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

India helped SL fight war against LETE without being...

India had helped Sri Lanka fight the war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) even without being asked to, says former Sri Lankan... More

Lanka investigates garbage collapse tragedy as public anger seethes 

As public outrage seethes over the collapse of a garbage dump killing 26 persons and displacing hundreds, Sri Lankan Policeon Sunday said it had launched an investigation into the Meetotamulla tragedy... More

Japan grants Lanka 45 billion yen

Following the six day official visit of Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to Japan which ended Sunday, April 16, the  Japanese Government has decided to... More

Japan to appoint special rep. in SL

Japan is to appoint a special representative to coordinate development activities in Sri Lanka. Japanese Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Wickremesinghe in... More

Sri Lanka woos Japan

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe who is currently on a visit to Japan, in an obvious reference to China, assured that ‘foreign forces’ will not be... More

SriLankan and Japan Airlines expand codeshare agreement

SriLankan Airlines is strengthening its presence in the Japanese travel market through the expansion of its codeshare agreement with oneworld alliance partner Japan Airlines (JAL),... More

Courts to decide on referendum regarding Constitutional reforms

A member of the Steering Committee speaking to the Daily News yesterday stated the priority has been given to agree on the substance of the... More

Prime Minister off to ‘Land of the Rising Sun’

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe leaves for Japan today to enhance relations between the two countries. Premier Wickremesinghe and his entourage is the first high profile... More

China and Lanka conclude two day discussions

During his two-day visit to Sri Lanka which ended on Saturday, Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the fourth most important leader... More

India is interested in Trincomalee port but is wary...

Sri Lanka is keen on involving India in a significant way in the development of the eastern port of Trincomalee and its hinterland to counter-balance... More

The Hambantota Port deal with China: To sign or...

Treading a tightrope of local criticism and Chinese pressure, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe insisted this week that the government has not got into an agreement... More

President Sirisena, SLFP’s 2020 Presidential candidate: SB

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Presidential candidate for the 2020 Presidential Election is Maithripala Sirisena. The SLFP has already nominated President Maithripala Sirisena as its... More

India – Lanka fishing delegation to meet this week

A Sri Lanka fisheries delegation will seek to find out from their Indian counterparts this week  the progress  on  commitments made at a joint working... More

Sri Lanka to sign MoU with BIMSTEC

Cabinet this week granted approval for Sri Lanka to enter into a MoU with members of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral Technical... More


Why kicking itself out of OBOR was...

While India stopped short of attending the last week held summit of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China, otherwise known as ‘One Belt One Road’ vision, the decision should not be confused with, despite India’s allusions to the violation of its territory and sovereignty, the possibility... More

Can India afford to ignore OBOR

India's decision to not join the One Belt One Road (OBOR) or Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) Summit in Beijing (May 14-16) is not just about the sovereignty issues, as has been made out by Delhi. It is not just about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor entering through... More

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


China tightens grips on ASEAN

China has deepened its influence on ASEAN nations, and the just-concluded ASEAN Summit with its chairman’s watered-down statement stands testimony to this. This China factor — coming on the back of Beijing’s huge investments as... More

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



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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