Protests

Sri Lanka's diesel and petrol prices reduced by Rs 20 each, the first since February

Many incidents of violence have been reported at fuel queues and nearly 20 people have died of exhaustion after spending several days continuously in the fuel queues.

published on : 17th July 2022

Sri Lanka protest movement reaches 100 days as economic crisis continues

The campaign to oust Rajapaksa, organised mainly through posts on Facebook, Twitter and TikTok, drew people from across Sri Lanka's often unbridgeable ethnic divides.

published on : 17th July 2022

Gotabaya Rajapaksa's 'private visit' to Singapore his right as legal passport holder: Ex-diplomats

Rajapaksa landed in Singapore from the Maldives where he had fled amidst unprecedented protests against his government for mishandling the economy that bankrupted the country.

published on : 16th July 2022

Sri Lankan Parliament holds special session to announce president's vacancy

Meanwhile, the main Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa has officially declared his intention to contest the vote to be held on July 20.

published on : 16th July 2022

Never think you are the freehold owners of the country: Sri Lanka’s opposition leader Sajith Premadasa

Premadasa said it's critical for leaders not to interpret their mandate as “some sort of an assurance of permanent domination.”

published on : 16th July 2022

IMF wants political stability in Sri Lanka to resume talks on bailout deal

Sri Lanka is going through the worst economic crisis since its independence from Britain in 1948 and needs to obtain at least USD 4 billion to tide over the acute shortage in foreign reserves.

published on : 15th July 2022

After COVID, now civil unrest dents Sri Lanka's spiralling lucrative tourism industry further

Tourism accounts for about 5 per cent of Sri Lanka's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), with Britain, India and China being the main markets.

published on : 15th July 2022

Sri Lanka's ruling party to support Wickremesinghe in parliamentary vote to elect Rajapaksa's successor

The party decided to support 73-year-old Wickremesinghe, who was once its arch-rival, despite the SLPP breakaway Dullas Alahapperuma declaring his candidacy.

published on : 15th July 2022

Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as Sri Lanka's interim president

Wickremesinghe was sworn in as the acting president of Sri Lanka before Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya.

published on : 15th July 2022

Gotabaya gone for good

With embattled Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa emailing his resignation letter from Singapore on Thursday, the drama around his political exile finally came to an end.

published on : 15th July 2022

Sri Lankan speaker says Gotabaya Rajapaksa's resignation as president accepted

Rajapaksa, his wife Ioma and their two bodyguards arrived in Singapore from the Maldives on board a Saudia airline flight.

published on : 15th July 2022

'Don’t see Sri Lanka happening in India': Yashwant Sinha

He, however, added that what is concerning is the continuous decline in the Indian Rupee to the US Dollar.

published on : 15th July 2022

'Here to see a criminal', 'fugitive who devastated our economy': Sri Lankans in Singapore criticise Gotabaya

A Saudi Airlines flight carrying Rajapaksa arrived in Singapore from the Maldives in the evening and soon Singapore's Foreign Ministry confirmed his presence in the country on a 'private visit'.

published on : 14th July 2022

India hopes for early solution to Lanka crisis; dismisses reports suggesting involvement in transit of Rajapaksa

MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, at his weekly media briefing, said India continued to stand with the Lankan people and it remained engaged with all relevant stakeholders in that country.

published on : 14th July 2022

Sri Lankan Army asks protestors to desist from violence; wary China keeps mum

At least 84 people were hospitalised when protesters clashed with the security forces at the prime minister's office and at the main access junction to Parliament on Wednesday.

published on : 14th July 2022

Rajapaksa sends resignation letter to Sri Lanka Speaker; formal announcement on Friday

Speaker's media secretary Indunil Abeywardena said a resignation letter from President Rajapaksa has been received through the Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore.

published on : 14th July 2022

Sri Lankan troops stand by as protestors occupy PM's office; Opposition asks Wickremesinghe to quit before Rajapaksa

The office was the fourth government building occupied by protesters, following the seizure of the president's seafront office and the official residences of country's two most senior officials.

published on : 14th July 2022

'Military crackdown on protesters could worsen situation': Experts on Sri Lanka crisis

It is very important that political anarchy is avoided in Sri Lanka and all the stakeholders must work together to restore political stability, they said.

published on : 13th July 2022

Sri Lanka crisis: Acting President Wickremesinghe asks Speaker to nominate PM who is acceptable to all

In a statement, the Prime Minister's Office said that Prime Minister Wickremesinghe held a meeting with the Members of the Cabinet at his office on Monday.

published on : 13th July 2022

Sri Lanka crisis will have 'big impact' on Chinese investments, bilateral ties: Experts

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country on a military jet, days after demonstrators overran his residence He had pledged to stand down on Wednesday amid mass protests.

published on : 13th July 2022
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