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Sri Lanka’s disaster office given masks, coronavirus clothing by US

The United States has given 48,000 masks, safety goggles and isolation gowns with hoods to Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Centre in a bid to boost the emergency response capacity during the Coronavirus crisis

Sri Lanka to ensure safety for tourists when airports reopen

Sri Lanka will provide international visitors with the highest standards of safety when its airports re-open from August 1 following the containment of COVID-19, the Tourism Ministry said on Sunday

Total COVID-19 cases rise to 1,835

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has risen to 1835. A total of 23 people tested positive for the virus yesterday

Six arrested for assisting father, daughter arrive from refugee camp in India

Madhu and Mannar Police have arrested six persons who had assisted a father and a daughter arrived in Mannar from a refugee camp in India by sea due to the prevailing coronavirus threat in India

Sri Lanka President authorizes over Rs. 1 trillion from Consolidated Fund to run the government

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has authorized a total of Rs.1,043 billion from the Consolidated Fund for the uninterrupted continuation of Government services and development activities from June 1 to the August 31

Sri Lanka has managed COVID-19 well, says PM Rajapaksa

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that the country has managed the coronavirus pandemic while several developed countries struggled under the pressure

Man arrested for forging Sri Lankan president's signature

A person has been arrested in Sri Lanka for allegedly forging the signature of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and misusing Presidential letterheads, it was reported

Sri Lanka Tourism readies to welcome tourists from August 2020

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority today said Sri Lanka is readying to welcome travelers from across the world with safety guidelines and precautionary measures

Diplomats entering Sri Lanka required to submit PCR test reports before arriving, otherwise mandatory testing at airport

Members of the diplomatic staff and their family members entering Sri Lanka are required to submit PCR test reports obtained within 72 hours before arriving in Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Foreign Relations (MFR) said today

On arrival in Sri Lanka

The airport will have high intensity sanitation measures in place for all areas and staff

Trains to operate according to normal schedule from Monday

All trains except for a few will operate on a regular schedule from Monday (08), Sri Lanka Railways Deputy General Manager (Commercial) VS Polwattage said

CPA – Presidential Task Forces “demonstrates to troubling trends of authoritarian rule and militarization.”

ECONOMYNEXT – The Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA) is expressing deep concern about the two Presidential Task Forces established this week saying it “demonstrates to troubling trends of authoritarian rule and militarization.”

Sri Lanka makes trillion rupee mini-budget till August under Presidential powers

Sri Lanka’s Finance Ministry has prepared a mini-budget of 1,043 billion rupees from June to August 2020, citing authority given to the President under the constitution to spend money in the absence of appropriations approved by parliament

President says PCR testing a must for foreign returnees

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the officials to send returnees from foreign countries for quarantine only after results of PCR tests conducted at the airport itself are known

Large amounts of waste wash up on Mt. Lavinia beach

Large amounts of waste had washed ashore the Mount Lavinia beach on Thursday while municipal authorities await till curfew is lifted to clean the coastline

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Hilsa glut in Barishal

With the doom and gloom surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic slowly subsiding, the west bank of Barishal's Kirtankhola river in Bangladesh has started to see increased activity