Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Asia Pacific Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Asia Pacific | The Newest Weapon in Sri Lankan Politics: Chile Powder in the Eyes Supported by ByDharisha Bastians and Jeffrey Gettleman Nov. 16, 2018 COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Lawmakers hurled chairs, thick books and stinging chile powder at one another as violence and chaos erupted again on the floor of Sri Lanka’s Parliament on Friday. At least four lawmakers and several police officers were injured. The proceedings were carried live on TV and beamed across the island nation. The trouble began when lawmakers allied to Mahinda Rajapaksa, a former president who, in a contentious move, was appointed prime minister last month, arrived in the chamber early and occupied the speaker’s chair. The lawmakers broke microphones and staged mock sessions. They also blocked the mace, a gold-tipped ebony … [Read more...] about The Newest Weapon in Sri Lankan Politics: Chile Powder in the Eyes
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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday withdrew the security of deposed prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who still claims to be the constitutionally-appointed premier despite being replaced by controversial strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa. The move came hours after Sirisena suspended Parliament till November 16 after Wickremesinghe sought an emergency session to prove his majority. The President withdrew Wickremesinghe's personal security and vehicles in order to accord them to his 72-year-old successor Rajapaksa, who staged a dramatic political comeback on Friday. Sirisena would address the nation on Sunday while the new Cabinet will be announced on Monday, government sources said. The Rajapaksa camp was busy making transition preparations despite the constitutional question mark on the legality of Wickremesinghe's sacking.The ousted premier said that he still commands the majority in the 225-member assembly. Rajapaksa and Sirisena combine has only 95 seats and is short … [Read more...] about Ousted Sri Lankan PM’s security withdrawn by President Sirisena
Not long after the infamous Sandpapergate scandal that sent shockwaves around the cricketing world, Sri Lanka got involved in a similar crisis, with captain Dinesh Chandimal accused of tampering the ball during the recent Test series against West Indies in the Caribbean. Chandimal came under the scanner during the second West Indies-Sri Lanka Test at St Lucia between 14 and 19 June, with umpires Ian Gould and Aleem Dar as well as match referee Javagal Srinath pulling up the Sri Lankan captain after observing his on-field behaviour. While a plenty of controversy ensured thereafter, with the visitors delaying the start of play on the third day by a few hours. Umpire Aleem Dar checks the ball on Day 3 of the second Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka. AFP The controversy reached a new level on Monday when the ICC slapped a two-Test and four-ODI ban on Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusingha and team manager Asanka Gurusinha, although the punishment was … [Read more...] about Dinesh Chandimal banned: Here’s a look at timeline of events in Sri Lankan ball-tampering crisis- Firstcricket News, Firstpost
SRI Lankan singer Priyani Jayasinghe has been stabbed to death with scissors in her own home, reports have claimed. The vocalist's body was found stabbed to death at her home in Panadura, according to local media. Priyani's husband is being hunted by police in connection with the crime, reports by a number of news outlets in Sri Lanka, a Reuters journalist and TV channel Ada Derana claim. The murder is believed to have been committed using a pair of scissors in the Kalutara District, around 17 miles south of the capital Colombo. Priyani's death was confirmed by her family members, who changed her Facebook profile picture to a white flag blowing in the wind. A message posted with it read: "Rest in peace Sister Priyani..May you attend Nibbana". ‘HE WAS SICK STRAIGHT AWAY’ New Aptamil baby milk formula is making babies 'very sick' RED HOT PLANET Global heat map shows temps soaring as UK faces its hottest day of the year HONEYMOON HORROR Groom dies from lung cancer on honeymoon … [Read more...] about Sri Lankan singer Priyani Jayasinghe ‘stabbed to death with scissors in her own home’
From the town of Digana, in central Sri Lanka’s Kandy district, where anti-Muslim violence erupted in early March this year. A few days after Kandy district in central Sri Lanka experienced a spate of violent incidents targeting Muslims, resulting in deaths, injury and destruction of property, the country’s elections commissioner made a startling observation. “The claim that a majority of Sinhalese were against the recent attacks on Muslims is wrong,” Mahinda Deshapriya said at a workshop on ethnic harmony; “Most Sinhalese are happy about the riots.” He then drew a parallel between this and the majoritarian reaction to Black July: “A majority of Sinhalese were happy to see the Tamils too being attacked in 1983, only to regret it a few years later.” He also spoke of an increasingly visible trend towards cultural insularity on the part of some Lankan Muslims, arguing that this was worsening the problem of communal distrust. In the absence … [Read more...] about Sri Lankan Muslims: the new ‘others’?