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Catholic bishops in Sri Lanka call for independent inquiry into Easter terror attacks

In a statement signed by 14 bishops, the CBCSL on Tuesday said it has evaluated the situation in the country in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terror attacks which resulted in the deaths of…

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Sri Lanka wartime defence chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa launches presidential bid

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 70, served under his older brother, ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa, and is widely seen as the frontrunner in a presidential election that must be held before December 9.

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Many Sri Lankans want a strongman leader, and that favours Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Many are rooting for Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who despite fighting allegations of war crimes, is expected to be announced as the presidential candidate of the opposition nationalist Sri Lanka Podujana…

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Sri Lanka risks losing debt market access if future government policy changes

Sri Lanka is preparing for the presidential election later this year and a parliament election in 2020, which is causing uncertainty among investors over potential policy shifts.

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Sri Lanka tourism industry begins to recover after attacks

Tourist arrivals from Europe and Asia-Pacific, which together account for 90 per cent of the total visitors to Sri Lanka, nearly halved in July from a year ago, according to the latest data from…

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Sri Lanka to offer free visas on arrival to boost tourism

Islamist militants on April 21 bombed churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing more than 250 people, including 42 foreign nationals.

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Sri Lanka says illegal UK waste offloaded to India, Dubai

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera told parliament the importer of the waste had reshipped about 180 tonnes of raw garbage to India and Dubai in 2017 and 2018.

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UN official says some Sri Lankan laws discriminately applied

President Maithripala Sirisena's government during its 2015 election campaign promised to ensure freedom of assembly, which was strictly limited under his predecessor.

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Sri Lanka says illegal UK waste offloaded to India, Dubai

Sri Lankan customs insist the British authorities should not have allowed the export without first clearing with Sri Lankan authorities if they were willing to accept the untreated waste

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Sri Lanka court grants bail for doctor accused of sterilising Buddhist women

Shegu Shihabdeen Mohamed Shafi, who has denied the allegations, was given bail of 2.75 million rupees, defence lawyer Faris Saly told reports after a five-hour hearing in Kurunagala magistrates…

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Sri Lanka raises stink over waste consignments from Britain

Sri Lanka is the latest in a string of Asian countries to reject shipments of waste from Western countries after China banned such imports, disrupting the global flow of millions of tonnes of…

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Sri Lanka orders return of smuggled British garbage

Customs officials said the racket dating back to 2017 was uncovered after the Colombo port complained last week that an importer had abandoned 111 containers which were emanating a huge stink.

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Sri Lanka extends emergency for fourth month after Easter bombings

Sirisena said that extending emergency rule was 'in the interest of public security, the preservation of public order and the maintenance of supplies and services essential to the life of the…

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US wants military cooperation pact with Sri Lanka to tackle red tape: Report

Sri Lanka sits near one of the world's busiest shipping routes in the Indian Ocean and over the last several years China has become a major investor, building ports and highways.

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Drug gangs behind Sri Lanka Easter bombings: President Maithripala Sirisena

The statement comes amid a nationwide narcotics crackdown, with President Maithripala Sirisena aiming to reintroduce capital punishment for drug offences

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