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Sri Lanka asks China to restructure debt repayments amid worsening financial situation

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka has requested China to restructure its debt repayments as part of efforts to help the South Asian country navigate its worsening financial situation. He made a request during a meeting with Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi on Sunday. In the last decade China has lent Sri Lanka over […]

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Sri Lanka to settle debt for past oil imports from Iran by paying off in tea

Sri Lanka plans to settle a debt for past oil imports from Iran by paying it off in tea, a government minister said. Ramesh Pathirana said his country hoped to send $5 million worth of tea to Iran each month to clear a $251 million debt. Sri Lanka is experiencing a severe debt and foreign […]

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Brutal killing of Sri Lankan man accused of blasphemy in Pakistan sparks protests

The brutal killing of a Sri Lankan man accused of blasphemy by a mob in Pakistan has sparked protests in both countries, with Pakistan’s leader condemning the vigilante violence. Priyantha Diyawadanage, 48, a factory manager in the city of Sialkot, was beaten to death on Friday and his body set alight. More than 100 people […]

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Sri Lanka launches probe to investigate mysterious cooking gas explosions and fires

Sri Lanka’s parliament convened a special committee to investigate dozens of unexplained cooking gas explosions and fires in kitchens around the country. Following police and media reports of at least 14 explosions in a single day, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday appointed an eight-member committee to investigate and provide a report within two weeks. Consumer […]

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Sri Lanka Easter Bombings: More than 23,000 charges filed against suspects as trial begins

The trial of 25 men accused of masterminding the 2019 Easter bombings in Sri Lanka has begun. The bombings, which targeted three hotels and three churches. killed 267 people and injured about 500. More than 23,000 charges have been filed against the suspects, and 1,215 witnesses have been called to testify. However, the suspect’s lawyers […]

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Sri Lanka: Elephant gives birth to twins for the first time in nearly 80 years

An elephant in Sri Lanka gave birth to twins on Tuesday for the first time in nearly 80 years, wildlife authorities said. The twins, both males, were born to 25-year-old Surangi at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in the central hills of the country, an orphanage spokesperson said. Their father, 17-year-old Pandu, is also an orphanage resident. […]

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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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World’s largest star sapphire cluster weighing 510kg found in backyard accident

Sri Lankan authorities say the world’s largest star sapphire cluster has been found in a backyard and by accident. A gem trader said the stone was found by workmen digging a well in his home in the gem-rich Ratnapura area. Experts say the stone, which is pale blue in colour, has an estimated value of […]

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Sri Lanka suspends three players from their tour of England for breaching bio-bubble

Three Sri Lanka players have been sent home from their tour of England for breaching bio-secure protocols. Vice-captain Kusal Mendis, opener Danushka Gunathilaka and wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella have all been suspended by Sri Lanka Cricket. It follows images, shared on social media, appearing to show the trio in Durham city centre. Sri Lanka met England […]

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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 […]