Coronavirus pandemic

The curious case of South Asia's 'low' coronavirus deaths

Varying demographics and differences in disease exposure could explain lower mortality rate in South Asian countries.

The curious case of South Asia's 'low' coronavirus deaths

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: Facebook apologises for role in 2018 anti-Muslim riots

An investigation found that incendiary content on the social media platform may have led to the deadly violence.

Sri Lanka: Facebook apologises for role in 2018 anti-Muslim riots

Coronavirus pandemic

Sri Lanka election body mulls delaying polls due to coronavirus

Snap parliamentary election was delayed previously because of lockdown, but opposition urges holding them soon.

Coronavirus pandemic

Sri Lanka: Muslims face extra threat as coronavirus stirs hate

Sri Lanka makes cremations compulsory for COVID-19 victims, but Muslims and activists urge authorities to allow burials.

Sri Lanka: Muslims face extra threat as coronavirus stirs hate

Poverty

'Buy a mask or food?': South Asia's poor face stark choice

Masks are mandatory in most public places in India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and advised by Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

'Buy a mask or food?': South Asia's poor face stark choice

Sri Lanka bombings

Sri Lanka marks a year since devastating Easter Sunday attacks

Island nation commemorates attacks that saw six churches and hotels bombed, killing more than 265 people.

Sri Lanka marks a year since devastating Easter Sunday attacks

Coronavirus pandemic

Sri Lanka makes cremations compulsory for coronavirus deaths

Muslim communities, rights groups angered by government decision announced on Sunday.

Sri Lanka makes cremations compulsory for coronavirus deaths

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Catholic church 'forgives' 2019 Easter suicide bombers

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith told an Easter mass that 'we offered love to the enemies who tried to destroy us'.

Sri Lanka Catholic church 'forgives' 2019 Easter suicide bombers

Coronavirus pandemic

Anguish as Sri Lanka forces Muslims to cremate COVID-19 victims

Rights group and activists accuse gov't of forcing cremation of Muslim COVID-19 victims in disregard to WHO guidelines.

Anguish as Sri Lanka forces Muslims to cremate COVID-19 victims

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka pardons soldier who killed Tamil civilians

Staff Sergeant Sunil Ratnayake was to be hanged for murdering eight members of the Tamil minority in 2000.

Sri Lanka pardons soldier who killed Tamil civilians

Coronavirus pandemic

Sri Lanka: Fishermen unable to sell their catch amid lockdown

Four hundred tonnes of freshly caught fish is set to be thrown away in Sri Lanka because of the coronavirus lockdown.

Coronavirus pandemic

Sri Lanka extends nationwide curfew to fight coronavirus pandemic

Nearly 3,500 people, including 31 foreigners from 14 countries, quarantined in 45 centres across the island nation.

Sri Lanka extends nationwide curfew to fight coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus pandemic

South Asia snapshot: How bad is the coronavirus outbreak?

The number of coronavirus cases in South Asia has so far remained low but experts say things could get worse.

South Asia snapshot: How bad is the coronavirus outbreak?

Coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus pandemic: Sri Lanka schools close for five weeks

All schools and universities in the country are now closed as it braces for a rise in coronavirus cases.

Asia

Sri Lanka dengue: Authorities tackle spike in cases

Health officials fight increase in dengue cases in Sri Lanka with method successfully used in Australia.