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Lankan PM Wickremesinghe says no shoot-on-sight orders given during violence

May 19, 2022 2:31 pm

The Prime Minister said that the police can use their discretion and open fire if there is a need to do so but there are procedures to follow.

At London vigil, UK Tamils seek justice for civil war victims

May 19, 2022 2:31 pm

"The current crisis in Colombo reminds me of our struggles during the war. Shortage of fuel, food, medicine - the Tamil-dominated parts of Sri Lanka faced the same issues then...," Thanikai, who came to Britain eight years ago, said.

Tamil Nadu CM MK Stalin flags off Rs 45 crore worth relief supplies to Sri Lanka

May 19, 2022 7:50 am

The first consignment comprises 9,000 metric tonne (MT) of rice, 200 MT Aavin milk powder and 24 MT life-saving medicines with a combined value of Rs 45 crore.

No money to buy petrol, says Lankan govt as it urges citizens not to queue up for fuel

May 18, 2022 4:24 pm

Energy minister Kanchana Wijesekera said it would take another three days from Friday to complete the distribution of petrol to all filling stations.

Sri Lanka's ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa makes first appearance in Parliament since quitting as PM

May 18, 2022 1:25 pm

Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is an MP, was seen in the Sri Lankan Parliament in what is his first appearance since he was forced to resign.

Sri Lankan Parliament defeats no-trust motion against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

May 17, 2022 5:30 pm

Sri Lankan Parliament met for the first time on May 17 after the appointment of new Prime Minister Wickremesinghe, as the country looks to undertake major constitutional reforms amid the worst economic crisis.

Sri Lanka: Parliament begins as PM warns of hardship

May 17, 2022 12:59 pm

The new government plans to sell its national airline to stem losses, part of efforts to stabilise finances even as authorities are forced to print money to pay government salaries.

For a better South Asian neighbourhood

May 17, 2022 12:58 pm

C Raja Mohan writes: Ukraine conflict, developments in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Pakistan underline need to reframe regional ties, work with the logic of geography in Subcontinent

First Default on Foreign Debt Likely This Week: Sri Lanka Latest

May 16, 2022 12:37 pm

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was appointed last week following violent unrest, will provide a “full explanation” of Sri Lanka’s financial crisis on Monday.

Sri Lanka Economic Crisis Higlights: PM Wickremesinghe says nation down to last day of petrol, proposes privatising national airline

May 17, 2022 7:46 am

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said he held discussions with the World Bank and Asian Development Bank on the current economic crisis focusing on support for drug, food and fertiliser supply issues.


Defying curfew, Sri Lankans out on streets, demand President's resignation

April 03, 2022 9:41 pm

Opposition lawmakers and people angered by the government's handling of Sri Lanka's worst economic crisis on Sunday marched to denounce the president's move to impose a nationwide curfew and state of emergency, as protests over food and fuel shortages swelled.

Stone pelting, water canons & tear gas: Stir in Sri Lanka over economic crisis turns violent

April 01, 2022 1:15 pm

As Sri Lanka faces its worst economic crisis, protesters reached the residence of Sri Lankan President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in Mirihina, demanding his resignation. The police resorted to water cannons and tear gas shells to disperse the demonstrators.

Major disaster averted as fire onboard oil tanker off Sri Lanka is brought under control

September 05, 2020 2:49 pm

The tanker was transporting crude oil from the port of Mina Al Ahmadi in Kuwait to the Indian port of Paradip, where the state-owned Indian Oil Corp. has a refinery.

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.


Why there is a political storm in Sri Lanka

June 22, 2020 6:12 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.

June 22, 2020 6:21 pm

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

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.