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Explained: Why Sri Lanka pushed India out of Colombo terminal project, what's being offered as compensation

February 04, 2021 11:04 am

After the Sri Lankan decision reneging on the 2019 agreement, the country's cabinet has now approved a proposal to develop the west terminal of the Colombo port as a Public Private Partnership with Japan and India.

Sri Lanka to receive COVID-19 vaccines from India next week: President Rajapaksa

January 23, 2021 5:13 pm

"We do not have to wait longer than the 27th of this month to receive a quantity of free vaccines from India," President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said, addressing the presidential mobile service at Walallawita south of here this morning.

Explained: In Mike Pompeo's Indo-Pacific tour, a message to China and takeaways for India

November 03, 2020 2:18 pm

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo swung through three Indian Ocean countries after the 2+2 US-India talks in New Delhi earlier this week, bringing the China-US spat to India's doorstep.

Explained: Why a planned biopic of Muttiah Muralitharan has upset some Tamils in India

October 29, 2020 8:44 am

Given Sri Lanka’s ethnic tensions and the LTTE civil war, the legendary cricketer has long had to face questions about his ‘loyalty’ to his Tamil community. This is the story of the man in his context.

Sri Lanka debates expanded powers for President Rajapaksa

October 20, 2020 9:29 pm

The Sri Lankan Parliament is deciding whether to pass a constitutional amendment that reinstates presidential powers critics say will allow the executive to centralize control of government.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa vows to abolish 19th Amendment

August 20, 2020 8:41 pm

The 19A was the main election plank of the previous government. The 19A depoliticised the government administration by ensuring the independence of key pillars such as the judiciary, public service and elections.

Rajapaksa family dominates Sri Lanka's new Cabinet

August 12, 2020 5:51 pm

President Gotabaya administered the oath of office to the 28-member Cabinet which is two less than the 30 allowed by the Constitution and also appointed 40 state ministers.

Explained: Why Rajapaksa clan is likely to win the Sri Lanka parliamentary polls

August 06, 2020 10:03 am

The election brings an end to constitutional uncertainties since President Gotabaya dissolved the parliament after his poll victory last year so as to let Mahinda become Prime Minister despite the SLPP not commanding a majority.   

Sri Lanka’s parliamentary elections will hold lessons for India's Election Commission ahead of Bihar polls

August 03, 2020 9:18 am

So far, South Korea has been the template. Sri Lanka may provide some more insights.

Modi talks Covid with Mauritius PM, Lankan President

May 24, 2020 8:14 am

“Had an excellent talk with President @GotabayaR. Sri Lanka is fighting COVID-19 effectively under his leadership. India will continue to support our close maritime neighbour in dealing with the pandemic and its economic impact,” the Prime Minister tweeted.


Sri Lanka celebrates Gotabaya Rajapaksa's presidential election win

November 18, 2019 10:59 am

Gotabaya’s win marks the return to the helm of the powerful Rajapaksa family — known for its pro-China tilt — amid turmoil in the country following the Easter Sunday terror attacks that killed 269 people.

Seven months after Easter Sunday bombings, Sri Lanka elects a new president

November 17, 2019 8:45 am

Sri Lanka Presidential Elections 2019: The elections come seven months after the deadly Easter Sunday bombings left more than 250 people dead in the country.