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Sri Lanka arrests 21 Indians abusing tourist visa: Details inside

06:00 PM | 14 Mar, 2024
Sri Lanka arrests 21 Indians abusing tourist visa: Details inside

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka arrested as many as 21 Indians who were visiting the country on a tourist visa but were found abusing the visa.

Media reports imply that the arrested Indians were illegally involved in operating an online marketing centre in a flagrant violation of relaxed tourist visa norms.

The identities of the individuals were not released but the arrested individuals were in the age bracket of 24 to 25, who were in Sri Lanka on tourist visas.

The Indian citizens were taken into custody on Tuesday by the Department of Immigration and Emigration and further investigations have been launched to find out any other groups or whether a racket is behind the visa abuse.

Though an official version of law enforcers is awaited, media reports suggest that following a preliminary investigation, authorities conducted a raid on a rented property in Negombo City, where individuals were discovered to be operating an online marketing center.

In accordance with Sri Lankan regulations and regulations of the majority of countries, individuals visiting the country on tourist visas are prohibited from engaging in any form of paid or unpaid labor.

Having arrived in Sri Lanka during February and March on tourist visas, the individuals abused the tourist visa. The arrested individuals were later transferred to the department's detention center in Welisara, as instructed by relevant authorities.

These Indian citizens had exploited the visa exemption granted by Sri Lanka to select countries until March 31, as part of an ongoing initiative to boost tourism in the financially strained nation.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


PKR exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 22 April 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely same against US Dollar and other currencies on April 22, 2024 Monday.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.5 for buying and 280.5 for selling.

Euro stands at 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound hovers at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.20 and Saudi Riyal's new rate was at 73.30. 

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 April 2024

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.5 280.5
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.5 346
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.55 748.55
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 39.78 40.18
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.53 35.88
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.11 912.11
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.08 58.68
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.22 166.22
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.61 25.91
Omani Riyal OMR 723.2 731.2
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.45 77.15
Singapore Dollar SGD 204.5 206.5
Swedish Korona SEK 25.31 25.61
Swiss Franc CHF 305.47 307.97
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.71


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