Mahinda Rajapaksa to resign from post of Prime Minister

Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to resign from the post of Prime Minister tomorrow.



Special meeting underway between President, UPFA

A special meeting between President Maithripala Sirisena and UPFA parliamentary group headed by Mahinda Rajapaksa was underway at the presidential Secretariat, sources said.



Supreme Court refuses to dismiss court of appeal injunction against MR

The Supreme Court today (December 14) refused to vacate the interim injunction issued by the Court of Appeal which restrained Mahinda Rajapaksa and 48 MPs from acting in their capacities as PM and Members of the Cabinet.



Lasith Malinga appointed as Sri Lanka Cricket Captain for ODI & T20

President Maithripala Sirisena has approved Lasith Malinga as the Sri Lanka Cricket ODI and T20 Captain ahead of the Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand.



Supreme Court rejects motion requesting a 5-judge Bench

The Supreme Court has rejected the motion for a five-judge panel requested by the lawyers of Ranil Wickremesinghe to hear the appeal of Mahinda Rajapaksa on holding the Prime Minister’s Office.



No agreement between TNA & UNP – Sampanthan

Leader of the Tamil National Alliance R Sampanthan has reiterated he has not signed any agreements with United National Party Leader Ranil Wickresminghe.



Mahinda’s appeal against interim order taken up today

The appeal filed against the interim order issued by the Court of Appeal restraining Mahinda Rajapaksa from holding office of Prime Minister and his Cabinet from functioning, is slated for support on December 14 by the Supreme Court.



President should respect the SC’s verdict – Ranil Wickremesinghe

Leader of the United National Party Ranil Wickremesinghe says he trusts that President Maithripala Sirisena will promptly respect the judgment of Court.



Sri Lanka court rules parliament dissolution illegal in setback for president

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve parliament ahead of its term is unconstitutional, the Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, a setback for the embattled leader in his dispute with an ousted prime minister.



SUPREME COURT RULES DISSOLUTION OF PARLIAMENT ILLEGAL

The Supreme Court today ruled that President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament was unconstitutional and illegal.



Reading of the judgment on the petitions against the dissolution of Parliament begins

Reading of the judgment by the 7-judge panel on the petitions against the dissolution of Parliament has commenced short a while ago.



UNP wants full bench over MR’s petition

Lawyers of UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe have filed a Petition in the Supreme Court seeking a fuller Bench to hear Mahinda Rajapaksa’s appeal against the interim order given by the Court of Appeal barring him and the cabinet from functioning.



SC verdict on gazette dissolving Parliament at 4 pm today

The Supreme Court verdict on the 13 Fundamental Rights petitions filed against Gazette 2096/70, issued by President Maithripala Sirisena, dissolving Parliament, will be delivered at 4 pm today.



Residents of Katuwana surround police in protest against a death of an individual – protestors tear gassed

A group of residents surrounded Katuwana police in protest of the death of an individual in Katuwana – Bengamukanda last night.



Sri Lankan rupee ends lower as foreign sell-off continues

The Sri Lankan rupee ended weaker on Wednesday, as foreign investors continued to exit from bonds and stocks as a lingering political crisis weighed on sentiment ahead of a key ruling by the island nation’s Supreme Court.



35-year-old businessman shot dead in Sapugaskanda

A 35-year-old businessman was shot dead by two gunmen arrived on a motorbike at Galwala Junction in Sapugaskanda police area a short while ago, the police said.