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Sri Lanka: Gotabaya yet to resign as prez, reportedly headed to Singapore from Maldives

Colombo: Confusion reigned in Sri Lanka as President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was yet to fulfil his promise of resigning from his post. Hours after leaving the country for Maldives, he appointed Ranil Wickremesinghe as the acting President, fuelling further protests. Meanwhile, Gotabaya was reported to be heading to Singapore from Maldives. Sources said that he could...

Emergency declared in Sri Lanka after President Gotabaya flees country

Colombo: Hours after Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country and landed in Maldives, the island nation announced a state of emergency, news agency AFP said, quoting the PM’s office. A massive protest at the Presidential palace last Saturday had led to Gotabaya announcing he would resign from his post on July 13. However,...

Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa flees to Maldives with wife, bodyguards

Colombo: Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa landed in Maldives on Wednesday morning. He was to resign as president on Wednesday noon. Gotabaya has immunity from arrest till he is president, but not after that. Hence, he reportedly left the country before resigning. Gotabaya was accompanied by his wife and two bodyguards. They left the country...

Coronavirus crisis will wipe out South Asia’s progress made in poverty alleviation: World Bank

The global coronavirus pandemic will hit South Asia very hard and the significant gains made in poverty alleviation in the region are likely to be wiped out due to the impact of the deadly disease, the World Bank warned on Sunday. In its twice-a-year regional update, the bank said that South Asian governments must ramp...

India proposes online platform for SAARC nations to help each other in combating coronavirus

India has proposed setting up of a common electronic platform for all SAARC nations to share expertise and best practices to jointly combat the spread of coronavirus, days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly pitched for a regional approach to deal with the pandemic. India made the proposal at a video conference of senior health...