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Sri Lanka appeals to Pakistan for fertilizer


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

Indian Air Force Chief visits Sri Lanka for discussions on regional security


Chief of the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force, Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa has arrived in Sri Lanka Sunday (Dec. 10) on a four-day official visit from December 11 to 14... More

Sino-Lankan Joint Venture to run Hambantota Port inaugurated


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

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs


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 to hand port to Chinese firm, receive US$300 mil


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

Rajapaksa-Sirisena talks abandoned as local govt. poll date confirmed


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

Sri Lanka to hold local govt polls in first week of Feb,...


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

Sri Lanka calls troops to support power restoration, relief work


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

H’tota Port, Mattala Airport — Chinese, Indian funds will boost foreign reserves:...


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

Mass Chinese wedding for 100 couples in Sri Lanka


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

President Sirisena under pressure to accommodate Rajapaksa clan


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, Sri Lanka noted as being multifaceted


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

Tamils of Lankan war torn North ‘awaken’ to commemorate dead LTTE cadres


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

Sri Lanka notes China is a dependable friend


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

India-Lanka projects stuck in stalemate


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

India, Sri Lanka to expedite projects


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

Discomforts ahead for Sri Lanka PM


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 to send first nano satellite into space in 2020


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

Modi, Wickremesinghe hold talks amid India’s keenness to run Sri Lanka’s Mattala...


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

Anti-Muslim riot in Lanka raises its head ahead of local polls


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 raise concerns over China’s role in Hambantota


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

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Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

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

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

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

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

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

Myanmar’s Censorship worries

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

Forging a positive alliance

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

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Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

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

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

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

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

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

Babri Masjid demolition was an attack on idea and promise enshrined...

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

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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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If... More