Thursday, 28 January 2021 07:15

No vaccinations by private hospitals

Given the importance and sensitive nature of the COVID-19 vaccine, private hospitals will not be allowed to be involved in the immunisation process, Senior Presidential Advisor Lalith Weeratunga said yesterday.

SL receives first batch of COVID vaccines today
SPC to order 3 m doses from India’s Serum Institute tomorrow
250,000 frontline workers to receive vaccine starting tomorrow
Vaccines through COVAX and donation from China also expected
But Govt. looking at cost sharing options to inoculate masses
Vaccine not compulsory but public encouraged to get vaccinated

The UN human rights chief has called for an International Criminal Court investigation into Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatist conflict and sanctions on military officials accused of war crimes, according to a report obtained by AFP.

The Cabinet of Ministers yesterday expressed their appreciation to India for providing 500,000 Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines to Sri Lanka, with the shipment to arrive in Colombo tomorrow.

A level playing field and working with divers’ partners could see more beneficial foreign investment come in to Sri Lanka, US Ambassador for Sri Lanka and Maldives Alaina B. Teplitz said yesterday.

The Government intends to mediate to provide solutions that benefit low income earners but not to jeopardise or derail schemes of the private micro finance sector, said the State Minister of Samurdhi, Household Economy, Micro Finance, Self- Employment and Business Development Shehan Semasinghe at a webinar held in Colombo this week.

The Cabinet today approved to take necessary steps to increase the daily wage of estate workers to Rs. 1000.

Tuesday, 26 January 2021 07:23

SJB makes new appointments

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) working committee yesterday appointed members to a number of party positions, with Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka being appointed as Chairman of the party.

The Sri Lankan Government confirmed its intent on revisiting the provisions of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) with a view to making the appropriate amendments, a joint statement by the Sri Lanka-EU said.

The recession-hit Sri Lanka Treasury is grappling to drive economic growth towards 5 to 6 per cent of GDP this year amidst current fiscal woes, Finance Ministry sources said.

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