Sri Lanka's main Muslim party quits govt ahead of polls

Sri Lanka's main Muslim party on Sunday quit the government and decided to support the opposition in the January 8 presidential polls in a move seen as a major setback to President Mahinda Rajapakse's bid to seek a record third term.

Floods, landslides kill 17, maroon 1 million in Sri Lanka

Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in Sri Lanka have killed at least 17 people and marooned nearly a million in the past four days, officials said on Saturday.

Diaspora group wants Tamils to vote at Lanka presidential poll

An influential Tamil diaspora group based in the UK has asked the Tamil people in Sri Lanka to use every vote carefully in the January 8 Presidential election.

Five killed, over 4 lakh displaced in floods in Lanka

At least five people were killed and 4,53,000 displaced after floods and mudslides caused by heavy rains swept away several houses in Sri Lanka.

Muslim party quits in major blow to Sri Lanka leader

Sri Lanka`s President Mahinda Rajapakse suffered a setback to his re-election hopes Monday when a key minister and his minority Muslim party quit the coalition government.

Over 35000 marooned by bad weather, flash floods in Lanka

Nearly 35,000 people have been marooned due to torrential rains and flashfloods in Sri Lanka, disaster officials said on Sunday.

Lanka Opposition accuses army of campaigning for Rajapaksa

Sri Lankan Opposition has accused the army of deploying soldiers for poll-related campaigning for incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa, a charge the military denied on Thursday.

Darren Gough brands England squad 'bunch of schoolboys' post Sri Lanka series loss
Darren Gough brands England squad 'bunch of schoolboys' post Sri Lanka series loss

Former England pace spearhead Darren Gough has branded the current lot of players as a bunch of schoolboys and has slammed the selectors and captain Alastair Cook for their series loss against Sri Lanka.

Malaysia deports Lankan national to Colombo, ignores India's plea

A Sri Lankan national wanted in India for allegedly plotting terror strikes at American and Israeli consulates in the country has been deported by Malaysia to the island nation notwithstanding India's plea for his extradition to unravel key aspects of the conspiracy.

Four killed as Sri Lankan Air Force plane crashes

At least four people were killed and one person was injured after a Sri Lanka Air Force plane crashed near Colombo on Friday, police said.

Rajapaksa's govt in Lanka loses two-third majority

Ahead of next month's snap polls, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday suffered another political setback as he lost his government's two-thirds majority in Parliament after two ministers from parties representing Indian-origin Tamils defected to the opposition.

Tamil issues remain unaddressed in Lanka election: TNA

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, the TNA on Sunday said that Tamils were yet to decide their preference for the January 8 presidential polls as their concerns remain unaddressed by both, the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa and his main opposition rival.

4th ODI: Kumar Sangakkara stars in Sri Lanka`s win over England
4th ODI: Kumar Sangakkara stars in Sri Lanka`s win over England

Kumar Sangakkara hit 86 as Sri Lanka squeezed past England with six wickets and two balls to spare in the fourth one-day international Sunday to take a 3-1 lead in the seven-match series.

Dominant Sri Lanka crush England to go 2-0 up
Dominant Sri Lanka crush England to go 2-0 up

Hosts Sri Lanka outplayed woeful England by eight wickets in the second one-day international in Colombo on Saturday to take a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series.

'Issue of Chinese submarines in Colombo taken up with Lanka'

India has taken up with Sri Lanka the issue of recent visits of a Chinese submarine to Colombo, the government informed the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, saying it closely monitors foreign military presence in the neighbourhood.

ISI spy Zahir Hussain pleads guilty to terror charges in NIA court

Alleged ISI operative Mohammed Zahir Hussain on Thursday pleaded guilty in an NIA court here to the charges against him including waging war against India by conspiring to carry out terror acts at the behest of his handlers in Pakistan High Commission in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka presidential candidate's telecast blocked, technical error cited

A private Sri Lankan television network said on Monday it had received complaints that two local pay TV operators had blocked its live telecast of an appearance by new opposition presidential candidate Mithripala Sirisena.

Don't use Pope's visit for political gains: Lanka Church

Sri Lanka's Catholic church on Sunday asked all political parties to refrain from using the Pope's visit for political gains during the presidential polls in January.

Sri Lanka presidential election on January 8: Official

Sri Lanka`s presidential polls will be held on January 8, the head of the country`s elections commission announced Friday.

India to take part in Defence Chiefs'' Dialogue in Sri Lanka

India will join seven other SAARC and ten ASEAN member nations at the inaugural South and Southeast Asian Nations (SASEAN) Defense Chiefs` Dialogue- 014 from November 27 to 29 in Colombo.