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Shihar Aneez

"They bombed our livelihoods": Sri Lanka's tourism firms struggle after attacks

Jul 15 2019

UNWATUNA/GALLE, Sri Lanka Pearl Divers, a diving school on one of Sri Lanka's most popular southern beaches, shut shop for two months after suicide bombers attacked churches and hotels on the island on Easter Sunday, killing about 250 people. It had no customers as tourists canceled holidays, and its manager Nuwan Harshana says he took two months leave and a pay cut.

Prosecutors say tests needed before Sri Lanka sterilization case can proceed

Jul 11 2019

KURUNEGALA, Sri Lanka Sri Lankan prosecutors said on Thursday tests would be needed to establish whether a Muslim doctor had sterilized Buddhist patients, while there was no evidence to support other charges against him of links to terrorist groups or money laundering.

Hardline Sri Lanka monk calls for Buddhist Sinhalese government

Jul 07 2019

KANDY, Sri Lanka Sri Lanka's most powerful Buddhist nationalist group rallied its hardline base on Sunday, saying they must aim to take democratic control of parliament to protect the community, amid heightened sectarian strains after the Easter attacks by Islamist bombers.

Muslims in Sri Lankan highlands to down shutters as hardline Buddhists meet

Jul 05 2019

COLOMBO Shops owned by Muslim traders in the Sri Lankan central highlands district of Kandy will remain closed on Sunday as thousands of hardline Buddhist monks gather to decide who to back in the country's upcoming presidential elections.

Sri Lanka police chief, ex-defense secretary held on remand over Easter bomb attack failings

Jul 03 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's police chief and former defense secretary were remanded in custody on Wednesday over allegations that they failed to prevent the Easter Day bomb attacks that killed more than 250 people, a police spokesman said.

Sri Lanka police chief, ex-defence secretary arrested over bombings

Jul 02 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lankan police on Tuesday arrested their own chief and the former defense secretary for failing to prevent attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed more than 250 people in April, a police spokesman said.

Sri Lanka picks two hangmen for first prisoner executions since 1970s

Jun 28 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka has hired two hangmen as it prepares for executions of four prisoners convicted of drug offences in what would be the country's first use of the death penalty for over 40 years, prison authorities said on Friday.

Sri Lankan presidential hopeful Rajapaksa faces new lawsuits in U.S. court

Jun 27 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lankan torture victims have filed 10 new claims for damages in a U.S. court against wartime defense chief Gotabaya Rajapaksa, lawyers for the plaintiffs and a rights group said, possibly jeopardizing his plan to run for president.

Sri Lanka reinstates death penalty for drug crimes ahead of polls

Jun 26 2019

COLOMBO Sri Lanka's president on Wednesday signed death sentences for four people convicted of drug-related offences in a decision analysts said is aimed at boosting his chances of re-election later this year.

Sri Lanka raises $2 bln in bond sales amid strong risk appetite

Jun 25 2019

COLOMBO, June 25 Sri Lanka raised $2 billion through bond sales, the central bank said on Tuesday, as falling U.S. treasury yields helped boost risk appetite in the island's debt despite a slowing economy.

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