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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... More

UNP Chairman expresses regrets over outbursts by Ministers Fonseka...


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... 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... More

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


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... 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... More

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


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,... 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... More

Prez Sirisena look to war winning general to ‘discipline’...


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... More

President asked Fonseka to take up Post of Army...


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

Agitations against Indian and Chinese investments may adversely affect...


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... 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... 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... More

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


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... More

Sirisena assures economy is sound


Discarding opposition claims that the country’s economy is in crisis, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said that there was progress now following the stabilisation... More

Lanka aims to be ‘World Capital of Precious Gems’


Sri Lanka will showcase its world class gems for the first time at an international jewelry fair when it exhibits at the Jakarta International Jewelry... More

Japan may help Sri Lanka buy P-3C maritime surveillance...


Japan may help Sri Lanka buy P-3C maritime surveillance aircraft, apart from persuading India and the US to make Sri Lanka a base for strategic... More

Modi to be chief guest at UN Vesak Day...


  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will  renew his links with Buddhism when he visits Sri Lanka as Chief Guest at the United Nations Vesak Festival... More

Lankan PM, Vietnam leaders discuss strengthening ties, regional cooperation...


Sri Lankan Prime Minster Ranil Wickremesinghe, who is on a state visit to Viet Nam from April 16-18 at the invitation of PM Nguyen Xuan... More

COLUMN

International-ising Jadhav

This was a good week for Pakistan. First Modi made the faux pas of the decade by boycotting the China Summit on the “One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiatives, then India gave us an enormous platform for internationalizing human rights by going to the ICJ over the... More

Asia is central to China’s strategic vision

China’s international summit to help promote its strategic vision – ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR), now dubbed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – has just concluded in Beijing. Twenty-nine heads of state and representatives from 130 countries attended the two-day forum on 14-15 May. Most of... More

Rape, FB and class conflict in Dhaka

In a country where the upper class enjoys almost total impunity, they suddenly faced an unexpected furor over an alleged rape incident. It allegedly happened in an upscale joint called Raintree Hotel located in Dhaka’s hyper rich residential area. Reports say, two girls were invited to a party... More

India re-orients its policy on the Sri...

India appears to be in the process of re-shaping and re-orienting its policy on the Sri Lankan ethnic question once again. This was evident during the visit of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to Sri Lanka from May 11 to 12. Modi found time for the Tamil... More

What can Hekmatyar’s return to the fold...

While the addition of a few thousand fresh US troops to Afghanistan to fight both the Taliban and the rising threat of ISIS may not have been successful in creating much difference on the ground, the return of Hekmatyar does stand better chances of buttressing the falling... More

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China’s new world order

China recently hosted 29 heads of state and government at the Belt and Road Forum, reinforcing the country’s claim to leadership of an emerging geopolitical and economic world order. The summit conference that... More

Why Kashmir remains disturbed

Whether stone pelting on Indian Armed Forces in Kashmir is being done at the behest of Pakistan or as a response to fundamentalists' call, the fact remains that the valley is disturbed. Scores of... More

No easy refuge from death row for Kulbhushan Jadhav

The movie version of this script, we’re all familiar with: “no, your honour”, shouts the lawyer, the mother tears up, the judge bangs his gavel in approval and the hero walks off death row.... More

Network is the key

Official India has turned its back on China’s celebration of President Xi Jinping’s “Belt and Road Initiative” (BRI) this week in Beijing. Some in Beijing and Delhi have warned India against isolating itself amidst... More

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Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article... More

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