Sri Lanka’s ex-leader seeks fresh elections after council vote boost

By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO, Feb 12 : Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on Monday for parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections to be held after a party backed by him won local council polls in the strongest rebuff yet to the unity government. The national election is not due […]

Sri Lankans to vote in local elections in key test for ruling coalition

By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO, Feb 9 : More than 15 million Sri Lankans are set to vote on Saturday in long-delayed local elections after a bitter fight between the two main ruling coalition partners that threatens the unity government’s future reforms. They are the first island-wide polls since the coalition government took office in August […]

Sri Lanka fuel shortage to end on Nov. 9 – oil minister

By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO, Nov 6 : Sri Lanka’s fuel shortage will end on Nov. 9, Petroleum Minister Arjuna Ranatunga said on Monday, as state-run oil retailer Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC) and Lanka IOC traded blame charges over the shortage. Thousands of Sri Lankan motorists formed long queues for fuel for a fourth straight day […]

UN says Sri Lanka’s delay in post-war reconciliation involves risks

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO, Oct 23 : Long delays in Sri Lanka’s post-war reconciliation is not without cost, and its government should implement measures to resolve outstanding issues, the United Nations said on Monday. President Maithripala Sirisena’s government in 2015 agreed with the U.N. to investigate alleged war crimes in the final phase of a […]

Sri Lanka in talks with two Chinese firms for $3 bln refinery

By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO, Sept 22 : Sri Lanka is in talks with two Chinese companies about investing up to $3 billion to build in a new refinery at its Chinese-controlled port, a top government official said on Friday. Sri Lanka wants to build a new refinery in its southern Hambantota port, where China Merchants […]

Sri Lanka emerging as transit hub for cocaine smugglers – officials

By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO, Aug 31 : International cocaine smugglers are increasingly turning to Sri Lankan as a transit hub in Asia, authorities say, after they made a series of seizures of the drug, some smuggled in containers of sugar from Brazil. Sri Lankan customs have seized six shipments of high-purity South […]