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China focussed on resource extraction says US senator

China focussed on resource extraction says US senator

Citing the example of Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, an influential US senator and a senior Trump administration official said they believe China is engaging in “neocolonial hardball tactics” through its development activities. “China’s neocolonial hardball tactics and use of debt to force Sri Lanka …

EU launches Asia strategy to rival China’s ‘new Silk Road’

EU launches Asia strategy to rival China’s ‘new Silk Road’

As doubts grow over China’s vast “Belt and Road” trade infrastructure project, the EU is launching an alternative plan for Asia that it says will not saddle countries with debt …

Sri Lanka to shift its focus to emerging threats

Sri Lanka to shift its focus to emerging threats

The US state Department released its Country Report on Terrorism on 19 September 2018, which describes the global counter terrorism landscape in 2017 and  laying out the United States Government’s …

The Sri Lankan who solved a maths problem for Jeff Bezos of Amazon

The Sri Lankan who solved a maths problem for Jeff Bezos of Amazon

Yasantha Rajakarunanayake is surprised Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, remembers him three decades after they lost touch. The Sri Lankan scientist, now based in the US, was Bezos’ classmate at Princeton University in the 1980s. Speaking at The Economic Club of Washington, …

Sri Lanka among the few countries that are well-prepared to rise

Sri Lanka among the few countries that are well-prepared to rise

Sri Lanka is ready to rise again — a nation on the path to sustained growth path, that is. That’s according to a recent McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) study, which …

Indo-Lanka accord best way to solve Tamils issue

Indo-Lanka accord best way to solve Tamils issue

Douglas Devananda, 61, is the leader of the Eelam People’s Democratic Party (EPDP) and a MP in the Sri Lankan Parliament representing Jaffna. He was a Minister in the Cabinets …

UK says a clear time-bound action plan is needed

UK says a clear time-bound action plan is needed

Delivering a statement at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council, on behalf of the Sri Lanka Core Group  comprising  Germany, Macedonia, Montenegro and the UK, the United Kingdom urged Sri Lanka to prioritise and drive forward implementation of the UNHRC Resolutions 30/1 and …

Strategic centre of Geo-Politics will be the Indian Ocean

Strategic centre of Geo-Politics will be the Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, has been in and out of power since the 1990s. In 2015, he teamed up with Maithripala Sirisena and Chandrika Kumaratunge to oust President Mahinda Rajapaksa from power. Since then however, Wickramasinghe and the President have had a rocky relationship, …

Still in the game?

Still in the game?

From a man who had ceased to be India’s favourite to the reach-out and engagement with New Delhi now, former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa has come a long way. There …

NPC wants UN  to appoint Special  Rapporteur

NPC wants UN to appoint Special Rapporteur

The Northern Provincial Council (NPC) called on the UN Human Rights Council to ensure Sri Lanka was referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to refer Sri Lanka to the UN General Assembly and to the UN Security Council in order “to be referred to the …