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Sri Lankan president’s party agrees to stay in unity govt


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

Sri Lanka assures support for Chinese projects and investments


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

Iranian Navy’s 50th flotilla docks at Sri Lanka’s Colombo port


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

LANKAN PRESIDENT TO ANNOUNCE DECISION ON FUTURE OF COALITION ON FRIDAY


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 keen to sign FTA with China once issues are resolved


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 FALL, RUPEE WEAKENS FOLLOWING POLLS


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 to expand mutual cooperation


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

Former Prez. Rajapaksa demand snap polls, UNP demands forming government


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

Mahinda storms back, Sirisena ‘shell-shocked’


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

SRI LANKANS TO VOTE IN LOCAL ELECTIONS IN KEY TEST FOR RULING...


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

Sri Lanka-Bangladesh FTA this year


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

Chinese operation of strategic Sri Lankan port fuels Indian consternation


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

President Sirisena highlights economic freedom in Independence Day message


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 eyeing longer talks with China on free trade agreement


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

Sri Lanka’s independence: Lost and regained


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

The drama of replacing PM, jailing Gotabaya and de-franchising Mahinda


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

Rights groups call on Sri Lanka to repeal ‘draconian’ counterterror law


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

Lankan parties go hammer and tongs against each other ahead of polls...


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

FDI into Sri Lanka doubles in 2017 to record $ 1.63 b


Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Sri Lanka doubled to an all-time high of $1.63 billion in 2017 from the previous mark as well as beat the previous best of $ 1.61 billion achieved in... More

Sri Lanka falls short in global rules of money laundering


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 Lankan leader says US$58 billion foreign debt unaccounted for


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. However,... More

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On the Afghan Taliban’s ‘open letter diplomacy’

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

Myanmar faces increased international pressure

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

Courage beyond compare

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

International affairs in time of transparency: The Oxfam syndrome

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

India cautious of its mediation and intervention in Maldives

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

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Khalistan factor casts a shadow over Trudeau visit

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

Hasina is no Mujib

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

China will not fall into the ‘Thucydides Trap’ with India

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

How China and Pakistan could lay the Road to Peace in...

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

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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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More