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  • Sri Lanka wins backing of 22 nations against UN rights probe 4 days ago

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has won the backing of 22 nations in its battle against the UN's war crimes probe into the country's human rights record during its brutal civil war. A government statement said the countries in a joint statement had termed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution passed last...
  • New Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu eyes World Cup glory 4 days ago

    Colombo: New Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu targeted more success on Friday for cricket's reigning T20 champions at next year's 50-over World Cup, saying morale is riding high. In his first press conference since landing the job full-time, Atapattu said there was no danger of complacency among his players and...
  • Suspended Sachithra Senanayake to play domestic cricket 5 days ago

    Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket said on Thursday it will allow suspended off-spin bowler Sachithra Senanayake to play domestic cricket as he is making good progress in remedying his bowling action. The sport's governing body said in a statement that Senanayake had worked with some experts in University of Western Australia and...
  • Marvan Atapattu takes over as Sri Lanka head coach 6 days ago

    Former captain Marvan Atapattu became Sri Lanka's first full-time local coach in 15 years after he was put in charge of the national cricket team on Wednesday. The executive committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has "unanimously approved and appointed" Atapattu with immediate effect, the SLC said in a statement without...
  • Alastair Cook to lead England at World Cup 6 days ago

    England captain Alastair Cook will lead the side at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after being named on Wednesday as skipper for an upcoming one-day international series in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, national selector James Whitaker confirmed. "He will be our leader at the World Cup," Whitaker...
  • Tamil Nadu: Remand of fishermen extended by Sri Lankan court 6 days ago

    Rameswaram: A Sri Lankan court on Wednesday extended the remand of 36 fishermen from here, arrested by the island nation's navy personnel while fishing near Katchatheevu on different dates, to October 7. Mannar Judicial Magistrate Aanandhi Kanagarathinam extended the remand of the fishermen, arrested on charges...
  • When will Indian hockey learn to be ruthless? asks Michael Nobbs September 22, 2014

    I must admit I had such high hopes for a really good start to the tournament and a good solid win for India against Sri Lanka. That was not to be. Sri Lanka have just played their second match in two days and had been thoroughly beaten by Pakistan 140....
  • Seven Indian nationals arrested in Sri Lanka for overstaying September 21, 2014

    Colombo: Seven Indian nationals have been arrested by Lankan police for allegedly overstaying and their involvement in illegal trade in the country, according to a media report. All seven of them, between the age of 2365, have exceeded their visa tenure, violated immigration laws and engaged in illegal trade in Kalmunai,...
  • Did not wish Modi on Birthday due to Xi's Gujarat visit: Sri Lankan President September 20, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday told two visiting BJP leaders that he deliberately refrained from wishing Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday because he did not want to disturb the Premier with Chinese President Xi Jinping visiting Gujarat. BJP national secretary P Muralidhar Rao and the party's...
  • Lasith Malinga to undergo ankle treatment in Australia September 20, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka will have to do without Lasith Malinga for about threeandahalf months until early next year as the speedster has planned to get his troubled ankle treated in Australia. National Selector Pramodaya Wickramasingha said that the rightarmer would be soon flying to Australia for treatment to an ankle injury...
  • Arrest of SL national points to failure of intelligence agencies, says former minister GK Vasan September 15, 2014

    Kumbakonam: The arrest of a Sri Lankan national in Chennai for allegedly spying for Pakistan pointed to the 'failure' of the central and state intelligence agencies and they should coordinate with Coast Guard and police for effective vigil, former Union minister GK Vasan said on Monday. "The Sri Lankan national's arrest...
  • No question of demolishing Ram Sethu, says Nitin Gadkari September 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday asserted that Ram Sethu structure will not be demolished for the construction of Sethusamudram shipping canal project. "There is no question of demolition of the Ram Sethu," he said in a press conference to mark the NDAled...
  • Five months from World Cup, India favourites to defend title September 15, 2014

    After what at one stage earlier this month looked like a vast game of musical chairs, reigning champions India ended up topping the world rankings when the fivemonth countdown to the 2015 World Cup started on Sunday. With just three rating points separating the top four nations, however, the 11th version...
  • Sri Lankan navy damage 100 fishing nets September 14, 2014

    Rameswaram: Sri Lankan Navy personnel allegedly attacked Indian fishing boats and damaged more than 100 nets near the International Maritime Boundary Line in the early hours today, fishermen association representatives said. Fishermen, who ventured into the sea in 618 boats, had to return emptyhanded this morning as the Lankan navy had...
  • Sri Lanka's expulsion of refugees goes to highest court September 14, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan rights activists have gone to the country's highest court in a bid to stop the government summarily deporting Afghan, Iranian and Pakistani refugees, their lawyer said. Six human rights defenders have petitioned the Supreme Court to challenge the expulsions, which are being carried out despite warnings that...
  • Fishermen's body found washed ashore off Sri Lankan coast September 13, 2014

    Ramanathapuram: The body of one of thethree Tamil Nadu fishermen, who went missing after they put to sea on August 25, has been washed ashore in Velvattithurai coast off Sri Lanka, a senior functionary of a local Fishermen's Association on Saturday said. Quoting officials, President of Fishermen's Association T Sesuraja said...
  • Indian Ocean region vulnerable to massive tsunamis: Study September 11, 2014

    Colombo Sri Lanka and much of the Indian Ocean region are vulnerable to as large, or even larger tsunamis than the 2004 magnitude 9.2 Sumatra earthquake, a new study has warned. The study on the frequency of past giant earthquakes in the Indian Ocean region shows that Sri Lanka, and much...
  • Send out unequivocal, unambiguous message to Sri Lanka: Jaya to Centre September 11, 2014

    Chennai: Taking strong exception to the recent arrest of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday requested the Centre to send out an "unequivocal" and "unambiguous" message to ensure that such acts cease hereafter. "After a brief lull, Sri...
  • Sri Lankan arrested on the charge of spying for Pakistan September 11, 2014

    New Delhi: A Sri Lankan national was arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the charge of spying on behalf of Pakistan. Arun Selvarajan was arrested by NIA for his alleged involvement in espionage activities at the instigation of Pakistan, official sources said. Selvarajan was found in possession of two...
  • Clarify status of facilities for higher education of child of Sri Lanka refugees born in India: HC September 9, 2014

    Chennai: Madras High Court in an interim order on Tuesday directed the Director of Medical Education, to clarify the status of facilities to be provided for higher education for a child of Sri Lanka's Tamil refugees, born in India. The first bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M...
  • Sri Lanka to counter allegations at UN rights sessions September 7, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka, which has vowed not to cooperate with an international probe into its alleged rights abuses during the final phase of its military campaign against LTTE, will counter the charges at a UNHRC session beginning on Monday in Geneva. The External Affairs Ministry sources said that Sri Lankan Ambassador...
  • Sri Lankan fishing boat apprehended near Chennai coast September 6, 2014

    Chennai: Five Sri Lankan fishermen along with their boat have been apprehended for fishing in Indian waters and 300 kg of tuna fish seized from them by the Indian Coast Guard off the Chennai coast. ICG ship Rajdhwaj and its fixed wing aircraft during routine patrol apprehended the Sri Lankan...
  • Pakistan say Ahmed Shehzad could be disciplined September 5, 2014

    The Pakistan Cricket Board says batsman Ahmed Shehzad has breached his central contract for making religious comments to Sri Lanka player Tillakaratne Dilshan and he could face disciplinary action. Chairman Shaharyar Khan says on Friday that Shehzah's contract clearly states "you will not be involved in any political or religious discussion...
  • Pakistan Cricket Board looking into ShehzadDilshan religious chat September 4, 2014

    Islamabad: The Pakistan Cricket Board is investigating religious comments by batsman Ahmed Shehzad to Sri Lanka player Tillakaratne Dilshan after their oneday international last Saturday. While the players were walking back to the dressing room, Shehzad was caught on camera telling Dilshan "if you are a nonMuslim and you turn Muslim,...
  • Jayalalithaa writes to Modi over frequent arrests of fishermen by Lankan Navy September 3, 2014

    Chennai: Expressing concern over the "alarmingly" increasing frequencies of arrests of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking Centre's immediate intervention to resolve the issue. Colombo's "inhumane and cruel strategy" of not releasing the boats of Indian...
  • MisbahulHaq accepts blame for poor form against Sri Lanka September 2, 2014

    Pakistan's captain, Misbahul Haq, on Tuesday admitted that his failure with the bat was a "big factor" in his team's disastrous tour of Sri Lanka. Pakistan were beaten 20 in the Tests and lost the three match ODI series 21 in August. Veteran Misbah has held Pakistan's frail batting order together...
  • Pakistan's defeat in Sri Lanka sparks ICC World Cup 2015 fears August 31, 2014

    Karachi: Former cricket greats said they fear Pakistan's oneday defeat in Sri Lanka will hurt preparations for the World Cup just five months away. Pakistan were beaten by seven wickets in the third and final oneday international against Sri Lanka in Dambulla on Saturday after being bowled for a mere 102,...
  • 3rd ODI: Sri Lanka rout Pakistan to win series August 30, 2014

    Dambulla: Allrounder Thisara Perera led Sri Lanka to a sevenwicket victory on the Duckworth/Lewis Method against Pakistan in the seriesdeciding third and final oneday international on Saturday. Perera grabbed 4 for 34 and tore through Pakistan's batting lineup with lively short pitched deliveries to restrict the visitors to 102 in 32.1...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 3rd ODI August 30, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat. Playing XIs: Pakistan: Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Umar Akmal(w), MisbahulHaq(c), Fawad Alam, Sohaib Maqsood, Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Irfan. Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara(w), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo...
  • 2nd ODI: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 77 runs, level series 11 August 27, 2014

    Hambantota: A brilliant allround performance by Thisara Perera guided Sri Lanka to a 77run victory over Pakistan in their second oneday international on Tuesday to level the threematch series. Perera's whirlwind 65 off 36 balls took Sri Lanka's total to 3109 after captain Angelo Mathews missed out on his maiden ODI...