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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa look on during the welcome ceremony at the airport in Katunayake, Sri Lanka February 23, 2021. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte(REUTERS)

Sri Lanka ends forced cremations of Covid-19 victims after Imran Khan's visit

PTI, Colombo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 02:24 PM IST
  • The government was resisting calls to allow burials citing health concerns.
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The Covishield vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.(HT Photo)
The Covishield vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.(HT Photo)

Sri Lanka receives 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines from India

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 06:23 PM IST
Sri Lanka's acting health minister Channa Jayasumana said 500,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine arrived on Thursday. He said the new batch was ordered under an agreement between the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) of Sri Lanka and the Serum Institute of India.
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan Khan looks on at the Trade and Investments conference during his two-day visit in Colombo, Sri Lanka February 24, 2021. (REUTERS)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan Khan looks on at the Trade and Investments conference during his two-day visit in Colombo, Sri Lanka February 24, 2021. (REUTERS)

Pakistan offers USD 50 mn new credit line to Sri Lanka for defence cooperation

PTI, Colombo/islamabad
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 04:32 PM IST
  • The two countries reached a broad consensus on ways and means to further strengthen cooperation in a comprehensive manner.
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan Khan looks on at the Trade and Investments conference during his two-day visit in Colombo, Sri Lanka February 24, 2021. (REUTERS)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan Khan looks on at the Trade and Investments conference during his two-day visit in Colombo, Sri Lanka February 24, 2021. (REUTERS)

Pak, India can resolve Kashmir issue through dialogue: Imran Khan says in Lanka

PTI, Colombo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 08:29 PM IST
"Our only dispute is Kashmir and it can only be resolved through dialogue," he said.
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A health worker holds up a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 to be administered to members of the Italian Army at a vaccination center set up at the military barracks of Cecchignola, in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)(AP)
A health worker holds up a dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 to be administered to members of the Italian Army at a vaccination center set up at the military barracks of Cecchignola, in Rome, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2020. (Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP)(AP)

SL orders 13.5 mn AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses, may drop Chinese jabs

PTI, Colombo
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2021 10:02 PM IST
Ramesh Pathirana, who is also the Minister of Plantations, said Sri Lanka is likely to go only with the AstraZeneca vaccines for the second phase of vaccination as the Chinese and Russian vaccines are not ready yet.
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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan disembarks from an aircraft after his arrival in Colombo on Tuesday on a two day visit. (AP)
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan disembarks from an aircraft after his arrival in Colombo on Tuesday on a two day visit. (AP)

India allows use of airspace by Pakistan PM Imran Khan's special aircraft

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 02:08 AM IST
  • India’s decision to allow the special flight to use its airspace was in marked contrast to Pakistan’s actions in 2019, when Islamabad denied permission for the use of Pakistani airspace by three Indian VVIP flights.
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan.(AFP photo)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan.(AFP photo)

Imran Khan's two-day official visit to Sri Lanka from Feb 23

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 11:21 PM IST
Bilateral meetings with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa are scheduled, during which trade, investment, health, education, agriculture, technology, defence and tourism would be discussed, according to a media statement.
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Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield is being manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute.(REUTERS)
Oxford-AstraZeneca's Covishield is being manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute.(REUTERS)

Sri Lanka to procure 10 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from India: Official

PTI, Colombo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 04:42 PM IST
The State Pharmaceutical Corporation has signed the order with Serum Institute of India (SII) for 10 million doses, officials said.
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan. (File photo)
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan. (File photo)

Sri Lanka cancels Imran Khan's planned address to its Parliament: Report

PTI, Colombo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 12:47 PM IST
It is said that the speech to Parliament had been included in Khan’s itinerary at the Pakistan government's request. However, it was later cancelled.
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Gammanpila told a gathering at the Colombo north suburb of Kolonnawa that talks with the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo on this issue concluded last Sunday. (Representative Image)(AP)
Gammanpila told a gathering at the Colombo north suburb of Kolonnawa that talks with the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo on this issue concluded last Sunday. (Representative Image)(AP)

Sri Lanka to re-acquire 99 oil tanks leased to Indian Oil Corporation: Minister

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 17, 2021 07:37 PM IST
It is the second deal with India to be scrapped by Sri Lanka this year. Last month, the Sri Lankan government scrapped the trilateral deal with India and Japan to develop the Colombo Port’s Eastern Container Terminal (ECT).
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan will be the first head of state to visit Sri Lanka since the Covid-19 outbreak last year. (AFP PHOTO).
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan will be the first head of state to visit Sri Lanka since the Covid-19 outbreak last year. (AFP PHOTO).

Lanka cancels Imran Khan address to Parliament, didn’t want him raising Kashmir

By Rezaul H Laskar | Edited by Sohini Sarkar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2021 08:25 PM IST
  • Sri Lanka’s Speaker Mahinda Abeywardena had told leaders of political parties last week that Khan would address the Parliament during his two-day visit beginning February 22. The foreign leader's address was scheduled for February 24.
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File photo: Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.(ANI)
File photo: Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.(ANI)

'Discussions still on with Sri Lanka on Colombo port project': MEA

UPDATED ON FEB 12, 2021 10:12 PM IST
  • Sri Lanka, this month, decided to run the East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo port as a fully owned operation of the Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA).
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Vaccine achievement rate on decline in Chandigarh
Vaccine achievement rate on decline in Chandigarh

Sri Lanka to start coronavirus vaccinations for general public from March

PTI
PUBLISHED ON FEB 08, 2021 05:16 PM IST
Sri Lanka began vaccinating its frontline workers late last month after receiving 50,000 free Oxford-AstraZeneca-Covishield vaccines from India.
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The three-day protest march started from Pottuvil town in the eastern Amparai district.AP/PTI(AP)
The three-day protest march started from Pottuvil town in the eastern Amparai district.AP/PTI(AP)

Tamil activists hold protest rally in Sri Lanka

PTI, Colombo
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 06:36 PM IST
  • The protesters allege that lands owned by Tamils are being grabbed and Tamil areas are being systematically populated with the majority Sinhala community since the military conflict ended in 2009 in Lanka
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During a meeting with labour unions, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said he had already announced that the ECT “will not be handed over to any foreign country or institution”.(Reuters)
During a meeting with labour unions, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said he had already announced that the ECT “will not be handed over to any foreign country or institution”.(Reuters)

Sri Lanka opts out of port deal with India

By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 06:30 AM IST
The development marks the latest twist in the troubled project to develop the East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo port under a trilateral agreement signed in 2019 by the governments of India, Japan and Sri Lanka.
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The decision comes less than a month after a visit by Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar to Colombo to shore up support for the 2019 deal.(AFP)
The decision comes less than a month after a visit by Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar to Colombo to shore up support for the 2019 deal.(AFP)

India tells Sri Lanka to honour pact after Colombo takes back port contract

Reuters, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 02, 2021 03:22 PM IST
Sri Lanka had previously said the port would be 49% operated by India and Japan, with SLPA retaining the majority stake.
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A Sri Lankan nurse administers the COVID-19 vaccine to another in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.(AP)
A Sri Lankan nurse administers the COVID-19 vaccine to another in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021.(AP)

Covid-19: Vaccination drive kicks off in Sri Lanka with 'Made in India' shots

ANI, Colombo
PUBLISHED ON JAN 29, 2021 02:36 PM IST
The first vaccine was given to Dr Ananda Wijewickrema, a specialist at the hospital.
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The jabs manufactured by the China National Pharmaceutical Group Co Ltd (Sinopharm) are expected to be handed over to the Lankan side in mid-February.(Bloomberg)
The jabs manufactured by the China National Pharmaceutical Group Co Ltd (Sinopharm) are expected to be handed over to the Lankan side in mid-February.(Bloomberg)

China to donate 3 lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses to Sri Lanka

PTI, Beijing
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2021 09:58 PM IST
"China will donate three lakh Covid-19 vaccine doses to Sri Lanka to jointly fight the Covid-19 pandemic," state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday, citing a statement from the Chinese embassy in Colombo.
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Sri Lanka on Friday approved emergency use of Oxford AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.(Reuters)
Sri Lanka on Friday approved emergency use of Oxford AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.(Reuters)

Sri Lanka thanks India for sending coronavirus vaccine

PTI, Colombo
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 05:15 PM IST
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told the Cabinet that the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo informed that India would be sending 500,000 vaccines to Sri Lanka and they will arrive here on January 28.
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The resumption of tourism follows a pilot project that began December 26 in which 1,500 tourists from Ukraine visited Sri Lanka in such a travel bubble.(Unsplash)
The resumption of tourism follows a pilot project that began December 26 in which 1,500 tourists from Ukraine visited Sri Lanka in such a travel bubble.(Unsplash)

Sri Lanka reopens to tourists after 10 months

AP, Colombo, Sri Lanka
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 03:44 PM IST
Sri Lanka reopened to foreign tourists Thursday after a nearly 10-month pandemic closure that cut deeply into the Indian Ocean island nation's lucrative travel industry.
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**EDS: HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY SRI LANKA CRICKET ON FRIDAY, JAN. 15, 2021** Galle: England captain Joe Root plays a sweep shot during the first test match between Sri Lanka and Engaland at Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_15_2021_000234B)(PTI)
**EDS: HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY SRI LANKA CRICKET ON FRIDAY, JAN. 15, 2021** Galle: England captain Joe Root plays a sweep shot during the first test match between Sri Lanka and Engaland at Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_15_2021_000234B)(PTI)

Draw not an option for England in 2nd test against Sri Lanka

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 03:08 PM IST
England hasn't lost a series in Sri Lanka since 2007, having generally countered spin bowling well to find success.
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File photo of England head coach Chris Silverwood(REUTERS)
File photo of England head coach Chris Silverwood(REUTERS)

England test plans not rocket science, says coach Silverwood

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 10:22 PM IST
England completed a comprehensive seven-wicket win in the first test in Galle on Monday and finish the series at the same venue with the second fixture starting on Friday, before they head to India for four more matches.
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A Sri Lankan Christian family grieves as municipal cemetery workers carry the body of their family member who died of Covid-19 for cremation in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(AP)
A Sri Lankan Christian family grieves as municipal cemetery workers carry the body of their family member who died of Covid-19 for cremation in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(AP)

Fear of Covid-19 spread forces Sri Lanka to reduce its Parliament sessions

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:36 PM IST
The Committee on Parliamentary Business has decided that Parliament will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday only, following the Covid-19 cases reported last week, the official said.
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England bowl out Sri Lanka for 135 on Day of first Test(Twitter)
England bowl out Sri Lanka for 135 on Day of first Test(Twitter)

England in control after bowling out Sri Lanka for 135 runs

Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 06:30 PM IST
An unbeaten 110-run partnership between Jonny Bairstow and Root saw England to 127-2 at stumps on Thursday, trailing by eight runs.
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The fishermen were arrested near Neduntheevu on Saturday.(PTI/ Representative)
The fishermen were arrested near Neduntheevu on Saturday.(PTI/ Representative)

Sri Lankan Navy apprehends 9 Indian fishermen

PTI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 05:43 PM IST
In a separate incident, the Lankan navy personnel allegedly damaged fishing nets in 20 mechanised boats near Katchatheevu on Saturday, the officials said.
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The removed structure, a sculpture, was erected in memory of civilians killed in the Mullivaikkal incident that happened in the last phase of the civil war that ended in 2009,(Image via Twitter)
The removed structure, a sculpture, was erected in memory of civilians killed in the Mullivaikkal incident that happened in the last phase of the civil war that ended in 2009,(Image via Twitter)

Sri Lanka's Jaffna University war memorial removed, Tamil Nadu CM condemns move

ANI
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2021 04:30 PM IST
Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami tweeted, "The news that a monument erected at the Jaffna University campus in memory of university students and the general public who were mercilessly killed in the final phase of the war in Mullivaikkal, Sri Lanka, has been demolished overnight is shocking."
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Cricket - Third Test - England v Pakistan - Ageas Bowl, Southampton, Britain - August 25, 2020 England's Dom Bess reacts, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Mike Hewitt/Pool via REUTERS/Files(REUTERS)
Cricket - Third Test - England v Pakistan - Ageas Bowl, Southampton, Britain - August 25, 2020 England's Dom Bess reacts, as play resumes behind closed doors following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Mike Hewitt/Pool via REUTERS/Files(REUTERS)

Bess ready to stake England claim on spin-friendly wickets

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 09:56 PM IST
It is something he is grateful for with all his previous test appearances coming at home and in seamer-friendly South Africa.
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IForeign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (L) waves as he walks with Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena after a joint press briefing in Colombo.(AFP)
IForeign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar (L) waves as he walks with Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena after a joint press briefing in Colombo.(AFP)

Jaishankar’s comments signify PM Modi’s commitment to Lankan Tamils: Purohit

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Chennai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2021 04:43 PM IST
Jaishankar unequivocally stated the Indian position on the 13th Amendment to the island nation, Purohit said in a statement.
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India's Foreign Minister S Jaishankar speaks during a joint press briefing with Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena (not pictured) in Colombo on January 6, 2021.(AFP)
India's Foreign Minister S Jaishankar speaks during a joint press briefing with Sri Lanka's Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena (not pictured) in Colombo on January 6, 2021.(AFP)

India calls on Sri Lanka to fulfil expectations of Tamil minority

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 03:34 PM IST
Acknowledging the immediate challenge of post-Covid-19 recovery, Jaishankar said India will “always be a dependable partner and a reliable friend”
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Sri Lankan leadership formally requested Indian assistance to obtain the Covid vaccine during meetings with Jaishankar in Colombo.(PTI)
Sri Lankan leadership formally requested Indian assistance to obtain the Covid vaccine during meetings with Jaishankar in Colombo.(PTI)

India, Sri Lanka looking at post-Covid cooperation, says Jaishankar

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Colombo, Sri Lanka
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 03:21 PM IST
Speaking at a joint media briefing with his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena, Jaishankar said the Covid pandemic has given the two sides an opportunity to work even more closely together.
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