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  • Eid holiday-goers hike demand for air tickets

    Eid holiday-goers hike demand for air tickets

    The large number of people leaving the country to go abroad or to the atolls for the upcoming Eid holidays has increased the demand for air tickets, international and domestic airlines said on Thursday.

    July 24, 2014
  • Lanka's NGO crackdown triggers fears

    Lanka's NGO crackdown triggers fears

    COLOMBO, July 20, 2014 (AFP) - A Sri Lankan government crackdown this month on NGOs has sparked claims that President Mahinda Rajapakse, paranoid that he could be toppled, is again attempting to silence critics and tighten his grip on power.

    July 20, 2014
  • Youth center for Maldivians in Sri Lanka

    Youth center for Maldivians in Sri Lanka

    A youth center has been opened for the Maldivian community living in Sri Lanka.

    July 19, 2014
  • Qur'an competition in Sri Lanka for Maldivian

    Qur'an competition in Sri Lanka for Maldivian

    A Qur'an recitation competition has begun in Sri Lanka on Saturday for the Maldivians living in the neighbouring country.

    July 13, 2014
  • Lanka Muslim leader warns of radicalisation

    Lanka Muslim leader warns of radicalisation

    COLOMBO, July 12, 2014 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's most senior Muslim politician Friday warned that his government's failure to restrain Buddhist monks accused of sparking religious hate attacks will foment Islamic extremism and threaten security.

    July 12, 2014
  • Australia court to hear migrant case

    Australia court to hear migrant case

    SYDNEY, July 08, 2014 (AFP) - The High Court will hear an application Tuesday to prevent Australia from handing back a boatload of 153 asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka as criticism over the government's hardline policy mounted.

    July 08, 2014
  • Australia hands asylum-seekers back to Lanka

    Australia hands asylum-seekers back to Lanka

    SYDNEY, July 07, 2014 (AFP) - Canberra confirmed Monday that a boatload of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers who attempted to reach Australia have been handed back to Colombo, sparking sharp criticism after a week of secrecy.

    July 07, 2014
  • Maldivians to depart on pilgrimage next week

    Maldivians to depart on pilgrimage next week

    Maldivians who acquired visas via Sri Lankan agencies to go on the Umrah pilgrimage will start departing next week, the companies said on Saturday.

    July 05, 2014
  • Lanka grills monk over anti-Muslim riots

    Lanka grills monk over anti-Muslim riots

    COLOMBO, July 03, 2014 (AFP) - Sri Lankan police called in a militant Buddhist monk for questioning Wednesday after he was accused of instigating deadly anti-Muslim riots that heightened religious tensions in the ethnically divided nation.

    July 03, 2014
  • Sri Lanka delays digging up Muslim mass grave

    Sri Lanka delays digging up Muslim mass grave

    COLOMBO, July 01, 2014 (AFP) - A magistrate has postponed Tuesday's scheduled start of an operation to exhume a suspected mass war grave on Sri Lanka's east coast after police said they needed more preparation time, an official said.

    July 02, 2014
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