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Trincomalee oil farm deal with India challenged in Sri Lankan apex court

A petition has been filed in Sri Lankan Supreme Court challenging the legality of the Trincomalee Oil Farm deal which was signed between Sri Lanka and India to boost energy and economic cooperation

Sri Lanka launches inter-city train service with India-funded coaches

Sri Lanka on Sunday launched an inter-city train service using coaches procured from India, highlighting key aspects of New Delhi's development partnership with the island nation

Rajapaksa's growing militarisation of Sri Lanka: now army to ‘enlighten’ farmers on organic farming

From controlling the pandemic to stopping hoarding of food and essentials, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapksa’s fascination for using the country’s armed forces in every crisis is no secret

Tamil groups oppose Sri Lankan government’s involvement in Jaffna Kite Festival

A section of Tamil groups has reacted sharply over the government’s participation in the Jaffna Kite Festival in the northern city of Jaffna, once the stronghold of Tamil secessionist militant leader Velupillai Prabhakaran

Sri Lanka to cultivate more rubber plantations to enhance forest cover to 30 percent

Sri Lanka plans to increase forest cover from currently 29.3 percent to 30 percent by 2025 by cultivating rubber plants over an area of 500 hectares

Indians topped Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals in 2021

Tourists from India dominated Sri Lanka’s tourism market last year, contributing almost 23 percent of the total 194,000 tourists who visited the island country in 2021

Sri Lanka finalizes Trincomalee oil farm deal with India, agrees to extend lease of 14 oil tanks for 50 years

In a deal with considerable strategic significance for South Asian geopolitics, Sri Lanka will extend the lease of 14 oil tanks in Trincomalee oil farms to India for 50 years, Lankan Energy Minister Udaya Gammanpila said on Friday, adding the deal, which will also include the joint development of 61 other unused tanks, will be signed next week

Sri Lanka’s forex increases to $3 billion; former PM urges government to approach IMF

Sri Lanka’s foreign reserve exchange reached $3.1 billion dollars in December, up from $1.5 billion recorded last month, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka informed on Wednesday

Amid severe forex crisis, Sri Lanka shuts down three missions abroad; shortages of essentials feared

Sri Lanka will temporarily close down three of its missions in Nigeria, Germany and Cyprus in what seems a desperate bid by the government to save its fast-declining foreign currency reserves amid a severe economic crisis

Food shortage imminent in Sri Lanka, warns agricultural secretary; removed from his post

Sri Lanka is heading for an imminent food shortage, warned Uditha K Jayasinghe, who was the country’s agriculture secretary until Thursday and was removed only after he issued a dire — and blunt -  warning

EU should press Sri Lanka on its rights obligations, says rights body

The European Union (EU) should work with its international partners to press the Sri Lankan government for its rights obligations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said, warning that respect for human rights in the country has been “declining alarmingly under President Rajapaksa.”

Sri Lankan fishing vessel damaged after collision with Indian vessel

A Sri Lankan fishing vessel was damaged after it collided with an Indian fishing vessel, which Sri Lankan Navy alleged was illegally venturing into  Sri Lankan territorial water on Wednesday night

Extremism and terrorism pose threat to region, says Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Religious extremism and terrorism pose a threat to the region, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said, adding "coordinated efforts" are needed to tackle these challenges

Pakistan's 'day of shame': Sri Lankans leaders seek justice, concern expressed over free rein to 'extremists forces'

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said he was deeply concerned by the lynching of a Sri Lankan man in Pakistan but expressed faith in Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s commitment to "ensure justice" in the case

Sri Lanka has nationwide power blackout as entire grid fails

Sri Lanka on Friday reported a massive nationwide power outage as its entire grid was down, media reports said, making it yet another crisis for the country which has already been going through multiple problems currently

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