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Rajapaksha clan wins Sri Lankan polls as faithfuls hand over unprecedented power

Colombo: The Sri Lankan electorate handed an unprecedented power to the Rajapaksha family after the brothers registered a landslide win, trouncing their opponent, in the recently concluded elections.

Sri Lankan PM orders probe into illegal poaching leading to leopard deaths

Colombo/Xinhua: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has instructed the wildlife department to probe incidents of illegal poaching after leopards were killed in snares in recent weeks, local media reported on Wednesday.

GUEST COLUMN: A political legend, Mahindra Rajapaksa changed the face of Sri Lanka, I am fortunate to call him my father

Fifty years ago, on May 27, 1970, the journey of a political legend began. Sri Lanka’s political destiny changed when Hon. Mahinda Rajapaksa decided to follow his father’s footsteps by entering the political arena, representing the Hambantota district. 

Fight Against COVID-19: Sri Lanka to relax curfew from April 27

Colombo/UNI: The curfew in Sri Lanka due to the COVID-19 pandemic will be relaxed from Monday, the President of Media Division (PMD) said on Sunday.

Sri Lanka declares islandwide curfew amid COVID-19 outbreak

Colombo/Xinhua/UNI: The Sri Lankan government declared a nationwide curfew which will begin at 6:00 p.m. Friday and end at 6:00 a.m. local time Monday to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the island country.

Sri Lanka bans passengers from 11 countries

Colombo/UNI: In a bid to prevent COVID-19 from spreading in the country, Sri Lanka's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Friday announced that it has banned passengers from 11 countries from visiting the island nation.

Coronavirus Scare: Sri Lanka to quarantine passengers from Italy, Iran, S Korea

Colombo/UNI: Sri Lanka's Health Ministry on Tuesday said that all passengers arriving from Italy, Iran and South Korea would have to undergo a 14-day quarantine period to prevent the COVID-19 from entering the island country.

Easter Sunday terror attack: Sri Lankan parliamentary committee proposes burqa ban 

Colombo/IBNS: In the wake of the terror attack in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday last year, a Sectoral Oversight Committee on National Security in the country has proposed to immediately ban attire such as the burqa and suspend the registration of political parties on an ethnic and religious basis, media reports said.

Sri Lanka lifts 25-year ban on private helicopter flights from Colombo

Colombo/Xinhua/UNI: In a bid to boost tourism, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday lifted a 25-year ban on the operation of helicopter flights by private operators from the heart of capital city of Colombo.

Sri Lanka aims to touch 6.5 per cent growth

Colombo/UNI: The newly formed Sri Lankan government is aiming to log a 6.5 per cent or higher GDP growth and prioritise national security in the island-nation.

Sri Lanka to accelerate Colombo Port City project

Colombo/UNI: The Sri Lankan government will accelerate the development of the Colombo Port City project built by China to ensure that it emerges as a new business hub in the island, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said.

Pakistan to widen cooperation with Sri Lanka

Colombo/UNI: Pakistan is seeking to widen the scope of cooperation with Sri Lanka to include defence, trade and investment, tourism, and multi-industry capacity building.

Sri Lanka aims to increase investments from key markets including China

Colombo/Xinhua/UNI: Sri Lanka's new government will aim to increase investments from China and a few other leading markets next year in order to boost the Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) sector and the economy of the island country, State Minister of Investment Promotion Keheliya Rambukwella was quoted in local media reports as saying here Monday

Gotabaya appoints both brothers to interim Cabinet

Colombo/UNI: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday appointed both his brothers to interim Cabinet which is aimed to run the government until the next parliamentary election.

Gotabaya Rajapaksa takes oath as Sri Lankan President

Colombo/UNI/IBNS: A day after he scripted victory in the polls, Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as the seventh Executive President of Sri Lanka on Monday.