Tuesday, 29 November, 2022
TopicMahinda Rajapaksa

Topic: Mahinda Rajapaksa

‘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.

‘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.

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.

Sri Lanka turns to 5-time PM Ranil Wickremesinghe to steady island, secure IMF bailout

Wickremesinghe, now his party's lone MP in Parliament, was sworn in once more as PM Thursday. Move seen as attempt to end protests, restore country's international credibility.

Sri Lanka needs greater engagement with India for economic revival, says Indian ex-envoy Kantha

Chinese projects put Colombo in 'debt-trap' & Beijing's advice on current crisis hasn't been helpful, says Ashok K. Kantha, a former Indian high commissioner to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Opposition calls clashes ‘state terrorism’, blames Rajapaksa brothers

Leader of Opposition Sajith Premadasa said Monday’s attack on peaceful protesters by government loyalists was inhumane, preplanned.

Rajapaksas brought own ruin. India knows it must support Sri Lankans now, not just the govt

India’s agile diplomacy in Sri Lanka has certainly surprised not just naysayers within the island, but also key countries in the region.

As Colombo burns, India hopes for interim govt, supports democracy, stability, economic recovery

The island nation, which is facing severe economic problems, saw massive violence Monday, as pro-and-anti-government protestors clashed, following PM Mahinda Rajapaksa's resignation.

Spirituality or ‘occult’? Mahinda’s visit to sacred city before resigning as PM raises questions

Mahinda Rajapaksa's visit to Anuradhapura caught the public eye in Sri Lanka, but this is hardly the first time his religious and spiritual beliefs have become a talking point.

Sri Lankan PM Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns amid protests, ruling MP killed in clashes

Nationwide curfew imposed Monday after violence clashes broke out between loyalists and anti-government protesters.

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GDP data this week will indicate FY23 outlook. But analysis shows growth still below pre-Covid yrs

Analysis of industrial & consumer data not included in usual ‘high-frequency indicators’ shows although demand seems to have recovered from pandemic, it remains weak.

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Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.