Mahinda Rajapakse

Sri Lankan embassies sheltered criminals: Foreign minister

Sri Lanka's foreign minister on Friday accused the previous administration of using its embassies abroad as "safe houses" for murderers accused of perpetrating human rights abuses during the civil war.

May 05, 2017, 17:14 PM IST

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse's wife interrogated over fraud allegations

Mahinda Rajapakse was defeated by his one-time Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena in the presidential election last year.

Feb 01, 2016, 19:08 PM IST

Sri Lanka arrests Rajapakse's son over money laundering

Yoshitha, a navy lieutenant, was taken before a magistrate court in a suburb of Colombo and remanded, a court official said.

Jan 30, 2016, 20:43 PM IST

Sri Lanka sentences top cop and five others to death

Rajapakse`s own son was accused of being involved in the controversial murder of a rugby player in May 2012, which the former leader denies.

Nov 27, 2015, 20:56 PM IST

Sri Lanka slashes list of 'terrorists' in reconciliation bid

The government did not immediately comment on the move, but it had promised eight months ago to carry out a review as part of reconciliation efforts.

Nov 22, 2015, 04:22 AM IST

Opposition party joins Sri Lanka government

Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in as Sri Lanka`s prime minister on Friday for another term after securing the backing of the country`s second-biggest party for a new government of national unity.

Aug 21, 2015, 13:06 PM IST
Sri Lankan PM warns against return to divisive politics

Sri Lankan PM warns against return to divisive politics

 Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe urged Sri Lanka`s parties Wednesday to work together as he began forming a new government backed by minority Tamils after a surge in support for his reform-driven agenda in parliamentary elections.

Aug 19, 2015, 17:35 PM IST

Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe warns against return to divisive politics

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe urged Sri Lanka`s parties Wednesday to work together as he began forming a new government backed by minority Tamils after a surge in support for his reform-driven agenda in parliamentary elections.

Aug 19, 2015, 13:34 PM IST

Sri Lanka`s ruling party takes narrow vote lead

Sri Lanka`s ruling party took a narrow lead in parliamentary elections where former strongman Mahinda Rajapakse is attempting to pull off a comeback, early results showed Tuesday.

Aug 18, 2015, 06:20 AM IST

Penpics of key players in Sri Lanka`s General Election

The following are profiles of key players in Sri Lanka`s General Election on Monday. Sri Lanka`s former strongman president, who was ousted in January and is seeking a return to power as prime minister, is a polarising figure.

Aug 17, 2015, 15:09 PM IST

Toll free expressways for voters' convenience in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan expressways will remain toll free on Monday to enable people reach polling centres to cast their votes in the country`s parliamentary polls which kicked-off earlier in the day.

Aug 17, 2015, 14:36 PM IST

Sri Lankan parliamentary polls end on peaceful note

Heavy turnout was witnessed on Monday as Sri Lanka voted in incident-free countrywide polls amid tight security to elect a new 225-member parliament and a government, media reports said.

Aug 17, 2015, 13:37 PM IST
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.

Aug 17, 2015, 02:54 AM IST

Sri Lanka election: Key facts about the Indian Ocean island

Sri Lanka goes to the polls Monday to elect a 225-member parliament after a month-long campaign dominated by former president Mahinda Rajapakse`s attempt to make a political comeback.

Aug 15, 2015, 09:36 AM IST

Sri Lanka`s Rajapakse issues challenge to President

Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse openly challenged his successor Friday, demanding he respect the "will of the people", after the country`s new leader vetoed his ambitions to become prime minister.

Aug 14, 2015, 21:07 PM IST

Sri Lanka president vows to block Rajapakse`s PM bid

 Sri Lanka`s President Maithripala Sirisena dashed Mahinda Rajapakse`s hopes Thursday of a political comeback in next week`s general election by vowing to veto any attempt by his predecessor to become prime minister.

Aug 13, 2015, 21:02 PM IST

Sri Lanka exhumes body in politically charged murder probe

Forensic experts exhumed the body of a Sri Lankan rugby star on Monday, following allegations that former president Mahinda Rajapakse`s son was involved in his murder.

Aug 10, 2015, 15:13 PM IST

Some trying to break Mahinda-Sirisena alliance: Opposition

 An opposition party on Thursday blamed unnamed international groups of trying to break the new alliance formed between President Maithripala Sirisena and his predecessor Mahinda Rajapakse.

Jul 09, 2015, 18:25 PM IST

John Kerry hails `enormous progress` in new-look Sri Lanka

US Secretary of State John Kerry hailed Sri Lanka`s new reformist government Saturday for making "enormous progress" since the departure of strongman Mahinda Rajapakse and for pursuing reconciliation with Tamils after the island`s devastating ethnic conflict.

May 02, 2015, 15:46 PM IST

Sri Lanka parliament passes diluted reforms, reduces some president's powers

Sri Lanka’s parliament overwhelmingly passed reforms on Tuesday reducing some of the president’s powers, in a move that did not go as far as President Maithripala Sirisena had promised but is nevertheless seen as a victory for the leader.

Apr 28, 2015, 21:19 PM IST