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Japanese and Indian help to develop Trincomalee harbour?

Japanese and Indian help to develop Trincomalee harbour?

The United States and Japan have both cast their eyes on the Eastern Sri Lankan port of Trincomalee to counterbalance the presence of the Chinese in Hambantota in the South and Colombo in the West and its growing clout around the Bay of Bengal. The …

Try to move forward

Try to move forward

By Prof. Charles Sarvan:                                       The Colombo Telegraph (14 October 2017) reported that in Mullaitivu there’s one Sinhalese soldier for every two Tamil civilians. It added that this …

Writing on the Wall

Writing on the Wall

Northern Province Chief Minister Canagasabapathy Viswalingam Wigneswaran is a retired Supreme Court judge. Much was expected of CV Wigneswaran when he was first elected chief minister of the Northern Province …

US, Japan Wooing Sri Lanka to Contain China’s Rise in Into-Pacific

US, Japan Wooing Sri Lanka to Contain China’s Rise in Into-Pacific

Japan has handed over two naval patrol boats worth over $11 million to Sri Lanka in a bid to boost the country’s defense. A week earlier the US State Department gave $39 million to Colombo to strengthen the country’s navy capabilities. The announcement of Tokyo’s …

Slow motion disintegration?

Slow motion disintegration?

By Veeragathy Thanabalasingham: The government will complete three years in office today (17), marking a milestone of sorts when the two traditionally rival political parties, the United National Party (UNP) and …

Escaping the paradox of slow growth and labour scarcity

Escaping the paradox of slow growth and labour scarcity

In the World Bank’s Sri Lanka Development Update Report 2018 on creating more and better jobs for an upper middle-income Sri Lanka. The theme chapter usefully analyses the state of Sri Lanka’s labour market and identifies various challenges to attaining this development goal such as …

Sampanthan, has found a way to coexist

Sampanthan, has found a way to coexist

All this hullabaloo in Parliament by the joint opposition demanding the appointment of Dinesh Gunawardene as Opposition Leader leaves a window open for the island’s citizens to think deeply about the national question. Sampanthan, has found a way to coexist with the Yahapalana regime The …

Can Sri Lanka capitalise out of its strategic location in the Indian Ocean region?

Can Sri Lanka capitalise out of its strategic location in the Indian Ocean region?

Today there is growing importance of oceans for trade and commerce. The Indian Ocean is the world’s third-largest body of water with 50% of trade traversing the region covering approximately 20% of the water on the Earth’s surface. Due to existence of power rivalries and …

Media Coverage Of Recent Conflict In Sri Lanka – Analysis

Media Coverage Of Recent Conflict In Sri Lanka – Analysis

In the recent months, Facebook has consistently been in the spotlight for its role in the Cambridge Analytica controversy; ineffective response to fake news in Ireland’s reproductive rights referendum; and the failure to remove hate speech during the Rohingya crisis, among others. Another recent issue …

Sri Lanka is in no pressing need for military equipment

Sri Lanka is in no pressing need for military equipment

A leading Sri Lankan military expert, Adm.Dr. Jayanath Colombage, is cautioning his government about accepting military equipment like naval vessels from other countries without giving due thought to their utility and maintainability  apart from the cost, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express.  “The naval vessels, gifted …