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Riots in prison over rising Covid-19 infections have killed at least 8 people, injured 52 others in Sri Lanka

At least eight people have been killed and 52 others injured in Sri Lanka after prison riots broke out between guards and inmates, officials said. The inmates were protesting against the rising coronavirus infections in the prison, demanding early release on bail and better facilities. Police spokesman Ajith Rohana said guards had “used force to […]

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Sri Lanka is digging a trench around landfill where elephants go regularly looking for food

Sri Lanka is digging a trench around a rubbish dump to prevent elephants from scavenging for food among mounds of plastic waste. Regularly elephants swarm to the landfill site near a wildlife sanctuary in the eastern town of Ampara. Along with food scraps, they consume plastic, which slowly kills them, officials say. Plastic from landfill […]

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Former Sri Lankan Fisheries Minister eats raw fish to promote seafood sale amid Covid-19 fear

Sri Lanka’s former minister of Fisheries Dilip Weddarachchi went on to do a bizarre taste test to urge citizens to keep purchasing fish without the fear of coronavirus transmission. In a viral video Mr Weddarachchi  can be seen biting and eating a slice of raw fish to assure people that fish are safe to consume. […]

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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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Sri Lanka’s parliament transfers its key powers to the president

Sri Lankan lawmakers approved amendments to the constitution that strengthened the powers of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and took away parliament’s role in making key appointments such as judges and the police chief. The new amendments were passed by parliament late on Thursday with a two-thirds majority after a raucous two-day debate. Rajapaksa, a former defence […]

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Burning oil tanker off Sri Lankan coast towed deeper into the ocean

An oil tanker that is on fire off Sri Lanka’s coast was towed away into deep waters on Saturday. Captain Indika de Silva of the Sri Lankan Navy said the 330-metre ship is being held some 40km east of Sri Lanka, while firefighting boats spray it with water. “We are keeping the ship in a […]

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Rajapaksa brothers register landslide win in Sri Lankan parliamentary elections

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared victory in the country’s parliamentary election. His brother Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to be installed as prime minister, having held the role as caretaker since November. The brothers’ party, Sri Lanka People’s Front, has secured a two-thirds “super majority” of seats needed to carry out its promised constitutional […]

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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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Sri Lanka marks Easter Sunday attack anniversary

Church bells have rung out across Sri Lanka, marking one year since more than 250 people were killed by a group of suicide bombers. But there are no other large-scale events planned to remember the men, women and children – from worshippers celebrating Easter in church to tourists enjoying breakfast in hotel restaurants – whose […]

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Tough coronavirus measures trigger riots in Sri Lanka prison, 2 inmates killed

Inmates in a Sri Lanka prison scuffled with guards and some tried to escape during a protest against new strict measures to control the spread of the coronavirus, leaving two dead and six wounded, police said Sunday. Tensions erupted Saturday at the Anuradhapura prison when guards tried to control the riot. In the commotion, guards […]

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SAARC leaders hold unprecedented conference to combat Novel Coronavirus

The SAARC nations — India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka — held a conference to discuss the “roadmap to fight the challenge of COVID-19, Novel Coronavirus”. The meet was chaired by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He suggested for the creation of an emergency fund with “voluntary contributions” to counter the […]

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Sri Lanka scraps singing national anthem in Tamil on Independence Day

Sri Lanka’s new government declined to sing the national anthem in Tamil, the country’s second national language, during the island’s Independence Day celebrations on Tuesday, a departure from the previous government which sang the anthem in the country’s two primary languages to promote ethnic harmony in the aftermath of a decades-long civil war. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was […]