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January 11, 2019 12:00 AM ‘SL war criminal’ named army’s second-in-command

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s president has appointed a general accused by the United Nations of war crimes to the country’s second-highest army ranking, evoking outcry from rights groups. Major General Shavendra Silva, who commanded an army division accused of gross abuses against civilians during Sri Lanka’s civil war, formally assumed duties as Chief of Staff 1

January 8, 2019 12:00 AM SL court refuses to test President’s sanity

COLOMBO: A Sri Lanka court on Monday rejected calls to subject the president to a mental health examination after he sacked a former ally, dissolved parliament and plunged the country into crisis. The Court of Appeal rejected a petition to force Maithripala Sirisena before a panel of psychiatrists to scrutinise his mental state in the wake of the political 1

January 1, 2019 12:00 AM ‘Sri Lanka cricket rated most corrupt by ICC’

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has been rated as the most corrupt cricket nation by the world governing body, the country’s sports minister said Monday. The International Cricket Council feels “Sri Lanka’s cricket administration is corrupt from top to bottom”, Harin Fernando said, adding that he had been shown a confidential report on the matter at a Dubai meeting

December 14, 2018 12:00 AM Sri Lanka get Lewis in coaching revamp for World Cup

COLOMBO: Jonathan Lewis was Thursday named Sri Lanka’s new batting coach, with the former England player to be tasked with preparing the national team for next year’s World Cup. His appointment by Sri Lanka Cricket comes just days after Australia’s Steve Rixon was brought on as fielding coach.Lewis, 43, was head coach of the Durham County Cricket Club before 6

November 30, 2018 12:00 AM BD to send cricketers to Pakistan after safety assurances

DHAKA: Bangladesh will send a cricket squad to Pakistan for the first time in three years, officials said on Thursday after receiving assurances from their counterparts about security. Pakistan and Sri Lanka are co-hosting an Asian Cricket Council tournament next month, with Bangladesh playing all their group matches in Karachi.Most cricket nations have steered 5

November 29, 2018 12:00 AM Karachi to host ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup

KARACHI: Karachi will host the Group B matches of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2018 next week. The Group B has hosts Pakistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). National Stadium and Southend Club Ground in Karachi will host Group B matches from December 6-9. According to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) 9

November 28, 2018 12:00 AM Sri Lankan MPs boycott parliament as crisis drags on

COLOMBO: Allies of Sri Lanka’s embattled President Maithripala Sirisena boycotted parliament on Tuesday as the country drifted into a second month of political turmoil. Sirisena loyalists refused to show up at parliament in Colombo, where last week opposing MPs scuffled and threw objects across the chamber, forcing the legislature to adjourn. The island 6

November 27, 2018 12:00 AM Court clears Nasheed of terror conviction

COLOMBO: The Maldives top court overturned a terrorism conviction on Monday against the country’s first democratically elected leader Mohamed Nasheed, who fled into exile after being sentenced to 13 years behind bars. The Supreme Court said Nasheed was wrongfully charged and should not have been convicted in the 2015 trial described by the United Nations 7

November 14, 2018 12:00 AM Supreme Court restores sacked SL parliament

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled President Maithripala Sirisena’s dissolution of parliament and ordered a halt to preparations for snap elections next year. The Indian Ocean island has been gripped by a constitutional crisis since Sirisena sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and replaced him with former strongman 4

November 12, 2018 12:00 AM Rajapakse vows to hold polls

Sri Lanka’s former strongman leader Mahinda Rajapakse on Sunday vowed snap elections would go ahead to "seek a mandate from the people" after the president’s sacking of parliament plunged the country deeper into political turmoil. President Maithripala Sirisena triggered the crisis two weeks ago by sacking prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replacing 4