gotabaya rajapaksa: Lankan Parliament defeats no-trust motion against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

A no-confidence motion tabled by the Opposition against Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was defeated in Parliament on Tuesday, in a comfortable win for the embattled President amidst nationwide protests demanding his resignation due to the country’s worst-ever economic crisis. The motion by Opposition Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP M A Sumanthiran to suspend Parliament’s … Read more

Rajapaksa fights on as Sri Lanka faces protests and economic meltdown

Protesters ranging from Catholic nuns to trade unionists gathered at the makeshift site along the seafront promenade in Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, defying a curfew imposed in recent days to press their demands for President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to quit. “We need our main demand to be achieved: the president should resign. There’ll be no agreement … Read more

mahinda rajapaksa: Lawyer moves court for arrest of ex-Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa for attack on protesters

A lawyer has moved a Sri Lankan court seeking direction to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to immediately arrest seven persons, including former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa while alleging conspiracy to commit criminal intimidation and abetting attack on a peaceful protest in front of the Temple Trees and Galle Face earlier this week. According to … Read more

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s military-minded leader, takes his last stand

A younger Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in pressed white shirt and red tie, grins like a Cheshire cat as his elder brother Mahinda embraces him in a rare public display of tenderness. It was 2006 and Gotabaya, Sri Lanka’s defence secretary under his brother’s presidency, had narrowly survived a suicide bombing by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil … Read more

Gotabaya Rajapaksa: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says will consider abolition of executive presidency; mum on resignation

Sri Lanka’s embattled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, under immense pressure from the public and the Opposition to quit over the island nation’s worst economic crisis, said on Thursday that the abolition of the executive presidency, a move that will curb his powers, will be considered by Parliament. Abolishing the presidential system of governance, in existence in … Read more

mahinda rajapaksa: Sri Lanka court bans ex-PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, allies from leaving country

A Sri Lankan court on Thursday banned former prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, his politician son Namal and 15 allies from leaving the country over acts of violence against anti-government demonstrators. The magistrate in the capital Colombo also asked police to investigate Monday’s mob attacks on peaceful protesters, which led to retaliatory violence that claimed nine … Read more

Mahinda Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka’s fleeing ex-PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, family take refuge at naval base

In the wake of the widespread violence in Sri Lanka that left five people dead, former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family on Tuesday took refuge at a naval base in Trincomalee after leaving Colombo under heavy security. Rajapaksa, his wife Shiranthi, and their youngest son Rohitha and his family, left the Prime Minister’s … Read more

Mahinda Rajapaksa Resign: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Monday, hours after his supporters attacked anti-government protesters outside embattled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa‘s office, leaving at least 78 people injured and prompting authorities to impose a nationwide curfew and deploy army troops in the capital. At least two Cabinet ministers have also announced their resignations. Prime Minister … Read more

Gotabaya Rajapaksa: US, Canada, EU pull up Sri Lanka for imposing emergency

Key foreign envoys to Sri Lanka and rights groups have expressed concern over President Gotabaya Rajapaksa‘s decision to declare a state of emergency for the second time in about 5 months, fearing that the security forces might use sweeping powers against peaceful protesters amid the country’s worst economic crisis. However, India was yet to issue … Read more

Top Headlines: Maruti Suzuki Q4 up 58%; Lanka PM Rajapaksa to be replaced

India’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki on Friday posted a 58 per cent rise in fourth-quarter net profit at Rs 1,839 crore. PM Narendra Modi at the ​SemiconIndia Conference said that he aims to make India a hub for semiconductors for the world in the coming years. Read more on these in our … Read more