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12 February, 2018 7:43 PM Sri Lanka's ex-leader Mahinda Rajapaksa seeks fresh elections after council vote boost

COLOMBO: Former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa called on Monday for parliament to be dissolved and fresh elections to be held after a party backed by him won local council polls in the strongest rebuff yet to the unity government. The national election is not due until 2020 and under the constitution, President Maithripala Sirisena can bring 45

11 February, 2018 7:31 AM Rajapaksa's party expected to win Sri Lanka local government polls

COLOMBO: Former Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa led SLPP is expected to win the local government elections based on the results so far. According to unofficial results from various districts where polls were held yesterday, Rajapaksa's Sri Lanka Podujana Party (SLPP) is expected to win a majority of the 340 councils. There are 24 municipal councils 44

14 October, 2017 9:29 AM India takes on China at another battlefront: A Sri Lankan airport

The Doklam conflict between India and China amply highlighted the fight between the two countries for supremacy in South Asia. India is strongly asserting against China which is trying to build strategic assets in the garb of infrastructure projects all around India. It is the continuation of the old Chinese 'String of Pearls' policy that aims at ring-fencing 43

29 July, 2017 9:19 AM Sri Lanka, China Sign $1.1 Billion Hambantota Port Deal

Cash-rich China has invested millions of dollars in Sri Lanka's infrastructure since the end of a brutal civil war in 2009. The deal may raise security concerns in India. Colombo: Sri Lanka today signed a US $1.1 billion deal to sell a 70 per cent stake of the strategic Hambantota port to China, amid concerns over the massive debt the island nation incurred 55

16 May, 2017 4:13 PM Sri Lanka backs India's concerns over China's OBOR project

Sri Lanka, which attended the just concluded Belt and Road Forum here, has backed India's concern over the Kashmir issue, saying it is difficult for New Delhi to accept the $50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it goes through the "heart of Indian interests". BEIJING: Sri Lanka, which attended the just concluded Belt and Road Forum here, has backed 129

13 May, 2017 5:05 AM India woos Sri Lanka, seeks to check China with Colombo-Kashi flight

Promote your Business on for free and reach out to millions of potential Customers LUCKNOW/VARANASI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's decision to announce a direct flight between Colombo and Varanasi is intended to leverage an ancient cultural connection and tap India's soft power potential in boosting ties with Sri Lanka and checking 35

12 May, 2017 3:09 PM India calls for deeper ties with Sri Lanka as China looms

"I believe we are at a moment of great opportunity in our ties with Sri Lanka. An opportunity to achieve a quantum jump in our partnership across different fields," PM Modi told a Buddhist conference. His comments came as Sri Lanka rebuffed a Chinese request to dock a submarine at one of its ports. COLOMBO: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday declared 44

12 May, 2017 5:48 AM Direct flight between Varanasi and Colombo from August: Modi's gift to Lankan Buddhists

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attended the International Vesak Day celebrations in Colombo, the largest festival of Buddhists. Attending the grand Buddhism summit on Day 2 of his visit to the island nation, Modi announced a direct flight between Varanasi and the Sri Lankan capital from August. "India is the land of Buddha. From August this year, Air India 88

27 December, 2016 12:43 PM Veteran Sri Lankan politician Ratnasiri Wickremanayake passes away

Veteran Sri Lankan politician Ratnasiri Wickremanayake, who served twice as Prime Minister, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday. The 83-year-old leader, ailing for sometime now, breathed his last on Tuesday morning, his family said. He was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of a leading private hospital on December 21. Wickremanayake served 146

13 November, 2016 3:25 PM At the end of paths taken

The excerpts from three chapters here offer a sampling of choices, many pleasures: the thrill of an insider's view of history in the making, a scholar's analysis of geopolitics, and statecraft and the reflective calm of an experienced mandarin. Ambassador, High Commissioner, Foreign Secretary and National Security Advisor, Shivshankar Menon's career 125