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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 down on terrorist acts that...

India’s OBOR “debt” propaganda failed at Beijing summit

India’s OBOR “debt” propaganda failed at Beijing summit

By P.K.Balachandran/www.bdnews24.com After India warned developing countries which joined China’s global One Belt One Road or OBOR project that the scheme would cast an unbearable debt burden on their shoulders, China said India’s propaganda had no takers. Commenting on the Indian statement, the official Chinese newspaper, Global Times, said that even if India joins the OBOR, it will only be...

India isolates itself as the rest of Asia joins China’s OBOR summit

India isolates itself as the rest of Asia joins China’s OBOR summit

Colombo, May 16: By spurning China’s invitation to be part of the multi-billion dollar, multi-continental One Belt One Road (OBOR) project on an issue of “sovereignty” India has completely isolated itself from Asia, and even its immediate neighborhood, South Asia, over which it claims exclusive influence, writes P.K.Balachandran in www.southasianmonitor.com All countries of South Asia, except India’s fiefdom of Bhutan, attended...

Sri Lanka to get back GSP plus

GSP Plus to come into effect for Sri Lanka from May 19

Colombo, May 16 (NIA) - The European Union on Tuesday said Sri Lanka would get the GSP plus facility from May 19 after the European Commission raised no objections to re-granting the facility to the island country. Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, Tung-Lai Margue told journalists here that the EU members...

Sand is both life and dream for sculptor Sudarsan Pattnaik

Sand is both life and dream for sculptor Sudarsan Pattnaik

Colombo, May 11: The world-renowned sand sculptor Sudarsan Pattnaik, who is in the Sri Lankan capital to exhibit his mammoth reclining Buddha at the International Vesak celebrations on May 12, has been wedded to sand since the age of 8 and cannot think of a day when he will be divorced from it ,writes P.K.Balachandran in Daily Express. “Sand is...

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 any concerns about the recent...

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