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Sri Lankan Parliament likely to be dissolved paving way for snap polls: Minister

March 01, 2020 4:20 pm

The current parliament was appointed on September 1, 2015. "Yes we will definitely look to dissolve, we were prevented from going for early polls due to 19A mistake of the previous government," Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told reporters.

Alliance Air announces daily flights between Chennai and Jaffna from February 27

February 25, 2020 2:29 pm

The Chennai-Jaffna airfare costs about Rs 3,190 and the Jaffna-Chennai airfare is Rs 3,990.

Explained: Why US has shut out top Sri Lanka general — and where India stands

February 18, 2020 12:21 pm

Lt Gen Silva commanded the 58th Division of the Sri Lankan army during the final stages of the war. Investigations by the United Nations have implicated the division in alleged serious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law.

Explained: Why has the US imposed a travel ban on Sri Lanka Army Chief?

February 15, 2020 3:05 pm

Under the travel ban, Sri Lanka’s Commander of the Army and Chief of Defence Staff, Shavendra Silva and his immediate family are ineligible to enter the US.

Sri Lanka takes 'strong objection' to travel ban on Army chief; requests to review decision

February 15, 2020 2:09 pm

The Sri Lankan government has officially conveyed its protest to US and taken a "strong objection" to the travel restrictions placed on Silva and his family, country's foreign relations ministry said in a statement on Friday night.

US travel ban for Sri Lanka army chief in hospital shelling

February 15, 2020 2:10 pm

The army chief, Shavendra Silva, and his immediate family members are now prohibited from traveling to the U.S. in a ban that was quickly denounced by Sri Lanka's government.

To shore up tourism, Sri Lanka extends 'free visa-on-arrival' scheme for 48 countries, including India

February 14, 2020 5:25 pm

A senior minister in the Lankan government stated that the island nation's tourism sector, which had begun to recover from the blows of the Easter blasts, received another challenge of coronavirus outbreak, which prompted the government to extend the scheme. 

IMF projects 3.7% GDP growth for Sri Lanka

February 08, 2020 1:06 pm

The IMF has said that Sri Lanka's economy is gradually recovering from the Easter Sunday terrorist attacks in 2019.

Explained: The troubled history of the Sri Lankan national anthem in Tamil

February 05, 2020 9:35 am

The previous Maithripala Sirisena government would sing the anthem in both Sinhala and Tamil, to boost ethnic harmony in the country. On February 4, the Gotabaya Rajapaksa regime changed the practice.

At Independence Day, Sri Lanka skips singing national anthem in Tamil

February 04, 2020 5:08 pm

Tamil politicians had requested Rajapaksa to continue the practice of singing the Tamil translation of the national anthem recognized by the constitution in order to give the Tamil community a sense of belonging to the country after decades of estrangement with the state.

SRI LANKA PHOTOS

All eyes on Jasprit Bumrah as 'Men in Blue' sweat it out in Guwahati ahead of Sri Lanka series

January 05, 2020 8:58 am

All eyes will be on comeback man Jasprit Bumrah as India take on Sri Lanka in the first T20I in Guwahati on Sunday.

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

November 17, 2019 8:45 am

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

June 10, 2019 7:00 am

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

May 08, 2019 6:48 am

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

April 22, 2019 12:18 pm

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

May 12, 2017 11:49 am

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

May 22, 2016 12:19 am

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

May 21, 2016 10:58 am

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

May 19, 2016 11:19 pm

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

March 29, 2016 12:36 am

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

SRI LANKA VIDEOS

Why there is a political storm in Sri Lanka

November 01, 2018 4:50 pm

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.

July 19, 2018 2:50 pm

Sirimavo Bandaranaike became the prime minister of Sri Lanka, giving the country its first female head of state. See more: https://bit.ly/2Ld0BOG

Asia Cup T20: Game Changers Sri Lanka

February 24, 2016 4:40 pm

11 fishermen detained by Sri Lankan Navy

February 11, 2016 5:31 am

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

February 08, 2016 4:48 pm

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

January 08, 2016 2:58 pm

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.