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Chinese spy ship at Hambantota: Why is there a strong pro-China, anti-India lobby in Sri Lanka?
India

Chinese spy ship at Hambantota: Why is there a strong pro-China, anti-India lobby in Sri Lanka?

Indians are more peeved at the Sri Lankan reaction than possibly the Chinese action. Why are Sri Lankans so ungrateful to India that provided generous support during the early months of the continuing economic and forex crises

Sri Lanka: Supreme Court extends overseas travel ban on ex-PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, brother till 4 August
World

Sri Lanka: Supreme Court extends overseas travel ban on ex-PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, brother till 4 August

Mahinda & Basil's brother Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the former Sri Lankan President, arrived in Singapore on 14 July on a "private visit" from the Maldives after he fled his country to escape a popular uprising against his government's economic mismanagement

New Sri Lankan prime minister Dinesh Gunawardena’s India connection
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New Sri Lankan prime minister Dinesh Gunawardena’s India connection

A Rajapaksa loyalist, Dinesh Gunawardena is Sri Lanka’s new prime minister. The veteran politician’s parents escaped to India during World War II and joined underground activists who were part of the freedom movement

Sri Lanka top court bars ex-PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, brother from leaving the country
World

Sri Lanka top court bars ex-PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, brother from leaving the country

The duo will not be allowed to leave the country without permission until 28 July. This comes on the day Gotabaya Rajapaksa's resignation as president was formally announced

Explained: Why Gotabaya Rajapaksa went from Maldives to Singapore
World

Explained: Why Gotabaya Rajapaksa went from Maldives to Singapore

Sri Lanka's disgraced former president Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Thursday fled to Singapore for a 'private visit'. It is believed he has strong connections to the city-state, where his family has gone time and again for medical reasons

Sri Lanka crisis: Ex-PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, minister Basil Rajapaksa won't leave country until SC hears plea, say lawyers
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Sri Lanka crisis: Ex-PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, minister Basil Rajapaksa won't leave country until SC hears plea, say lawyers

A five-judge bench of Sri Lankan Supreme Court is scheduled to hear on Friday the petition against the two members of the erstwhile powerful Rajapaksa family

Dubai, India, or the Maldives? Where will Sri Lanka’s Gotabaya Rajapaksa go?
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Dubai, India, or the Maldives? Where will Sri Lanka’s Gotabaya Rajapaksa go?

Sri Lanka’s embattled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was stopped from fleeing the country by immigration officials at the airport in Colombo. He wanted to get on a flight to Dubai. Will he consider taking the sea route or using a military craft to fly to India or the Maldives now?

Explained: What led to the fall of Sri Lanka’s powerful Rajapaksa clan?
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Explained: What led to the fall of Sri Lanka’s powerful Rajapaksa clan?

The Rajapaksa brothers, Mahinda and Gotabaya, were hailed as war heroes when they led the fight against the LTTE. But today, they are considered the big villains responsible for Sri Lanka’s economic collapse

Former Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa questioned by CID over 9 May violence
World

Former Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa questioned by CID over 9 May violence

Police said the CID recorded a nearly three-hour-long statement from the former Prime Minister last evening at his residence in Colombo

Sri Lanka economic crisis: Will not be able to repay debts for six more months, says Central Bank governor
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Sri Lanka economic crisis: Will not be able to repay debts for six more months, says Central Bank governor

Central Bank of Sri Lanka Governor Nandalal Weerasinghe said there will be no debt servicing until the country was able to restructure its $51-billion external debt

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

Sri Lanka's new PM Ranil Wickremesinghe assumes office for sixth time, Opposition refuses to extend support
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Sri Lanka's new PM Ranil Wickremesinghe assumes office for sixth time, Opposition refuses to extend support

Opposition parties in Sri Lanka say that appointment of Ranil Wickremesinghe as the prime minister has been made with 'zero regard' to the voice of people of the country

Explained: The challenges ahead for fifth-time Sri Lanka prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
World

Explained: The challenges ahead for fifth-time Sri Lanka prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Amid protests over the handling of Sri Lanka’s worst-ever economic crisis, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed veteran leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister. But will this placate the angry Opposition and common man?

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

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 lives and caused widespread destruction

Sri Lanka crisis: 'Will appoint PM, Cabinet this week', says President Gotabaya Rajapaksa
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Sri Lanka crisis: 'Will appoint PM, Cabinet this week', says President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Eight people including a ruling party lawmaker and two police officers were killed and 219 were injured in the violence, the defense ministry said. In addition, 104 buildings and 60 vehicles were burned

Sri Lanka economic crisis: Colombo turns into fortress; after violent protests troops, military vehicles deployed in streets
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Sri Lanka economic crisis: Colombo turns into fortress; after violent protests troops, military vehicles deployed in streets

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa urged the public to reject subversive attempts and said it is the time for all Sri Lankans to join hands as one, to overcome the economic, social and political challenges

'Blatantly false': Indian High Commission dismisses reports of Sri Lankan politicians, families fleeing to India
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'Blatantly false': Indian High Commission dismisses reports of Sri Lankan politicians, families fleeing to India

The denial comes amid reports that former Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa and his family took refuge at a naval base, and have been trying to flee abroad

Sri Lanka unrest: Shoot-on-sight orders issued; President Gotabaya Rajapaksa urges calm
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Sri Lanka unrest: Shoot-on-sight orders issued; President Gotabaya Rajapaksa urges calm

The order comes after mobs torched houses belonging to ruling party politicians. At least eight people including two policemen have been killed as violent protests over economic crisis continue despite a curfew

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

Sri Lankan ex-PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, family members flee to Trincomalee Naval Base, holed up by protesters
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Sri Lankan ex-PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, family members flee to Trincomalee Naval Base, holed up by protesters

A protest started in front of the Trincomalee Naval Base after reports Mahinda Rajapaksa and some of his family members are there after leaving Temple Trees, the official residence of prime minister