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Sri Lanka’s ruling party wins local council polls


September 9th, 2012 - 7:41 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 9 (IANS) Sri Lanka's ruling party was the overall winner at elections held in three local councils a day earlier, showed official results released Sunday.The United Peoples Freedom ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan Tamil party seeks support to form eastern province government


September 9th, 2012 - 7:38 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 9 (IANS) The main Tamil political party in Sri Lanka Sunday initiated talks with opposition parties to reach a majority to form a government in the eastern ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka told not to harass media


July 4th, 2012 - 4:32 pm ICT by IANS
New York, July 4 (IANS) Sri Lanka should immediately end harassment of media outlets and journalists, Human Rights Watch has said.In the three years since the end of the armed ... Read more...

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Free Fonseka, Sri Lankan opposition says (Lead)


May 2nd, 2012 - 3:33 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 2 (IANS) Sri Lanka's main opposition party has called for the immediate release of the jailed Sarath Fonseka, who led the army when it crushed the Tamil Tigers ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka against disguising global influence


May 2nd, 2012 - 2:44 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 2 (IANS) International "conspiracies" under the guise of human rights will not be allowed to break Sri Lankans' unity, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has said.Addressing a May Day rally ... Read more...

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Police, protesters clash in Sri Lanka


February 17th, 2012 - 8:17 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Feb 17 (IANS) Police in Sri Lanka tear-gassed an anti-government protest and used water cannons to disperse crowds here Friday as dissent continued over the highest-ever fuel price increase, ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka at ‘critical point’ post-LTTE, says politician (Interview)


November 15th, 2011 - 2:02 pm ICT by IANS
Oslo, Nov 15 (IANS) A prominent Sri Lankan politician who played a key role in the peace process says his country stands at "a critical point" when decision makers need ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s ruling party wins local council elections


July 24th, 2011 - 7:18 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 24 (IANS) Sri Lanka's ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) said Sunday that its landslide win in the local council elections over the weekend was the result of ... Read more...

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WikiLeaks: Sri Lanka imported radio equipment for LTTE


January 8th, 2011 - 8:19 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Jan 8, The Sri Lankan government had imported radio equipment for the Tamil Tiger rebels in 2002 as it tried to work out a peace deal in collaboration with the Norwegian ... Read more...

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New Lanka Cabinet to be announced on Monday


November 21st, 2010 - 6:17 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Nov.21 (ANI): Sri Lanka will have a new cabinet under leadership of President Mahinda Rajapaksa from Monday.According to the Colombo Page web site, the new ministers and deputy ministers are to ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka passes laws to legalise gambling, betting


November 10th, 2010 - 9:26 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Nov 10 (DAP) Sri Lanka's parliament Wednesday passed legislation to legalise betting and gambling, saying the move would help to attract tourists following the end of the decades-long civil war on ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka lawmakers give sweeping powers to President Rajapaksa


September 9th, 2010 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Sept. 9 (ANI): Lawmakers in Sri Lanka MPs have approved proposals to let President Mahinda Rajapaksa seek an unlimited number of terms, even as critics said they could lead to the ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan parliament extends presidential term (Lead)


September 8th, 2010 - 9:31 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 8 (DPA) Sri Lanka's parliament approved constitutional amendments increasing presidential powers and extending term limits in a session boycotted by the main opposition Wednesday. The amendments allow President Mahinda Rajapaksa to ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka opposition boycotts parliament


September 8th, 2010 - 3:28 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 8 (DPA) The main opposition in Sri Lanka Wednesday boycotted parliament, which was due to vote on proposed constitutional amendments that would boost powers of the president. The United National Party ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka opposition resists more powers to president


September 7th, 2010 - 5:00 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Sep 7 (DPA) The Sri Lankan opposition Tuesday launched protests in and outside parliament against proposed constitutional amendments that would boost the powers of the president. The amendments were formally proposed ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka opposition protests court martial of former army chief


August 17th, 2010 - 11:01 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, Aug 17 (DPA) Opposition parties staged a protest inside Sri Lanka's parliament against the court martial of former army commander Sarath Fonseka, who defeated separatist Tamil rebels last year. Parliament met for ... Read more...

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Man who set himself on fire in Sri Lanka protest dies


July 27th, 2010 - 11:39 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 27 (DPA) A man who set himself on fire near the headquarters of Sri Lanka's main opposition party died of his injuries Tuesday, a hospital spokesman said. The man, identified as ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka opposition protests constitutional changes


July 6th, 2010 - 3:18 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, July 6 (DPA) Sri Lanka's main opposition party staged a protest Tuesday against proposed constitutional reforms that would enable the president to stand for a third term. United National Party legislators carried ... Read more...

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Sri Lankan main opposition to oppose constitutional reform


June 21st, 2010 - 9:26 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, June 21 (IANS) Sri Lanka's main opposition United National Party (UNP) said Monday it will oppose a proposed move to change the country's constitution. UNP spokesman Gayantha Karunathilake told reporters that the ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s only Tamil chief minister visits India


June 7th, 2010 - 12:03 pm ICT by IANS
By M.R. Narayan Swamy New Delhi, June 7 (IANS) Formerly a Tamil Tiger child soldier, Sri Lanka's only Tamil chief minister is visiting India to learn a little more about how to run ... Read more...

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India planning additional aid to Sri Lanka


May 11th, 2010 - 11:47 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 11 (IANS) External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna Tuesday met former Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickramasinghe and conveyed to him India's intention to provide additional aid for the ... Read more...

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Srilanka’s leader of opposition meets Krishna


May 11th, 2010 - 6:59 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, May 11 (ANI): Srilanka's leader of opposition Ranil Wickramasinghe met External Affairs Minister S M Krishna in New Delhi on Tuesday.The two leaders discussed several bilateral issues, including the issue ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief barred from parliament


May 5th, 2010 - 8:17 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, May 5 (DPA) The former army commander who was elected to parliament while in military custody on charges of conspiracy went on hunger strike after he was barred from attending sessions, ... Read more...

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Lanka celebrates first May Day after end of civil war


May 2nd, 2010 - 1:59 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, May 2 (ANI): Political parties in Sri Lanka celebrated their first May Day after ending the three-decade war against Tamil Tiger rebels on Saturday.According to a Focus news agency report, the ... Read more...

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Fonseka says he is victim of ‘unlawful detention’ (Second Lead)


April 22nd, 2010 - 10:29 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 22 (DPA) Sri Lanka's former army commander General Sarath Fonseka, who was elected to parliament on an opposition ticket, said Thursday he was a victim of unlawful detention and called ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief says his detention ‘unlawful’ (Lead)


April 22nd, 2010 - 6:20 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 22 (DPA) Sri Lanka's former army commander General Sarath Fonseka who was elected to parliament on an opposition ticket said Thursday he was a victim of unlawful detention and called ... Read more...

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President Rajapaksa’s brother elected new speaker of parliament


April 22nd, 2010 - 4:34 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 22 (DPA) One of President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brothers was selected as the new speaker of Sri Lanka's parliament Thursday, a day after official results confirmed a solid victory for the ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s ruling party wins parliamentary elections (Lead)


April 21st, 2010 - 10:43 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 21 (DPA) Sri Lanka's ruling alliance secured a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections, according to official final results announced Wednesday after a re-vote in two districts. The United People's Freedom ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s ruling party wins big in parliamentary polls


April 21st, 2010 - 10:28 am ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 21 (DPA) Sri Lanka's ruling alliance secured a landslide victory in the parliamentary elections, according to official final results announced Wednesday after a re-vote in two districts. The United People's Freedom ... Read more...

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Re-vote in two Sri Lanka parliamentary districts opens


April 20th, 2010 - 12:13 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 20 (DPA) Voting began Tuesday in two districts of Sri Lanka where polls were cancelled due to irregularities during parliamentary elections held on April 8, officials said. The re-vote is being ... Read more...

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Parliamentary re-vote scheduled in two Sri Lankan districts


April 19th, 2010 - 3:47 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 19 (DPA) Sri Lanka is to rehold parliamentary elections Tuesday in two districts where irregularities marred polling on April 8 during the nationwide voting, officials said Monday. The failure to complete ... Read more...

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Basil Rajapaksa may be next Sri Lankan Prime Minister


April 15th, 2010 - 5:23 pm ICT by ANI
Colombo, Apr 15(ANI): With the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) registering a landslide victory in the April 8 Sri Lankan parliamentary elections, Basil Rajapaksa, President Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother, has emerged as ... Read more...

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Sri Lanka’s president thanks voters for mandate


April 10th, 2010 - 1:16 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 10 (DPA) Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapaksa, who also heads the ruling United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) which recorded a resounding victory in parliamentary elections, Saturday thanked voters for the ... Read more...

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Ruling party wins parliamentary elections in Sri Lanka (Roundup)


April 9th, 2010 - 9:35 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 9 (DPA) Sri Lanka's ruling party, led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, won the first parliamentary elections held since last year's end of the country's 26-year civil war, election officials said ... Read more...

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Ruling party wins parliamentary polls in Sri Lanka (Second Lead)


April 9th, 2010 - 8:22 pm ICT by IANS
Colombo, April 9 (DPA) The ruling party in Sri Lanka, led by President Mahinda Rajapaksa, won the first parliamentary elections held since last year's defeat of Tamil separatist rebels and the end ... Read more...

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