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2024 in Sri Lanka

2024
in
Sri Lanka

Decades:
See also:

The following lists notable events that will occur and take place during 2024 in Sri Lanka.

Incumbents

National

President Prime Minister Speaker Chief Justice Opposition Leader
Ranil Wickremesinghe
(Age 75)
Dinesh Gunawardena
(Age 75)
Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena
(Age 79)
Jayantha Jayasuriya
Sajith Premadasa
(Age 57)
United National Party
(since 21 July 2022)
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna
(since 22 July 2022)
Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna
(since 20 August 2020)
Independent
(since 29 April 2019)
Samagi Jana Balawegaya
(since 3 January 2020)

Provincial

Ongoing events

Events

January

February

  • 2 February – Minister of Environment Keheliya Rambukwella and former Secretary to the Ministry of Health Janaka Chandragupta are arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department in Colombo and produced to Maligawatta courts following their connection to a scandal over the importation of substandard immunoglobulin injections. Around Rs. 130 million was believed to have been misappropriated. A judge ordered him to be remanded until 15 February.[17][18]
  • 3 February – Following his arrest, Minister of Environment Keheliya Rabukwella resigns from his ministerial post following public pressure.[19]
  • 23 February
    • A Russian-owned cafe in Unawatuna schedules a controversial "white only" party to be held on 24 February, where a face control policy would be employed to restrict entry solely to white individuals and attendees. The Russian DJ hosting the party elaborates by saying the party was open only to "white people, no locals." Following public backlash, the event is cancelled. The DJ later says on Instagram that he left Sri Lanka with his family.[20][21]
    • The Department of Immigration and Emigration issues a notice granting 14 days, starting from 23 February, for Russian and Ukrainian tourists living long-term in Sri Lanka to leave the country. Many of these tourists had been residing in Sri Lanka on periodic extensions of their tourist visas since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.[21][22] The notice is passed without prior approval from the Cabinet of Sri Lanka, thus prompting president Wickremesinghe to order an investigation into the announcement.[23][24]
  • 24 February – Red Sea crisis: The Sri Lanka Navy confirms that one of its ships has completed its maiden patrol in the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait and is set to return to the country.[25] It was later revealed to be SLNS Gajabahu and the Sri Lankan government confirmed that patrols would continue.[26][27]

March

April

May

June

Predicted and scheduled events

Deaths

January

February

March

April

May

June

References

  1. ^ MALLAWARACHI, BHARATHA. "Sri Lanka to join US-led naval operations against Houthi rebels in Red Sea". ABC News. Retrieved 12 January 2024.
  2. ^ Farzan, Zulfick. "Ranil clarifies Sri Lanka's Red Sea Deployment". english.newsfirst.lk. Retrieved 12 January 2024.
  3. ^ "897 netted in 24 hours under Operation Yukthiya". Sri Lanka News - Newsfirst. 13 January 2024. Retrieved 13 January 2024.
  4. ^ "Sri Lankan soldiers and police conduct raids in Jaffna as part of 'Operation Yukthiya' | Tamil Guardian". www.tamilguardian.com. Retrieved 13 January 2024.
  5. ^ "Lorry Driver Killed in Narammala After Alleged Accidental Discharge of Police firearm". 19 January 2024. Retrieved 21 January 2024.
  6. ^ "S. Shritharan elected new ITAK leader". www.dailymirror.lk. Retrieved 25 January 2024.
  7. ^ a b "Five people shot dead near Beliatta Exit of Southern Expressway". 23 January 2024. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  8. ^ a b "Five including party leader Saman Perera mowed down by two gunmen". 22 January 2024.
  9. ^ "WTC23 champions Australia lead the way in ICC Men's Test Team of the Year 2023". 23 January 2024. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  10. ^ "Australians dominate ICC Women's ODI Team of the Year for 2023". 23 January 2024. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  11. ^ "World Cup stars dominate ICC Women's T20I Team of the Year for 2023". 23 January 2024. Retrieved 23 January 2024.
  12. ^ Mallawarachi, Bharatha (23 January 2024). "Sri Lankan lawmakers debate controversial internet safety bill amid protests by rights groups". Associated Press. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  13. ^ Jayasinghe, Uditha (24 January 2024). "Sri Lanka passes new law to regulate online content". Reuters. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  14. ^ Mogul, Rhea (25 January 2024). "Sri Lanka passes controversial bill to regulate online content". CNN. Retrieved 27 January 2024.
  15. ^ "ICC Women's ODI Cricketer of the Year announced". 25 January 2024. Retrieved 25 January 2024.
  16. ^ "ICC Board lifts suspension on Sri Lanka Cricket". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 29 January 2024.
  17. ^ Perera, Melani Manel (3 February 2024). "Minister remanded in Colombo over Immunoglobulin scandal". Asian News. Retrieved 6 February 2024.
  18. ^ "Ex-Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella arrested". www.adaderana.lk. Retrieved 3 February 2024.
  19. ^ "Sri Lankan Cabinet minister resigns after being arrested in a counterfeit drugs scandal". Associated Press. Retrieved 7 February 2024.
  20. ^ "Controversial 'white only' party cancelled amid public outcry". www.dailymirror.lk. Retrieved 25 February 2024.
  21. ^ a b "Russian, Ukrainian tourists told to leave country in 14 days". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 25 February 2024.
  22. ^ AFP (25 February 2024). "Sri Lanka Scraps Long-Term Visa for Russians, Ukrainians". The Moscow Times. Retrieved 26 February 2024.
  23. ^ "President orders probe into notification requiring Russian, Ukraine tourists to leave within 14 days". www.adaderana.lk. Retrieved 26 February 2024.
  24. ^ "Russia & Ukraine SL Visa issue : President orders inquiry". NewsWire. 25 February 2024. Retrieved 26 February 2024.
  25. ^ "Red Sea crisis: Navy OPV heads home after maiden patrol". The Morning. 24 February 2024. Retrieved 25 February 2024.
  26. ^ "SLNS Gajabahu returns from Red Sea". Ceylon Today. 28 February 2024. Retrieved 5 March 2024.
  27. ^ "Red Sea crisis: SLN prepped to continue patrols". The Morning. 3 March 2024. Retrieved 5 March 2024.
  28. ^ Warren, Ken; Glass, Marlo; Crawford, Blair (7 March 2024). "Ottawa's worst mass killing shocks and devastates Barrhaven, and the city". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved 7 March 2024.
  29. ^ Gillies, Rob (7 March 2024). "6 dead after mass stabbing at Ottawa home, student who lived with family arrested". Associated Press. Retrieved 7 March 2024.
  30. ^ Gable, Blair (7 March 2024). "Six Sri Lankans knifed to death in Canadian capital in rare case of mass murder". Reuters. Retrieved 7 March 2024.
  31. ^ Chisholm, Johanna; Yousif, Nadine (7 March 2024). "Sri Lankan family dead in Canada 'mass killing'". BBC. Retrieved 7 March 2024.
  32. ^ Walpola, Thilina (22 March 2024). "No-faith motion against Speaker defeated". Retrieved 22 March 2024.
  33. ^ "No-confidence motion against Speaker defeated in Parliament". www.adaderana.lk. Retrieved 22 March 2024.
  34. ^ "Sri Lanka main opposition files no-confidence motion against speaker". EconomyNext. 26 February 2024. Retrieved 15 March 2024.
  35. ^ Lakehouse, Shabee (14 March 2024). "Parliament to debate no-confidence motion against Speaker on March 19". DailyNews. Retrieved 15 March 2024.
  36. ^ "Dates set to debate on no-faith motion against Speaker". 14 March 2024. Retrieved 15 March 2024.
  37. ^ "JVP-NPP blames Spkr. for 'dismantling' COPE & COPF". The Morning. 20 March 2024. Retrieved 22 March 2024.
  38. ^ Khalil, Hafsa (7 March 2024). "Sri Lanka: Seven killed as motorsports race car hits crowd". BBC. Retrieved 21 April 2024.
  39. ^ "Wickremesinghe to face his own cabinet colleague in Lanka presidential polls this year". The Week. Retrieved 4 May 2024.
  40. ^ "SLFP selects Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe as Presidential candidate". www.dailymirror.lk. Retrieved 5 May 2024.
  41. ^ "Diana unseated". www.ft.lk. Retrieved 10 May 2024.
  42. ^ "Diana Gamage becomes 12th MP to be out of 2020-elected parliament". EconomyNext. 8 May 2024. Retrieved 10 May 2024.
  43. ^ "Mujibur Rahuman sworn in as MP". News First. 10 May 2024. Retrieved 10 May 2024.
  44. ^ "Sri Lanka monsoon floods kill 14, schools shut". France 24. 2 June 2024. Retrieved 2 June 2024.
  45. ^ "Sri Lanka says Russia to stop recruiting fighters from the island". Arab News. 11 June 2024. Retrieved 12 June 2024.
  46. ^ "England confirm men's and women's international fixtures for 2024". ESPNcricinfo. 4 July 2023. Retrieved 8 November 2023.
  47. ^ "Presidential Election in Sri Lanka Scheduled Between September 17 and October 16 | Politics". Devdiscourse. Retrieved 9 May 2024.
  48. ^ "State Minister Sanath Nishantha killed in accident".
  49. ^ "Sanath Nishantha dies in fatal accident".
  50. ^ කෘතහස්ත චිත්‍ර ශිල්පී තලංගම ජයසිංහ අභාවප්‍රාප්ත වෙයි
  51. ^ ‘And gladly would she learn, and gladly teach’
  52. ^ Former Minister Gamini Jayawickrama Perera passes away
  53. ^ Fmr Finance Minister Ronnie de Mel passes away
  54. ^ "Veteran Journalist Ramya Vanigasekera passes away". Divaina (in Sinhala). 8 March 2024. Retrieved 8 March 2024.
  55. ^ "Veteran singer Chandra Kumara Kandanarachchi passes away". www.adaderana.lk. Retrieved 26 March 2024.
  56. ^ Condolence Message: Passing away of former Ceylon cricketer Russell Hamer
  57. ^ "Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna Member of Parliament Nandasena passes away". Dinamina (in Sinhala). 4 April 2024. Retrieved 4 April 2024.
  58. ^ Sarvodaya founder Dr. AT Ariyaratne passed away
  59. ^ Former MP Palitha Thewarapperuma dies from electrocution
  60. ^ Walpola, Thilina (20 April 2024). "Legendary high jumper Ethirveerasingam passes away". Retrieved 20 April 2024.
  61. ^ "Astrologer Chandrasiri Bandara passess away - Breaking News | Daily Mirror". www.dailymirror.lk. Retrieved 22 April 2024.
  62. ^ Tamil politician and former member of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, Eezhaventhan, passed away last Sunday at the age of 91
  63. ^ "Veteran musician Dr. Premadasa Mudunkotuwa passes away". www.adaderana.lk. Retrieved 1 May 2024.
  64. ^ සරසවිය සම්මානලාභි ප්‍රවීණ සංගීතඥ සරත් ප්‍රනාන්දු අභාවප්‍රාප්ත වේ
  65. ^ Prof. Nalin de Silva has passed away
  66. ^ Death of senior journalist, Editor A. D. Ranjith Kumara
  67. ^ Lutto nell’episcopato (in Italian)
  68. ^ Veteran musician Ananda Perera passes away
  69. ^ Shelton Premaratne passes away
  70. ^ බී.ටී මෙන්ඩිස් දිවිසැරියට සමුදෙයි
  71. ^ Vale Dr. Siri Kannangara
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