Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa threatens to sue Central Bank over 'Bond scam'

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday threatened to sue the Finance Ministry and Central Bank over the alleged Bond scam, saying someone committed a "major fraud" using his name.

Feb 25, 2017, 16:50 PM IST

Maithripala Sirisena rejects Mahinda Rajapaksa's claim about toppling govt

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has dismissed as "dream" the claim by his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa that he would make a political comeback by toppling the current government this year.

Jan 06, 2017, 15:12 PM IST

Ranil Wickremesinghe challenges Mahinda Rajapaksa to topple government

Rajapaksa last week has warned that the unity government headed by the President Maithripala Sirisena and Premier Wickremesinghe could be toppled in 2017

Jan 02, 2017, 15:32 PM IST

Top Prabhakaran aide arrested in Sri Lanka

 Vinayagamurthi Muralitharan was the former deputy leader of the LTTE and a trusted aide of the slain Velupillai Prabhakaran.

Nov 29, 2016, 16:02 PM IST

No 'hidden Chinese agenda' in Sri Lanka: Ambassador

China has no "hidden agenda" in Sri Lanka and conducts its affairs with the government in an "open and transparent manner", the Chinese Ambassador here has said.

Nov 02, 2016, 14:39 PM IST

Rajapaksa's son granted bail; brother arrested by Lanka police

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa's eldest son was today granted bail but was banned to travel abroad by a court here over allegedly accepting USD 500,000 from an Indian firm in connection with a multi-million dollar real-estate project in the heart of Colombo.

Jul 18, 2016, 15:39 PM IST
Lankan police arrests former president Rajapaksa's eldest son

Lankan police arrests former president Rajapaksa's eldest son

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa's eldest son was arrested on Monday over alleged financial irregularities in connection with a USD 650 million real-estate project in Colombo involving an Indian firm.

Jul 11, 2016, 17:34 PM IST

U.N. urges Sri Lanka to rein in military, prosecute war crimes

Sri Lanka must prosecute war crimes committed during the long civil war with Tamil rebels to win the confidence of the Tamil minority.

Jun 28, 2016, 15:36 PM IST

7 years after war's end, Sri Lanka on cautious path to peace

Tamil rebels demanding self-rule fought the government from 1983 to 2009 before being crushed by Sri Lanka's army.

Jun 05, 2016, 05:20 AM IST

Sri Lanka under massive debt burden: PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe today blamed the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa regime for leaving behind a massive rupees 9.5 trillion debt burden on the country.

Mar 08, 2016, 17:26 PM IST

Ex-strongman Rajapaksa's son bail plea rejected in Lanka

Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa's 27-year-old son, who is facing money laundering charges, was further remanded in custody for two weeks after his bail plea was rejected by a court on Thursday.

Feb 11, 2016, 23:06 PM IST

Sri Lanka's ex-defence minister slams UN rights chief's visit

Stepping up opposition to a UN-backed probe into alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, former defence minister Gotabhaya Rajapaksa on Monday denounced the UN human rights chief's visit to the country as a "big joke" and accused him of trying to please the pro-LTTE diaspora.

Feb 08, 2016, 15:55 PM IST

Tamil leader appeals to Rajapaksa to support new Constitution

Sri Lanka's main opposition Tamil leader R Sampanthan today appealed to Mahinda Rajapaksa to back the new Constitution-making process, saying the former president's support is important.

Jan 13, 2016, 01:32 AM IST

Sri Lanka govt faces threat of split over 'floating armoury'

Sri Lanka's ruling coalition is facing the first major threat of a split as two key ministers threatened to take "decisive political action" if their Cabinet colleague was not sacked, following his defence of a controversial 'floating armoury' scandal.

Nov 06, 2015, 21:20 PM IST

Sri Lanka accountability process would be purely domestic: FM

The process to fix accountability as mandated by the latest UNHRC resolution for the alleged rights abuses during the conflict with the LTTE will be completely domestic, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has said rejecting claims that it was a hybrid mechanism.

Oct 24, 2015, 15:25 PM IST

Former Sri Lankan president Rajapaksa cries foul of probe panel

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa Thursday slammed as an act of political revenge his summoning by a graft probe panel.

Oct 15, 2015, 15:45 PM IST

Rajapaksa hits back at Kumaratunga's remarks in Indian media

 Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has hit back at predecessor Chandrika Kumaratunga for carrying out a personal attack on him through Indian media, saying it is "incongruous" as she ran "one of the most repressive governments in living memory".

Sep 11, 2015, 12:47 PM IST

DMK opposes reported US move to bring in revised resolution

The DMK on Tuesday opposed any move by the US to bring in a revised resolution in a UN rights body on a probe into alleged rights violations in Sri Lanka, as reported in the media, and said India should not support it.

Sep 08, 2015, 16:31 PM IST

Rajapaksa allies to form new Lanka opposition alliance

 Sri Lanka's former President Mahinda Rajapaksa's allies are planning to form a new opposition alliance, breaking away from President Maithripala Sirisena's United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) coalition, senior leftist leaders said on Saturday.

Aug 29, 2015, 21:17 PM IST

Sri Lanka govt should retain friendship with China: State media

China's state media on Monday said Sri Lanka should retain friendship with cash-rich China as India is "not capable of providing large investment and loans", in the first commentary following the defeat of pro-Beijing Mahinda Rajapaksa in the recent Parliamentary Elections.

Aug 24, 2015, 16:08 PM IST