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Wednesday December 1st, 2021

Sri Lanka bought Sinopharm at US$7: State Minister

President Rajapaksa wrote personally to the Chairman of Sinopharm

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Sri Lanka considers medical cannabis export amid worst ever forex crisis

The MP said the government plans to seek parliamentary approval in the next three months.

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Sri Lanka inflation hits 12-year high in Nov 2021 amid money printing

Food prices have risen 34-pct since the current bout of inflationary policy began

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Sri Lanka to import rice from Myanmar for US$460 a tonne

Import controls keep domestic prices high

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Sri Lanka lifts ban on synthetic fertilizers from Nov 30

New gazette issued repealing May 06 ban

Fed to end injections sooner, ‘retire’ transitory, Powell says as inflation rages in Sri Lanka

I think it is a good time to retire that word (transitory) and explain more clearly what we mean

Sri Lanka targets US$3.5bn forex reserves by end 2021

There will be no default: CB Governor says

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Germany urges Sri Lanka to end import controls

These import restrictions are neither fair nor free

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Sri Lanka opens Japan-funded 'Golden Gate Kalyani' bridge

The total cost for the project is 55,000 million rupees, according to the president’s media division (PMD).

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka to crack down on Hawala remittances

We have been collecting information on these activities

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IMF mission in Sri Lanka for Article IV discussions, no program request

The Article IV team will be in Sri Lanka from December 7 to 20.

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Sri Lanka keeps rates at 6.0-pct amid high inflation, forex trouble

Inflation is transitory

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Sri Lanka ends fertilizer ban, private sector imports allowed

Chemical fertilizer can be taken from the open market

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Effective tax on Sri Lanka banks could go up to 70-pct with new 'super gains' tax

In the budget for 2022 proposed a windfall tax on 25 percent for large companies

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Sri Lanka energy minister calls for fuel pricing formula if stabilisation fund is no go

He said the stabilisation fund that was originally proposed by him on March 15 has yet to receive cabinet approval.

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Sri Lanka national inflation surges to a 4-year high after money printing

Since inflationary policy began from around August 2019, the food index had risen 28.5-pct

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Sri Lanka parliament passes 2022 budget with 153 votes

The budget is first by Finance Minister Basil Rajapaksa

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Sri Lanka's nattami porters go on strike, demand higher compensation

"Even a cup of plain (black) tea costs about 20-25 rupees," one nattami said.

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka minister says cars with one passenger should be banned after printing money

A law should be brought that a minimum of three to four passengers should be in the car

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Sri Lanka opposition graphically warns on commode effect on controlled economy

"There are no commodes to go to toilet (Lat ekerter yun-ner lat porch-chiya nae)"

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Sri Lanka central bank appoints four assistant governors

Appointments are effective from November 17

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Vietnam's Vinfast unveils electric vehicles, expects to ship from 2022

Vinfast unveiled a crossover and SUV, VFe35 and VFe36

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Sri Lanka exports hit October record as money printing drive forex shortages

Exports up 21-pct up to October

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Sri Lanka manufacturing recovers strongly in October : PMI

Manufacturers stock up in anticipation of new orders while others due supply-side woes

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Sri Lanka's CPC debt 4.2-pct of GDP by July 2021, loses Rs61.8bn

Part of losses comes from dollars borrowed after money printing

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Sri Lanka's Sarvodaya building supply chain for rural products

SDF to develop a business portal

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