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SRI LANKA

Resolving the National Question: Where is the key?


"We all know the old joke about a guy looking for his lost key under the street light; when asked where he lost it, he... More

‘India should remove non-trade barriers on Sri Lankan products’


India should remove non-tariff barriers on Sri Lankan imports and the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Agreement between the two nations should be implemented in... More

Militant Buddhist extremism resurfaces in Lanka


After a lull following the election of the new Maithripala Sirisena-Ranil Wickremesinghe regime in 2015, the months of April and May this year has seen... More

Heads roll and re-fixed in Lanka


In a move that has disgruntled some, and in the immediate aftermath of frantic eleventh hour overnight lobbying, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday,... More

Lankan First quarter exports fare well, signs of further...


The first quarter exports fared well, despite unfavorable global conditions which continued from 2016 and with the global positive economic forecasts there are signs of... More

Lankan Buddhist delegation leaves for Pakistan to attend 2nd...


A thirty four member delegation led by Lankan Buddhist monks and scholars left for Pakistan Sunday on the invitation of the Pakistani government, to attend... More

Sri Lanka and New Economic World Order


China hosting a mega event this week not only announced that it has arrived on the world scene as a major economic power-house, but telegraphed... More

Anti-Muslim militant Buddhism on the rise in Myanmar and...


Militant-political Buddhism is on the rise in Myanmar and Sri Lanka, both Buddhist-majority countries. It is exploiting the political vacuum existing in these countries due... More

Cabinet reshuffle on Monday


The United National Party (UNP), the key ally of the government, has finally consented to the proposed Cabinet reshuffle to scheduled for Monday. Initially, the UNP... More

Don’t use North resources for new industries in region,...


The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, has placed a rather unusual barricade on development in the region by blocking the use... More

President Sirisena reviews progress of independent commissions


President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday chaired a progress review meeting of independent commissions which were established under the 19th Amendment to the Constitution at the... More

Eight years after war, Lanka still struggles for reconciliation

On 18th May 2009 Sri Lanka’s protracted 30th year old war grinded to a bloody halt in Mulliwaikkal, a narrow strip of land between the... More

China beats India as SL’s biggest trading partner


Amidst open and at times covert battles to dislodge each other’s influence, China has emerged as Sri Lanka’s biggest trading partner, relegating the longstanding dominant... More

Sri Lanka to host BIMSTEC confab 2017


Sri Lanka will host the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in Colombo this year. A memorandum submitted by Social Empowerment... More

Lankan JO confident of capturing several provincial councils


The Joint Opposition said it was confident of capturing power not only in the North Central Province but in several other provincial council’s as well,... More

Ranil Wickremesinghe hails China’s connectivity project


Sri Lanka will leverage its strategic location and connectivity to become the hub of the Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said at the recently-concluded... More

Governor foils JO’s takeover bid


Sri Lankan North Central Governor P. B. Dissanayake on Sunday declined a request by a group of provincial Councillors loyal to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa... More

Tax relief to draw investments


The Sri Lankan government announced on Sunday a new investment incentives scheme and new income tax structure that will come into effect with the passage... More

China defends military ties with Sri Lanka after submarine...


China defended its military relationship with Sri Lanka as good for regional peace and stability after Sri Lanka rejected a request from China to dock... More

Modi woos Lanka, promises India Lanka connectivity


Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday glorified in the teachings of the Buddha and Buddhist based links between the two countries in a... More

Hambantota port and FTA off the agenda for Wickremesinghe-Jinping...


The controversy surrounding the Hambantota port, and the ticklish issue of negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with China, are not on the agenda of the... More

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Myanmar’s fragile peace process set to unravel

Myanmar’s peace process is slowly unraveling as the discussions between the government and the ethnic groups involved remains marred by confusion, indecision and division. Days away from the next round of the 21st Century Panglong or national peace conference, there is still no clear idea of who... More

Why kicking itself out of OBOR was...

While India stopped short of attending the last week held summit of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China, otherwise known as ‘One Belt One Road’ vision, the decision should not be confused with, despite India’s allusions to the violation of its territory and sovereignty, the possibility... More

Can India afford to ignore OBOR

India's decision to not join the One Belt One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit in Beijing (May 14-16) is not just about the sovereignty issues, as has been made out by Delhi. It is not just about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor entering through... More

International-ising Jadhav

This was a good week for Pakistan. First Modi made the faux pas of the decade by boycotting the China Summit on the “One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiatives, then India gave us an enormous platform for internationalizing human rights by going to the ICJ over the... More

Asia is central to China’s strategic vision

China’s international summit to help promote its strategic vision – ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR), now dubbed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – has just concluded in Beijing. Twenty-nine heads of state and representatives from 130 countries attended the two-day forum on 14-15 May. Most of... More

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Resolving the National Question: Where is the key?

"We all know the old joke about a guy looking for his lost key under the street light; when asked where he lost it, he admits that it was in a dark corner. So... More

China tightens grips on ASEAN

China has deepened its influence on ASEAN nations, and the just-concluded ASEAN Summit with its chairman’s watered-down statement stands testimony to this. This China factor — coming on the back of Beijing’s huge investments as... More

China’s new world order

China recently hosted 29 heads of state and government at the Belt and Road Forum, reinforcing the country’s claim to leadership of an emerging geopolitical and economic world order. The summit conference that... More

Why Kashmir remains disturbed

Whether stone pelting on Indian Armed Forces in Kashmir is being done at the behest of Pakistan or as a response to fundamentalists' call, the fact remains that the valley is disturbed. Scores of... More

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Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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