Populist pressures triggered shuffle of Sri Lankan cabinet portfolios

Populist pressures triggered shuffle of Sri Lankan cabinet portfolios

Colombo, May 22 (newsin.asia): Monday’s shuffle of cabinet portfolios in Sri Lanka appears to have been triggered by populist feelings about what the Sirisena-Wickremesinghe government should be doing in the national interest, which, in Sri Lankan politics  some times, boils down to the interest of the Sinhalese-Buddhist majority. Through the shuffle, President Maithripala Sirisena and […]

US firm wins design competition held for the China-funded and executed Colombo Port City

US firm wins design competition held for the China-funded and executed Colombo Port City

Colombo, May 22 (newsin.asia): The renowned American firm of architects, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), has won the design competition held for the China-funded and executed US$ 1.4 billion Colombo Port City. SOM won the Design Idea International Competition for its ability to combine modernity with the tradition and culture of Sri Lanka. The Port […]

While quarreling with Pakistan and China, India is picking up a fight with Russia

While quarreling with Pakistan and China, India is picking up a fight with Russia

By M.K.Bhadrakumar/Russia Insider An exclusive story in Times of India that India has made Russian projects to construct more nuclear power plants in India conditional on Moscow persuading Beijing to give up its opposition to India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. India argues that sans NSG membership it will be constrained to settle for an […]

OBOR “very significant for Sri Lanka” says Central Bank Governor

OBOR “very significant for Sri Lanka” says Central Bank Governor

Colombo, May 18 (newsin.asia): China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) global infrastructure project will be “very significant” for Sri Lanka, said Dr.Indrajit Coomaraswamy, Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL). Addressing the Foreign Correspondents’ Association here on Wednesday, Coomaraswamy said that Sri Lanka has a special place in the OBOR scheme because of […]

CPEC envisages Sino-Pak security mechanism with country-wide surveillance

CPEC envisages Sino-Pak security mechanism with country-wide surveillance

By P.K.Balachandran/www.southasianmonitor.com Colombo, May 16 : A joint security mechanism against terrorism, including a pervasive country-wide surveillance system, is a key feature of the agreement between China and Pakistan on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Dawn reported in an exclusive piece on Monday. The document says that the two countries will “jointly prevent and crack […]

China asks India to learn from US-China relations, and shed narrow minded nationalism

China asks India to learn from US-China relations, and shed narrow minded nationalism

Beijing May 16: China has asked India to shed narrow-minded nationalism and  learn from the US to get along with China despite the existence of some disputes, writes P.K.Balachandran in www.bdnews24.com In an editorial on India’s absence at the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation which concluded on May 15, the Chinese official organ […]

Sri Lankan Prime Minister calls for freedom of navigation at OBOR summit in Beijing

Sri Lankan Prime Minister calls for freedom of navigation at OBOR summit in Beijing

Beijing, May 15 (newsin.asia): In a speech at the One Belt One Road (OBOR) summit here on Monday, which will please New Delhi, Washington and Tokyo, Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, urged participating countries to ensure peace and rule-based freedom of navigation in the Indian Ocean. The speech appeared to be a mild censure […]

No talks on Hambantota port envisaged during Sri Lankan PM’s visit to China

No talks on Hambantota port envisaged during Sri Lankan PM’s visit to China

Colombo, May 17 (newin.asia): Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who will be in  China on Saturday to attend the One Belt One Road Summit, will not be discussing the controversial Hambantota port issue with Chinese leaders, reliable sources said. The sources also said that Wickremesinghe will not be discussing the Sino-Lankan Free Trade Agreement […]

Modi and Rajapaksa skip politics, talk about economic cooperation in a very friendly meeting

Modi and Rajapaksa skip politics, talk about economic cooperation in a very friendly meeting

EXCLUSIVE Colombo, May 12 (newsin.sia): In a “very friendly and cordial” half an hour’s meeting here late on Thursday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa completely skipped politics and spoke about forging close economic relations between the two countries, a well-placed source said. Contrary expectations, Rajapaksa did not voice […]

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