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Lanka eyes more agreements with China


Initial discussions between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and visiting Chinese Defence Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan on Monday has  indicated possible defence related pacts between the two countries. President Sirisena stated that China and Sri Lanka will... More

Wary about US & India, China sends Defence Min to SL


China’s Defence Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan will engage in high level defence related discussions with military and political leaders in Colombo on Monday after arriving on a three day visit, along with a twenty member delegation,  sources... More

Aris 13 incident shows there’s no room for complacency over piracy


(Exclusive) If the seizure of an oil tanker by Somalian pirates in the Horn of Africa last Monday after a gap of five years has any message for the world, it is that there is no room... More

Sri Lanka makes strong case to woo Hong Kong investor interest


Sri Lanka this Friday (17 March) made its strongest effort to woo interest from Hong Kong-based companies, fund managers and investors, highlighting recent macroeconomic progress as well as measures to boost higher inclusive growth from which foreign... More

Sri Lankan students aboard Pakistan’s Naval Ships


Over 200 Sri Lankan students from prominent Sri Lankan schools and colleges visited Pakistani Naval Ships NASR & SAIF Tuesday at the Colombo Dockyard. The ships were on a port call to Colombo from 12 to 15... More

Sri Lanka in the midst of a flurry of big power naval...

Following the construction of a full-fledged port in Hambantota, and a container terminal in Colombo, to be part of China’s ambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) global project, world powers are converging on Sri Lanka to ensure... More

India – Lanka fishing tryst continue


In the midst of Tamil Nadu fishermen putting pressure on the Indian Central government to find a permanent solution to the problem of fishing in the Palk Strait which took a turn for the worst after the... More

First-ever Sri Lanka Investment Summit in Hong Kong kicks off today


Nearly 200 foreign delegates are scheduled to attend the first-ever Finance Asia-organised and multi-stakeholder-supported Sri Lanka Investor Summit in Hong Kong today (16 March) at the iconic Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Organisers said as of Tuesday around 190 foreign companies/representatives... More

Drought slashes rice harvest, 900,000 face hunger in SL


The worst drought in five years has pushed 900,000 people in Sri Lanka into “acute food insecurity”, the World Food Programme (WFP) says. The country's rice harvest could be the worst in 40 years, charity Save the Children... More

China funded mega project inaugurated in Sri Lanka


The China funded $1.15 billion Moragahakanda project, a major infrastructure project for Sri Lanka’s post-war reconstruction, is marking the successful operation of the water control that will have a significant impact on the country’s economy and society.... More

Sri Lanka eager to work with Indian Ocean maritime powers’


“Sri Lanka is eager to work with the maritime powers of the Indian Ocean and beyond, to make our oceans secure for unimpeded commerce and peaceful navigation”, Sri Lankan Ambassador in the USA Prasad Kariyawasam said, on... More

India, Sri Lanka agree to release arrested fishermen


India and Sri Lanka Thursday jointly agreed to release all fishermen held in custody in the two countries in the wake of growing agitation in Tamil Nadu over the death of  a 22-year old Indian fisherman, allegedly... More

IMF assessment on Lanka warns of impact from drought


Even as it appreciated the Lankan government for strong efforts in implementing  IMF-supported economic reforms, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Tuesday warned that the prolonged drought in Sri Lanka could raise food and oil imports, with adverse... More

US navy moves quickly to stem China’s monopoly over Hambantota port

The US navy’s move to quickly establish its presence in the controversy-ridden Chinese-built Hambantota port in South Sri Lanka, in collaboration with allies Japan and Australia, stems from the West’s anxiety over China’s current and potential moves... More

Sri Lankan navy shoots Indian fishermen, one dead


The Sri Lankan navy has allegedly shot dead a 21-year-old fisherman and injured some others when they opened fire on fishermen from Rameswaram, who allegedly poached in Lankan waters on Monday night. The fishermen who set out for... More

UN insists on hybrid courts, Sirisena says no foreign judges, Rajapaksa woos...


Even as the UNHRC last Friday reiterated the need for foreign judges to try alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena, sounding much like his  predecessor declared that he would not allow foreign judges into... More

U.S. – Sri Lanka partnership stretching even more


The U.S. Navy's Pacific Partnership will engage in Sri Lanka for the first time in the 12-year history of the mission making the mission's initial outreach to South Asia. Civil and military personnel of the Pacific Partnership are... More

IMF Chief Christine Lagarde will not make Sri Lanka visit this month


(Reuters) Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will not be visiting Sri Lanka this month as she had been tentatively scheduled to, the global lender said on Sunday. “Unfortunately, due to an... More

Sri Lanka coalition government in a rock and hard place 


Coalition government of Sri Lanka is having a hard time maintaining the balance between the two opposition side in this region’s Geo-political scenario. On one hand China’s investment and financial assistance is difficult to ignore for continuing... More

‘Hybrid court’ not feasible in Sri Lanka: Prime Minister


Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe ruled out the possibility of a ‘hybrid court’, saying it was not politically feasible. Instead he proposed a ‘Truth and Reconciliation Commission’ as the best option to deal with post war... More

IMF chief to insist on austerity in Sri Lanka


In the backdrop of Sri Lanka grappling with tighter fiscal and monetary conditions alongside an ongoing drought that is spiraling up inflation, the International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka... More

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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

US withdrawal from Afghanistan showcases India’s hollow Afghan policy

When Donald Trump recently mocked India for building a library in Afghanistan, it signified a lot more than the fact that India is not fighting the Taliban as a US ally; it showed the actual limited presence of India in Afghanistan, although the Indian government has, as of lately, been busy responding to Trump’s jibe by listing its many projects in Afghanistan worth billions of dollars. But there can... 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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