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Sri Lanka deports tourist for her Buddha tattoo

Sri Lanka on Thursday deported a British tourist for having a tattoo of Buddha on her arm which a court said was an insult to the island's main religion. Legally, there is no ban on a Buddha tattoo in Sri Lanka, but the predom

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Sri Lanka's main Tamil party wins polls

Sri Lanka's main ethnic minority Tamil party secured a landslide victory in a provincial poll that has threatened to rekindle animosity between the government and Tamils, four years after the military crushed separatist rebels and ended a 26

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Emirates to increase flights to Colombo

Dubai-based Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, will add three more flights per week to Colombo from June 30 to meet rising demand. The additional services, which will operate between Dubai and Colombo on

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Sri Lanka to ease foreign ownership restrictions

Sri Lanka will allow foreigners full ownership of businesses if they invest more than $10 million, a minister said, and the measure will likely be introduced within two months. The proposed change comes as the $59 billion economy

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Bahrain’s personal cargo market 'to grow 20pc'

The personal cargo market, now the fifth largest export segment in Bahrain, is expected to grow by 15-20 per cent year-on-year, on the back of a rise in the number of expatriates having high-paid jobs, said a top official. "E

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Sri Lanka embassy opens in Bahrain

Sri Lanka has opened its first fully operational embassy in Bahrain, which will work towards boosting ties between the two countries and support its 20,000-plus community members. The embassy was up and running following months of

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Flydubai plans double daily flights to Sri Lanka

  Flydubai, Dubai’s low-cost airline, will fly double daily to Sri Lanka starting this summer, bringing the total number of weekly flights to 14.   The announcement comes a week after the carr

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Air Arabia launches flights to Mattala in Sri Lanka

  Air Arabia, the largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, today touched down at Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Sri Lanka.   The inaugural flight which landed

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Sri Lanka bans land sales to foreigners

  Sri Lanka has decided to ban land sales to foreigners after finding that some offshore investors did not use land and property purchases to benefit the nation's economy, the government spokesman said on Thursday.

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Turkish Airlines starts Colombo flights

Turkish Airlines, the national flag carrier of Turkey, has started flights to Colombo, Sri Lanka, operating five days a week. Colombo makes it the airline’s 219th destination and 98th country, a statement from the company sa

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