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Winds of change in Indian Ocean security

Winds of change in Indian Ocean security

By Col R.Hariharan:  It looks like Sri Lanka’s balancing act in the China-India power play in the Indian Ocean is going to get more and more difficult the coming months and years. China’s assertion of economic and military power is poised to grow stronger in the …

Stocks drop

Stocks drop

Sri Lankan shares fell on Friday, weighed down by declines in telecom and banking stocks after the island nation targeted both cash-rich sectors in its 2018 budget to boost revenue. Sri Lanka imposed new taxes on motor vehicles, telecoms, banks and liquor in a bid …

UN unable to confirm until it investigates

UN unable to confirm until it investigates

One of the men tortured in Sri Lanka said he was held for 21 days in a small dank room where he was raped 12 times, burned with cigarettes, beaten with iron rods and hung upside-down. Another man described being abducted from home by five …

Reconciliation Mechanism composed of, Truth, Justice, Reparations, and Non-Recurrence

Reconciliation Mechanism composed of, Truth, Justice, Reparations, and Non-Recurrence

Motoo Noguchi, a Prosecutor at the Supreme Prosecutors Office of Japan, has said what is most important was whether an individual serving as judge can be supported from all communities equally and whether the people were willing to leave the fate of the cases to …

Walk the Talk

Walk the Talk

German Ambassador to Sri Lanka Jorn Rohde opines that Sri Lanka is on the right path with its policy strategy, but it is high time for the nation and its leaders to ‘walk the talk’. Rohde says that the international community is fully supportive of …

Unsustainable debt burdens

Unsustainable debt burdens

By Yi Xianliang: Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka.         Profound and complex changes are taking place in the current world regarding geopolitical and economic circumstances, with opportunities and challenges driving ahead. During the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, Chinese President …

Role of Buddhism in Sri Lanka politics

Role of Buddhism in Sri Lanka politics

Sri Lanka has the longest history of Buddhism among Buddhist countries in the world. Ever since Buddhism was introduced in the 3rd century BCE, it had faced threat of survival due to overwhelming cultural and religious influence of Hinduism, internal jockeying for power between the …

Proposed Constitution Under Attack

Proposed Constitution Under Attack

The interim report on Sri Lanka’s proposed constitution released on September 21 has come under a spate of attacks. On October 24, a retired Sri Lankan army officer, Major General Kamal Gunaratne, insisted that those seeking to introduce the new constitution are traitors who must …

India and China flex muscles over Sri Lankan hub

India and China flex muscles over Sri Lankan hub

At the eerily quiet Mattala Airport, on the forested southern coast of Sri Lanka, a battle between Asian superpowers is unfolding. Few outside the country have heard of Mattala, and only one airline has been using the airport, located in Hambantota, 250km from Colombo, since …

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 …