Sri Lanka Economic Crisis News LIVE Updates: New Lankan PM inducts 4 ministers into Cabinet
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Sri Lanka Economic Crisis News LIVE Updates: New Lankan PM inducts 4 ministers into Cabinet

Sri Lanka lifted a nationwide curfew for 12 hours on Saturday, further easing tight curbs as new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe sought to form a government after clashes with anti-government groups killed nine people. More than a month of predominantly peaceful protests against the government turned violent this week after supporters of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stormed an anti-government protest camp in the commercial capital Colombo, burning tents and clashing with protesters. Stay with TOI for the latest developmentsRead Less

22:05 (IST) May 14

Solutions to economic crisis must be found in accordance with people's wishes: Oppn leader to Sri Lanka PM

21:07 (IST) May 14

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka begins 'unity' govt with opposition boycott

20:38 (IST) May 14

The all-important finance ministry post remains vacant at a time when Sri Lanka is in negotiations for a much-needed International Monetary Fund bailout.

18:37 (IST) May 14

Protestors demand arrest of Mahinda Rajapaksa in fresh protests outside PM's residence

18:05 (IST) May 14

All four ministers belong to the president's Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Party. The new prime minister belongs to the United National Party.

17:14 (IST) May 14

Peiris was also the Foreign Minister in the former Mahinda Rajapaksa-led Cabinet.

17:13 (IST) May 14

Dinesh Gunawardena has been sworn in as the Minister of Public administration, Peiris as the Foreign Minister, Prasanna Ranatunga as the Minister of Urban Development and housing and Kanchana Wijesekara as the Minister of Power and Energy.

17:13 (IST) May 14

Ranil Wickremesinghe inducted four ministers into his Cabinet on Saturday, including G L Peiris as the Foreign Minister, as the country's new Prime Minister sought to complete the government formation to focus on efforts to rebuild the economy.

17:11 (IST) May 14

New Lankan PM inducts 4 ministers into Cabinet; Peiris retained as foreign minister

15:38 (IST) May 14

Cooking gas shortage deepens, army called to control angry crowd

15:23 (IST) May 14

New Lankan PM Wickremesinghe invites Opposition leader to join hands to resolve country's worst economic crisis

15:06 (IST) May 14

The government lifted the curfew from 6 am (0030 GMT) on Saturday until 6 pm. A 24-hour curfew imposed on Monday had been lifted for a few hours on Thursday and Friday to allow purchase of essential supplies. (Reuters)

14:05 (IST) May 14

Sri Lanka eases curfew as new PM seeks to form cabinet

Sri Lanka lifted a nationwide curfew for 12 hours on Saturday, further easing tight curbs as new Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe sought to form a government after clashes with anti-government groups killed nine people. More than a month of predominantly peaceful protests against the government turned violent this week after supporters of former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stormed an anti-government protest camp in the commercial capital Colombo, burning tents and clashing with protesters. (Reuters)

11:31 (IST) May 14

India to supply 65,000 MT of urea to Sri Lanka

Amid Sri Lanka's devastating economic crisis, India in another initiative to extend support will be supplying 65,000 metric tons of urea to the island nation. Reportedly, the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India, Milinda Moragoda, held a meeting with the Secretary in the Department of Fertilizers of India Rajesh Kumar Chaturvedi on Thursday where the issue was discussed, as per report. (ANI)

21:25 (IST) May 13

Lanka PM Wickremesinghe meets ambassadors, discusses formation of international forum for financial aid

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday met with ambassadors of India, Japan, the US and China and discussed the formation of an international forum for financial assistance to the debt-ridden island nation engulfed in the worst economic crisis since its independence in 1948. Wickremesinghe, 73, was sworn-in as Sri Lanka's 26th prime minister on Thursday to stabilise the country's ailing economy and end the political turmoil.

18:23 (IST) May 13

China reacts guardedly to Ranil Wickramasinghe's appointment as Lanka PM

China, one of the largest creditors of Sri Lanka, on Friday reacted warily to the appointment of Ranil Wickramasinghe as the country's Prime Minister succeeding pro-Beijing Mahinda Rajapaksa, saying it supports the government's efforts to sustain stability in the face of chaos. "As a traditional, friendly country to Sri Lanka, we closely follow the latest developments, and we also support the Sri Lanka government's effort to sustain stability," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters.

16:29 (IST) May 13

Yes, I have been to Sri Lanka several weeks ago and the situation is very sad. we were worried about the human rights situation all this time, but this was political, social situations and reason for us to be worried: Spanish envoy Ridao

16:03 (IST) May 13

Sri Lanka opposition, protesters vow to continue anti-government campaign

Sri Lanka's main opposition party joined anti-government protesters on Friday in rejecting the appointment of a new prime minister, and insisted the president resign because of the country's disastrous economic crisis. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa appointed veteran opposition politician Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister late on Thursday, but the comments signalled it was not likely to resolve the political and economic disarray in the strategic Indian Ocean island nation.

15:35 (IST) May 13

New Sri Lankan PM calls on Indian envoy Gopal Baglay on first day of assuming office

Sri Lanka's newly-appointed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday called on the Indian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Gopal Baglay on his first day at the Prime Minister's Office in Colombo. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for providing financial assistance to Sri Lanka in an economic crisis situation. "The relations with India will be much better, I want to thank India and the Prime Minister for helping Sri Lanka," Wickremesinghe during a temple visit after the oath in Colombo on Thursday.

13:47 (IST) May 13

Sri Lanka's new PM struggles to form unity government

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