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P K Balachandran

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China overtakes India as Sri Lanka’s single largest trading partner

India has been the single largest trading partner of Sri Lanka for a very long time; especially since 1977. But in 2016, China overtook...

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This...

Sino-Lankan Joint Venture to run Hambantota Port inaugurated

A Sino-Sri Lankan Joint Venture to run the China-funded US$ 1.4 billion Hambantota port in South Sri Lanka was officially launched here on Saturday...

Free trade and OBOR pacts take Sino-Maldivian ties to a new...

The signing of a Free Trade Agreement and an MoU on cooperation in implementing China’s ambitious and prestigious One Belt One Road (OBOR) international...

UP civic polls indicate BJP’s waning appeal at grassroots

The results of the just concluded municipal electionsin the populous North Indian state of Uttar Pradesh indicate the possibility of the ruling Bharatiya Janata...

A paradox in this year’s memorialization of dead Tamil Tiger cadres

The conflict in Sri Lanka over the memorialization of Tamil Tiger militants through the annual observance of Maaveerar Naal or Great Heroes’ Day on...

Maldivian opposition protests rushing through of FTA with China

The opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has vehemently protested against the way the Abdulla Yameen government rushed the China-Maldives Free Trade Agreement (FTA) through...

Except Pakistan all other member countries get awards in SAARC Film...

Except for Pakistan, all other members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) got awards at the SAARC Film Festival 2017 which...

Pakistani judge stands up against Islamic extremists as other cave in  

While every other institution in Pakistan, including the government, the army and the opposition parties, caved in the face of a challenge from three...

Messages conveyed by the Islamabad standoff

The three-week long standoff in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad between the government and three radical Islamic groups ended on Saturday with the Security...

Release of UN designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed will further vitiate Indo...

The release of the UN, US and India-designated terrorist Hafiz Saeed by a Pakistani High Court on Wednesday, will adversely affect the global fight...

Speeding up projects and acquisition of Mattala airport to dominate Modi-Ranil...

In the open-ended talks between Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to be held in New Delhi on...

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the...

India lets Rohingya Muslims down cruelly for the third time in...

India has let the hapless Rohingya Muslims down for the third time in succession. New Delhi’s sordid record began when it endorsed Myanmar’s brutal...

Hindutva’s zealots trigger Sikh militancy in Punjab

Flush with unprecedented success of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the 2014 Indian parliamentary elections, and given the BJP’s alliance with the Sikh...

Factors hampering solution of Rohingya issue

Under pressure from the UN, the West and also China, to go in for a deal with Bangladesh, Myanmar’s military-backed government headed by Aung...

Fuel crisis rocked India-Lanka relations

Even as inter-dependence is taken as given in the globalized world, it spawns problems for the interacting countries. Issues bedeviling energy ties between India...

US sales talk about carrier strike force’s four-day visit to Lanka

Justifying the four-day visit of the giant aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and its five escort vessels to Colombo, the US Embassy said that during...

Catalonia’s UDI triggers fear of secessionist revival in Sri Lanka

Nobody was surprised when the Sri Lankan government came out on Saturday with a strongly worded statement disapproving the Unilateral Declaration of Independence (UDI)...

India loses the plot on the Rohingya issue: Hands the game...

India appears to have lost the plot on the Rohingya issue. Despite having a measure of clout both in Bangladesh and Myanmar, and appeals...

Post 2019 elections, Delhi readies to face challenges in Dhaka

With the Bangladeshi parliamentary elections due in January 2019, neighboring India is preparing to face any change that the elections might bring about in...