Out of Sri Lanka's over 10,100 public schools, around 5,100 will open today for students from grade 6 to 13.All schools sans few in the Provinces other than the Western Province will start today. The schools in Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts will remain closed. Few schools in the Eastern Province, Sabaragamuwa Province and Kurunegala district will also remain closed. Secretary to the
Arch Sinhala nationalist politician, former naval officer Sarath Weerasekara is slated to be promoted as the cabinet Minister of Public Security, Sri Lanka government sources speculate. Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekara, RSP, VSV, USP, MP is current State Minister of Provincial Councils and Local Government. Under an extraordinary Gazette notification dated November 20, President Gotabaya
Sri Lanka's National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 has issued an announcement regarding quarantine measures since tomorrow (November 23). Following police areas which are isolated now will not be isolated since 5 a.m. November 23, 2020. Colombo DistrictBorella (sans Wanathamulla Grama Niladhari Division)WellampitiyaColombo FortSlave Island (Sans Wekanda Grama Niladhari Division)
India Meteorological Department (IMD) says a well-marked but inconsequential low-pressure area over the South-West Arabian Sea is expected to become a depression by Sunday, November 22. This depression is forecast to move in a typical West-North-West direction towards the coast of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu during the subsequent days, the IMD outlook said.Meanwhile, Met Department of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka police found a COVID-19 infected woman who had escaped the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (IDH). Police are investigating the woman's associations. The woman was hiding in a thicket in Eheliyagoda and police found her with the help of the villagers. She is suspected of being a drug addict and a peddler. She was identified as 26-year-old Ruwani Nisansala who had been
Sri Lanka's highest number of COVID-19 deaths were reported on November 21 as nine people died increasing the number of deaths to 83. The deceased include five women of the ages 48, 69, 75, 76 and five men of the ages 57, 65, 89, 72 and 76. Seven deaths were from the Colombo city while one was from Wellampitiya in the city outskirts. The ...
Fishermen in Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu staged a protest on 21 November 2020, demanding the Union government to immediately intervene with the Sri Lankan government and take steps to bring back the boats seized from the fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy. The Ramanathapuram fishermen staged the demonstration on the Pamban seashore. They said that from 2013 to 2019, Sri Lanka seized 19 boats.These
The Australian Advocacy for Good Governance in Sri Lanka and the Voice for Democracy in Sri Lanka Collective President-elect Joe Biden, and Senator Kamala Harris as Vice President-elect, to revive the 2016 deal with Australia and give the refugees languishing in offshore detention centres an opportunity to start their life anew.Most of them have been languishing in offshore detention centres for
Following discussions with Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena, Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda and State Minister of Finance Ajith Nivard Cabraal, Maldivian Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid that there would be no restrictions in importing fish and fish products from the Maldives to Lanka.However, Sri Lanka recently imposed a heavy tax of Rs. 302 on a kilogramme of
Sri Lanka major opposition Samagi Jana Balavegaya Kandy district MP M. Velu Mumar said that entire Nuwaraeliya district has only one PCR testing machine. He expressed these views addressing a press conference held by the opposition today.He accused that the government had not allocated money to increase health facilities of the poor people like estate workers despite their vulnerability. He
The Secretary to the Ministry of Education of Sri Lanka Prof. Kapila Perera said that the tuition and the nursery education was not allowed in the country although shools outside Western Province would be open from November 23.
Sri Lanka was added to England's safe travel list on Thursday, November 19th. Travellers from Sri Lanka will no longer have to self-isolate on arrival in England from Saturday November 21st.The other countries that were newly included to this facility are Namibia, Rwanda, Bonaire, St Eustatius & Saba, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Sri Lanka does not provide this
Fact Check Sri Lanka stated that Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's statement on the budget deficit for 2019 increased to 9.6% of GDP was wrong. Quoting annual reports from the Ministry of Finance, Fact Check Sri Lanka said, "It is incorrect to compare a value of 5.7% in 2014, which does not account for unpaid claims, against a figure of 8.4% in 2019, which ...
(Opinion by Ajith Perakum Jayasinghe, Editor) European Union (EU) indicated today that the special Generalised System of Preferences (GSP+) offered by the EU to Sri Lanka hung in the balance. GSP+ is the system of preferential trading arrangements through which the European Union extends preferential access to its markets to developing countries. GSP+ provides Sri Lanka competitive, predominantly ...
International Cricket Council (ICC) announced today that former Sri Lanka paceman Nuwan Zoysa had been found guilty of match-fixing by an independent anti-corruption tribunal. Accordingly, he would be sanctioned, ICC said. Nuwan Zoysa was provisionally suspended in October 2018 and charged with three offences under the ICC's anti-corruption code, including "being party to an agreement or effort ...
Sri Lanka Ministry of Education decided to open the schools outside of Western Province and the isolated areas since next Monday, 23rd of November.The schools were to start for the third term on November 09 but it was postponed for two weeks due to spread of COVID-19. Meanwhile, teachers from the Western Province have no permission to work in schools outside the Province. There are many such
Sri Lanka's Court of Appeal acquitted two former senior public officials loyal to the present government from a case on misappropriating state funds for a presidential election campaign of Mahinda Rajapaksa.Accordingly, former Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and former Director-General of the Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC), Anusha Palpita were acquitted from the case
Sri Lanka Police Media Spokesman Deputy Inspector General Ajith Rohana said to media that the police had already remanded two persons and looking for another 29 to arrest for saying in social media that people fell on the roads and died due to COVID-19. He said that two persons had been arrested and remanded from Kadugannawa and Hanthana. Twenty-seven more are identified locally and are to be
Sri Lanka Health sector started the use of Rapid Antigen Test since today (November 18). The Ministry of Health gave permission to use the test, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera, the Director of the Epidemiology Unit said. The test is available in several selected hospitals. The report of the Rapid Antigen Test can be obtained within 30 minutes.