Lanka

  • Arrest of SL national points to failure of intelligence agencies, says former minister GK Vasan 21 hours 26 minutes ago

    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 23 hours 13 minutes ago

    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 NDA-led...
  • Five months from World Cup, India favourites to defend title Yesterday

    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 five-month 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 Yesterday

    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 empty-handed this morning as the Lankan navy had...
  • Sri Lanka's expulsion of refugees goes to highest court 2 days ago

    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 2 days ago

    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 4 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 5 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 Shehzad-Dilshan 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 one-day international last Saturday. While the players were walking back to the dressing room, Shehzad was caught on camera telling Dilshan "if you are a non-Muslim 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...
  • Misbah-ul-Haq accepts blame for poor form against Sri Lanka September 2, 2014

    Pakistan's captain, Misbah-ul 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 2-0 in the Tests and lost the three match ODI series 2-1 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 one-day 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 one-day 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 seven-wicket victory on the Duckworth/Lewis Method against Pakistan in the series-deciding third and final one-day 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...
  • 2nd ODI: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 77 runs, level series 1-1 August 27, 2014

    Hambantota: A brilliant all-round performance by Thisara Perera guided Sri Lanka to a 77-run victory over Pakistan in their second one-day international on Tuesday to level the three-match series. Perera's whirlwind 65 off 36 balls took Sri Lanka's total to 310-9 after captain Angelo Mathews missed out on his maiden ODI...
  • Younis Khan to return from Sri Lanka after family tragedy August 25, 2014

    Karachi: Veteran batsman Younis Khan will play no further part in Pakistan's one-day series in Sri Lanka following the death of his 10-year-old nephew, an official said on Monday. "Younis will return home on Monday as his nephew Saad Khan died while having a liver transplant in India," a Pakistan Cricket...
  • Saeed Ajmal's bowling action to be tested on Monday August 24, 2014

    Dubai: Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal's suspect bowling action will be tested at the Cricket Australia National Cricket Centre in Brisbane on Monday and the result will be declared in about two weeks time, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Sunday. The ICC clarified the procedures that will...
  • Sri Lanka rejects Subramanian Swamy's call for temporary fishing permits August 24, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has rejected a call to allow Indian fishermen to fish in Lankan waters on a permit system for three years, days ahead of a meeting in Delhi to find an amicable solution to the contentious fishing issue. Turning down the suggestion by senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy...
  • Colombo wash-out shifts second Sri Lanka-Pakistan ODI to Hambantota August 24, 2014

    The second one-day international between Sri Lanka and Pakistan has been advanced by a day to Tuesday and will be held at Hambantota due to heavy rain in Colombo, the Sri Lanka cricket board (SLC) said. Colombo's Premadasa Stadium was to host the day-night match on Wednesday with the third and...
  • 1st ODI: Maqsood, Fawad guide Pakistan home in tricky chase August 23, 2014

    Hambantota: Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam shared a record-breaking partnership as they powered Pakistan to a four-wicket victory against Sri Lanka with one ball to spare in the first one-day international on Saturday. Maqsood made an unbeaten 89 off 73 balls and Alam scored 62 off 61 as Pakistan raced to...
  • Pakistan regroup for Sri Lanka one-dayers August 22, 2014

    Hambantota: Pakistan and Sri Lanka begin a three-match one-day series on Saturday hoping to gauge each other's firepower and bench strength ahead of the World Cup just six months away. The two former world champions have been drawn in different halves for one-day cricket's showpiece that is to be played in...
  • Ebola scare: Sri Lanka suspends on-arrival visa facility for 4 African nations August 22, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has suspended on-arrival visa facility for visitors from four African countries in the wake of Ebola epidemic in Africa, officials said. External Affairs Ministry officials said privilege to obtain visa on arrival has been suspended for visitors from Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea with immediate effect....
  • Saeed Ajmal to miss first two ODIs against Sri Lanka August 22, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan's leading off-spinner Saeed Ajmal is set to miss the first two one-day internationals against Sri Lanka as he has to fly to Brisbane to undergo tests on his bowling action. Saeed, 36, will head to Brisbane from Colombo on August 23 with his test scheduled the next day. The...
  • Sri Lanka ponder life after golden generation August 20, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka are banking on young talent to see them through a transitional phase in Test cricket despite the departure of one batting great, another approaching retirement and an ageing spinner in the ranks. Former captain Mahela Jayawardene, who ended his 17-year Test career on Monday following the 2-0...
  • Sri Lanka shuffle pack for ODI series against Pakistan August 19, 2014

    Sri Lanka have made several changes after naming a 15-man squad for the first two one-day internationals against Pakistan. Batsmen Upul Tharanga and Dinesh Chandimal, spin duo Seekkuge Prasanna and Suraj Randiv, and fast bowler Dhammika Prasad have been recalled after missing last month's three-match series against South Africa that Sri...
  • Sri Lankan President puts Pakistan visit on hold August 19, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was due to visit Pakistan later this month may delay his travel plans because of political unrest in Islamabad, officials said on Tuesday. The Sri Lankan government had not officially announced dates for the visit but developments in the Pakistani capital which is currently...