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China and Sri Lanka break stalemate, agree on Hambantota port

After months of protracted negotiations and stagnation on the controversial China-Lanka Hambantota port deal, the two countries have reached an agreement on the US$...

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh release joint statement on MOUs, FTA

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will sign a Free Trade Agreement before the end of the year, the two countries jointly announced at the end...

UN special rapporteur lambasts Lanka, says island among world’s worst for...

Speaking to  the media after a four-day tour of Sri Lanka, Emmerson maintained that as recently as October 2016, 80 cases of torture of...

Tamil MP moves Lankan Supreme Court to prevent steel houses for...

A Fundamental Rights petition was filed Thursday in the Lankan Supreme Court against a government project to construct 65,000 pre-fabricated steel houses for people...

Unrest in Tamil polity may jeopardize demands of Tamils

The divide in Tamil nationalist politics that was apparent in the last weeks following a no confidence motion that was going to be moved...

Lankan Buddhist High Priests oppose constitutional changes

Sri Lanka’s Buddhist High Priests called “Mahanayakes” have jointly asked the government to drop its plan to write a new constitution for the country...

Int’l Convention on disappearance threatens Lanka says Rajapaksa

Foreign countries, the West in particular, could arrest Sri Lankans for crimes allegedly committed in Sri Lanka, if Sri Lanka incorporates into its local...

A saga of an arrest, a bail and a fundamental rights...

Arrested and released on bail in quick succession, following his surrender to the Courts after weeks of evading the law on several charges including...

North of Lanka embroiled in crisis with Chief Minister at centre

The North of Sri Lanka is embroiled in an internal controversy involving its Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran. Last Wednesday a No Confidence Motion...

Lankan PM and cabinet issues strong messages against hate crimes

The Sri Lankan government will arrest and punish those who spread religious hate and will look at coming up with new laws to tackle...

Fear grips Lankan Muslims as BBS appears defiant

A day after Sri Lanka police arrested five people including a member of an ultra nationalist Buddhist group for violence against Muslims, allegations are...

As Lanka grapples with epidemic prevention, Pakistan medics offer assistance

Sixteen hospitals had to be closed due to floods and landslides in Sri Lanka even as the threat of water and vector-borne diseases mounted,...

Lankan death toll soars, Pakistan sends flood relief aid 

The death toll of Sri Lanka’s flashfloods and landslides has increased to over 193, while 94 still remain missing and a total of 575,000...

India and Pakistan among first countries to rush emergency aid as...

India and Pakistan were among the first countries to respond in the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s flash flood disaster which has killed at least...

Militant Buddhist extremism resurfaces in Lanka

After a lull following the election of the new Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe regime in 2015, the months of April and May this year has...

Heads roll and re-fixed in Lanka

In a move that has disgruntled some, and in the immediate aftermath of frantic eleventh hour overnight lobbying, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on...

Lankan Buddhist delegation leaves for Pakistan to attend 2nd Vesak Festival

A thirty four member delegation led by Lankan Buddhist monks and scholars left for Pakistan Sunday on the invitation of the Pakistani government, to...

Don’t use North resources for new industries in region, says CM

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has placed a rather unusual barricade on development in the region by blocking the...

Modi woos Lanka, promises India Lanka connectivity

Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday glorified in the teachings of the Buddha and Buddhist based links between the two countries in...

EU restores GSP+ concessions to Sri Lanka

The European Union has formally restored the Generalized Scheme of Preference Plus GSP+ trade concessions to Sri Lanka seven years after it was suspended...

Lanka’s wins GSP plus vote in EU parliament

A crippling Hartal unleashed Thursday in the Tamil majority North of the country, protesting against lack of action by the government to trace Lankan...