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Educational facilities as instruments of “soft power”

Educational facilities as instruments of “soft power”

In 1990, Harvard Professor Joseph S Nye, called such an approach to building up support as the use of “soft power”. The aim of “soft power” is to create, in another country, a favourable impression of the “power” in question, modifying the impact of military …

China has invested $15 bln worth of infrastructure projects

China has invested $15 bln worth of infrastructure projects

China, on Wednesday said that as of the end of 2017, Chinese companies had completed more than US 15 billion dollars worth of infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka and made …

Foreign Policy Tilts ?

Foreign Policy Tilts ?

Due to geo-political compulsions, Sri Lanka has to keep its relations with the West and India on an even keel. But there are indications that it is tilting towards Russia, …

India’s Lankan dilemma

India’s Lankan dilemma

India has always accorded priority to Sri Lanka in its foreign policy discourse owing to a combination of geo-strategic, political and socio-cultural factors. However, relations have often been determined by factors internal to these countries; India has been compelled to scale down its ‘active involvement’ …

Observe this day as Tamil genocide day, says CV Wigneswaran

Observe this day as Tamil genocide day, says CV Wigneswaran

Thousands of people in Sri Lanka’s Tamil-dominated northern province on Friday participated in a commemorative ceremony to observe the ninth anniversary of the brutal end to the 37-year long Eelam …

Remembering the dead in Mullivaikkal

Remembering the dead in Mullivaikkal

Northern Province Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran has called upon Tamils to set aside their differences and participate in the ‘Remembrance Day’ event, remembering those who were killed in Sri Lanka’s civil war, to be held in Mullivaikkal on Friday. Located on the eastern tip of …

China using ‘debtbook diplomacy’

China using ‘debtbook diplomacy’

The Chinese government is leveraging billions of dollars in debts to gain political leverage with developing countries across Asia and the Pacific, a new report presented to the US State …

Election bid

Election bid

Former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has unofficially launched his bid to run for the presidency at the 2019 elections with a ceremony at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo. Political sources said Rajapaksa had invited his three politically active brothers as guests of what he called …

Mobile phone coverage

Mobile phone coverage

Minister for Information Technology M. Manikandan has said he would take up with the Defence Ministry the question of Sri Lanka’s mobile phone service being available at Dhanushkodi and Arichamunai in Rameswaram island, and check if this posed any security threat. Asked about the availability …

Primary cause of problems is non-resolution of ethnic issue

Primary cause of problems is non-resolution of ethnic issue

The division of the country would be neither beneficial to the nation nor the Tamil speaking people, said Opposition Leader R. Sampanthan, appealing to the Tamils not to lend their support to any political movement that advocated secession. “This was the position taken by the …