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Sri Lanka “a most valued partner” in India’s ‘Neighborhood First policy’ affirms Envoy

Sri Lanka “a most valued partner” in India’s ‘Neighborhood First policy’ affirms Envoy

Colombo, August 119 (newsin.asia): The Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, has said that Sri Lanka is “one of the most valued partners” in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Neighborhood First” policy. “The verse from Panchatantra, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the whole world is a family), engraved at the entrance of the Indian Parliament, encapsulates all that India stands for,...

India’s “Act East” policy rests on forging closer links with ASEAN

India’s “Act East” policy rests on forging closer links with ASEAN

Given its seemingly intractable problems with neighbors Pakistan and China, India has been reaching out to friendlier countries beyond the region, both to its West and the East. writes P.K.Balachandran in DailyFT. In the East, its key partners are Japan and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), comprising Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam....

US bans Pakistan-based Kashmiri terror group Hizbul Mujahiddin

US bans Pakistan-based Kashmiri terror group Hizbul Mujahiddin

Washington, August 16 (Reuters and other sources): The United States on Wednesday said it has banned Hizbul Mujahideen, the largest of the anti-Indian Kashmiri militant groups fighting in the state divided between Pakistan and India. The US Treasury Department, in a statement on its website, said it had listed the Pakistan-based group as a counter-designated group, freezing any assets it...

Is Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?

Is Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe bidding for Lanka’s Sinhala-Buddhist constituency?

Colombo, August 16: Sri Lanka’s Minister for Justice and Buddha Sasana, Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, appears to be making a bid to capture the island’s core political constituency - the Sinhala Buddhist-Nationalist constituency - in the absence of credible senior claimants, writes P.K.Balachandran in South Asian Monitor. The constituency was well served by Mahinda Rajapaksa until he messed up his political career...

Colorful celebrations marked India’s 71 st Independence Day in Colombo

Colorful celebrations marked India’s 71 st Independence Day in Colombo

Colombo, August 15 (newsin.asia): Colorful celebrations marked India’s 71 st. Independence Day here on Tuesday. A large gathering of Indians and Sri Lankans congregated at India House in the morning to hear High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu speak, and thereafter fraternize over delicious South Indian snacks and coffee. Sri Lankan President Mithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil...

Long way to go for gender equality in Sri Lanka despite early start

Long way to go for gender equality in Sri Lanka despite early start

Sri Lanka has led the way to female liberation or gender equality in Asia in important ways, and has had an early start in comparison with other South Asian countries. Yet, gender equality remains a distant dream for the majority of its women, writes P.K.Balachandran in DailyFT. With economic development, spread of higher education, and a rise in awareness through...

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister resigns before facing No Trust Motion

Sri Lankan Foreign Minister resigns before facing No Trust Motion

Colombo, August 10 (newsin.asia): The Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake resigned on Thursday before facing a No Confident Motion against him submitted by the Joint Opposition Group for his alleged involvement in the 2015 Central Bank bond scam. Karunanayake made a Special Statement in parliament and then resigned from his post. In the statement he said that he is...

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