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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 to the southwest of the Bay of Bengal and to the southeast of the Arabian Sea. The island is geographically separated from the Indian subcontinent by the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. The legislative capital, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, is a suburb of the commercial capital and largest city, Colombo.

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Govt has no data on minorities who faced religious persecution: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad asked on Wednesday why the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill does not include Hindus from Sri Lanka and Christians from Bhutan, as he alleged that the..
IndiaTimes - Published

Opposition tears into CAB, says what about Lanka, Myanmar Hindus

The brunt of the opposition attack, articulated by Congress, DMK, BSP and SP, was that while the bill discriminates against Muslims, it is biased against persecuted individuals including Hindus in Sri..
IndiaTimes - Published

Videos for Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka Media Freedom: Journalists fear crackdown [Video]Sri Lanka Media Freedom: Journalists fear crackdown

Journalists in Sri Lanka say they are facing intimidation from the new government

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:33Published

Sri Lanka's new leader promises to unite country [Video]Sri Lanka's new leader promises to unite country

Buddhist nationalist group Bodu Bala Sena, which means Army of Buddhist Power, is accused of inciting hate and taking part in violent attacks on Sri Lanka’s minority Muslim and Christian communities..

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:57Published

Sri Lanka: Journalists say there is a new media crackdown [Video]Sri Lanka: Journalists say there is a new media crackdown

Journalists in Sri Lanka say they are facing intimidation from the new government

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:30Published

Sri Lanka's election results worry ethnic Tamil [Video]Sri Lanka's election results worry ethnic Tamil

Winner Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s support dips in majority Tamil areas, where people have not forgotten his role in the civil war.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:52Published

Sri Lanka politics: Rajapaksa brothers take top jobs [Video]Sri Lanka politics: Rajapaksa brothers take top jobs

Sri Lanka's newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sworn in his brother, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the new prime minister.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:54Published

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa swears in brother as PM [Video]Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa swears in brother as PM

The brothers, who were credited with ending civil war in 2009, come back to power on promise to boost national security.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:13Published

Sri Lanka's new president picks brother Mahinda Rajapaksa as PM [Video]Sri Lanka's new president picks brother Mahinda Rajapaksa as PM

Mahinda, a two-term president himself, likely to be sworn in on Thursday following Ranil Wickremesinghe's resignation.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:35Published

Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president [Video]Gotabaya Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka's new president

As the first retired military officer to assume the office, Rajapaksa has pledged to give national security a priority.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:26Published

Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins Sri Lanka election [Video]Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins Sri Lanka election

Former defence chief ran a campaign for Saturday's vote on providing strong leadership and improving national security.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 07:35Published

Former defence minister wins Sri Lanka presidential election [Video]Former defence minister wins Sri Lanka presidential election

Former defence minister wins Sri Lanka presidential election

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 00:50Published

Sri Lanka vote: Rajapaksa wins presidency as Premadasa concedes [Video]Sri Lanka vote: Rajapaksa wins presidency as Premadasa concedes

Ruling party candidate Sajith Premadasa congratulates his main rival for win in hard-fought election.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:58Published

Sri Lanka votes for a new president [Video]Sri Lanka votes for a new president

Sri Lanka votes for a new president

Credit: Euronews English     Duration: 01:00Published

Sri Lanka election: Voting closes in tight presidential race [Video]Sri Lanka election: Voting closes in tight presidential race

National security has been a key issue in the campaign after the Easter bombings that killed hundreds of people.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:51Published

Sri Lanka election: Minorities fear vote result [Video]Sri Lanka election: Minorities fear vote result

Sri Lankans are voting to elect a new leader while ethnic divisions are on the rise after the deadly Easter bombings.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:33Published

Sri Lankans will elect a new president on Saturday [Video]Sri Lankans will elect a new president on Saturday

Sri Lankans will vote in November 16 presidential election with security and economy at the top of their minds.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:36Published

 

India calls for effective steps agaist terrorism on SAARC's foundation day

The 19th SAARC summit was to happen in Islamabad in 2016 but was boycotted by India along with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan after the Uri attack in Jammu and Kashmir.
DNA - Published

Sri Lanka-India bilateral ties revitalised, will maintain warm relations with New Delhi: President Gotabaya

Sri Lanka's newly-elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Monday that his recent visit to India, his first foreign trip, has revitalised the historical ties between the two countries, vowing that..
IndiaTimes - Published

Tackling terror tops Modi-Gotabaya talks

India on Friday announced two separate lines of credit worth $450 million for Sri Lanka - $400 million for development assistance and $50 million for counter-terror cooperation -as PM Narendra Modi..
IndiaTimes - Published

Gotabaya Rajapaksa invites PM Modi to visit Sri Lanka

Addressing a joint press conference with PM Modi here, Rajapaksa said, "I am certainly very happy to be here because India is our closest neighbour as well as our long-standing friend. I would avail..
IndiaTimes - Published

Sri Lanka President assures to take steps to release Indian fishermen's boats

Sri Lanka President Gotayaba Rajapaksa on Friday assured that his country will take steps to release the Indian fishermen's boats which are in the island nation's custody. "We discussed in length the..
IndiaTimes - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

PM Modi announces $450 million financial assistance to Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced $450 million line of credit to Sri Lanka to strengthen its economy, including $50 million to fight terrorism after he held talks with the island..
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

'Want to take relationship with India to a higher level,' says Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, meets PM Modi

The newly-elected Sri Lankan President also paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's visit to India: All you need to know


IndiaTimes - Published

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in New Delhi, to meet PM Modi today

In his first overseas tour after taking reins of Sri Lanka over a week ago, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived in New Delhi on a three-day visit, signalling his intent to deepen bilateral ties with..
IndiaTimes - Published

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrives on three-day visit

Newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa arrived here on Thursday, in his first foreign visit after taking reins of power in the island nation. On Friday, he will hold extensive talks with..
IndiaTimes - Published Also reported by •DNA

Sri Lanka won't do anything that will harm India's interests: Prez Rajapaksa

"We will work with India as a friendly country and won't do anything that will harm India's interests," said Rajapaksa, who will travel to New Delhi on November 29 on his first official trip abroad as..
IndiaTimes - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

UP law panel suggests new legislation to check forcible conversions

The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission on Thursday submitted a report to chief minister Yogi Adityanath, suggesting a new law to check forcible religious conversions. The report was prepared after..
IndiaTimes - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

PM Modi congratulates new Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajpaksa


IndiaTimes - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka's prime minister to step down following election loss

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Wednesday he would resign this week after his party's candidate lost a presidential election, and local media reports suggest the new president..
Reuters - Published

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..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

A hospital and clean water: China on the charm offensive in Sri Lanka

Amid the lush paddy fields of central Sri Lanka, a large, state-of-the-art hospital rises between the cranes and cement mixers.
Reuters - Published

New Sri Lanka President to visit India on November 29


IndiaTimes - Published

Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa accepts PM Modi's invite to visit India


IndiaTimes - Published

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

The winner of Sri Lanka's presidential election, Gotabaya Rajapaksa made national security his top priority after being sworn in on Monday at an ancient temple in the north-central city of Anuradhapura..
Reuters - Published

PM Modi congratulates Sri Lanka's President-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa on victory

The PM also reiterated India's commitment to continue to work with the government of Sri Lanka.
DNA - Published

Sri Lanka strongman Rajapaksa wins presidency by big margin

Sri Lanka's former civil wartime defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was declared the winner in the presidential election on Sunday, after promising to secure the country against militant threats..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka finance minister quits after ruling party candidate defeated in presidential poll

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.
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka election body declares Rajapaksa winner of presidential poll

Sri Lanka's election commission declared former defense secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the winner of the presidential election on Sunday.
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka president-elect Rajapaksa a war hero to some, a polarizing figure for others

For Sri Lanka's majority Sinhalese Buddhists, president-elect Gotabaya Rajapaksa is best-placed to take on the hard challenge of defeating enemies of the state such as those who carried out deadly..
Reuters - Published

Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins Sri Lanka Presidential Election 2019

Polling booths opened across the country at 7 am on Saturday and it continued for 10 hours under tight security provided by 85,000 police Gotabaya Rajapaksa claims victory with huge majority
DNA - Published Also reported by •Reuters

Sri Lanka strongman Rajapaksa set to become president after rival concedes defeat

Sri Lanka's former wartime defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was set to become president after his main rival conceded defeat on Sunday in an election that came months after bombings by Islamist..
Reuters - Published

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.
Reuters - Published

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

Sri Lanka's former wartime defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa was locked in a close fight with his main rival in a presidential election months after deadly militant attacks in the island, early results..
Reuters - Published

Polls close in Sri Lanka presidential poll marred by violence

Polls have closed in Sri Lanka where elections were held on Saturday for a new president of the tourism-dependent island nation still struggling to recover from the Easter Sunday militant attacks which..
Reuters - Published

Why India is keeping a close watch on Sri Lanka elections


IndiaTimes - Published

Sri Lankans vote in big numbers for a new president to heal divisions after attacks

Sri Lankans packed into polling stations on Saturday to choose a new president for the island-nation still struggling to recover from Easter Sunday attacks on hotels and churches that have heavily..
Reuters - Published

A Presidential election you need to follow

Sri Lanka's presidential polls begin Saturday with incumbent Maithripala Sirisena, not in the fray, which means no matter who wins, India will have to deal with a new President while wrestling China in..
IndiaTimes - Published

Explainer: Sri Lanka's presidential election, by numbers and issues

Sri Lanka will pick a new president in a vote on Saturday that comes months after Easter Sunday attacks by Islamic State that raised fears over the safety of the tiny island, undermined investor..
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka presidential race tightens as minorities seek to stop Rajapaksa

Sri Lankans elect a new president on Saturday in a "finely balanced" race between the early favorite, former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and government minister Sajith Premadasa, who has gained..
Reuters - Published

Timeline: Sri Lanka's rocky history leading up to presidential election

Sri Lanka goes to the polls on Saturday at a time when the economy is growing at its slowest in 18 years, and the tourism industry is still reeling from militant bomb attacks in April.
Reuters - Published

After hiatus, Rajapaksa brothers set to dominate Sri Lanka again

One brother is considered a shoo-in for the job of Sri Lanka's president in elections this weekend and another is eyeing the prime minister's post when that election becomes due early next year.
Reuters - Published

Sri Lanka government pledges to hold off signing U.S. pact until after election

Sri Lanka's government said on Wednesday a decision on agreeing a $480 million infrastructure grant from the United States, which has been criticized by some lawyers, Buddhist monks and opposition..
Reuters - Published

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