The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) in discussions Monday with President Maithripala Sirisena had agreed to remain within the UNP led coalition government, but had not fully given up hopes of replacing PM Ranil... More
President Maithripala Sirisena said that Sri Lanka will actively support Chinese projects and investments in Sri Lanka, China Times reported.
The President also reiterated his support for the “One Belt, One Road” initiative of Chinese... More
Sri Lanka Navy, in accordance with naval traditions, has ceremonially welcomed the Iranian Navy's 50th flotilla arrived at the port of Colombo on Friday (16).
The Iranian naval fleet, comprising Tonb logistic-combat warship and two... More
The Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will announce his decision on the future of the troubled coalition between his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) led by Prime Minister... More
Sri Lanka is keen to sign the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with China once some issues related to the proposed deal are resolved.
Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to China Karunasena Kodituwakku told the Global Times that... More
Sri Lanka stocks closed 0.45 percent lower Monday with foreign buying seen in Softlogic Holdings, and the rupee weakened against the US dollar on uncertainty after shock election results over the weekend, brokers and... More
Iran and Sri Lanka have signed documents to expand cooperation in various areas, including trade and economy, Iran’s IRNA news agency reported.
According to IRNA, on Saturday (Feb 10) the documents were signed during a... More
Following the landslide victory of his new party, the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP), at the local government election held on February 10, former President Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday demanded that the SLFP-UNP alliance government... More
The Sri Lankan people have clearly spoken at the February 10 local government elections by according a stellar comeback to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, this time representing his new political party, the Sri Lanka... More
More than 15 million Sri Lankans are set to vote on Saturday (Feb 10) in long-delayed local elections after a bitter fight between the two main ruling coalition partners that threatens the unity government’s... More
Bangladesh’s High Commissioner Riaz Hamid-ullah expressed confidence in finalising the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between with Sri Lanka within the year, aimed at improving bilateral partnerships.
“The Bangladeshi Ministry is now in discussion with the... More
India's Former National Security Advisor (NSA) M. K. Narayanan has cautioned that the differences between India, China are likely to deepen in the near future and the consequences could be unexpected.
"China's taking over of... More
Sri Lanka Sunday, February 04, marked the 70th anniversary of independence from Britain with pomp and pageant, with Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, the youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke... More
Sri Lanka wants a longer-time period to negotiate a free trade agreement with China as it is concerned about the economic impact of a rushed deal on their small country, the Sri Lankan ambassador... More
Temple and church bells started ringing. Ships berthed in Colombo harbour blew their sirens. It happened 70 years ago at sharp 12 midnight on 4 February 1948 to mark the dawn of Independence to... More
As President Maithripala Sirisena, who is also the head of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), gets increasingly critical of his National Unity government’s coalition partner, the United National Party, (UNP), the latest moves... More
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the Sri Lankan government of using their counterterror legislation as a shield to commit human rights abuses, including arbitrarily detaining and torturing suspects without charging them with a... More
Sri Lankan political parties are going hammer and tongs against each other ahead of the crucial local bodies’ elections slated for February 10.
The no-holds barred competition which has been seeing some bizarre acts on... More
The inter-governmental Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has listed Sri Lanka among eleven ‘high risk and monitored jurisdictions’ that have taken insufficient measures to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other threats to the... More
Sri Lanka's president said on Friday (Jan 26) that more than US$58 billion (S$75.84 billion), or 90 per cent, of foreign loans borrowed by the previous government was unaccounted for in Finance Ministry records.
Writing an open letter is not something that has been done for the first time. In fact, the Afghan Taliban had welcomed the Trump administration into office by writing a letter and urging them of withdrawing from Afghanistan. The letter written this week, however, comes at a time when... More
The Myanmar government is desperately trying to deflect the growing campaign at the UN to impose sanctions because of its failure to solve the inter-communal violence that has torn its western region apart and caused nearly a million Myanmar Muslims – who call themselves Rohingyas – to flee to... More
On Feb 13 at about 1210 hours an armoured cash-in-transit (CIT) vehicle of a private security services company was parked outside the Tarnol branch of Meezan Bank in Islamabad to pick up cash amounting to Rs. 14 million from the bank . As the two security guards, Supervisor Muhammad... More
The Oxfam infection has spread far and wide. Its impact is deeper than just one NGO facing problems about covering up sex abuse in Haiti and as we learn Chad as well. Now reports are saying that sexual abuse cases are routine in the international development world which till... More
Despite its reservations about the Abdulla Yameen regime in the Maldives, India does not appear to be responding to the call of the Maldivian opposition leader Mohamed Nasheed to initiate a “military-backed diplomatic initiative” to force Yameen to retract from his drastic actions against the judiciary.
According to the Maldivian... More
Khalistan, the issue that kept India-Canada ties on ice through three decades from 1980, has reappeared as an issue more recently, taking away much of the warmth that was expected during Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ongoing visit to India.
Former diplomats say the seeds of the current tensions were... More
Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, exudes confidence. I visited Dhaka for the first time in April 1972, within four months of the birth of Bangladesh. Dhaka, then pronounced Dacca, was a small town, desperately trying to accommodate the demands of a sovereign state. There is no doubt that the... More
The West’s notions of history and geography between Europe and Asia, are drenched in myriad cultural implications and can be traced back to ‘The Romance of Alexander’.
This is a collection of essays mixing truth, epic drama and mythology, composed between the death of Alexander The Great in 323 B.C.,... More
Referred to as an interminable and protracted war, the ongoing US-led war in Afghanistan is becoming a stalemate with no end in sight in the near or long term. Since the violence and bloodshed have been the most common phenomenon in an already war-torn region, the war is perhaps... More
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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More