China and Lanka conclude two day discussions

During his two-day visit to Sri Lanka which ended on Saturday, Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference… More

India is interested in Trincomalee port but is wary about policy…

Sri Lanka is keen on involving India in a significant way in the development of the eastern port of… More

The Hambantota Port deal with China: To sign or not to…

Treading a tightrope of local criticism and Chinese pressure, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe insisted this week that the government… More

President Sirisena, SLFP’s 2020 Presidential candidate: SB

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Presidential candidate for the 2020 Presidential Election is Maithripala Sirisena. The SLFP has already… More

India – Lanka fishing delegation to meet this week

A Sri Lanka fisheries delegation will seek to find out from their Indian counterparts this week the progress on… More

Sri Lanka to sign MoU with BIMSTEC

Cabinet this week granted approval for Sri Lanka to enter into a MoU with members of the Bay of… More

Lankan Prez asserts no “war hero” will be war crime suspect

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday was emphatic that that he will not make any “war hero” a suspect… More

Separate council for Muslims if North and East re-merged

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress (SLMC) Leader Rauff Hakeem, in an interview with Daily Mirror speaks about the aspirations of… More

Agreements with Asian giants to precede FTA with Bangladesh

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are scheduled to commence talks on a free trade pact, no sooner the on going negotiations for… More

Japan woos Sri Lanka to check China’s influence in the Indian…

(Exclusive): With China pushing its way into Sri Lanka, spending US$ 8 billion to build infrastructure to support its… More

Maithri-Putin friendship marks new landmark in SL-Russia relations

The close friendship which has been built between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Maithripala Sirisena will create a… More

EU warns Bangladesh of GSP suspension over labour rights

The European Union has warned Bangladesh of suspending trade preferences unless the country makes progress in the implementation of… More

Zeid insists “foreign judges” Lanka says “foreign expertise”

Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights cast doubt on the impartiality of the Sri… More

Lanka eyes more agreements with China

Initial discussions between Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and visiting Chinese Defence Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan on Monday has … More

Wary about US & India, China sends Defence Min to SL

China’s Defence Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan will engage in high level defence related discussions with military and political leaders… More

Aris 13 incident shows there’s no room for complacency over piracy

(Exclusive) If the seizure of an oil tanker by Somalian pirates in the Horn of Africa last Monday after… More

Sri Lanka makes strong case to woo Hong Kong investor interest

Sri Lanka this Friday (17 March) made its strongest effort to woo interest from Hong Kong-based companies, fund managers… More

Sri Lankan students aboard Pakistan’s Naval Ships

Over 200 Sri Lankan students from prominent Sri Lankan schools and colleges visited Pakistani Naval Ships NASR & SAIF… More

Sri Lanka in the midst of a flurry of big power…

Following the construction of a full-fledged port in Hambantota, and a container terminal in Colombo, to be part of… More

India – Lanka fishing tryst continue

In the midst of Tamil Nadu fishermen putting pressure on the Indian Central government to find a permanent solution… More

First-ever Sri Lanka Investment Summit in Hong Kong kicks off today

Nearly 200 foreign delegates are scheduled to attend the first-ever Finance Asia-organised and multi-stakeholder-supported Sri Lanka Investor Summit in… More


A golden opportunity

INFRASTRUCTURE projects all over the world have a tendency towards cost overruns and schedule delays. Pakistan’s implementation record has been relatively worse, irrespective of the form of government or party in power. It is characterised by sluggishness, frequent change of managers, passing on the buck and not… More

Why China’s new aircraft carrier should worry India

The launch of China’s second aircraft carrier, expected as soon as this week, will be an important and depressing moment for India. The “Type 001A” — likely to be named the “Shandong” — will give China an edge for the first time in the carrier race with… More

Myanmar’s Precariously Poised Peace Process

Myanmar’s peace process has been stalled for months, as the country’s ethnic rebel groups – fighting for autonomy – and Aung San Suu Kyi’s government try to find a solution to their impasse that has prevented it from making further headway. Now the next meeting of the Union… More

China’s Bengal foray

This was expected much before. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has been to Singapore, UK and Germany, scouting for investments without much of a success. Her government did not initially take much interest in the Kolkata-Kunming Forum (K2K) that brings together many potential Chinese investors in their… More

The other side of the panama ruling

On not so historic a day, the Supreme Court of Pakistan’s ruling on Panama leaks just fell short of what it was meant to be: a clear-cut verdict. The order for further investigation by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) has, therefore, prolonged a controversy that has already consumed more than a… More


India’s moral claim to Kashmir has never seemed more fragile

India has spent the past decade lying to itself about Kashmir. The Pakistan-sponsored insurgency of the 1980s was contained. Elections were being held in the valley. People were defying militants to vote in them…. More

Three decades of mistrust

As Delhi and Colombo intensify their high-level political engagement, new opportunities for elevating the partnership are coloured by enduring suspicions in Sri Lanka. The country’s prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, is travelling to India this… More

India needs to learn that economic development comes before a naval…

"China is planning to build more aircraft carriers to bolster its maritime capabilities, which could pose a bigger threat to India," India’s Economic Times reported recently. With concerns expressed by Indian media outlets about… More

Jinnah’s 2-nation theory triumphs in Kashmir

Kashmir: the jewel in the crown of India’s secularism. In 1947 when the Muslim-majority state acceded to India, it joined a brave homeland for all. India was not going to be a mirror image… More



Reaction to “Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade”

David Bergman, British investigative journalist based in Bangladesh, commented on a recently published column of South Asian Monitor titled "SOUTHERN EYE: Behind Hasina’s RAW tirade" in his facebook profile. "This is a fascinating and detailed article… More

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