Sri Lanka presidential election on January 8: Official

Sri Lanka`s presidential polls will be held on January 8, the head of the country`s elections commission announced Friday.

Sri Lanka minister defects to challenge president

A senior member of Sri Lanka`s government announced Friday he was quitting the ruling party to stand as the main opposition`s candidate against President Mahinda Rajapakse in upcoming elections.

Sri Lankan President cleared to call snap polls

Sri Lanka`s President cleared a final hurdle to seeking re-election on Wednesday when he completed the mandatory four years of his second term, opening the way for snap polls expected in January.

Monks` party quits Sri Lanka government ahead of polls

Sri Lanka`s main party of Buddhist monks announced Tuesday it was quitting President Mahinda Rajapakse`s government in protest at his failure to loosen his grip on power before a re-election bid.

Sri Lanka President asks court to rule on seeking third term

 Sri Lanka`s president has asked the top court to rule on whether he can seek a third term after the opposition insisted his snap re-election bid was illegal, officials said Wednesday.

Sri Lanka says papal visit on despite snap polls

Pope Francis will visit Sri Lanka as planned in January, officials said Sunday despite signs of concern from the Vatican that the government intends to exploit the trip for political gain as it readies for snap elections.

Sri Lanka resumes trains to war-battered Jaffna

 Sri Lanka`s president Monday launched train services to the battle-scarred city of Jaffna nearly 25 years after a bloody ethnic conflict destroyed the region`s entire railway network.

Sri Lanka bars foreigners from former war zone

Sri Lanka's military has banned foreigners from traveling to the island's former war zone during a visit there by President Mahinda Rajapakse, officials and diplomatic sources said on Sunday.

Sri Lanka bars foreigners from former war zone

 Sri Lanka`s military has banned foreigners from travelling to the island`s former war zone during a visit there by President Mahinda Rajapakse, officials and diplomatic sources said Sunday.

Sri Lanka ruling party prepares for snap poll: Sources

 Sri Lanka`s ruling party began work Thursday on an election campaign, party sources said, in a strong indication that it will press ahead with snap presidential polls expected in early January.

Sri Lanka president`s party narrowly clears vote test

 Sri Lanka`s ruling party saw its popularity significantly eroded in a narrow local election win seen as a bellwether for a snap presidential election, official results showed Sunday.

Church tells Sri Lanka not to exploit pope for polls

 The Roman Catholic church on Friday urged Sri Lanka not to politicise a visit by the pope in January amid reports that President Mahinda Rajapakse may hold a snap election early next year.

Sri Lanka says will refuse entry to UN investigators

Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island`s decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapakse said Tuesday.

Sri Lanka to refuse entry to UN investigators: President

Sri Lanka will not grant visas to UN investigators probing war crimes allegedly committed during the island`s decades-long separatist conflict, President Mahinda Rajapakse said Tuesday.

US slams Sri Lanka over intimidation of war victims

The United States led Western criticism of Sri Lanka today after pro-government activists broke up a meeting of US diplomats and ethnic Tamils who lost loved ones in the island`s separatist war.

Article in SL defence website: Parties one in backing Jayalalithaa

Setting aside their differences, political parties in Tamil Nadu on Friday strongly backed Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa after the Sri Lankan defence website carried an article critical of her, with an accompanying graphic image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sri Lanka president skips Glasgow Games citing poor security

Sri Lanka`s president decided to stay away from the Commonwealth Games despite being chair of the bloc because Colombo was unhappy with Britain`s security arrangements, a minister said Thursday.

Sri Lanka frees Indian fishermen to ease tensions

Sri Lanka`s President Mahinda Rajapakse has ordered the release of 29 Indian fishermen held on poaching charges, officials said Tuesday, in a move to ease tensions over illegal fishing.

Sri Lankan cricket board considering Pakistan`s invite

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is evaluating Pakistan Cricket Board`s invitation for a short series in the foreseeable future.

PCB invites Sri Lanka to play in Pakistan

Lahore: Pakistan`s restored cricket chief Najam Sethi said Thursday that his board is inviting Sri Lanka to play a home series, five years after they survived a terrorist attack.