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Sri Lanka declares emergency over food shortage as banks run out of foreign exchange

Sri Lanka has declared a state of emergency over food shortages as private banks run out of foreign exchange to finance imports. With the country suffering a hard-hitting economic crisis, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday said he has ordered emergency regulations to counter the hoarding of sugar, rice and other essential foods. The regulations give […]

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Sri Lanka trims working hours of elephants, bans drunk driving of elephants

Sri Lanka to issue biometric identity cards to their captive elephants and ban their riders from drinking on the job under a wide-ranging new animal protection law. Sri Lankans who keep elephants as pets to show off their wealth, but complaints of ill treatment and cruelty are widespread. The new measures are aimed at protecting […]

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IN PICTURES: Sri Lanka braces for it’s worst ever marine disaster

An environmental disaster off the coast of Sri Lanka got worse after a large container ship carrying chemicals and plastic caught fire, sank and could now begin an ‘almost inevitable’ oil spill making it one of Sri Lanka’s worst-ever marine disasters. The MV X-Press Pearl has nearly 350 tonnes of oil in its fuel tanks. […]

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Burnt chemical cargo ship off Colombo sinks to the bottom of the sea bed

A cargo ship carrying tonnes of chemicals is sinking off Sri Lanka’s west coast, the country’s government and navy said, in one of Sri Lanka’s worst-ever marine disasters. The Singapore-registered MV X-Press Pearl was carrying 1,486 containers, including 25 tonnes of nitric acid, along with other chemicals and cosmetics that were loaded at the port […]

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Archbishop of Colombo accuses Sri Lankan government of stalling investigations into Easter bombings

The head of Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic Church accused the government of stalling investigations into Easter Sunday bombings two years ago that killed 279 people. Even after arresting 200 people within days of the attacks, no one has been charged yet. Archbishop of Colombo Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith on Wednesday said he was “deeply saddened” by […]

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Sri Lanka allots remote island as burial site for Covid-19 victims from Muslim and Christian communities

The Sri Lankan government chose a remote island as the burial location of Covid-19 victims from the minority Muslim and Christian communities. The government previously forced minorities to cremate their dead in line with the practice of the majority Buddhists. It claimed burials would contaminate ground water. But the government backed down months after international […]

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Sri Lanka: Mother kills her 9-year-old daughter in ‘exorcism’ ritual

A nine-year-old girl died in Sri Lanka after she was beaten with a cane during a ritual locally believed to drive away “evil spirits”. The child’s mother and another woman who performed the ritual were arrested in connection with the death, police said. The mother believed her daughter was “possessed by a demon”, police said. […]

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Sri Lanka rescues 120 pilot whales after mass stranding 25km south of Colombo

About 120 pilot whales were stranded on Sri Lanka’s western coast in the island nation’s biggest-ever mass beaching. The short-finned pilot whales began beaching at Panadura, 25 kilometres south of Colombo, shortly before dusk and within an hour their numbers swelled to over 100, local police chief Sanjaya Irasinghe told AFP. “With the help of […]

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Cat escapes Sri Lanka’s high security prison after trying to smuggle drugs and phone SIM cards

A cat escaped after being detained at Sri Lanka’s main prison while allegedly trying to smuggle drugs and cell phone SIM cards. The feline was detected by jail intelligence officials on Saturday at the high-security Welikada Prison, a police official said. He said nearly two grams of heroin, two SIM cards and a memory chip […]

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Multiple bomb blasts target Churches and Luxury Hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

At least 52  people died and over 300 others were injured when blasts rocked three churches and three hotels in the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo. The explosion hit three catholic churches St. Anthony’s Church in Kochchikade, St. Anthony’s Church in Negombo and at St. Sebestian’s Church in Katuwapitiya, Katana. The luxury five star hotels […]