Monthly Archives: April 2015

India Unsuited to Mediate in Sri Lanka

India Unsuited to Mediate in Sri Lanka

India is “structurally unsuited” to be mediator or facilitator in the Sri Lankan ethnic conflict because it is subject to the “emotional and electoral power” of one of its constituent states, namely, Tamil Nadu, argues former Lankan envoy at the UN in Geneva, Dr Dayan …

India ranks below Bhutan, Sri Lanka in broadband reach

India ranks below Bhutan, Sri Lanka in broadband reach

India is ranked below Bhutan and Sri Lanka in terms of broadband penetration and the multi-layered structure involved in the decision making for the sector needs to be overhauled, telecom regulator TRAI said today. “India ranks 125th in the world for fixed broadband penetration. Some …

India, Iran and Central Asia

India, Iran and Central Asia

With Iran eventually moving toward getting unshackled from crippling sanctions, it is time India took a closer look at the mineral-rich and energy-abundant Central Asia and expanded its strategic horizons. If the deal is finalised by June end, it will have far-reaching implications on the …

South Asia, now the fastest-growing region in the world

South Asia, now the fastest-growing region in the world

Driven by a strong expansion in India, coupled with favorable oil prices, economic growth in South Asia is expected to accelerate. The region is among the greatest global beneficiaries from cheap oil, as all countries in it are net oil importers. In the last quarter …

If we fail to make good use of the opportunities, then we would have to return to ground zero! Sampanthan warns 

If we fail to make good use of the opportunities, then we would have to return to ground zero! Sampanthan warns 

TNA leader R. Sampanthan has warned that if we fail to make good use of the opportunities when international community and local government are favourable, then we will have to face the situation that we would have to return to ground zero. He said this …

Sri Lanka’s New Leader has a Tough Job: Restore Democracy and Pacify the Major Powers

Sri Lanka’s New Leader has a Tough Job: Restore Democracy and Pacify the Major Powers

When the Sri Lankan President’s motorcade encounters a red light now on the streets of the capital, Colombo, it does something unthinkable just months ago—it stops and waits for a green signal. The convoy itself is much smaller than it once was, down to three …

Mahinda Rajapaksa prepares for political comeback

Mahinda Rajapaksa prepares for political comeback

Mahinda Rajapaksa, the former president of Sri Lanka, is planning to stand in parliamentary polls to launch an attempt to return to power, aides have said. The veteran politician, who suffered a surprise defeat in snap presidential polls he called in January this year, has …

Australia’s Request to Block the Arrival of Sri Lankan Refugees

Australia’s Request to Block the Arrival of Sri Lankan Refugees

The Foreign Affairs Minister of Australia Julie Bishop, who is on an official visit to India from 12-15 April, had talks with Sri Lankan Tamils based in Chennai. She told media that she had met the representative’s of the Sri Lankan People in Tamil Nadu and …

Lankan PM merely joked about shooting: Chandrika Kumaratunga

Lankan PM merely joked about shooting: Chandrika Kumaratunga

Chandrika Kumaratunga was the fifth President of Sri Lanka holding office between 1994 and 2005. Her party Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) backed Maithripala Sirisena who won the presidential polls. Kumaratunga was in Dubai recently attending Global Education and Skill Forum. On the sidelines of …

ISIS sending Militants to Central Asia, India, China And Europe, Iran Warns

ISIS sending Militants to Central Asia, India, China And Europe, Iran Warns

The Islamic State group may soon send its fighters into Central Asia, India, China and Europe, Iran’s Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan warned Thursday at the fourth Moscow Conference on International Security. He urged world leaders to work together to create “a front of resistance” against …