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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 : 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 »

India to supply 160 railway passenger coaches to Sri Lanka

The agreement to supply coaches custom-made in India, was signed between RITES Limited of India and Sri Lankan government in Colombo last evening. The current contract is part of a line of credit agreement for procurement of railway rolling stock and upgradation of rail tracks worth 318 million US dollars, ... Read More »