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  • Sri Lanka bans cow slaughter, plans to import beef Sep 30, 2020 03:38 PM IST

    Sri Lanka bans cow slaughter, plans to import beef

    Sri Lanka is a Buddhist majority country, and most Buddhists do not consume beef as they consider cows to be sacred.

  • India offers $100 million Line of Credit to Sri Lanka for solar projects Sep 25, 2020 10:42 PM IST

    India offers $100 million Line of Credit to Sri Lanka for solar projects

    India's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay called on Minister of Power Dullas Alahapperuma and reiterated India's commitment towards a strong and multi-faceted bilateral partnership including in the power sector, the Indian mission said in a statement.

  • HCL Technologies opens new centre in Colombo, to hire 3,000 people Sep 08, 2020 08:04 PM IST

    HCL Technologies opens new centre in Colombo, to hire 3,000 people

    The new centre was inaugurated by Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay via a virtual ceremony, a statement said.

  • Battle to stop blazing tanker from hitting Sri Lanka coast Sep 05, 2020 01:42 PM IST

    Battle to stop blazing tanker from hitting Sri Lanka coast

    The New Diamond was heading for the eastern Indian port of Paradip from Kuwait when it issued a distress signal 60 kilometres (37 miles) from Sri Lanka's east coast.

  • China seeks to set up military logistic facilities in Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Myanmar: Pentagon Sep 02, 2020 05:06 PM IST

    China seeks to set up military logistic facilities in Pakistan, Sri Lanka & Myanmar: Pentagon

    .In addition to the three neighbours of India — Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar — the other countries where China is considering to base its military logistics and infrastructure facilities are Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Seychelles, Tanzania, Angola and Tajikistan, the report said on Tuesday.

  • Sri Lanka will adopt 'India first approach': Foreign Secretary Jayanath Colombage Aug 26, 2020 05:58 PM IST

    Sri Lanka will adopt 'India first approach': Foreign Secretary Jayanath Colombage

    Admiral Colombage became the first-ever foreign secretary from a military background when he was appointed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to head the Foreign Ministry on August 14.

  • Rajapaksas in Power: The road ahead for Sri Lanka Aug 11, 2020 03:19 PM IST

    Rajapaksas in Power: The road ahead for Sri Lanka

    The promised constitutional reforms can wait. The failing nation’s economy cries for immediate attention, which can get distracted if the government puts all its heads into the political aspects

  • Sri Lanka's new Parliament session to commence on August 20 with strict COVID-19 health precautions Aug 10, 2020 12:25 PM IST

    Sri Lanka's new Parliament session to commence on August 20 with strict COVID-19 health precautions

    Sri Lanka, one of the very few countries in Asia to hold a General Election amidst the pandemic, has reported 2,844 coronavirus cases, including 2,579 recoveries and 11 fatalities.

  • Mahinda Rajapaksa takes oath as Sri Lankan Prime Minister Aug 09, 2020 11:10 AM IST

    Mahinda Rajapaksa takes oath as Sri Lankan Prime Minister

    Mahinda Rajapaksa completed 50 years of parliamentary politics in July this year. He was elected as a Member of Parliament at the young age of 24 in 1970. He has since been elected President twice and has been appointed Prime Minister thrice.

  • Sri Lanka's strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa to take oath of PM for 4th time on August 9 Aug 08, 2020 05:00 PM IST

    Sri Lanka's strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa to take oath of PM for 4th time on August 9

    The 74-year-old Sri Lanka People's Party (SLPP) leader, who polled over 500,000 individual preference votes -- the highest ever recorded by a candidate in the history of elections -- will take the oath of office for the ninth Parliament at the sacred Rajamaha Viharaya in Kelaniya, a north Colombo suburb, according to an official statement.

  • Sri Lanka elections: Early results show Rajapaksa clan heading for landslide win Aug 06, 2020 09:20 PM IST

    Sri Lanka elections: Early results show Rajapaksa clan heading for landslide win

    The Rajapaksa family-run Sri Lanka People's Party has polled more votes than its rivals, scoring over 60% of the total votes in the 16 seats declared so far from the South, dominated by the Sinhala majority community.

  • Sri Lanka parliamentary poll: 55 percent voting until 4 pm amidst COVID-19 fear Aug 05, 2020 07:00 PM IST

    Sri Lanka parliamentary poll: 55 percent voting until 4 pm amidst COVID-19 fear

    The highest voter turnout of 70 percent is recorded from Nuwara-Eliya city, Mahinda Deshapriya, the Chairman of the National Elections Commission, was quoted as saying by News 1st Channel.

  • Sri Lanka's Rajapaksas hope to tighten grip on power in parliamentary election Aug 03, 2020 12:00 PM IST

    Sri Lanka's Rajapaksas hope to tighten grip on power in parliamentary election

    Given the support the Rajapaksa brothers enjoy among the Sinhalese majority, Mahinda is favoured to become prime minister over opposition leader Sajith Premadasa, analysts say.

  • Sri Lankan financial hub may give competition to India's GIFT City: Report Aug 02, 2020 03:09 PM IST

    Sri Lankan financial hub may give competition to India's GIFT City: Report

    The Port City Colombo Special Economic Zone is a part of China's Belt and Road Initiative.

  • Sri Lanka says there's enough facts to prove Ravana was first to use aircraft, asks citizens to help with research Jul 19, 2020 08:53 PM IST

    Sri Lanka says there's enough facts to prove Ravana was first to use aircraft, asks citizens to help with research

    The Sri Lankan government believes that the king of Lanka – who is portrayed as a villain in the Indian epic Ramayana – was the world’s first aviator. They claim he flew an aircraft more than 5,000 years ago to travel to India and back

  • Cricket: Asia Cup postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic Jul 09, 2020 08:38 PM IST

    Cricket: Asia Cup postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

    The ACC said in a statement it is hoping to stage the Twenty20 competition, which will feature six countries including India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, in June next year.

  • No reason to doubt integrity of 2011 World Cup final, says ICC Jul 03, 2020 11:00 PM IST

    No reason to doubt integrity of 2011 World Cup final, says ICC

    Former Sri Lanka sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said last month that the final, which India won against Sri Lanka by six wickets in Mumbai, was fixed by "certain parties".

  • Sangakkara questioned by police over 2011 India-Srilanka world cup final 'fix' Jul 02, 2020 10:14 PM IST

    Sangakkara questioned by police over 2011 India-Srilanka world cup final 'fix'

    Sangakkara, captain of the 2011 side, was the third high-profile official or player to be questioned over the past week, beside 2011 chief selector Aravinda de Silva and opening batsman Upul Tharanga.

  • Sri Lanka to reopen tourism in 5-star hotels: Report Jun 01, 2020 02:35 PM IST

    Sri Lanka to reopen tourism in 5-star hotels: Report

    The luxury hotels where the tourists will be accommodated would also need to obtain a clearance certificate stating that precautions have been taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

  • India committed to strengthen multi-faceted ties with Sri Lanka: Indian Envoy May 23, 2020 04:00 PM IST

    India committed to strengthen multi-faceted ties with Sri Lanka: Indian Envoy

    Gopal Baglay, the new High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, on Saturday visited the religious cultural sites here which he said were important in furthering the historical bonds between the two South Asian neighbours.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Sri Lanka to lift nationwide curfew on April 27 Apr 25, 2020 12:25 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Sri Lanka to lift nationwide curfew on April 27

    Sri Lanka has been under a 24-hour curfew since March 20 to combat the deadly viral infection.

  • Sri Lanka to seek $400 million financial facility from RBI to meet short term financial needs Apr 24, 2020 02:59 PM IST

    Sri Lanka to seek $400 million financial facility from RBI to meet short term financial needs

    Sri Lanka will enter into the agreement with the RBI for a Bilateral Currency Swap Arrangement worth $400 million, Gunawardena said, adding the facility from the RBI is aimed at boosting the island nation's foreign reserves.

  • Sri Lanka to ease COVID-19 lockdown from next week Apr 18, 2020 08:25 PM IST

    Sri Lanka to ease COVID-19 lockdown from next week

    Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said the government has been able to control the community spread of the virus. So now there is a need to reopen the country to normalise public life.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | India gifts 10-tonne consignment of essential medicines to Sir Lanka Apr 07, 2020 07:55 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | India gifts 10-tonne consignment of essential medicines to Sir Lanka

    “This is yet another manifestation of India's unwavering commitment to stand with Sri Lanka, in rain and in shine. Despite its own domestic challenges and constraints, India has always believed in sharing its resources and expertise with its friends and partners,” the Indian embassy said in a statement.

  • Will soon announce our contribution to SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund: Sri Lanka Mar 23, 2020 12:25 PM IST

    Will soon announce our contribution to SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund: Sri Lanka

    In a video conference on forming a joint strategy to fight COVID-19 in the SAARC region, Prime Minister Modi on March 15 proposed the emergency fund with an initial offer of $10 million from India and asserted that the best way to deal with the coronavirus pandemic was by coming together, and not growing apart.

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