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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
New Zealand opt to bat in Galle Test (Toss)
Galle (Sri Lanka), Aug 14 (IANS) New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Wednesday won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test of the two-match series against Sri Lanka being played at the Galle International Stadium.
2019-08-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Adverse weather destroys over 1,700 houses in SL
Colombo, Aug 12 (IANS) Over 1,700 houses have been damaged from days of strong winds and heavy rains in Sri Lanka since last Thursday, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said on Monday.
2019-08-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Environment/Wildlife,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Sri Lanka announce squad for Test series against Kiwis
Colombo, Aug 7 (IANS) Sri Lanka has named a 22-member squad for the two-Test series against New Zealand, starting August 14, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Wednesday.
2019-08-07
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka to ban coloured water bottles, plastic wrappers
Colombo, Aug 6 (IANS) Sri Lanka will soon ban coloured plastic water bottles and wrappers on drinking water bottles in order to protect the environment, officials said on Tuesday.
2019-08-06
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Environment/Wildlife,Politics
Colombo backs creation of Buddhist-majority Ladakh UT
Colombo, Aug 6 (IANS) Sri Lanka on Tuesday backed the Indian government's creation of a new Union Territory of Ladakh, noting it would be the first Indian state with a Buddhist majority.
2019-08-06
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL to waive entry visa fee for India, 47 countries
Colombo, July 31 (IANS) Sri Lanka will begin to waive its existing visa fee for travellers from 48 countries including India and China from August 1 as part of efforts to attract more tourists to the country, officials said on Wednesday.
2019-07-31
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
To survive in cricket be a match-winner: Malinga
Colombo, July 27 (IANS) "You have to be a match-winner" is the golden rule to survive in veteran pacer Lasith Malinga's golden words for the youngsters after playing his final ODI for Sri Lanka in front of his home crowd.
2019-07-27
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Malinga to retire from ODIs after 1st game against B'desh
Colombo, July 22 (IANS) Sri Lanka pace ace Lasith Malinga will retire from one-day international cricket after the first ODI of the three-match series against Bangladesh, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said here on Monday.
2019-07-22
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Dharmasena admits to 'judgemental error' in World Cup final
Colombo, July 21 (IANS) Kumar Dharmasena, who along with Marais Erasmus was the onfield umpire in the 2019 World Cup final, admitted on Sunday that he made a mistake by awarding an extra run to England after the ball ricocheted off Ben Stokes' bat and ran to the boundary.
2019-07-21
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Colombo 5-star hotel asked to provide guest list
Colombo, July 11 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) looking into the April 21 Easter Sunday attacks, has asked the Taj Samudra Colombo five-star hotel to provide a guest list of that day, as well as the ones who ate breakfast, the media reported on Thursday.
2019-07-11
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
ALERT: Congress stages walkout from RS over Goa crisis
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2019-07-11
Category: International, Sri Lanka,National,Politics
FB ups investments to curb hate speech in Sri Lanka
Colombo, July 11 (IANS) Facebook has significantly increased its investments to ramp up Sinhala and Tamil language expertise targeting to curb hate speech and other harmful contents originating from Sri Lanka on the social media platform.
2019-07-11
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Defence/Security,Technology
SL to implement free visa on arrival for 39 countries
Colombo, July 10 (IANS) Sri Lanka is likely to launch its free visa on arrival programme for citizens of 39 countries and regions, excluding India and China, starting on August 1 in a bid to attract more tourists, media reports said on Wednesday.
2019-07-10
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Business/Economy
Sri Lanka SC issues stay order on death sentence
Colombo, July 5 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Friday issued an interim order staying the implementation of the death sentence for convicted drug offenders until October 30.
2019-07-05
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Immigration/Law/Rights,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Pope appoints Sri Lankan priest to top Vatican post
Colombo, July 5 (IANS) Pope Francis has appointed a Sri Lankan priest as the Secretary of the Vaticans Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue (PCID), the media reported on Friday.
2019-07-05
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Religion
SL says majority of injured in Easter attacks have recovered
Colombo, July 4 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Health Ministry on Thursday said a majority of those injured in the Easter Sunday terror explosions have been discharged from hospitals.
2019-07-04
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism
90% of Sri Lanka's coral reefs dead: Officials
Colombo, July 3 (IANS) Sri Lanka's state-owned Marine Environment Protection Authority on Wednesday warned that the country only had 10 per cent of live coral reefs in its oceans as 90 per cent had died due to pollution, illegal fishing methods and excessive climate change.
2019-07-03
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Environment/Wildlife,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
SL arrests ex-police chief, former Defence Secretary
Colombo, July 2 (IANS) Sri Lanka's ex-police chief Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando were arrested on Tuesday following instructions issued by the Attorney General to charge them for their failure to prevent the Easter Sunday terror bombings which killed over 250 people and injured hundreds.
2019-07-02
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Defence/Security,Terrorism
Sri Lanka to resume executions after 42-year hiatus
Colombo, June 26 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena announced on Wednesday that he had approved the execution of four people on death row after being convicted for drug trafficking, ending a 42-year-long moratorium on the application of the death penalty in the country.
2019-06-26
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
6 Indians arrested in SL for trying to smuggle gold
Colombo, June 23 (IANS) Police in Sri Lanka said that six Indian nationals were arrested while attempting to smuggle gold biscuits to Chennai from the airport here, the media reported on Sunday.
2019-06-23
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
5 terror suspects brought back to Sri Lanka
Colombo, June 14 (IANS) Five terror suspects who were arrested in Dubai in connection with the April 21 Easter Sunday suicide attacks, were brought back to Sri Lanka from Saudi Arabia on Friday, police said.
2019-06-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism
PM Modi ends Sri Lanka visit, flies to Tirupati
Colombo, June 9 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left Sri Lanka after a packed day's visit to the island nation.
2019-06-09
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Indian democracy strengthened by poll verdict: Modi
Colombo, June 9 (IANS) Indian democracy has been strengthened by the sweeping mandate in the general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Sunday, adding that democracy is a part of Indian culture.
2019-06-09
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Diaspora,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Contribute to India's development: Modi tells diaspora
Colombo, June 9 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday urged the Indian diaspora to contribute to India's development and said the country's image had changed a lot in the last few years.
2019-06-09
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Diaspora,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Sirisena gifts Buddha statue to Indian PM Modi
Colombo, June 9 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday presented Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a Buddha statue in meditation posture.
2019-06-09
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Religion
After the Maldives, Modi reaches Sri Lanka
Colombo, June 9 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here on Sunday from the Maldives as part of a visit to further strengthen New Delhi's relations with the island nation.
2019-06-09
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Modi reaches Sri Lanka, after visiting Maldives
Colombo, June 9 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday arrived here from the Maldives as part of a visit to further strengthen New Delhi's ties with the island nation.
2019-06-09
Category: International, Sri Lanka,National,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Sri Lanka to face heavy rains
Colombo, May 31 (IANS) Heavy rains are expected in Sri Lanka due to the southwest monsoon forming over the country, the Meteorology Department said on Friday.
2019-05-31
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Environment/Wildlife,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Sri Lanka to host ADB annual meeting in 2021
Colombo, May 29 (IANS) Sri Lanka will host the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Colombo in May 2021 and it will attract over 3,000 delegates, the Finance Ministry said on Wednesday.
2019-05-29
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Business/Economy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Lanka House panel to probe Easter Sunday attacks
Colombo, May 24 (IANS) Sri Lanka Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has set up a special panel to probe the April 21 Easter Sunday terror attacks, which claimed over 250 lives, authorities said here on Friday.
2019-05-24
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Terrorism
SL expresses doubt over FDI target post Easter bombings
Colombo, May 22 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government has expressed doubts over achieving its Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) target for this year following the Easter bombings, the media reported on Wednesday.
2019-05-22
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Business/Economy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism
Lanka for global intelligence sharing to end terror
Colombo, May 20 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has called on countries to join hands in sharing intelligence to deal with international terror threats, media reported on Monday.
2019-05-20
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Diplomacy,Politics,Terrorism
Deadline for Sri Lankans to surrender swords, knives extended
Colombo, May 6 (IANS) Sri Lankan authorities on Monday extended a deadline for the public to surrender swords and large knives.
2019-05-06
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security
SL orders deportation of all visa-violating foreigners
Colombo, May 3 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government has ordered the deportation of all foreigners who are currently in the island nation without visas and also those who over-staying their visas, the media reported on Friday.
2019-05-03
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Immigration/Law/Rights,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security
Social media ban lifted in Sri Lanka
Colombo, April 30 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission to lift the temporary social media ban that was imposed after the April 21 Easter Sunday bombings, an official statement said on Tuesday.
2019-04-30
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Technology
Easily-available chemicals used for bombs: SL PM
Colombo, April 29 (IANS) The suicide bombers behind the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka assembled easily-available chemicals to make explosives, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said, as authorities probe how the assailants acquired the technical knowledge to make the bombs.
2019-04-29
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
SL intelligence warns of attack on Buddhist temples
Colombo, April 29 (IANS) Sri Lankan intelligence has received information on an attack targeting Buddhist temples by the National Thowheed Jamaath extremist group, using female bombers, the media reported on Monday.
2019-04-29
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Religion,Terrorism
Counter Terrorism Bill could prevent SL attacks: PM
Colombo, April 29 (IANS) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said the Easter Sunday attacks could have been prevented if the new Counter Terrorism Bill was passed in Parliament without delay.
2019-04-29
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Immigration/Law/Rights,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
2 suspects wanted in Sri Lanka bombings arrested
Colombo, April 28 (IANS) Two suspects, wanted over the April 21 Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, were arrested on Sunday, police said.
2019-04-28
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Terrorism
15 killed after fierce gun battle in SL
Colombo, April 27 (IANS) A total of 15 people were killed following a fierce gun battle between Sri Lankan forces and an armed group in Kalmunai city, the military said on Saturday.
2019-04-27
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Terrorism
Sri Lankan forces in gun battle with terrorists
Colombo, April 26 (IANS) Sri Lanka's special forces were engaged in a severe gun battle with suspected terrorists in Kalmunai city, in the Eastern Province on Friday evening, the military said.
2019-04-26
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Defence/Security,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism
IGP will resign on Friday, says Sirisena
Colombo, April 26 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday announced that Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara will resign later in the day, after he was asked to quit over mishandling of intelligence reports ahead of the Easter Sunday bombings.
2019-04-26
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Defence/Security,Terrorism
SL suicide bomber obtained empty cartridges discarded by Army
Colombo, April 26 (IANS) A suicide bomber who blew himself up at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo, one of the targets in the Easter Sunday bombings, had obtained empty cartridges discarded by the Army, a media report said on Friday.
2019-04-26
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Terrorism
Sri Lanka reduces toll to 253, Defence Secretary quits (Into Night Lead)
Colombo, April 25 (IANS) Sri Lanka on Thursday revised down the toll in Easter Sunday bloodbath to "about 253" even as Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando resigned accepting responsibility for the attack and security forces continued a search for accomplices of the suicide bombers.
2019-04-25
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Terrorism
Sri Lanka revises Easter Sunday toll to 'about 253'
Colombo, April 25 (IANS) Sri Lanka on Thursday revised down the death toll in Easter Sunday carnage by over 100, from 359 to "about 253", reports said.
2019-04-25
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism
SL military gets sweeping powers to protect religious places
Colombo, April 25 (IANS) Nearly 4,000 military personnel with sweeping police powers to arrest suspects were on Thursday tasked to provide security to churches and other religious places across Sri Lanka in the wake of the Easter Sunday bombings.
2019-04-25
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Defence/Security,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Sri Lanka bans drones, searches for suspects after mayhem (3rd Lead)
Colombo, April 25 (IANS) A minor explosion occurred on Thursday in the Sri Lankan capital's outskirts even as security forces continued a search for accomplices of suicide bombers who on Easter Sunday killed and injured hundreds.
2019-04-25
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism