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Urgent statement from SriLankan Airlines

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SEC directs relief to investors affected by COVID-19-hit stock market

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Police to take stern action against posts on social media targeting public servants

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Coronavirus transforms New York as US deaths top 4,000

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Auto industry races to make ventilators during virus crisis

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Europe toll tops 30,000 as UN warns of world’s worst crisis since WWII

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Pharmacies open for pensioners on April 02,03 and 06

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Do decision to delay A/Ls and O/L results to release before end of April 2020

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CSE offers guidance to Listed companies on hosting AGMs amidst the COVID-19 outbreak

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Attorney General urges CJ to consider cancelling High Court sittings

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All types of visas issued to foreigners extended till May 12 2020

Covid-19 Outbreak
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03 new positive COVID-19 patients total rise to 146

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SriLankan Airlines suspends all passenger flights from April 8-30

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Dialog’s e-Working, e-Learning and e-Health Solutions to empower Sri Lankans during COVID-19

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President discusses economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic with Central Bank officials

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BIA to facilitate the airlines for cargo movements

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Dialog to take 5G technology closer to every Sri Lankan

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The apparel sector discussed with Presidential Task Force issues emerged on Covid-19

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Akbar Brothers contribute Rs.50 million to Covid19 Health Care & Social Security Fund

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One more Covid-19 patient recovered and discharged today

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EU supports communities through water, sanitation and hygiene facilities

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Two PCR devices donated for COVID-19 testing to the Ministry of Health

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Coronavirus: Jaguar and Land Rover Deploy Global Fleet to Support Emergency Response Partners

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Rs. 20 b allocated for advance Samurdhi benefiting families of 2 m

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Dedicated hospitals specified to care for suspected Coronavirus patients

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SLAF Troops Together with the CMC Distribute Dry Rations to Low Income Families

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Guangdong Province Science and Technology Cooperation Award 2019, presented to Sri Lankan Scientist

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Food/Medicine deliveries or other essentials call your Grama Niladhari Officer

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WHO Chief calls Gotabaya Rajapaksa, thanks for mobilizing government to fight COVID-19

UN Agency Heads in Sri Lanka Commend Action Taken by the Government at this Critical Moment

April 1, 2020

A special meeting of the Special Presidential Task Force on Essential Services was held today (2020.04.01) at Temple Trees with the participation of Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and Head of the Task Force Basil Rajapaksa.

Urgent statement from SriLankan Airlines

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.

SEC directs relief to investors affected by COVID-19-hit stock market

April 1, 2020

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.

Police to take stern action against posts on social media targeting public servants

April 1, 2020

Strict legal action will be taken against anyone making defamatory, malicious social media posts about public servants who are battling the country's COVID-19 outbreak, police media reports.

Coronavirus transforms New York as US deaths top 4,000

April 1, 2020

Emergency field hospitals were readied in New York's Central Park and at the home of the US Open tennis tournament as the number of American deaths from the coronavirus pandemic surged past 4,000 -- higher than the toll in China.

Auto industry races to make ventilators during virus crisis

April 1, 2020

The automotive industry is offering its expertise and manpower to the hospital sector as it gears up to build mechanical ventilators during the coronavirus pandemic, an initiative that is being met with some scepticism.

Europe toll tops 30,000 as UN warns of world’s worst crisis since WWII

April 1, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 30,000 lives in Europe alone, a global tally showed Wednesday, in what the head of the United Nations has described as humanity's worst crisis since World War II.

Pharmacies open for pensioners on April 02,03 and 06

April 1, 2020

Pharmacies around the island will be available for pensioners to buy their medicines on April 02, 03 and 06, the Police Spokesman's office said.

Do decision to delay A/Ls and O/L results to release before end of April 2020

April 1, 2020

Education minister Dullas Alahapperuma says that no decision has been made to postpone the G.C.E. Advanced Level test in 2020.

CSE offers guidance to Listed companies on hosting AGMs amidst the COVID-19 outbreak

April 1, 2020

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.

Attorney General urges CJ to consider cancelling High Court sittings

April 1, 2020

The Attorney General Dappula de Livera PC urged the Chief Justice to consider canceling the Colombo High Court and other High Court sittings scheduled for tomorrow (02) and Friday (03) as Covid-19 incidents are on the rise in the country.

All types of visas issued to foreigners extended till May 12 2020

April 1, 2020

The Immigration and Emigration Controller General has agreed to extend the validity duration of all types of foreigner visas currently in Sri Lanka taking into account the spread of the Coronavirus in the region.

03 new positive COVID-19 patients total rise to 146

April 1, 2020

Health Ministry says 03 new positive COVID-19 patients have been identified raising the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 146.

SriLankan Airlines suspends all passenger flights from April 8-30

April 1, 2020

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.

Dialog’s e-Working, e-Learning and e-Health Solutions to empower Sri Lankans during COVID-19

April 1, 2020

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.

President discusses economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic with Central Bank officials

April 1, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa held a discussion with the Governor of Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) and other senior officials to assess the emerging macro-economic conditions due to the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

BIA to facilitate the airlines for cargo movements

April 1, 2020

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.

Dialog to take 5G technology closer to every Sri Lankan

April 1, 2020

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.

The apparel sector discussed with Presidential Task Force issues emerged on Covid-19

April 1, 2020

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 contribute Rs.50 million to Covid19 Health Care & Social Security Fund

April 1, 2020

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.

One more Covid-19 patient recovered and discharged today

April 1, 2020

Another COVID-19 patient was discharged from hospital after recovery from the virus earlier today (01), the Ministry of Health reported. Consequently, the cumulative number of COVID-19 recoveries has risen to 18 patients

EU supports communities through water, sanitation and hygiene facilities

April 1, 2020

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.

Two PCR devices donated for COVID-19 testing to the Ministry of Health

April 1, 2020

Power and Energy Minister Mahinda Amaraweera today handed over two polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machines to the Health and Indigenous Medical Services Ministry to be used for the testing of COVID-19 patients.

Coronavirus: Jaguar and Land Rover Deploy Global Fleet to Support Emergency Response Partners

April 1, 2020

Jaguar and Land Rover have deployed more than 160 vehicles globally to support emergency response organisations during the coronavirus crisis.

Rs. 20 b allocated for advance Samurdhi benefiting families of 2 m

April 1, 2020

Yesterday the Government announced an allocation of Rs. 20 billion to make an advance payment to the country's 2 million Samurdhi beneficiary families.

Dedicated hospitals specified to care for suspected Coronavirus patients

April 1, 2020

In a special statement released at Covid-19's National Operation Center for Prevention, Director General of Health Services Dr. Anil Jasinghe details several hospitals that have been assigned to care for individuals suspected of contracting the Coronavirus.

SLAF Troops Together with the CMC Distribute Dry Rations to Low Income Families

April 1, 2020

A distribution program of dry ration packs for 50,000 low income families in Colombo area was initiated by the Colombo Municipal Council together with the Sri Lanka Air Force yesterday (31 March 2020).

Guangdong Province Science and Technology Cooperation Award 2019, presented to Sri Lankan Scientist

April 1, 2020

On 25 March 2020, Professor Tilak P.D. Gamage, Faculty of Fishery and Marine Sciences and Technology, University of Ruhuna, has been granted the Guangdong Province Science and Technology Cooperation Award 2019 from the Government of Guangdong Province.

Food/Medicine deliveries or other essentials call your Grama Niladhari Officer

April 1, 2020

“For problems regarding Food/Medicine deliveries or other essentials, your first call should be to your Grama Niladhari.” According to Prime Ministers office

WHO Chief calls Gotabaya Rajapaksa, thanks for mobilizing government to fight COVID-19

April 1, 2020

Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has telephoned Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa Tuesday to discuss the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on Sri Lanka and the region.

19 districts curfew which lifted to be re-imposed at 2 pm today

April 1, 2020

The curfew in the Southern, Eastern, Uva, Sabaragamuwa & North-Central Provinces & Nuwara-Eliya, Matale, Kurunegala, Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi districts was lifted this morning at 6 am and will be re-imposed on Monday (April 6) at 2:00 pm.

More than 8,000 curfew violators under police custody so far

April 1, 2020

The total number of violators of curfew, who have been taken in police custody since the island-wide curfew on March 20 was imposed, has risen to 8,451.

A significant number of corporate contributions for the Healthcare and Social Security Fund

April 1, 2020

A significant number of organizations and private donors contribute funds to support the COVID – 19 Program for Healthcare and Social Security Fund.

Mainly fair weather across the island

April 1, 2020

Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa, Western and Southern provinces after 2.00 p.m. Mainly fair weather will continue in the other areas of the island.

Latest Notice on Curfew

March 31, 2020

The ongoing curfew in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutura, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna which have been identified as High Risk Zones will remain in force until further notice.

Central Bank of Sri Lanka Decides to Establish a Rupees 50 Billion

March 31, 2020

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.

Inflation declined to 5.4 per cent in March 2020 from 6.2 per cent in February 2020

March 31, 2020

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

March 31, 2020

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.

Trade deficit widened in January 2020 compared to January 2019

March 31, 2020

The trade deficit widened in January 2020 compared to January 2019, as earnings from exports declined while expenditure on imports increased.

Google Offers Free COVID-19 Public Datasets To Researchers, Analysts And Data Scientists

March 31, 2020

Researchers and scientists are working towards finding a solution to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Google Cloud has offered free public datasets to assist them in this endeavor.

BOC bank to visit your doorstep from tomorrow.

March 31, 2020

To provide you with essential banking services, we are coming to your doorstep

HNB Mobile banking vehicle at your doorstep!

March 31, 2020

HNB bank will visit your doorstep.

NDB bank will visit Kotahena and Wellawatte tomorrow

March 31, 2020

NDB bank will visit for the following areas tomorrow. You may use an NDB card or any other bank’s card.

New York gets hospital ship as coronavirus accelerates in US

March 31, 2020

A military hospital ship arrived in New York Monday as America's coronavirus epicenter gears up for the peak of the pandemic, with emergency restrictions extended as the national death toll passed 3,000.

‘Megxit’: Harry and Meghan formally quit royal life

March 31, 2020

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan formally step down as senior members of the British royal family on Tuesday, as they start a controversial new life in the United States.

USA: Second Wave Of Outbreak In Fall Possible, Fauci Warns

March 31, 2020

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), on March 25 first warned the United States about the possibility a "COVID-19 second wave" might pop-up later this year after the current pandemic subsides.

Italy mourns its virus dead at end of fateful month

March 31, 2020

Italy marked a minute of silence and flew flags at half mast Tuesday to mourn the 11,591 people who have died from the coronavirus pandemic that has dramatically altered life in the Mediterranean country.

NDB Bank on Wheels visits customers at their Homes

March 31, 2020

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.

The World Health Organization and Rakuten Viber join together to fight COVID-19 misinformation

March 31, 2020

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.

Emirates SkyCargo calibrates cargo operations to better connect global markets

March 31, 2020

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,

COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund’s balance surpasses Rs. 242 million

March 31, 2020

With direct deposits and donations from organizations and individual donors the COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund’s balance surpasses Rs. 242 million.

Low-rated sovereigns vulnerable to contagion shocks, says Moody’s

March 31, 2020

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,

10 more new Covid-19 patients tested positive and total raise to 142 by 7.30pm today

March 31, 2020

The Ministry of Health has reported that at 7.30 pm today (31) 10 more people were testing positive for COVID-19. For that addition, the country's coronavirus number has now hit 142 cases.

Fitch affirms Sri Lanka’s Dialog Axiata at ‘AAA(lka)’; Outlook stable

March 31, 2020

Fitch Ratings has affirmed the National Long-Term Rating of Sri Lanka-based telecoms company Dialog Axiata PLC at ‘AAA(lka)’.

Sri Lankan government & Uber Eats partner to deliver essential supplies

March 31, 2020

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.

Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa discussed with UAE on Covid-19 pandemic

March 31, 2020

On Tuesday(31), Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa discussed ways to improve relations with the United Arab Emirates in all domains including the battle against Covid-19.

Deadline for 2020 university registration delayed due to Covid-19

March 31, 2020

The University Grants Commission has released a media circulation announcing that the university registration for the academic year 2020 will be delayed for another two weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak's raising concerns.

Hotlines to lodge complaints against Food and Medicines

March 31, 2020

The Prime Minister's Office has introduced hotlines to report any issues related to food and medicines. General public can complaint through following numbers.

Curfew lift and not lift latest updates

March 31, 2020

The lifting and re-enforcement of the currently imposed curfew will be carried out as follows; the curfew presently in place in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha Puttalam, Kandy, Jaffna and Kalutara will continue until further notice.

Sri Lanka has taken maximum efforts to fight COVID-19 also public needs to support as well

March 31, 2020

Despite the situation facing the government, Sri Lanka has managed to monitor the spread of the Coronavirus very effectively compared to other countries, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said, calling on the country as a whole to contribute unitedly to the efforts of the government to control this virus.

Special setup for patients of National STD/AIDS Control Program

March 31, 2020

Health Promotion Bureau (HPB) Director Dr. Palitha Karunapema said the National STD / AIDS Control Program would hand over all needed drugs to patients island wide until next Saturday, April 4.

Today total 10 patients detected with Covid-19 total rise to 132

March 31, 2020

Today, three more patients tested Coronavirus positive, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 132.

CSE to remain closed until curfew is lifted from tomorrow

March 31, 2020

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.

Total Covid-19 patients rise to 129 with 07 more new tested positive

March 31, 2020

According to the Ministry of Health, COVID-19 cases count in Sri Lanka increased to 129 as seven new patients tested positive for the deadly virus at 3.20 pm today.

More concessions to public in the face of COVID – 19 outbreak

March 31, 2020

A host of more financial and material benefits have been granted to low income and vulnerable families and individuals in the face of COVID – 19 outbreak.

02 more patient fully recovered from Covid-19

March 31, 2020

The Ministry of Health's Epidemiology Unit states that two more patients who had tested positive for Coronavirus have fully recovered and have been discharged today.

Second patient who died yesterday of COVID-19 cremated

March 31, 2020

Yesterday at midnight (30) the funeral of the second individual in Sri Lanka who died from coronavirus took place. The body was cremated in the Negombo Municipal Council Public Cemetery.

Keells Online is back and operating out on a restricted environment with a limited range

March 31, 2020

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.

Akbar Brothers pledges Rs. 100 m in Sri Lanka’s fight against COVID-19

March 31, 2020

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.

Issuing curfew passes temporarily limited will imposed

March 31, 2020

DIG Ajith Rohan has announced that temporary limits on the issuance of curfew passes will be imposed. In a special address to the media he said that only a few chosen parties would receive curfew passes.

Sri Lankan High Commission in Singapore was closed for two weeks

March 31, 2020

From yesterday (30), the Sri Lankan High Commission in Singapore was closed for two weeks, due to a confirmed case of Coronavirus being recorded from the building where the High Commission is located.

All operations from Kollupitiya HNB closed for 14 days

March 31, 2020

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.

A ward of Kalubowila Hospital closed

March 31, 2020

A Kalubowila Teaching Hospital ward has been closed, the director of hospital said. He further added that after a COVID-19 patient had been identified the decision was made. And it had relocated to quarantine 15 patients and 20 employees.

Muttiah, Sanga, and Mahela involved in donating for covid-19

March 31, 2020

Cricket Legend Muttiah Muralidaran made his contribution to the COVID-19 Healthcare & Social Security Fund yesterday.

7,098 curfew violators under police custody

March 31, 2020

Police had arrested 173 people for breaching curfew regulations over the six-hour period from 12.00 am to 6.00 pm yesterday (30), police media unit said.

Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) closed today

March 31, 2020

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.

Large contributions for COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund

March 31, 2020

A large number of organizations and individual donors are contributing funds to strengthen the COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund.

Sri Lanka Missions in South Asia work towards ensuring safety of Sri Lankan expatriates in the region

March 31, 2020

The Sri Lanka Missions in South Asia, in collaboration with the Foreign Ministry, have been closely engaging with the Sri Lankan communities overseas and are working towards assisting and facilitating the many Sri Lankan expatriates in the region in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic.

Mainly fair weather will continue in country

March 31, 2020

Showers or thundershowers will occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa, Western, Central, Uva and Southern provinces after 2.00 p.m. Mainly fair weather will continue in the other areas of the island.

Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics: New dates confirmed for 2021

March 30, 2020

The Tokyo Olympic Games will start on 23 July, 2021 and run to 8 August after being postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

NCE offers digital services to exporters to effect shipments without disruption

March 30, 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.

All international Airports in Sri Lanka will continue to be closed until 7 April 2020

March 30, 2020

Further to Communication 15 sent previously (see attached) all online and offline carriers are informed that according to instructions received from Sri Lanka Health Authorities,

Beijing sends medical supplies to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Nepal, and Maldives

March 30, 2020

China has sent medical supplies to several South and Southeast Asian nations to help them stem the fast growing coronavirus pandemic.

Special charter flight operates from Colombo to Bhutan bring home 93 students

March 30, 2020

Bhutan Airlines will bring home 93 students from Sri Lanka today. According to a source, the parents chattered the flight paying Nu 37,000 each. The flight is expected to land today at 4pm.

No decision to postpone the GCE A\L Exam

March 30, 2020

The Ministry of Education today said  no decision to postpone the GCE A\L Exam scheduled for August 2020. In a press release, the ministry said there was no merit to rumors in some social media that the test was delayed because of the COVID 19 outbreak.

Lalan Rubbers (Pvt) Ltd. hands over 20,000 latex gloves to Sri Lanka Navy

March 30, 2020

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

Anyone who refuses to file for quarantine is arrested

March 30, 2020

Ajith Rohana said for those who did not register with authorities after entering Sri Lanka after March 16. Every country in the world will be granted a period of grace to apply for self-quarantine until April 1st.

7th Batch of 134 Quarantined Returnees Leave Home-bound

March 30, 2020

The seventh batch of 134 returnees after completion of the two-week long quarantine process, left for home this morning (30) from Punani and Diyatalawa Quarantine Centres (QCs) after completion of medical procedures and receipt of their Quarantine Certificates.

CB of Sri Lanka implements Extraordinary Regulatory Measures to facilitate Banks to support COVID-19 affected Businesses and Individuals

March 30, 2020

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.

Second death of COVID-19 reported in Sri Lanka

March 30, 2020

Another patient diagnosed with the novel coronavirus died while receiving treatment at the Institute for Infectious Diseases (IDH). The Ministry of Health's epidemiology unit said Negombo, a 64-year-old male resident of Kochchikade, had died of the virus.

07 decision taken today at the Special Presidential Task Force on Essential Services at the Temple Trees

March 30, 2020

A special meeting of the Special Presidential Task Force on Essential Services was held at Temple Trees today

5 members of the family tested positive for COVID-19 in Chilaw today

March 30, 2020

Five people from the same family tested positive for the novel infection with coronavirus, health minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said. The Chilaw family was reportedly detained and quarantined yesterday (29) on suspicion of contracting the virus.

77 More Returnees from Punani & Galkanda QCs Leave for Home

March 30, 2020

After completion of the two-week long quarantine process, one more batch of 77 returnees from Punani and Galkanda Quarantine Centres (QCs) left for home this morning (29) from respective locations after completion of medical procedures and receipt of their Quarantine Certificates.

Contact numbers of Cargills home delivery service

March 30, 2020
Local News: Cargills home delivery, List of contact numbers of outlets courtesy::Socail Media Post

 

 

NCE offers digital services to exporters to effect shipments

March 30, 2020

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.

Haycarb, DPL and Eco Solutions donate Rs. 10.6 mn medical equipment to IDH

March 30, 2020

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).

Total Covid-19 patients rise to 122 with adding two more new patients

March 30, 2020

The Health Ministry says two new cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) were found in the country. Accordingly as of 3.30 p.m. the total number of confirmed cases reported in Sri Lanka. Today (30), is 122.

O/L results before the end of April

March 30, 2020

According to the Ministry of Education, results of G.C.E. Ordinary Level Examination 2019 will be announced before 30 April 2020. All arrangements for the publication of the results have been made by the Ministry along with the Examination Department.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi donate to hospitals in fight against coronavirus

March 30, 2020

Footballers from around the world are joining together to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo each reportedly giving €1 million ($1.1 million) to the cause.

Country music star Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus

March 30, 2020

Joe Diffie, a Grammy award-winning country music singer who had several chart-topping hits in the 1990s, has died of coronavirus. He was 61.

Sri Lanka should return Rs. 500bn of EPF balance to respective members – Cabraal

March 30, 2020

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

March 30, 2020

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.

Lakdhanavi presents essential medical apparatus to Health Ministry

March 30, 2020

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.

National Carrier brings down medical aid from China

March 30, 2020

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 reduced 3.6%

March 30, 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.

List of Vendors around Colombo for Essential Goods delivery

March 30, 2020

Local News: Here’s a list of vendors who supply essential products across Colombo.

 

Relief to Exporters To Overcome Covid-19 Crisis

March 30, 2020

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.

John Keells Foundation funds a Molecular Virology Laboratory at IDH

March 30, 2020

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.

A stock of healthcare equipment donated to Navy by DSI Samson Group

March 30, 2020

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.

Navy undertakes disinfection of populous locations in Puttalam

March 30, 2020

Another event of the Navy’s disinfection programmes being carried out to curb further spread of novel coronavirus in the island was held in several populous locations in Puttalam on 29th March 2020.

Navy conducts sterilization programme at Court Complex-Galle

March 30, 2020

As a measure of controlling the spreading of new coronavirus in the country, Sri Lanka Navy conducted a sterilization programme at Court Complex premises in Galle, yesterday

Sri Lanka Consulate in Guangzhou coordinates transportation of Medical Equipment donated by the Sri Lankan community in Guangzhou and other areas of China

March 30, 2020

The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Guangzhou coordinated the collection of donation items worth RMB 75,000, consisting 35 boxes(501.8 kg)

Three more patients test positive Covid-19

March 30, 2020

Three more patients screened Coronavirus positively taking the total number of confirmed cases to 120 at 8.00 a.m. in the country Now

All decisions on Curfew and isolation not to be taken at regional level – PMD

March 30, 2020

All decisions concerning curfew or isolation processes can only be taken by the highest authorities of government, the Media Division of the President said.

Curfew lifted all expect in 6 districts until 2.00pm today

March 30, 2020

The curfew imposed in all but 6 of the country's districts were temporarily lifted at 6 a.m. Today (30). The curfew will re-imposed at 02.00 p.m. Today.

Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) says No passenger arrivals till April 7

March 30, 2020

Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 virus in Sri Lanka the following steps have been taken based on the instructions received from the Presidential Task Force for prevention of COVID-19 with regard to the operations of international airports in Sri Lanka, said Upul Dharmadasa, Chairman of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Sri Lanka.

Another 130 people who complets their quarantine to go home today

March 30, 2020

Another 130 persons who had completed their quarantine procedure are scheduled to return to their homes today, said Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva.

Police apprehend 6,474 violators of curfew-All face legal action

March 30, 2020

The police arrested 227 people for breaching curfew laws between 12.00 noon and 6.00 pm today (29), and took 50 vehicles into custody.

Not compulsory for graduate trainees to report to Health Services Offices today (30)

March 30, 2020

It is not compulsory for the Unemployed Graduate Trainees to report for Coronavirus prevention duties tomorrow (30) to the MOH Offices, said the Public Administration Ministry Secretary S. Hettiarachchi.

COVID – 19 quarantine centres established at SLNS Buwaneka and Oluvil harbour

March 30, 2020

In view of the looming threat of COVID-19 pandemic, Sri Lanka Navy shouldering the national responsibility has swiftly set up 02 quarantine centres at the naval establishment SLNS Buwaneka in Mulankavil, Mannar and Oluvil harbour premises on 28th March 2020, for persons suspected of COVID-19 infection.

Mainly fair weather and sometime shower will occur

March 30, 2020

Showers or thundershowers will occur at several places in Sabaragamuwa, Western, North-western, Central, Uva and Southern provinces after 2.00 p.m.

German minister commits suicide over ‘coronavirus crisis worries’

March 29, 2020

Thomas Schaefer, the finance minister of Germany’s Hesse state, has committed suicide apparently after becoming “deeply worried” over how to cope with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, state premier Volker Bouffier said on Sunday

“Public & Shop-Keepers Urged to Exercise Strict Health Guidelines – Chief of Defence Staff

March 29, 2020

Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army and the Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak in a special audio clip released to the Media, a few minutes ago on Sunday (29) evening urged the public, consumers as well as shop-keepers to strictly adhere to practices of social distancing and all other health guidelines once the curfew is lifted in some areas on Monday (30) for the convenience of the masses.

Two new COVID-19 positive in Sri Lanka; Tally rises to 117

March 29, 2020

Two more patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Sri Lanka at 8 p.m. today (29), raising the total number of cases to 117, the Ministry of Health says.

As curfew continues Colombo Stock Exchange to remain closed

March 29, 2020

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.

Distribution of medicine to carried out with Central Mail Exchange

March 29, 2020

Steps have been taken to use the Central Mail Exchange to distribute the medication required by patients who have been registered at government hospitals since today.

Public encouraged the use of ATMs and cash deposit limit due to Corona Outbreak

March 29, 2020

In the backdrop of the COVID – 19 pandemic that claimed one life in the country late Saturday, the Ceylon Bank Employees 'Union has encouraged the use of ATMs and cash deposit machines over visiting Banks.

ENT surgeon says to protect your kids from accidents

March 29, 2020

The Sri Lankan College of Otorhinolaryngologists and Head and Neck Surgeons requests parents to protect their children from incidents as ENT surgeon's services have been limited to emergency care due to COVID-19 problem only.

You can call to Task Force Operation Centre now

March 29, 2020

The general public can communicate with the Task Force Operation Centre through the telephone numbers given below.

Allowances for Senior Citizens and Persons with Special Needs

March 29, 2020

In order to maintain social distancing and to avoid large public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, the allowances for senior citizens and persons

Sri Lanka cricketers donate funds to purchase health equipment

March 29, 2020

The Sri Lankan cricket team also entered the fight against coronavirus by donating money to buy a diagnostic tool called video laryngoscope that would help treat patients who had been diagnosed.

Cautions public of extreme temperature – Department of Meteorology

March 29, 2020

The Department of Meteorology today advised that in the coming days temperature will rise in some areas up to 'Extreme Caution Level.'

More than 200 curfew violators caught within 6 hours today

March 29, 2020

A total of 206 people were arrested for breaching the curfew from 6 am to 12 noon today (29) in the last six hours, Police Headquarters said.

Second Sri Lankan death reported in UK today

March 29, 2020

According to international reports, another Sri Lankan living in London, England has died from the novel coronavirus infection. He is the second Sri Lankan to ever succumb to the virus in England.

Public requested to limit visits to Nagoda Hospital

March 29, 2020

The Kalutara Health Science Institute is calling on the public to limit patient visits to the Nagoda Hospital in Kalutara, despite the prevailing situation.

One more Covid-19 patient discharged from IDH

March 29, 2020

One more patient diagnosed with Covid-19 has been recovered and discharged from the Hospital for Infectious Diseases (IDH), the Health Ministry said.

Clinic Patients of Government Hospitals to Receive Medicines Home-Delivered from today

March 29, 2020

A meeting of the Special Presidential Task Force on Essential Services, presided over by its head Mr. Basil Rajapaksa, took place last morning

Leo Burnett Sri Lanka Emerges Most Awarded Agency at Inaugural Epica Awards

March 29, 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.

Fadna launches FADNA IMMUNNI TEA

March 29, 2020

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.

Total Covid-19 cases rise to 115 – Ministry of Health

March 29, 2020

Health Ministry confirms that two more had tested positive for the Coronavirus. Accordingly, the total number of COVID-19 positive patients in the country stands at 115.

Legal action against curfew violators – DIG Ajith Rohana

March 29, 2020

Both restaurants, stores, and other businesses are to remain closed throughout the curfew time and such businesses will not be permitted to open in any circumstances. In the event that any of these establishments are found to be illegal, legal action against them will be taken, DIG Ajith Rohana said.

Three more villages sealed-off as precautionary measures

March 29, 2020

Two more villages at Kadayankulam in the Puttalam district and Akurana in the Kandy district are sealed-off by health authorities. A total of four villages including Atalugama  in the Kalutara district are also virtually sealed-off.  

Special Forces Help Replenish Emergency Blood Stocks

March 29, 2020

Considering the national emergency circumstances and the need to assist the country and its people, members of the Special Forces (SF) Regiment HQ at Naula, Matale in line with the thinking of Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva,

Commander Inspects Construction Site of the New Kitchen Complex

March 29, 2020

Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva last morning (28) made a surprise visit to the construction site of the new kitchen complex near the Army Headquarters, together with a few Senior Officers.

Pension payments to pay on 2nd & 3rd of April

March 29, 2020

The President and the Prime Minister have approved the following: Payment of the Annual Festival Advance to public servants, interim payment of Rs. 5,000 each to the 2.3 million Samurdhi families and to pay the allowance for persons with disabilities to those who are registered but yet to receive the allowance.

Curfew in Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutura, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna will continue until further notice

March 29, 2020

The curfew in force in the districts of Colombo, Gampaha, Kalutura, Puttalam, Kandy and Jaffna will continue until further notice. In all other districts, curfew will be lifted at 6.00am tomorrow (30th Monday) and will be re-imposed at 2.00pm on the same day.

Final rites of deceased COVID-19 patient under WHO regulations

March 29, 2020

The final rites of the patient who died from coronavirus will be conducted in compliance with international quarantine regulations, Health Services Director General Dr. Anil Jasinghe said.

BIA extends ban on incoming passenger flights till 7 April 2020

March 29, 2020

The Government has banned entry of incoming passenger flights at the Bandaranaike International Aiport (BIA) until 7 April.

Asian markets mostly up, dollar sinks on stimulus pledges

March 29, 2020

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 20th Anniversary Golf Tournament at RCGC Attracts Over 200 Players

March 29, 2020

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

March 29, 2020

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.

Abbott Launches 5-Minute Virus Test for Use Almost Anywhere

March 29, 2020

Abbott Laboratories is unveiling a coronavirus test that can tell if someone is infected in as little as 5 minutes, and is so small and portable it can be used in almost any health-care setting.

Condom shortage looms after coronavirus lockdown shuts world’s top producer

March 29, 2020

A global shortage of condoms is looming, the world’s biggest producer said, after a coronavirus lockdown forced it to shut down production.

Atlas invents AGV Robot to support Sri Lanka’s medical personnel combating Coronavirus

March 29, 2020

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.

Sri Lankan male dies at COVID-19 in London

March 29, 2020

A 61-year-old Sri Lankan male living in Feltham, London has died today from an infection with COVID-19, sources said. They said the patient has been at a hospital's Intensive Care Unit in London.

President enlightens Maha Nayaka Theros of Malwatta and Asgiriya Chapters about measures taken to combat COVID – 19

March 29, 2020

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa paid homage to the Temple of the Scared Tooth Relic in Kandy today (28). President was received by Diyawadana Nilame Nilanga Dela Bandara at the venue.

Coronavirus: Another 03 more new patients confirmed Covid-19 and total raise to 113

March 28, 2020

Three more patients tested positive for the novel coronavirus, increasing Sri Lanka's total number of cases to 113. Four patients were officially contracting the COVID-19 virus earlier today

Navy conducts sterilization programme at Maning Market-Colombo

March 28, 2020

As a measure of controlling the spreading of new coronavirus in the country, Sri Lanka Navy conducted sterilization programmes at Colombo Maning Market premises, on 27th March 2020.

Another 300 returnees undergoing quarantine process were released today

March 28, 2020

Another 300 returnees, who underwent 14-day quarantine process, left the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) run quarantine centres today (28).

Hotlines introduced to address public issues during Covid-19 outbreak

March 28, 2020

In the wake of the emergency situation prevailing due to coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak in the region, an accelerated grievance redress mechanism has been developed to resolve issues of the general public.

Passengers arrived after March 14 from Chennai asked to notify PHI’s

March 28, 2020

People who arrived in the country after March 14 from Chennai, India have been instructed to notify the Public Health Inspector in their respective residential areas, Health Director Dr. Anil Jasinghe said today.

Coronavirus: First death from Covid-19 reported short while ago – MoH

March 28, 2020

First COVID-19 death has been reported from the Hospital of Infectious Diseases (IDH) in Sri Lanka, the Health Ministry said.

Over 17,000 Overseas Sri Lankans register on ‘Contact Sri Lanka

March 28, 2020

Over 17,457 Overseas Sri Lankans (OSL) had by Saturday noon (28 March), registered on the ‘Contact Sri Lanka’ Online Portal of the Ministry of Foreign Relations.

SLBFE makes special request to migrant workers expecting to return home

March 28, 2020

The government has taken many measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in the country. Therefore, all arrivals from overseas have been stopped.

Air Force Hands Over Newly Constructed Isolation Unit at IDH to Ministry of Health

March 28, 2020

The Sri Lanka Air Force commenced construction of a New Isolation Unit consisting of 16 rooms on 18 March 2020. Under the direct supervision of the Commander of the Air Force, Air Marshal Sumangala Dias, a team of 9 Civil Engineering Officers and 250 Airmen led by Senior Staff Officer Civil Engineering, Air Commodore Udula Wijesinghe took on the daunting challenge of constructing this new Isolation unit within two weeks (14 Days).

The US offers $1.3 million to Sri Lanka to combat COVID-19

March 28, 2020

The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health assistance response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are mobilizing all necessary resources to respond rapidly, both at home and abroad.

Four more new COVID-19 patients in Sri Lanka

March 28, 2020

Four more COVID-19 patients were reported in Sri Lanka, bringing a total number of infected individuals to 110, the Ministry of Health says.

Attorney Rajeev Amarasuriya assumes duties as BASL Secretary

March 28, 2020

Attorney Rajeev Amarasuriya has taken on duties as the Secretary of the Sri Lankan Bar Association (BASL). He succeeded Attorney-at-law Kaushalya Nawaratne as the 24th Secretary of the Bar Association.

Trump signs $2 trillion recovery plan as US virus cases skyrocket

March 28, 2020

President Donald Trump signed into law Friday the $2 trillion rescue plan to salvage a US economy crippled by the novel coronavirus, on a day the nation's total count of COVID-19 cases surpassed 100,000.

Italy, Spain suffer record virus deaths as infection rate surges

March 28, 2020

Italy has logged a shocking spike in its already staggering coronavirus death toll, with officials warning the peak of the crisis was still days away, as the global infection rate surges relentlessly upwards.

Medicines to be delivered home at Govt hospitals during curfew

March 28, 2020

The Sri Lanka Postal Department and Ministry of Health jointly arranged a plan to distribute medicine to those seeking care from government hospitals and lacking adequate medication for their everyday use.

Coronavirus: One more new patient tested posive Covid-19 and total tise to 107

March 28, 2020

Another individual today (28) tested positive for COVID-19, the Ministry of Health says. According to health ministry figures, a total of 107 people with coronavirus have been diagnosed in Sri Lanka to date

Essentials to transport with a police permit – PM

March 28, 2020

PM Mahinda Rajapaksa has directed the police to allow vehicles to transport vital consumer goods and vegetables to economic centers. That was confirmed today by the Prime Minister's Office (28).

Rupees 50 Billion, Six-Month Re-Financing Facility to Support Covid-19 Hit Businesses Including Self Employment and Individuals

March 28, 2020

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.

Abans donates to hospitals across island

March 28, 2020

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.

COVID-19 patient found,some hospital personnel isolated –Asiri Health

March 28, 2020

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.

HNB Assurance, HNB General Insurance assure customers on continuous service

March 28, 2020

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 brands postpone fashion shows worldwide due to coronavirus

March 28, 2020

More luxury houses are postponing fashion shows around the world due to the coronavirus outbreak that has now spread to dozens of countries.

Two more patients with COVID-19 recovered and discharged

March 28, 2020

Two more patients with coronavirus (COVID-19) recovered and discharged from the hospital, the health ministry reports. Accordingly, so far nine patients with coronavirus who tested positive for the virus have made a full recovery.

Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya requests for solidarity and support from world leaders

March 28, 2020

Former Speaker Karu Jayasuriya yesterday appealed to world leaders to let kindness and compassion be their guide and stop wars, lift all sanctions and barriers, and express solidarity in this time of global crisis.

Navy distributed drinking water and dry rations among needy

March 28, 2020

The Navy conducted a social responsibility program to distribute drinking water and dry ration among religious places and poor families in the North Central Naval Command from March 26 to 27.

Daraz together with oDoc provides online medical consultation

March 28, 2020

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.

Pelwatte Dairy Ensures Continuous milk collection from Dairy Farmers

March 28, 2020

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.

Bandaragama coronavirus patient’s father & sister hospitalized to Nagoda General Hospital

March 28, 2020

The patient's father and sister, who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) from Atalugama area in Bandaragama, were hospitalized after experiencing suspicious symptoms. They were admitted to Nagoda General Hospital, Kalutara.

Navy conducts blood donation campaigns in Northern and Eastern Naval Commands

March 28, 2020

Blood donation campaigns organized by the Northern and Eastern Naval Commands were held 0n 27th March 2020, with the participation of naval personnel attached to the respective commands.

Government made fertilizer supply as an essential service

March 28, 2020

Yesterday, the government notified all importers of fertilizers and license holders of the distribution that the unhindered fertilizer supply was considered an important service.

SLAF Station Koggala Conducts a Blood Donation Campaign

March 28, 2020

Sir Lanka Air Force Station Koggala conducted a blood donation campaign today (27th March 2020). The events was organized with the assistance of Blood Bank of the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital for the patients who have been infected by COVID-19.

Mainly fair weather will continue across the country

March 28, 2020

Showers or thundershowers may occur at a few places in Sabaragamuwa province and in Galle, Matara, Kaluthara and Kurunagala districts after 2.00 p.m.

No new positive cases of COVID-19 for last 24 hours

March 28, 2020

No new positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Sri Lanka during the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health says. The last confirmed patient was identified on Thursday (26) according to the situation report released by the Ministry of Health's Epidemiology Unit earlier in the day.

Updates On Sri Lankan Students In Southern India

March 27, 2020

The Sri Lanka Deputy High Commission is in the process of compiling details of Sri Lankan students in South India and working on ensuring their safety and welfare.

Donations to COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund exempted from taxes

March 27, 2020

Donations to COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund that has been established to strengthen the mitigation activities aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country and related social welfare programme, have been exempted from taxes and foreign exchange regulations.

Deadline for 2020 university registration postponed until Apr 9

March 27, 2020

A media circular has been released by the University Grants Commission claiming that the university registration for the academic year 2020 will be delayed until April 09 due to the coronavirus outbreak concerns.

Army to Improvise 50 Bed Building for Isolation of COVID-19 Patients

March 27, 2020

Hon Minister of Health Mrs Pavithra Wanniarachchi, Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Director General Health Services Dr Anil Jasinha, together with several officials Thursday (26)

Special request by the Government to Sri Lankan expats

March 27, 2020

The Government urges Sri Lankan expatriates who wish to return to their Motherland to safely remain where they are now until the risk of COVID – 19 virus minimized.

Ships at Ports exempted from demurrage and entry charges

March 27, 2020

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 Government insists that the public must strictly adhere to the curfew now in force island-wide.

March 27, 2020

The Government insists that the public must strictly adhere to the curfew now in force island-wide. Curfew has been imposed with the sole purpose of to preventing the spread of COVID – 19 which has now become a major health issues.

British PM Johnson tests positive for COVID-19

March 27, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Friday that he is self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19. "Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus," he said on Twitter, posting a video message.

Pharmaceuticals to Doorstep

March 27, 2020

Arrangements have been made to facilitate the delivery of drugs to patients who need them through identified pharmacies in their respective areas.

Acting IGP orders to close all supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies

March 27, 2020

Acting IGP C. D. Wickramaratne has directed police stations to ensure that all supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies in the region, except the state-run Rajya Osu Sala outlets, are immediately closed.

ICTA introduces online video conferencing to facilitate govt. organizations

March 27, 2020

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.