Sri Lanka swears in ousted PM to end political crisis

Sri Lanka swears in ousted PM to end political crisis

COLOMBO: Ranil Wickremesinghe staged a triumphant comeback on Sunday as Sri Lankan Prime Minister to end the unprecedented political turmoil in the country, 51 days after he was sacked by his bete noire and President Maithripala Sirisena, who also dissolved Parliament, controversial decisions which were nullified by the Supreme Court. Wickremesinghe, the 69-year-old United National […]

Sri Lanka’s parliament suspension will end on Nov 7: Speaker

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said Friday that President Maithripala Sirisena has agreed to summon the legislature on November 7, in a fresh twist to the ongoing political crisis after former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa replaced Ranil Wickremesinghe as the prime minister. There was confusion since Thursday on the date when the parliamentary deadlock […]

Sri Lanka President suspends parliament till Nov 16 as political crisis deepens

Sri Lanka President suspends parliament till Nov 16 as political crisis deepens

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday suspended the parliament till November 16 after sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe sought an emergency session to prove his majority, deepening the political crisis in the island nation. Sirisena’s move is seen as an effort to allow former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa to buy more time to seek […]

No early Lanka presidential poll: Sirisena

No early Lanka presidential poll: Sirisena

COLOMBO: President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday ruled out the possibility of a snap presidential poll in Sri Lanka ahead of schedule. The next election in the country is scheduled to be held between November 2019 and January 2020. Speaking at Nivitigala, a south western region this morning, Sirisena said “the election won’t be held even […]

Pak Navy’s maritime security ship ‘Kashmir’ visits Lanka

Pak Navy’s maritime security ship ‘Kashmir’ visits Lanka

COLOMBO: Pakistan Navy’s sophisticated maritime security ship ‘Kashmir’ arrived Monday in Sri Lanka on a four-day goodwill visit, the second port call by a Pakistani naval vessel in less than three months. Captain Azhar Mahmood, commanding officer of the Pakistan Maritime Security Ship (PMSS) Kashmir, called on the Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy Vice […]

Sri Lanka: Mass grave discovered in former war zone

Sri Lanka: Mass grave discovered in former war zone

COLOMBO: A mass grave with 38 skeletons has been discovered in Sri Lanka’s former war zone where the government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels were engaged in pitched battles in 2009, officials said on Friday. Skeletal remains of around 38 people have been found during the ground digging to build a new construction at the […]

Bar to international community: Ensure safety of Muslims in Sri-Lanka

SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association Srinagar has strongly condemned the killing of Muslims by Sinali Buddhists and damaging of their homes, business establishments and mosques in riot-hit Kandy district of Sri Lanka and the failure of police and other authorities to provide them necessary protection. The Association has requested the international community to intervene […]

Fresh violence erupts in Lanka’s Kandy; Govt blocks internet services

Fresh violence erupts in Lanka’s Kandy; Govt blocks internet services

Colombo: Fresh violence today erupted between majority Sinhala Buddhists and minority Muslims in other areas of central Sri Lanka‘s riot-hit Kandy district, prompting authorities to extend a curfew till tomorrow. The authorities had imposed curfew yesterday till this morning after communal violence in the Theldeniya area of the central hill district that left two persons […]