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Sri Lanka to launch its first satellite in April


Sri Lanka will launch its first ever satellite into space in April marking its entry into the global space age, officials from Sri Lanka's Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education said on Wednesday. The satellite, which will... More

Pakistan offers numerous scholarship opportunities for Sri Lankan students


Pakistani High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Major General (Retd.) Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat, called on Minister for City Planning, Water Supply and Higher Education, Hon. Rauff Hakeem, at the ministry premises on February 18. During the meeting, bilateral... More

Condominium project proposed for Sri Lanka Muslims displaced during war


A condominium project has been proposed for Muslims displaced from Jaffna during the war. Minister of Industry and Commerce, Resettlement of Protracted Displaced Persons and Cooperative Development, Rishad Bathiudeen, said that after three decades since their initial displacement,... More

Sri Lanka confident of being removed from EU list


The Government says it is confident of being removed from the European Union’s “dirty money” list over the next couple of months. Minister of Economic Reforms and Public Distribution Dr. Harsha De Silva said that the EU is... More

President Sirisena’s pledge to re-introduce the death penalty faces many hurdles


President Maithripala Sirisena’s most recent vow to resume execution of those convicted of “drug offences” came last week when he told the Sri Lankan parliament that he will implement the death penalty within the next two months. Sirisena’s... More

US Coast Guard trains Sri Lankan port officials


The US Coast Guard (USCG) conducted a port security capacity building programme at the Colombo Port with more than 25 Sri Lankan port officials from February 11 to 13, the US Embassy said today. In a statement, it... More

Sri Lanka sets to launch global campaign to promote Ceylon Tea


Sri Lanka sets to launch a mega global campaign to promote its popular Ceylon Tea this year in order to boost its tea exports, local media reports said here on Thursday. Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said the... More

Sirisena’s candidature as SLPP nominee for presidential ruled out as Gotabhaya emerges...


Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) appeared to be almost certain that the United States will agree to relieve former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa of American More

Once bitten twice shy, India cultivates all political leaders in Lanka


Days after former president and current opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa seemed to be building bridges with India in his latest visit to the country for the Bengaluru conclave organised by The Hindu newspaper, Sri Lanka’s neighbour has... More

Sri Lanka hiring hangmen, inspired by Philippines’ war on drugs


Sri Lanka began advertising for hangmen this week, as the country’s president pushes ahead with a hardline policy, modeled on the Philippines, to combat drug trafficking. The last execution in Sri Lanka was 43 years ago, but President... More

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s overtures to India: Setting the political turf right for the...

In a serious bid to recalibrate his and his party Sri Lanka Podujana Perumana’s (SLPP) ties with India, leader of opposition and former president Mahinda Rajapksa said in Bengaluru on February 9 that “misunderstandings” of the past—in... More

Sri Lanka, Russia discussing Mi-17 helicopter deal


Sri Lanka is negotiating with Russia the purchase of a new batch of Russian Mi-17 helicopters, which the country will use in UN peacekeeping missions, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Dayan Jayatilleka told Sputnik on Sunday. "There is... More

China-Sri Lanka cooperation under BRI brings new opportunities for regional development: Chinese...


The cooperation between China and Sri Lanka under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative has not only brought tangible benefits to the two countries and two peoples, but also generated new opportunities for regional development,... More

Sri Lankan president holds talks with Maldivian counterpart


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday held bilateral talks with his Maldivian counterpart Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, a statement from Sri Lankan President's office said. The statement said the two sides had... More

Sri Lanka keeps firebrand Buddhist monk behind bars


Sri Lanka's president resisted calls from the island's Buddhist hierarchy to release a jailed firebrand monk Monday (Feb 4), even as 518 other convicts were released to mark the island nation's Independence Day. Galagodaatte Gnanasara has long been... More

On Sri Lankan independence day, Sirisena says he is opposed to national...


As Sri Lanka commemorated 71 years of freedom from British rule on Monday, President Maithripala Sirisena admitted that the country had failed to find a long-term solution to restore More

UNP keen to form national govt, as Mahinda Rajapksa looks at multiple...


With just about eight months for the presidential election and amid Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) leader Mahinda Rajapaksa turning the heat on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government, the More

TNA leaders claims Sinhalese politics of denial could spur Tamil extremism


If the Sinhala South does not agree to a new constitution as a means to initiate a solution for an administrative power-sharing model with Sri Lanka’s North, More

Sri Lanka to borrow $1 billion from China for highway project


Sri Lanka, which last year handed over a strategic port to a Chinese firm for a 99-year lease as a debt swap, will soon sign a USD 1 billion concessional loan agreement with Beijing to fund a... More

Sri Lanka Prez Sirisena follows Duterte’s lead by restoring death penalty for...


Sri Lanka’s president pledged to end the country’s 43-year moratorium on capital punishment and execute condemned drug traffickers amid alarm over drug-related crimes. The statement on the government’s website said President Maithripala Sirisena would order the executions soon... More

Sri Lanka-China FTA expected to be signed in 2019


The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka and China is expected to be signed in 2019, China Daily reported on Thursday quoting the Sri Lankan Embassy in China. According to the embassy, the sixth round of negotiations... More

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Saudi Arabia seeking to be active in South Asia by deepening...

While many political pundits in Pakistan are trying to tie the up-coming billion-dollar Saudi investment in Pakistan with Riyadh’s need to have Islamabad as an ally in its wars in Yemen and Syria, there has been little appreciation of the former’s own growing needs for diversifying its economy. It is also not recognised that Pakistan, with China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) running through it in the form of... More

Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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