Sri Lanka police investigate ex-leader Rajapakse`s wife

Sri Lanka`s police said Monday they questioned ex-president Mahinda Rajapakse`s wife, as the new government escalated anti-corruption investigations against the former first family accused of siphoning billions of dollars from public funds.

Rajapaksa's wife questioned by Lankan police over graft

 Sri Lanka's former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa was today grilled by police over alleged corruption in an NGO which she ran during her husband Mahinda Rajapaksa's presidency, the latest in a series of questioning of his family members.

Rajapaksa fears LTTE revival in Sri Lanka

 Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is mounting a political comeback, has expressed fears that the separatist Tamil Tigers could regroup and revive terrorism in the country.

Sri Lanka's domestic war crimes probe to get underway next month

 Sri Lanka will begin next month its domestic probe into the alleged human rights violations during the final stages of decades-long war with the LTTE to meet the UN deadline, President Maithripala Sirisena said today.

Sri Lankan president, Rajapaksa hold key talks

 Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and former president Mahinda Rajapaksa held key talks on Wednesday which was seen as an attempt to bridge a division which has emerged within the same party which both politicians belong to.

John Kerry praises Sri Lankan govt progress in peace process
John Kerry praises Sri Lankan govt progress in peace process

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday praised the "openness" of the new Sri Lankan government in its efforts to boost democracy, human rights and ensure reconciliation with the country's minority Tamils.

Sri Lanka: 19A only half way measure to abolish executive presidency

A key amendment adopted by the Sri Lankan Parliament last week is only a halfway measure towards abolishing executive presidency as only 60 to 65 percent of powers of the top post have been reduced, according to an architect of the legislation.

Sri Lankan Parliament votes to curb President's powers

 The Sri Lankan parliament has reportedly voted to curb the powers of the president and reinstate a two-term limit for incumbents.

Rajapaksa fears prosecution of entire family by new Lanka govt

 Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday expressed fears that the new government led by his successor Maithripala Sirisena might end up prosecuting his entire family, a day after his two younger brothers faced questioning by anti-graft investigators.

Sri Lanka ex-leader`s brother remanded over fraud

A Sri Lankan magistrate remanded the youngest brother of former president Mahinda Rajapakse Wednesday for "misappropriating" public funds, hours after the ex-leader accused his successor of a witch-hunt.

Brother of Sri Lanka's ex-president detained in graft investigation

Sri Lankan police detained the younger brother of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday on suspicion of misappropriating state funds, the first arrest of a member of the once-powerful family.

Rajapaksa's brother arrested for misappropriation of funds

 The youngest brother of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa was on Wednesday arrested on a charge of misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds, a day after he returned from the US.

Rajapaksa summoned by anti-graft commission

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has been summoned to appear before the country's anti-graft commission later this week for the first time over allegations of corruption and bribery, triggering an uproar in parliament by his loyalists on Monday.

Sri Lanka President expels Rajapaksa loyalists from key body

 Sri Lanka's new President Maithripala Sirisena has sacked five members from his Freedom Party's central committee in a bid to consolidate his position ahead of plans to adopt the 19th amendment to the Constitution, curtailing executive powers of the President.

Rajapaksa loyalists seek ouster of Sri Lankan Oppn leader?

The loyalists of former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday made a bid to oust the leader of Opposition who is close to new President Maithripala Sirisena by submitting a written request to the Speaker for his replacement.

'Port city not figured in Sirisena's talks in China'

The controversial Colombo Port City project did not figure in President Maithripala Sirisena's talks with Chinese leaders during his current visit to Beijing, Deputy Foreign Minister Ajith P Perera said on Friday.

Lanka police wants Rajapaksa sibling for quizzing

Sri Lankan police is looking for Basil Rajapaksa, the brother of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, for questioning in a corruption probe.

Sri Lankan Prez to review China-funded projects during visit

 Sri Lanka's new President Maithripala Sirisena would renegotiate the more than USD 5.3 billion-worth of Chinese deals signed by his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa during a visit to Beijing starting tomorrow.

Lankan Cabinet expanded by inducting 26 opposition lawmakers

 Sri Lanka's new President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday roped in 26 opposition lawmakers into his government by giving them ministerial berths, further weakening arch-rival Mahinda Rajapaksa's hold on Sri Lanka Freedom Party.

Ex-Lankan envoy faces probe for arms deals with Ukraine rebels

 A close relative of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa is facing a probe for his alleged involvement in arms dealings with pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine when he was the country's envoy in Russia.