Sri Lanka declares an economic emergency to contain food prices as the forex crisis worsens

The government has appointed a former army general as commissioner of essential services, who will have the power to seize food stocks held by traders and retailers and regulate their prices.

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Sri Lanka signs $308 million loan agreement with China 

The coronavirus pandemic has severely jolted the Sri Lankan economy which is dependent on its tourism sector. 

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Sri Lanka proposes holding BIMSTEC Summit in December

On the first of April this year, the BIMSTEC foreign minister meet took place virtually. During the meet, the agenda for the leaders' meet was taken up

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Dead marine animals and birds wash up ashore in Sri Lanka after burning of cargo ship

Sri Lanka's Marine Environment Protection Authority has said the burning of the vessel caused a massive environmental disaster as many beaches were damaged by the debris washing ashore.

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Sri Lanka faces marine disaster as waves of plastic from burning ship wash ashore

Fishing has been banned along an 80-kilometre (50-mile) stretch of coast near the ship that has been burning for 10 days despite an international firefighting operation

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Sri Lanka lifts travel ban but restrictions on those who've been to India remain

All incoming flights, however, will be limited to a maximum of 75 passengers and they will be subjected to a 14 day quarantine period

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Sri Lanka to begin provincial rollout of COVID-19 vaccine

By Wednesday night, some 1,461,696 people out of the 21 million population on the island had received their first jab, while 343,976 had received their second

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Sri Lanka approves Pfizer COVID vaccine for emergency use

Sri Lanka is the first country in South Asia to approve the Pfizer vaccine. It has also approved Russia's Sputnik and China's Sinopharm vaccines for emergency use

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Sri Lanka bans travellers from India with immediate effect

The Civil Aviation Authority on Thursday said that travellers from India will not be allowed to disembark in Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka imposes travel restrictions on air passenger arrivals for two weeks

This limitation will be effective from Monday (May 3) morning for 14 days. All airlines have been informed about this decision, according to the Civil Aviation Authority 

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Watch: Ultra-infectious new COVID-19 strain detected in Sri Lanka, can remain airborne for up to 60 minutes

So far, the coronavirus has claimed 642 lives in Sri Lanka, along with 100,586 confirmed infections, according to Johns Hopkins University

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Sri Lanka seeks $17 million from Greek ship owner over oil spill

The New Diamond vessel was travelling from Kuwait to India with 270,000 tonnes of crude oil on board in September when a fire broke out as it passed Sri Lanka's east coast

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Sri Lanka planning to host BIMSTEC summit in August

While the authorities are hoping to conduct the summit offline, the final decision will be taken considering the coronavirus pandemic

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Sri Lanka Navy arrests 54 Indian fishermen, seizes 5 trawlers

The Navy nabbed a large Indian fishing vessel with 14 personnel on board, about 3 nautical miles off the coast of Kovilan in Jaffna

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Sri Lanka legalises detention for 'deradicalisation'

These rules have been set up under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA), which has been a topic of debate for a long time from local and international rights groups

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