Colombo: News

07 Mar 2023

Sri Lanka

China backs Sri Lanka, clears way for IMF's $2.9B bailout

China has assured Sri Lanka a two-year moratorium for 2022 and 2023, paving the way for the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) $2.9 billion bailout.

21 Aug 2022

Sri Lanka

IMF to visit Sri Lanka on Wednesday to assess debt

A team of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will be visiting Sri Lanka this week to assess the island nation's total external and internal debt.

22 Jul 2022

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka crisis: Military uses force against protesters, dismantles tents

Hundreds of Sri Lankan army personnel and police stormed the major anti-government demonstration camp in the capital city, Colombo, on Friday.

15 Jul 2022


Ranil Wickremesinghe takes oath as Acting President of Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday took oath as Acting President of Sri Lanka after Gotabaya Rajapaksa's resignation was officially accepted.

12 Jul 2022

Sri Lanka

Airport authorities block ex-FM Basil Rajapaksa from leaving Sri Lanka

Former Finance Minister of Sri Lanka, Basil Rajapaksa, attempted to flee to Dubai in the early hours of Tuesday amid a wave of protests but was unsuccessful after the airport's immigration officials blocked him.

10 Jul 2022

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Army chief seeks public support to maintain peace

Seeking the public's support to maintain peace in the country, Sri Lankan Chief of Defence Staff, General Shavendra Silva, on Sunday said an opportunity to resolve the current political crisis in a peaceful manner is now available.

09 Jul 2022

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka crisis: Ranil Wickremesinghe quits as PM

In a significant but expected development, Ranil Wickremesinghe has resigned as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, paving way for an all-party administration to take charge.

09 Jul 2022


Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees official residence amid protests

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa allegedly abandoned his official residence in Colombo on Saturday as demonstrators broke into the house, AFP reported.

03 Apr 2022

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka economic crisis: Over 600 held for violating curfew

More than 600 demonstrators were arrested in Sri Lanka's Western Province for violating a countrywide curfew of 36 hours, news agency PTI reported.

02 Apr 2022

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Emergency declared after unrest over economic crisis

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a state of emergency on Friday, a day after hundreds attempted to storm his house in protest of the country's unprecedented economic crisis.

10 Feb 2022

Sri Lanka

5 things to do in Colombo

Colombo is the capital and the economic hub of Sri Lanka.

25 Apr 2019


Wealthy Muslim family behind Sri Lanka attack that killed 359

Locals of Dematagoda, a quiet suburb in Sri Lankan capital Colombo, had no clue that a wealthy family in the neighborhood was planning something sinister behind closed doors.

22 Apr 2019

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Bomb explodes in van near Colombo church

On Monday evening, a bomb exploded in a van near Colombo's St Anthony's Church, which was gutted during Sunday's attack.

22 Apr 2019

Tamil Nadu

Jihadist group Thowheed Jamath is responsible for Sri Lanka attacks

Reportedly, the Sri Lankan government has held jihadist group Thowheed Jamath responsible for Sunday's attack in the country that killed 290 and injured close to 500 people.

22 Apr 2019

Sri Lanka

#SriLankaAttacks: Suicide bomber queued for breakfast, then set off blast

Minutes before he ticked off a bomb at Sri Lanka's Cinnamon Grand hotel on Easter Sunday, the suicide bomber stood in a queue for breakfast buffet, reports AFP.

Maldives leader Abdulla Yameen blames defeat on 'disappearing ink'

Outgoing Maldives President Abdulla Yameen has told the Supreme Court that disappearing ink and specially treated ballot papers were to blame for his heavy election defeat last month.

26 Sep 2018

Sri Lanka

Colombo: Indian arrested over plot to assassinate Sri Lanka President

An Indian national who was aware of an alleged plot to assassinate the Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, has been arrested.

Nuwan Thushara: The Lasith Malinga 2.0

Lasith Malinga's pin-point yorkers, colored curly hair and his uncanny sling bowling action make him one of the memorable cricketers to have graced the sport.