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Sri Lanka to amend laws to ban cattle slaughter
Colombo, Oct 20 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Cabinet of Ministers has approved to amend the existing laws to ban cattle slaughter in the island nation in a bid to increase local agriculture and dairy production.
2021-10-20
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
SL delegation of over 100 joins inaugural int'l flight to Kushinagar
Colombo, Oct 20 (IANS) Inaugural flights to historically and religiously important town of Kushinagar in India's Uttar Pradesh state will be landed from Colombo carrying state and religious delegation from Sri Lanka, the Indian High Commission in Colombo stated.
2021-10-20
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Sri Lanka extends inter-province travel ban amid Covid spread
Colombo, Oct 20 (IANS) Sri Lankan authorities on Wednesday extended an inter-province travel ban till October 31 to prevent further spread of the Covid pandemic.
2021-10-20
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Politics
Sri Lanka changes Trinco port rules to attract Indian investors
Colombo, Oct 19 (IANS) Aiming to attract investment from India and other neighbouring countries, Sri Lanka has decided to remove prevailing monopoly which allows only one heavy industry in a specific field to be established in Sri Lanka's North-eastern Trincomalee port.
2021-10-19
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
Lanka Premier League 2021 to kick off on December 5
Colombo, Oct 18 (IANS) The Lanka Premier League 2021 will commence on December 5 here with the inaugural game scheduled to be played between Galle and Jaffna.
2021-10-18
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka records over 7,000 tourist arrivals in Oct
Colombo, Oct 18 (IANS) Over 7,000 tourists have arrived in Sri Lanka so far this month, giving a boost to the country's tourism industry which took a blow due to the Covid-19 pandemic, local media reported on Monday.
2021-10-18
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL to obtain $500mn loan from India to keep fuel supply continue
Colombo, Oct 17 (IANS) Sri Lanka will obtain $500 million loan facility from India amidst a warning by the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC), the government's cash-strapped fuel supplier, that the supply could only be guaranteed till January 2022.
2021-10-17
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
SL to restart ETA service for travellers at airport
Colombo, Oct 16 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government has announced that it has decided to restart the on-arrival Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) service at its airports for fully vaccinated international travellers.
2021-10-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
2 inmates in SL jail dead after consuming sanitizer
Colombo, Oct 15 (IANS) Two Iranian inmates detained at the Colombo Remand Prison in Sri Lanka died after consuming an alcohol-based sanitizer, local media reported.
2021-10-15
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Crime/Disaster/Accident
SL central bank to keep policy rates steady
Colombo, Oct 14 (IANS) The Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) announced on Thursday that it would keep policy rates at their current levels while maintaining inflation at targeted levels and supporting economic recovery.
2021-10-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Business/Economy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Sri Lankans urged to remain cautious despite dip in Covid cases
Colombo, Oct 14 (IANS) Health officials have urged Sri Lankans to remain cautious despite a drop in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases in the country as the spread of transmission caused by the Delta variant was easing.
2021-10-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Lanka Premier League 2021 to commence on December 5
Colombo, Oct 13 (IANS) The Lanka Premier League 2021 will commence on December 5 at the RPICS, Colombo, with the inaugural game scheduled to be played between Galle and Jaffna, according to the schedule released on Wednesday.
2021-10-13
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
'Ecological floating islands' in Colombo's Beira Lake
Colombo, Oct 13 (IANS) Located in the middle of Sri Lanka's capital city of Colombo, is the beautiful and popular Beira Lake. Spread over 65 hectares, the lake offers locals and foreign tourists not just a pleasant and tranquil view, but also a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle urban life.
2021-10-13
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Environment/Wildlife
Mathews makes himself available for Sri Lanka selection
Colombo, Oct 12 (IANS) Former captain Angelo Mathews has made himself available for selection in future Sri Lanka teams, the country's board confirmed on Tuesday
2021-10-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Subramanian Swamy, Indian Army Chief to arrive in SL
Colombo, Oct 12 (IANS) In a display of major diplomatic ties between Sri Lanka and India, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy and Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane will arrive in the island nation on Tuesday.
2021-10-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL ranked among top 5 Wellness Tourism Destinations globally
Colombo, Oct 11 (IANS) Sri Lanka has been ranked among the top five Wellness Tourism Destinations in the world this year, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said on Monday.
2021-10-11
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Holding PC polls not due to Indian pressure: SL Minister
Colombo, Oct 11 (IANS) The Sri Lanka government has said that the decision to hold much delayed Provincial Council (PC) elections, which were introduced as a part of 1987 Indo-Lanka Peace Accord, was not due to Indian pressure
2021-10-11
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
T20 Wold Cup: Sri Lanka pick Nissanka, Dananjaya in final squad
Colombo, Oct 10 (IANS) Sri Lanka on Sunday announced their final 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC 2021 Men's T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held from October 17 in UAE and Oman.
2021-10-10
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
After ban on Chinese organic fertiliser, Sri Lanka turns to India
Colombo, Oct 6 (IANS) Following the ban on importing organic fertiliser from China after detecting harmful bacteria, Sri Lanka will import it from India instead.
2021-10-06
Category: International, Sri Lanka,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Won't allow Sri Lanka to be used to inflict threat on India's security: SL President
Colombo, Oct 6 (IANS) The President of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, assured India on Tuesday that he will not allow Sri Lanka to be used to inflict any threat on India's security.
2021-10-06
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL relaxes guideline for foreigners, dual citizens
Colombo, Oct 5 (IANS) Sri Lankan authorities said that foreign nationals and dual citizens holding foreign passports will no longer be required to obtain approval from the local Civil Aviation Authority and the Foreign Ministry to arrive in the country following the easing of the Covid-19 pandemic.
2021-10-05
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Batting has been our shortcoming, but we are resolving it: SL coach Arthur
Colombo, Oct 3 (IANS) Sri Lankan cricket team head coach Mickey Arthur on Sunday admitted that batting was one of the main shortcomings of the side as it embarks on the tour of the UAE and Oman to compete in the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to commence later this month.
2021-10-03
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
World Bank approves $500mn loan for SL to provide safe roads
Colombo, Oct 2 (IANS) The World Bank has approved a $500 million loan for Sri Lanka to provide safe, climate-resilient roads to connect agricultural supply chains through the Inclusive Connectivity and Development Project.
2021-10-02
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Sri Lanka lifts nationwide quarantine curfew
Colombo, Oct 2 (IANS) Sri Lankan authorities have lifted a nationwide quarantine curfew after 42 days, but imposed strict health guidelines including a ban on public gatherings and allowing people to leave their houses only for essential work.
2021-10-02
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
World Bank approves $500 mn loan for Sri Lanka to provide safe roads
Colombo, Oct 2 (IANS) The World Bank on Friday approved $500 million in financing for Sri Lanka to provide safe, climate-resilient roads to connect agricultural supply chains through the Inclusive Connectivity and Development Project.
2021-10-02
Category: International, Sri Lanka,International
Indian Foreign Secy to reach Sri Lanka on 4-day visit on Sat
Colombo, Oct 1 (IANS) The Foreign Secretary of India, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, will arrive in Sri Lanka on a four-day visit Saturday.
2021-10-01
Category: International, Sri Lanka,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
2021 T20 WC: Sri Lanka add five more players to their squad
Colombo, Oct 1 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket on Friday added five more players to their original squad for the upcoming ICC Men's 2021 T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in UAE and Oman.
2021-10-01
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka to maintain inter-province travel ban
Colombo, Oct 1 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Army Commander Gen. Shavendra Silva said that the inter-province travel ban will remain in place until further notice despite the lifting of the nationwide quarantine curfew from Friday onwards.
2021-10-01
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Adani Group signs 35-year BOT deal to develop Colombo Port
Colombo, Oct 1 (IANS) India's trade giant Adani Group on Thursday signed a joint agreement with Sri Lanka's leading business conglomerate, John Keells Holdings PLC, and the state-run Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) to develop the West Container Terminal (WCT) of Colombo Port.
2021-10-01
Category: International, Sri Lanka,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
SL bans China manufactured 'orgnaic' fertiliser after detection of bacteria again
Colombo, Sep 29 (IANS) Sri Lanka banned import of organic fertilisers manufactured in China after state agriculture authorities detected harmful bacteria in them for the second time.
2021-09-29
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Diplomacy,Politics
Lyca Group chairman takes over Jaffna LPL franchise
Colombo, Sep 28 (IANS) Sri Lanka-born British millionaire Allirajah Subaskaran has become the new owner of Jaffna Stallions, the defending champions of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) T20 cricket tournament for its second season starting December 4.
2021-09-28
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Jayawardene to join Sri Lanka as consultant during T20 World Cup
Colombo, Sep 24 (IANS) Legendary cricketer Mahela Jayawardene has been appointed as the consultant of the Sri Lankan side for the first round of the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman.
2021-09-24
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL FM briefs Indian counterpart on actions taken on post-war issues
Colombo, Sep 24 (IANS) During a meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, Sri Lanka Foreign Minister G. L. Peiris informed his Indian counterpart S. Jaishankar about the action taken to resolve the post-ethnic war issues, including releasing LTTE Tamil rebel prisoners and revisiting the Prevention of Terrorism Act.
2021-09-24
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
World Bank agrees to give $100mn to SL for Covid battle
Colombo, Sep 23 (IANS) The World Bank has agreed to give a $100 million loan to support Sri Lanka's efforts to curb the spread of Covid-19, local media reported on Thursday.
2021-09-23
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL plans promotion activities overseas to revive tourism
Colombo, Sep 23 (IANS) Sri Lanka's tourism sector, among the worst hit by Covid-19 in the South Asian country, has planned to undertake promotion activities at international travel and tourism trade shows, local media reported.
2021-09-23
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL scientists warn China's organic fertilizer would be agriculture disaster
Colombo, Sep 22 (IANS) Sri Lankan scientists have warned that 99,000 metric tonnes of organic fertiliser stock to the tune of $63 million from China would be agriculture disaster as they contained harmful micro-organism.
2021-09-22
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Science/Tech
Galle will win Lanka Premier League this season, says franchise owner
Colombo, Sep 20 (IANS) Last year, Galle Gladiators fell short by a whisker to clinch the Lanka Premier League (LPL) title, going down to eventual winner Jaffna Stallions. But 2021 will be the year of the Gladiators, says franchise owner Nadeem Omar adding that the team will bounce back even stronger in the second edition of the T20 League in the Island nation.
2021-09-20
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL receives 4 mnn doses of Sinopharm vaccines
Colombo, Sep 19 (IANS) Sri Lankan authorities have received 4 million doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccines as a mass inoculation program against Covid-19 is presently underway in the island nation.
2021-09-19
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
SL extends nationwide quarantine curfew till Oct 1
Colombo, Sep 18 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said the nationwide quarantine curfew came into effect late August, has been extended till October 1 in an effort to curb the furtherspread of Covid-19.
2021-09-18
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SL extends lockdown amid spread of Black Fungus, Aspergillosis infections
Colombo, Sep 17 (IANS) Sri Lanka has extended the lockdown with health experts urging to keep the country closed amid the spread of Black fungus and Covid-associated invasive pulmonary Aspergillosis.
2021-09-17
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
SLC denies reports of players 'deliberately underperforming' in T20I series
Colombo, Sep 16 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Thursday denied allegations of players 'deliberately underperforming' in the recently-concluded T20I series against South Africa. Certain media reports in the country claimed that some of the players in the team did not fully commit themselves on the field in a comprehensive 3-0 series loss to South Africa.
2021-09-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka's 16th Central Bank Governor assumes office
Colombo, Sep 16 (IANS) The 16th Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), Ajith Nivard Cabraal, has assumed office.
2021-09-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Several patients with Black Fungus detected in SL
Colombo, Sep 16 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Health Ministry said patients with the Black Fungus had been detected from several areas of the country amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
2021-09-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Over 50% of SL's population fully vaccinated against Covid
Colombo, Sep 16 (IANS) Sri Lankan authorities have completed vaccinating over 50 per cent of the country's total population against Covid-19, Cabinet Co-Spokesperson Dullas Alahapperuma said.
2021-09-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Cricketing world looks back at Malinga's illustrious career
Colombo, Sep 15 (IANS) Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga's retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday prompted the cricketing world to look back to his wonderful career, with his former captain and teammate, Kumar Sangakkara, leading the tributes to celebrate the 38-year-old's illustrious career.
2021-09-15
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
South Africa beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets, win series 3-0
Colombo, Sep 14 (IANS) Rezza Hendricks, and Quinton de Kock struck unbeaten half-centuries as South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the third T20I at the R Premadasa Stadium here on Tuesday, completing a 3-0 sweep in the three-match series.
2021-09-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
South Africa eye clean sweep against Sri Lanka in final T20I
Colombo, Sep 14 (IANS) Having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead against Sri Lanka, South Africa will be looking to sweep the three-match T20I series and assert their dominance in the final match when the teams clash at the R. Premadasa Stadium here later on Tuesday.
2021-09-14
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Refreshing to see so many spinners bowl for us: Shamsi
Colombo, Sep 13 (IANS) South Africa may not have household names but they are still a good side and not 'rubbish' as people consider it, said their spinner Tabraiz Shamsi.
2021-09-13
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL PM calls for greater int'l cooperation to overcome Covid
Colombo, Sep 13 (IANS) Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged closer international cooperation among all countries so that they can survive the Covid-19 pandemic and resume normal life, local media reported on Monday.
2021-09-13
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
De Kock's half century, Shamsi's bowling help SA clinch T20I series vs Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sep 13 (IANS) An unbeaten 58 off 48 deliveries by South African opener Quinton de Kock and fine bowling performances by Aiden Markram (3/21) and Tabraiz Shamsi (3/20) helped the visitors come up with a commanding performance to win the second T20I at the R Premadasa Stadium against Sri Lanka by nine wickets, to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
2021-09-13
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket