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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 Hambantota port, but... 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 the report from... 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 Homagama Magistrate’s Court... More

SL Police Chief rushes to Jaffna following attacks led by ex-Tiger


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 leader, a former... More

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


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 the purchase by... More

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


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 joined China’s One... 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 the election of... 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 Bank on Friday... 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 Wednesday, Rajapaksa said... 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 up before Homagama... 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 half months of... More

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


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 island nation. The port,... 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 the UNP, Ravi... More

China and Sri Lanka break stalemate, agree on Hambantota port


After months of protracted negotiations and stagnation on the controversial China-Lanka Hambantota port deal, the two countries have reached an agreement on the US$ 1.4 billion Hambantota China funded port project in southern Sri... More

No intention to form party – Rajapaksa


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa said no political party will contest the upcoming elections under his leadership. Speaking to journalists in Kandy, Rajapaksa said he had no intention of forming a separate party to face the... More

Rajapaksa says incident in Nallur should not be taken lightly


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Sunday urged the government not to take the killing of a police sergeant and wounding a constable at Nallur, Jaffna lightly. The two policemen were providing protection to Jaffna High... More

Lankan Minister says extremism will be quashed in constitution reform


Mano Ganeshan, Lankan Minister of Co-existence Dialogue and Official Languages, and leader of the Tamil Progressive Alliance (TPA), is a prophet of optimism on a new constitution seeing the light of day despite  chief... More

Constitution making process: JO raises UN interference with Feltman


Joint Opposition (JO) parliamentary group leader Dinesh Gunawardena has called for an end to UN interference in on-going constitutional making process in accordance with Geneva Resolution 30/1 adopted in Oct 2015. MP Gunawardena has said... More

UK may submit its diplomatic cables to hybrid court


The UK is willing to consider submitting uncensored wartime dispatches sent by its High Commission in Colombo to London to the proposed hybrid war crimes court. Last week UN Special Rapporteur Ben Emmerson, QC, at... More

Participation in constitution making process: JO Divided


The Joint Opposition (JO) consisting of SLFP and UPFA dissidents loyal to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa broke into two factions yesterday after one of its main partners, the National Freedom Front (NFF) opted to pull... More

Sri Lankan wartime disappearances: Ex-Commander among 50 navy officers grilled


Commodore D. K. P. Dassanayake, remanded in connection with wartime disappearance of 11 persons, neither functioned as Director Naval Operations (DNO) nor supervised special teams, commanded by two Lt. Commanders, R. P. S Ranasinghe... More

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De-colonizing education in Pakistan

Established initially as institutions of higher studies, Madrasahs taught law, Islamic sciences and philosophy. Prior to the arrival of British, both religious and secular education was taken care of for Hindus and Muslims by their respective religious institutions together. Madrasahs taught Quran together with Tafsir Mantiq (logic), Kalam (theology)... More

Did Sk. Mujib refuse Indian sanctuary on March 25th night?

Sheikh Mujib, like most of his political colleagues coming from peasant majority East Bengal had reservations about Kolkata and by extension India before 1947. He had spent his college days in Kolkata and was part of the youth leadership of Bengal Muslim League (BML) which contested both Delhi and... More

Myanmar fraught relations with the UN

An embattled Myanmar ponders its relations with the UN, amid international criticism and the possibility of sanctions looming larger. Once the heroine of democracy and the darling of the UN, the country’s civilian leader – Aung San Suu Kyi -- has launched a diplomatic offensive to fend of international... More

Why is China accommodated and India marginalized in South Asia?

It is an undeniable that in the South Asian region, China is fast replacing India as the most important economic and political factor. This is generally attributed to China’s ability and willingness to finance schemes of interest to the countries of the region while its rivals are reluctant to... More

The US eyeing Afghanistan’s mineral resources to fund its war

Although the US president Donald Trump has already stepped away from the US’ nation-building and reconstruction program in Afghanistan as part of his new strategy to devote more resources to the military campaign and force the Taliban to the negotiating table, it appears that at least a part of... More

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For India and China, Southeast Asia is a battleground

Power is inflationary. As countries become stronger, their interests expand beyond their borders, where they must find new ways to protect those interests. India is no exception. Its expansion, though, brings it into contact with China, a much more formidable country that competes with India... More

Zakir Naik a litmus test for Malaysia on counterterrorism

Indian preacher Zakir Naik is vowing to fight an extradition request sent to Malaysia regarding terrorism-related charges. India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) has filed terrorism charges against Naik accusing him of influencing Indian Muslims to join the Islamic State (ISIS). It also declared his Mumbai-based NGO,... More

The New Great Game moves from Asia-Pacific to Indo-Pacific

In the context of the New Great Game in Eurasia, the New Silk Roads, known as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), integrates all of China’s instruments of national power – political, economic, diplomatic, financial, intellectual and cultural – to shape the 21st century geopolitical/geoeconomic... More

Sri Lanka doesn’t need more American bear hugs

The U.S. and Sri Lanka recently held their second Partnership Dialogue. The first took place in Washington, D.C. last year. This one was held in Colombo. The meeting didn’t seem to feature any big surprises – which means that it was a missed opportunity for... 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