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The unfolding Indo-Pacific Great Game

The unfolding Indo-Pacific Great Game

The current political impasse in Sri Lanka marks an important opportunity for Mahinda and Gotabaya Rajapaksa to think about the consequences of their current actions for future support from the …

Crisis spurs cancellations at peak tourist period

Crisis spurs cancellations at peak tourist period

Sri Lanka’s travel industry is starting to suffer the fallout of a political crisis in the middle of its peak tourist season, as uncertainty prompts cancellations by both business and leisure visitors. Tourism makes up about 5 percent of the Indian Ocean island’s $87-billion economy, …

TNA urges to take a decision

TNA urges to take a decision

The mounting pressure of an impending Supreme Court verdict on his dissolution of Parliament, and the lack of majority support for his hand-picked Prime Minister might prompt President Maithripala Sirisena to end Sri Lanka’s political crisis this weekend, The Hindu learns. President Sirisena held two …

Political crisis, tumbling rupee

Political crisis, tumbling rupee

China and India are both keeping a close eye on the political situation in Sri Lanka. The island nation plunged into a constitutional crisis with two men claiming to be the lawful prime minister. Sri Lanka owes more than $50bn to foreign lenders, which is …

Setback in Parliament

Setback in Parliament

Sri Lanka’s deposed prime minister secured control of a key committee in parliament Friday, dealing a blow to the country’s president in the latest twist in a month-long political crisis. Sri Lanka has been politically paralysed since October 26 when President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Ranil …

Two Premiers and No Government

Two Premiers and No Government

Two men each claim to be the prime minister. Lawmakers are exchanging blows in Parliament. A former finance minister says the country is on the brink of an “economic anarchy.” …

TNA seeks solution to deadlock

TNA seeks solution to deadlock

Sri Lanka’s persistent political crisis “without a government or a Prime Minister” could embolden anti-social elements to take law into their own hands, Leader of Opposition R. Sampanthan has warned. “In such a situation, the country’s minorities, especially Tamils, may become the victims,” he said. …

Madras High Court orders to destroy pro-LTTE book

Madras High Court orders to destroy pro-LTTE book

MDMK leader Vaiko on Thursday opposed the Madras High Court order directing the destruction of over 1,700 copies of a pro-Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) book Tamil Eelam Sivakkirathu — a compilation of speeches delivered by Tamil Nationalist Movement leader Pazha Nedumaran. He said …

British MPs call for suspension of trade concessions

British MPs call for suspension of trade concessions

A group of British parliamentarians have written to UK’s foreign secretary warning that “Sri Lanka’s political stability is at grave risk” and called for discussion on the suspension of trade concessions to Colombo. The seven parliamentarians, who are part of the All Party Parliamentary Group …

US Congressional Caucus hosts briefing on security sector reform in Sri Lanka

US Congressional Caucus hosts briefing on security sector reform in Sri Lanka

The U.S. Congressional Caucus on Ethnic and Religious Freedom in Sri Lanka hosted a briefing on security sector reform in Sri Lanka. The co-chairs of the Caucus, Representatives Bill Johnson (Republican – Ohio) and Danny Davis (Democrat – Illinois), gave opening remarks about the need …