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Flatten the Curve

Flatten the Curve

Former Jaffna District Parliamentarian and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) Spokesman M. A. Sumanthiran PC engaged in an informative conversation  with the “Daily Mirror” on  topics of current importance such as …

Economy, at a worrying  point

Economy, at a worrying point

Just Five years ago, the Rajapaksa family seemed to have lost everything. Mahinda Rajapaksa was beaten during the presidential race in Sri Lanka in 2015, ending his ten-year term. His …

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. …

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 …

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, …

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 …

A bitter pill to swallow

A bitter pill to swallow

Since the setback in Nepal three years ago when the Indian diktat on the contents of a new constitution for that country was brusquely dismissed by that country’s communist leadership, Modi government faces a similar rebuff from Sri Lanka. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa chose a press …

2020 might be a telling year for Sri Lanka

2020 might be a telling year for Sri Lanka

In the weeks that followed President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s big election win, Sri Lanka witnessed some rapid international outreach — both from and to Colombo — reflecting the strategic and geographic prominence of the Indian Ocean island that is home to 21 million people. India was …

China’s Building Spree Is Raising Questions

China’s Building Spree Is Raising Questions

At Sri Lanka’s southern tip, an abandoned British lighthouse stands sentinel near a half-moon-shaped cove bobbing with turquoise dinghies. Fishermen wearing sarongs drag wooden outriggers across a beach backed by centuries-old salt flats and palm trees. Less than 2 miles down the coast, towering blue-and-white …

Results Reveal a Divided Country ?

Results Reveal a Divided Country ?

Religious nationalism played the central role in the recently-held Sri Lankan presidential election, in which Nandasena Gotabaya Rajapaksa came away victorious, winning 52.25 percent of the vote. The results reveal …