Thursday, October 28, 2021

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China gets ready with a leaner, meaner PLA

Colombo, July 18: Forced by changing conditions in the field of warfare, China last week embarked on a program to turn its gigantic armed forces built on the old wobbly Soviet model, into a “leaner and meaner” modern American-style fighting machine, writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express. China’s Army, Navy and Air Force known collectively as the People’s Liberation Army (PLA),...

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India-China standoff over Bhutan remains intractable

Colombo, July 17: India is trying not to enter into a slanging match with China over the military standoff at Doklam on the Bhutan-Tibet border in the hope that China will soon stop its threatening rhetoric and agree to settle the border dispute through talks. But in the past two weeks, during which the crisis has billowed beyond expectations, China...

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Sri Lankan Supreme Court moved to stop building prefabricated steel houses for war displaced

Colombo, July 13 ( Tamil National Alliance (TNA) MP for Jaffna District, M.A.Sumanthiran, on Thursday filed a Fundamental Rights petition in the Supreme Court to stop a government project to build 65,000 pre-fabricated steel houses for people displaced by war in the Northern and Eastern Provinces. The respondents in the case are the Minister for Resettlement and Rehabilitation D.M.Swaminathan, the...

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Respecting dignity of persons with disability

By Nirmi Vitarana A friend recently shared an article published in an online edition of an English medium national newspaper. The article was well intentioned, and spoke about the weakness of non-compliance to universal accessibility regulations in Sri Lanka’s infrastructure and public spaces, and which results in marginalizing a significant minority in our society – who the writer references as...

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China fishing in India’s troubled North-East

In its no holds barred tussle with India to corner the latter militarily and politically, and reduce its political and economic stature in its own backyard - South Asia - China has revealed plans to stoke disaffection in India’s troubled North-East. writes P.K.Balachandran in That the North-East has been India’s soft underbelly since the early 1960s has come in...

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Intimacy with Israel scares Indian Muslims

India's growing ties with Israel, underscored by a rare intimacy between the top leaders of the two countries, is worrying Indian Muslims who could be targeted even more pointedly and aggressively from now on, writes P.K.Balachandran in The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi got a rousing reception when he landed in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. Stepping down from the...

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Convention on Disappearances threatens security of Sri Lankans: Rajapaksa

Colombo, July 3 ( Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has warned that foreign countries, especially those of the West, could arrest Sri Lankans for crimes allegedly committed in Sri Lanka, if Sri Lanka incorporates into its domestic law, the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearances which it signed and ratified sometime ago. In a...

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