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At Sri Lanka conference China seeks role in Indian Ocean security


China on Monday sought a bigger role in Indian Ocean security saying no single country can handle the process. Speaking at the Galle Dialogue 2018 in Colombo, Rear Admiral Han Xiaohu, Commandant of the Naval Command College (NCC)... More

No strings attached? How Sri Lanka can make the most of security...


Sri Lanka is a middle-income country that is strategically located in the Indian Ocean. It emerged from a three-decade civil war and is now in a post-conflict era, struggling to maintain internal political and economic stability while... More

Indian PM Modi ticks off Wickremesinghe for Sri Lanka’s sluggish response to...


Displeased over the sluggish pace of India-sponsored development projects in Sri Lanka, that were aimed at countering similar moves by China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to have “ticked off” Ranil Wickremesinghe, his More

PM Modi, Wickremesinghe hold talks, discuss India-assisted development projects in Sri Lanka


India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe held talks Saturday covering the entire gamut of bilateral relations and discussed ways to deepen the “historically close” relations between the two countries. The Ministry of... More

UN asks Sri Lanka to repatriate commander in Mali over human rights...


The United Nations asked the government of Sri Lanka on Friday to immediately repatriate the commander of its 200-strong contingent assigned to the UN peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background. UN spokesman... More

Congress party and Ranil discuss maritime issues


Congress party president Rahul Gandhi today called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi. Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance, Sonia Gandhi, was also present in the meeting, along with former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and... More

Where India and Sri Lanka stand despite Sirisena’s allegation of RAW assassination...


India has graciously handled what could otherwise have led to an outright diplomatic furore between New Delhi and Colombo after Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena alleged that he was the target of an assassination plot supposedly hatched... More

India, Lanka and the shadow of Prez Sirisena’s denied allegation of assassination...


India has graciously handled what could have led to an outright diplomatic furore following President Sirisena’s now denied claim (that the The Hindu newspaper first reported citing many witnesses across the political divide which the paper said... More

Sri Lanka reverses $300-mln China housing deal ahead of PM’s India visit


Sri Lanka has reversed a decision to award a $300-million housing deal to China in favour of a joint venture with an Indian company, the government said, ahead of a visit by the prime minister to its... More

Sirisena’s denial he was target of RAW plot to kill him as...


A day after Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena stunned members of the cabinet when he revealed to them that India’s external intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was trying to assassinate him, denials to the contrary... More

A month after Rajapaksa, Ranil goes for India pow wow


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, embroiled in controversy back in Sri Lanka over the dwindling state of the economy, is to visit New Delhi this Friday and meet his counterpart Narendra Modi. His official visit to India comes... More

Navies from China, India, US to meet in Colombo


The navies from China, India and the US are to meet in Colombo next week at a conference organised by the Sri Lanka Navy. Navy Chief of staff, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva said that over 140 participants... More

Political machinations in Sri Lanka deepen as economy continues to take hit


The unending rise of fuel prices in Sri Lanka has clearly put the government on the defensive with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera claiming that they were unaware of the pricing formula. While... More

Israel to grant 5-year work visas Sri Lankan migrant workers


Israeli officials have agreed to grant a five-year work visa for Sri Lankan migrant workers who will be working in the agriculture sector. The agreement has been reached during bilateral discussions held by Deputy Minister Manusha Nanayakkara and... More

Major Naval Base bordering Hambantota Port soon


The Sri Lanka government announced that a major Naval Base bordering the Hambantota Port is underway, complete with high tech equipment, surveillance systems with radar etc. in order to maintain maritime awareness on the east-west coastline. In this... More

Sri Lanka apparel exports up 7.8-pct in Aug despite Brexit hit


Sri Lanka’s apparel exports grew 7.8 percent from a year earlier to 444 million dollars in August 2018, despite a fall in exports to the European Union amid Brexit troubles, data from the Joint Apparel Association Forum... More

Russia interested in closer cooperation with Sri Lanka – Putin


President Vladimir Putin says Russia maintains traditionally friendly relations with Sri Lanka and is interested in closer trade and economic cooperation, including in fishery, agriculture and tourism. “I would like to note that in September we signed a... More

Is Sri Lanka’s Tamil cause a political football?


On September 20, Tamil Nadu’s ruling All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) declared that the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Congress party were responsible for the genocide in Sri Lanka and demanded that the DMK... More

Political tug-a-war against Sirisena- Rajapaksa unison


Two meetings held this week between President Maithripala Sirisena’s SLFP and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s new party the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna (SLPP) has members pulling in opposite directions, concerning the decision for the two parties... More

Sri Lanka enacts law to compensate war victims


Sri Lanka's parliament Wednesday (Oct 10) passed legislation to pay compensation to victims of the island's brutal civil war, nearly a decade after the end of the conflict which claimed 100,000 lives. The legislature voted 59 - 43... More

No Chinese military base at Hambantota port, Sri Lanka says


Sri Lanka rejected on Wednesday (Oct 10) US claims that China might establish a "forward military base" at a strategic port leased to Beijing by the indebted Indian Ocean island nation. Sri Lanka last year granted a 99-year... More

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Redefine Act East thrust 

India's Act East policy has so far mainly focused on developing greater connectivity with Southeast Asia through the country's northeast. But economists and logistics experts have long concluded that India's Look East or Act East thrust will primarily remain a maritime phenomenon because it is much cheaper to connect to much of Southeast Asia by sea than through an under-developed region like Northeast India. It defies logic as to... More

Is conflict driving Bangladesh’s politics and society?

Hate, insults, endless allegations and occasional physical confrontations have become the staple of Bangladesh’s political culture. No one is spared, and no one wants to be excluded. Instead of debate there is abuse. And then comes the counter and then some more...and the cycle goes on. Apart from the highly toxic level of antagonism, it also means that power has become precious and far too many people are trying to... More

India’s limited life-line in Afghanistan

While India continues to plan to expand its foothold in Afghanistan, using its alliance with the United States as its main source of support, and has also developed a seemingly strong relationship with Kabul, a close reading of geo-politics in this region shows that the prospects of a strong Indian presence are bleak. For one thing, India’s main reliance is on the US, which is itself gearing up to withdraw... More

Myanmar’s economy could go into a tailspin as currency woes deepen

y Fears that Myanmar’s currency crisis has only momentarily stalled are growing, as the government does not seem to see any urgency in tackling the underlying causes of the recent fall in the kyat’s value against the dollar. Regional analysts believe a major collapse of the currency remains very real. Their fears were justified when, the end of last week, the kyat plummeted once again to over K 1,600, largely... More

Spreading falsehood and distorting facts

Initiated in 2014 the Ashiana-Iqbal project could not be completed mainly because an illegal award increased the cost, and if it were to be initiated now, the escalated cost of Rs 40 billion will be borne either by the applicants of the government. As Lahore Development Authority (LDA) director general between 2013 and 2016, Ahad Khan Cheema was also a member on the Punjab Land Development Corporation (PLDC) board.... 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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