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Wigneswaran likely to launch new Diaspora backed party

Wigneswaran likely to launch new Diaspora backed party

The Chief Minister of Sri Lanka’s Tamil-majority Northern Province, C.V.Wigneswaran, is likely to launch a Tamil Diaspora-backed political party in two weeks’ time, reliable sources said. The new party will …

Leaders lack courage to solve ethnic issue

Leaders lack courage to solve ethnic issue

R.Sampanthan, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) leader and Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lanka parliament has told the United States House of Representatives Armed Services Committee delegation led by McClellen Thornberry, that the island nation’s leadership lacks courage to solve the Tamil issue …

US lawmakers visit to see Chinese investments

US lawmakers visit to see Chinese investments

Amid the global concern over China’s ‘debt trap diplomacy’, a bipartisan group of influential US lawmakers has visited Sri Lanka to gauge the ground-level situation. Cash-rich China has invested millions of dollars in Sri Lanka’s infrastructure since the end of a brutal civil war in …

Sri Lanka has made important progress

Sri Lanka has made important progress

On June 1, 2018, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the fourth review of Sri Lanka’s economic performance under the program supported by a three-year Extended …

Attacks on religious minorities continued in 2017

Attacks on religious minorities continued in 2017

The International Religious Freedom Report for 2017 was released US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback  at the US State Department …

Sri Ranga uses ‘poison gas’

Sri Ranga uses ‘poison gas’

Former UNP MP and media personality J. Sri Ranga has accused the four-party Tamil National Alliance (TNA) and other Tamil MPs of conveniently remaining silent on the possible use of ‘poison gas’ on the Vanni east front in 2009. The then government brought the war …

Reconciliation process should be Sri Lankan-led

Reconciliation process should be Sri Lankan-led

Outgoing US Ambassador Atul Keshap has said his country wants to walk hand-in-hand with all Sri Lankans to see the dream of a brighter future coming true. “As you look …

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, …