Daily Archives: November 13, 2018

Did China get Sri Lanka to cough up a port?

“CHINA got Sri Lanka to cough up a port,” said the New York Times in a widely quoted article published recently. The article claimed that “every time Sri Lanka’s President...

ROHINGYAS FLEE CAMPS FEARING FORCIBLE RETURN TO MYANMAR

Dozens of Rohingya Muslim families on a list of refugees set to be repatriated to Myanmar later this week have fled from camps in Bangladesh where they were living,...

SUU KYI STRIPPED OF AMNESTY HONOUR

The Amnesty International has stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour, the latest of several honours taken away from her since last year's brutal military crackdown on...

‘WELCOMING’ CANADA READY TO TAKE IN AASIA BIBI: PM TRUDEAU

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday that his government was holding talks with Pakistan over potentially offering asylum to Asia Bibi, a Christian woman recently freed from prison...

SLPP PLANS CASE TO REMOVE RW FROM TEMPLE TREES

Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) yesterday said legal action would be taken against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe under Public Property Act for occupying Temple Trees after the dissolution of...

MYANMAR’S SUU KYI MAKES INVESTMENT PITCH TO FOREIGN BUSINESSES

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday called on foreign businesses to invest in what she called "the last frontier of South-east Asia", saying that her government is...

470 kms of rivers to be dredged with BD-India joint financing

Bangladesh on Monday approved 'Addendum to the Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade' under which 470 kms of rivers will be dredged with joint financing of Bangladesh and...

India, Russia banks discusses rouble-rupee trade

Representatives of atleast three Russian banks operating in India, including Vnesheconombank, Sberbank and VTB, has met executives from top Indian banks in Mumbai on Monday to discuss rupee-rouble settlements...

Kerung-Kathmandu railway should be built with Chinese grant: Nepal

Nepal and China signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to operate electric freight train the very next day. Four points of the 10-point MoU signed during the China visit...

Bhutan economy sees 4% growth, GDP per capital crosses US$ 3000

Bhutan’s economy grew by over four per cent last year as compared to 2016. The country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has grown steadily since 2013. As per the National Statistics...

MPs back repeal of anti-defamation law

A majority of lawmakers backed Monday a bill to repeal the draconian anti-defamation law as pledged by president-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. After a debate, MPs voted 48-17 with two abstentions...

Sri Lanka PM, 44 ex-MPs defect from party led by president ahead of election

Sri Lanka’s new prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and 44 former lawmakers have defected from the party led by President Maithripala Sirisena, splitting with the president barely two weeks after...

Corruption scams have hurt India’s defence policy

It was February 1988. I was part of a group of journalists accompanying Rajiv Gandhi to Stockholm. It was snowing outside, but inside, the officials from India appeared to...

US sanction cloud hangs over India, Russia arms deal

Although New Delhi has been granted exemption from US sanctions for purchase of Iranian crude, there is no word from the Trump administration for a similar waiver of the...

Pakistan needs to make CPEC an engine of innovation

A recent research carried out by a team of economists at the Harvard Business School has summarised the future trajectory of innovation and business productivity for US firms. According to...

Russia’s Afghan shift worries Delhi

The just-ended Moscow peace conference on Friday on Afghanistan is seen to have led to a further convergence in the positions of host Russia and Pakistan, which will be...

Russia’s growing clout in Asia-Pacific

In their strategic calculus, major Asia-Pacific powers do not consider Russia to be a major military power in the region. Although these Asia-Pacific countries understand Russia’s military clout in...

Belt and Road rethink in Southeast Asia: Will India change its mind?

From the gleaming new city of Khorgos sprouting out of the desert in Kazakhstan to the kilometres of shinny steel rails being laid in the countryside in Laos, China's...

Let judges do their job

President Maithripala Sirisena has, true to form, cut the Gordian knot once again. He used Article 33 of the Constitution (Sinhala version) in justification of the dissolution of Parliament. His action...

Lanka awaits Supreme Court verdict on constitutionality of parliament dissolution

Sri Lanka’s political upheaval that began with President Maithripala Sirisena’s lightning sacking of PM Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointing ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa as PM on October 26, has entered a...

Taliban will only talk to Kabul if timeline exists for US troops’ exit, says...

The Taliban movement stated it was ready to talk with Afghanistan's government only after agreeing with the United States on a schedule for the withdrawal of foreign troops from...