Sri Lankan Prez vows not to make any “war hero” a suspect in cases of alleged war crimes

Sri Lankan Prez vows not to make any “war hero” a suspect in cases of alleged war crimes

P.K.Balachandran Colombo, March 29 (newsin.asia): Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday  categorically stated that he will not make any “war hero” a suspect in cases of alleged war crimes. Speaking at the opening of the newly constructed building at the Defense Services School in Kurunegala, the President said that it is the responsibility and […]

Maldivian opposition leader says he will re-negotiate terms of China-funded projects

Maldivian opposition leader says he will re-negotiate terms of China-funded projects

By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, March 29 (newsin.asia): The Maldivian opposition leader, Mohamed Nasheed, said here on Wednesday, that he will re-negotiate the terms of Chinese-funded projects to see if they were fair and in the interest of the country. “We will learn from the experience of the Sri Lankan Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunga in re-negotiating the […]

Maldives govt says foreign partners should respect democratic decisions of state institutions

Maldives govt says foreign partners should respect democratic decisions of state institutions

Maldives, March 29 (NIA) – The Maldives government, on Wednesday said that a vote of no confidence on the Speaker of Parliament which was defeated on Monday was conducted in a transparent and democratic manner. The statement came a day after the US Embassy in Sri Lanka and Maldives released a statement saying it was concerned about irregularities ‎that […]

Doval’s obsession with China made India go for regime change in Sri Lanka: Gotabaya Rajapaksa

Doval’s obsession with China made India go for regime change in Sri Lanka:  Gotabaya Rajapaksa

P.K.Balachandran/newsin.asia Colombo, March 27:India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s obsession with China led to India’s working for a regime in Sri Lanka in 2014, the island nation’s former Defense Secretary, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, told the Foreign Correspondents’ Association here on Monday. He said that the Congress-led government had been very supportive of Sri Lanka as revealed […]

Maldives opposition fails to impeach Speaker of Parliament

Maldives opposition fails to impeach Speaker of Parliament

Colombo, March 27 (NIA) – A crucial vote seeking to impeach Maldives Speaker Abdulla Maseeh, was defeated in Parliament on Monday with 48 MPs voting against when the vote was taken up. The no confidence motion against the Speaker was bought in by the opposition, who were seeking to win a majority in Parliament. With the Speaker unable […]

Maldives opposition considering impeacing President ahead of 2018 Presidential Poll

Maldives opposition considering impeacing President ahead of 2018 Presidential Poll

Colombo, March 27 (NIA) – Former President of the Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, on Sunday said his party along with opposition legislators were considering the possibility of ousting Abdullah Yameen by bringing in a no confidence motion on the President. Nasheed, who is facing terrorism charges in the island country and is currently in exile in Britain, […]

Japan woos Sri Lanka to check China’s influence in the Indian Ocean

Japan woos Sri Lanka to check China’s influence in the Indian Ocean

By P.K.Balachandran/SAM: With China pushing its way into Sri Lanka, spending US$ 8 billion to build infrastructure to support its ambitious global One Belt One Road (OBOR) project, Japan is worried about its navigation rights in the Indian Ocean. Already facing a serious challenge from China in the South China Sea, Japan has been making […]

Discrimination against Dalits entrenched in India’s institutions of higher learning

Discrimination against Dalits entrenched in India’s institutions of higher learning

By Frances Bulathsinghala/www.southasianmonitor.com Despite the legacy of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, father of independent India’s Constitution and first Law and Justice Minister who initiated his relentless campaign against social discrimination of the Dalits, the specter of the barbaric caste-based discrimination is alive and hounding Dalits in India. To date, oppressed persons from the Dalit community follow […]

India released 93,000 captured Pakistani troops after Pakistan released Mujibur Rahman

India released 93,000 captured Pakistani troops after Pakistan released Mujibur Rahman

In 1972, India’s Prime Minister Indira Gandhi took the extraordinary step of releasing 93,000 Pakistani Prisoners of War (POW) because she got her Pakistani counterpart and Chief Martial Law Adminstrator Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto to release the Bangladesh founder Sheikh Muiibur Rahman who had been sentenced to death by a Pakistani court.  On August 2, 1972 […]

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth regretfully cancels visit to Sri Lanka

Tamil superstar Rajinikanth regretfully cancels visit to Sri Lanka

Chennai, March 25 (newsin.asia): On the appeal of some pro-Eelam Tamil Nadu politicians,  Tamil superstar Rajinikanth has cancelled his visit to Sri Lanka to inaugurate 150 houses for war-displaced Tamils at a function in Vavuniya on April 9. In letter he made public on Saturday, Rajinikanth said that he is cancelling the trip regretfully. He […]

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