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About Rukshana
Rukshana Rizwie is an editor and journalist based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Her Linkedin profile (https://lk.linkedin.com/in/rukshana-rizwie-******) features her extensive background as a local and international journalist.
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Galle Face, Sri Lanka: Troops tear down protest camp outside the President’s office

22 Jul 2022  |  www.cnn.com
Sri Lankan police and military troops forcibly removed anti-government protesters from a camp outside the presidential office in Colombo on the orders of newly sworn-in President Ranil Wickremesinghe. The pre-dawn raid resulted in the dismantling of protest tents, arrests, and a heavy security presence. The protesters had been demanding the resignation of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Wickremesinghe due to an economic crisis. The Bar Association of Sri Lanka and the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka condemned the use of force. US and British diplomats also expressed concern.

Sri Lankan Parliament elects Ranil Wickremesinghe as President, but some protesters vow to fight on

20 Jul 2022  |  abc17news.com
Sri Lankan lawmakers elected Ranil Wickremesinghe as the new President amid a severe economic crisis. Despite his promise to work together, his election has been met with anger from protesters who see him as part of the problem, linked to the former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Wickremesinghe won the parliamentary ballot with 134 votes out of 223, defeating former journalist Dullas Alahapperuma and Anura Kumara Dissanayake. Protests continue as citizens demand a complete government overhaul, expressing disappointment in the political system. Wickremesinghe has begun distancing himself from Rajapaksa and is focusing on bailout talks with the IMF to address the country's financial woes, aiming to stabilize the economy by the end of next year.

Sri Lankan Parliament elects Ranil Wickremesinghe as President, but some protesters vow to fight on

20 Jul 2022  |  kvia.com
Sri Lankan lawmakers elected former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as President amid protests demanding his removal and an economic crisis. Wickremesinghe, an ally of former President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, won the parliamentary ballot after Rajapaksa fled the country. Protesters, who had previously set Wickremesinghe's residence on fire, see him as tied to the Rajapaksa regime and insist on a government overhaul. Despite the unrest, Wickremesinghe aims to stabilize the economy by 2024 with IMF assistance. His main challenger was Dullas Alahapperuma, with Anura Kumara Dissanayake also running. The economic crisis continues to affect daily life, with fuel shortages and business closures.

Sri Lankan Parliament elects Ranil Wickremesinghe as President, but some protesters vow to fight on

20 Jul 2022  |  kesq.com
Sri Lankan lawmakers elected Ranil Wickremesinghe as President amid protests demanding his removal and a broader government overhaul. Wickremesinghe, a former Prime Minister and ally of ex-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, won the parliamentary vote after Rajapaksa fled the country due to escalating protests over an economic crisis. Protesters, who previously set Wickremesinghe's residence on fire, see him as tied to the Rajapaksa regime and continue to demand a complete government change. Wickremesinghe has pledged to stabilize the economy by 2024 and is engaged in bailout talks with the IMF. The economic crisis has left streets empty and businesses shut, with Sri Lankans facing severe shortages of essentials like fuel.

Sri Lankan Parliament elects Ranil Wickremesinghe as President, but some protesters vow to fight on

20 Jul 2022  |  kion546.com
Ranil Wickremesinghe was elected President of Sri Lanka by the parliament amid ongoing protests and an economic crisis. Despite his election, many protesters view him as an extension of the previous regime and vow to continue their demonstrations. The country faces severe shortages of essential goods, and Wickremesinghe has promised to stabilize the economy by 2024. His nearest challenger, Dullas Alahapperuma, received significantly fewer votes. The focus now shifts to Wickremesinghe's ability to manage the economic crisis and ongoing bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund.

Sri Lankan Parliament elects Ranil Wickremesinghe as President, but some protesters vow to fight on

20 Jul 2022  |  KRDO
Ranil Wickremesinghe, a six-time former prime minister and ally of ex-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, was elected President of Sri Lanka amid ongoing economic turmoil and protests. Despite his election, many protesters remain dissatisfied, demanding a complete government overhaul. Wickremesinghe aims to stabilize the economy by 2024 and has distanced himself from Rajapaksa's administration. The election result has sparked mixed reactions, with some protesters vowing to continue their demonstrations.

Sri Lanka's crisis rages on. Here's what we know

10 Jul 2022  |  localnews8.com
Sri Lanka is in the midst of a political and economic crisis, with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa fleeing the country and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe acting as president. Protests have escalated due to economic mismanagement, leading to demands for both leaders to resign. Despite Rajapaksa's agreement to step down, his formal resignation is pending. The IMF is monitoring the situation, aiming to resume dialogue on a support program. Sri Lankans face severe hardships with shortages of basic goods and soaring prices. A new president is expected to be elected on July 20 to form a unity government.

Sri Lanka’s economic woes push hospitals to the brink of disaster

15 Apr 2022  |  cnn.com
Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis in decades, leading to shortages in essential goods, including medical supplies. Families are struggling to find life-saving drugs like anti-convulsants and chemotherapy medications, with hospitals running low on drugs and equipment. Doctors are forced to reuse medical equipment and make difficult decisions about patient care. The crisis is attributed to government mismanagement and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on tourism. The government is seeking international assistance, but urgent help is needed to prevent a catastrophic number of deaths.

Sri Lanka is in an economic crisis. Here's what it's like for people on the ground

02 Apr 2022  |  localnews8.com
Sri Lanka is experiencing its worst economic crisis since independence, with severe shortages of food, fuel, gas, and medicine, and skyrocketing costs of basic goods. Protests have escalated, with demonstrators clashing with police. The government has imposed curfews and declared a public emergency. The crisis is attributed to a combination of misfortune and mismanagement, including tax cuts and a reliance on foreign loans. The pandemic further damaged the tourist-dependent economy. Sri Lanka is now seeking assistance from the IMF and regional powers like India and China. There is widespread frustration among citizens, with queues for essential goods becoming a daily reality.

Sri Lanka is in an economic crisis. Here's what it's like for people on the ground

02 Apr 2022  |  kvia.com
Sri Lanka is experiencing its worst economic crisis since independence, with severe shortages of food, fuel, gas, and medicine, and skyrocketing costs of basic goods. Protests have escalated, with demonstrators clashing with police. The government has imposed curfews and declared a public emergency. The crisis is attributed to a combination of misfortune and mismanagement, including tax cuts by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the impact of the pandemic on the tourist-dependent economy. The government is seeking financial support from the IMF and regional powers like India and China. Experts warn the situation may worsen before improving.

Sri Lanka is in an economic crisis. Here's what it's like for people on the ground

02 Apr 2022  |  KESQ
Sri Lanka is experiencing its worst economic crisis since independence in 1948, with severe shortages of food, fuel, gas, and medicine, and skyrocketing costs of basic goods. Protests have escalated, with demonstrators clashing with police outside President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's residence. The government has imposed curfews and declared a public emergency. The crisis is attributed to a combination of misfortune and mismanagement, including tax cuts by President Rajapaksa, a bloated public sector, and impacts from natural disasters, political crises, and the pandemic. The government is seeking assistance from the IMF and regional powers like India and China, but experts warn the situation may worsen before improving.

Sri Lankan President declares state of emergency following violent protests over economic crisis

01 Apr 2022  |  krdo.com
Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a nationwide public emergency due to violent protests sparked by the country's severe economic crisis. The emergency allows for arrest and imprisonment without warrants. The crisis, exacerbated by a foreign exchange shortage, has led to long queues for basic goods and extensive power blackouts. The protests, which had been peaceful for weeks, escalated outside the President's residence in Colombo, with demonstrators clashing with police. The UN has called for restraint, while the government has labeled the protests as acts of terrorism.

Sri Lankan President declares state of emergency following violent protests over economic crisis

01 Apr 2022  |  localnews8.com
Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a state of emergency amid violent protests due to the country's severe economic crisis. The emergency allows for warrantless arrests and was a response to protect public order and maintain essential services. Protests escalated outside the President's residence in Colombo, with demonstrators clashing with police. The economic downturn, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, has led to shortages of food, medicine, fuel, and significant foreign exchange issues. The UN has called for restraint, while the government has labeled the protests as terrorism.

Sri Lankan President declares state of emergency following violent protests over economic crisis

01 Apr 2022  |  kesq.com
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a state of emergency amid violent protests sparked by the country's severe economic crisis. The emergency allows for warrantless arrests and was declared to ensure public security and maintain essential services. Protests escalated outside the President's residence in Colombo, with demonstrators clashing with police, resulting in injuries and arrests. The economic downturn, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, has depleted foreign exchange reserves, leading to shortages of food, medicine, fuel, and extended power blackouts. The UN has called for restraint, while the government has labeled the protests as acts of terrorism.

Sri Lankan President declares state of emergency following violent protests over economic crisis

01 Apr 2022  |  kvia.com
Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a nationwide public emergency due to violent protests sparked by the country's severe economic crisis. The emergency allows for warrantless arrests and was a response to protect public security and maintain essential services. Protests escalated with demonstrators attacking the President's residence in Colombo, leading to police using tear gas and water cannons. The economic downturn, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, has depleted foreign exchange reserves and caused widespread shortages and power blackouts. The UN has called for restraint, while the government has labeled the protests as acts of terrorism.

Sri Lankan President declares state of emergency following violent protests over economic crisis

01 Apr 2022  |  keyt.com
Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a nationwide state of emergency following violent protests over the country's severe economic crisis. The emergency allows authorities to arrest and imprison suspects without warrants. The protests, which escalated outside the President's residence in Colombo, were met with tear gas and water cannons by police. The government attributed the violence to 'organized extremists,' while a minister labeled the protesters as terrorists. The economic crisis, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, has led to severe shortages of basic goods and long power cuts. The United Nations called for restraint from all parties involved.

Sri Lankan President declares state of emergency following violent protests over economic crisis

01 Apr 2022  |  Egypt Independent
Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a nationwide public emergency following violent protests over the country's severe economic crisis. The emergency allows authorities to arrest and imprison suspects without warrants. The protests, sparked by the economic downturn, saw demonstrators clashing with police outside the President's residence in Colombo. The government blamed 'organized extremists' for the violence, while a minister labeled the protesters as terrorists. The ongoing crisis has led to shortages of basic goods and long power cuts, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic's impact on the economy.

Sri Lankan President declares state of emergency following violent protests over economic crisis

01 Apr 2022  |  ktvz.com
Sri Lanka's President Gotabaya Rajapaksa declared a nationwide state of emergency following violent protests over the country's severe economic crisis. The emergency allows authorities to arrest and imprison suspects without warrants. The protests, which escalated outside the President's residence in Colombo, were met with tear gas and water cannons by police. The government labeled the protesters as terrorists, while the UN called for restraint. The economic crisis, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, has led to severe shortages of basic goods and long power cuts, with the country facing significant debt repayments.

I recently gave a brief interview to CBC on the sunken ship off the coast of Colombo, which is threatening to become the biggest marine disaster in the country’s history

Sri Lanka Muslim ministers quit to protest ‘threat to community’

03 Jun 2019  |  www.aljazeera.com
All of Sri Lanka’s Muslim ministers and their deputies have resigned, citing the government's failure to ensure the security of the Muslim community following the Easter bombings. The resignations follow demands from hardline Buddhist monks for the removal of Muslim officials. The situation has heightened tensions, with protests and accusations of hate crimes against Muslims. The government has arrested nearly 100 people linked to the local Muslim group blamed for the bombings. The resignations are seen as a response to unproven allegations and a perceived threat to the Muslim community's safety.

In Sri Lanka, Muslims say Sinhala neighbours turned against them

21 May 2019  |  www.aljazeera.com
In Sri Lanka, following the Easter Sunday bombings, Sinhala mobs attacked Muslim communities, resulting in the death of Saleem Ameer and injuries to others. Over 540 Muslim-owned properties and nearly 100 vehicles were destroyed. The violence is seen as retaliation for the bombings claimed by ISIL, with local Muslim group National Thowheed Jamath being blamed. Despite a state of emergency and military presence, Muslims report feeling unsafe and distrustful of police and military protection. The violence has damaged long-standing relationships between Muslim and Sinhala communities, although some Sinhalese have protected their Muslim neighbors at personal risk.

Land levelling and fencing at the controversial 500 megawatt proposed coal power plant has begun in Sampur, Trincomalee. Authoritative sources at the Ministry of Power and Energy told the Sunday Observer that the project has hit an unexpected snag. Fierce opposition from environmentalists and residents lobbying for a relocation of the plant were unfavorable and could bring construction work to a grinding halt.

The actual worth of Sri Lanka's RTI (Right to Information) law will be in its implementation, mechanism and how the media and citizens would use it after it is enacted. Sri Lanka had for too long good laws that lie inactive in the statute book. Sri Lanka will probably be the last country in the Asian bloc to enact the Right to Information Act and the first to have an Act so distorted that it virtually leaves room for the government to withhold information at its discretion. Even if it's unclassified.

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