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EU working group takes stocks of Sri Lankan terror laws

A delegation of the European Union (EU), which was on a visit to Sri Lanka,  reviewed the island nation’s efforts in reforming its notorious terror laws, reconciliation process, and the process of fixing accountability among other issues

Sri Lankan opposition leader asks EU not to withdraw its GSP status

The European Union (EU) should not withdraw its Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) status of Sri Lanka, Sajith Premadasa, Sri Lanka’s opposition leader has said to a visiting EU delegation, terming the GSP+ status a “great strength” to the island’s economy

Economic crisis deepens in Sri Lanka; Colombo seeks help from India and UAE to buy fuel

Sri Lanka is in talks with India for a $500 million credit line to buy fuel and delay payments, said a senior Sri Lankan official as its already struggling economy worsened by the weeks-long lockdown and restrictions due to the Covid-19

Sri Lanka to approach IMF for economic bailout?

Amid rising speculation that the Sri Lankan government was mulling approaching the International Monetary Fund, a senior official has said the international financial institution, will “definitely” have a role to play post-Covid-19 economic recovery and after the authorities formulate the policy framework

Sri Lanka struggles to vaccinate youngsters showing aversion to China’s Sinopharm

Sri Lanka, which fast-tracked the Covid vaccination drive amid its worst-ever virus surge, has recently opened up vaccines to its young population aged between 20 to 29 years, but the plan seems to have hit a roadblock as youngsters are refusing to take vaccines

Sri Lanka extends lockdown till October 1; health sector overwhelmed

Faced with an “unbearable” number of daily Covid-19 cases, the Sri Lankan government has extended the ongoing lockdown till October 01, Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said

Sri Lanka rules out ‘external mechanism’ by UN human rights body

There is no need for “external mechanisms” to solve the issues of rights and accountability, Sri Lankan Foreign Secretary Jayanath Colombage said, asserting that solutions to those problems are “available” within the country’s domestic legal system

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka hopes to boost foreign inflows through remittances, tourism, high investments

In a bid to boost foreign inflows, crisis-hit Sri Lanka is banking on high investments, remittances, and tourist arrivals, Cabinet Co-spokesman Minister Ramesh Pathirana said as imports hit a 17-month high in July, with money printing boosting credit and creating forex shortages

Sri Lankan minister resigns over accusations he threatened to kill prisoners

Sri Lanka’s Prison Management State Minister Lohan Ratwatte resigned on Wednesday after being accused by opposition MPs of threatening to kill prisoners

Sri Lanka to gradually re-open from Sep 21; health experts apprehensive

Sri Lanka, now into its fourth week of an extended Covid-19 lockdown, is likely to gradually reopen starting next Tuesday (September 21), though health experts warn that the country is not yet out of the woods

No fuel shortage, claims Sri Lankan minister after colleague asks public to use fuel sparingly

Amid reports that economic crisis hit Sri Lanka was planning to borrow from US and Europe-based funds to repay loans of a state-run petroleum utility, a senior minister on Tuesday ruled out a fuel shortage

Detainees tortured in Sri Lankan prisons, says report; Colombo denies

Sri Lankan authorities are torturing political detainees in jails, Reuters reported, citing a human rights lawyer who has recently drafted a detailed report on torture in Sri Lankan prisons

Sri Lanka passes emergency regulations to supply essential food directly to people

Sri Lankan Parliament on Monday passed emergency regulations allowing the government to distribute essential food items directly to people at controlled prices

Sri Lanka extends nationwide lockdown till 13 September

Sri Lanka has extended the ongoing lockdown nationwide till 13 September, Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said, as daily infections still remain too high to ease lockdown

Sri Lanka has fully vaccinated about 40% of eligible people

Sri Lanka has fully vaccinated over 8.5 million people--roughly 40 percent of its total eligible population--by Wednesday this week, and almost 4 million others received their first dose, the data released by the country’s health authority showed