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Over 500,000 still affected by Sri Lanka drought

Colombo, April 19 (IANS) Over 500,000 people still remain affected by the drought in 10 districts of Sri Lanka, according to a report released by the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Centre (DMC) on Thursday. The DMC said the 10 districts located in the northern, northwestern and eastern provinces of Sri Lanka had been affected. The Puttalam district in the northwestern province i...

3 days ago
Ex-Sri Lankan minister arrested over alleged financial fraud

Colombo, April 16 (IANS) Sri Lanka's former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage was arrested on Monday over an alleged financial fraud amounting to $340,000 committed during the tenure of the previous government. Aluthgamage arrived at the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) in Colombo to record a statement over the alleged deal which involved importing a consignment of ...

3 days ago
39 killed in accidents during Sri Lankan New Year

Colombo, April 16 (IANS) Thirty-nine people were killed in accidents across Sri Lanka during the New Year period which began on April 12 and ended on Monday, police said. The accidents were mainly due to drunken driving and speeding, police spokesperson S.P. Ruwan Gunasekara told Xinhua news agency. Over 515 drivers were also arrested for drunken driving from various districts d...

7 days ago
3 held in Sri Lanka for smuggling gold

Colombo, April 12 (IANS) The Sri Lanka Navy on Thursday caught three people for attempting to smuggle 24.2 kg of gold from the country via sea. The three Sri Lankans were detained in the sea north of Mannar in the island's north, Xinhua news agency reported. The Navy said the 242 gold biscuits, each weighing 100 grams, were worth 150 million Sri Lankan rupees ($963,000). Their bo...

7 days ago
Six Sri Lankan ministers quit unity government

Colombo, April 12 (IANS) Six Sri Lankan ministers resigned on Thursday, saying they were unable to continue work in the country's unity government. The ministers were from the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) which is led by President Maithripala Sirisena, reports Xinhua news agency. The six ministers are: Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara, Minister of Social Empowerment and Wel...

8 days ago
Sri Lanka's health sector among best worldwide: WHO

Colombo, April 11 (IANS) Sri Lanka's health service is one of the best not only in Asia but in the world, the Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who visited the country to celebrate the World Health Day on April 7, said the reason Sri Lanka had such a high-quality health service was due to its free availability and the count...

9 days ago
Sri Lanka plans to introduce E-motoring for vehicle registration

Colombo, April 10 (IANS) The Sri Lankan Motor Traffic Department is planning to introduce E-motoring system for the registration of vehicles through an online system by 2020, an official said on Tuesday. Commissioner General of Motor Traffic A.H.K. Jagath Chandrasiri told Xinhua news agency that his office had launched the project to improve efficiency in the process. He said ...

9 days ago
Sri Lanka aims for $2.5bn in FDI in 2018

Colombo, April 10 (IANS) Sri Lanka is aiming to attract $2.5 billion in Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) in 2018 after reaching $1.9 billion in 2017, the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday. According to the Ministry, last year's record of $1.9 billion in Foreign Direct Investments was four times what was achieved in 2016 and toped the previous biggest high of $1.7 billion in 2014. ...

10 days ago
7 missing trekkers rescued in Sri Lanka

Colombo, April 9 (IANS) Sri Lankan police said on Monday they had rescued the seven people reportedly missing inside the Knuckles Mountain Range in the Central Highlands of the island nation after they went trekking on April 6. A large-scale search operation was launched in the morning to locate the trekkers after one of them contacted his relatives on Sunday evening and informed them th...

10 days ago
Sri Lanka gets 700,000 tourists

Colombo, April 9 (IANS) Sri Lanka received 707,924 tourists in the first three months of this year, an increase of 17.1 per cent compared with the corresponding period last year, a minister said on Monday. Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga told Xinhua news agency that the country could have attracted more tourists in March if not for the outbreak of communal violence in Galle ...

10 days ago
Sri Lanka launches search for 7 missing trekkers

Colombo, April 9 (IANS) Police in Sri Lanka on Monday launched a search operation in the Knuckles mountain range to locate seven missing trekkers. The police said one of those missing had contacted his relatives on Sunday evening and informed them that the group had lost their way, reports Xinhua news agency. The trekkers are all residents of Homagama town and had ented the mount...

13 days ago
Sri Lankan women eyeing Gulf ordered to take contraceptives

Colombo, April 6 (IANS) Sri Lankan women who take up domestic work in the Middle East were being ordered by recruitment agents to take contraceptives before leaving, a media report said on Friday. Six recruiters licensed by the Sri Lankan government said they could provide an employer with a three-month guarantee that a maid would not become pregnant, the Guardian reported. An a...

16 days ago
NSE, Colombo Stock Exchange tie-up to explore work opportunities

Mumbai, April 3 (IANS) The National Stock Exchange on Tuesday said it has tied-up with the Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) to explore opportunities to work together and co-operate with each other to foster a deeper and more strategic relationship. The MoU calls for cooperation on the exchange of information and expertise and also paves the way for NSE to play a consultative role in a number...

18 days ago
Sri Lanka refloats WW2 shipwreck

Colombo, April 1 (IANS) A British passenger ship that sank after it was bombed in a Japanese air strike in the World War Two has been raised off the Sri Lanka coast after 75 years, the media reported. The SS Sagaing, whose passengers and cargo were largely saved back in 1942, was refloated on with the help of a team of divers from Sri Lanka's navy, reports the BBC. It had been re...

21 days ago
Sri Lanka's prison chief arrested over 2012 jail riot

Colombo, March 29 (IANS) Sri Lankan Police on Thursday arrested the country's prison chief Emil Ranjan Lamahewa over a massacre of 27 inmates during a jail riot in 2012. Lamahewa was arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department from his residence in Colombo, Police Spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara was quoted as saying by Xinhua news agency. On Wednesday, an inspector attached t...

23 days ago
Sri Lanka for stronger ties with Bangladesh to boost trade

Colombo, March 27 (IANS) Sri Lanka has called for stronger maritime and air links with Bangladesh to boost bilateral trade and investments between the two nations, the Commerce and Industry Ministry said on Tuesday. The Ministry said that while the ports of Hambantota and Colombo were of vital importance to the maritime industry due to their strategic locations in the Indian Ocean, there...

29 days ago
Lynn, Russell likely to play KKR's IPL opener

Kolkata, March 21 (IANS) Though conceding that injuries to key players is a bit unfortunate, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) CEO Venky Mysore on Wednesday said he is hopeful the trio of Mitchell Starc, Chris Lynn and Andre Russell will turn up against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the Eden Gardens in their Indian Premier League (IPL) opener on April 8. I think that Starc report was no...

1 month ago
IPL: KKR begin pre-season training

Kolkata, March 19 (IANS) Sans skipper Dinesh Karthik, two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Monday began their first practice session ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season at the Jadavpur University second campus ground in Salt Lake here. Newly-appointed captain Karthik became the toast of the nation after his freak cameo of 28 not out from just eight balls, guiding...

1 month ago
Rohit hails Karthik's last ball brilliance

Colombo, March 19 (IANS) Skipper Rohit Sharma is relieved that his gamble of holding back Dinesh Karthik behind rookie all-rounder Vijay Shankar paid off after the stumper's last ball six helped India to a four-wicket win over Bangladesh and to lift the Nidahas T20 tri-series trophy. With five runs needed off one delivery, Karthik slammed Soumya Sarkar for a flat six over extra cover to ...

1 month ago
I would ask Rubel to bowl again in 19th over: Shakib

Colombo, March 19 (IANS) Not wanting to cry about their heart-wrenching four-wicket defeat to India in the final of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 International (T20) tri-series, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said he would give the ball to Rubel Hossain again despite the pacer going for 22 runs in the 19th over. Wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik (29 runs off eight balls) played a bri...

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