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Disaster Minister boasts of action plan in Mexico

Disaster Minister boasts of action plan in Mexico

Sri Lanka’s disaster management minister, who has been accused of incompetence during previous disasters, was lecturing on non-existing plans at a conference in Mexico, while more than 140 people died and more than a hundred people were missing following severe flooding and landslides across the …

Why neighbours dislike India

Why neighbours dislike India

A little under 30 years ago, after Vishwanath Pratap Singh became prime minister, he met with Sri Lanka’s president Ranasinghe Premadasa. Singh, a polite man, says he was surprised when the first thing Premadasa said to him was: “When are you taking your army back?” …

Delhi pushes Indian Ocean ‘neighbourhood first’ policy

Delhi pushes Indian Ocean ‘neighbourhood first’ policy

Reinforcing the ‘neighbourhood first’ policy and boosting New Delhi’s role as the provider of security net in the Indian Ocean Region, the Modi government in the past week has come to the rescue of two southern neighbours — Sri Lanka and Maldives – in the …

The seasonal climate of Sri Lanka

The seasonal climate of Sri Lanka

As Indian medical and emergency teams arrive in Sri Lanka to aid rescue and recovery efforts after devastating floods and landslides, the torrential rains of the past several days are easing. A large island in the Indian Ocean immediately south of India, Sri Lanka consists …

Prosecute not promote

Prosecute not promote

President Maithripala Sirisena should start prosecuting alleged war criminals not promoting them, said the International Truth and Justice Project on the release of the first of its dossiers on alleged perpetrators. The ITJP’s document implicates the former Chief of Army Staff, Jagath Dias, in attacks on civilians and hospitals …

Sex ring in Haiti reveals cracks in UN system

Sex ring in Haiti reveals cracks in UN system

The general sat on a plastic lawn chair in the garden of his mother’s home, the scent of tropical blooms filling the air as he talked about the alleged rape and sodomy of a Haitian teenager by a Sri Lankan peacekeeper. There was no rape, …

A country trapped in debt

A country trapped in debt

Normally the roads leading to Asian ports are bustling. Trucks loaded with cargo. Small shops where lorry drivers and workers take a tea break. Hambantota port in southern Sri Lanka is starkly different. Despite being open for seven years, the access road looks barely touched. …

Muslims will be compelled to seek international community support

Muslims will be compelled to seek international community support

If the incumbent government continued to overlook the racist acts perpetrated on the Muslim community, it would lead to a situation to lodge the complaint with the international community, EPC Leader of the Opposition M.S Uthumalebbe said. Hence, the government and the defence sector should …

India and China’s Tug of War Over Sri Lanka

India and China’s Tug of War Over Sri Lanka

Unnerved by growing Chinese influence in Sri Lanka, India is seeking to strengthen ties with the Colombo government through economic cooperation as the Indian Ocean island nation assumes increasing importance as a regional trading hub in one of the world’s busiest sea lanes. In the …

Pro-Tamil activists detained

Pro-Tamil activists detained

Scores of pro-Tamil activists were detained at the Marina here on Sunday when they tried to hold a memorial for Tamil victims of Sri Lankan ethnic strife as the famed seashore is out of bounds to hold protests. The activists of pro-Tamil outfits such as …