#Sri Lanka

Local media reports have feared that a strong military presence in Jaffna, the heartland of the island's Tamil minority, could influence voter turnout and favour Rajapaksa, a former defence ministry chief and brother of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

 Worries about Islamic extremism will be paramount for many Sri Lankan voters while others hope to block former leaders accused of human rights violations from returning to power in Saturday's presidential election, the country's first national polls since last Easter's deadly suicide attacks.

Sri Lanka has been removed from the "Grey List" of the international terror financing watchdog FATF, according to a media report.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday ruled out contesting the presidential elections for a second term as he failed to make a deposit to contest the November 16 polls.

Sri Lanka's northern city of Jaffna is all set to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in a grand style with extensive arrangements being made by the Indian Consulate to mark the occasion on Wednesday, a senior Indian official said on Tuesday.

Forty four Indian men were arrested by immigration authorities on Thursday in Sri Lanka for overstaying their visas for nearly three months, according to a media report.

President Maithripala Sirisena has been extending the emergency on the 22nd of each month since the April 21 attacks on three hotels and three churches.

As he has done so many times in his glittering limited overs career, slinger Malinga rattled Bangladesh with a fiery spell in his final ODI, signing off in style with figures of 3/38 in front of his home crowd in Colombo.