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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...

China enlarges its footprint in South Asia

China enlarges its footprint in South Asia

China is increasing its footprint throughout South Asia, with global power United States under Donald Trump becoming inward looking, and regional power India being hamstrung by financial constraints and bilateral political issues bedeviling relations with its South Asian neighbors, writes P.k.Balachandran in Daily Mirror. Technically, the Sino-Lankan Concessional Agreement of July 29 over the funding and management of the US$1.4...

Is Tilak Marapana tipped to succeed Karunanayake as Lankan Foreign Minister?

Is Tilak Marapana tipped to succeed Karunanayake as Lankan Foreign Minister?

Colombo, August 8 (newsin.asia): There is speculation that the cabinet Minister for Special Assignments and former Defense and Justice Minister, Tilak Marapana, will succeed Karunanayake as Foreign Minister if the latter vacates his post after alleged involvement in the Central Bank bond scam when he was Finance Minister in 2015. While Ceylon Today has categorically said that Kaunanayake will resign...

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