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Sri Lanka relaxes its organic policy, allows private sector to import chemical fertilizer to assuage farm anger

In what comes as a major policy reversal on the farm front, much like what happened in neighboring India, Sri Lanka has allowed its private sector to import chemical fertilizers, months after the government led by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had put a blanket ban on the use and import of the same

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Sri Lankan health experts sound alarm over new Covid variant

Public health experts in Sri Lanka have warned of another wave of Covid-19 amid the possibilities of the spread of A.30, a new coronavirus variant, known to evade both Covid-19 vaccines, just over a month after the country came out of the lockdown

Rajapaksa's appeasement of nationalists: Controversial monk appointed to head ‘one-country one rule’ task force

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has appointed a controversial hardliner Buddhist monk to head his 13 member- Presidential Task Force to oversee legal reforms and the possibility of implementation of the One Country-One Rule system

Two years on, justice remains elusive to victims of 2019 Easter bombings in Sri Lanka

On 21 April 2019, Sri Lanka faced one of its worst terror attacks in decades

Sri Lankan rules out talking to banned diaspora groups

Sri Lanka has ruled out talking to banned diaspora organisations weeks after the country’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa announced that his government would engage with Tamil diaspora groups that have been critical of Rajapaksa’s government and its treatment of minority Tamils

Sri Lanka to opt for austerity measures amid deepening economic crisis

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered cutting down on all state expenses including unnecessary fleets of vehicles being used by ministries as the government grapples with a worsening economic crisis in the country

Sri Lankan forex reserves sink to 2.5 billion in September

The gross official reserves in Sri Lanka dropped to around $2.5 billion in September 2021-- a decline of almost 28 percent in comparison to August when it was around $3.5 billion, official data showed, amid continued liquidity injections

Sri Lanka likely to hold provincial council elections in early 2022: Report

The Sri Lankan government has indicated holding provincial councils’ elections--which has been on hold for more than three years now-- early in 2022 after amending a law to change the system to the earlier Proportional Representation electoral system, The Hindu reported

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