April 1, 2020
We, at SriLankan Airlines, regret very much to inform our valued passengers that the Airline is compelled to temporarily suspend all its flights from 8th April 2020 to 21st of April 2020 in view of the travel restrictions imposed by the destinations we operate to.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced relief to all investors in the Colombo stock market, which has been affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has continued to receive inquiries pertaining to the hosting of Annual General Meetings (AGMs) and requesting guidance to comply with the mandatory requirement within the boundaries of an excepted framework in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SriLankan Airlines has decided to suspend all its passenger flights from the 8th of April 2020. The suspension will be in effect till the 30th of April, stated SriLankan Airlines.
As the global pandemic crisis intensifies, Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, remains committed to keeping Sri Lanka connected during these challenging times.
While Airport and Services Service (Sri Lanka) is taking every measure to fight against the COVID – 19 Virus, Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) is facilitating the airlines for cargo movements.
Sri Lankans across the country will get a glimpse to the future of technology with the Live 5G Showcase by Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, which commenced its cross-country tour at Kegalle Balika Vidyalaya showcasing the latest in global technology advancements and 5G capabilities.
A number of issues that emerged in the apparel industry following the COVID-19 pandemic were discussed at yesterday's meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Continuous Supply, Operation and Coordination of Essential Services, led by Basil Rajapaksa.
Akbar Brothers Pvt Ltd handed over the contribution cheque of Rs 50 Million to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa for Covid19 Health Care & Social Security Fund.
Two years ago when 60–year old R. Rasamma, living in the G.T. Division, Shannon Estate, Hatton was hospitalised, her experience was unpleasant. “2years ago, I was admitted to the Dickoya Base Hospital and I had such a bad experience.
A significant number of organizations and private donors contribute funds to support the COVID – 19 Program for Healthcare and Social Security Fund.
Central Bank of Sri Lanka Decides to Establish a Rupees 50 Billion, Six Month Re-Financing Facility and Issues Instructions to Financial Institutions to Support Covid-19 Hit Businesses and Individuals.
Headline inflation as measured by the year-on-year (Y-o-Y) change in the Colombo Consumer Price Index (CCPI, 2013=100)1 declined to 5.4 percent in March 2020 from 6.2 percent in February 2020.
Measures taken by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka to Provide Flexibility to Licensed Finance Companies and Specialised Leasing Companies »
The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) decided to introduce number of measures to provide flexibility to Licensed Finance Companies (LFCs) and Specialised Leasing Companies (SLCs) facilitating them to support businesses and individuals affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.
The trade deficit widened in January 2020 compared to January 2019, as earnings from exports declined while expenditure on imports increased.
To provide you with essential banking services, we are coming to your doorstep
HNB bank will visit your doorstep.
NDB bank will visit for the following areas tomorrow. You may use an NDB card or any other bank’s card.
While the COVID–19 outbreak in the country has forced all citizens to remain indoors and has brought many banking activities to a halt, NDB has taken several steps to assist the Bank’s customers to perform their banking transactions in a secure and safe fashion with minimal contact.
To assist people who are looking for accurate health information, the chatbot is available in English, Arabic, Russian, and soon to be translated into 20 more languages. It highlights the most commonly asked questions and the latest news related to the pandemic.
The kits were moved from Guangzhou via Dubai by the air cargo carrier on the first of two such flights operated to transport supplies to Sao Paulo. During the same week,
Moody’s Investors Service says in a new report Low-rated emerging market sovereigns with large near-term international bond repayments and significant reliance on foreign currency,
Fitch Ratings has affirmed the National Long-Term Rating of Sri Lanka-based telecoms company Dialog Axiata PLC at ‘AAA(lka)’.
The government of Sri Lanka and Uber are joining forces to deliver essential supplies as part of efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) is to remain closed for trading until the curfew is lifted from April 01. The Sri Lankan Government's unprecedented steps to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic include an extension of a countrywide curfew.
Keells Online is back and operating out on a restricted environment with a limited range, considering the current capacity of our supply chains and team strength. This is to allow all of you, to be able to order your daily essentials.
Joining in Sri Lanka’s battle against COVID-19 and aware of the negative health and economic impact it will have, Akbar Brothers has pledged Rs. 100 million through a number of relief measures to ensure that its employees and the local community are sustained and supported during this difficult time.
All operations of the Kollupitiya Hatton National Bank (HNB) branch have been shut down for 14 days after COVID-19 has been checked positively by a parent of a staff member of the specific branch, the bank said.
In view of the extension of the curfew by the Government, the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has decided that the CSE will remain closed for Trading on Tuesday, 31st March 2020.
The National Chamber of Exporters (NCE) yesterday said it offers services on its digital platform, a facility operational for several years to provide Certificates of Origin (COs) and related documents.
In support of the Sri Lanka Navy’s contribution to contain the spread of novel coronavirus within the country, the Lalan Rubbers (Pvt) Ltd. handed over 20,000 latex gloves to Sri Lanka Navy at the Naval Headquarters today
CB of Sri Lanka implements Extraordinary Regulatory Measures to facilitate Banks to support COVID-19 affected Businesses and Individuals »
The Monetary Board of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) has decided to introduce several extraordinary regulatory measures to provide flexibility to Licensed Commercial Banks and Licensed Specialised Banks to provide some relief to businesses and individuals affected by the COVID-19 crisis.
The National Chamber of Exporters (NCE), the Chamber of the Nation’s exporters, being proactive as always, offers the services of its digital platform which has been operational for several years to provide Certificates of Origin (COs) and related documents.
Stepping up its efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, Hayleys Group subsidiaries - Haycarb PLC, Dipped Products PLC (DPL) and Eco Solutions delivered Rs. 10.6 million worth of urgently required medical and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), towards the expansion of the Intensive Care Unit- the central facility to treat COVID-19 patients- of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH).
Strategy 1: Return approximately 20% of the balances amounting to around Rs.500 billion of the Employees Provident Fund, lying to the credit of members, directly to the Members.
China reciprocates Sri Lanka’s support: CMPort hands over 1,000 COVID-19 protective suits to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa »
The China Merchants Port Group (CMPort), one of the largest port operators in the world, has donated 1,000 pieces of protective suits to the Sri Lankan Government to support the ongoing national mission against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in the country.
Essential medical apparatus worth Rs. 16 million consisting of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Ventilators, Non-Invasive Ventilators (BiPAP) and High Flow Oxygen Therapy systems were presented to the Ministry of Health by Lakdhanavi Ltd. last Friday.
SriLankan Airlines, continuing to answer the call of the Nation, uplifted a consignment of medical aid from Shanghai, China today (March 28,2020).
Total merchandise exports for Jan & Feb 2020, was US$ 1,931 which resulted in a reduction of 3.6% compared to the same period in 2019.
The Central Bank on 27th March 2020 announced a series of wide-ranging financial concessions to alleviate the hardships businesses are facing owing to the impact of Covid-19.
The John Keells Group, through John Keells Foundation and in collaboration with South Asia Gateway Terminals (Pvt) Ltd (SAGT) and Deutsche Bank, funded the establishment of a Molecular Virology Laboratory at National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH), to increase testing capacity of Sri Lanka.
In assistance to the Navy’s quarantine programme to control the spread of coronavirus in the country, the DSI Samson Group donated a stock of healthcare equipment to the Navy.
In view of the extension of the curfew by the Government, the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) has decided that the CSE will remain closed for Trading on Monday, 30th March 2020.
Leo Burnett Sri Lanka, part of Publicis Groupe Sri Lanka, celebrated its commendable victory at the inaugural Epica Awards, organized by the 4As (Accredited Advertising Agencies Association) on 6th March 2020 at Taj Samudra.
People are always in search of happiness and leading a healthy lifestyle is one the key factors that enables it. A strong and sound body and mind, rid of illness is a paramount need.
Asian equities mostly rose and the dollar extended losses Friday, with traders buoyed by government and central bank pledges to prop up the global economy as the coronavirus sends countries into lockdown.
Wurth Lanka (Pvt) Ltd – the subsidiary of Wurth Gmbh of Germany celebrated its 20th year of operations in Sri Lanka by sponsoring and organizing a Golf Tournament followed by cocktails for its valued customers at the RCGC recently. The tournament attracted over 200 players.
Frontline workers battling COVID-19 receive close to half a million serves of Nestlé food and beverage products, worth Rs. 15 million »
Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Head of the National Operations Center for Prevention of COVID-19, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Sri Lankan army, accepting Nestlé’s donation from Fabrice Cavallin, Managing Director of Nestlé Lanka.
Atlas Axillia PLC, a subsidiary of the Hemas Group, has gifted a fully homegrown Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) robot to the Homagama Base Hospital, to assist medical personnel in the remote monitoring and care of patients affected by the Coronavirus.
Rupees 50 Billion, Six-Month Re-Financing Facility to Support Covid-19 Hit Businesses Including Self Employment and Individuals »
The Central Bank of Sri Lanka has decided to set up the above Re-financing Facility in order to implement the decisions taken by the Cabinet of Ministers on 20.03.2020 to introduce a wide range of fiscal and financial concessions for COVID-19 hit business activities including self-employment businesses and individuals.
As parts of the Sri Lanka have been set curfews to combat the spread of COVID-19, there isn’t a single citizen in the world who has not been impacted by the current crisis.
Asiri Health today said that several hospital personnel have been isolated since yesterday (26) after a patient, whose family deliberately withheld relevant information, tested positive for COVID-19, at the Asiri Medical Hospital.
Keeping in line with the Government’s directive of declaring Insurance as an essential service, HNB Assurance PLC (HNBA) and its fully owned subsidiary HNB General Insurance Limited (HNBGI) implemented a number of measures with immediate effect to serve its customers.
More luxury houses are postponing fashion shows around the world due to the coronavirus outbreak that has now spread to dozens of countries.
Allows free medical consultation for 6 months through the Stay safe shop at home campaign Providing a much needed service under the prevailing health situation in the country, Daraz partnered with oDoc Sri Lanka, the virtual doctor consultation platform, to offer a range of medical services to the general public.
Industry leading local dairy milk processor, Pelwatte Dairy Industries Ltd., while being highly concerned of the ongoing COVI19 situation in the country, has ensured that they would continue to collect milk from the local dairy farmers.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to immediately provide necessary facilities to ships calling at Ports in the country during the curfew period.
The Information and Communication Technology Agency (ICTA) has introduced online Government’s video conferencing solution based on open-source technologies to enable government organizations and employees to conduct their work effectively.
The Board of Investment (BOI) yesterday said it was ensuring uninterrupted services utilizing skeleton staff for export-oriented manufacturing companies, noting that some enterprises that cater to essential services were functioning with reduced staff.
Huawei, the innovative smartphone manufacturer, recently introduced Huawei Nova 7i adding yet another feature packed device to the Nova line of smartphones that offer more value for a convenient price.
Sri Lanka is facing one of the greatest challenges in its history as it battles the threat of COVID-19. The Government of Sri Lanka is leading the national effort, strongly supported by the nation’s health care workers,
Hemas FMCG donated a large quantity of personal care items to the Sri Lanka Army recently. Over 10,000 assorted bars of Shield soap, and other personal care products including Clogard toothpaste, Clogard smart toothbrushes and Kumarika shampoo were donated to the Sri Lanka Army towards the comfort of the individuals in the Quarantine centers located across the country.
As per the directions issued by the Presidential Secretariat on March 23, 2020, Value added tax (VAT) payments due from corporations for the months of February and March 2020 has been extended up to April 30,2020, the Department of Inland Revenue said.
On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is supporting a joint initiative with SANASA Insurance to provide Sri Lankan farmers with online farming insurance facilities that would eliminate the need for rural farming communities to visit an insurance company or for an agent to visit a farm.
Leading Technology solutions provider Yara Technologies has officially launched ‘Talkative Parents’, a digital platform which connects educational institutes such as schools and pre-schools with parents.
Fitch Revises Sri Lanka’s Banking Sector Outlook to Negative on Coronavirus; Rating Outlook Negative »
Fitch Ratings-Colombo-26 March 2020: Fitch Ratings has revised Sri Lanka's banking sector outlook for 2020 to negative as the coronavirus pandemic poses increased risks to the anticipated expansion in the economy and credit demand, which will adversely affect the performance of the banks.
HSBC, the largest international bank in Sri Lanka, said yesterday it is offering a range of relief measures for its personal and corporate customers given the challenges presented by the ongoing novel-Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic.
PickMe Food is now delivering LP Gas from Litro and groceries from Sathosa even during the curfew. How to order;
As of 25th March, there are approximately 18,093 international tourists in the country according to immigration authorities; and Sri Lanka Tourism is closely working with the Foreign Ministry and respective embassies/high commissions to arrange necessary facilities.
It is vital to ensure the business continuity of the government during the lock-down situation. Real time information sharing and communication among all key public sector entities, connecting multiple government agencies and employees is an essential need of the hour.
The year-on-year change in the industrial production index for the period of January 2019 to January 2020 was a negative.6 percent. The production of cigarettes, coke and refined petroleum products, and pharmaceutical products has seen substantial declines. The production of wood, textiles, and base metals increased.
Aitken Spence’s holding company Melstacorp PLC has donated medical equipment worth LKR 25 million for a Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Laboratory at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH).
While Sri Lanka is in the midst of a battle to get the COVID-19 disease under control, Serendib Flour Mills, one of the most trusted wheat flour suppliers in Sri Lanka, has assured the general public of its commitment to ensure that there are ample stocks of wheat flour available in the market
After a continuous and ongoing assessment of the situation in the country with relation to the current COVID-19 (new Coronavirus) outbreak, Allianz Life Insurance Lanka Limited has enhanced their care during this time of need.
Hutch offers free daily relief reload of Rs. 15 to all its subscribers to help in mitigating the COVID 19 risk »
Keeping true to its long devotion to the best interests of their customers, HUTCH has today introduced another key initiative ensuring continuity and access to telecommunication services at a time when the country is grappling with the COVID -19 crisis.
Global airlines urged governments yesterday to speed up bailouts to rescue the air transport industry as they doubled their estimate of 2020 revenue losses from the coronavirus crisis to more than $250bn.
Within the backdrop of a curfew, the government has declared banking as an essential service in the country, enabling the public to meet their essential needs.
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce completed 181 years of serving the private sector and contributing to the national economy, on 25 March 2020.
World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund Regarding A Call to Action on the Debt of IDA Countries »
The World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund have issued the following joint statement to the G20 concerning debt relief for the poorest countries.
Sri Lanka’s preferred bottled water brand, Aquafresh – a product of Access Natural Waters, announced a benchmark partnership with Eco-spindles, a leading local monofilament producer, in a concerted effort to reduce, recycle and reuse the plastic waste in Sri Lanka.
LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - Ships and their crews must be able to trade freely with minimal port restrictions to ensure supply lines don't freeze up while the coronavirus shuts down much of the globe, shipping and port officials said on Tuesday.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed commercial bank heads to keep their branches open as required. It is a measure for facilitating trade and other important activities, the Media Division of President said.
Headline inflation as measured by the year-on-year (Y-o-Y) change in the National Consumer Price Index (NCPI, 2013=100)1increased to 8.1 per cent in February 2020 from 7.6 per cent in January 2020.
Halting trading of the market due to an extreme decline in a particular index during the day, as a result of the share prices falling rapidly, is a measure that is implemented by stock markets around the world.
The coronavirus pandemic will cause a global recession in 2020 that could be worse than the one triggered by the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, but world economic output should recover in 2021, the International Monetary Fund said on Monday.
As the global pandemic crisis intensifies, Dialog Axiata PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, remains committed to keeping Sri Lanka connected during these challenging times.
Stocks surged on Tuesday as the Dow recorded its largest one-day gain since 1933, driven by expectations of an economic stimulus package from Congress to offset the effects of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic.
Rubber exporters have made a request from the Government to make it an essential service during this crucial time as the sector provides its products to the medical industry and the agriculture sector.
Online shopping has become a global trend and an integral part of many people’s lives. Both sellers and customers have identified it to be very convenient, as it provides the luxury of ordering items to one’s doorstep and running an e-commerce store at home.
The National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka (NCE) which serves and represents Sri Lankan enterprises in the vital export sector, has appreciated the apt measures initiated by the Government to overcome the challenges the country faces due to the COVID 19 Pandemic.
In view of the extension of the ongoing curfew in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha and Puttalam, the Colombo Stock Exchange has declared the period from 25th to 27th March 2020 as market holidays.
Having marked its initial presence at the Lower Ground Level of the One Galle Face Mall, Shangri-La, Colombo, on November 8, 2019, Beard Papa’s launched its second outlet at Level 3, West Tower, World Trade Centre (WTC), Colombo, on February 14, 2020.
The 7th Annual International TISSL (The International Schools of Sri Lanka) Conference for Heads of Schools; the only annual conference of the nature in Sri Lanka concluded at Marriot Resort and Spa Hotel, Weligama in November.
The 7th Annual International TISSL (The International Schools of Sri Lanka) Conference for Heads of Schools; the only annual conference of the nature in Sri Lanka concluded successfully at Marriot Resort and Spa Hotel, Weligama in November.
Lanka Hospitals, held a certificate awarding ceremony for a group of youth who completed the professional caregiver training programme at the Lanka Hospitals Training Academy. The students who completed the programme are now eligible for employment as professional, independent caregivers in Japan.
Scales up Diviyata Diriya initiative for women and members of other marginalised communities To mark International Women’s Day, Uber Eats today pledged to scale up the number of Sri Lankan women entrepreneurs on its platform from 100 to over 1,000, by the end of 2020 as part of its Diviyata Diriya initiative, which enables equal access to flexible economic opportunities for women and other marginalised communities.
Prima Ceylon (Private) Limited (PCL), the primary producer and supplier of wheat flour in the country, assured that there was no shortage of stocks.
HUTCH supports the Government in Encouraging Work from Home introducing a number of Special Initiatives »
The Government has recognized the importance of isolating the population to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus by driving Work from Home initiatives.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, Emirates and dnata have been adapting operations in line with regulatory directives as well as travel demand.