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Ban on social media and Emergency to remain in Lanka till Defense...


The removal of both the Emergency and the social media clamp down will depend on recommendation of the Ministry of Defense and the approval of the Defense Secretary, sources affiliated to the Presidential Secretariat... More

Sri Lanka president leaves for India amid communal violence


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday (March 10) left on a foreign tour even as his country has been hit by communal violence that has killed at least two people. His visit comes after... More

Kandy looks towards re-instating peace


Almost complete normalcy had returned Saturday to the tourist district of Kandy with Muslim owned shops re-opening after being shuttered down since March 4 following communal violence mainly in the Digana area near the... More

Lankan PM relieved of Law and Order ministry, Kandy returns to peace


President Maithripala Sirisena Thursday (March 8) relieved Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe of the Law and Order ministry that he took up in the recent cabinet reshuffle. Minister Ranjith Madduma Bandara, a senior member of... More

Sri Lanka violence


Over the past few days, disturbing news of communal violence has been coming out of the island nation of Sri Lanka, involving members of the majority Buddhist Sinhalese community and minority Muslims. Much of the... More

Sri Lanka blocks social media as Buddhist mobs attack mosques


Sri Lanka shut down social messaging networks including Facebook on Wednesday (March 7) to control violence targeted at the country’s minority Muslims, officials said, even after the imposition of emergency in the Buddhist-majority island. Tension... More

President Sirisena rushes to Kandy, appeals for peace


Amid continuing unrest in Kandy targeting Muslims in the district, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena had rushed to the riot-torn district on Wednesday and held a special meeting with all religious and political leaders... More

US calls on Sri Lankan to act quickly against sectarian violence


The United States today called on the government of Sri Lanka to act quickly against the perpetrators of communal violence and end the State of emergency while ensuring human rights. TheUS Embassy in Colombo in... More

Lanka moves forward to criminalize enforced disappearances


In the backdrop of the Sri Lankan government appointing Commissioners for the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) to spearhead the task of looking into the issue of ‘missing persons’ in the three-decade long war... More

Independent inquiry ordered after communal violence in Sri Lanka’s Kandy


President Maithripala Sirisena Monday called for police to hold unbiased and independent investigations into communal violence that erupted in the Digana area in Kandy following the death of a Sinhalese truck driver as a... More

Canada demands foreign judges in Sri Lanka at UNHRC


At the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Canada strongly demanded that Sri Lanka fulfill its international commitments by ensuring the involvement of Commonwealth and international investigators, prosecutors and judges in the accountability process. In a... More

Combating anti Muslim hate a key challenge for PM and Law and...


The latest challenge on the reconciliation front for Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who has taken on the additional Ministry portfolio of Law and Order is an anti-Muslim sentiment that is rearing its ugly head... More

OIC expresses concerns over anti-Muslim assaults in Sri Lanka’s Ampara


The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) expressed deep concerns at the reports of the heavily tense situation after a mosque, several hotels and vehicles belonging to Muslims in Ampara were attacked by mobs leading... More

Parallel to UNHRC sessions, Lanka appoints Commissioners for Office of Missing Persons


After months of delaying, the Sri Lankan government has appointed Commissioners for the Office of Missing Persons (OMP) to spearhead the task of looking into the complaints of family members whose kith and kin... More

Sri Lankan govt. launches Office of Missing Persons


Sri Lanka has appointed commissioners to a special panel tasked with investigating war-era disappearances. The Office of Missing Persons was officially launched on Wednesday (Feb 28) by President Maithripala Sirisena. The country’s Parliament agreed two... More

Sri Lanka shops, mosque damaged in Buddhist-Muslim clash


At least five people were wounded and several shops and a mosque damaged in a clash between majority Sinhalese Buddhists and minority Muslims in eastern Sri Lanka, police said on Tuesday (Feb 27). Renewed tension... More

Hambantota port will not be used as military base: Sri Lanka Army


Hambantota port will not be used as a foreign military base, Sri Lanka’s Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) Ravindra Wijegunaratne clarified today at the Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue 2018,  at the Manekshaw Centre in India. Wijegunaratne... More

Political confusion likely to recommence in Lanka


In the aftermath of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe retaining his Premiership and taking on an additional charge of law and order, there is trouble brewing, with sections within his United National Party (UNP) readying... More

Hambantota Port final tranche of USD 580 million on May 9


The final payment of US$ 580 million, for the Hambantota Port joint venture, is expected to be paid by China Merchants Port Holdings Company on 9 May, Minister of Ports and Shipping, Mahinda Samarasighe... More

Lankan Air Force seeks runway access, land at Mattala Airport ahead of...


The Sri Lanka Air Force (SLAF) is seeking access to a runway at the Mattala International Airport near Southern  Hambantota, to be used in case of emergency and for national security purposes, The Sunday... More

In GSP Plus assessment EU finds insufficient progress in Sri Lanka


The European Union (EU) has found that there has been insufficient progress on a number of major issues in Sri Lanka since the unity Government took office 2015. At a discussion on the implementation of... More

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On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... 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

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