MAHINDA RAJAPAKSA

  • Sri Lanka: Minister slams police for tardy progress in graft cases 9 hours 47 minutes ago

    Colombo: The new Sri Lankan government on Thursday asked the police department to submit a report within 10 days on the action taken to unravel the large-scale corruption allegations linked to the previous Mahinda Rajapaksa regime. Slamming the department, Minister of Public Order John Amaratunga asked the police to expedite investigation...
  • Sri Lanka's former President Rajapaksa vows political return February 18, 2015

    Colombo: Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday vowed to return to politics following his stunning defeat in last month's presidential election and said he may contest for prime minister later this year. Rajapaksa told a rally of tens of thousands of supporters urging him to return that he is...
  • India seals nuclear energy pact with Sri Lanka, hopes to push back Chinese influence in island country February 16, 2015

    New Delhi: India sealed a nuclear energy agreement with Sri Lanka on Monday, its first breakthrough with the new government of the tiny island where China has been building ports and highways in a diplomatic push in recent years. Under the deal, India will help Sri Lanka build its nuclear energy...
  • Sri Lankan President Sirisena to hold talks with PM Modi on enhancing bilateral ties February 16, 2015

    New Delhi: In his maiden foreign trip after assuming office, Sri Lanka's new President Maithripala Sirisena arrived on Sunday on a four-day visit seeking a new beginning in bilateral ties that took a hit during the rule of his predecessor. 63-year-old Sirisena, who had dethroned Mahinda Rajapaksa from his 10-year rule...
  • Sri Lanka President Sirisena leaves for India to make 'new beginning' February 15, 2015

    Colombo: Seeking a 'new beginning' in bilateral ties, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday left for a four-day state visit to India, his maiden foreign trip after he assumed charge last month. During the visit, the 63-year-old leader is expected to meet his Indian counterpart Pranab Mukherjee besides holding talks...
  • Sri Lanka to probe hidden foreign assets after Rajapaksa defeat January 22, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's new government is to investigate "black money" transferred overseas by powerful figures in the administration of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, a cabinet spokesman said on Thursday. The move came a day after the government of President Maithripala Sirisena, who defeated Rajapaksa in an election on January 8, said...
  • As Obama visits, signs that India is pushing back against China January 22, 2015

    New Delhi: When Sri Lanka unexpectedly turfed out President Mahinda Rajapaksa in an election this month, it was the biggest setback in decades for China's expansion into South Asia and a remarkable diplomatic victory for India. Despite New Delhi's protestations, diplomats and politicians in the region say India played a role...
  • Police raids former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa's country home in Sri Lanka January 20, 2015

    Colombo: Embattled former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa's country home in the southern province has been raided by police who were looking for a luxury sports car but the search drew a blank. "They raided our house in Tangalle yesterday looking for a Lamborghini car," said Namal Rajapaksa, the former president's...
  • Indian spy's role alleged in Sri Lankan president's election defeat: Report January 18, 2015

    New Delhi/Colombo: Sri Lanka expelled the Colombo station chief of India's spy agency in the run-up to this month's presidential election, political and intelligence sources said, accusing him of helping the opposition oust President Mahinda Rajapaksa. An Indian foreign ministry spokesman denied any expulsion and said that transfers were routine decisions....
  • Sri Lanka police seeks Attorney General's advice in coup probe January 17, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lankan police has sought the Attorney General's advice as part of its probe into the alleged coup attempt by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and his close aides following his shocking defeat in the presidential polls. The preliminary investigation of the alleged coup was started on complaint of foreign...
  • Rajapaksa steps down, hands over party leadership to Sirisena January 16, 2015

    Colombo: Days after his shocking electoral defeat, embattled former president Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday handed over Sri Lanka Freedom Party's reins to the country's new leader Maithripala Sirisena, saying he does not want to see his party divided. "I dislike seeing my party divided," 69-year-old Rajapaksa who ruled the Island nation...
  • Former president of Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa to step down as party boss January 15, 2015

    Colombo: Beleaguered former president Mahinda Rajapaksa has agreed to hand over Sri Lanka Freedom Party's reins to the country's new leader Maithripala Sirisena, bowing to the demand of party members after his shock election defeat. Sirisena was the general secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) but was expelled...
  • Sri Lanka's tainted Chief Justice advised Rajapaksa to stage coup to stay in power January 12, 2015

    Colombo: In almost all democracies, the Chief Justice of that country tries to save the Constitution and democracy, when it is challenged or threatened by the rulers of that nation. But, in Sri Lanka, the Chief Justice of Sri Lanka was advising the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa to cling to...
  • Sri Lanka government to prosecute LTTE leader wanted in the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi January 11, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's new government will prosecute a top LTTE leader who is wanted in the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. The present government which took office only two days ago has claimed that the decision was taken even before they came to power. Kumaran Pathmanathan, who is better...
  • Sri Lankan poll results: A new chapter in Indo-Sri Lanka relations? January 9, 2015

    Sri Lankan voters on Friday ousted President Mahinda Rajapaksa from power, ending a 10-year rule that was marked by allegations of family rule, corruption and authoritarianism and chose his one-time minister Maithripala Sirisena in his place. ...
  • Maithripala Sirisena trounces Mahinda Rajapaksa, sworn in as Sri Lankan President January 9, 2015

    Colombo: In a stunning verdict, Sri Lankan voters on Friday ousted President Mahinda Rajapaksa from power, ending a 10-year rule that was marked by allegations of family rule, corruption and authoritarianism and chose his one-time minister Maithripala Sirisena in his place. Hours after the results were declared, 63-year-old Sirisena, who...
  • New President in Sri Lanka: Tamil Nadu leaders want to 'wait and watch' January 9, 2015

    Chennai: Events in Sri Lanka have often had a political and emotional echo in Tamil Nadu. And with the island-nation now voting out Mahinda Rajapaksa, CNN-IBN's Anna Isaac finds out what Sri Lanka's new President Maithripala Sirisena means for Lankan Tamils and for politics in Tamil Nadu. ...
  • Salman Khan fails to get votes for Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka January 9, 2015

    Colombo: Bad news for Bollywood superstar Salman Khan. This time from neighbouring Sri Lanka. Salman Khan had campaigned for the President Mahinda Rajapaksa in the final phase of the Presidential election campaign. Yet Rajapaksa lost by a big margin. He was roped in by Rajapaksa to woo Bollywood fans in Sri...
  • Maithripala Sirisena to be sworn-in as Sri Lanka's new President on today January 9, 2015

    Colombo: Maithripala Sirisena, the Sri Lankan President-elect, will be sworn-in on Friday evening following his stunning victory in the tightest-ever presidential race that ended the 10-year-rule of Mahinda Rajapaksa. Opposition leader Ranil Wickremesinghe said the swearing in ceremony will be held at 6 PM in the Independence Monument in Colombo. "The new...
  • Who is Maithripala Sirisena, the giant slayer of Sri Lanka January 9, 2015

    Colombo: The newly elected President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena is being hailed as a giant slayer. He has achieved something impossible. He ended the rule of Mahinda Rajapaksa in a hotly contested, never seen before Presidential election in the history of island nation. Sirisena, a staunch Buddhist hails from...
  • Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat in Sri Lankan presidential polls January 9, 2015

    Even as counting in the presidential polls is underway, President Mahinda Rajapaksa has conceded defeat. He has left the official residence in Colombo after counting of around 3 million votes as Rajapaksa's opponent Maithripala Sirisena led with 52 per cent votes. ...
  • Sri Lanka votes for change, Mahinda Rajapaksa concedes defeat in presidential elections January 9, 2015

    Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday conceded defeat in Sri Lanka's tightest-ever presidential race and left his official residence, with cumulative results showing opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena ahead. "President Rajapaksa left Temple Trees bowing to the people's mandate in the presidential election", a statement from Rajapaksa's office said. With final result yet...
  • Sri Lanka voting ends with high turn out; incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa faces tough test January 8, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lankans on Thursday voted in large numbers in the bitterly contested presidential election in which incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa is seeking a record third term against his friend-turned-foe Maithripala Sirisena, with an unusually high voter turnout in Tamil and Muslim areas. Election officials estimated more than 65-70 per cent voting...
  • Sri Lanka votes in closest President election, Tamils have little choice January 8, 2015

    Chennai: Sri Lanka goes to polls on Thursday in what is widely believed to be the closest presidential race in decades. While President Mahinda Rajapaksa seeks an unprecedented third term. He faces off against his former colleague turned common opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena. More than five years after the war ended,...
  • Rajapaksa faces toughest challenge as Lanka goes to polls on Thursday January 7, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lanka will go to the polls on Thursday to elect a new President in the most closely fought presidential race in the country for decades as incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa seeks a record third term amid a flurry of defections and criticism over his authoritarian rule. 69-year-old Rajapaksa's decision...
  • Sri Lanka Presidential election on Thursday - poll surveys predict never seen before dead heat January 6, 2015

    Courtesy: The Sunday Leader, Sri Lanka Colombo: Sri Lanka is two days away from it seventh presidential election and it is clear that it would be the closest and tightest presidential contest in the country's electoral history. Both candidates, namely President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Common Candidate Maithripala Sirisena have expressed...
  • Tamil groups protest outside Salman Khan's Mumbai house over Mahinda Rajapaksa support January 4, 2015

    Mumbai: Tamil parties protested outside Bollywood star Salman Khan's residence in Mumbai on Sunday criticising the actor for campaigning for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Groups of protestors gathered outside the actor's residence and shouted slogans against the Bollywood star. With the police intervening, 10-15 people have been taken into...
  • MDMK chief Vaiko hits out at Salman Khan, calls him a betrayer December 29, 2014

    Chennai: Hitting out at Bollywood actor Salman Khan for allegedly campaigning for Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, MDMK chief Vaiko today dubbed him as a 'betrayer.' "He is also a betrayer," Vaiko told reporters when asked about this. Earlier, reports had suggested that the Indian superstar, along with actor Jacqueline Fernandez, had...
  • Salman Khan, Jacqueline Fernandez to campaign for Mahinda Rajapaksa's re-election in Sri Lanka December 29, 2014

    Colombo: Bollywood star Salman Khan is in Sri Lanka to prop up the incumbent Mahinda Rajapaksa's re-election bid, the first Indian actor to be roped in for a poll campaign in the country. Khan, along with Sri Lankan-born Jacqueline Fernandez and five other Bollywood performers are set to appear on stage...
  • PMK calls for shock treatment to Lankan government for arresting 43 Tamil fishermen December 10, 2014

    Chennai: Despite strong protests from India, the Sri Lankan Navy continues to arrest Tamil fishermen from India who stray into international waters or Sri Lankan waters. In yet another incident, 43 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Karaikal in Pondicherry were arrested by the Sri Lankan navy on Tuesday. The ruling...