42 People Indicted in Easter Attack, Say Lanka Police as it Refutes Allegation of 'Conspiracy'

42 People Indicted in Easter Attack, Say Lanka Police as it Refutes Allegation of ‘Conspiracy’

A total of 42 people have been charged in the 2019 Easter bombings cases, the Sri Lankan police have said, dismissing Archbishop of Colombo Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith’s allegations that the attack was a ”conspiracy” by the current ruling party led by the powerful Rajapaksas, then in opposition, to gain power. Nine suicide bombers belonging to […]

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Sri Lanka Seeks Chinese Debt Reschedule for Crashing Economy

Sri Lanka Seeks Chinese Debt Reschedule for Crashing Economy

Cash-strapped Sri Lanka sought to reschedule its huge Chinese debt burden in Sunday talks with visiting foreign minister Wang Yi, the president’s office said. The island’s tourism-dependent economy has been hammered by the pandemic and its depleted foreign exchange reserves have led to food rationing at supermarkets and shortages of essential goods. Key ally China […]

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Chinese Foreign Min Wang Yi to Arrive in Sri Lanka on 2-day Visit Amid Recent Strain Between Nations

Chinese Foreign Min Wang Yi to Arrive in Sri Lanka on 2-day Visit Amid Recent Strain Between Nations

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will arrive in Sri Lanka on Saturday on a two-day visit and is scheduled to meet the country’s top leadership, marking the 65th anniversary of the diplomatic ties between the two countries. Wang, who will arrive here from the Maldives, will meet President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and […]

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Amid Economic Crisis, Sri Lankan President Sacks Critical Minister and Official, Issues 'Gag Order' for Rest

Amid Economic Crisis, Sri Lankan President Sacks Critical Minister and Official, Issues ‘Gag Order’ for Rest

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who is under fire over worsening economic conditions, seems to have directed his anger against his own colleagues in the government. Two weeks after dismissing the agriculture secretary who had warned of an approaching food crisis, he has now sacked a minister for criticising some of his policies. Minister of […]

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Sri Lanka to Procure 750 Mahindra and Mahindra Jeeps, 500 Buses from India

Sri Lanka to Procure 750 Mahindra and Mahindra Jeeps, 500 Buses from India

Sri Lanka has sought urgent help from India as Colombo’s net foreign exchange reserves have plunged to an all-time low of $1.2 billion, barely enough to pay for a month’s imports, writes R. Hariharan. Photo: Shutterstock The decision to purchase the 750 jeeps from Indian auto manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra was taken during a Cabinet […]

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Sri Lanka on the Brink of Bankruptcy With Record High inflation and Mounting Dues

Sri Lanka on the Brink of Bankruptcy With Record High inflation and Mounting Dues

Sri Lanka is sinking into an abyss of deepening financial and humanitarian crisis. With inflation scaling record highs, food prices zooming, and pandemic-induced disruptions driving its coffers dry, the island nation is feared to go bankrupt this year. The country needs to repay an estimated $7.3 billion in domestic and foreign loans in the next […]

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