President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday (Dec. 12) intervened to address the fertiliser shortage in the country with a request made to Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for 75,000 MT of fertiliser to be... More
A Sino-Sri Lankan Joint Venture to run the China-funded US$ 1.4 billion Hambantota port in South Sri Lanka was officially launched here on Saturday (Dec. 9) by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.
The Joint Venture is... More
The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big... More
Sri Lanka will hand over commercial activities in its main southern port to a Chinese company on Saturday (Dec 9)and receive around US$300 million (S$404.2 million) out of a US$1.1 billion deal soon after,... More
As the date of the much anticipated local government elections is confirmed as being 10 February 2018 by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, political sources say that talks between rival factions of the Sri Lanka... More
The Local Government Polls will be held in the first week of February next year, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on December 3. However he said the ultimate decision on this would... More
With gale force winds and heavy rain battering many districts across the country, the army was called in for search, rescue and relief operations in flood-affected areas.
Army Headquarters said that more than 500 military... More
The funds received from China Merchant Company in connection with the Hambantota Port Project and those received from the Indian company in connection with the Mattala Airport will be credited to a special account... More
An international mass wedding involving 100 young Chinese couples, planned as a tourism promotion event to showcase the country’s rich culture will be held in Sri Lanka on December 17, Megapolis and Western Development... More
As Sri Lanka’s Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faiszer Mustapha attempted to avert the no confidence motion submitted against him over the delay of local government elections in the country, by insisting that... More
Relations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka are warm and multifaceted, the Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said 0n Nov 28.
A delegation of Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship, Trade and Investment Association met the High Commissioner... More
Heroes’ Day or Maaveerar Naal in memory of the dead cadres of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) was observed throughout the Tamil-dominated areas of North and East Sri Lanka on Monday on a... More
The Government of Sri Lanka has noted that China is a dependable friend and has been there during good times and bad.
State Minister of Foreign Affairs Vasantha Senanayake noted that Sri Lanka’s relations with... More
Sri Lanka has failed to give a definitive word about the leasing of the Mattala Airport in Southern Hambantota to India, during the two-day bilateral talks between Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Indian... More
Expediting decisions on joint projects and “solving the problems that have emerged” was at the top of the agenda as Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe met Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister... More
Ranil Wickremesinghe’s decision in 2014 November to adopt senior Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Maithripala Sirisena to be the United National Party (UNP) coalition candidate in the January 8, 2015 Presidential election was... More
Sri Lanka will enter the satellite technology era by sending its first nano technology satellite into space by 2020, Sri Lanka's state media reported.
The Arthur C. Clarke Institute, Sri Lanka's state institute for Research... More
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday (Nov 23) took stock of the bilateral ties amid India recently showing interest to run an airport close to a port... More
The Sri Lankan government of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe face the risk of losing votes of the ten percent Muslim community in Sri Lanka ahead of the crucial local bodies’... More
US lawmakers have raised concerns over China’s role in the Hambantota port. The port was discussed when the lawmakers expressed concerns over the ambitious ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative of China and sought... More
An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More
It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More
Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More
A film festival and a media development conference in Yangon has revived the controversy on Myanmar's struggle to end the draconian censorship of the military era and provide the Burmese freedom of expression.
The Memory film festival 2017 in November conducted a full blown debate on film censorship.
''This was no... More
It was a unique privilege (for many different reasons) to be invited along with a handful of senior media colleagues to attend the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) under the theme "Allied Against Terrorism" on Nov 26 in Riyadh. With the Ministers of Defence,... More
Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges.
India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More
In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More
The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... More
From the vantage point of the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, I can only marvel at the gargantuan shift in the fundamentals of the nation. Beginning from somewhere in the middle 1980s, I have seen the striking change in political developments significantly altering... More
Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More