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Sri Lanka's new premier promises Tamils more autonomy

Sri Lanka's new government pledged yesterday to devolve power to the country's Tamil minority, in a step towards national reconciliation six years after a controversial military offensive crushed a separatist rebellion. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his first address to parliament since taking office, said lawmakers needed to bring a political conclusion to the conflict between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels that ended in 2009. Critics say the previous regime failed to deal with the ethnic divisions that led to...

Govt mulling exporting rice to India: PM

Govt mulling exporting rice to India: PM

Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina today said the government is considering exporting rice to India as the latter has expressed its interest in importing rice from Bangladesh. "India has expressed its interest in importing 20,000-30,000 MT rice from Bangladesh and the issue of exporting rice in future would be considered...

Lanka to hold parliamentary elections in 100 days

Lanka to hold parliamentary elections in 100 days

Sri Lanka's new president yesterday announced fresh parliamentary elections two years ahead of schedule and told his new cabinet that the vote would be conducted in 100 days. Maithripala Sirisena told his new cabinet of 27 ministers inducted yesterday to prepare for a snap election that would be held after he has implemented his...

Pope Frances begins Sri Lanka visit

Pope Frances begins Sri Lanka visit

Pope Francis has arrived in Sri Lanka at the start of a six-day Asian visit which is expected to draw huge crowds. The pontiff, who will later travel to the Philippines, plans to celebrate open-air masses during his trip. It is the first papal visit to Sri Lanka since the end of a four-decade civil...

Minister eyes 4 deals at Bimstec summit

Minister eyes 4 deals at Bimstec summit

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali today voiced hopes on striking four important deals in the coming Bimstec meeting to step up trade and investment among member states. “We believe early realisation of the Bimstec Free Trade Agreement (Bimstec FTA) to promote trade and investment is of crucial importance,” he told a seminar in Dhaka. He...

Fall of invincible Rajapakse

INVINCIBLE Mahinda Rajapakse (69) has conceded defeat. His attempt to get an unprecedented third term as president was dashed on January 8, when his challenger Maithripala Sirisena garnered 51.3% votes from Sri Lanka's 15 million voters. Rajapakse's second six-year term was supposed to ends in November 2016. But suddenly last November, the president announced fresh elections. His decision to seek a fresh mandate was linked to several motivations -- astrological considerations; the divided and fragmented opposition; Supreme Court's ruling that...

Salma No.1 all-rounder

Bangladesh women's cricket captain Salma Khatun has topped the ICC T20 all-rounders' rankings for the first time in her career. The announcement was made by the International Cricket Council on Thursday. With 291 rating points, Salma is currently four clear of Sri Lanka's HASD Siriwardene. Currently, she is also ranked as the number one T20 bowler in the ICC Player Rankings. Salma, who came to know of her achievement yesterday, expressed her delight. "I was initially a little surprised when I was...

Rajapaksa suffers shock election defeat

Rajapaksa suffers shock election defeat

Sri Lanka's long-time leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has been defeated in the presidential election. Official results showed Maithripala Sirisena, a former ally of the incumbent, had won 51.3% of the vote. Rajapaksa, in office since 2005, said on Twitter he looked forward to a peaceful transition of power. His supporters credit him with ending the civil war...

Sri Lanka leader faces crucial poll

Sri Lanka leader faces crucial poll

Millions of Sri Lankans are voting in an unexpectedly close election that pits President Mahinda Rajapaksa against one of his former allies. Rajapaksa, in office since 2005, called the election two years early with analysts predicting an easy win. But many voters have since rallied behind the challenger, former minister Maithripala Sirisena. Sri Lanka votes in...

Sangakkara quickest to 12,000 Test runs

Sangakkara quickest to 12,000 Test runs

Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has become the fastest player to reach 12,000 runs in Test cricket - and only the fifth to reach the landmark. The 37-year-old achieved the feat in his 224th Test innings, during his side's second Test in New Zealand. India's Sachin Tendulkar and Australia's Ricky Ponting both needed 247 innings...

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