Crisis-hit Sri Lanka

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

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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

Sri Lanka president declares food emergency amidst rising prices and falling rupee

Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajpaksa has issued emergency regulations under Public Security Ordinance and appointed a Major General to oversee food distribution as prices of goods went up and the country’s currency rupee fell in the wake of dysfunctional bond auctions and money printing

Sri Lanka urged to leverage IMF resources to shore up its economy

With Sri Lanka reluctant to take the International Monetary Fund’s bailout option to tide over its debt repayment crisis, a top US diplomat has advised Colombo to leverage the resources of the global lending agency to build for itself a firmer economic foundation

Sri Lanka to continue lockdown till Sept 6, but experts want it extended further

Amid rising Covid 19 cases, the Sri Lankan government has extended the ongoing islandwide lockdown till September 6, but experts feel extending it to October 2 could save an estimated 10,000 lives at an economic cost of 2.2 percent of GDP

Under international pressure, Sri Lankan president appoints legal experts to advise on anti-terror law

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed three top retired legal experts to make recommendations on a controversial anti-terror law that some Western nations and international rights groups claim has been used to suppress minorities and silence dissent

Sri Lanka seeks medical oxygen as Covid crisis intensifies

Sri Lanka has requested the World Health Organization (WHO), seeking the supply of medical oxygen as the island country faces its worst Covid-19 crisis. The country is currently under a ten-day-long nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the virus

Sri Lanka goes into ten-day lockdown amid rising Covid-19 cases

Sri Lanka began a ten-day-long nationwide lockdown from Friday night as the country struggled to contain the rising Covid-19 infections. On Thursday, it had recorded almost 3900 cases

Sri Lanka may soon face an unprecedented health crisis: WHO

Amid reports of Sri Lanka’s medical sector plunging into a crisis, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the country could soon face a health crisis of unprecedented proportions

Sri Lankan health minister warns of risky days ahead

Amid rising Covid-19 cases, Sri Lankan Health Minister Sudarshani Fernandopulle has said that next month will be very risky as the island nation on Wednesday recorded almost 6000 cases, the highest single-day count so far

Covid-19 effect: Sri Lanka’s medical sector in crisis

Sri Lanka’s medical sector has been plunged into crisis with medical experts fearing that even an immediate countrywide lockdown will not be able to bring any change in the situation over the next ten days following the vast spread of the Covid-19 virus

Sri Lanka refuses to press charges against former navy commander, accused of abducting 11 Tamil youths

Authorities in Sri Lanka refused to press charges against a former naval officer who is accused of having played a role in the abduction of 11 Tamil youths in 2008-2009 in Colombo, shattering hopes for thousands of Tamil families seeking justice for the disappearance of their relatives

Covid crisis to deepen in Sri Lanka, warn health experts

The Covid situation is likely to get worse in Sri Lanka in the coming weeks, health experts warned, as the deadly Delta variant spreads throughout the country

Over 10 million get first dose; WHO lauds Sri Lanka’s vaccination drive

Amid the continued threat posed by the Covid-19 Delta variant, over ten million people received the first dose of Covid vaccines in Sri Lanka, which received praise from the World Health Organization (WHO) for the national immunization drive