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International Yoga Day: PM Modi writes to Lankan, Brazilian presidents

In his letter to President Rajapaksa, Modi expressed his gratitude for making Yoga Day celebrations in Sri Lanka a resounding success every year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 20, 2021 10:37 PM IST
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News updates from HT: Sri Lanka's Rajapaksa speaks with PM Modi

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.(AFP)
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.(AFP)
Published on Mar 13, 2021 08:55 PM IST
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India tells Sri Lanka to honour pact after Colombo takes back port contract

Sri Lanka had previously said the port would be 49% operated by India and Japan, with SLPA retaining the majority stake.
The decision comes less than a month after a visit by Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar to Colombo to shore up support for the 2019 deal.(AFP)
The decision comes less than a month after a visit by Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar to Colombo to shore up support for the 2019 deal.(AFP)
Published on Feb 02, 2021 03:22 PM IST
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Jaishankar to fly to Sri Lanka tomorrow, sked includes meeting with Prez, PM

External Affairs minister S Jaishankar will be in Sri Lanka between 5 and 7 January.
Minister for External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is travelling to Sri Lanka on Tuesday(PTI)
Minister for External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar is travelling to Sri Lanka on Tuesday(PTI)
Updated on Jan 04, 2021 03:26 PM IST
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Opposition fears of autocracy as Sri Lankan President gains more powers

The new constitutional amendments were passed by parliament late on Thursday with a two-thirds majority after a raucous two-day debate.
In picture - President Gotabaya Rajapaksa presents the new government's policy statement at the Parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(REUTERS)
In picture - President Gotabaya Rajapaksa presents the new government's policy statement at the Parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(REUTERS)
Published on Oct 23, 2020 03:02 PM IST
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Colombo | By Reuters | Posted by Srivatsan K C

Hambantota port: Sri Lankan prez rejects concerns of getting caught in Chinese ‘debt trap’

During the high-level talks, the two sides agreed to resume talks on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and expedite work on the proposed Hambantota industrial zone.
A group of Sri Lankan visitors at the new deep water shipping port watch Chinese dredging ships work in Hambantota, 240 km (150 miles) southeast of Colombo.(REUTERS FILE)
A group of Sri Lankan visitors at the new deep water shipping port watch Chinese dredging ships work in Hambantota, 240 km (150 miles) southeast of Colombo.(REUTERS FILE)
Updated on Oct 10, 2020 07:28 AM IST
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Colombo | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Delhi-Dhaka ties: India is doing well in the region

Don’t view India’s neighbourhood policy in terms of wins or losses. Focus on the structural imperatives
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina , Hyderabad House, New Delhi, October 5, 2019(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina , Hyderabad House, New Delhi, October 5, 2019(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 27, 2020 07:50 PM IST
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On strategic security, Prez Rajapaksa has India-first approach: Lankan foreign secy

Colombage, a retired admiral who commanded Sri Lanka’s navy during 2012-14 and is perceived as close to Rajapaksa, made the remarks in two recent interviews.
Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa waves at his supporters as he leaves a polling station after casting his vote during the country's parliamentary election in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(REUTERS)
Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa waves at his supporters as he leaves a polling station after casting his vote during the country's parliamentary election in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 27, 2020 05:29 AM IST
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Gotabaya Rajapaksa family dominates Sri Lanka govt with 3 in cabinet

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 71, became president in November last year and named Mahinda, a 74-year-old former president, as prime minister.
Namal Rajapaksa (left) hands over documents to Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (right) after taking oath.
Namal Rajapaksa (left) hands over documents to Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa (right) after taking oath.
Published on Aug 13, 2020 05:54 AM IST
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Colombo | By HT Correspondent, Colombo

Sri Lanka Easter attack probe panel summons ex-PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

Nine suicide bombers belonging to local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaat (NTJ) linked to Islamic State carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and as many luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday last year, killing 258 people, including 11 Indians.
The police unit of the panel appointed by then president Sirisena has asked Ranil Wickremesinghe to appear before them on August 18.(AP)
The police unit of the panel appointed by then president Sirisena has asked Ranil Wickremesinghe to appear before them on August 18.(AP)
Published on Aug 12, 2020 02:31 AM IST
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The Rajapaksas cement power in Sri Lanka | HT Editorial

Their win was inevitable, but the impact is worrying
Gotabaya Rajapaksa has firmly consolidated his power as president, and the parliamentary win now brings back the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister(AP)
Gotabaya Rajapaksa has firmly consolidated his power as president, and the parliamentary win now brings back the former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as prime minister(AP)
Updated on Aug 10, 2020 05:56 AM IST
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Mahinda Rajapaksa takes oath as Sri Lankan Prime Minister

Mahinda Rajapaksa was administered the oath of office for the ninth Parliament by his younger brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the sacred Rajamaha Viharaya in Kelaniya, a north Colombo suburb.
Mahinda Rajapaksa completed 50 years of parliamentary politics in July this year.(Reuters)
Mahinda Rajapaksa completed 50 years of parliamentary politics in July this year.(Reuters)
Published on Aug 09, 2020 10:54 AM IST
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Colombo, Sri Lanka | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shivani Kumar

Mahinda Rajapaksa-led SLPP registers landslide victory in Sri Lanka’s parliamentary polls

The official results declared showed that the Sri Lanka People’s Party (SLPP) alone had won 145 seats and with its allies have 150 seats, a two thirds majority in the 225-member parliament.
Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.(Reuters)
Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.(Reuters)
Updated on Aug 07, 2020 07:14 AM IST
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Lanka general election: Counting begins, Rajapaksa clan eyes landslide win

The election, conducted amidst Covid-19 pandemic fears, concluded in a peaceful manner on Wednesday, with a voter turnout of over 70 per cent, according to Chairman of the National Election Commission Mahinda Deshapriya.
A health official takes the temperature of election officials who arrive with ballot boxes from a polling station to a counting center, after the voting ended during the country's parliamentary election in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(Reuters)
A health official takes the temperature of election officials who arrive with ballot boxes from a polling station to a counting center, after the voting ended during the country's parliamentary election in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(Reuters)
Updated on Aug 06, 2020 11:23 AM IST
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Modi, Rajapaksa agree to speed up India-aided development projects in Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured President Gotabaya Rajapaksa that India will continue to provide all possible support to Sri Lanka for mitigating the impact of the pandemic.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa after a joint statement at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi.(PTI/ File photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa after a joint statement at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi.(PTI/ File photo)
Updated on May 23, 2020 11:32 PM IST
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PM Modi calls Sri Lanka’s president, Mauritian counterpart; promises help during Covid-19 pandemic

PM Modi’s calls to the leaders come after the March video conference of the leaders of the Saarc to work out a strategy to contain the coronavirus pandemic and to deal with its economic implications.
The Prime Minister had suggested setting up of an emergency fund to battle Covid-19 in the south Asia region and made an initial offer of $10 million as India’s contribution.(REUTERS)
The Prime Minister had suggested setting up of an emergency fund to battle Covid-19 in the south Asia region and made an initial offer of $10 million as India’s contribution.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 23, 2020 05:24 PM IST
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Coronavirus Saarc video meet: Sri Lanka proposes Saarc ministers’ group for joint response

In another important proposal, he said a ministerial group of Saarc members should be created to deal with issues requiring cooperation and sharing of experiences for the disease’s containment.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said country’s economy was severely hit due to Coronavirus scare.(HT PHOTO/File)
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said country’s economy was severely hit due to Coronavirus scare.(HT PHOTO/File)
Updated on Mar 15, 2020 07:01 PM IST
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Sri Lankan Parliament dissolved, elections on April 25

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa dissolved the parliament on Monday, and the election commission announced a general election for April 25.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defence secretary, won the presidency last November and named his elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa as the interim Prime Minister.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a former defence secretary, won the presidency last November and named his elder brother Mahinda Rajapaksa as the interim Prime Minister.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 03, 2020 11:11 AM IST
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The national security threat from within

The most pressing threat to India’s standing in the world comes not from neighbours but from polarised politics
The bitter partisanship at home, by sharpening national divisions, makes it more challenging to meaningfully reinvigorate foreign policy.(HT Photo)
The bitter partisanship at home, by sharpening national divisions, makes it more challenging to meaningfully reinvigorate foreign policy.(HT Photo)
Published on Feb 02, 2020 07:43 PM IST
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Won’t allow ‘outside interference’ in Sri Lanka’s internal affairs: China

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, “As Sri Lanka’s strategic partner, China will continue to stand by Sri Lanka’s interests.”
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shakes hands with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.(Reuters image)
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi shakes hands with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.(Reuters image)
Updated on Jan 15, 2020 06:14 AM IST
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Colombo | By Press Trust of India

Sri Lankan president calls for constitutional changes to curb minority parties

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said a majority of the voters who elected him in last November’s presidential election rejected “political agendas founded on race” and proved “it is no longer possible for anyone to manipulate and control the politics of this country by playing the role of kingmaker.
Sri Lankan(AP Photo)
Sri Lankan(AP Photo)
Updated on Jan 04, 2020 01:39 AM IST
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Delhi’s Colombo challenge | HT editorial

Both have started well. But the Tamil issue will remain thorny
India’s outreach to Mr Rajapaksa is based on the government’s new approach of working with whoever is chosen by the people of neighbouring countries, instead of propping up favourites. Mr Rajapaksa too sent out the right message, telling the Indian leadership that the country will remain a priority for his government, and that no “third force” will be allowed to come in the way of bilateral cooperation(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
India’s outreach to Mr Rajapaksa is based on the government’s new approach of working with whoever is chosen by the people of neighbouring countries, instead of propping up favourites. Mr Rajapaksa too sent out the right message, telling the Indian leadership that the country will remain a priority for his government, and that no “third force” will be allowed to come in the way of bilateral cooperation(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 02, 2019 07:43 PM IST
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‘We don’t want to do anything to jeopardise the security of India’:Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the island nation and India should put behind them the misunderstandings of the past and move ahead.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Friday.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO.)
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Friday.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Jul 31, 2020 05:36 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Padma Rao Sundarji

PM Modi offers $450 mn development, anti-terror aid to Lanka

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who took over as the Sri Lankan President on November 18, has chosen India as the first country of his foreign visit, accepting an invitation extended by Modi soon after his election.
Gotabaya Rajapaksa held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on ways to push the bilateral relations and undertake developmental activities jointly in the island nation, including those benefiting ethnic Tamils. (HT photo by Mohd Zakir)
Gotabaya Rajapaksa held talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on ways to push the bilateral relations and undertake developmental activities jointly in the island nation, including those benefiting ethnic Tamils. (HT photo by Mohd Zakir)
Updated on Nov 29, 2019 04:27 PM IST
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Newly-elected Sri Lanka President to arrive in India for visit on Thursday

Rajapaksa will arrive in India on Thursday evening and a ceremonial reception will be held in Rashtrapati Bhawan in his honour on Friday.
Newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will arrive here on Thursday(REUTERS)
Newly-elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will arrive here on Thursday(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 28, 2019 12:41 AM IST
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‘Don’t want to get between India-China power struggle’: Sri Lanka president

Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is considered pro-China, said he wanted Sri Lanka to be a “neutral country” and work with all the countries.
Newly elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said, “We want to be a neutral country”.(Reuters image)
Newly elected Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said, “We want to be a neutral country”.(Reuters image)
Updated on Nov 26, 2019 06:50 AM IST
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Colombo | By Press Trust of India

Stalin opposes ‘militarisation’ of Lankan Tamil areas, urges PM Modi to raise issue

After swearing-in as the new president of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya has passed orders to increase armed forces in Tamil areas of the island nation.
DMK President MK Stalin has raised Lankan Tamils issue in a statement(ANI Photo/File)
DMK President MK Stalin has raised Lankan Tamils issue in a statement(ANI Photo/File)
Updated on Nov 25, 2019 07:03 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan

Ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new prime minister

Mahinda Rajapaksa is widely applauded with ending a 26-year separatist civil war with ethnic Tamil rebels during his presidency from 2005 to 2015.
Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stands for the national anthem at the presidential secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Thursday.(AP)
Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stands for the national anthem at the presidential secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Thursday.(AP)
Updated on Nov 21, 2019 06:15 PM IST
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News updates from Hindustan Times at 9 pm: Why Maharashtra Governor never invited Congress to stake claim for power and all the latest news at this hour

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9 PM. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Wednesday explained why he did not invite Congress to form government in Maharashtra. The state has been under President’s Rule since November 9.(HT File Photo)
Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Wednesday explained why he did not invite Congress to form government in Maharashtra. The state has been under President’s Rule since November 9.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 20, 2019 08:58 PM IST
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Sri Lanka’s new president names brother Mahinda Rajapaksa as PM

Government spokesman Vijayananda Herath said Mahinda Rajapaksa will assume duties as premier soon after incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe steps down on Thursday morning.
Mahinda Rajapaksa will assume duties as premier soon after incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe steps down on Thursday morning.(Reuters Photo)
Mahinda Rajapaksa will assume duties as premier soon after incumbent Ranil Wickremesinghe steps down on Thursday morning.(Reuters Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2020 01:01 AM IST
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