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Chinese Naval ship arrives in Lanka on goodwill visit


A Chinese Naval ship has arrived at the port of Colombo on a four-day goodwill visit, the Sri Lankan Navy said. 'Qian Weichang', the ship of the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of China, was ceremonially welcomed by... More

Sri Lanka to host 2-day defence seminar in August end


Sri Lanka will host a two-day defence seminar which will focus on a wide spectrum of global and regional issues including the political changes in Pakistan, according to the Lankan Army chief. Addressing the media on the 8th... More

Sri Lanka keen to invest more in Bangladesh


Sri Lankan entrepreneurs have expressed their interest to invest more in different sectors of Bangladesh since there is an investment-friendly environment. They came up with their interest while a business delegation of the Sri Lanka Bangladesh Chamber of... More

EU extends LTTE ban for 6 months as Lanka tightens grip to...


Heavy lobbying by Sri Lanka has succeeded in the European Union deciding to continue the ban of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as a terrorist organization, amidst fears of pro LTTE sentiments being revived in... More

Sri Lanka may allow visa-free entry for Indian tourists soon


Indian tourists visiting Sri Lanka may soon be exempted from visa requirement as the government is mulling granting visa -free entry to visitors from countries like India and China, Sri Lanka’s tourism minister John Amaratunga said today.... More

China’s base in Sri Lanka part of its dominant Indian Ocean presence


Sri Lanka recently announced it was shifting its naval base from Galle to Hambantota Port – considered “China-controlled” with a major role in China’s Belt and Road initiative. Sri Lanka has informed China that Hambantota cannot be... More

Sri Lankan gov’t reworking MoU on Hambantota airport deal with India


The Sri Lankan government is reworking on the draft of a memorandum of understanding to hand over the management of Mattala Rajapaksha International Airport at Hambantota to Indian airport operator, according to a media report today. Built... More

Germany arrests ex-LTTE suspect over alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka


German authorities have arrested a Sri Lankan man suspected of involvement in killing captured government soldiers as a member of the Tamil Tigers rebel group a decade ago. Federal prosecutors said a judge ordered Thursday the 36-year-old, identified... More

Sri Lanka awards Antonov aircraft overhaul contract to Russian firm


The Sri Lankan Air Force (SLAF) has awarded a contract to a Russia firm, MFG to overhaul three Ukrainian-origin Antonov AN-32B aircraft in Russia. According to a recommendation of the SLAF, the tender was won by a Russian... More

India concerned over China’s rising investments in Sri Lankan port projects


As China rushes to invest in more ports in Sri Lanka, India views with concern the Asian neighbour’s bid to increase its footprint in the Indo-Pacific region. China also recently gifted a naval frigate to the island... More

Chinese Communist Party assures Sri Lanka support to achieve goals


Guo Yezhou, Vice Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) gave the assurance when he met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in Colombo Thursday (August 2). A delegation of the... More

China donates warships to Sri Lanka in drive to expand regional influence


China will donate warships to Sri Lanka and the Philippines in the latest effort to boost its military influence in the Indo-Pacific region. The gift of a frigate to Sri Lanka was announced last week by Senior Colonel... More

Coming submarine wars: Implications for Sri Lanka


Dialogues, conferences, conventions around broader themes of maritime security is shaping Sri Lanka security discourse in a grand way. Geographic location and its strategic connotation coming to an intense geo political competition has elevated Sri Lanka’s own... More

The world’s loneliest airport has India, Sri Lanka in a tough spot


Sri Lanka and India seem to be on the opposite sides of the table on a crucial issue of bilateral ties. Earlier this month, Sri Lankan civil aviation minister Nimal Siripala de Silva had told the Parliament that... More

Sri Lanka ‘not concerned’ about prospect of losing GSP-Plus


The Sri Lankan government claimed that it was “not concerned” over the possible loss of GSP-Plus trade concessions from the European Union over plans to reinstate the death penalty on the island. Colombo Gazette quoted Sri Lankan cabinet... More

Mattala deal will embroil Sri Lanka in India-China ‘regional power games’: Rajapaksa


Sri Lanka’s proposed deal with India over the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport will “unnecessarily” embroil the island national in India-China “regional power games”, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said. The Sri Lankan government earlier this month had announced that... More

India denies having expressed interest in acquiring Sri Lankan airport


Contradicting a recent statement by the Sri Lankan government, the Indian government has denied reports that it was planning to purchase a controlling stake in Sri Lanka's Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. "No such proposal is under consideration at... More

China says Sri Lanka a key component of maritime silk road


China says Sri Lanka is a key component of the “21st Century Maritime Silk Road”, with the Hambantota Port and Colombo Port City as the two flagship projects of the pragmatic cooperation between China and Sri Lanka... More

A place to grow, a place to rest; Sri Lanka’s man-made forest...


Bandarawela is a scenic town in the Badulla district in Sri Lanka. Here the climate is chilly, mountains scenic and waterfalls luxurious. The region is known for tea cultivation and many of its mountains have been stripped of... More

Sri Lanka to receive naval frigate from China


China plans to gift a Naval Frigate to Sri Lanka as part of their mutual military trust, a Chinese official said Tuesday. Senior Colonel Xu Jianwei of the Chinese Embassy speaking at a reception held at the Shangri-La... More

China muscling out India in Sri Lanka with money power


India's historic relations with maritime neighbour Sri Lanka are facing a challenge. China is negating the disadvantage of distance (nearly 5,000 km between Colombo and Beijing) with money by financing large-scale infrastructure and development projects in the island... More

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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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