Sri Lanka is a Buddhist majority country, and most Buddhists do not consume beef as they consider cows to be sacred.
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.
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.
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.
.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.
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.
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, 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Port City Colombo Special Economic Zone is a part of China's Belt and Road Initiative.
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
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
Sri Lanka has been under a 24-hour curfew since March 20 to combat the deadly viral infection.
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.
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.
“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.
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.