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  • Adani group exploring investment in Sri Lanka's renewable energy sector: Official Oct 26, 2021 10:46 AM IST

    Adani group exploring investment in Sri Lanka's renewable energy sector: Official

    The comments came a day after Adani Group chairman Gautam Adani called on Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa here, weeks after his company inked a deal with the state-owned Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to develop and run the strategic Colombo Port’s Western Container Terminal (WCT).

  • Sri Lanka seeks $500-million loan from India for fuel purchases amid forex crisis Oct 24, 2021 08:37 AM IST

    Sri Lanka seeks $500-million loan from India for fuel purchases amid forex crisis

    The proposal has been sent to the Treasury for approval and would be submitted to the Cabinet thereafter,” said Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila.

  • PM Modi visit to Kushinagar: Buddha relics from Sri Lanka to be accorded state guest-like status Oct 19, 2021 02:41 PM IST

    PM Modi visit to Kushinagar: Buddha relics from Sri Lanka to be accorded state guest-like status

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday inaugurate the Kushinagar International Airport, which is an endeavour to connect Buddhist pilgrimage sites around the world and launch various development projects there during his visit to poll-bound Uttar Pradesh.

  • Sri Lanka's draft of new Constitution expected to be ready for Parliament's nod by early 2022: Foreign Minister G L Peiris Oct 19, 2021 01:07 PM IST

    Sri Lanka's draft of new Constitution expected to be ready for Parliament's nod by early 2022: Foreign Minister G L Peiris

    Foreign Minister G L Peiris said that as pledged by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in his presidential election manifesto in 2019, he has appointed a committee of experts to formulate the draft.

  • Sri Lanka seeks $500 million loan from India for fuel purchase Oct 17, 2021 11:53 AM IST

    Sri Lanka seeks $500 million loan from India for fuel purchase

    The move came few days after energy minister Udaya Gammanpila warned that the current availability of fuel in the island nation can be guaranteed only till next January.

  • Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to visit Jaffna today Oct 03, 2021 08:30 AM IST

    Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla to visit Jaffna today

    Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Saturday began his four-day visit to Sri Lanka during which he will meet the top leadership, including President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa., and review the bilateral ties between India and the island nation.

  • India counters China in Sri Lanka with $700 million port deal Oct 01, 2021 08:34 AM IST

    India counters China in Sri Lanka with $700 million port deal

    The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) said it signed an agreement with India's Adani Group to build a brand-new terminal next to a $500-million Chinese-run jetty at the sprawling port in the capital Colombo.

  • “The criminal justice system in South Asia is discriminatory and violent”: Ambika Satkunanathan Sep 26, 2021 02:22 PM IST

    “The criminal justice system in South Asia is discriminatory and violent”: Ambika Satkunanathan

    Sri Lankan lawyer-activist Ambika Satkunanathan believes South Asian countries need to introspect on how our societies and justice systems are perpetuating crime instead of curbing it.

  • Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka pace veteran, announces retirement from all forms of cricket Sep 14, 2021 06:52 PM IST

    Lasith Malinga, Sri Lanka pace veteran, announces retirement from all forms of cricket

    Malinga picked up 107 wickets in 84 T20 Internationals, 338 scalps in 226 ODIs and 101 wickets in 30 Tests.

  • Sri Lanka asks women to delay pregnancy over COVID-19 risks Sep 09, 2021 07:55 PM IST

    Sri Lanka asks women to delay pregnancy over COVID-19 risks

    Sri Lankan women were urged to delay getting pregnant after more than 40 expectant mothers died of COVID-19 in four months, the health ministry said on Thursday.

  • Sri Lanka declares food emergency as forex crisis worsens Sep 02, 2021 10:02 PM IST

    Sri Lanka declares food emergency as forex crisis worsens

    With the country suffering a hard-hitting economic crisis, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he ordered emergency regulations to counter the hoarding of sugar, rice and other essential foods.

  • Sri Lanka should not recognise Taliban rule: PM Ranil Wickremesinghe Aug 20, 2021 11:30 AM IST

    Sri Lanka should not recognise Taliban rule: PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

    “There are no justifiable reasons for us to recognise a Taliban rule,' he added. Wickremesinghe advocated the snapping of diplomatic relations with Afghanistan by recalling the Lankan embassy presence there.

  • Sri Lanka raises rates as rupee falls to record low Aug 19, 2021 02:47 PM IST

    Sri Lanka raises rates as rupee falls to record low

    With the country of 21 million already facing shortages of imported cooking gas and sugar because of the lack of dollars, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka increased its deposit and lending rates by 50 basis points to 5.0 percent and 6.0 percent respectively.

  • Sri Lanka axes health minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi over COVID misinformation as outbreak grows Aug 16, 2021 03:50 PM IST

    Sri Lanka axes health minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi over COVID misinformation as outbreak grows

    Sri Lanka's health ministry under Pavithra Wanniarachchi came under intense criticism last week for understating coronavirus infections.

  • Delta variant of COVID-19 spreading fast in Sri Lanka Aug 13, 2021 04:28 PM IST

    Delta variant of COVID-19 spreading fast in Sri Lanka

    Sri Lanka is fighting the third wave of coronavirus. The first five cases of the Delta variant detected came from Colombo on June 17.

  • Sri Lanka ends work-from-home option despite coronavirus surge Jul 30, 2021 07:24 PM IST

    Sri Lanka ends work-from-home option despite coronavirus surge

    The move came even as Sri Lanka recorded a doubling in daily Covid-19 cases to around 2,000 compared to early July, with hospitals struggling to cope.

  • Krunal Pandya tests positive for COVID-19, India vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20 match postponed Jul 27, 2021 04:37 PM IST

    Krunal Pandya tests positive for COVID-19, India vs Sri Lanka 2nd T20 match postponed

    The second T20I has been rescheduled on July 28, the BCCI said, adding that the third and final match of the series would be played as scheduled on July 29.

  • Kitex Garments receives investment offer from Sri Lanka Jul 25, 2021 01:44 PM IST

    Kitex Garments receives investment offer from Sri Lanka

    Sri Lankan Deputy High Commissioner to Chennai, Dr D Venkateshwaran told Kitex MD Sabu Jacob there would be “complete co-operation” if Kitex were to invest in Sri Lanka.

  • In Pics | A dangerous climb for online school in Sri Lanka Jul 13, 2021 03:45 PM IST

    In Pics | A dangerous climb for online school in Sri Lanka

    In the village of Lunugala, some 60 kilometers (37 miles) away, adults escort schoolchildren to a mountaintop treehouse in a forest reserve. It's about 30 feet high and has internet access. They take turns to upload their homework and download lesson plans.

  • Sri Lanka receives 26,000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine; becomes first South Asian country to receive US-made jab Jul 05, 2021 07:17 PM IST

    Sri Lanka receives 26,000 Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine; becomes first South Asian country to receive US-made jab

    The consignment was part of the 800,000 COVID-19 jabs to be delivered to the island nation in the next few weeks.

  • 'Blatantly False': India denies attack claim on Sri Lankan fishermen by Indian Navy Jun 18, 2021 03:03 PM IST

    'Blatantly False': India denies attack claim on Sri Lankan fishermen by Indian Navy

    A group of 13 local fishermen claimed that they had ventured into the sea on May 7 onboard trawlers 'Thushan 1' and 'Thushan II' and were physically assaulted by the Indian Navy in the international waters around Diego Garcia on June 4.

  • In pics | Sri Lanka braces for environmental disaster as ship sinks Jun 04, 2021 08:13 PM IST

    In pics | Sri Lanka braces for environmental disaster as ship sinks

    The Singapore-flagged MV X-Press Pearl started sinking on June 3, a day after authorities extinguished a fire that raged on the vessel for 12 days. Efforts to tow the ship into deeper waters away from the port in Colombo failed after the ship’s stern became submerged and rested on the seabed.

  • Sri Lanka's sinking ship: What we know Jun 03, 2021 04:12 PM IST

    Sri Lanka's sinking ship: What we know

    A cargo ship is sinking off Sri Lanka's main port of Colombo after a 13-day fire that already caused the island's worst marine environmental damage. The Indian Ocean nation is now battling to avert a possible oil leak that would compound the pollution caused by tonnes of plastic that have swamped beaches.

  • Ship fire rages for 6th day off Sri Lanka, India sends ships May 26, 2021 12:54 PM IST

    Ship fire rages for 6th day off Sri Lanka, India sends ships

    India has deployed three ships, one tugboat and a Dornier aircraft to help firefighting and pollution control on the request of Sri Lankan authorities, the Indian Embassy in Sri Lanka said. The first vessel arrived in the capital Colombo on Tuesday night.

  • Sri Lankan Parliament passes Port City bill May 25, 2021 03:01 PM IST

    Sri Lankan Parliament passes Port City bill

    The bill was passed on Thursday with 149 votes in favour and 58 against, reports Xinhua news agency. Under the legislation, a President-appointed commission will be established to govern the SEZ.

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