Sri Lanka hikes fuel prices, encourages people to work from home

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People wait in a queue to buy kerosene at a fuel station, amid the country's economic crisis in Colombo

COLOMBO (Reuters) – Sri Lanka hiked petrol prices by 20%-24% on Tuesday and also increased diesel prices by 35%-38%, Power and Energy Minister Kanchana Wijesekera said.

In a message on Twitter, Wijesekera said government-set transport and other service charges will also increase correspondingly. “Work from home will be encouraged to minimize the use of fuel and to manage the energy crisis,” he added.

(Reporting by Uditha Jayasinghe; Writing by Raju Gopalakrishnan; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)