Former Sri Lanka Prime Minister and United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe

Don’t politicize or throw away GSP Plus concession: Former Sri Lanka premier warns government

Former Sri Lanka Prime Minister and United National Party (UNP) leader Ranil Wickremesinghe has called upon the government not to politicize and throw away the GSP Plus trade concession granted by the European Union cautioning that “our economy will collapse”

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World Bank grants Sri Lanka $40 million additional financings to improve water and sanitation services

The World Bank’s board of executive directors has approved USD 40 million in additional financing for Sri Lanka to expand water supply, sanitation, and hygiene services in seven districts through the Water Supply and Sanitation Improvement Project (WASSIP)

Sri Lanka aims for $15 billion investment in Colombo Port City in five years

Sri Lanka expects to attract at least $ 15 billion in investment into the Colombo Port City Project within the next five years, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said

Japan to provide 600,000 Astra Zeneca doses to Sri Lanka

Japan has agreed to provide 600,000 doses of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine to Sri Lanka, which the latter needed desperately to administer the second dose of the vaccine to people who already got the first jab

Pakistan: Van plunges into Indus river, 16 dead

At least 16 people died as a van plunged into the Indus river in Kohistan region of Pakistan on Monday, media reports said on Tuesday

Sri Lankan prime minister acknowledges difficulties during Covid pandemic

Mahinda Rajapaksa, the prime minister of Sri Lanka, has acknowledged difficulties being faced by people due to restrictions in place because of the Covid-19 and said that the government was ready to face challenges like an epidemic or a disaster

Sri Lanka to expedite implementation of USAID projects

The Sri Lankan government to take measures for expediting the implementation of projects which are being funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Sri Lankan President’s office said in a statement

Environmental tragedy: Turtles, dolphin, seabirds wash ashore dead after Sri Lanka ship disaster

More than ten turtles, a dolphin, seabirds and several fish have been washed ashore dead in what is turning out to be an environmental disaster in South Asia after the fire tragedy involving the Singapore-registered container ship MV X-Press Pearl in Sri Lankan waters off capital Colombo, media reports said quoting wildlife experts

Parliament session in Sri Lanka shortened, private banks closed amid third Covid wave

As the cases of coronavirus infections remain unchecked in Sri Lanka, the government cut short a week-long parliament session, scheduled to start on Tuesday, to just a one-day sitting

Sri Lanka mandates institutional quarantine for people coming from India, other countries

Sri Lanka tightened border control further in the wake of the prevalence of fast-spreading variants in several countries, including India, and made institutional quarantine mandatory for people coming from certain countries

Rain, landslides kill 17 in Sri Lanka; 270,000 affected

At least 17 people have been killed and over 270,000 people are affected in Sri Lanka due to landslides and heavy rains. Ten districts are mostly worst affected by continuous rain

Sri Lanka to open national parks for French naval delegation despite COVID-19 restrictions

Authorities in Sri Lanka have decided to open national parks, which remained shut for months due to COVID-19 restrictions, for five days especially for a French naval delegation comprising  750 crew members

Sri Lanka to roll out English language education from primary to advance level

Sri Lanka is planning to roll out optional English language education from primary to advance level in government-funded schools to help Sri Lankan students to become more globally competitive in higher education and jobs

UK adds Sri Lanka in red list; passengers barred

Amid rising cases of coronavirus infections in Sri Lanka, UK authorities have added Sri Lanka in its red list, meaning the Sri Lankan nationals and others from Sri Lanka will not be allowed entry into the UK

Sri Lanka bans arrival of South African and South American countries

Authorities in Sri Lanka banned arrivals from South Africa and South American countries with immediate effect due to the coronavirus situation in those countries

Sri Lanka urges US House committee not to process with “inaccurate” resolution

Sri Lanka on Saturday formally urged the US House Foreign Affairs Committee (FAC) not to proceed with a resolution that called for a political solution in the island nation dismissing it as “inaccurate, biased and unsubstantiated”

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