Sri Lanka emerging as transit hub for cocaine smugglers – officials

By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO, Aug 31 : International cocaine smugglers are increasingly turning to Sri Lankan as a transit hub in Asia, authorities say, after they made a series of seizures of the drug, some smuggled in containers of sugar from Brazil. Sri Lankan customs have seized six shipments of high-purity South […]

Sri Lanka’s cabinet “clears port deal” after security concerns addressed

By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO, Jul 25 : Sri Lanka’s cabinet cleared a revised agreement for its Chinese-built southern port of Hambantota today, a spokesman said, after terms of the first pact sparked widespread public anger in the island nation. The port, close to the world’s busiest shipping lanes, has been mired in controversy ever since […]

TPG pulls out of SriLankan Airlines bid talks – airline chairman

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO, May 5 : US private equity firm TPG, one of three bidders short-listed to buy a 49 percent stake in state-owned SriLankan Airlines, has pulled out of talks about the potential acquisition, the chairman of the national carrier said. Sri Lanka has been looking to sell the minority stake in the […]

Many feared buried as hopes dim after Sri Lanka garbage dump landslide

By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO, Apr 16 : Hopes faded today for the survival of an estimated 100 people trapped under the mud and debris of a landslide at a giant rubbish dump in the Sri Lankan capital. Police say the known death toll from the disaster has risen to 26 and emergency […]

Sri Lanka rubbish dump landslide death toll rises to 19

By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez COLOMBO, Apr 15 : Emergency workers looking for survivors after a massive rubbish dump collapsed in Sri Lanka suspended their search on Saturday night, having already extracted 19 bodies from the rubble and mud. The 300-foot-high (90-metre) dump in the capital Colombo collapsed after flames engulfed it late on […]

Sri Lanka rubbish dump landslide death toll rises to 16

By Ranga Sirilal and Shihar Aneez COLOMBO, Apr 15 : A rubbish dump landslide in the Sri Lankan capital Colombo killed at least 16 and injured over a dozen, military spokesman and hospital officials said on Saturday, as emergency workers dug into the mountain of trash in search of survivors. The estimated 300-foot (91 metre) […]