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Sri Lanka: Island country in South Asia
Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea. The island is geographically separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. The legislative capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, is a suburb of the commercial capital and largest city, Colombo.


11 Indian fishermen held off Sri Lankan coast for fishing in territorial waters

They have been taken to a prison in Sri Lanka. This has been a routine affair. Both state and central governments have failed to address the issue. The livelihood of fishermen has been continuously..
IndiaTimes - Published

MP govt to form committee to build Sita Mata temple in Sri Lanka

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Videos for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's Tamils fear discrimination under new president [Video]Sri Lanka's Tamils fear discrimination under new president

Northern area neglected under new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who led campaign against Tamil Tigers during civil war.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:01Published

'Ring of Fire' eclipse enthralls skywatchers in Middle East, Asia [Video]'Ring of Fire' eclipse enthralls skywatchers in Middle East, Asia

A rare annular eclipse drew crowds astronomers, tourists, and devotees to witness the solar phenomenon across a broad swath of the globe. Zachary Goelman reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:06Published

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win first home Test series in 13 years [Video]Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win first home Test series in 13 years

Pakistan celebrate their first Test victory on home soil, since the return of cricket's longest format to the country earlier this month.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:22Published

Sri Lanka Media Freedom: Journalists fear crackdown [Video]Sri Lanka Media Freedom: Journalists fear crackdown

Journalists in Sri Lanka say they are facing intimidation from the new government

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:33Published

Sri Lanka's new leader promises to unite country [Video]Sri Lanka's new leader promises to unite country

Buddhist nationalist group Bodu Bala Sena, which means Army of Buddhist Power, is accused of inciting hate and taking part in violent attacks on Sri Lanka’s minority Muslim and Christian communities..

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:57Published

Sri Lanka: Journalists say there is a new media crackdown [Video]Sri Lanka: Journalists say there is a new media crackdown

Journalists in Sri Lanka say they are facing intimidation from the new government

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:30Published


PM Modi thanks Maldives president and Sri Lankan PM for R-Day wishes

"Thank you the greetings on India's #RepublicDay, President @ibusolih. It is a matter of immense delight that friendship between India and Maldives is getting even stronger, benefitting the people of..
IndiaTimes - Published

No bias against Muslims, no persecution of Hindus in Sri Lanka: RSS' Joshi

IndiaTimes - Published

Sri Lanka civil war: Rajapaksa says thousands missing are dead

The president acknowledges the fate of more than 20,000 who disappeared during the civil war.
BBC News - Published

Double trouble: Sri Lanka's twin gathering marred by overcrowding

Thousands of twins packed two-by-two into a stadium in Sri Lanka's capital on Monday - so many that officials struggled to count them in time to prove they had organized a record-breaking gathering.
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Sri Lanka: 'Too many twins' hinder world record attempt

An event vying to be the world's largest gathering of twins hit problems thanks to a huge turnout.
BBC News - Published

The hotel where an elephant is a regular guest

Natta Kota, a fully grown Asian bull elephant, can often be found roaming around a Sri Lankan hotel.
BBC News - Published

India, Sri Lanka seek closer military ties as China clout grows

Sri Lanka and India vowed to strengthen military ties and widen maritime links with neighbours after security talks, the president's office said Sunday, as China's economic clout increases in the..
IndiaTimes - Published

NSA Doval meets Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa, pledges $50 million assistance from India

IndiaTimes - Published

Buddha heirloom returned to Sri Lanka by Hampshire family

Relatives of a Sri Lankan archaeologist return a Buddha relic to a sacred temple 100 years later.
BBC News - Published

Sri Lanka elephants: 'Record number' of deaths in 2019

Officials warn that human activity is resulting in rising numbers of elephant deaths.
BBC News - Published

S Jaishankar holds talks with Sri Lankan foreign minister

IndiaTimes - Published

Rory Burns: England opener out of Sri Lanka series after ankle surgery

England opener Rory Burns will miss the Sri Lanka series in March after having surgery on ruptured ligaments in his left ankle.
BBC News - Published

Sri Lanka foreign minister to visit India on Jan 9-10

IndiaTimes - Published

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa inaugurates Sri Lanka Parliament

president gotabaya rajapaksa inaugurates sri lanka parliament
COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday emphasised on stronger ties with all countries and outlined his government's vision as he inaugurated the fourth sessions of the Parliament, a..
WorldNews - Published

Renowned Hindi author Ganga Prasad Vimal dies in road accident in Sri Lanka

IndiaTimes - Published

In pictures: Christmas around the world

From Sri Lanka to Paris, Christmas services take place after a 2019 scarred by tragedy.
BBC News - Published

Sri Lanka's Bhikkuni nuns and their fight for identity papers

Sri Lankan women fought to become Buddhist nuns, but now they find themselves treated like aliens.
BBC News - Published

15 years on, a look back at the Boxing Day tsunami

December 26 marks 15 years since a 9.1 magnitude quake off the coast of Indonesia's Aceh province triggered a tsunami that killed more than 230,000 people in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and..
Reuters - Published

'When Hindus from Pakistan get citizenship, why not Hindus from Sri Lanka?': Kamal Haasan

Haasan also added that he had been trying to get in touch with Prime Minister Narendra Modi by sending him a letter and also a video, but that he hasn't been able to meet him.
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Sri Lanka's 'Foundation of Goodness' turns around a village decimated by tsunami

When Kushil Gunasekera returned to Seenigama in Sri Lanka's Galle district days after it was wiped out by a massive tsunami on Dec. 24, 2014, he got to work.
Reuters - Published

Pakistan's Abid first to hit Test & ODI debut tons

Pakistan's Abid Ali becomes the first male batsman to score centuries on their Test and ODI debuts as historic match against Sri Lanka in Rawalpindi ends in a draw.
BBC News - Published

Govt has no data on minorities who faced religious persecution: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad asked on Wednesday why the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill does not include Hindus from Sri Lanka and Christians from Bhutan, as he alleged that the..
IndiaTimes - Published

Opposition tears into CAB, says what about Lanka, Myanmar Hindus

The brunt of the opposition attack, articulated by Congress, DMK, BSP and SP, was that while the bill discriminates against Muslims, it is biased against persecuted individuals including Hindus in Sri..
IndiaTimes - Published

India calls for effective steps agaist terrorism on SAARC's foundation day

The 19th SAARC summit was to happen in Islamabad in 2016 but was boycotted by India along with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan after the Uri attack in Jammu and Kashmir.
DNA - Published

Sri Lanka appoint Mickey Arthur as new head coach

Sri Lanka appoint former Pakistan, Australia and South Africa coach Mickey Arthur as their new head coach on a two-year contract.
BBC News - Published

England cricket team: Jeetan Patel appointed as spin bowling consultant

England appoint Jeetan Patel as their spin-bowling consultant for the tours of South Africa and Sri Lanka.
BBC News - Published

Sri Lankan court blocks Swiss Embassy worker from leaving

sri lankan court blocks swiss embassy worker from leaving
A Sri Lankan court on Tuesday blocked a Swiss Embassy employee from leaving the country until she gives a statement to police about allegations that she was abducted and threatened ......
WorldNews - Published

Sri Lanka: Families waiting for news from their children

Sri Lanka’s civil war ended 10 years ago but there has been little progress in tracing those who disappeared during the war.
BBC News - Published

Sri Lanka-India bilateral ties revitalised, will maintain warm relations with New Delhi: President Gotabaya

Sri Lanka's newly-elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Monday that his recent visit to India, his first foreign trip, has revitalised the historical ties between the two countries, vowing that..
IndiaTimes - Published

Tackling terror tops Modi-Gotabaya talks

India on Friday announced two separate lines of credit worth $450 million for Sri Lanka - $400 million for development assistance and $50 million for counter-terror cooperation -as PM Narendra Modi..
IndiaTimes - Published

Gotabaya Rajapaksa invites PM Modi to visit Sri Lanka

Addressing a joint press conference with PM Modi here, Rajapaksa said, "I am certainly very happy to be here because India is our closest neighbour as well as our long-standing friend. I would avail..
IndiaTimes - Published

Sri Lanka President assures to take steps to release Indian fishermen's boats

Sri Lanka President Gotayaba Rajapaksa on Friday assured that his country will take steps to release the Indian fishermen's boats which are in the island nation's custody. "We discussed in length the..
IndiaTimes - Published

India announces $400 million loan for Sri Lanka, in support of new president

India will lend Sri Lanka $400 million for infrastructure projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday after talks with the island nation's new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa aimed at improving..
Reuters - Published

PM Modi announces $450 million financial assistance to Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced $450 million line of credit to Sri Lanka to strengthen its economy, including $50 million to fight terrorism after he held talks with the island..
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

'Want to take relationship with India to a higher level,' says Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, meets PM Modi

The newly-elected Sri Lankan President also paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's visit to India: All you need to know

IndiaTimes - Published

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in New Delhi, to meet PM Modi today

In his first overseas tour after taking reins of Sri Lanka over a week ago, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in New Delhi on a three-day visit, signalling his intent to deepen bilateral ties with..
IndiaTimes - Published

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrives on three-day visit

Newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived here on Thursday, in his first foreign visit after taking reins of power in the island nation. On Friday, he will hold extensive talks with..
IndiaTimes - Published Also reported by •DNA

Swiss condemn 'attack' on Sri Lanka embassy worker

Abductors tried to force the woman to "disclose embassy-related information", Swiss officials say.
BBC News - Published

Sri Lanka airports on alert as top cop flees after death threat

sri lanka airports on alert as top cop flees after death threat
The Sri Lankan government has put airports on alert to stop police detectives leaving without permission after a top officer who had reportedly received death threats fled the island, police said..
WorldNews - Published

Sri Lanka won't do anything that will harm India's interests: Prez Rajapaksa

"We will work with India as a friendly country and won't do anything that will harm India's interests," said Rajapaksa, who will travel to New Delhi on November 29 on his first official trip abroad as..
IndiaTimes - Published

Sri Lanka's new leader appoints his PM brother as Finance Minister

Sri Lanka's newly-elected leader Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, the current Prime Minister, as the interim government's new finance minister, state television showed in a..
Reuters - Published

UP law panel suggests new legislation to check forcible conversions

The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission on Thursday submitted a report to chief minister Yogi Adityanath, suggesting a new law to check forcible religious conversions. The report was prepared after..
IndiaTimes - Published

Sri Lanka's ruling siblings: New president swears in his brother as PM

Sri Lanka's newly elected president Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday swore in his elder brother, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, as prime minister, cementing the powerful family's political comeback.
Reuters - Published

PM Modi congratulates new Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajpaksa

IndiaTimes - Published

Sri Lanka Rajapaksas: Return to power for wartime leader brothers

The brothers, who oversaw the controversial end to Sri Lanka's bitter civil war, are back in power.
BBC News - Published

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