Thursday, 11 August, 2022
TopicGotabaya Rajapaksa

Topic: Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Quiet roads, ‘tired’ people — Sri Lanka’s protests are dying, but activists call it a ‘lull’

Amid fuel and food shortages and fears of army raids, only a few ‘permanent protesters’ are holding fort at Colombo’s Galle Face. Since 13 July, there’s been no major protest.

‘Go, Ranil, go’: Protesters voice ‘disappointment’ as Wickremesinghe elected Sri Lanka’s President

Sri Lankan Parliament elects ex-PM Ranil Wickremesinghe to serve out rest of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's term. He wins 134 out of 225 MPs' votes, with nearest rival at 82.

‘We’re not going anywhere’: At ‘Gota Go’, protesters refuse to budge until Wickremesinghe quits 

Two days after Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s resignation, the fervour of the protest hasn’t dwindled. Protesters say Wickermesinghe took control in a 'conspiratorial way'

Indian envoy meets Sri Lankan Speaker, lauds Parliament’s role in upholding democracy there

High Commissioner Gopal Baglay's meeting with Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena comes days before Sri Lanka elects a new President on 20 July, amidst the ongoing economic & political turmoil there.

India urges ‘early solution’ to Lanka crisis, stresses ‘democratic means’ as Gotabaya resigns

MEA says India assisting and responding to current crisis in Sri Lanka with 'urgency' in order to help Lankans overcome 'hardships arising from the economic situation in the country'. 

‘Run Sri Lanka like Hitler’, Gotabaya Rajapaksa was once told. Now he’s on the run himself

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a man who never wanted to join politics, fled Sri Lanka in the face of massive protests against misgovernance during his tenure.

Lanka ‘acting President’ Wickremesinghe declares emergency, orders military to quell protests

Sri Lanka's Speaker announces PM Ranil Wickremesinghe's name as 'acting President', later says Parliament will elect new President on 20 July. Wickremesinghe declares state of emergency.

Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees country. Here are 3 others who ran away amid turmoil

ThePrint looks at the stories of Ashraf Ghani, Viktor Yanukovych, and the infamous Idi Amin who escaped as people rose against them.

China silent on crisis in Sri Lanka, aims to ‘de-hyphenate’ from Rajapaksas, say experts

With political, economic clout in Sri Lanka, China helping the crisis-hit nation was expected. But lack of financial returns & public outrage for Rajapaksas ensured their absence.

Lanka’s Gotabaya ‘flees’ to Male, likely to head to Dubai or Singapore later

India has denied any involvement in Gotabaya Rajapaksa leaving the county. The Sri Lankan President is expected to resign Wednesday.

On Camera

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File photo of Sterlite copper unit at Tuticorin in Tamil Nadu | By special arrangement

Shut since 2018 violence, TN Sterlite plant’s closure cost economy Rs 14,749 cr, says study

Copper plant in Thoothukudi was closed after protests turned violent & police firing left 13 people dead. Job losses one of major impacts, says study by NGO CUTS International.

Defence

Representational image | Indian Army soldiers during the Army Day Parade at Cariappa Parade Ground in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Army looks to reduce troops by 2 lakh, deployment in Kashmir could be rejigged

The Army, which faces a shortage of about 1.35 lakh personnel, is aiming to reduce its strength from 12.8 lakh to around 10.8 lakh.

In Kashmir 3 years on, 3 positive changes, 3 things that should’ve happened & 3 that got worse

Kashmir as a crisis has fallen off our headlines and from the top of our collective minds. Which is precisely the most important change for the better.
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