Arrested fishermen begin indefinite fast in Sri Lanka demanding release

Fourteen fishermen from this coastal town, who were arrested last month by Sri Lankan naval personnel and whose remand was extended to July 17 by a court in the island nation, began an indefinite fast there on Monday, demanding that they be released.

3rd Test, Day 4: Ton-up Angelo Mathews sets Pakistan 377-run target
3rd Test, Day 4: Ton-up Angelo Mathews sets Pakistan 377-run target

Sri Lanka`s captain Angelo Mathews hit a century to set Pakistan a tough target of 377 runs to win the series-deciding third and final Test in Pallekele on Monday.

Sri Lanka polls timed ahead of UN war crimes report to foil Rajapaksa comeback

Sri Lanka`s August elections have been timed to stop a comeback by war-time president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who remarkably may see his popularity rise in coming months if criticised for war crimes in a UN report, said government sources.

3rd Test, Day 3: Sri Lanka-Pakistan decider evenly poised
3rd Test, Day 3: Sri Lanka-Pakistan decider evenly poised

Left-arm seamer Rahat Ali grabbed two quick wickets to lead Pakistan`s fightback after Sri Lanka took a 63-run lead in the series-deciding third Test in Pallekele on Sunday.

Defending champions India continue unbeaten run in South Asian Basketball championship
Defending champions India continue unbeaten run in South Asian Basketball championship

Defending champions India continued their unbeaten run after demolishing Bhutan 119-52 in the fourth edition of the South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Championship underway at the Kanteerava Stadium here on Saturday.

Indian cagers chalk up third win
Indian cagers chalk up third win

India and Sri Lanka stayed on course for a possible title-deciding clash by remaining unbeaten in the fourth South Asian Basketball Association's Asian Championship qualifying tournament here on Saturday.

3rd Test, Day 2: Sri Lanka rattle Pakistan in decider
3rd Test, Day 2: Sri Lanka rattle Pakistan in decider

Sri Lanka stung Pakistan with four cheap top-order wickets after they were dismissed for 278 on the second day of the series-deciding third and final Test in Pallekele on Saturday.

Mohammed Hafeez misses second match for bowling assessment test
Mohammed Hafeez misses second match for bowling assessment test

Pakistan all-rounder Muhammad Hafeez had to miss out on the third Test against Sri Lanka after the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed he will have to take the bowling assessment test on July 6 in Chennai.

Sirisena allows Rajapaksa to run for Lankan Parliament

In a surprise decision, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has allowed archrival Mahinda Rajapaksa - eyeing the Prime Minister's post to stage a political comeback - to contest the August General Elections, the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance said on Friday.

SL vs Pak: Dimuth Karunaratne, Yasir Shah light up final Test
SL vs Pak: Dimuth Karunaratne, Yasir Shah light up final Test

Sri Lanka`s Dimuth Karunaratne hit a century amid another rich haul by Pakistani leg-spinner Yasir Shah as the decisive third and final Test began on a rousing note in Pallekele on Friday.

Pakistan announce one-day squad for Sri Lanka series
Pakistan announce one-day squad for Sri Lanka series

Pakistan on Friday announced a 16-man squad for the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka staring later this month.

3rd Test, Day 1: Sri Lanka make bright start in decider
3rd Test, Day 1: Sri Lanka make bright start in decider

 Dimuth Karunaratne and Upul Tharanga provided Sri Lanka an aggressive start on the opening day of the decisive third and final Test against Pakistan in Pallekele on Friday.

Tamil Nadu fishermen go on indefinite fast

About 250 fishermen began an indefinite fast in front of the bus stand here on Wednesday, demanding the release of 14 fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy since June 2, and also their boats.

Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa to stand for Prime Minister in Aug 17 polls
Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa to stand for Prime Minister in Aug 17 polls

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa said he would run for prime minister during next month`s parliamentary elections, a move that is likely to infuriate rights groups as he is accused of war crimes in a civil war.

Sirisena refuses consent to Rajapaksa's PM candidature

 Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday refused to give consent to his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa's candidature for the Prime Ministerial post from the main opposition party, saying the premier will be chosen post election.

2nd Test: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by seven wickets to level series
2nd Test: Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by seven wickets to level series

Sri Lanka needed a little over 26 overs to chase down a 153-run victory target for a series-levelling seven-wicket victory in the second test against Pakistan on Monday.

India ranks 143rd on global peace index topped by Iceland

India ranks a lowly 143rd on a global peace index, lagging way behind the likes of Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh with Iceland emerging as the most peaceful nation in the world.

Rajapaksa plans to return to politics as PM: Top aide
Rajapaksa plans to return to politics as PM: Top aide

Sri Lanka's former president Mahinda Rajapaksa plans to return to mainstream politics as the Prime Ministerial candidate of the main opposition party, his close associate Kumar Welgama said today.

2nd Test, Day 4: Azhar Ali stands in way as Sri Lanka dent Pakistan
2nd Test, Day 4: Azhar Ali stands in way as Sri Lanka dent Pakistan

Azhar Ali kept Pakistan afloat with a fighting unbeaten 85 as Sri Lanka tightened their grip on the second Test at the P. Sara Oval in Colombo on Sunday.

Sri Lanka to invite foreign observers for parliamentary polls

Sri Lanka will invite foreign observers for the Parliamentary Elections due to take place on August 17, election monitors said on Saturday.