‘disappointment’ over Sri Lanka’s discriminatory cremation policy

The United States has expressed disappointment over Sri Lanka’s discriminatory cremation policy for people who died of the COVID-19, reported Newswire

Sri Lankan president pushes for higher education reforms

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapksa said higher education institutions need to keep their pace with the transformative changes happening globally, reported Colombopage

Government, opposition should unite on foreign policy: Sri Lankan foreign minister

Dinesh Gunawardena, the Sri Lankan foreign minister, said that the government and opposition should unite while representing the country’s foreign policy on international forums, adding that, however, parties can have debates on foreign policy within the country

Fast-spreading UK variant of COVID-19 found in Sri Lanka

Health authorities in Sri Lanka on Friday announced the discovery of the fast-spreading UK variant of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, Daily Mirror reported. The variant came into light when samples from the four different places in Sri Lanka were tested

Japan provides Rs. 115 million for humanitarian demining activities in Northern Sri Lanka

The Government of Japan provided a total sum of US$ 620,379 (approx. Rs. 115 million) to Skavita Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Project (SHARP) for humanitarian demining activities in Northern Sri Lanka

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