I know PM Modi well … There is nothing...

Former President, prior to his departure to Japan, spoke to Kelum Bandara of Daily Mirror about the current situation of the country in the aftermath... More

China to construct state of the art Kidney Hospital...

Sri Lanka and China, on Tuesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct a hospital for kidney patients in Polonnaruwa, in North Central Sri... More

Chinese companies continue assisting Sri Lanka flood victims

The Colombo Port City Company and the Chinese owned Zhongtian Construction Group have delivered relief items to families affected by the major floods and landslides... More

China brings plane load of relief goods to Sri...

The Chinese Chartered flight carrying disaster relief goods landed at the Bandaranaike International Airport at 2 p.m. on 3 June, Saturday. The hand-over ceremony of relief... More

Cabinet reshuffle a big farce, say Y’palana activists

Sri Lankan Major civil society organisations that campaigned for Maithripala Sirisena and the UNP at presidential and parliamentary polls in 2015, have looked askance at... More

Lanka faces floods and landslides with ethnic unity

Disasters and the subsequent suffering as a result of both man-made and natural calamities are nothing new to Sri Lankans. The island nation has seen... More

Sirisena-Rajapaksa talks mooted to end SLFP crisis

Two rival factions of SLFP are attempting to organise powvow between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to bring an end to the... More

Countries express concern over hate crimes against minority Muslims...

The Heads of Mission of the European Union, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and Switzerland, on Thursday strongly condemned incidents of hate crimes... More

Eight new State, Deputy Ministers appointed

Four State Ministers and four Deputy Ministers appointed under the new Cabinet reshuffle took their oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, Colombo... More

Lankan death toll soars, Pakistan sends flood relief aid 

The death toll of Sri Lanka’s flashfloods and landslides has increased to over 193, while 94 still remain missing and a total of 575,000 individuals... More

Samarasinghe to lead Hambantota Port PPP negotiations

Newly-appointed Sri Lankan Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said negotiations for a Public Private Partnership to salvage the debt-ridden Hambantota Port will resume this... More

Thousands of troops deployed as flood toll climbs to...

Thousands of troops battled Monday to get relief supplies to nearly half a million people displaced by the island’s worst flooding for 14 years, which... More

China pledges $ 2.2 m disaster relief support for...

The Chinese Embassy in a statement released on Sunday said Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang sent messages of condolence to Sri Lankan... More

Diplomatic community voices concern over attacks on minorities

The Government has come under fire from civil society groups and Muslims for its failure to act fast in checking attacks on mosques and shops... More

India and Pakistan among first countries to rush emergency...

India and Pakistan were among the first countries to respond in the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s flash flood disaster which has killed at least 103... More

 Sri Lanka in a balancing act over China’s One...

While participating in last week’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) forum in Beijing, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe walked a tight rope: seeking economic... More

BCIS signs a MoU to enhance SL-China academic cooperation

The Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS) and the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) have entered into an agreement yesterday in Colombo to enhance... More

It’ll be “commercial diplomacy” from now on, says Lanka’s...

Sri Lanka’s newly appointed Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake, who was previously Finance Minister, has said that Sri Lanka’s diplomacy from now on will be “commercial”... More

Tissa says American Naval camp to be set up...

Lanka Sama Samaja Party (LSSP) Leader Prof. Tissa Witharana yesterday said that an American Naval camp is to be set up in Trincomalee, with the... More

Those who disturb the peace will be prosecuted: President...

President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday said he has instructed the authorities responsible for the country’s security to strictly impose the law against those who try... More

Resolving the National Question: Where is the key?

"We all know the old joke about a guy looking for his lost key under the street light; when asked where he lost it, he... More


Eid and the culture of the travelling classes

The local grocer asked me if I was going outside Dhaka for Eid. I replied that I was totally urban with no village home to visit and wish or means to pursue fun and shopping in Kolkata or Bangkok or elsewhere. He was disappointed as many of... More

Talent and sprit running wild

Precariously making the cut for the eighth and final spot on the ICC ODI rankings, Pakistan came into the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy tournament as rank underdogs. Routed by India in their very first match by a whopping 124 runs, almost everyone gave up on Pakistan. One... More

Better Late than Never

As they say, better late than never. One of the more positive moves of India's Modi government has also been one of its least publicised one. Perhaps because the move to ratify the UN TIR convention will not provide much domestic mileage. India has now ratified the... More

China looms larger than ever in Myanmar

Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s top civilian leader – the State Counselor -- remains torn between Asia and the West. And a spat with the UN is pushing Myanmar increasingly into China’s arms. In the past month, the Lady – as she is commonly known -- has... More

The violent route to states’ reorganization in India

Although India has been a democracy with a plethora of institutions to solve political, social and economic problems through debate and discussion, significant domestic changes have come about, not through constitutional means, but through violence. Indian ruling classes, whether ethnic, linguistic or religious, have shown a consistent tendency... More


Belt and Road helps Nepal diversify relations and expand trade ties

Despite a high amount of political pressure exerted by India, Nepal signed a Belt and Road initiative deal with China on May 12, three years after a preliminary agreement. It is believed that Nepal would... More

Dynamics of Afghan conflict

The United States has finally understood that it is not winning in Afghanistan and that it needs to forge a fresh strategy to attain its objectives. Its long-running objective has been to defeat the... More

Attack on Fakhrul sends ominous signal for politics

Having faced insulting comments and criticism from the ruling party, secretary general of the opposition BNP Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir had wanted to go and stand by the side of the suffering people of... More

A brilliant future for China-SL cooperation under the ‘Belt and Road’...

On 14 and 15 of May, The Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation was successfully held in Beijing. This international gathering brought together 29 heads of state and government, and 1,500 representatives... More



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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