16 Aug 2022

Chinese research ship Yuan Wang 5 docks at Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port

Despite security concerns by India about the vessel’s presence, a Chinese research ship docked at a southern Sri Lankan port. The port workers at Hambantota gave the Tuan Wang 5 an enthusiastic welcome. The ship’s arrival has created tensions between New Delhi and Beijing.  New Delhi and Beijing have both 

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10 Aug 2022

Sri Lanka’s ousted president seeking entry to Thailand after weeks in Singapore

Gotabaya Rajapaksa, former Sri Lankan president, has requested to enter Thailand for a temporary stay. This marks the second Southeast Asian country Rajapaksa has attempted to enter after he fled his nation last month due to mass protests. The Thai foreign ministry reported the request on Wednesday. Rajapaksa entered Singapore

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22 Jul 2022

Forces raid anti-government protest camp in Sri Lanka

The main anti-government protest camp in Sri Lanka’s capital was raided by security forces on Friday. In the raid, protestors were arrested and tents were dismantled.  Hundreds of police and troops raided the camp house before the protestors were due to move to a different area. Nine people were arrested,

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20 Jul 2022

Sri Lankan Parliament elects Ranil Wickremesinghe as President, but some protesters vow to fight on

Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been elected as President of Sri Lanka by the Sri Lankan parliament on Wednesday. This move is likely to anger the protestors who have been fighting fo rhis removal from office for weeks.  Wickremesinghe is a six-time prime minister and was a strong ally

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15 Jul 2022

Sri Lanka central bank warns against use of cryptocurrency amid economic crisis

Sri Lanka has warned its citizens against using cryptocurrency, which it said is “largely unregulated” amid an ongoing political chaos in the South Asian nation. The country’s central bank, CBSL, said Tuesday it does not consider cryptocurrencies as legal tender in the country and reminded the country that it has not

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15 Jul 2022

Sri Lanka swears in Ranil Wickremesinghe as acting leader after mass protests

Sri Lanka’s prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been sworn in as acting president. He is replacing Gotabaya Rajapaksa who has fled to Singapore after mass protests and unrest led to his resignation.  Sri Lanka is experiencing shortages of fuel, food and basic necessities and is in economic chaos. Parliament will

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11 Jul 2022

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa confirms resignation, PM’s office says

The Sri Lankan prime minister’s office has confirmed that Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa will resign. Protests over Sri Lanka’s financial crisis have worsened, with tens of thousands of protestors storming the residences of both Sri Lankan President and prime minister. The parliament Speaker has said Rajapaksa will resign on

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28 Jun 2022

Non-essential petrol sales halted for two weeks in Sri Lanka

Fuel for nonessential vehicles has been suspended in Sri Lanka as the country faces its worst economic crisis in decades. Only buses, trains and vehicles for hospital services will be allowed to use fuel for the next two weeks. Urban schools have shut and the country’s 22 million residents have

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17 Jun 2022

Sri Lanka only has enough fuel for about five more days, minister says

Sri Lanka’s fuel stocks only will last for five more days according to its power and energy minister on Thursday. The island nation is waiting for an official confirmation from the Indian government for a $500 million credit line for fuel. The country is in the midst of its worst

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17 May 2022

Sri Lanka down to last day of petrol, Prime Minister tells crisis-hit nation

Ranil Wickremisighe was appointed as Sri Lanka’s new prime minister on Thursday and announced on Monday the country was on its last day of petrol. The country’s power minister warned citizens to not join the long lines for fuel that have increased during the weeks of anti-government protests. In an

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