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New territories?

New territories?

India, Turkey, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka are among the new countries where the Islamic State (IS) terror group has found a footing as its influence has diminished drastically across Iraq and Syria, its territory of origin, according to a leading conflict monitor. Spearheaded by jihadist …

I will name the one who will strengthen national security

I will name the one who will strengthen national security

Commenting on the prospects for power devolution to Sri Lanka’s minority Tamils, Leader of Opposition and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has made a reference to the current “situation in Kashmir.” Leading Sri Lankan Tamil daily Virakesari on Saturday published a wide-ranging interview with Mr. Rajapaksa. …

Negotiations hit a roadblock

Negotiations hit a roadblock

The U.S. government’s new military blueprint in the Indian Ocean is facing headwinds in Sri Lanka, a strategically located South Asian island also being courted by India, China and Japan in a scramble for geopolitical influence. In the crosshairs is a Status of Forces Agreement …

Sri Lanka has made great strides with democratisation

Sri Lanka has made great strides with democratisation

The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association Clément Nyaletsossi Voule said Sri Lanka has made significant strides over the last 4 years with regards to the democratisation of the country and the enjoyment of human rights of …

Your country calls upon me to cleanse this Augean stable

Your country calls upon me to cleanse this Augean stable

The head of Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic Church Sunday called for the government to resign over its alleged failure to investigate an “international conspiracy” behind the deadly Easter bombings. Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith said the authorities had failed to identify those behind the suicide bombings that …

Military cooperation pact to tackle red tape?

Military cooperation pact to tackle red tape?

The United States wants a special forces cooperation agreement with Sri Lanka to sidestep bureaucracy and has no intention of setting up a military base in the country, the American ambassador to the island nation said in a television interview. The comments represent the latest …

End the row in Kanniya

End the row in Kanniya

Ever since Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948, successive Sinhala-dominated governments have been launching projects to encroach on areas dominated by the minority Tamils and Muslims both to change the population pattern and to claim historical rights to those lands, writes P.K.Balachandran in The Citizen. …

A $200 cup of tea

A $200 cup of tea

It’s no secret that the British are very serious about their tea.Now a London hotel has taken this dedication to new heights by offering what’s been dubbed the UK’s most expensive cuppa.The Rubens at The Palace is now serving a rare tea blend for £500 …

India keeps eye

India keeps eye

India is keeping a close watch as protests grow in Sri Lanka over a proposed pact with the US, which could enable the setting up of an American military base in New Delhi’s southern neighbourhood, the Economic Times in India reported. The Indian establishment is …

Kattankudy – between Islamist Factionalism and Ethno-Nationalism

Kattankudy – between Islamist Factionalism and Ethno-Nationalism

In his 2009 paper entitled, Kattankudy in Eastern Sri Lanka: A Mullah-Merchant Urban Complex Caught between Islamist Factionalism and Ethno-Nationalisms Dr.Ameer Ali had traced the history of the town and come to the ominous conclusion that Islamic radicalism which was being nurtured there, could pose …