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Sirisena in a fix over release of Tamil Tiger detainees

With three major national level elections to face in the coming three years, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is under pressure from multiple sections...

100% Islamic Maldives has the highest percentage of women police in...

The 100% Islamic Maldives has the distinction of having the highest percentage of female police officers in South and South-East Asia. According to “Rough Roads...

Lanka’s support to Pakistan on SAARC summit venue a setback for...

Colombo, October 19: Sri Lanka’s support to Pakistan on hosting the 20 th. SAARC summit in Islamabad, is a setback for India as it...

Sirisena gets into political hot water as elections approach

Elections to the Sri Lankan local bodies and Provincial Councils are due in 2018. But President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe heading...

Syrian cleric confirms foreign role in Rohingya exodus

A leading Syrian cleric, Grand Mufti Ahmed Bader Eddin Mohammad Adib Hassoun, Syria’s highest religious authority, has confirmed India’s suspicion that an international terrorist...

China says economic development will ensure maritime security

While other countries participating in the Galle International Naval Dialogue here on Monday viewed maritime security from a purely military angle, China said that...

Brushed under the carpet for long, Jaffna’s social issues are coming...

Issues of social inequality and oppression among the Tamils of North Sri Lanka, which were brushed under the carpet either by tradition or by...

Assembly Elections: BJP faces uphill task in Modi’s home turf

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has ruled the Western Indian State of Gujarat continually since 1998, and had been under the watch of...

Lanka heads for political stalemate as extremisms come to the fore

Extremist ethno-politics is raising its head once again in Sri Lanka, both in the Tamil-dominated Northern Province and in the Sinhalese-dominated South, pushing the...

UNSC speaks up against Myanmar but no punitive action is envisaged...

After ignoring for years the smoldering Rohingya Muslim-Burmese Buddhist conflict in North Western Myanmar (apparently in the interest of bolstering the regime of “democracy...

Factors protecting Myanmar from R2P action on Rohingya issue

While there is a genuine outcry all over world against the atrocities being committed against the Rohingyas of Myanmar by the military-backed Aung San...

Apex committee drafting Lanka’s new constitution presents interim report 

The Steering Committee of Sri Lanka’s “Constitutional Assembly” presented its Interim Report to parliament on Thursday. The present parliament is the “Constitutional Assembly” charged...

Unhelpful neighbors thrust entire responsibility for Rohingyas on Bangladesh 

Unhelpful and hostile neighbors have thrust the enormous burden of looking after 400,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar on the slender shoulders of Bangladesh when...

Sri Lankan Muslims and Buddhists hold counter demonstrations on Rohingya issue

Reflecting the sharp communal divide in the country, Sri Lankan Muslims and Buddhists have been holding counter demonstrations in the island nation, opposing each...

Geo-politics behind India’s U-turn on Rohingyas

Geo-politics appears to be behind India’s U-turn on Rohingyas. On Thursday, New Delhi swung from voicing unreserved support to Aung San Suu Kyi’s tough...

Maldivian envoy picks holes in Nasheed’s charge that he is planning...

Maldivian Ambassador designate in Sri Lanka, Md. Hussain Shareef, on Wednesday trashed former President Mohamed Nasheed’s charge that he is planning to kidnap him...

Political posturing unlikely to hamper Lanka’s constitution making process

Apprehensive about electoral consequences, political parties in Sri Lanka are either posturing on the on-going constitution-making process, or are maintaining stony silence on it. The...

Sino-Indian policy congruence on Rohingyas

China and India find themselves to be strange bedfellows on the issue of the Rohingyas in Myanmar. In a rare congruence on policy, both...

India and China take to Track II diplomacy to smoothen ties

India and China have taken to Track Two diplomacy to smoothen the many rough edges in their ties. It is not a hush hush type...

India presses for consensus on “Indian Ocean identity”  

At the Second International Conference on the Indian Ocean held here on August 31 and September 1, India made an effort to get a...

Sirisena says he won’t hand over war heroes to foreign courts

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena took a public pledge on Sunday that, under no circumstances, will he hand over any war hero to a...