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China Development Bank bags Sri Lanka mandate


China Development Bank (CDB) has knocked out commercial lenders on a US$1bn loan for Sri Lanka, underscoring China’s ability to support the Belt and Road initiative with cheap financing. The Chinese policy bank offered very... More

China’s free trade talks with Sri Lanka hit major hurdles


Talks between China and Sri Lanka for a free trade agreement have hit major hurdles, mainly because Beijing will not agree to Colombo’s demand for a review of the deal after 10 years, Sri... More

US Congress says Sri Lanka’s internal security important


A US Congress delegation from the House Armed Services Committee, told President Maithripala Sirisena that internal security of Sri Lanka is important for regional security and world peace. The delegation, which included the Chairman of... More

The dilemma of the promise of abolishing Lanka’s Executive Presidency


The abolition of the Executive Presidency in Sri Lanka has been promised by all political leaders and Presidents since Chandrika Kumaratunga contested the Presidency in 1994. Mahinda Rajapaksa, who followed Kumaratunga into the Presidency in... More

Sri Lanka: Gotabhaya Rajapaksa dons garb of economic saviour, eyes Presidency


There is little doubt that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and who held the post of Defence Secretary is now making an early preparation to contest the 2020 Presidential elections. His Viyath... More

UK destroys documents on India-Sri Lanka relations during war against LTTE


The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has destroyed around 195 files, including documents relating to relations between India and Sri Lanka at the peak of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) led... More

Sri Lanka accepts a US$1 billion, eight-year loan from China Development Bank


Sri Lanka has accepted an eight-year China Development Bank $1 billion syndicated loan to repay loans maturing this year, two top Sri Lankan Finance Ministry officials said on Friday. The bank was chosen from among... More

Floods wreck havoc, kills 19 in Sri Lanka


The heavy pre-monsoon rains that have continued for the past ten days in Sri Lanka have killed at least nineteen and affected more than 150,000 people in 19 Districts, the Disaster Management Centre in... More

Japan to offer aid for Myanmar, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh ports


The government plans to utilize yen loans to develop ports in three Indian Ocean nations — Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh — as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “free and open Indo-Pacific strategy.” The... More

Controversial Sri Lanka monk found guilty of intimidation


A Sri Lanka court on Thursday (May 24) found a radical Buddhist monk guilty of criminal intimidation, the first time the notorious extremist has faced the prospect of jail. Galagodaatte Gnanasara, who has been accused... More

Sri Lanka warns of looming foreign debt crisis


Sri Lanka is headed for a debt crisis, the finance ministry warned Sunday, blaming a series of costly projects commissioned by the previous government for record-high repayments. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said payments of capital... More

Sri Lanka still a divided nation as it marks anniversary of war’s...


Sri Lanka commemorated the ninth anniversary of the end of its civil war as a divided nation, with minority Tamils calling for an international investigation into alleged wartime atrocities and the government defending soldiers... More

Sri Lanka warns of Tamil separatist resurgence


Sri Lanka's president Saturday (May 19) warned that Tamil extremists were regrouping abroad to revive their demand to divide the island nation nine years after the end of its decades-long ethnic war. Maithripala Sirisena said... More

Nine years after end of Lankan war, chance of permanent peace further...


Nine years after the bloody civil war grinded to a halt Sri Lanka is moving further away from the permanent peace that its citizens want, with the chasm between the Tamils and the Lankan... More

Iran agrees to build new refinery for Sri Lanka


Iran has agreed to build a new oil refinery for Sri Lanka in addition to upgrading its ageing 50,000 barrel per day (bpd) state-owned refinery, Sri Lankan cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said on Wednesday... More

China approves $1 bln loan for Sri Lanka highway


The Chinese government has approved a $1 billion loan to Sri Lanka to build a highway and its export-import bank has been instructed to process the borrowing, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s office... More

Indian army chief to begin 4-day visit to Sri Lanka Monday


India’s Army chief General Bipin Rawat begins a four-day visit to Sri Lanka on Monday ( May 14) with an aim to take forward the military cooperation between the two countries to the "next... More

No persecution of soldiers, says Sri Lankan President


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected charges from his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa that his unity government was persecuting military personnel for ending the war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). “I wish... More

Sri Lankan military ready to face war crimes inquiry


Sri Lanka’s military, on Thursday, said that it was prepared to face a war crimes inquiry in order to clear its name. Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake told the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Sri... More

Sri Lanka sets up special courts to hear corruption cases


The Sri Lanka parliament on Wednesday approved a bill to set up special courts to expedite trials of bribery and corruption cases amid public outcry over delays in punishing members of the island nation's... More

EU says will continue to support reforms process in Sri Lanka


The European Union (EU) says it will continue to support the reforms process in Sri Lanka as well as the reconciliation process. The EU Ambassador to Sri Lanka and the Maldives for the Delegation of... More

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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

Writing on the Wall

Even a cursory analysis of the three Nawaz Sharif sackings as PM reveals one constant sordid fact, his incurring penchant to listen to a bunch of “unelectable advisors” who constantly feed his already inflated ego about his supposed omni-potency. The 1993 sacking did him wonders, turning an Establishment “puppet... 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

Myanmar minister’s mission impossible

Myanmar’s new finance minister, Soe Win is determined to revitalize the government’s economic policies and ensure their effective implementation, according to government insiders. Although he has only been in his post for less than two months, there are significant signs that with him at the helm, the government’s commitment... 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