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Sri Lanka temporarily bars Rajapaksa from acting as PM

A Sri Lankan court has barred former President Mahinda Rajapaksa from acting as prime minister as it hears a petition challenging his refusal to step down despite losing two no-confidence motions last month. Judge Arjuna Obeyesekere issued the... More

Sirisena refuses to reappoint Wickremesinghe, as Appeals Court stays Rajapaksa premiership


Despite the Appeal Court in Sri Lanka temporarily staying the Premiership of Mahinda Rajapaksa and his 49 member purported council of ministers, More

Sri Lanka political crisis: Rajapaksa calls for fresh elections


Failing to prove his majority twice, controversially appointed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday demanded holding snap parliamentary polls to end the ongoing political crisis in the country. The island nation is witnessing a political crisis... More

Indian Coast Guard ships to visit Sri Lanka


Indian Coast Guard ships CGS Samar and Aryaman are on a visit to Sri Lanka from 1 to 7 December. The ships arrived in Colombo after participating in the India-Sri Lanka-Maldives Tri-Lateral Coast Guard Exercise ‘Dosti’ that... More

Speculation continues on Prez Sirisena rescinding dissolution of Lanka parliament


With six days more for the ruling by the Sri Lankan Supreme Court on the gazette notification issued by President Sirisena on November 9, dissolving parliament and ordering fresh elections to the House on Jan 5, reports... More

Sri Lanka’s top military officer shifted to safer prison


Sri Lanka’s top-ranking military officer Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne has been detained for allegedly aiding the abduction and murder of 11 people during the island’s civil war. Wijegunaratne has been transferred to a different prison due to potential security... More

Lanka parliament stops funds to Rajapaksa-Sirisena govt as speculation builds on Wickremesinghe...


A week after the walkout from parliament by the UPFA, comprising the SFLP-SLPP of President Maithripala Sirisena and Mahinda Rajapaksa, pressure is building up on the former to reinstate ‘sacked’ prime minister Ranil Wickremsinghe. Speculation about reinstating Wickremesinghe... More

Sri Lanka’s failing coup might succeed at the ballot box


Following an attempted coup, Sri Lanka remains mired in crisis. President Maithripala Sirisena is still trying to ensure that Mahinda Rajapaksa, his newly—and illegally—appointed prime minister, secures his position. But Ranil Wickremesinghe, the legitimate prime minister, says... More

Sri Lanka signs port deals with China amid political upheaval


Sri Lanka penned two multi-million dollar contracts with Chinese firms for a port upgrade project on Thursday in the middle of a political hiatus that has raised doubts over the legitimacy of the government and the legality... More

Top Sri Lankan military official detained over mass murder cover-up after weeks...


Sri Lanka’s highest-ranking military officer was remanded by a court on Wednesday after weeks evading arrest for allegedly protecting the chief suspect in the murder of 11 people during the civil war. The Colombo Fort magistrate ordered that... More

With Rajapaksa-Sirisena MPs boycotting parliament the Lankan political crisis simmers on


Members of Sri Lanka’s one-month old government Tuesday boycotted parliamentary sessions demanding that they cannot recognize Speaker Karu Jayasuriya who is refusing to acknowledge the government led by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa who was appointed by President... More

Maithripala Sirisena interview: ‘Trouble with Ranil Wickremesinghe began in 2015’


Blaming Ranil Wickremesinghe for the political turmoil in Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena has said that trouble with the prime minister who he sacked on October 26 began almost three years ago when the former sought to... More

Sri Lanka president vows never to reappoint ousted premier


President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday (Nov 25) reignited the political crisis that has crippled Sri Lanka's government for more than a month, vowing never to reappoint arch-rival Ranil Wickremesinghe as prime minister. Mr Wickremesinghe's party has a majority... More

The Sirisena saga


President Maithripala Sirisena, having plunged the country into uncertainty with his decision to sack Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on 26 October and appoint former rival and ex-boss Mahinda Rajapaksa as PM, is now looking to launch a... More

Sri Lankan President Sirisena to pen book on current political crisis


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, who last month abruptly sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickeremesinghe and replaced him with former strongman Mahinda Rajapksa, will write a book on his "unsuccessful political marriage" with the ousted premier. Sirisena's controversial action... More

Sirisena-Rajapaksa group refuses to recognise Speaker as Sri Lanka’s financial woes deepen


Members owing allegiance to the Sirisena-Rajapaksa UPFA alliance on November 23 staged a walkout from parliament over Speaker Karu Jayasuriya’s decision not to include more MPs on the Parliamentary Select Committee (to appoint all other House panels)... More

Opponents of new Sri Lanka PM take control of key committee


Sri Lankan lawmakers opposed to new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa took control of parliament’s main committee on Friday after his supporters walked out, saying the house speaker was biased. Since his surprise appointment last month, Rajapaksa has twice... More

Russia seeks to develop military ties with Sri Lanka


Sergei Shoigu, the Minister of Defence of the Russian Federation sent a congratulatory letter to Hon. Lakshman Senewiratne on the latter’s appointment as the State Minister of Defence of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. A similar... More

Sri Lanka’s political crisis hits stormy financial weather


Sri Lanka’s current political crisis is fast snowballing into a grim economic crisis, with no budget in place for 2019, with international debts due to be re-paid in January and the American credit rating agency Moody's Investors... More

Sri Lanka has two prime ministerial claimants, but no real political options


Every evening for the past three weeks in Colombo, a group of people have assembled at a traffic roundabout near the Liberty cinema and shopping mall. They hold handwritten posters in English, Sinhala and Tamil. “This is... More

Sri Lanka’s new PM may lose budget even as he clings to...


Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who lost two motions of no confidence last week, may lose his government’s budget even as he clings to power. Lawmakers opposed to Rajapaksa said they intend to remove funding... More

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By reaching out to Taliban, Iran makes presence felt in Afghanistan...

The very nature of the conflict in Afghanistan has made it almost impossible for the neighbouring countries to remain aloof from it or maintain some distance, even a calculated one. For one thing, the conflict is no longer just between the US and Taliban or the US and al-Qaeda. The ISIS, known as IS-K in Afghanistan, has established its presence, which has forced many countries—Russia, China and Iran—to change... More

The sorry state of Pakistan’s police

The imperial form of police infrastructure that Pakistan inherited was deliberately created to serve the British rulers rather than promote harmony, security and adherence to the law. The 1861 Police Act has never changed except for minor amendments. Even the new laws introduced by the provinces retain more or less the essence of the original imperial law. The persisting culture is to ensure that the weak remain subservient to... More

Bangladesh’s position on global terrorism index has improved: Australian agency CPES

An Australian outfit, Centre for Peace and Economic Studies (CPES), has stated that Bangladesh has gone up four positions in the global terrorism index, according to it’s ranking. Several other countries in South Asia have gone down in terms of vulnerability, including Pakistan and India. Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka have also improved their standings in this index. CPES has reported that introduction of modern education in madrassas, investment in... More

How the Taliban have become leading actor in Afghan peace talks

While the Taliban have established their domination both politically and militarily in almost half of Afghanistan, the consequent talks with the US and the way they have progressed show that they are already in a commanding position. They certainly have become the leading actor in these talks not just because they are the ones fighting the war against the US and Afghan forces, but also because they are directing... More

Exploiting Pakistan’s ‘Gold Coast’

The emerging markets of Central Asia require that a sea-land (south-south) dimension to support the north-south axis be added for expansion, otherwise all facilities and opportunities are likely to be clogged because of unplanned urban population expansion. The long coastline with stretches of virgin beaches and adjacent vast empty hinterland require well-planned commercial exploitation. It is personally satisfying that recommendations made in my articles of nearly three decades ago,... 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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