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Sri Lanka: Island country in South Asia
Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean southwest of the Bay of Bengal and southeast of the Arabian Sea. It is geographically separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is its legislative capital, and Colombo is its largest city and centre of commerce.

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Sri Lanka election body mulls delaying polls due to coronavirus [Video]

Sri Lanka election body mulls delaying polls due to coronavirus

Snap parliamentary election was delayed previously because of lockdown, but opposition urges holding them soon.

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Indian Coast Guard rescues 6 Sri Lankan fishermen in Chennai [Video]

Indian Coast Guard rescues 6 Sri Lankan fishermen in Chennai

Indian Coast Guard rescued six Sri Lankan fishermen by a merchant vessel YM Summit from 170 nautical miles east of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The rescue operation was coordinated by Indian Coast Guard..

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Spills and thrills as tuk tuks battle in Sri Lanka [Video]

Spills and thrills as tuk tuks battle in Sri Lanka

Daring Sri Lankan tuk tuk drivers put their three-wheeled vehicles to the test in a gruelling race through city streets and off-road jungle terrain in a two-day adventure.

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Samudra Setu: INS Jalashwa departs from Iran's Bandar Abbas port for TN's Tuticorin [Video]

Samudra Setu: INS Jalashwa departs from Iran's Bandar Abbas port for TN's Tuticorin

India's amphibious warship Indian Navy Ship (INS) Jalashwa, which has been deployed to bring back the stranded citizens from Iran under Operation Samudra Setu, has departed from Bandar Abbas port on..

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Stranded Indians in Colombo applaud Vande Bharat Mission [Video]

Stranded Indians in Colombo applaud Vande Bharat Mission

Indian nationals stranded in Sri Lanka arrived at Colombo Airport for the special Air India flight AI 1202 for repatriation. This is the 3rd phase of Vande Bharat Mission. The Indian nationals thanked..

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Op Samudra Setu: INS Shardul returns from Iran with 233 stranded Indians [Video]

Op Samudra Setu: INS Shardul returns from Iran with 233 stranded Indians

Indian Naval Ship Shardul on June 11 safely docked at the harbour in Gujarat's Porbandar bringing back 233 stranded Indians from Iran. Indian Navy had launched Operation Samudra Setu to repatriate..

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'No rush' for ICC to make decision on T20 World Cup, Richardson says [Video]

'No rush' for ICC to make decision on T20 World Cup, Richardson says

Australia bowler Kane Richardson has backed the International Cricket Council’s move to hold off on deciding the fate of the T20 World Cup. The tournament, hosted by Australia, is due to kick off in..

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Watch: INS Jalashwa carrying 700 Indians from Maldives arrives in Tamil Nadu [Video]

Watch: INS Jalashwa carrying 700 Indians from Maldives arrives in Tamil Nadu

INS Jalashwa carrying 700 Indian nationals from Male, Maldives arrived at Thoothukudi harbour in Tamil Nadu on June 07. With this, INS Jalashwa alone has repatriated around 2700 Indians from Maldives..

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WOp Samudra Setu: INS Jalashwa arrives in Maldives to evacuate 700 Indian Citizens [Video]

WOp Samudra Setu: INS Jalashwa arrives in Maldives to evacuate 700 Indian Citizens

INS Jalashwa has arrived in Maldives's Male on June 04. It will evacuate around 700 Indian Citizens on June 05 under Operation Samudra Setu and bring them back to Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin. INS Jalashwa..

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Indian Navy proud to be part of Operation Samudra Setu: INS Jalashwa Commander [Video]

Indian Navy proud to be part of Operation Samudra Setu: INS Jalashwa Commander

As Indian Navy's 'INS Jalashwa' safely docked at the harbour in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin on June 02, Commanding Officer of INS Jalashwa, Pankaj Chauhan, said, "Armed forces' members stay away from dear..

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Sri Lanka's national men's cricket team return to training [Video]

Sri Lanka's national men's cricket team return to training

Sri Lankan cricketers return to training after lockdown

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Op Samudra Setu: Indian Envoy to Sri Lanka thanks GOI for repatriation of stranded Indians [Video]

Op Samudra Setu: Indian Envoy to Sri Lanka thanks GOI for repatriation of stranded Indians

INS Jalashwa to bring back stranded Indian nationals from Sri Lanka amid COVID-19 pandemic. While talking about the evacuation, Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay said, "INS Jalashwa..

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Op Samudra Setu: INS Jalashwa arrives in Colombo to repatriate 700 stranded Indians [Video]

Op Samudra Setu: INS Jalashwa arrives in Colombo to repatriate 700 stranded Indians

INS Jalashwa has arrived in Sri Lanka's Colombo. It will bring back stranded Indian citizens to their homeland on June 01. The ship is expected to embark approximately 700 Indian nationals. Earlier,..

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Two sloth bears strike up rare friendship [Video]

Two sloth bears strike up rare friendship

Two male sloth bears Bhalu and Balowat play together at American zoo, despite species' usual solitary nature

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China's goal in South Asia is to limit 'defiance' from India and 'hinder' India-US ties: Report

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Cricket: India postpone Sri Lanka tour over COVID-19 fears

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Sri Lanka delays general election for second time, sets August 5 as new date

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INS Jalashwa brings back nearly 700 stranded Indians from Male

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A total of 685 Indian nationals stranded in Sri Lanka due to the COVID-19 linked international travel restrictions were evacuated on Monday from the island nation onboard an Indian Navy warship.
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Sri Lanka to reopen some tourism in August with restrictions - official

Sri Lanka plans to reopen its tourism sector on Aug. 1 by allowing only small groups of visitors to begin with, a tourism official said on Sunday.
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Air India will operate a special flight later this month to repatriate Indian nationals stranded in Sri Lanka, Indian High Commission said on Monday. This is the first flight from Sri Lanka since the..
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Stranded for over two months in a foreign land, over 2,400 Indians in Sri Lanka are still making rounds to the high commission in Colombo with no announcement yet about their possible evacuation from..
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India's new High Commissioner to Sri Lanka presents credential through video conferencing

Gopal Baglay, the new High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, on Thursday presented his credentials to President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa during a ceremony held here through video-conferencing, a first of..
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Sri Lanka on Saturday extended the nationwide curfew in four high risk districts, including Colombo, till May 4 to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus in the country, President Gotabaya..
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Pakistan's prime minister has urged calm after its tally of coronavirus cases rose to 245 while Sri Lanka sealed itself off and shut its stock market on Wednesday, fuelling fears that South Asian..
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