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Mahinda Rajapaksa to finalise $450mn funding with India

Mahinda Rajapaksa to finalise $450mn funding with India

🕔12:22, 4.Feb 2020

Colombo, Feb 4 Sri Lanka and India are expected to finalise an implementation agenda for a $450 million line of credit offered by the latter during Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to New Delhi this week, a media report said

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Sri Lanka adopts prevention measures after first coronavirus case

Sri Lanka adopts prevention measures after first coronavirus case

🕔07:25, 29.Jan 2020

Colombo, Jan 29  Sri Lanka has reported its first confirmed coronavirus case, a Chinese woman in her 40s. The government said it was not treating the situation as “serious” although citizens have been advised to be on alert. Dr Sudath

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Sri Lanka offers discounts to boost tourist numbers

Sri Lanka offers discounts to boost tourist numbers

🕔06:55, 15.Jan 2020

Colombo, Jan 15  Sri Lanka, the Indian Ocean island known for its pristine beaches and sprawling tea plantations, has recorded a drastic slump in tourist numbers in 2019 after the Easter Sunday bombings that killed over 250 people. The significant

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Sri Lanka to extend free-visa regime till April 30

Sri Lanka to extend free-visa regime till April 30

🕔19:14, 2.Jan 2020

Colombo, Jan 2 (IANS) Sri Lankan Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has confirmed that the government was in the process of drafting a Cabinet proposal to extend the free-visa regime till April 30, it was reported on Thursday. “We have just begun

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Sri Lanka to waive entry visa fee for India, 47 countries

Sri Lanka to waive entry visa fee for India, 47 countries

🕔19:12, 31.Jul 2019

Colombo, July 31  Sri Lanka will begin to waive its existing visa fee for travellers from 48 countries including India and China from August 1 as part of efforts to attract more tourists to the country, officials said on Wednesday.

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SL to implement free visa on arrival for 39 countries

SL to implement free visa on arrival for 39 countries

🕔19:12, 10.Jul 2019

Colombo, July 10  Sri Lanka is likely to launch its free visa on arrival programme for citizens of 39 countries and regions, excluding India and China, starting on August 1 in a bid to attract more tourists, media reports said

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Situation in Sri Lanka now normal: Tourism Minister

Situation in Sri Lanka now normal: Tourism Minister

🕔09:22, 26.Jun 2019

New Delhi, June 26  Sri Lanka, which was hit by a ghastly terror attack on April 21, said on Tuesday that the situation now was normal and it was safe for the tourists to visit. Addressing a press conference here,

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Pompeo unable to visit Sri Lanka: US Embassy

Pompeo unable to visit Sri Lanka: US Embassy

🕔17:01, 19.Jun 2019

Colombo, June 19  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be unable to visit Sri Lanka as previously announced due to unavoidable scheduling conflicts, the US Embassy said in a statement here on Wednesday. In the statement, the Embassy said

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Visit to Maldives, Sri Lanka will strengthen ties: Modi

Visit to Maldives, Sri Lanka will strengthen ties: Modi

🕔07:25, 8.Jun 2019

New Delhi, June 8  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed confidence that his visit to Maldives and Sri Lanka would further strengthen India’s cordial ties with the maritime neighbours. In his departure statement, the Prime Minister said he will

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Sri Lanka to host ADB annual meeting in 2021

Sri Lanka to host ADB annual meeting in 2021

🕔10:28, 30.May 2019

Colombo, May 30  Sri Lanka will host the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Colombo in May 2021 and it will attract over 3,000 delegates, the Finance Ministry said on Wednesday. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the

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Sri Lanka receives over 166,900 tourists in April

Sri Lanka receives over 166,900 tourists in April

🕔20:08, 7.May 2019

Colombo, May 7  Over 166,900 tourists arrived in Sri Lanka last month, which was a 7.5 per cent decline compared to the same period last year due to large cancellations following the Easter Sunday bombings, according to official statistics on

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Sri Lanka to launch integrated tourism digital plan

Sri Lanka to launch integrated tourism digital plan

🕔16:17, 11.Apr 2019

Colombo, April 11  Sri Lanka on Thursday approved a proposal to launch an integrated tourism digital plan to boost the number of arrivals to the island nation. Following a proposal by Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs,

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Sri Lanka opens first new Chinese-funded railway line

Sri Lanka opens first new Chinese-funded railway line

🕔20:18, 9.Apr 2019

Beijing, April 9  China has financed and constructed Sri Lanka’s first new railway line after the island nation became independent in 1948. The 26.75-km long Matara-Beliatta railway extension was declared open for the public by Sri Lanka’s Transport and Civil

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Sri Lanka launches first ever electric ‘tuk tuk’

Sri Lanka launches first ever electric ‘tuk tuk’

🕔10:08, 29.Mar 2019

Colombo, March 29  Sri Lanka has launched the first ever electric three-wheeler, a popular mode of public transport, keeping in line with the government’s vision of creating a greener, healthier environment, media reports said here Thursday. Minister of Development Strategies

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Sri Lanka wants to take back all Tamil refugees from India

Sri Lanka wants to take back all Tamil refugees from India

🕔07:19, 19.Jan 2019

New Delhi, Jan 19  Sri Lanka wants to take back all Sri Lankan Tamil refugees who are now in India, country’s High Commissioner to India Austin Fernando said on Friday. “With around 5,000 of these refugees having already returned, we

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Highest weather-related damage recorded in 2017: Climate index

Highest weather-related damage recorded in 2017: Climate index

🕔18:42, 4.Dec 2018

Katowice (Poland), Dec 4  Puerto Rico, Sri Lanka and Dominica were hardest hit in 2017, the year with the highest weather-related losses ever recorded, the Global Climate Risk Index, published by Germanwatch, said on Tuesday. India was 14th highest on

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Sri Lanka India’s special, trusted partner: Modi

Sri Lanka India’s special, trusted partner: Modi

🕔20:26, 21.Jul 2018

New Delhi, July 21  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday described Sri Lanka as India’s special and trusted friend in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region while assuring New Delhi’s continued development aid cooperation with the island nation. “When

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Sri Lanka gets 700,000 tourists

Sri Lanka gets 700,000 tourists

🕔15:04, 9.Apr 2018

Colombo, April 9 (IANS) Sri Lanka received 707,924 tourists in the first three months of this year, an increase of 17.1 per cent compared with the corresponding period last year, a minister said on Monday. Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga

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Sri Lanka, China to co-build power plant

Sri Lanka, China to co-build power plant

🕔14:26, 19.Jan 2018

Colombo, Jan 19  Sri Lanka and China on Friday signed a joint venture agreement to construct Sri Lanka’s largest dendro power plant in the country’s south. The power plant will produce 70,000 megawatts of renewable energy a year to the

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Sri Lanka observes two-minute silence for 2004 tsunami victims

Sri Lanka observes two-minute silence for 2004 tsunami victims

🕔14:57, 26.Dec 2017

Colombo, Dec 26  A two-minute silence was observed across Sri Lanka on Tuesday to remember the victims of the massive tsunami that struck the island nation in 2004, the Disaster Management Centre said. The two-minute silence was observed from 9.25

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