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India gifts 10-tonne of medicines to Sri Lanka

INDIA gifted a 10-tonne consignment of essential life saving medicines to Sri Lanka upon its request on Tuesday (7). Sri Lanks has reported 180 COVID-19 positive cases and six deaths in the country. The consignment was brought to Sri Lanka by an Air India special charter flight. “This is yet another manifestation of India’s unwavering […]

Sri Lanka must respect the right of religious minorities: Amnesty International

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL has said that the Sri Lankan authorities must respect the right of religious minorities to carry out the final rites of their relatives in accordance with their own traditions. The statement came following reports that two Muslims, who died due to COVID-19 infection, were forcibly cremated on the instructions of the authorities and […]

Sri Lanka seizes record $65 million worth of drugs

Sri Lanka’s navy has seized $65 million worth of crystal methamphetamine and ketamine in the country’s biggest drugs bust, officials said Wednesday. Acting on a tip-off, authorities raided a flagless vessel in the country’s southern waters and arrested nine Pakistani men suspected of smuggling the drugs. Navy personnel, wearing special protective clothing in case the […]

Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 cases reach 143; 21 new cases in a day

The total number of the novel coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka reached 143. Ths island-nation reported 21 fresh cases on March 31, the highest single-day increase so far, health officials said. The island nation has recorded only one death due to the novel coronavirus. A 65-year-old diabetic man who died on Sunday had contracted the […]

Sri Lanka puts off election due to coronavirus

Sri Lanka has indefinitely postponed parliamentary elections that were scheduled for next month to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. “Even if the WHO says Sri Lanka is free of this virus tomorrow, we will not be able to conduct the election on April 25,” election chief Mahinda Deshapriya said Thursday. “Whether we can […]

Sri Lanka declares national holiday to combat coronavirus

SRI Lanka declared a 3-day holiday on Tuesday (17) till March 19 to minimise public interactions in curbing spread of COVID-19. “This is applicable to all public and private entities except essential services. Please support the effort by staying home & practice social distancing,” said president Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Govt has declared a 3-day holiday till […]

Sri Lanka shuts schools after virus rumours  

HUNDREDS of parents beseiged Sri Lankan schools Thursday (12) following rumours that the coronavirus pandemic was spreading among children, prompting the government to close schools to ease tensions. Education minister Dullas Alahapperuma said social media misinformation had caused panic among parents at several schools in the Colombo region. “Rumours on social media claimed a student […]

Sri Lanka seizes record drugs haul at sea

Two foreign trawlers packed with over $33 million worth of heroin and crystal methamphetamine were seized in Sri Lanka’s biggest-ever drugs bust at sea, a navy spokesman said on Thursday (5). Troops found 400 kilogrammes (about 880 pounds) of heroin and 100 kilogrammes (about 220 pounds) of the drug “ice” on board the two vessels, […]

Sri Lanka heads for snap polls as Rajapaksa tightens grip

Sri Lanka’s new president is set to dissolve parliament shortly and call snap a legislative election six months ahead of schedule, a state-run newspaper said on Sunday (1). Gotabaya Rajapaksa is expected to exercise his constitutional power to sack the assembly when it completes four-and-a-half out of its five-year term on Sunday night, the Sunday […]

Sri Lanka likely to ban burqa

Almost a year after the Easter Sunday terror attack, Sri Lanka now mulls to ban the burqa. A Sri Lankan parliamentary committee on national security has proposed an immediate ban on the burqa. It also suggests suspending the registration of political parties on an ethnic and religious basis, following the Easter Sunday terror attack that […]

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