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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Friday.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO.)

‘We don’t want to do anything to jeopardise the security of India’:Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Padma Rao Sundarji
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2020 05:36 PM IST
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the island nation and India should put behind them the misunderstandings of the past and move ahead.
File image of Dimuth Karunaratne(Action Images via Reuters)
File image of Dimuth Karunaratne(Action Images via Reuters)

Sri Lanka bench strength makes Dimuth Karunaratne hopeful of fresh start

Reuters | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON AUG 01, 2019 03:04 PM IST
Karunaratne also pointed to players who have spent the last few months on the sidelines.
File image of Thilan Samaraweera(Getty Images)
File image of Thilan Samaraweera(Getty Images)

Thilan Samaraweera joins New Zealand to assist in Test series against Sri Lanka

Wellington | By ANI
PUBLISHED ON JUL 30, 2019 12:49 PM IST
Since retiring from international cricket in 2013, the 42-year-old has coached extensively around the world, including stints as the batting coach of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Australia's Pat Cummins celebrates taking a wicket.(Action Images via Reuters)
Australia's Pat Cummins celebrates taking a wicket.(Action Images via Reuters)

ICC World Cup 2019, Australia vs Sri Lanka Live Streaming: When and Where to Watch Live Telecast on TV and Online

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2019 08:24 PM IST
Sri Lanka have not played a match at the World Cup since June 4, forced to split points with Bangladesh and Pakistan following two washed out games
A view of the damage at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Negambo, Sri Lanka April 22, 2019.(Reuters File Photo)
A view of the damage at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, after bomb blasts ripped through churches and luxury hotels on Easter, in Negambo, Sri Lanka April 22, 2019.(Reuters File Photo)

Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena sacks intel boss over Easter bombings probe

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2019 10:11 AM IST
After the attacks, Indian agencies informed their Sri Lankan counterparts of the arrest of the key plotter of the bombing at Shangri La hotel by Saudi police, the officials cited above said.
Maldives is expected to be the destination of PM Modi’s first foreign visit during his second term as prime minister.(PTI PHOTO)
Maldives is expected to be the destination of PM Modi’s first foreign visit during his second term as prime minister.(PTI PHOTO)

PM Modi to address Maldives Parliament during visit

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 11:56 PM IST
All 80 lawmakers present in Parliament voted in favour of the resolution inviting PM Modi to deliver a speech in the House.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 16: Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka during the 5th Momentum ODI match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at PPC Newlands on March 16, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.(Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 16: Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka during the 5th Momentum ODI match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at PPC Newlands on March 16, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.(Getty Images)

ICC World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka SWOT analysis - Old warhorse Malinga keeps Sri Lanka dreaming

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 05:37 PM IST
The island nation, who were world champions in 1996 and reached consecutive finals in 2007 and 2011, are ranked ninth among the 10 teams at this year’s tournament and have not won a bilateral series against a top-10 nation since 2015.
Modi had picked Bhutan for his first foreign trip after becoming prime minister for the first time in 2014.(Bloomberg)
Modi had picked Bhutan for his first foreign trip after becoming prime minister for the first time in 2014.(Bloomberg)

PM Modi to visit Maldives in first foreign tour in second term: Report

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2019 05:12 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the only head of state invited to attend Maldives President Ibrahim Solih’s inauguration in November.
Scores of suspected Islamists have been arrested in the multi-ethnic island nation since April 21 suicide bomb attacks on hotels and churches that killed more than 250 people, including 42 foreign nationals.(HT Photo)
Scores of suspected Islamists have been arrested in the multi-ethnic island nation since April 21 suicide bomb attacks on hotels and churches that killed more than 250 people, including 42 foreign nationals.(HT Photo)

US envoy to Sri Lanka says threat is real as security forces maintain high alert

COLOMBO | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2019 02:05 PM IST
Sri Lankan security forces also said they were maintaining a high level of alert amid intelligence reports that the militants were likely to strike before the start of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan.

‘It was all like a movie’, says Dubai-based Indian couple who escaped Sri Lanka bombings

Dubai | By Indo Asian News Service
PUBLISHED ON APR 28, 2019 03:26 PM IST
Abhinav Chari and his wife, Navroop K. Chari were in the island nation for a business trip and were staying at the Cinnamon Grand where a bomb had gone off while the Easter Sunday breakfast buffet was being served, reports Gulf News.
Soldiers stand guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 25, 2019, following a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.(AFP file photo)
Soldiers stand guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 25, 2019, following a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.(AFP file photo)

After Sri Lanka blasts, drive on to hunt down ‘sleeper cells’ in Kerala and Tamil Nadu

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Neeraj Chauhan
UPDATED ON APR 26, 2019 08:42 PM IST
The IS has owned up the terror attacks in the island nation that killed more than 250 people.
The IS on Tuesday owned up the Easter Sunday bombing in the island nation that killed more than 350 people. The NTJ was led by Maulvi Zahran Bin Hashim, the alleged mastermind of Sunday attacks.(REUTERS)
The IS on Tuesday owned up the Easter Sunday bombing in the island nation that killed more than 350 people. The NTJ was led by Maulvi Zahran Bin Hashim, the alleged mastermind of Sunday attacks.(REUTERS)

‘Terror group NTJ wanted separate Islamic confederate in Sri Lanka’: Official

New Delhi | By Neeraj Chauhan
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2019 08:16 AM IST
The official, however, said the Tamil Nadu-based organisation doesn’t seem to be involved in Sri Lanka attacks but it was in touch with radical elements, an angle which needs to be probed further.
The Sri Lankan government has apologised for its failure to act despite receiving advance intelligence inputs about the possibility of terror attacks .(AFP Photo)
The Sri Lankan government has apologised for its failure to act despite receiving advance intelligence inputs about the possibility of terror attacks .(AFP Photo)

‘We are very, very sorry’: Sri Lanka government apologises for failure to act on intel input

Colombo | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 23, 2019 04:02 PM IST
In the wake of bombings, the military has been given a wider berth to detain and arrest suspects — powers that were used during the civil war but withdrawn when it ended.
Teachers hold candles as they pray for the victims of Sri Lanka's bomb blasts, at a school in Ahmedabad, April 22(REUTERS)
Teachers hold candles as they pray for the victims of Sri Lanka's bomb blasts, at a school in Ahmedabad, April 22(REUTERS)

The Sri Lanka bombings: A time of fear and uncertainty

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 09:59 PM IST
The Lankan blasts exposes the dysfunction within the government
Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019.(Reuters Photo)
Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka April 21, 2019.(Reuters Photo)

4 JD(S) workers touring Colombo dead, 3 missing after Sri Lanka blasts

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 22, 2019 01:29 PM IST
The Sri Lankan authorities have arrested 24 people from the minority Muslim community in connection with the multiple blasts that rocked the island nation on Sunday.
The number of British children taking foreign language classes has nearly halved since 2000, a BBC analysis showed on Wednesday, with those learning French and German down nearly two-thirds.(HT file)
The number of British children taking foreign language classes has nearly halved since 2000, a BBC analysis showed on Wednesday, with those learning French and German down nearly two-thirds.(HT file)

UK students dropping foreign languages en masse, finds study

AFP, London | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2019 07:40 PM IST
The number of British children taking foreign language classes has nearly halved since 2000, a BBC analysis showed on Wednesday, with those learning French and German down nearly two-thirds.
Sri Lanka's reinstated prime minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe has said he will now focus on restoring normalcy and putting development programmes back on track(AP)
Sri Lanka's reinstated prime minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe has said he will now focus on restoring normalcy and putting development programmes back on track(AP)

India should be ready to help strengthen Sri Lanka’s democracy

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 18, 2018 08:54 AM IST
Ranil Wickremesinghe has made a triumphant return as Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister after President Maithripala Sirisena backed down in a nearly two-month-long power struggle. But the crisis in the island nation may be far from over.
This handout photograph shows new Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (R) shaking hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Solih's presidential inauguration in Male, Maldives.(AFP)
This handout photograph shows new Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih (R) shaking hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Solih's presidential inauguration in Male, Maldives.(AFP)

Maldives president Ibrahim Mohamed Solih calls India ‘our closest friend’

Associated Press | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2018 04:34 PM IST
Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih spoke Sunday in New Delhi, on his first overseas trip since his election. In September he defeated strongman Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who had forged increasingly closer ties to China during his five years in office.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih before a meeting at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi, Monday, December 17, 2018.(PTI)
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih before a meeting at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi, Monday, December 17, 2018.(PTI)

PM Modi announces $1.4 billion aid to Maldives amid worry over its China debt

New Delhi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2018 04:33 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held wide-ranging talks with Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih with an aim to begin a new chapter in bilateral ties which came under strain under the previous regime in Male.
China's President Xi Jinping(Reuters file photo)
China's President Xi Jinping(Reuters file photo)

Maldives to pull out of ‘one-sided’ China trade deal: Report

Bloomberg | By Bloomberg
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2018 05:34 PM IST
Maldives is reportedly planning to pull out of a free trade agreement with China as the island nation moves closer to India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first-ever visit to the Maldives for the swearing-in of its new president, signaling a shift in the island nation toward India and away from China.(Reuters)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make his first-ever visit to the Maldives for the swearing-in of its new president, signaling a shift in the island nation toward India and away from China.(Reuters)

PM Narendra Modi heads to Maldives as island shifts toward India from China

Bloomberg | By Archana Chaudhary and Iain Marlow
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2018 12:56 PM IST
The Saturday visit of PM Modi, the first by an Indian head of state since 2011, is expected to reset strained ties with the Maldives as Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, a veteran opposition politician, takes over after successfully ousting former pro-China president Abdulla Yameen.
Sri Lanka's newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Maithripala Sirisena wave at their supporters during a rally near the Parliament, Colombo, Sri Lanka, November 5, 2018(REUTERS)
Sri Lanka's newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and President Maithripala Sirisena wave at their supporters during a rally near the Parliament, Colombo, Sri Lanka, November 5, 2018(REUTERS)

The Sri Lanka crisis is a cause for concern to India

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2018 05:34 PM IST
New Delhi must help the island nation to strengthen its democratic institutions
PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss has alleged that the Maithripala Sirisena-Rajapaksa combine would try to win the January 5 polls through intimidatory tactics and by indulging in poll irregularities.(AFP)
PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss has alleged that the Maithripala Sirisena-Rajapaksa combine would try to win the January 5 polls through intimidatory tactics and by indulging in poll irregularities.(AFP)

Tamil Nadu parties slam Sirisena for dissolution of Sri Lanka Parliament

Chennai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2018 08:41 PM IST
Tamil Nadu political parties, including the main opposition DMK Saturday termed the dissolution of the Sri Lankan Parliament as “murder of democracy”. They also sought the Central government’s intervention to ensure that the security of India and the welfare of the Tamil people in the island nation are protected.
Greenpeace activists display a big banner reading "We still have hope, Climate action now!" during an activity prior to a press conference of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change at Songdo Convensia in Incheon on October 8, 2018(AFP)
Greenpeace activists display a big banner reading "We still have hope, Climate action now!" during an activity prior to a press conference of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change at Songdo Convensia in Incheon on October 8, 2018(AFP)

Climate should be an election issue

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 02, 2018 02:43 PM IST
The need of the hour is to make climate and the environment an election issue; and only vote to power those who grasp the gravity of the situation, and the need for urgency in climate adaptation policies
The lead actors, Constance Wu and Henry Golding, share a palpable chemistry.
The lead actors, Constance Wu and Henry Golding, share a palpable chemistry.

Predictable yet poignant: Rashid Irani reviews Crazy Rich Asians

Hindustan Times | By Rashid Irani
PUBLISHED ON OCT 05, 2018 05:43 PM IST
A New-York based Chinese professor discovers that her boyfriend is the scion of one of the Singapore’s wealthiest families. And that’s when the fun begins.
Some of the most popular destinations in Sri Lanka include Kandy, Colombo and Bentota.(Shutterstock)
Some of the most popular destinations in Sri Lanka include Kandy, Colombo and Bentota.(Shutterstock)

Sri Lanka is going all out to woo Indian tourists, here’s what to expect

Press Trust of India | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2018 10:37 AM IST
Sri Lanka has seen a record number of Indian tourists visit the island nation. Last year, it clocked in 3.84 lakh Indian travellers. This year, they are looking to lure even more visitors. This is what tourists can expect.
Direct flight to Iceland: The Goðafoss is a waterfall in Iceland. The country is filled with natural wonders.(Shutterstock)
Direct flight to Iceland: The Goðafoss is a waterfall in Iceland. The country is filled with natural wonders.(Shutterstock)

Direct flight to Iceland from December, here are top 10 things to do in Reykjavik and around

Hindustan Times | By Soma Das
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2018 08:56 AM IST
Direct flight to Iceland: Come December and direct flights will commence between Delhi and Reykjavik. A world of natural wonders and unique experiences await you. Here’s a check list of the top 10 things to do.
An ariel view of the Pentagon from Air Force One, March 29, 2018.(Reuters File Photo)
An ariel view of the Pentagon from Air Force One, March 29, 2018.(Reuters File Photo)

Issue of ‘Chinese land grabbing’ in Maldives cause of concern: Pentagon

Press Trust of India, Washington | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 07, 2018 05:08 PM IST
A Maldivian opposition leader alleged the Chinese land grabbing activities in the island nation with the potential of developing them into a military outpost.
Filmmaker Omung Kumar’s last directorial was Bhoomi, starring Sanjay Dutt and Aditi Rao Hydari.
Filmmaker Omung Kumar’s last directorial was Bhoomi, starring Sanjay Dutt and Aditi Rao Hydari.

Omung Kumar in talks to make Mauritius a shoot destination for Bollywood films

Hindustan Times | By Yashika Mathur, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2018 05:41 PM IST
Filmmaker Omung Kumar was recently invited by Mauritian government officials to discuss the future possibilities of shooting films in the beautiful island nation.
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