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North confronting a different type of war.

North confronting a different type of war.

Nine years after the end of Sri Lanka’s long drawn conflict between Government forces and the LTTE, the Northern Province is confronting a very different type of war. Communities struggling …

White elephants?

White elephants?

MYTH 1: Chinese lending is commercial. FACT: Since 2012 most Chinese lending is concessionary. In the last five years Sri Lanka’s loans from China EXIM Bank, amounting to 3.1 billion …

Northern Provincial Council in deadlock

Northern Provincial Council in deadlock

The tug of war between the Chief Minister of the Northern Province, C.V. Wigneswaran and Governor Reginald Cooray, which continued unabated for quite some, reached its climax when the Court ruled that the Chief Minister’s move to sack a minister and appoint a new minister …

India’s bid to acquire the “World’s Emptiest Airport”

India’s bid to acquire the “World’s Emptiest Airport”

Over the past year, as India kept making a bid to acquire the Mattala airport in South Sri Lanka, which is universally derided as the “World’s Emptiest Airport” with little …

India has much to gain from Sri Lanka

India has much to gain from Sri Lanka

India and Sri Lanka have enjoyed time-tested and friendly ties since the establishment of diplomatic relations 70 years ago. India’s historical and extensive relations with  Sri Lanka   attained  new heights  with the state visit of Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi to  Colombo on May  11 …

China has invested heavily because of the country’s location

China has invested heavily because of the country’s location

Dr. Satoru Nagao, a Japanese expert on maritime security who is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington DC, says that Sri Lanka should acquire the Lockheed …

The Indo-Pacific Strategy

The Indo-Pacific Strategy

*Salient points of Hon. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s speech at the Bandaranaike International Diplomatic Training Institute Salient Convocation on Friday 13 July 2018 at the BMICH. “Four Centuries of Western …

Understanding poverty in post-war Sri Lanka

Understanding poverty in post-war Sri Lanka

The numbers at first glance The numbers for Sri Lanka’s post-war economy seem on the whole, clear. Poverty, measured monetarily, looks to be reducing. According to World Bank figures, Sri Lanka is a lower middle-income country and in 2017 its per capita income of $4,065. …

Does recovery of arms from former LTTE cadres indicate revival of Tamil insurgency ?

Does recovery of arms from former LTTE cadres indicate revival of Tamil insurgency ?

The 21 km-long Puthukkudiyiruppu-Oddusuddan road progressing through the hinterland of North-Eastern Mullaitivu District, links Puthukkudiyiruppu on the A-35 Paranthan-Mullaitivu highway and Oddusuddan on the A-34 Mankulam-Mullaitivu highway. It was along …

China is doing to Sri Lanka what Great Britain did to China

China is doing to Sri Lanka what Great Britain did to China

China is turning Sri Lanka into a modern day “semi-colony,” the same way Great Britain and Portugal turned south China into their own semi-colonies back in the mid of 19th century. Sri Lanka didn’t lose a war to China. It never ceded any of its territory officially …