Ecologists believe their deaths were caused by fire and hazardous leaks from chemical-laden MV X-Press Pearl vessel that burned for 13 days off Colombo's coast.
Last year's "Mrs World", Caroline Jurie, yanked the crown off Pushpika de Silva minutes after she was declared the "Mrs Sri Lanka" at a Sunday gala.
Colombo abruptly pulled out of an agreement last month with Delhi and Tokyo to jointly develop the partially built East Container Terminal located next to a $500-million Chinese-run container jetty within the capital’s sprawling port.
The government first banned burials of those who died from Covid-19 in April over concerns — which experts said were baseless — by influential Buddhist monks that the practice could contaminate groundwater and spread the virus.
The protest came after the Sri Lankan government banned burials of virus victims rejecting international pleas to reverse the decision.
Main Tamil political party protests "Heroes' Day" ceremony ban, accusing Sri Lanka of discrimination.
The school of short-finned pilot whales washed ashore at Panadura, 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of Colombo, since Monday afternoon in the biggest-ever mass stranding of whales on the island.
Health officials in Sri Lanka said there had been a jump in cases, including in a densely populated area in the capital Colombo where 81 people tested positive.
Sri Lanka’s minority Muslims fear attacks after Daesh-linked bombers blew themselves up in four hotels and three churches, killing more than 250 people.
Net hotel bookings drop a staggering 186 percent on average over the week following the attacks compared to the same period last year, data from travel consultancy ForwardKeys shows.
The peace that Sri Lankans had earned after decades of civil war was shattered by a wave of attacks by extremists.
At least 290 people were killed in coordinated attacks on churches and hotels in the South Asian island state on Sunday morning.
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