SL government to introduce new laws for protest control

The Sri Lankan government has paid attention to bring in new laws pertaining to public order management, Law and Order and Southern Development Minister Sagala... More

SL govt. to hold referendum for new Constitution

The Government has decided to call for a referendum with the support of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party to pass a new Constitution once the... More

Lankan JO opposes state property sales

The Joint Opposition (JO)  has decided to hold an island-wide series of public protest demonstrations as a national campaign against the arbitrary sale of government... More

Lanka’s Northern Province CM calls Muslims to support federalism

The Chief Minister of the Tamil-majority Northern Province of Sri Lanka, C.V.Wigneswaran, admitted  that “some unfortunate incidents” of the past  had broken the unity of... More

`Islamic countries could depend on the goodwill of the...

Islamic countries could depend on the goodwill of the people of the United States as well as the American judicial system to prevail over attempts... More

Lankan worries about Indian “Trojan horse”

For decades before and after Sri Lanka’s independence in 1948, India’s relations with the island nation were political and adversarial. But since the second half... More

Sri Lankan Govt. to go for $ 2.5 b...

Sri Lanka has “manageable” non-roll over debt commitments of $ 2.6 billion for 2017, the Central Bank said yesterday, outlining plans to manage external payments... More

China to build Lanka’s Ruwanpura Expressway

The Sri Lankan government sees no alternative but reaching to China for the implementation of country’s major infrastructure projects. Mainly Chinese companies are being awarded... More

Sri Lanka and the pivot to Asia in the...

In October 2011, then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined a new foreign policy vision for the United States that rebalanced its focus to... More

Reflections on Freedom

Sixty nine years ago, Sri Lanka regained its independence after nearly 450 years of colonial rule. It was a tumultuous four centuries that would alter... More

SL to utilize geo-strategic position for enhancing trade

The Sri Lankan government plans to leverage the country’s geo-strategic position to maximize trade growth and achieve economic goals. For this the government needs maintain... More

Student leaders resolve to work towards reconciliation

Over 300 students from across all districts in Sri Lanka pledged to work towards reconciliation at the Student Leadership Conference for National Unity organised by... More

Leasing of Hambantota Port to Chinese firm: SC calls...

The Supreme Court has ordered the filing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 2012 along with an affidavit in respect to the leasing of... More

Lanka re-negotiating Hambantota port deal with China

Welcome or not, it does look like the Chinese are here to stay, at least in Hambantota, Sri Lanka. In the port and the envisaged industrial zone, to be precise, it’s been... More

S Lanka on brink of economic havoc: Ex Govermer

Sri Lanka’s Central Bank ex-governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said that the country’s economy had been managed ‘very badly’ during the last couple of years even... More

Chinese subs for economic reasons only: SL Navy Chief

Sri Lankan Navy Chief Vice Admiral RC Wijegunaratne has assured India that the presence of Chinese nuclear submarines in Sri Lanka was "purely economic reasons"... More

Mahinda urges people to join forces with JO to...

Inviting people to join forces with the Joint Opposition to topple the present government which was on the wrong track and way off their promises,... More

 Joint Opposition concerned about foreign influence in Sri...

The Joint Opposition has castigated the ruling Sirisena-Wickremesinghe coalition for incorporating the diplomatic community an in the decision-making process. Former External Affairs Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris alleged... More

Sri Lanka: The Shape of Things to Come

Politics is shaped by the ability to deliver. So is the future. It is all about doing and achieving, ‘doing what you say what you... More

Sri Lankan government’s 90 % revenue goes into debt...

Governor of the Sri Lankan Central Bank, Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy said Around 90% of the Sri Lankan government’s revenue was  absorbed by  debt service payments... More

India denies talks are on to take over development...

Indian official sources on Friday denied Sri Lankan Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka’s contention that Sri Lanka and India are in talks for... 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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