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Under the new Covid-19 health guidelines issued for managing tourists, all persons accompanying tourists including tour guides, safari jeep drivers, bus drivers, other drivers, assistants, translators, unless attending in full PPE, should undergo 14 days quarantine.

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi today asserted that the decision taken by the experts' committee to cremate all COVID-19 related dead bodies will not be changed on any social, religious, political or personal grounds.

Sri Lanka’s economy has fared better than many other countries in the globe in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 as its economic growth had been -3.9% in the 4th quarter compared to approximate global economy growth has been -5% Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told Parliament yesterday.

India reiterates its commitment to be a dependable partner and reliable friend, open to strengthening its relationship with Sri Lanka,

The Health Ministry has decided on a priority list of recipients of the coronavirus vaccine which consists of vulnerable groups. Among the recipients identified are people above 60 years of age, frontline workers and others.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will chair a new Committee to guide and monitor Sri Lanka’s efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations.

UNDP Resident Representative in Sri Lanka, Mr. Robert Juhkam officially handed over the Global Human Development Report (HDR 2020) to Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa today at his residence in Wijerama.

All international Airports will be completely opened for foreigners from January 23, 2021, Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga said.

The Committee on Public Enterprises (COPE) is scheduled to summon five Government institutions in January, its Chairman Prof. Charitha Herath said.

While claiming that there is no acquisition of state sector institutions by the military as said, Defence Secretary Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said the driving license printing project taken over by the Army was a temporary measure following a cabinet decision to save state funds.

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