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Sri Lanka to set up pharmaceutical investment zone in Hambantota

Sri Lanka will set up a pharmaceuticals investment zone in Hambantota, under a government plan to produce 50 percent of drug requirements in the country and start exports, the President’s office said

World Bank supports Sri Lanka with $56 million to mitigate COVID-19 impacts

The World Bank has reallocated $56 million from ongoing projects in Sri Lanka to protect the most vulnerable in the agriculture sector, improve COVID-19 protection measures on public transport, facilitate tele-education for school children, and provide digital solutions to improve delivery of public services

National plan for rehabilitation of drug addicts in Sri Lanka

State Minister of Prison Reforms and Prisoner Rehabilitation Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle has appointed a committee to prepare a comprehensive national plan for the rehabilitation of drug addicts in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan president wants number of National Schools to be increased to one thousand

The Sri Lankan government will increase the number of National Schools to 1000 while improving the existing schools to provide equal facilities, a statement issued by the President's Media division (PMD) said

Sri Lanka seeks debt-standstill for COVID-19 hit countries

Sri Lanka’s state minister of money and capital markets has urged financial institutions to offer all emerging and developing countries a debt standstill for 2021

Plans to produce 50% of Sri Lanka’s requirement of pharmaceuticals locally

The Sri Lankan government plans to produce 50 percent of the country’s requirement of pharmaceuticals locally within the next three years, the President’s Media Division said

Sri Lanka Transparency International warns of four ways 20th Amendment would weaken accountability

The anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) says the 20th Amendment to the Constitution will weaken transparency and accountability of government in four key areas

Measures to recruit 10,000 new employees to manufacture local textiles in Sri Lanka

A discussion was held under the patronage of the State Minister of Batik, Handloom Fabrics and Local Apparel Products Dayasiri Jayasekara to increase the local garment production in Sri Lanka within the next five years

Sri Lanka to recommence oil and gas exploration

The Sri Lankan government has taken a policy decision to resume oil and gas exploration

1.7 mn workers face uncertainty in Sri Lanka amid COVID-19

More than 1.7 million temporary workers in Sri Lanka face uncertainty due to the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, new research showed

Sri Lanka to increase security in Mannar seas to prevent poaching

State Minister of Fisheries Kanchana Wijesekara told Parliament yesterday (09) that the Sri Lankan government will take measures to increase security in the Northern seas to prevent Indian fishermen from poaching in territorial waters

Sri Lankan president instructs to rehabilitate 5,000 tanks immediately

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has directed relevant authorities to rehabilitate 5,000 tanks scattered across the island following a mechanism combining ancient technology and modern scientific methods, the President’s Media Division said

Sri Lanka Foreign Ministry to recall diplomats in ten overseas missions

The Ministry of Foreign Relations has taken steps to recall Sri Lankan diplomats from 10 foreign countries

Re-ignited fire controlled, stricken oil tanker being towed further away

Disaster management teams have successfully brought the fire reignited aboard MT New Diamond oil tanker by the adverse weather, under control by this morning, and there are no flames or smoke to be noticed now, the Sri Lanka Navy said in its latest update

6,176 people in 57 tri-service-managed QCs are still in quarantine

The total number of detainees at Kandakadu Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre for Drug Addicts stands at 649, said the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO)