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Tag: Sri Lanka

SL Players Hail Pakistan As Safe Nation To Play Cricket

Colombo: Pakistan may have suffered a 0-3 whitewash in the just-concluded T20 international series against a second-string Sri Lanka side, but it was a matter of great respite for the Green Brigade as they turned out to be a perfect host and even the visitors lauded the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) efforts. After the completion […]

Sri Lanka stun Pakistan in 1st T20I, win by 64 runs

Lahore: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 64 runs to take 1-0 lead in the three-match T20I series at the Gaddafi Stadium here on Saturday. Put into bat, the visitors scored a challenging 165/5 before skittling Pakistan out for a measly 101 in 17.4 overs. Earlier, 19-year-old Mohammad Hasnain of Pakistan became the youngest cricketer to […]

Misbah-ul Haq
Misbah's Witty Take On Pak's 'tuk-tuk' Strike Rate

Karachi: The Pakistan cricket team has faced a lot of criticism over their defensive approach and inability to power-hit across formats. The cricketers have been accused of playing with a slow strike rate responsible for a lot of losses. Ahead of the home series against Sri Lanka, newly appointed Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq was asked […]

Sri Lanka to tour Pakistan as planned

Dubai: Sri Lanka’s upcoming tour of Pakistan will go ahead as planned, an ICC statement said on Thursday. Hours after naming second string squads for their proposed tour, Sri Lanka Cricket had said in a statement that they need to “reassess” their plan after receiving a warning from the Prime Minister’s Office about a possible […]

Shoaib Akhtar Disappointed With SL Players Not Touring Pakistan

Lahore: Former pacer Shoaib Akhtar has expressed disappointment after 10 Sri Lankan players have decided to pull out of their country’s upcoming tour of Pakistan for the three ODIs and as many T20I matches. Expressing his disappointment, Akhtar reminded the islanders as how Pakistan has “always been a huge support for SL cricket”. “So disappointed […]

India Not Behind Our Players' Boycott Of Pak Tour: Sri Lanka

New Delhi: Sri Lanka Minister Harin Fernando has rejected claims made by Pakistan Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry that India forced the players of the island nation to opt out of their upcoming tour against the Men in Green. Fernando, who is Sri Lanka’s Sports Minister, said that 10 players have opted out of the tour […]

Ten Sri Lankan players opt out of Pakistan tour

Colombo: Ten of Sri Lanka’s top players opted out of the Pakistan tour starting September 27, following a security briefing with the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board. T20I skipper Lasith Malinga, along with former captains Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Thisara Perera, Akila Dhananjaya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera and Niroshan […]

Sri Lanka's Malinga celebrates taking the wicket of Pakistan's Hafeez during their third one-day international cricket match in Colombo
Malinga becomes leading wicket-taker in T20Is

Kandy: Veteran Sri Lanka pacer Lasith Malinga has gone past former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi’s tally of 98 wickets to become the leading wicket-taker in T20 internationals. On Sunday, Malinga took two wickets for 23 runs in his four overs during the first T20I against New Zealand, taking his wickets’ tally to 99 and leave […]

houses Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka PM hands over redeveloped homes built by Tata

Colombo: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday handed over well-built houses with all modern amenities to 626 families and fully developed commercial spaces to around 114 shop owners – built by India’s Tata Housing as the first part of its One Colombo Redevelopment Project. The investment in the project – for redevelopment of […]

SL to waive entry visa fee for India, 47 countries

Colombo: Sri Lanka will begin to waive its existing visa fee for travellers from 48 countries including India and China from August 1 as part of efforts to attract more tourists to the country, officials said on Wednesday. In a media briefing here, Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga said that […]

Sri Lankan Muslim ministers rejoin government after Easter Sunday bombings

Colombo: Four Sri Lankan Muslim ministers, who resigned following the Easter Sunday bombings that killed 258 people, have rejoined the government after investigators found no link in their alleged involvement with a local Islamist extremist group. Two senior Muslim leaders Rauff Hakeem – the leader of the main Muslim party Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) […]

Sri Lankan refugees seek Indian citizenship

Coimbatore: Around 300 families of Sri Lankan refugees, staying in a camp on the city outskirts, Monday petitioned the Tamil Nadu government seeking Indian citizenship. A group of representatives of the refugees, including a few women, submitted a petition to District Collector K Rajamani. Later talking to reporters, the Lankan nationals said they were staying […]

SL arrests ex-police chief, former Defence Secretary

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s ex-police chief Pujith Jayasundara and former Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando were arrested on Tuesday following instructions issued by the Attorney General to charge them for their failure to prevent the Easter Sunday terror bombings which killed over 250 people and injured hundreds. Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara told Xinhua news agency that Fernando […]

Rohit joins Sangakara for most tons in single WC edition

Birmingham: India opener Rohit Sharma added another feather to his illustrious career on Tuesday as he equalled former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakara’s record of most centuries in a single edition of the World Cup. Rohit, who is in exceptional form, took 90 deliveries to notch up his fourth ODI century – and his 26th […]

Sri Lanka Prez further extends state of emergency

Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday further extended the state of emergency by a month considering the security situation in the country. The President signed an extraordinary gazette notification which said the emergency was in effect for public security, the preservation of public order and the maintenance of supplies and services essential to […]

Sri Lanka releases 18 Indian fishermen

Colombo: Sri Lanka has released 18 Indian fishermen arrested for illegally fishing in the Sri Lankan waters, an official said on Saturday. The fishermen, who were held off the coast of Point Pedro two months ago by the Sri Lankan Navy, were freed by a court here on Friday. “They are now to be handed […]

Sri Lanka complain to ICC about 'unfair' pitches in World Cup

Sri Lanka manager Ashantha de Mel on Friday complained to the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the “unfair” pitches provided for the island nation’s matches in the ongoing World Cup so far. He also highlighted the poor condition of training facilities and accommodation. “What we have found out is that for the four matches we […]

Pakistan, Sri Lanka split points after washout

Bristol: Not a single delivery could be bowled due to inclement weather as Pakistan and Sri Lanka split points after the first washout of the ongoing World Cup here on Friday. Persistent rain and damp outfield meant that play was not possible even after umpires Ian Gould and Nigel Llong waited for more than five […]

SriLankan Airlines named world's most punctual

Colombo: SriLankan Airlines, the flag carrier of the island nation, has been named the ‘World’s Most Punctual Airline’ for the second consecutive time with over 90 per cent of its flights in May being “on time”, authorities said here Friday. SriLankan Airlines said in a statement that it had achieved this status for the second […]

Sri Lanka's Muslim ministers resign over Easter suicide bombing allegations

Colombo: Nine Muslim ministers holding top positions in the Sri Lankan government resigned on Monday to allow authorities to investigate allegations against some of them on links to an Islamic extremist group which was blamed for the deadly Easter suicide bombings. The Muslim politicians in the government also protested what they term the government’s inability […]

New Zealand hammer Sri Lanka by 10 wickets

Cardiff: New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro comfortably steered their side to an impressive 10-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in their World Cup opener at the Sophia Gardens here on Saturday. Guptill and Munro remained unbeaten on 73 and 58, respectively, as the Kiwis raced past the 137-run target set by Sri Lanka […]

Sri Lanka to host ADB annual meeting in 2021

Colombo: Sri Lanka will host the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Colombo in May 2021 and it will attract over 3,000 delegates, the Finance Ministry said on Wednesday. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said the annual meeting of the ADB Board of Governors was an opportunity for member governments to interact with […]

Kerala coast on high alert

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala coast has been put on high alert following intelligence reports that boats allegedly carrying 15 Islamic State Terrorists had set off from Sri Lanka to the Lakshadweep islands, police said Saturday. According to highly places sources in the police department, the coastal police stations and coastal district police chiefs have been alerted. […]

SL President frees 762 prisoners on Buddha Purnima

Colombo: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday granted amnesty to 762 prisoners to mark Buddha Purnima, also known as Vesak festival. An event was held at the Welikada prison to free the inmates — 736 males and 26 females — in the presence of the President, the Justice Ministry was cited as saying by […]

Sri Lanka marks 10 years since end of civil war

Colombo: As Sri Lanka on Saturday marked the 10-year anniversary since its brutal civil war came to an end, the country finds itself again at a crossroads following the Easter Sunday bombings that ripped through the nations fragile peace and fuelled some of the islands worst fears of returning to violence. The island nation was […]

SL military says situation 'totally under control'

Colombo: The Sri Lanka military on Wednesday said the situation in the country was now “totally under control” following anti-Muslim violence earlier this week in several areas that left one person dead and dozens of shops and mosques destroyed. A military official told Xinhua news agency that security still remained heightened in the North-Western Province […]

India bans LTTE for another five years

New Delhi: The Indian government has extended ban on the Sri Lanka-based militant and political organisation Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for another five years, a notification on Tuesday said. The step was taken under sub-sections (1) and (3) of section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967) with immediate […]

SL blocks social media, reimposes curfew after violence

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Monday temporarily blocked social media websites and messaging apps, including Facebook, Viber and WhatsApp and reimposed curfew in certain areas after a post sparked anti-Muslim riots in several towns of the country. A group of people had stormed into Chilaw town on Sunday following a controversial Facebook post by a Muslim […]

Jacqueline helps to rebuild lives in Sri Lanka

Mumbai: In the aftermath of the Easter Sunday carnage in Sri Lanka in which more than 250 people lost their lives, actress Jacqueline Fernandez has urged fans to join her in rebuilding the lives of people of the island nation. She has posted a video on her social media handle with the caption “#uniteforsrilanka”. The […]

Islamic State
IS threat to India, Bangladesh; new 'emir' named in Bengal

By Rajnish Singh New Delhi: Amid developments after the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka which claimed 253 lives, an Islamic State (IS) affiliate group, “Al-Mursalat”, has been reportedly planning to carry out similar attacks in India and Bangladesh with its announcement of appointing a new “emir” (chief) in Bengal, sources said. The emir of […]

Sri Lanka cable operators block Zakir Naik's Peace TV

Colombo: The two largest cable operators of Sri Lanka have blocked controversial Indian Islamic preacher Zakir Naik’s Peace TV following the Easter Sunday carnage in the island nation in which 253 people died. India and Bangladesh have already banned Peace TV, which has often been used by the Islamic State recruiters for indoctrination and brainwashing […]

Sri Lanka revokes social media ban

Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday revoked the government’s ban on social media use that was imposed throughout the island nation after the April 21 Easter Sunday bombings that killed 253 people. A statement from the government’s information department said that Sirisena had ordered to lift the temporary ban, which had been applied […]

Sri Lanka bomb suspect's sister fears 18 relatives killed

Colombo: The sister of the suspected ringleader of Sri Lanka’s deadly April 21 Easter Sunday bombings has said that up to 18 of her family members are missing and feared dead since the attacks and subsequent raids, the media reported. Mohamed Hashim Mathaniya is the sister of Mohamed Zahran Hashim, the man Sri Lankan authorities believe […]

Minor explosion in Sri Lanka, no casualties

Colombo: A minor explosion occurred in the outskirts of the Sri Lankan capital on Thursday, although there were no reports of casualties or damages in the incident that came four days after the deadly Easter Sunday bombings that killed 359 people, police said. The explosion occurred at around 9 a.m. in a garbage dump behind the […]

Sri Lanka Easter bombing toll surges to 359

Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities on Wednesday confirmed that Easter Sunday suicide bombings toll has touched 359 which includes several foreigners. So far 58 suspects have been arrested from different areas of the island, Police Spokesperson Ruwan Gunasekara said. The Islamic State terror group (IS) on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attacks. At least 18 more suspects […]

Sri Lanka's President announces security shakeup

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena said on Tuesday that he would move quickly to restructure country’s intelligence and security apparatus in response to a failure to act on warnings received ahead of the Easter Sunday attacks, which left more than 300 people dead. “I will completely restructure the police and security forces in the coming […]

45 children killed in Sri Lanka bombings: UN

Geneva: At least 45 children were among 321 people killed in Sri Lanka’s Easter Sunday suicide bombings, the United Nations said on Tuesday. “The total now is 45 children who died,” Unicef spokesman Christophe Boulierac told reporters in Geneva, stressing that others children “are wounded and are now fighting for their lives”, meaning the toll […]

Indian death toll in Sri Lanka rises to 10

Colombo: A total of 10 Indians have died in the Easter Sunday serial bombings in Sri Lanka, the Indian High Commission here announced on Tuesday. “Regret to confirm the deaths of two more Indian nationals, A. Maregowda and H. Puttaraju, in the blasts in Sri Lanka, taking the total number of Indian deaths in the tragedy […]

Sri Lanka death toll reaches 310, nation observes silence

Colombo: Sri Lankans observed a nationwide three-minute silence on Tuesday to remember the victims of the deadly blasts which rocked the island nation on Easter Sunday. Services across the country came to a halt as all citizens observed the silence from 8.30 a.m. to 8.33 a.m., Xinhua news agency reported. A series of explosions hit churches […]

Sri Lanka suspects international link in bombings

Colombo: A wave of bombings that killed 290 people in Sri Lanka on Sunday was carried out with the support of an international network, officials said. The government has blamed a little-known local jihadist group, National Thowheed Jamath, although no-one has yet admitted carrying out the bombings. Another 500 people were injured in the suicide attacks […]