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PM Narendra Modi to visit Sri Lanka on Sunday, will be first foreign leader here since Easter bombings

In his third visit to Sri Lanka as Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi is expected to underline the need for solidarity in the fight against terrorism.

Jun 09, 2019, 06:43 AM IST

Sri Lankan police looking for 140 with Islamic State links: President Maithripala Sirisena

Sirisena told reporters some Sri Lankan youths had been involved with the extremist group since 2013.

Apr 26, 2019, 10:32 AM IST

Ranil Wickremesinghe to return as Sri Lanka PM in an embarrassment for President Maithripala Sirisena

Parliament has already passed a confidence vote in Wickremesinghe while it sought his reinstatement as prime minister to defuse a constitutional crisis.

Dec 16, 2018, 10:24 AM IST

Sri Lanka's top court rules parliament dissolution as illegal

Sirisena had dissolved parliament on November 9 and called a general election for January 5 days after sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and naming opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa to the post.

Dec 13, 2018, 17:58 PM IST

President Maithripala Sirisena's all-party crisis talks fail to end political stalemate in Sri Lanka

The crisis erupted when President Sirisena suddenly announced on October 26 that he had sacked prime minister Wickremesinghe and installed ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa in his place.

Nov 18, 2018, 20:52 PM IST

Sri Lanka's SC overturns dissolution of parliament by President Sirisena

Sirisena dissolved Parliament and ordered snap election on January 5, plunging the country's into an unprecedented political and constitutional crises.

Nov 13, 2018, 18:46 PM IST

Supreme Court to decide on legality of January 5 snap polls in Sri Lanka

Snap polls were held in Sri Lanka on January 5 this year. 

Nov 13, 2018, 09:28 AM IST

Sri Lanka president dissolves parliament amidst political crisis

Sirisena signed an official notification dismissing the 225-member assembly well ahead of its August 2020 term expiry, state television reported.

Nov 09, 2018, 22:38 PM IST

Maithripala Sirisena announces reconvening of Parliament on Nov 14

President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday announced reconvening of Parliament on November 14, which he had suspended two days after sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe and replacing him with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksha.

Nov 04, 2018, 23:45 PM IST

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena lifts suspension of Parliament

President Sirisena replaced Wickremesinghe with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in a dramatic turn of events last Friday.

Nov 01, 2018, 11:36 AM IST

Sri Lanka needs to follow necessary constitutional process to determine its leadership: US

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena replaced Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with former president Mahinda Rajapaksa in a dramatic turn of events last Friday.

Nov 01, 2018, 10:01 AM IST

Newly-appointed Sri Lankan PM Rajapaksa sworn-in

Newly-appointed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa`s cabinet was on Monday sworn in amid increasing pressure on President Maithripala Sirisena to convene an early session of the Parliament.

Oct 30, 2018, 09:10 AM IST

Sri Lankan Minister Arjuna Ranatunga arrested after his guards opened fire on protestors

When Ranatunga tried to enter his office, his security guard opened fire in which one person was killed and two were injured. 

Oct 29, 2018, 17:48 PM IST

Guard opens fire, killing 1 in Sri Lanka at sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe office

At least one person died and two others were injured after the security guard opened fired at the crowd.

Oct 28, 2018, 22:28 PM IST

Became PM to get Sri Lanka rid of politics of hate: Mahinda Rajapaksa

Newly appointed Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday issued a statement stating that the UNP-UPFA government came to an end as the result of the UPFA leaving the coalition. 

Oct 28, 2018, 20:19 PM IST

Sri Lanka Parliament Speaker recognises Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister

He asked the president to restore Wickremesinghe's privileges as the leader of the government who has "obtained a mandate to secure democracy and good governance".

Oct 28, 2018, 15:22 PM IST

India monitoring situation; will continue to provide developmental aid: MEA on Sri Lanka crisis

Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe on Friday night replacing him with his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa triggering a constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka.

Oct 28, 2018, 12:17 PM IST

Ousted Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe's security withdrawn by president Sirisena

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday withdrew the security of deposed prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who still claims to be the constitutionally-appointed premier despite being replaced by controversial strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Oct 27, 2018, 23:33 PM IST

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena never mentioned RAW, says his advisor on assassination plot report

Sirisena had allegedly shocked his cabinet by accusing India of plotting to assassinate him during a weekly meeting.

Oct 17, 2018, 14:57 PM IST

LTTE planned to attack Colombo targets with plane from Chennai: Sri Lanka president

Sirisena said it was a well-guarded secret that all senior leaders were out of the country fearing an LTTE air raid

Sep 28, 2018, 16:47 PM IST