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Professionals’ National Front writes to Indian PM on ETCA, Trinco oil...


A strong consortium of professional bodies and trade unions of Sri Lanka, the Professionals’ National Front, delivered a letter to the High Commission of India to be handed over to Prime... More

Modi plays Buddhist card with aplomb to get Sri Lankans to...


The visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday played the “ancient Buddhist link” card with aplomb in a bid to give a firm historical and cultural foundation to his plea... More

Modi and Rajapaksa skip politics, talk about economic cooperation in a...


In a “very friendly and cordial” half an hour’s meeting here late on Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa completely skipped politics and spoke... More

EU restores GSP+ concessions to Sri Lanka


The European Union has formally restored the Generalized Scheme of Preference Plus GSP+ trade concessions to Sri Lanka seven years after it was suspended over human rights related concerns. Sri Lanka’s Deputy... More

Sri Lanka takes the sting out of Modi’s visit


Sri Lanka has taken the unusual step of clearing wasps from a tea plantation to ensure Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not get stung during his upcoming visit. Police in Hatton,... More

UNESCAP forecasts 4.8% growth for Sri Lanka in 2017


The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) is forecasting Sri Lanka’s economy to grow by 4.8% this year, marginally up from 4.4% in 2016. However the... More

Modi comes calling again: But the icon of March 2015 is...


On his first visit to Sri Lanka in March 2015, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was a South Asian icon to be looked up to and emulated. His rise from being... More

EU envoy confident SL will regain GSP+


European Union Ambassador in Colombo, Tung-Lai Margue said he hoped his colleagues in the Member States and in the European Parliament would soon indicate their willingness to grant the GSP plus... More

Govt. reveals stance on Hanuman Bridge


The Government yesterday cleared the air on the proposed Hanuman Bridge connecting Sri Lanka and India across the Palk Strait saying it was “a long-term plan, but not discussed”, during Prime... More

Mahinda and Gotabhaya presidency potential netted in constitution barriers


Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and his brother Gotabhaya who still enjoy enormous public support as seen in the massive Joint Opposition May Day rally in Colombo, are caught in a constitutional... More

Leasing Hambantota: AG raises preliminary objections


The Attorney General yesterday ( 2 April) raised three preliminary objections on the maintainability of the fundamental rights petition of former Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara challenging the framework agreement with China to... More

UNP Chairman expresses regrets over outbursts by Ministers Fonseka and Senaratne...


UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickrema has regretted Ministers, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and Regional Development Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka lambasting Labour Minister John Seneviratne on UNP May Day platform at the Campbell... More

Sri Lanka eyes FTA’s with Europe and Commonwealth countries


Having laid a foundation for trade agreements with Asian countries such as India, China and Japan, Sri Lanka is now eyeing trade agreements with Europe and other Commonwealth countries. Sri Lanka needs... More

Shunned ex-Tamil Tiger militants begin to find acceptance in Tamil polity 


For 30 years, when war between Tamil militants and government forces was raging in the Tamil areas of North and East Sri Lanka, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) were... More

Diplomacy and India-Sri Lanka relations


Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s visit to India this week and the expected visit of Prime Minister Narenda Modi to Sri Lanka in May signal a fresh burst of activity in... More

Inconsistent comments by SL ministers on Sirisena’s request for Fonseka


Commenting on President Maithripala Sirisena's request for Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to take up the post of Army Commander or Overall Commander for two years, Labour Minister W.D.J. Seneviratne said “President... More

Lanka’s wins GSP plus vote in EU parliament


A crippling Hartal unleashed Thursday in the Tamil majority North of the country, protesting against lack of action by the government to trace Lankan Tamils gone missing during the 30 year... More

Prez Sirisena look to war winning general to ‘discipline’ country, Fonseka...


Following Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena asking the war winning Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka, to take the post of Army Commander or Overall Security Forces Commander to “discipline the country” the former... More

President asked Fonseka to take up Post of Army Commander


Cabinet Spokesman Minister Rajitha Senaratne said on Wednesday the President Maithripala Sirisena requested Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka to quit the ministerial portfolio and take up the post of army commander... More

Lanka approves counter-terrorism framework and await GSP Plus


The Lankan Government says it has taken key steps towards proving that the island is honoring post-war human rights pledges, as it awaits the crucial decision on the Generalised System of... More

India and Sri Lanka sign MoUs for economic projects


India and Sri Lanka Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on “Cooperation in Economic Projects” during the current visit of the Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to India. Prime... More

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The Lady takes aim at the UN

Myanmar’s restive western state of Rakhine is back in the news. And it is set to be a busy week for Rakhine matters. The military are consolidating their counter insurgency operations in Rakhine -- centered in the Mayu mountains... More

Accountability across the board -II

In his address to the Constituent Assembly on 11 August 1947, the Quaid said that “Jobbery, graft nepotism and bribe has to be put down with iron hand”. His vision of anti-corruption was reflected through “Prevention of Corruption Act... More

Two years into office, UNP-SLFP coalition government is...

It’s been two years since two of Sri Lanka’s largest political groupings - the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) - signed a MoU to cohabit in the government for two years to give... More

The US ready to turn Afghanistan into a...

After all the debate in the US on the Trump administration’s Afghanistan strategy, what we have today is a potentially destructive proposal to effect a full withdrawal and replace regular American forces with private contractors, which are nothing but... More

Another hornet’s nest stirred

The Modi government has developed a reputation to stir a hornet’s nest where one can be and should be avoided. With less than a month to go for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Myanmar visit, one of his controversy-prone ministers has... More

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Trump’s Afghanistan policy

President Donald Trump's much touted Afghan strategy -- which is a U-turn on his original views -- is essentially a facelift of a tried, tested and failed... More

Spiral into chaos  

Historically speaking, Balochistan in general and the Baloch community in particular are secular. Even in traditional Baloch society, the mullah is not a revered figure. Instead, he... More

Standoff with China prompts revamp of India’s regional policies

The denouement of the dangerous India-China military standoff in Doklam near the Sikkim border is hard to predict. But on the diplomatic and geopolitical plane, one definite... More

Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a... 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

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