Shavendra Silva in 2009 was in charge of the 58th Division that human rights groups have accused of violating international human rights laws, including using artillery to shell a hospital, an allegation he has denied.
Tamil politicians requested Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa to continue the practice of singing the Tamil translation of the national anthem, recognised by the constitution to give the community a sense of belonging.
The novel coronavirus has infected more than 6,000 people in China and other countries. The most recent cases were confirmed in the UAE, making it the first Arab state with the virus.
Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on December 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia, to India and Africa's east coast.
There are fears the database could be used to build a controversial citizens register. Many Indians say the citizenship law combined with a register of citizens could be used against the Muslim minority.
The series marked Pakistan's first tests on home soil since the 2009 militant attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore. Pakistan won the series 1-0 following the rain-ravaged draw in the first Test in Rawalpindi.
Thousands rally in protests against new citizenship law seen as anti-Muslim, while Hindu nationalist ruling party releases video with animated Muslim characters as part of publicity blitz to try to bust "myths" around the law.
Beijing is accused of luring developing or underdeveloped countries to borrow money for infrastructure projects and later controlling them if they fail to pay off their loans in time, while a US-based study says asset seizure is a rare instance.
A new report shows Sri Lanka is now ranked at 71 out of 189 countries in the HDI, the highest rank out of all its neighbouring countries.
Pakistan enjoyed a good day with the ball as test cricket returned to the country for the first time since a militant attack in 2009.
The Crime Investigation Department’s Nishantha Silva slipped out of the country with his family days after Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as the new president.
Migrants bear bruises which they say were the result of beatings by Greek police officers and soldiers.
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