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US Coast Guard trains Sri Lankan port officials


The US Coast Guard (USCG) conducted a port security capacity building programme at the Colombo Port with more than 25 Sri Lankan port officials from February 11 to 13, the US Embassy said today. In a statement, it... More

Sri Lanka sets to launch global campaign to promote Ceylon Tea


Sri Lanka sets to launch a mega global campaign to promote its popular Ceylon Tea this year in order to boost its tea exports, local media reports said here on Thursday. Plantation Industries Minister Navin Dissanayake said the... More

Sirisena’s candidature as SLPP nominee for presidential ruled out as Gotabhaya emerges...


Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) appeared to be almost certain that the United States will agree to relieve former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa of American More

Once bitten twice shy, India cultivates all political leaders in Lanka


Days after former president and current opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa seemed to be building bridges with India in his latest visit to the country for the Bengaluru conclave organised by The Hindu newspaper, Sri Lanka’s neighbour has... More

Sri Lanka hiring hangmen, inspired by Philippines’ war on drugs


Sri Lanka began advertising for hangmen this week, as the country’s president pushes ahead with a hardline policy, modeled on the Philippines, to combat drug trafficking. The last execution in Sri Lanka was 43 years ago, but President... More

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s overtures to India: Setting the political turf right for the...

In a serious bid to recalibrate his and his party Sri Lanka Podujana Perumana’s (SLPP) ties with India, leader of opposition and former president Mahinda Rajapksa said in Bengaluru on February 9 that “misunderstandings” of the past—in... More

Sri Lanka, Russia discussing Mi-17 helicopter deal


Sri Lanka is negotiating with Russia the purchase of a new batch of Russian Mi-17 helicopters, which the country will use in UN peacekeeping missions, Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia Dayan Jayatilleka told Sputnik on Sunday. "There is... More

China-Sri Lanka cooperation under BRI brings new opportunities for regional development: Chinese...


The cooperation between China and Sri Lanka under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative has not only brought tangible benefits to the two countries and two peoples, but also generated new opportunities for regional development,... More

Sri Lankan president holds talks with Maldivian counterpart


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Tuesday held bilateral talks with his Maldivian counterpart Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, a statement from Sri Lankan President's office said. The statement said the two sides had... More

Sri Lanka keeps firebrand Buddhist monk behind bars


Sri Lanka's president resisted calls from the island's Buddhist hierarchy to release a jailed firebrand monk Monday (Feb 4), even as 518 other convicts were released to mark the island nation's Independence Day. Galagodaatte Gnanasara has long been... More

On Sri Lankan independence day, Sirisena says he is opposed to national...


As Sri Lanka commemorated 71 years of freedom from British rule on Monday, President Maithripala Sirisena admitted that the country had failed to find a long-term solution to restore More

UNP keen to form national govt, as Mahinda Rajapksa looks at multiple...


With just about eight months for the presidential election and amid Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) leader Mahinda Rajapaksa turning the heat on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government, the More

TNA leaders claims Sinhalese politics of denial could spur Tamil extremism


If the Sinhala South does not agree to a new constitution as a means to initiate a solution for an administrative power-sharing model with Sri Lanka’s North, More

Sri Lanka to borrow $1 billion from China for highway project


Sri Lanka, which last year handed over a strategic port to a Chinese firm for a 99-year lease as a debt swap, will soon sign a USD 1 billion concessional loan agreement with Beijing to fund a... More

Sri Lanka Prez Sirisena follows Duterte’s lead by restoring death penalty for...


Sri Lanka’s president pledged to end the country’s 43-year moratorium on capital punishment and execute condemned drug traffickers amid alarm over drug-related crimes. The statement on the government’s website said President Maithripala Sirisena would order the executions soon... More

Sri Lanka-China FTA expected to be signed in 2019


The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Sri Lanka and China is expected to be signed in 2019, China Daily reported on Thursday quoting the Sri Lankan Embassy in China. According to the embassy, the sixth round of negotiations... More

Sri Lanka adds Australian naval vessels to its Navy


To boost Sri Lanka’s civil maritime capabilities, Australia has gifted three Port class Stabicraft vessels to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard. Former Australian PM Turnbull promised to gift these three vessels during his visit to Sri Lanka... More

A Sri Lankan wedding, pre-presidential poll politics and an election commissioner’s looming...


It has been four days and social media has still not stopped talking about the wedding of Rohitha Rajapaksa, the son of opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa, to his long-time girlfriend Tatyana Lee Jayaratne on January 24. One... More

Sri Lanka negotiating with India, China for financial lifeline to avert crisis


Sri Lanka is negotiating with India and China for a financial lifeline, but expects to avoid a balance of payments crisis, a recent international media report highlights. Nikkei Asian Review which interviewed Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Chief on... More

Sri Lanka war heroes, a jailed racist monk and fears of Muslims...


Many an eyebrow was raised last week when the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence Hemasiri Fernando made the controversial statement that war heroes are those who have won medals and not others More

Sri Lanka’s new India-funded train flagged off


The train connects Colombo and the northern city of Kankesanthurai A new passenger train, funded by the Indian government, was inaugurated between the Sri Lankan capital Colombo and the northern city of Kankesanthurai on Sunday. The Indian High Commission... More

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Hybrid warfare: Strategic coercion against Pakistan

While a globalised world was a cherished goal to bring people together, globalisation is increasingly used by one or the other country or group of countries to dominate the rest of the world by a violent process. Looking around we see wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen where the powers that be are trying to bend the power game towards themselves. Conventional wars are now more often not... More

Bangladesh’s Hercules syndrome and rule of vigilante law

A rapist was killed and his body was left with a note that said the death meted out to him was punishment for his crime. It was signed Hercules. A couple of other reports have appeared with such declarations and they have aroused considerable interest in media, particularly social media, the motherland of speculations. Who could be the possible vigilante killer? Long history Extra-judicial killings are nothing new and last... More

India key to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, says former Portuguese...

“This has less to do with geography than with history,” Macaes writes in his insightful book Belt and Road: A Chinese World Order. “As two rising giants, China and India will play a disproportionate role in shaping the new world political and economic order, but like every claim on the future, their role remain ambiguous. In China's case, the question is whether it will eventually measure up to the task... More

BJP has communalised process of awarding Indian citizenship?

Political realities have temporarily halted the BJP’s brazen attempt to communalise Indian citizenship requirements to the advantage of the majority Hindus and to the detriment of the minority Muslims. Evidently, there is also a bias in favour of the north Indian majority and against the Tamil minority in the matter of giving citizenship. But this has not been brought to light in a major and sustained way yet, because the... More

Amid peace talks, India and Ghani flog the dead-horse of elections...

Last week, Moscow hosted delegations from the Taliban and Afghanistan’s political opposition in a bid to establish sound political contacts between the two actors. The delegation of the opposition parties included Afghanistan’s former president, Hamid Karzai, and at least two female members, including a human rights activist, Hawa Nooristani, and a former parliament member Fawzia Koofi. The meeting in itself underscored the new political dynamics that would probably be at... More

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OUTCOME AND FUTURE OF BMISTEC? & WHAT’S ON THE BALANCE?


The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More

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