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Crisis-hit Sri Lanka declares emergency

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s president declared a state of emergency for the second time in five weeks, giving security forces sweeping powers amid a nationwide strike by angry demonstrators who blame him for an unprecedented economic crisis. A spokesman for President

Sri Lanka crisis

The island nation of Sri Lanka is in the midst of the worst economic crises ever. It has just defaulted on its foreign debts for the first time, is facing massive 12-hour power cuts, and has an extreme shortage of

Security tight in Sri Lanka’s capital after state of emergency declared

COLOMBO: Police and the military patrolled Sri Lanka’s capital city, Colombo, as shops slowly opened on Sunday — the second day after a state of emergency was declared to tackle growing unrest amid an unprecedented economic crisis. In an order

Sri Lanka cancels school exams over paper shortage

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has cancelled exams for millions of school students as the country ran out of printing paper with Colombo short on dollars to finance imports, officials said. Education authorities said the term tests, scheduled a week from Monday,

PM appreciates business community for transferring funds to Priyantha Kumara’s widow

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has lauded the business community for transferring funds and first salary to the widow of Sri Lankan citizen Priyantha Kumara, who was brutally killed after blasphemy allegations. “I want to appreciate the Sialkot business community

Sri Lanka issues new guidelines for retiring cricketers

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan players who intend to quit international cricket will need to give three months notice period and wait for six months after retirement to obtain NOC for playing in franchise-based T20 leagues. The guidelines have been issued by

T20 WC: Sri Lanka beat Bengali Tigers by five wickets

SHARJAH: Sri Lanka has convincingly defeated Bangladesh by five wickets in its opening encounter in T20 World Cup on Sunday. Batting first, Bangladesh had given Sri Lanka a 172-run target. Mushfiqur Rahim, with an undefeated 57 and opener Mohammad Naim,

Sri Lanka indicts mastermind behind Easter Sunday bombings

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan prosecutors on Monday indicted the alleged mastermind of the 2019 Easter Sunday suicide bombings along with 24 men who were allegedly co-conspirators in the island’s worst terror attack. Almost three hundred people including dozens of foreign nationals

Sri Lanka cricketer Thisara Perera announces retirement

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera has announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. Perera, 32, submitted a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket on Monday morning, announcing his intention to retire from an international career spanning nearly 12

Former Sri Lankan cricketer Zoysa banned for six years

DUBAI: Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Zoysa has been handed a six-year ban from all cricket after he was found guilty of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. Former Sri Lanka player and coach Nuwan Zoysa has been banned from all cricket for

Govt to create Holy Buddhist Trail, PM tells Sri Lanka monks

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his government was currently working on creating a Holy Buddhist Trail, which will include the most revered Buddhist heritage sites in Pakistan. “Our plan is to build state of the art logistical

Pakistan is proud custodian of sacred Buddhist relics: President Alvi

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi said Pakistan was home to the Gandhara Buddhist heritage and was a proud custodian of some of the most sacred relics of Buddha. Talking to a delegation of Sri Lankan Buddhist monks who called on

Sri Lankan Buddhist monks visit Badshahi Masjid, Lahore Fort

LAHORE: A delegation comprising senior Buddhist monks from Sri Lanka visited various sections of Badshahi Masjid and Lahore Fort. The 14-member delegation, led by Dr Walpole Piyananda, who is the chief abbot and president of Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara, USA,

Sri Lanka to ban burqa, shut down many Islamic seminaries

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will ban the wearing of the burqa and shut more than a thousand Islamic schools, a government minister said, the latest actions affecting the country’s minority Muslim population. Minister for public security Sarath Weerasekera told a news

Receiving signed bat from Imran Khan a ‘memory for ages’: Sri Lankan minister

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Cabinet Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Namal Rajapaksa expressed gratitude for Prime Minister Imran Khan for presenting his signed bat to him, describing it a “memory for the ages”. “A memory for the ages thank you

Pakistan announces $50mn defence credit line facility to Sri Lanka

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has offered $50 million new credit line to Sri Lanka for cooperation in the field of defence and security. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Imran Khan who concluded his two-day official visit to the island nation,

PM invites Sri Lankan businessman to invest in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan invited the Sri Lankan businessmen to invest in Pakistan and said trade connectivity among the countries of the Asian sub-continent was vital for poverty alleviation. Addressing the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Trade and Investment Conference held in

PM Imran Khan advises Sri Lanka to benefit from CPEC

COLOMBO: Prime Minister Imran Khan had extensive consultations with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa followed by delegation-level talks between the two sides. The two leaders held wide-ranging discussions with a focus on reinforcing a broad-based and enduring partnership between

FO confirms PM Imran Khan’s tour to Sri Lanka

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has confirmed that Prime Minister Imran Khan will undertake a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka from February 23. PM Imran Khan will be visiting on the invitation of Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka confirm tour of West Indies in March

COLOMBO: International cricket will return to the Caribbean in March as Sri Lanka has confirmed a tour of the West Indies. The Sri Lanka team will depart for the Caribbean on 23 February, before playing matches across all formats from

PM to pay maiden visit to Sri Lanka on Feb 22

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan will leave for the first foreign trip of the year at the end of this month. The prime minister will visit Sri Lanka for two days on 22nd February to address the Sri Lankan Parliament.

Pizza most popular food worldwide for takeaway in 2020

A report published by Money Beach UK  has revealed that 44 countries had ‘pizza takeaway’ or ‘pizza delivery’ as the most-searched phrase on Google. Pizza, an Italian dish, was the most popular food searched for takeaway in a number of

England confirms Sri Lanka tour in January next year

LONDON: Sri Lanka Cricket Board on Friday confirmed its tour to Sri Lanka for two Tests in January next year. The English team will be touring Sri Lanka for two tests in 2021, games being played at the Galle International

Actor Ali Kazmi’s Netflix movie to be released in December

KARACHI: Actor Ali Kazmi is all set to be starred in his upcoming movie ‘Funny boy’ that will be released on Netflix in December. ‘Funny Boy’ will feature unrest in Sri Lanka during the war between Sinhalese and Tamil during

Pakistan committed to strengthening ties with Sri Lanka

ISLAMABAD: The newly-appointed High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Pakistan Admiral (retd) Mohan Wijewickrama called on Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. The foreign minister congratulated the High Commissioner on assuming his responsibilities and expressed the hope that friendly ties between

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa brothers secure landslide election win

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s ruling Rajapaksa brothers have secured a two-thirds majority in parliamentary elections, giving them sweeping powers to change the constitution. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) won 145 seats and has the support of at

Indian Premier League 2020 to be held in UAE

NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) will seek government permission to stage this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates. The postponement of Twenty20 World Cup, which had been scheduled to take place in Australia from

Sri Lanka requests India to consider playing series in July

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka cricket board (SLC) has requested BCCI to seriously consider touring the island nation for their scheduled series in July. India are scheduled to visit Sri Lanka for three one-dayers and as many T20 internationals in June-July, which

40 Pakistanis stranded in Sri Lanka reach Pakistan

KARACHI: Around 40 stranded citizens have arrived in Pakistan via Sri Lankan Airlines flight today. A flight of the Sri Lankan Airlines with 40 Pakistanis stranded in Colombo on board landed at the Karachi International airport. The passengers were disinfected

Sri Lanka offers to host Indian Premier League 2020

COLOMBO: The Sri Lanka cricket board has reportedly written to BCCI showing their willingness to host the season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which has postponed indefinitely due to the extension of the coronavirus lockdown. Shammi Silva, the president