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Sri Lanka a country of increasing strategic importance

Sri Lanka a country of increasing strategic importance

The Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells briefed the press at the US Department of State on 24 January 2020, on her recent trip to Sri Lanka and other South Asian countries. Ms Wells was to note …

EU ire could cost the country economically

EU ire could cost the country economically

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa faces his first test of diplomacy three months into his inaugural term, as he seeks to dilute the country’s postwar commitments, possibly flouting U.N. resolutions. Rajapaksa plans to make his case to the United Nations Human Rights Council which is …

German Court Convicts man over Kadirgamar killing

German Court Convicts man over Kadirgamar killing

A German court convicted a Sri Lankan man Monday of accessory to murder in the 2005 killing of the South Asian nation’s foreign minister for providing his assassins with crucial information. The regional court in Stuttgart concluded that the defendant, previously identified only as Navanithan …

The critical nature of India-Sri Lanka relations

The critical nature of India-Sri Lanka relations

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who is to visit New Delhi in early February at the invitation of the Indian Premier Narendra Modi, will be discussing economic cooperation more than anything else, according to informed sources. The reason cited for this is that Prime …

Respect for fundamental human rights in jeopardy

Respect for fundamental human rights in jeopardy

Sri Lanka suffered its worst communal violence in 2029, since the end of the civil war when Islamist suicide bombers attacked churches and hotels in Colombo and other cities on Easter Sunday, April 21, killing over 250 people and injuring hundreds more. Anti-Muslim mobs, some …

Vigneswaran wants India to grant dual citizenship

Vigneswaran wants India to grant dual citizenship

Ex-Chief Minister of Northern Province in Sri Lanka says the Indian and Sri Lankan governments should work out a specific treaty on dual citizenship While Supporting for the return of Sri Lankan Tamils to their own country, former Chief Minister of Northern Province in Sri …

Top US Diplomat to visit Sri Lanka

Top US Diplomat to visit Sri Lanka

The Trump administration’s point person for South and Central Asia, Alice G Wells, will visit India next week for a series of bilateral meetings and the Raisina Dialogue in Delhi, officials here said. Wells will travel to India, from January 15-18, to attend the Raisina …

China’s belt and road: an environmental disaster for Southeast Asia?

China’s belt and road: an environmental disaster for Southeast Asia?

When Chinese President Xi Jinping first unveiled the Belt and Road Initiative in 2013,it was heralded as one of the largest infrastructure development schemes in history. But the globe-spanning strategy, involving up to US$8.5 trillion in investments spread across more than 80 economies, also poses …

Sri Lanka: Headed for turbulent times?

Sri Lanka: Headed for turbulent times?

The seemingly serene, emerald green island of Sri Lanka on the Indian Ocean is worried that it is headed for turbulent times. Trouble reared its brutal head on Easter Sunday earlier this year, when bomb attacks by home-grown ISIS terrorists ripped through churches and luxury …

Wishing you a merry Christmas and Peace throughout the New Year

Wishing you a merry Christmas and Peace throughout the New Year

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.