Sri Lanka opens China-funded ‘White Elephant’ Tower to tourists

A 350-meter tall China-funded tower will be the main attraction for Sri Lanka to lure tourists to the bankrupt country. Shaped like a gigantic long-stemmed lotus, the structure is the tallest in the South Asian nation. It opened to the public on Thursday, selling tickets to an observation deck with 360-degree views of the city … Read more

Sri Lanka Top Court Extends Travel Ban On Ex-PM Mahinda Rajapaksa, Brother Basil Rajpaska

The Court had earlier issued an interim order that prevented Mahinda Rajapaks from leaving the country. Columbus: Sri Lankan Supreme Court on Wednesday extended the travel ban imposed on the country’s former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and Basil Rajapaksa until September 5. The Sri Lankan Supreme Court had earlier issued an interim order that prevented … Read more

Rajapaksa ‘Loyalist’ Gunawardena Sworn In as Sri Lankan PM While Military Raid Protestors’ Camp

https://sputniknews.com/20220722/rajapaksa-loyalist-gunawardena-sworn-in-as-sri-lankan-pm-while-military-raid-protestors-camp-1097681007.html Rajapaksa ‘Loyalist’ Gunawardena Sworn In as Sri Lankan PM While Military Raid Protestors’ Camp Rajapaksa ‘Loyalist’ Gunawardena Sworn In as Sri Lankan PM While Military Raid Protestors’ Camp Ranil Wickremesinghe, the six-time prime minister, was sworn-in as president on Thursday having received the backing of Mahinda Rajapaksa’s SLLP. The president… 22.07.2022, Sputnik International 2022-07-22Q08:18+0000 … Read more

CIA chief: Chaos-hit Sri Lanka made ‘dumb bets’ on China

WASHINGTON: CIA chief Bill Burns on Wednesday blamed “dumb bets” on high-debt Chinese investment as a factor in Sri Lanka’s economic collapse, saying it should serve as a warning to other nations. “The Chinese have a lot of weight to throw around and they can make a very appealing case for their investments,” Burns said … Read more

Ranil Wickremesinghe sworn in as Sri Lanka’s new president

COLOMBO: Veteran politician Ranil Wickremesinghe was on Thursday sworn in as Sri Lanka’s eighth president and will face the tough task of leading the country out of its economic crisis and restoring order after months of mass protests. Wickremesinghe, 73, was sworn in as the 8th Executive President of Sri Lanka at the Parliament complex … Read more

Who is Ranil Wickremesinghe, the new president of Sri Lanka?

NEW DELHI: Ranil Wickremesinghe, who has been the face of the government’s handling of the economic crisis, is the new Sri Lankan president. He had been the acting president after Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country and had the backing of the SLPP, the largest bloc in the 225-member parliamentin the election. The 73-year old won … Read more

Rajapaksa dynasty draws to humiliating close in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: The Rajapaksa dynasty dominated Sri Lankan politics until April when street protests against fuel and food shortages began to slip out of control. president Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country for Maldives early on Wednesday, leaving no one from the once-illustrious family in a position of power. The president vowed last month to stay on … Read more

How a band of activists helped bring down Sri Lanka’s government

COLOMBO: In June, a few dozen activists started meeting regularly at a seaside tented camp in Colombo for hours-long sessions to think up ways to revive Sri Lanka’s flagging protest movement. The group, which included a Catholic priest, a digital strategist and a popular playwright, succeeded beyond their wildest hopes. Within weeks, hundreds of thousands … Read more

Sri Lankan Parliament to elect new president next week: Speaker

COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan Parliament will elect the new president to succeed Gotabaya Rajapaksa on July 20, Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena announced on Monday. The decision was taken during a crucial all-party leaders meeting held earlier in the day. President Rajapaksa is yet to formally resign, however, he informed the Speaker on Saturday that he … Read more

Unprecedented developments in Sri Lanka were inevitable: Strategic affairs experts

NEW DELHI: The unprecedented developments witnessed in Sri Lanka were inevitable in the face of people’s raging fury against the Rajapaksa family over its handling of the economic crisis, strategic experts in India said on Sunday. At the same time, they said the economic situation is unlikely to improve dramatically just because President Gotabaya Rajapaksa … Read more