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.

Sri Lanka in fight to survive against in-form New Zealand
Sri Lanka in fight to survive against in-form New Zealand

Sri Lanka were fighting for survival in the first Test against New Zealand Saturday after being decimated by a lethal Blackcaps` swing attack in their first innings and forced to follow on.

First Test: New Zealand in control as Sri Lanka follow on
First Test: New Zealand in control as Sri Lanka follow on

Strike bowler Trent Boult led a rampant New Zealand attack that wiped out Sri Lanka`s first innings and forced them to bat again on the second day of the first Test on Saturday.

New Zealand's Boult strikes to put Sri Lanka on back foot

Trent Boult captured three early wickets to put Sri Lanka on the back foot at lunch on the second day of the first test at Hagley Oval in Christchurch with the visitors 38 for three after they had earlier bowled New Zealand out for 441.

Fourteen killed, 750,000 affected in Sri Lanka floods, mudslides

At least nine people have been killed and 750,000 affected in Sri Lanka due to floods and mudslides caused by heavy rains across the country in the past three days as the air force deployed helicopters for rescue operations in the central hills on Friday.

India donates USD one million towards UN tsunami fund

India on Friday announced a USD one million contribution to a UN fund for tsunami, disaster and climate preparedness in the Indian Ocean and Southeast Asian countries on the 10th anniversary of the 2004 tsunami.

7 killed in Sri Lanka floods and mudslides

 At least seven persons have been killed and nearly seven lakh affected in Sri Lanka due to floods and mudslides caused by heavy rains across the country in the past three days.

Sri Lanka train guard mourns tsunami dead 10 years on

Head guard Wanigaratne Karunatilleke was one of the few people on the Ocean Queen Express to survive when a wall of water slammed into the train on Sri Lanka`s south coast a decade ago.

New Zealand in complete command over Sri Lanka in first Test
New Zealand in complete command over Sri Lanka in first Test

Record-breaking Brendon McCullum was at his belligerent best as he led New Zealand to a commanding 429-7 on the first day of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Christchurch Friday.

Record making Brendon McCullum entertains once again
Record making Brendon McCullum entertains once again

If there is one player to dial for runs and big scores at the moment it is Brendon McCullum. The New Zealand skipper continued his prime form this year as he showed powerful brutality against visiting Sri Lanka on Day 1 of the first Test match in Christchurch on Friday.

Brendon McCullum surpasses 1,000 Test runs in calendar year
Brendon McCullum surpasses 1,000 Test runs in calendar year

Captain Brendon McCullum became the first New Zealand batsman to score 1,000 test runs in a calendar year as he guided the hosts to 215 for four at tea on the first day of the first test against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday.

Brendon McCullum hits ton as New Zealand recover against Sri Lanka
Brendon McCullum hits ton as New Zealand recover against Sri Lanka

New Zealand were 215-4 at tea on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval in Christchurch Friday.

Sri Lanka train guard mourns tsunami dead 10 years on

 Wanigaratne Karunatilleke knew nothing about tsunamis before a wave of water slammed into his train on the Sri Lankan coast a decade ago, killing more than a thousand people.

Indonesia set to begin tsunami memorials

Thousands of people were due on Thursday at a memorial in Indonesia's Aceh province, the epicentre of the Indian Ocean tsunami, as the world prepared to mark a decade since a disaster that took 220,00 lives and laid waste to coastal areas in 14 countries.

Karunanidhi flays Rajapaksa for following 'double standards'

DMK president M Karunanidhi on Thursday said Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was following "double standards" in announcing a judicial inquiry into the allegations of war crimes.

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.

Stiff competition among Kiwi pacers for final 11 berth: Craig McMillan
Stiff competition among Kiwi pacers for final 11 berth: Craig McMillan

New Zealand batting coach Craig McMillan has said there is intense competition among the quick bowlers in the squad for a place in the final 11 and whoever misses out playing the first Test against Sri Lanka here will be unlucky.

UN Chief asks Lanka to cooperate with war crimes probe

 UN chief Ban Ki-moon has asked Sri Lanka to cooperate with the UN-mandated probe into allegations of war crimes committed towards the end of the nearly three decades-long civil war, according to his spokesman.

India releases 30 Sri Lankan fishermen

India today repatriated 30 Lankan fishermen, a day after courts in Sri Lanka ordered the release of 66 Indian fishermen arrested by its navy.

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.