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Lanka’s hopes of new constitution sinks to new low


The much-anticipated new Sri Lankan constitution, aimed at bringing about post war reconciliation and equality to all minority communities, especially the Tamils, is likely to come to a complete... More

Sri Lanka police arrests absconding monk for attack on Rohingya refugees


The Ven. Arambepola Rathanasara Thera who is wanted in connection with the Mount Lavinia attack on 31 Rohingya refugees was arrested on Friday (October 20) at Nittambuwa by a... More

Lanka’s support to Pakistan on SAARC summit venue a setback for India


Colombo, October 19: Sri Lanka’s support to Pakistan on hosting the 20 th. SAARC summit in Islamabad, is a setback for India as it signals a subtle shift in... More

Pakistan and Sri Lanka agree to expand Free Trade Agreement


The fifth round of Foreign Secretaries level bilateral political consultations between Pakistan and Sri Lanka held in Colombo 17th October, have agreed that Joint Working Groups would oversee the... More

No need for a new Constitution, say Sri Lanka Buddhist prelates


The Chief Prelates of two main Buddhist chapters on Wednesday issued a special announcement saying Sri Lanka did not need a new constitution or amendments to the present Constitution... More

Sir Lanka to support Pakistan holding next SAARC Summit, says Sirisena


Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena said that his country would extend support to Pakistan to hold the next Summit of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and said... More

Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary to visit Sri Lanka


Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua would visit Sri Lanka from October 17 to 18, 2017 to take part in the 5th Round of Bilateral Political Consultations between Pakistan and... More

Sri Lanka mulls Naval Air Force Wing to secure waters


Sri Lankan Defence Secretary Kapila Waidyaratne said the present threats and the geo-strategic importance of Sri Lanka has warranted the establishment of a Naval Air Force Wing to secure... More

Sri Lanka makes arrests in $60 million Taiwanese bank cyberheist


Sri Lankan police have arrested two people after a Taiwanese bank said hackers stole about $60 million and wired the cash to accounts in Asia and the U.S., the... More

India-Sri Lanka joint military exercise Mitra Shakti-2017 from October 13-25


Mitra Shakti 2017, the two-week long joint military exercise between India and Sri Lanka will begin on October 13th in Pune, according to Indian officials. The joint exercise between India... More

Sri Lanka arrests ex-president’s son for protesting sale of int’l airport to...


Sri Lankan police arrested the legislator son of a former president for leading violent anti-India demonstrations over alleged plans to sell an airport built and named after his father,... More

WTO notes FTA with China will bring huge benefits to Sri Lanka


The World Trade Organisation (WTO) on Tuesday noted that the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China as well as one proposed with Singapore will bring huge benefits to... More

Lankan opposition protests before Indian Consulate on airport deal with India


Twenty six people were arrested when about 2000 supporters of the opposition Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) tried to storm the Indian Consul General’s office in Hambantota in South... More

Trinco oil tanks: Indo-SL groups talks focus on joint venture


The Joint Working Group (JWG) between India and Sri Lanka is currently having negotiations on the establishment of a joint venture to develop the Trincomalee Oil Tank Farm, an... More

8th SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians’ conference begins in Sri Lanka


The eighth Conference of the Association of SAARC Speakers and Parliamentarians (ASSP) began Wednesday in Colombo. The main theme of this year’s conference is ‘Association of the SAARC Speakers and... More

Sri Lanka hosts its first CARAT exercise


Sri Lanka is hosting its first-ever Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise, which began with the arrival of US Navy elements at the country’s naval base in Trincomalee... More

Monk who incited crowds against Rohingyas remanded


A monk accused to be one of the key inciters of the mob that attacked Rohingya refugees last week was remanded by a local Magistrate Court Monday.  Venerable Akmeemana... More

Sri Lanka arrests 6 in hunt for monks who attacked Rohingya refugees


Sri Lankan police said Sunday (Oct 1) they have arrested six people in their hunt for a mob led by Buddhist monks who attacked Rohingya refugees last week. The government... More

Lanka’s North says willing to accommodate Rohingyas


Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province is ready to accommodate Rohingya refugees stranded in the island and facing threats from radical Buddhist monks. This was affirmed by C.V. K. Sivagnanam, Chairman... More

IMF: Sri Lanka should stand ready to tighten monetary policy


The International Monetary Fund said on Friday Sri Lanka's central bank should be ready to tighten monetary policy to contain inflation and credit growth. It also projected economic growth below... More

Sri Lanka: Export earnings surpass US$1 bn mark for second time in...


Continuing the upward trend observed since March 2017, earnings from exports increased in July 2017 surpassing the US dollars 1 billion mark for the second time during the year,... More

COLUMN

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... More

Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce in terms of triggering... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... More

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Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

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... More