Island-wide curfew imposed since 6pm on Saturday has been lifted.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa imposed curfew on Saturday by virtue of powers vested in him under Section 16 of the Public Security Ordinance (Chapter 40).
Island-wide curfew was imposed until 6am today amidst calls for mass demonstrations in the country yesterday.
Despite the imposition of curfew, several protests were held across the country throughout yesterday.
Police also clashed with students of the University of Peradeniya during a protest opposite the University premises.
Meanwhile, following the lifting of the island-wide curfew, public transport services are gradually resuming across the country.
Accordingly, the Sri Lanka Transport Board said SLTB services will resume across the country as soon as the curfew is lifted.
When contacted by NewsRadio, the Deputy General Manager of the SLTB Panduka Swarnahansa said steps have been taken to resume operations before 7am.
Swarnahansa said all SLTB employees have been informed of the decision adding however there may be some delays in employees reporting to work.
The SLTB Deputy General Manager said additional buses can be added to the service since buses for school services are not required.
The Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association has announced that the operation of private buses will resume as soon as the curfew is lifted since buses were able to obtain required diesel.
Speaking to NewsRadio, the President of Association Gemunu Wijeratne said nearly 15 percent of buses will operate across the country today.
Wijeratne said despite curfew being imposed, they were able to obtain fuel from certain locations.
He said the Minister of Transport and the SLTB Chairman assured that private buses will be able to obtain 35-50 litres of diesel from selected SLTB depots.
The President of Association said they will provide services to the best of their ability considering the inconveniences faced by the public and the upcoming festive season.
Sri Lanka Railways has taken steps to restore train services after the lifting of curfew. Accordingly, all office trains were expected to resume service after 6am.
Speaking to NewsRadio, Deputy General Manager (Transport) Gamini Seneviratne said trains will function according to the timetable this morning.