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India to operate airport in Sri Lanka

India to operate airport in Sri Lanka

India is in advanced talks with Sri Lanka to operate an airport on the southern tip of the island, where China has invested heavily as part of its Belt and Road initiative, a Sri Lankan minister said. Sri Lanka’s civil aviation minister, Nimal Siripala, said the country had been looking for alternative investors in the […]

Ugandan woman arrested with heroin in Sri Lanka

Ugandan woman arrested with heroin in Sri Lanka

An Ugandan national has been arrested at the Bandaranaike International Airport for smuggling over 500 grams of heroin. Acting Customs Media Spokesman, Additional Director General of Customs Dharmasena Kahadawa said the 43 year old Ugandan woman was arrested at the Katunayake Airport Sunday (08) for illegally transporting 505 grams of heroin worth Rs. 5 million. […]

UK: Sri Lankan Gang leader who laundered £107m stripped of properties around the world

UK: Sri Lankan Gang leader who laundered £107m stripped of properties around the world

A Sri Lankan Tamil ringleader of a gang who laundered £107 million through their London bureaux de change has been stripped of his properties, including one in Harrow . Ramanathan Thayaparan, 45, was jailed for nine years in May 2014 following an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). HMRC found that organised crime associates […]

British tourist killed by a crocodile in Sri Lanka

British tourist killed by a crocodile in Sri Lanka

A British holidaymaker, who is presumed dead after being snatched by a crocodile in Sri Lanka, was a Financial Times journalist. Paul McClean, who worked as a reporter on the newspaper’s fastFT desk in London, is missing after the huge reptile grabbed him and dragged him underwater at a lagoon called Crocodile Rock. The 25-year-old […]

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets in Champions Trophy

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 3 wickets in Champions Trophy

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (61*) cracked a gritty fifty as Pakistan notched up a three-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their must-win Group B match to enter the semifinals of the ICC Champions Trophy on Monday. Pakistan will meet Group A toppers England in the first semifinal on Wednesday at the same venue. Chasing a modest […]

Sri Lanka targets builders after 211 deaths

Sri Lanka targets builders after 211 deaths

Sri Lanka announced plans Saturday to prosecute a slew of companies and individuals behind illegal construction projects blamed for landslides and flooding that have killed at least 211 people following heavy monsoon rains last week. The urban development ministry said they will press criminal charges against those illegally occupying marshlands earmarked to absorb flood waters […]

Flooding and mudslides kill 203 in Sri Lanka

Flooding and mudslides kill 203 in Sri Lanka

At least 203 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands are displaced after flooding and mudslides hit large swathes of Sri Lanka. More than 1,500 homes have been destroyed and 16 hospitals evacuated since heavy rains began to hit southern and western areas of the island on Friday. Sri Lankan disaster management minister Anura […]

Gunman opens fire on police in Sri Lanka

Gunman opens fire on police in Sri Lanka

Colombo: An unidentified gunman today opened fire on police in Sri Lanka’s former LTTE stronghold of Kilinochchi, a day after Tamils observed the eighth anniversary of the end of the three-decade long civil war. Several police officers of the Kilinochchi police station in the war-ravaged northern province escaped unhurt in the incident that that took place […]

5 year old killed, two injured in elephant attack

5 year old killed, two injured in elephant attack

Colombo: A five-year-old girl was killed and her 52-year-old grandmother and one-and-half year old sister were injured when they were attacked by a wild elephant at Galkiriyagama, Anuradhapura this morning, police said. The three victims were attacked when they were on their way to a preschool. The incident took place near the Palagala Regional Secretariat […]

Sri Lanka says no to Chinese submarine docking

Sri Lanka says no to Chinese submarine docking

Sri Lanka has rejected China’s request for its submarine to dock at Colombo next week after a similar visit in 2014 triggered strong protest from India, a senior defence official said today, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi began his two-day visit to the country. “They asked for permission for May 14 and 15 to dock […]

Sri Lanka dump collapse: 30 people missing

Sri Lanka dump collapse: 30 people missing

The news came after more bodies were found following Friday’s disaster at Meethotamulla on the city outskirts. A number of those killed were children. Angry residents say their warnings of risks posed by the dump were ignored. The 300ft (91m) high pile of rotting debris shifted after floods and a fire, destroying dozens of homes. […]