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Sirisena ignores PM, appoints new Law and Order Minister


Showing the ruffled state of affairs within Sri Lanka’s National Unity regime, President Maithripala Sirisena, who is head of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), has appointed Piyasena Gamage, an SLFPer  as the State... More

No US GSP for SL, other countries from 2018


The United States declined to extend its global preferential tariff system, which will now expire on Sunday (Dec 31), but the development is likely to have a mixed impact on Sri Lankan exports as... More

India offers fully funded training to Lankan govt


India has introduced over 40 training courses for Sri Lankan government officials to give them an understanding of India's approach towards governance, the Indian High Commission said in Colombo. The courses would work under the... More

SL president adds loyalist to govt, makes bid to strengthen party ahead...


Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena included a veteran politician and his loyalist in the Council of Ministers, in a bid to strengthen his party ahead of local-level elections. Piyasena Gamage, 68, a member of parliament... More

Local Govt election results may lead to Sirisena-Rajapaksa brotherhood


A senior member of President Maithripala Sirisena’s faction of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and cabinet minister has said that that the local government election to be held in February could lead to... More

Lanka head onto 2018 on rickety bridge


As Sri Lanka speeds away towards the end of the remaining days of 2017, a giant red stocking stands at the Galle Face Green seaside promenade in Colombo in place of the 72.1 m... More

Sri Lanka records highest-ever tourist arrivals of 2.3 mln in 2017


Sri Lanka received more than 2.3 million tourists so far this year, the highest ever recorded in history, a minister here said on Wednesday (Dec 27). Sri Lankan tourism promotion minister John Amaratunga told Xinhua... More

Sri Lanka receives $292.1 mn as initial payment for port from China


Subsequent to the agreement signed between the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and China Merchant Port Holdings Co. Ltd., US $ 292.1 mn has been credited to the US Dollar account of the Government of... More

SL Navy Cheif visits Indian Navy’s Southern Naval Command


Sri Lanka Navy Commander Sirimevan Ranasinghe visited the Indian Navy’s Southern Naval Command in Kochi, when he attended the Silver Jubilee Seminar on Operational Sea Training and Safety On board, in India recently, Navy... More

Multi-ethnic party launched in Lanka by Tamil Progressive Alliance


Sri Lanka is seeing one of the first post war attempts at national reconciliation through political unity through the decision of a Tamil political partyto contest the February 2018 local body elections in some... More

Sri Lanka keen to enhance trade with Pakistan


Sri Lanka on Tuesday showed interest to further enhance bilateral trade and economic relations with Pakistan as both countries have good potential to do trade in many areas. Consul General of Sri Lanka based in... More

Sri Lanka awards expressway contract to Chinese companies


Sri Lankan cabinet approved the awarding of a contract for the construction of the Ruwanpura Expressway from the Kahatuduwa entrance to the Southern Expressway up to Pelmadulla via Ratnapura. Higher Education and Highways Minister Lakshman... More

Amnesty urges Sri Lanka to have roadmap to meet human rights commitments


Despite Sri Lanka co-sponsoring the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution No. 30/1 in September 2015, progress in fulfilling commitments therein has slowed to a glacial pace, Amnesty International said on Wednesday (Dec 20). Delays... More

Sri Lanka local govt polls on February 10


The local government polls will be conducted on February 10 next year, Elections Commission Chairman Mahinda Deshapriya said on Dec 18. He said the date was selected after much deliberation but however, regretted the premature... More

Sri Lanka, Malaysia agree to strengthen co-operation in several sectors


Sri Lanka and Malaysia, on Monday (Dec 18) agreed to expand ties in several areas including trade and investment, agriculture and to curb the smuggling of drugs and human trafficking. Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri... More

 50 Chinese couples marry in mass ceremony in Sri Lanka


Fifty couples from China tied the knot in the Sri Lankan capital on Sunday (Dec 17) in a mass wedding ceremony, conducted in the island's Buddhist traditions, as the island aims to woo more... More

Cross overs, trade overs, factions and splits heralds Lanka govt polls


The February 2018 local government polls, the litmus test of President Sirisena’s power over the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the popularity of RanilWickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP) as well as the wellbeing... More

Two Bangladesh Coast Guard ships visit Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, welcomed two Bangladesh Coast Guard ships arrived at the Port of Colombo on Dec 16. Bangladesh Coast Guard ships Mansoor Ali and Karamuzzaman arrived at the port... More

UN identifies ‘significant challenges’ to personal liberty in SL


The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has identified significant challenges to the enjoyment of the right to personal liberty in Sri Lanka, resulting in arbitrary detention across the country. The experts recognize positive initiatives,... More

Sri Lanka green-lights PPP for Port City tunnel link with Chinse subsidiary


Sri Lankan government  has green-lighted a proposal by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development to enter into a public-private partnership (PPP) with Port City developer CHEC Port City Colombo Ltd. to build a... More

China overtakes India as Sri Lanka’s single largest trading partner


India has been the single largest trading partner of Sri Lanka for a very long time; especially since 1977. But in 2016, China overtook India by a small margin, says the Sri Lankan economist,... More

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Round one to Hefazot as Tabligh steps back

One of the largest gatherings of devout Muslims of the world --Biswaijtema -- held annually near the Turag river of Dhaka is famous for large turnouts, major traffic jams due to the huge crowd and eminent speakers from all over the Muslim world. But this year’s event will be... More

Myriad challenges ahead for China in Afghanistan

There is hardly any doubt that China has been working on augmenting its role and position in Afghanistan for the last few years. The role is not just that of a mediatory between Pakistan and Afghanistan but equally that of a direct stake-holder and broker of peace in the... More

Former R&AW chief in India’s national security team

No deputy to the National Security Advisor (NSA) in India has attracted so much attention in Delhi's policy making circles as Rajinder Khanna did when he was appointed deputy NSA recently. He is the first chief of external intelligence R&AW to make it -- two former chiefs of Intelligence Bureau,... More

Our Trump Card

Because of US sanctions economic assistance has been suspended before, military sales terminated, etc. Reacting to US President Donald Trump's New Year tweet, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif vowed the Pakistani audience telling the Wall Street Journal that "we are no longer allies" and that "Washington had turned Islamabad into... More

Rohingya crisis looks long term as ARSA returns 

That Bangladesh was not prepared for the Rohingya exodus is now grudgingly accepted by its official world. Some had perhaps hoped that there would be a bit of collateral gains for keeping the borders open but that hasn’t materialized. Similarly, Myanmar’s prime backers and supporters -- China and India... More

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Why Gadkari is perfect interlocutor for Iran

Quietly, unobtrusively, on the eve of the visit by the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India beginning this weekend, India made an assertive move in its West Asia policies that should not go unnoticed. This has been the decision to schedule talks with Iran’s... More

Revisiting Jammu and Kashmir

From time to time we are rudely reminded that there is an issue concerning the state of Jammu & Kashmir. The last reminder came on the night of 30-31 December 2017, when militants attacked the CRPF Training Centre at Lethpora in Pulwama district killing five... More

Why businessman Trump is upset with Pakistan

The Indian media have ignored the momentous announcement by Pakistan’s central bank on January 2 notifying that it has taken “comprehensive policy related measures to ensure that imports, exports and financing transactions can be denominated in CNY (Chinese Yuan).” Probably they got bogged down with... More

India needs to align with new reality in Indian Ocean

The uneasiness over the India - Maldives relations are unwarranted. The ripples in the Indian ocean are short term and inevitable for the fact that Maldives does have a strategic role to play and India's foreign policy must align to this new reality. What is... 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