Outrage as Sri Lanka president pardons killer of Swedish teen
Sri Lanka's president has pardoned a death-row prisoner who murdered a Swedish teenager just a week before he leaves office, officials said Sunday, in a move that sparked national outrage.
Sri Lanka negotiating military deal with the US: PM
Sri Lanka is negotiating a fresh military cooperation deal with the United States, it's Prime Minister announced in parliament Wednesday, even as the country's president vowed to veto any agreement.
Sri Lanka president signs four death warrants to end moratorium
Sri Lanka's president said Wednesday he has signed death warrants for four condemned drug offenders to become the first people to be executed on the island in decades "very soon".
Sri Lanka MPs defy president to resume Easter attack probe
Sri Lanka's parliament Tuesday defied President Maithripala Sirisena and resumed an investigation into security lapses surrounding the Easter suicide bombings that killed 258 people, officials said.
Police chief blames president for failing to prevent Sri Lanka attacks
Sri Lanka's suspended police chief has petitioned the Supreme Court, accusing President Maithripala Sirisena of failing to prevent the Easter bombings that killed 258 people. In a 20-page complaint, Inspector-General Pujith Jayasundara disclosed serious communication gaps between intelligence agencies and security arms of the government, all which fall under Sirisena. In the petition submitted to…
Security yields to banditry as government remains aloof
The security of lives and property and the welfare of the people are two fundamental businesses of governments the world over.
Sri Lanka bans face covering after attacks
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday announced a ban on face covering, a week after Islamist militants carried out coordinated suicide bombings that killed 253 people. Sirisena said he was using emergency powers to ban any form of face covering in public. The restriction will take effect from Monday, his office said in a…
Sri Lanka president usurped powers of MPs
Sri Lanka's parliamentary Speaker Sunday accused President Maithripala Sirisena of "usurping" the rights of legislators and asked public servants not to carry out his "illegal orders". Karu Jayasuriya in a hard-hitting statement said Sirisena's actions since October 26 to sack Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and dissolve parliament undermined the freedoms of the people. "I have…
Sri Lanka restricts car imports as currency crashes
Sri Lanka announced a raft of restrictions Saturday in a bid to slow down imports of cars and luxury goods as the country faces a foreign exchange shortage. The finance ministry banned the import of vehicles for all state institutions for one year and said public servants will not be allowed to import cars at…