Rajapaksa calls GSP+ a Trojan horse

Former Sri Lankan President issuing a statement on the recent restoration of the GSP+ facility to Sri Lanka by the EU warned on Saturday that it could cause permanent damage to… More

Sri Lanka defends China’s Belt and Road project

Chinese investment in Sri Lanka is reviving a “3,000-5,000-year-old shipping route”, said visiting Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, defending his Government’s decision to join the Belt and Road Initiative. “The fact is that… More

Sri Lankans not affected by Qatar situation: Qatar Ambassador

The situation which developed in Qatar has no impact on the Sri Lankans living and working in Qatar. Therefore, there is no need to panic, Qatar Ambassador to Sri Lanka Rashid Bin… More

SL adopts wait-and-see policy on Qatar

A special report on the situation in Qatar will be presented to the Cabinet by freshly-minted Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake next week as Sri Lanka adopts a wait-and-see policy on possible… More

Sri Lanka Freedom Party at crossroads

A cheerless domestic situation, both political and economic, has put the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena at crossroads. Its members are wondering whether they should stick… More

I know PM Modi well … There is nothing wrong…

Former President, prior to his departure to Japan, spoke to Kelum Bandara of Daily Mirror about the current situation of the country in the aftermath of the Cabinet reshuffle and his… More

China to construct state of the art Kidney Hospital in…

Sri Lanka and China, on Tuesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to construct a hospital for kidney patients in Polonnaruwa, in North Central Sri Lanka, the Government Information Department said… More

Chinese companies continue assisting Sri Lanka flood victims

The Colombo Port City Company and the Chinese owned Zhongtian Construction Group have delivered relief items to families affected by the major floods and landslides which hit Sri Lanka last week. Representatives… More

China brings plane load of relief goods to Sri Lanka

The Chinese Chartered flight carrying disaster relief goods landed at the Bandaranaike International Airport at 2 p.m. on 3 June, Saturday. The hand-over ceremony of relief goods took place with the presence… More

Cabinet reshuffle a big farce, say Y’palana activists

Sri Lankan Major civil society organisations that campaigned for Maithripala Sirisena and the UNP at presidential and parliamentary polls in 2015, have looked askance at the government’s first cabinet reshuffle. The National… More

Lanka faces floods and landslides with ethnic unity

Disasters and the subsequent suffering as a result of both man-made and natural calamities are nothing new to Sri Lankans. The island nation has seen two bloody Marxist insurgencies in the… More

Sirisena-Rajapaksa talks mooted to end SLFP crisis

Two rival factions of SLFP are attempting to organise powvow between President Maithripala Sirisena and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to bring an end to the crisis brewing in the party. The two… More

Countries express concern over hate crimes against minority Muslims in…

The Heads of Mission of the European Union, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and Switzerland, on Thursday strongly condemned incidents of hate crimes in Sri Lanka and called for… More

Eight new State, Deputy Ministers appointed

Four State Ministers and four Deputy Ministers appointed under the new Cabinet reshuffle took their oaths before President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat, Colombo yesterday. They are Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena,(State… More

Lankan death toll soars, Pakistan sends flood relief aid

The death toll of Sri Lanka’s flashfloods and landslides has increased to over 193, while 94 still remain missing and a total of 575,000 individuals and 142,811 families affected, the Disaster… More

Samarasinghe to lead Hambantota Port PPP negotiations

Newly-appointed Sri Lankan Ports and Shipping Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said negotiations for a Public Private Partnership to salvage the debt-ridden Hambantota Port will resume this week under his leadership. “I will take… More

Thousands of troops deployed as flood toll climbs to 180

Thousands of troops battled Monday to get relief supplies to nearly half a million people displaced by the island’s worst flooding for 14 years, which has killed 180 people. The military said… More

China pledges $ 2.2 m disaster relief support for Sri…

The Chinese Embassy in a statement released on Sunday said Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang sent messages of condolence to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister… More

Diplomatic community voices concern over attacks on minorities

The Government has come under fire from civil society groups and Muslims for its failure to act fast in checking attacks on mosques and shops owned by Muslims in recent weeks…. More

India and Pakistan among first countries to rush emergency aid…

India and Pakistan were among the first countries to respond in the aftermath of Sri Lanka’s flash flood disaster which has killed at least 103 persons with another 100 categorized as… More

Sri Lanka in a balancing act over China’s One Belt,…

While participating in last week’s One Belt, One Road (OBOR) forum in Beijing, Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe walked a tight rope: seeking economic and other benefits from China while… More


Standoff with China calls for re-casting of India’s…

The on-going Sino-Indian military confrontation in Doklam is taking place on land claimed by Bhutan and China. Officially, India is not party to the dispute, and yet it is there ostensibly on the basis of the revised 2007 Indo-Bhutanese… More

Can Pakistan & Afghanistan afford to avoid dialogue?

  This week saw two major terrorist attacks taking place almost simultaneously in Lahore (Pakistan) and Kabul (Afghanistan). Where the two attacks consumed over 50 innocent lives and left a number of others injured and yet more to mourn the… More

Nawaz Sharif’s exit: Just corruption or Executive-Judiciary conflict?

Pakistan PM’s Nawaz Sharif’s ‘third exit before completing his term as the PM of Pakistan after being disqualified by the Courts on charges of corruption shows the forces of state institutions are conflicting with each other at a highest… More

India’s China War Circa 2017?

A month or so ago Indian troops trespassed and forcibly halted China extending a border road through Donglang plateau (called Doklam by India) at a junction between China, Sikkim (annexed by India) and Bhutan. Sourabh Gupta says it “is… More

‘China threat’ influenced 2017 Malabar exercises

It is now customary for spokespersons to say that joint Indo-US military exercises are not aimed at anybody, meaning China. That is meant to soothe nerves in Beijing, but the claim is not quite correct. The 2017 Malabar exercises in… More


China-India stand-off ‘has to do with Bhutan’

For more than a month, Indian and Chinese troops have been squaring off over a small Himalayan plateau in the worst military stand-off in years between the Asian giants. The cold, remote Doklam Plateau is… More

Is there a leadership failure in Indian Army?

The recent fratricide incident in the Kashmir valley, where a jawan reprimanded by his superior officer for using a cellphone on duty, shot him fatally in anger, has been quoted in sections of the… More

The crossroads at the Doklam plateau

There are many strings that tie Bhutan to India in a special and unique relationship, but none are as strong as the ones laid down on the ground: 1,500 km, to be precise, of… More

Limited links sink Myanmar’s potential

Despite its 2,000 kilometer-long coastline, reaching from Bangladesh to the west and Thailand to the east, Myanmar is home to only nine functioning ports, most of which are lumped together in the commercial capital… 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 Gorkhaland. I told them in no way… More

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