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The couple has been living in this remote village in the western foothills of Sri Lanka’s central mountains for over five decades. But since May, when a massive landslide hit another mountain slope 15 kilometers away, they have struggled to sleep at night.


Sunday June 26 was the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with the highly published event being held in many countries including Sri Lanka which has become a notorious transit point for international heroin smuggling. 

Srilanka Lanka, a pear-shaped island, its capital Colombo located at its southern tip jutting into the Indian Ocean. Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon—though it’s still Ceylonese rather than Sri Lankan tea—is hot and humid (temperatures ranging from 24 to 33 degrees Celsius on average), with sandy beaches along its coastal plain, primarily an agriculture-based economy where nearly half of the people are farmers and half of the country is forest or open woodland, and much like the Philippines experiences tropical monsoon weather.  
In his keynote speech, Ambassador Kumararatne highlighted the uniqueness of Ceylon Cinnamon, known as true cinnamon or queen of spices is the oldest planting crop in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka supplies over 80% of world Ceylon Cinnamon requirements.  

Why do some people fear or dislike refugees? Why are they xenophobic? Isn’t harbouring ill-feelings towards fellow human beings inhuman, especially at a time when they are in misery and going through hardships? 


As the Steering Committee of the Constitutional Assembly forges ahead, it has become visible that the principal parties of the government-the United National Party (UNP) and the Sri Lanka Freedom Party- has different priorities in making the new Constitution to replace the current one.


In the aftermath of the Orlando massacre and the brutal murder of one of the British Parliament’s rising stars, Sri Lanka also needs to consider the imposition of tougher laws against extremists.


Sri Lanka is in an enviable location. The busy East-West shipping route passes just six to ten nautical miles south of the island. More than 60,000 ships ply this route annually, carrying two-thirds of the world’s oil and half of all container shipments. Sri Lanka is also at the doorstep of a dynamic market – India. 


He late Dudley Senanayake was famed far and wide as the political colossus of his time. Thoughts of him have never left the thoughts and hearts of all those who loved him, and come to the fore as the anniversary of his birth approaches each year.


Did you know that on June 20, during the next full moon, it’s Poson Poya Day in Sri Lanka? Like with every full moon (or Poya Day) during the year, Sri Lankan Buddhists celebrate different aspects of Buddhism.


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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

Intensifying searches is good. But with all this only about 15% of the tax-defaulters have been caught. Therefore the government must address the major sources of black money, writes Sudip Bhattacharyya for South Asia Monitor. 


BRICS meet in Goa

sites/default/files/Vignettes ThumbImage/1_8.jpg India-China differences and their discord over Pakistan are among differences in the BRICS that could “capsize” the grouping if the member nations fail to address competition and disagreements among them, Chinese media said today.

Well that should be it. Game, set and match. The three presidential debates — now mercifully over — have not been kind to Donald Trump, not least the constant use of the split screen which means his peevish, glowering and frequently interrupting persona is permanently on display to viewers.

In the afternoon of October 13, King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand, Rama IX of the Chakri dynasty, passed away at the age of 88, in the 70th year of his reign. I ran to a café in Sukhumvit to watch the announcement, as streets in Bangkok grew quiet, people huddled around television screens, many sobbing in disbelief....


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...

The cold, hard reality of the war in Syria is that the violence, bloodshed, and chaos continues unabated while the Left, such as it is, continues on in a state of schizophrenic madness. Different points of view, conflicting ideological tendencies, and a misunderstanding of the reality of the conflict are all relevant issues to be in...

On a sunny morning a young shepherd takes his cattle across the lovely winding Namka Chu into the dense pine forests on the ridge above. The cold wind blows in from the north and the boy looks up at the steep mountain ahead of him covered by rhododendrons.


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...


The book, written in the manner of a series of case studies, also points to the lack of a clearly enunciated national security strategy, a defence situational review, a defence strategy and a joint strategy for the armed forces -- all of this h...


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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