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Another Rajapaksa set to helm Sri Lanka; PM Modi says looking to work closely

Rajapaksa, 70, who will succeed President Maithripala Sirisena, urged his supporters to "rejoice peacefully" after his closest rival, Sajith Premadasa, conceded defeat even before the official results were announced.

Explained: Who is Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the man who is set to become Sri Lanka’s President?

The man who defeated the LTTE has a reputation for ruthlessness. When his brother Mahinda was President, Sri Lanka became a major Chinese ally, to India's great concern


Sri Lanka Presidential Elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: PM Narendra Modi congratulates Gotabaya Rajapaksa for winning polls

Sri Lanka Presidential Elections 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Millions of Sri Lankans voted on Saturday to elect a new president to lead the country out of its deepest economic slump in over 15 years, following Easter Sunday suicide bombings.

Sri Lanka Presidential Election results: Ex-defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa storms to victory

Sri Lanka’s ruling party presidential candidate conceded defeat on Sunday to Rajapaksa, marking the return of a family revered by the Sinhalese Buddhist majority for the victory over the Tamil Tiger rebels but feared by Tamil and Muslim minorities.

Sri Lanka votes for new president amid multiple poll-related incidents

Polls opened at 7 am local time and concluded at 5 pm. Though there is no official confirmation of the actual voter turnout, election officials and poll monitoring groups said the final turnout would exceed 80 per cent.

Ahead of Sri Lanka elections, gunmen attack convoy carrying Muslim voters

The elections come seven months after the deadly Easter Sunday bombings left over 250 people dead in the country. Muslims who make up nearly 10 per cent of Sri Lanka's 22 million population, say they have faced hostility ever since the April attacks.


Explained: Sri Lanka has criminalised match-fixing. What does the new law say?

What does Sri Lanka's new match-fixing law say? What are the punishments and list of new offences under the law?

Sri lanka goes to polls tomorrow: We stand for everyone, not just the majority, says Basil Rajapaksa

On Thursday, in an interview with The Indian Express at his office in Colombo, Basil was going through a red-coloured map on his table that showed the 160 electoral constituencies in the country.

Sri Lanka: Minorities fear return of Gotabaya Rajapaksa in presidential election

To many Sinhalese, Rajapaksa is the embodiment of a country's savior — the great former defense secretary who crushed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), better known as the Tamil Tigers, after nearly three decades of civil war.

Sri Lanka pass bill criminalising match-fixing, betting

Betting on sports matches hosted by Sri Lanka was already illegal. Under the new bill, betting on sports events around the world will be illegal as well.

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Seven months after Easter Sunday bombings, Sri Lanka elects a new president

Sri Lanka Presidential Elections 2019: The elections come seven months after the deadly Easter Sunday bombings left more than 250 people dead in the country.

PM Modi pays tribute to Easter attack victims in Sri Lanka

This is PM Modi’s first visit to Sri Lanka after returning to power, and the deadly terror attacks on Easter Sunday in which 250 people were killed in the Island nation.


Classrooms near empty in Sri Lanka amid fears of more attacks

Two weeks after the Easter bombings which killed 257 people, soldiers conducted a security sweep of schools on Sunday after state institutions were asked to re-open on a staggered basis.

Multiple blasts rock Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, churches and hotels targeted

Explosions rocked three churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing several people and wounding scores more, police sources said. The hotels and one of the churches are in the nation's capital Colombo. The other church is in Negombo, north of Colombo.

PM Narendra Modi's Buddha moment in Sri Lanka: 17 photos from his bilateral visit

PM Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to Sri Lanka which is celebrating it's first Vesak Day celebrations this year.

England beat Sri Lanka inside three days after James Anderson bags ten-for

James Anderson picks 10 wickets in the match as England beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 88 runs, inside three days.


Eng vs SL: On Day 2, James Anderson and Stuart Broad swing it England's way

After Jonny Bairstow hundred, James Anderson and Stuart Broad wreak havoc to enforce follow-on on Sri Lanka.

Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow bring England back in after Dasun Shanaka's trio on Day 1

Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow shared an unbeaten 88-run stand as England finished Day 1 at 171/5 after rain stopped play at Headingly.

South Africa vs Sri Lanka: South Africa conclude World T20 campaign with comfortable win

South Africa brought curtains on their World Twenty20 campaign with a comfortable eight–wicket win over defending champions Sri Lanka.

England vs Sri Lanka: England hold nerves in last-over thriller

England defeated Sri Lanka by 10 runs to clinch victory in a last-over thriller in ICC World T20.

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Why there is a political storm in Sri Lanka

Over one weekend, there was a sudden change in the leadership in Sri Lanka. Here's what happened and how.

On this day in 1960, Sri Lanka elected its first female head of state.

Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the prime minister of Sri Lanka, giving the country its first female head of state. See more:


West Indies Cruise To Convincing Win Over Sri Lanka

Samuel Badree stifled Sri Lanka with an exceptional spell before Andre Fletcher hammered an unbeaten 84 as the West Indies cruised to a seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka. See more.

Asia Cup T-20: Pakistan beat Sri Lanka for consolation win

Pakistan ended their Asia Cup campaign with a win against Sri Lanka by 6 wickets. Sarfraz Ahmed and Umar Akmal played handy knocks to chase down Sri Lanka’s 151-run target. The Islanders could only manage one win in the tournament – See more

Asia Cup: Virat Kohli helps India seal final berth

Needing a win to progress into the final, India get the job done with a 5-wicket win over Sri Lanka with four balls to spare. The balls left may show a neck-and-neck game but it wasn’t. After early blip, Virat Kohli’s 56 unbeaten ensured India got past the winning line with ease. Yuvraj Singh with […]

Asia Cup: Sri Lanka Begin With Shaky Win Over UAE

Sri Lanka were ordinary with the bat but exhibited a clinical effort with the ball to register a 14-run win over UAE. See more


Asia Cup T20: Game Changers Sri Lanka

With Asia Cup being played in a T20 avatar for the very first time keeping ICC World T20 in mind, the tournament gets even more important than it usually does. With two tournaments of such stature being played back-to-back, it becomes important for the squad to be shuffled appropriately and not allow fatigue to creep […]

11 fishermen detained by Sri Lankan Navy

Rameshwaram (Tamil Nadu), Feb 11 (ANI): The Sri Lankan Navy on Thursday apprehended 11 Indian fishermen and their country boats on charges of trespassing into the territorial waters of Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan Navy said the fishermen were held in the Gulf of Mannar. The Sri Lankan Navy also seized two trawlers.

Indian team looks balanced for the series: Dhoni

Pune, Feb 08 (ANI): After T-20 clean sweep in Australian, India's limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni looks confident for the upcoming series with Sri Lanka. Addressing a press conference on Monday, Dhoni said the team looks balanced and settled as of now, but the individuals also have to take on their respective roles. Dhoni added that fortunately the team has been batting till number 8, which at some point acts as an opportunity for the batsman to express himself on the field. Dhoni also said that in the series, they will focus more on the things that they want to achieve, rather than looking too much into the Sri Lankan side.

UAE, Germany and Italy condemn Pathankot attack

New Delhi, Jan 08 (ANI): The governments of UAE, Germany and Italy have condemned the terrorist attack on Indian Air Force base in Pathankot in which seven security personnel were martyred."Terrorism and extremism know no borders and no limits and pose a threat to innocent people everywhere around the world. In order to contain the dangerous threat that terrorism poses to our countries and peoples, international cooperation is indispensable," the Foreign Ministry of UAE said in a statement. Although, the UAE assured India of complete support in its fight against terrorism. "We utterly condemn the terrorist attacks on the Indian air force base in Pathankot and on the Indian Consulate General in Mazar-e-Sharif. The responsible parties must be identified and held accountable," Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson said in a statement. Earlier, Italy, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Japan, South Korea, Maldives, Nepal, Brazil and France also condemned the terrorist attack. Six terrorists were neutralised in the terror attack at the Pathankot air base that began in the wee hours on January 1. Seven security personnel were martyred in the terror attack. The conspiracy behind the terrorist attack in Pathankot was hatched in Markaj, Pakistan, as per high-level official sources.