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Sri Lanka suspends visa on arrival programme after Easter Sunday tragedy

Sri Lanka suspends visa on arrival programme after Easter Sunday tragedy

Sri Lanka has postponed the launch of its program on visa regime facilitation with 39 countries in the wake of the deadly bombings that shook the country on Sunday, Tourism…

Sri Lanka able to meet foreign debt obligations 2019: Treasury secy

Sri Lanka able to meet foreign debt obligations 2019: Treasury secy

Sri Lanka is able to meet remaining foreign debt obligations in 2019, with most of the payments due for the year already made, Treasury Secretary R H S Samaratunga said…

Scientists develop salt tolerant rice variety

Scientists develop salt tolerant rice variety

A group of Indian scientists has developed a new salt-tolerant transgenic rice plant by over-expressing a gene from a wild rice called Porteresia coarctata into the commonly used IR 64…

Sri Lanka tourism may take 30 percent hit, but will bounce back: Mangala

Sri Lanka tourism may take 30 percent hit, but will bounce back: Mangala

Sri Lanka’s tourism sector may take a 30 percent hit but will bounce back with security being tightened, Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said. A 10 percent fall in arrivals could…

US Millennium Challenge Corp approves US$480mn grant to Sri Lanka

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government aid agency, has approved a grant of 480 million US dollars to Sri Lanka, the biggest grant funding ever received by the…

SpiceJet to start direct flights from Mumbai to Colombo, 4 other destinations

SpiceJet to start direct flights from Mumbai to Colombo, 4 other destinations

SpiceJet on Monday announced the launch of non-stop flights from Mumbai to Colombo, Dhaka, Riyadh, Hong Kong and Kathmandu. The no-frills airline would start the services from the end of…

Scale, sophistication of Sri Lanka attack point to foreign links: U.S. ambassador

Scale, sophistication of Sri Lanka attack point to foreign links: U.S. ambassador

The scale and sophistication of the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka suggested the involvement of an external group such as Islamic State, the U.S. ambassador…

USD 125 million from IDA for the Climate Smart Irrigated Agriculture Project

The International Development Association (IDA) of the World bank has provided financial assistance of USD 125 Million to implement a climate resilient agricultural projects covering eleven dry zone districts in the country…

ADB plans annually $800 million in loans to Sri Lanka next four years

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) as a leading multilateral development partner of Sri Lanka, plans to commit an average of $800 million annually in sovereign loans to the island nation…

Pope denounces ‘cruel violence’ of Sri Lanka Easter attack

Pope denounces ‘cruel violence’ of Sri Lanka Easter attack

Pope Francis denounced the “cruel violence” of the Easter Sunday slaughter of Christians and foreigners in Sri Lanka as he celebrated the most joyful moment on the Christian liturgical calendar…

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