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Sri Lanka parliament passes confidence vote backing ousted PM


Sri Lanka’s parliament on Wednesday passed a vote of confidence in its ousted prime minister, as it sought his reinstatement by the president to defuse a political crisis and avoid a government shutdown. The South Asian island nation... More

Sri Lanka president Sirisena accuses foreign forces of intimidating him


Sri Lanka’s current political crisis is a result of a clash between external and local values, defiant President Maithripala Sirisena has said as he accused “foreign forces” of intimidating him. The island nation has been in a political... More

Sri Lanka provides right ground for implementing ‘China-India Plus’ plan


Sri Lanka’s recent political crisis has attracted global attention with the appointment of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new prime minister. Many observers link the leadership change to the contest for influence in South Asia between... More

U.S. Navy aircraft career USS John C. Stennis establishes a logistics hub...


Taking advantage of a growing naval partnership with Sri Lanka, the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) of the U.S. Pacific Fleet has established a logistics hub in Sri Lanka to receive support, supplies and... More

UK closely follows developments in Sri Lanka’s human rights


The United Kingdom is closely following developments in promoting and protecting human rights in Sri Lanka and is aware of the concern felt by many about the potential impact on human rights defenders, UK Minister of State... More

UNP to move Vote of Confidence on ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe


As the country awaits the Supreme Court ruling on the multiple Fundamental Rights petitions against the dissolution of Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena, which will decide Sri Lanka’s immediate political future, ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National... More

In times of faltering economy, Sri Lankans are torn between their hatred...


Even as political uncertainty continues in Sri Lanka after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked the then Prime Minister Anil Wickremesinghe on October 26 the country More

Sri Lanka Supreme Court extends parliament dissolution order


Sri Lanka's Supreme Court has extended a suspension of a contested dissolution of parliament till Saturday, giving more time for lawyers to argue the case. A 7-judge bench is hearing several petitions challenging the dissolution of parliament, which... More

An evaluation of Sri Lanka’s democratic credentials


On Monday, Sri Lanka’s Court of Appeal issued an interim injunction suspending the government of Mahinda Rajapaksa, his ministers, deputy ministers, and state ministers from continuing to function in their respective portfolios. This has reversed, albeit temporarily,... More

Ousted PM Ranil Wickremesinghe meets diplomats, does not speak of Rajapaksa as...


UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who was stripped of his Premiership by President Maithripala Sirisena on October 26 had told foreign Ambassadors in a meeting Tuesday that he has ‘nothing against’ More

Sri Lanka temporarily bars Rajapaksa from acting as PM

A Sri Lankan court has barred former President Mahinda Rajapaksa from acting as prime minister as it hears a petition challenging his refusal to step down despite losing two no-confidence motions last month. Judge Arjuna Obeyesekere issued the... More

Sirisena refuses to reappoint Wickremesinghe, as Appeals Court stays Rajapaksa premiership


Despite the Appeal Court in Sri Lanka temporarily staying the Premiership of Mahinda Rajapaksa and his 49 member purported council of ministers, More

Sri Lanka political crisis: Rajapaksa calls for fresh elections


Failing to prove his majority twice, controversially appointed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday demanded holding snap parliamentary polls to end the ongoing political crisis in the country. The island nation is witnessing a political crisis... More

Indian Coast Guard ships to visit Sri Lanka


Indian Coast Guard ships CGS Samar and Aryaman are on a visit to Sri Lanka from 1 to 7 December. The ships arrived in Colombo after participating in the India-Sri Lanka-Maldives Tri-Lateral Coast Guard Exercise ‘Dosti’ that... More

Speculation continues on Prez Sirisena rescinding dissolution of Lanka parliament


With six days more for the ruling by the Sri Lankan Supreme Court on the gazette notification issued by President Sirisena on November 9, dissolving parliament and ordering fresh elections to the House on Jan 5, reports... More

Sri Lanka’s top military officer shifted to safer prison


Sri Lanka’s top-ranking military officer Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne has been detained for allegedly aiding the abduction and murder of 11 people during the island’s civil war. Wijegunaratne has been transferred to a different prison due to potential security... More

Lanka parliament stops funds to Rajapaksa-Sirisena govt as speculation builds on Wickremesinghe...


A week after the walkout from parliament by the UPFA, comprising the SFLP-SLPP of President Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa, pressure is building up on the former to reinstate ‘sacked’ prime minister Ranil Wickremsinghe. Speculation about reinstating Wickremesinghe... More

Sri Lanka’s failing coup might succeed at the ballot box


Following an attempted coup, Sri Lanka remains mired in crisis. President Maithripala Sirisena is still trying to ensure that Mahinda Rajapaksa, his newly—and illegally—appointed prime minister, secures his position. But Ranil Wickremesinghe, the legitimate prime minister, says... More

Sri Lanka signs port deals with China amid political upheaval


Sri Lanka penned two multi-million dollar contracts with Chinese firms for a port upgrade project on Thursday in the middle of a political hiatus that has raised doubts over the legitimacy of the government and the legality... More

Top Sri Lankan military official detained over mass murder cover-up after weeks...


Sri Lanka’s highest-ranking military officer was remanded by a court on Wednesday after weeks evading arrest for allegedly protecting the chief suspect in the murder of 11 people during the civil war. The Colombo Fort magistrate ordered that... More

With Rajapaksa-Sirisena MPs boycotting parliament the Lankan political crisis simmers on


Members of Sri Lanka’s one-month old government Tuesday boycotted parliamentary sessions demanding that they cannot recognize Speaker Karu Jayasuriya who is refusing to acknowledge the government led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who was appointed by President... More

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Modi now looks vulnerable 

The BJP has tried to make all elections in India go the presidential way – Narendra Modi versus the rest. The results of elections in five states, which became clear by December 11 evening, may not change that but the Modi magic suddenly appears to be fading. It is not just the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, where Modi campaigned extensively before the polls. The stunning resignation... More

Beijing increases pressure on Myanmar to open up economically amid Western...

China is increasing its pressure on the Myanmar government in an effort to consolidate its strategic position in Beijing’s march westward. China is also trying to capitalise on Myanmar’s increasing disaffection with the West, and the opportunity offered by the latter’s own cautious realignment and recently developed strategic vision, with the newly launched ‘Look East’ policy. A number of high-power senior Chinese government officials have visited the capital Naypyitaw, all... More

Trump’s melodrama vis-à-vis Pakistan meets ground realities

The Trump administration's renewed push to seek Pakistan's help in bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table comes as a striking contrast to what the US president had only very recently said in one of his interviews about Pakistan not doing anything in Afghanistan to help the US win the war, or even get out of it. Coming from a president who is famous for his unpredictable habit of... More

Imran Khan needs better advisers

One of the central problems of Imran Khan’s government is the quality and commitment of his range of advisers, not only for day-to-day politics but for short and long-term decision-making processes. The PM has been more than once given the perception of taking off-the-cuff decisions through speeches and interviews. Even good advisers do not matter until there is a due process for diligence and analysis to not only sort... More

In Bangladesh, a poor politician is of no use to anyone

In Dhaka’s swirling political speculations and gossip, the latest is about who among the electoral candidates is wealthy and who is not. On paper, many have declared their wealth and almost none have been found credibility among the public. They know that to survive in politics you need to make and spend a lot of money which, going by wealth levels, would be impossible. Politics is not just about power... 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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