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Rice crises in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka …

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Rice crises in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka …

South Asia appears to be heading for a food crisis. According to reports from Thailand, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are in desperate need of rice. They have approached Thailand for help. But Thailand’s government stocks are low. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are in talks with Thailand for an urgent purchase of 400,000 tonnes of rice […]

Sri Lankan Lawyer pleads for Animal Rights

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Sri Lankan Lawyer pleads for Animal Rights

Colombo: The election for the 24th President of the Bar Association takes place on February 21, 2017 . Three candidates have presented nominations for the post of the President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL), namely Anura B. Maddegoda, U.R. de Silva and R. Thangaraja. They have distributed their election manifesto to the […]

Sri Lankans protest Chinese Investment

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Sri Lankans protest Chinese Investment

 India isn’t the only country that faces protests over China’s  activities in the geopolitical arena. This week there were reports of Several people  injured in southern Sri Lanka during a protest against allowing China to build a port and industrial zone.(5 Jan) The locals were protesting their eviction to accommodate an industrial zone for Chinese […]

Sri Lanka Bans cigarette sale in Army Camps

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Sri Lanka Bans cigarette sale in Army Camps

Is Sri Lankan army to cut down on smoking, once a ban to sell cigarettes inside army cantonments comes into effect January ! (tomorrow?) “Our salutation to the President and the Army Commander of Sri Lanka for taking the bold decision to ban sale of cigarettes within army premises with effect from 1st of January […]

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Asia has its First Green University

Colombo:  Want an international degree in Environmental Sciences? Good News! The NSBM Green University, South Asia’s first green university was declared open by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (October 26). The NSBM Green University, equipped with modern facilities has been built as a university town at a 26 acre land […]

Sri Lanka has eradicated Malaria, here’s how …

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Sri Lanka has eradicated Malaria, here’s how …

Sri Lanka is ‘Malaria Free. ’ Experts and authorities attribute Sri Lanka’s success in eliminating malaria from the island to a concerted effort by multiple programmes acting in concert with a robust national healthcare system. The fight against malaria took 25 years. Hemantha Herath, deputy director of Sri Lanka’s anti malaria campaign, says that case […]

Slain elephants are hot news in Sri Lanka

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Slain elephants are hot news in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO : Elephants are considered as ‘holy’ in Sri Lanka, and there are just about 7,000 of them left. So when a passenger train hit and killed an elephant and three calves in northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday (Aug 17), it has become national news here. The elephants were crossing a newly upgraded railway line […]

Half a million people flee a drowning Colombo!

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Half a million people flee a drowning Colombo!

COLOMBO: Desperation in  Sri Lanka’s capital. People scrambling for rubber dinghies and makeshift rafts on Friday (May 20) to escape monster floods in the capital Colombo. Half a million people have fled their homes across the island. The heaviest rains in 25 years have pounded the island since a week now, sparking huge landslides that […]

Sri Lanka first in South Asia to protect HIV infected against school discrimination

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Sri Lanka first in South Asia to protect HIV infected against school discrimination

Sri Lanka will prohibit HIV discrimination in educational settings, says its Supreme Court. This is the first court  in South Asia to make a general pronouncement recognizing human rights of those living with HIV, and sets a precedent for future cases in Sri Lanka challenging HIV discrimination experienced in settings other than education. The court […]

Sri Lanka’s ex-president’s son arrested for graft

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Sri Lanka’s ex-president’s son arrested for graft

COLOMBO (Sri Lanka)- Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse’s second son was remanded in custody for two weeks after being arrested Saturday on a charge of money laundering, police and court officials said.  Navy officer Yoshitha Rajapakse, 27, was taken into custody by authorities for questioning about dealings at his private television channel, Carlton Sports […]

Is Sri Lanka buying Pak, not Indian war planes?

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Is Sri Lanka buying Pak, not Indian war planes?

During the Pakistan Prime Minister’s January state visit to Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif are reported to have sealed a ‘landmark deal’ for the purchase of eight Pakistan-China built fighter planes. (Pakistan Aeronautical Complex/Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (PAC/CAC) JF-17 Thunder combat aircraft). This defence deal, would make Sri […]

Army men arrested in Sri lanka probe for Cartoonist killers

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Army men arrested in Sri lanka probe for Cartoonist killers

COLOMBO : Sri Lanka’s police have arrested four army personnel, including two senior officers, in connection with the disappearance of a dissident cartoonist that triggered international condemnation of the island’s rights record.  Two lieutenant colonels, a sergeant and a corporal were arrested following the testimony given by three other suspects already in custody over the […]