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 assured unconditional support to Sri Lanka in its endeavour to achieve a bright and prosperous future.
Pakistanâ€™s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat, speaking at a reception hosted in Colombo Friday... More
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
Major General Dampath Fernando has been appointed as the 52nd Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, announced the Military Secretariat, the Army said. He succeeded Major General Amal Karunasekara who retired from... More
Sri Lanka will â€œredoubleâ€ efforts to strike a free trade deal with China and conclude and expanded trade pact with India as part of the island nationâ€™s strategy of becoming an Indian Ocean hub... More
Sri Lankan Navy Tuesday (March 27) dumped in sea several bullet proof vehicles, including an LTTE ship, used by former presidents during the three-decade long civil war to prevent them from falling into â€œwrong... More
The first salvo in President Donald Trumpâ€™s trade war isnâ€™t being heard too loudly in Sri Lankaâ€™s capital, where cranes tower over Chinese-funded construction projects across the capital.
Despite new tariffs and talk of an... More
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka is seeking foreign investment from India, Japan and others amid criticism over his countryâ€™s reliance on Chinese loans for infrastructure projects.
In an interview in Colombo, Wickremesinghe defended... More
Sri Lanka will call for fresh bids for offshore oil and gas exploration in May, Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga said.
The government is making final preparations for the call for bids with... More
The Narendra Modi-led Indian government does not understand Sri Lanka, and in fact, looks at it â€œin a different wayâ€, the countryâ€™s former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa told The Indian Express in an interview... More
Sri Lankan defence ministry is now negotiating with Russia to procure a Radar Controlled Missile System for the Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF), Colombo based Sunday Times reported.
According to the report, â€œAmong those under... More
Sri Lanka and Pakistan will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in the fields of training of civil servants, diplomats and youth development during Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena's visit to Islamabad,... More
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will leave for Islamabad on Thursday (March 22) to attend the Pakistan Republic Day celebrations on March 23 as chief guest on an invitation extended by Pakistan President Mamnoon... More
The United States (US) has raised concerns over alleged abuses by the Sri Lankan security services.
The concerns were raised at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) by the US Mission in Geneva.
â€œWe welcome the... More
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, in a message to Chinese President Xi Jinping, said that Sri Lanka-China relations have made tremendous progress in the recent past encompassing various sectors providing rich dividends to both countries.
Over the past fortnight, Sri Lanka has witnessed a surge in violence targeting Muslims, their properties, and places of worship. It prompted President Maithripala Sirisena to declare an island-wide state of emergency on March... More
Sri Lanka's president announced on Sunday (March 18) he is lifting a nationwide state of emergency imposed 12 days ago to quell anti-Muslim riots in which three people died and hundreds of shops were... More
Just over ten days ago Mohammed Lafeel was the proud owner of a shop selling mobile phones and latest phone related gadgets. Wanting to diversify his business, he had also branched into selling antique... More
Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, who fled the war in the island nation in the 1980s, stood on a â€œdifferent footingâ€ from the Rohingyas who seek shelter from persecution in native Myanmar. Any comparison between... More
The British Government today urged Sri Lanka to prosecute all those who have been leading and inciting religious and ethnic hatred.
The British High Commissioner to Sri Lanka James Dauris said that thousands in Sri... More
When Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena recently arrived in Pakistan as a chief guest to celebrate the Pakistan Day on March 23, he was not just witnessing the military parade, but was also making a meaningful statement about Pakistan’s importance in the region and the value Sri Lanka itself... More
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
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
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
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
The problem starts at a fundamental level. How does one define a sadhu? Tied to the meaning of this word, or character, is in a way the well-being of the world’s largest democracy. Most people would think of a sadhu as an ascetic or monk of some sort. Dictionaries,... More
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
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
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
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