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President Srishena can seek a second term in Sri Lanka


Sri Lankan Western Province Chief Minister Isura Devapriya Wednesday argued that President Maithripala Sirisena was the most suitable SLFP presidential candidate at the Presidential Election in 2020. The CM told the media in Colombo that President Sirisena was no... More

Sri  Lankan government in 2017


Even the most ardent supporters of the Sirisena-Wickremasinghe government would have been disappointed with the government’s performance in 2016, and many of them would be hoping for some positive turnarounds in the New Year that is just... More

Global consultation on migrant health in Colombo next month


The second Global Consultation on Migration Health (GCMH) will be held in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, from February 21-23 to address the issues of all migrant categories and the health issue of refugees across the... More

Hambantota special zone to attract Chinese industries unveiled


Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe and Chinese Ambassador Yi Xianliang launched a special industrial zone in Hambantota yesterday hoping to attract $5 billion in Chinese investments despite protests by opposition politicians and monks. The Prime Minister... More

Year Review: Sri Lanka needs articulated policy to balance multiple actors


Sri Lanka, though a small island state, lies at the tip of the South Asian subcontinent and at the center of the Indian Ocean. In a vastly interconnected world, the sweeping effects of globalization; China’s economic downturn;... More

Foreign judges won’t be accepted in Sri Lanka


Sri Lankan State Finance Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena rejected a comprehensive set of proposals, including foreign judges and other personnel in accountability mechanisms to address the grievances of the war affected. An eleven-member Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation... More

Regime Change: Mahinda should first safeguard his parliamentary seat – Ranil


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe addressing a press conference at Temple Trees to announce the launch of Powerful Sri Lanka, described as a programme to establish an economy providing opportunities to one and all, in conjunction with the... More

Rajapaksa will topple govt. while Ranil is in the country!


Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa said he was not a back stabber trying to topple the government in the absence of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. He was responding to PM Wickremesinghe’s remark on Monday that he was... More

MR can play while I am away – Ranil


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said yesterday that he was still in the saddle, but former President Mahinda Rajapaksa could please himself by doing what he wanted in his (Wickremesinghe's) absence. Speaking in lighter vein during a function at... More

Private US company chosen for public sector reform


The US has chosen Maryland headquartered Development Alternatives, Inc (DAI), to implement a mega project meant to reform Sri Lanka’s public sector, in accordance with an agreement between Sri Lanka and the House Democracy Partnership of the... More
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Rajapaksa confident to topple Govt in 2017


Former President and Kurunegala District SLFP MP Mahinda Rajapaksa said his sole focus in 2017 will be that of toppling the current regime and return to power for a third time. The former President made this comment following... More

CPC, NWPC spurn UNP’s Bill in Sri Lanka


The Development (Special Provisions) draft bill seeking to create super minister to override the powers of the provincial councils was rejected by two-more SLFP dominated Provincial Councils. The Central Provincial Council (CPC) and the North Western Provincial Council... More

Colombo Port: Fifth container terminal to India


In the wake of a simmering controversy over China Merchant Port Holdings being given an 80 per cent stake in the Hambantota port, a fresh dispute is brewing at the Colombo Port regarding a move to involve... More

Constitution making process: JO spells out conditions


Sri Lankan Joint Opposition (JO) stressed that its participation in the ongoing constitutional making process would be subject to 14 non-negotiable conditions. The JO grouping comprises 51 members of parliament elected on the UPFA ticket at Aug... More

India in quandary over new govt’s relationship with China!


Tensed discussion going on regarding Sri Lanka’s relationship with China and India. Giving 80 percent share of hambantota port to China is sparking huge debate. This spark caught fire with India’s former national security advisor newly published... More

Sri Lanka’s new constitution and the long shadow of Rajapaksa

Sri Lanka’s new constitution-making process remains embroiled in an enigmatic muddle where it is caught between sentiments of Tamil politicians, the central government, and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has turned a deaf ear to... More
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US eyeing Trinco harbour to expand naval bases in Sri Lanka


Leader of the Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) Prof. Tissa Vitharane yesterday warned that the US was eyeing the Trincomalee harbour as part of its naval base expansion project. He called upon Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to resign... More

Change of govt. predicted by Mahinda creates China’s concern about ‘instability’ in...


Apprehension blooming among the concerned parties. That Sri Lankan coalition government could collapse. This became more apperent in a statement of Skills Development and Vocational Training Minister Palitha Ranga Bandara who is currently visiting China. Srilankan Minister Bandara,... More

India, China, Japan must work together for economic cooperation in Asia


In a recent interview given to The Hindu at Temple Trees in Colombo, Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Prime Minster of Sri Lanka answered questions relating to many key local, regional and international issues   Q: Prime Minister, the overall political... More

Sri Lanka to sell loss-making port to China


Sri Lanka hopes to sell part of its loss-making $1.4 billion harbour to a Chinese company in January to help pay off crippling debts, the ports minister said Wednesday. Arjuna Ranatunga said talks were under way with China... More

Sri Lanka, Tajikistan to enhance security cooperation


Agreeing to enhance cooperation in the field of regional security, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan signed agreements in several sectors, including economy and tourism. The agreements were signed following the bilateral discussions between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and... More

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Bangladesh: A certain election in an uncertain season

Politics in Bangladesh is fluid in a way that would completely befuddle a non-citizen. However, the average Bangladeshi is a resilient human who has suffered so much political and other related turmoil that anxieties that usually beset people when faced with such situations doesn’t affect him much. For starters, both the Awami League and the BNP are in total disagreement over how an election should be conducted. It’s so fundamental... More

Projecting falsehood by propaganda

The advertising and media worlds are there to inform the public: the media about what is going on in the world of politics, art and business, while advertisements are there to promote products, politics, individuals. Both these are means to convince the masses that they should “buy” what is being sold to them. Advertisements have developed into a major means of income for media – newspapers, TV channels and... More

Suu Kyi seeks Asean support on Rohingya return but also faces...

Aung San Suu Kyi is attending the Asean meetings in Singapore this week, seeking support from her Asian allies in dealing with the country’s Rakhine crisis. She especially wants the members of the regional bloc to back her government’s efforts to resettle the returning Muslim refugees—who have fled the violence in Myanmar’s strife-torn western region—and to be involved in future reconciliation efforts. So, a Nargis-style approach, led by Asean but... 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

After CBI, now RBI 

The opposition in India has blamed the Narendra Modi government for "ruining national institutions". Last week, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seemed to fall apart over severe differences between its chief Alok Verma and his number two Rakesh Asthana, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer known to be close to Modi. The government's intervention to send both officers on leave was challenged in the Supreme Court by Verma, amid television... 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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