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  • No statement made on Kashmir, no offer to mediate between Pakistan, India: Sri Lanka president

    The office of Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has distanced the head of state from remarks regarding occupied Kashmir as well as offering to mediate between Pakistan and India — as mentioned in a press release issued by the Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka...

    On Wednesday, a press release was issued after a meeting between Pakistan High Commissioner retired Major General Dr Shahid Ahmad Hashmat and President Sirisena,...

  • Sri Lanka's president sacks parliament

    COLOMBO: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena Friday ordered the immediate dismissal of parliament, clearing the way for a snap election 10 months ahead of schedule...

    President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the legislature “with effect from midnight today” in an official proclamation and said he would summon the new parliament to sit on September 1...

  • Sri Lanka’s war widows pin hopes on new president

    JAFFNA: Shunned, destitute and pushed into prostitution in some cases, Sri Lanka’s Tamil widows have returned to northern Jaffna since the end of the separatist war only to discover they are not welcome even in their homeland...

    Now, six years after the war ended, the women who fled the fighting on the peninsula in their thousands are pinning their hopes on the nation’s new president for a better future for their families...

  • Sri Lanka president pardons rebel accused of planning to kill him

    COLOMBO: On the first anniversary of his election, Sri Lanka's president on Friday pardoned a former Tamil Tiger insurgent accused of conspiring to kill him 10 years ago...

    Since taking office, President Maithripala Sirisena has taken steps to advance post-civil war reconciliation, including providing relief to Tamil rebel suspects and pledging to investigate allegations that government troops and Tamil rebels committed war crimes... ...

  • Sri Lanka claims unearthing plot to kill president

    COLOMBO: Security for Sri Lankan President Maith­ripala Sirisena has been stepped up following the discovery of an alleged plot to assassinate him, two of his advisers said on Thursday...

    An Indian national, nam­ed by Indian and Sri Lankan media as M Thomas from the southern state of Kerala, was arrested on suspicion of involvement in the plot on Sept 22...

  • Constitutional crisis looms in Sri Lanka after president sacks PM

    Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena sacked the country's prime minister and his cabinet and replaced him with a former strongman, creating what some observers said could be a constitutional crisis in the South Asian island nation...

    Constitutional lawyers, political activists and pundits debated on social media and Sri Lankan TV into early Saturday whether Wickremesinghe's ouster was legitimate...

  • Sri Lanka crisis: president’s party makes u-turn on parliament suspension

    COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan president’s party on Thursday reignited a constitutional crisis over which of two rival prime ministers heads the government by insisting that parliament will remain suspended...

    A spokesman for President Maithripala Sirisena’s party announced the new u-turn just hours after Sirisena told diplomats in Colombo that parliament would be allowed to meet on Monday...

  • Sri Lanka president vows to block Easter attacks probe

    Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena has told his cabinet that he will not cooperate with a parliamentary investigation into security lapses leading to the Easter suicide bombings, official sources said on Saturday...

    ”Sirisena's office did not comment on the outcome of the heated cabinet meeting, but said the president had told senior police officers on Friday that he will not allow any serving officer to testify before the...

  • Sri Lanka policeman defies president to testify at attack probe

    A Sri Lankan police officer on Tuesday defied President Maithripala Sirisena and testified before a parliamentary investigation into the Easter Sunday suicide bombings that killed 258 people...

    The president, who has said the hearings could reveal classified information, is accused by critics of presiding over a security and intelligence apparatus which ignored warnings that could have prevented the attack on three churches and luxury...

  • Symbolic swearing-in for Sri Lanka's new president

    Sri Lanka's new president and scourge of the Tamil Tigers Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday urged minorities unnerved by his election victory to work with him, as he was sworn in at a ceremony steeped in symbolism for his core supporters...

    However, I urge them to join me to build one Sri Lanka,” he said...

  • Ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa sworn in Sri Lanka’s new PM

    Sri Lanka’s newly elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was sworn in as prime minister on Thursday by his brother and the former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, capping a victorious return to power for the brothers...

    Ranil Wickremesinghe stepped down as prime minister earlier on Thursday to clear the way for the president to form his government...

  • Sri Lanka appoints new PM to replace president’s brother

    COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s embattled president swore in a new prime minister on Thursday to replace his brother, who was banned from leaving the country after his supporters launched violent attacks on a protest against the nation’s economic crisis...

    The 73-year-old will be tasked with navigating Sri Lanka through the worst downturn in its history as an independent nation, with months of shortages and blackouts inflaming public anger... ...

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