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Curfew in 06 districts will remain until further notice and 19 districts will be lifted temporarily tomorrow

Local News Today
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“Work from Home” period further extended from Apr 6 to 10

Sinhala Local News
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ඇඳිරි නීතිය පිළිබඳ නව නිවේදනය.

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Call 1390 if you have any symptoms on Covid-19 – Director-General Dr. Anil Jasinghe

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Total Covid-19 cases confirmed rise to 166

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Morethan 13,000 people arrested over curfew violation

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Dambulla Economic Center closed from today till 07th April

Business
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Many Corporate Companies, organizations contribute to the Health Ministry for Corona prevention and control.

Local
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COVID-19 prevention program proceeds with professional expertise

Local News Today
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2,961 prison inmates released on bail

Sinhala Local News
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බන්ධනාගාර ඉතිහාසයේ නව පිටුවක් සටහන් කරමින් රැඳවියන් 2,961 දෙනෙකු ඇප මත මුදා හැරේ

Local News Today
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Showers expects in several districts after 2.00pm today

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19 hours ago

World’s virus toll tops 60,000 as advice on masks shifts

Local News Today
19 hours ago

No decision taken to declare a complete lockdown – Defence Secretary

Sinhala Local News
21 hours ago

කොරෝනා මර්දන වැඩසටහන තවත් විධිමත්ව ඉදිරියට: සියලු තීරණ විශේෂඥ උපදෙස් අනුව

Business News Today
21 hours ago

Hutch Pays Heed to Customer Feedback offering 100% Anytime Data without Night Time Quotas

Business News Today
21 hours ago

The apparel sector equips healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19

Business News Today
21 hours ago

FCCISL initiates medical donation through CICCPS in Beijing

Business
21 hours ago

CB Governor Professor W D Lakshman urges to implement CB guidelines

Business
22 hours ago

AIIB Looks to Launch USD5 Billion COVID-19 Crisis Recovery Facility

Lead Story
22 hours ago

“Sustainable agriculture to ensure food security and prosperous farming community” – Saubagya programme latched (Sinhala)

Local
22 hours ago

Complete Lockdown content which circulate on social media is a fake news- Police Media Spokesperson

Local
23 hours ago

PUCSL Together With CEB, LECO And NWS&DB To Provide Solutions For Electrical System & Plumbing Issues Of Households

Covid-19 Outbreak
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Three more patients confirmed Covid-19 and 25 recovered so far

Lead Story
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172 Returnees Released from SLAF Quarantine Centre at Iranamadu

Local
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Navy conducts NSR programme to distribute dry rations among inmates of ‘Mithuru Mithuro’ Rehab Centre

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Public Health Inspector (PHI)’s contribute a day worth salary to COVID-19 fund

Local News Today
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People of all ethnics could face difficulties due to COVID-19

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Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa takes the #HomeGardenChallenge

Business News Today
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Hayleys Plantations implements stringent measures to protect estate workers from COVID 19

Curfew imposed extended until further notice

Curfew imposed extended until further notice »

26 Mar, 2020

The government has decided to extend the curfew imposed on the district of Jaffna until further notice, the media division of President said. As previously planned, the curfew in Jaffna will not be lifted tomorrow

Navy renders assistance to make essential customer goods ready for distribution at Sathosa stores

Navy renders assistance to make essential customer goods ready for distribution at Sathosa stores »

26 Mar, 2020

Sri Lanka Navy yesterday (25th March 2020) rendered assistance to get ready essential customer goods to be distributed among the general public.

IDH receives 6 ICU ventilators from Dhammika Perera which much-needed at this point

IDH receives 6 ICU ventilators from Dhammika Perera which much-needed at this point »

25 Mar, 2020

The Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH), which has been playing a critical role in the fight against COVID-19, yesterday received six critically necessary and globally scarce ventilators via a philanthropic intervention by business leader Dhammika Perera.

Army with Travel Arrangements Ready to See Departure of Third Batch of Quarantined Persons – Lt Gen Shavendra Silva

Army with Travel Arrangements Ready to See Departure of Third Batch of Quarantined Persons – Lt Gen Shavendra Silva »

25 Mar, 2020

The routine Media interaction at the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) at Rajagiriya took place this afternoon (25), attended by Mrs Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Minister of Health, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Head of the (NOCPCO), Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army and Medical Specialist, Dr Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services.

Sri Lanka to provide medical personnel to Maldives if required

Sri Lanka to provide medical personnel to Maldives if required »

25 Mar, 2020

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka Dinesh Gunawardena has assured Sri Lanka will provide medical personnel to Maldives, should the situation of COVID-19 escalate and more medical assistance is required. Minister Gunawardena made the statement during a telephone conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives Abdulla Shahid.

275 buses for health personnel transport by SLTB

275 buses for health personnel transport by SLTB »

25 Mar, 2020

To date, the Sri Lankan Transport Board (SLTB) has deployed over 275 buses to provide transportation facilities for health sector employees, Deputy General Manager H.A. Pandula said today to the Government news portal.

DIG Ajith Rohana issues statement on Covid-19

DIG Ajith Rohana issues statement on Covid-19 »

25 Mar, 2020

The curfew enforced to encourage self-quarantine is currently in force and so far 3,500 people have been arrested who breached the curfew, while the majority of them are those engaged in illegal activities during the curfew hours, DIG Ajith Rohana said.

Curfew plan for the coming days – PMD

Curfew plan for the coming days – PMD »

25 Mar, 2020

A media release detailing the curfew schedule for the next few days has been sent out by the president's media department.

2682 Curfew violators  arrested

2682 Curfew violators arrested »

25 Mar, 2020

The Police Media Spokesman SP Jaliya Senaratne warned the public not to step out of their homes other than for a very urgent requirement, adding that those who do so could be arrested even without a warrant.

Three new hotline for Health, Power, and Water problems

Three new hotline for Health, Power, and Water problems »

25 Mar, 2020

Three hotlines have been introduced to call on the general public about any health and power or water failure problems, as well as medical needs, the Police Media Division reports.

The cabinet met today to discuss on Covid-19 and distribution of essentials

The cabinet met today to discuss on Covid-19 and distribution of essentials »

25 Mar, 2020

The meeting of Cabinet of Ministers, chaired by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has met this morning (25). Cabinet spokesperson Minister Bandula Gunawardane confirmed that during curfew hours the meeting would concentrate on the distribution of critical food products to the general public.

Second batch quarantine process leaves home

Second batch quarantine process leaves home »

25 Mar, 2020

The Army said the second batch of 201 persons, quarantined in Kandakadu and Punani quarantine centers left for their homes this morning. They also said the Army would provide all transportation facilities for this second batch, too.

Business sector responds positively and public also has the responsibility to support on  COVID-19 Pandemic

Business sector responds positively and public also has the responsibility to support on COVID-19 Pandemic »

25 Mar, 2020

The Sri Lankan business community has taken significant steps over the last few days to change the way they do business and also to help authorities through donations in a sensitive effort to cope with the current challenges raised by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Sri Lanka Air Force Modifies MI 17 as an Air Ambulance

Sri Lanka Air Force Modifies MI 17 as an Air Ambulance »

25 Mar, 2020

On the instructions of the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias and under the supervision of the Director Aeronautical Engineering, the No 6 Helicopter Squadron has modified an MI-17 Helicopter as an Air Ambulance.

“Ranaviru Apparels” Rises to the Occasion & Produces Disposable Microfiber Suits Against COVID-19 Transmission

“Ranaviru Apparels” Rises to the Occasion & Produces Disposable Microfiber Suits Against COVID-19 Transmission »

25 Mar, 2020

The 'Ranaviru Apparels' garment factory of the Sri Lanka Army, rising to the swelling need in the face of COVID-19 threat stepped out to produce disposable microfiber suits with shoe covers which can be used by medical teams while treating/ quarantining infected individuals and handed over their first stock this morning (23) to Dr Anil Jasingha, Director General of Health Services, and the Chief Technical Officer of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine during a simple ceremony, held at the Ministry of Health.

Quarantined Second Batch Set to Proceed Home – Lt Gen Shavendra Silva

Quarantined Second Batch Set to Proceed Home – Lt Gen Shavendra Silva »

25 Mar, 2020

The routine Media interaction at the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) at Rajagiriya took place this afternoon (24), attended by Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Head of the (NOCPCO), Chief

Pharmacies to keep open during curfew

Pharmacies to keep open during curfew »

24 Mar, 2020

A large number of patients who receive prescription drugs from hospitals and pharmacies have been inconvenient due to the continuing island-wide curfew enforced by the government as a way to combat the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Curfew re-enforced until further notice in high-risk areas

Curfew re-enforced until further notice in high-risk areas »

24 Mar, 2020

The curfew which was lifted at 6.00 am today (24) in the Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutara, Puttalam, Mannar, Vavuniya, Mulaithivu, Killinochchi and Jaffna was re-imposed at 2.00 pm.

Health Ministry issue guidelines for treatment of persons with mental disorders during COVID-19 epidemic

Health Ministry issue guidelines for treatment of persons with mental disorders during COVID-19 epidemic »

24 Mar, 2020

The Health Ministry has issued guidelines for mental health professionals to follow in the wake of the coronavirus to ensure that treatment continues uninterrupted for person with mental disorders.

SriLankan Airlines appeals from the general public to respect its employees for their service to the country at a time of need

SriLankan Airlines appeals from the general public to respect its employees for their service to the country at a time of need »

24 Mar, 2020

SriLankan Airlines has noted that many Social Media posts have appeared over the past few days discriminating SriLankan Airlines staff in connection with COVID-19 infection.

Colombo Manning Market to distribute vegetables to public daily

Colombo Manning Market to distribute vegetables to public daily »

24 Mar, 2020

The Colombo Manning Market initiated a system to distribute vegetables to the public daily from 04:00 am to 2:00 pm during the curfew time. H.M. Upasena, the National Organizer of All Ceylon Economic Centers and Manning Trade Association, mentioned this today (24).

First Batch of Returnees at Quarantine Centre Now Down Homeward

First Batch of Returnees at Quarantine Centre Now Down Homeward »

24 Mar, 2020

A group of 311 returnees who underwent the two-week long quarantine process at Punani (203) and Kandakadu (108) left those Quarantine Centers after completion of medical procedures and receipt of Quarantine Certificates this morning (24).

Navy conducts sterilization programme at religious places and residences in Jaffna

Navy conducts sterilization programme at religious places and residences in Jaffna »

24 Mar, 2020

As a measure to prevent the spread of new coronavirus in the country, the Navy conducted a sterilization programme in religious places and residences in Chunnakam, Jaffna Peninsula on 23rd March 2020.

Naval personnel in North Central Naval Command volunteer to donate blood

Naval personnel in North Central Naval Command volunteer to donate blood »

24 Mar, 2020

A blood donation campaign organized by the North Central Naval Command was held on 23rd March 2020 at SLNS Pandukabhaya, with the participation of naval personnel attached to the command.

Navy conducts sterilization programmes at several places in Nikeweratiya and Mahawa areas

Navy conducts sterilization programmes at several places in Nikeweratiya and Mahawa areas »

24 Mar, 2020

As a measure of controlling the spreading of new coronavirus in the country, Sri Lanka Navy conducted sterilization programmes at several public places in Nikaweratiya and Mahawa areas which are frequently surrounded by people, on 23rd March 2020.

Covid-19 Outbreak  Donation To Sri Lanka By Temasek Foundation, Singapore

Covid-19 Outbreak Donation To Sri Lanka By Temasek Foundation, Singapore »

24 Mar, 2020

In light of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, Temasek Foundation, Singapore has offered to provide 5000 numbers of Fortitude Kit 2.0 (COVID-19 test kits) to the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.

Defence Ministry urges public to heed to curfew law

Defence Ministry urges public to heed to curfew law »

24 Mar, 2020

Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said the Government was re-imposing islandwide curfew to restrict public movements and also gatherings to keep spreading of the coronavirus (COVID-19) at bay to ensure public safety and health.

All Supermarkets’ set to open tomorrow and here are working hours

All Supermarkets’ set to open tomorrow and here are working hours »

23 Mar, 2020

Retail outlets including supermarkets and cooperatives yesterday prepared to open on Monday morning in non-curfew areas, with fresh guidelines issued to the public to be stringently followed when making purchases, as the patient count reached 81 yesterday.

Sri Lankan’s measures taken to combat Covid-19 aligned with WHO

Sri Lankan’s measures taken to combat Covid-19 aligned with WHO »

23 Mar, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that the steps taken by Sri Lanka to counter COVID-19 are aligned with the eight pillars outlined in the country preparedness and response plan of the WHO.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa opposition party leaders

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa opposition party leaders »

23 Mar, 2020

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has called for a meeting tomorrow at Temple Trees with members of the opposition parties(24). Tomorrow the meeting will be held at 10.00 am. The opposition had earlier sought such a meeting to address the ongoing health crisis caused by COVID spread-19.

SLAF Hands over Locally Manufactured Personal Protective Equipment Kits to Health Ministry

SLAF Hands over Locally Manufactured Personal Protective Equipment Kits to Health Ministry »

23 Mar, 2020

The Sri Lanka Air Force handed over 500 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Kits to the Ministry of Health Services today

Navy commences renovation of Medical Intensive Care Unit at Colombo General Hospital

Navy commences renovation of Medical Intensive Care Unit at Colombo General Hospital »

23 Mar, 2020

The renovation work of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Colombo General Hospital to treat patients diagnosed with COVID -19, was commenced by Navy, today

Craft at Galle harbour sterilized by Navy

Craft at Galle harbour sterilized by Navy »

23 Mar, 2020

It its attempt to stop the spread the novel coronavirus in the island, Sri Lanka Navy sterilized craft moored at Galle harbour on 22nd March 2020.

Foreign Minister holds telephonic conversation with Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on Covid-19

Foreign Minister holds telephonic conversation with Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena on Covid-19 »

23 Mar, 2020

Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a telephone conversation with his Sri Lankan counterpart, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dinesh Gunawardena

Sri Lanka Cricket Grants LKR 25 Million to Fight Covid-19

Sri Lanka Cricket Grants LKR 25 Million to Fight Covid-19 »

23 Mar, 2020

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has taken a decision to grant a sum of LKR 25 million to the Government to help its efforts toward combating the Covid-19 pandemic, which has created a national health crisis.

Approximately  260 SLTB buses deployed for Health workers transportation

Approximately 260 SLTB buses deployed for Health workers transportation »

23 Mar, 2020

Transport Management, Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera has given instructions to the Sri Lankan Transport Board to deploy as of today 260 buses for health workers transportation.

Ample of Fuel Stocks available in the country

Ample of Fuel Stocks available in the country »

23 Mar, 2020

Issuing a statement Government Information Department Director-General Nalaka Kaluwewa said CPC Chairman Sumith Wijesinghe has assured that the supply of fuel is being rendered as an important service without any obstacle or shortage.

SriLankan Airlines brings home 829 stranded pilgrims from India

SriLankan Airlines brings home 829 stranded pilgrims from India »

23 Mar, 2020

As initiated and facilitated by the Government of Srilanka, SriLankan Airlines, brought back 829 Sri Lankans who were stranded in India. They have been arriving in the country, as Sri Lanka was going into 48-hour quarantine curfew, since Friday , March 20,to Sunday 22nd 2020.

8 districts Curfew temporarily lifted

8 districts Curfew temporarily lifted »

23 Mar, 2020

Local News: The country’s police curfew was lifted at 6 a.m. today except in eight areas, and will be re-imposed today at 2

All Buddhist pilgrims stranded in India repatriated

All Buddhist pilgrims stranded in India repatriated »

22 Mar, 2020

With a total of 48 Buddhist pilgrims returning in the last SriLankan Airlines dedicated flight that departed New Delhi at 05:10 hrs. today (22)

Sri Lanka blocks all passenger flights, and all ships

Sri Lanka blocks all passenger flights, and all ships »

22 Mar, 2020

All passenger flights and ships entering the country were prohibited until further notice considering the current situation regarding COVID-19 spread,  Under no conditions will this decision be relaxed before the current situation returns to normal, the Government has reported.

SLAF Contributes to Government’s Efforts to Control the COVID-19 Outbreak in Sri Lanka

SLAF Contributes to Government’s Efforts to Control the COVID-19 Outbreak in Sri Lanka »

22 Mar, 2020

The first Quarantine Centre set up by the Sri Lanka Air Force in Vanni is currently housing 206 passengers who have returned from overseas. In addition the Directorate of Health Services are also in the process of establishing Quarantine Centre’s in Palaly, Iranamadu and Mullaitivu.

Australian High Commissioner Discusses COVID-19 Preventive Roles with Army Chief

Australian High Commissioner Discusses COVID-19 Preventive Roles with Army Chief »

22 Mar, 2020

High Commissioner of Australia for Sri Lanka, His Excellency David Holly on Friday (20) paid a courtesy call on Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff & Commander of the Army at the Army HQ.

Grace period to pay February electricity bill till end of March

Grace period to pay February electricity bill till end of March »

22 Mar, 2020

Consumers were granted a grace period until the end of March to pay their electricity bills for the February month, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said. During this time span, the Minister of Power and Energy added, customers, won't face disconnection.

Concept paper submits Hydroxychloroquine & Azithromycin for COVID-19 Treatment-GMOA

Concept paper submits Hydroxychloroquine & Azithromycin for COVID-19 Treatment-GMOA »

22 Mar, 2020

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) has handed over a concept paper prepared by Professor Kamini Mendis on the treatment of COVID-19 patients with drugs Hydroxychloroquine and Azithromycin in the COVID19 Task Force meeting yesterday.

Measures were taken to avoid shortage of essential goods

Measures were taken to avoid shortage of essential goods »

22 Mar, 2020

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged PM Secretary Gamini Senarath to take the required measures to ensure that food and other important commodities are released into the market without any shortages.

Neville Fernando and Castle Street Hospitals ready to treat pregnant mothers

Neville Fernando and Castle Street Hospitals ready to treat pregnant mothers »

22 Mar, 2020

Neville Fernando Hospital in Malabe and Borella Castle Street Hospital are to be used to treat pregnant mothers who are suspected of having contracted the Coronavirus, said Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe.

Cooperative stores will be open to the general public once the curfew is lifted

Cooperative stores will be open to the general public once the curfew is lifted »

21 Mar, 2020

Cooperative Development Commissioner Suwinda Singapulli has told that, once the curfew is lifted, all Cooperative stores will be open to the general public to buy essential food products.

Curfew extended till 24th Tuesday for Colombo, Gampaha and Puttalam districts

Curfew extended till 24th Tuesday for Colombo, Gampaha and Puttalam districts »

21 Mar, 2020

The curfew which imposed for Colombo, Gampaha and Puttalam districts has been further extended until 6.00 am on Tuesday (24), says the President’s Media Division (PMD).

Navy disinfects a number of places in Mundalama

Navy disinfects a number of places in Mundalama »

21 Mar, 2020

Yet another sterilization programme conducted by Sri Lanka Navy to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus in the country was held at Mundalama Police station, court premises, district hospital and prison of Puttalam on 19th and 20th March 2020.

Island wide curfew imposed to stop the spread of Corona – quarantine centres increased to 22

Island wide curfew imposed to stop the spread of Corona – quarantine centres increased to 22 »

21 Mar, 2020

The island-wide curfew has been declared to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus in the country, said the Head of the National Operation Centre for the Prevention of Covid-19 Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva.

04 more new patients confirmed positive for Covid-19

04 more new patients confirmed positive for Covid-19 »

21 Mar, 2020

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said today that 4 more people from Anuradhapura Hospital had tested positive for Covid-19, raising the total number of patients to 76.

Uber temporarily suspended its services in Sri Lanka until further notices »

21 Mar, 2020

Uber, the American multinational ride-hailing company has temporarily suspended all its services in Sri Lanka until further notice.

Samagi Jana Balawegaya head office closed due to support the current situation »

21 Mar, 2020

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya head office was closed today, as the party suspended all political activities due to the country's ongoing health crisis.

Navy sterilizes Fort Railway Station and main entrances of Colombo harbour for the second time

Navy sterilizes Fort Railway Station and main entrances of Colombo harbour for the second time »

21 Mar, 2020

As part of Sri Lanka Navy’s sterilization programmes in action to keep the coronavirus at bay, similar disinfection programmes were conducted at the Fort Railway Station and main entrances of Colombo harbour yesterday

8437 Sri Lankan returned so far and 4498 are from Western Province

8437 Sri Lankan returned so far and 4498 are from Western Province »

21 Mar, 2020

Heeding a police order, 8437 Sri Lankans who returned from overseas to the country had registered with police. Of these, 4498 are from the western province, 1187 are from the central province and 742 are from the province of Wayamba, DIG Ajith Rohana said.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa urges the public to follow medical and government advices »

21 Mar, 2020

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday  (20) urged the public to take well-thought decisions in the midst of the Covid-19 global pandemic while ensuring that the government has taken the necessary measures to deal with any crisis situation.

Notice to SriLankan Airlines Passengers during Island wide curfew

Notice to SriLankan Airlines Passengers during Island wide curfew »

20 Mar, 2020

Due to an Island wide curfew that  has been imposed across the island from 18:00 hrs (Sri Lanka time) on 20th March 2020 until 06:00hrs

Foreign Ministry facilitates outward movement of foreign nationals

Foreign Ministry facilitates outward movement of foreign nationals »

20 Mar, 2020

Arrangements are being made for the smooth return of foreign nationals who are presently in Sri Lanka on tourist and other visa categories. This will be done using both regular flight movements operating through Sri Lanka and also charter flights that may be deployed, as the airport remains open for outbound passenger movements.

TRCSL introduces emails for essential requests

TRCSL introduces emails for essential requests »

20 Mar, 2020

The Sri Lanka Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRCSL) confirmed that the necessary requests for service could be transmitted on the following email addresses.

All sightseeing journeys, pilgrimages & picnics are prohibited until further notice

All sightseeing journeys, pilgrimages & picnics are prohibited until further notice »

20 Mar, 2020

With immediate effect until further notice the government has banned leisure trips, pilgrimages and tours within the country. The President Media Division (PMD), issuing a communiqué in this regard, stated that this decision enters into force as a preventive measure to protect the general public against the risks of coronavirus outbreak in the country.

06 more new Covid-19 positive patients confirmed

06 more new Covid-19 positive patients confirmed »

20 Mar, 2020

The Ministry of Health has announced that six more patients have tested Coronavirus positive (COVID-19) taking the total number of confirmed cases to 65 in the country.

Curfew lifted temporarily in Puttlam, Chilaw, Negambo, Ja-Ela, and Wattala for a short time period

Curfew lifted temporarily in Puttlam, Chilaw, Negambo, Ja-Ela, and Wattala for a short time period »

20 Mar, 2020

The curfew which was imposed in below police divisions temporarily lifted at 09.00 am today and will reimpose 12.00 pm today.

All island curfew imposed from today 6.00 pm to Monday 6.00 am – PMD

All island curfew imposed from today 6.00 pm to Monday 6.00 am – PMD »

20 Mar, 2020

An island-wide curfew will be imposed from 6 pm today (20) until 6 am on Monday (23), the President’s Office announced.

Defence Ministry calls for more public support to fight against COVID-19

Defence Ministry calls for more public support to fight against COVID-19 »

19 Mar, 2020

While strictly warning rumour mongers to avoid making misleading statements using the cyber space to create unnecessary tension among people over the Government’s efforts to mitigate coronavirus or COVID – 19, Defence Secretary Maj. Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne has requested all Sri Lankans, including those who are living abroad, to support Government’s efforts to contain coronavirus outbreak by being indoors and following the advices given by the Health and Defence ministries.

March 20th to 27th declared as ‘Work from home week’ »

19 Mar, 2020

The government has taken every possible measure to contain the spread of COVID – 19. It is the responsibility of every government, semi-government and private entities as well as the general public to ensure that the situation does to escalate to a pandemic.

Court to use video technology to hear cases

Court to use video technology to hear cases »

19 Mar, 2020

The Judicial Service Commission has issued a special circular describing criterion for court proceedings for a week from tomorrow (20), with the aim of preventing the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country.

PM Mahinda Rajapaksa instructs to pay salaries on 23rd of March

PM Mahinda Rajapaksa instructs to pay salaries on 23rd of March »

19 Mar, 2020

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa directed the Ministry of Finance to pay the salaries of all government workers in all industries on March 23.

03 more new patients confirmed Covid-19

03 more new patients confirmed Covid-19 »

19 Mar, 2020

Today three more Coronavirus patients were confirmed bringing the total confirmed cases to 59 in Sri Lanka.

General Election 2020 to be postponed – Mahinda Deshapriya

General Election 2020 to be postponed – Mahinda Deshapriya »

19 Mar, 2020

The Election Commission (EC) has decided to postpone the 2020 general election, scheduled for next month. Holding a special media briefing this afternoon (19)

Government to declare 6-day period of “work from home” for public, private sectors – PMD »

19 Mar, 2020

The government decided to declare six days of "work from home"  from 20 – 27 March for public and private sectors. More details will be notified through mainstream media.

Cabinet Decisions taken at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers on 18.03.2020 »

19 Mar, 2020

1. Acquisition of 200 acre lands in order to establish an Air Force Camp in Maththala Rajapkshe Airport (MRIA)

Sri Lanka Air

All Countries Should Prepare for Coronavirus Epidemic

All Countries Should Prepare for Coronavirus Epidemic »

19 Mar, 2020

The World Health Organization warns many countries are facing the escalating pandemic of COVID-19, and that all should be prepared to tackle this deadly virus before it arrives within their borders. WHO reports the number of coronavirus cases globally now tops 200,000, including more than 8,000 deaths.

Railways Department says no passengers to permit travel without train tickets

Railways Department says no passengers to permit travel without train tickets »

19 Mar, 2020

There has been no decision to allow passengers to travel in trains without purchasing tickets, the Railways Department says. M.J.D. Fernando, General Manager of Railways, said steps should be taken to rectify the unilateral decisions taken by some people at this crucial juncture, who have failed to recognize national duty.

Transit stay permuted on maximum of 06 hours due to Covid-19 impact – CAA »

19 Mar, 2020

The maximum permissible transit time for passengers to fly through Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) was limited to no more than six hours, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said today.

Western Province Governor Dr Seetha Arambepola resigns

Western Province Governor Dr Seetha Arambepola resigns »

19 Mar, 2020

Governor of the Western Province Dr Seetha Arambepola resigns from her post after being placed on the national SLPP list. She said she had resigned from her post, refraining from using state property and funds as specified by the Commissioner for Elections.

All officials notified to reduce Covid-19

All officials notified to reduce Covid-19 »

19 Mar, 2020

All officials of the education field including Education Ministry officials have been notified under circular ED/ 01/21/3/9 on March 13th that measures should be taken to educate the teachers, students andother staff members regarding the measures needed to be taken in order to avoid being infected by the Coronavirus which has now been declared as an epidemic by the WHO.

The Ministry of Health has prepared  24 hospitals for the Corona patients

The Ministry of Health has prepared 24 hospitals for the Corona patients »

19 Mar, 2020

The Ministry of Health has prepared 24 hospitals that cover the whole island to treat patients in their respective districts, Minister of Health and Indigenous Medicine Pavithra Wanniarachchi said.

Private hospitals allowed to conduct Corona tests under strict conditions-Director-General of Health Services

Private hospitals allowed to conduct Corona tests under strict conditions-Director-General of Health Services »

19 Mar, 2020

Director-General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe said private hospitals would be permitted to carry out the coronavirus test under strict conditions.

Acceptance of nominations for General Election 2020 is set to close today

Acceptance of nominations for General Election 2020 is set to close today »

19 Mar, 2020

The acceptance of nominations for General Election 2020 is set to close at 12 noon  today (19),  The Election Commission announced that it would consider applications for all 22 districts until 12 noon.

Global virus infections top 200,000 as nations tighten clampdowns

Global virus infections top 200,000 as nations tighten clampdowns »

18 Mar, 2020

The number of global coronavirus infections shot past 200,000 on Wednesday, as governments across Europe, North America and Asia rolled out tough measures to put the brakes on the ferocious spread of the deadly pandemic.

Maximum retail price imposed for Big Onions today

Maximum retail price imposed for Big Onions today »

18 Mar, 2020

The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) notes that as of today (18) a maximum retail price of Rs 150 per kilogram of Big Onions (B. Onions) has been gazetted effective.

Sri Lanka urges foreign states to extend visas of visiting Sri Lankans

Sri Lanka urges foreign states to extend visas of visiting Sri Lankans »

18 Mar, 2020

Foreign Secretary Ravinatha Aryasinha has requested foreign governments to facilitate the appropriate extension of visas for Sri Lankans currently visiting their countries, and facing difficulty to return to Sri Lanka on account of the travel bans that have and will become applicable as part of the control measures on COVID- 19.

USD 500 Million facility agreement Signed between Sri Lanka and China

USD 500 Million facility agreement Signed between Sri Lanka and China »

18 Mar, 2020

The Government of Sri Lanka and the China Development Bank entered into an agreement on 18 March 2020 for a financing facility of USD 500 million,

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Viet Nam calls on Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Dr.  Nguyen Thien Nhan

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Viet Nam calls on Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Dr. Nguyen Thien Nhan »

18 Mar, 2020

During an official visit to Ho Chi Minh City, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Viet Nam Prasanna Gamage called on Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee and Politburo Member Dr. Nguyen Thien Nhan on 10 of March 2020 at the Headquarters of the Communist Party Committee in Ho Chi Minh City.

Driving Licences validity period which expiring from March 16 – April 15 further extended

Driving Licences validity period which expiring from March 16 – April 15 further extended »

18 Mar, 2020

It will extend the validity period of driving licenses issued by the Commissioner-General for Motor Traffic under the Motor Traffic Act, which expires from 16 March 2020 to 15 April 2020.

Ambassador meets Governor of Nevsehir and the Chairman of Nevsehir Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Ambassador meets Governor of Nevsehir and the Chairman of Nevsehir Chamber of Commerce and Industry »

18 Mar, 2020

Ambassador M. Rizvi Hassen met Governor of Nevsehir region Ilhami Aktas on 13 March 2020 at his office in Nevsehir. During the meeting with the Governor, the Ambassador requested the Governorship of Nevsehir to seek the possibility of connecting Sri Lanka’s two UNESCO heritage sites namely Sigiriya,

Presidential commission’s term of inquiry Extended Easter attacks for 06 months »

18 Mar, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has prolonged the term of the Presidential Inquiry Commission appointed to investigate the Easter Sunday terror attacks, which were due to expire on 20 March.

The EC allowed applications for the postal vote until 19 March.

The EC allowed applications for the postal vote until 19 March. »

18 Mar, 2020

The Election Commission allowed applications for the postal vote until 19 March. The Election Commission said that although the time given for applications for postal voting was to end at midnight yesterday (17)

Government decides to suspend all passenger arrivals from midnight today (18) »

18 Mar, 2020

The government has made a decision to stop all passengers arriving in the country today from midnight (18), said COVID-19 Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva Head of National Operation Center for Prevention.

Special flight to repatriate Sri Lankan pilgrims in India

Special flight to repatriate Sri Lankan pilgrims in India »

18 Mar, 2020

A special flight of SriLankan Airlines will depart for India to repatriate Sri Lankan pilgrims in India, Buddha Sasana's ministry said. This evening the charter flight will leave for New Delhi

Clarification from SriLankan Airlines – Social media posts on London-Colombo flight

Clarification from SriLankan Airlines – Social media posts on London-Colombo flight »

18 Mar, 2020

SriLankan Airlines categorically refutes the contents of certain social media posts that are currently being circulated with regard to a flight operated from London to Colombo.

Quarantine centre set up at Boossa naval premises

Quarantine centre set up at Boossa naval premises »

18 Mar, 2020

In the backdrop where COVID-19 outbreak has turned out to be pandemic across the world, Sri Lanka Navy shouldering the national responsibility has swiftly set up a quarantine centre at the Boossa naval premises on 16th March 2020 to accommodate the influx of passengers from affected countries.

Navy undertakes sterilization of Trincomalee bus station

Navy undertakes sterilization of Trincomalee bus station »

18 Mar, 2020

In an attempt to stop the spread of COVID – 19 in the country, Sri Lanka Navy threw its weight behind sterilization of the Trincomalee bus station on 17th March 2020.

Min. Pavithra Wanniarachchi says Government not ready for complete lock-down

Min. Pavithra Wanniarachchi says Government not ready for complete lock-down »

18 Mar, 2020

Because of many practical issues, the Government is not currently prepared to enforce a full lockdown at this stage, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said.

Ambassador Ameer Ajwad Presents Credentials To His Majesty The Sultan Of Oman

Ambassador Ameer Ajwad Presents Credentials To His Majesty The Sultan Of Oman »

18 Mar, 2020

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Sultanate of Oman Omar Lebbe Ameer Ajwad presented Letters of Credence to Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tarik on 11 March 2020 at a ceremonial event held at Al Alam Royal Palace in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman.

Sri Lanka High Commission In New Delhi Invites The Brics Chamber Of Commerce And Industry To Select Sri Lanka As The Next Investment Destination

Sri Lanka High Commission In New Delhi Invites The Brics Chamber Of Commerce And Industry To Select Sri Lanka As The Next Investment Destination »

18 Mar, 2020

The High Commission of Sri Lanka in New Delhi recently organized a business networking event with the participation of the members of the BRICS Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Delhi Chapter). This event, funded by the Department of Commerce of Sri Lanka, focused on promoting new business and investment opportunities in Sri Lanka.

All religious sites closed to visitors until further notice

All religious sites closed to visitors until further notice »

18 Mar, 2020

Ministry of Buddha Sasana, Secretary of Cultural and Religious Affairs M. K. Bandula Harischandra released a statement notifying the public that all historic sites will be closed during a government-imposed holiday time due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Govt. urges more public support to control spreading of COVID -19

Govt. urges more public support to control spreading of COVID -19 »

18 Mar, 2020

The Government has urged passengers, who have returned from coronavirus hit countries from March 1 to 9, to undergo self-quarantine in their homes to avoid spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19), today.