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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

Centre should take efforts to solve Lankan Tamils problem: CPI

The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Friday said that the Centre should take efforts to find a solution to the problems of Tamil population in Sri Lanka, considering the changed political equation in that country.

China cannot be avoided, says state-run media after Sri Lanka polls

 As a sense of unease prevailed here over defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka's Parliamentary polls blunting Beijing's influence in the Indian Ocean region, Chinese official media asserted that "China cannot be avoided" because its ties with Colombo transcended "partisan politics".

New government must tread cautiously: Sri Lankan daily

The electorate has not given the winner a majority as they "realised that majorities make politicians lose their heads and get intoxicated with power", said a Sri Lankan daily which cautioned the new government to "tread cautiously".

Modi calls up Wickremesinghe to congratulate him on poll win

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called up Ranil Wickremesinghe to congratulate him on his party's victory in Sri Lankan parliamentary polls, and expressed confidence that the relations between the two countries will get better under his leadership.

Sri Lanka elections: Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat, says 'my dream has faded away'
Sri Lanka elections: Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat, says 'my dream has faded away'

Sri Lankan ex-president's hopes of a comeback to the nation's power corridors were shattered as Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday conceded defeat even before the official announcement of the results.

Ex-strongman Mahinda ​Rajapakse plans comeback as Sri Lanka votes
Ex-strongman Mahinda ​Rajapakse plans comeback as Sri Lanka votes

 Sri Lanka began voting on Monday in a General Election in which former leader Mahinda Rajapakse is hoping to pull off a shock comeback, this time as prime minister, months after being toppled as president.

Sri Lankan Prez Sirisena sacks key party men ahead of polls

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday sacked both his party secretaries amid ongoing tussle with his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa, days ahead of the parliamentary polls.

Maithripala Sirisena should respect public mandate: Mahinda Rajapaksa

 Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today said President Maithripala Sirisena should respect public mandate, a day after the SLFP chief vowed not to make him Prime Minister even if his coalition wins the parliamentary polls next week.

Will not appoint Rajapaksa PM even if party wins: Sirisena

 Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today said he allowed Mahinda Rajapaksa to contest parliamentary polls for the fear of a split in party but vowed not to make the former strongman Prime Minister even if his coalition wins the election next week.

President Sirisena revamps his security ahead of Lankan polls

 Maithripala Sirisena has disbanded the Presidential Security Division following reports that it was linked to murders during the Mahinda Rajapaksa regime, and replaced the elite Sri Lankan unit with a highly-trained team of commandos.

Mahinda Rajapaksa ran a family centred dictatorship: Kumaratunga

Mahinda Rajapaksa's plans to stage a political comeback suffered a setback on Wednesday when Sri Lanka's former president Chandrika Kumaratunga alleged that he ran "a family centred dictatorship" during his rule and appealed to voters to preserve the gains made in the January 8 polls.

Rajapaksa comeback bid checked by Sri Lanka bribery probe

Sri Lanka is investigating a Chinese firm on suspicion of offering a bribe to Mahinda Rajapaksa`s failed presidential re-election campaign, a source close to the investigation said, weeks before he seeks to pull off a comeback in a general election.

Probe against Rajapaksa regime to continue

 The Sri Lankan government on Tuesday said it is going to continue its investigation against the former government over alleged fraud and corruption.