Authorities blame the difficulty in identifying body parts at bomb scenes for the earlier inaccurate number.
UPDATED 10PM | President Sirisena also asks for the resignations of police chief and defence minister.
Rajapaksa resigned as PM as a government shutdown looms.
It remains unclear how Maithripala Sirisena plans to end the crisis that threatens to shut down gov't next month.
Sirisena considering dropping attempt to dissolve parliament to preempt court verdict.
The move deepens the country's political crisis.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena dissolves Parliament and calls for elections on Jan 5.
India, the traditional power in the region, is muscling into port and other projects.
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya ticks off the president for sacking Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The former president must prove he commands a majority in parliament, adds the speaker.
Dismissed PM wants Parliament convened to resolve this crisis.
COMMENT | Many of us believe in peaceful settlement of armed conflicts.
At least 20 police reports lodged against two Facebook users for 'inciting religious sentiments'.
Evidence suggests the Sri Lankan government lost control of elements of its security forces.
Police clamped an indefinite curfew in the central highlands district of Kandy.
The 10-day nationwide emergency is to rein in the spread of communal violence, says a government spokesperson.
ADUN SPEAKS | 'Why did the MIC leaders present not advice Najib that human rights violations during the Sri Lankan civil war were real and true?'
LETTER | Despite opposition's attempts to spin Najib's recent Sri Lanka visit, M'sian Tamils are pleased to see improved ties.
LETTER | With past and present MIC leaders tagging along, will the country's human rights violations be raised?
Ministers and special envoy Samy Vellu also part of PM’s entourage in first official visit.
The deal will see China Merchants Port Holdings handling the Chinese-built Hambantota port on a 99-year lease.
The screening on Sri Lankan genocide was a 'good thing' and shouldn't be subject to censorship, says Suaram.