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Colombo is the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka by population. According to the Brookings Institution, Colombo metropolitan area has a population of 5.6 million, and 752,993 in the city proper.

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Chinese Defence Minister to visit Sri Lanka later this month
International

Chinese Defence Minister to visit Sri Lanka later this month

Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe will visit Sri Lanka on April 27 on a three-day visit, the second high-level visit by a senior Chinese official in recent months.

DRI seizes 300 kg cocaine worth Rs 2,000 crore at Tuticorin port in Tamil Nadu
National

DRI seizes 300 kg cocaine worth Rs 2,000 crore at Tuticorin port in Tamil Nadu

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized more than 300 kg of cocaine, worth approximately Rs 2,000 crore in the international market, at Tamil Nadu's Tuticorin Port.

Mathews returns, Kusal Mendis misses out as Sri Lanka name squad for Bangladesh Test series
Cricket

Mathews returns, Kusal Mendis misses out as Sri Lanka name squad for Bangladesh Test series

Batsman Kusal Mendis has been sidelined while left-arm quick Dilshan Madushanka and uncapped left-arm spinner Praveen Jayawickrama were named in the side as the selection committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Tuesday announced the squad for two-match Test series against Bangladesh.

Sri Lanka minister says land in China-backed Port City in Colombo belongs to govt
International

Sri Lanka minister says land in China-backed Port City in Colombo belongs to govt

Amid the controversy surrounding the China-backed Port City in Colombo, Sri Lanka Minister of Justice Ali Sabry has said the government owns 100 per cent of the land and the project has been initiated to bring investment in the special financial zone.

US Ambassador cautions Sri Lanka's China-backed Colombo Port City from turning into money-laundering haven
International

US Ambassador cautions Sri Lanka's China-backed Colombo Port City from turning into money-laundering haven

US Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives, Alaina Teplitz on Saturday warned Sri Lanka of unintended consequences of 'nefarious actors' who may try to misuse a China-backed Colombo Port City's easy business rules as a permissive money laundering haven amid concerns of tax leaks.

Chinese vaccine won't be given to Lankans until safety aspect ensured: Sri Lankan Health Minister
International

Chinese vaccine won't be given to Lankans until safety aspect ensured: Sri Lankan Health Minister

China's Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine will not be given to Sri Lankans until the safety aspect of the vaccine is ensured by the health authorities, the country's Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi has said.

Lankan MP criticises govt for buying Chinese COVID-19 vaccine not approved by WHO
International

Lankan MP criticises govt for buying Chinese COVID-19 vaccine not approved by WHO

Amid the controversy surrounding the Sinopharm vaccine, a Sri Lankan parliamentarian has said that Colombo has brought the Chinese made COVID-19 vaccine to the country without the approval of the World Health Organisation (WHO) showing disregard for the lives of their people.

Easter Sunday bombings: Sri Lankan President assures to bring culprits to justice
International

Easter Sunday bombings: Sri Lankan President assures to bring culprits to justice

Recalling the 2019 Easter Sunday bombings, Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Sunday said his government is committed to bringing the culprits responsible for the attack to justice.

Sri Lanka cabinet panel to submit report on recommendations of Easter attack commission to President
International

Sri Lanka cabinet panel to submit report on recommendations of Easter attack commission to President

The Cabinet panel that studied the recommendations of the Presidential Commission into the Easter attacks would submit its report to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday.

Two years of Easter bombings: Lanka legalises deradicalisation law, mulls burqa ban to fight 'Islamic terrorism'
International

Two years of Easter bombings: Lanka legalises deradicalisation law, mulls burqa ban to fight 'Islamic terrorism'

From mulling burqa ban to de-radicalisation law, the Sri Lankan government has taken several steps as part of a crackdown against 'Islamic extremism' in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings of 2019.

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