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One more day for the NCM against Lankan PM


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 assures unconditional support to Sri Lanka


Pakistan assured unconditional support to Sri Lanka in its endeavour to achieve a bright and prosperous future. Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat, speaking at a reception hosted in Colombo Friday... More

Power struggle: Sri Lanka president cuts PM’s duties


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

Sri Lanka appoints new Army Chief of Staff


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 determined to agree free trade deal with China and India


Sri Lanka will “redouble” efforts to strike a free trade deal with China and conclude and expanded trade pact with India as part of the island nation’s strategy of becoming an Indian Ocean hub... More

Sri Lanka sinks bullet proof vehicles, LTTE ship


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 “wrong... More

Trade war talk likely worse than reality, says Sri Lankan official


The first salvo in President Donald Trump’s trade war isn’t being heard too loudly in Sri Lanka’s capital, where cranes tower over Chinese-funded construction projects across the capital. Despite new tariffs and talk of an... More

Sri Lanka PM wants India & Japan cash to balance China

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said Sri Lanka is seeking foreign investment from India, Japan and others amid criticism over his country’s reliance on Chinese loans for infrastructure projects. In an interview in Colombo, Wickremesinghe defended... More

Sri Lanka to call for offshore oil exploration bids in May


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

Modi govt’s bureaucrats do not understand Sri Lanka, says Gotabaya


The Narendra Modi-led Indian government does not understand Sri Lanka, and in fact, looks at it “in a different way”, the country’s former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa told The Indian Express in an interview... More

Sri Lanka to get surface-to-air missiles from Russia


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, “Among those under... More

Sri Lanka, Pakistan to sign MoU on bilateral cooperation in foreign affairs


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 to attend Pakistan Republic Day as chief guest


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

US raises concerns over alleged abuses in Sri Lanka


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. “We welcome the... More

Sri Lanka seeks to consolidate relationship with China


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. “I... More

Sri Lanka’s anti-Muslim violence


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 ends emergency as ethnic tensions subside


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

Aftermath of anti-Muslim violence in Sri Lanka: Striving for sanity after madness

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

Can’t compare Sri Lanka refugees and Rohingya, says India


Sri Lankan Tamil refugees, who fled the war in the island nation in the 1980s, stood on a “different footing” from the Rohingyas who seek shelter from persecution in native Myanmar. Any comparison between... More

UK urges Sri Lanka to prosecute those inciting religious hatred


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

Facebook officials to visit Lanka, calls to lift the social media ban...


Amid pleas from the private sector, rights activists and top diplomats for the re-instating of Facebook back in the country after it was shut down last week to stem social media being used to... More

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Against India’s plan to scuttle, Pakistan has the plan to expand...

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

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

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

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

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

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

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

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Subversion of democracy

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

Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

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

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

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

Mutual respect is the key

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

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

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