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The capital and largest city of Sri Lanka, on the western coast of the island on the Indian Ocean. The city was probably known to Greco-Roman, Arab, and Chinese traders more than 2,000 years ago. It became capital of the crown colony of Ceylon in 1802 and of independent Ceylon in 1948.


(Placename) the capital and chief port of Sri Lanka, on the W coast, with one of the largest artificial harbours in the world. Pop: 653 000 (2005 est)


(kəˈlʌm boʊ)

the capital of Sri Lanka, on the W coast. 587,647.
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Noun1.Colombo - the capital and largest city of Sri LankaColombo - the capital and largest city of Sri Lanka; has one of the largest harbors in the world; is located on the western coast of the island of Ceylon
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka, Ceylon - a republic on the island of Ceylon; became independent of the United Kingdom in 1948
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On Friday, the Colombo Fort Magistrate's Court named former Central Bank Governor Arjuna Mahendran, his son-in-law Arjun Aloysius and Perpetual Treasuries CEO Kasun Palisena as suspects in the CID's investigation into the bond scam.
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On 29th July, the trains will leave form Colombo Fort at 5.
Ajith was produced before Colombo Fort Magistrate Thilina Gamage, who ordered him to pay back Rs 1 million in installments to his uncle.
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Shortly after Sri Lanka's independence in 1948, the last British governor handed over the keys for his official residence in Colombo Fort to Sri Lanka's governor general.
3 of the Colombo Fort railway station, one of the two busiest in the city, which was relatively empty Sunday afternoon.
Some of them are situated in Colombo Fort and its neighbouring areas which are thickly populated.
6 -- Colombo Fort Magistrate Lanka Jayaratne issued an open warrant on the former Sri Lankan Ambassador to the United States, Jaliya Wickramasuriya.
49 meter (1,297 foot) vessel, is the biggest container ship to ever berth in Colombo Fort.
The two local employees of the Sri Lanka Red Cross were from the minority Tamil community and they were taken away from the main railway station at Colombo Fort on Friday evening, a spokesman for the Red Cross said.