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Mehboob Khan, Pakistan’s Chef with a mission

En route to the Pakistani food festival in Colombo last month, a Tamil Brahmin friend tags along unwillingly, vowing that he will starve.  He visualizes chunks of meat in virtually every dish. He also... More

Indian Foreign Secretary rules out Indian pressure on Lankan North East merger

Visiting Indian Foreign Secretary, S. Jaishankar Monday ruled out ‘going back to the past’ and distanced himself from committing to a possible Indian role in persuading the Sri Lankan government to re-accept the unification... More

Indian Foreign Secretary to arrive in Lanka Monday


Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar is likely to discuss the controversy over the Lanka Indian Oil Corporation’s (LIOC’s) hold on the oil tanks in Trincomalee in Eastern Sri Lanka when he meets Sri Lankan... More

Sirisena says first president to declare assets


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena said he is the only President to have declared assets publicly and suggested politicians and government officers follow the law to ensure good governance. “If the politicians and government officers... More

Govt. to launch hearts and minds campaign to win support for constitution:...


The Government will launch a hearts and minds campaign to win support for a new constitution in the coming months, former President Chandrika Kumaratunga said on Tuesday. The campaign is expected to be modelled along... More

Former LTTE commander Karuna says his new party will welcome Sinhalese and...

Vinayagamoorthy Muralitharan, alias Karuna Amman, the former LTTE  Commander for Batticaloa and Amparai, who this week formed a new party, Tamizhar Aikkiya Suthanthira Munnani (Tamil United Freedom Front)  says the purpose of his party... More

Impending Draught Catastrophe


Sri Lankan Disaster Management Ministry Monday warned of the drought conditions spreading across more areas in the country in the coming months, with it creating possible drinking water shortages, bushfires and further crop damage. The... More

SL government to introduce new laws for protest control


The Sri Lankan government has paid attention to bring in new laws pertaining to public order management, Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayaka said. The minister said the government was looking into... More

SL govt. to hold referendum for new Constitution


The Government has decided to call for a referendum with the support of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to pass a new Constitution once the draft is completed. Minister of Higher Education and Highways and... More

Lankan JO opposes state property sales


The Joint Opposition (JO)  has decided to hold an island-wide series of public protest demonstrations as a national campaign against the arbitrary sale of government property- Ceylon today, a local Sri Lankan daily reported. Former... More

Lanka’s Northern Province CM calls Muslims to support federalism

The Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province of Sri Lanka, C.V.Wigneswaran, admitted  that “some unfortunate incidents” of the past  had broken the unity of Tamils and Muslims but urged the Muslims to join... More

`Islamic countries could depend on the goodwill of the people of United...


Islamic countries could depend on the goodwill of the people of the United States as well as the American judicial system to prevail over attempts to institutionalize racial discrimination, a senior Pakistani defence expert... More

Lankan worries about Indian “Trojan horse”


For decades before and after Sri Lanka’s independence in 1948, India’s relations with the island nation were political and adversarial. But since the second half of the 1990s, there has been a gradual shift... More

Sri Lankan Govt. to go for $ 2.5 b more foreign debt


Sri Lanka has “manageable” non-roll over debt commitments of $ 2.6 billion for 2017, the Central Bank said yesterday, outlining plans to manage external payments and aim for $ 7.5 billion in reserves by... More

China to build Lanka’s Ruwanpura Expressway


The Sri Lankan government sees no alternative but reaching to China for the implementation of country’s major infrastructure projects. Mainly Chinese companies are being awarded with these contracts. And, the Colombo government is being... More

Sri Lanka and the pivot to Asia in the new global order


In October 2011, then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined a new foreign policy vision for the United States that rebalanced its focus to East Asia and Pacific from the Middle East. Given the... More

Reflections on Freedom


Sixty nine years ago, Sri Lanka regained its independence after nearly 450 years of colonial rule. It was a tumultuous four centuries that would alter the course of history and the country’s destiny. Sri... More

SL to utilize geo-strategic position for enhancing trade


The Sri Lankan government plans to leverage the country’s geo-strategic position to maximize trade growth and achieve economic goals. For this the government needs maintain a strategic balance of relationship with the influential regional... More

Student leaders resolve to work towards reconciliation


Over 300 students from across all districts in Sri Lanka pledged to work towards reconciliation at the Student Leadership Conference for National Unity organised by the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation (ONUR) at... More

Leasing of Hambantota Port to Chinese firm: SC calls for MoU and...


The Supreme Court has ordered the filing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 2012 along with an affidavit in respect to the leasing of land in Hambantota to China. A bench comprising Chief Justice... More

Lanka re-negotiating Hambantota port deal with China

Welcome or not, it does look like the Chinese are here to stay, at least in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. In the port and the envisaged industrial zone, to be precise, it’s been about brickbats or bouquets. More accurately, there’s been quite a lot... More

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Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More

Myanmar’s Censorship worries

A film festival and a media development conference in Yangon has revived the controversy on Myanmar's struggle to end the draconian censorship of the military era and provide the Burmese freedom of expression. The Memory film festival 2017 in November conducted a full blown debate on film censorship. ''This was no... More

Forging a positive alliance

It was a unique privilege (for many different reasons) to be invited along with a handful of senior media colleagues to attend the inaugural meeting of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) under the theme "Allied Against Terrorism" on Nov 26 in Riyadh. With the Ministers of Defence,... More

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Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... More

Babri Masjid demolition was an attack on idea and promise enshrined...

From the vantage point of the 25th anniversary of the Babri Masjid demolition, I can only marvel at the gargantuan shift in the fundamentals of the nation. Beginning from somewhere in the middle 1980s, I have seen the striking change in political developments significantly altering... 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... More