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Mahinda Rajapaksa take oath as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, cements family's hold on power
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Mahinda Rajapaksa take oath as Sri Lanka's Prime Minister, cements family's hold on power

The SLPP, led by Mahinda and his brother Gotabaya, registered a landslide victory in the 5 August general election, securing two-thirds majority in Parliament

Mahinda Rajapaksa-led SLPP registers landslide victory in Sri Lanka's parliamentary polls
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Mahinda Rajapaksa-led SLPP registers landslide victory in Sri Lanka's parliamentary polls

Ex-PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s UNP won only one seat while SJB emerged victorious in 55 seats of the 225-member parliament

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appoints ex-PM and brother Mahinda as Prime Minister after Ranil Wickremesinghe resigns
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Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appoints ex-PM and brother Mahinda as Prime Minister after Ranil Wickremesinghe resigns

Mahinda Rajapaksa was appointed the prime minister on 26 October, 2018 by the then president Maithripala Sirisena, who sacked Wickremesinghe in a controversial move that plunged Sri Lanka into an unprecedented constitutional crisis

Sri Lanka presidential election: With reconciliation relegated to background, pre-poll rhetoric takes country back to turbulent past
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Sri Lanka presidential election: With reconciliation relegated to background, pre-poll rhetoric takes country back to turbulent past

The manifestos, debates and election campaigns of political parties in the 16 November presidential election in Sri Lanka, indicate that the turbulent past has never left the country

Easter Sunday bombings: Muslim ministers in Sri Lanka rejoin govt after investigators found no link with local Islamist extremist group
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Easter Sunday bombings: Muslim ministers in Sri Lanka rejoin govt after investigators found no link with local Islamist extremist group

Four Sri Lankan Muslim ministers, who resigned following the Easter Sunday bombings have rejoined government. Investigators found no link in their alleged involvement with a local islamist extremist group. Muslims account for about 10 percent of the population in Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka's former defence secretary, suspended police chief detained over Easter Sunday bombings which claimed more than 250 lives
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Sri Lanka's former defence secretary, suspended police chief detained over Easter Sunday bombings which claimed more than 250 lives

Suspended police chief, former defence secretary of Sri Lanka detained over Easter Sunday bombings. Colombo chief magistrate Lanka Jayaratna ordered the two held until 9 July. The Easter Sunday bombings killed more than 250 people at churches and hotels.

Sri Lanka arrests ex-police chief and former defence secretary for failing to prevent Easter terror attacks, ignoring intel shared by India
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Sri Lanka arrests ex-police chief and former defence secretary for failing to prevent Easter terror attacks, ignoring intel shared by India

Sri Lanka's ex-defence secretary Hemasiri Fernando and suspended police chief Pujith Jayasundera were arrested on Tuesday, a day after the Attorney General instructed the authorities to charge them for their failure to prevent the Easter terror attacks that claimed 258 lives

NIA conducts raids in Tamil Nadu over suspected links between Indian citizens, perpetrators of Sri Lanka attacks
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NIA conducts raids in Tamil Nadu over suspected links between Indian citizens, perpetrators of Sri Lanka attacks

The National Investigating Agency (NIA) Wednesday carried out searches at various places, following reports that some people are in touch with those involved in the Easter day church blasts in Sri Lanka

Colombo's Catholic Church head sceptical about ongoing probe into Easter Sunday bombings, says 'it will end in nothing'
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Colombo's Catholic Church head sceptical about ongoing probe into Easter Sunday bombings, says 'it will end in nothing'

The head of Colombo's Catholic church in Sri Lanka Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith has expressed dissatisfaction over the ongoing probe in the April 21 Easter Sunday bombings.

Sri Lankan presidential polls to be held between 15 November and 7 December; Maithripala Sirisena’s term to end in January 2020
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Sri Lankan presidential polls to be held between 15 November and 7 December; Maithripala Sirisena’s term to end in January 2020

The presidential elections in Sri Lanka would be held between 15 November and 7 December, one month before the end of the current president's term, as per constitutional provisions

Sri Lanka prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Islamic State terror will be thwarted in country
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Sri Lanka prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe says Islamic State terror will be thwarted in country

Sri Lankan prime minister Wickremesinghe said a methodology will be devised to prevent Islamic State terrorism from raise its head again in the country by safeguarding the law and order.

Lok Sabha Election results: Leaders of Sri Lanka congratulate Narendra Modi on his resounding victory for a second term
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Lok Sabha Election results: Leaders of Sri Lanka congratulate Narendra Modi on his resounding victory for a second term

Sri Lanka president Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and main Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Sri Lanka bomb blasts: UN expresses alarm over rise in prejudice against minorities, says govt 'shouldn't tolerate' communal violence
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Sri Lanka bomb blasts: UN expresses alarm over rise in prejudice against minorities, says govt 'shouldn't tolerate' communal violence

Sri Lanka officials added that 'the Government needs to give the example that it will not tolerate the spread of prejudice and hate. This needs to be done at the national and local level, by putting an end to local discriminatory practices'.

Sri Lanka temporarily bans social media, messaging apps after attack on mosques, Muslim shops in wake of Easter Sunday blasts
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Sri Lanka temporarily bans social media, messaging apps after attack on mosques, Muslim shops in wake of Easter Sunday blasts

Sri Lanka has used temporary bans on social media in an attempt to curb misinformation and rumors. “Social media blocked again as a temporary measure to maintain peace in the country,” Nalaka Kaluwewa, the director general of the Department of Government Information, told Reuters on Monday.

Sri Lanka blasts: Maithripala Sirisena admits to 'weakness' in nation's intel, says 'heads of security divisions failed to inform him'
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Sri Lanka blasts: Maithripala Sirisena admits to 'weakness' in nation's intel, says 'heads of security divisions failed to inform him'

Sirisena spoke hours after an interim report was submitted by a committee his office formed to examine why Sri Lankan security forces did not heed Indian intelligence information ahead of the attacks that killed more than 250 people.

Road to Colombo's Carnage
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Road to Colombo's Carnage

Islam, Christianity and Colonialism collided with greed in the Indian Ocean, creating an ideological storm that is far from spent. Islam arrived on the island around 9CE, and local monarchs encouraged the traders to marry into the community. But the arrival of European powers in 1505 gave rise to the anti-Muslim hostility

Joining foreign 'armed uprising' not against law in Sri Lanka, says PM, claims govt knew about nationals who returned from Syria
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Joining foreign 'armed uprising' not against law in Sri Lanka, says PM, claims govt knew about nationals who returned from Syria

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the government had known that Sri Lanka nationals who had joined the Islamic State had returned to the country, but they could not be arrested as joining a foreign terrorist organisation is not against the law.

Sri Lanka detains 18 new suspects amid overnight frantic hunt for people linked to bombers of Easter Sunday blasts
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Sri Lanka detains 18 new suspects amid overnight frantic hunt for people linked to bombers of Easter Sunday blasts

The government announced there would be sackings in the security forces and police leadership following Sunday's attacks on churches and luxury hotels as the death toll in the suicide blasts rose to 359. Authorities were urgently investigating a claim by the Islamic State group that it staged what was one of the worst militant strikes on civilians in Asia.

Sri Lanka blasts: Mahinda Rajapaksa's 'don't trouble war heroes' remark reflects majoritarian rhetoric spouted in defence of veterans
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Sri Lanka blasts: Mahinda Rajapaksa's 'don't trouble war heroes' remark reflects majoritarian rhetoric spouted in defence of veterans

Former President of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa’s statements reflect the majoritarian rhetoric that is often spouted in response to local and international calls for military personnel to be held accountable for human rights violations during the end of the war

Sri Lankan top officials deliberately withheld intelligence information on Easter attacks, minister tells Parliament
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Sri Lankan top officials deliberately withheld intelligence information on Easter attacks, minister tells Parliament

Senior officials deliberately withheld intelligence about possible attacks on Sri Lanka, where a rash of suicide bombings on Easter Sunday killed at least 359 people, the leader of parliament said on Wednesday