Over 900,000 vaccinated against COVID-19

The Ministry of Health says 903,467 individuals in total have received COVID vaccines ever since Sri Lanka kicked off its inoculation drive on January 29. The Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry stated that 9,102 people were vaccinated yesterday (March 29). Sri Lanka has approved 03 COVID-19 vaccines for emergency use in the country; Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine […]

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Sri Lanka to receive Chinese Sinopharm vaccine tomorrow

The Minister of Plantation, Ramesh Pathirana asserted that Sri Lanka will be receiving the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine for the Covid-19 virus tomorrow (31) and Chinese nationals living in Sri Lanka will be receiving the jab first. The Minister said this during the cabinet decision media briefing held today (30) at the Department of Government Information. […]

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New online system for local authorities to approve construction plans

Measures have been taken to introduce a new online system for local authorities to approve construction plans, N.P.K Ranaweera, Director General of the Urban Development Authority (UDA) said in Parliament recently. Commenting on a proposal made by MP Madura Vithanage, at the Ministerial Consultative Committee on Urban Development and Housing, the Director General said that […]

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All schools including Western Province schools commence today

All schools in the island including the Western Province will commence today (29). The Ministry of Education has informed all the schools regarding Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Director General of Health Services. Prof. Kapila Perera, Secretary to the Ministry of Education has issued a special circular for year 2021 regarding the commencement of Grade […]

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Governors and District Secretaries should take the lead in the regional development process – President

Governors and District Secretaries should take the lead in the regional development process, says President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. It is the objective of the Government to see that the people from the villages reap the benefits of development expeditiously, he said. The President says that this process could not be delayed under any circumstance and that […]

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Hotel bookings started to expedite the repatriation of migrant workers

Labour Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva has instructed the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment to create a system integrating private hotels and resorts to provide quarantine facilities free of charge for the migrant workers who are returning to Sri Lanka. The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment notified that a total of 10 such […]

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UNHRC adopts draft resolution on SL

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Tuesday adopted the draft resolution against Sri Lanka tabled at council by the Core Group. The vote on draft resolution L1/Rev.1 titled “Promoting Reconciliation, Accountability and Human Rights in Sri Lanka” concluded, a short while ago, and was carried out via electronic voting during the meeting of […]

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Media is spreading false assertions about the construction of a tank in Sinharaja – Minister Chamal

Irrigation Minister Chamal Rajapaksa stated that several media outlets are spreading false assertions that two tanks are planned to be built in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve. The Minister said that it was planned to construct two tanks in the vicinity of the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and that this was a proposal brought forth by the […]

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The report of the expert committee appointed to look into the August 17 power outage island-wide tabled

Minister of Power, Dallas Alahapperuma said that the report of the expert committee appointed to look into the power outage that occurred on August 17 last year is scheduled to be tabled yesterday (23). The report of the committee appointed on the September 2015 and February 2016 power outages will also be tabled today, the […]

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Several railway stations and historic forts to be developed as tourist attractions

Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga asserts that 162 million will be allocated for the development of several identified railway stations and historic forts as tourist attractions this year. Accordingly, the Bandarawela and Nanu Oya railway stations and the historic forts of Mannar, Kalpitiya and Batticaloa will be developed, the Minister said and the Ministry of Tourism […]

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