* C.bank to impose bank lending rate cap if borrowing costs
COLOMBO Sri Lanka's central bank is expected to leave its key interest rates unchanged on Friday, a Reuters poll showed, but a surprise rate cut is not ruled out due to sluggish economic growth ahead of a presidential election later this year.
COLOMBO Sri Lankans, angered by the government's inability to prevent the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed more than 250 people, want a strongman back in power who can guarantee their safety and bring back economic growth.
COLOMBO Sri Lanka's main opposition party named a hardline former defence chief as its presidential candidate on Sunday, seeking to capitalise on public clamour for a decisive leader after deadly Easter day bombings.
COLOMBO Sri Lanka could lose access to global debt markets if a new government shifts away from the country's current fiscal policy that's aimed at shoring up the economy and managing inflation, a central bank official said on Friday.
COLOMBO Sri Lanka's tourism industry, badly hurt by Easter day bombings, is showing signs of gradual recovery, industry executives say, although a national election later this year is likely to weigh on holiday season arrivals.
COLOMBO Sri Lanka's state-run airline is set to report a loss of up to $160 million (£131.70 million) loss this year, as tourism in the island nation suffers following the Easter bombings, the carrier's chief executive said.
COLOMBO A Sri Lankan court granted bail on Thursday to a Muslim doctor accused of having sterilised over 4,000 women from the Sinhalese Buddhist majority, his lawyer said, a deeply sensitive case in a country long dogged by communal bloodshed.
COLOMBO Sri Lanka has ordered the return of 213 containers of waste from Britain after finding, plastic and biological waste including suspected human body parts in the shipments, government officials said on Thursday.
* World T20 in 2020 to be his international swansong (Adds Malinga quotes, byline)