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15,000 people in Sri Lankan jails over unpaid fines


August 15th, 2012 - 7:16 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Aug 15 (IANS) There are over 15,000 people in detention in Sri Lankan jails for failing to pay fines, an official revealed Wednesday.Over the year 2011, a total of ... Read more...

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Japanese firm to re-enter Sri Lanka


July 25th, 2012 - 4:36 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 25 (IANS) Japanese conglomerate and Fortune 500's Sumitomo Corporation is returning to post-war Sri Lanka, authorities said Wednesday.Sumitomo is considered as one the largest trading houses in Japan, ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka to establish warning system for n-disasters


June 30th, 2012 - 1:30 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, June 29 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Atomic Energy Authority is to set up nuclear disaster early warning system in the naval bases around the island in the wake of increasing ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka T20 League attracts bids over $30 mn


June 26th, 2012 - 5:01 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, June 26 (IANS) In a major breakthrough for Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), all seven Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) franchises have been snapped up with bids worth over $30 ... Read more...

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My life is under threat: Sri Lankan ex-army chief


June 10th, 2012 - 2:36 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, June 10 (IANS) Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka, who was recently released from prison, Sunday said his life is under threat and he needs to be provided ... Read more...

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Dengue kills 56 in Sri Lanka (Lead)


June 6th, 2012 - 7:28 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, June 6 (IANS) Dengue fever has killed 56 people in Sri Lanka, the health ministry said Wednesday.Xinhua quoted the ministry as saying that a total of 11,473 dengue cases ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka cracks down on illegal workers after Indian’s death


May 15th, 2012 - 5:02 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 15 (IANS) Sri Lanka has cracked down on foreigners working illegally after an Indian died while working in a steel plant, an official said here Tuesday.The Indian was ... Read more...

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Tremors felt in Sri Lanka


April 11th, 2012 - 5:07 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 11 (IANS) People in Sri Lankan capital Colombo and several other parts of the island felt tremors following a major earthquake that struck Indonesia Wednesday."Tremors have been felt ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka metro to link airport, Colombo (Lead)


March 21st, 2012 - 2:58 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, March 21 (IANS) A private company Wednesday said it has kicked off Sri Lanka's first metro rail project that will link the country's only international airport and capital Colombo.The ... Read more...

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Two monks killed in Sri Lanka


March 21st, 2012 - 2:04 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, March 21 (IANS) Police were Wednesday investigating the overnight killing of two monks at a leading Buddhist temple in a suburb of capital Colombo.Police spokesperson Ajith Rohana said the ... Read more...

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20 injured in Sri Lankan prison clash


January 24th, 2012 - 6:58 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 24 (IANS) A total of 20 people were injured when guards and inmates clashed Tuesday in a Sri Lankan prison near capital Colombo, said an official.The clash broke ... Read more...

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India grants scholarships to Sri Lankan students


January 19th, 2012 - 9:01 pm ICT by IANS
Galle (Sri Lanka), Jan 19 (IANS) India will extend more scholarships to meritorious Sri Lankan students in high schools and universities in the island, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna ... Read more...

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Krishna brings healing touch to Tamils (Lead)


January 18th, 2012 - 5:58 pm ICT by IANS
Kilinochchi (Sri Lanka), Jan 18 (IANS) Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna visited this former Tamil Tiger hub Wednesday and gifted medical equipment to a hospital, unveiled a renovated school ... Read more...

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11 killed as strong winds, floods hit Sri Lanka


November 25th, 2011 - 11:28 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Nov 25 (IANS) At least 11 people were killed and over 700 houses were damaged when strong winds and floods lashed parts of Sri Lanka Friday, Xinhua reported.Area ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka records over 7,000 child abuse complaints


November 6th, 2011 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Nov 6 (IANS) Over 7,000 complaints of children being abused have been recorded in Sri Lanka this year, an official said Sunday.The National Child Protection Authority said most of ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka boosts tourism via street spice food festival


October 28th, 2011 - 9:25 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Oct 28 (IANS) One of the popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka's tourism calendar, "World Spice Food Festival" kicked off along a Colombo street Friday.Started in 2005, "World Spice ... Read more...

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Number of homosexuals on rise in Sri Lanka


September 21st, 2011 - 5:15 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 21 (IANS) Sri Lankan authorities Wednesday said that there has been an increase in the number of homosexuals in the country.A survey conducted by the Sri Lankan health ... Read more...

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Paharpur Cooling to expand real estate business


November 25th, 2010 - 12:49 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Nov 24 (IANS) Kolkata-based Paharpur Cooling Towers Limited, with a turnover exceeding Rs.1,000 crore, has formed a special purpose vehicle (SPV) with a Mauritius-based private equity fund Pragnya Fund-I to execute ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka blocks BBC from travelling to war commission in north


November 11th, 2010 - 1:24 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Nov.11 (ANI): The Government of Sri Lanka government has again blocked BBC News from travelling to the north to attend public hearings of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, which is ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka brews largest cup of tea in the world


October 10th, 2010 - 12:03 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 10 (ANI): One of the world's leading tea-producing nations, Sri Lanka, has witnessed a new world record-the largest cup of tea.A giant red mug was filled with 4,546 litre of ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka court frees ex-army chief’s aides


September 25th, 2010 - 3:17 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 25 (IANS) The magistrate's court of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo ordered the release of four aides of the former army chief Sarath Fonseka who was convicted of corruption and ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka lawmakers give sweeping powers to President Rajapaksa


September 9th, 2010 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Sept. 9 (ANI): Lawmakers in Sri Lanka MPs have approved proposals to let President Mahinda Rajapaksa seek an unlimited number of terms, even as critics said they could lead to the ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan cabinet meets first time in north


July 14th, 2010 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 14 (DPA) The Sri Lankan government held a meeting of its cabinet ministers in the northern region, making it the first such session there since Tamil rebels were defeated last ... Read more...

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UN official visits Sri Lanka amid human rights concern


June 16th, 2010 - 9:58 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, June 16 (DPA) UN Under Secretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe met with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Wednesday, as concerns persisted over human rights in the final stages of ... Read more...

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Fans would give Asia Cup due attention despite football frenzy: Afridi


June 13th, 2010 - 2:01 pm ICT by ANI
Karachi, Jun.13 (ANI): Given the public frenzy for the FIFA World Cup, Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi still believes fans would give the upcoming Asia Cup in Sri Lanka due attention.Talking ... Read more...

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Court martial of Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief postponed


April 6th, 2010 - 9:05 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 6 (DPA) Two separate court martial proceedings against Sri Lanka's former army chief Sarath Fonseka were postponed Tuesday over objections by his lawyers, officials said. General Fonseka, who ran as the ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s ex-army commander appears before military court


March 16th, 2010 - 6:38 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, March 16 (DPA) Sri Lanka's former army commander, retired general Sarath Fonseka, appeared before a military tribunal Tuesday on charges of high treason, defence authorities said. Military spokesperson Major General Prasad Samarasinghe ... Read more...

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India to open consulate in Jaffna: Rao


March 8th, 2010 - 7:47 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 8 (IANS) India plans to open a consulate in Jaffna town, an important step to spur New Delhi's efforts in the reconstruction of Sri Lanka's war-ravaged north, the government ... Read more...

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Rajapaksa takes initial lead in Lanka presidential poll


January 27th, 2010 - 8:16 am ICT by ANI
Colombo, Jan. 27 (ANI): Incumbent Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has acquired an initial lead in postal vote counting in the country's sixth presidential election against main challenger and former chief of ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka polls end with 70 per cent turnout (Third Lead)


January 26th, 2010 - 9:10 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 26 (DPA) Polling in Sri Lanka's presidential election ended Tuesday with a turnout of more than 70 per cent as heavy security was deployed to prevent violence. Election observers reported sporadic ... Read more...

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Sri Lankans flock to vote despite blasts, violence (Second Lead)


January 26th, 2010 - 6:31 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 26 (DPA) Polling in Sri Lanka's presidential election ended Tuesday with a turnout of more than 70 percent despite incidents of violence, explosions in the north and intimidation of voters, ... Read more...

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Voter turnout low in northern Sri Lanka after explosions (Lead)


January 26th, 2010 - 4:13 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 26 (DPA) A series of explosions in northern Sri Lanka ahead of voting in the presidential election lowered turnout in the region, but the rest of the country reported brisk ... Read more...

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Australia hires ad agency to battle illegal immigration


October 6th, 2009 - 11:46 am ICT by IANS
Sydney, Oct 6 (DPA) The Australian government has embarked on a novel campaign to combat a growing wave of illegal immigrants by hiring an international advertising agency to mount street theatre in ... Read more...

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New Tamil Tiger leader KP arrested in Thailand, brought to Colombo


August 7th, 2009 - 12:59 pm ICT by ANI
Bangkok/Colombo, Aug.7 (ANI): The new head of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Selvarajah Pathmanathan alias KP, has been brought to Sri Lankan capital Colombo after his arrest in Bangkok, Thailand, ... Read more...

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With Tamil Tigers gone, Sri Lanka opens the Ramayana trail for Indians (With images)


July 23rd, 2009 - 2:43 pm ICT by IANS
By Rahul Dass Ella (Sri Lanka), July 23 (IANS) With a quarter-century of ethnic conflict and terrorism in Sri Lanka left behind, the island nation, known for its sun-kissed beaches and rolling tea ... Read more...

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