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China, ISIS threats get India, US together

China, ISIS threats get India, US together

China’s aggressive play in the Indian Ocean region has prompted US and India to coordinate closely in Sri Lanka and Maldives — two countries strategically vital for India. This is a far cry from the years when India worked hard to keep the US out …

Indian Oil denies role in fuel crisis

Indian Oil denies role in fuel crisis

The Indian Oil Company’s subsidiary in Sri Lanka has dismissed as “mischievous and factually incorrect” the allegations that it was responsible for the fuel shortage in the island nation. The Lanka Indian Oil Company (LIOC) yesterday received flak for the fuel shortage after motorists lined …

India Has Already Lost Hambantota and Sri Lanka Could be Next

India Has Already Lost Hambantota and Sri Lanka Could be Next

By Zakka Jacob.                                                                        When I used to work in Beijing, …

WhatsApp down

WhatsApp down

Popular social media app, WhatsApp is currently down in several countries including India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan with millions of users unable to use the chatting app. Latest reports said that the outage had spread across Europe and Asia with the US company stating it …

Drought drives farmers to cities

Drought drives farmers to cities

When Siri Hettige, a sociology professor at Colombo University, conducts surveys of young people across Sri Lanka, he never fails to ask one key question: Does anybody want to become a farmer? No, has been the overwhelmingly emphatic answer, he said. That is one indicator …

Rates steady ahead of budget

Rates steady ahead of budget

Sri Lanka’s central bank is expected to keep its key interest rates steady on Tuesday to support the sluggish economy despite a pick-up in inflation amid strong credit growth, a Reuters poll showed. All 11 economists in the survey predicted the central bank would keep …

Disappointed with reform promises

Disappointed with reform promises

A delegation of the European Parliament currently visiting Sri Lanka has welcomed a number of positive developments that have taken place since their last official visit, however expressed concern that the progress achieved has been slower than originally hoped. The European Parliamentary Delegation for Relations …

Rising Risks in Indian Ocean

Rising Risks in Indian Ocean

Panelists Robert Blake, former U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Indonesia, and Tissa Jayatilaka, executive director of the Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission, said the risks associated with the Indian Ocean will rise in the coming years at a talk on Tuesday evening. Jayatilaka said that …

Waqar, Amir Khan laud Sri Lanka

Waqar, Amir Khan laud Sri Lanka

Former Pakistan head coach Waqar Younis has lauded Sri Lankan team’s visit to Lahore to play a T20 international as a good sign for the return of international cricket to Pakistan. “I am very happy to see that the Sri Lankan team is in Lahore …

Agreeing to Constitutional proposals historic

Agreeing to Constitutional proposals historic

Tamil political representatives’ acceptance of proposals in the interim report of the Constitutional Assembly represents a “historic” moment for Sri Lanka, a senior TNA legislator told parliament here today. The Tamil National Alliance’s M A Sumanthiran was addressing the House when it met as the …