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As Sri Lankan rupee slides further, Rajapaksa and Wickremesinghe slug it out


Following the consistent plunging of the Sri Lankan rupee throughout last week and the government’s plans to increase expenditure, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday demanded that the coalition regime of President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister... More

For Sirisena to take U-turn on Resolution 30/1 at UN General Assembly...


In what could be an act of diplomatic suicide, Sri Lankan president Maithripala Sirisena’s expected statement at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on the UN Human Rights Commission Resolution More

Sri Lanka hunts investors in Germany


A Sri Lanka delegation headed by Minster of Development Strategies and International Trade is heading for Hamburg Germany to hunt for investor with a team of private business representatives. "The delegation will visit Frankfurt, Hamburg and Berlin and... More

BIMSTEC — Drowning deep with SAARC


Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi Sectoral and Economic Cooperation commonly known as BIMSTEC is an international organization, founded in 1997.It comprises of seven nations of South Asia and South East Asia, ‘housing 1.5 billion people and... More

Thailand sees shortcut to Belt and Road with Sri Lanka trade deal


Thailand sees a planned trade deal with Sri Lanka as an opportunity to tap into China's signature Belt and Road Initiative while hedging against fallout from the escalating global trade war. Representatives of the Sri Lankan government are... More

Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Presidential hopes for his son sparks off dissent


Muffled whispers of irritation are now becoming outspoken criticism as a die hard loyalist of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa began speaking out last week against his plans to keep the Presidency and leadership of his new party,... More

Sri Lanka stops import of Iranian oil ahead of sanctions


Sri Lanka has stopped crude imports from Iran and is actively switching to other crude grades, as South Asian importers, including India, significantly restrict supply in anticipation of US sanctions against Tehran. "We stopped as soon as the... More

Northern Provincial Council resolution on Sri Lanka and the lambasting of Tamil...


Sri Lanka’s Tamil majority Northern Provincial Council mid last week unanimously adopted a resolution calling upon the United Nations to hold a referendum on the “political preference of the Tamil-speaking people”. More

South Korea ready to share business, IT know-how with Sri Lanka


South Korea is ready to share its know-how on industrial, business and Information Technology since it has made great strides in these fields today, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha said Thursday. She made this observation... More

Mahinda Rajapaksa meets Modi in India, says misunderstanding over


Mahinda Rajapaksa is back to courting India. Forgotten are his accusations that India was behind the Presidential victory of his one-time confidante Maithripala Sirisena in January 8th2015. The first signs that the former President was seeing a... More

Sri Lanka’s Port of Colombo ranks world’s leading container growth port


Sri Lanka's Port of Colombo was ranked the world's top port with the highest container growth in the first half of 2018, Sri Lanka's Ports and Shipping Ministry said in a statement on Sunday. According to international rating... More

Protesting for a democracy, or a Monarchy?


The dust has barely settled on the streets of Colombo that the over twenty five thousand supporters of former President and his Joint Opposition (JO) trod last Wednesday but despite the general view that the Janabala Colambata... More

UN says families of disappeared in Sri Lanka waited too long


The United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances says the families of the disappeared in Sri Lanka have waited too long to know the truth about the fate or whereabouts of their loved ones. The Working... More

Will not believe Lankan youth plotted terror in Australia, says his former...


Wellwishers of Kamer Nizamdeen, a Sri Lankan student arrested in Sydney on August 30 on suspicion of being a terrorist and that he had been plotting to kill top Australian leaders, are claiming that he was framed... More

Sri Lankan, Chinese investors to meet at Beijing investment conclave


A Sri Lanka investment conclave to be held in Beijing this month seeks to draw Chinese investors to the island and promote joint ventures with local companies, an international investment group from China organising the forum said. The... More

Anti-government protest reinforces Mahinda cult


Colombo was turned into a sea of people yesterday, September 05, Wednesday, as over 2,000 loyalists of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa occupied the central Colombo Fort area, holding a sit in protest following  the ‘Janabalaya Colombata’ (People... More

Russia’s Aeroflot to re-launch flights to Sri Lanka


Russia's flag carrier Aeroflot will re-launch regular non-stop flights to Sri Lanka's capital Colombo from October 28, Sri Lankan government's information department said on Tuesday. The airline, which stopped flights to Colombo a decade ago, will re-introduce five... More

Rajapaksa supporters to take to street today in anti govt protests


September 5th, Wednesday, which is today is to be a D day for the government as the Joint Opposition of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa take to the street, mobilising thousands of other citizens. The coalition government of  President... More

Sri Lanka military refusing to obey govt on land issue, says Zeid


UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says the Sri Lanka military is refusing to obey the country’s government on the land issue. In an article written for the Economist, Hussein said that a fracture within society... More

President Srisena attends Nepal-Sri Lanka trade and investment conference


President Maithripala Sirisena participated in the Nepal-Sri Lanka Trade,  Tourism, and Investment Conference held in Katmandu on Friday (31). The Institute for Strategic and Socio-economic Research of Nepal organized this event where detailed discussions were held to increase... More

Japan Is Trying To Catch Up With China In Sri Lanka


Japan is getting more serious about preventing China’s dominance of the Indian Ocean. Last week, Tokyo donated two coast guard patrol craft to Sri Lanka, according to ChannelNewsAsia. The craft cost over US$11 million to make. The Indian Ocean... More

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Saudi investment in CPEC will deepen Pak ties with Riyadh and...

Pakistan has officially invited Saudi Arabia to not only invest in the geo-economically celebrated China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) but also be a strategic partner, deepening considerable strategic convergence on economic as well as geo-political issues. The immediate reason for Saudi Arabia’s billion-dollar investment in CPEC is, as Pakistan’s own finance minister said, his country’s poor economic condition and the fast-depleting foreign exchange reserves, hampering its ability to continue and complete... More

India’s juvenile volte face

It was the “political survival instinct” of the rapidly weakening BJP which made the Indian government suddenly call off the foreign ministers-level talks with Pakistan which were to be held on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York next week. India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart S M Qureshi were to meet and thrash out a range of issues bedeviling bilateral ties. The reasons for not... More

South Asian media: Inventing a region?

South Asia is a popular buzz word which is rarely defined properly. This lack of clarity suits many as people have no idea what it actually means and how one is supposed to respond to it. The result has been an overlap of ideas, projects and ultimately regional strategies that fail to produce a concept which everyone can buy into. South Asian media as it exists today is a... More

No more PSLs abroad

“The pulsating cheering crowd in the National Stadium Karachi for the PSL Final, and subsequently for the three international T20s, underscored the return of peace to a city (and country) torn by internal strife. Bereft of any sports spectacle and living in cold fear for life and limb of their (and their families) because of open-ended threats from terrorists, political, religious and the criminal kind, the people of Karachi... More

Myanmar moves closer to China with increased bilateral trade and investment...

Myanmar and China are consolidating their bilateral trade and investment relationship. In fact, Beijing is fast becoming Myanmar’s strongest and most important ally, but this strengthened relationship has made many in the government nervous. Even the State Counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s civilian leader, is worried about the impression this increased dependence on China is having. She wants to allay the fears of both the United States and... 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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