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Sri Lanka's sacked top defence ministry official to face charges for criminal negligence over Easter bombings

Hemasiri Fernando, who was asked by President Maithripala Sirisena to resign, told a parliamentary panel that it was difficult for him to meet Sirisena during the time he served as the top…

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Sri Lanka likely to raise $2 billion via sovereign bonds: Government officials

The South Asian nation's decision to capitalise on favourable market conditions comes two months after suicide bombers killed more than 250 people in attacks at churches and luxury hotels on…

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Maithripala Sirisena demands repealing of 19th Amendment, blames it for political instability

The 19A was the main election pledge of Sirisena when he challenged former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Opposition's common candidate in 2015. Rajapaksa in 2010 had moved the 18A which…

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Sri Lanka extends emergency in surprise move

Maithripala Sirisena said in a decree he believed there was a "public emergency" in the country and was invoking provisions of the public security act extending the state of emergency.

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Sri Lanka announces charges over 2012 prison massacre

Media reports have said the killings were ordered by the then defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapakse, a younger brother of former President Mahinda Rajapakse who was defeated at January 2015…

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Sri Lanka to charge police for 'lapses' over Easter attacks

Nine police officers will face 'criminal investigations' for failing to act on warnings ahead of the April 21 bombings on three churches and three hotels carried out by Islamic State-backed…

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Sri Lanka in talks with China for $1 billion loan

Sri Lanka's former government borrowed heavily to rollout ports, highways and railroads, but several ambitious infrastructure projects ended up as white elephants and left the country facing a…

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Two Muslim ministers in Sri Lanka return to government fold

The development came a day after a meeting of the Muslim ministers to reconsider their positions ended inconclusively
 

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Sri Lanka successfully launches its first satellite 'Ravana-1' into orbit

Raavana 1, the cube satellite measuring 11.3 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm, and weighing around 1.05 kg, was launched into orbit at 3:45 pm (Sri Lanka time) on Monday, the Colombo Page reported.

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Sri Lanka policeman defies president Maithripala Sirisena to testify at attack probe

Sirisena has come in for major criticism after ordering top brass not to allow police, military or intelligence personnel to take part in hearings into the attacks being held by a parliamentary…

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Sri Lanka abusing United Nations law to make arrests: Rights group

The Free Media Movement rights group said the police Special Task Force (STF) attempted to arrest a respected journalist for his writing on anti-Muslim riots and Buddhist extremists using the UN-…

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Sri Lanka media watchdog slams attempt to arrest noted journalist for remarks on communal riots

Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of blasts that tore through three churches and as many luxury hotels on April 21, killing 258 people and injuring 500 others.
 

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9 Sri Lankan Muslim ministers who quit likely to reconsider decision on request of Buddhist leaders

There are 19 Muslims lawmakers in the 225-member Parliament and nine of them held Cabinet, state and deputy ministerial positions.

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Maldives seek foreign help to deal with Islamic State fighters

Speaker Mohamed Nasheed said the Maldives kept a close tab on citizens who had joined the militant group, but that the island nation was not ready to accept them back without an internationally…

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Catholic church bombed in Sri Lanka attacks reopens

Speaking at the newly restored St Anthony's in Colombo, the head of Roman Catholics in Sri Lanka said there were doubts whether the island could pull itself out of crisis after the coordinated…

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