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Ministers oppose snap General Election


Responding to the remarks made by Minister Navin Dissanayake, the others ministers are reported to have resolutely opposed the holding of a snap general election. They met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday evening and discussed the remarks... More

Sirisena keeps control of police as Lanka political crisis festers


The sharp political differences between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have been further reflected in the More

US Naval ship USS Rushmore arrives in Sri Lanka strengthening partnership


United States Navy’s dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) had arrived in Colombo for a scheduled port visit on Friday. Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the ship and the crew... More

Lanka gets new govt and new finance plan


The United National Party has donned once again the mantle of government, following the resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa from the Premiership he was bestowed with on October 26 by President Maithripala Sirisena after the summary sacking of... More

US Naval ship USS Rushmore arrives in Sri Lanka strengthening partnership


United States Navy's dock landing ship USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) has arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka, for a scheduled port visit on Friday (Dec. 21). Sri Lanka Navy welcomed the... More

Sri Lanka, Maldives, and the new great game


The “great game” of the Kipling era was between Britain in India and expanding Tsarist Russia. Now a new one has emerged in the Indian Ocean, with multiple players on one side and China on the other. China... More

Sri Lanka lawmakers defect from president to prime minister after dispute


Three lawmakers from Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena’s party defected to the government of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Tuesday after a dispute between the two leaders. The island nation was plunged into crisis in October after Sirisena... More

The UNP is about to re-start as a government but amidst the...


On Sunday, news channels in Sri Lanka which covered the swearing in of UNP Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister, also aired the scathing criticism uncensored by any political nicety delivered by More

Wickremesinghe is again appointed PM but Rajapaks vows to topple govt


UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe who was sacked by President Maithriapala Sirisena on October 26 was once again sworn in as Prime Minister in front of the President Sunday morning, while back home in Hambantota district Mahinda Rajapaksa... More

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa to step down from disputed prime minister position


Sri Lanka's strongman leader Mahinda Rajapaksa will step down from his disputed position of premier, his son said on Friday (Dec 14), signalling an end to a crippling seven-week long power struggle. Mr Rajapaksa's legislator son Namal Rajapaksa... More

Despite Supreme Court ruling, Wickremesinghe-Sirisena fight is far from being over


With Sri Lanka’s apex court, the Supreme Court,Thursday evening delivering a landmark judgment against the dissolution of parliament carried out by President Maithripala Sirisena on November 09,making it null and void, analysts say that Sri Lanka’s political... More

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

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By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... 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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