Maithri-Putin friendship marks new landmark in SL-Russia relations

The close friendship which has been built between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Maithripala Sirisena will create a new landmark in bilateral relations between the two countries, Deputy Russian Foreign... More

EU warns Bangladesh of GSP suspension over labour rights

The European Union has warned Bangladesh of suspending trade preferences unless the country makes progress in the implementation of worker rights. Three European Commission bodies in a joint communique on March 18... More

Zeid insists “foreign judges” Lanka says “foreign expertise”

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights cast doubt on the impartiality of the Sri Lankan judicial system on Wednesday at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)... More

Lanka eyes more agreements with China

Initial discussions between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and visiting Chinese Defence Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan on Monday has  indicated possible defence related pacts between the two countries. President Sirisena stated... More

Wary about US & India, China sends Defence Min to SL

China’s Defence Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan will engage in high level defence related discussions with military and political leaders in Colombo on Monday after arriving on a three day visit, along... More

Aris 13 incident shows there’s no room for complacency over piracy

(Exclusive) If the seizure of an oil tanker by Somalian pirates in the Horn of Africa last Monday after a gap of five years has any message for the world, it... More

Sri Lanka makes strong case to woo Hong Kong investor interest

Sri Lanka this Friday (17 March) made its strongest effort to woo interest from Hong Kong-based companies, fund managers and investors, highlighting recent macroeconomic progress as well as measures to boost... More

Sri Lankan students aboard Pakistan’s Naval Ships

Over 200 Sri Lankan students from prominent Sri Lankan schools and colleges visited Pakistani Naval Ships NASR & SAIF Tuesday at the Colombo Dockyard. The ships were on a port call... More

Sri Lanka in the midst of a flurry of big power naval activity

Following the construction of a full-fledged port in Hambantota, and a container terminal in Colombo, to be part of China’s ambitious One Belt One Road (OBOR) global project, world powers are... More

India – Lanka fishing tryst continue

In the midst of Tamil Nadu fishermen putting pressure on the Indian Central government to find a permanent solution to the problem of fishing in the Palk Strait which took a... More

First-ever Sri Lanka Investment Summit in Hong Kong kicks off today

Nearly 200 foreign delegates are scheduled to attend the first-ever Finance Asia-organised and multi-stakeholder-supported Sri Lanka Investor Summit in Hong Kong today (16 March) at the iconic Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Organisers said as... More

Drought slashes rice harvest, 900,000 face hunger in SL

The worst drought in five years has pushed 900,000 people in Sri Lanka into “acute food insecurity”, the World Food Programme (WFP) says. The country's rice harvest could be the worst in... More

China funded mega project inaugurated in Sri Lanka

The China funded $1.15 billion Moragahakanda project, a major infrastructure project for Sri Lanka’s post-war reconstruction, is marking the successful operation of the water control that will have a significant impact... More

Sri Lanka eager to work with Indian Ocean maritime powers’

“Sri Lanka is eager to work with the maritime powers of the Indian Ocean and beyond, to make our oceans secure for unimpeded commerce and peaceful navigation”, Sri Lankan Ambassador in... More

India, Sri Lanka agree to release arrested fishermen

India and Sri Lanka Thursday jointly agreed to release all fishermen held in custody in the two countries in the wake of growing agitation in Tamil Nadu over the death of ... More

IMF assessment on Lanka warns of impact from drought

Even as it appreciated the Lankan government for strong efforts in implementing  IMF-supported economic reforms, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Tuesday warned that the prolonged drought in Sri Lanka could raise... More

US navy moves quickly to stem China’s monopoly over Hambantota port

The US navy’s move to quickly establish its presence in the controversy-ridden Chinese-built Hambantota port in South Sri Lanka, in collaboration with allies Japan and Australia, stems from the West’s anxiety... More

Sri Lankan navy shoots Indian fishermen, one dead

The Sri Lankan navy has allegedly shot dead a 21-year-old fisherman and injured some others when they opened fire on fishermen from Rameswaram, who allegedly poached in Lankan waters on Monday... More

UN insists on hybrid courts, Sirisena says no foreign judges, Rajapaksa woos Sinhalese...

Even as the UNHRC last Friday reiterated the need for foreign judges to try alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, President Maithripala Sirisena, sounding much like his  predecessor declared that he... More

U.S. – Sri Lanka partnership stretching even more

The U.S. Navy's Pacific Partnership will engage in Sri Lanka for the first time in the 12-year history of the mission making the mission's initial outreach to South Asia. Civil and military... More

IMF Chief Christine Lagarde will not make Sri Lanka visit this month

(Reuters) Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will not be visiting Sri Lanka this month as she had been tentatively scheduled to, the global lender said... More


The Daughters of the East

Sheikh Hasina and Aung San Suu Kyi have so much in common. Daughters of great fathers who spearheaded the freedom struggle of their countries, both lost their fathers before they could get to run or had just about run... More

Pakistan mulls over new US policy for a...

A Times of India report of September 19 claimed that the US was “moving closer to designating Pakistan a terrorist state.” Reasons for this include, the report claimed, Pakistan’s non-cooperation in Afghanistan and its unwillingness to act against the... More

Suu Kyi: New promises but no commitments  

AASK’s speech could be the best delivered under the circumstances but it’s also full of misleading hopes and commitments never kept. The speech will buy time for the Myanmar military but may not do much at all to solving... More

Lady: “Caught between a rock and a hard...

Four hundred thousand Muslim Rohingyas have fled across the border to Bangladesh from Myanmar in the last 3 weeks to escape the army’s clearance operations. Human rights groups claim it’s a “scorched earth” policy – reminiscent of the military’s... More

The illusion of Indo-China rapprochement at BRICS

The recently concluded BRICS summit was meaningful in anumber of ways. More than anything else, it left a powerful impression of increasing rapprochement between two Asian rivals, India and China, after two months of intense standoff in the Doklam... More


Reviving India’s economy

Given the Indian economy’s massive size and extensive global linkages, its growth slowdown is a source of serious concern not just domestically, but around the world. The... More

Suffering has a name

Suffering is universal and part of the human condition and life. In history however, suffering is quite specific. Suffering carries a name, sometimes of an individual and... More

Trump’s N Korean challenge: can Pakistan be next?

It appears that the Trump administration is not willing to learn any lessons from the vast riches of US diplomatic history. The one thing that stands out... More

Was Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech too little, too late?

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's speech to the nation about the humanitarian plight of the Rohingya people is too little too late for those in the... More



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