Amidst open and at times covert battles to dislodge each other’s influence, China has emerged as Sri Lanka’s biggest trading partner, relegating the longstanding dominant India to second place, reports Financial Times.
China had... More
Sri Lanka will host the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) in Colombo this year.
A memorandum submitted by Social Empowerment and Welfare Minister S. B Dissanayake to host... More
The Joint Opposition said it was confident of capturing power not only in the North Central Province but in several other provincial council’s as well, if the need arises.
“The battle to capture power... More
Sri Lanka will leverage its strategic location and connectivity to become the hub of the Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said at the recently-concluded Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.
“The Belt and... More
Sri Lankan North Central Governor P. B. Dissanayake on Sunday declined a request by a group of provincial Councillors loyal to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to replace Chief Minister of the North Central... More
The Sri Lankan government announced on Sunday a new investment incentives scheme and new income tax structure that will come into effect with the passage of the new Inland Revenue Act in Parliament.
China defended its military relationship with Sri Lanka as good for regional peace and stability after Sri Lanka rejected a request from China to dock one of its submarines in Colombo this month.
Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday glorified in the teachings of the Buddha and Buddhist based links between the two countries in a backdrop of grumblings in the island over his... More
The controversy surrounding the Hambantota port, and the ticklish issue of negotiating a Free Trade Agreement with China, are not on the agenda of the forthcoming talks between Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil... More
A strong consortium of professional bodies and trade unions of Sri Lanka, the Professionals’ National Front, delivered a letter to the High Commission of India to be handed over to Prime Minister of... More
In a “very friendly and cordial” half an hour’s meeting here late on Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa completely skipped politics and spoke about forging... More
The European Union has formally restored the Generalized Scheme of Preference Plus GSP+ trade concessions to Sri Lanka seven years after it was suspended over human rights related concerns.
Sri Lanka’s Deputy Foreign Minister... More
Sri Lanka has taken the unusual step of clearing wasps from a tea plantation to ensure Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not get stung during his upcoming visit.
Police in Hatton, 125km east... More
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is forecasting Sri Lanka’s economy to grow by 4.8% this year, marginally up from 4.4% in 2016.
However the UNESCAP estimate... More
European Union Ambassador in Colombo, Tung-Lai Margue said he hoped his colleagues in the Member States and in the European Parliament would soon indicate their willingness to grant the GSP plus facility to... More
The Government yesterday cleared the air on the proposed Hanuman Bridge connecting Sri Lanka and India across the Palk Strait saying it was “a long-term plan, but not discussed”, during Prime Minister Ranil... More
Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother Gotabhaya who still enjoy enormous public support as seen in the massive Joint Opposition May Day rally in Colombo, are caught in a constitutional conundrum that... More
The Attorney General yesterday ( 2 April) raised three preliminary objections on the maintainability of the fundamental rights petition of former Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara challenging the framework agreement with China to allocate 15,000... More
UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickrema has regretted Ministers, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka lambasting Labour Minister John Seneviratne on UNP May Day platform at the Campbell Park.
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The Nawaz Sharif episode shows that pervasive corruption has not only acquired respectability in a perverse manner in Pakistan but left to the National Assembly (NA), may even acquire legality. Political instability, poverty, unequal structure of society, unemployment,... More
China has rapidly moved from an emerging popular country in Bangladesh to a lesser pedestal. For a while, China basked in the sunshine of a post-India dominated Bangladesh scenario, but it didn’t last a full season. Myanmar... More
Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current global world its... More
If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but also backfired. The... More
Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More