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Sri Lanka, Tajikistan to enhance security cooperation


Agreeing to enhance cooperation in the field of regional security, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan signed agreements in several sectors, including economy and tourism. The agreements were signed following the bilateral discussions between Sri Lankan President... More

Rectify FTA before finalising ETCA – GL


Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has urged the government to rectify shortcomings in the Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA) before finalising controversial Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement (ETCA). Addressing members of Sri Lanka... More

Sri Lanka cabinet nod to lease port to China


  Sri Lanka will take part in a joint venture with a Chinese company to develop a port in its south, where China has also been offered an investment zone. The cabinet approved a plan under... More

Srilankan President frowns on ‘misinformation’ about proposed constitution


Srilankan President Maithripala Sirisena called on the Opposition not to propagate misinformation about the new constitution to instigate people and grab power. Such action would have an adverse impact on future generations, he added. Participating in... More

PM apologizes for burning of Jaffna library during UNP rule


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Moneday apologised for the destruction of the Jaffna library when the UNP was in power in 1981. Participating in the third reading stage debate on budget 2017 under the expenditure heads of... More

Sri Lanka’s Sirisena awaits a thumbs-up from Trump


It is yet to be seen how the Donald Trump victory in the United States will impact Sri Lanka in the long term, mainly its relations with the ethnic minorities, especially the Tamil minority... More

Sino-Lanka relations getting new wings


Sri Lanka will buy more military transport planes from China and seek its help in transforming its Hambantota port into a hub comparable with Shenzhen. The country’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told the South... More

China to keep close eye on external intervention in domestic matters of...


China takes a strong stand against external intervention in the domestic matters of Sri Lanka and disapproves of attempts to tarnish the image of Sri Lanka in the world using Humans rights as a... More

China remains Sri Lanka’s big partner amid strained relations 


Discarding ongoing difficulties in bilateral relations over ‘the high interest rate’ against loan, China and Sri Lanka held a business meeting in Colombo on Wednesday. Yi Xianliang, the ‘disputed’ ambassador of China to Sri... More

Sri Lanka to summon Chinese envoy


  The government plans on summoning Chinese Ambassador, Yi Xianliang, for criticizing the government, over its 'inconsistent' policies on China's involvement in the country, says the Foreign Ministry. Sources in the FM said, the envoy would... More

Sirisena in India to attend WHO conference


  President Maithripala Sirisena left the country, for India 0n 7 November, to participate in a global anti-tobacco conference hosted in New Delhi. During his two-day visit, President Sirisena will participate in the WHO Framework Convention... More

SLNS ‘Sayura’ and SLNS ‘Suranimala’ on training visit to India


  Sri Lanka Navy is taking part in joint training exercise with the Indian Navy. Offshore Patrol Vessel SLNS ‘Sayura’ and Fast Missile Vessel SLNS ‘Suranimala’ left Colombo port on Oct 22’16 for India. The... More

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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

Myanmar readies for second face of reforms

Myanmar has reached a critical crossroads with the start of a new financial year and the beginning of the National League for Democracy (NLD) government’s third year in office. But concrete plans for accelerated economic and political reform are in the pipeline: the plans mark a return to the... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... 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