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Srilankan President frowns on ‘misinformation’ about proposed constitution


Srilankan President Maithripala Sirisena called on the Opposition not to propagate misinformation about the new constitution to instigate people and grab power. Such action would have an adverse impact on future generations,... More

PM apologizes for burning of Jaffna library during UNP rule


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Moneday apologised for the destruction of the Jaffna library when the UNP was in power in 1981. Participating in the third reading stage debate on budget 2017 under the... More

Sri Lanka’s Sirisena awaits a thumbs-up from Trump


It is yet to be seen how the Donald Trump victory in the United States will impact Sri Lanka in the long term, mainly its relations with the ethnic minorities, especially... More

Sino-Lanka relations getting new wings


Sri Lanka will buy more military transport planes from China and seek its help in transforming its Hambantota port into a hub comparable with Shenzhen. The country’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe... More

China to keep close eye on external intervention in domestic...


China takes a strong stand against external intervention in the domestic matters of Sri Lanka and disapproves of attempts to tarnish the image of Sri Lanka in the world using Humans... More

China remains Sri Lanka’s big partner amid strained relations 


Discarding ongoing difficulties in bilateral relations over ‘the high interest rate’ against loan, China and Sri Lanka held a business meeting in Colombo on Wednesday. Yi Xianliang, the ‘disputed’ ambassador of... More

Sri Lanka to summon Chinese envoy


  The government plans on summoning Chinese Ambassador, Yi Xianliang, for criticizing the government, over its 'inconsistent' policies on China's involvement in the country, says the Foreign Ministry. Sources in the FM said,... More

Sirisena in India to attend WHO conference


  President Maithripala Sirisena left the country, for India 0n 7 November, to participate in a global anti-tobacco conference hosted in New Delhi. During his two-day visit, President Sirisena will participate in the... More

SLNS ‘Sayura’ and SLNS ‘Suranimala’ on training visit to India


  Sri Lanka Navy is taking part in joint training exercise with the Indian Navy. Offshore Patrol Vessel SLNS ‘Sayura’ and Fast Missile Vessel SLNS ‘Suranimala’ left Colombo port on Oct 22’16... More

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Will the US’ ‘Carrot & Stick’ policy to...

If we were to describe the nature of Pak-US relations in one phrase, uncertainty and trust deficit would undoubtedly feature in it. Clouds of uncertainty have become even more obvious ever since the beginning of Trump era. Amid the... More

The Al Capone Formula?

This week the Panama case entered its last, and possibly decisive round.  On May 16, 2016, the PM had unequivocally stated in the National Assembly (NA) that a complete record of all his sources of income and assets was... More

Myanmar marks Martyrs’ Day amid growing tensions between...

What a difference a year makes. Last year, the anniversary of martyrs’ day marked an amazing rapprochement between Myanmar’s military leader, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and Aung San Suu Kyi – effectively the country’s civilian leader. This year –... More

Thank you Humayun Ahmed ….

Thank you Humayun Ahmed, for giving shape to the hopes, aspirations and imageries of the slightly bemused slightly innocent, slightly out of place middle class that no one spoke for with such authenticity. You spoke not just for one but... More

Brig Jafar Khan: A Soldier and a Gentleman

The words of one of late Brig Jafar Khan’s closest friends Brig (Retd) Asmat Beg Humayun best describes one of Pakistan Army’s outstanding soldiers, “I first met Jafar Khan, a Gheba Malik from Surag a village near Pindi Gheb,... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Is China turning up heat on Indian through Pakistan flank amid...

While Chinese and Indian troops face off near Bhutan, skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani forces along the disputed border in Kashmir have spiralled dangerously since May, threatening India with hostilities on two flanks. But even though... More

Time to Get Tough on Kabul

The Trump administration’s review of U.S. policy towards Afghanistan is likely to conclude in the next few weeks. It is expected that an assessment of the current U.S. security policy toward Kabul will see... More

Trump’s new Afghan strategy and neighbors’ concerns

In the past, America's abstruse Afghan strategy has deteriorated the security situation in the region. Perhaps the strategy was not planned meticulously. It was ambiguous. Or perhaps it was well-calculated and clear but only... More

Hindu nationalism risks pushing India into war with China

Since Indian troops illegally crossed into the Doklam area, China and India have been locked in a stand-off for over a month. Regardless of China's call urging India to withdraw its troops that have... 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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way... More

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