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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 to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea. The island is geographically separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. The legislative capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, is a suburb of the commercial capital and largest city, Colombo.


Sri Lanka presidential frontrunner loses bid to get corruption case dismissed

Sri Lanka's top court on Wednesday rejected an appeal by presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa to dismiss corruption charges against him, in a possible blow to the frontrunnner's candidacy.
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka seeks extradition of ex-central bank chief from Singapore

Sri Lanka will ask Singapore to extradite former central bank governor Arjuna Mahendran in connection with an insider trading investigation, a Foreign Ministry official said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Videos for Sri Lanka

Elephant injures at least 18 people at festival in Sri Lanka [Video]Elephant injures at least 18 people at festival in Sri Lanka

An elephant taking part in a Buddhist pageant in Sri Lanka has run berserk, injuring at least 18 people. Privately owned Derana Television aired footage of Saturday night's pageant in Kotte, near Sri..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:35Published

Elephants trample crowd at Sri Lankan pageant, injuring 17 [Video]Elephants trample crowd at Sri Lankan pageant, injuring 17

Seventeen people were injured when two elephants at a Sri Lankan street pageant went on a rampage on Saturday (September 7), local media reported

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:40Published

Sri Lanka urged to tackle 'hate propaganda' against Muslims [Video]Sri Lanka urged to tackle 'hate propaganda' against Muslims

UN rights expert says ethnoreligious tensions are 'simmering' in Sri Lanka after ISIL-claimed Easter bombings.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:04Published

Gotabaya Rajapaksa launches Sri Lanka presidential bid [Video]Gotabaya Rajapaksa launches Sri Lanka presidential bid

Wartime defence chief promises to prioritise Sri Lanka's national security following Easter Sunday bombings in April.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:00Published

Sri Lanka PM admits shortcomings for Easter Sunday bombings [Video]Sri Lanka PM admits shortcomings for Easter Sunday bombings

Coordinated suicide bombers struck 3 churches and 3 hotels, killing more than 250 people and leaving hundreds injured.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:18Published


Australia says asylum seekers from Sri Lanka rising

The number of Sri Lankans trying to enter Australia illegally by sea is rising, an Australian general said on Tuesday, a day after Canberra said it had intercepted a 13th boat carrying asylum seekers..
Reuters - Published

After Maldives, Pak raises Kashmir at Sri Lanka international conference, India hits back

Pak's efforts scuttled again.
DNA - Published

Australia intercepts Sri Lankan boat with 13 asylum seekers: government

Australia's military intercepted a Sri Lankan boat carrying 13 asylum-seekers last month, Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said on Monday, as Canberra sought to defend the relocation of a Tamil..
Reuters - Published

In Sri Lanka, a polarizing politician reaches out to minorities but suspicion lingers

Sri Lanka presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa has been a polarizing figure for much of his political life. It is an image he is trying to change.
Reuters - Published

Lankan president accuses prime minister Wickremesinghe's party of not doing enough for Tamils

Since President Sirisena and Prime Minister Wickremesinghe formed the coalition in 2015, an attempt was made to formulate a new Constitution to address the Tamil issue. "These gentlemen in the..
IndiaTimes - Published

Sri Lanka court orders remains of Easter attacker moved after protests

A Sri Lankan court on Friday ordered police to exhume and relocate the remains of an Easter Sunday suicide bomber buried in a public cemetery in the eastern district of Batticaloa, after residents'..
Reuters - Published

Tamil Nadu: NIA raids 5 locations in Coimbatore as part of IS probe, laptops, mobile phones, pen-drives seized

Previously in June, NIA had arrested Mohammed Azarudeen, the alleged mastermind of ISIS Tamil Nadu module who was a Facebook friend of Sri Lankan suicide bomber Zahran Hashim.
DNA - Published

Sri Lanka's Muslim clerics seek clarity from govt regarding face veil ban implemented after April's Easter Sunday attacks

Clerics are wary of Muslim community will be targeted again for violence, as it was in the aftermath of April's Easter Sunday attacks
Firstpost - Published

UN, France, Sri Lanka, FATF chastise Pakistan

Pulled up for support to terror, mistreatment of minorities & lying
DNA - Published

Sri Lanka withdraws emergency law imposed after Easter attacks

Sri Lanka on Friday withdrew an emergency law imposed after Easter Sunday attacks in April, a military spokesman said.
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka rejects Pakistan's claims of Sirisena calling J&K 'a disputed territory', says 'president did not make any such comments'

After the Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka claimed that the island nation's President has acknowledged J&K as a 'disputed territory', Colombo clarified that the president 'did not make any..
Firstpost - Published

High alert in Coimbatore, Chennai after inputs of six terrorists entering India via sea route from Sri Lanka

The 14 major road routes that lead to Coimbatore are currently under strict vigil, while more than 1,500 police personnel have been deployed across the city.
DNA - Published

Pakistan high commissioner apprises Maithripala Sirisena on Jammu and Kashmir; Sri Lanka president desists from commenting

Pakistan high commissioner Major Gen. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat has called on Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena and apprised him on the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Firstpost - Published

U.S. warns Sri Lanka on investment, military ties after army chief promotion

A senior U.S. State Department official warned on Tuesday that Sri Lanka's appointment of a war veteran accused of serious human rights violations as head of its army could affect U.S. military..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka rejects criticism over new army chief accused of war crimes, calls it 'sovereign decision'

Sri Lanka on Tuesday rejected the mounting international criticism of the appointment of a general accused of war crimes as the island nation's army chief.
Firstpost - Published

U.S. 'deeply troubled' by Sri Lanka army chief appointment: official

The United States is 'deeply troubled' by the naming of a war veteran accused of serious human rights violations as Sri Lanka's new army chief, a U.S. official said on Tuesday and indicated it could..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka says international criticism over new army chief 'unwarranted'

Sri Lanka on Tuesday brushed aside as "unwarranted and unacceptable" international criticism of its decision to name a war veteran accused of human rights violations as its army chief.
Reuters - Published

Shavendra Silva, accused of human rights abuses during Sri Lanka's war against LTTE, becomes army chief

Silva, who will take charge as incumbent Army chief Lt Gen Mahesh Senanayake's service was not extended, has however denied the allegations of violating international human rights laws, including..
Firstpost - Published

Sri Lanka names general accused of war crimes as army chief, faces international backlash over selection

A general accused of war crimes was Monday appointed Sri Lanka army chief
Firstpost - Published

Sri Lanka names war veteran as army chief, U.S., U.N. critical of decision

Sri Lanka's President on Monday named war veteran Shavendra Silva as its army chief, drawing sharp criticism from the United States and the United Nations over the appointment of an officer who has..
Reuters - Published

Many Sri Lankans want a strongman leader, and that favors Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lankans, angered by the government's inability to prevent the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed more than 250 people, want a strongman back in power who can guarantee their safety and bring..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka tourism industry begins to recover after attacks, election is next hurdle

Sri Lanka's tourism industry, badly hurt by Easter day bombings, is showing signs of gradual recovery, industry executives say, although a national election later this year is likely to weigh on..
Reuters - Published

Revered Buddhist leaders of Sri Lanka welcome creation of Ladakh as Union Territory

Two of the most revered Buddhist religious leaders of Sri Lanka have welcomed India's move to carve out Buddhist-majority Ladakh as a Union Territory. The Mahanayake Theras of the Malwatte and Asgiriya..
IndiaTimes - Published

Sri Lankan presidential hopeful Gotabaya Rajapaksa renounces U.S. citizenship

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a key politician in Sri Lanka's civil war, has renounced U.S. citizenship, paving the way for him to make a bid on his country's presidency.
Reuters - Published

Article 370: US neutral; UAE, Lanka back move; China opposes it

IndiaTimes - Published

UAE, Sri Lanka back India on reorganisation of J&K

IndiaTimes - Published

UAE, Sri Lanka root for India, United States urges 'caution', Delhi rebuffs China's criticism

On Tuesday, India issued a strongly worded statement in response to China's reaction to the abrogation of Article 370, asking Beijing not to comment in its internal affair.
DNA - Published

'Ladakh will be the first Indian state with Buddhist majority': Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sri Lankan PM says Ladakh is worth a visit.
DNA - Published

'Creation of Ladakh' India's internal matter: Sri Lankan PM

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that the creation of Ladakh as a Union Territory is an internal matter of India. The Indian government on Monday revoked Article 370 which gave..
IndiaTimes - Published

Jaishankar discusses bilateral ties with Lanka, Vietnam, Mongolian and Bangladeshi counterparts

External affairs minister S Jaishankar on Friday held a series of bilateral meetings here with his counterparts from Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Timor Leste and Bangladesh during which he discussed a..
IndiaTimes - Published

Easter Sunday bombings: Muslim ministers in Sri Lanka rejoin govt after investigators found no link with local Islamist extremist group

Four Sri Lankan Muslim ministers, who resigned following the Easter Sunday bombings have rejoined government. Investigators found no link in their alleged involvement with a local islamist extremist..
Firstpost - Published

Easter bombings in Lanka likely to be NIA's first case post amendment of Act

With Parliament giving its nod to the the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill on July 17 and the Law Ministry issuing a notification in this effect on July 25, the first case to be..
IndiaTimes - Published

Seven TN fishermen arrested by Sri Lankan Naval personnel

IndiaTimes - Published

U.N. official says some Sri Lankan laws discriminately applied

A United Nation expert said on Friday some Sri Lankan laws are "frequently applied" in a discriminatory manner and urged the government to address the root causes of public protests by treating..
Reuters - Published

216 Indian fishermen under custody in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Iran: Govt

Based on the information received from the external affairs ministry, "209 Indian and believed to be Indian fishermen" are under the custody of Pakistan, Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal..
IndiaTimes - Published

Sri Lanka court grants bail for doctor accused of sterilizing Buddhist women

A Sri Lankan court granted bail on Thursday to a Muslim doctor accused of having sterilized over 4,000 women from the Sinhalese Buddhist majority, his lawyer said, a deeply sensitive case in a country..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka raises stink over waste consignments from Britain

Sri Lanka has ordered the return of 213 containers of waste from Britain after finding, plastic and biological waste including suspected human body parts in the shipments, government officials said on..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombers inspired by Islamic State, but had no direct link to terror group, claim investigators

Sri Lanka's former police chief, Pujith Jayasundara, and former secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Hemasiri Fernando, are currently facing criminal charges over their alleged negligence in failing..
Firstpost - Published

Three months after Easter Sunday attacks, Sri Lanka to issue visa-on-arrival to tourists from 49 countries including India

Sri Lanka has granted approval to issue an on-arrival visa to tourists from countries, including India and China, aiming to revive its flagging tourism sector after the deadly Easter bombings.
Firstpost - Published

Sri Lanka police say no evidence for direct IS link to Easter attacks

Sri Lankan police have not found enough evidence to prove that Islamic State (IS) militants were directly involved with the Easter Sunday bombings, the chief investigator said on Wednesday, even though..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka extends emergency for fourth month after Easter bombings

Sri Lanka on Monday extended a law granting security forces emergency powers for a fourth month following the Easter Day bomb attacks on hotels and churches that killed more than 250 people.
Reuters - Published

Three months after being ravaged by Easter Sunday blasts, Sri Lanka's St Sebastian's Church reconsecrated

The St Sebastian's Church in Sri Lanka's western coastal town of Negombo was reconsecrated on Sunday, three months after it was badly damaged in the Easter Sunday blasts that rocked the island nation
Firstpost - Published

U.S. wants military cooperation pact with Sri Lanka to tackle red tape: TV

The United States wants a special forces cooperation agreement with Sri Lanka to sidestep bureaucracy and has no intention of setting up a military base in the country, the American ambassador to the..
Reuters - Published

Easter Sunday bombings: International drug syndicates orchestrated attacks, says Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena

International drug syndicates orchestrated Sri Lanka's deadly Easter Sunday bombings, the country's leader claimed on Monday, despite earlier blaming the attacks on Islamists
Firstpost - Published

"They bombed our livelihoods": Sri Lanka's tourism firms struggle after attacks

Pearl Divers, a diving school on one of Sri Lanka's most popular southern beaches, shut shop for two months after suicide bombers attacked churches and hotels on the island on Easter Sunday, killing..
Reuters - Published

Ranil Wickremesinghe to appear before Sri Lankan parliamentary select committee over Easter Sunday bombings

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he would appear before the Parliamentary Select Committee probing the Easter Sunday attacks that claimed 258 lives
Firstpost - Published

Prosecutors say tests needed before Sri Lanka sterilization case can proceed

Sri Lankan prosecutors said on Thursday tests would be needed to establish whether a Muslim doctor had sterilized Buddhist patients, while there was no evidence to support other charges against him of..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lankan government defeats no-confidence motion brought over Easter bombings

The Sri Lankan government on Thursday defeated a no-confidence motion brought by an opposition party over what it called "criminal negligence" in failing to prevent Easter Day bomb attacks on hotels..
Reuters - Published

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