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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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Watch: India, Sri Lanka's joint naval exercise amid China tension [Video]

Watch: India, Sri Lanka's joint naval exercise amid China tension

The three-day India-Sri Lanka maritime bilateral exercise SLINEX-20 is underway. The eight edition of this annual exercise is being held at Indian Ocean off Trincomalee Coast. Screen formations,..

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Watch: Bilateral maritime exercise between Sri Lankan, Indian Navies [Video]

Watch: Bilateral maritime exercise between Sri Lankan, Indian Navies

The ongoing 8th edition of the annual Indian Navy (IN) - Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) bilateral maritime exercise SLINEX-20 is underway at Indian Ocean Off Trincomalee Coast. Screen formations, Surface..

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NZ's next parliament will be most diverse ever [Video]

NZ's next parliament will be most diverse ever

[NFA] New Zealand's next parliament is set to be the most inclusive ever, with several people of color, members from the rainbow communities and a high number of women. Emer McCarthy reports.

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Watch: Anurag Kashyap denies charges, Payal Ghosh demands lie-detector test [Video]

Watch: Anurag Kashyap denies charges, Payal Ghosh demands lie-detector test

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap denied sexual harassment allegations labelled by actor Payal Ghosh. The filmmaker denied all charges in a statement by his lawyer Priyanka Khimani. As per the statement,..

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Eco Shame: The Garbage-Eating Elephants Of Sri Lanka [Video]

Eco Shame: The Garbage-Eating Elephants Of Sri Lanka

These harrowing images show elephants foraging for food on a huge pile of garbage. They were taken in Sri Lanka by Tharmaplan Tilaxan, a Jaffna-based photographer. He has observed the open waste dump..

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PM Modi holds virtual bilateral Summit with Sri Lankan counterpart [Video]

PM Modi holds virtual bilateral Summit with Sri Lankan counterpart

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held virtual bilateral Summit with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa on September 26. He also congratulated him for being elected as Prime Minister of Sri Lanka...

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UN must intervene to protect minorities from persecution in Pakistan, asks woman activist [Video]

UN must intervene to protect minorities from persecution in Pakistan, asks woman activist

A rights activist from Pakistan, Anila Gulzar has requested the United Nations to intervene and protect minority rights in Pakistan as they have been facing persecution foe the past seven decades...

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India-Sri Lanka virtual bilateral summit to be held on September 26th: MEA [Video]

India-Sri Lanka virtual bilateral summit to be held on September 26th: MEA

Ministry of External Affairs on September 24 held a weekly press brief in Delhi. MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava informed about the virtual bilateral summit between India and Sri Lanka. He said that..

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Hard to fill Malinga's boots: Rohit Sharma [Video]

Hard to fill Malinga's boots: Rohit Sharma

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma on Thursday admitted that the side will surely miss the services of pacer Lasith Malinga and said 'it is hard to fill his boots'. Lasith Malinga has requested..

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Sri Lanka to sue owner of leaking supertanker [Video]

Sri Lanka to sue owner of leaking supertanker

Sri Lanka will take legal action against the owner of the oil supertanker that caught fire last week as there is a large leakage of bunker oil from the stricken vessel, an official at the Marine..

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Fresh fire hits oil supertanker off Sri Lanka [Video]

Fresh fire hits oil supertanker off Sri Lanka

A video by the Sri Lanka Air Force on Tuesday showed firefighters battling fresh flames from a fully loaded oil supertanker. Emer McCarthy reports.

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From junk to shining jewel: How this 60-year old Peugeot 203 was given a new life [Video]

From junk to shining jewel: How this 60-year old Peugeot 203 was given a new life

The Peugeot 203 was brought back to its full glory sometime in July this year. Sri Lankan resident Chathura Vithanage restore the old Peugeot from the ground up. It cost him around 2 million LKR..

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Oil tanker MT New Diamond fire brought under control [Video]

Oil tanker MT New Diamond fire brought under control

The fire on oil tanker off the Sri Lanka's coast has been brought under control. Sri Lankan and Indian ships have been dousing the fire on the Motor Tanker (MT) New Diamond vessel since Thursday (Sept..

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Fire on oil tanker off Sri Lanka under control, ship towed to safety [Video]

Fire on oil tanker off Sri Lanka under control, ship towed to safety

The fire on a large oil tanker off Sri Lanka's coast has been brought under control but is still not extinguished, the navy said Saturday. Four tug boats, three Sri Lankan navy ships and four Indian..

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Sri Lanka tanker: Navy says 'no real risk' of oil spill [Video]

Sri Lanka tanker: Navy says 'no real risk' of oil spill

Sri Lanka tanker: Navy says 'no real risk' of oil spill.

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Tanker fire off Sri Lanka now under control, says navy [Video]

Tanker fire off Sri Lanka now under control, says navy

Sri Lankan officials have warned massive environmental damage is possible if the MT New Diamond vessel leaks or explodes.View on euronews

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Supertanker ablaze off Sri Lanka, cargo area intact [Video]

Supertanker ablaze off Sri Lanka, cargo area intact

A new fire broke out on a supertanker carrying about two million barrels of oil in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Sri Lanka, spokesmen for the country's navy said on Thursday (September 3),..

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PM Modi to hold virtual summit with Danish counterpart Mette Frederiksen on Monday

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India to support Sri Lanka boost its defence, security

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India announces $15 million grant for Sri Lanka to strengthening Buddhist ties

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India has always given priority to Sri Lanka under its Neighbourhood First Policy, SAGAR doctrine: PM Modi

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

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India's ties with China and 5 other countries have not deteriorated: MoS MEA

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Fresh fire on-board MT New Diamond rose up to 50 m; doused, under control: Indian Coast Guard

The fire which had re-ignited Monday, on-board Very large crude carrier (VLCC) MT New Diamond off the Sri Lanka coast, has been doused and boundary cooling is being done to prevent re-ignition.
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Fire onboard oil tanker off Sri Lanka's coast completely extinguished : Navy


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India agrees for $400 million currency swap with Sri Lanka

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Indian Coast Guard coordinates rescue operation of six Sri Lankan fishermen

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Naval ship carrying 685 stranded Indians leaves Sri Lanka

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

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Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa calls for better economic cooperation with India

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday called for closer economic ties with India, saying the bilateral relationship would become further stronger with the addition of new areas of..
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