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Good move by the so-called Joint Opposition has turned out to be something that had been done without proper understanding about the subject as well as without the consent of many members of the group. 


The 24 member Public Representations Committee on Constitutional Reforms headed by veteran legal expert Lal Wijenayake appointed by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, went around the country and gathered public opinion.


Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Mangala Pinsiri Samaraweera has beaten the drum and expressed his displeasure on certain issues within the government at the recent press conference. 


Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera is talking big yet again. This time it’s about demilitarization. Speaking in Colombo on July 6, Mr. Samaraweera said that the government hopes “to complete the demilitarization process” by 2018. And we’re not just talking about the war-torn Northern and Eastern Provinces, the foreign minister is referring to the entire country.


The controversy over the appointment of the Central Bank Governor was almost like an exercise to obtain the answer to the question ‘who’s the boss?’ The then incumbent, whose tenure was marked by matters which discredited the office and dented investor confidence, was defended.


The year 2012 was still a dangerous time to be a journalist in Sri Lanka. The 27-year civil war ended in May 2009, but the president who oversaw the final stages of the war, Mahinda Rajapaksa, continued to rule over this island nation of 21 million with an iron hand.


Sri Lanka has just started recovering from one the worst catastrophes of this century, the recent devastating deluge, that witnessed many areas including Colombo and the suburbs submerging under gushing flood waters, with some hilly areas burying under huge masses of soil rolling down the hilltops occurring at a time when people are already besieged and plagued by a whole gamut of woes and issues. 


This is particularly true when those who are caught in the fray of violence will stop at little to save themselves and their families. Turmoil from Syria to Nigeria spiraled outward last year, leading to unexpected consequences sometimes thousands of miles away from their point of origin.


Expensive and high-maintenance, baby elephants have become the ultimate status symbol for Sri Lanka’s wealthy elite — a trend that has horrified conservationists and prompted a government crackdown.


More than one and half years after the people’s silent and peaceful revolution of January 8, 2015 major questions are being raised about how far the Yahapalanaya Government has gone or failed to go towards the vision of good governance, democracy and a just society.


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Nepal’s deposed king Gyanendra Shah has regretted that the country has lost its Hindu identity and said despair and unhappiness among the people might lead them to revolt once again. 


The first India-Palestine Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) signifies New Delhi’s commitment towards economic development and well being of Palestine writes Muddassir Quamar for South Asia Monitor

Pakistan continues to remain in denial about the well-calibrated surgical strikes by India, in response to the terror attacks on 18 Indian jawans in Uri, Jammu & Kashmir. Far from addressing the problem of terrorism emanating from Pakistan and affecting regional stability, Islamabad chose to remain quite. What make matters wor...

If we hadn't jumped into a parallel political universe in the last 18 months or so, the idea of Donald Trump winning the Republication presidential nomination would be bizarre enough.   

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Address by M.J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs on Regional Integration and Prosperity at Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (October 5, 2016). Read more inside...

Military aid or assistance, is an important tool, that states have always plied to manoeuvre and counter-manoeuvre other sovereign entities and countless disparate factions in the pursuit of international relations. It includes arms transfers, logistical support and even supply of troops.   

The fallout of the trans-border raids in an active “hot peace” environment between India and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir is always unpredictable, because there are just too many imponderables. The “surgical strike” by hunter-killer teams of the special forces of the Indian Army on fidayeen bases across th...


The Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and others of their ilk not only destabilise Pakistan and make it one of the world's most dangerous places but also threaten neighbouring Afghanistan and India -- and even far...


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The book ‘Pakistan at crossroads: Domestic Dynamics and External Pressures’  is one of the few books in recent years which fixes spotlight on various aspects of Pakistan; the internal flummoxing situation and external forces wh...


In a region which is unexplored as an asset class, performance will be the kingmaker. This book includes the author’s CDCF Portfolio basket for the SAARC asset class, which selects the best fundamental-p...


Sri Lanka has to be the most beautiful country I have ever seen, says John Gimlette, an accomplished travel writer who journeys to the island nation at the end of a long and brutal civil war. Anyone who has se...

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