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Credited with ending civil war, Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn-in as Lanka Prime Minister

Ranil Wickremesinghe stepped down as prime minister earlier Thursday to clear the way for the president to form his government.

21 Nov 2019 2:16 PM

Sri Lanka's Mahinda Rajapaksa will be sworn as PM today

Leaders of the parties that backed Gotabaya during the presidential polls will be given preference in the Cabinet.

21 Nov 2019 10:32 AM

Gotabaya Rajapaksa to take oath as Sri Lankan President on Monday

Rajapaksa, 70, defeated Sajith Premadasa, 52, by more than 13 lakh votes, the election commission announced on Sunday.

18 Nov 2019 11:02 AM

In 1st polls since Easter attacks, Sri Lankans up for tomorrow's showdown

Nearly 16 million people are eligible to vote for the president from among a record 35 candidates.

15 Nov 2019 1:07 PM

Anger in Lanka as President pardons death-row killer who shattered Swedish teen’s skull into 64

Sirisena, who is stepping down after Saturday's presidential election, announced last month he was considering to grant Jayamaha a pardon.

10 Nov 2019 12:51 PM

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Sri Lanka economy slowly recovering from Easter attacks: IMF

Furusawa's comments coincided with the latest tranche of a USD 1.5 billion IMF bailout package for Sri Lanka first approved in 2016.

02 Nov 2019 3:09 PM

Lanka ruling party presidential candidate Premadasa assures devolution of power

SL had a Senate which was abolished in 1971 before the formulation of the 1972 Constitution whereby Sri Lanka left the British sovereign.

31 Oct 2019 7:40 PM

Australia rejects UN call to release Tamil family held at Christmas Island

A Federal Court judge ruled last month there was enough evidence for the toddler’s case to go to trial, though a date has not yet been set.

05 Oct 2019 2:55 PM

Here's why Sri Lanka's tallest celebrity elephant has his own armed guards

Nadungamuwa Raja, 65 years old, is a celebrated elephant towering around 10.5 feet in height, the tallest tamed tusker in Lanka.

27 Sep 2019 12:52 PM

Sri Lanka: 70-year-old elephant whose photos sparked outrage dies

The animal was withdrawn from the finale of the annual pageant in Kandy after a social media firestorm erupted against parading it.

25 Sep 2019 2:51 PM

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Sri Lanka Presidential front-runner will restore ties with China: Adviser

The following year, the Sirisena government allowed Chinese projects to resume after demanding changes in some.

20 Sep 2019 10:46 AM

Doctors in Sri Lanka go on srike over salary 'injustice'

The strike caused hardships to the patients who arrived at state-run hospitals, where doctors were providing only emergency treatment.

18 Sep 2019 3:33 PM

293 suspects arrested in connection with Lanka's Easter Sunday attacks

'Moves were also underway to freeze 6 billion Sri Lankan rupees worth of assets belonging to the suspects,' the police spokesman said.

06 Sep 2019 10:14 AM

Tamil toddlers moved to remote island detention centre in Australia

The family's neighbours from rural Queensland have campaigned for them to stay.

31 Aug 2019 2:50 PM

Man suspected to have terror links nabbed in Kerala

He is being interrogated by top police officials at a police guest house in the city.

24 Aug 2019 7:56 PM

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Sri Lanka ends emergency four months after Easter attacks

President Maithripala Sirisena has been extending the emergency on 22nd of each month since April 21 attacks on 3 hotels and 3 churches.

23 Aug 2019 1:22 PM

Pak envoy apprises Sirisena for not speaking on Kashmir issue

However, four out of five permanent members in the United Nations did not support Pakistan contentions over India's decision.

23 Aug 2019 8:13 AM

70-year-old emaciated elephant paraded in Sri Lanka, she collapsed later

After a howl of protests over social media, festival organisers withdrew the aged animal from the grand finale on Wednesday.

16 Aug 2019 4:56 PM

Lanka's Wickremesinghe says govt responsible for mistakes that lead to Easter blasts

Lankan PM made the statement while testifying before Parliamentary Select Committee, appointed to probe the Easter Sunday blasts.

07 Aug 2019 3:42 PM

Still not decided to contest Presidential polls: Sirisena

Sirisena made the statement while addressing the representatives of his party, Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), Daily Mirror reported.

07 Aug 2019 3:03 PM

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