Thursday, 29 September, 2022
TopicPrime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Topic: Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe

Ranil Wickremesinghe elected new president of crisis-hit Sri Lanka

73-year-old secures 134 of 219 valid votes, defeats ruling party lawmaker Dullas Alahapperuma and leader of Leftist Janatha Vimukti Peramuna party, Anura Kumara Dissanayake.

Former minister Basil Rajapaksa stopped from boarding Dubai flight while fleeing Sri Lanka

Basil reportedly tried to take a flight out of the country amid the ongoing economic crisis but airport officials refused to let him leave following protests by passengers.

Sri Lanka to borrow $55 mn from India to buy urea, year after disastrous organic farming turn

Sri Lankan cabinet Tuesday approved proposal for the loan, which will be extended via EXIM Bank of India. India will also be supplying the country with 65,000 metric tonnes of urea.

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister wants IMF assistance by middle of June this year

The bankrupt nation will slash its budget expenditure to 'bare bones' and hopes to break even or post a primary surplus of 1% of GDP by 2025, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

Sri Lanka’s newly appointed PM to double up as finance minister to lead debt talks

Wickremesinghe has held talks with foreign envoys and discussed ways to replenish food, fertilizer & medicine supplies. Sri Lanka needs $4 billion over next 8 months to pay for essential imports.

On Camera

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(L-R) Niharika NM, Danish Sait, Kusha Kapila and Tanmay Bhat on Koffee with Karan | YouTube screenshot

Koffee With Karan finale saves a boring season. Power has moved from Bollywood to influencers

The Koffee with Karan finale was finally entertainment, entertainment, entertainment, after the most boring season in a boycott-Bollywood world.
A file image of an Indian rupee note | Illustration: Thomas White/Reuters

Modi govt cuts planned borrowing to Rs 14.21 lakh crore for second half of FY23

Centre plans to borrow Rs 5.92 lakh crore in October-March period, compared with Rs 8.29 lakh crore of borrowing in the first half of the fiscal year that will end on September.

Defence

Pinaka is a multiple rocket launcher produced in India and developed by the DRDO for the Army | Twitter/@DRDO_India

As tensions rise with Azerbaijan, Armenia buys Pinaka rockets & ammunition from India

The government-to-government contract, valued at about Rs 2,000 cr, is learnt to have been signed earlier this month. Supplies to be fast-tracked according to Armenia's requirement.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

AAP’s filling a big vacuum in Indian politics. Question is how long it can sustain without ideology

If you find admiration for AAP qualified, if not muted among many of the Modi-BJP’s critics, it is because they question it for its lack of ideological clarity. Especially on secularism.
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