Maithripala Sirisena

Sri Lanka will urge UN to remove war crime charges against its troops: Maithripala Sirisena

By PTI<p>COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will seek "concessions" from the UN, including a special request to the drop war crime charges against its troops during the …

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan president's anger over airline cashew nuts

<b>Sri Lanka's national airline has found itself in trouble with the country's president - over a few nuts.</b><p>President Maithripala Sirisena has complained that, during a recent trip with Sri Lankan Airlines, he was treated to some cashews which were not fit for human consumption.<p>In fact, the irate …

Asia

Sri Lanka's fuel retailers raise gasoline, diesel prices

COLOMBO, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Sri Lankan fuel retailers raised gasoline and diesel prices for a third time in four months on Tuesday due to a rise in global oil prices and the depreciation of the local rupee, a finance ministry official said.<p>The finance ministry in its fuel price review meeting held …

Sri Lanka

PM Modi Holds 'Productive Talks' with Thai Counterpart

The two leaders met in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, on the sidelines of the 4th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and …

India News

PM Modi holds talks with Thai counterpart, reviews bilateral ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held “productive talks” with his Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha during which the two leaders reviewed the …

India

PM Narendra Modi holds #39;productive talks#39; with Thai counterpart Prayuth Chan-ocha

The two leaders met in the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, on the sidelines of the 4th Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and …

India News

South Asian, Southeast Asian leaders discuss closer ties

By Associated Press<p>KATHMANDU, Nepal — Leaders of seven South Asian and Southeast Asian nations are meeting in Nepal to discuss regional trade, economic cooperation, security and peace.<p>The two-day summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation began …

Asia

Modi in Kathmandu, will meet BIMSTEC leaders

Kathmandu, Aug 30 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who arrived here in Nepal on Thursday to participate in Fourth Bimstec Summit will be …

India

Sri Lanka court begins probing Rajapakse-era graft

COLOMBO (AFP) -<p>Former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse's chief of staff was indicted Friday for embezzling millions of dollars from a state insurance firm.<p>A new court set up to investigate major corruption began its work by hearing the case against Rajapakse's top aide Gamini Senarath and …

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka to seek execution of five death row convicts in Pakistan

<b>COLOMBO:</b> Sri Lanka will soon resume executions after a 42-year moratorium but will send home five Pakistanis sentenced to death for drug smuggling …

Death Row

Sri lanka to hold talks with Pakistan over drug convicts

Colombo, Aug 23 (IANS) Sri lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said on Thursday that he will initiate talks with Pakistan's new Prime Minister …

Sri Lanka

Sri lankan President congratulates Imran Khan

Colombo, Aug 18 (IANS) Sri lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday congratulated Imran Khan, who was sworn in as Pakistan's new Prime …

Imran Khan

Vajpayee played vital role in ensuring Sri Lanka’s stability: Lankan leaders

Sri Lanka is sending Minister of Highways and Higher Education Lakshman Kiriella to represent the country at Vajpayee's funeral in New Delhi.<p>By: | …

Sri Lanka

Vajpayee played vital role in ensuring Sri Lanka’s stability: Lankan leaders

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have condoled the death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said the forme

Sri Lanka

Atal Bihari Vajpayee played vital role in ensuring Sri Lanka's stability: Lankan leaders

By PTI<p>COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister have condoled the death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and said the former …

Sri Lanka

Shock treatment as Sri Lanka battles wild elephants

Sri Lanka Wednesday announced plans to substantially extend electric fencing after marauding elephants killed 375 people in the past five years and …

Sri Lanka

UN Drugs and Crime Office says no to death penalty

<b>By Shanika Sriyananda</b><p>The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) would not endorse the decision of the Government to hang the drug …

Death Penalty

Sri Lanka leader vows to end moratorium on death penalty

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president said the government will still end its 42-year moratorium on capital punishment despite requests by …

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka President to end moratorium on death penalty

Last week, Sirisena said convicted drug traffickers will be hanged as a part of the government's crackdown on narcotics. Sri Lanka has maintained the …

Sri Lanka

China Offers $295 Million Grant to Sri Lanka in Push to Dominate India's Neighbourhood

President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka, a partner in Beijing's multi-country Belt and Road infrastructure push, made the announcement on …

Sri Lanka

Construction on China-Sri Lanka friendship hospital begins in Sri Lanka - Xinhua

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (2nd R), Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne (1st R) and Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan (2nd …

Sri Lanka

EU, embassies write to Sri Lankan leader on executions

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union and other diplomatic missions have sought verification from the Sri Lankan government on its stand to …

Sri Lanka

PM says Sri Lanka trade deal on cards

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is optimistic about signing a free trade agreement with Sri Lanka after the two countries level up their economic …

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka might execute drug traffickers caught dealing from prison

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said on Wednesday he might sign off on the execution of convicted drug traffickers still dealing from jail, as his country battles what officials say is a growing tide of drugs.<p>Drug trafficking carries the death penalty in Sri Lanka but …

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka government approves capital punishment for drug offences

The Sri Lankan Cabinet has unanimously approved a move to bring back capital punishment for drug-related crimes, a senior minister has said.<p>Gamini …

India News

Sri Lankan Govt Approves Capital Punishment For Drug Offences

The Sri Lankan Cabinet has unanimously approved a move to bring back capital punishment for drug-related crimes, paving way for the resumption of …

Asia

Lanka govt approves capital punishment for drug offence

The Sri Lankan Cabinet has unanimously approved a motion to bring back capital punishment for drug-related crimes, a senior minister has said.<p>Gamini …

Death Row

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena welcomes US$295 million ‘gift’ from Beijing despite controversy about reported election funding

Chinese President Xi Jinping has offered Sri Lanka a fresh grant of 2 billion yuan (US$295 million), as Beijing tries to expand its influence in the …

Asia

CJCSC to pay a 4-day visit to Sri Lanka

ISLAMABAD, Jun 26 (APP): Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC), General Zubair Mahmood Hayat will visit Sri Lanka on the invitation of Sri …

Sri Lanka

Maithripala Sirisena vows to stop Lanka from returning to dictatorship

Mahinda Rajapaksa, who has been the president twice cannot constitutionally contest again for the presidency. His brothers, Chamal, Basil and …

Sri Lanka