Ranil Wickremesinghe

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Sri Lanka: PM Modi pays tributes to Easter attack victims

09 Jun 2019

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

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

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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".

Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga arrested over shooting charges

29 Oct 2018

Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga arrested over shooting charges

Former captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team Arjuna Ranatunga was arrested for his involvement in a shooting incident, which left one person dead.

#ConstitutionalCrisis: Wickremesinghe recognized as PM by Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker

28 Oct 2018

#ConstitutionalCrisis: Wickremesinghe recognized as PM by Sri Lankan Parliament Speaker

Sri Lankan Parliament's Speaker Karu Jayasuriya Sunday recognized Ranil Wickremesinghe as the country's Prime Minister in a major relief to the embattled UNP leader, who was sacked as the premier by President Maithripala Sirisena.

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

27 Oct 2018

#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

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.

Swaraj meets Sri Lankan PM, reviews progress of development projects

20 Oct 2018

Swaraj meets Sri Lankan PM, reviews progress of development projects

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday called on visiting Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and reviewed the progress of India-assisted development projects in the island nation.

Leaders from around the world condole Atal ji's demise

17 Aug 2018

Leaders from around the world condole Atal ji's demise

Leaders from a number of countries, including the US and Russia, have expressed grief over the death of former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and recalled his contributions in strengthening bilateral relations and maintaining regional peace.

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

29 Apr 2018

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.

Now, Sri Lankan Prime Minister wants to watch 'Padmaavat'

13 Jan 2018

Now, Sri Lankan Prime Minister wants to watch 'Padmaavat'

One can say that Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat' that has constantly been marred by controversies has finally seen the day of light. It is slated to be released on January 25.

India expects Sri Lanka, Maldives to respect its security concerns

15 Dec 2017

India expects Sri Lanka, Maldives to respect its security concerns

Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar has said India expects its Indian Ocean neighbors, Sri Lanka and Maldives, to be considerate about its security concerns.

Bengaluru: Woman throws off her 7-year-old daughter twice from terrace

28 Aug 2017

Bengaluru: Woman throws off her 7-year-old daughter twice from terrace

In a very disturbing incident, a seven-year-old girl, Aishika Sarkar, was allegedly killed by her mother Swathi who threw her off to the ground twice from their four-story residential complex's terrace at Jaraganahalli in Bengaluru's JP Nagar.

Chinese submarine, snubbed by Colombo, moving to Karachi?

13 May 2017

Chinese submarine, snubbed by Colombo, moving to Karachi?

Since December'13, China has been regularly sending vessels to the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) quoting anti-piracy measures.

No agreements will be signed during Modi's Lanka visit: Sirisena

30 Apr 2017

No agreements will be signed during Modi's Lanka visit: Sirisena

Amidst speculation relating to signing of major Indo-Sri Lanka deals during PM Modi's visit to Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena clarified that no agreements would be signed.