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Sri Lanka's former Tamil state minister arrested for LTTE comment

Vijeyakala Maheswaran had reportedly said that deteriorating law and order situation in the Northern Province was making people feel they were better off under LTTE.

Oct 08, 2018, 18:19 PM IST

Sri Lanka govt faces threat of split over 'floating armoury'

Sri Lanka's ruling coalition is facing the first major threat of a split as two key ministers threatened to take "decisive political action" if their Cabinet colleague was not sacked, following his defence of a controversial 'floating armoury' scandal.

Nov 06, 2015, 21:20 PM IST

Sri Lanka: Ready to shed all differences with UNP, says Sirisena

 Days after Sri Lanka formed its first unity government, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today said he is ready to shed all differences with the rival UNP to "herald an era of a new political culture".

Sep 06, 2015, 19:49 PM IST

Sri Lanka's rival party members part of new consensus Cabinet

Sri Lanka's first ever national unity government's Cabinet led by Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe was sworn in on Friday with the induction of ministers from two main rival political parties, days after the country's President pledged a new culture of "consensual politics."

Sep 04, 2015, 22:21 PM IST

Lanka's main Tamil party gets Opposition status in Parliament

 Sri Lanka's main Tamil party TNA was today declared the main Opposition in the parliament with its leader R Sampanthan becoming the first lawmaker from the minority community to lead it in the House in 32 years.

Sep 03, 2015, 13:31 PM IST

Sri Lanka Cabinet formation further delayed

Sri Lanka's new government has further delayed formation of the Cabinet beyond the already agreed deadline of September 1.

Aug 28, 2015, 13:16 PM 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 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

New government must tread cautiously: Sri Lankan daily

The electorate has not given the winner a majority as they "realised that majorities make politicians lose their heads and get intoxicated with power", said a Sri Lankan daily which cautioned the new government to "tread cautiously".

Aug 19, 2015, 12:04 PM IST

Sri Lanka elections: Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat, says 'my dream has faded away'

Sri Lankan ex-president's hopes of a comeback to the nation's power corridors were shattered as Mahinda Rajapaksa on Tuesday conceded defeat even before the official announcement of the results.

Aug 18, 2015, 09:42 AM 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

Sri Lanka to invite foreign observers for parliamentary polls

Sri Lanka will invite foreign observers for the Parliamentary Elections due to take place on August 17, election monitors said on Saturday.

Jun 27, 2015, 20:34 PM IST

Sri Lanka's ruling party to go it alone in parliamentary polls

 Sri Lanka`s ruling United National Party (UNP) on Friday announced it would contest the upcoming parliamentary elections independently, an official said.

Jun 19, 2015, 19:38 PM IST

Sri Lanka's ruling party demands holding of elections soon

Sri Lanka's ruling United National Party (UNP) on Monday said that it is to write to President Maithripala Sirisena demanding that parliament be dissolved and election be held soon.

Jun 16, 2015, 02:39 AM IST

Smaller parties unhappy with Sri Lanka electoral reform plan

Sri Lanka's smaller political parties representing minority communities have expressed opposition to the proposed 20th amendment to the Constitution which incorporates reforms to the electoral system.

May 09, 2015, 14:41 PM IST

Sri Lanka's new President forms 27-member cabinet

 Sri Lanka`s newly-elected President Maithripala Sirisena formed a 27-member cabinet along with nine deputy ministers here Monday.

Jan 12, 2015, 22:45 PM IST

Sri Lanka prepares for Pope's visit

Sri Lanka`s new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has entrusted his United National Party (UNP) senior parliamentarian John Amaratunga with the task of organizing the visit of Pope Francis to the island-nation from January 13 to 15.

Jan 10, 2015, 16:47 PM IST

Rajapaksa's govt in Lanka loses two-third majority

Ahead of next month's snap polls, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday suffered another political setback as he lost his government's two-thirds majority in Parliament after two ministers from parties representing Indian-origin Tamils defected to the opposition.

Dec 10, 2014, 18:52 PM IST

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.

Nov 21, 2014, 16:03 PM IST

Sri Lankan opposition vows protests over casino bill

Sri Lanka`s opposition will stage a protest Thursday outside the proposed building site for three proposed casinos valued at $1.3 billion, including one from gaming mogul James Packer, an official said Wednesday.

Apr 23, 2014, 19:15 PM IST