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  • Sri Lanka parliament passes 2022 interim budget amid economic crisis Sep 02, 2022 10:59 PM IST

    Sri Lanka parliament passes 2022 interim budget amid economic crisis

    The interim budget introduced a number of tax reforms pertaining to income tax, value added tax, telecommunication levy and betting and gaming levy.

  • Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay calls on Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe Sep 02, 2022 06:54 PM IST

    Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay calls on Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe

    The High Commissioner also handed over a statue of Maitri Buddha brought from India to President Wickremesinghe.

  • Sri Lanka hopeful of attracting 1 million tourists in 2022; Indians No.1 travellers in first seven months Aug 31, 2022 09:00 PM IST

    Sri Lanka hopeful of attracting 1 million tourists in 2022; Indians No.1 travellers in first seven months

    With more than 74,000 arrivals, India topped the list of tourists in Sri Lanka from January to July 2022

  • Sri Lanka president Ranil Wickremesinghe to present first budget with hopes for IMF loan Aug 30, 2022 06:28 AM IST

    Sri Lanka president Ranil Wickremesinghe to present first budget with hopes for IMF loan

    Officials hope the interim budget for the rest of the year will be followed by a staff-level agreement on extending much-needed IMF help for Sri Lanka to tackle its worst economic turmoil since independence from Britain in 1948.

  • Sri Lanka President Wickremesinghe calls Rajapaksa to facilitate his return: Report Aug 22, 2022 07:44 PM IST

    Sri Lanka President Wickremesinghe calls Rajapaksa to facilitate his return: Report

    Rajapaksa, 73, fled the country and resigned last month in the face of a popular uprising against his government for mismanaging the island nation's economy.

  • Sri Lanka ruling party urges Ranil Wickremesinghe to facilitate return of ex-president Gotabaya Rajapaksa Aug 19, 2022 02:05 PM IST

    Sri Lanka ruling party urges Ranil Wickremesinghe to facilitate return of ex-president Gotabaya Rajapaksa

    The SLPP General Secretary Sagara Kariyawasam told reporters that the request was made at a meeting held with President Wickremesinghe on Thursday, amid reports that Rajapaksa, who fled the country last month following unprecedented anti-government protests, may return to Sri Lanka next week.

  • Crisis-hit Sri Lanka to ask Japan to open talks with main creditors, says Ranil Wickremesinghe Aug 19, 2022 06:52 AM IST

    Crisis-hit Sri Lanka to ask Japan to open talks with main creditors, says Ranil Wickremesinghe

    "Someone needs to call in, invite the main creditor nations. We will ask Japan to do it," President Ranil Wickremesinghe told Reuters in an interview, adding that he would travel to Tokyo next month and hold talks with Japanese premier Fumio Kishida.

  • Chinese embassy seeks urgent meeting with Sri Lankan authorities as Colombo seeks postponement of research ship's visit Aug 07, 2022 04:23 PM IST

    Chinese embassy seeks urgent meeting with Sri Lankan authorities as Colombo seeks postponement of research ship's visit

    The Chinese space and satellite tracking research vessel ’Yuan Wang 5’ was scheduled to dock at the Hambantota Port from August 11 to 17, weeks after Sri Lanka witnessed a major political turmoil following massive mass protests over the country’s worst economic crisis in decades.

  • Sri Lanka to restart IMF bailout talks, president calls for unity government Aug 03, 2022 11:27 AM IST

    Sri Lanka to restart IMF bailout talks, president calls for unity government

    "We are confident of successfully completing discussions," Wickremesinghe said in a speech, in which he also called on lawmakers to come together to form an all-party government.

  • Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe invites political parties to form all-party govt to overcome economic crisis Aug 03, 2022 11:25 AM IST

    Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe invites political parties to form all-party govt to overcome economic crisis

    President Wickremesinghe made the remarks while presenting the government's policy statement during the third session of Parliament in accordance with the powers vested in him by Article 33 of the Constitution.

  • Not the time for Gotabaya Rajapaksa to return, Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe says Aug 01, 2022 06:36 AM IST

    Not the time for Gotabaya Rajapaksa to return, Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe says

    "I don't believe it's the time for him to return," Wickremesinghe said in an interview with the Journal. "I have no indication of him returning soon."

  • Sri Lankan President Wickremesinghe prorogues Parliament with effect from midnight Jul 28, 2022 10:34 PM IST

    Sri Lankan President Wickremesinghe prorogues Parliament with effect from midnight

    The prorogation means all current business before the House are suspended and all proceedings pending at the time are quashed except impeachments.

  • Sri Lanka parliament extends emergency amid continued crisis Jul 27, 2022 08:06 PM IST

    Sri Lanka parliament extends emergency amid continued crisis

    Then acting-president Ranil Wickremesinghe had declared a state of emergency on July 17.

  • Sri Lanka's Parliament to meet for first session under President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday Jul 26, 2022 02:23 PM IST

    Sri Lanka's Parliament to meet for first session under President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday

    Wickremesinghe announced the state of emergency on July 17 after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled Sri Lanka to escape a popular uprising against his government’s economic mismanagement.

  • Here’s what to expect in Sri Lanka with a new president in power Jul 26, 2022 09:14 AM IST

    Here’s what to expect in Sri Lanka with a new president in power

    The veteran politician was sworn in last week after months of protests escalated, forcing former leader Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee to Singapore and resign.

  • Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe congratulates new Indian counterpart Droupadi Murmu, says her leadership offers 'fresh impetus' to bilateral ties Jul 25, 2022 04:08 PM IST

    Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe congratulates new Indian counterpart Droupadi Murmu, says her leadership offers 'fresh impetus' to bilateral ties

    Colombo, Jul 25 Sri Lanka's newly-appointed President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Monday congratulated India's new President Droupadi Murmu, recalling ..

  • Sri Lanka’s Presidential Secretariat set to resume operations after 100 days Jul 24, 2022 12:33 PM IST

    Sri Lanka’s Presidential Secretariat set to resume operations after 100 days

    The site, which had been blocked by protesters for more than 100 days, saw an excessive rampage by protesters on July 9, forcing Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee the country and resign as president.

  • Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe may expand Cabinet to include all parties Jul 23, 2022 02:31 PM IST

    Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe may expand Cabinet to include all parties

    Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday appointed an 18-member Cabinet that included Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena.

  • Sri Lanka Cabinet discusses ways to normalise situation within one week Jul 23, 2022 01:12 PM IST

    Sri Lanka Cabinet discusses ways to normalise situation within one week

    The Cabinet was informed that fuel sufficient for one month had been secured and therefore distribution under a quota system should be expedited.

  • Sri Lankan president urged not to use force on protesters Jul 23, 2022 11:21 AM IST

    Sri Lankan president urged not to use force on protesters

    An international human rights group is urging Sri Lanka's new president to immediately order security forces to cease all unlawful use of force against protesters

  • Veteran politician Dinesh Gunawardena appointed Sri Lanka's PM as 18-member Cabinet swears in Jul 22, 2022 02:54 PM IST

    Veteran politician Dinesh Gunawardena appointed Sri Lanka's PM as 18-member Cabinet swears in

    The Cabinet was sworn in on Wickremesinghe’s first day in office. The Cabinet was sworn in on Wickremesinghe’s first day in office.

  • In pics | A night of crackdown after Lankan president Ranil Wickremesinghe is sworn in Jul 22, 2022 01:44 PM IST

    In pics | A night of crackdown after Lankan president Ranil Wickremesinghe is sworn in

    Protesters flock to the presidential office chanting, “Ranil, go home!”. Wickremesinghe, however, has found support among those willing to give him a chance to fix the mess that Lanka is in

  • Sri Lanka president Ranil Wickremesinghe expected to keep finance portfolio: Source Jul 22, 2022 12:12 PM IST

    Sri Lanka president Ranil Wickremesinghe expected to keep finance portfolio: Source

    Sri Lankan President Ranil Wickremesinghe is expected to keep the finance portfolio and could also appoint a junior minister to help him out with the department's work, a source with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Friday.

  • Dinesh Gunawardena, whose parents fought in India’s freedom struggle, is Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister Jul 22, 2022 11:48 AM IST

    Dinesh Gunawardena, whose parents fought in India’s freedom struggle, is Sri Lanka’s new Prime Minister

    President Ranil Wickremesinghe who is facing fierce public opposition to his elevation as the head of the nation may go for a national government if all political parties agree to join. If that happens, he might appoint a new prime minister later.

  • India must extend a rupee line of credit to Sri Lanka Jul 21, 2022 03:20 PM IST

    India must extend a rupee line of credit to Sri Lanka

    A rupee line of credit would give immediate relief to Sri Lankans and their interim president, while letting India help the island nation without depleting its own dollar reserves 

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