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Tourists trickle into Sri Lanka after 10-month closure
Sri Lanka is slowly picking up the pieces of tourism devastation as airport operations resume after a 10-month lockdown, with arrivals for January 2021 numbering just 1,682.
Sri Lanka assessing environment damage from oil tanker fire
Sri Lanka’s government is sending scientists to determine whether a three-day fire on a giant oil tanker off its coast damaged the marine environment, an official said, AP reported.
Detained 'drug smuggler' cat escapes Sri Lanka prison
A cat detained at Sri Lanka's main prison while allegedly trying to smuggle drugs and cell phone SIM cards has escaped, media reports said.
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.
Iran’s new envoy to Sri Lanka submits credentials online
Iran’s new ambassador to Sri Lanka became the first Iranian envoy to have submitted his credentials to head of a foreign state via videoconference.
90 dead, over 99,000 affected by dengue in Sri Lanka in 2019
Sri Lanka's Health Ministry said on Wednesday that dengue cases in the country had doubled in 2019, when compared to the previous year, with 90 deaths reported and over 99,000 cases reported nationwide.
Sri Lanka’s former defense chief claims victory in presidential election
Sri Lanka’s former defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa claimed victory in the country’s presidential election, and his main challenger conceded defeat.
Iran contractor says megaproject in Sri Lanka ready for opening
The CEO of a major Iranian contractor involved in the construction of a hydropower project in Sri Lanka said work on the massive project has completely finished as he recounts how engineers from around the world were outsmarted by their Iranian rivals every step of the way.
Sri Lanka central bank seen keeping rates on hold
Sri Lanka's central bank will likely leave its key interest rates on hold at a policy review on Friday, after a 50-basis-point cut in August, a Reuters poll showed, ahead of presidential elections and as lower bank rates go into effect.
Sri Lankan doctors strike over salary ‘injustice’
Doctors at state-run hospitals across Sri Lanka began a 24-hour strike on Wednesday, demanding that the government resolve what they say is a salary “injustice.”
Sri Lanka, Iran negotiate tea trade
Sri Lanka is likely to sign a deal with Iran to sell its famed tea over the next two years in exchange for the settlement of loans obtained for the purchase of oil.
Sri Lanka curbs Saudi influence after Wahhabi-inspired bombings
Sri Lanka is moving to curtail Saudi Arabian influence, after some politicians and Buddhist monks blamed the spread of the kingdom’s ultra-conservative Wahhabi school for planting the seeds of militancy that culminated in deadly Easter bomb attacks.
Sri Lanka curbs Saudi influence after bombings
Sri Lanka is moving to curtail Saudi Arabian influence, after some politicians and Buddhist monks blamed the spread of the kingdom’s ultraconservative Wahhabi school for planting the seeds of militancy that culminated in deadly Easter bomb attacks.
Police chief faces crimes against humanity charge over Sri Lanka attacks
Sri Lanka's police chief and a top defense official should be tried for "grave crimes against humanity" over failure to prevent Easter bombings that killed 258, the state prosecutor says.
Daesh turning to Indian Ocean region: Report
Terrorists from the Daesh group are likely to conduct attacks in India and Sri Lanka, a report says, citing intelligence.

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