The Island (Sri Lanka)

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Visitor arrival at Sri Lanka's National Zoological Gardens, one of the oldest Zoos in Asia, increases since the Easter bombings caused arrivals to plummet to single digits. Plans to add exotic species to attract more visitors through the Animal Exchange Programme, in the pipeline.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) – According to Government Medical Officers’ Association financial irregularities at the Ministry of Health under current health minister amounts to 113 million USD. Cancer, diabetic patients and pregnant women provided substandard drugs. Urges president to take legal action.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) – Health Minister says Finance Minister’s argument for importing Chinese cigarettes does not hold water and is dead against it. FM plans to allow the import of Chinese cigarettes on the grounds that Chinese workers in Sri Lanka find it hard to smoke brands available in the local market.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Sri Lanka-China Friendship Association warns Sri Lanka of United States' attempt to persuade Sri Lanka to sign agreements that would adversely affect its sovereignty and force it to take sides in a trade war that US launched against China.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Presidential Commission of Inquiry probing allegations of large scale corruption informed that many of the high-yielding milch cows, imported from Australia, in 2017, suffer from Bovine Viral Diarrhoea, not previously found in Sri Lanka. Proper quarantine procedure not followed. Officials fail to stop the spread of the disease.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Army deployed in the North on a project to improve relations with the Muslim community. 

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - The Indian High Commission in Colombo organises second edition of special pilgrimage to Bodh Gaya for 160 military personnel and their families.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Former Minister and LSSP Leader urges Tamil National Alliance not to align itself with the UNP which seeks US intervention in internal matters.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Prime Minister asks UNP lawmakers as acting ministers not to perform official duties as the appointments were in violation of the law.

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Parliamentary Select Committee's failure to question former Eastern Province Governor, M.L.A.M Hizbullah on his meeting with a group of Saudi nationals the day after Easter attacks has raised eyebrows.