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India, Sri Lanka to discuss release of detained Indian fishermen at meet on Dec 30

The established bilateral mechanisms for discussions and cooperation on the issue of fishermen could not be convened because of Covid-19-related restrictions and the two sides have now mutually agreed to hold a meeting of the joint working group at the end of the month.
The joint working group, led on the Indian side by the secretary of the department of fisheries, is expected to address all issues related to fisheries between India and Sri Lanka, including release of apprehended fishermen and fishing boats. (Image used for representation).(PTI FILE PHOTO.)
The joint working group, led on the Indian side by the secretary of the department of fisheries, is expected to address all issues related to fisheries between India and Sri Lanka, including release of apprehended fishermen and fishing boats. (Image used for representation).(PTI FILE PHOTO.)
Updated on Dec 17, 2020 08:33 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

66 Indian nationals tested Covid-19 positive in Sri Lanka

The National Operations Centre for Prevention of Covid said the fish market cluster has emerged as the biggest source of the deadly viral infection in Lanka.
The Western province, which is also the capital province, is the current area with highest infections.(HT Photo)
The Western province, which is also the capital province, is the current area with highest infections.(HT Photo)
Updated on Nov 13, 2020 02:43 PM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi

Sri Lankan villagers and navy rush to rescue about 100 stranded whales from coast

Men waded into the breaking surf to push the small whales back out to sea on Monday while curious villagers gathered on the beach at Panadura.
The image shows people pushing a stranded whale back into the ocean in Sri Lanka.(Twitter/@kanchana_wij)
The image shows people pushing a stranded whale back into the ocean in Sri Lanka.(Twitter/@kanchana_wij)
Published on Nov 03, 2020 09:38 AM IST
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Sri Lanka | ByReuters | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury

Sri Lanka imposes new curfew zones to check Covid-19 spread

The new curfew zones are mostly from capital district Colombo and eastern district Batticaloa.
Police officers wearing protective gear stand in formation near the Sri Lankan parliament.(REUTERS)
Police officers wearing protective gear stand in formation near the Sri Lankan parliament.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 25, 2020 01:08 PM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Srivatsan K C

Opposition fears of autocracy as Sri Lankan President gains more powers

The new constitutional amendments were passed by parliament late on Thursday with a two-thirds majority after a raucous two-day debate.
In picture - President Gotabaya Rajapaksa presents the new government's policy statement at the Parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(REUTERS)
In picture - President Gotabaya Rajapaksa presents the new government's policy statement at the Parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 23, 2020 03:02 PM IST
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Colombo | ByReuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C

Lanka Premier League Draft: Kandy pick Gayle, Malinga joins Galle, Russell goes to Colombo

Mathews, du Plessis and Russel are some of the top names picked by the Colombo Kings in the Lanka Premier League Player’s Draft on Monday.
The Lanka Premier League will be played from November 21 to December 13(Media Release)
The Lanka Premier League will be played from November 21 to December 13(Media Release)
Updated on Oct 19, 2020 08:37 PM IST
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Covid-19: Sri Lanka orders closures of bars, restaurants, casinos

Employees of Colombo municipal council wait to give their swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Authorities in Sri Lanka on Wednesday widened a curfew and warned of legal action against those evading treatment for COVID-19 after reporting an escalating cluster centered around a garment factory in the capital's suburbs. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)(AP)
Employees of Colombo municipal council wait to give their swab samples to test for COVID-19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. Authorities in Sri Lanka on Wednesday widened a curfew and warned of legal action against those evading treatment for COVID-19 after reporting an escalating cluster centered around a garment factory in the capital's suburbs. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)(AP)
Updated on Oct 09, 2020 12:25 PM IST
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India, Sri Lanka to hold virtual bilateral summit on September 26

President Rajapaksa also made it clear recently that Sri Lanka’s strategic security policy will have an “India first” approach though Colombo remains open to dealing with other key players for economic development.
PM Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa will hold a virtual summit on September 26.(BLOOMBERG.)
PM Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa will hold a virtual summit on September 26.(BLOOMBERG.)
Updated on Sep 23, 2020 07:50 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

Indian Oil Corp’s VLCC catches fire off Colombo: Report

The full loaded vessel was heading to Paradip in eastern India from Mina Al Ahmandi in Kuwait, Refinitiv’s ship tracking data shows
A crude carrier chartered by India’s top refiner Indian Oil Corp has reportedly caught fire off Colombo.(Bloomberg/Representative Image)
A crude carrier chartered by India’s top refiner Indian Oil Corp has reportedly caught fire off Colombo.(Bloomberg/Representative Image)
Updated on Sep 03, 2020 12:09 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByReuters | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

Sri Lanka to have ‘India first’ approach for security policy, says foreign secretary Colombage

Colombage made similar remarks in an interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper, pointing out Sri Lanka is “between two economic giants”.
Jayanath Colombage, a retired admiral who commanded Sri Lanka’s navy during 2012-14 and is perceived as close to Rajapaksa, made the remarks in two interviews to the media.(SOURCED.)
Jayanath Colombage, a retired admiral who commanded Sri Lanka’s navy during 2012-14 and is perceived as close to Rajapaksa, made the remarks in two interviews to the media.(SOURCED.)
Updated on Aug 26, 2020 09:37 PM IST
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Fresh opportunity for India, Sri Lanka to enhance bilateral engagement, says Indian High Commission

The High Commission said in a statement that the strong mandate received by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa provides a fresh opportunity for New Delhi and Colombo to enhance bilateral engagement including mitigating the adverse economic effects of the Covid-19.
Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, right, shakes hands with Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's prime minister, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.(Bloomberg file phoot)
Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, right, shakes hands with Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's prime minister, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.(Bloomberg file phoot)
Updated on Aug 09, 2020 08:12 AM IST
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Colombo, Sri Lanka | ByAsian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar

Sri Lankan cafe owner’s free food for stranded tourists is simply ‘hope in a box’

Ratnayake, a cafe owner in Ella, a former colonial hill station in Sri Lankan tea country, organized free food and shelter for dozens of stranded tourists.
When flights were canceled and airports shut down, cafe owner Darshana Ratnayake decided to organize free food and shelter for several dozen stranded tourists.(AP)
When flights were canceled and airports shut down, cafe owner Darshana Ratnayake decided to organize free food and shelter for several dozen stranded tourists.(AP)
Published on Jun 05, 2020 08:32 PM IST
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka | ByAssociated Press | Posted by: Srimoyee Chowdhury

India’s envoy-designate to Sri Lanka flies to Colombo with medical supplies

Gopal Baglay, who has served as spokesperson of the external affairs ministry and whose last stint was in the Prime Minister’s Office, was named the next high commissioner to Colombo in February.
Gopal Baglay reiterated India’s commitment to share its resources with friends and partners at a time when many countries are facing a scarcity of medical products due to the Covid-19 pandemic and supply chain disruptions.(HT File Photo)
Gopal Baglay reiterated India’s commitment to share its resources with friends and partners at a time when many countries are facing a scarcity of medical products due to the Covid-19 pandemic and supply chain disruptions.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2020 09:59 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

AI cancels all flights to Italy, France, South Korea and three other countries till April 30

A total of 16 foreign airlines have cancelled 492 international flights to India so far due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Puri informed Parliament on Thursday.
Air India cancels all its flights to Italy, France, South Korea, Kuwait, Madrid and Colombo till April 30 over coronavirus(Hindustan Times)
Air India cancels all its flights to Italy, France, South Korea, Kuwait, Madrid and Colombo till April 30 over coronavirus(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 13, 2020 05:23 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Sri Lanka vs West Indies Highlights, 1st ODI at Colombo

Sri Lanka vs West Indies Highlights: Follow score and updates of Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st ODI at Colombo.
Sri Lanka vs West Indies Highlights: Follow score and updates of Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st ODI at Colombo.(AP)
Sri Lanka vs West Indies Highlights: Follow score and updates of Sri Lanka vs West Indies 1st ODI at Colombo.(AP)
Updated on Feb 22, 2020 06:29 PM IST
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Hindsutan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Sri Lankan students in China’s Wuhan to be evacuated as coronavirus cases increases

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry said that instructions have been given to the students to protect themselves from the fast-spreading infection.
Around 30 Sri Lankans currently staying in Wuhan, the epicentre of the new SARS-like virus, would be evacuated from the city(Bloomberg)
Around 30 Sri Lankans currently staying in Wuhan, the epicentre of the new SARS-like virus, would be evacuated from the city(Bloomberg)
Published on Jan 25, 2020 09:41 PM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India

Won’t allow ‘outside interference’ in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs: China

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, “As Sri Lanka’s strategic partner, China will continue to stand by Sri Lanka’s interests.”
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shakes hands with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.(Reuters image)
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shakes hands with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.(Reuters image)
Updated on Jan 15, 2020 06:14 AM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India

India stresses justice for Tamils in Sri Lanka

The process of national reconciliation in order to meet the aspirations of the Tamil minority for “equality, justice, peace and dignity” should be taken forward, said external affairs minister S Jaishankar during a meeting with the newly elected Sri Lankan president.
Sri Lanka's newly elected president Gotabaya Rajapaksa(AP Photo)
Sri Lanka's newly elected president Gotabaya Rajapaksa(AP Photo)
Updated on Nov 22, 2019 05:52 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Engaging with Colombo’s new regime

Do business with Gotabaya, but don’t sacrifice key interests
India has no choice but to do business with Gotabaya Rajapaksa(AP)
India has no choice but to do business with Gotabaya Rajapaksa(AP)
Updated on Nov 19, 2019 08:01 PM IST
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Sri Lanka presidential hopeful says won’t honour deal with UN

Rajapaksa is accused by opponents of being behind men in mysterious vehicles whisking away rebel suspects, journalists and activists. Many people taken away in the so-called “white van abductions” were never seen again.
Sri Lankans should look to the future rather than thinking about the past, said Gotabaya Rajapaksa.(AP Photo)
Sri Lankans should look to the future rather than thinking about the past, said Gotabaya Rajapaksa.(AP Photo)
Updated on Oct 15, 2019 05:40 PM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India

PCB disappointed at SLC Chief’s ‘fed up’ with security comments

A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) source said top officials had communicated their displeasure with SLC after learning about Silva’s comments.
Sri Lankan players celebrate their victory against Pakistan(AP)
Sri Lankan players celebrate their victory against Pakistan(AP)
Updated on Oct 14, 2019 11:05 AM IST
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Karachi | ByPTI

Gotabhaya Rajapaksa passes Lanka court test on eligibility to be presidential runner

In a major relief to presidential election front-runner Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, a Sri Lankan court on Friday dismissed a plea challenging the citizenship of the former defence secretary and his candidacy for the November polls.
Gotabhaya declared that he is no longer a US citizen and by the virtue of that he is not a dual citizen of Sri Lanka and the US.(Twitter Photo)
Gotabhaya declared that he is no longer a US citizen and by the virtue of that he is not a dual citizen of Sri Lanka and the US.(Twitter Photo)
Published on Oct 04, 2019 10:05 PM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India

Skeletal elephant dies in Sri Lanka weeks after parade outcry

The government has ordered an autopsy for Tikiri, a domesticated Asian elephant that died Tuesday night in Kegalle, 80 kilometres (50 miles) east of the capital Colombo, a wildlife department official said.
Elephant expert Jayantha Jayewardene from Colombo said the jumbo had been ill-treated.(HT PHOTO)
Elephant expert Jayantha Jayewardene from Colombo said the jumbo had been ill-treated.(HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 25, 2019 05:36 PM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India

Sri Lanka squad arrive in Pakistan despite security concerns

The Sri Lanka team were attacked in Lahore in 2009 and since then most international teams have refused to tour the South Asian country, leaving Pakistan to play nearly all their “home” games in the United Arab Emirates.
Representational Image.(Twitter)
Representational Image.(Twitter)
Updated on Sep 24, 2019 10:02 PM IST
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Karachi | ByAgence France-Presse

Sri Lanka rebuts Pakistan’s claim on its stand over Kashmir situation

In a swift rebuttal, the Sri Lankan government clarified that Jayasuriya did not say anything and had merely listened to his Pakistani counterpart without expressing any such views on the issue.
Sri Lankan Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had a meeting with Deputy Chairman of Pakistan’s Senate, Saleem Mandviwalla in Colombo.(TWITTER.)
Sri Lankan Speaker Karu Jayasuriya had a meeting with Deputy Chairman of Pakistan’s Senate, Saleem Mandviwalla in Colombo.(TWITTER.)
Updated on Sep 20, 2019 11:12 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

New Zealand thrash Sri Lanka by an innings and 65 runs to level series 1-1

Victory was achieved with an hour left on day five when Lasith Embuldeniya edged a short delivery from Trent Boult to Kane Williamson at gully.
Sri Lanka's captain Dimuth Karunaratne and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson pose with the trophy.(AP)
Sri Lanka's captain Dimuth Karunaratne and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson pose with the trophy.(AP)
Updated on Aug 26, 2019 06:16 PM IST
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Colombo | ByReuters

Watling, De Grandhomme put New Zealand ahead in second Test against Sri Lanka

De Grandhomme, scoring 83 off 75 balls, and Watling, on 81, put together an unbeaten 113-run stand for the sixth wicket to frustrate the Sri Lankan bowling at Colombo’s P. Sara Oval.
New Zealand's BJ Watling, left, plays a shot as Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne watches.(AP)
New Zealand's BJ Watling, left, plays a shot as Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne watches.(AP)
Updated on Aug 25, 2019 07:37 PM IST
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Colombo | ByAgence France-Presse

Tom Latham ton drives New Zealand’s reply against Sri Lanka

Latham, on 111, put together an unbeaten 70-run stand with B.J. Watling, on 25, to thwart the Sri Lankan bowling attack that had made early inroads into the Kiwi batting.
Tom Latham celebrates scoring a century during day three of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand.(AP)
Tom Latham celebrates scoring a century during day three of the second test cricket match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand.(AP)
Updated on Aug 24, 2019 07:04 PM IST
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Colombo | ByAgence France-Presse

Sri Lanka to return to Pakistan for three short-form matches

Citing safety fears, Fernando said two Tests could instead be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where Pakistan has held many of its home series.
Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot.(AP)
Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot.(AP)
Updated on Aug 22, 2019 07:12 PM IST
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Colombo | ByAgence France-Presse

Kane Williamson, Akila Dananjaya reported for suspect bowling action

While Williamson is a part-time spinner who bowled only three overs, Dananjaya bowled 62 overs in the match, picking up five wickets in the first innings to set up Sri Lanka’s victory.
File image of Akila Dananjaya(AP)
File image of Akila Dananjaya(AP)
Updated on Aug 20, 2019 12:30 PM IST
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