Gnanasara Thera withdraws FR petition against arrest

Ven. Galagodaatte Gnanasara Thera, Wednesday, withdrew the fundamental rights violation petition he had earlier filed in the Supreme Court, claiming a possible unlawful arrest by... More

Defence pact with U.S. to be extended

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament the Government intends to extend the Defence Pact signed with the US in 2007 for a further period of... More

HRCSL: Foreign judges will enhance confidence in war crimes...

 The government had agreed to the participation of foreign judges in a war crimes probe in accordance with Oct 1, 2015 Resolution moved at the... More

North of Lanka embroiled in crisis with Chief Minister...

The North of Sri Lanka is embroiled in an internal controversy involving its Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran. Last Wednesday a No Confidence Motion against... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together... More

‘Those who cause religious tension will be prosecuted’

“No individual or organisation causing religious tensions should be allowed to escape prosecution. Sri Lanka cannot be pulled back to the dark days of war... More

Emergency evacuation plans for Lankans in Qatar

The Government has begun preparing emergency travel documents for thousands of Sri Lankan workers in Qatar to facilitate their evacuation if the latest Gulf crisis... More

Sri Lankan Muslim identity and Buddhist extremism

Sri Lanka which in 2009 ended a long drawn civil war battling the Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for a separate state is now struggling to... More

President berates attempts to create civil unrest

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday said various attempts are being made through the internet and some media institutions, to spread civil unrest among... More

Leasing Hambantota land to China: FR petition fixed for...

The Supreme Court on Thursday (14) fixed the fundamental rights petition filed by former Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara against leasing land to China in Hambantota for... More

Arrest warrant against Ven. Gnanasara

The Colombo Fort Magistrate on Thursday issued a warrant for the arrest of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary for not being present in Court in... More

Sri Lanka: Growing with Giants

Sri Lanka has the capacity to punch above its economic weight, observed State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne yesterday (14 June), pointing out the country... More

Lankan PM and cabinet issues strong messages against hate...

The Sri Lankan government will arrest and punish those who spread religious hate and will look at coming up with new laws to tackle religious... More

Gnanasara Thera seeks SC remedy to prevent imminent arrest

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera filed a Fundamental Rights petition at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, seeking an Interim... More

Call for foreign judges renewed UN Special Rapporteur

Against the backdrop of yahapalana government repeatedly ruling out foreign judges and other international experts, including prosecutors, in a judicial mechanism to probe accountability issues,... More

Fear grips Lankan Muslims as BBS appears defiant

A day after Sri Lanka police arrested five people including a member of an ultra nationalist Buddhist group for violence against Muslims, allegations are on... More

Rajapaksa calls GSP+ a Trojan horse

Former Sri Lankan President issuing a statement on the recent restoration of the GSP+ facility to Sri Lanka by the EU warned on Saturday that... More

Sri Lanka defends China’s Belt and Road project

Chinese investment in Sri Lanka is reviving a “3,000-5,000-year-old shipping route”, said visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, defending his Government’s decision to join the Belt... More

Sri Lankans not affected by Qatar situation: Qatar Ambassador

The situation which developed in Qatar has no impact on the Sri Lankans living and working in Qatar. Therefore, there is no need to panic, Qatar... More

SL adopts wait-and-see policy on Qatar

A special report on the situation in Qatar will be presented to the Cabinet by freshly-minted Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake next week as Sri Lanka... More

Sri Lanka Freedom Party at crossroads

A cheerless domestic situation, both political and economic, has put the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena at crossroads. Its members... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... More



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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