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Chinese workers resume work in SL after quarantine
Colombo, Feb 21 (IANS) Chinese workers in Sri Lanka, who were subjected to a 14-day quarantine amidst fears of the novel coronavirus, have resumed work this week, a media report said on Friday.
2020-02-21
Category: International, Sri Lanka,International
SL committee proposes immediate burqa ban
Colombo, Feb 21 (IANS) A Sri Lankan Parliament committee on national security has proposed the immediate ban on the burqa and also suspend registration of political parties on ethnic and religious basis, the media reported.
2020-02-21
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL approves extension of free-visa facility till April 30
Colombo, Feb 14 (IANS) The Sri Lankan Cabinet has approved the extension of the free-visa scheme to nationals of 48 countries, including India, until April 30 as the tourism sector, which was picking up after the 2019 Easter terror attacks, took another hit due to the coronavirus outbreak, it was reported on Friday.
2020-02-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
'Sri Lankan economy recovering from Easter terror attacks'
Colombo, Feb 8 (IANS) Sri Lanka is gradually recovering from the economic impact of last year's Easter terror attacks, the media quoting International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Division Chief, Manuela Goretti reported on Saturday.
2020-02-08
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
Sri Lankan PM leaves for India state-visit
Colombo, Feb 7 (IANS) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday embarked on a two-day state-visit to India, during which the two neighbours were expected to finalise an implementation agenda for a $450 million line of credit offered by New Delhi.
2020-02-07
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Lanka declares week-long general amnesty for military deserters
Colombo, Feb 5 (IANS) Sri Lanka's military on Wednesday declared a week-long general amnesty period for tri-service personnel -- who had deserted their official duties -- to either rejoin the forces or be discharged officially, the army media unit said in a statement.
2020-02-05
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
512 prisoners released in SL to mark I-Day
Colombo, Feb 3 (IANS) Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has granted a general amnesty to 512 prisoners serving minor sentences to mark the 72nd Independence Day which is celebrated annually on February 4, the President's Media Division (PMD) said on Monday.
2020-02-03
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
SL Prez instructs exploring indigenous medicine to fight NCoV
Colombo, Feb 2 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed health authorities to collect information from experts in indigenous as well as western medicine to find a remedy to cure those affected with the deadly coronavirus, it was reported.
2020-02-02
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Sri Lanka announce squad for Zimbabwe Tests
Colombo, Jan 14 (IANS) Sri Lanka on Tuesday announced their 15-member Test squad for their upcoming Zimbabwe tour with opener Dimuth Karunaratne appointed as skipper of the side. The islanders are scheduled to play two Tests in Zimbabwe later this month.
2020-01-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Mahinda Rajapaksa to visit India next month
Colombo, Jan 12 (IANS) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is slated to visit India next month, during which he will hold talks with his counterpart Narendra Modi, it was reported on Sunday.
2020-01-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL explores using drone technology to combat dengue
Colombo, Jan 12 (IANS) Sri Lankas Ministry of Science and Technology was exploring the possibility of controlling dengue by using drone technology, a media report said on Sunday.
2020-01-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Sri Lankan govt vows to boost economy ahead of polls
Colombo, Jan 9 (IANS) Sri Lanka's new government headed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will try to strengthen the nation's economy ahead of parliamentary elections to be held in 2020, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has said.
2020-01-09
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Sri Lanka tourist arrivals decline 18% in 2019
Colombo, Jan 7 (IANS) The number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka declined for the ninth straight month in December 2019 by 4.5 per cent in comparison to the same period a year ago while gradually recovering from the plunge following the Easter Sunday attacks last April, official data revealed on Tuesday.
2020-01-07
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Ex-SL Prez to give statement on Easter Sunday attacks
Colombo, Jan 6 (IANS) Former Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is slated to give a statement on the April 2019 Easter Sunday attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris told the Colombo Chief Magistrate on Monday.
2020-01-06
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
Sri Lanka FM to visit India on Jan 9-10
Colombo, Jan 4 (IANS) Dinesh Gunawardena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Relations, Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations, is set to visit India on January 9 and 10.
2020-01-04
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Gotabaya to make inaugural Parliament speech on Jan 3
Colombo, Dec 31 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is slated to make his inaugural address to Parliament on January 3 during a ceremonial sitting before the new session commences later that day.
2019-12-31
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL tourism industry urges continuation of free-visa regime
Colombo, Dec 31 (IANS) Sri Lanka's tourism industry has urged the continuation of the free-visa regime, as it has helped the island nation to recover from the massive setback following the April 21 Easter Sunday attacks that killed over 250 people, a media report said on Tuesday.
2019-12-31
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
ALERT: CBI raids 13 places in J&K, NCR in arms licence case
rak/kr
2019-12-30
Category: International, Sri Lanka,
SL tea industry to launch 'Road Map 2030' for rapid modernization
Colombo, Dec 30 (IANS) Sri Lanka's tea industry will launch an ambitious 10-year master plan titled "Road Map 2030", aimed at the rapid modernization of the island country's tea sector through technological intervention, a top official said on Monday.
2019-12-30
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
SL not to renegotiate Hambantota Port deal with China: Prez
Colombo, Dec 20 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that he would not renegotiate the Hambantota Port agreement with China and ensured that the security of the port lied with the Sri Lankan side.
2019-12-20
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
SL to raise objections over latest US travel advisory
Colombo, Dec 19 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Tourism Ministry is set to raise objections with the US Embassy here over its travel advisory advising American citizens to exercise "increased caution" while visiting the island nation during the upcoming festive season, a Minister said.
2019-12-19
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn-in as 7th SL Prez
Colombo, Nov 18 (IANS) Former Defence Minister Gotabaya Rajapaksa was on Monday sworn-in as the seventh Executive President of Sri Lanka after winning the crucial election held on November 16.
2019-11-18
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
Gotabaya wins SL polls, but loses minorities (3rd Lead)
Colombo, Nov 17 (IANS) Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former Defence Minister and also the brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, on Sunday won Sri Lanka's presidential election but lost in almost all of the minority Tamils and Muslim provinces of the island nation.
2019-11-17
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
Gotabaya claims victory, Sajith concedes in SL prez polls (2nd Lead)
Colombo, Nov 17 (IANS) Former Defence Minister and Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna's (SLPP) candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Sunday claimed victory in the island nation's eighth presidential election, while his main rival Sajith Premadasa of the New Democratic Front (NDF) conceded defeat and has decided to step down as the ruling party's Deputy Leader.
2019-11-17
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
Media banned from taking pics of SL leaders while voting
Colombo, Nov 15 (IANS) Photographers and videographers of print and electronic media outlets will not be permitted to take pictures of top Sri Lankan political leaders when they vote during Saturday's presidential election, an official said here.
2019-11-15
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
SL tourist arrivals drop 22.5% in October 2019
Colombo, Nov 8 (IANS) The number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka declined for the seventh straight month in October 2019 by 22.5 per cent in comparison to the same period last year while gradually recovering from the plunge following the April 21 Easter Sunday bombings that killed over 250 people.
2019-11-08
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
SL EC identifies 13 'fake' candidates
Colombo, Nov 5 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) of Sri Lanka has identified 13 presidential candidates who were in the fray merely to support either of the two main contenders, SLPP's Gotabaya Rajapaksa and NDP's Sajith Premadasa, for the November 16 presidential election, an official said.
2019-11-05
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
Sl polls: 15 parties ink MoU to back Gotabaya
Colombo, Nov 5 (IANS) Fifteen political have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to back Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the November 16 presidential election.
2019-11-05
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
SL prez polls: Final results may be out by Nov 17
Colombo, Nov 1 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) of Sri Lanka might announce the winner of the November 16 presidential election the following day but if the top two candidates fail to secure 50 per cent votes for an absolute majority, then the results would be delayed, a top official said here.
2019-11-01
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
16 SL political parties back Gotabaya Rajapaksa
Colombo, Nov 1 (IANS) Sixteen political parties have inked an agreement to back Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa for the November 16 elections.
2019-11-01
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
Sirisena to continue in active politics after term ends
Colombo, Oct 29 (IANS) Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has said that he would continue in active politics after his term in office was slated to end with the election of his successor following the November 16 election.
2019-10-29
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
Sri Lanka Cricket offers contracts to women players
Colombo, Oct 28 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has offered 20 national and 15 emerging women cricketers, with six and three month contracts respectively.
2019-10-28
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka raises funds for children affected in Easter attacks
Colombo, Oct 27 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Attorney General's Department has held an event in capital Colombo to raise funds for children affected by the Easter Sunday attacks in April, which claimed 250 lives.
2019-10-27
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Terrorism
SL prez polls: Gotabaya launches election manifesto
Colombo, Oct 25 (IANS) Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna's (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday launched his election manifesto for the November 16 polls.
2019-10-25
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
SLFP to sign MoU with Gotabaya pledging poll support
Colombo, Oct 19 (IANS) The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), headed by incumbent President Maithripala Sirisena, will on Saturday sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna's (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa to pledge support for his poll campaign.
2019-10-19
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
Ballot paper for SL presidential election finalised
Colombo, Oct 15 (IANS) The Election Commission of Sri Lanka has finalised the symbols for all 35 candidates contesting the November 16 presidential election and has also released a sample of the ballot paper which places name of candidates in alphabetical order, it was reported on Tuesday.
2019-10-15
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
ALERT: Aim to demolish terror ideology: NSA Doval tells NIA
in/
2019-10-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,National,Terrorism
SL players hail Pakistan as 'safe nation to play cricket'
Colombo, Oct 10 (IANS) Pakistan may have suffered a 0-3 whitewash in the just concluded T20 international series against a second-string Sri Lanka side, but it was a matter of great respite for the Green Brigade as they turned out to be a perfect host and even the visitors lauded the Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) efforts.
2019-10-10
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Immediate relief for thousands affected by SL adverse weather
Colombo, Sep 24 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday instructed authorities to provide immediate relief to thousands of people affected by the ongoing adverse weather conditions, his office said.
2019-09-24
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Environment/Wildlife
SL issues landslide warnings amidst heavy rains
Colombo, Sep 16 (IANS) Sri Lanka on Monday issued landslide warnings for several districts of the island nation after the Meteorology Department warned of further rains in the coming days.
2019-09-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Environment/Wildlife,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
India pip Bangladesh in thriller to win U-19 Asia Cup
Colombo, Sep 14 (IANS) India colts came out with a brilliant bowling display to defeat Bangladesh by a mere five runs in a low-scoring thriller to win the U-19 Asia Cup here on Saturday.
2019-09-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Thirimanne, Shanaka to lead second string Sri Lanka in Pakistan
Colombo, Sep 11 (IANS) Sri Lanka have named second string squads for their tour of Pakistan in which they will play three ODIs and as many T20Is. Lahiru Thirimanne will lead the ODI squad while the T20I squad will be led by Dasun Shanaka.
2019-09-11
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
India beat Pakistan by 67 runs in U19 Asia Cup
Colombo, Sep 7 (IANS) The Indian U19 team on Saturday beat Pakistan U19 by 67 runs in their U19 Asia Cup group match. Chasing a target of 306, Pakistan were dismissed for 245 in what turned out to be a comfortable victory for India in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
2019-09-07
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Indian MPs thwart Pak attempt to raise Kashmir at UNICEF event
Colombo, Sep 4 (IANS) A Congress and a BJP MP thwarted Pakistan's attempts to raise the Kashmir issue at a UNICEF meet in Sri Lanka. The Indian delegation asserted that Kashmir was India's "internal matter".
2019-09-04
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
Few Lankan cricketers reluctant to tour Pakistan
Colombo, Aug 29 (IANS) Few Sri Lanka cricketers are reportedly unwilling to travel to Pakistan for a limited-over series featuring three ODIs and as many T20 internationals, slated to be held in September and October this year.
2019-08-29
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Poland's flag carrier to begin direct flights to SL
Colombo, Aug 27 (IANS) Poland's flag carrier, Polish Airlines, will begin direct flights to Sri Lankan capital Colombo from November, boosting tourism between the two countries, the island country's Information Department said in a statement on Tuesday.
2019-08-27
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Business/Economy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Dananjaya, Williamson reported for suspect bowling action
Colombo, Aug 20 (IANS) Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson have been reported for suspected action following the first Test between the two teams ended on Sunday in Galle.
2019-08-20
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Openers put Sri Lanka in strong position in Galle Test
Galle, Aug 17 (IANS) Sri Lanka rode openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne's unbeaten half-centuries to reach 133 and are now 135 runs away from a victory against New Zealand in the first Test of the two-match series at the Galle International Stadium here on Saturday.
2019-08-17
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Watling fifty helps New Zealand take 177-run lead on Day 3
Galle, Aug 16 (IANS) New Zealand stacked up a 177-run lead on Day 3 of their first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. Sri Lanka were all out for 267 in the first session, thus leading by 18 runs and the Kiwis could cross that only at the cost of their opener Jeet Raval.
2019-08-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Akila's fifer pushes Kiwis on back foot in first Test
Galle, Aug 14 (IANS) Off-spinner Akila Dananjaya weaved his magic around the New Zealand batting order as the visitors managed to reach 203/5 in 68 overs against Sri Lanka on the rain-hit opening day of the first Test here on Wednesday, even as Ross Taylor rescued his side with a valiant unbeaten 86.
2019-08-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket