US lawmakers raise concerns over China’s role in Hambantota

US lawmakers have raised concerns over China’s role in the Hambantota port. The port was discussed when the lawmakers expressed concerns over the ambitious ‘One Belt, One Road’ (OBOR) initiative of China and... More

Sri Lanka’s troops on alert amid communal riots

Sri Lankan troops patrolled a coastal town on Sunday (Nov 19) where nearly 90 homes were damaged and cars set alight in violence between the island's Sinhalese and Muslim communities. A brawl over a... More

Lanka Army chief summoned by court over disappearance of 24 Tamils

A Sri Lankan court has summoned the commander of the country's Army tomorrow over the disappearance of 24 Tamils since their arrest in 1996 by security forces during the internal conflict with the... More

Sea combat training for Malaysian security personnel in Sri Lanka

Malaysian security and enforcement personnel will undergo sea combat training in Sri Lanka to strengthen and upgrade their skills in maritime security control, the New Straits Times reported. Eastern Sabah Security Command (Esscom) commander... More

No strings attached to assistance to Sri Lanka, says China

China will not attach any strings when extending financial assistance to Sri Lanka and will not use an investigation into alleged human rights violations or war crimes during the armed conflict as a... More

UN to review SL human rights record, Sirisena pledges to protect war...

Days prior to Sri Lanka’s human rights record being scheduled to be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, 15 November... More

Chinese Naval training ship docks Sri Lanka on a 4-day goodwill visit

The training ship Qi Jiguang (Hull 83) of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy docked at the Colombo Port on 10 November on a four-day goodwill visit. During the ship’s port call in... More

 Sri Lanka to scrap state-owned fossil fuel vehicles by 2025

Sri Lanka has announced plans to replace all state-owned vehicles with electric or hybrid models by 2025, a move that will be extended to private vehicles by 2040. Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said on ... More

Lankan Govt presents budget and pre-budget relief ahead of Jan polls

Amidst a fuel crisis that has taken public opinion on the Lankan government to a new low and with the local government elections to be held in January 2018, the National Unity regime... More

Chinese LNG power plant at Hambantota gets go ahead

The construction of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) power plant in Sri Lanka’s Hambantota has been approved by the country’s cabinet, the Government information department said. The 400 Mw LNG power plant in Hambantota... More

Chinese naval ship to visit Sri Lanka from 10 to 13 Nov

The training ship Qi Jiguang (Hull 83) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy will visit Sri Lanka Friday (Nov 10) for a four-day goodwill visit, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said. The... More

Chinese envoy slams comments on Sri Lanka by top US official

The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yi Xianliang rejected comments made by a top US official with regards to Chinese assistance to Sri Lanka. Yi Xianliang, in an opinion article sent to the media... More

Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port joint venture to start on Dec 8

The joint venture between China Merchants Port Holding Company (CMPH) and Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) to operate the Hambantota Harbour would start operations on December 8, said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. Prime Minister... More

US pledges support despite delay in SL reconciliation efforts

Despite delays in Sri Lanka’s reconciliation process the US will “stand by” Sri Lanka to bring “enduring and sustainable” peace, a top official said, insisting America was ready to engage on wide-ranging issues... More

Sri Lanka, China open industrial zone office in Hambantota

Sri Lanka and China jointly launched the "Sri Lanka-China Logistics and Industrial Zone Office" in Sri Lanka's southern port of Hambantota on 4 November. The office will overlook the operation of the 50-square-kilometer Industrial... More

US-SL partnership dialogue, Shannon visits Colombo monday

With President Donald Trump undertaking an 11-day visit to Asia, the longest such visits by a US President to the region in 25 years, US Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Thomas A. Shannon... More

EU disappointed with Sri Lanka over anti-terror laws

A delegation from the European Union (EU) expressed concern Colombo on 2 November over Sri Lanka’s failure to reform its anti-terror laws, a key condition for receiving tariff concessions to access the 28-member... More

Sri Lanka targets tuk-tuk drivers to plug labour shortfall

Asitha Udaya Priyantha has found his dream job. The 22-year-old is already his own boss, cruising Sri Lanka's streets in his auto-rickshaw, earning good money on his own time. But this is not what... More

Pakistan naval ship to visit Sri Lanka from Nov 5-8

As part of a goodwill port call and to further strengthen the relations with Sri Lanka, a Pakistani naval ship PNS SAIF is scheduled to arrive at Colombo port on a four-day visit... More

Chinese vice premier expects closer cooperation with Sri Lanka

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang met with visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana in Beijing Wednesday (Nov 1). Wang said China highly values its relations with Sri Lanka, and regards the country as... More

Making deals with China: We do have a bargaining chip

Writing about our relationship with our neighbours and the world last year I predicted that the UNFGG government will eventually let go of its Indian tilt, despite the objections of some sections of... More


China trumps the West over Myanmar

Myanmar was used to be a pariah state in the past, but for the former democracy icon it has become an unwelcome nuisance, forcing Aung San Suu Kyi to realize that in the current global world its... More

Afghanistan: The Taliban night goggles have a serious message

If the US’ new Afghan strategy was aimed at forcing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, the recent wave of highly sophisticated attacks has shown that this strategy has not only failed, but also backfired.  The... More

Muslim leader’s warning of a forced exodus a la Myanmar angers...

Assam’s leaders, whether of the Hindutva variety or the Assamese nationalistic variety, are livid with JamaitUlema-e-Hind leader Maulana Arshad Madani, for warning that the on-going revision of the National Register of Citizenship (NRC) could lead to a... More

A feudal electoral system

  The Magna Carta, or the “Charter of Liberties”, limiting the King's power and strengthening the rights of nobles was signed by King John at Runnymede near London on June 15, 1215. Brokered by the Archbishop of Canterbury... More

Myanmar enters make or break year

This month marks the second anniversary of Aung San Suu Kyi’s electoral landslide at the 2015 polls. It also marks the start of her third year in power. This coming year is going to be a “make... More


Why US, India strategic ties can’t sustain

Three months ago, the new South Asia policy that US President Donald Trump laid out was a cause of much optimism in New Delhi. It singled out... More

Why India should be wary of the Quad

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but... More

India and Saudi Arabia: Two countries going in unexpected directions

In spite of its painful birth as a free and independent state, India quickly became a model for what many considered to be the desired post-colonial progressive... More

A family worries over toxic air’s chilling effects

I have been living in Delhi for nearly two decades and my husband for many more years. Even though we come from different parts of India, it... More



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