SLTDA warns ‘safe and secure’ certified hotels

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has warned ‘safe and secure’ certified hotels that they risk losing their certification if the guidelines issued by the SLTDA and health authorities are violated. Issuing a notice to hotels, travel agents, and tour operators, the SLTDA said only Level 1 ‘safe and secure’ certified hotels can accept […]

China hopes Sri Lanka will maintain political stability

China hopes Sri Lanka will maintain political stability national solidarity and unity. Responding to a question raised at a media conference, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin said that as a friendly neighbor, China sincerely hopes that Sri Lanka will maintain political stability, national solidarity and unity, and that it will make greater achievements in […]

Cabinet approval sought to enforce ban on burqa

The Government is considering enforcing a ban on the burqa, Justice Minister Ali Sabry said today. Ali Sabry said that Cabinet approval has been sought for the ban on the burqa. The Justice Minister said the Government is looking to ban full face coverings in public places. He insisted that the move is not an […]

Sri Lanka finally lifts ban on burial of COVID victims

Controversial ban imposed since March last year lifted after months of protests by Muslim and rights groups. The Sri Lankan government has lifted a controversial ban on the burial of bodies of people whose deaths were caused by the COVID-19 disease, a health ministry spokesman said. The ban was lifted on Friday after months of […]

COVISHIELD COVID-19 vaccine will arrive on the auspicious Duruthu Poya Day

Made in India COVISHIELD vaccine will arrive on the auspicious Duruthu Poya Day. As such the High Commissioner, who had first arrived in Sri Lanka to take up his assignment in the Vesak Week in May 2020 with 12.5 tons of medical supplies as gift by India to Sri Lanka for fighting COVID-19 pandemic, prayed […]

Pulse Bags Double Win at SLIM Digis 2.0

Island Pulse, the brainchild of Pulse was awarded for the Best Use of Experiential Digital Marketing under the ‘Digital Brand Bravery Award’ and the Silver Award under the ‘Other Digital Marketing Campaigns’ category at the SLIM DIGIS 2.0 on the 21 January, 2021 for the highly successful and influential #KillTheRadio online campaign. This marks yet […]

China’s economy grows in fourth quarter, bucking global trend despite Covid-19

China’s latest official figures have confirmed it was the only major economy to see growth in 2020. The world’s second-largest economy says it grew 2.3% last year, compared with the previous year, with the final quarter seeing growth of 6.5%. Shutdowns from Covid-19 had caused the economy to slump by 6.8% in the first three […]

Winners of the “Korean language speech contest” awarded

The gift of acquiring a new foreign language presents unique opportunities to learn a new culture, explore new academic pathways, meet new people and ultimately make a positive and worthwhile contribution to one’s own nation. As an event of “Korea Week”, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Sri Lanka in collaboration with the […]

Indian projects in Sri Lanka to be expedited

Steps are to be taken to expedite Indian development cooperation projects in Sri Lanka. The High Commission of India in Colombo and relevant authorities of the Government of Sri Lanka held a series of meetings during the last two weeks to review the status of select ongoing development cooperation projects, the High Commission said in […]