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Sri Lanka’s cabinet will be sworn in next week’


A new full Cabinet will be sworn in next week, Minister of Health and the co-cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said. The Health Minister made this statement addressing a ceremony held at the Panadura Divisional... More

US report notes limited progress, rights abuses in Sri Lanka


The annual US human rights report noted that the Sri Lankan Government has made limited progress toward establishing additional transitional justice mechanisms. The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 made public by Acting... More

Sri Lanka beefs up tourist hot spot security after violence


Sri Lanka announced Friday (April 20) it would establish new police posts and step up patrols at popular resorts after a spate of sexual attacks and violence targeting foreign tourists. Police chief Pujith Jayasundara said... More

Over 5 lakh still affected by Sri Lanka drought


Over 500,000 people still remain affected by the drought in 10 districts of Sri Lanka, according to a report released by the Sri Lankan Disaster Management Centre (DMC) on Thursday (Apr 19). The DMC said... More

World’s largest aircraft lands in Sri Lanka’s southern airport


The world's largest aircraft, Antonov An-225 "Mriya" landed at the Mattala Rajapakse International Airport (MRIA) in Hambantota in southern Sri Lanka on Wednesday (Apr 18), officials said. Chief Airport Manager of the MRIA Upul Kalansuriya... More

China rejects speculation on Hambantota port project


China has rejected as pure speculation some claims made with regards to the Hambantota port project. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the Hambantota port project will benefit both countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying... More

Former Sri Lankan minister held for financial fraud


Sri Lanka’s former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage was on Monday (Apr 16) arrested for allegedly misappropriating over LKR 39 million four years ago to buy sports goods, the police said. Mr. Aluthgamage, a loyalist of... More

Sri Lanka Army released a biggest chunk of 683 acres to civilian


The Sri Lanka Army released 683 acres of land in the Thelippallai Divisional Secretariat area, to 964 legal owners during a ceremony, held on Friday at Mailiddi in Jaffna District. The Commander of the... More

Political confusion and parliament proroguing in Lanka


First it was the marriage, then it was the falling out and now it is on the verge of divorce. The above is an apt description of the current state of the Sri Lankan... More

Chinese firm to invest $800 million on Sri Lanka Port City underground...


China Communication Construction Company (CCCC) will invest $800 million to build an underground road network to Sri Lanka’s Port City, a $1.4 billion project built on reclaimed land, a government minister said. The plan, for... More

Sri Lanka to call for fresh bids for oil exploration in May


Sri Lanka will call for fresh bids for an oil exploration block off the island's northwestern coast in May, where traces of natural gas was discovered in 2011, Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said on... More

Sri Lanka cedes major port to China, fueling tensions


Sri Lanka, an island nation in the Indian Ocean the size of West Virginia, has become another flashpoint in regional naval competition. That’s because in December, Sri Lanka turned over the strategic port... More

China says talks with Sri Lanka on more large-scale projects progressing


China says negotiations with Sri Lanka on more large-scale projects are accelerating. The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Cheng Xueyuan said that Sri Lanka and China and in talks on establishing LNG power stations, a... More

Sri Lanka: base for the Asian great game?


A recent talk by the Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, received wide media coverage in Colombo, with almost all newspapers picking up one point. “Our aid is not to raid... More

Sri Lanka PM instructs to withdraw no-faith motion against SLFP ministers


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had instructed the UNP backbench parliamentarians to withdraw the No-Confidence motions submitted to the Speaker against six ministers and the deputy speaker, Department of Information Director General Sudharshana Gunawardana said... More

How the No Confidence Motion on the Lankan PM is now reflected...


Three days after the drama of the No Confidence Motion (NCM) against Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, President Maithripala Sirisena who almost wanted his PM’s head on a platter called resignation is now singing a... More

Political life after No Confidence Motion victory for Lankan PM


Following Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe emerging victorious from Wednesday’s No Confidence Motion (NCM) against him by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Joint Opposition, the section of government ministers from the coalition regime’s Sri... More

Lankan Prime Minister comfortably defeats No Confidence Motion


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe demonstrated a clear victory Wednesday night getting a majority of votes to easily defeating the No Confidence Motion (NCM) bought against him by the Joint Opposition of former President Mahinda... More

One more day for the NCM against Lankan PM


With just one more day to go for the No Confidence Motion (NCM) to be taken up against Prime Minister RanilWickremesinghe on April 04, reportedly President Maithripala Sirisena and his SLFP is putting pressure... More

Pakistan assures unconditional support to Sri Lanka


Pakistan assured unconditional support to Sri Lanka in its endeavour to achieve a bright and prosperous future. Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat, speaking at a reception hosted in Colombo Friday... More

Power struggle: Sri Lanka president cuts PM’s duties


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has reduced the responsibilities of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as a power struggle worsened within their uneasy coalition. Sirisena took away the central bank, the policymaking National Operations Room and... More

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On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More

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Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More