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Vaccination drive picks up pace in Sri Lanka; Chinese vaccine most used

The vaccination drive in Sri Lanka has been picking up pace lately, marking the highest number of Covid-19 vaccines administered in a single day in Sri Lanka, 412,111 Saturday last week

US donates 500,000 rapid test kits to Sri Lanka

The United States has donated 500,000 Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) to Sri Lanka as part of its commitment to support the island nation’s fight against COVID-19

Sri Lanka aims to vaccinate all above 30 within next two months

Sri Lanka is hoping to vaccinate all people about the age of 30 years within the next two months, Namak Rajapaksa, the sports and youth affairs minister, said

Sri Lankan Cabinet clears proposal to bring Muslims under common laws for marriage and divorce

The Sri Lankan Cabinet this week approved an amendment to the Civil Procedure Code, allowing Muslim marriages and divorces under the common law governing marriage and divorce of citizens of Sri Lanka

Moody places Sri Lanka’s sovereign rating under review; country facing gas shortage

Moody's has placed Sri Lanka's “Caa1” foreign currency long-term issuer and senior unsecured debt ratings under review for downgrade, the global rating agency confirmed in a statement, citing fragile external liquidity position and increasing risk of default

Growing human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka worries government, animal lovers

Sri Lanka is often seen as an elephant country and is home to over 5000 elephants

Sri Lankan president to seek a second term, goes back on earlier commitment

In a surprising u-turn, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday said he will stand for a second term to the country’s highest office

Sri Lanka approves Chinese Sinovac vaccines; three members of expert panel resign

A day after the Sri Lankan regulatory body cleared the Chinese Sinovac Covid vaccine, three members of the expert panel which approved the vaccine resigned on Saturday, citing disregard to their advice against the approval, media reports said

Sri Lanka’s new Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa meets foreign envoys, pushes for support for key policy initiatives

Days after taking charge as Sri Lanka’s new Finance Minister, Basil Rajapaksa - brother of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa - met envoys of six key nations as also the European Union and stressed on the implementation of the Vision of Prosperity, a key policy initiative of the government

Sri Lanka's Christian clergy seek actions from government in 2019 Easter attack case

Christian clergy in Sri Lanka have written a letter to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapksa demanding answers and action in the 2019 Easter Sunday attack which killed 259 people, mostly minority Christians, in the country

IMF to give USD 800 million grant to Sri Lanka to boost economy

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has decided to provide USD 800 million in August to Sri Lanka to boost the country’s economic strength, said Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Minister of State for Money & Capital Markets and State Enterprise Reforms

Sri Lanka, Japan discuss enhancing defense ties

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who holds the defense portfolio, and Japanese Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi held a video teleconference to discuss the promotion of defence cooperation and exchanges between the two countries

Sri Lanka starts issuing digital vaccination certificates

Sri Lanka has started issuing digital vaccination certificates to people who had received both doses of Covid vaccines

Lambda variant can be found in Sri Lanka any time: Health Ministry

Sri Lankan Health Ministry has warned of the possibility that Covid-19 patients of the new Lambda variant could be found in the country at any time

Sri Lanka extends all types of visas to foreigners for another 30 days

Sri Lanka has extended the validity period of all types of visas for foreigners currently staying in the country till 8 August, considering the ongoing restrictions on international travel

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