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Lankan archbishop accuses Rajapaksa of misleading Vatican ahead of Italy trip

Catholic church Archbishop Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith claimed the trip was an attempt to "mislead" the Vatican about the probe into 2019 Easter Sunday attacks that killed over 270 people, including 11 Indians.
A priest conducts religious rituals during a mass burial for Easter Sunday bomb blast victims in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo)
A priest conducts religious rituals during a mass burial for Easter Sunday bomb blast victims in Negombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo)
Published on Sep 10, 2021 01:27 PM IST
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Sri Lanka opts out of port deal with India

The development marks the latest twist in the troubled project to develop the East Container Terminal (ECT) of Colombo port under a trilateral agreement signed in 2019 by the governments of India, Japan and Sri Lanka.
During a meeting with labour unions, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said he had already announced that the ECT “will not be handed over to any foreign country or institution”.(Reuters)
During a meeting with labour unions, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said he had already announced that the ECT “will not be handed over to any foreign country or institution”.(Reuters)
Published on Feb 03, 2021 06:30 AM IST
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Sri Lankan President Rajapaksa thanks PM Modi for Covid-19 vaccines

The consignment of 'Made in India' coronavirus vaccine (Covishield) reached Colombo on Thursday under the Vaccine Maitri initiative.
The delivery of the Covid-19 vaccines to Sri Lanka is a fulfilment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment made to his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa during the virtual bilateral summit held in September 2020 for all possible support to Sri Lanka for minimizing the health and economic impact of the pandemic.(Reuters file photo)
The delivery of the Covid-19 vaccines to Sri Lanka is a fulfilment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment made to his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa during the virtual bilateral summit held in September 2020 for all possible support to Sri Lanka for minimizing the health and economic impact of the pandemic.(Reuters file photo)
Published on Jan 28, 2021 03:00 PM IST
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Sri Lanka thanks India for sending coronavirus vaccine

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa told the Cabinet that the Indian High Commissioner in Colombo informed that India would be sending 500,000 vaccines to Sri Lanka and they will arrive here on January 28.
Sri Lanka on Friday approved emergency use of Oxford AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.(Reuters)
Sri Lanka on Friday approved emergency use of Oxford AstraZeneca's Covishield vaccine being manufactured by the Serum Institute of India.(Reuters)
Published on Jan 26, 2021 05:15 PM IST
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Hope Sri Lanka will revisit policy to ban burials of Covid-19 victims: UN

Sri Lanka since the outbreak of the pandemic in March had adopted the policy of cremating the victim, citing dangers of further spreading the virus through the underground water table if allowed to be buried.
UN Resident Coordinator in Colombo has written to Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa.(REUTERS)
UN Resident Coordinator in Colombo has written to Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa.(REUTERS)
Published on Nov 13, 2020 03:34 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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India ready for further cooperation with Sri Lanka in water, sanitation, agriculture, manufacturing

The High Commissioner referred to India’s recent experience in these areas and stated that India was ready for developing further bilateral cooperation in accordance with Sri Lanka’s requirements.
According to the Indian High Commission statement, Baglay responded positively to the suggestions of the Prime Minister Rajapaksa for Indian investment in research and manufacturing in Sri Lanka, including in the pharmaceutical sector.(Bloomberg)
According to the Indian High Commission statement, Baglay responded positively to the suggestions of the Prime Minister Rajapaksa for Indian investment in research and manufacturing in Sri Lanka, including in the pharmaceutical sector.(Bloomberg)
Published on Oct 16, 2020 09:34 PM IST
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PM Modi, Rajapaksa meet: India extends $15mn to promote Buddhist ties, discusses bilateral currency swap and trade

Modi and Rajapaksa also discussed trade ties between the two countries and proposed launching a bilateral air bubble with Sri Lanka for travel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan PM Rajapaksa review the broad framework of the bilateral relationship during India-Sri Lanka Virtual Bilateral Summit, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan PM Rajapaksa review the broad framework of the bilateral relationship during India-Sri Lanka Virtual Bilateral Summit, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 26, 2020 03:29 PM IST
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‘Special priority to relations between Sri Lanka, India’: PM Modi holds virtual bilateral summit with Rajapaksa

“The relations between India and Sri Lanka are thousands of years old. According to my government’s neighbourhood first policy and SAGAR doctrine, we give special priority to relations between the two countries,” said PM Modi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds bilateral talks with Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds bilateral talks with Sri Lanka’s Mahinda Rajapaksa.(ANI)
Updated on Sep 26, 2020 02:14 PM IST
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PM Modi to hold virtual bilateral summit with Sri Lankan counterpart on Saturday

Last month, Rajapaksa was sworn in as Sri Lankan Prime Minister for a fresh term after his party, Sri Lanka People’s Front, secured a two-thirds majority in the parliamentary polls.
The two leaders are expected to deliberate on a host of issues like ways to further deepen anti-terror cooperation, boost overall defence and trade ties as well as implementation of India’s development projects in Sri Lanka.(Bloomberg file photo)
The two leaders are expected to deliberate on a host of issues like ways to further deepen anti-terror cooperation, boost overall defence and trade ties as well as implementation of India’s development projects in Sri Lanka.(Bloomberg file photo)
Published on Sep 23, 2020 01:21 PM IST
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PM Modi to hold talks with Sri Lankan counterpart on Sept 26

Last week, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi and expressed strong desire and commitment to further strengthen the relationship between the two neighbouring countries.
However, no official announcement has been made.(PTI file photo)
However, no official announcement has been made.(PTI file photo)
Published on Sep 22, 2020 12:55 PM 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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Fresh opportunity for India, Sri Lanka to enhance bilateral engagement, says Indian High Commission

The High Commission said in a statement that the strong mandate received by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa provides a fresh opportunity for New Delhi and Colombo to enhance bilateral engagement including mitigating the adverse economic effects of the Covid-19.
Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, right, shakes hands with Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's prime minister, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.(Bloomberg file phoot)
Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, right, shakes hands with Mahinda Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka's prime minister, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.(Bloomberg file phoot)
Updated on Aug 09, 2020 08:12 AM IST
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Colombo, Sri Lanka | ByAsian News International | 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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PM Modi phones Sri Lankan counterpart, congratulates him on conduct of polls

The two leaders agreed to remain in close touch as both countries address the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and also to take “bilateral relations to newer heights in the coming days”, according to a readout from the external affairs ministry on a phone conversation between Modi and Rajapaksa.
The counting of votes began on Thursday and SLPP has said it is confident about a “historic victory” with a two-thirds majority in Parliament.(Bloomberg)
The counting of votes began on Thursday and SLPP has said it is confident about a “historic victory” with a two-thirds majority in Parliament.(Bloomberg)
Updated on Aug 06, 2020 10:03 PM 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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Lanka polls: Election rallies of president, PM cancelled temporarily after spike in Covid-19 cases

The parliamentary elections in the island nation are scheduled for August 5. The country has so far reported 2,511 Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths.
The announcement came as the country recorded a jump in Covid-19 cases since the middle of this week.(AP)
The announcement came as the country recorded a jump in Covid-19 cases since the middle of this week.(AP)
Updated on Jul 12, 2020 06:35 PM IST
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Sri Lanka abandons project to build a new cricket stadium

“It has been decided to suspend the proposed new international cricket stadium project in Homagama,” Prime Minister’s office said in a release after the meeting attended by former cricketers.
Cricket stumps, bat and ball.(Getty Images)
Cricket stumps, bat and ball.(Getty Images)
Updated on May 21, 2020 10:12 PM IST
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Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa commends Namami Gange programme

Modi made the remarks on Twitter, replying to a post by Rajapaksa about his Sunday’s trip to Varanasi where he got the “honour” of visiting the Ganga.
Rajapaksa tweeted a picture on Monday about his trip to Varanasi where he got the “honour” of visiting the Ganga.(Photo: PresRajapaksa/ Twitter)
Rajapaksa tweeted a picture on Monday about his trip to Varanasi where he got the “honour” of visiting the Ganga.(Photo: PresRajapaksa/ Twitter)
Published on Feb 10, 2020 04:45 PM IST
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Rajapaksa visits Kashi Vishwanath temple, Sarnath; feels overwhelmed by hospitality

Rajapaksa visited the Upadesh Sthali (the spot of sermon) and ‘Dhamek Stupa’ besides offering prayers at the Buddha Temple in Moolgandh Kuti Vihar. The Sri Lankan PM also visited the Sarnath Museum..
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.(SANJEEV VERMA /HT PHOTO.)
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.(SANJEEV VERMA /HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Feb 11, 2020 01:15 AM IST
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Delhi-Colombo ties are on the right path | HT editorial

But Sri Lanka must now commit to meeting the demands of its Tamil minority
Mr Rajapaksa sought to strike a balance between Sri Lanka’s ties with India, and those with other regional players, such as China and Pakistan, describing India as a “relation” and the others as friends(Bloomberg)
Mr Rajapaksa sought to strike a balance between Sri Lanka’s ties with India, and those with other regional players, such as China and Pakistan, describing India as a “relation” and the others as friends(Bloomberg)
Published on Feb 09, 2020 06:40 PM IST
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News updates from Hindustan Times: After holding talks with PM Modi, Sri Lankan premier Mahinda Rajapaksa visits Varanasi and all the latest news at this hour

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 1 PM. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Published on Feb 09, 2020 01:14 PM IST
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‘Article 370 move India’s internal matter, won’t get involved’: Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa

Rajapaksa also said “without India’s help, I don’t think we would have won” the civil war in Sri Lanka.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa after a joint statement at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa after a joint statement at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 09, 2020 03:32 AM IST
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‘India a relation for us, while other nations are friends’: Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa

Rajapaksa also said that Article 370 move is India’s internal matter and Sri Lanka won’t interfere in that
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during an interview, at ITC Maurya Sheraton Hotel, in New Delhi on Saturday, February 8, 2020.(Sanjeev Verma /HT PHOTO)
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa during an interview, at ITC Maurya Sheraton Hotel, in New Delhi on Saturday, February 8, 2020.(Sanjeev Verma /HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 22, 2020 11:11 PM IST
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myRajapaksa by his side, PM Modi delivers message on Tamils in Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said both India and Sri Lanka have faced the scourge of terrorism.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on Saturday.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on Saturday.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 10, 2020 04:40 PM IST
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PM Modi meets Sri Lanka PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, discusses trade, investment, security

Mahinda Rajapaksa, elder brother of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, arrived in New Delhi on Friday on a five-day visit, his first overseas tour after being appointed as prime minister of the island nation in November last year.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Sri Lanka counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa at Hyderabad house in New Delhi on Saturday.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Sri Lanka counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa at Hyderabad house in New Delhi on Saturday.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 08, 2020 01:34 PM IST
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Sri Lanka drops Tamil national anthem from Independence Day celebrations

The then Sri Lankan government in 2015 started including the Tamil national anthem as a means of achieving reconciliation with the Tamil minority community.
For the first time since 2016, there will be no Tamil national anthem at the 72nd Independence Day celebrations in Sri Lanka(AFP)
For the first time since 2016, there will be no Tamil national anthem at the 72nd Independence Day celebrations in Sri Lanka(AFP)
Published on Feb 03, 2020 01:32 PM IST
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Colombo | ByPress Trust of India

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 | ByPress Trust of India

Reaching out to the neighbours

Bilateral ties are uncertain, and the regional challenge is deeper
PM’s conversations with the neighbouring country’s leaders indicate yet again his continued commitment to the neighbourhood first” policy and the special strategic, political, and economic place India’s smaller neighbours have in the country’s foreign policy matrix(PTI)
PM’s conversations with the neighbouring country’s leaders indicate yet again his continued commitment to the neighbourhood first” policy and the special strategic, political, and economic place India’s smaller neighbours have in the country’s foreign policy matrix(PTI)
Updated on Jan 02, 2020 08:01 PM IST
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