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Sri Lanka's Christian clergy seek actions from government in 2019 Easter attack case

Christian clergy in Sri Lanka have written a letter to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapksa demanding answers and action in the 2019 Easter Sunday attack which killed 259 people, mostly minority Christians, in the country. They have given a month’s time to the government to take action against those responsible for the bombings.

Bangladesh eagerly waiting for preferential trade agreement with Sri Lanka

Bangladesh is eagerly awaiting a preferential trade agreement with Sri Lanka for a mutually beneficial and robust trade relationship between the two countries supported adequately by strong shipping connectivity, according to its envoy. With the trade volume between the two countries still quite low, Bangladeshi High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Tareq Md Ariful Islam feels some kind of facilitation was necessary to take bilateral trade to the next level.

Sri Lanka extends all types of visas to foreigners for another 30 days

Colombo: Sri Lanka has extended the validity period of all types of visas for foreigners currently staying in the country till 8 August, considering the ongoing restrictions on international travel.

Don’t harass online bloggers, amend terrorism act: Former Sri Lankan PM

Colombo: Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has asked the government to introduce an amendment to the country's notorious Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) so that the act could not be used for arresting people for making posts on social media.

Sri Lanka directs Beijing embassy to educate Chinese company's employees not to wear military-style uniform

Colombo: The Sri Lankan government has directed the Chinese embassy to educate a Chinese company to refrain its employees from wearing military-style camouflage uniforms, media reports said on Thursday.

China never ‘invaded’ others, ‘greatly helped’ to preserve our ‘independence’, says Sri Lankan PM

China has “greatly helped” Sri Lanka to preserve its independence and the former never invaded other countries, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said on the very same day when India was marking the first anniversary of its bloody Galwan valley border clash with China. He also called China his country's 'oldest friend'.

European Parliament adopts resolution calling for repealing terror act in Sri Lanka

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, calling for the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA).

Sri Lankan American appointed to US President’s Commission on White House Fellowship

George E. Gabriel, an educationist of Sri Lankan origin, has been appointed to the United States President’s Commission on White House Fellowships by US President Joe Biden. He studied at Sri Lanka’s University of Kelaniya before immigrating to the United States.

Sri Lankan president invites investors to pump in money in China-backed Colombo Port City

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has invited investors across the world to tap the potential of Chinese-funded Colombo Port City and join a “transformational journey” by investing in the island nation.

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. Also, all branches of private banks operating in the island nation will remain closed from today.

Colombo archbishop slams Sri Lankan government over China-funded Port City project

Launching a verbal assault on the Sri Lankan government apparently over the China-funded Colombo Port City project, Archbishop Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, the Archbishop of Colombo, said the island nation was being dragged down a path of destruction by those who came to power claiming to protect the country.

MV-X Pearl Press ship, which caught fire off Sri Lankan coast, is now sinking

MV-X Pearl Press, the Singapore flagged container ship that caught fire two weeks ago in Sri Lankan waters, is now sinking, the Sri Lankan Navy said in a statement on Wednesday. The ship still contains oil containers; however, there is no report of the oil spill so far.

Not a dumping ground for Chinese 'garbage', says Sri Lanka

After facing heat from opposition leaders on vaccine procurement, the Sri Lankan government has said that the country was not a dumping ground for "Chinese garbage", a report in Daily Mirror says.

Sri Lankan president directs officials to get 600,000 doses of Astra Zeneca at any cost

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapksa has ordered his officials to get 600,000 Astra-Zeneca vaccines at any cost for the people who had already received their first dose and are now waiting for a second jab.

Former Sri Lankan PM calls for special laws to control Covid crisis

Former Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called for special legislation to control the COVID 19 pandemic, suggesting opposition leaders should also be consulted by the government on the draft.