Sri Lanka lifts ban on Facebook imposed after spasm of communal violence

By Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO, Mar 15 : Sri Lankan officials said on Thursday they had lifted a ban on Facebook after discussions with the social network, a week after blocking access on the grounds it was being used to fuel communal violence. At least two people were killed in clashes last week […]

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 […]