India, China, Japan must work together for economic cooperation in Asia

In a recent interview given to The Hindu at Temple Trees in Colombo, Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Prime Minster of Sri Lanka answered questions relating to many key local, regional... More

Sri Lanka to sell loss-making port to China

Sri Lanka hopes to sell part of its loss-making $1.4 billion harbour to a Chinese company in January to help pay off crippling debts, the ports minister said Wednesday. Arjuna... More

Sri Lanka, Tajikistan to enhance security cooperation

Agreeing to enhance cooperation in the field of regional security, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan signed agreements in several sectors, including economy and tourism. The agreements were signed following the bilateral... More

Rectify FTA before finalising ETCA – GL

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has urged the government to rectify shortcomings in the Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA) before finalising controversial Economic and Technological Cooperation Agreement... More

Sri Lanka cabinet nod to lease port to China

  Sri Lanka will take part in a joint venture with a Chinese company to develop a port in its south, where China has also been offered an investment zone. The... More

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... 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... 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... 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... More

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

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... 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’... 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... 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... 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... More


Bank failure not an option

Over the years many highly developed economies with sophisticated markets and long functioning banking systems have faced significant banking crises or banking failures. The role of Central Banks is critical in not only preventing and/or pre-empting failures... More

Aung San Suu Kyi reveals the strategic plans for Rakhine

At long last Aung San Suu Kyi has finally revealed the government’s new strategic plans for the trouble state of Rakhine. This is essentially the long-promised roadmap constructed around the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Advisory Commission... More

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce in terms of triggering... More

Sirisena gets into political hot water as elections approach

Elections to the Sri Lankan local bodies and Provincial Councils are due in 2018. But President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe heading the Yahapalanaya or Good Governance regime in Colombo, not prepared for it. The lack... More

Lady and her generals 

"Aung San Suu Kyi and her generals” ran a headline in The New York Times, as if she controlled them. The fact is she does not but has to take all the blame for what they do. Two... More


Afghanistan’s tryst with China begins – in Washington

Afghanistan has been accepted as a permanent member of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Jin Liqun, president of the Beijing-based institution, formally presented a certificate confirming... More

Slowdown haunts Indian government unwilling to admit its mis-steps

Seventy years after independence, India’s economy is at a critical juncture. Two years ago, thanks to a surge in growth since 2005 and China’s slowdown, India celebrated... More

Missing a Nobel chance

The Nobel Peace Prize, 2017, has just been awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN). Had India joined 122 other member-states of the United... More

Fight the lie with the truth

The truth about Myanmar must be told, 10,000 times 10 years, the government of Myanmar has committed genocide against the Rohingya people. This is not a complicated issue,... 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