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India set Sri Lanka 133-run target to win 2nd T20

Colombo : Invited to bat, a depleted India scored 132 for five on a sluggish pitch against Sri Lanka in the second Twenty20 International, here on Wednesday. Skipper Shikhar Dhawan top-scored for the Indians with his 40-run knock while Sri Lankan off-spinner Akila Dananjaya (2/29) took two of the four ... Read More »

Sri Lanka President dissolves parliament; calls for early polls

The move comes exactly two weeks after the President has appointed Mahinda Rajapaksa as new Prime minister replacing Ranil Wickremsinghe. President sworn in ministers to the remaining cabinet posts on Friday evening before announcing the dissolution. Parliament was to convene on Wednesday and speaker Karu Jayasurya  and group led by ... Read More »

New ministers sworn in Sri Lanka

Two cabinet and five state ministers were sworn in by President Maithripala Sirisena. Three ministers were sworn in last evening. Ousted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe has maintained that he has the majority in the house and has demanded calling an early session to prove it. Read More »

Political crisis deepens further in Sri Lanka

Brother of new Prime Minister and former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa was among three ministers sworn in by President Maithripala Sirisena. Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said, an opportunity must be provided for the majority opinion on a stable government when Parliament meets next Wednesday. He said this after a meeting of ... Read More »

Sri Lanka: Amid chaos, Rajapaksa minister resigns, rejoins Wickremsinghe

Manusha Nanayakkara was sworn in as a deputy Minister last week after he crossed over from Mr. Wickremsinghe party.  In a letter addressed to President, Nanayakkara said he accept Wickremsinghe as the legitimate prime minister who has majority in the house. Mr. Wickremsinghe’s United National party (UNP) while announcing the ... Read More »

Sri Lanka : Speaker requests President to reconvene Parliament immediately

In a letter addressed to President Maithripala Sirisena, Jayasuriya said over 125 parliamentarians representing different parties have submitted a request to protect their privileges as members of Parliament by reconvening the Parliament. Speaker also held a party leaders meeting to discuss the future course of action. However, a government spokesman rejected ... Read More »

Sri Lanka : New cabinet sworn in as Rajapaksa assumes charge as new Prime Minister

Rajapakse has retained the finance portfolio while Sarath Amunguma has been appointed new foreign minister. Several ministers supporting President in the earlier cabinet have retained their portfolios. However, ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe has demanded immediate convening of Parliament claiming he has the majority support.  Wickremesinghe called on their supporters to ... Read More »

Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister

He was sworn in late evening by President Maithripala Sirisena at his office in Colombo. Earlier, the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) led by President Sirisena has decided to leave the unity government led by Ranil Wicremsinghe. President Sirisena’s Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), the main constituent party of the UPFA, ... Read More »

Sri Lanka : Projects signed with India last year will be expedited

Country’s Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe told a press conference today that respective Ministries should now present proposals seeking cabinet approval to embark on those projects. The MoU contains investment proposals by Indian companies for LNG terminal and power, port development at Colombo harbor, highways and railways etc. The ... Read More »

Estate workers in Sri Lanka demand wage revision

The protestors, carrying placards and shouting slogans, had gathered at Galle face grounds and later blocked few roads in the city to press for their demands. The workers coming from Nuwara Eliya, Badulla and several other estates are demanding that their basic daily wage be increased from existing 530 to ... Read More »

UN asks Sri Lanka to repatriate commander in Mali

The United Nations has asked the Sri Lankan government  to immediately repatriate the commander of the country’s contingent in the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Mali. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric at the regular press briefing last night said that the U.N.  made the request to repatriate following a review of his ... Read More »

Sri Lanka President slams PM Wickremesinghe for corruption

Addressing a commemoration event in Colombo Wednesday evening, Mr. Sirisena  said the late Sobitha Thera, who came forward to set up government through a common candidate, never asked that common candidate to loot the Central bank. Several members of United National Party (UNP) led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe have ... Read More »

Army Chief to begin 4-day crucial visit to Sri Lanka today

The Army said Gen Rawat will hold talks with top political and military leadership of Sri Lanka and explore new areas of military-to-military cooperation between the ground forces of the two countries. The visit assumes significance in light of India’s persistent efforts to strengthen the existing bonds of friendship and ... Read More »

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