Sri Lankan lawyers and civil society organisations staged a large protest outside the Supreme Court in Colombo Wednesday to press for the resignation of the island country`s controversial chief justice.
India will work closely with the new Sri Lankan government led by Maithripala Sirisena - whose victory was a tribute to Lankan people's yearning for change - to take bilateral ties to a new level, the Indian High Commissioner Y K Sinha said on Monday.
Sri Lanka's Chief Justice Mohan Peiris, under pressure to quit for being allegedly involved in a coup attempt against the new government, has refused to step down unless given a diplomatic posting overseas, a media report said on Friday.
India on Sunday dismissed reports that the Colombo station chief of RAW had been expelled in the run up to this month's Sri Lankan Presidential election and maintained that he has moved out after completion of his three-year tenure.
Sri Lanka's heavily-drained flag carrier on Saturday said it will scrap all flights via the country's newest international airport named after former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in his home constituency for "rationalising" its operations.
Sri Lankan police has sought the Attorney General's advice as part of its probe into the alleged coup attempt by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his close aides following his shocking defeat in the presidential polls.
Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena is "upbeat" about strengthening ties with China and has assured implementation of "outcomes" reached during last year's visit here of Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
Pope Francis on Wednesday called for reparations for the "sins" committed during the decades of civil war in Sri Lanka which "tore open the heart" of the country as he visited a famed Catholic shrine in a former conflict zone in Tamil-dominated northern region.
Pope Francis returns to Asia for the second time in less than six months, travelling to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in coming days to underscore his concern for inter-religious dialogue, poverty and the environment.
Colombo: Mahinda Rajapaksa etched his name in Sri Lankan history by the military victory over the LTTE and went on to become the first executive President to secure a landslide victory in Parliamentary polls earning a second term in 2010 but internal revolt and corruption charges did him in.
Sri Lanka`s president-elect Maithripala Sirisena thanked outgoing leader Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday for allowing a "fair" election that officials described as one of the most peaceful in the island`s history.
Sri Lanka's main Muslim party on Sunday quit the government and decided to support the opposition in the January 8 presidential polls in a move seen as a major setback to President Mahinda Rajapakse's bid to seek a record third term.