Sri Lanka rushes to find fuel as shortages hit schools, workers

Sri Lanka rushes to find fuel as shortages hit schools, workers

A Sri Lankan government minister was in Qatar on Tuesday and another will travel to Russia at the weekend in search of energy deals to alleviate a severe fuel shortage that is crippling the economy of the island nation and forcing many schools to close.

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka just days from running out of fuel

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka just days from running out of fuel

Sri Lanka expects to run out of fuel in days, prompting the government to close schools in Colombo and order government employees to work from home, while troops handed tokens to people lining up for petrol to keep their places in the queue.

Bankrupt Sri Lanka runs out of fuel

Bankrupt Sri Lanka runs out of fuel

Sri Lanka has virtually run out of petrol and diesel after several expected shipments were delayed indefinitely, the energy minister said Saturday while apologising to motorists for the worsening fuel crisis.

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka plans donor conference with China, India and Japan

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka plans donor conference with China, India and Japan

Sri Lanka will call China, India and Japan to a donor conference to drum up more foreign assistance to find a way out of its worsening economic crisis, the prime minister said on Wednesday, amid ongoing talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Bankrupt Sri Lanka allows younger women to work abroad

Bankrupt Sri Lanka allows younger women to work abroad

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka on Tuesday reduced to 21 the minimum age at which women can go abroad for work and earn much-needed dollars for the bankrupt economy.

Bankrupt Sri Lanka opens IMF talks, begins shutdown

Bankrupt Sri Lanka opens IMF talks, begins shutdown

Sri Lanka closed schools and halted all non-essential government services on Monday, beginning a two-week shutdown to conserve fast-depleting fuel reserves as the International Monetary Fund opened talks with Colombo on a possible bailout.

Sri Lanka troops open fire to contain fuel riots

Sri Lanka troops open fire to contain fuel riots

Sri Lanka's military opened fire to contain rioting at a fuel station, officials said Sunday as unprecedented queues for petrol and diesel were seen across the bankrupt country.

Curfew lifted for Buddhist festival in crisis-hit Sri Lanka, new PM picks cabinet

Curfew lifted for Buddhist festival in crisis-hit Sri Lanka, new PM picks cabinet

A nationwide curfew was fully lifted on Sunday to allow Sri Lankans to celebrate the Buddhist festival of Vesak, while new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe assembled a cabinet to resolve the island nation's economic and political crisis.