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27-Jul-2019 Colombo

To survive in cricket be a match-winner : Lasith Malinga

"You have to be a match-winner" is the golden rule to survive in veteran pacer Lasith Malinga's golden words for the youngsters after playing his final ODI for Sri Lanka in front of his home crowd.On Friday, Malinga brought an end to his illustrious ODI career...

09-Jun-2019 Colombo

Terrorism a joint threat, needs collective action : Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena for the second time in 10 days and agreed that terrorism was a "joint threat" that needed collective and focussed action. The two leaders had last week met at Modi's swearing-in...

09-Jun-2019 Colombo

Indian democracy strengthened by poll verdict : Narendra Modi

Indian democracy has been strengthened by the sweeping mandate in the general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Sunday, adding that democracy is a part of Indian culture."The results of the Lok Sabha elections are a matter of study for the...

09-Jun-2019 Colombo

Narendra Modi ends Sri Lanka visit, flies to Tirupati

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left Sri Lanka after a packed day's visit to the island nation.Modi "emplanes from Sri Lanka", the Indian government tweeted.Before leaving the island nation, Modi and Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena held talks.Modi...

09-Jun-2019 Colombo

Sri Lanka can't be cowed down by terror : Narendra Modi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday paid his tribute to the victims of the horrific Easter Sunday suicide bombings, saying "cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka"."I am confident Sri Lanka will rise again. Cowardly acts of...

22-Apr-2019 Colombo

290 killed in Sri Lanka mayhem

At least 290 people were killed and approximet 400  injured when eight suicide bombings, mainly in Colombo, ravaged Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday in the island's bloodiest day since the civil war ended a decade ago. Four Indians, two of them women. were...

21-Apr-2019 Colombo

Easter Sunday suicide bombings kill 185 in Sri Lanka

At least 185 people were killed and more than 400 injured when suicide bombers exploded themselves in three luxury hotels and three churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday in the island's bloodiest day since the civil war ended a decade ago.The mayhem began...

16-Dec-2018 Colombo

Wickremesinghe sworn in as Sri Lankan PM, political impasse ends

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, sacked from the post in October, was sworn in again on Sunday by President Maithripala Sirisena, a move that ended a nearly two-month political impasse that erupted after his surprising dismissal.Wickremesinghe,...

26-Oct-2018 Colombo

Mahinda Rajapakse sworn in as new Sri Lanka PM

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the new Prime Minister at the Presidential Secretariat here on Friday, a government official said.Rajapaksa took the oath in front of President Maithripala Sirisena shortly after the Sirisena-led...

09-Oct-2018 Colombo

Toll in Sri Lanka rains reaches 9

The death toll from the heavy rains in Sri Lanka rose to nine on Tuesday, leading to thousands of people being evacuated from their homes, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said.DMC spokesperson Pradeep Kodippili said that more than 100 mm of rain had...

08-Oct-2018 Colombo

4 killed in Sri Lankan storm

At least four persons were killed and over 10,000 affected as heavy rains and strong winds lashed Sri Lanka over the weekend, the government said on Monday.Disaster Management Center (DMC) spokesperson Pradeep Kodippili in the latest update said the four...

10-Aug-2018 Colombo

Dinesh Chandimal returns to Sri Lanka's T20I side

Former Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal on Thursday returned to the national side for the solitary T20 International against South Africa on Tuesday, after serving an international ban for breaching the spirit of the game.The 28-year-old was banned for two...

26-Jul-2018 Hambantota (Sri Lanka)

U-19 Test: Sri Lanka trail by 250 runs against India on Day 3

The Sri Lanka Under-19 players scored 47/3 in the second innings, trailing by 250 runs against India Under-19 at the end of the third day's play of their second and final Youth Test here on Thursday.Nuwanidu Fernando (2) and S. Senarathne (0) were at the...

23-May-2018 Colombo

Rains batter Sri Lanka, 10 killed

The death toll in Sri Lanka's monsoon rains has climbed to 10 while 27,621 people have been evacuated, officials said on Wednesday.The number of evacuees rose from 6,090 to 27,621 on Tuesday, according to the latest figures released by the country's Disaster...

19-Mar-2018 Colombo

Rohit Sharma hails Dinesh Karthik's last ball brilliance

Skipper Rohit Sharma is relieved that his gamble of holding back Dinesh Karthik behind rookie all-rounder Vijay Shankar paid off after the stumper's last ball six helped India to a four-wicket win over Bangladesh and to lift the Nidahas T20 tri-series trophy.With...

19-Mar-2018 Colombo

I would ask Rubel to bowl again in 19th over : Shakib Al Hasan

Not wanting to "cry about" their heart-wrenching four-wicket defeat to India in the final of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 International (T20) tri-series, Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said he would give the ball to Rubel Hossain again despite the pacer...

18-Mar-2018 Colombo

I have been practising these shots : Dinesh Karthik

Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who on Sunday, handed India a nail-biting four wicket victory over Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series with a six off the final ball, said he has been practising these types of shots.Coming in the second last...

18-Mar-2018 Colombo

Dinesh Karthik stars as India beat Bangladesh in Nidahas Trophy final

Wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik (29 runs off eight balls) played a brilliant cameo towards the end as India beat Bangladesh by four wickets in the final of the Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series at the R.Premadasa Stadium here on Sunday.Coming in the second last over...

16-Mar-2018 Colombo

Nidahas Trophy: Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka to enter final

Riding on some brilliant batting from middle-order batsman Mahmudullah (43 not out), Bangladesh edged past Sri Lanka by two wickets to enter the final of the Nidahas Trophy T20 tri-series here on Friday.At one point, the hosts were tottering at 41/5 inside...

14-Mar-2018 Colombo

Washington allows me to breathe easy : Rohit Sharma

India skipper Rohit Sharma heaped praises on teenaged off-spinner Washington Sundar for starring with the ball during the 17-run win over Bangladesh at the R.Premadasa Stadium here on Wednesday.The off-spinner returned 3/22 to break the backbone of the Bangladeshi...

12-Mar-2018 Colombo

Nidahas Trophy: India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets

A combined effort helped India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the fourth match of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket tri-series at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium here on Monday.Chasing 152/9 target in a match which...

10-Mar-2018 Colombo

Nidahas Trophy: Bangladesh stun Sri Lanka in high-scoring affair

Bangladesh pulled off a five-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in their second match of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket tri-series here at R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium on Saturday.Put in to bat, Sri Lanka posted a huge total of...

08-Mar-2018 Colombo

Rohit Sharma hails 'clinical' performance against Bangladesh

India captain Rohit Sharma termed "clinical" their six-wicket win over Bangladesh in their second match of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket tri-series here on Thursday.India restricted Bangladesh to 139/8 and then chased down the target...

08-Mar-2018 Colombo

India beat Bangladesh by 6 wickets in Nidahas Trophy

India produced an all-round show to thump Bangladesh by six wickets in their second match of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket tri-series here on Thursday.India restricted Bangladesh to 139/8 and then chased down the target with six...

06-Mar-2018 Colombo

Nidahas Trophy: Sri Lanka beat India in opening match

Kusal Perera's brilliant 66 off 37 balls and some crucial contributions from the middle-order helped Sri Lanka beat India by five wickets in the opening match of the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 International (T20I) cricket tri-series here on Tuesday.After the...

22-Jan-2018 Bagota

13 dead in Colombia landslide

Thirteen persons, including two minors and two women, have died in a landslide in Colombia that dragged down a small bus near the Ecuadorian border, official sources said.The bus was travelling on Sunday near the Narino area bordering Equador, Efe news reported....

12-Dec-2017 Colombo

Jacqueline Fernandez opens her first restaurant in Colombo

Jacqueline Fernandez is excited about opening her first restaurant in her in her hometown Colombo.The Kaema Sutra restaurant will serve Sri Lankan cuisine. The Sri Lankan beauty, a popular name in Bollywood, on Tuesday shared on Instagram a photograph of herself...

30-Nov-2017 Colombo

Six killed in Sri Lanka rain

At least six people were killed and 23 injured in heavy rain that lashed Sri Lanka, authorities said on Thursday.The Disaster Management Centre said fatalities were reported from Galle, Gampaha and Badulla districts while severe destruction had been caused...

06-Oct-2017 Colombo

India always stood for united, sovereign Sri Lanka : Sumitra Mahajan

India has always stood for a united and sovereign Sri Lanka, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said on Friday, as her counterpart from the island nation's parliament assured her that the proposed new constitution would take care of all ethnic groups.After...

15-Sep-2017 Colombo

Cricketers shouldn't complain about tight schedule : Rohit Sharma

Ahead of the long international season, India vice captain Rohit Sharma reckons cricketers shouldnt complain about burnouts because they have short career spans.The opening batsman also said that players have to make most of the time given to them.India will...

06-Sep-2017 Colombo

Virat Kohli stars as India thrash Sri Lanka in T20I

Virat Kohli led from the front with some explosive batting as India thrashed Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the one-off Twenty20 International at the R. Premadasa Stadium here on Wednesday.Kohli plundered 82 runs off just 54 deliveries, smashing seven boundaries...

01-Sep-2017 Colombo

Sushma Swaraj meets Sri Lankan President

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday met Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena here and discussed issues of bilateral interest."Meeting with the leadership... discusses bilateral issues of mutual collaboration," Indian External Affairs...

20-Aug-2017 Dambulla (Sri Lanka)

Shikhar Dhawan credits mental preparation for his wondrous form

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan credited his mental preparation for his wondrous form which helped the visitors rout Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the first One Day International match here on Sunday.Power-packed innings from Man of the Match Dhawan (132 in 90...

14-Aug-2017 Kandy (Sri Lanka)

India thrash Sri Lanka in 3rd Test, sweep series

India thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs on the third day of the third and final Test match to sweep the series 3-0 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here on Monday.Chasing the first innings deficit of 352 runs after being asked to...

13-Aug-2017 Kandy

India dominate day 2 of Third Test against Sri Lanka

India dominated the proceedings on the second day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka skittling out the hosts in their first innings for 135 runs after posting a mammoth 487 and then restricting them to 19/1 post-imposition of follow-on at the Pallekele...

12-Aug-2017 Kandy

Sri Lanka's rearguard action halts India's charge

India opener Shikhar Dhawan struck a whirlwind ton and Lokesh Rahul scored a half-century, but hosts Sri Lanka hit back towards the end of the first day of the third Test as India posted 329/6 at stumps at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here on...

02-Jun-2017 Colombo

Toll in Sri Lanka floods is 206

The death toll in Sri Lanka's devastating floods and landslides has risen to 206 with 92 people still reported missing, media reports said on Friday.As of Thursday night, almost 650,000 people in 15 districts were still affected by the severe rains and strong...

27-May-2017 Colombo

Toll in Sri Lanka floods increases to 100

The death toll in the floods and landslides in Sri Lanka has increased to 100 while 99 persons were reported missing, the Disaster Management Centre said on Saturday.Around 12,000 people have been evacuated from areas at risk of floods that have already...

26-May-2017 Colombo

6 killed in Sri Lanka landslides

At least six people were killed and several others reported missing on Friday due to landslides in two different areas in Sri Lanka's Kalutara district following heavy rainfall, police said.Rescue operations are currently underway...

12-May-2017 Colombo

Sri Lankan opposition leader calls on Narendra Modi

Leader of Opposition in Sri Lanka R. Sampathan and Tamil National Alliance leaders called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Friday."Leader of Opposition Mr. R. Sampathan and TNA leaders call on PM @narendramodi," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson...

12-May-2017 Kandy

Narendra Modi visits Temple of Tooth in Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday visited the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic here which houses the relic of the tooth of Lord Buddha."An architectural wonder housing shared religious heritage. PM @narendramodi arrives at the Temple of the Sacred Tooth...

11-May-2017 Colombo

Narendra Modi arrives in Sri Lanka, meets President

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena here ahead of the "International Vesak Day" celebrations where the Indian leader will be the chief guest."Delighted to meet President @MaithripalaS in Colombo," Modi tweeted...

20-Apr-2017 Colombo

INS Darshak conducting joint survey of Sri Lankan bay

INS Darshak, the Indian Navy's hydrographic survey ship, is jointly with Sri Lankan Navy undertaking a joint hydrographic survey of Weligama Bay, the navy said in a tweet on Thursday.On a two-month deployment in the Sri Lankan waters, INS Darshak jointly...

17-Apr-2017 Colombo

Search continues for Sri Lanka garbage dump victims, toll now 30

Sri Lankan authorities on Monday continued search operations to find more victims buried under the rubble of a garbage dump near here, after the toll from its collapse rose to 30.Rescue officials by Monday morning had recovered 30 bodies and the army said...

15-Apr-2017 Colombo

16 killed in Sri Lanka garbage dump collapse

At least 16 persons died after a rubbish dump collapsed and buried their homes under tonnes of garbage outside the Sri Lankan capital, officials said."Sixteen people died and seven were injured after the collapse of the Meethotamulla rubbish dump, a worker...

19-Mar-2017 Colombo

Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka to win 100th Test

Bangladesh racked up a thrilling four-wicket victory over Sri Lanka riding a brilliant all-round performance from Shakib Al Hasan to seal a memorable 100th Test win here on Sunday.Chasing 191 to win, Tamim Iqbal struck a fine 82 before skipper Mushfiqur Rahim (22...

27-Feb-2017 Colombo

Seven die in Sri Lanka prison bus attack

Seven persons were killed in an attack on a prison bus in southern Sri Lanka on Monday, police said.A criminal gang member, Aruna Udayashantha, was killed in the shooting incident in Kalutara town, Xinhua news agency quoted police as saying.This is the second...

19-Feb-2017 Colombo

10 die in Sri Lanka boat capsize

At least 10 persons were killed after a boat carrying 20 passengers capsized in the sea off Kalutara in Sri Lanka on Sunday, the navy said.The boat had sailed from the shores of Beruwala and capsized one and a half nautical miles away from the shore, Xinhua...

27-Sep-2016 Colombo

India to invest $2 bn in Sri Lanka in 4 years: Nirmala Sitharaman

India will invest up to $2 billion in Sri Lanka over the next four years in a variety of sectors including real estate, energy and infrastructure, visiting Indian Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Tuesday."In the next two to four years, the total...

05-Sep-2016 Colombo

WHO certifies Sri Lanka as Malaria-free

The World Health Organisation has certified Sri Lanka as a Malaria-free nation on having eliminated the life threatening disease, a statement said."Sri Lanka's achievement is truly remarkable. In the mid-20th century it was among the most Malaria-affected...

02-Sep-2016 Colombo

Sri Lanka made progress in justice, human rights: UN chief

Sri Lanka has made progress in reconciliation, human rights and justice but more needs to be done, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday.Addressing a gathering in Colombo during his two-day visit, Ban said Sri Lanka is still in the early stages...

01-Sep-2016 Colombo

Ban Ki-moon holds talks with Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon held talks with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo on Thursday.The Secretary General, who is on his second official visit to the country since the end of the civil war in 2009, was recieved by Sri...

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