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Overseas travel ban on ex-Sri Lankan prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa lifted

Mahinda Rajapaksa: he Sri Lankan Supreme Court had earlier issued an order that prevented him from leaving the country.

File photo of Sri Lanka's former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa.(REUTERS)
Published on May 18, 2023 10:02 AM IST

Revamped US-Japan military alliance spells trouble for China

The rise of militarised Japan with US backing. India standing up against PLA belligerence in East Ladakh and US ally Australia deepening military ties with both Tokyo and New Delhi has changed the Asian security paradigm.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (far left), US President Joe Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Fumio Kishida arrive for their meeting during the Quad leaders summit in Tokyo in May 2022.
Updated on Jan 12, 2023 02:26 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Sri Lanka crisis: How the mighty Rajapaksa family lost power, grace

Sri Lanka Crisis: The Rajapaksa dynasty dominated Sri Lankan politics until April when street protests against fuel and food shortages began to slip out of control.

(Left to right) Rajapaksa brothers Mahinda (former PM), President Gotabaya and former finance minister Basil. (File Photo/AP)
Updated on Jul 14, 2022 11:30 AM IST
Agencies |

With Sri Lanka's crisis, Rajapaksa family falls: A look at key figures

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is the only person from the Rajapaksa family who is in power. He flew to the Maldives on Wednesday in a probable prelude to his resignation.

(Left) Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa and prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa (Right).
Published on Jul 13, 2022 10:15 PM IST

Speaker Mahinda Abeywardana may be Acting President of Sri Lanka

The inflation hit public of Sri Lanka is not in favour of Ranil Wickremesinghe to be appointed as the Acting president after disgraced Gotabaya resigns on July 13. Political parties like SJB and SLFP want both Rajapaksas and Wickremesinghe out of the scene before the decision of Acting President.

Irate public instaged by the Leftist narrative on social media stormed Sri Lankan President's official quarters, forcing the incumbent Gotabaya Rajpaksa to seek shelter at the Army Headquarters.
Published on Jul 11, 2022 12:29 PM IST

‘Rajapaksa’s resignation…': What are the demands of Sri Lankan protesters?

Sri Lankan crisis: ‘Gota! Go Home' slogan is growing louder, calling for the resignation of president Gotabaya Rajapaksa. But are the protesters only be content with the president's ouster?

Demonstrators protest inside the President's House, after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled, amid the country's economic crisis, in Colombo,(Reuters)
Published on Jul 09, 2022 06:37 PM IST
By | Written by Aryan Prakash

Sri Lanka marks 50th day of 'Go Rajapaksa' protest: What we know so far 

Sri Lanka’s economic crisis has created political unrest with a protest occupying the entrance to the president's office demanding his resignation continuing for the past 49 days.

A man shouts against Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as people block the main road in front of the president's secretariat during a protest against the worsening economic crisis.(REUTERS file)
Published on May 28, 2022 03:59 PM IST
By | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar, New Delhi

Protesters demand arrest of former Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa over attack

A group of protesters camped Friday outside the official residence of new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was appointed Thursday evening by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in a bid to hold onto power and quell the island nation's political and economic crisis.

Sri Lankan soldiers walk past a burnt bus near Sri Lanka's former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's official residence, a day after it was torched by protesters in Colombo on May 10, 2022. (AFP)
Published on May 14, 2022 11:29 AM IST
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New Sri Lanka PM Ranil Wickremesinghe's reply when asked about ties with India  

Ranil Wickremesinghe's statement comes even as India said it looks forward to working with the new Sri Lankan government formed in accordance with the democratic processes. 

Sri Lanka's new prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visits a Buddhist temple after his swearing-in ceremony in Colombo on Thursday.(AFP)
Updated on May 12, 2022 09:31 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Sri Lanka court bans ex-PM, allies from leaving country

The magistrate in the capital Colombo also asked police to investigate Monday's mob attacks on peaceful protesters, which led to retaliatory violence that claimed nine lives and caused widespread destruction.

Pro-government supporters hold Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's portrait while protesting outside the prime minister�s residence in Colombo.(AFP)
Published on May 12, 2022 02:08 PM IST

Protesters call for new govt to take control | Sri Lanka crisis top updates

Anti-government protests over the shortage of fuel and other essential items have continued across the country for nearly a month.

A damaged bus and burned out vehicles pushed into Beira Lake during protests in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(Bloomberg)
Published on May 11, 2022 07:38 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Sri Lanka troops issued shoot-on-sight order as homes of politicians vandalised

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa handed over emergency powers to the military and police allowing the forces to detain people without warrants.

Sri Lankan army soldiers man a check point outside the prime minister's residence in Colombo.(AP)
Updated on May 10, 2022 11:48 PM IST
By | Written by Aniruddha Dhar, New Delhi

Sri Lanka crisis: Senior Colombo cop attacked, had to be rescued | 10 points

As the violent protests grew, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, along with his family, took shelter at a naval base, a day after resigning from his post.

Sri Lankan soldiers stand guard next to burnt buses a day after clashes between government supporters and anti-government protesters in Colombo.(AP)
Updated on May 10, 2022 04:54 PM IST
Written by Sharmita Kar | Edited by Aniruddha Dhar

Ex-PM Mahinda Rajapaksa will not flee Sri Lanka after deadly clashes: Son

Mahinda had to be evacuated by the military from his official residence on Monday night after it was besieged by an angry crowd.

A security personnel walks past a burned vehicle near Sri Lanka's former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's official residence 'Temple Trees', a day after they were torched by protesters in Colombo.(AFP)
Updated on May 10, 2022 04:02 PM IST

Sri Lanka sees most violent day in recent weeks; PM quits, MP dies: 10 points

Sri Lanka crisis: The opposition has blamed the Rajpaksas - the country's most powerful political family - for plunging Sri Lanka into crisis. 

Sri Lanka crisis: Government supporters and police clash outside the President's office in Colombo on May 9, 2022. (AFP)
Published on May 10, 2022 06:48 AM IST

Shots fired from Sri Lanka PM's official residence: Report

Police also fired tear gas to push back protesters retaliating against an attack on them earlier in the day by those loyal to the outgoing premier Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Charred remains of a bus is pictured near Sri Lanka's outgoing Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's official residence in Colombo.(AFP for representation)
Published on May 09, 2022 11:19 PM IST
AFP | , Colombo

Sri Lanka PM resigns, Rajapaksa family home burnt down amid clashes: 10 points

Scores of Rajapaksa loyalists on Monday attacked unarmed protesters camping outside the president's office on a seafront promenade in Colombo.

Anti-government demonstrators set fire on the house owned by minister Sanath Nishantha of resigned Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's cabinet.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 09, 2022 11:02 PM IST
By | Written by Aniruddha Dhar, New Delhi

Sri Lanka ruling party MP found dead after clashes over economic crisis: Report

Amarakeerthi Athukorala reportedly opened fire and critically wounded two people blocking his car in Nittambuwa, and was later found dead after trying to take refuge in a nearby building.

Supporters of Sri Lanka's ruling party hold down an anti-government demonstrator during a clash between the two groups in Colombo.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 09, 2022 06:01 PM IST
By | Written by Aniruddha Dhar, New Delhi

Evening brief: Sri Lanka PM resigns after violent clashes in Colombo

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A Sri Lankan man reacts to tear gas as he walks past the vandalized site of anti-government protests outside president's office in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, May 9, 2022.. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Published on May 09, 2022 04:53 PM IST
By, New Delhi, Hindustan Times

Sri Lanka economic crisis: Embattled PM Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns

The development came on a day supporters of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa attacked anti-government demonstrators in the city of Colombo.

Mahinda Rajapaksa (File Photo/Reuters)
Published on May 09, 2022 04:05 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Curfew in Sri Lanka after president loyalists attack protesters; 78 injured

Police fired tear gas and water cannon on the government supporters who breached police lines to smash tents and other structures set up by anti-government protesters.

People block a road as they wait for the gas trucks to arrive at the station to distribute for them amid the country's economic crisis in Colombo, (REUTERS)
Updated on May 09, 2022 06:04 PM IST
By | Written by Aniruddha Dhar, New Delhi

Sri Lanka crisis: PM Rajapaksa says ready to make 'any sacrifice' for people

Rajapaksa, 76, under intense pressure from within his own Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) ranks to resign, was gathering his supporters to apply counterpressure not to stand down.

A disfigured portrait of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is seen at a protest site outside president's office in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(AP)
Updated on May 09, 2022 01:44 PM IST
PTI | , Colombo

Sri Lankan crisis: PM Rajapaksa hooted by protesters, asked to resign

Mahinda Rajapaksa, at a special cabinet meeting on Saturday at the President's House, had agreed to resign from his post as prime minister. Rajapaksa's decision was based upon president Gotabaya Rajapaksa's request for him to step down following the premier's inability to curb the deepening economic crisis.

Sri Lankan prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.(Reuters)
Published on May 08, 2022 10:01 PM IST

Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa likely to resign: Report

The Sri Lankan Cabinet had been informed that owing to the failure of the Prime Minister to cope with the country's ongoing economic crisis, Mahinda Rajapaksa has sought to resign from his position.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.(Twitter/ANI)
Published on May 07, 2022 01:24 PM IST
ANI | , Colombo

Sri Lanka economic crisis: Gotabaya agrees to drop brother as PM

Former President and Gotabaya's predecessor, Maithripala Sirisena, said on Friday that the President agreed that a national council will be appointed to name a new Prime Minister and Cabinet comprised of all parties in Parliament, local media reported.

Students protest against the government in Colombo on Friday. (AFP)
Published on Apr 29, 2022 11:52 PM IST
Agencies | , Colombo

Sri Lanka president agrees to remove brother as prime minister, says lawmaker

President Rajapaksa and his family have dominated nearly every aspect of life in Sri Lanka for most of the last 20 years.

(Left) Sri Lankan president Gotabaya Rajapaksa and prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Published on Apr 29, 2022 06:13 PM IST
AP |

Sri Lanka-IMF meet affects credit talks with China, envoy Says

Sri Lanka is facing shortages of food, fuel and medicines as its foreign reserves dry up and it heads for a default on its international debt.

Sri Lankan university students march during a protest over the country’s worst economic crisis in decades outside the residence of prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(AP)
Published on Apr 25, 2022 02:15 PM IST
Bloomberg |

Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa promises justice to Easter Sunday attack victims

Nine suicide bombers belonging to local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaat (NTJ) linked to ISIS carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three Catholic churches and as many luxury hotels on April 21, 2019, killing nearly 270 people, including 11 Indians, and injuring over 500.

Sri Lankans hold placards demanding justice for the victims of 2019 Easter Sunday attacks outside president's office in Colombo, Sri Lanka.(AP)
Published on Apr 21, 2022 06:48 PM IST

Sri Lanka PM's move to clip presidential power amid protests, trust vote buzz

Sri Lanka's president Gotabaya Rajapaksa had concentrated presidential powers after he was elected in 2019.

Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa (AP/File Photo)
Published on Apr 19, 2022 01:43 PM IST
By | Written by Manjiri Sachin Chitre | Edited by Swati Bhasin

Sri Lanka news: Army denies 'sinister' rumours of crackdown

Citizens have occupied the sea face opposite Rajapaksa’s office for eight straight days, accusing him and his brother, the Prime Minister, of misrule leading to the island’s worst economic crisis in decades.

Speculation of a crackdown had escalated in recent days as the nation approaches the anniversary of the 2019 Easter Day bombings, which had killed more than 200 people.(Reuters)
Published on Apr 17, 2022 09:14 AM IST
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