Sri Lanka defaults on debt for the first time in its history

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka defaulted for the first time in its history as the government struggled to stop an economic collapse that sparked mass protests and a political crisis. Policymakers had warned creditors that the country would be unable to make payments until the debt is restructured, and is therefore in pre-emptive default, central bank governor … Read more

Grace Tame’s Election Theory About the Arrival of the Sri Lankan Asylum Seeker Boat

Grace Tame has expressed concern over claims that the last-minute arrival of a Sri Lankan boat may have been timed as an “election stunt”. There are unverified claims that the arrival of a Sri Lankan boat carrying asylum seekers in Australia may have been orchestrated as an “election stunt”. Journalist Karen Middleton told ABC News … Read more

Sri Lanka says fuel crisis will ease

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s central bank has secured foreign exchange to pay for fuel and cooking gas supplies that will reduce crippling shortages, the governor said on Thursday, but police fired tear gas and water cannon to push back student protesters. Most of Sri Lanka’s gas stations have dried up as the island grapples with its … Read more

Lanka’s ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa appears in parliament for the first time since his resignation as prime minister

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa appeared in parliament on Wednesday for the first time since he was forced to resign as prime minister and take shelter in a high-security naval camp amid violent protests against the economic crisis largely blamed on the Rajapaksa . Mahinda Rajapaksa, 76, who was the country’s three-time prime … Read more

Sri Lanka parliament blocks action to convict president

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s parliament voted on Tuesday against accelerating an opposition move to convict President Gotabaya Rajapaksa as the prime minister warned the country was in a precarious economic situation and until the last day of gas supplies. Lawmakers voted 119 to 68 against speeding up the largely token vote by parliament, which flared up … Read more

Cricket News 2022: Angelo Mathews fails to make it to the double century Test, Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Angelo Mathews has fallen painfully short in a double test century, claiming an unwanted piece of history. Sri Lankan cricketer Angelo Mathews has fallen painfully short in scoring a double test century in Chattogram, sacked for 199 against Bangladesh on Monday. On day two of the series opener at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, … Read more

Sri Lanka parliament reconvenes as prime minister warns of critical shortages | political news

Parliament is meeting for the first time since last week’s violence in which Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned as prime minister. Sri Lanka’s parliament has reconvened for the first time since violence flared up last week and the prime minister resigned, a day after the new prime minister warned the country is in a precarious economic condition … Read more

Xinhua Asia-Pacific News Feed at 1600 GMT, May 15

JAKARTA — One person was killed and five others injured when an oil refinery owned by Indonesian state oil and gas company PT Pertamina caught fire on Sunday in the town of Balikpapan in East Kalimantan province, a rescue worker said. The accident took place at 11:00 am local time and the victims were workers … Read more

Sri Lanka: Crisis-stricken Sri Lanka lifts curfew for Buddhist festival

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan authorities lifted a nationwide curfew for a major Buddhist festival on Sunday, with celebrations muted as the island weathers a worsening economic crisis. A nationwide stay-at-home order is in effect for most of the week after mob violence left nine dead and more than 225 injured, fueled by attacks on peaceful protesters … Read more