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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 is... 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 tea... 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 Sri... 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 Wickeremsinghe’s... 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 prevents... 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 acres... 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 told... More

Sri Lanka eyes FTA’s with Europe and Commonwealth countries


Having laid a foundation for trade agreements with Asian countries such as India, China and Japan, Sri Lanka is now eyeing trade agreements with Europe and other Commonwealth countries. Sri Lanka needs to create a... More

Shunned ex-Tamil Tiger militants begin to find acceptance in Tamil polity 


For 30 years, when war between Tamil militants and government forces was raging in the Tamil areas of North and East Sri Lanka, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were accepted by the... More

Diplomacy and India-Sri Lanka relations


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to India this week and the expected visit of Prime Minister Narenda Modi to Sri Lanka in May signal a fresh burst of activity in India- Sri Lanka... More

Inconsistent comments by SL ministers on Sirisena’s request for Fonseka


Commenting on President Maithripala Sirisena's request for Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to take up the post of Army Commander or Overall Commander for two years, Labour Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne said “President Maithripala Sirisena has... More

Lanka’s wins GSP plus vote in EU parliament


A crippling Hartal unleashed Thursday in the Tamil majority North of the country, protesting against lack of action by the government to trace Lankan Tamils gone missing during the 30 year war, did not... More

Prez Sirisena look to war winning general to ‘discipline’ country, Fonseka says...


Following Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena asking the war winning Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, to take the post of Army Commander or Overall Security Forces Commander to “discipline the country” the former army chief, addressing... More

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 ministerial portfolio and take up the post of army commander or overall commander... 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 it awaits the crucial decision on the Generalised System of Preferences plus (GSP+)... 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 the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to India. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe is... 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 Lanka on a week-long foreign study tour from April 23 to 28, 2017. The... More

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


Agitations against major Indian and Chinese projects in Sri Lanka, trigged by a fear of domination by these powers, may adversely affect the investment climate in the island and reduce the flow of Foreign... 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 when Prime Minister RanilWickremesinghe arrives in Delhi on Tuesday, April 25 for a... 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 and World Bank in Washington DC, said Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake. The minister pointed... More

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


Increased international interest in the Indian Ocean comes at a convenient time for Sri Lanka, as the country continues to recoup after the end of its decades-long civil war which ended in 2009. The... More

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The elections’ mosaic

With general elections due somewhere after mid-2018, the expectations of the people and the stakes thereof has evolved dramatically with the political scenario changing almost on a daily basis. The Supreme Court (SC) verdict voiding Election Act 2017 and thus disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as party head has confounded all... More

Israel-India relations central to Delhi’s new Mideast Policy

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent visit to India has firmly underlined the growing ties between the two countries, both democracies but ruled by parties which sees radical Islam as existential threats. Led by the BJP which has influenced the national security discourse in a way that plays on... More

Maldivian political crisis continues as China indulges in saber rattling

More than 20 days into the political crisis in the Maldives, there is no light at the end of the tunnel. In fact, the situation appears to be worsening with the two sides taking irreconcilable positions even as China is said to be moving a fleet to the Eastern... More

On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More

Myanmar faces increased international pressure

The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a million Myanmar Muslims – who call themselves Rohingyas – to flee to... More

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Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India. Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More

Hasina is no Mujib

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’. This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... 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 should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More