Articles about Ranil Wickremesinghe

More important to rebuild Lanka than my own house: Wickremesinghe

01 Aug 2022

World
More important to rebuild Lanka than my own house: Wickremesinghe

Sri lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in reference to the protesters' threats, said that there was no point in asking that he "should go home" because he has nowhere to go.

Sri Lanka crisis: Military uses force against protesters, dismantles tents

22 Jul 2022

World
Sri Lanka crisis: Military uses force against protesters, dismantles tents

Hundreds of Sri Lankan army personnel and police stormed the major anti-government demonstration camp in the capital city, Colombo, on Friday.

Sri Lanka's 'comeback man' Ranil Wickremesinghe elected as new President

20 Jul 2022

World
Sri Lanka's 'comeback man' Ranil Wickremesinghe elected as new President

Ranil Wickremesinghe has been elected as the new President of crisis-hit Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka's acting president Ranil Wickremesinghe declares state of emergency

18 Jul 2022

World
Sri Lanka's acting president Ranil Wickremesinghe declares state of emergency

Sri Lanka's acting President, Ranil Wickremesinghe, imposed a state of emergency late on Sunday night as his administration continues to suppress civil unrest and address the country's economic problems.

Lanka crisis: Centre calls all-party meeting at Tamil Nadu's request

17 Jul 2022

Politics
Lanka crisis: Centre calls all-party meeting at Tamil Nadu's request

The government on Sunday announced an all-party conference on the unrest in Sri Lanka was scheduled for Tuesday evening.

Sri Lanka plans quota scheme for fuel refilling amid crisis

16 Jul 2022

World
Sri Lanka plans quota scheme for fuel refilling amid crisis

In the midst of the country's economic crisis, the Sri Lanka government is planning to implement a national fuel quota scheme.

'Did everything to save Lanka': Rajapaksa says in resignation letter

16 Jul 2022

World
'Did everything to save Lanka': Rajapaksa says in resignation letter

On Saturday, Sri Lankan parliamentarians began selecting a new president to serve the remainder of the term left vacant by Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka: Parliament convenes, new president election on July 20

16 Jul 2022

World
Sri Lanka: Parliament convenes, new president election on July 20

Battling an acute economic crisis, Sri Lanka's Parliament convened for a session on Saturday to start the procedure of electing the island nation's next president. The house will be voting on July 20.

Sri Lankan protesters help tear-gassed dog outside PM office

15 Jul 2022

World
Sri Lankan protesters help tear-gassed dog outside PM office

An act of kindness by protesters in Sri Lanka is winning the internet.

Ranil Wickremesinghe takes oath as Acting President of Sri Lanka

15 Jul 2022

World
Ranil Wickremesinghe takes oath as Acting President of Sri Lanka

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday took oath as Acting President of Sri Lanka after Gotabaya Rajapaksa's resignation was officially accepted.

Curfew imposed in Colombo; President Rajapaksa likely to reach Singapore

14 Jul 2022

World
Curfew imposed in Colombo; President Rajapaksa likely to reach Singapore

Acting President of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday asked Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena to nominate a prime minister who is acceptable to both the government and the Opposition.

Sri Lanka: PM Wickremesinghe orders military, police to restore order

13 Jul 2022

World
Sri Lanka: PM Wickremesinghe orders military, police to restore order

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been appointed the country's acting president and a state of emergency has been declared in the island nation following a standoff between the security forces and angry protesters who tried to enter the Prime Minister's Office.

Sri Lankan PM declares emergency as Gotabaya flees to Maldives

13 Jul 2022

World
Sri Lankan PM declares emergency as Gotabaya flees to Maldives

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday declared a state of emergency after embattled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled to the Maldives on a military jet after facing a massive public revolt for the collapse of the country's economy.

Airport authorities block ex-FM Basil Rajapaksa from leaving Sri Lanka

12 Jul 2022

World
Airport authorities block ex-FM Basil Rajapaksa from leaving Sri Lanka

Former Finance Minister of Sri Lanka, Basil Rajapaksa, attempted to flee to Dubai in the early hours of Tuesday amid a wave of protests but was unsuccessful after the airport's immigration officials blocked him.

Amid Sri Lanka crisis, IMF chief warns of global debt

11 Jul 2022

World
Amid Sri Lanka crisis, IMF chief warns of global debt

With Sri Lanka reeling under its worst economic crisis in seven decades, International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva warned G20 nations over global debt.

Sri Lankan Army chief seeks public support to maintain peace

10 Jul 2022

World
Sri Lankan Army chief seeks public support to maintain peace

Seeking the public's support to maintain peace in the country, Sri Lankan Chief of Defence Staff, General Shavendra Silva, on Sunday said an opportunity to resolve the current political crisis in a peaceful manner is now available.

Lanka crisis: Gotabaya to resign, Wickremesinghe's house set on fire

10 Jul 2022

World
Lanka crisis: Gotabaya to resign, Wickremesinghe's house set on fire

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Saturday agreed to step down from his post after violent protests in which demonstrators stormed his official residence in Colombo, forcing him to flee to an unknown location.

Sri Lanka crisis: Ranil Wickremesinghe quits as PM

09 Jul 2022

World
Sri Lanka crisis: Ranil Wickremesinghe quits as PM

In a significant but expected development, Ranil Wickremesinghe has resigned as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, paving way for an all-party administration to take charge.

Sri Lanka under virtual lockdown over fuel scarcity amid crisis

28 Jun 2022

World
Sri Lanka under virtual lockdown over fuel scarcity amid crisis

Citizens of Sri Lanka have been placed under a virtual lockdown as the worsening sovereign debt crisis has deprived the South Asian country of fuel.

Sri Lanka fuel crisis: 2-week 'work from home' for employees

18 Jun 2022

World
Sri Lanka fuel crisis: 2-week 'work from home' for employees

The Sri Lanka government on Friday declared work from home (WFH) for its government employees for the next two weeks as the island nation is grappling with an acute fuel shortage amid the worst financial crisis it has seen since its independence in 1948.

Sri Lanka PM thanks India for support during 'difficult period'

28 May 2022

World
Sri Lanka PM thanks India for support during 'difficult period'

Sri Lankan Prime Minister (PM) Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday thanked India and Japan for the move to set up a foreign aid consortium.

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.

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.

Sri Lanka: 15, including 6 kids, dead during ISIS' raids

27 Apr 2019

World
Sri Lanka: 15, including 6 kids, dead during ISIS' raids

A raid at an ISIS hideout near Kalmunai in Sri Lanka ended in deaths of 15 people, including six children, the country's police said on Saturday. Three suicide bombers blew themselves up and others were shot dead, police added.

Joining foreign terror outfit not against Sri Lankan law: PM

26 Apr 2019

World
Joining foreign terror outfit not against Sri Lankan law: PM

PM Ranil Wickremesinghe said the government knew that Sri Lankan nationals who joined the Islamic State had returned, but they could not be arrested as joining a foreign terrorist organization is not against the law in the island nation.

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.

#SriLankaAttacks: Suicide bomber queued for breakfast, then set off blast

22 Apr 2019

World
#SriLankaAttacks: Suicide bomber queued for breakfast, then set off blast

Minutes before he ticked off a bomb at Sri Lanka's Cinnamon Grand hotel on Easter Sunday, the suicide bomber stood in a queue for breakfast buffet, reports AFP.

Eighth blast reported in Sri Lanka, toll reaches 160

21 Apr 2019

World
Eighth blast reported in Sri Lanka, toll reaches 160

Hours after near-simultaneous explosions devastated three churches and three high-end hotels in Sri Lanka, two other blasts were reported in the country.

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.

Sri Lanka: Supreme Court stays President's decision to dissolve parliament

13 Nov 2018

World
Sri Lanka: Supreme Court stays President's decision to dissolve parliament

On Tuesday, Sri Lanka's Supreme Court stayed President Maithripala Sirisena's decision to dissolve the country's parliament till another hearing, scheduled for next month.

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.