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CMA CGM vessels do maiden relay transshipment at the Hambantota International Port
Mon, Nov 30, 2020, 06:53 GMT
Nov 30, Colombo: Two vessels owned by global French transportation and shipping group CMA CGM made their maiden call at Hambantota International Port (HIP) last week.
Opposition Leader calls for commission on Mahara prison incident
Mon, Nov 30, 2020, 06:23 GMT
Nov 30, Colombo: Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa Monday (Nov. 30) called on the government to appoint a separate commission to investigate the Mahara prison incident, which killed eight inmates of the prison.
Mahara Prison Riots Update: Eight inmates killed, 50 other inmates and two prison officers injured
Mon, Nov 30, 2020, 05:58 GMT
Nov 30, Colombo: Eight inmates have been killed and 50 other inmates and two prison officials were injured following the unrest erupted at the Mahara Prison yesterday afternoon, police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
Former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and three others acquitted from the Divi Neguma case
Mon, Nov 30, 2020, 05:36 GMT
Nov 30, Colombo: The Colombo High Court Monday ordered the acquittal and release of four suspects, including former Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa, who were accused of misusing government funds.
UNGCSL signs MoU to accelerate progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda
Mon, Nov 30, 2020, 05:00 GMT
’s progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda.
Inmate killed in Mahara Prison unrest, three more injured
Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 18:27 GMT
’s main gate. Three others were injured in the incident, police spokesman DIG Ajith Rohana said.
Coronavirus update: 496 new COVID-19 cases identified Sunday, total rises to 23,484
Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 18:20 GMT
Nov 29, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 496 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Sunday.
Sri Lanka reports 7 COVID-19 deaths today, toll rises to 116
Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 17:38 GMT
Nov 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka reported seven more deaths Sunday (29) due to COVID-19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 116, according to health authorities.
Switzerland and IOM donate automated PCR machine to facilitate safe repatriation of Sri Lankan migrant workers
Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 17:07 GMT
Nov 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka has received support from the government of Switzerland and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to scale up efforts for the safe repatriation of Sri Lankan migrant workers who were unable to return to the country due to the COID-19 epidemic.
Customs return 62 illegal imported turmeric containers back to India
Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 16:49 GMT
Nov 29, Colombo: It has been decided to re-export 62 illegally imported containers of turmeric seized by the Customs back to India.
Tipper driver who ran over a police officer arrested
Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 16:37 GMT
Nov 29, Colombo: A dump truck driver who ran over a police officer in the Kobeigane area in Kurunegala last night has been arrested, the police said.
Schools in Dambulla education zone closed
Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 16:12 GMT
Nov 29, Colombo: All schools in the Dambulla Education Zone will be closed for a week from tomorrow (30), said Dambulla Mayor Jaliya Opatha.
Sri Lanka Navy arrests five Indian nationals attempting to smuggle over 1372kg of dried turmeric by sea
Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 15:56 GMT
Nov 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy has arrested five Indian nationals attempting to smuggle over 1372kg of dried turmeric into the country by sea in a special operation conducted in the seas off the Kudiramalei Point, Puttalam in the dark hours on 28th November 2020.
ComBank in another first: adds QR code to Credit Card statements
Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 07:49 GMT
Nov 29, Colombo: The Commercial Bank of Ceylon has become the first bank in Sri Lanka to enable its Credit Card holders to conveniently and instantly settle their Credit Card outstanding by scanning a QR code appearing on their monthly Credit Card statements.
Prof. Vajira Dissanayake appointed as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Council
Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 07:27 GMT
Nov 29, Colombo: Dean, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Colombo Senior Professor. Vajira Dissanayake has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Sri Lanka Medical Council (SLMC).
Four quarantined inmates attempted to escape form Bogambara Prison captured
Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 06:26 GMT
Nov 29, Colombo: Prison officers have been able to capture four quarantined inmates who attempted to escape from the quarantine center at the Bogambara Prison in Kandy today (29) by firing into air.
Another 488 stranded Sri Lankans arrive in the island
Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 06:10 GMT
Nov 29, Colombo: Another 488 Sri Lankans stranded in foreign countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic have arrived in the island Sunday morning, the National Operations Center for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak said.
Several areas in Colombo to be released from isolation on Monday
Sun, Nov 29, 2020, 05:53 GMT
Nov 29, Colombo: Head of the National Operations Center for the Prevention of the Spread of Covid-19, Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva has informed the removal, continuation and activations of the isolation status in currently isolated areas from Monday, November 30.
’s personal security officer makes contradictory statements to the Presidential Commission on Easter attacks
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 19:48 GMT
’s personal security guard Priyantha Pushpakumara when he testified before the Commission Friday (27).
Pakistani prisoner dies at Sri Lanka prison hospital
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 19:21 GMT
Nov 28, Colombo: A Pakistani prisoner who was detained at the Mahara Prison has died today (28) after being admitted to the Ragama Hospital due to a kidney ailment, prison sources said.
’s National Security Adviser Ajith Doval meets the President
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 18:41 GMT
’s National Security Adviser Ajith Doval, who is in Sri Lanka to attend the 4th National Security Adviser Tripartite Meeting on Maritime Security Cooperation between India, Maldives and Sri Lanka, called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Secretariat on Saturday evening (28).
Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Sri Lanka Saturday
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 18:13 GMT
Nov 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka reported two more deaths Saturday due to COVID-19 raising the death toll from the viral disease to 109, according to health authorities.
Coronavirus update: 487 new COVID-19 cases identified Saturday, total rises to 22,988
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 18:04 GMT
Nov 28, Colombo: According to Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry, 487 new COVID-19 cases were reported so far on Saturday.
Maldives Defense Minister meets Sri Lankan Prime Minister
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 17:46 GMT
Nov 28, Colombo: Maldivian Minister of Defense Mariya Ahmed Didi and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa met Friday and held a detailed discussion on deepening bilateral partnership between both nations and regional security issues.
Sri Lanka resumes sending migrant workers to Saudi Arabia
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 17:14 GMT
Nov 28, Colombo: The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) says it has resumed sending migrant workers to Saudi Arabia for employment.
Sri Lanka, India and Maldives agree to further strengthen maritime security cooperation to ensure peace in the region
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 16:52 GMT
Nov 28, Colombo: During a high-level trilateral dialogue on Saturday India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives took stock of the current maritime security environment in the region and agreed to further strengthen cooperation and ensure peace and security for common benefit.
Value Group Plantations explores exporting Ceylon Tea to Afghanistan
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 15:57 GMT
’s demand as a major tea-drinking nation, with the Afghan Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari.
Afghan and Sri Lankan Foreign Ministers mark 62 Years of growing bilateral relations
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 15:32 GMT
Nov 28, Colombo: Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammed Haneef Atmar and his Sri Lankan counterpart Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena have recently exchanged warm congratulatory messages on the 62nd Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, the Afghanistan Embassy in Colombo said.
Government to launch 264 projects by next year to make water supply more efficient
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 15:17 GMT
Nov 28, Colombo: All arrangements have been made to commence 264 projects in the country to make the water supply more efficient by next year, the Ministry of Water Supply disclosed at the Ministerial Consultative Committee Friday.
More stranded Sri Lankans arrive from overseas
Sat, Nov 28, 2020, 08:07 GMT
Nov 28, Colombo: A total of 149 Sri Lankans who were stranded in foreign countries due to COVID-19 pandemic arrived at the Katunayake this morning (28) on several flights.
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