Protestors demand Sri Lankan chief justice's resignation

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 to take bilateral ties with Lanka to new level: Envoy

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.

'Lanka CJ wants overseas diplomatic posting to quit office'

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.

Sri Lanka bans top judge from conference over coup claim

Sri Lanka's attorney general barred the country's chief justice from attending a regional conference on Monday after allegations he tried to help the former president retain power illegally.

India dismisses reports of expulsion of RAW official in Colombo

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.

India, Sri Lanka pledge to build better ties

Nine days after President Maithripala Sirisena took office, Sri Lanka and India Sunday pledged to deepen their relations, with New Delhi agreeing to work "closely and extensively" with Colombo.

Sri Lankan flag carrier cancels flights from Rajapaksa airport

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 Lanka police seeks Attorney General's advice in coup probe

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.

Lanka's new president 'upbeat' about enhanced ties with China

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.

Sri Lanka`s ex-leader to step down as party boss

Sri Lanka`s former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has agreed to step down as head of his party, clearing the way for the country`s new president to take full control, an aide said on Thursday.

Pope calls for reparations for 'sins' in war-ravaged Lanka

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 urges respect for human rights on Sri Lanka trip

Pope Francis urged respect for human rights as he began a two-nation Asia tour in a windswept Sri Lanka Tuesday, bearing a message of peace and reconciliation after a decades-long civil war.

`Exhausted` pope cancels meeting with Sri Lanka bishops

 Pope Francis on Tuesday cancelled a planned meeting with Sri Lankan bishops, with one security official saying he was "exhausted" after a long journey from the airport exposed to the hot sun.

Pope's Asia trip to address poverty, dialogue, climate change

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.

Sri Lanka press welcome Sirisena, shun fallen strongman

Sri Lanka`s press showed rare unity Saturday in giving the thumbs up to new President Maithripala Sirisena who had promised to restore media freedom and lift censorship on websites.

Rajapaksa - Hero of LTTE war retires hurt after two innings

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 president-elect thanks Rajapaksa for `fair` poll

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 quits govt ahead of polls

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.

Floods, landslides kill 17, maroon 1 million in Sri Lanka

Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains in Sri Lanka have killed at least 17 people and marooned nearly a million in the past four days, officials said on Saturday.

Diaspora group wants Tamils to vote at Lanka presidential poll

An influential Tamil diaspora group based in the UK has asked the Tamil people in Sri Lanka to use every vote carefully in the January 8 Presidential election.