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Sri Lanka Prez Wickremesinghe rules out early polls, vows to crush anti-govt street protests
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Sri Lanka Prez Wickremesinghe rules out early polls, vows to crush anti-govt street protests

Wickremesinghe has a mandate to serve out the rest of Rajapaksa’s term, which ends in November 2024. However, the opposition parties are demanding early parliamentary polls, claiming that Wickremesinghe’s government lacks electoral credibility. The next presidential election is due in 2024

India, our closest ally; sure of recovery from financial crisis: Sri Lankan PM Gunawardena
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India, our closest ally; sure of recovery from financial crisis: Sri Lankan PM Gunawardena

By a quirk of fate, he is now the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka under President Wickremesinghe whom he fought for decades. Interestingly, both Gunawardena and Wickremesinghe studied together at Colombo’s prestigious Royal College more than 50 years ago

Chinese satellite tracking ship docking: Beijing seeks urgent meeting with Sri Lankan authorities post deferment of plan
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Chinese satellite tracking ship docking: Beijing seeks urgent meeting with Sri Lankan authorities post deferment of plan

The Chinese space and satellite tracking research vessel 'Yuan Wang 5' was scheduled to dock at the Hambantota Port from 11 to 17 Augus

Sri Lanka's Galle Face, epicentre of recent protests, was also the venue for Tamil Satyagraha decades ago
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Sri Lanka's Galle Face, epicentre of recent protests, was also the venue for Tamil Satyagraha decades ago

The Satyagraha happened 60 years ago with the aim to gain importance, which later resulted in Tamils being violently attacked by elements toeing majoritarianism

Sri Lanka's opposition leader Sajith Premadasa says will hold the president accountable
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Sri Lanka's opposition leader Sajith Premadasa says will hold the president accountable

In an interview with AP from his office in Colombo, Sajith Premadasa said that if he wins the election in parliament, he would ensure that 'an elective dictatorship never, ever occurs' in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka economic crisis: Truck driver dies after waiting for five days in queue at fuel station
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Sri Lanka economic crisis: Truck driver dies after waiting for five days in queue at fuel station

The death toll in queues now stands at 10 and all the victims have been men aged between 43 and 84 years. Majority of the deaths reported in queues have been due to cardiac arrests

Senior Indian government officials arrive in Colombo to meet with Sri Lanka's top leadership and assess economic crisis
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Senior Indian government officials arrive in Colombo to meet with Sri Lanka's top leadership and assess economic crisis

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Parliament said that the Indian delegation will arrive in Sri Lanka on Thursday while adding that Delhi had stretched its maximum thus far by providing $4 billion worth of emergency assistance since January

Sri Lanka crisis: Cash-strapped country out of petrol, says PM Ranil Wickremesinghe
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Sri Lanka crisis: Cash-strapped country out of petrol, says PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

Wickremesinghe said the government had also run out of cash to pay the 1.4 million civil servants their salaries in May, and he will turn to money printing as a last resort

India's Gopal Baglay meets new Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, discusses economic crisis in the island nation
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India's Gopal Baglay meets new Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe, discusses economic crisis in the island nation

Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay became the first foreign envoy to call on Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was sworn in as the 26th prime minister of Sri Lanka on 12 May

As Sri Lanka reels under violent protests, a look at key figures in the powerful Rajapaksa clan
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As Sri Lanka reels under violent protests, a look at key figures in the powerful Rajapaksa clan

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, 72, also called 'The Terminator', took office in 2019, wielding executive power over Sri Lanka throughout the COVID pandemic that analysts say helped trigger the current economic crisis

Day after stepping down as Sri Lanka PM, Mahinda Rajapaksa faces calls for arrest for 'inciting violence'
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Day after stepping down as Sri Lanka PM, Mahinda Rajapaksa faces calls for arrest for 'inciting violence'

Mahinda Rajapaksa has been accused by the Opposition of inciting the ruling party mobs to attack peaceful protesters by making a defiant speech while addressing several thousands of his supporters to deflect calls for his resignation

Sri Lanka police imposes curfew in Colombo after 20 injured in clashes between rival political camps
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Sri Lanka police imposes curfew in Colombo after 20 injured in clashes between rival political camps

Rajapaksa loyalists armed with sticks and clubs attacked unarmed protesters who have been camping outside President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's office since 9 April

Sri Lanka crisis: Indian Navy delivers first consignment of critical medicine in Colombo
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Sri Lanka crisis: Indian Navy delivers first consignment of critical medicine in Colombo

India in the last six months has provided assistance on several fronts to it's neighbouring country Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Speaker calls for party leaders' meeting to discuss constitutional reforms: Report
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Sri Lankan Speaker calls for party leaders' meeting to discuss constitutional reforms: Report

The SJB presented the draft 21st constitution amendment bill to the secretary-general of parliament with proposals including the abolition of the current executive presidential system

With no escape from crisis-hit country, desperate Sri Lankans are risking their lives to enter India
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With no escape from crisis-hit country, desperate Sri Lankans are risking their lives to enter India

Most Sri Lankan refugees would have been stranded if not found by the coast guard and taken to the camps. The refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, especially those with Sri Lankan refugees, are now open prisons overcrowded with multiple families jostling for space

'India-Sri Lanka special bond will continue,' says Colombo receiving 11,000 MT rice from Delhi ahead of New Year
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'India-Sri Lanka special bond will continue,' says Colombo receiving 11,000 MT rice from Delhi ahead of New Year

Indian Embassy in Sri Lanka said, 16,000 MT rice have been supplied under India's multi-pronged support to Sri Lanka in the past week alone

Sri Lanka economic crisis: Opposition lawmakers march in the capital, protesting the state of emergency
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Sri Lanka economic crisis: Opposition lawmakers march in the capital, protesting the state of emergency

The emergency declaration by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa gives him wide powers to preserve public order, suppress mutiny, riot or civil disturbances or for the maintenance of essential supplies

India will have to think out of the box to take on China’s ‘war by other means’ in Sri Lanka
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India will have to think out of the box to take on China’s ‘war by other means’ in Sri Lanka

India will have to keep up the momentum in dealing with Sri Lanka as already there are signs of China cleaning up its act.

Body of Sri Lankan lynched by Pakistan mob flown to Colombo; authorities arrest more suspects
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Body of Sri Lankan lynched by Pakistan mob flown to Colombo; authorities arrest more suspects

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday announced Tamgha-i-Shujaat (civil award for bravery) for the victim’s colleague, Malik Adnan, who tried to rescue him from the mob

Plane truth or flight of fancy? Sri Lanka to resume research on 'aviator' Ravana, India invited to join
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Plane truth or flight of fancy? Sri Lanka to resume research on 'aviator' Ravana, India invited to join

There is a renewed interest in Sri Lanka about Ravana and his kingdom. The island nation has also sent a satellite called Ravana to the outer space to honour him