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China beats India as SL’s biggest trading partner


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 to host BIMSTEC confab 2017


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

Lankan JO confident of capturing several provincial councils


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

Ranil Wickremesinghe hails China’s connectivity project


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

Governor foils JO’s takeover bid


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

Tax relief to draw investments


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. Finance... More

China defends military ties with Sri Lanka after submarine visit blocked


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. Sri... More

Modi woos Lanka, promises India Lanka connectivity


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

Hambantota port and FTA off the agenda for Wickremesinghe-Jinping talks


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

Professionals’ National Front writes to Indian PM on ETCA, Trinco oil tanks,...


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

Modi plays Buddhist card with aplomb to get Sri Lankans to agree...


The visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday played the “ancient Buddhist link” card with aplomb in a bid to give a firm historical and cultural foundation to his plea that Sri... More

Modi and Rajapaksa skip politics, talk about economic cooperation in a very...


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

EU restores GSP+ concessions to Sri Lanka


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 takes the sting out of Modi’s visit


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

UNESCAP forecasts 4.8% growth for Sri Lanka in 2017


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

Modi comes calling again: But the icon of March 2015 is a...


On his first visit to Sri Lanka in March 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a South Asian icon to be looked up to and emulated. His rise from being a humble... More

EU envoy confident SL will regain GSP+


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

Govt. reveals stance on Hanuman Bridge


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

Mahinda and Gotabhaya presidency potential netted in constitution barriers


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

Leasing Hambantota: AG raises preliminary objections


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 expresses regrets over outbursts by Ministers Fonseka and Senaratne at...


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. Political sources... More

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Corruption without borders

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’s popularity in Bangladesh dips a bit over Myanmar issue

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

China trumps the West over Myanmar

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

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

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

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

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

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The F-22 mission in Afghanistan: Overkill or realistic training?

Three years ago, the F-22 Raptor made its combat debut in Syria. The idea was for the fifth-generation fighter to use its stealth technology to evade detection from... More

Why US, India strategic ties can’t sustain

Three months ago, the new South Asia policy that US President Donald Trump laid out was a cause of much optimism in New Delhi. It singled out... More

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... 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