Monthly Archives: May 2017

Indian Navy teams deployed to assist Sri Lanka Navy operations

Indian Navy teams deployed to assist Sri Lanka Navy operations

Indian Navy diving and medical teams have been deployed to assist Sri Lanka Navy operations in the flood-hit southwestern region, as the death toll from the disaster today rose to 177 with 104 people still missing in the island nation’s worst torrential rains in 14 …

India re-affirms position as the most relevant neighbour

India re-affirms position as the most relevant neighbour

India’s swift delivery of relief supplies and personnel to flood and landslide-hit Sri Lanka has re-affirmed its position as Sri Lanka’s most relevant neighbour, and also its primacy as a power in the South Asian region. No other country in the region, Pakistan and China …

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 …

Anti-Muslim tension

Anti-Muslim tension

A manhunt is on in Sri Lanka for a hard-line Buddhist leader after a series of attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned businesses that authorities accuse him of encouraging. President Maithripala Siresena had vowed to investigate anti-Muslim hate crimes after assuming power in 2015, however, attacks …

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. …