India, China, Japan must work together for economic cooperation...

In a recent interview given to The Hindu at Temple Trees in Colombo, Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Prime Minster of Sri Lanka answered questions relating to... More

Sri Lanka to sell loss-making port to China

Sri Lanka hopes to sell part of its loss-making $1.4 billion harbour to a Chinese company in January to help pay off crippling debts, the... More

Sri Lanka, Tajikistan to enhance security cooperation

Agreeing to enhance cooperation in the field of regional security, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan signed agreements in several sectors, including economy and tourism. The agreements were... More

Rectify FTA before finalising ETCA – GL

Former External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris has urged the government to rectify shortcomings in the Indo-Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA) before finalising controversial Economic... More

Sri Lanka cabinet nod to lease port to China

  Sri Lanka will take part in a joint venture with a Chinese company to develop a port in its south, where China has also been... More

Srilankan President frowns on ‘misinformation’ about proposed constitution

Srilankan President Maithripala Sirisena called on the Opposition not to propagate misinformation about the new constitution to instigate people and grab power. Such action would... More

PM apologizes for burning of Jaffna library during UNP...

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe Moneday apologised for the destruction of the Jaffna library when the UNP was in power in 1981. Participating in the third reading stage... More

Sri Lanka’s Sirisena awaits a thumbs-up from Trump

It is yet to be seen how the Donald Trump victory in the United States will impact Sri Lanka in the long term, mainly its... More

Sino-Lanka relations getting new wings

Sri Lanka will buy more military transport planes from China and seek its help in transforming its Hambantota port into a hub comparable with Shenzhen.... More

China to keep close eye on external intervention in...

China takes a strong stand against external intervention in the domestic matters of Sri Lanka and disapproves of attempts to tarnish the image of Sri... More

China remains Sri Lanka’s big partner amid strained relations 

Discarding ongoing difficulties in bilateral relations over ‘the high interest rate’ against loan, China and Sri Lanka held a business meeting in Colombo on Wednesday.... More

Sri Lanka to summon Chinese envoy

  The government plans on summoning Chinese Ambassador, Yi Xianliang, for criticizing the government, over its 'inconsistent' policies on China's involvement in the country, says the... More

Sirisena in India to attend WHO conference

  President Maithripala Sirisena left the country, for India 0n 7 November, to participate in a global anti-tobacco conference hosted in New Delhi. During his two-day visit,... More

SLNS ‘Sayura’ and SLNS ‘Suranimala’ on training visit to...

  Sri Lanka Navy is taking part in joint training exercise with the Indian Navy. Offshore Patrol Vessel SLNS ‘Sayura’ and Fast Missile Vessel SLNS ‘Suranimala’... 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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