Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Rejects International Criticism Of New Army Chief

Sri Lanka Tuesday rejected as "unwarranted and unacceptable” mounting international criticism of the appointment of a general accused of war crimes as the island nation's army chief.The foreign ministry called the appointment of Lieutenant General...

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Elderly Skeletal Elephant Spared Sri Lanka Parade

A skeletal 70-year-old elephant has been withdrawn from a high-profile annual Buddhist pageant in Sri Lanka following a social media firestorm against parading the feeble animal. The chief custodian of the Temple of the Tooth — which organizes...
Related topics: Social Media

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Models Sizzle In Swimsuits At Beach Fashion Show In Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s biggest city, Colombo, hosted a fashion week dedicated to swim and resort wear from 3 August to 10 August.

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Ex-president's Brother Formally Launches Sri Lanka Leadership Bid

Former defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse formally launched his bid for Sri Lanka's presidency Sunday, vowing to battle "extremist terrorism" in the wake of the deadly Easter Sunday suicide attacks.The 70-year-old -- and his ex-president brother,...
Related topics: Terrorism

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India makes it Easier To Charge Citizens With Alleged Ties To Is 

Indian authorities are stepping up efforts to investigate and bring charges against Indian citizens allegedly linked to Islamic State (IS). This comes in the wake of the Easter bombings in April in neighboring Sri Lanka that killed 259 people and...
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Maldives, Sri Lanka, Uae Voice Support For India On Kashmir, Bangladesh 'observing' Situation

New Delhi (Sputnik): New Delhi's decision to strip Jammu and Kashmir of special status has found some open support among India's neighbours. The Maldives, Sri Lanka and the UAE have all stated that they feel the decision is India's internal affair.
Related topics: Maldives, India, Bangladesh, New Delhi

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Sri Lanka Orders Return Of Smuggled British Garbage

Sri Lanka customs Tuesday ordered the return of container loads of hazardous mortuary and clinical waste illegally imported into the island from Britain under the cover of metal recycling.

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Sri Lanka On Security Alert Long After Easter Bombings

By Emily ThampoeNEW YORK, Jul 3 2019 (IPS) Sri Lanka continues to be on a security alert long after the devastation caused by a string of bombings on Easter Sunday this year. Raisa Wickrematunge, Editor of Groundviews, told IPS: “There has been a...

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Aon To Offer Micro Insurance In Sri Lanka Via Blockchain

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Related topics: Blockchain

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Facebook Says It’s Taking New Steps To Stop Hate Speech In Sri Lanka And Myanmar

As Facebook deals with global criticism for its platform’s role in promoting violence, the company says it’s taking new steps to slow the spread of hate. In a blog post published yesterday, the company noted action it’s recently taken in two...
Related topics: Facebook, Social Media, Myanmar

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Intelligence Warns Daesh May Soon Threaten India, Sri Lanka

At least 100 people are reported to have joined Daesh* from the Indian state of Kerala in the last few years. A police officer said around 3,000 individuals, most of them from Kerala, are being monitored after deradicalisation at 21 counselling...
Related topics: India, Police

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Sri Lanka’s First Ever Satellite Is Named After The Ultimate Villain Of Hindu Mythology

In the Indian subcontinent, issues and events often have a mythological subtext or context, be it in politics, science, or other fields. References to tales, characters, and messages from ancient texts and scriptures can be found sprinkled beyond...

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Macau Pull Out Of World Cup Qualifier In Sri Lanka Citing Safety

Hong Kong (AFP) – Macau’s football chiefs have said they will not send a team to Sri Lanka for a World Cup qualifying match this week, citing security fears following the deadly Easter suicide attacks. The decision sparked a rebuke from...
Related topics: Hong Kong

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Sri Lanka To Ban Chainsaws, Timber Mills: President

Sri Lanka will ban imports of chainsaws and shut timber mills within five years to protect forests, President Maithripala Sirisena's office said Friday.

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Three Held In Sri Lanka For Spreading Hatred, Smartphone Smuggling

Sri Lankan authorities have been conducting raids across the country since the 21 April bombings in order to nab people linked to illegal or extremist activities. Steps have also been taken to curb hate speech and radicalisation, which have...

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Modi's Maldives, Sri Lanka Visit Vital From Security & Economic Angle: Ex-envoy

Modi’s forthcoming visit to the Maldives and Sri Lanka provides an important occasion to review bilateral relations. China too has been making inroads in these nations. Thus, it's an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest with these two...
Related topics: Maldives, China

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Muslims Leave Sri Lanka Govt To Allow Probe Of Terror Claim

Eleven Muslim politicians resigned from top government positions in Sri Lanka to enable an investigation into allegations some of them were linked to the extremists behind Easter bombings

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Sri Lanka Muslim Government Leaders Resign Over Allegations

Sri Lankan Muslim politicians holding top government positions have resigned, saying they want to enable the government to investigate allegations against some of them on links to Islamic extremist militants. Nine Cabinet and junior ministers and...

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Asylum Seekers In Sri Lanka Fear For Their Safety, In Wake Of Easter Sunday Terror Attacks

Since the suicide bombings in Sri Lanka on April 21, there have been concerns for the safety of refugees and asylum seekers living in the country: in the immediate aftermath, there were reports of refugees being targeted and forced from their homes...

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Pakistani And Afghan Refugees Seek Safe Haven In Sri Lanka

The Amadiyya community centre in Pasyala hosts refugees and asylum seekers forced to leave their homes since the April 21 attacks in Sri Lanka. Credit: UNHCR/Caroline GluckBy Caroline GluckNEGOMBO, Sri Lanka, May 31 2019 (IPS) Thirteen-year-old...

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