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Sri Lanka: Island country in South Asia
Sri Lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, is an island country in South Asia, located in the Indian Ocean southwest of the Bay of Bengal and southeast of the Arabian Sea. It is geographically separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is its legislative capital, and Colombo is its largest city and centre of commerce.

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Sri Lanka election body mulls delaying polls due to coronavirus [Video]

Sri Lanka election body mulls delaying polls due to coronavirus

Snap parliamentary election was delayed previously because of lockdown, but opposition urges holding them soon.

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Indian Coast Guard rescues 6 Sri Lankan fishermen in Chennai [Video]

Indian Coast Guard rescues 6 Sri Lankan fishermen in Chennai

Indian Coast Guard rescued six Sri Lankan fishermen by a merchant vessel YM Summit from 170 nautical miles east of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The rescue operation was coordinated by Indian Coast Guard..

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Spills and thrills as tuk tuks battle in Sri Lanka [Video]

Spills and thrills as tuk tuks battle in Sri Lanka

Daring Sri Lankan tuk tuk drivers put their three-wheeled vehicles to the test in a gruelling race through city streets and off-road jungle terrain in a two-day adventure.

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Samudra Setu: INS Jalashwa departs from Iran's Bandar Abbas port for TN's Tuticorin [Video]

Samudra Setu: INS Jalashwa departs from Iran's Bandar Abbas port for TN's Tuticorin

India's amphibious warship Indian Navy Ship (INS) Jalashwa, which has been deployed to bring back the stranded citizens from Iran under Operation Samudra Setu, has departed from Bandar Abbas port on..

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Stranded Indians in Colombo applaud Vande Bharat Mission [Video]

Stranded Indians in Colombo applaud Vande Bharat Mission

Indian nationals stranded in Sri Lanka arrived at Colombo Airport for the special Air India flight AI 1202 for repatriation. This is the 3rd phase of Vande Bharat Mission. The Indian nationals thanked..

Credit: ANI     Duration: 01:31Published
Op Samudra Setu: INS Shardul returns from Iran with 233 stranded Indians [Video]

Op Samudra Setu: INS Shardul returns from Iran with 233 stranded Indians

Indian Naval Ship Shardul on June 11 safely docked at the harbour in Gujarat's Porbandar bringing back 233 stranded Indians from Iran. Indian Navy had launched Operation Samudra Setu to repatriate..

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'No rush' for ICC to make decision on T20 World Cup, Richardson says [Video]

'No rush' for ICC to make decision on T20 World Cup, Richardson says

Australia bowler Kane Richardson has backed the International Cricket Council’s move to hold off on deciding the fate of the T20 World Cup. The tournament, hosted by Australia, is due to kick off in..

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Watch: INS Jalashwa carrying 700 Indians from Maldives arrives in Tamil Nadu [Video]

Watch: INS Jalashwa carrying 700 Indians from Maldives arrives in Tamil Nadu

INS Jalashwa carrying 700 Indian nationals from Male, Maldives arrived at Thoothukudi harbour in Tamil Nadu on June 07. With this, INS Jalashwa alone has repatriated around 2700 Indians from Maldives..

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WOp Samudra Setu: INS Jalashwa arrives in Maldives to evacuate 700 Indian Citizens [Video]

WOp Samudra Setu: INS Jalashwa arrives in Maldives to evacuate 700 Indian Citizens

INS Jalashwa has arrived in Maldives's Male on June 04. It will evacuate around 700 Indian Citizens on June 05 under Operation Samudra Setu and bring them back to Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin. INS Jalashwa..

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Indian Navy proud to be part of Operation Samudra Setu: INS Jalashwa Commander [Video]

Indian Navy proud to be part of Operation Samudra Setu: INS Jalashwa Commander

As Indian Navy's 'INS Jalashwa' safely docked at the harbour in Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin on June 02, Commanding Officer of INS Jalashwa, Pankaj Chauhan, said, "Armed forces' members stay away from dear..

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Sri Lanka's national men's cricket team return to training [Video]

Sri Lanka's national men's cricket team return to training

Sri Lankan cricketers return to training after lockdown

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Op Samudra Setu: Indian Envoy to Sri Lanka thanks GOI for repatriation of stranded Indians [Video]

Op Samudra Setu: Indian Envoy to Sri Lanka thanks GOI for repatriation of stranded Indians

INS Jalashwa to bring back stranded Indian nationals from Sri Lanka amid COVID-19 pandemic. While talking about the evacuation, Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay said, "INS Jalashwa..

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Op Samudra Setu: INS Jalashwa arrives in Colombo to repatriate 700 stranded Indians [Video]

Op Samudra Setu: INS Jalashwa arrives in Colombo to repatriate 700 stranded Indians

INS Jalashwa has arrived in Sri Lanka's Colombo. It will bring back stranded Indian citizens to their homeland on June 01. The ship is expected to embark approximately 700 Indian nationals. Earlier,..

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Two sloth bears strike up rare friendship [Video]

Two sloth bears strike up rare friendship

Two male sloth bears Bhalu and Balowat play together at American zoo, despite species' usual solitary nature

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Gopal Baglay appointed as Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka [Video]

Gopal Baglay appointed as Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka

Gopal Baglay was appointed as India's new High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. He presented his credentials to Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in a ceremony held through video-conferencing...

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Sri Lanka delays general election for second time, sets August 5 as new date

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Sri Lanka to reopen some tourism in August with restrictions - official

Sri Lanka plans to reopen its tourism sector on Aug. 1 by allowing only small groups of visitors to begin with, a tourism official said on Sunday.
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Federal Government ordered to pay $200,000 in Biloela family case

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Pan-Pan! Facebook plea gets Sri Lankan chef off Italy-bound cruise

A Sri Lankan chef stuck aboard a cruise ship headed to Europe managed to get ashore in Colombo this week after issuing a social media plea for help from his government.
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One dead in Sri Lanka jail clash as South Asia tries to stem virus

One prisoner died and three others were injured when fighting broke out on Saturday in a Sri Lankan jail over rumors of coronavirus, as governments across South Asia tightened restrictions on movement..
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Sri Lanka imposes curfew as South Asia steps up coronavirus battle

Sri Lanka imposed a nationwide weekend curfew on Friday as South Asian countries escalated efforts to check the spread of coronavirus across the densely populated region of 1.9 billion people.
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Pakistan urges calm as coronavirus cases surge, Sri Lanka stops flights

Pakistan's prime minister has urged calm after its tally of coronavirus cases rose to 245 while Sri Lanka sealed itself off and shut its stock market on Wednesday, fuelling fears that South Asian..
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Sri Lanka bans all incoming flights for two weeks to combat coronavirus: government spokesman

Sri Lanka said on Tuesday said it will ban all incoming flights for two weeks from 1830 GMT on Wednesday to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
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Kuwait suspends flights to and from seven countries over coronavirus: tweet

Kuwait suspended on Saturday all flights to and from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Bangladesh, Philippines, India, and Sri-Lanka for a week starting on Saturday, Kuwait's civil aviation directorate said in a..
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Biloela Tamil family face long wait on deportation decision

A Sri Lankan Tamil family who settled in the Queensland town of Biloela is facing a months-long wait to learn if they'll be allowed to return home.
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Biloela Tamil family's deportation fight resumes in the Federal Court

A Sri Lankan Tamil family who settled in the Queensland town of Biloela is continuing its final fight in the Federal Court against deportation to Sri Lanka.
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U.S. bans Sri Lankan army chief from entry, citing civil war abuses

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U.S. blacklists Sri Lankan army commander, cites killings, abuses

The United States has blacklisted Sri Lanka's army chief, Shavendra Silva, for human rights violations including extrajudicial killings during the last phase of the country's civil war in 2009,..
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Double trouble: Sri Lanka's twin gathering marred by overcrowding

Thousands of twins packed two-by-two into a stadium in Sri Lanka's capital on Monday - so many that officials struggled to count them in time to prove they had organized a record-breaking gathering.
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15 years on, a look back at the Boxing Day tsunami

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Sri Lanka's 'Foundation of Goodness' turns around a village decimated by tsunami

When Kushil Gunasekera returned to Seenigama in Sri Lanka's Galle district days after it was wiped out by a massive tsunami on Dec. 24, 2014, he got to work.
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India announces $400 million loan for Sri Lanka, in support of new president

India will lend Sri Lanka $400 million for infrastructure projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday after talks with the island nation's new President Gotabaya Rajapaksa aimed at improving..
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Sri Lanka's new leader appoints his PM brother as Finance Minister

Sri Lanka's newly-elected leader Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed his brother Mahinda Rajapaksa, the current Prime Minister, as the interim government's new finance minister, state television showed in a..
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Sri Lanka's ruling siblings: New president swears in his brother as PM

Sri Lanka's newly elected president Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday swore in his elder brother, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, as prime minister, cementing the powerful family's political comeback.
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Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa to be sworn in as PM by his brother

Sri Lanka's newly elected president is set to name his brother and current opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa as interim prime minister, a party spokesman said on Wednesday, just hours after the..
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New Sri Lankan leader's brother to be sworn in as PM: spokesman

New Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's brother, former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, will be sworn in as the country's new prime minister on Thursday, their party spokesman said on Wednesday.
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Sri Lanka's prime minister to step down following election loss

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Sri Lanka's prime minister to resign from office this week: spokesman

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will resign from office this week, said a spokesman for his office on Wednesday, a move that comes just days after his party's candidate lost a..
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Sri Lankan PM Wickremesinghe to resign on Thursday: spokesman

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will resign from office on Thursday after his party's candidate lost a presidential election over the weekend, his spokesman said.
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Sri Lanka prime minister to resign: government sources

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will announce on Wednesday he is stepping down after his party's candidate lost in a presidential election over the weekend, two government sources said.
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A hospital and clean water: China on the charm offensive in Sri Lanka

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Blessed by Buddhist monks, Sri Lanka's new president prioritises security

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Sri Lanka strongman Rajapaksa wins presidency by big margin

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Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera resigned from his post on Sunday saying he had lost the mandate after voters rejected the ruling party's candidate in a presidential election.
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Sri Lanka strongman Rajapaksa set to become president after rival concedes defeat

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Sri Lanka's Premadasa accepts defeat at presidential poll; steps down from party position

Sri Lanka's ruling party presidential candidate Sajith Premadasa on Sunday accepted defeat in the presidential poll and congratulated his rival former wartime defense chief, Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
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Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa in the lead in presidential election

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Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa in close fight for president, early vote count shows

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Sri Lankan court dismisses challenge to presidential candidate Rajapaksa's citizenship

A Sri Lankan court on Friday dismissed a legal challenge to presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa's Sri Lankan citizenship, removing a major barrier he faced in contesting the Nov. 16 poll.
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