Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Topic: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka MPs pass no-trust motion against controversially-appointed PM Rajapaksa

Last month, President Sirisena sacked PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and suspended the Parliament plunging the island nation into a crisis.
Maithripala Sirisena | Twitter/@MaithripalaS

Sri Lanka Supreme Court stays Sirisena’s order to sack parliament

A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court delivered the ruling after 2 days of deliberations on as many as 13 petitions against Sirisena's decision.
Ranil Wickremesinghe1

Sri Lanka’s ousted PM mounts legal challenge against President’s decision to dissolve Parliament

On Monday, Wickremesinghe’s United National Party and the opposition Tamil National Alliance filed formal petitions in the Supreme Court challenging President Sirisena's decision. 

Sri Lanka President not in favour of snap elections, says close aide

President Sirisena's close aide Piyadasa quashed rumours that Sirisena may opt for a snap poll with a dissolution of parliament to end the political crisis in Sri Lanka.
Former US President Barack Obama addresses the crowd in support of Georgia Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams during a campaign rally on 2 November in Atlanta, Georgia

It’s Trump versus Obama before the US midterm polls, and Brexit is making UK lawyers anxious

UK top lawyers and business leaders ask PM May for another vote on Brexit, and Sri Lanka's President reconvenes Parliament for trust vote.
Image of Mahinda Rajapaksa | Commons

Tamil prisoners in Sri Lanka may be released to tilt scales in favour of Rajapaksa

The move will be aimed at attempting to persuade the Tamil legislators to switch their allegiance to Prime Minister Rajapaksa.
Illustration by Soham Sen

Chinese aggression and expansionism is beginning to boomerang

Its long record of stealing technology from western companies is now resulting in defensive action by some countries.

$2.8 million to switch sides? Bribe allegation rattles Sri Lanka

Colombo has seen frantic political horse-trading ever since Oct. 26, when Sirisena sacked Wickremesinghe and appointed Rajapaksa as his replacement.
Namal Rajapaksa, a politician and son of Mahinda Rajapaksa | Tharaka Basnayaka/Bloomberg

Rajapaksa family is once again preparing to dominate Sri Lanka politics

They are back as unexpectedly as they fell.
Ranil Wickremesinghe

‘We will uphold democracy’: Holed up in Colombo mansion, Ranil Wickremesinghe vows to fight

While Wickremesinghe insists he holds a majority in parliament, former president Rajapaksa enjoys support for ending the country’s brutal 26-year civil war.
amritsar attack

Do Amritsar & Kashmir violence signal internal security crisis like ‘90s under Ajit Doval?

Three people were killed in a grenade attack at a Nirankari prayer hall in Amritsar Sunday. The same day, a terrorist attack at a CRPF camp in Jammu and Kashmir...