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Defence pact with U.S. to be extended


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe told Parliament the Government intends to extend the Defence Pact signed with the US in 2007 for a further period of time. The Prime Minister responding... More

HRCSL: Foreign judges will enhance confidence in war crimes probe


 The government had agreed to the participation of foreign judges in a war crimes probe in accordance with Oct 1, 2015 Resolution moved at the Geneva-based United Nations Human... More

North of Lanka embroiled in crisis with Chief Minister at centre


The North of Sri Lanka is embroiled in an internal controversy involving its Chief Minister C. V. Wigneswaran. Last Wednesday a No Confidence Motion against Northern Province Chief Minister... More

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


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... More

‘Those who cause religious tension will be prosecuted’


“No individual or organisation causing religious tensions should be allowed to escape prosecution. Sri Lanka cannot be pulled back to the dark days of war when tens of thousands... More

Emergency evacuation plans for Lankans in Qatar


The Government has begun preparing emergency travel documents for thousands of Sri Lankan workers in Qatar to facilitate their evacuation if the latest Gulf crisis worsens. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador... More

Sri Lankan Muslim identity and Buddhist extremism


Sri Lanka which in 2009 ended a long drawn civil war battling the Tamil Tiger rebels fighting for a separate state is now struggling to maintain religious harmony in... More

President berates attempts to create civil unrest


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday said various attempts are being made through the internet and some media institutions, to spread civil unrest among communities in the country. He... More

Leasing Hambantota land to China: FR petition fixed for 30 June


The Supreme Court on Thursday (14) fixed the fundamental rights petition filed by former Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara against leasing land to China in Hambantota for 30 June. The bench comprised... More

Arrest warrant against Ven. Gnanasara


The Colombo Fort Magistrate on Thursday issued a warrant for the arrest of Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary for not being present in Court in connection with two cases... More

Sri Lanka: Growing with giants


Sri Lanka has the capacity to punch above its economic weight, observed State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne yesterday (14 June), pointing out the country was already well integrated... More

Lankan PM and cabinet issues strong messages against hate crimes


The Sri Lankan government will arrest and punish those who spread religious hate and will look at coming up with new laws to tackle religious based hate crimes, Prime... More

Gnanasara Thera seeks SC remedy to prevent imminent arrest


Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) General Secretary Ven. Galagoda Atte Gnanasara Thera filed a Fundamental Rights petition at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, seeking an Interim Order preventing Police from... More

Call for foreign judges renewed UN Special Rapporteur


Against the backdrop of yahapalana government repeatedly ruling out foreign judges and other international experts, including prosecutors, in a judicial mechanism to probe accountability issues, the Geneva-based United Nations... More

Fear grips Lankan Muslims as BBS appears defiant


A day after Sri Lanka police arrested five people including a member of an ultra nationalist Buddhist group for violence against Muslims, allegations are on the rise that hate... More

Rajapaksa calls GSP+ a Trojan horse


Former Sri Lankan President issuing a statement on the recent restoration of the GSP+ facility to Sri Lanka by the EU warned on Saturday that it could cause permanent... More

Sri Lanka defends China’s Belt and Road project


Chinese investment in Sri Lanka is reviving a “3,000-5,000-year-old shipping route”, said visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, defending his Government’s decision to join the Belt and Road Initiative. “The fact... More

Sri Lankans not affected by Qatar situation: Qatar Ambassador


The situation which developed in Qatar has no impact on the Sri Lankans living and working in Qatar. Therefore, there is no need to panic, Qatar Ambassador to Sri Lanka... More

SL adopts wait-and-see policy on Qatar


A special report on the situation in Qatar will be presented to the Cabinet by freshly-minted Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake next week as Sri Lanka adopts a wait-and-see policy... More

Sri Lanka Freedom Party at crossroads


A cheerless domestic situation, both political and economic, has put the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena at crossroads. Its members are wondering whether they... More

I know PM Modi well … There is nothing wrong if a...


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 of the Cabinet reshuffle... More

COLUMN

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

India’s Afghanistan venture has its limits

Clearly an important part of the United States’ “regional approach” to Afghanistan is the role that India is to play in re-building the war-torn country. Notwithstanding the crucial consequences this policy would produce in terms of triggering... More

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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