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Sri Lanka: Export earnings surpass US$1 bn mark for second time in...


Continuing the upward trend observed since March 2017, earnings from exports increased in July 2017 surpassing the US dollars 1 billion mark for the second time during the year,... More

Sri Lanka Mangala condemns attack on Rohingyas


Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera today condemned the attack against the Rohingya refugees by a group of protesters in Mt. Lavinia on Tuesday. In a video statement, the minister... More

Monk-led mob attacks Rohingya refugees in Sri Lanka


Radical Buddhist monks stormed a United Nations safe house for Rohingya refugees near Sri Lanka’s capital Tuesday and forced authorities to relocate the group, officials said. Saffron-robed Buddhist monks led... More

Lankan think tank asks government to lift ban on Rohingya refugees


Days after Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe categorically stated that his government will not admit Rohingya refugees into the country, a pro peace think tank, the National Peace... More

TI Sri Lanka expresses alarm over Provincial Councils Elections Amendment Act


Transparency International Sri Lanka (TISL) notes that it is alarmed by the lack of consultation and procedure adopted in the passage of the Provincial Councils Elections Amendment Act. Issuing a... More

US Navy trains Sri Lanka Navy divers in underwater unexploded ordnance recovery


Members of the United States Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Five (EODMU 5) recently conducted a training program for the divers of the Sri Lanka Navy in Underwater... More

Sri Lanka’s first Social Innovation Lab to be opened next week


Sri Lanka's Ministry of Science, Technology and Research together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have come together to establish the first Social Innovation Lab in Sri Lanka. The... More

Lanka in a time warp concerning ethnic reconciliation


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, in his address to the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday,  asked the international community to support Sri Lanka’s “slow but steady... More

Govt. insults judiciary by introducing reforms through backdoor: MR


Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa today said the government has openly insulted the judiciary and flouted the Constitution by introducing changes to the Provincial Councils Election Bill through the backdoor. Issuing... More

Apex committee drafting Lanka’s new constitution presents interim report 


The Steering Committee of Sri Lanka’s “Constitutional Assembly” presented its Interim Report to parliament on Thursday. The present parliament is the “Constitutional Assembly” charged with the responsibility of drafting... More

Transfer of power essential to strengthen democracy, Sri Lankan President tells UN...


Noting that history is marked with leaders who have sought to consolidate power within themselves, the President of Sri Lanka on Wednesday underscored that as leaders come into power,... More

Sri Lanka general says denied visa to attend UN


Sri Lanka’s ex-army chief Sarath Fonseka Tuesday said he had been denied a visa to attend the UN general assembly because of unresolved war crime allegations against the military. The... More

Sri Lanka backtracks from ratifying disappearances convention


The parliamentary debate on the Bill to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances (CPAPED) will not held as scheduled on September 21,... More

New electoral system a great victory for people: President Sirisena


President Maithripala Sirisena said he would take measures to conduct the forthcoming Local Government elections according to the new electoral system replacing the Preferential System as the new system... More

Lankan parliament to debate ratification of controversial int’l convention


Amidst raging controversy on the issue, the Sri Lankan parliament will this Thursday (21 September) debate the ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from... More

Sri Lanka: Arundika joins JO


Removed deputy minister of Tourism Promotion and Christian Affairs Arundika Fernando today officially announced that he joined with the Joint Opposition and said that he would work towards to... More

Sri Lanka to export cannabis from first plantation


Sri Lanka is to launch its first official cannabis plantation to supply the traditional medicine market and export to the United States, the health minister said Wednesday (Sept 13). Rajitha... More

China is Sri Lanka’s biggest source of FDI, but there is room...


Chinese investment in Sri Lanka has grown significantly in the last five years but it continues to remain low as a share of GDP and in comparison to other... More

Sri Lankan Muslims and Buddhists hold counter demonstrations on Rohingya issue


Reflecting the sharp communal divide in the country, Sri Lankan Muslims and Buddhists have been holding counter demonstrations in the island nation, opposing each other’s stand point on the... More

India’s biggest importer of gas, Petronet to build Sri Lanka’s first LNG...


Petronet LNG Ltd, India’s biggest importer of gas, will partner with Japan’s Mitsubishi and Sojitz Corp to set up Sri Lanka’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal near Colombo,... More

Don’t hold polls this year: Govt. tells polls commission


The government has informed the Commissioner of Elections not to hold polls till January next year, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Thursday. Mr. Wickremesinghe revealed this at a meeting... More

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Sirisena in a fix over release of Tamil Tiger detainees

With three major national level elections to face in the coming three years, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is under pressure from multiple sections of the Sri Lankan polity and society to deliver on his electoral promises. Among... More

New Afghan strategy offers war not victory or peace

In its search for a strategy that might bring a victory -- or even a semblance of it -- in its longest war ever, the US is ending up offering more years of warfare than peace to... More

Will the Sinha to Miah transition solve the crisis?

Chief Justice Sinha is already history after his flight to Australia amidst much drama and corruption allegations made by the Government. His has been a dramatic regime anyway which began with calls to uphold the supremacy of... 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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

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

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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... More