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Three-day Pakistan-Sri Lanka Defence Dialogue underway in Colombo

ISLAMABAD: Three-day Pakistan-Sri Lanka Defence Dialogue, aimed at promoting professional and mutually beneficial relations between both armed forces, is underway in Colombo. Pakistani side is being headed by Defence Secretary Retired Lt. Gen Ikramul Haq, while Sri Lankan Secretary Defence Kapila Waidyaratne is leading his team. Expressing his views in the dialogue, Ikramul Haq said Pakistan and Sri Lanka shared the unique honor of defeating terrorism. He said the forum has enabled both the countries to identify new…

China boosts investment in Sri Lankan mega-project

COLOMBO: China will invest $1 billion in the construction of three 60-storey buildings at a mega-project near Sri Lanka's main port, Colombo said on Tuesday, as Beijing aims to boost its influence in the Indian Ocean. The deal follows an earlier Chinese investment of $1.4 billion to carry out reclamation work for the wider Colombo International Financial City development, strategically located next to Sri Lanka's harbour, the only deep sea container port in the region. The countries hope the project, initiated by…

Sri Lanka board clears first Pakistan tour since 2009 attack

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's cricket board has approved a tour to Pakistan, eight years after a deadly militant attack against the team brought top international games there to a standstill, officials said Monday. Sri Lanka Cricket chief Thilanga Sumathipala said after a security assessment, the team had been cleared to play three Twenty20 internationals including "at least one" in Lahore, scene of the 2009 attack which left eight people dead. Any tour would require government approval before the team is sent abroad. Leading…

Sri Lankan navy rescues elephant washed out to sea

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's navy has rescued an elephant that got into difficulties after being washed out to sea, a spokesman said Wednesday, calling it a "miraculous escape". Chaminda Walakuluge said the navy mounted the 12-hour rescue after spotting the elephant struggling to stay afloat around eight kilometres (five miles) off the island's northeast coast. Divers aided by wildlife officials approached the distressed animal and tied ropes to it before towing it gently to shallow waters near the coast, where it was released…

Pakistan awards Jinnah Scholarships to 170 Sri Lankan students

ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan has awarded scholarships to 170 bright Sri Lankan students under prestigious Jinnah Scholarship programme. The scholarships were given through the High Commission in Sri Lanka to students of O and A-Levels worth SL Rs. 4.225 million. The scholarships are named after the great statesman and founder of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. An award ceremony was held in Colombo graced by Vice Chancellor Buddhist and Pali University Ven. Prof. Gallelle Sumanasiri Thero as chief…

Sri Lanka garbage mountain death toll rises to 10

COLOMBO: The death toll from a collapsed garbage mountain in Colombo has risen to 10 after four children died in hospital overnight from the disaster, authorities said Saturday. Colombo National hospital spokeswoman Pushpa Soysa said two boys and two girls were among the 10 people confirmed killed following the Friday incident. They were aged between 11 and 15. Soysa said a total of 21 people were brought to the hospital from Kolonnawa, where the 300-foot (91-metre) high rubbish dump crashed on neighbouring homes as…

Pakistan aims to qualify and win the Women’s World Cup: Sana Mir

Pakistan women’s cricket team captain Sana Mir has expressed hope ahead of the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 in Colombo saying that the team is aiming to win the event. Speaking to the International Cricket Council (ICC) about the team's prospects, the women’s captain said that the tournament provides big incentives to teams which will help their progress in the future. “We know the enormity of the task as well as its importance and that makes us more passionate and determined to do well in this event,” said…