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SLC suspends pacer Madushanka for alleged possession of drugs
Colombo, May 26 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket on Tuesday suspended pacer Shehan Madushanka from all forms of cricket after he was found with alleged possession of illegal drugs.
2020-05-26
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SLC requests BCCI not to cancel scheduled tour of Sri Lanka
Colombo, May 15 (IANS) The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board has requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to explore options as to how India's tour of Sri Lanka scheduled in July could go ahead, in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic which has brought the world to a standstill.
2020-05-15
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL govt aims at total relaxation of curfew by June
Colombo, May 9 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government aims at total relaxation of the curfew restrictions imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic by June, a Minister said.
2020-05-09
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL Prez optimistic over re-building COVID-19 affected economy
Colombo, May 8 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has express optimism that the economy adversely affected by the COVID?19 pandemic could be re-built on a solid basis, the President's Media Division (PMD) said.
2020-05-08
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
It is about creating a team culture & showing respect, says Jayawardene
Colombo, May 2 (IANS) Former Sri Lankan captain and Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene said that it is okay to have egos in a team environment as long as they exist in a good dressing room culture. Jayawardene has found success in leadership roles, first as captain of Sri Lanka and then as the current coach of Mumbai Indians with whom he has won the Indian Premier League twice in his three years at the helm.
2020-05-02
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL Prez won't reconvene Parliament despite oppn's request
Colombo, May 1 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has decided not to reconvene Parliament, despite the request of opposition parties amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to his Secretary.
2020-05-01
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL curfew to be partially relaxed from Monday
Colombo, April 26 (IANS) An ongoing curfew in Sri Lanka due to the coronavirus pandemic will be partially relaxed from Monday onwards, the President's Media Division (PMD) said on Sunday.
2020-04-26
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
30 more SL naval officers test COVID-19 positive
Colombo, April 25 (IANS) Thirty more Sri Lankan Navy personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 taking the overall number of infections in the island-nation to 414, an Army official said on Saturday.
2020-04-25
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
29 SL Navy personnel test COVID-19 positive
Colombo, April 24 (IANS) Twenty-nine Sri Lankan Navy personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 taking the overall number of infections in the island-nation to 368 in the country, an Army official said.
2020-04-24
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Presidential Task Force to revive COVID-19-hit SL economy
Colombo, April 23 (IANS) A high-powered Presidential Task Force has been appointed for the economic revival and poverty eradication in Sri Lanka impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, it was reported on Thursday.
2020-04-23
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics,Cinema/Showbiz
SL remembers 2019 Easter attack victims amid COVID-19 restrictions
Colombo, April 21 (IANS) Sri Lanka on Tuesday remembered the over 250 people who were killed during the deadly Easter bombings that targeted churches and luxury hotels in the island-nation on this day last year.
2020-04-21
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Sri Lanka to relax curfew from Monday
Colombo, April 19 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government has decided to relax the ongoing island-wide curfew which was imposed last month to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, from Monday onwards with the objective of restoring normalcy in the country, the President's Media Division said.
2020-04-19
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL marks quiet Easter a year after deadly bombings
Colombo, April 12 (IANS) Sri Lanka celebrated a quiet Easter Sunday amid the coronavirus lockdown, while remembering the victims of the terror attacks that killed at least 270 people on the resurrection day last year.
2020-04-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Religion
COVID-19 prevention measures in SL likely to extend
Colombo, April 6 (IANS) Stringent measures taken against the coronavirus pandemic in Sri Lanka is likely to continue until after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year which falls on April 14, with constant evaluation of the situation to continue with the support of medical, security and legal expertise, the Presidents Media Division (PMD) said.
2020-04-06
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Need to build a method to win games: SL coach Arthur
Colombo, April 5 (IANS) Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur feels the T20 squad needs some adjustments and a method to win games, ahead of the World Cup later this year.
2020-04-05
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
3,700 arrested for violating curfew in SL
Colombo, March 26 (IANS) At least 3,700 persons were arrested on charges of violating the islandwide police curfew currently in effect in Sri Lanka as a preventive measure against the coronavirus pandemic, a senior officer sais here on Thursday.
2020-03-26
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL starts program to deliver essential goods to homes
Colombo, March 26 (IANS) To encourage physical distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Sri Lnkan government hs started a special programe to deliver essential goods including medicines and food items, to homes, it was reported on Thursday.
2020-03-26
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL Cricket grants LKR 25 million to government to fight coronavirus
Colombo, March 23 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Monday decided to grant a sum of 25 million Lankan rupees to the government to help its efforts toward combating the COVID-19 pandemic, which has created a national health crisis.
2020-03-23
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL to contribute to SAARC emergency fund proposed by Modi
Colombo, March 23 (IANS) Sri Lanka will contribute to the SAARC emergency fund proposed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the South Asian region, a Minister said.
2020-03-23
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
340 people arrested in SL for defying curfew
Colombo, March 22 (IANS) Some 340 people have been arrested in Sri Lanka for defying a curfew imposed by the government in an effort to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus in the island nation, police said on Sunday.
2020-03-22
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
Colombo airport to partially shut after 19 years
Colombo, March 19 (IANS) Starting Thursday, the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Colombo will be partially shut down after 19 years for a week in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in Sri Lanka.
2020-03-19
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
No decision yet to delay SL general elections
Colombo, March 17 (IANS) Chairman of Sri Lanka's National Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya has said that no decision has been taken yet to postpone the April 25 general elections due to the coronavirus pandemic.
2020-03-17
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
ALERT: SC declines Voda plea against levying of One Time Spectrum Charges (OTSC)
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2020-03-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,
SL PM cancels all public meetings
Colombo, March 16 (IANS) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to cancel all public meetings to raise awareness on the importance of minimising gatherings in the wake of the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic which has infected 11 people in the island nation.
2020-03-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Can easily defeat opposition if it stays united: Mahinda
Colombo, March 14 (IANS) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has said that the country's main opposition could be defeated if they stuck together instead of contesting the April 25 general election separately.
2020-03-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Foreign observers invited for SL parliamentary polls
Colombo, March 12 (IANS) Sri Lanka's National Election Commission (EC) has invited foreign observers for the April 25 parliamentary polls.
2020-03-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL vs WI 2nd T20I: Russell blitz helps Windies to 2-0 series win
Pallekele, March 6 (IANS) Andre Russell's 14-ball blitz took West Indies to a seven-wicket win in their second and final T20I against Sri Lanka to give them a 2-0 series win. Russell smashed six sixes in his knock of 40 runs to help West Indies chase down a target of 156 with three overs to spare.
2020-03-06
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL book breaks record for most number of alternate endings
Colombo, March 6 (IANS) A Sri Lankan book has achieved a world record for the most number of alternate endings, a media report said.
2020-03-06
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Art/Culture/Books
SL vs WI 1st T20: West Indies take 1-0 lead with 25-run win
Pallekele, March 4 (IANS) West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 25 runs here on Wednesday to take an unassailable 1-0 lead in the series. Tasked with chasing a target of 197, Sri Lanka folded for 171 with fast bowler Oshane Thomas taking five wickets and thus being declared player of the match.
2020-03-04
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sajith Premadasa launches new alliance before April polls
Colombo, March 3 (IANS) Former Sri Lankan presidential hopeful Sajith Premadasa has launched the new Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) alliance ahead of the April 24 parliamentary elections, saying it was a long-term effort to build a new political culture beyond the polls, it was reported.
2020-03-03
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Mathews four-wicket haul helps SL beat WI in thrilling 3rd ODI
Pallekele (Sri Lanka), March 1 (IANS) Angelo Mathews led the way with the ball as Sri Lanka beat West Indies by six runs in the third ODI on Sunday in Pallekele.
2020-03-01
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka to get 1st electric rail track
Colombo, Feb 27 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Transport Ministry on Thursday said it will construct the country's first electric rail track in the central highlands of Kandy to ease traffic and further develop the island's transport sector.
2020-02-27
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Ex-LTTE members form new political party
Colombo, Feb 25 (IANS) Rehabilitated former members of the now defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militant group have formed a new political party with the hope of contesting Sri Lanka's general elections this year, a media report said on Tuesday.
2020-02-25
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Chinese workers resume work in SL after quarantine
Colombo, Feb 21 (IANS) Chinese workers in Sri Lanka, who were subjected to a 14-day quarantine amidst fears of the novel coronavirus, have resumed work this week, a media report said on Friday.
2020-02-21
Category: International, Sri Lanka,International
SL committee proposes immediate burqa ban
Colombo, Feb 21 (IANS) A Sri Lankan Parliament committee on national security has proposed the immediate ban on the burqa and also suspend registration of political parties on ethnic and religious basis, the media reported.
2020-02-21
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL approves extension of free-visa facility till April 30
Colombo, Feb 14 (IANS) The Sri Lankan Cabinet has approved the extension of the free-visa scheme to nationals of 48 countries, including India, until April 30 as the tourism sector, which was picking up after the 2019 Easter terror attacks, took another hit due to the coronavirus outbreak, it was reported on Friday.
2020-02-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
'Sri Lankan economy recovering from Easter terror attacks'
Colombo, Feb 8 (IANS) Sri Lanka is gradually recovering from the economic impact of last year's Easter terror attacks, the media quoting International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Division Chief, Manuela Goretti reported on Saturday.
2020-02-08
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
Sri Lankan PM leaves for India state-visit
Colombo, Feb 7 (IANS) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday embarked on a two-day state-visit to India, during which the two neighbours were expected to finalise an implementation agenda for a $450 million line of credit offered by New Delhi.
2020-02-07
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Lanka declares week-long general amnesty for military deserters
Colombo, Feb 5 (IANS) Sri Lanka's military on Wednesday declared a week-long general amnesty period for tri-service personnel -- who had deserted their official duties -- to either rejoin the forces or be discharged officially, the army media unit said in a statement.
2020-02-05
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
512 prisoners released in SL to mark I-Day
Colombo, Feb 3 (IANS) Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has granted a general amnesty to 512 prisoners serving minor sentences to mark the 72nd Independence Day which is celebrated annually on February 4, the President's Media Division (PMD) said on Monday.
2020-02-03
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
SL Prez instructs exploring indigenous medicine to fight NCoV
Colombo, Feb 2 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has instructed health authorities to collect information from experts in indigenous as well as western medicine to find a remedy to cure those affected with the deadly coronavirus, it was reported.
2020-02-02
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Sri Lanka announce squad for Zimbabwe Tests
Colombo, Jan 14 (IANS) Sri Lanka on Tuesday announced their 15-member Test squad for their upcoming Zimbabwe tour with opener Dimuth Karunaratne appointed as skipper of the side. The islanders are scheduled to play two Tests in Zimbabwe later this month.
2020-01-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Mahinda Rajapaksa to visit India next month
Colombo, Jan 12 (IANS) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is slated to visit India next month, during which he will hold talks with his counterpart Narendra Modi, it was reported on Sunday.
2020-01-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL explores using drone technology to combat dengue
Colombo, Jan 12 (IANS) Sri Lankas Ministry of Science and Technology was exploring the possibility of controlling dengue by using drone technology, a media report said on Sunday.
2020-01-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Sri Lankan govt vows to boost economy ahead of polls
Colombo, Jan 9 (IANS) Sri Lanka's new government headed by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will try to strengthen the nation's economy ahead of parliamentary elections to be held in 2020, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena has said.
2020-01-09
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Sri Lanka tourist arrivals decline 18% in 2019
Colombo, Jan 7 (IANS) The number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka declined for the ninth straight month in December 2019 by 4.5 per cent in comparison to the same period a year ago while gradually recovering from the plunge following the Easter Sunday attacks last April, official data revealed on Tuesday.
2020-01-07
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Ex-SL Prez to give statement on Easter Sunday attacks
Colombo, Jan 6 (IANS) Former Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is slated to give a statement on the April 2019 Easter Sunday attacks on Tuesday and Wednesday, Deputy Solicitor General Dileepa Peiris told the Colombo Chief Magistrate on Monday.
2020-01-06
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
Sri Lanka FM to visit India on Jan 9-10
Colombo, Jan 4 (IANS) Dinesh Gunawardena, Sri Lanka's Minister of Foreign Relations, Skills Development, Employment and Labour Relations, is set to visit India on January 9 and 10.
2020-01-04
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Gotabaya to make inaugural Parliament speech on Jan 3
Colombo, Dec 31 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is slated to make his inaugural address to Parliament on January 3 during a ceremonial sitting before the new session commences later that day.
2019-12-31
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL tourism industry urges continuation of free-visa regime
Colombo, Dec 31 (IANS) Sri Lanka's tourism industry has urged the continuation of the free-visa regime, as it has helped the island nation to recover from the massive setback following the April 21 Easter Sunday attacks that killed over 250 people, a media report said on Tuesday.
2019-12-31
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan