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Heads roll and re-fixed in Lanka


In a move that has disgruntled some, and in the immediate aftermath of frantic eleventh hour overnight lobbying, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday, reshuffled his cabinet and appointed new ministers to nine key posts.  Some... More

Lankan First quarter exports fare well, signs of further recovery during 2017


The first quarter exports fared well, despite unfavorable global conditions which continued from 2016 and with the global positive economic forecasts there are signs of further recovery during 2017, the Export Development Board’s Policy & Strategic Planning... More

Lankan Buddhist delegation leaves for Pakistan to attend 2nd Vesak Festival


A thirty four member delegation led by Lankan Buddhist monks and scholars left for Pakistan Sunday on the invitation of the Pakistani government, to attend the second Vesak festival held in Taxila, commemorating the birth, enlightenment and... More

Sri Lanka and New Economic World Order


China hosting a mega event this week not only announced that it has arrived on the world scene as a major economic power-house, but telegraphed its vision for the next 30 years and more.  With the US... More

Anti-Muslim militant Buddhism on the rise in Myanmar and Sri Lanka


Militant-political Buddhism is on the rise in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, both Buddhist-majority countries. It is exploiting the political vacuum existing in these countries due to weak governments, to build a strong political constituency with the aim... More

Cabinet reshuffle on Monday


The United National Party (UNP), the key ally of the government, has finally consented to the proposed Cabinet reshuffle to scheduled for Monday. Initially, the UNP had opposed any changes to the portfolios assigned to its members. However,... More

Don’t use North resources for new industries in region, says CM


The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has placed a rather unusual barricade on development in the region by blocking the use of Northern resources for new industries in the province saying that they... More

President Sirisena reviews progress of independent commissions


President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday chaired a progress review meeting of independent commissions which were established under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution at the Presidential Secretariat. The chairpersons, secretaries and members of the Public Service Commission, Elections... More

Eight years after war, Lanka still struggles for reconciliation

On 18th May 2009 Sri Lanka’s protracted 30th year old war grinded to a bloody halt in Mulliwaikkal, a narrow strip of land between the Nandikadal lagoon and the Bay of Bengal in Mullaitivu district in North... More

China beats India as SL’s biggest trading partner


Amidst open and at times covert battles to dislodge each other’s influence, China has emerged as Sri Lanka’s biggest trading partner, relegating the longstanding dominant India to second place, reports Financial Times. China had eclipsed India last year... More

Sri Lanka to host BIMSTEC confab 2017


Sri Lanka will host the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in Colombo this year. A memorandum submitted by Social Empowerment and Welfare Minister S. B Dissanayake to host the third BIMSTEC ministerial... More

Lankan JO confident of capturing several provincial councils


The Joint Opposition said it was confident of capturing power not only in the North Central Province but in several other provincial council’s as well, if the need arises. “The battle to capture power in the North Central... More

Ranil Wickremesinghe hails China’s connectivity project


Sri Lanka will leverage its strategic location and connectivity to become the hub of the Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said at the recently-concluded Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. “The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) will... More

Governor foils JO’s takeover bid


Sri Lankan North Central Governor P. B. Dissanayake on Sunday declined a request by a group of provincial Councillors loyal to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to replace Chief Minister of the North Central Province S.M. Peshala Jayaratne... More

Tax relief to draw investments


The Sri Lankan government announced on Sunday a new investment incentives scheme and new income tax structure that will come into effect with the passage of the new Inland Revenue Act in Parliament. Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake, giving... More

China defends military ties with Sri Lanka after submarine visit blocked


China defended its military relationship with Sri Lanka as good for regional peace and stability after Sri Lanka rejected a request from China to dock one of its submarines in Colombo this month. Sri Lanka last allowed a... More

Modi woos Lanka, promises India Lanka connectivity


Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday glorified in the teachings of the Buddha and Buddhist based links between the two countries in a backdrop of grumblings in the island over his visit, seen overall as... More

Hambantota port and FTA off the agenda for Wickremesinghe-Jinping talks


The controversy surrounding the Hambantota port, and the ticklish issue of negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with China, are not on the agenda of the forthcoming talks between Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Chinese President... More

Professionals’ National Front writes to Indian PM on ETCA, Trinco oil tanks,...


A strong consortium of professional bodies and trade unions of Sri Lanka, the Professionals’ National Front, delivered a letter to the High Commission of India to be handed over to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi who... More

Modi plays Buddhist card with aplomb to get Sri Lankans to agree...


The visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday played the “ancient Buddhist link” card with aplomb in a bid to give a firm historical and cultural foundation to his plea that Sri Lanka should accept India... More

Modi and Rajapaksa skip politics, talk about economic cooperation in a very...


In a “very friendly and cordial” half an hour’s meeting here late on Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa completely skipped politics and spoke about forging close economic relations between... More

COLUMN

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Only non-interference will mitigate anti-India feelings in Nepal

New Delhi has been receiving shock after shock in the past few days from Nepal, a country which is the closest to India in religious and culture terms, and which Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited four times since he came to power four years ago. The simplistic theory of the votaries of Hindutva that Hinduism alone is enough to keep Nepal in the Indian sphere of influence has... More

Does international pressure matter anymore?

There was once a time when international pressure on domestic issues of the less developed countries mattered. People would look at the West as the great savior particularly in countries where human rights was at bay. During the cold war days, this was strong too and many decisions were taken on the basis of what global public opinion would say. However, in recent years this has mattered less and... More

Pompeo claims to “reset” ties with Pakistan but makes India “strategic...

Just few days before the arrival of the US Secretary of the State, Mike Pompeo, in Pakistan, the US officially cancelled US$300 million aid to Pakistan, signaling the acute low health of Pak-US ties. Then came Mike Pompeo, who stayed in Pakistan for a few hours, and went to India, claiming to have “reset” ties with Pakistan, implying as if deconstructing an old building (the military aid) was necessary... More

UN report accuses Myanmar’s military of genocide

The UN’s independent human rights investigators have issued the toughest verdict yet on the crisis in Myanmar’s war-torn western region of Rakhine State. The investigators’ report does not mince words and is going to have major ramifications, both within the country, and within the international community. In their report, they called on the UN Security Council to refer the Myanmar situation to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or for an... 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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