President asked Fonseka to take up Post of Army Commander

Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said on Wednesday the President Maithripala Sirisena requested Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to quit the... More

Lanka approves counter-terrorism framework and await GSP Plus

The Lankan Government says it has taken key steps towards proving that the island is honoring post-war human rights pledges, as... More

India and Sri Lanka sign MoUs for economic projects

India and Sri Lanka Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on “Cooperation in Economic Projects” during the current visit of... More

Pakistan’s National Defence University Delegation in Sri Lanka

An 18-member high-powered delegation from the National Defense University (NDU) of Pakistan, led by Commodore Shahid Sohail, is currently visiting Sri... More

Agitations against Indian and Chinese investments may adversely affect FDI in...

Agitations against major Indian and Chinese projects in Sri Lanka, trigged by a fear of domination by these powers, may adversely... More

Lankan PM to visit India, revive talks on ETCA

Talks between Sri Lanka and India on the proposed Economic and Technology Cooperation Framework Agreement (ETCA) is to re-commence this week... More

WB, IMF hail Sri Lanka’s economic development

The current economic performance of Sri Lanka was given special praise during the ongoing biannual summit of the International Monetary Fund... More

Under the Radar: Are Sri Lanka’s ports the next Great Game...

Increased international interest in the Indian Ocean comes at a convenient time for Sri Lanka, as the country continues to recoup... More

Sirisena assures economy is sound

Discarding opposition claims that the country’s economy is in crisis, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said that there was progress... More

Lanka aims to be ‘World Capital of Precious Gems’

Sri Lanka will showcase its world class gems for the first time at an international jewelry fair when it exhibits at... More

Japan may help Sri Lanka buy P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft

Japan may help Sri Lanka buy P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft, apart from persuading India and the US to make Sri Lanka... More

Modi to be chief guest at UN Vesak Day festival in...

  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will  renew his links with Buddhism when he visits Sri Lanka as Chief Guest at the... More

Lankan PM, Vietnam leaders discuss strengthening ties, regional cooperation and global...

Sri Lankan Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is on a state visit to Viet Nam from April 16-18 at the invitation... More

India helped SL fight war against LETE without being asked to

India had helped Sri Lanka fight the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) even without being asked to,... More

Lanka investigates garbage collapse tragedy as public anger seethes 

As public outrage seethes over the collapse of a garbage dump killing 26 persons and displacing hundreds, Sri Lankan Policeon Sunday said it had launched... More

Japan grants Lanka 45 billion yen

Following the six day official visit of Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Japan which ended Sunday, April 16, the  Japanese... More

Japan to appoint special rep. in SL

Japan is to appoint a special representative to coordinate development activities in Sri Lanka. Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told Sri Lanka’s... More

Sri Lanka woos Japan

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is currently on a visit to Japan, in an obvious reference to China, assured that ‘foreign... More

SriLankan and Japan Airlines expand codeshare agreement

SriLankan Airlines is strengthening its presence in the Japanese travel market through the expansion of its codeshare agreement with oneworld alliance... More

Courts to decide on referendum regarding Constitutional reforms

A member of the Steering Committee speaking to the Daily News yesterday stated the priority has been given to agree on... More

Prime Minister off to ‘Land of the Rising Sun’

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe leaves for Japan today to enhance relations between the two countries. Premier Wickremesinghe and his entourage is... More


De-criminalizing democracy

Governor Amir Muhammad Khan Kalabagh’s logic behind not closing down the red light area “Hiramandi” is very revealing, “If you ban them they will be all over the place.” This in fact eventually did happen! When Bhutto nationalized their assets in 1972, many financiers and industrialists invested their... More

A golden opportunity

INFRASTRUCTURE projects all over the world have a tendency towards cost overruns and schedule delays. Pakistan’s implementation record has been relatively worse, irrespective of the form of government or party in power. It is characterised by sluggishness, frequent change of managers, passing on the buck and not... More

Why China’s new aircraft carrier should worry India

The launch of China’s second aircraft carrier, expected as soon as this week, will be an important and depressing moment for India. The “Type 001A” -- likely to be named the “Shandong” -- will give China an edge for the first time in the carrier race with... More

Myanmar’s Precariously Poised Peace Process

Myanmar’s peace process has been stalled for months, as the country’s ethnic rebel groups – fighting for autonomy – and Aung San Suu Kyi’s government try to find a solution to their impasse that has prevented it from making further headway. Now the next meeting of the Union... More

China’s Bengal foray

This was expected much before. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been to Singapore, UK and Germany, scouting for investments without much of  a success. Her government did not initially take much interest in the Kolkata-Kunming Forum (K2K) that brings together many potential Chinese investors in their... More


Nepal can be bridge for India role in Belt, Road

To further strengthen economic ties between Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal, China will try harder to get India to see the benefits of participating in the "One Belt, One Road" initiative, and... More

India’s moral claim to Kashmir has never seemed more fragile

India has spent the past decade lying to itself about Kashmir. The Pakistan-sponsored insurgency of the 1980s was contained. Elections were being held in the valley. People were defying militants to vote in them.... More

Three decades of mistrust

As Delhi and Colombo intensify their high-level political engagement, new opportunities for elevating the partnership are coloured by enduring suspicions in Sri Lanka. The country’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, is travelling to India this... More

India needs to learn that economic development comes before a naval...

"China is planning to build more aircraft carriers to bolster its maritime capabilities, which could pose a bigger threat to India," India's Economic Times reported recently. With concerns expressed by Indian media outlets about... 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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