Articles about Mahinda Rajapaksa

Lanka to sell national airline, print salary money amid crisis

17 May 2022

World
Lanka to sell national airline, print salary money amid crisis

In a televised speech on Monday, Sri Lanka's new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced plans to privatize its national carrier SriLankan Airlines.

Who is Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka's new PM amid crisis?

13 May 2022

World
Who is Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lanka's new PM amid crisis?

Ranil Wickremesinghe, the leader of Sri Lanka's United National Party (UNP), was sworn in as the country's 26th prime minister on Thursday, succeeding Mahinda Rajapaksa, who resigned on Monday amid protests over the island nation's current economic crisis.

India not sending troops to Sri Lanka: Indian High Commission

11 May 2022

India
India not sending troops to Sri Lanka: Indian High Commission

The Indian High Commission in Colombo on Wednesday firmly denied rumors that New Delhi was sending soldiers to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka: Ex-PM Mahinda flees to naval base amid protests

10 May 2022

World
Sri Lanka: Ex-PM Mahinda flees to naval base amid protests

Former Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family have reportedly sought refuge at a naval base in Trincomalee, in the country's northeast region.

Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns amid violent clashes

09 May 2022

World
Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns amid violent clashes

Amid the deepening economic crisis in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned from his post on Monday, local media reported.

Sri Lanka under state of emergency again as protests intensify

07 May 2022

World
Sri Lanka under state of emergency again as protests intensify

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday declared a state of emergency for the second time in just over a month as anti-government protests escalated in the island nation.

Sri Lanka crisis: Ex-President Maithripala Sirisena calls for fresh elections

02 May 2022

World
Sri Lanka crisis: Ex-President Maithripala Sirisena calls for fresh elections

Amid the deepening economic crisis in Sri Lanka, former president and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) chief Maithripala Sirisena called for fresh elections on Sunday.

Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to form interim government: Details here

29 Apr 2022

World
Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to form interim government: Details here

To solve the political impasse ailing Sri Lanka, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Friday agreed to form an interim government without his older brother Mahinda Rajapaksa as the PM.

Sri Lanka economic crisis: President Rajapaksa revokes state of emergency

06 Apr 2022

World
Sri Lanka economic crisis: President Rajapaksa revokes state of emergency

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Tuesday night revoked the state of emergency in the nation with immediate effect.

Sri Lanka economic crisis: Ruling coalition loses majority in Parliament

05 Apr 2022

World
Sri Lanka economic crisis: Ruling coalition loses majority in Parliament

Sri Lanka's ruling coalition lost its parliamentary majority on Tuesday, amid growing unrest over the ongoing economic crisis, Reuters reported.

Sri Lanka economic crisis: Cabinet ministers resign as protests mount

04 Apr 2022

World
Sri Lanka economic crisis: Cabinet ministers resign as protests mount

At a late-night meeting on Sunday, the entire cabinet of Sri Lanka resigned amid mounting public anger and growing anti-government protests over the severe economic crisis.

Lanka Premier League: Irfan Pathan to play for Kandy Tuskers

01 Nov 2020

Sports
Lanka Premier League: Irfan Pathan to play for Kandy Tuskers

Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan is set to participate in the impending Lanka Premier League (LPL).

'800' controversy: Vijay Sethupathi's daughter receives rape threats

20 Oct 2020

Entertainment
'800' controversy: Vijay Sethupathi's daughter receives rape threats

Even after actor Vijay Sethupathi quit the controversial movie 800, a biopic on legendary Sri Lankan cricketer Muthiah Muralitharan, he continued to receive flak for having considered the film.

'800': Amid controversy, Vijay Sethupathi walks out of Muralitharan biopic

19 Oct 2020

Entertainment
'800': Amid controversy, Vijay Sethupathi walks out of Muralitharan biopic

Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi has opted out of the movie 800, a biopic on former Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan.

Civil war-era defense chief Rajapaksa to become Sri Lankan President

17 Nov 2019

World
Civil war-era defense chief Rajapaksa to become Sri Lankan President

Gotabaya Rajapaksa is set to become the next Sri Lankan President as the ruling United National Party's presidential candidate, Sajith Premadasa, conceded.

Sri Lanka: PM Modi pays tributes to Easter attack victims

09 Jun 2019

World
Sri Lanka: PM Modi pays tributes to Easter attack victims

PM Narendra Modi, who arrived in Sri Lanka on Sunday morning, has paid tributes to the victims of the Easter Sunday bombings in Colombo that took place in April this year.

Death toll rises to 310, Sri Lanka observes 3-minute silence

23 Apr 2019

World
Death toll rises to 310, Sri Lanka observes 3-minute silence

Sri Lanka observed a nationwide three-minute silence today to pay homage to more than 300 people killed in the gruesome Easter Sunday bombings, the country's worst terror attack blamed on a local previously little-known Islamist outfit.

Lanka media rights activists call new anti-terror law 'draconian laws'

19 Mar 2019

World
Lanka media rights activists call new anti-terror law 'draconian laws'

Media rights activists yesterday urged the Sri Lankan government to withdraw proposed anti-terror legislation, calling it is a set of draconian laws aimed at suppressing media freedom and democratic rights.

UN Secretary-General welcomes resolution of political crisis in Sri Lanka

21 Dec 2018

World
UN Secretary-General welcomes resolution of political crisis in Sri Lanka

UN chief Antonio Guterres has welcomed the resolution of the political crisis in Sri Lanka and called on all the political actors to resolve all outstanding differences in the interest of people of the country.

After Wickremesinghe's reinstatement, Lanka-Parliament to convene today for first time

18 Dec 2018

World
After Wickremesinghe's reinstatement, Lanka-Parliament to convene today for first time

Sri Lanka's Parliament is set to convene today for the first time after the reinstatement of Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister that ended the 51-day political standoff in the country.

Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa resigns, Wickremesinghe likely to take oath tomorrow

15 Dec 2018

World
Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa resigns, Wickremesinghe likely to take oath tomorrow

Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister on October 26 by President Maithripala Sirisena in a controversial move, resigned today, as two crucial Supreme Court decisions made the embattled former strongman's efforts to cling to premiership "untenable".

Ongoing crisis issue between foreign, indigenous thinking: Sri Lankan President

10 Dec 2018

World
Ongoing crisis issue between foreign, indigenous thinking: Sri Lankan President

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has described the ongoing political crisis in the country as one between foreign and local values.

Talks between Lankan President, UNF lawmakers end without breakthrough

01 Dec 2018

World
Talks between Lankan President, UNF lawmakers end without breakthrough

Sri Lanka's main Tamil party, Tamil National Alliance (TNA), said that President Maithripala Sirisena has assured that he will resolve the ongoing political crisis when the Parliament meets again next week even as the talks between the two sides ended without any breakthrough yesterday night.

Sri Lanka: Major setback to Sirisena; Parliament votes against Rajapaksa

14 Nov 2018

World
Sri Lanka: Major setback to Sirisena; Parliament votes against Rajapaksa

In a major setback to Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lankan Parliament today passed a no-confidence motion against the government headed by his controversially-appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

UN expresses concern over Lankan President's decision to dissolve Parliament

11 Nov 2018

World
UN expresses concern over Lankan President's decision to dissolve Parliament

UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve the nation's Parliament, underlining the "utmost importance" of respecting democratic processes and resolving differences in accordance with the rule of law.

Sri Lanka: President dissolves Parliament, announces snap election in Jan'19

10 Nov 2018

World
Sri Lanka: President dissolves Parliament, announces snap election in Jan'19

Sri Lanka's political crisis deepened yesterday as President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the Parliament and announced snap polls on January 5.

No snap election to end political-crisis in Lanka: President's aide

09 Nov 2018

World
No snap election to end political-crisis in Lanka: President's aide

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has decided that there will be no snap elections or a national referendum to end the current political and constitutional crisis in the island nation, according to his close aide.

Long-held Tamil prisoners may be released soon: Rajapaksa's son

04 Nov 2018

World
Long-held Tamil prisoners may be released soon: Rajapaksa's son

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa's legislator son Namal today indicated that the long-held demand of the Tamil minority community to release all Tamil prisoners in the country may be fulfilled soon, a move aimed at persuading the Tamil legislators to support Rajapaksa.

Guterres urges Lankan President to allow vote in Parliament soon

04 Nov 2018

World
Guterres urges Lankan President to allow vote in Parliament soon

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has voiced concern over the ongoing political crisis in Sri Lanka, urging President Maithripala Sirisena to revert to parliamentary procedures and allow Parliament to vote "as soon as possible".

#ConstitutionalCrisis: US urges Sri Lankan parties to refrain from violence

27 Oct 2018

World
#ConstitutionalCrisis: US urges Sri Lankan parties to refrain from violence

The US urged political parties in Sri Lanka to abide by the Constitution and refrain from violence, as the island nation faces a constitutional crisis after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked his former ally Ranil Wickremesinghe and made controversial strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa the new premier.

Sri Lankan President Sirisena sacks PM Wickremesinghe; Rajapaksa sworn in

27 Oct 2018

World
Sri Lankan President Sirisena sacks PM Wickremesinghe; Rajapaksa sworn in

Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena today issued two extraordinary gazette notices making controversial strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa the new Prime Minister and formally recognizing Ranil Wickremesinghe's dramatic dismissal, leading to a constitutional crisis.

TN: DMK to stage state-wide protests to 'condemn' AIADMK

23 Sep 2018

India
TN: DMK to stage state-wide protests to 'condemn' AIADMK

Opposition party DMK in Tamil Nadu today announced it would stage state-wide protests to 'condemn' the ruling AIADMK for getting involved in corruption, and not focusing on public welfare.

Lanka's new Cabinet to be sworn in on May 1

29 Apr 2018

World
Lanka's new Cabinet to be sworn in on May 1

New Cabinet of Sri Lanka's unity government will be sworn in on Tuesday, President Maithripala Sirisena announced today, weeks after he had suspended Parliament in backdrop of ongoing political turmoil in country.

Congress has hired Cambridge Analytica for 2019 polls, BJP alleges

21 Mar 2018

Politics
Congress has hired Cambridge Analytica for 2019 polls, BJP alleges

Information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad alleged that Congress has roped in Cambridge Analytica (CA), UK-based data analytics firm, for strategizing for the 2019 parliamentary elections.

After Buddhist-Muslim clashes, Sri Lanka declares state of emergency

06 Mar 2018

World
After Buddhist-Muslim clashes, Sri Lanka declares state of emergency

Sri Lanka declared a state of emergency for 10 days to curb communal violence. This decision comes a day after Buddhists and Muslims clashed in the island's Kandy district.