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Sri Lanka: Smuggled ethanol stock to be used for disinfectant production

In the wake of surging demand for disinfectant due to COVID-19, Sri Lanka  plans to use seized stock of illegally imported ethanol for the production of disinfectant in the country

Sri Lanka's wholesale fish market closed after 49 test positive for COVID-19

Peliyagoda Wholesale Fish Market was closed with immediate effect after 49 people have tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday (21)

TNA will reject any constitution that doesn’t have wide national consensus: Tamil leader

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) will reject any constitution that does not have wide national consensus including that of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka, TNA leader R Sambanthan said

Sri Lanka’s finance companies on the rocks

The risk of a second COVID-19 wave, together with weak borrower sentiment in an already fragile operating environment, would put further stress on Sri Lankan finance and leasing companies’ credit profiles, adding to existing pressures on asset quality and profitability, Fitch, in a special report said on Oct 21

Sri Lanka Supreme Court decides certain clauses in proposed 20th Amendment need public referendum

Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has decided that four clauses of the proposed Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution need a public referendum to be approved as they are against the people’s sovereignty

South Korea, Sri Lanka discuss education, investment and tourism cooperation

Prime Minister of South Korea Chung Sye-kyun Tuesday called his Sri Lankan counterpart Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and the two leaders discussed a number of areas of mutual bilateral interest while expressing the desire to further enhance relations between the two countries

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be in Sri Lanka on 28 October

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will join bilateral talks in Colombo on the 28th of October, said the Sri Lankan Ministry Of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday (20)

Roadmap needed for Sri Lanka's targeted COVID-19 recovery

A robust government roadmap was required for Sri Lanka's targeted recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in an effort to increase the island nation's share of exports and fast-track existing foreign investments, a new report said

Nearly 15,000 people were aware of the plans of Easter Sunday attack, former SIS Director tells Commission

Former Director of the State Intelligence Service Senior DIG Nilantha Jayawardena Monday (19) told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Easter Sunday attacks that as of April 11 last year, nearly 15,000 people were aware of intelligence that Saharan Hashim had planned the bombings

Sri Lanka decides to ban various inflatable toys made of plastic

Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers approved to ban the packaging of chemicals or pesticides in Poly Ethylene Terephthalate (PET) and Vinyl Chloride (PVC) containers and use packagings made of glass or other raw materials as an alternative

A special program to uplift the education system in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Minister of Education, Prof. GL Peiris, said that identifying the development needs and current challenges at the district level would be very effective in uplifting the education system in the country and the proposals made by the Ministry of Education in this regard will be given priority in the 2021 Budget, which is to be presented in November

100,000 employment opportunity program for Sri Lanka's low-income earners begins

Handing over letters of appointment to the trainees selected from families of the lowest income category in Sri Lankan society under the programme to recruit 100,000 individuals for employment commenced on Monday (19)

Sri Lanka caught between rock and a hard place: Think tank

Sri Lankans will have to make reforms for longer-term growth and address immediate challenges in repaying debt as the country battles with a Coronavirus crisis with the economy set to contract in 2020, Pathfinder, a Colombo-based think tank said

Employees of Sri Lanka's largest apparel manufacturer test positive for COVID-19

An unspecified number of employees of MAS Holdings, Sri Lanka’s largest apparel manufacturer, have tested positive for COVID-19, the company said in an official statement today

Sri Lankan central bank approves Covid-19 relief loans worth $966mn

The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has approved $966 million worth of loans under a relief program for Covid-19 affected businesses, it was reported on Sunday