Monthly Archives: May 2017

TNA discussed issues of mutual interest

TNA discussed issues of mutual interest

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met the leaders of Sri Lanka’s main Tamil party TNA and discussed bilateral issues. The Tamil National Alliance delegation led by main opposition leader R Sampanthan met Prime Minister Modi at the Colombo airport before he left for home after wrapping …

China defends Military ties

China defends Military ties

China defended its military relationship with Sri Lanka as good for regional peace and stability after Sri Lanka rejected a request from China to dock one of its submarines in Colombo this month. Sri Lanka last allowed a Chinese submarine to dock in the capital …

India’s moves

India’s moves

By Mohammad Jamil:                                                             One of the primary functions of a diplomat is to build and …

Shares end near one-year high

Shares end near one-year high

Sri Lankan shares ended marginally higher on Friday, near a one-year high, led by gains in blue chips such as Ceylon Tobacco Company Plc and conglomerate John Keells Holdings Plc. Stockbrokers said they expect the bullish trend to continue next week with the central bank …

Narendra Modi woos Tamil community

Narendra Modi woos Tamil community

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the Tamil community on Friday, saying people like Tamil Nadu’s late former chief minister MG Ramachandran and cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan have left an indelible mark on society. Arriving to a rousing welcome at a public rally in Sri Lanka’s Dickoya, Narendra …

PM Modi emphasizes links with Sri Lanka

PM Modi emphasizes links with Sri Lanka

India’s prime minister emphasized common heritage with Sri Lanka on Friday as he tries to woo the island neighbor that’s become an important cog in China’s plans for control of the Indian Ocean. Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a speech in the Sri Lankan capital …

Upcountry set to welcome Modi

Upcountry set to welcome Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Colombo on Thursday to participate in the international UN Vesak Day hosted by Sri Lanka. During the two-day visit, he will address thousands of upcountry Tamils of the country, shining the spotlight on the 1.6 million-strong community inhabiting …

Sri Lanka, vital test case for neighbourhood first policy

Sri Lanka, vital test case for neighbourhood first policy

While a penchant for Hindu symbolism is a leitmotif of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unique brand of politics domestically, one of the more interesting and under-reported aspects of his international diplomacy has been a focus on the cultural power of Buddhism and India’s special identity …

We will stand firm on our demands

We will stand firm on our demands

Ilankai Tamil Arasu Katchi (ITAK) Leader and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Parliamentarian Mavai Senathiraja said his party will not sacrifice or change their mentality in achieving a political solution through a North-East merger as it is an essential demand of his people. “The proposal put …

Chinese Buyers Behind Surging Demand For Latest Bonds

Chinese Buyers Behind Surging Demand For Latest Bonds

A surge in demand for Sri Lanka’s latest dollar bond is putting a spotlight on the appetite for emerging-market securities, even amid the Federal Reserve’s tightening campaign. The small South Asian country garnered more than $11 billion of orders for the $1.5 billion of 10-year notes …