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Jaffna terror network moves to Colombo


Police have, with the help of information elicited from former LTTE cadres nabbed in the aftermath of recent attacks on police and security forces in the North, uncovered clues of a... More

Among rising graft cases, Sri Lanka PM says his govt will...


Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Sunday his government will not tolerate corruption and "remove" all those found involved in graft cases. Wickremesinghe's comments came amid a controversy over foreign... More

‘China won’t use Lanka’s location for its strategic needs’


China will never use Sri Lanka’s strategic location in the Indian Ocean for its strategic and security needs, the Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Yi Xianliang, said here on Saturday. “From over... More

Surrounded in controversy Lanka’s FM tipped to resign


When Ravi Karunanayake was given the portfolio of finance by the current regime which heralded the promise of good governance following the victory of President Maithripala Sirisena in the 2015 January... More

Sri Lanka Navy commissions first advanced offshore patrol vessel


The Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) has commissioned the first of two Indian-built advanced offshore patrol vessels (AOPVs). Named SLNS Sayurala (with pennant number P623), the 105.7 m-long vessel entered service on 2 August in... More

Chinese PLA Navy’s most advanced hospital ship due in SL


Upholding the concept of peace, development and cooperation and creating a win-win situation as well as actively carrying forward international humanitarianism, Ark Peace has been involved in actions to heal the... More

No-Faith Motion against Ravi handed over


The no-confidence motion signed by 32 Joint Opposition MPs against Foreign Affairs Minister Ravi Karunanayake was handed over to the General Secretary of Parliament on Thursday afternoon. The motion was submitted by... More

Chinese ambassador calls for direct use of RMB in trade with...


Industrialisation of Hambantota will help Sri Lankan industries and the people, said Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang addressing the China Sri Lanka Infrastructure Investment Cooperation Forum at Kingsbury Hotel,... More

Endless imbroglio over foreign participation in Sri Lankan ports


Endless imbroglio over foreign participation in the development of Sri Lanka’s ports, threatens to bring to a grinding halt any progress in the island nation’s maritime sector. It is not only the... More

China – Lanka deal a worry for India


The amended concession agreement signed between Sri Lanka and the Hong Kong-based China Merchant Port Holdings Limited (CMP) last Saturday has India apprehensive, Indian based reports show. Following are excerpts of... More

Gnanasara Thera Case: Prosecution concludes giving evidence


Sri Lankan Court of Appeal hearing the contempt of court action filed against Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera  over his alleged offensive behavior inside the... More

SL Police Chief rushes to Jaffna following attacks led by...


Police claimed on Monday that they had apprehended seven out of the eleven member armed gang involved in the latest attack on two policemen at Kopai, Jaffna on Sunday including its... More

Rs. 160 mn penthouse only tip of the iceberg – Namal...


UPFA Hambantota District MP Namal Rajapaksa alleges that the UNP-led government which swindled over 13 billion rupees through the Treasury bond scams is now trying to find a scapegoat by highlighting... More

Sri Lanka joins China’s One Belt One Road project with port...


With the signing of the amended agreement by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) and the China Merchant Port Holdings Company (CMPort) here on Saturday, Sri Lanka has well and truly... More

The UNP-SLFP coalition – an uneasy marriage  


There are just five months to determine the fate of the marriage between the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party- Sirisena (SLFP-S) which came into being following... More

Chinese investments will help reduce debt: Lankan Prime Minister


The Hambantota deal will bring in an investment of USD 1.1 billion this year and another USD 1.1 billion the next, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said. Addressing the media at the Central... More

Sri Lanka: JO to submit NCM against Ravi


Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa said that the Joint Opposition (JO) leaders were contemplating a No Confidence Motion (NCM) against Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake in Parliament. Speaking at a media briefing in Colombo on... More

Contempt of court case against Gnanasara Thera fixed for August 1


Deputy Solicitor General (DSG) Dileepa Peiris on Wednesday informed Court of Appeal that Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera behaved in an aggressive manner after getting... More

Rampant dengue epidemic in Sri Lanka


Fear is gripping people in Sri Lanka about an uncontrolled outbreak of deadly dengue fever spreading throughout the country. According to official statistics updated on Sunday, during the first six and... More

Sri Lanka’s cabinet ‘clears port deal’ with China firm after concerns...


Sri Lanka's cabinet cleared a revised agreement for its Chinese-built southern port of Hambantota on Tuesday, the government said, after terms of the first pact sparked widespread public anger in the... More

Govt. to lose two thirds majority?


Parliamentarians belonging to the Mahinda Rajapaksa faction of the UPFA insisted that the government would lose its two-thirds majority within the next two weeks. But Foreign Minister and Assistant Leader of... More

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Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one of his controversy-prone ministers has... More

Accountability across the board

Sharif’s utter contempt of the Supreme Court’s (SC) recent ruling, and by default the rule of law, was exposed blatantly for public viewing during his YATRA along the GT Road. This confirmed that the 1998 PML(N) mob attack on... More

Myanmar’s military launches counter insurgency operation against Muslim...

The Myanmar military has air-dropped hundreds of troops into the country's strife-torn western Rakhine state in preparation for a surgical operation intended to route out accused Muslim rebels and insurgents, according to military sources. The deployment of the 33rd... More

Kashmir: Produced by 1947, sustained by Indo-Pakistan thereafter

As Pakistan celebrated August 1947 and India celebrates and mourn both, Kashmir bled in a war called by many names since 1947. To India, Kashmir is split into two with Pakistan occupying one half and to Pakistan the story... More

Sri Lankan government’s multifarious dilemmas

Two years into its five-year term, Sri Lanka’s coalition government led by President Maithipala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe is afflicted by chronic disunity; contradictions in domestic and foreign policies; and a marked inability to fulfill election promises. Given... More

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Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies

The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... More

India’s CEA declines Bhutan’s requests on CBTE

The Bhutanese government around two months ago, through diplomatic channels, sent a letter to the Indian government over Bhutan’s various concerns over the Cross Border Trade in... 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

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