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Sri Lanka's president officially resigns

Sri Lanka's president officially resigns

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has stepped down, and his official resignation letter has been received, Sri Lankan parliament Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena told reporters in Colombo on Friday. "Gotabaya Rajapaksa has …

Sri Lankan president becomes victim of COVID

Sri Lankan president becomes victim of COVID

Mass protests are ongoing in Sri Lanka since the early morning of July 9. The president is rumoured to be on the run. The government holds an emergency meeting without the head of state. According to NewsFirst, two ships of the Sri …

Sri Lanka shaken by coup attempt

Sri Lanka shaken by coup attempt

Mass protests have been taking place since early morning in the capital of Sri Lanka. People are dissatisfied with rising prices for food, electricity and fuel. Due to the pandemic, the government introduced an austerity regime, and the flow of …

Protesters break into Presidential office in Sri Lanka

Protesters break into Presidential office in Sri Lanka

Protestors demanding the resignation of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa broke into his residence in Colombo. The presidential guard failed to stop the crowd, although the police used tear gas and fired into the air. Today, …

Sri Lankan President petitions Putin for oil supplies - report

Sri Lankan President petitions Putin for oil supplies - report

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sent an appeal to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin asking for cooperation on oil supplies, the Lanka-based Daily Mirror newspaper reported on Thursday, citing a source close to Rajapaksa's …

Sri Lanka detains Russia's Aeroflot plane

Sri Lanka detains Russia's Aeroflot plane

A Russian-operated aeroplane was seized in Sri Lanka Thursday shortly before it was due to return to Moscow with nearly 200 people on board, airport bosses said. The Aeroflot Airbus A330 - which had arrived from Moscow earlier in the …

Sri Lanka seeks another $1bn from India

Sri Lanka seeks another $1bn from India

Sri Lanka has sought an additional credit line of $1bn from India to import essentials amid its worst economic crisis in decades, Reuters has reported, citing two sources. According to …

SriLankan Airlines suspends flights to Russia

SriLankan Airlines suspends flights to Russia

Sri Lanka’s state-run national carrier SriLankan Airlines has suspended its flights to Moscow, Russia, with effect from March 28 citing “operational restrictions that are outside of the airline’s control”. …

Sri Lanka to settle oil import dues to Iran by bartering tea

Sri Lanka to settle oil import dues to Iran by bartering tea

Sri Lanka plans to settle $251 million in oil import dues owed to Iran by bartering tea, a Sri Lankan minister said on Wednesday, amid dwindling foreign reserves. Plantations Minister Ramesh Pathirana told Reuters he aimed to start …

Sputnik vaccine approved for emergency use in Sri Lanka

Sputnik vaccine approved for emergency use in Sri Lanka

Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine has been approved for emergency use in Sri Lanka, State Minister Channa Jayasumana said. He said that the permission has been given by the expert committee of the National Medicines Regulatory …