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Ranil Wickremesinghe

  • Sri Lanka: Anti Corruption Drive Derailed ? Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Anti Corruption Drive Derailed ?

    (Rajapaksa will go scot-free as no charges has been bought against him so far) Local and international press has started to question whether the anti-Corruption drive of the present government is being derailed. Inspector General of Police and Attorney General has come under continued criticism form the web media which has been strongest backers of […]

  • Sri Lanka Rejects International War Crimes Probe Read more >

    Sri Lanka Rejects International War Crimes Probe

    (Sri Lanka’s prime minister on Tuesday (Sep 22) rejected a UN call for international involvement in an investigation into alleged war crimes.-  Photo: AFP/Prakash Singh) COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s prime minister on Tuesday (Sep 22) rejected a UN call for international involvement in an investigation into alleged war crimes. Ranil Wickremesinghe said talks were under way […]

  • Sri Lanka:PM says Parliament will go live on TV Read more >

    Sri Lanka:PM says Parliament will go live on TV

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Parliament proceedings will be broadcast live on television from next year. He said that the relevant authorities are looking into broadcasting Parliament proceedings live and this will somehow be done from next year. The Prime Minister said that the public will then be able to know who is attending Parliament […]

  • Roadmap to Reconciliation: 4 Post-election Challenges for Sri Lanka

    These are critical times for Sri Lanka. This week the country completed its second round of elections this year. A coalition led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe scored a narrow victory. By contrast, presidential elections held in January ended in a surprise victory for Maithripala Sirisena, a veteran government minister who broke ranks with Mahinda […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Tangled Democracy; Primed for Progress in Colombo?

    By Taylor Dibbert. Sri Lanka’s parliamentary election is over, and the results are in. By capturing 45.7 percent of the votes and 106 seats in a vote held on August 17, the United National Party (UNP) has narrowly won. This is something of a defeat for Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was Sri Lanka’s president until he […]

  • Brutus, Marc Antony, And Maithri

    By Upul Kumarapperuma 16 The Roman Empire was plagued by coups, conspiracies and wars nevertheless it was the most formidable Empire in Europe. Julius Caesar became one of the most decorated war heroes after defeating the slave leader Spartacus and his slave army that had caused much humiliation to the Roman Empire, and was later […]

  • Text: No Confidence Motion Against PM Ranil Wickremasinghe Read more >

    Text: No Confidence Motion Against PM Ranil Wickremasinghe

    Whereas the Hon. Ranil Wickremasinghe, Prime Minister performing the functions of the Office of Prime Minister without enquiring the consent of the majority in Parliament in contravention of the Constitution of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, And whereas depriving a large number of persons employed in many large and small scale development projects […]

  • Sri Lanka’s Maithri, Mahinda Talks Signal Bad News for Ranil Read more >

    Sri Lanka’s Maithri, Mahinda Talks Signal Bad News for Ranil

    (EconomyNext) The much awaited talks between President Maithripala Sirisena and his arch rival predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa ended without a deal Wednesday, but the meeting sent triggered deep anxiety within the ruling ranks. The talking partners did not issue formal statements after the hour-long meeting at the parliamentary complex, but official sources said the first encounter […]

  • Sri Lanka PM Resists Last Minutes Moves to Undermine Election Commission Read more >

    Sri Lanka PM Resists Last Minutes Moves to Undermine Election Commission

    COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister who failed to fully de-politcise the public service due to opposition filibustering, managed to save the elections commission from last ditch attempts to further undermine their independence. A Constitutional Council which will oversee several individual commissions was to have a majority of non-political members, but the opposition managed […]

  •  Committee Says Central Bank Bond Issue Flawed : Report Read more >

     Committee Says Central Bank Bond Issue Flawed : Report

    Unofficial reports reaching ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ say that an initial probe report of the committee appointed to look into the controversial Bond issue has stated that the Bond issue procedure was flawed. Initial investigations on this regard concluded last Friday with the report expected to reach Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the next few days, […]

  • Political Settlement With Tamils Key For Stability: PM Read more >

    Political Settlement With Tamils Key For Stability: PM

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said a “political settlement” with the minority Tamil community is a prerequisite for a “stable and secure” country. “If you want a stable and secure country, we must have a political solution (with Tamils) and move forward,” Wickremesinghe said in an address in the Tamil-dominated Jaffna peninsula Saturday. “The war is […]

  • Why is Ranil attacking India?

    The ruling Bharathiya Janatha Party ( BJP) and the Congress Party in India were shocked by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s statement to the Indian media that Sri Lanka would shoot Indian fishermen who poached into Sri Lankan waters. Ranil portrayed himself as a close friend of India in recent times and campaigned in favour of […]

  • India Flays Sri Lanka PM for Justifying Firing on Fishermen Read more >

    India Flays Sri Lanka PM for Justifying Firing on Fishermen

    By Indo Asian News Service – New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) India on Monday criticised Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe for justifying the firing on fishermen from India and sought a “permanent solution” to the dragging row. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told parliament that she was in Colombo when Wickremesinghe made the controversial […]

  • Swaraj Takes Up  Lanka PM’s Threat to Shoot Indian Fishermen Read more >

    Swaraj Takes Up Lanka PM’s Threat to Shoot Indian Fishermen

    (PTI) India today took up with Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe the “humanitarian” issue of fishermen’s rights as controversy raged over his remarks that Indian fishermen may be shot if they intruded into Sri Lankan waters. On a two-day trip ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here next week, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also […]

  • Sri Lanka: Huge Challenge Ahead –  PM Read more >

    Sri Lanka: Huge Challenge Ahead – PM

    Two weeks after an electoral upset that ousted Sri Lanka’s long-reigning strongman, the country’s new leaders are racing to investigate allegations of corruption under the previous regime and are rushing to enact legal and constitutional changes they say are aimed at reestablishing rule of law. “This is going to be a huge, huge challenge,” said […]

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