Sri Lanka's Sirisena forms national govt with opposition

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena formed a national government incorporating the main opposition party on Sunday in a bid to push through reforms and preserve political stability, a government spokesman said.

Fonseka becomes Sri Lanka's first field marshal

Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka was on Sunday conferred the country's highest military rank of field marshal for "achieving victory over terrorism" by the new government, five years after he was jailed on alleged treason charges by the previous regime.

China moots trilateral cooperation with India, Sri Lanka

China on Friday proposed trilateral cooperation involving India and Sri Lanka for regional stability as the new government in Colombo sought to re-balance its ties with China, preferring to follow a "non-aligned" policy.

Sri Lanka polls: Rajapaksa asks Tamils to trust him

Battling a flurry of defections and accused of sending troops to the Tamil-dominated northern region to prevent them from voting in the January 8 polls, Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday appealed to the minority community to trust him and vote for his party.

Salman Khan's 'campaign' for Rajapaksa 'shameful': CPI

CPI on Tuesday criticised Bollywood actor Salman Khan for reportedly campaigning for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, saying it was "shameful" for an Indian artiste to do so.

DMK criticise Salman Khan for campaigning for Rajapaksa
DMK criticise Salman Khan for campaigning for Rajapaksa

After MDMK, DMK today criticised Hindi cinema superstar Salman Khan for allegedly campaigning in support of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakasa, saying it was not just the issue of Tamils in that country, but also that of the Indian fishermen.

UN chief urges peaceful Sri Lanka vote

UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged the Sri Lankan government Monday to ensure next week`s elections are peaceful and that minorities are able to vote without fear.

Conspiracy to divide Sri Lanka, says Rajapaksa's party

 The Sri Lankan government Sunday apprehended an "international conspiracy" to divide the country by getting political parties to support the opposition at next month`s presidential election.

Lanka's Election Commission raps state TV for being biased

Sri Lanka's Election Commission on Friday pulled up the state TV for acting biased and carrying out propaganda to promote ruling party candidates in the January 8 snap presidential polls.

DMK condemns Modi's wishes to Rajapaksa

DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Sunday joined other political parties in Tamil Nadu in criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for wishing Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa a success during the upcoming elections in his country.

Sri Lanka war was not against Tamils: Rajapaksa

President Mahinda Rajapaksa Wednesday said the war in Sri Lanka was never against the Tamil community but against terrorism.

Rajapaksa orders release of all Indian fishermen

President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the release of all Indian fishermen in Sri Lankan custody as a goodwill measure to mark the swearing-in of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi.

DMDK opposes Modi`s invite to Rajapaksa to attend swearing-in

After MDMK, another BJP ally in Tamil Nadu Vijayakant-led DMDK on Saturday opposed Narendra Modi`s invitation to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa to attend his swearing-in on Monday was not acceptable to it and sought for a review of the same.

Wigneswaran not to accompany Rajapaksa for Modi`s swearing-in

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka`s Tamil-dominated Northern Province, CV Wigneswaran, on Saturday rejected President Mahinda Rajapaksa`s call to join him to visit India to attend Narendra Modi`s swearing-in ceremony.

NDA ally MDMK meets Narendra Modi, says Rajapaksa should not be invited

MDMK chief Vaiko, an NDA ally on Friday opposed the invitation extended to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Narendra Modi`s swearing-in ceremony and asked the Prime Minister-designate as well as BJP President Rajnath Singh to reconsider the decision.

Sri Lanka warns of attempts by Tamil diaspora

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Sunday warned that some members of the Tamil diaspora were attempting to mislead the Tamils in the country to seek secession, the media reported.

Rajapaksa slams nations staying away from victory celebrations

President Mahinda Rajapaksa today slammed countries that stayed away from the celebrations to mark the fifth anniversary of Sri Lanka`s victory over the LTTE, and called them "blind, deaf, and dumb."

Rajapaksa congratulates Modi, invites him on state visit

Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today congratulated Narendra Modi on his party`s massive victory in the Indian general election and invited him on a state visit.
Rajapaksa telephoned Modi to congratulate him on his resounding victory and extended an invitation to the BJP prime ministerial candidate to visit the island-nation, President`s spokesman Mohan Samaranayake said.

US welcomes passage of UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka

The US has welcomed the passage of UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka and said it sends a "clear message" to the Rajapaksa government that the international community is committed to promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asian country.

Rajapaksa accuses political rivals of undermining his govt

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday accused his political rivals of carrying out a smear campaign to undermine his government internationally.