Human trafficking racket busted in Kerala; 9 Sri Lankans arrested
Kerala police on Thursday busted a racket of trafficking Sri Lankan refugees from Tamil Nadu to Australia. MORE..
Australian prime minister ousted after party vote
Australia’s beleaguered prime minister has been ousted from his position by an internal government challenge, and the party’s former leader has been elected to replace him. MORE...
Navy enhances ties with Australian Navy
Two Sri Lankan navy ships engaged in a joint naval exercise with a visiting Australian naval ship in the seas off Colombo, the Defence Ministry said. MORE...
Australian Naval Ship in the island
Australian Naval Ship HMAS ‘Melbourne’ arrived in Colombo on a goodwill visit, the Ministry of Defence announced today. Sri Lanka Navy accorded the visiting ship and its crew a traditional naval welcome. MORE...
Australia will continue to support Sri Lanka - Bishop
Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop today congratulated Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on his re-election, following the “peaceful and orderly” parliamentary elections on 17 August 2015. MORE..
US citizens in Sri Lanka cautioned ahead of polls
The United States has issued a security message to its citizens living or traveling in Sri Lanka, in view of the forthcoming parliamentary polls in the island. MORE..
Australian Federal Police accused of supporting CID
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has been providing equipment and assistance to Sri Lanka’s Criminal Investigation Department (CID), which has been accused of kidnapping and torture, Australian media reported. MORE...
Australia may return Sri Lankan asylum seekers
Sri Lankan asylum-seekers intercepted at sea could be handed back to their home countries if a Labor government assessed they were not owed refugee protection, Leader of the Australian Labor Party Bill Shorten has said. MORE...
Lankan asylum seekers killed in Australian road crash
The two men who died in a crash in Darwin on Wednesday night were Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka who came to Australia for a better life, their friends have said. MORE..
New Sri Lankan envoys appointed
The Sri Lankan Government has appointed four new ambassadors and one High Commissioner to countries including Australia, Canada and South Korea. MORE..
Navy arrests 78 Australia-bound boatpeople
A group of 78 Sri Lankan nationals attempting to illegally sail to Australia by boat were intercepted by Navy personnel in the sea area around 65 nautical miles off Kirinda in the wee hours today, the navy spokesman said. MORE..
Migrants say Australia paid smugglers to turn back
Indonesia’s foreign minister on Saturday demanded answers from Canberra over claims that Australian officials paid thousands of dollars to turn a boat back to Indonesia after Prime Minister Tony Abbott refused to deny the allegations. MORE..
Australia denies officials paid people smugglers
The Australian government has denied claims that customs officials paid thousands of dollars to people smugglers to take asylum seekers back to Indonesia. MORE..
Missing Sri Lankan teenager found safe
A Sri Lankan teenager has been found safe after she went missing from a bus stop on Thursday night in Brisbane, Australia. MORE..
Sri Lankan refugee found guilty of stabbing neighbour
A man who fatally stabbed a fellow Sri Lankan refugee has been found guilty of murder by an Adelaide jury, which earlier heard the crime was committed after the victim called his killer a “lady boy”. MORE..
Government nominates former cricketer Skandakumar as top envoy to Australia
Sri Lanka has nominated a new chief envoy to Australia – a former cricket administrator, businessman and member of country’s Tamil minority. MORE...
Johnny Depp’s dogs face death in Australia
Johnny Depp’s pet dogs Pistol and Boo have been ordered by Australia to “bugger off” back to Hollywood or face being put down after he flew the terriers into the country illegally -- as thousands signed a petition to save them. MORE..
Sri Lankan-origin teen sues school over ‘racist bullies’
A boy, 17, is taking Australian education authorities to court, claiming he has been robbed of his future by his school’s failure to deal with the racist classroom bullies who tormented him. MORE..
Sri Lankan refugee accused of stabbing fellow refugee
A Sri Lankan refugee accused of murder allegedly stabbed another refugee through the stomach with such force the blade damaged the victim’s spine, an Adelaide court has heard. MORE..
Bishop meets Sri Lankan Tamils in Chennai
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who is on a visit to India, has held talks with Sri Lankan Tamils living there and termed the meeting as “constructive”. MORE..
Sri Lankan drowns in Australia
A Sri Lankan man, holidaying in Coffs Harbour from Sydney, died at Sapphire Beach after he was pulled unconscious from the water. MORE..
3 Sri Lankans held for human smuggling
The Tamil Nadu ‘Q’ branch police have arrested three Sri Lankan Tamils for illegally migrating the refugees from the special camps to Australia. MORE..
Australia crush sorry India to advance to another World Cup Final
India’s defence of their ICC Cricket World Cup title came to a disappointing end at the hands of Australia on a spin-friendly wicket at Sydney as the hosts cruised to a 96 run win to advance to their 7th World Cup final. MORE...
Sri Lankan girl refused asylum because she has Down syndrome, says family
A Sri Lankan family who want to work in a Christian crisis centre in remote Australia say their daughter was refused a temporary visa because she has Down syndrome. MORE..
Sri Lanka qualify for World Cup quarter finals
Bangladesh will play its quarter-final at the MCG on 19 March while Sri Lanka will play its quarter-final at the SCG on 18 March, against opponents to be determined by the respective finishing positions in the pool stage. MORE...
Australia beats Sri Lanka by 64 runs
Australia dismissed Sri Lanka for 312 to clinch a 64 run victory in a Pool A match in Sydney on Sunday. MORE...
Sri Lanka needs 377 to win against Australia
Electing to bat, Australia made 376 for 9 against Sri Lanka in a pool A ODI cricket match of the ICC World Cup here today. MORE...
Ex-Police Spokesman set to make special disclosure
Former Police Media Spokesman SSP Prashantha Jayakody, who left for Australia in 2013 after alleging unduly political pressure during his execution of police duties, is set to return to the country today. MORE...
Sri Lankan murder suspect eligible for protection visa in Australia
A Sri Lankan man who came to Australia by boat has been found to be eligible for a protection visa, although he is suspected of murder in his home country. MORE...
Injured Prasad to miss World Cup
Sri Lanka were dealt a blow on Saturday (February 7) as Dhammika Prasad was ruled out of the 2015 World Cup due to an injury. MORE..
Asylum seeker returns not our job: Australian govt.
The Australian government insists it’s up to Papua New Guinea to return Indonesian and Sri Lankan asylum seekers to their home countries, but is happy to help in the process. MORE...
157 asylum seekers legally detained at sea, Aussie High Court rules
A group of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers were legally detained at sea by Australian authorities last year, the High Court finds. MORE...