Sri Lanka’s PM faces tight confidence vote as key ally plans to defect

By Shihar Aneez COLOMBO, Apr 3 : Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe faces a no- confidence motion on Wednesday that could go down to the wire and lead to political instability in the island nation, even if the government manages to scrape a win. Wickremesinghe leads a national unity government in alliance with President […]

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 […]