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Maithripala Sirisena


Explained: The constitutional amendment proposed by Sri Lanka PM Rajapaksa amid protests

April 21, 2022 7:27 am

The enactment of the historic 19th Amendment in April 2015 was rushed by the then Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. It had removed the powers of the President to sack the Prime Minister at his discretion.

Sri Lanka votes today— On eve of polls, the mood among key minority groups: ‘Promises not kept’

November 16, 2019 10:02 am

According to about a dozen Tamil voters who spoke to The Indian Express on the eve of polling, the situation has changed in the last five years of the Sirisena regime.

Maithripala Sirisena forms five-member committee to probe Sri Lankan Easter Sunday bombings

September 22, 2019 1:47 pm

According to an extraordinary gazette notification on Saturday, the committee would comprise two appeal court judges, two retired high court judges and a retired administrator.

Maithripala Sirisena demands repealing of 19th Amendment, blames it for political instability

June 23, 2019 6:09 pm

The 19A was the main election pledge of Sirisena when he challenged former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Opposition's common candidate in 2015.

In a surprise move, Sri Lanka extends emergency over Easter Sunday terror attacks

June 22, 2019 1:26 pm

There was no immediate word from the government on why Sirisena changed his mind and extended the emergency period, but security remains tight in the capital. However, Emergency can only be declared for a month at a time, and parliament must ratify it within 10 days.

'Together with you- come rain or shine': Sri Lankan President offers to hold umbrella for PM Modi

June 09, 2019 8:30 pm

Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar tweeted the photograph of President Sirisena and PM Modi standing under the cover of the umbrella during the ceremony.

Modi in Sri Lanka HIGHLIGHTS: India’s position in world getting stronger, PM tells Indian diaspora

June 09, 2019 6:09 pm

PM Modi in Sri Lanka HIGHLIGHTS: The prime minister is visiting Sri Lanka on the invitation of President Sirisena, who was recently in India to attend the new government's swearing-in ceremony.

Sri Lankan presidential polls to be held between Nov 15 and Dec 7: EC

June 02, 2019 11:51 am

Sirisena speaking to reporters in New Delhi after attending Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony said he had not decided on seeking another term in the election.

India sent terror alert to Lanka but I wasn’t told, says Sirisena

June 01, 2019 7:18 am

Modi held a bilateral meeting with Sirisena during which both leaders noted that terrorism continues to pose a threat to humanity.

No report that terrorists involved in Easter bombings had travelled to India: President Sirisena

June 01, 2019 12:02 am

Sirisena also said a clear report about a possible terror attack was sent by Indian intelligence agencies to their Sri Lankan counterparts 17 days prior to the April 21 bombings but he was not informed about it. "Had I known about a possible attack, I would have taken necessary steps to prevent it," Sirisena said during a media interaction.


PM Modi pays tribute to Easter attack victims in Sri Lanka

June 10, 2019 7:00 am

This is PM Modi’s first visit to Sri Lanka after returning to power, and the deadly terror attacks on Easter Sunday in which 250 people were killed in the Island nation.

PM Narendra Modi in Sri Lanka; signs 4 agreements

March 13, 2015 3:34 pm

Sri Lanka is the final stop of his three-nation tour of Indian Ocean island nations.


Why there is a political storm in Sri Lanka

June 22, 2020 6:12 pm

Over one weekend, there was a sudden change in the leadership in Sri Lanka. Here's what happened and how.