Sri Lankan Prez vows not to make any “war hero” a suspect in cases of alleged war crimes

Sri Lankan Prez vows not to make any “war hero” a suspect in cases of alleged war crimes

P.K.Balachandran Colombo, March 29 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday  categorically stated that he will not make any “war hero” a suspect in cases of alleged war crimes. Speaking at the opening of the newly constructed building at the Defense Services School in Kurunegala, the President said that it is the responsibility and […]

Maldivian opposition leader says he will re-negotiate terms of China-funded projects

Maldivian opposition leader says he will re-negotiate terms of China-funded projects

By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, March 29 (newsin.asia): The Maldivian opposition leader, Mohamed Nasheed, said here on Wednesday, that he will re-negotiate the terms of Chinese-funded projects to see if they were fair and in the interest of the country. “We will learn from the experience of the Sri Lankan Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunga in re-negotiating the […]

Sri Lanka’s foreign minister slams Mahinda Rajapakse’s extravaganza

Sri Lanka’s foreign minister slams Mahinda Rajapakse’s extravaganza

Colombo, March 29 – Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera on Tuesday drew a comparison between President Maithripala Sirisena’s modest spending on his state visit to Russia and the extravagant splurging by his predecessor. President Sirisena travelled on a regular flight from Colombo transiting via Dubai on his visit to Moscow last week compared to […]

Maldives govt says foreign partners should respect democratic decisions of state institutions

Maldives govt says foreign partners should respect democratic decisions of state institutions

Maldives, March 29 (NIA) – The Maldives government, on Wednesday said that a vote of no confidence on the Speaker of Parliament which was defeated on Monday was conducted in a transparent and democratic manner. The statement came a day after the US Embassy in Sri Lanka and Maldives released a statement saying it was concerned about irregularities ‎that […]

Doval’s obsession with China made India go for regime change in Sri Lanka: Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Doval’s obsession with China made India go for regime change in Sri Lanka:  Gotabaya Rajapaksa

P.K.Balachandran/newsin.asia Colombo, March 27:India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s obsession with China led to India’s working for a regime in Sri Lanka in 2014, the island nation’s former Defense Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, told the Foreign Correspondents’ Association here on Monday. He said that the Congress-led government had been very supportive of Sri Lanka as revealed […]

Maldives opposition fails to impeach Speaker of Parliament

Maldives opposition fails to impeach Speaker of Parliament

Colombo, March 27 (NIA) – A crucial vote seeking to impeach Maldives Speaker Abdulla Maseeh, was defeated in Parliament on Monday with 48 MPs voting against when the vote was taken up. The no confidence motion against the Speaker was bought in by the opposition, who were seeking to win a majority in Parliament. With the Speaker unable […]

Indian naval ship arrives in Colombo Port for training visit

Indian naval ship arrives in Colombo Port for training visit

Colombo, March 27 (NIA) – The hydrographic survey ship, INS ‘Darshak’ of the Indian Navy arrived in the Port of Colombo on Monday on a training visit, the navy media unit said here. The ship was welcomed by the Sri Lanka Navy in compliance with naval traditions on her arrival. The Commanding Officer of ‘Darshak’, Captain […]

Maldives opposition considering impeacing President ahead of 2018 Presidential Poll

Maldives opposition considering impeacing President ahead of 2018 Presidential Poll

Colombo, March 27 (NIA) – Former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, on Sunday said his party along with opposition legislators were considering the possibility of ousting Abdullah Yameen by bringing in a no confidence motion on the President. Nasheed, who is facing terrorism charges in the island country and is currently in exile in Britain, […]

Japan woos Sri Lanka to check China’s influence in the Indian Ocean

Japan woos Sri Lanka to check China’s influence in the Indian Ocean

By P.K.Balachandran/SAM: With China pushing its way into Sri Lanka, spending US$ 8 billion to build infrastructure to support its ambitious global One Belt One Road (OBOR) project, Japan is worried about its navigation rights in the Indian Ocean. Already facing a serious challenge from China in the South China Sea, Japan has been making […]

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