Sri Lanka wants Chinese help to recover evidence of “assassination plot”

Sri Lankan police on Tuesday won permission from a court to ask Chinese phone manufacturer Huawei to help recover data from a phone used by a police informant who has alleged a plot to kill President Maithripala... More

Welcoming greater participation in dev’t projects, Lankan PM plays up India visit

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is said to have secured India’s support following strong assurances by him to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and other high public officials that he would continue to pursue economic cooperation... More

At Sri Lanka conference China seeks role in Indian Ocean security

China on Monday sought a bigger role in Indian Ocean security saying no single country can handle the process. Speaking at the Galle Dialogue 2018 in Colombo, Rear Admiral Han Xiaohu, Commandant of the Naval Command College (NCC)... More

No strings attached? How Sri Lanka can make the most of security...

Sri Lanka is a middle-income country that is strategically located in the Indian Ocean. It emerged from a three-decade civil war and is now in a post-conflict era, struggling to maintain internal political and economic stability while... More

Indian PM Modi ticks off Wickremesinghe for Sri Lanka’s sluggish response to...

Displeased over the sluggish pace of India-sponsored development projects in Sri Lanka, that were aimed at countering similar moves by China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is said to have “ticked off” Ranil Wickremesinghe, his More

PM Modi, Wickremesinghe hold talks, discuss India-assisted development projects in Sri Lanka

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe held talks Saturday covering the entire gamut of bilateral relations and discussed ways to deepen the “historically close” relations between the two countries. The Ministry of... More

UN asks Sri Lanka to repatriate commander in Mali over human rights...

The United Nations asked the government of Sri Lanka on Friday to immediately repatriate the commander of its 200-strong contingent assigned to the UN peacekeeping force in Mali following a review of his human rights background. UN spokesman... More

Congress party and Ranil discuss maritime issues

Congress party president Rahul Gandhi today called on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in New Delhi. Chairperson of the United Progressive Alliance, Sonia Gandhi, was also present in the meeting, along with former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh and... More

Where India and Sri Lanka stand despite Sirisena’s allegation of RAW assassination...

India has graciously handled what could otherwise have led to an outright diplomatic furore between New Delhi and Colombo after Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena alleged that he was the target of an assassination plot supposedly hatched... More

India, Lanka and the shadow of Prez Sirisena’s denied allegation of assassination...

India has graciously handled what could have led to an outright diplomatic furore following President Sirisena’s now denied claim (that the The Hindu newspaper first reported citing many witnesses across the political divide which the paper said... More

Sri Lanka reverses $300-mln China housing deal ahead of PM’s India visit

Sri Lanka has reversed a decision to award a $300-million housing deal to China in favour of a joint venture with an Indian company, the government said, ahead of a visit by the prime minister to its... More

Sirisena’s denial he was target of RAW plot to kill him as...

A day after Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena stunned members of the cabinet when he revealed to them that India’s external intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), was trying to assassinate him, denials to the contrary... More

A month after Rajapaksa, Ranil goes for India pow wow

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, embroiled in controversy back in Sri Lanka over the dwindling state of the economy, is to visit New Delhi this Friday and meet his counterpart Narendra Modi. His official visit to India comes... More

Navies from China, India, US to meet in Colombo

The navies from China, India and the US are to meet in Colombo next week at a conference organised by the Sri Lanka Navy. Navy Chief of staff, Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva said that over 140 participants... More

Political machinations in Sri Lanka deepen as economy continues to take hit

The unending rise of fuel prices in Sri Lanka has clearly put the government on the defensive with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera claiming that they were unaware of the pricing formula. While... More

Israel to grant 5-year work visas Sri Lankan migrant workers

Israeli officials have agreed to grant a five-year work visa for Sri Lankan migrant workers who will be working in the agriculture sector. The agreement has been reached during bilateral discussions held by Deputy Minister Manusha Nanayakkara and... More

Major Naval Base bordering Hambantota Port soon

The Sri Lanka government announced that a major Naval Base bordering the Hambantota Port is underway, complete with high tech equipment, surveillance systems with radar etc. in order to maintain maritime awareness on the east-west coastline. In this... More

Sri Lanka apparel exports up 7.8-pct in Aug despite Brexit hit

Sri Lanka’s apparel exports grew 7.8 percent from a year earlier to 444 million dollars in August 2018, despite a fall in exports to the European Union amid Brexit troubles, data from the Joint Apparel Association Forum... More

Russia interested in closer cooperation with Sri Lanka – Putin

President Vladimir Putin says Russia maintains traditionally friendly relations with Sri Lanka and is interested in closer trade and economic cooperation, including in fishery, agriculture and tourism. “I would like to note that in September we signed a... More

Is Sri Lanka’s Tamil cause a political football?

On September 20, Tamil Nadu’s ruling All India Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) declared that the opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Congress party were responsible for the genocide in Sri Lanka and demanded that the DMK... More

Political tug-a-war against Sirisena- Rajapaksa unison

Two meetings held this week between President Maithripala Sirisena’s SLFP and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s new party the Sri Lanka Podu Jana Peramuna (SLPP) has members pulling in opposite directions, concerning the decision for the two parties... More


Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections

Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties – the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are... More

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land mass, have been perceived through centuries as two separate continents. One major reason may be that the western end of the Eurasian landmass took a very different turn in its development, with renaissance, scientific and industrial revolutions and ‘modernity’ changing its economic, social and intellectual... More



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