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Wickremesinghe under fire for arrest of student activists in Sri Lanka

The three arrested activists are: Wasantha Mudalige of the Inter University Students Federation (IUSF), Galwewa Siridhamma Thero of the Bhikku (Monks) Federation, and Hashantha Jawantha Gunathilake of the Kelaniya University Students’ Union.

“Sri Lanka needs a strong public distribution system, wealth tax and universal welfare measures”

In the second part of an interview with Peoples Dispatch, Ahilan Kadirgamar analyzes the economic crisis faced by Sri Lanka and talks about the steps that need to be taken urgently

How has Sri Lanka’s political landscape transformed over the past months?

Ahilan Kadirgamar, senior lecturer at the University of Jaffna, analyzes the recent political developments in Sri Lanka after the fall of the powerful Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mapping Faultlines: Political and economic crises land Sri Lanka in perfect storm

NewsClick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the crisis in Sri Lanka and the political and economic factors that caused it

Ranil Wickremesinghe Sri Lanka PM Five-time Sri Lankan PM takes over for a sixth term amid political crisis

Wickremesinghe, who is the leader of the United National Party (UNP), has already served four terms as prime minister earlier. He was appointed by incumbent President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on May 12 after days of hectic political drama and deadly clashes that hit the streets with the President’s brother and former PM stepping down earlier this week

Sri Lanka’s crisis reaches tipping point

Sri Lanka has been dealing with an economic crisis for months, characterized by a foreign exchange shortage which has led to a scarcity of essentials such as food, fuel and medicines.

Sri Lankan prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigns amid massive outrage

The PM resigned shortly after his supporters attacked anti-government protesters in Colombo, leading to over 150 injuries. Later in the day, violence broke out in many parts of the country

Gotabaya Rajapaksa Sri Lanka Who is Gotabaya Rajapaksa: The man who brought all of Sri Lanka to the streets

A profile of the soldier-turned-politician Gotabaya Rajapaksa, whose current regime has been under fire as the country’s economic crisis begins to take the shape of a humanitarian crisis

Sri Lankan students boycott graduation to protest appointment of monk as chancellor

A section of the students and faculty members boycotted the graduation ceremony at the University of Colombo to protest the appointment of a monk as university chancellor by the Rajapaksa government

COVID-19 in Sri Lanka Public gatherings banned in Sri Lanka amid COVID-19 resurgence

Health experts have warned that if the present trend continues, the number of new COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka could increase to 6,000 per day by mid-September

Tea workers Sri Lanka Sri Lankan tea estate workers agitate for better pay

Tea estate workers have demanded an increase in their daily wages to a minimum of LKR 1,000 (USD 5.42). They have also complained about plantation owners imposing productivity demands and wage cuts

SRI LANKA-ELECTIONS It’s advantage Rajapaksa brothers as counting begins in Sri Lanka parliamentary polls

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s older brother, 74-year-old Mahinda Rajapaksa is predicted to lead his party, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), to victory in the elections. The results will be announced late on Thursday