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SRI LANKA

Sril Lankan PM and President in midnight powwow over Wijeyadasa


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and President Maithripala Sirisena had an emergency meeting on Monday night following a government parlimentary group meeting at Temple Trees. Government sources said some MPs had taken up... More

Sri Lanka: Govt. to hold parliamentary, presidential polls together


The government is, in consultation with political parties, exploring the possibility of holding both parliamentary and presidential polls on the same day, says Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne. "Conducting local, provincial , parliamentary... More

Lankan govt. on financial policy see saw


In the backdrop of announcing a much dreaded re-making of the country’s tax system through a new Inland Revenue Bill, the Lankan Government has paradoxically announced a surprise “pre-budget relief package”... More

Constitution won’t permit foreign judges, says FM Marapana


Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana, PC, on Friday said foreign judges couldn’t be accommodated in domestic judicial mechanisms in accordance with the Constitution. He said so when The Island asked him whether he,... More

Sirisena makes history by appointing a Tamil as navy chief after...


Sri Lankan President Maithripal Sirisena made history on Friday, when he appointed Rear Admiral Travis Sinniah, from the minority Tamil community, as Commander of the Sri Lakan Navy (SLN) after a... More

UNP adopt No-Confidence motion against Wijeydasa


The Working Committee of the United National Party (UNP) and its parliamentary group on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution stating they do not have confidence in the conduct of Justice and... More

China is key to Sri Lanka’s progress: Survey


Close to 72% of the respondents of an islandwide poll conducted for business magazine LMD by research firm Kantar TNS believe that China is key to Sri Lanka’s economic progress. Survey participants... More

Colombo among biggest improving cities during five years


Sri Lanka’s main commercial city Colombo is among the five biggest improvers during the last five years in terms of liveability, recently released Global Liveability Report 2017 showed. According to the report... More

Sri Lanka, China port deal to attract meaningful FDIs: CCC


Sri Lanka's largest business community, the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), on Tuesday expressed the appreciation for the steps taken to develop the Hambantota Port. In a statement, the CCC said the... More

New Foreign Minister appointed in Lanka, Karunanayake awaits comeback


Tilak Janaka Marapana, Minister of Development Assignments was sworn-in as Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister on Tuesday in place of Ravi Karunanayake who had resigned last week on account of a controversial... More

Is Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?


Sri Lanka’s Minister for Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, appears to be making a bid to capture the island’s core political constituency - the Sinhala Buddhist-Nationalist constituency - in the... More

3 family members of former President Rajapaksa quizzed 


In Sri Lanka, three family members of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa have been summoned for questioning this week by investigative authorities in cases of crime and corruption. Former first lady Shiranthi Rajapaksa... More

Does China harbor strategic ambitions for SL port?


Sri Lanka says it’s a way for it to help claw its way out of debt. China says it’s a strictly commercial deal for one of its state firms. But analysts say... More

SL’s economy continues to stabilize – IMF


Sri Lankan economy which showed signs of stabilization in 2016 has continued that trend in 2017, the IMF said. Sri Lanka’s overall fiscal deficit decreased from 7 percent to 5.4 percent of... More

Lankan political saga continues post Karunanayake resignation


Three days after the voluntary exit of Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake for his link with the Central Bank bond scam, when he was Finance Minister, the debate is still rife comparing... More

Don’t use LTTE label on every incident in the North: Army...


Army Commander Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake says that tagging the ‘LTTE label’ on every incident happening in the north is "completely misplaced" as sporadic activity by "subversive groups" do not constitute... More

TNA won’t back 20 A: Govt. move to put off PC...


The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) on Friday declared that it wouldn’t support the 20th Amendment to the Constitution in its present form, under any circumstances, top party spokesperson, Jaffna District MP... More

SL PM says he has ushered in a new culture


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday said in parliament that the resignation of Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake signified a new political culture and he was proud of having ushered it in. Addressing... More

Why did Sri Lanka seek Chinese investments in ports?


During the last decade, China has heavily invested in ports across the world spanning from Africa to Australia. In South Asia, they built the Gwadar Port in Pakistan and the Hambantota... More

Lankan Foreign Minister resigns


Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake who had been under pressure by both the UNP and the SLFP to quit following corruption allegations, resigned Thursday afternoon avoiding a No Confident Motion... More

Russia sends jet with aid to SL


An Il-76 jet from the Russian Government has left Moscow for Colombo with humanitarian aid to Sri Lanka, the Sputnik reported on Wednesday. The Russian Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Relief Ministryhas... More

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Accountability across the board -II

In his address to the Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947, the Quaid said that “Jobbery, graft nepotism and bribe has to be put down with iron hand”. His vision of anti-corruption was reflected through “Prevention of Corruption Act... More

Two years into office, UNP-SLFP coalition government is...

It’s been two years since two of Sri Lanka’s largest political groupings - the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) - signed a MoU to cohabit in the government for two years to give... More

The US ready to turn Afghanistan into a...

After all the debate in the US on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, what we have today is a potentially destructive proposal to effect a full withdrawal and replace regular American forces with private contractors, which are nothing but... More

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one of his controversy-prone ministers has... More

Accountability across the board

Sharif’s utter contempt of the Supreme Court’s (SC) recent ruling, and by default the rule of law, was exposed blatantly for public viewing during his YATRA along the GT Road. This confirmed that the 1998 PML(N) mob attack on... More

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Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies

The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... 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

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