Sri Lanka revives port deal with India, Japan amid China concerns

The deep-sea jetty is located next to the Colombo International Container Terminal, which is 85 percent owned by China. Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has announced the revival of an Indian and Japanese investment project to develop a deep-sea terminal in Colombo

Sri Lanka war memorial to be rebuilt after Tamils protest

Destruction of monument at Jaffna University – depicting arms sticking out of a mound – prompted protests and threats of general strike. Sri Lanka’s government has said it would rebuild a memorial to Tamil civilians killed in the country’s civil war that

India to prioritise Sri Lanka when COVID vaccine ready for export

India’s Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar makes the pledge in a meeting with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. India’s foreign minister has told Sri Lanka’s president that the country will be prioritised when Indian-produced COVID-19 vaccines are ready for export, the president’s office

Sri Lanka to cremate Muslim COVID-19 victims despite objections

Families have refused to claim the bodies in protest over the government’s policy of cremation, which is forbidden under Islamic law. Sri Lanka said it would cremate the bodies of 19 Muslim coronavirus victims, overriding the families’ objections against the compulsory policy.

Cyclone Burevi slams into eastern Sri Lanka

Authorities had evacuated more than 75,000 people from the country’s east coast ahead of the cyclone that is projected to unleash flash floods. Tropical Cyclone Burevi slammed into Sri Lanka’s eastern coast on Wednesday night and was expected to damage coastal buildings

COVID-19 surge triggers deadly prison riot in Sri Lanka

At least eight inmates dead and 55 wounded after unrest broke out at high-security Mahara prison near Colombo over rising infections. Intermittent gunfire rang out on Monday at a Sri Lankan high-security prison where a riot by inmates over a surge of