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  • China’s astronauts blast off for new space station0

     by Editor  June 17, 2021 Share on WhatsApp By Helen Davidson/The Guardian Taipei, June`17 : China’s first crewed spacecraft in nearly five years blasted off from the Gobi desert on Thursday morning, carrying astronauts to the new Tiangong space station. A Long March-2F rocket carried the three astronauts in the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft, and was expected to

  • Sri Lanka seeks $40 million in damages over ship fire0

     by Editor  June 14, 2021 X-Press Pearl.Photo: SLAF/Xinhua Share on WhatsApp Colombo, June 14 (AFP) – Sri Lanka is seeking $40 million in damages from the operator of a ship that left massive pollution when it caught fire off the country’s west coast, officials said Saturday. Ports and shipping minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena said an interim claim

  • Chinese Admiral Zheng He and the Tamils of Sri Lanka0

     by Editor June 13, 2021 By Dr.Nirmala Chandrahasan/The Island Colombo, June 9: The recent discovery of name- boards in public institutions which have omitted one of the national languages, namely Tamil, only to replace it with Mandarin Chinese has caused a furor with Tamil members of Parliament and other politicians voicing their protests. Certainly, this is

  • Indian-origin journalist wins Pulitzer Prize for exposing China’s vast infrastructure for detaining Muslims0

     by Editor  June 12, 2021 Megha Rajagopalan Xinjiang series won the Pulitzer Prize in the International Reporting category. ( Photo | pulitzercenter.org) June 12 (PTI) – Megha Rajagopalan, an Indian-origin journalist, along with two contributors, has won the Pulitzer Prize for innovative investigative reports that exposed a vast infrastructure of prisons and mass internment camps secretly

  • Chinese Ambassador lists difficulties faced by Chinese investors in Sri Lanka0

     by Editor  June 10, 2021 Qi Zhenhong Chinese envoy in Sri Lanka Colombo, June 10 (newsin.asia): The Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Qi Zhenhong, told the Sri Lanka Investment Forum 2021 this week here that while the island nation is well positioned geographically to develop into an international investment hub, it has to remove certain impediments

  • US$ 200 million Sri Lanka-Bangladesh currency swap furthers bilateral ties0

     by Editor  June 4, 2021 Share on WhatsApp By Kelum Bandara/Daily Mirror Colombo June 4: The signing of US$ 200 million currency swap arrangement with Bangladesh has sparked a discussion both in the local and regional contexts. On the one hand, it exposed the depth of Sri Lanka’s foreign exchange crisis. On the other hand, it

  • China-funded US$ 1.4 billion Colombo Port City project faces legal challenge0

     by Editor  April 16, 2021 Land reclaimed from the sea for Colombo Post City Colombo, April 16 (newsin.asia): A five-judge bench of the Sri Lankan Supreme Court will go into a number of petitions filed against the US$ 1.4 billion China-funded Colombo Port City Commission Bill presently in parliament. The petitioners contend that the proposed legislation

  • Colombo Port City and Hambantota port are dual engines of Lanka’s economic growth: Chinese envoy0

     by Editor  April 12, 2021 Share on WhatsApp Colombo, April 12 (newsin.asia): In his Sinhala-Tamil New Year message the Chinese Ambassador in Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong has said that tangible outcomes have been constantly achieved in the development of the China-funded Colombo Port City and Hambantota International Port prjects. Qi described these two projects as the

  • Core-Group supporters in UNHRC have a dismal Human Rights record0

     by Editor  March 25, 2021 UNHRC By Sugeeswara Senadhira/Daily News Colombo, March 25: Although the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Resolution on Sri Lanka was adapted at the 46th Session with 22 members voting for it, 11 voting against and 14 abstaining. This means that the majority (25) were not for the resolution. Foreign Minister

  • Genocide triggered Bangladesh’s independence0

     by Editor  March 24, 2021 By P.K.Balachandran Bangladesh got its freedom from Pakistan de facto on December 16. 1971, following the surrender of 93,000 Pakistani troops to the Indian armed forces on that day. However, Bangladesh observes its Independence Day on March 26 because it was on March 26, 1971, that a clandestine radio station calling itself the Swadin

  • Hub of ancient East-West trade0

     by Editor  March 8, 2021 Share on WhatsApp By P. K. Balachandran/Ceylon Today Colombo, March 8: India-Sri Lanka trade goes far into the past, to the Early Historic Era in fact. The island had also played the additional role of being a transit point, a hub, in the trade between the Eastern and Western worlds. The

  • Lankan Tamil businessman floats “Sri Lanka BJP”0

     by Editor  March 7, 2021 Sri Lankan plantation children Share on WhatsApp By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, March 7: A Colombo-based Tamil hotelier of Indian Origin, Velusamy Muthuswamy, has announced the formation of a political party called “Ilankai Bharatiya Janatha Party” (IBJP) to further the cause of Sri Lankan Tamils in the field of education, sports and entrepreneurship.

  • Pakistan to give Sri Lanka US$ 50 million as credit for defense projects0

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    • February 24, 2021

     by Editor  February 24, 2021 Imran Khan in talks with Mahinda Rajapaksa. Official photo. By P.K.Balachandran Colombo, February 24: The Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has pledged a US$ 50 billion credit line for Sri Lankan defense projects, the Joint Communique issued on Wednesday at the end of his two-day visit to Sri Lanka said. The

  • Imran Khan’s address to Sri Lankan Parliament cancelled0

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    • February 16, 2021

     by Editor  February 16, 2021 Imran Khan. Photo.Jawad Zakariya.Wikimedia Commons Share on WhatsApp By P. K. Balachandran/Daily Express Colombo, February 16: Sri Lanka has cancelled Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s address to the Parliament, scheduled for February 24, citing COVID-19 constraints.  Khan is set to arrive in Colombo for a two-day visit on February 22. Foreign


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