Maithripala Sirisena

Sri Lanka president extends national emergency by month

Citing 'public security', President Maithripala Sirisena issued a special gazette notification to give the police and the military powers to arrest and interrogate suspects without court orders.

published on : 22nd May 2019

Sri Lanka president vows to eliminate jihadist threat

Some 5,000 government troops and police are also listed as missing since the end of the insurgency.

published on : 19th May 2019

Won't runaway, won't be intimidated, won't resign till I crush terrorism: Sri Lankan President

Over 250 people, including 44 foreigners 10 of whom were Indians, were killed and 500 others injured in the blasts in three churches and as many hotels on April 21.

published on : 12th May 2019

Sri Lanka President suspends defiant Lankan police chief over blasts, names successor

Sirisena on Monday also set up a new military command aimed at countering the threat from Jihadists and extremists in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks.

published on : 30th April 2019

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena suspends defiant police chief Jayasundara over blasts 

Jayasundara has steadfastly refused to heed Sirisena's call to resign following April 21 coordinated blasts on three churches and three luxury hotels.

published on : 29th April 2019

Sri Lanka Terror Attacks: A dysfunctional government puts an island in danger

For a country in the midst of a general election, it would be instructive to learn from the experience of a neighbour that is struggling with a dysfunctional government.

published on : 29th April 2019

Easter bombings: Sri Lanka bans all kind of face coverings in public

Sirisena said he was using emergency powers to ban any form of face covering in public. The restriction will take effect from Monday.

published on : 29th April 2019

Sri Lanka: Political rivalry seen as factor in Easter blasts

Arguments have arised thast lack of communication and rivalry between President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has led to the blasts.

published on : 27th April 2019

Wanted Sri Lanka radical Zahran Hashim died in hotel attack: President Maithripala Sirisena

Zahran Hashim appeared in a video released by the ISIS group after they claimed the bombings, but his whereabouts after the blasts was not immediately clear.

published on : 26th April 2019

Sri Lanka serial blasts: President Sirisena appoints panel to probe Easter Sunday attacks 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but police on Monday arrested 24 people and declined to give further details.

published on : 22nd April 2019

Sri Lankan President arrives in Tirumala for darshan

For a day’s visit, he reached Tirupati, on Tuesday morning, and was received at the airport by Collector PS Pradyumna and Sub-Collector Mahesh Kumar and others.

published on : 17th April 2019

Sri Lanka says 90 per cent of military-acquired land of Tamils released

At the end of the military conflict 10 years ago, some 84,675 acres of Tamil civilian land were under the military control. 

published on : 5th April 2019

Sri Lanka's Tamil party TNA, JVP pledge to work together to abolish executive presidency

The TNA and JVP put up a broad front to force Sirisena backtrack through court action.

published on : 11th March 2019

Lanka PM Wickremesinghe, President Sirisena at loggerheads over war crime probes

The statement stands in contrast with President Sirisena's comments on Wednesday that he would send his own team to the UNHRC session later this month to seek a reprieve.

published on : 7th March 2019

Will resume death penalty for drug dealers within three months: Sri Lanka​ President Sirisena

Sirisena felt that the execution of drug convicts is necessary w.r.t the fast-spreading drug menace in the island nation.

published on : 6th February 2019
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