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Lanka eyes more agreements with China


Initial discussions between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and visiting Chinese Defence Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan on Monday has  indicated possible defence related pacts between the two countries. President Sirisena stated that China and... More

Wary about US & India, China sends Defence Min to SL


China’s Defence Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan will engage in high level defence related discussions with military and political leaders in Colombo on Monday after arriving on a three day visit, along with a twenty... More

Aris 13 incident shows there’s no room for complacency over piracy


(Exclusive) If the seizure of an oil tanker by Somalian pirates in the Horn of Africa last Monday after a gap of five years has any message for the world, it is that there... More

Sri Lanka makes strong case to woo Hong Kong investor interest


Sri Lanka this Friday (17 March) made its strongest effort to woo interest from Hong Kong-based companies, fund managers and investors, highlighting recent macroeconomic progress as well as measures to boost higher inclusive growth... More

Sri Lankan students aboard Pakistan’s Naval Ships


Over 200 Sri Lankan students from prominent Sri Lankan schools and colleges visited Pakistani Naval Ships NASR & SAIF Tuesday at the Colombo Dockyard. The ships were on a port call to Colombo from... More

Sri Lanka in the midst of a flurry of big power naval...

Following the construction of a full-fledged port in Hambantota, and a container terminal in Colombo, to be part of China’s ambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) global project, world powers are converging on Sri... More

India – Lanka fishing tryst continue


In the midst of Tamil Nadu fishermen putting pressure on the Indian Central government to find a permanent solution to the problem of fishing in the Palk Strait which took a turn for the... More

First-ever Sri Lanka Investment Summit in Hong Kong kicks off today


Nearly 200 foreign delegates are scheduled to attend the first-ever Finance Asia-organised and multi-stakeholder-supported Sri Lanka Investor Summit in Hong Kong today (16 March) at the iconic Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Organisers said as of Tuesday around... More

Drought slashes rice harvest, 900,000 face hunger in SL


The worst drought in five years has pushed 900,000 people in Sri Lanka into “acute food insecurity”, the World Food Programme (WFP) says. The country's rice harvest could be the worst in 40 years, charity... More

China funded mega project inaugurated in Sri Lanka


The China funded $1.15 billion Moragahakanda project, a major infrastructure project for Sri Lanka’s post-war reconstruction, is marking the successful operation of the water control that will have a significant impact on the country’s... More

Sri Lanka eager to work with Indian Ocean maritime powers’


“Sri Lanka is eager to work with the maritime powers of the Indian Ocean and beyond, to make our oceans secure for unimpeded commerce and peaceful navigation”, Sri Lankan Ambassador in the USA Prasad... More

India, Sri Lanka agree to release arrested fishermen


India and Sri Lanka Thursday jointly agreed to release all fishermen held in custody in the two countries in the wake of growing agitation in Tamil Nadu over the death of  a 22-year old... More

IMF assessment on Lanka warns of impact from drought


Even as it appreciated the Lankan government for strong efforts in implementing  IMF-supported economic reforms, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Tuesday warned that the prolonged drought in Sri Lanka could raise food and oil... More

US navy moves quickly to stem China’s monopoly over Hambantota port

The US navy’s move to quickly establish its presence in the controversy-ridden Chinese-built Hambantota port in South Sri Lanka, in collaboration with allies Japan and Australia, stems from the West’s anxiety over China’s current... More

Sri Lankan navy shoots Indian fishermen, one dead


The Sri Lankan navy has allegedly shot dead a 21-year-old fisherman and injured some others when they opened fire on fishermen from Rameswaram, who allegedly poached in Lankan waters on Monday night. The fishermen who... More

UN insists on hybrid courts, Sirisena says no foreign judges, Rajapaksa woos...


Even as the UNHRC last Friday reiterated the need for foreign judges to try alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena, sounding much like his  predecessor declared that he would not allow... More

U.S. – Sri Lanka partnership stretching even more


The U.S. Navy's Pacific Partnership will engage in Sri Lanka for the first time in the 12-year history of the mission making the mission's initial outreach to South Asia. Civil and military personnel of the... More

IMF Chief Christine Lagarde will not make Sri Lanka visit this month


(Reuters) Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will not be visiting Sri Lanka this month as she had been tentatively scheduled to, the global lender said on Sunday. “Unfortunately,... More

Sri Lanka coalition government in a rock and hard place 


Coalition government of Sri Lanka is having a hard time maintaining the balance between the two opposition side in this region’s Geo-political scenario. On one hand China’s investment and financial assistance is difficult to... More

‘Hybrid court’ not feasible in Sri Lanka: Prime Minister


Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe ruled out the possibility of a ‘hybrid court’, saying it was not politically feasible. Instead he proposed a ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ as the best option to deal... More

IMF chief to insist on austerity in Sri Lanka


In the backdrop of Sri Lanka grappling with tighter fiscal and monetary conditions alongside an ongoing drought that is spiraling up inflation, the International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde is scheduled to arrive... More

COLUMN

150 hrs to a new dawn?

Though the usual feudal modus operandi for obtaining votes, particularly in the rural areas, is through outright coercion and/or intimidation, it also depends upon who counts the vote. Even more importantly, it is about who gets to collate it. With rigging/tampering with ballot and ballot boxes fairly widespread in... More

Japanese expert urges Lanka to get P-3C Orion naval reconnaissance aircraft...

Dr. Satoru Nagao, a Japanese expert on maritime security who is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC, says that Sri Lanka should acquire the Lockheed P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft to meet a possible threat from Chinese submarines. Dr. Nagao told this correspondent in an email... More

Is Modi making up for India’s shortage of diplomats?

Narendra Modi is India's most travelled Prime Minister. The opposition Congress recently wanted his name on the Guinness Book of World Records for the most travelled Prime Minister, mockingly writing," We are overwhelmed and”extremely happy to suggest the name of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has set the... More

India faces tough choices as the US sanctions Iran

For the Indian policy makers, one of the crucial questions today is of how to walk a balancing act between the US, their prime strategic ally, and Iran, their traditional regional ally and, of course, third biggest supplier of oil.  The question has become even more significant ever since... More

Something is broken in Bangladesh: Will it heal?

There is something scared about the relationship between a University, its teachers and students. It is built on trust, obligation, mutual affection and much more. Its as if the teacher is the parent, the campus is the home. A relationship is inherently therefore written into this unwritten contract. It was... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

India’s social-media ‘lynch mobs’ pose growing threat

Social-media platforms are often criticized for their susceptibility to toxic dialogue and vicious attacks. It is a problem that India knows well. Just ask External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, whose recent vilification by members and supporters of her own ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a case in point. Swaraj... More

The new trade order

Since the start of the year, U.S. President Donald Trump has lashed out at allies and adversaries alike on trade. Often, as with India, the U.S. has pushed for enhanced security cooperation at the same time it declared trade relations a national security threat. The belligerence has left many... More

One day does not an election make

The much-awaited Gazipur city election is over, the “we-knew-it-from-before” polls results are upon us, the “impartiality” of the police and the “neutrality” of the civil administration have once again been demonstrated, the never-too-late-to-follow “certificate” of the Election Commission has been delivered and, of course, our democracy now stands “strengthened”. As... More

The PDP-BJP coalition was an unnatural and opportunistic alliance

The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. The BJP pulled out of the coalition government and the other partner, the PDP, had no choice but to resign. Only a few weeks ago I had poured out my... 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