Month: March 2020

Ships at Ports exempted from demurrage and entry charges

More relief to continue operations at Ports   President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to immediately provide necessary facilities to ships calling at Ports in the country during the curfew period. Accordingly, the Chairman of SLPA General Daya Rathnayake said all ships have been exempted from demurrage and entry charges.…

Public Relations Division of Presidential Secretariat remains 24 hours for public complaints

On the directive of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the Public Relations Division of the Presidential Secretariat will remain open 24 hours to receive public complaints. People can lodge their complaints on violations of government orders and regulations or any inconvenience caused through 011-2354550 and 011-2354655. In the event the public cannot get through on these telephone…

Wide responsibilities for COVID-19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund

“COVID – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund” that has been established by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa last Monday to strengthen the mitigation activities aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 virus in the country and related social welfare programme, have been vested with a set of wide  responsibilities . Creating the Fund President Rajapaksa donated…

Presidential Task Force empowered with the responsibility to maintain the civilian life

As per the powers vested in the President under the Constitution, the responsibility to ensure that the civilian life moves on without any hindrance has been bestowed with the Presidential Task Force established to combat COVID – 19 in Sri Lanka. The Special Representative of the President Basil Rajapaksa has been appointed as the Chairman…

Central Bank, commercial banks and insurances services asked to remain open

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has included the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, commercial banks, insurances services and the Treasury in the category of essential services. Health and security services, Police, distribution of goods, customs, electricity, water and fuel supply are the other services declared as essential. Accordingly, the Secretary to the President Dr. P. B. Jayasundara…

UPDATED ANNOUNCEMENT ON CURFEW

The curfew imposed in the districts of Colombo, Kalutara and Gampaha, which have been  identified as High Risk Zones in view of the spread of COVID -19  will continue to be in force until further notice. The ongoing curfew in the districts of Puttalam, Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullativu and Jaffna will be lifted at 6.00am…

Announcement on curfew

The on-going island-wide curfew will be lifted and re-imposed as follows.   The curfew currently in force in Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara districts will continue until further notice. The curfew currently in force in Puttalam, Vavuniya, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Jaffna districts will be lifted at 6.00 a.m. on Friday 27th March and will be…

Home delivery of essential commodities begins

Programme aims at empowering domestic farmers and national economy Effective mechanism to distribute rice and vegetables island-wide No shortage of fish, eggs and chicken Collaborative effort between Co-Op shops and super markets to deliver goods Special scheme to distribute medicines Round the Clock fuel station in each area Commercial Banks included into essential services category…

President calls on international donor agencies to grant debt moratorium

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa requests international donor agencies to provide a debt moratorium or debt deferment facility to all vulnerable developing nations to the COVID – 19 risk. President had urged Director General of the World Health Organization to forward this request to multi-lateral and bilateral lending agencies. President points out this relief would be helpful…