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 China’s ambitious... 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 to the... 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 Hong Kong... More

Drought slashes rice harvest, 900,000 face hunger in SL

The worst drought in five years has pushed 900,000 people in Sri Lanka into “acute food insecurity”, the World Food Programme... More

China funded mega project inaugurated in Sri Lanka

The China funded $1.15 billion Moragahakanda project, a major infrastructure project for Sri Lanka’s post-war reconstruction, is marking the successful operation... More

Sri Lanka eager to work with Indian Ocean maritime powers’

“Sri Lanka is eager to work with the maritime powers of the Indian Ocean and beyond, to make our oceans secure... More

India, Sri Lanka agree to release arrested fishermen

India and Sri Lanka Thursday jointly agreed to release all fishermen held in custody in the two countries in the wake... More

IMF assessment on Lanka warns of impact from drought

Even as it appreciated the Lankan government for strong efforts in implementing  IMF-supported economic reforms, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Tuesday... More

US navy moves quickly to stem China’s monopoly over Hambantota port

The US navy’s move to quickly establish its presence in the controversy-ridden Chinese-built Hambantota port in South Sri Lanka, in collaboration... More

Sri Lankan navy shoots Indian fishermen, one dead

The Sri Lankan navy has allegedly shot dead a 21-year-old fisherman and injured some others when they opened fire on fishermen... More

UN insists on hybrid courts, Sirisena says no foreign judges, Rajapaksa...

Even as the UNHRC last Friday reiterated the need for foreign judges to try alleged war crimes in Sri Lanka, President... More

U.S. - Sri Lanka partnership stretching even more

The U.S. Navy's Pacific Partnership will engage in Sri Lanka for the first time in the 12-year history of the mission... More

IMF Chief Christine Lagarde will not make Sri Lanka visit this...

(Reuters) Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), will not be visiting Sri Lanka this month as... More

Sri Lanka coalition government in a rock and hard place 

Coalition government of Sri Lanka is having a hard time maintaining the balance between the two opposition side in this region’s... More

‘Hybrid court’ not feasible in Sri Lanka: Prime Minister

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe ruled out the possibility of a ‘hybrid court’, saying it was not politically feasible. Instead... More

IMF chief to insist on austerity in Sri Lanka

In the backdrop of Sri Lanka grappling with tighter fiscal and monetary conditions alongside an ongoing drought that is spiraling up... More

Lankan inflation hits record high

Sri Lanka’s consumer price inflation hit a record high of 6.8 percent in February under a new index. The price inflation... More

RTI invoked to expose Army wrongdoings

According to Daily FT, a wide-ranging Right to Information Act request was filed with the Army on Saturday, requesting details of how... More

SL Foreign Minister’s call for action

In a National Unity Government that has grown increasingly skittish about crafting Sri Lanka’s post-conflict future, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has... More

A glimpse into the saga of Sri Lanka’s constitutional reforms

The attempts by Sri Lanka’s National Unity government to draft a new constitution in order to seek a permanent solution to... More

Sri Lankan elite discusses “frightening economic situation”

The Colombo-based Sunday Times published a lengthy article last weekend about a secret meeting of government ministers and President Maithripala Sirisena.... More


Another futile attempt to switch over to Hindi

It was then Home Minister Gulzarilal Nanda who brought the question of Hindi to the fore. This time, it is Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju who has done so. Many people in Tamil Nadu then immolated themselves alive to register their protest. Thank... More

De-criminalizing democracy

Governor Amir Muhammad Khan Kalabagh’s logic behind not closing down the red light area “Hiramandi” is very revealing, “If you ban them they will be all over the place.” This in fact eventually did happen! When Bhutto nationalized their assets in 1972, many financiers and industrialists invested their... 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


Pakistan’s India obsession hides its real water challenges

Over the past few months, with the deterioration of relations between Pakistan and India, there has been a renewed interest in the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT). Statements made from India seem to indicate a... More

Nepal can be bridge for India role in Belt, Road

To further strengthen economic ties between Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region and Nepal, China will try harder to get India to see the benefits of participating in the "One Belt, One Road" initiative, and... 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



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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