Sri Lanka suspends visa on arrival facility due to coronavirus

Sri Lankan has temporarily suspended visa on arrival for foreigners until further notice in light of coronavirus scare.  The Government Information Department issuing a statement today (11) said that under the quarantine procedure currently in place with the aim of preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, all Sri Lankans as well as foreigners arriving from Italy, South Korea and Iran are placed in quarantine facilities for 14 days. Several foreigners who had arrived in the country from those countries are already placed in quarantine.  The statement says…

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England ban selfies with fans, limit public engagements amid Coronavirus fears

England’s cricket team will refrain from taking selfies with fans and limit public engagements on their tour of Sri Lanka amid the global Coronavirus outbreak. The team also asked “all supporters joining the tour to maintain good levels of hygiene” as advised by the World Health Organisation Britain’s National Health Service to avoid possible infection and spreading of illness in a statement released by the ECB on Wednesday. “Following the world health agency’s advice, and in order to protect the players and, in turn, the integrity and continuation of the…

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MR-GR-SLPP is denied a two-thirds majority to fix and frame a constitutional hangman’s noose

By Kumar David – Prof. Kumar David Never in my recollection has a PM or President evoked such diverse expectations. Some say Gotabaya Rajapaksa is motivated and has achievements to show, albeit at the microlevel of enforcing discipline and stimulating errant staff in government departments to pull up their socks. Others say he is taking a series of steps that undermine civil liberties and democratic rights and manipulating the prosecution of military and police personnel and Paksa family types who have brazenly violated the law. A third contingent, at this moment this columnist alone,…

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Sri Lanka monitoring over four-thousand Chinese nationals for COVID-19

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lankan Health officials are tracking and monitoring some 4,443 Chinese nationals in the country for signs of COVID-19, the country’s top official in charge of  Health services said. Speaking to reporters today in Colombo, the country’s Director-General of Health Services Dr Anil Jasinghe said this monitoring process is being done for two weeks after they arrive on the island. Arrivals from COVID19-hit Iran, Italy and South Korea are being sent directly from the airport to quarantine centres where they are kept for 14 days. Ministry of Health National…

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Sri Lankan arrivals treated unfairly while Chinese nationals go unquarantined: JVP

ECONOMYNEXT – With Sri Lanka confirming its first Covid19 infection earlier today, the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) said over 250 Chinese nationals have entered the country since March 7 without being subject to quarantine. Former JVP MP Vijitha Herath told reporters this morning that the Ministry of Health has decided to quarantine passengers arriving from South Korea, Italy and Iran but for some reason has excluded China, where the novel coronavirus originated. Herath accused the government of discrimination against Sri Lankan nationals employed abroad who he said send annual remittences…

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UK SFO questioned on compensation to SL in Airbus deal

Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) wrote to the Director of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in the UK on 6 March 2020, posing a series of queries pertaining to Sri Lanka’s entitlement to compensation in the €3.6bn settlement reached with Airbus SE.This letter forms part of TISL’s ongoing work to aid in the recovery of the $116m loss incurred by Sri Lankan Airlines as a result of the corrupt re-fleeting deal with Airbus SE. TISL had previously written a joint letter to the SFO, the Parquet National Financier in France…

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Highest arrivals were from India (35,309), the United Kingdom (26,348)…..

Jam for the Barmy Army as tourism tries to counter virus By Nadia Fazlulhaq The tourism industry is resorting to desperate measures to counter the effects of COVID-19 on cruises, flights and Chinese travel to Sri Lanka, wooing the Barmy Army with attractive tours and offering discount packages to Indian tourists. Tourists at Gangaramaya Temple. Pic by Indika Handuwala According to Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, “Last month tourist arrival was 207,507. This was a drop from January’s 228,434. There was a 6.5 percent drop in arrivals in January and…

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